crafts, Decor

Epic Pumpkin Fail

When I started this blog, I promised to share my successes and my failures. And while I’ve had some toot-my-own-horn  successes lately (dying a slipcover, creating an easy jewelry storage solution, and cooking up a yummy seafood paella), I need to tell you about the pumpkin catastrophe that recently occurred in my house. You’ll remember that I bought some smallish pumpkins and coated them in matte black spray paint. 

Now, I have seen TONS of bloggers write about painting pumpkins and I have never seen any of them warn that this will kill the pumpkins! I painted them on October 1st and you can imagine my surprise when Sophia said, “Mommy. The pumpkin is opening up.” on October 12th. When I came to investigate, I found this:

After we got over the shock, me and the girls took turns plucking the stems off of the rotting pumpkins. They fell right off.

They were so rotten in some spots that they were caving in.

Before you say “maybe they were just bad pumpkins”, I’ll tell you that I bought three other pumpkins from the same place on the same day and those are fine. Surprise, surprise! They have no spray paint on them!

I bought some new ones and I’m thinking of attempting a little gold craft paint on them. I think the key might be to not cover the whole thing. I guess I must have suffocated them! Sorry pumpkins.

 I’m attempting a craft this afternoon with the girls. Hopefully this one will work out a little better. Have you had any craft fails lately? Please tell me and make me feel better!!


Sue at Home

crafts, Decor, Home, My house

Halloween Decorations

Even though I want to cover our home with spooky details, I never want to spend a fortune on anything and holiday decor is no exception.  And though I’d like to DIY everything, I found some scary stuff at Target that was so inexpensive that it would probably cost more to make it myself.

When you walk into my house, you’re greeted by this glittery black skull on our foyer table.  Can you believe I got him at Target for only $2.50? (I loved seeing a not-as-nice-as-mine version at another store for $13.99 the other day!)

Another table in our living room/foyer area that already benefits from having a little skull topped box on it year-round, gets the added fun of a mini pumpkin and a spooky spider. The spider came from Target also – but this little fella was a buck! Obviously I had to buy a bunch of them and then go back for more. I even let the girls “earn” a purple one for each of their rooms…if they cleaned their rooms up.

We’ve got another one of those glittery skulls–this time in purple–on the dining table. I love the way it looks at night.

For our bay window nook, more of those little spiders from Target guard my magazines while some black pumpkins sit atop a cake plate.

To make the pumpkins, I just bought some small ones and spray painted them matte black and put them on gold doilies on a cake plate. I think the long stems make them particularly spooky. (The pumpkins were 2 for $5 at ShopRite.)

If you notice any hot pink under the black, that’s because I first tried to spray paint them neon pink but even with spray primer, I just didn’t like the way the paint was adhering to the pumpkins so I just coated them in black instead.  It doesn’t look bad here but it was really spotty–even after several coats.

It’s really starting to come together inside the house. As for the outside, I followed the advice of HGTV magazine’s mums story and bought my blooms tight so they’d last longer. It looks pretty stupid right now so I’m hoping they’ll have some staying power and I won’t regret listening to that advice. But when you have kids this cute, who’s looking at your mums?

It’s coming together…and we haven’t even carved our pumpkins yet!


Sue at Home