Today I’m sharing something sweet, simple, and pretty with you, that I put together last week and that I’m just really enjoying.
All it is: Painted dollar store pumpkins and some milk glass I found at the thrift store the other day.
I learned a couple of things here:
1) Open your eyes and pay attention at the thrift store! I found all of these pieces of milk glass on one trip, except for the low bowl on the far left. It was on my second pass of an aisle, that I happened to spot one piece, then suddenly there was another and another. A whole little mini collection just waiting there that I hadn’t seen the first time around. Each piece was around $1-$2. Score!
And the other thing I learned:
2)White paint is not just white paint. I started out spraying these little guys in a gloss white that was really kind of terrible. I didn’t think you could screw up painting pumpkins! Instead of looking all happy and creamy, they looked really stark and cold, and with the bit of orange still showing through, kind of dirty. I went over them with my good ol’ dollar store antique white acrylic and they were perfect. Though I only clued into this after a week of trying to convince myself they were OK and if I just tied a little orange ribbon in the right way, they would be perfect. Nope.
Why do I do this to myself? Over fake pumpkins?? Yeesh!
Oh well, the point is, they’re pretty now and I like them! I even got compliments on them on Thanksgiving!
Are you loving simple and easy things like this as much as I am lately?
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.