Wednesday, November 07, 2018

pick a pumpkin; day three . . .

This is it!  Today -- Day 3 --  is *my* day for the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop and a giftaway!
Of course, there is a whole lineup of bloggers participating today, so be sure to visit them all:

Count it *all* JOY! (you are here!)

If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely adore pumpkins.  So when I saw the post announcing this hop, I jumped right on the pumpkin train!  That being said, many thanks to Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks for organizing this happy hop!!

Before I introduce my project, I wanted to keep up my runof the past few days and share another pumpkin-themed Kindle freebie.  Today's offering is Pumpkin Desserts Super Value Pack I – 450 Recipes For Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Bread, Muffins, Torte, Fudge and More (The Ultimate Pumpkin Desserts ... Desserts and Pumpkin Recipes Collection 1), by Pamela Kazmierczak.  This one is new to me, but I loved the cover, so I grabbed it. Oh my goodness -- there are TONS of wonderful pumpkin desserts, including cheesecakes, brownies, muffins and SCONES! Grab a hot pumpkin spice tea and bake a pumpkin scone! ♥ 

This book is NOT a freebie, but I have the hard copy of this pumpkin book, and my daughter and I have absolutely loved it!  The Pumpkin Cookbook, 2nd Edition: 139 Recipes Celebrating the Versatility of Pumpkin and Other Winter Squash by DeeDee Stovel.  Though it's not free, it's a pretty palatable $2.99 as a Kindle read, so I just thought I'd share it as a bonus, today. You're welcome!




Also, in keeping with my two prior Pick a Pumpkin posts, here's your pumpkin joke of the day (because I know you'd be sad without it, and laughter does good like medicine):

Q:     Why was Cinderella not very good at softball?

A:     Because her coach was a pumpkin.

Hahaha!  I think that one may be my favorite!

And today's fun pumpkin fact: Most pumpkin varieties take 85 to 125 days to mature and about 80% of the U.S. pumpkin supply is available in October. Hooray for October and pumpkins!

Whew ... got all that out of the way, now let's get down to PUMPKIN BUSINESS!

I wanted to do something fun and a little funky. I knew I had a pumpkin project in me--oh yeah, I knew--but I wasn't sure where I was going to land.  Then I happened to visit Carole at From My Carolina Home and saw the cute pumpkin blocks she featured in her Autumn Jubilee quilt along! I opened up my trusty EQ software, resized the blocks, and made something a little more in keeping with our RV home . . . 
EQ Rendition
The Actual Finish!
A window valance! I love changing up our decor (especially seasonally) and especially enjoy covering the RV 'window treatments' with quilted projects.  
This four-pumpkin valance was just the perfect size to hang over my window. I thought about doing the pumpkins Andy Warhol style, but decided I liked the ratio of one purple pumpkin to three oranges ones. I'm the purple pumpkin. LOL!
I even managed to label it with pumpkins ... many thanks to Janet for the prim pumpkin labels! It was a perfect fit. :)

But somehow, just a valance wasn't enough. (I'm a procrastinator, a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants crafter, *and* an over-achiever. Do you know what kind of storms that combination causes?!) Carole to the rescue again; she had also featured some maple leaf placemats in her Autumn Jubilee series.  So again, I opened up my trusty EQ and replaced the leaf with a . . .
EQ Rendering
Pumpkin, of course!
One purple and one orange ... one for me and one for Todd!  These placemats are really clever . . . 
They have built in silverware pockets!  Isn't that nifty?? So fun and easy! 
I finished both projects pillowcase style -- no binding -- which speeds things up a bit.  I also added ribbon ties to the valance -- that way if Todd and I are having dinner on the new deck, I can tie our valance to the rails and put out the placemats and we eat al fresco in pumpkin style! (It was too dark when I got in last night -- and again too dark when I left this morning -- to get a deck pic, sorry.)


So there you have it -- my picked pumpkin(s) -- color me done! Except for the giftaway -- interested?  Leave me a comment telling me your favorite thing about pumpkins, a pumpkin joke, or a tried and true pumpkin recipe, and I'll randomly pick a winner on Sunday (11/11) for this fun trio of Harvest teas from The Republic of Tea, including Pumpkin Spice! Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you! ♥
So, be sure to comment and be sure you visit with the rest of today's participants and have a blast; tomorrow's the last day!

:)

42 expressed . . .:

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Denise, your valence and placemats are adorable!! Great job. I would definitely be the purple pumpkin too! LOL Thank you for sharing!

beaquilter said...

cute projects!

Vicki in MN said...

Love your projects, I also had to go read your RV page;)

works4me said...

Wow, you have been pumpkin busy. I love it. Today's projects are fun and useful.
I love pumpkins because they mean Halloween, my favourite day of the year. You can also turn them into anything you want with some imagination and hard work. And,best of all, I LOVE the seeds toasted.

Barbara said...

Well, I love your purple pumpkin. Now how did that go? Peter Piper Picked a Peck of Purple Pumpkins. Do I have it right?

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

Love all your pumpkins even purple. The placemats are so perfect and with a silverware pouch...great! The tea would be super yummy with my favorite pumpkin bread.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

What cute projects you made. I love to resize blocks, but I use graph paper.

Carol S. said...

That purple pumpkin is my favorite...love, love, love it! The valance and placemat set is so cute. I'm a pumpkin bread with chocolate chips fan. Thanks for sharing this fun pumpkin post!

Quilting Tangent said...

Cute pumpkins!

Susan said...

What great decorating those made. Purple pumpkin! What a great switch up. We had a 5th wheel and I loved that lifestyle. Since you mentioned deck, I don't know if you travel, but I did love that as well as times we stopped for a month. It's amazing how well you can live in a small space! Thanks for sharing your pumpkin recipes, jokes and facts, as well as books. That was fun reading! I can't have the teas, so don't enter me, but what a nice giveaway to connect to your post!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Great Holiday projects for your pumpkin decorating. That placemat pattern is great as you can switch out the center design with so many other things. From my grandkids - Why do pumpkins scoop out their brains to be a jack-o-lantern? So the Zombies don't eat them.

Jocelyn said...

Very cute. I love pumpkin pie and look forward to this time of year to enjoy it. Thanks for the giveaway. The blog hop has been fun.

Calicojoan said...

Now just how cute are those projects. What a fabulous way to change up the RV decor...or anyplace for that matter. Love love love it!

Needled Mom said...

Those are really cute. I love the different colored pumpkins that are popping up all over. Those will certainly make your home feel festive.

Mary said...

Be still my Purple Lovin heart. Sew fun to make those. Great thinking on the ties, easy on and off. I don't need the gift away prize. No tea at my house, just Hot Cocoa in this Season.

LJ said...

My favorite thing about pumpkins is that they are generally orange. Now I find orange to be my least favorite color but an orange pumpkin is perfect - that's the growing kind not the quilted kind. The quilted variety can be any color you want. Love that you decorate your RV - the runner/valance/quilt and the placemats are wonderful. lol - sweet joke!

Paula said...

You are so creative. Love your valance and the placemats.

Moira said...

Nice projects! As for what I like about pumpkins, i like using them in my quilting but don't eat them

Scrapatches said...

Your valance and placemats are wonderful. This was also fun read and great photos.

My kiddos loved pumpkin jokes when they were growing up ... this was a favorite ...

Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?
A: Pumpkin pi (3.14159265359)

Thank you for sharing in the blog hop ... :-) Pat

Sylvia Anderson said...

The purple pumpkin is my absolute favorite, and my favorite things about pumpkins are, pumpkin pie, cake, muffins, pumpkin cream chees bars, etc... lol

wendy said...

Love the purple pumpkin! I have a recipe my kids all like more than pumpkin pie. It is called pumpkin pie cake and is very good.

Melody Lutz said...

A purple pumpkin...YES! I love how pumpkins are like snowflakes-no 2 exactly the same.

Unknown said...

Love your projects with the purple pumpkin. I also love pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. One day a friend made pumpkin cookies with chocolate chips. It sounded awful to me, but they were actually good.
Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

Sharon Aurora said...

I had to smile when I saw the purple pumpkin. "I never saw a purple pumpkin, I never hope to see one. But I can tell you anyhow Id rather see than be one."

I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin decorations. And I shall love Pumpkin Spice tea when you pick me to win. haha

Charlene McCain said...

You valance and placemats are just darling! Love your color choices! My favorite thing about pumpkins is their bright, cheerful color. And pumpkin pie, too.

tink's mom said...

Really love the purple pumpkin. Fits in so perfectly with the others while standing on Her own. I'm not a baker but I could wolf down a good piece of pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Pamela said...

Fabulous pumpkin projects!
This isn't really a joke but it is kind of funny. Years ago I saw a photo in the newspaper of a Jack o lantern with a sqirrel's head inside the mouth. The caption was "Is the squirrel eating the pumpkin or is the pumkin eating the squirrel?"

Carla said...

Look at you and your sweet pumpkin post. From the book suggestions, joke, facts, and projects you had me smiling. Your valance is gorgeous and the placemats, perfection. Thank you for joining the Pick a Pumpkin blog hop!!

anna brown said...

Ohhh got to love a great table runner...ty for sharing

Super Mom - No Cape! said...

I love all those striped pumpkins. How fun!

Sherry said...

What a fun post to read. I enjoyed seeing your projects and it is great to change your decor in your RV. I don't have an RV but we do live in a very small space and I am trying to seasonally decorate on a small scale. I have a fall leaf quilt but now I need a pumpkin table runner.

ShirleyC said...

You've really got it going on! I love the valance and the place mats.

teachpany said...

Fun projects! I love the Panera chocolate pumpkin cupcake recipe with pumpkin cheesecake icing. When I get an RV, I'll have to make window valances for it, too. Now you've planted a seed! lol

Suze said...

Great projects! The thing I like best about pumpkins is that they seem to be one of the personifications (if that's applicable for a non-person) of fall and in particular Halloween. One of my best friends took 2 of my 4 grandchildren trunk or treating at my church for Halloween. My son and daughter-in-law went with us. In passing conversation, my daughter-in-law said that she doesn't like Halloween - her beliefs changed as she got older. I was speaking to my girlfriend that I had never had any teaching on good/evil for Halloween. My daughter-in-law overheard our discussion and got in quite a snit and stayed there most of the day. Whew! She's only been with my son for a year and I've never seen her like that. Yet she took her daughter to another church that is known for it's scare show for "older" kids. Who knows what else was happening that day. My grands had a wonderful time. I adore the artistery that some people have in carving and decorating pumpkins, too. Thanks for a wonderful post.

lynn bourgeois said...

I really like your energy, but your cinderella joke was the absolute best. I've laughed many times when retelling it, and will tell it again tonight at our dance club
Thanks a bunch

Tu-Na Quilts said...

A very fun post!! I love the row of orange pumpkins and then the purple one....there's always one in every bunch that doesn't follow the lead. Great ideas.
kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

Sandi1100 said...

Your valance and placemats are cute! I love anything pumpkin. I also read about your RV and your sewing studio. Do you stay permanently?

Janet O. said...

Oh, you crack me up, Denise! The thing I like best about pumpkins are the jokes you have come up with about them. :)
But I love all pumpkin baked goods, and the sight of pumpkins just sums up Fall for me!
Very clever pumpkin creations, and they fit your space perfectly.

Britany said...

what a fun project! I love taking my kids to the pumpkin patch to play in the corn pot and pick pumpkins!

Kate said...

Such fun! Love the purple pumpkin in there with all orange ones.

Kathy E. said...

What a great idea to make a valance with the pumpkin blocks! How festive your home looks with the addition of the pumpkin placemats, too.
Here's a favorite pumpkin joke:
Q: How do you fix a damaged jack-o-lantern?
A: You use a pumpkin patch!

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Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

What a terrific project, and the purple pumpkin certainly makes you stand out from the crowd. I really love the colours and I am sure you will get a lot of use out of your new fabulous finishes.