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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  1. Super gorgeous Catherine! Would love to see you offer one of these little lovelies at Swap & Tell! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

  2. Wowzer, look at all those pumpkins, who knew you could make them in so many different materials including rabbit fur!! Loving the blue ones so pretty. Thanks for visiting my blog :0)

  3. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such a sweet comment! Your work is just gorgeous and you are an inspiration to everyone! I made these for my little booth that I opened July 2014....I have real dried stems to put on the ones for me! I only have a few stems, so I have to be careful where I use! Hugs, Penny

  4. Those are just stunning....I added this post to Stumble and Pinterest! Loving the glitzy pumpkins....

  5. I LOVE your creative use of peacock feathers on the turquoise pumpkins. Not bonkers at all. They are fun and spunky!

  6. Beautiful work on the pumpkins. I love them all.

  7. Stunning, Stunning Stunning!!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    Love them!!

    Thanks too for your visit and kind words!!


  8. Gorgeous as is everything you make! Love the added roses and bling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. I have to say these are the most gorgeous pumpkins I have ever seen. I love that you used fur and bling. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  10. Yes I agree with everyone, your pumpkins are gorgeous, stunning and beautiful. I love how they look for Halloween!

  11. Oh my word. How beautiful! I love them. I love the touches of bling! Thanks for sharing these. Did I miss it do you have a shop? I thought you said something about selling them. I'd love you to link at The Fabulous Fall Linky Party!

  12. love all your pumpkins. fabulous foresight to save pumpkin parts from last year! I'm going to be your newest follower and spend hours viewing your creative works.

  13. Really beautiful. The fur ones are too. Everything you touch becomes marvelous! Thanks so much for linking!

  14. These are so absolutely awesome. Of course, I pinned these lovely creations! Your friend, Linda Crafts a la Mode

  15. My, but you have taken pumpkins to a whole new level of creativity and fun!

  16. Beautiful work!! I would be honored if you would join me for my inaugural "Tablescape Tuesday" link party this Tuesday, October 21!


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