Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Poor Pitiful Pumpkin Project



O.K. so I saw this great pumpkin in the Ballard Catalog. It's a white pumpkin with a black Fleur de Lis and I thought "I can do that". I already had a stencil that had a fleur in it, some black craft paint, tape, brush. I'm all set.



Well, I couldn't get that stencil to sit flat on the pumpkin. I taped it (strapped it down really), I used spray adhesive, I held it down with my fingers, I cut it out and tried all three things again and this is what I got.....




A Big Smooshie Mess!

Then I had the brilliant idea to use a paint pen and trace the shape and then just fill it in. Well that turned out better.....but don't look too close because it's still a bit messy! So if you want to put a fleur on a pumpkin buy a rub-on!



My projects don't always turn out perfect! To take your mind off my P.P.P.P, I'll show you something that I really like. My fall centerpiece in my dining room.



That's my fall mantle last year. I layered tons of faux fall fruit (say that fast three times) and veg. Miraculously, my husband didn't run into it and knock everything down (although he runs into the fireplace at least once a month?). So this year, I took that stuff and put it in that 3-tiered stand I got at the thrift store (my most favorite find so far).






27 comments:

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

It looks great! Nothing like some creative recycling.

Sorry about the pumpkin fiasco, but it's wonderful to know that you have your mishaps, too. I had been pretty certain that you were perfect. ;D

Deb said...

Hi Manuela, so your pumpkin didn't turn out the way you'd planned but,it still looks beautiful. I also love the three tiered stand, shows your fruit perfectly. Deb

TinaBug said...

Thanks for the heads up on the stencil! I was thinking the same thing; that I could do that with some stencils I have. Note to self: Buy the rub ons! You recovered it very well! And the center piece is beautiful as well! I just have one question about the pumpkin - did you use a real pumpkin and spray paint it? I was thinking I should probably get a craft pumpkin, but yours looks so real. Just wondering in NC. Tina

sheila from life @ #17 said...

I'm so sorry...didn't realize my numble finger crafting virus was contagious through my blog...

hah :)

but the second attempt looks good...it gets a gold sticky star:)

Linda's Blue Gate said...

That is what is so great about you .....you are so transparent.... and not afraid to show the smochie mistakes..... the other side looks good....
Hugs
Linda

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Janet said...

Great recovery Manuela. Isn't it amazing that we start some projects and ..wham...you realize you didn't think it all the way thru. Happens to me all the time, now I know I am in good company, lol.

Janet

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I love it...and I love that you shared the boo boo. All your Fall decor looks beautiful. cherry

ROXY said...

Ooh, love the fleur de lis pattern. What a great choice. Ir really came out nice!

Angie said...

The pumpkin looks pretty darn good to me! I got my Ballards catalog yesterday and actually wrote this project on my to do list. We'll see how mine turns out! Your table looks beautiful!

She'sSewPretty said...

I love your fall decorations. I opened the box of fall decor and decided it was too hot to even think about decorating. Either that or I am just plain lazy. LOL

Kathleen Grace said...

I love how the fleur turned out. It looks great! I love that three tiered stand you found. It looks so good with everything!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, your white pumpkin is beautiful! And we have the same stencil, I see. I had a little problem with getting mine on there too, I'm surprised mine wasn't more smeared.

the rub-ons work great! After I saw the ones you got a HL with the damask design, I knew they would work for my lamp project & they did. I'll post on that next week.

Storybook Woods said...

Oh it looks great. I had trouble painting my pumpkin to xxo Clarice

Paula said...

Dear Manuela,
Your pumpkin looks wonderful and I love the fall centerpiece! It looks lovely on your table with the runner. I also enjoyed the beautiful garden pictures.
Love, Paula

Katy said...

That looks great!!! I love your black and white toile table runner!!! :)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I think your PPPP turned out wonderfully! I may have to try one of those for my daughter! She'd love it! You just can't beat Fleur de lis!! I wonder if Michael's carry rub-ons of those?!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Bettsi said...

That centerpiece is so beautiful! I love it. I have a two-tier dessert stand and now I know what to do with it for fall! Thanks!

Mrs. B said...

I saw that very same pumpkin in the Ballard catalog and had the very same thought to do it myself! I'll definitely try outlining first if I do it! Yours turned out very cute, and no one will notice the imperfections. The centerpiece looks great!

Lisa Ann said...

Your pumpkin came out nice. I love your center piece.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

So I am not the only one who has to redo mistakes? Thank you for posting that and the tips to correct it!

Love your tiered stand. It looks great!
xo
Penny

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

I love your pumpkin!

Mimi Sue said...

You know what the Nester says... "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." I do love that 3 tiered centerpiece. Very festive. Mimi

Joy said...

Looks great, love that diningroom
centerpiece!

julie & joe said...

You can get a rub on from Uppercase Living www. expressyourself.uppercaseliving.net


You can get any size you want and lots of different designs.

Jennifer said...

I love how the second pumpkin came out! That is such a great idea. I may try something like that. Thanks for the idea.

Susie Q said...

This looks so wonderful!
It may not be exactly the way you wanted it to be originally but my! It all looks so good!

Love,
Sue