Anyone who knows me, knows I love anything pumpkin! From any and all pumpkin desserts (cheesecake! pie! ice cream!) to pumpkin butter and pumpkin bread, to candles. I love the smell of pumpkin and all the warm, cozy spices that go with it. There is truly nothing like the smell of pumpkin pie baking, or a pumpkin candle wafting through the air. So, because of my (slight) pumpkin obsession, I have purchased many, many pumpkin candles over the years. Some have been too sweet, some too expensive, and some just not quite right. However, I now have two that I think are so perfect, I may never buy a new one again. So if you love pumpkin candles as much as I do, you will be so excited to have found these. I think these are the best out there, and both smell amazing!
Well, regardless of the fact that it is way too hot here in Southern California in October, I have fall on the brain! I starting buying white pumpkins and putting them around the house at the beginning of September. And I usually put out what Halloween I have around the 1st of October. This week I decided to work on some tablescapes for fall, either to use for a dinner party or even for Thanksgiving.
I don’t know about any of you, but I certainly never saw a white pumpkin when I was growing up. I think one of the reasons I was not big on decorating for Fall and/or Halloween for the longest time was the whole orange pumpkin thing. It just didn’t mesh with my colors or my decor and so, although Fall is my favorite season, I really didn’t put out that much or buy very many pumpkins. The orange was just a disaster with all the blues and greens in my house, and really bad with the reds in my family room. Now it’s a different story. I cannot get enough of white pumpkins! I love that you can decorate for a holiday/season, and yet do it in a neutral way. The white pumpkins go really well in any house, with any color scheme. They look great with natural elements, but they also work with silvers, or gold, or rusty iron if you want to go that route. I usually start early in September with white pumpkins, and then as we get closer to Halloween I add some black elements, especially on the porch. My Halloween decor is all black and white (no orange anymore). Then, as soon as Halloween is over, I go back to the all white, sometimes incorporating some organic/natural elements like pinecones or greens as we get closer to Thanksgiving. The white pumpkins look especially good in a white kitchen, or mixed with the other Fairytale pumpkins that are out now or gourds of different shades.
Dying eggs is something I have always looked forward to, ever since I was a little kid. Sometimes I think I like it even more than my kids do! However, this year my daughter and I decided to do some special, more “crafty” dying as her brother is away in D.C. for spring break. Maison de Cinq is actually Maison de Trois, at least for this week. So, we decided to try two different ideas. One was to use household items (ie; electrical tape, string, rubber bands, etc) and do different designs on the eggs, dye them and then remove the items leaving white designs on the otherwise colored eggs. The other was to do marbleized eggs, which we’ve actually done before but I think is so cool that I wanted to try again. Here is how some of them turned out…..