Friday, September 12, 2008

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere, & Not a One to Spare...

My Week in Review...Filling Plastic Pumpkins with Candy!

I found these little pumpkin canisters at Big Lots, for $.60 each, ...all 95 of them!
I'm now having visions of plastic pumpkin tackiness in my dreams! LOL!
Just Kidding!
They turned out really cute, and after purchasing the pumpkins, ribbon, fall leaves, and candy, I had approximately $1.50 in each one. I found the ribbon at Big Lots, also. A $1 roll made about 15 bows. They are destined for my husband's office, to be passed out to nurses.
Our sales rep. located 91 more at another store to be filled! WOOHOOO!!!

I pried myself from my pumpkin project to do a little Spray~Paint Transformation!
...on a few more fall projects, that is!
It occurred to me last night, I figured out why I prefer decorating for Fall over any other season. can do it cheap, and creatively, compared to other holidays!

Okay, Back to my Project!
I needed something to put candy corn in. But I didn't want to buy ANOTHER "something," (covered pumpkin canister), that I would have to pack up and store in 2 months.
So I remembered I had this cute little candy dish, I found at a yard sale!
The glass part of the dish was pretty, but while washing it, the finish came off of the metal bottom. Not pretty...or presentable!
So, I spray~painted it a rusty reddish orange. (Which was the color of my rooster's lampshade in the kitchen!)
~ Spray paint, another Big Lots Special, at $1.80 a can! ~

A Little Autumn Bling...

I grew up in the eighties! Forgive me for my "appreciation" of a little gaudy sparkle! :)
I try to use it in small doses, only!

While browsing through a magazine, I saw pumpkins painted in gold and silver! LOVED them!
Then, I visited Mrs. B.'s Blog, and she had a few in her Fall vignettes!
"Too Cute," I had to copy!

So I found these three ceramic pumpkins, at Maxway (Rose's), for $2 each.

Taped the brown stems, and sprayed them "24 Kt." metallic gold.

The mantle Topiaries needed just a little something extra. I was trying to keep this display VERY simple, just worked better in the scheme of the whole room. And the orange DT pumpkins just didn't mesh well either. (But don't despair, found a place for them in the Dining Room! "smiles" ) The GOLD pumpkins are just the perfect touch!

Sneak Peek...The rest of my week was spent watching paint dry, and puzzles of moldings being assembled! Can't wait to show you the final reveal! :)

"Would You Like Chocolate With That?"

Lisa, at "Stop and Smell the Chocolates", writes a post each Friday featuring Chocolate recipes, and provides a linky, for anyone who would like to share one! She has a delicious Chocolate Almond Pie listed today! My contribution is below..... Go over and visit, for more delightful chocolate recipes!

Rocky Road Halloween Treats
You Need:
1 (12 oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 2 tbsp. butter 2 cup dry roasted peanuts (Allergic to peanuts? Use pretzels pieces, rice crispies, etc.)1 (10 1/2 oz.) pkg. white miniature marshmallows Assorted soft Halloween candy pieces; e.g. as candy corn, M&M's, gummy bats, rats, etc. Wax paper OR Halloween Decorated Paper Cup Cake/Candy Cups 13" x 9" Pan
How to Make:
In top of double boiler melt: Chocolate, Condensed Milk & Butter.Remove from heat. In a large bowl, combine: Nuts & Marshmallows. Mix in the Chocolate mixture.Line a 13x9 inch pan with the waxed paper.Pour the entire mixture in & press it down. OR scoop into cups.Top it with candy pieces. Chill until firm and cut into squares.Store at room temperature.

My Prayers are with those in the path of Ike! May God watch over you all! ~Rhonda


belladella said...

Wow! That is a lot of plastic pumpkins! They look adorable. What sweet gifts- no pun intended. I love what you did with the candy dish too. Great idea!

Amelia said...

Am loving your fall decorations...our dollar stores are about sold out of many of their fall items ~ getting their Christmas stuff out now.

I am like you in some of my fall decorating...some is very whimsical and other serious.

Have a great weekend.

Kim's Treasures said...

OH WOW!!! Love the pumpkins for your husbands office!!! I am already in desperate search for the perfect Christmas gifts for my husband's engineering department. I want it to be nice and a wow but not over the top pricey. It takes me so long every year to come up with the right thing!

LOVE the candy dish makeover!!! Looks so nice with your rooster! I grew up in the 80's too...a little bling is nice!

The woodwork is coming out fabulous!

Have a great day you busy lady!

countrygirl3031 said...

Hi Rhonda..I wandered over to your blog from Angie's and thought I would stop and say 'hi'. You are one very talented and creative lady. I love all your plastic pumpkins!!! And your spray painting is awesome!

Stop by when you get a chance...


Deb said...

Hi Rhonda, you did good, I love the pumpkins you found for the nurses. You also did great with the candy dish and gold painted pumpkins. Great ideas all around. Deb

Anonymous said...

I love your pumpkin topiaries, those are so classy yet festive.


mysteryhistorymom said...

I am running over to Big Lots right now! It's right next door to Hobby Lobby.:-) Thanks again for the wonderful ideas! You inspire all of us!! Lori

Mrs. B said...

You are going to fill 91 more of those? Oh my! But they sure are cute!

The candy dish looks great! My Big Lots doesn't cary spray paint, which is so dissapointing. Love the blinged out pumpkins! Every room needs a little bling!

LOVE the sneak peak of the moulding! I can't wait to see when it's done!

Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

I love your little candy-filled pumpkins - what a delightful gift idea. And those gold pumpkins really do look great - like totally awesome - LOL!!

Thanks for linking up your chocolate! Those Rocky Road Treats sound really yummy and would look so cute with some candy corn.

Have a wonderful weekend and try not to work too hard! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhonda! I must be having a moment cuz I thought I left you a comment earlier this week to let you know I was back? oh well I'm back!lol Spray paint is my new best friend. David Bromstat/HGTV has been spraying stuff the same color and its kinda cool! I love red anyway so that's always great. Love what you did and the pumpkins are adorable even if you are sick of them by now! Have a great weekend - I'll be back, Sincerely, Jeannette (no more breaks it takes too long to catch up!)

Kathi said...

You are an amazing woman. What loving and thoughtful treats for the nurses. Your ideas and crafts are so fun and tasteful. Kathi

Vanessa Greenway said...

I'm just in love with all your projects! Love every single one! The white pumpkins topiares, the canisters, candy dish and the spray painted pumpkins! They look co sute! Great job! Hugs, Vanessa

Elise said...

Can I tell you, you are rockin' the pumpkins!!

Dawn said...

That is the nicest idea to make those pumpkins. They are really cute! The gold one that you painted are beautiful on the mantle. I've got to start thinking about fall soon!

take care,

Bella Casa said...

Hi Rhonda,

Everything is so inspiring! I love all of your pretty pumpkins!

Isn't Big Lots the bees knees??

PS: Are you on BD Ning, I think it's called? Make sure to befriend me there :)

Alex said...

That IS alot of pumpkins! How cute...and yummy! :)

duchess said...

Man, you've been busy.
You've got a lot of cute projects there.
Have a good weekend.

onlymehere said...

I'm so confused now!! I thought Kevin was a farmer, maybe a peanut farmer (remember boiled peanuts?). He has an office?! These pumpkins are too adorable and I love the one's you spray painted too. You are so dang creative you're making me look bad!! I'm tempted to send you pictures of the laundry room and have you give me ideas on paint and how I want to finish it! I can hardly wait to see the total reveal, I know it will be fabulous. Also, now you got me hungry for the evil chocolate! Have a great weekend. Hope this comment made sense because my brain is officially now fried tonight, it's been a very long day.

Kellie said...

Too cute, Rhonda!!! You are quite ingenious. :)

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

To clarify the confusion...Kevin is a "Hobby Farmer!" ...which means, that doesn't pay the bills! LOL! He farms the family farm and a few little other farms in the area on the side. He is a Healthcare Professional. :) ...and my Dad grows peanuts in his garden! But I do occasionally buy my peanuts for boiling at the local Farmer's Market, 'cause my parents are an hour from me! Hope this all makes sense now! "smiles" ~Rhonda

nikkicrumpet said...

How sweet of you to fill a gazillion pumpkins!! I'm sure they will be pleased to receive them. I love your topiaries and your new fall bling!

Sue said...

Girl!!!! your are so talented--love the pumpkins and dish you painted.

Are you hyper? I'm tried after reading what you have completed lately.


Angie said...

Hi Rhonda!

How sweet are you filling all those pumpkins! They are adorable..I am starting to like Big Lots lately..they have been getting so cool stuff in. throw in your awesome candy dish makeover...then...another awesome punmpkin project..THEN..some chocolate!!!! This post was like a week's post in sit one of those pumpkins..and enjoy a treat while ya rest..hehe!


Nancy said...

Hi Rhonda, those are great fall projects! I love that candy changed the whole look when you spray painted the gal you are! Blessings, nancy

AwtemNymf said...

I am sure that the Nurses will love you for thinking of them. Those pumpkin candy treats are adorable!!!
I also love PUMPKINS (as many know already) and I love what you did with the candy dish. The on with finish coming off. You added whimsy and made it one of a kind. Isn't it a wonder what a new color of paint can do!! I enjoyed my visit and admiring your pumpkins. So creative! *claps*

Marie said...

Oh my. You are the busiest woman like EVER! I love your white pumpkin topiaries. The berries at the bottom look perfect!!

melissa said...

the candy dish is just adorable...and I love the gold pumpkins..they added the pefect touch!! Have a wonder bliss filled week ahead!


Pearl said...

Oooooo... la... laaa!

How many times did you think your hands were going to fall off while you were stuffing a million lil pumpkins?! LOL ...they are just adorable!

I loved how your candy dish turned out... and the gold pumpkins are so regal~looking! Great Post!! God bless...

~hugs 'n love~