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I’m typically a traditional Fall colors girl, as you might remember from my fancy mantle (seen here), but this year my autumn color-loving self has been tempted by the hues of a different kind of pumpkin: heirlooms! These gorgeous, antique-looking pumpkins have seeds that have been around for hundreds of years, but are making a big comeback in Fall decor!  They come in a variety of colors, but are mainly in muted grays, blues, greens and white.  These babies are not cheap, but apparently, are absolutely delicious to use in cooking/baking, so you can decorate with them and then eat them. Big bang for your buck. 🙂 (That’s what I tell my hubs, anyway)

If you’re too cheap frugal to buy heirloom pumpkins, you can make your own that will last forever using this tutorial. Pretty convincing and super cute.
Would you believe it if I told you that I bought mine at Home Depot? Well, I did. They were $8.00 a pop, but honestly, my life wouldn’t have been complete without them (okay, I’ll admit that that’s a bit of an overstatement, but my hubs will tell you that once I get something in my head, I’m pretty darn annoying about it until I have it/do something about it.)
I only sprung for two heirloom pumpkins, but I love the character and colors they add to the little workbench I found this past summer.
And if you’re really, really perceptive, you might have noticed two things that are different here: 1) I added a number 4 to my white pitcher (four is a favorite number around here because it’s how many people are in our family and ’04 was the year we were married). I created a stencil and then dry-brushed it on the pitcher. So easy! It’s not perfect, as you can see, but I’ll be cleaning up the lines as soon as I get the chance. (I just couldn’t wait that long to post pictures!)

2) I finally  convinced my hubs to paint the hallway that was covered in paint that I loathed. It went from swine-colored to a cool gray/tan neutral that I am in love with (you can see the new paint color here in my newly redesigned bathroom). So.much.better.

As you can see, it’s still a work in progress, but the difference is truly amazing. {Love} So, what are your thoughts about heirloom pumpkins? Do you think they’re cool like me, or just plain wierd? Have you used them in your home yet?

The projects for the final round of Crafting with the Stars are now up and ready to be voted on. We would be ever so grateful if you’d head on over to Sew Dang Cute and vote (for us)! We’re crossing our fingers that this project wins us the whole contest! 🙂 Thanks for your help.
Happy Monday!


The comments +

  1. Wow these pumpkins are amazing! Such a naturally beautiful decor and I agree you totally needed some! 😉

  2. Wendy says:

    What a beautiful conoregatign of squash! Yummy eating and preserving!BTW- Are you familiar w scallop (patty pan) squash? I don’t see it often, but the time a friend shared some from her garden, I thought it was delish. and it had a distinguished flavor. Just wondering.

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