It’s cold! Hardly a ground-breaking fact seeing as it is October, but I can really feel the chill now. As I write this, I’m currently sipping a nice warm tea and seeing how many Galaxy Minstrels I can fit in my mouth – something I find perfectly acceptable to do on a Sunday now that it’s Autumn.
Today was probably my favourite kind of October day, it’s been cold but the sky was blue and the sun was out. If I’m honest, thinking about Autumn or the weather becoming even slightly colder had been filling me with complete dread. We’ve had a really busy year, which included being fortunate enough to disappear to warmer climes twice for the weddings of some of our best friends. In April we flew to Nerja in Spain, and in July we headed to Mexico. We had lots of plans and little trips in between all of this too, but now things have wound down a bit I think I was getting the wintry blues.
I needed to get out of my seasonal grump and thought that injecting a bit of Autumn into the house would help. Obviously the big décor theme for this time of year is Hallowe’en, but it’s not something me and Rob really go to town over. I do love a pumpkin though.
I did my usual late-night Pinterest browse and saw lots of ideas for beautifully painted pumpkins, an idea I loved because carving is haaaaard. Here’s some of the ideas I found:
So, off I skipped to buy some pretty pumpkins. I went to Morrisons and managed to get some medium sized ones for just 75p each! Obviously I bought 6.
I nipped into The Range afterwards where I unexpectedly found a bag of pine cones (I know how lazy this is but they were just there and perfect) and lots of copper, silver and gold metallic skeleton leaves.
After getting it all home and convincing Rob I absolutely had not gone insane, I shut myself in the garage with the cobwebs and the spiders (fitting) and set about painting my pumpkins.
As you can see there is a knife, and there is evidence of pumpkin carving on said knife. I did carve a little autumnal leaf into one pumpkin, half spray it white and gold and leave him to chill on the sideboard in the hall to greet everyone. Not really my neatest work and no other carving was carried out after this because I didn’t feel I had mastered the skill enough – plus it took forever!
For the remaining pumpkins, I decided I wanted them just white, with their stalks painted a metallic copper and silver to match the colours of our kitchen-diner. I thought all the other intricate patterns I had found were amazing but I loved the simplicity of them looking lovely, clean and simple. Plus, I didn’t want to make things too difficult for myself this first time round so thought best to start easy – who knows, next year I might be whipping up some autumnal watercolour landscapes on the next batch.
Once I’d painted them all up (I did this using ordinary all-surface white spray paint from B&Q, and some metallic craft paints from The Range), I arranged them in a row along the centre of the table, alongside the leaves and pine cones. I’d also found some tiny LED lights in The Range to drape around my newly acquired autumnal fruit and foliage. They are great because rather than a thick, plastic cable they are connected along a very fine wire which is barely noticeable and also means you can bend them to sit however you like.
Once set up and my little metallic leaves scattered, I’m happy to say I now finally feel autumnal! Our dining table is aglow with the gentle hues of the season and it’s added a nice warmth to the kitchen, especially at night with the little lights peeking through.
Obviously, the pumpkins will only last so long 😦 but I have big plans for those leaves and pine cones at Christmas!
Hope you like 🙂