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Monday, October 6, 2008

Pumpkin Pizzazz

I love pumpkins, gourds, pine cones and leaves. Yes, I truly adore it all! Now that fall has officially arrived in Phoenix (it's only 82 today) I am ready to decorate.



For many of you the cold has already begun to descend and your flowerbeds could use some jazzing up. One quick way to revive a tired flowerbed is to transform it into your own beautiful pumpkin patch.

~Place several pumpkins and gourds among your remaining flowers and plants.

~Add some vines either clipped or dried such as grapevine, wisteria, or honeysuckle.
Weave the vines around the pumpkins.

~You can also add a string of white or orange lights for evening color.


This remains my all time favorite pumpkin topiary image. It is from Southern Living. To create this look, find a terracotta dish with a low rim and fill it with quick dry cement. While the cement is still wet, place a piece of metal rebar into the center. Once the cement has totally dried you can then skewer the pumpkins onto the rebar and fill in any open spaces with pine cones and leaves.



I also love using pumpkins as vases.

~Outdoors you can use carved funkins and silk flowers.

~For a special dinner, use a real pumpkin or gourd and fill it with chrysanthemums and other lovely fall florals. You just carve off the top of the pumpkin and clean the inside seeds out. Mist the interior and place it in the refrigerator until an hour or two before your guests arrive. Once on the table, place the floral arrangement inside a glass vase or jar and tuck it into the carved out pumpkin.

Mini pumpkins can also help set a festive table.

~You can use them as a votive holder
~Create place card holders by cutting a small slit into the stem. Take a leaf (real or paper) write the name of the guest on the leaf and place it into the cut stem. This can also double as a parting favor for your guest.
~As pumpkins and gourds are edible, they are safe to serve soups, dips and other food items in on a buffet table.



Remember to pull out your favorite dishes, pedestals and trays for inexpensive holiday decorating with pumpkins and other fun fall favorites.
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Last week's quote:
"The blessings for which we hunger are not to be found in other places or people. These gifts can only be given to you by yourself. They are at home in the hearth of your soul."
~John O' Donohue

42 comments :

heather said...

Okay, I LOVE these ideas. Will I do them? Probably not this year, but maybe I'll get adventurous. We'll have to see. And that top picture, is that your yard!? WOW! Is all I'm going to say! -And according to the people I am living near, I am like a month or so behind on the fall decorating, but I am from AZ and as far as I've always known fall started four days ago, so I'm not so behind, right?

MERRIANNE said...

i loooove these decorations!!!!! ok..so when exactly are you going to come over and decorate my house & yard????? :)

Shimmy Mom said...

Awesome ideas! I was just thinking yesterday that I don't have enough Halloween decor. (We just moved into a bigger home and I want the upstairs to stay more formal and "pretty" more Victorian or something and all of my decorations are really cutesy- more for my kids and fits better downstairs.) You just gave me some more options. Thanks again.
*hugs*

Liz said...

Great ideas! I am haveing a bunch of ladies over this Sat for a progressive tea... I will probably use a couple of them...Thanks!

~Liz~

PS I know what you mean about the weather! : ) Hooty Hoo! Double digits!!!!

The Berry's Patch said...

Great ideas Laura! I especially like that pumpkin with the flowers and witches hat. I may try that one. :-)

Carrie said...

Thanks for the wonderful fall decor ideas!

Glenda said...

Wonderful idea's. I truly love the topiary's they are grand. I also love the champagne urn with the white pumpkin, something I am having trouble finding, (white pumpkins).

Ciao

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

If you desire white pumpkins my 2 cent tip is to cover the surface with plaid acrylic paint or spray paint. If you have even more time on your hands, once the paint is dry cover the pumpkin in craft glue and then give it a coat of pearl glitter. It's lovely.

Meredith Teagarden said...

So glad I dropped by. Very beautiful fall garden ideas!

Things That Inspire said...

I didn't know you live in Phoenix! I love the Phoenix/Scottdale area. The desert beauty really appeals to me.

I am going to try using a pumpkin for flowers this year. It is so attractive!

Velvet and Linen said...

Living in Los Angeles, I needed this infusion of fall!
I love the white pumpkins.
I found some wonderful blue green and pale pink pumpkins today. I thought I would try something different this year!
xo
Brooke

BrineS said...

Love the votive pumpkin candle holders. I've did this last Thanksgiving only with apples. Such a pretty touch!

Jorgelina said...

Hi!!
i love these decorations!!!!!
Great ideas!The pumpkin candles are beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

So classically beautiful! I love Southern Living!

Jill said...

Beautiful pumpkin decor! I love the Southern Living topiary. I also like the white pumpkin in the silver vase, so classy with a bit of whimsy.
~Jill

Jen r. said...

Laura, thanks for joining in on the pumpkin party! These are such great and creative ideas!

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Love these ideas!

Manuela

Miss Sandy said...

Fun pumpkin ideas! Love the photo of the white pumpkin mixed with sparkling silver accents!

Her Shabbiness said...

So many creative ideas for Fall and Halloween decorating.
The witch pumpkin was too cute.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for the visit and comment! Your fall pictures are wonderful!

I'll check back with you for your 100th post! I added you to my blogroll, and to Bloglines.
diane

Juxtaposition Design said...

Oh how I wish I could decorate up my dorm room. It's too bad the halloween decoration fund is currently insufficient haha

Cher said...

I'm a writer also. In fact, I couldn't wait to get home from a writer's meeting so I could visit all the pumpkin party sites. I love blogging because it makes me write something fun every day, instead of just what I have to write.

I'll be back.

The Texas Woman

Ms. Tee said...

The pumpkin topiaries with the pinecones are just beautiful!

Connie said...

Ok Laura, I adore your decore blog. You always leave me inspired. I click on your blog to see what design your posting about next. So refreshing. Thanks so much for the inspiration.
~Connie

Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I love your topiary tips and the white pumpkin. Thanks for sharing. And #98, huh? How exciting! I'll stay tuned for the big #100. ~Mindy

Joy said...

Thank you for the list of wonderful fall decorating ideas.
This is post #98? Well, I bet that means you'll be doing the happy dance and celebrating post #100!
So I'm sending you an early congratulations for reaching a milestone in blogging.
Congrats girl!
Keep those wonderful ideas and photos coming.

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Wow I love your pumpkin topiary with the pinecones inbetween!! That is fabulous! and the pumpkin with the witch hat is just so cute!! Love your blog. I will be back.

Betsy said...

Beautiful! I just wish my yard looked as festive as the ones in your picture.

Juxtaposition Design said...

I tagged you in my blog for a fun little assignment!
Check my blog for details!

Michelle Cowden said...

What lovely ideas! I especially love the pumpkin with the witch hat. Your blog is beautiful. Thanks for visting mine earlier today. Happy Autumn! Michelle

Wendy said...

What a fun blog...I love these pictures...thanks for sharing!

Rue said...

Wonderful ideas! We have Thanksgiving at my mom's house, so I'll have to talk her into trying some of them :)

rue

Katy Lin :) said...

i love fall decorating! thanks for such awesome inspiration!

Suzanne said...

Beautiful Fall decorations. Southern topiary pumpkins are a great idea. Don't you just love white pumpkins with silver.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Lots of beautiful fall ideas. I especially like the white pumpkins!
:)

Mrs. B said...

What gorgeous pictures! I love that topiary. I have seen the white glittery pumpkin before... it's so beautiful!

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Thanks for the great ideas. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

An Enchanted Cottage said...

What beautiful fall photos! Oh my, those temperatures would feel like mid-summer here in New England! Thank you for the link to the silent auctions. And I can't believe the giveaway you are doing! If I had room for one more piece of furniture in my TINY house I would be entering for sure!! Also, thank you for visiting my garden Mary statue on Blue Monday... Have a wonderful week...Donna

Honey Mommy said...

Beautiful pumpkins!

The candles are cute!

Doreen said...

What beautiful photos and wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Take care,
Doreen

Alys said...

I love Halloween! It is my favorite holiday, and your ideas are fabulous! Thank you, xo Alys

Bella Casa said...

So pretty, love those pumpkin topiaries :)

Bella