I just wanted to wish a Happy Halloween to all of my visitors. (This is my favourite holiday, as it falls just after my favourite time of the year; autumn colours and the last of the warm summery days, known as Indian Summer.) I love the colours; russet and yellow and orange and brown. I like pumpkins, cinnamon, and 'Indian corn' and gourds.
I thought that I would include a special creative post about pumpkins. Besides making jack 'o lanterns and carving intricate designs, pumpkins can be used to create other decorations, and I have added a few ideas below.
Country Living Magazine: http://www.countryliving.com/
1) Carol Kemry created a gilding kit to use to decoratively paint pumpkins and gourds.
2) Miki Duisterhof - These pumpkins were inspired by different fabric patterns.
3) John Kernick - these stencil silhouette-style houses are dawn and painted onto pumpkins
4) Dana Gallagher - pumpkins painted with textbook-inspired illustrations.
Pumpkins in Crafts
1) Cloth and Patina: http://www.etsy.com/people/ClothandPatina
I like these paper pumpkins.
2) Paradise Body Soap: http://www.etsy.com/people/ParadiseBodyShop
These jack o' lantern pumpkin spice-scented soaps look cute.
3) wallblooms: http://www.etsy.com/people/wallblooms
A pumpkin can be personalised.
4) kippyssomature: http://www.etsy.com/people/kippyssomature
I could not resist adding this cute lamb with felt pumpkins.
1) donutsandmore: http://www.etsy.com/shop/donutsandmore
Pumpkin doughnuts sound delicious; look at the sugar and cinnamon. Mmm.
2) cploch: http://www.etsy.com/people/cploch
These pumpkin cake pops look delish.
3) Old Time Favorites: http://www.etsy.com/people/OldTimeFavorites
These pumpkin-spiced whoopie pies are shaped like maples leaves and mini pumpkins.
5) Splendora Cakes and Tea: http://www.etsy.com/people/SplendoraCakeandTea
A pumpkin whoopie pie looking yummy.
6) Broken Road Farm: http://www.etsy.com/people/BrokenRoadFarm
Pumpkin cookies are my favourite, and these look like the kind I make.
Pumpkin in Recipes
1) Pumpkin churros: http://buddingbaketress.blogspot.com/2011/09/pumpkin-spice-churros.html
2) Pumpkin-Spice Pull-Apart Bread: http://willowbirdbaking.wordpress.com/2011/09/18/pumpkin-spice-pull-apart-bread-with-butter-rum-glaze/
3) Pumpkin Spice Scones: http://eggsonsunday.wordpress.com/2008/12/10/pumpkin-spice-scones-my-best-scone-so-far/
4) Snickerdoodle with Pumpkin Ice Cream: http://penniesonaplatter.com/2010/10/15/snickerdoodle-pumpkin-ice-cream-sandwiches/
5) Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes: http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/2010/09/pumpkin-spice-cupcake-recipe.html
6) Pumpkin Coffee Cake: http://www.americancupcakeabroad.com/cake/pumpkin-streusel-coffee-cake
(Note: All photographs and images were taken from the respective website or Etsy seller's page.)