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A Different Take on Fall Decor

This morning I woke up my oldest like I do every morning, and then jumped in the shower.

It was my typical morning shower… wash the hair, lather, repeat. (Not really.  I don’t repeat.  Does anyone repeat?)

The Rustic Pig: A Different Take on Fall

Then I proceeded to shave.  The right leg, and then… that’s when it happened.

Just as I made one swipe of the razor on my left leg.  Just one.

The Rustic Pig: A Different Take on Fall

My razor slipped.. and fell to the ground.  I can see it happening as though it was in slow motion.

Once it hit the ground the razor jumped off the handle and went sliding across the shower floor.

The Rustic Pig: A Different Take on Fall

 

I picked up both pieces and that’s when I saw it.  It was broken.

Like, the part where the razor clips into the handle broke.

Like, there’s no way I can fix this.

Like… OH MY GOODNESS!!  I STILL HAVE ANOTHER LEG TO SHAVE!!

The Rustic Pig: A Different Take on Fall

So I sat there for a minute and tried to figure out what to do.  Could my OCD self deal with only one leg shaved today?

Nope.

And of course my husband is out of town, so I couldn’t even use his razor!

The Rustic Pig: A Different Take on Fall

So, I carefully grabbed the razor blade on each side and slowly, VERY slowly, proceeded to shave.

And, 30 minutes later, my left leg was.. somewhat smooth with a few random prickly patches here and there.

So all of that to say, my morning got off to a rather funky start, but while I was in the shower, trying not to slice my leg off, I decided to try something different today.

I decided that today I was going to make a centerpiece for my dining room table, and it wasn’t going to be the typical browns and oranges you think of when you think of fall.

Nope.

I wanted something different.  Something unexpected.

So, I pulled out some apples and pears, roses, cut off  some branches from the tree in the back, grabbed some antler sheds and mini white pumpkins, and got busy.The Rustic Pig: A Different Take on Fall

It might not be what you think of when you think of fall, but sometimes the unexpected is just as beautiful.

And, sometimes the unexpected teaches you new things, like how to shave without a handle.

Love you friends!

Claire

 

 

DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

This is the time of year when all of my blogging friends pull out their gobs and gobs of Fall decor and start decorating like it’s Christmas!  Seriously friends, this all started as soon as September 1st hit!

I’ve always struggled with decorating for Fall.  I think it’s mainly because it’s still 100 degrees here in Texas and so it definitely doesn’t feel like Fall.  I almost feel like Fall decorating shouldn’t take place until November, but my friends up north disagree, and so in order to not be left behind in the Fall decorating madness, I’ve decided to decorate just a little each week.  Then, by the time November gets here, and the cool air of Fall decides to finally bless Texas, then I’ll be ready.

So today I’m sharing a quick tutorial on how I made these adorable mini sweater pumpkins…The Rustic Pig: DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

Here’s what you’ll need:

Sweater (any color, preferably a Fall color)

Jute string

Grocery bags, or something to use as stuffing

Scissors

The first thing I did was pull out an old sweater that didn’t fit anymore.

I’m pretty sure it was attacked by the shrinking fairy that we have living in our house.  Does anyone else have one of those living in their house too?

Either way, we don’t talk about her, it’s unkind, but we all know she lives in our closet.

Anyways, find a sweater that’s been attacked, just like mine.

The Rustic Pig: DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

There are several parts of the sweater that can be used to make pumpkins, but since I wanted mini pumpkins, I decided to use the sleeves.

Start by cutting the sleeves off of the sweater.

The Rustic Pig: DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

Once I cut the sleeves off, I cut them in half so I ended up with four pieces.

Next, I turned the sleeves inside out, and grabbed some jute string.

I cut the jute string into 5 pieces, each about a foot long.

I laid four of the strings inside with about 2 inches sticking out the top, and the rest hanging out the bottom.  Then I tied it tight up at the top.

The Rustic Pig: DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

Next, you’ll make your sweater sleeve right side out again.  (Is that the opposite of inside out?  I’m not sure, but that’s what I mean.)

From there you will use whatever you like for stuffing.  I used grocery bags to stuff mine.  Use as much stuffing as you like here.  I used 5 grocery bags for mine.

The four strings that are hanging out of the bottom will be used to make the lines in the pumpkin.  You’ll pull those up to the top, spacing them out, and then tie them up tight with another piece of string at the top.

The Rustic Pig: DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

Next, you’ll grab another piece of jute string, about a foot long, and tie up all of those loose strands into the stem of the pumpkin.

The Rustic Pig: DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

If you want the little curly twine like I added to mine above, you’ll just wrap a piece of jute string around a pencil and paint it with Mod Podge.  Let it dry and then once you pull it off, you’ll have a perfect little curly piece to add to your pumpkin.

I just absolutely love these mini pumpkins because unlike real pumpkins, I can save these and pull them out year after year.

For now, they are sitting in several places around the house, but I love seeing them on our mantel.. just waiting for the rest of the Fall decor to join them.

The Rustic Pig: DIY Mini Sweater Pumpkins

Now I need to go search my closet for other sweaters that have been attacked by that evil shrinking fairy!

Love you all!

Claire