Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Decorating with Fabulous Fabric Pumpkins

I don’t know many people who don’t love the fall season, the leaves on the trees changing into bright fiery reds, yellows, and oranges, the sound of the leaves crunching under foot as you take a stroll while enjoying the briskness of the air and even the smell.  If you walked outside with your eyes closed, you would still know it’s autumn just by the smell.  Then, when you get back home, pulling out a comfy throw to cuddle beneath.
For me, one of the most iconic images of fall is pumpkins.  They come in every size, shape and colour.  Not only are they good eatin they are great for decorating inside or out.  Well I’ve been having a ball making some Fabulous Fabric Pumpkins.  Sorry I haven’t posted this earlier, but they have been selling faster than I can make them, but I’m sure you’ve seen others online, so now that I’ve got a few made up and snapped some pics of them I’ll show ya my version and how I’ve displayed them.
As a rule, most displays look best in groupings of 3 so these are available as a set of 3 (S, M, L) for $14.99
Fabulous Fabric Pumpkins! Set of 3 $14.99
Of course displaying them is limited only by your imagination, so here are just a few simple ways I’ve displayed them in the store.
Dig out that soup tureen that’s been sitting at the back of the cupboard and tuck some Fabulous Fabric Pumpkins in it and you’ve just created a great display for your Thanksgiving table.  Soup tureens aren’t just for soup :)
Pumpkins in a soup tureen
Fabulous Fabric Pumpkins under glass? Yep, pull out the cake dome and place them inside, it’s quick, easy and fun! ;)
Pumpkins under glass
Create a vignette of birdhouses and pumpkins keeping to the rule of 3.
Pumpkins & Bird Houses

You don’t have a soup tureen or a cake dome? Take a look around, there’s something that you’ve got that is just crying out for a little autumn oomph.  Notice that there are 3 pumpkins but only 2 other objects, it still an odd number of items that is pleasing to the eye.
Autumn oomph
If you really, really don’t have anything, then just pop outside and pick up some fall leaves… they are free and look great paired with pumpkins :)
Pumpkins & Leaves
You’ll notice that these are just sitting on a chair, how cute would that be placed in your entry when you are inviting in guests :)
Now most of you are probably pointing to the screen and saying “she should have placed some leaves around the base of the other displays”, well, you are right.  Sometimes I’m not too bright and in my rush to get some pictures I just wasn’t thinking.  And, to tell he honest truth, the store is in pretty much an upheaval at the moment because I’ve been making some huge changes with painting and moving stuff around and…. well, when it’s all done and back in shape, that’ll be another post, so stay tuned for that :)
Anyway… along with making the pumpkins I’ve also sewn a few Indian Corn
Indian Corn $2.99 ea
Just tuck a few here and there, say, on a book shelf, on the mantle or at the base of a lamp on the end table for a quirky shot of autumn!
And finally, my last “pumpkin” themed item is my primitive potpourri.  Made with rose hips and mini pumpkins and scented with orange clove fragrance oil.
Primitive Potpourri
Aren’t the mini pumpkins cute :)  They are actually a Putka Pod, but I have no idea what a putka is and since they do look like pumpkins why not just call them pumpkins!
Primitive Potpourri $3.99/bag
So there you have it, my take of decorating with pumpkins!  I’d love to see some pictures of your pumpkin decorating, whether it is the real thing, or the faux version, inside or out.  Please send me some pics and I’ll share them here for everyone to enjoy.
Happy Fall :)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hello again, Hello

Wow, where has the time gone, it's been ages since I last posted.  Well here's what I've been up to from then till now.  
Way back on December 29th, my husband, Brian, took me to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra in a white stretch limo.  It has become a Christmas tradition for us ever since he surprised me with our first TSO concert in a limo about 7 years ago.  If they come to a town near you, you must go, the music and light show will blow you away!
Brian and I had absolutely no plans for New Years Eve, which turned out to be a fantastic way to spend the end of the year!  While chatting on Facebook with our friend Jeff, we decided, what the heck, lets make the 2 hour journey to Hamilton and see Eclectic Revival at the Rebels Rock Pub.  What a GREAT NIGHT!!!  We met up with some old renaissance festival friends and made some new friends.  If you ever get the chance to see  Eclectic Revival, DO IT, you won’t be disappointed!  Here’s a sample:

And of course I’ve got to give a shout out to the Rebel’s Rock Irish Pub.  Great food, I’m not a beer drinker but for those who do they have over 15 different beers all on tap, no bottled beer.  The one my husband enjoyed that night was Hobgoblin English Ale :) and a wonderful atmosphere filled with great people!  We will definitely make the trip again!  Good times, good times :)  Oh and by the way, since the didn’t have pineapple juice I created my own cocktail.  I call it the Scarlet Monkey Butt :)  Cranberry Juice, Coconut Rum and a splash of Banana Liqueur.  Give it a try :)
In January I took 2 1/2 weeks off from the store.  I do this every year because, lets face it, after the Christmas rush, and being open 7 days/week, I get just plane tired.  I call this time my R&R&R time.  Rest, Relaxation and Restocking.
During my “staycation” my Mom, Joan, flew in from Florida for a visit and to see our home for the first time.   Jeff, our buddy, ever faithful companion and designated driver, took us to pick her up from the airport.  We took a little side trip to visit with our friend Garth and his Mom Lillian at the Town Crier Pub in Toronto.  It’s a great place with tasty German food and over 50 different beers, for those who enjoy a good beer, since I don’t, I enjoyed a couple Scarlet Monkey Butts :)  After a few drinks and a nosh, we headed home to Mount Forest.  It’s been years since I’ve seen my Mom and we had a really good visit, spent some quality time together and I celebrated another birthday on Friday the 13th!
While Mom was with me I showed her how I make olive oil cold process soap.  There will be 2 batches of soap that should be ready for sale mid to late February.  One is Lavender and the other is Citrus Calendula with more on the way.
We also made some leather roses.  She helped me out by cutting out all the petals for me while I sculpted them.  It helped save a lot of time.  Here’s a pic of the roses.

Forever Leather Roses

You can see some of the individual roses for sale on myForever Leather Roses page.

Robbie Burns day came around and Brian and I celebrated it at the Mount Forest Legion with a little whiskey for me, beer for Brian and, of course, Haggis and Scotch Eggs.  Yes, we do like haggis, and no, we really don’t drink that much!!
Ok so I admit, I didn’t get that much “restocking” done, but I sure enjoyed the “rest and relaxation” part of my R&R&R :)
With my staycation over, I returned to open the store bright and early on January 24th.  It’s  back to business as usual, and I must say that the fantastic weather we have had has giving the start of the year a bit of a boost!
Next on my list of things to do was getting ready for the Weskate, the Skate Canada Figure Skating Competition.  Oh goodness no, I’m no figure skater, but I do sponsor the event by donating the judges gifts.  This year I made some of my Paris-phernalia Gift Bags with vintage skating images on them, filled with a bar of my handmade Goat’s Milk Soap and Bath Salts, Vanilla scented.  The competition is this weekend, Feb 4 & 5 at the Mount Forest Sports Complex.
Ground Hog Day came and Wiarton Willie said it’s going to be an early spring!!!  Lets hope the little rat isn’t wrong ;)
Last night our buddy Jeff decided it was time that our little group of friends get together and have a night out!  Brian, myself and our friend Leah piled into Jeff’s car and headed to Guelph where we picked up another friend Dave and headed to Squirrel Tooth Alice’s  to meet our other friend Anne, for an evening of Karaoke!!  As usual a good night was had by all in and establishment that we quite enjoyed!
Tomorrow is the Super Bowl Game!  I do enjoy watching football as long as Brian tells me what colour team we are cheering for.  We will be heading to our one and only pub left in Mount Forest, Al Jerky’s.  I’d have put a link to it, but there isn’t one :(  Anyway, we will be cheering, eating, drinking, playing a bit of texas hold em and all round having a great time.
So, now you know what I’ve been up to :)  I must reiterate, especially after re-reading this post, that Brian and I really do NOT drink that much!!!  It kinda sounds like we do, but really, honestly, truly, we don’t!
Until next time,