Pumpkins

I love carving pumpkins! Even as an adult, I insist on carving pumpkins before Halloween. I even introduced my husband to pumpkin carving after we were married. He hated it initially, but I think it has grown on him over the years. I know he was especially excited about our theme this year. Thanks to three templates provided by Hallmark, we created a Peanuts gang of jack-o-lanterns.

You can download the templates by visiting Hallmark’s website or by checking out their Facebook page. They actually did a video using the templates. We did modify the templates a bit to accommodate the size of our pumpkins.

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Once we got the folding table and supplies in place, we started cleaning our pumpkins. It really didn’t take too long to carve these designs. We were outside maybe an hour or so. Hot chocolate, popcorn, and candy are great additions if you really want to make this a fun activity. In the past, we’ve even invited friends over for a friendly competition. I really like the way our pumpkins turned out this year.

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I have to show you what they look like at night too. Aren’t they cute?

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I’ll end by wishing you all a Happy Halloween!

Project Progress

Most weeks I’m super excited to share something with you, but there are weeks I have no idea what to share. This typically occurs when a project takes longer than expected or life simply gets in the way, good or bad.

Ryan and I visited Bryson City, North Carolina over the weekend. It’s a small railroad town nestled in the Great Smokey Mountains. Over the years, this little town has grown quite popular due to the Polar Express. We ride the Polar Express annually, and we’ve enjoyed other train rides here as well. Ryan has been wanting to ride the Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express for years now, and we finally made it happen. If you have children, this is the perfect fall activity. You take a train ride to an area they’ve staged for some fall fun, which includes meeting Charlie Brown, Lucy, & Snoopy. From marshmallows to trick-or-treating, they’ve got it all. I was originally going to take a bunch of photos to share with you all, but I got caught up in the moment. That’s a good thing though. I know I tend to forget to enjoy the moments, and I’m glad I just had fun.

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We also picked out our pumpkins for carving. We are going to attempt to carve some Peanuts designs that Hallmark shared via Facebook.

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You’re probably looking at our pumpkins and wondering what’s going on with the railing.  We are in the process of replacing our front porch. We have made tremendous progress on this project, but the stair rails put us behind. We also had a weekend of rain, so that didn’t help matters. In a perfect world, the balusters would be on and the wood would be painted. The world is certainly not perfect, so I just decided to not worry about it. I hope we finish the porch next weekend.

Unfinished projects irritate me, and I’ve got a dozen right now. One of the projects Ryan started several weeks ago was building a coffee table for our living room. I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I decided he could build one for me. Sorry Ryan. He did a great job! I started the finishing process yesterday. After the first coat of stain, I wasn’t too happy with the way it was looking. I was trying to recreate the look of my Magnolia pieces, and the stain just wasn’t doing the job. We got in the car and visited one of my favorite shops for some dark wax. I started waxing the table last night, and I was much happier with the finish. I still have a couple of spots to finish before I seal it. Ryan is also going to add some thin trim to the edges to cover the raw boards.

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I’ll have a table tutorial for you all soon. I guess I had something to share after all, progress. I’d love to hear about your projects. Have a great week!

 

 

Pumpkin Patch

Every fall we make our way to Burt’s Farm in Dawsonville, Georgia. This farm has it all, from hay rides to the biggest pumpkins you’ve ever seen. A visit to this fantastic pumpkin patch is a family tradition.

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Ryan and I even brought Snoopy with us this year so that he could help us find our very own ‘Great Pumpkin’. The pumpkins are huge!

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The hay ride really gets you in the mood, and we could not have had better weather this year. It was just the right temperature with a nice breeze. After the ride, we walked around selecting our favorites. Burt’s offers a variety of pumpkins and even décor in their store. It really is a must visit.

Not only are pumpkins great for fall decorating, but I also enjoy carving my own work of art. Did you know that “jack-o’-lanterns” originated in Ireland? Irish immigrants brought the tradition with them to America. They actually used turnips and potatoes until they discovered pumpkins. The belief was that the lighted “jack-o’-lanterns” would ward off evil spirits. Evil spirits or not, I think it’s a fun way to celebrate the season. I typically carve one or two of our pumpkins the weekend before Halloween. Do you have a fall tradition? Share your traditions, fall favorites, and memories in the comments section below.