Many homesteaders are crafty by nature. They can take twigs and make a beautiful garden bed, or entwine some rattan and lace and make gorgeous tablecloths or even their own gloves and mittens in the winter.
I personally am missing that Martha Stewart DNA in my blood, so crafting is not something I do on a regular basis. However, I am working on moving outside my comfort zone to correct that.
So, if you are not crafty, but want to decorate your house for fall or Halloween, you would go to Walmart and grab some craft pumpkins, a large pumpkin, paintbrushes and acrylic paints and spend $20. You would then line your table with some old cardboard or newspaper to catch any drips from the paint.
Then, you would paint smiley faces on each of the pumpkins and have a fun little family.
Of course, you would let the paint dry for about 5 minutes before handling the pumpkins, because that’s all it needs. There isn’t any need for another coat over the acrylic paint or anything, so this would be a quick craft.
That being said, you would probably get bored quickly as this craft only took about 10 minutes to do start to finish. So, if you are like me, you would create a whole story about them.
So, meet Paul Pumpkin and his children, Patrick, Patrice, and Kevin:
Paul is a loving father of 3 wonderful gourds. He works hard to raise them right, and make sure they are well behaved children. He spends a lot of time with them when he’s not working, just having lots of quality fun. Here they are getting ready to head to the park. Notice he made sure they have their seatbelt on.
I do have to point out that these little gourds are not nearly as safe as their cousin from The Pistachio Project was, however. And we thank Jedidiah Pumpkin (and Brittany) for sharing this wonderful “selfie” with us. Paul does try though.
Paul took his children to the park this fine fall day, and they played hard on the swings, the slide, and even spent some time playing in the fall leaves.
Of course, after a while, you would get bored of your painted pumpkins and with the whole town wondering just what on earth you are up to, you would get some ingredients together.
And, you would have very sad children, thinking that their father was gone.
But, then, Paul would come home from work and they would know that you just used a can of pumpkin from the grocery store. And everything would be all good again!
Until they realized that the can of pumpkin you used could have come from their great aunt Pinkie Pumpkin, but that’s getting a bit morbid for a family friendly site, doncha think?
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.