Written By:  Jennie Nollette

Happy October!

Good news… some of our pumpkins survived the nasty vine bore, squash beetle epidemic in our garden!!! Dramatic?  OK – yes maybe a little, but I am so excited. Pumpkins are my absolute favorite part of fall.  You may have already known that because I may have mentioned it before.  🙂

I was actually behind a little this year in my decorating.  I thought my pumpkins would be sparse which was incredibly depressing.   Thankfully I had just enough to do a little decorating.

All my wonderful fall décor fits into these two boxes.  I have a small house so I am still collecting!

I must say for those of you on a budget growing your own pumpkins can save you a lot of money. I was looking at prices around town just a basic pumpkin was around $3-$6. I did see some fun decorative ones for about that price too, but still so much cheaper to grow them if you can. I think we paid $2 for a pack of seeds and on a normal year that is plenty.  This year we planted about 10 bags and only got what you see above, hence my depression.

I am a pretty basic decorator and don’t claim to be the best, but I do get a bit carried away around the holidays.  Below is my mantel.  Like I said I have a small house so this is probably the most decorated area.

My masterpiece!  OK – maybe not a masterpiece, but just go with it!

TIP: When using real pumpkins make sure to have something underneath them.  Once they start to go bad stuff will start oozing from them!  Not pleasant at all as the goop can stain your furniture. I used a candle plate and fake decorative leaves under most of them, the others I used a little saran wrap.

No one ever comes to our “front door.”  I pretty much put these out just for the trick-or-treaters!

I would love to see your fall décor!  How have you used your pumpkins?


Jennie Nollette

I am an Omaha native now living in the beautiful town of Valentine, Nebraska. If you haven’t visited you must! It is a gorgeous town that boosts its natural beauty. I am also a wife and mother of two beautiful little girls, living the daily struggle of balancing all life has to offer. My greatest joy is getting to spend time with my family, whether it's cooking, dancing or traveling, we do our best to take it all in and enjoy every moment.