Thursday, August 14, 2014

Outrageously Elegant White Autumn Pumpkins

Even though it's summer, I'm getting ready for Fall!  Pretty Fall, that is... not much spookiness here...what can I say?  I just like to make pretty things.

Gorgeous vintage gowns are my favorite supplies!  I use them to make these lovely elegant pumpkins.  I collected the pumpkin stems  last October.  Cloroxed and dried them; most stay intact.  Some don't...I toss those out.  Most dry quite nicely, much like a gourd dries and becomes quite sturdy.  Last year, I got lots of requests for white, so I gathered as many white beaded gowns as I could find this year.  But I had one more crazy idea.....hmmmm....

  
Ready for my crazy idea?  Fur pumpkins!  Yep!  Fur!  My husband and kids gave me some crazy looks when I announced the idea.  I REPURPOSED two fur coats to make pumpkins!  I didn't quite know what to expect, but listed them for sale in the Spring, just slowly getting ready for fall.  Well, they sold within a few days ---- and that was in the Spring, when I thought no one would be shopping for fall stuff.  I was just listing things slowly so I wouldn't be rushed in the early fall...Hmmmm, I said....crazy imaginations have their uses! 

 

 Here's the original set.  Rhinestones and Crystals and Fur, OH MY!!
Yes, indeed...rhinestones!  And the roses -- I made with smaller pieces of the beaded gowns.

Here is the faux fur set.  For this one, I made silk chiffon roses for embellishments.  
Such a delicate look.




Since the fur sets sold, though, I had to make some more fur pumpkins!
 Must have BLING.....

Lots of silk chiffon roses on these.  I sit and make them on long car trips, while I watch my son play long baseball tournaments, while I wait for my daughter's dance classes.  Always bring a project bag wherever I go!

When I  got to the turquoise fabrics....I went a little bonkers....

What's life without a little imagination and creativity?  Make something imaginative today - it's fun!
Happy creating, everyone!
Hugs, Catherine

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Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
Simple and Sweet Fridays http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com/
The inspiration Gallery at The Craftberry Bush 
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Pearls and Lace Thursday at Faith Grace and Crafts
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Boutique Tuesday at Prodigal Pieces
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Transformed Tuesdays at PJH Designs One of a Kind
Tuesdays at our Home at Our Home Away From Home
You're Gonna  Love It (Tuesday) at Kathe with an E
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits at StoneGable
Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters
Strut your stuff Saturday at Six Sisters
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Share Your Cup Thursday at Jann Olson BlogSpot
Saturday Sparks Linky Party at Pieced Pastimes
Share your Creativity (Saturday) at Welcome To It's Overflowing
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
 Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound
Fabulously Creative Friday at  Jennifer Rizzo
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What to do weekends at Crafts a la mode
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Outlander Watching Party

Do you have a favorite book series?  My own personal favorite is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  The premier of the series was last Saturday, so I hosted a viewing party for a few friends.

It's a series based in Scotland, so some Gaelic wording and some kilts were in order!

Some scones, short bread cookies, and Scottish jam....
Yep, that's a kilt around that chip bowl!  (sort of...it's really a my hubby's shirt!!) 
 Real men wear kilts, aye?


 
 A few mantle decorations...


Some wine charms in the outlander theme....one of the friends in attendance had given these to me as a gift.  They were from Etsy.


The party printables were dowloaded from Professional Fangirls.






The season premier was well done, stayed true to the book,
 and we're looking forward to this Saturday!  Tulach Ard!!

Sharing with these fun linky parties:
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Made by you Monday at Skip To My Lou
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Table it at Rustic and Refined 
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House 


Friday Linky Party at Funky Junk Interiors 
Show and Tell Friday http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
It's a Hodgepodge Friday http://itsahodgepodgelife.blogspot.com/
Frugalicious Friday http://decormamma.blogspot.com/
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
Simple and Sweet Fridays http://rootedinthyme.blogspot.com/
The inspiration Gallery at The Craftberry Bush 
Pearls and Lace Thursday at Faith Grace and Crafts
Inspire me Tuesday at A stroll through life
The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday
Knick of Time Tuesday at Knick of Time Interiors
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Transformed Tuesdays at PJH Designs One of a Kind
Tuesdays at our Home at Our Home Away From Home
You're Gonna  Love It (Tuesday) at Kathe with an E
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits at StoneGable
Blissful Whites Wednesday at Timewashed
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters
Strut your stuff Saturday at Six Sisters
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Share Your Cup Thursday at Jann Olson Blogspot
Share your Creativity (Saturday) at Welcome To It's Overflowing
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
 Pink Saturday at How Sweet The Sound
Fabulously Creative Friday at  Jennifer Rizzo
Pin me Linky Party at Diana Rambles
What to do weekends at Crafts a la mode