Here's one to tuck in your pocket for next year.

Well, it's December 4th, I figured it was about time to post some pumpkins! We got out to pick pumpkins this year about a week before Halloween, but then I did NOT get around to carving them. I had a really great idea for Nora's first pumpkin, too, but it just didn't happen. Check out my inspiration for the might-have-been pumpkin as well as what we ended up with on Young House Love.

Well, here are some Thanksgiving pumpkins. I did this project about a week before Thanksgiving, so the pumpkins had been sitting out on our front steps for almost a month, so I spread out a garbage bag and brought them into the living room. I was feeling inclined to do this project in front of the TV, apparently, and shunned the table. Miss Zoe decided needed to check these things out and posed for a photo op.

Then I wiped those babies off. I love our house, but man, what I don't love it the fact that living on a corner=tons of street dirt on our front porch. Check out how gross my rag was when I finished!

Then I started taping off our letters with blue painter's tape. I decided on N for Nora, G for Griepenstroh, and then Zach and I shared the third with J+Z.

I had a little helper for this part. She had been eating while I taped, but ditched the bottle for something that looked far more interesting. Maybe she'll turn out to be crafty, too.

After being satisfied with my taping job, I started painting. I just used some yellow and light brown craft paint and my fingers to cover the area around and up to the tape with paint.

While the paint was still wet, I peeled the painter's tape off. From what I understand, if you wait for the paint to dry before peeling off the tape you run the risk of the paint peeling and then you don't get clean lines. My lines weren't really clean anyway, but that was because instead of cutting the tape, I went for more an unfinished look and just tore my tape.

I tried some silver paint on the J+Z pumpkin, but didn't like how it turned out, so after a few minutes of drying, I went back through and covered most of it up with the brown and yellow.

And here they are on our porch!

Not bad if I do say so myself! Check out all those leaves--another hazard of living on the corner, they all blow into our front yard (along with anything anyone throws out the window of their car within a 3 block radius). But the leaves were nice for a fall photo op, so there they stayed!

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