Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall Entry

Monday, Monday, Monday.  Ugh.  Even if I'm not working, there's just something about Mondays.  Of course, maybe it's the dentist appointment that's coming later in the day... never my favorite thing!

On a brighter note, I did a little updating of the Handyverger entryway for fall.

I'm still waiting for a nice, sunny day to be able to take better pictures, but patience has never really been my strong suit.  The wreath on the door is looking a little sparse, so I think it might be time to update or upgrade.

However, behind the door is one of my new acquisitions - another owl!

He's actually a felt placemat from Bed Bath & Beyond.  At $2, how could I say no?   I had no idea what I was going to do with the placemat, when I saw it in the store, but once I got the owl home, I realized I had the perfect spot - there was even a nail there, just waiting!

Although it's not the clearest of pictures, this one shows the pretty candlelight, and a hint of one of my weekend projects.  I made plushie pumpkins!

The only one I didn't make is the patchwork pumpkin, but I whipped the other three up Saturday afternoon.  I used this tutorial from Brown Paper Packages, and it wasn't hard at all.  I sewed them by hand, since I was way too lazy to get out my sewing machine for this.  The tutorial is really well laid out, and it should be easy for even a novice sewer.

The only advice I would give is that when you're gathering the vertical seams (the ribs in the pumpkins), gather them as tightly as you can and tie the thread off.  (This will make more sense if you read the tutorial and/or try it yourself.)  Once that's done, start stuffing, and make sure you take lots of little pieces of stuffing and wedge them into all the little pockets that the gathering has made.  The rust colored pumpkin looks a little flatter than the others, and I think that's because I didn't gather the seams as tightly as I could have.  That made it harder to stuff the pumpkin to wonderful plumpness.  The green microsuede pumpkin is the last one I made, and by then I'd gotten the hang of the gathering and stuffing. I plan to make a few more, here and there, just because I think they're adorable.

Mrs. H.

Sharing at:
Debbiedoo's Newbie Link Party
Chic on a Shoestring's Flaunt-it Fall Party
Alderberry Hill's Make the Scene Monday


  1. Pumpkins are darling..It's wonderful that you added the Fall decor to your entry. The owl is so cute. Happy Fall to you. I am your newest follower....Linda

  2. Your pumpkins are adorable~I'll have to go look at the link you provided for the tutorial. Also what a great buy you got on your new wall hanging owl. I love to run across deals like that. Visiting you from Debbiedoo's

  3. Your pumpkins are just lovely. I'll have to check out that link. Love the owl placemat wall hanging. $2 is a great price. Found you through the Newbie Party at Debbie Doo's and I'm your newest follower. Tuula :)

  4. Your entry is so inviting! I love that you have a wreath hanging right in front of the door so that you see it as soon as you walk in. The pumpkins that you made are adorable and look to cute gathered together on your zebra bench.

  5. Your plush pumpkins are lovely, and I really like the cute owl placemat now artwork--clever idea! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and leaving an encouraging comment--I think the vintage bar cart is very retro stylish, and that is the look I am going for in our living room, where this piece will eventually live.