Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Pumpkin Topiary

I love to make a stacked pumpkin topiary every year for the front porch sometimes with three pumpkins - sometimes with two. Here are the steps I followed to make mine:

  • Large urn
  • fill dirt or gravel
  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 1 small to medium pumpkin
  • Wooden skewers
  • Dried moss
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1. Fill urn with dirt or gravel
    2. Break the stem off of the large pumpkin and position it in the urn
    3. Stick some wood skewers in the large pumpkin with the sharp side facing up - I usually use 4
    4. Position small pumpkin on top of large, gently pushing it onto the exposed skewers. This will stabilize the topiary and hold the smaller pumpkin in place.
    5. Hot glue pieces of dried moss in between the pumpkins for a finished look. You can also use fall garland or raffia.

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013


    Badmiton has been around for centuries and I just love it because it so much easier for me than tennis.  We love to play when we are at the lake, especially in the early fall when the weather is a bit cooler and always have a great time.  Badmiton is said to have been originally played at a garden party of the Duke of Beaufort at his home in the country so we feel a little fancy (but don’t look it) when we are swinging away at that birdie!
    How to play:

    You need rackets, a birdie – also called a shuttlecock, and a net

    Stand on opposite sides of the net in the opposite corners

    The first player serves underhand

    If the birdie hits the ground or goes out of bounds – the server gets the point or the receiver wins the serve

     The first player to get 15 points is the winner
    It's even better if you can find some great vintage rackets.  I am always picking up them up at flea markets when I see them.  Sooooo much fun !!!!!
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