Sunday’s Snippets: The Pumpkin Patch

If you're new to Oopsey Daisy, welcome!  On Sundays, I cherish the opportunity to spend time with family and take a break from my usual crafting routine.  Sunday's Snippets is my chance to show you a peak into our everyday lives.  Thanks for being here!

 

Pumpkin Patch Day might just be one of my favorite days of the whole year.  It's right there behind Christmas Eve!  The patch is everything I love about fall:  Vibrant colors... the outdoors... and pumpkins!!  When it comes to baking, I love all things pumpkin!  Pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies!  So just seeing fields of pumpkins makes me hungry!

We planned our outing to the Patch weeks ago.  And it was the perfect day.  The weather was gorgeous and the pumpkins were plentiful!

I realize that I take too many pictures, but I simply couldn't resist.

I just loved sitting back and watching Little Man experience the Pumpkin Patch for the first time he'll probably remember.

So many pumpkins--where to begin?

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Black and White Pumpkins {2 tutorials}

Over the weekend, I dug out my decorations for fall.

Admittedly, I've been pretty terrible with decorating for holidays lately.  Besides digging out my plastic Easter eggs during the spring, our decorations are simply creating dust in the basement.  But not now.  I'm busy decorating for fall!  Of course my old decorations needed a few new additions, so I got to work.

I have always been a huge fan of black and white.  So I am in LOVE with these beauties on my front porch.  Both of these pumpkins were inspired by pictures I found on Pinterest.  (Pinterest is definitely my new go-to source of inspiration!)

Just because it's Monday and I could use a double dose of something wonderful, today I want to share TWO easy pumpkin tutorials with you:

A jeweled spider pumpkin

PLUS a tights (or panty hose!) pumpkin

Let's get started...

Normally I'm not a big creepy crawly fan, but I am lovin' this jeweled spider!!

I bought a large white pumpkin at Michael's.  Here's what I did..

1.  I just had to try out the new Martha Stewart line!  So I mixed the glaze with the acrylic "pearl" paint.  I got a lovely shade with tons of shine and texture.

2.  I gave the pumpkin a few coats and let it dry.

3.  Also at Michael's (there was a great sale!), I purchased a spider jewel sticker by Martha once again.  I found some black jewels that matched the color and size of the spider fairly well to create the spider's trail.

4.  Once the paint was dry, I applied all of the jeweled stickers to the pumpkin.  Easy enough!

 

Here is my finished spider pumpkin!

Prettiest spider I've ever seen.

 

Now on to tutorial #2!  I have seen a few versions of panty hose pumpkins and I had been dying to try it out!

I found these 2 lovely little orange pumpkins at Wal-Mart for cheap.  I tore off the stems and gave these little guys a shade of Heirloom white spray paint.

 

I had an old pair of tights laying around--lucky for me it had an interesting pattern!  So I cut the tights in half--one leg for each pumpkin!

 

I just squished the pumpkin through the leg of the tights.  It was a bit tricky to get it to fit at first, but it just took a bit of pushing.  I tied a knot at the bottom of the pumpkin and cut off the extra.

 

At the top, I decided I wanted something stem-like.  So I stuck in a finial that happened to fit beautifully where the stem was.  Then I hot glue the bit of tights left around it to create a stem.

 

I LOVE how this turned out.  I love how the pattern of the tights gives the pumpkin so much personality!

 

These just makes me happy.

So how are YOU decorating for fall??

 

Canning Pears

I have not always been a canning fan.

My sisters and I grew up helping my Mom can pears, applesauce, tomatoes, and peaches.  But I dreaded it.  In fact, I once fainted in a toasty kitchen while canning peaches.  While being revived, I vowed to never participate in canning again by choice.  But then I grew up.  (You may or may not know that I turned 30 over the weekend, so lately I DO feel very grown up!)

Over Labor Day, my sister made the journey to Colorado's Palisades orchards.  She returned with boxes of lovely pears and apples for the entire family!  Although I don't eat a lot of fresh pears, I love making baby food from canned pears.  I love throwing canned pears in a blender and having a meal ready to go.

I always worry that I haven't learned everything that I need to learn from my Mother.  So last week when we got together to can pears, I took notes!  So this tutorial is for me...

**Although I am sure there are many ways to can, this is my Mama's style.  I realize there are many new gadgets and methods, but this it the way my Mother has always canned.  And her Mother.  And her Mother's Mother.  So here's to keeping tradition alive!

My sister, Mom, and I formed an assembly line to cut up boxes and boxes of pears. We each took charge of 1 of these tools:

Peeler, coring tool, knife

After hours of peeling, my sister was thrilled to show off all those peelings!  That represents a ton of hard work!

Now it was time to fill those jars...

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Creative Carousel Winners and Wrap-Up

Has this been a fantastic week or what?! 

Honestly, I have been so inspired by a week packed full of fun fall tutorials!!  In case you missed out, please stop by these talented ladies' home blogs and check out their fall tutorials!  They have shared so much crafty goodness!

Oopsey Daisy - My Roll a Jack-o-Lantern Game

Lil' Luna - Adorable Halloween sign and bunting

Every Creative Endeavor - Darling button pumpkin

Creations By Kara - Clever book page pumpkin

Sew Dang Cute Crafts - Sweet autumn shutter

Craftaholics Anonymous - "Too cute" mini paper pumpkins

Now stay tuned for October's Creative Carousel, where Creations by Kara will be hosting a whole giveaway and tutorial series about Handmade for the Holidays.  This will be perfect for me to get planning for holiday gifts!

And now the moment you've been waiting for...

I so enjoyed reading all of your memories and favorite things about fall!

The winners of the humongo fall prize giveaway are....

Prize Package #1

Jamie, comment #26 who said:

What a fun giveaway!! Thank you soooo much for putting it together!! Fall is by all means my favorite season. I love football, Halloween, pumpkins, soups and ciders, the cooler weather, jumping in the leaves and playing outside with the kiddos and fun family days. I’m also loving that my sweet baby girl is experiencing her first fall (she’ll be one in November) and I’m already planning all the fun things she and I, along with my 6 year old son, are going to be doing together. I love them so!! I am definitely in need of some festive fall fun stuff to jazz up the house…soooo crossing my fingers!! Thanks for the chance! I’m going to spread the news. :)

Prize Package #2

Mariah, comment #240 who said:

Thanks for the great giveaway. I love decorating my house for Fall, taking my littles to the pumpkin patch, carving our pumpkins together, dressing them up for trick-or-treating and, of course, all the yummy foods that come with the season.

Ladies, I will be contacting you SOON!  :) Check your e-mail!

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Delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

WARNING:  Do not read this post if you are hungry!

It really didn't take me long at all to bust out the pumpkin this year.  You may remember how last year (at least where we lived) there was a pumpkin shortage!  By the time I finally found canned pumpkin in the stores, I stocked up big time.  I'm simply a sucker for all things pumpkin.

So on September 1st, I declared it the season of pumpkin and started a pumpkin-baking marathon!  In my house, I'm really the only person who eats sweets.  (Okay, sometimes Little Man eats a few bites, but his little appetite doesn't count for much!)  Often I crave sweets and make batches of something yummy.  Then altogether too soon, I get a little tired of the yummy things I bake.

Not these muffins.

This recipe makes a whopping 2 1/2-3 dozen.  But I am enjoying each and every morsel--and still eating them 3 times a day!  In all the food marriages in all the world, I think pumpkin and chocolate could surely have the most enduring love of all.

Pumpkin Muffins

3 1/3 c. flour

2 1/4 c. sugar

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. salt

2 c. pumpkin

4 eggs

1 c. oil (May also substitute 1 c. applesauce instead!)

2/3 c. water

1 tsp. vanilla

1 c. chocolate chips (I'm not gonna lie.  I usually add many more!)

 

Mix together first 5 ingredients.  Make a well and add liquid ingredients.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Spoon into muffin tins.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Makes about 2 1/2-3 dozen muffins.

* If you're in the mood for pumpkin bread, this make a yummy pumpkin bread too!!

 

If you don't want to copy down the recipe...

Take it from me--these are delish!!  You know you want some!!


And in case you're wondering what happened to Wednesday's Wowzers, this recipe is SO yummy, I felt it necessary to interrupt my regular schedule just to share it with you!

Have a happy day!

PS Don't forget to check out today's Creative Carousel project--an adorable autumn shutter by Sew Dang Cute Crafts!

 

Linking up to The Idea Room

Fall Tree Snack

I'm going to be short and sweet today!  I just wanted to share one of the snacks we created during our "L is for leaves" Mommy School unit.  This is our fall tree snack:
Pretzel rod - Tree trunk
Pretzel sticks - Tree branches
M&M's - Leaves
Graham cracker - Base
*Held together by peanut butter*
I did attempt to secure M&M's to my tiny tree branches, but without much luck!  So this is a tree at the end of fall, with all of its "leaves" on the ground!  Little Man loved it!  I am happy to say that he ate more of the pretzels and cracker than the M&M's!  (So I don't feel quite as guilty for offering sugarlicious snacks!)
Enjoy your day!

Gratitude Tree Advent Calendar {With download}

I often feel that Thanksgiving is not given its own due credit.  I am often guilty of jumping straight from Halloween into Christmas.  The last year or two, I've been trying to make Thanksgiving more meaningful for our family.  
I saw this Halloween advent calendar at Heartland Paper, and I was completely inspired!  My idea is using this magnet board gratitude tree as a sort of advent calendar.  At the start of the month, we will begin with a blank tree.  Each day, we will take turns as a family mentioning something we are grateful for.  As we do this, we will add a leaf onto the tree!
You can make your own gratitude tree for your family, too!  Come along with me and I'll show you how!
I already had a magnet board collecting dust, so I got to work creating the tree. I sketched a tree outline on the back of a piece of brown scrapbook paper.  I am NOT an artist so I looked at a tree picture while I did this.  
I cut out my tree and cut out several layers of "leaves" to fit the tree.  There was definitely no exact science to this.  I just cut out layers of scrapbook paper and overlapped them to create the shape of foliage.  I mod podged the leaves and tree onto the magnet board.  I also painted a layer of mod podge over the top to protect the whole tree!
Next, I created these leaves in Photoshop and cut them out.  I created 30 leaves so we could add a leaf to the tree every day during November.

I am excited to tell you that I made my first Etsy purchase!  Now I know why I stayed away from Etsy for so long... it is addicting!  I purchased 100 resin glaze drops along with 100 bottle caps at Sun and Moon craft kits.  (You definitely don't need to buy these to make your own, though.  You could use clear glass pebbles to make these, too!)  Now I attached the leaves to the resin glaze drops.
Now, I used E-6000 to attached the resin drops to the tops of the bottle caps and the magnets to the bottom of the bottle caps. Again, remember that you could use clear glass pebbles to create magnets in the same way!  It's much cheaper!  :)
Aren't those bottle cap leaf magnets lovely?!
I hung my magnet board with green ribbon.  Now I can stand back and admire it!  

But for now, we're starting with a bare tree at the beginning of November.... can I just add the first leaf to tell you how grateful I am for YOU?!  I so appreciate your kind comments and thoughts.  They really make my day!

If you wish, you can download your own set of leaves here.  I would love to see pictures if you make your own gratitude tree advent calendar!  You could even make a tree on your refrigerator and add leaf magnets every day during November.  **These leaves were made to fit my bottle caps, so you may have to resize these just a smidge smaller to fit clear glass pebbles.  Or just trim them up a bit!**
Enjoy your weekend!

Fall Rosette Necklace

One of the things I like most about fall is the colors.  I love browns, oranges, and golds.  I planned this necklace long ago because I needed the perfect accessory for my fall wardrobe!  So I present to you my new favorite jewelry piece--this fall rosette necklace!  I don't consider myself an expert at all in jewelry-making, so this is a tutorial easy enough for all of us!  Come along with me, and I'll show you how to make one of your own!
For this project, you will need:
* Felt scraps
* Fall-colored fabrics  (I found mine on the Red Tag clearance section at JoAnn's.)
* Necklace chain or ribbon would work too!
* Hot glue gun
* Scissors
To start out, I cut strips of fabric that were about 1 inch wide and varying lengths.  Be creative. I experimented to see how long I would need to get the rosettes to be just the right size for me.  To make the roesttes, you tie a knot in the end of the fabric strip.  Then you start wrapping around and hot-gluing as you go.  I use this House of Smith's tutorial to create my rosettes, the same one I used in my crepe paper rose wreath.
I went a little crazy on my rosettes!  I had only planned to make a few, but I just couldn't stop myself!  I ended up making 8 total, but I did scrap a few that didn't fit into the scheme I had in mind.  (The cotton fabrics were a bit harder for me to turn into rosettes.  The gold silky fabric worked out much better!  Just FYI.)  I arranged the rosettes on a scrap of felt.
Now, I hot glued the rosettes onto the felt in my desired formation.  Then I trimmed the felt carefully so you wouldn't be able to see it from the front.  This is the ugly back side!

Now I just hot glued the chain onto the back of the felt.  I also hot glued one more piece of felt over the chain to sandwich the chain snuggly in between brown felt.

I'll be honest.  I am in love with this necklace!  And I wear it almost every day!  It works with brown, yellow, white, and even orange.  Can't wait for the weather to get cold enough to bust out my fall boots and add those as the final accessory!

Enjoy your week... I am gearing up for a CRAZY time in the next few days!  We are trying to pack up to move and leave for out of town this week (all without my husband!)  Yikes!

Burlap Candy Corn

In case you missed my post at Naptime Crafters, here is my tutorial for burlap candy corn!
I LOVE burlap and LOVE candy corn, so I knew the combination had to be great!  Come along, and I'll show you how I made these two beauties!
I started out by cutting a rough candy corn shape out of burlap.  You will need a front and back for each candy corn.  I decided to make a large candy corn and a smaller candy corn.  
Next, I painted each piece of burlap--fronts and backs--with acrylic paint.  I just eyeballed where I wanted to paint, and it turned out fine! I decided to leave the top part plain instead of painting it white.  I let these dry overnight. 
Next, I pinned the candy corn together, wrong sides together.  
I left more than an inch in seam allowance.  I sewed almost all the way around the candy corn, but I left a large opening in the bottom.
I stuffed the candy corn, using a pencil to help punch out the corners completely.  Then I sewed up the opening!
I decided to use pinking shears to cut around the seams.  I love the effect!
I looked at these for a solid week, knowing that they needed something to jazz them up!  I decided on some ricrac!  I just hot-glued the ricrac around the candy corn right in between paint layers.
Don't they make a nice back drop for my spider topiary? (Even before the ricrac!)  You can check out my spider topiary tutorial today at Moo Moo's & Tutus, where I am guest posting for the talented Daphne's blogiversary bash! 
 I love Halloween crafts!  I am having way too much fun with fall decor.  I think I now have more decorations than my tiny apartment can handle!

Oreo Pumpkins

When I saw this post at Cookies and Cups, I knew I had to give it a try!  She made apples out of Oreos, and I decided to try my luck with pumpkins.

These are so incredibly easy and fun to make!  And your kids will love them!
Here is what you need:
* Orange candy melts
* Oreos
* Dipping stick (popsicle stick or candy stick)
* Pretzel sticks, cut in half
* Ribbon
Melt the orange candy melts according to the package directions.  Using a dipping stick, dip an Oreo into the orange candy melt.  (I wasn't very good at this, and I ended up just spreading the candy melt all over the Oreos!)  Let set on wax paper.  Stick a half pretzel stick into the top to create the pumpkin's stem. Tie green ribbon around the stem to form the leaves.  Enjoy!

How fun would it be to decorate these to create jack-o-lanterns?!  I think we'll wait until Little Man is just a bit older for that!  Enjoy!

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