Spoonflower Back To School Blog Hop

Spoonflower is having a back-to-school blog hop, and I created a special fabric for the occasion. With this yard of fabric you can create a lined lunch bag & two snack bags. You’ll find the fabric for sale here in my spoonflower shop. You can find printable instructions for assembly of the bags here:
Lunch & Snack Bag PDF
Spoonflower is also offering 10% off your order just use the code Crane10 which is valid until September 30 for orders of fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. But hurry it is a one time use code, and can not be combined with any other promotional offers.

Halloween Pumpkin Gourd Wreath

You might remember my Halloween tutorial from last year, painted pumpkins and gourds. I turned those fellas into ornaments for my Halloween tree. This year I decided I wanted to make more, and turn them into a wreath for the front door.

I used a 16 inch doubles wire wreath that I found at Hobby Lobby, but I’ve seen similar ones at Michaels. They are wire, but have funny little sprigs of greenery (in this case the little pine parts were black, spooky good for Halloween) I painted a bunch of faux gourds and pumpkins, then twisted some wire and shoved it into the back of each (most of them it went in really easy, but a few I had to poke a small hole with a pencil to help the wire break through the “skin”) Then I put a little hot glue over the hole/around the wire to help keep it glued in place.

I started with my biggest pumpkins and wired and then glued them around my wreath, then I just went in and kept wiring/gluing until the whole thing was covered. Once I got a bunch in I even started gluing the gourds and pumpkins together where they touched. Since everything is wired in place, it helped it feel extra sturdy. If you are going to hang outside in an area that will see rain I would spray each pumpkin before making the wreath with a clear top coat.