Monday, September 19, 2016

I Love Pumpkins

There are several reasons I love autumn. Two of my favorites are full harvest moons and pumpkins.

I love pumpkins. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin coffee creamer, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin soup... Well, you get the idea. (Thanks to Pinterest, I found diary-free, egg-free and gluten-free recipes that allow me to keep these favorites in my diet. Yay!)

Last fall, when I saw this darling pumpkin cross-stitch pattern Pamela Kellogg shared in the Autumn 2015 Edition of the Crazy Quilt Quarterly, I knew I would stitch it some day. Last week, I finally did! (Please note: I am not affiliated with the magazine. I just love it!)

I used waste canvas, which always makes it difficult for me to keep my stitches even. However, I still love how this turned out on the spider web fabric I found in my fabric stash.

Every year, I plant pumpkins. They never do very well. However, the ones that pop up from my compost make up for that!

I have 4 pumpkins harvested and ready to puree and another 4 still ripening on the vines outside.

This week, I have also been making a wee bit of progress on an under-the-sea themed glasses case I am making to put in my Etsy shop. (Yes... I do still hope to add inventory to my poor empty Etsy shop... I suppose I need to stop giving away the items I have made for that purpose - as I did with 3 of the first 4 things I made for it! )

This week, I have a few questions for you all.

1.) What is (are) your favorite color(s)?

2.) What is your favorite theme? (For example, I love pumpkins and snowmen, autumn and Christmas.)

3.) Have you ever tried Bullet Journaling? If so, do you like it? (I discovered the idea on Pinterest and Instagram and opted to try it out using a spare composition notebook we had on hand.)

I am linking up with Stitchery Link Party #76 at Super Mom - No Cape! Please check it out! And, if you do any hand embroidery, I encourage you to join the party by sharing a link to your hand embroidery post.


Magpie's Mumblings said...

Great pumpkin! Regarding the eveNess of the stitches with waste canvas, I find if I try to tighten each stitch a little more than normal it will compensate for the loosening that happens naturally when you're pulling the canvas threads out. Hope that helps. Favourite colour for, purple and blue/red. I'm not familiar with bullet Journaling so will have to check it out.

Deb said...

Oh the pumpkin is so adorable. Its nice to see I am not the only pumpkin person out here. Last week I found Pumpkin Cheerios.

In answer to your questions
1-my favorite color is purple.
2-favorite theme is the Greenman, autumn, witches, snowmen and winter.
3-I haven't tried bullet journaling though I do know what it is, I have been writing a journal since age 12 and just began volume 75 on my last birthday, most of them are in composition notebooks.

Renee said...

Thank you, Deb! I assure you, you are not the only pumpkin person out there. :) Thanks for sharing your favorites. I wish I had a journal collection like yours. That is fabulous!

Brigitte said...

Your little pumpkin looks great.
I love pumpkins as well but haven't tried a lot of recipes using them. Mostly it's pumpkin soup but this fall I want to try out more. There are so many wonderful recipes in my cooking books, it would be a shame not to try them.

1- all sorts of red
2 - fall, birds
3- I have never heard about bullet journaling, have to look that up.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I just LOVE Halloween. Favorite theme is definitely Day of the Dead...then Hearts. Colors is a bit more difficult because I tend to have a different favorite color depending on how I feel. Usually teal or Hot Pink is at the top with deep purple always in the running.

I admit I had to look up bullet old concept to list making with a new uptake on those little symbols. When I worked, I lived by my daily lists which only consisted of a few words. I crossed off what I did during the day and moved anything that didn't make it to the next day. Now that I don't work, I don't bother with lists. However, I do keep a day planner which I must keep current due to many appointments. I use the first day of any given month to record what I need to do in that month. As an example, I will make garden notes in March 2017 as soon as I get my hands on a planner for next year. Until then, I store those entries on a list in front of this year's planner. I MUST remain organized!
xx, Carol

Anonymous said...

Love the little pumpkin and the background is so perfect. I, too, love Pam's anything. =) She's just so talented. Your comment on your compost pumpkins made me smile. Isn't that always the way? My favorite color is green - pretty much any shade of green. I don't know if I have a favorite theme. I do like snowmen, and I love Jenny's birds and plan to make a quilt of just those one of these days. I like your bullet journal picture, decorated with cq seams. =) I think one of the reasons I've hesitated to make one is that I'd want it to be pretty like this, even if that doesn't affect the functionality, and I'm afraid I'd devote way too much time to decorating it. =)

Mary Ann said...

Love the little pumpkin. I struggle when I use waste canvas but it's worth it sometimes.

1. all shades of green
2. English robins, mice, cats, spring, fall
3. that's new to me

KimM said...

What a cute pumpkin!
let's see....
1. Blues, Maeve's and yellows
2. Anything tea related....anything Tudor....equestrian themes....
3. Never heard of it....gotta check it out!

Queeniepatch said...

There are so many things you can do with pumpkin. In Japan I usually just steam chunks of pumpkin and they are delicious without anything, but a dollop of mayonnaise is good too.

Christine Barnsley said...

Great little pumpkin Renee! To answer your questions.... my favourite colour is blue, I love owls and snowmen and I have never bullet journalled! Hope you are having a good week! Christine x

Createology said...

Your stitched pumpkin is beautiful and I love your colorings. Falling into Autumn Bliss...