Add a personalized touch to your autumn decor with fresh blooms and pumpkins. For as long as I can remember, my mom would declare this time of year her favorite season of all.
I know she was obsessed with the autumn colors and the beautiful mums, pumpkins, and gourds she would decorate with. She’d drive out of her way to her favorite farmstand in Lancaster County each year to get the best deal on the biggest blooms and the most perfectly shaped pumpkins. And if there is anyone that really believed in wearing the colors of the season, it was Jude. You would see her wardrobe and accessories transition from bright summer pinks and greens to warm reds and golds almost before your eyes. Even her lipstick color would change with the season.
And then there was the candy. “Sweet tooth Jude” is probably what we should have called her. Halloween was the perfect excuse to have bags of mini-chocolate bars in a bowl. She almost always had a handful of candy corn too. As soon as this candy, and it could only be Brach’s, hit the shelves, then it was a fixture on the kitchen island. Even my kids know this is Ammie’s favorite candy and I’m pretty sure The Bean has inherited the same obsession with it. My mom is the only person I’ve ever known that could graze on candy all day long and still maintain her slim, fit figure.
When I made this Blooming Monogrammed Pumpkin, all I could think about was my mom. If she could put a monogram on something, then she did. So, a letter motif made with her favorite natural fall staples seriously would have excited her.
It’s an elegant take on decorating a pumpkin that makes a statement whether it is at your front door to welcome guests, part of a seasonal display in a room, or to style up your Thanksgiving table.
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Step 1: Gather your supplies. I’m using a large white pumpkin here. There is something so chic about a white pumpkin and I can’t resist the way the flowers pop against it.
Step 2: Using a pencil, lightly sketch the letter on the pumpkin. Step 3: An apple corer is the ideal and quickest way to make a hole in the pumpkin. Carefully puncture the pumpkin along the pencil lines, making sure to leave some space in between each hole. It is also important to angle the hole downwards so the flowers will stay in the floral tubes. Step 4: Using a spouted measuring cup, carefully add some water to one floral tube at a time and place it in a hole. They are a perfect fit!
Step 5: Cut a few blooms from a seasonal bouquet of flowers. Place a few flowers in each tube, making sure they are touching or overlapping so that you create a uniform look. This would be a beautiful addition to a fall wedding or birthday party. Or swap out the letters and add your house number then place the pumpkins by your front door. You can easily replenish the water or replace any flowers throughout the season as necessary. I love the personal statement it makes in my fall display and somehow it makes me feel connected to my mom this season. What are you decorating with this fall?
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