Thursday, September 4, 2008

Just Fell off of the Pumpkin Truck....

Webster's Dictionary defines a PROJECT as : an organized undertaking!
I thought that was pretty funny, 'cause I'm not sure anything I do is ever considered "organized." Anyway, I have a few more Fall decor PROJECTS that I have been working on. The little metal truck above was found at Ross'. The truck was cute, but the color was not....so I spray~painted it black!

My side~kick, David, was out in the yard with me while I was painting. He strolled over and said, "Eweeeee, you painted the grass black, hope you have some green paint...'cause Daddy's gonna have a fit!"
....Like I NEVER would have noticed the grass was black all on my own! LOL!

I added some raffia and glittered pumpkins, also from Ross'. And here is my truck brimming with Autumn harvest! The pictures are a little dark, sorry!



These urns were a yard sale find from a few weeks ago, for $5/set. I had in mind "pumpkin topiaries" when I purchased them, but didn't know how they would look with orange pumpkins.


I didn't spray paint the urns, because I have visions of future Christmas usage.
Instead, I spray-painted the pumpkins. ....a creamy satin white.

Glazed them with a bronze glaze.

And a pointer for anyone who might try glazing over painted pumpkins, I watered the glaze down first, and it didn't do well....the glaze "separated" and looked really bad. So, I used it straight.

Hot-glued three in a stack....

Time~consuming project calls for a short break and a snack....


Back to work...... Hot~glued the stems back on. (Were removed before painting.)


And here they are, my completed white pumpkin topiaries, in the yard sale urns!

I'm still playing around with the whole vignette. I remember now why I was so reluctant for a mantle...they INTIMIDATE me...decorating them, that is! Don't tell Kevin, but he was right, we really needed the mantle, and it looks great. We still have a little touch up to do, and the crown to finish. I had this mirror just propped up against it, and the carpenters hung it while I was out this morning! How sweet, but I'm not sure if it is staying, the round one is going back up, or I am going a whole different route! Decisions, decisions.....


After "stalking" our Dollar Tree for weeks, I finally found these little cuties (ceramic pumpkins), that everyone in blogland has, LOL! ....in another town!



Hope all of you fare well, if you are in the path of Hanna!

My prayers are with you, and I will be back after she passes!

Don't forget to enter the Give~away in Celebration of my 100th Post before Monday morning. Just leave a comment!

~Rhonda

74 comments:

Mrs. B said...

I think those pumpkin topiaries might be the cutest things ever! Love them! LOL about the spray painted grass! I do that all the time. The great thing is that you can just mow it away!

Melissa Wertz said...

I like them all! You did a great job. :D

Julie said...

Rhonda
I love love that truck with those glitter pumpkins how great your mantle looks great love the white pumpkins. stay safe!
Julie

Picket said...

Hey Scooter...love that little truck with the pumpkins and your pumpkin topiaries turned out great!!!! I remember seeing huge pumpkin topiaries in big black urns on a lady's front porch on TMS last year...I love that look..hummmm...maybe I need me some of them fancy stacked pumpkins! lol lol Have a great night sweetie and stay safe!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Those topiaries are great! Isn't paint wonderful? Jackie

Shelia said...

Oh, Rhonda! You've outdone yourself this time, honey! The little pumpkin truck is adorable. But your punkin urns ~ they're gorgeous! You're the most creative, I may have told you that before! These are so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial, too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

mysteryhistorymom said...

Rhonda- I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you have created! The pumpkin topiaries are amazingly darling! The truck with the pumpkins is also creatively fun! You are one creative lady! I am going to some neighborhood yard sales tomorrow and will be hunting for urns and candle sticks. I don't know if I will be able to sleep tonight I am so giddy! Lori

I went to the Dollar Tree today but no ceramic pumpkins.:( I'm happy for you, though!

ceekay said...

Rhonda, your pumpkins topiaries are so nice and look beautiful. I wish I had a fireplace. Only had one my entire life...it is on my wish list!! Enjoy the rest of your week!!!

Amelia said...

Just seeing your pumpkins makes me want to get out in the shed and start digging every box/tote marked "Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving and start the process of decorating with them. Can't remember all the stuff I have because I think I bought some items on sale after the holidays. Who knows I may have to make a trip to town to complete the look. lol


amelia

Tammy said...

I really like your pumpkin topiaries! Nice job with the mantel.

Kellie said...

You amaze me with your creativity and "know how", Rhonda. I am amazed yet again. Those pumpkins on your mantel are just TOO STINKING CUTE!!! You are a talented woman.... :)

belladella said...

That truck is awesome. I LOVE Ross. That place is almost as good as a thrift store. I get the best stuff. Mine always has great signs and stuff. I love the pumpkins! They look great.

Heather said...

The topiaries are gorgeous!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

YIKES!! I had to sit down for that one. UNBELIEVABLE! Yes, I am yelling it. How cute those are....I am totally coveting your find and creativity to make them amazing.

Judy said...

Love, love, love your pumpkin topiaries (sp?)...I want to ask hubby to get the fall stuff out of the attic but gotta keep him in a good mood while he's doling out $$ for the kitchen right now! Maybe I'll venture up the ladder (and hopefully not break my neck)

Judy

nikkicrumpet said...

OH MY GOSH....YOU'RE KILLING ME! If that pumpkin truck wasn't cute enough...then you come up with those awesome white pumpkin topiaries....Just stop it!! No fair making me feel so inadequate! I thought I was clever because I put down a runner and a fake flower arrangement with a couple candles...sheesh now I'm not even gonna post that pitiful attempt! Have a great night you big meanie!!!

Angie said...

Heya Rhonda!

well, look at you over there..martha stewart...lol..those topiaries are FABULOUS (yes, they deserved capital letters!)And, that little truck can be used for all seasons..too cute! Now, where is this magical place you speak of..Ross??? Is it similiar to a Hobby Lobby? Now, I must go search the house for anything that might work to make some topiaries...

~Angie

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I thought the pumpkin topiaries turned out just lovely! And the truck of pumpkins is adorable! You are amazingingly crafty, as always. :)

Nancy said...

Rhonda girl, I tell you, YOU have inspired me! I'll be Rossing and $Treeing SOON! That truck is the cutest fall decor I've seen so far! Love the topiaries! You know I love everything you do! Blessings, Nancy

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

I love those pumpkin topiaries!! Adorable!

Blessings,

Sher

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I love how this looks! Great job with this project!! Don't know what it is with Dollar Tree...some towns must get things way before others. I might be trying your spray paint & glaze technique :)

Blessings,
Stacey

The Berry's Patch said...

Love the topiaries and that truck is darling!!!

French said...

What a cute idea;) Congrats on the 100 posts I just had mine;) Would like to add you if I may;) French

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Rhonda,
Cute truck with pumpkins, very nice urns with pumpkins and I'm still trying to find the pumpkins at the DT store. I was at one and they had 3 and one wasn't very nice so I ended up with 2. I asked if they were getting more and of course, No, I don't think so..and I was thinking all because of blogland!!! Your mantle looks good :)
Warmly, Deb :)

Pearl said...

Hi Rhonda... Your passion for the Fall Season really shows in your decorating skills... everything is breathtaking! The white pumpkins were my favorite... and, I love, love, love the $ Tree store! Thanks for sharing... God bless...

~hugs, love 'n prayers~

Pearl

Monogram Queen said...

I have GOT to get to Ross and see if they have any glittler pumpkins... and I LOVE Diet SunDrop!

duchess said...

Those projects turned out very nice.
Glad to see you put down a drop cloth to paint the pumpkins. Don't want Dad to have another fit. (hehe)

I know your in eastern NC drinking that Sun Drop, you can't get that just anywhere.

Look Beyond The Picket Fence said...

I love both projects. I think you have inspired a lot of crafters I know I am going to give it a try. I cut out something similar last year from a magazine, to do this year. However, I forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder! I am going to look for that clipping. You did a great job. Can you imagine a few of them at a fall wedding?
denise

Marie said...

Rhonda, those stacked white pumpkins are to DIE FOR! I'm seriously stealing that idea. I love it! The truck from Ross was a great idea too. :o)So cute!

Nancy said...

Hi Rhonda, I'm back again...hope I don't wear out my welcom...lol:) I just love the fall projects you have done...I am glad I came back, cause I had forgot I needed to go to $ tree and ross today...lol. Hope you have a great day...Nancy

Darlene said...

I absolutely LOVE your pumpkin truck and the topiary. What a great idea to paint the pumpkins...they look fabulous...you truly did a WONDERFUL job!!!

Teresa said...

Oh my goodness- love the white pumpkins! It's on my list of things to do!

onlymehere said...

If I comment again can I be entered again?! LOLOL! I really love this truck and what a cute idea for a pumpkin harvest! I have the perfect spot to put it too. Those white pumpkins are just the perfect thing for the urns and I also love the little pumpkins. My birthday is in October and I used to think that was why I loved the month so much, but as I've gotten older I know it's the colors. I just love all the colors of fall! I can hardly wait to decorate next week after the garage sale!! Stay inside and dry and I hope Hanna chooses to pass you by! Stay safe friend!

Deb said...

I love it all!!!! The truck is so funny and cute, and your urns are simply beautiful!!! Deb

P.S I will be praying that you have no run in with Hanna.

Lorrie said...

The projects you've shared are great. That truck is so cute. I had to laugh about you spray painting the grass black - I did the same thing and never noticed until my husband came home and pointed it out. Sigh.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment so I can come and visit you! Great blog.

Lorrie

Kim's Treasures said...

I just love your new fall decor!!! Everything turned out great! I found my Dollar Tree pumpkins in another town too! I just happened to see the store while driving to my daughter's college.

I am very intimidated by my mantle too! I know it looks bad right now...I don't know what to do with it! :(

Have a wonderful day, Rhonda!!!
Kim

Kim's Treasures said...

I forgot to say...Don't you just love Sarah Palin!?! I saw her picture on your side bar. I am excited about her!

Keep safe as Hanna approaches...are you in the path?

Kim

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

What a nice twist on a classic look! Beautiful!

aimee said...

Those topiaries turned out fabulous!!! If I hadn't just spent 15 dollars in hot glue I would be tearing my topiary apart and spraying it white. Maybe next year.

All of your fall decor is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Bella Casa said...

Hi Rhonda, I don't know how I missed this post...probably my stupid sinuses, they have been acting up all week! ugh.

I LOVE your white pumpkin topiaries! Came out so much pretty than my white pumpkin project. I think I need some tweaking on that...but oh well, for now, they're pretty enough and pretty enough is fine...for today, lol ;)

Is Ross affiliate with Michael's I wonder? I saw a bunch of those trucks there about a month ago...and I kept looking at them and even dh liked them...but I just wasn't in the mood for buying something and just putting it 'in the pile' lol, as if I don't have enough crap! But now if I see them again, I will know what to do ;)

I am so jealous that you found pumpkins at The Dollar Tree! I have 4 of the brown ones, but I want one more...and I would love some white ones, but that ain't happening! lol Darnit! ;)

Well, I am not sure where you are, but if you are in the area of the upcoming hurricanes, I hope that all will be well your way. I am in Michigan, so for the most part we do not get any significant weather events, but now that I said that, we will get some, right?

Take care,
Bella :)

Bella Casa said...

Oh, Rhonda...I was at Target today and alot of their Smith and Hawken items were clearanced, I got 2 metal planters, 1 topiary and 1 glass vase/bowl thing with the most wonderful smelling (and looking) potpourri...so take a peek at Target if you get a chance!

Bella :)

Kathi said...

Rhonda, You are amazing. I love your beautiful living room and all the decorating. Oh I hope I can find a decorating gene somewhere in my life now that I have some time. God has blessed me so much with this time.

Thank you so much for your kind words this week. They helped me. Kathi

M.L. said...

Creative genious!!! Those are breathtaking! Great job

M.L. & the house of whimsy

Tammy said...

Hi Rhinda, I love your pumpkin topiaries. What a deal on those urns! They are so pretty. The little black truck is adorable. Fun stuff! Someone is running into fall it seems. I love fall but I am kicking and screaming no wanting summer to end.
xo, Tammy

mysteryhistorymom said...

I don't know if you have heard of my Vintage Swap partner, but she is awesome! (big smile) She knows how much I love pumpkins and may have some for ME! I am having such fun putting your package together, Rhonda.:-) Lori

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Now that was a good ideal about painting the pumpkins! And my husband loves Diet Sundrop,sometimes we have a hard time finding it around here though.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I hope Hannah will be as good to you as she was to us here in FL!

I really like all those decorations! That little truck is just the cutest!

Katherine

Ms. Tee said...

Hi there! I stumbled onto your blog and I have to say your little pumpkin topiaries are the cutest thing ever! And the little truck is just darling. Can't wait to come back and see more of your posts. Nice to meet you!

Heidi Ann said...

Rhonda, JUST GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!....the mantle, the detailing, the topiaries!!!!!...You talented lady!!!....Heidi XO

Southern Lady said...

Rhonda, your urns are so elegant and unique and are perfect on your mantel. I love the little truck too.

Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us.

Sincerely,

Janie

The Graves said...

your pumpkins turned out great! i actually have some smaller one that i am going to paint over the weekend and i had not thought about glaze. what a wonderful idea - thanks! loved looking through your blog and thanks for checking out mine. take care and many blessings!
-nicole

Kelli said...

I am in love with your pumpkin topiaries...just beautiful! I also love the makeover you gave the little truck!
~Kelli

Nance said...

You have such a creative mind, Rhonda! I love what you did with the pumpkins, they are so "Fall"decor!

xox
nance

Weeksie50 said...

Beautiful! I love all of them..
Your talented..

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

I LOVE what you've done with the pumpkin topiaries. I'm going to need to do that!!

I couldn't help but laugh when I saw the "diet sundrop". I grew up in the small town in WI, that bottles Sundrop. We live in MN and have a hard time finding it...so we load up on it when we go home.

I'm glad I found your blog, I'll be back.

Penless Thoughts said...

You are so clever!!! I NEVER would of thought of spraying the pumpkins. Really looks cool. I've been praying about Hannah & your business. Just wanted you to know it never goes unnoticed, Rhonda :o)
Susan

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Rhonda,

I've been spraying fake pumpkins white this week too. Haven't finished my project yet, but I will soon. Yours turned out great. I never found the Dollar Tree pumpkins either. I've looked at 3 of them!

Rhoda

Nichole said...

Love that little truck filled with pumpkins!!The pumpkin topiaries are so pretty! Nice work :o)

Rue said...

Hi Rhonda :)

I am positively smitten with all these ideas! I'm going to be a huge copy cat this year LOL

I feel a little left out :(
I think I'm the only one that doesn't have those pumpkins. LOL

hugs,
rue

onlymehere said...

I just got done with the garage sale and I saw that Hanna had hit North Carolina but it didn't look too bad. Hope you're doing well and still have power and all the necessities of life! Let me know you're okay when you have a second okay? Cindy

Kimberly said...

Those pumpkin topiaries are so cute! Thank you for such a cool idea! Also thank you for your comment on my previous blog post; its so exciting to get a new comment :)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I was thinking about spraying some white too...I love how you glazed yours. I too am intimidated by my mantle....I am not sure why. I absolutely love that truck full of pumpkins....I think that is the cutest Fall project I have seen thus far. You need to add your linky to Melissa at the Inspired rooms Fall nest party. cherry

Tricia Anne said...

Oh wow! Your truck with the pumpkins is just too darn cute! Then the topiaries! Oh boy! Very adorable!
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Victoria Lynn said...

I loved how all your projects turned out! Great ideas, all. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Victoria Lynn

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

I LOVE how your pumpkin topiaries turned out! They are adorable!! Did you just glue them together or did you have to put a dowel thru them to stabilize them?

Just beautiful!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Rhonda, I had thought about spray painting some pumpkins white or cream. Yours turned out amazing. Those topiaries are so adorable and cute. There is only one problem, a huge one really...they would look so much cuter here...at my house...Now I am going to have to make some...since you are so very far away....drat!
You outdid yourself girlfriend!
Blessings,
Debbie

justabeachkat said...

Wow Rhonda, you've been a busy busy girl! So much "eye candy"! Everything looks wonderful.

I’ve been busy cleaning the master closet this weekend, but I still have a way to go. It’s been fun catching up with you. I hope you had a good weekend.

Hugs!
Kat

Meghan said...

OMG!
Heart the truck!
&
Those topiaries!!!!!!
OMG!
Simply fabulous!!!!!!!

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!! I love everything!! You are so.. creative!!

Susie Harris said...

Oh how beautiful! I love white pumpkins. You have just gone and made me want to go buy some white spray paint, hehe. I love how you stacked them on your new mantel..... very pretty!!!!

Deb said...

Rhonda, thank you so much for stopping by and saying hi. I just had to tell you that I LOOOOOVVVVVEEEE how your pumpkin topiaries turned out. They look amazing. Hope you stop by and say hi again soon.

Debbie

Shirl @ "Got more time than money" said...

Thank you for giving me such a great idea! And your blog is so nice to read.

jeanne winters said...

Love the elegant simplicity of your mantle. THe pumpking truck is adorable!

Smilingsal said...

love them all! You did a great job!