Country Cottage Fall Decor Ideas!

Welcome to Anne’s Attic – design!  My attic (my attic being my mind that never stops creating)  is chock full of ideas today.  My sweet little Shabby Lane Cottage is ready for Fall and ready to help inspire you to decorate your home for pennies.  Continue reading

AUTUMN MAGIC

Fall is my favorite time of year. Second is winter, I know that many of you don’t like to hear that but it is. It’s time for life to calm down a bit and to enjoy the comforts of home.  Continue reading

Painting Pumpkins with Children

Hello, hello everyone! I’m so glad that you have stopped by to see what’s going on at Anne’s Attic – design. I’m sure that many of you have been having a fun time celebrating Fall and doing great Halloween projects. I want to share one that I did with my grandchildren.

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We have a tradition to go and pick out their own personal little pumpkin and then to bring it home and paint it anyway they want!

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After last years painting party I decided to take the children’s shirts off to spare their mother grief. Acrylic’s really doesn’t come out of clothing very well. The children started out painting cute faces on their pumpkins but then decided that they weren’t getting enough painting time in so they painted their pumpkins their favorite colors. Next year grandma will get them each two pumpkins. They had a ball, I was really surprised that most of the paint was on the pumpkin and not one them! LOL

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What kind of traditions do you have in your family? I would love it if you would share your Fall and Halloween traditions with me whether they be with or without pumpkins.

See you soon! Have a great Fall day!

Life is LOVERLY when we are doing what we love!

((HUGS))

Jo

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Lots More Fall Decor

Thank you for coming! The Fall days have been so beautiful! I hope that you are taking time to get out side and enjoy the beauty of this time of year. I just want to share a few more views of Fall with you, and some great finds.

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The Grandchildren and I made it to the Farmers Market near our home in Bountiful. We had so much fun picking out the perfect pumpkin. It’s incredible the colors that they come in now, BLUE, PINK, who would have thought?

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Look at this pumpkin, the patina on it is beautiful, the Grand kids thought I crazy for wanting this one.

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I also picked up this beautiful Mum which will last all Fall and then I can replant it.

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So BEAUTIFUL!

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Don’t you just love these Jack Be Little’s in white? They make a statement all their own.

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As we move into the house I want to share some of my recent finds and a couple of my creations. This tray is a large picture frame that I painted and lined it with blue fabric, then I turned it over and I use it to corral some of my counter things.

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I found this great scale on Etsy, the color and the patina are just perfect for my kitchen!

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I found this little scale on Etsy to, isn’t it cute? I did give it a little coat of paint.

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Putting them side by side looks so great.

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Here is just a cute glass jar with lace, I think it is so pretty to look at.

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Here I found a great sugar silver sugar bowl. Some of the parts of it is sorta bluish I’m pretty sure that the silver isn’t as good, but I like the color of it. I found this piece at a thrift store in the area.

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This great owl got a new coat of paint. He was green but I like him much better this way.

Thanks to all of you that gave me advice on repainting my vintage picture frames, your advice was great and I will be trying them.

Have a beautiful weekend! Go do something you love with someone you love. Life is LOVERLY!

((HUGS)) Jo

I’ve been featured by these lovely blogs.

Thanx to all my dear friends!

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Trash 2 Treasure at Kammy’s Korner
Treasure Hunt at From my Front Porch to Yours
Blog Hop at Katherine’s Korner
Blog Hop at Vintage Mama’s Cottage
Blog Hop at Over Fifty Feeling Fourty
Before & After Wednesday at The Dedicated House
Tues. Garden Party at Creative Country Mom
Inspiration Exchange at Town-n-Country-Living
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday at What Meegan Makes.com

DIY Velvet, Mod Podge, and painted pumpkins!

Welcome dear readers! I am so glad that you have stopped by. I want to celebrate, after five months of blogging I have almost 100 followers! Yes, thanx to all of you out there you have made me feel like what I have to say and show may be worth my time.

The last several years covered pumpkins have been huge in the DIY world. So I had to give several of them a try. Two years ago I tried the Mod Podge pumpkins, then last year the painted pumpkins, and this year my favorite of all the velvet (or fabric) pumpkins. I have found with all of them that you can embellish them to the hilt or they can be rather plain. Not knowing what my new decor would be several years ago I decided to stick to plain because I can always embellish them later, and I wanted to know what my customers at the Urban Country Store would like. Here is what I came up with.

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LOL When I see these awful painted pumpkins I wonder what were you thinking! Because in my mind’s eye they were going to be the Shabby Chicest pumpkins of the year. Well live and learn. The biggest problem that I had with painting these pumpkins was the bright color they were to start with, I should have put a base coat on them, then they would have been just fine, other than they really didn’t match any of my other Fall decor. So this year I decided to put them in a room that didn’t have all of the beautiful bright Fall colors in it like my bedroom snuggled in a lovely basket.

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My next attempt was using Mod Podge. These were really fun to do. I only have one left to show you I gave most of them away. When I made these I used a thinner fabric and cut them about 1 1/2″ to 2″ wide. With the length you can cute them what ever is good for you, just make sure they are not to long to control wrapping the fabric around the pumpkin. I put fabric mod podge on the pumpkin and then laid it from stem to blossom end, then applied mod podge over the top of the fabric as you go.

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Here are my velvet pumpkins, I must say I really had a great time making them. Everyone of them turned out unique. I experimented with other fabrics as well and they all turned out as beautiful as the velvet ones.

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First of all the fabrics I used were all vintage, they came from nighties, a skirt, a bed skirt etc.(Hum, I wonder what denim would do!)
Cut a circle depending on how big you want your pumpkins. The ones in the picture were the size of a small dinner plate and so on.

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To start: gather your circle of fabric. The gathers don’t have to be small, do this all the way around. Make sure that your thread is strong! I lost 3 pumpkins not using strong thread. I finally ended up using strong quilting thread.

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Next put your beans in, any type of hard dried beans will work. I filled about 1/3 of the pumpkin full. Then stuff with stuffing. Don’t over stuff this will lead to your thread breaking. Have what ever you are going to use for a stem ready (I used pieces of an old grape-vine wreath and an old witches broom).
Pull your thread tight, then insert your stem with hot glue all over the bottom. Tighten up the thread around the stem. I hot glued the stem and fabric around the opening then applied some twine over the glue. Embellish however you wish. You have your pumpkin!

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They have so many decorating uses. You can put them in a basket, use them for a center piece, give them as gifts. They are so fun to make and so beautiful. Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on them. Check around your house to see what you can use. I think that you will be surprised what you have.

I hope that this post has given you some ideas for Fall pumpkins. The first thing to do is just to jump right in, inspiration comes as you go.

All is so LOVERLY!

Jo

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