Spider Web Pancakes

I love traditions--LOVE them.  And it seems like every year, I am adding more and more new fun traditions to our holiday routines.  In the past, we have always enjoyed a delicious Halloween breakfast of pumpkin waffles made into jack-o-lantern faces.  And they are tasty for sure.

But I had a new idea that I tried out over the weekend.  Now I can't wait for Halloween to hurry up and get here so we can eat these spider web pancakes!

Especially after our Insects unit in Mommy School, I think Little Man will love these!

So here is what I did...

I mixed up our favorite batch of buttermilk pancakes. Yummmmm!

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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??

 

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