October 8, 2008

Decorating from the Garden

This is somewhat of a departure from my normal entries, but I wanted to share the fun of growing things like pumpkins and gourds for decoration. Though I lost a number of our decorative plants when the deer ate some of the vines, there was plenty left to go around. I've posted some pictures of the ways I've used them around my house - see the photo of our porch on the left side of this blog - but this picture above was taken at our church. There was a nook that we wanted to make into a focal point, so I rounded up some seasonal goodies and raided my shelves and closets and got to work. A family at church had this beautiful table at home that they weren't using, so that was the jumping off point. I added a number of items from around my house plus some of our pumpkins, gourds, and hedge apples to finish it off. I spent $10 on the mirror, $2 on candles, and $4 on a book stand. I still consider it a work in progress, but overall I was pleased with the way it turned out for a mere $16, some garden harvest, and a little time!

Fall gourds and squashes practically grow themselves, barring any critter interference, and they are so much fun to play with. It's also nice to have enough to give away to other people. I think lots of folks see these things in the grocery store and are tempted to buy them, but the cost is outrageous! I'm already excited about what we can grow next year. Just look at these adorable Mini Red Turbin squash from Johnny's Selected Seeds - soooo cute! I wonder if we need to plow up a little more garden space for next spring???

Well, this is all then.

1 comment :

  1. It turned out beautiful and I can't wait to see the other seasons as well! You have a gift!