Wednesday, September 28, 2011


I'm so happy to see you! 
Do you get Country Living Magazine?  When I saw the cover this month I wanted to make some pumpkins like these on the cover.  The instuctions said to photocopy fabric , then cut the paper into  1" strips and use mod podge to adhere it to the surface of the craft store pumpkin.  Easy enough, right?   Wrong!
If you want to make some I have an easier way to do it.  Don't bother making photocopies of the fabric.  Paper is stiff and when I tried to glue it on the round surface of the pumpkin, the edges puckered and it didn't lie smooth.  As I was trying to make it work I thought why not just use the fabric?  Fabric stretches and will go over a round surface much easier.  So that is what I did.  I followed the instructions in the magazine but used fabric instead of paper. 

I made 2 of them.

Here is a close up of how the fabric overlaps
 I placed this little blue one on the stack of books on the mantle and it looked okay there.

But it was much happier on the table with the other pumpkins.

Yesterday I promised you a cup of tea, so I've brought out my Dainty Blue tea set which I save for very special friends, like you!  Do you like milk and sugar in your tea?
 I hope you can stay for awhile and visit.  I'd love to find out what you've been up to.  Any projects going on around the house?  Have you read any good books or seen any good movies lately?
 Thanks for stopping by.

Rhondi xo


  1. GREAT tip Rhondi!! I agree that fabric us a better medium than paper -- seems like photo copying fabric is all the rage right now. I love CL magazine and look forward to it each month. Your tea tray is fabulous :)


  2. I saw the CL magazine yesterday and thought I'd wait to pick it up as a treat for the weekend (if it's in the house I won't be able to resist until then!!)
    You know I love your Dainty Blue - what a treat to have tea from those pretty fluted cups. No projects going on here right now - I'm challenged just to keep things going on my own here because it's a big property, and as you know, I work full time. What would we do if we weren't so busy?!

  3. That is a great idea Rhondi! When I saw the instructions in Country Living, I thought paper would be hard to work with on a curvy surface...

    Did you apply the fabric to a faux pumpkin or a real one?

    If you haven't read The Help, I would suggest that book, then after reading it go see the movie. Loved them both, but read the book first!
    p.s. Kent and I made a quick trip to Charlotte Saturday to visit our son at his appartment. He lives in the Ballantyne area. Is that near you? Then we went to Ikea...

    P.S.S. Where is the Metrolina Flea Market?

  4. Hi Rhondi--wow two posts in two days! Nice! I too wondered about how that would work, do love the pumpkins on the front of the mag. Yours turned out beautifully!

  5. Oh, yours are way better.. I too got the country living and loved the toile pumpkin but I dont have a printer so using the paper was out for me anyway.. Now, your great idea makes it possible for me to make pretty pumpkins too..
    thanks bunches
    Happy Fall to you

  6. Hi...I saw these and I thought they would be fun to make. Funny, I thought they were made with fabric, paper would be very difficult. Yours are absolutely adorable, very cute and they look great with the rest of your vignette. Love your tea service. Have a great day.(-:

  7. Oh your pumpkins are Gorgeous! Thanks so much for the great tip. I love your Blog so very much it always inspires me. You truly have a Beautiful house. Enjoy your day

    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl....Snatch JOY~!

  8. Happy Wednesday, Rhondi.

    Your pumpkins are great. I just might give it a try with your fabric solution.

    I see Penny suggested reading The Help. I just finished it, and it was wonderful. I've read some great books this summer. Check out my Read in 2011 on my right sidebar.

    We are in the throes of redoing our dining room. I feel like I have a mess everywhere I look, but I think we are going to love it when complete.

  9. Hi Rhondi! It's good to see you and look what you've done! I love your pumpkins and so agree with you that fabric would be so much easier! They look wonderful! Your tea set is so pretty and thank you so much for the cuppa!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  10. Let's see. Where shall I begin? We're unpacking the belongings we packed on Guam back in December 2009 (shortly after your Pillow Party). Phew! THAT'S what I've been up to. I'm grateful and having fun.

    I take my tea with just hit tea in the cup please. Love this beautiful tea set, btw!

    We're bracing for another typhoon scheduled to arrive here in Manila by Saturday.

  11. Oops. Sorry for the typo above. ",)

  12. Those of us who love fabric so much thank you for this great tip! Those polka dots are just perfect!
    Way too many projects going on around taylorsoutback...and this weekend is our guild's biennial quilt show - madly finishing up bindings late at night...and wanting to see everyone's blog postings for Autumn!!

  13. Wanted to stop by and say "thank you" on my way out the door TO THE FABRIC STORE! :)

  14. I have just not been too creative lately! The urge has just not been hitting! I read through my magazines quickly and then throw them out....I love your tea set and wicker tray---very inviting!

  15. Hi again ,
    thanks for your visit and letting me know about the other NC bloggers. I had no idea there were so many and now I need to pay each one a visit..
    this is so great~!

  16. Great to hear from you, Rhondi. Love the pumpkins and I love Country Living, too!

  17. What a darling idea! I'm sighing because I have so many projects in the works, but I'd really love to do a pumpkin in patchwork...all orangey! I know...maybe Rhondi will do it???

  18. How beautifully autumnal Rhondi!! I love them! So good to see a post from you ! xxoo

  19. O my goodness that tea set is perfectly adorable. My daughters and I have been searching for tea cups to use to have a tea party with for months now.

  20. Hi Rhondi,
    Yes, I saw those in the magazine and thought they were so cute. Yours turned out so pretty! Love your tea setting.


  21. What a darling idea... I love the orange polka dot pumpkin!!! Cute!!!

  22. Lovely! I really don't think I have a crafty bone in my body. But the photos of your home pull me in, and make me think that maybe I can give this a try. Or...I can just keep coming back here to visit. :)

    Thanks so much for entering my Lisa Leonard giveaway! I'll announce the winner on Monday!

  23. Loved the pumpkins, Rhondi! Country Living is such a great magazine filled with ideas!
    And that tea set is divine.

  24. Ms. Rhondi,
    You so amaze me!!!!!! i LOVE what you did with the pumpkins!! I wish everyone could be as blessed as I am to know you in person! Your home is so warm and inviting!
    The reason my blog exists is because of you!! You are such an inspiration!!

    I decorated our front porch yesterday and blogged about it!!! Please drop by when you can!!!

    Love you!

  25. Rhondi, these look fabulous. I'm eager to try this myself. Thanks for sharing the tips.
    Happy Fall ~ Sarah

  26. This pumpkins are fabulous! What a great idea and so cheap to do too.

    Thanks for the cup of tea and in such a beautiful tea set.

    Have a lovely day,

  27. They look very darling! I love your blog - it is very sweet!

  28. Oh Rhondi! I received that copy of CL in the mail. But yours are so much prettier! They look more real with the soft fabric. And of course, your layers of quilts make them seem even more special. Your house is so full of cozy!

  29. Stopping by to catch up a bit. Love your 'new' pumpkins and the way you put them together. I loved that magazine, too, but haven't had a chance to make any for my home yet.


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