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What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

In Gourd We Trust

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Materials: buttons, glue, patience

It’s Halloween week, and pumpkins are everywhere, so I thought I’d explore some imaginative ways to decorate the darned things. What fun I had researching! Some exhibit great levels of skill and artistry, some are more the result of a good eye and a well-stocked crafts room, and there are some no-carve kid-friendly ideas here, as well.

Using everything from googly eyes and washi tape to semi-precious gems, there is something here for everyone. The one thing they all have in common is their creativity, and I’d be happy to have any of them outside my house. Of course, were I to attempt any of these creations, the main material would be Sauvignon blanc.

Materials: very good tools, MFA

Materials: expensive carving tools, M.F.A.

Materials: chalkboard paint, chalk, young eyes

Materials: chalkboard paint, paint pen, a OCD

Materials: toothpicks, dollhouse stuff, child-free zone

Materials: toothpicks, dollhouse stuff, Thomas Kinkade paintings

Materials: paint, plastic beads, a very small dog**Not actually necessary for the design, I'm just assuming

Materials: paint, plastic beads, rhinestones, very small dog*
*Not actually necessary for the design, I’m just assuming

Materials: sharp knife, mad skills

Materials: sharp knife, mad skills

Materials: Mr. Potato Head, small children

Materials: many Mr. Potato Head accessories, small children to fight over them

Materials: chalk paint, puffy craft paint, Martha Stewart

Materials: chalk paint, puffy craft paint, thumbtacks, Martha Stewart

Materials: Sharp knife, steady hand, I.P.A.

Materials: Sharp knife, steady hand, six-pack of IPA

Materials: acrylic paints, medium-sized children, something to take paint out of upholstery

Materials: acrylic paints, rainy day, children, something to take paint out of upholstery

Materials: sculpting tools, sculptor

Materials: sculpting tools, sculptor

Materials: Lacey stockings, hair tie, Instagram

Materials: Lacey stockings, hair tie, Instagram

Materials: carving tools, bored model, artist's grant

Materials: carving tools, bored model, artist’s grant

Materials: gold paint, neon paint

Materials: gold paint, neon paint, gay best friend

Materials: googly eyes, bandages, 10 minutes

Materials: googly eyes, bandages, 6 minutes

Materials: knife, metal parts, orthodontist

Materials: knife, metal parts, orthodontist

Materials: paint, clay, Monsters, Inc. DVD on repeat

Materials: paint, clay, Monsters, Inc. DVD on repeat

Materials: knife, black marker, imagination

Materials: knife, black marker, imagination

Materials: paint, leaves, glue, some way to get silver paint off the dog

Materials: paint, leaves, glue, trip to the vet after you realize how many silver leaves the dog ate

Materials: knife, genius

Materials: knife, genius

Materials: paint, plastic bats, a profound sense of satisfaction

Materials: paint, paper bat cutouts, a profound sense of satisfaction

Materials: paint, tiny gourds, magic

Materials: paint, fancy belt buckles, fairy godmother

Materials: small interesting gourds, babysitter

Materials: small interesting gourds, good knife, babysitter

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left the building

Ladies and gentlemen, pumpkin Elvis has left the building

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

22 thoughts on “In Gourd We Trust

  1. Your comments are better than (most of) the creations. Loved your Martha Stewart and small dog quips. For a pumpkin, I’ll take Tinker Bell and the orthodontics for my dentist daughter. Thanks for the laughs.

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  2. These were fabulous (and your comments priceless)! Not being a DIYer I’m always amazed at the time folks devote to projects…though some of these are quite stunning. – Karen

    P.S. I’m in your neck of the woods this week! Taking in a few museums and doing a little thrifting 🙂

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  3. Wow…many of those were very cool looking. I do love to do crafts of almost any kind (my kids call my craft/sewing room, Baby Jo-Anns). I can appreciate all the work, and the creativity that went in to those designs. Thanks for the funny and the WOW!

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  4. As someone who loves Halloween I adore this post. Thank you!!

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  5. I was so impressed with all of these. The winner: your comments. On the floor, laugh out loud. Too darn funny, Donna! Awesome post.

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  6. You saved the best until last: that Elvis pumpkin rocks! Looking at these photos makes me feel so inadequate with the pumpkin carving I just did with my kids. We had family fun though and you can’t shove that on Pinterest. Maybe.

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  7. I am grateful for the ab workout – still giggling at your pithy commentary, as usual!

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  8. These are all cool and you are hilarious.

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  9. Your blog is such a treasure! I’m more interested in reading your witty write up than some of the extravagantly DIY’ed pumpkins and gourd . Great post!

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  10. This was a lot of fun, Donna! Thank you so much for sharing your artistic eye and rapier wit! Diggin’ it! I found one more pumpkin to add to your awesome collection here; this one requires moss, miniature graveyard stuff, and an electrician. -chortle- 🙂

    Blessings….
    Cap’n Toni….

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  12. Reblogged this on ARHtistic License and commented:
    Have you carved your pumpkin yet? Here is some great inspiration from My OBT. Thank you, Donna!

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