All About Pumpkins

Anyone else ready for Fall?  I certainly am.   I am ready for cooler temperatures.  I am also ready for those gorgeous fall colors.  The happy oranges, yellows, burgandies, eggplant, and even boring brown because once mixed with those other colors they are not so boring after all.

Today I decided to make my craft all about Pumpkins.  So I dusted off my Cricut and decided to make some 3 dimensional pumpkins.  These pumpkins were super easy to make.  I am planning to take them to work to festively decorate the lounge.  There is a cute Image in my Cricut file that I like to use.  I picked out my colored card stock (you need card stock not paper)  and set to cutting my file.  If you have a cricut machine you can search 3D-Pumpkin and it should come up.  This is what the file looks like.  It is a super easy file.  The pumpkins are fun.

3D pumpkinsThis is my finished results.

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Use them in small groups or make a huge statement.  Either way these cute pumpkins are charming, fun, and festive.

My next project was for Halloween.   I wanted something to sit on my front porch at the entryway.  I saw these cute pumpkins made into cats on Pintrest and decided to make one.  This project was really fun.  There are so many creative ways you can do this project to make it your own. Just let your imagination run wild!  The fun part was picking out all the items I wanted to use to make my cat but as I was shopping I decided I wanted to make a pumpkin Witch!!! =)  This is the original Pintrest post that inspired me.

https://dreamingindiy.com/the-best-do-it-yourself-halloween-decorations-spooktacular-halloween-diys-handmade-crafts-and-projects/

Mainly you need fake pumpkins and a sharp knife, some hot glue and a hot glue gun.  It is much like a snow man.  You pick your items and go to town decorating.   This was the end result of my project.

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Since this blog post is all about the pumpkin I thought I would throw in some cute pics of my niece Claire through the years =)

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A few pumpkin facts:

The name pumpkin originated from the Greek word for “large melon” which is “pepon.” “Pepon” was changed by the French into “pompon.” The English changed “pompon” to “Pumpion.” American colonists changed “pumpion” into “pumpkin.”

 

History of the Jack-o-Lantern

People have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with it ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.”

Source: The History Channel
http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/halloween/pumpkin.html

A few fun facts.

The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.

Pumpkins are 90% water.

Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October.

The largest pumpkin pie ever made was over five feet in diameter and weighed over 350 pounds. It used 80 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 36 pounds of sugar, 12 dozen eggs and took six hours to bake.

Speaking of PIE.  This post would not be complete without a YUMMY pumpkin pie recipe

https://www.livewellbakeoften.com/pumpkin-pie/

Fall =) I can not wait!   I would love to hear your favorite pumpkin story, craft, or food .

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

Tammy =)

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