Sunday, 2 October 2011

Child's Play

This one is so simple a child can do it!  In fact, a child did do it!

It started with wanting to redo a couple of fake, orange pumpkins. ~

These ones looked soooo fakey!

I was inspired to do something fabulous with them after I saw some covered in fabric, twine, raffia and so on. But then, dock removal day managed to sneak up on me and I had a house full of helpers to be fed and entertained.  I'm very, very happy to do that since I can't get the dock out of the river by myself!

My twelve year old niece was getting a little bored waiting for the guys to finish hefting dock sections up thirty feet of river bank.  She's a crafty kind of girl and always ready to help me with my projects so I sat her down with a paint brush and a bottle of DecorArt Crafter's Acrylic paint and had her paint over all the orange on the pumpkins.  This is wayyy easier than what I had planned!

The result is lovely ~

Paired with my new sterling candlesticks and a sterling trophy dish from the 1951 So. California Men's Double Championships (that I bought super cheap at auction) these pumpkins are stunning!

I've been trying to take better pics for the blog and was concentrating on getting a tight shot.

Then this happened! ~

Yup, that smoke is from the leaf catching fire!  Now I have to apologize to my niece for burning her craft.  Sorry Camryn!!!  Let's just pretend it's frost damage to the leaf.

With all the time I've saved, I can get at redoing a dresser in chalk paint.  I'm anxious to get it done and let you know where I discovered how to make my own chalk paint!

So, haul out your fall decorations and put those kids to work!

PS~ This one is at the Common Ground link up.  Her site is loaded with ideas ripe for the stealing!  Shhh.