A few years back my friend Brittany made up the cutest chalkboard pumpkins. She painted a chevron pattern all around the sides and then in the middle she painted a large chalkboard oval that you could write fun Halloween messages on. It was a big hit at her kiddos fall festival.
That was my inspiration for my fall porch this year. I grabbed a few pumpkins and some black and white paint and went to town! These polka dots are so easy the novice crafter can do it….I promise! You just need the right size brush….if you can spin a top….then you can paint perfect polka dots. Easy!
I did a large S on the front. If you aren’t comfortable free handing the monogram then print one off the internet and trace on the pumpkin.
Here is what you will need:
FrogTape Shape tape (I used the scallop design) You could use regular painters tape if you’d like)
a large pumpkin
1/2 inch craft brush
ribbon for the top
clear sealant of some sort (preferable to be outdoor)
I cleaned my pumpkin with a little rubbing alcohol and buffed it clean. Tape off and smooth down the tape well. Paint on the black paint….let dry and do a second coat. For the polka dots, put some paint on the brush, put your paint brush perpendicular to the surface and press and spin. See the above pics for visual. Practice on a plate to get the hang of it….spin the brush all the way until you have a perfect circle/polka dot:) You can add a few lines around the stem too:)
After it is all dry, add a couple protective coats of outdoor sealant to protect your beautiful work!!
Add a couple cornstalks, some mums and you’re in business:)
Have fun with it!
And remember to tune in on Instagram all month long….tag up your favorite fall décor so we can feature you!
I am off to Chi town this weekend with this hunk….celebrating our 19th! So blessed to share my life with him:) I love you babe:)
Hey hey…happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. It’s that time of year where we have a ton of extra candy in the house….send me some will power would you? My friends at Hershey’s sent a ginormous box of candy asking me to share with you a fun Halloween craft idea. Of course my kids think that I must realllllly be important now—since Hershey sent me candy…#ornot.
Happy Monday! Can you smell fall in the air where you live? I just got back from walking Stella and I actually needed a vest on…woke me right up:) We projected a bit this weekend in the garage….it was in a state on emergency. How does that happen? It is like all of a sudden I look in every corner and it is a mess! We found a great workbench on sale at Harbor Freight and decided to get organized. I took a bunch of stuff to Goodwill that we no longer had a use for….now that I can see clearly what we have….I am hoping we keep things a bit more in place. I also worked on a project for a home that I am working on with some very cool homeowners…pop over to instagram to see:) I will be sharing that project soon too. I am going to try to shoot some pics today of the TV cabinet that I told you about last week….
Summers over….boo……but I must admit…..I’ve been rather cranky with these 90+ temps. I am ready for FALLLLLL….it is my very favorite season. I feel so energized by it….the crisp air….crunchy leaves….bread in the oven…I adore it all! I wanted to start off this first week of September with a fun party idea featuring my pals at Viva® Brand…this idea could work for so many outdoor festitives this fall….
We woke up to a few inches of snow here…and our first snow day from school. Seems a bit early, no? I don’t remember ever having a snow day this early in the school year. Check out instagram to see Stella’s first walk in the snow….hilarious. I hope you had a fabulous weekend. I know that many of you are getting ready for the big turkey day….and I wanted to share one more great appetizer to serve up to your guest….Have a great Monday friends:)
Realizing that this is my 2nd cheese post within the last couple weeks….love me some cheese:) Cheese ball & holiday’s….it’s like peanut butter and jelly….bacon & eggs….mac & cheese…you get the point…. I used to love going to the mall during the holidays and seeing that big Hickory Farms kiosk…..guarantee sausage sample….It doesn’t take much to make me happy. Sausage and cheese….hellllooooo:) So in the spirit of the big day of turkey…I thought I would create a turkey shaped cheese ball. It is so fun to play with food:) You can obviously make this into any shape you desire…..go play….
I bought a box of kitchen gloves…and I use them all the time for recipes like this….getting cheese out of nails=not fun at all…..
Combine everything except the bacon. Make a basic turkey head by shaping the body and then a small ball for the head. Roll the entire thing in bacon….wax paper makes for quick cleanup:)
I used 3 kinds of crackers to create a “feather” effect.
Thanksgiving Cheese Ball
Author: Tracie at CleverlyInspired
- 8oz cream cheese
- 1 C shredded smoked gouda
- 1 T chives
- dash of tabasco
- ⅓ C bacon chopped or bacon bits
- Combine all ingredients except bacon.
- Form into turkey head
- Roll in bacon (spread bacon on wax paper for easy clean up)
- When ready to serve, place crackers in "feather" shape and cheese in the center.
You can make it ahead and then just place the crackers on before guest arrive:) Try not to say gobble gobble to much:) (recipe adapted from RachelRay)