Thursday, October 11, 2012

~Welcome to my "Pumpkin patch" =) ~

THANK YOU for joining me (and my caring husband has joined me too =) in praying that my magazines would arrive safely!!!
Because you prayed...Jesus sent me in my Aug. Better Homes and Gardens magazine last week!!! YEA!  (That was the first BHG magazine that I've received here in Colombia since April 2011!!!)
Today, I was talking to my Best Friend Jesus and I asked Him if He could PLEASE send me 2 more magazines this weekend while my sweetheart (my earthly Best Friend) is away.
(Phillip is in Medellin helping preach a revival at our church there. Please pray for this effort!)
 An hour later...I went through the office where we get our mail...and the guard said,
"You have 2 magazines, do you want them now?"
I SQUEALED with delight (much to the embarrassment of my older children, I'm sure =) and said, "YES!!"
~So, in just 2 weeks Jesus has sent me in the Aug., Sept., and Oct. issues of Better Homes and Gardens. YEA!!  God is GOOD...ALL THE TIME!!~
Last time I was in the USA, I learned about making pumpkins out of  a T.P. {Toilet Paper} roll.
Living in South America...I cannot just go to a Pumpkin farm, or a grocery store, to get pumpkins, and I can't run to Hobby Lobby to get Fall decor to use to I LOVE the T.P. pumpkins! =D
~I used a half-empty roll to make this pumpkin smaller.~
 ~Now, I'm sure many of you know how to do this, but I thought I'd share how I make mine, in case there is someone out there who doesn't know. =)   In just 4 or 5 easy FAST steps, you can have a cute pumpkin.
1. I just use a piece of material that is about 18 x 22.  (This piece was a long and skinny piece, so I cut it off and sewed it together, to make it about that size. =)
2. One lady I read after lays a piece of newspaper on top of her material to make a more "puffy" pumpkin.  She tucks in the newspaper first, then follows with the material.
I don't have newspaper, so I wrap 2 plastic bags around the outside of the T.P. roll to make it look more round and not the shape of the T.P. roll.
3. Then I tuck in my shorter edges and follow by tucking in the corners.  Every pumpkin will turn out different, so you can just mess with it, until you get the "pumpkin-y shape" you want. Please don't worry about it not being perfect.  Have you ever seen the variety of shapes and sizes of pumpkins in a field?  =)
4. For a stem you can use a smaller stick, a thick stick, a brown paper bag twisted to make a stem, or roll material to make a stem.
5. If you want to tie a bow, you'll need about 12"-15" of ribbon.~

~I love it that you can be creative and use scraps of material (no matter the color), and any type of stem and you get some FUN pumpkins!~

 ~My 3 fun pumpkins in my dinning room. ~
 ~Then I decided that I wanted one in our bedroom.  So I used the aqua and brown material that I pieced together (to match our bedroom colors), and made this fun pumpkin.  I love the knarly stem. =) ~
~My Phillip (who is an artist, so notices details in our home) thinks it's cute too; However, I think he's getting worried that if I keep making them, we'll run out of T.P. =) ~
I hope you feel inspired to go to your scrap box, and choose some material, and make you up a T.P. pumpkin.  I'd LOVE to hear about it if you do.  =)


RicKaren said...

Cute pumpkins! We have 2 orange ones (so original, huh?) and a fall plaid one we made last year. If I don't go shopping soon though, I may have to tear them open and use them. ;)

Abigail Kuhn said...

Wonderful idea! I think I may do this for a touch of fall in my bathroom! LOL :) I'm having a celebrating home party next weekend and would love to have a touch of fall in every room! I love having people over and this will be the first party I've had in our new home, we have had people over since living here but this is the first party! I'm excited! I love how you have such creative things on here and work with just what you have around the house to make beautiful decor with!

lila said...

Your pumpkins are so cute!!! Am so happy your BHG magazines made it!! Praise the Lord!!!

Keith and Crystal said...

I love your pumpkins. :) So happy about your magazines, too! I'm sure you'll have many happy hours of thumbing through them.

Thanks for the tip on the bread. I hope to try it out this weekend.

Have a great day!

~Carla~ said...

Oh! How darling! I love ALL of your pumpkins!

Thanks for the tip from Laura on the bread! I appreciate it. Can't wait to try the recipe!

Hugs, Carla

Pamela said...

Sue Colburn made me one of these pumpkins probably 15 or more years ago. And I still love it. I love how you always find ways to decorate with what you have.

Anonymous said...

Fun Fall Decor... and every time the kids see your blog, I get "reminded" Mommy we need to decorate for fall more than just a wreath on the front door. I'm behind times this year, running in circles or trying to lift someone else's load when I can.
Love ya much,

Brittany said...

These are so cute! I especially love the aqua one in your bedroom =) I'm so glad you got your magazines - YAY!!

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