Frilly Little Pumpkins

I never met a pumpkin
I didn't like.
- Unknown -

Happy day, my friends!

Last Friday I had a giveaway for the Organic Rosemary Sea Salt
made by Cecilia and today I will be announcing the winner. . .
at the end of this post {{smiles}}

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It would appear the autumn bug bit me 
as I have been dreaming of pumpkins, cardigans, scarves, and golden leaves.
For the last week or so the mornings have had a fall chill in the air
and I can smell the sweet scent of the season that is to come.
Here in the mountains I have already seen some trees starting to change 
from their luscious green to hues of yellow and orange.
Its hard to believe how quickly summer has gone by,
but I am anticipating the arrival of autumn.
Each season holds such unique and glorious beauty.

With the anticipation of autumn's arrival I have been making some shabby pumpkins.
You know me, I like lots of lace and pearls {{smiles}}
I thought I'd show you how I made these little darlings. . .

I cut out a round piece of cotton fabric that was 8 1/2-inches in size.

I placed a strip of lace on the outside of the top edge
and sewed a basting stitch so that I could gather the fabric.

Continue the basting stitch until you get to where you started.
Pull and gather the fabric as you sew.

Fill the "pumpkin" with batting,
pull the basting stitch to tighten the gather
and then knot to hold together.

Tuck some dried Spanish moss into your pumpkin
and make sure it's secure. 

And now the fun part. . .embellishing!
For the stem I used a wooden spool
and tied lace, tulle, and satin seam binding around it.
I made a small hole in the moss and hot glued the spool down.
 On top of the spool I added a gem and some pearls.

I added some pearls,
paper leaves,
and a pretty little feather.

A stunning bead sits in the center of the pumpkin.

And voila!
An oh-so-sweet-and shabby pumpkin.

I couldn't make just one so I made two more
that were slightly different.

A black and white pumpkin that has a look of elegance, don't you think?
I added black shabby flowers to the outside of the pumpkin.

And for the last pumpkin I went for some soft blush colors.

I tucked some soft pink flowers into the spool
and a little sign that says "Love Always"
was placed in the pumpkin.

These certainly aren't your "traditional" pumpkins,
but that's the beauty of creativity. . .
you can make every little project your own
and you have the joy of making things exactly how YOU like them :)

These delightful pumpkins are listed in my Etsy shop
though the cream and black pumpkins have already sold.
The little blush pumpkin is available which you can find here.
I am hopeful to have some more listed by the weekend,
but we shall see. . .

The winner of the Organic Rosemary Sea Salt is. . . 


I will have the sea salt shipped directly to you from Cecilia's shop.
Thanks to all who entered the giveaway.

Love, hugs, and joy to you,
sweet friends!

I will be sharing with this post with these lovely parties.


Linda said...

Oh how pretty Stephanie....such talent, wink. Congratulations to Anita. Have a beautiful day friend. smiles

Valerie said...

Dear Stephanie,
Those pumpkins are stunning! I love all of them. <3 I'm looking forward to autumn too. This has been one long, hot summer here. I've missed visiting you here sweet friend.
Blessings, Valerie

Prunella Pepperpot said...

OOh I love your pumpkins. So delicate and each one has it's very own charm.
Autumn is approaching very quickly now. Where does the time go!
Have a wonderful Wednesday dear Stephanie with hugs from Prunella :)

Elizabethd said...

I love your pretty pumpkins, Stephanie!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

These are charming feminine pumpkins made with love! Congrats to Anita.

Melanie said...

Very pretty. So different from the usual fall pumpkins that you see. Thank you for the tutorial. Have a blessed day.

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oooo Stephanie you sure inspire us! These pumpkins are gorgeous and look like fun to make. I have been seeing fabric pumpkins for a few yrs now and did not know how to make them. Thank You! for taking the time to show us how. I hope to try : ) I love your work~ Hugs, Karen O

Debby Ray said...

Oh yes...I am dreaming of pumpkins and leaves too! I just wish the air outside would cooperate! These little pumpkins are just beautiful and I love all of the wonderful BLING on them! I have made a few from velvet and have some things in my stash to make more. SOOO looking forward to fall! Thanks for sharing your lovelies with us. HUGS!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What gorgeous pumpkins! I made some simple fabric pumpkins but I need to make some of these! WOW! They are gorgeous! And congrats to Anita. She's such a sweetheart and will be thrilled! Hugs, Diane

My thrift store addiction said...

These are my kind of pumpkins, Stephanie--LOVE them! Hugs, Cecilia

Jill said...

Congratulations Anita!! These are so beautiful! God sure has blessed you with a wonderful talent!


Lisa said...

These pumpkins are just too cute! They are whimsical,magical and so beautiful! Oh my goodness!

Michelle {Miss Strawberry Shortgirl} said...

Oh, how beautiful! 😄 I absolutely love autumn I've started pinning fall outfits already on Pinterest. 😉 My family is taking a little vacation out to New England this fall. I can hardly wait! Thanks for sharing this tutorial! My sisters are going to be begging me to make them some of these pretties!

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

How very PRETTY these are, dear Stephanie! Oh, I love the shabby charm...makes me want to whip up a few myself! {{Smiles}}. But I'll leave that delight to Autumn...
I am always truly inspired by your handiwork, my friend! The elegant touches you add just show how much love and effort you put into all that you do!
I send ever so much love your way...happy Wednesday!

Anonymous said...

You do such lovely work. These are great. :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh another enchanting project by the Queen of Enchantment! These little embellished pumpkins are just a delight to behold, dear friend! You certainly do have the Autumn bug and you're working your magic with those lovely hands of yours. Congratulations to Anita in winning the rosemary sea salt! Have fun creating in your craft/sewing room! Love and hugs are sent to you.....

Creations By Cindy said...

Stephanie, those pumpkins are adorable sweetie! Wow! Love the glamor that they bring. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

mamasmercantile said...

They are amazing, you are such an inspiration and so generous showing us how to make them. Stunning. Take care.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

These pretty pumpkins are so unique and different than any others I have seen. I think they are going to fly out of your shop! So much love and work in each one.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Oh my, I am giggling over here because when I first started to read your post and you said you'd announce the winner at the end, I said to myself, "I won." I WAS RIGHT! How did I even know that? I can't wait!!!!

Dearest Stephanie, thank you.

Now for these pumpkins. Goodness, we are going to have fun with this gourd, aren't we all? I love these happy little gems you have created and I bet you will make a sensational pumpkin pie when the season comes. From jewels to lovely fabric, to pumpkin desserts and designs, you are a master!

Thank you dear friend. Much love!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Stephanie, you pumpkins are gorgeous! So lovely. You are so very talented. xx Jo

Cheryl said...

Congratulations, Anita!!! I hope you enjoy! And, your pumpkins are oh, so pretty, dear Stephanie! God bless you both!

Karen said...

I love all pumpkins, but I have to say these are the prettiest I've seen.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

My, my these are adorable pumpkins, simply adorable. You are so creative and thanks for showing us how.. I will make a few for myself!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie my talented friend. I love your darling shabby pumpkins. They are so charming with all the pretty details as only you can create!!
Congrats to dear Anita on her win. She will love the sea salt!!
Have a great evening. Blessings. xo

camp and cottage living said...

The prettiest pumpkins I've ever seen Stephanie! No wonder they have sold so quickly. We are getting hints of Fall here also, but nice warm days still.

Mari said...

I love your pearls and lace! The pumpkins are so pretty!
Congrats to Anita.

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

The pumpkins are adorable Stephanie! I just got the Fall bug the other day myself although I need summer to stay since we have so much to do before next year as Mark's nephew will be getting married here. We're starting to see some spots of Autumn colours in the leaves too - my favourite time of year!! Enjoy your crafting.

Love Aunt Kelly

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Those are the prettiest pumpkins I've ever seen. You have a real flair with your craftiness!

Debbie Harris said...

GORGEOUS!! Wow Stephanie, those are the prettiest pumpkins I have ever seen, and I've seen some lovely ones. Each one has such detail and gorgeousness, love them all!!!
I think you had better whip up some more of those lovely pumpkins, and please let me know when they reach your Shoppe. :-)
By the way, the lace around the top is stunning.
You did a beautiful job creating these with your lovely hands.

Love you~~

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Margie said...

So cute! My favourite is the black pumpkin.

I've noticed that some of the stores have fall decor on display. I'm looking forward to pumpkin-flavoured EVERYTHING


Very pretty pumpkins!!! I'm thinking about fall, however I can wait for it. I think I may decorate my mantle for fall Sept 1st or so!

Jazzmin said...

Dear friend,
I don't know which word to use to describe how much I love your beautiful creations, so I will use them all: gorgeous, beautiful, perfect, festive, and absolutely lovely! I love how you chose to do colors that are not necessarily fall/pumpkin colors- how creative and original! These are so, so very pretty and I can see why two colors have already sold out :) I must say I think I fancy the blush colors most of all, but its close. Thank you for making me smile and get more and more excited for fall with your sharing of your handiwork. Simply wonderful.
I loved reading of your excitement for fall in the air, as well. I feel much the same and cannot wait. How blessed your views must be as the landscape begins to change, especially with your beautiful aspens in fall.

Love and many blessings to you, dear Stephanie!

Witchcrafted Life said...

These pumpkins are dazzlingly beautiful! What sweet, dreamy, whimsical takes on a true autumn icon. Your work always takes my breath away, dear Stephanie, and these fall time treasures are no exception.

xoxo ♥ Jessica

janice15 said...

Stephanie, they are lovely and I'm going to try to make one.. Just sweet thank you for sharing, with love Janice

Anna said...

Three words for three pumpkins : gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous !!!!
Big hug !

hobbyloes said...

These are dream pumpkins, they are so pretty with the lace and the pearls.
Congratulations to Anita!

Tamago said...

Wow, you are so creative!! And you have a skill to embody your creativity! Those pumpkins are so pretty, dressed up really nicely and look like ready to go ballroom dancing :-) Black & white pumpkin looks very elegant indeed. Pink one is like a little princess!
Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations. Have a wonderful day, Stephanie xoxo

Mrs. W. said...

Good morning dear Stephanie,

Your embellishments are always so lovely; I can see why you enjoy the process so much. I always love the pearl and jewel look. Give me rhinestones - don't need diamonds.

I am excited about autumn. But for now, since the days are still hot, I am enjoying the last days of summer. It seems like summer just began. Where did it go!

I look forward to the days cooling and feeling like autumn again. God is so wonderful to create seasons. It is refreshing to have change.

Thank you for the sweet comment you left me on my Golden Gate walk post :)


Deborah Montgomery said...

These are adorable Stephanie! As orange has never been a favorite color of mine, I am happy to see pink and blush colored pumpkins! And certainly a little bling never hurt anything!! I detect a slight hint of cooler weather in the air in the mornings. Love the fall, my favorite season. Looking forward to turning off the AC and feeling the cooler breezes through the windows.
Congratulations to your winner.
Enjoy making those sweet pumpkins! They really are works of art! xo Deborah

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, you are sooo talented! I, too, am looking forward to autumn. Summer, especially a hot one, is NOT my season!

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

Totally and completely adorable. I bought some orange t-shirts at the thrift store to repurpose into little pumpkins. I know they won't be as pretty as yours though.

Doin' with what I've got!
Be blessed my friend,

Mindy said...

It's never really too early for pumpkins is it! Fall is probably my favorite season though. Clever idea to use the spools for the stems. You are very creative Stephanie.

Bethany Carson said...

Congrats to Anita! You did a really nice job on the pumpkins, Stephanie, though to start with I didn't realize those were pumpkins! But then I guess I'm not quite in the autumnal spirit yet! Can summer last a little longer? Oooh, I wish! Fall is a wonderful season in itself. It's what comes afterward that makes me await its arrival with trepidation.

Little Wandering Wren said...

What fun - love your shabby pumpkins especially the elegant black one. Pearls are always a special addition to any outfit or pumpkin, don't you think?!
Wren x

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Anita! Your pumpkins are very pretty. I love Autumn and look forward to cooler weather here in the South! Enjoy your weekend.

Polly said...

Absolutely beautiful pumpkins Stephanie. I like Autumn but I wish we could have longer summers to set me up for winter x

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Stephanie these are just beautiful and embellished so perfectly, I am looking forward to Autumn coming and these are just the thing to get it kick started :)

Lowcarb team member said...

Congratulations to Anita.

I love your words "pumpkins, cardigans, scarves, and golden leaves." ... the leaves do all go a glorious shade in the Autumn, a lovely season.

Your pumpkins are different and look great, no wonder they are dis-appearing fast.

Enjoy the up-coming weekend

All the best Jan

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, Yes Fall is in the air in the early mornings! I saved this idea and I will make some closer to fall! You always inspire me!!!
HUGS, Roxy

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, I do so love pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and colors. Yours are unique and dainty! Great job!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Those are some really elegant pumpkins!
I'm so happy for Anita whose blog I love!

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. these are wonderful Stephanie.... I'm thinking I might make some of these for table decorations for Mum's birthday in January.. xxxx .. beautiful..xxx ... Barb xxx

Kim said...

Those 'pumpkins' are brimming with gorgeousness. One could look at all the pretties within, forever. As for the cooler air in your environs....I am more than happy to send Ole Man Winter to your lovely place. =)

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

These are simply gorgeous! I just adore the talent you have of adding a bit of this and that, and making such lovely vintage little things! A touch of lace, a bit of pearls, and a whole lot of love! Thanks for the lovely tutorial... and while I am sad to see summer's end, I am looking forward to the cooler days of fall too :) Have a wonderful day!

Sandy said...

I love all of your makes!! You are so frilly and sweet.
sandy xx

My thrift store addiction said...

Such sweet little pumpkins! You are so talented, Stephanie. Thank you for sharing your lovely creations @Vintage Charm!

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