11.14.2008

Getting Me Through To Thanksgiving!

My house has felt a little barren since I took my Halloween decorations down.  I just don't have a lot of Thanksgiving decorations, and there is this one spot above my fireplace that looks particularly sad:

Don't you agree?  Luckily, I was at Michael's recently and their faux pumpkins were 80% off, so I brought a cute white one home for $2.39.  I figured for that price, I could afford to try a new technique on it!  So I picked up some graphite paper for $1.50 or so.

This paper allows you to trace an image onto another surface.  So I found a font I liked, printed out a big "G" (our last name initial) on regular white paper, taped the graphite paper to the pumpkin, and then traced the letter.

When I was done tracing, I was left with a faint but very clear outline of my "G."

Then I just grabbed a black paint marker and colored in the lines!  The paint marker was really great for creating a much smoother line than I would have been able to create with a paintbrush.

I added a little grosgrain ribbon because...well, I add grosgrain ribbons to most everything that will stand still!  What do you think?  I have a few more little Thanksgiving projects that have spruced up my house lately.  I'll be sure to show them to you next week.  

Enjoy your weekend!


67 comments:

Jboo said...

Very cute!! You are so talented! Have a fun weekend!

Janet

Julie said...

Okay this is too cute! can't wait to see some more projects.
julie

duchess said...

Very cute project.

Carolina Mama said...

It's perfect! Great choice and that little spot looks so happy now and inviting. :)

AndreaLeigh said...

I really like it! I didn't know you could do that with graphite paper. That would have helped me so much with a few projects. I'm just like you - I can't freehand anything, my hand is just too shaky and it ends up looking bad.

Angie said...

So cute!! What a great idea. I love white pumpkins!!

Joanna said...

I love it!

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

Cute & inexpensive...Love it ;)

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

That is adorable!

Laurel MacD said...

Too cute - I made the same thing for my daughter's teacher for Halloween. Even a polka dot grosgrain ribbon on top. I hope that means I'm starting to think like you - you're awesome.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Well that certainly warmed up your little corner!! I Love it....and what a great price on the white pumpkin....I am heading to Michael's today for some more Christmas things!!

Have a great weekend!

Lisa

My home - My life said...

Once again, great idea!

I wanted to go to Michaels right after Halloween to get those pumpkins at a discounted price and totally forgot! Shoot!!! I am sure they are all gone by now. Oh well....

julie & joe said...

I love letters on pumpkins! Good luck with getting the larger house......just remember, there will be more to clean :)

Ticlish Mermaid said...

I love that and I have never used graphite paper. I was just at Michaels and saw those pumpkins and I could could not figure out to use white pumpkins. Love your blog!!

Letti said...

Perfect fit!

Darlene said...

LOVE IT!! That turned out so CUTE!

Sandy Toes said...

Very cute...love white pumpkins especially monogrammed..love it!!!
Have a great weekend!
-sandy toes

p.s. sometime next week I am going to try to post about those newborn t-shirts with the year and framed...I think it is right up your "alley" :)!

Sandy said...

Looks great Carrie! :)

Wendy said...

You know I love a monogram! Great job! (okay and I just have to tell you that my word verification for this comment is "whiner" - I just thought it was funny...)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Very cute project -- you did great! I also love the grosgrain ribbon :)!! This is a fun project because you can keep it from year to year!

jennykate77 said...

What do I think? I think it's REALLY cute! I actually have a couple of those 80% off white pumpkins myself...maybe I should monogram? hmmmm.

Have a fabulous Friday!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I love it!! So cute, and of course I love the ribbon!

Ms. Tee said...

I love ribbon, too - very cute! :)

My Place of Peace said...

Precious!!!!!!!!!!

Shannon said...

Very cute! What a simple, but creative touch.

Heidi Boos said...

You always have the best ideas to pass along! Funny how I've walked by those white pumpkins at Michael's half a dozen times thinking about what to do with them. I could have (and should have) done something like this! And, of course, the black white polka dot ribbon gives it the perfect touch!

the undomesticated wife said...

Cute, and I'm impressed with the price!

Emily said...

You have the best ideas. I have the same pumpkin, but never thought to monogram it. Thanks for sharing your talents.

Shannon said...

Very cute!! That would have been a good idea when everyone was copying the "BOO" pumpkins that I have. Love it!!

Faith said...

I love it! And, you're right...grosgrain ribbon makes everything a little better =)

Screaming Meme said...

Cute girl! You are the queen of cute! How are you feeling? How far are you now?

tidymom said...

Will you come shopping with me? LOL seriously - I was in Michales and a thrift store yesterday and my head was spinning with all the ideas I've seen on blogs lately!! LOL

I bought lots of goodies - but now I want to go back for a white pumpkin! LOL
~Tidymom

The Arthur Clan said...

I love it! It was inexpensive and fills in that area perfectly. How creative are you?!

the undomesticated wife said...

I hope you do make the trees, and I hope you send them to me. :b

Seriously, make them and post pics!

Sit A Spell said...

What a simple, yet profound thing to with you pumpkin! I must confess, with all the snow we will get this week, I think I will pull out some Christmas decore. Nothing to crazy, like the tree...my Christmas china, a few candle holders...

Have a great weekend! Shell

The Graves' House said...

great idea! it really dressed up the plain pumpkin.
~nicole

Angie said...

I love it! I have never tried to use tracing paper like that, but now I see that it works so I'll have to get some. Just think of all the cute projects you could use it for!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

You make it to easy to have an excuse! You are my hero!

Amy

Jules from "The Roost" said...

SOOO cute! The ribbon made it! Can't wait to see what else you are whpping up over there ;)

Jen said...

Great idea!
♥Jen

Sunny said...

turned out cute! I have so many projects to do - I just need the time!

Domestic Diva....NOT said...

Carrie :) Thank you for the great response to my post. You made me smile.

Lana said...

I've wondered how you use graphite paper! That looks great! You did a fantastic job! :)

AJ said...

What a great idea! Love it:)
Thanks for your encouraging words yesterday. I'm feeling a bit better. Just trying not to be so emotional;) Believe me if we lived closer, I'd be knocking on your door with one of those lemony drinks!

Erin said...

I love this idea! I have never used the graphite paper before. I will have to try this on something!

Lisa & Gerald said...

Well done ! I love it!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

thank you so much bless you for being so thought ful , yes good news the rash is dissaperaing slowly but surely. thank god. we got a shot today that heleped her outand it already is taking the red inflmation down. what ever thi swas called a contact rash we do not know.


but any way i loves all those crafts ideas i too went to michaeals and bought those pumpkins and did some deccorating awesome.


have a great weekend

mamajil said...

Very CUTE!! I love this!

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Wow! You come up with some really good craft projects. And your pictures make them look so special. Thanks for sharing. You make me want to be crafty too. xxoo

Our Complete Family said...

You truly come up with the most fun things girly! Where oh where do you get all of your creative vibes and energy? And you're preggers to boot? YOU ROCK! I love it!
Hugs, Les

Davene said...

It's amazing how much the ribbon adds to it. It looks great! :)

Blissful Nikki said...

I love this idea! I hit michaels for the 80% off sale, but no pumpkins at mine! Just my luck! :(

By the way, I am having a giveaway over at my blog, I would love for you to come check it out! :)

Angie (Angelica Grace Designs) said...

What a cute idea! Love those!
Blessings, Angie Seaman
www.angelicagracedesigns.com/blog/
www.angelicagracedesigns.com

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

so cute, Carrie! I love that.

Melissa said...

I LOVE your blog. You have great ideas. I really like the pumpkin, so cute.

blueladybug said...

Too Cute!! You have such great ideas!!

Jodee Leader said...

That turned out so cute! It's just perfect for that corner!

asnipofgoodness said...

I love this Idea. It would be great on little pumpkins too for little gifts. I think I will try it, thanks!!

Nancy said...

Precious!!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

I will have to get some graphite paper...AND some ink for my printer..so I can try that! Looks wonderful Carrie! Thanks so much for coming by and leaving such sweet comments! Blog buddies are the best! Cherry

Lisa said...

VERY CUTE!!! You are just way too good! I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve! : )

Davene said...

Thanks, Carrie, for your comment today! :)

Mc Allen said...

coomgoas I cant wait to see wat your doing fpr christmas, this is seriously CUTE!!!! LA

Jo said...

Love the white pumpkin ~ my favorite color this season! I hit the same sale with much success! I'm trying to hold on and enjoy the fall season before rushing onto Christmas ~ it's been a challenge with all the goodies out already!

Jo

Ruby Red Slippers said...

Love it!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Your pumpkin looks great! Jackie

Sweet Simplicity said...

I need to pick up some of that paper! I didn't know it existed!