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glass blowing adventure

January 9, 2015

paperweight from glass blowing adventure pleasure in simple things blog

I love all creative arts. One place I had been eager to visit ever since I knew of its existence is Peter Greenwood’s Glass Blowing Studio in Riverton, Connecticut. Peter offers workshops for beginners with no experience and I really wanted to give it a try!

Front of Peter Greenwood's glass blowing studio pleasure in simple things blog

My idea was to visit before Christmas and create a glass blown ornament for my tree…how special would that be?! But, after discussing the workshop options with Peter before I made my visit, I decided to create a glass paperweight rather than a glass ornament. Yes, the ornament was an actual glass blowing experience, but if I took the workshop for the paperweight; I could actually make my piece from start to finish. I decided to go for the hands-on experience of forming molten glass and sculpting it into a paperweight – with Peter’s guidance, of course.

I am so glad I did. The process was fascinating.

A friend and I made the trip to the quaint little town of Riverton where Peter’s studio and showroom are located inside a historic stone church built in 1829.

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piece at Peter Greenwood's studio pleasure in simple things blog

I am sharing some photos from the visit on today’s Friday field trip, but I think the best way to really get a sense of the process is to watch the short video created from phone videos the day of my visit. In hindsight, I probably should have brought a video camera with me, but my friend Wendy was nice enough to take some video of my experience and I am thrilled to have it documented.

Click here for A Video on Creating a Paperweight in Peter Greenwood’s Connecticut Studio.

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glass blowing tools pleasure in simple things blog

In some ways, I found creating glass pieces very similar to throwing pots because of the symmetry component, although working in conjunction with a 2,000 degree oven was a little more daunting! I was very much aware of the dangerous temperatures involved and was extremely cautious.

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The 2,000 degree oven used to create my glass paperweight at Peter Greenwood’s studio.

 

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The beginnings of my paperweight at Peter Greenwood’s studio in Connecticut.

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Glass chips like this are used to create the design in the paperweight…I used blue chips for mine.

When completed, the blue swirl I created in my paperweight glowed orange from the high temperature. Once cooled, the blue color would be apparent. The cooling process is done very slowly or the piece would have exploded due to the quick temperature change!

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I hope you enjoyed today’s field trip. Peter is a wonderful teacher and I highly recommend looking him up should you ever want to take a trip to Riverton and experience some of your own glass adventures!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Peter Greenwood pleasure in simple things glass blowing adventure

The glass master himself, Peter Greenwood.

Thanks for stopping by! Remember to enjoy pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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restoration hardware gallery in ct

January 2, 2015

mixing textures at Restoration Hardware pleasure in simple things blog

Don’t you love walking through Restoration Hardware? Their use of a neutral color palette, thoughtful mix of textures, and minimal use of accessories is definitely right in line with my taste. And, the light fixtures? O.M.G.

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All the stores are worth a visit, but if you happen to live near Boston, Greenwich, Atlanta, or West Hollywood; you have access to a very special store – the Restoration Hardware Gallery Store. If you don’t happen to live near these places, you can catch a little glimpse of what you are missing on today’s Friday field trip to the Connecticut store.

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Formerly on Greenwich Avenue, the store moved a short distance up the street to occupy the old historic Greenwich Post Office and become one of the four RH gallery stores. But, this did not happen until after the space was completely gutted and renovated. Click here to see more about the project.

The grand scale and dramatic lighting of this magnificent store make for a museum-like experience…

a collage of restoration hardware

magnificent lighting at RH pleasure in simple things blog

The store displays a luxury lifestyle with dramatic interior and exterior installations of home furnishings in a gallery setting.

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Some pieces are a little too masculine for my taste and some a little too heavy on the industrial vibe, but for the most part, I would love to own any one of Restoration Hardware’s furniture pieces (if I had a large enough space to accommodate it, of course!).

chair at Restoration Hardware pleasure in simple things blog

textures at Restoration Hardware pleasure in simple things blog

I love examining paint finishes and have had fun trying my hand at recreating (in look anyway) them in some of my refinishing projects using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

table setting at Restoration Hardware pleasure in simple things blog

table accessory at Restoration Hardware pleasure in simple things blog

The Greenwich RH Gallery provides some amazing inspiration and I urge you to visit one of the four gallery locations if you should be provided the opportunity.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s field trip.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

Sharing at The Shabby Nest, Kim Klassen’s Friday Finds, French Country Cottage, and House of Hipsters.

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shop hop 2014

December 5, 2014

putting together lunch for Shop Hop 2014 pleasure in simple things blog

Planning a shopping day filled with holiday inspiration with friends – what could be better?  Today’s Friday field trip is a special seasonal road trip to visit shops across Connecticut.

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I made a holiday music CD for the car (actually my son made it, but hey –it was my idea!), decided on a box lunch menu (don’t want a restaurant lunch to slow us down!), and planned an itinerary for Shop Hop 2014!  The destinations?  Well, these are a surprise…but, I will share them with you in this post!

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Shop Hop invitations are sent out in advance – promising a day of friendship and inspiration touring favorite shops in Connecticut. My 2014 ‘south central’ edition is spanning four counties in Connecticut – all easily accessible by highway I95. (I am including my hop locations in this post in the event you live in Connecticut and would like to replicate my hop.) Be sure to like my Facebook page by clicking here, so you can see a gallery of photos from each of the hop locations and share some of the inspiration – even if you don’t live in Connecticut!

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This is how our day goes… I pick up the gals at a designated location in the morning. They are not informed of our predetermined shop locations. ..makes it so much more fun this way! (For the most part, Shop Hop locations are best as isolated areas…save your clusters of stores in a town or a favorite local spot, for a day all on its own.)

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A Christmas CD sets the holiday mood…this year, it was definitely a very eclectic mix! Click the three links below to hear three of this year’s selections:

This is my very favorite Christmas song by my very favorite entertainer.
Do you remember which recent fun holiday movie featured a version of this song?
Got to love my son’s sense of humor on this one!

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A box lunch is the best way to avoid schedule interruptions. Believe me, this is for the best! A restaurant lunch wastes far too much precious time better devoted to inspirational adventures! Just be sure to use a cooler if you pack anything perishable!  I packed mine in take out containers and added a label on the outside that I cut from chalkboard contact paper.  A selection of flavored waters and ice tea rounded out the refreshments.  We can always pick up a hot tea or coffee on the road to go with our rosemary shortbread cookies. :)

boxed lunch for shop hop 2014 pleasure in simple things blog

For 2014, these are the five locations I chose for our hop:

Grace, 46 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic
Maynard Gardens Holiday Shop, 87 Ingham Hill Road, Old Saybrook
Taken for Granite, 409 Leetes Island Road, Branford
No. 299 Fairfield, 318 Villa Avenue, Fairfield
Terrain, 561 Post Road East, Westport

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Lastly, I like to leave my friends with favors – what fun is a special event without favors!

 

 

We visited some beautiful shops, but spending the day with my friends was the special part of the day! :)

I hope you are inspired to plan your own Shop Hop! Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or need suggestions. Have fun with it!

car at Grace in Niantic pleasure in simple things blog

Have a fabulous weekend filled with holiday inspiration, Jackie

P.S.  The movie was Elf.

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rooms with a view in ct

November 21, 2014

neutral room from rooms with a view pleasure in simple things blog

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Today we are taking a peek at a weekend in design featuring an Opening Night Gala; vignettes of interior design; a marketplace; a holiday fashion show and luncheon; and dinner with event chairman, Thom Filicia. (You know I love Thom…click here for our first meeting!)

Now in its 20th year, Rooms With a View has helped Southport Congregational Church help others by raising well over a million dollars for charitable causes.

 

The room vignettes are always inspiring…

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My favorite room this year was designed by Forehand + Lake – a bright and styling cabin…

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Every year I find different takeaways from the event.  A couple of the lighting choices were really interesting this year…How cool is the lighting in this “Starry Night” themed room designed by NYSID students and alumni?

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And, I found this light fixture, used by Jenny Wolf Interiors, as a unique choice…

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Rooms With a View provides a great opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping by offering a marketplace of vendors.  You can see these items fit right in with my holiday theme!

wares from Rooms with a View pleasure in simple things blog

Much like Susan Leggitt’s artwork inspired by the Maine Coast, I found these hand painted stars really awesome!

Artist Susan Leggitt at Rooms with a View pleasure in simple things blog

The meal and fashion show is always the most fun for me.  The clothes from Millie Rae’s in Westport were my favorites and it is great the way the event people mix some thrift store finds in with the new fashions from local stores.  This year, I loved that Borrowed (a rental company that specializes in bringing unique, mismatched, and whimsical touches to an event) provided an eclectic mix of plates to the luncheon service.

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The meal provided by Festivities was delicious…

luncheon served at Rooms with a View in Southport,CT pleasure in simple things blog

But, for me, the plates stole the show!  How many more plate photos can I add?  I just loved them!

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The other wonderful design touch to the tables were the wallpaper runners provided by Farrow & Ball (no, those wallpaper scraps aren’t just for book covers)…

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Rooms With a View is a great way for friends in Fairfield County, Connecticut to get together and be inspired. I hope some of the photos of the event on today’s Friday field trip have inspired you!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful weekend, Jackie

Sharing with Liz Marie Blog, Crafts a la Mode, and Shabby Nest.

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balmy beach day in november

November 14, 2014

life guard chairs pleasure in simple things blog

A balmy day in November certainly warrants a trip to the beach – no matter how brief.  There are signs of the season here – the fall colors in the marsh…

fall colors at the marsh pleasure in simple things blog

an occasionally leaf under the docks…

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but even with an odd sixty degree afternoon in November, winter is on its way.

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For Friday field trip today, I am sharing a few photos from my trip to the beach this balmy day…

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I’m here to collect some items for holiday crafts…

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It is so much fun to repurpose collected materials from nature!

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Today was the perfect day to do some scavenging!

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Snow is predicted this week in Connecticut, so soon this fall scene will make way for the white stuff!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

And, remember to take pleasure in simple things…some of the very best things are the simple things!

Have a great weekend, Jackie

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in awe of autumn

October 28, 2014

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If you follow my blog, you may have noticed that I visit at least one spot each year out of my normal routine (like when I took the fall steam train ride) to observe the beauty of autumn. Sometimes, removing myself from my daily surroundings really helps to provide me with a new perspective and an added appreciation for the beauty of nature all around me.

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Placing myself in some new surroundings was my intent when I made a visit to Talcott Mountain State Park in Simsbury, Connecticut to hike up Talcott Mountain to the Heublein Tower. With two friends joining me, we picked a day that ended up being a beauty! The sun was shining and the weather was perfect! We probably missed the peak of the changing leaves by a week, but the foliage views were magnificent just the same!

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The hike on Tower Trail to reach the Heublein Tower, at the top of the Talcott Mountain, is about 1.25 miles and we were enjoying every step of it!

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Because of the time of year, the views were fantastic the entire walk; causing many stops along the way.

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It was fun having a destination, but the hit of the day was definitely the foliage – not the tower!

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The tower is a 165-foot structure built as a summer home in 1914 by Gilbert Heublein.  Heublein was a celebrated German-born hotelier and restauranteur as well as an innovator in the American gourmet food and liquor industry.  The tower holds some interesting history…in the early fifties, two future presidents visited the tower – General Dwight D. Eisenhower (who was asked to run for office there) and Ronald Reagan, then president of the Screen Actors’ Guild!  History buffs are sure to enjoy the photographs and historical information on display throughout the building.

fall at Talcott Mt State Park in CT pleasure in simple things

The tower is open and accessible to the public through the entire month of October.  The hike to the tower is a wonderful family outing, especially since it is not a difficult climb and the park requires no admittance charge or parking fee.

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Once at the tower,  visitors (like me) can climb the six-storied structure to the top and admire the beautiful views of Connecticut and beyond.

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On the horizon, Mount Monadnock, eighty miles away in New Hampshire, is discernible.  To the northwest, the Berkshires dominate the horizon.

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In addition to river views, Long Island Sound is revealed as a thin blue streak to the south.  Those with sharp vision can see an area estimated to be 1,200 square miles.

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This photo is the view out the door of the tower as we were leaving to head back down the trail…

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And, this view is one from a stop along the trail heading down the mountain.

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A truly wonderful afternoon sharing the beauty of the season with friends –  in awe of autumn.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

Sharing at Craftberry Bush and Friday Finds.

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christmas in october

October 24, 2014

brush trees terrain pleasure in simple things

Hi friends!  Earlier this week I shared my first Christmas post of the season with a gift tag tutorial.  Today, I am continuing the holiday spirit with a shopping trip!  Who doesn’t love a shopping trip, right!  For today’s Friday field trip, I am sharing some of the items I’ve seen on an early shopping trip and am excited about for the upcoming holiday season.  So, grab a cup of cocoa or tea on this cold, windy day and enjoy!

The first photo is one of some bottle trees at Terrain.  You probably already know of my love for Terrain.  This season, they are carrying bottle brush trees in many shades – including aqua and teal (did you see the photo on my Instagram?)…so exciting!  Another really cool item I saw in the Westport store, was a candleholder in the shape of a house and made of cinnamon bark…can’t you just imagine the smell when the candle is lit!?  I wish you had a scratch and sniff screen!

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I also loved these cocktail napkins..so natural yet elegant!  Since there are only two Terrain stores in the country, you may not have the opportunity to shop this fabulous home and garden resource.  If not, take some time to check the website for some great holiday inspiration.

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Talking about inspiration…what about this chalkboard wrapping paper at Paper Source!  Definitely 50 feet of fun!

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Christmas always involves ornaments and I love looking at the variety of ornaments offered at each of my favorite stores throughout the holidays.  With my passion for typography, I could not ignore this stunner from Pottery Barn!  I want to hang them up in many word combinations…like fa la la and ho ho ho!

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I have been enarmored with this mistletoe ornament at Crate & Barrel for a couple of years now…so happy they are still offering it!  I love to put them on packages of bridal shower or engagement gifts…so lovely!

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I LOVE this Terrain ornament!  Any favorite dried flower can be added…from your own garden or from a special bouquet!  Even a lock of hair or small photo would be a great addition!

terrain ornament pleasure in simple things

Mercury glass votives are always a lovely way to add some sparkle during the holidays.  This year, Crate & Barrel not only offers some really inexpensive options, but has colors that remind me of the sea.  At only $4.95 each, you can create a pretty cluster at a reasonable price for a beautiful sea inspired glow.  :)  Also, be sure to check out their snowflake hurricanes.

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Fresh flowers are great all the time, but at the holidays they are always a requirement.  Anthropologie has not yet put out their holiday merchandise, but I love these pinched vases as an artistic way to display a few beautiful blooms.

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Ballard Designs always offers some beautiful holiday items, and this year is no exception.  These gray and white antler totes really appeal to my neutral color passion!  The Suzanne Kasler collection this year also features bears in a gray tone.

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Christmas is always so very exciting for the children and it is wonderful to find great items for the kids (or the kids in us!) :)  This cookie stamp from Crate & Barrel is sure to leave a smile on the faces of the kids during a Christmas Eve cookie making session for Santa!

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Decorating the children’s rooms in a special way during the holiday is a great way to add to the excitement to the season.  This year, Garnet Hill  has a pattern called “North Pole” that is cheery and seasonal…

north pole sheets garnet hill pleasure in simple things

And, for the cutest little night light, how about this flameless squirrel candle from West Elm that can be used all year long!

west elm squirrel light pleasure in simple things

With all the shopping and decorating, a relaxing cup of tea is always in order during the holidays…even better in a pretty mug.  This monogrammed vine mug is from Terrain and oh, so pretty!  It would also make a great holiday gift for that special teacher!

vine mug terrain pleasure in simple things

The last item I am going to share is also from Terrain.  I love this inexpensive hanging zinc bucket as an alternative to a front door wreath!  Filled with greens or holly, it makes for a really interesting addition to the outdoor decor!  Don’t you love the dots!  It would also make a great indoor organizer for wrapping supplies.

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So that is it for today’s Friday field trip!  I hope you enjoyed our little preseason holiday shopping trip!  There is so much more to explore as the stores start stocking up…let me know some of your favorites!!

Please note that none of the photos in this post were taken by me…they came from the respective store websites.

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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visiting a sheep farm in ct

October 10, 2014

a sheep by fence pleasure in simple things

I have to admit that the 332 miles of shoreline in my home state is my favorite part, but there are so many more places to visit in Connecticut!   And today, for Friday field trip, I am sharing one of these places – Connecticut’s largest sheep farm.

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Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm, located on a 175-acre setting in the town of Lyme, has been owned by Stan and Suzanne Sankow since 1984.

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Named after the creek that runs through the property and continues on to the Connecticut River, Sankow’s is currently home to 600 sheep.

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 sheep in a sheep barn pleasure in simple things

The farm makes and sells artisanal sheep and cow’s milk cheeses as well as yogurts, milk, and gelato.

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The wool shop features handspun wool garments for sale and the farm store also sells fresh lamb meats and homemade entrees such as white bean chili and lamb curry stew.

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I have to say, I found the idea of purchasing lamb meats or entrees made with lamb a little unnerving after feeling like I developed a relationship with the resident sheep! But, I did leave the farm with some sheep’s cheese that I later used in a pasta dish back at home.  Afterward, I felt really guilty about eating it because I learned, that although sheep’s milk has more calcium than cow’s milk, it also contains almost double the fat!

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It is a lovely time of year to visit Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm to spend some quality time with these gentle animals while admiring the (soon to be) breathtaking backdrop of fall foliage.  It is open 9 to 4 daily.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s visit to the sheep farm!

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Fun sheep fact…What do you call a group of sheep?  Did you say flock?  Herd, mob, drove, or trip are also used!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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let’s give them pumpkin to talk about

October 3, 2014

candy corn white pumpkin pleasure in simple things

I am not big on Halloween decorations. As a rule, I don’t decorate with traditional Halloween colors because I love all things neutral. I gave you a taste of this last year when I shared with you some of my white Halloween decorations.

That doesn’t mean I don’t occasionally use other colors in my pumpkins…just to change things up a little. The velvet pumpkins I make each year have been created in most all colors.  Here is a recent batch from this year…

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But, for Friday field trip today, I am sharing a few pumpkins I created for my home that were inspired by Halloween candy…maybe it will spark some ideas for some pumpkins for your own home!

Even though I don’t normally decorate with black and orange, there is one Halloween color combination I do enjoy! I have used the iconic white, orange, and yellow colors of candy corn on everything and anything from treat bags to Jell-O! It is an instantly recognizable color combination that screams (pun intended) Halloween almost as much as a pumpkin!  Using orange and yellow paint, it is easy to create a mini ‘candy corn’ white pumpkin.

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This year, the colors of candy corn also made it onto some disposable wooden spoons to make quick and easy fun dessert spoons.  I just added a little bit of paint and some dollar store spiders to create a whole lot of Halloween fun!

The other candy that inspired some pumpkin fun for me this year was black licorice. Inspired by this black treat, I created a few black pumpkins to use in vignettes throughout my home.

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My first, the one that really took on the look of licorice for me was painted with Plasti Dip. If you follow the blog, you know that I love Plasti Dip and use it in many different ways. (On wooden spoons or seafood forks to name two favorites!)  For my black ‘licorice’ pumpkin, I used the Plasti Dip in a spray can to create a shiny black finish…spooky!

 odd man out black plasti dip pumpkin pleasure in simple things

After creating that pumpkin, I started playing with some different textures in black.

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For a glittering, sparkly pumpkin, I used Martha Stewart’s glitter in onyx…I think this little vignette using an Anthropologie planter and some black amaranthus creates a great Halloween feel.

While crafting some of my velvet pumpkins this year, I created some in black to add another texture to my collection of black pumpkins.

black velvet pumpkins pleasure in simple things

It is always so fun to try different ways to decorate pumpkins! I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my candy inspired pumpkins for Halloween on Friday field trip today…I can’t wait for next week when I share some of this year’s neutral themed pumpkin designs!

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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

Sharing at The Shabby NestCraftberry Bush, Crafts a la Mode, Nancherrow

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a passion for purple

September 26, 2014

a pleasure in simple things friday field trip to Smith's in Niantic

Before we start Friday field trip today, I will give you fair warning…if you have an aversion to the color purple – step away from the computer!

a purple flowers and a bee pleasure in simple things friday field trip

Why? Because the nursery we are visiting has adopted purple as their signature color and it is very obvious!

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These are photos I took at Smith’s Acres; a small family owned and operated garden shop in Niantic, Connecticut.

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I thought it would be fun to share a few photos of the purple on display on Smith’s before all the fall colors set in and we are seeing everything in yellow, orange, and red.

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The purple definitely makes a statement! What do you think? I am not a purple fan, but you gotta love a theme!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 purple nursery pleasure in simple things friday field trip

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to find pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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