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Friday, October 19, 2012

Landscape Timber Pumpkins and Wood Candy Corn

I hear an elephant never forgets, but in my world a blogger never forgets.

In October of 2010 I was searching for something easy to make for prizes at a Halloween party.  That's 2 years ago (a year and a half before I started a blog). 

And in case you think all I make are creepy Halloween projects I have to prove you wrong.

I stumbled across some pumpkins made from wood posts and some wood candy corn.  I also never clean out my email.  So today when I decided to give credit where I found the idea, I still had my original email asking the blogger a question.

Now don't laugh at my question, this was 2 years ago remember! .....
Q.  "One of your steps is to distress.  I need help with figuring that out."

It's true, I didn't know what distressing meant or how to achieve it.  Boy have I come a long way!  And today I need to do as I promised.  After Jessica from Chapman Place gave me distressing tips, she asked me to send her a picture if I made the pumpkins and candy corn.  

Today Jessica, I'm gonna show you how the projects inspired by you, turned out.


Bliss's Wood Pumpkins
My pumpkins might not be exactly the same, but Jessica supplied the tutorial and the inspiration and convinced me I could distress wood.  You can read her tutorial HERE.  I  LOVE my pumpkins.  We used landscape timbers and 1x4's that were laying around.  

My 1st time distressing-see those sanded edges and that stain in the cracks
 I didn't have any bead board, which was used for the inspiration candy corn, but I did have lots of scraps of wood.  If I recall I made about 25 candy corn of various sizes and costume winners got a set of three.  I kept 4, I want to make more.  
You can read Jessica's tutorial for candy corn HERE.

I also copied Amy over at Buffalo Roam.  She made a boo tray.  I had a tray, it happened to be orange, and now it says boo.  I also copied Amy's dryer vent pumpkins.  So since the only Halloween or Fall decorating on my mantel are white dryer vent pumpkins and a boo tray, I guess I have Amy to thank for my Fall mantel inspiration. 



Thank you Jessica and Amy for making projects that I too can make.  Without you both my mantel would be bare and my guests would of had no prizes.

Linking Candy Corn to:
Wildly Original @IGottaCreate
Over Flowing with Creativity @ItsOverflowing 
Pinworthy Projects @JustUsFour

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40 comments :

  1. LOL! You got the distressing down pat now! Cute pumpkins, candy corn and tray.

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  2. You give some seriously good prizes at your parties! I might even be convinced to dress up for a prize like these. I love the pumpkins and candy corn sets! They are timeless decorations that you'll have forever.

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  3. How bootiful Bliss! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gail

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  4. Wow, you keep mail that long. My laptop would explode. Love the pumpkin and the candy corn is so cute.

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  5. Miss Bliss I love the pumpkins, and I guess Brawn got maybe a little of this ...I really think these are fun...Ilove all your Halloween stuff..Me nope, I think Holidays is something you get into for your family, Young family ...and on...but I was in Retail and work hours of 50 and up...so I was not great at doing Holiday in my home...because I was doing it for hours at the store's I worked for...but now I am loving the stuff I see...and Christmas is my one Holiday I dress the house for..I want to thank you for pinning some of my stuff.. going to Kerrville, my Hubby as training lots of antique spots on the road south...will check ou

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  6. Oh my, oh my. I love talented copycats! ;) Those wooden pumpkins are awesome - I have a lot of scrap wood so I will just have to make me some. Call it Trickle-Down-Copynomics.

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  7. I can't help laughing at someone who keeps emails for that long! It's nice to be reminded that there was a time when all of this was new to us and we should be very specific in our directions. Love the wood chunk pumpkins! ~ Maureen

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  8. That's what it's all about right! Getting that spark going and making a project our own. Very cute stuff Bliss :)

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  9. Lol -- looking good! Where would we be without bloggy friends and inspiration??
    Have a great weekend ~ xo Heidi

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  10. Bliss! These are wonderful! Such a cute idea for the candy corns. OMG! Love it girl.

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  11. I'm out of town and the connection is so slow , the photos aren't loading! DRat!! I will check it all out when I get home!! I'm sure they are amazing!

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  12. Nevermind..they loaded. Yay!! The DO look amazing!!

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  13. I love these, Bliss! Makes me wish I wasn't an old fuddy-duddy and did cool Halloweeny type stuff for my decor. So cool!

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  14. I would have guessed you for a long-time distresser based on your other projects. I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you!

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  15. Absolutely adorable! Love the pumpkins and the candy corn...and I can't believe you are that organized...I would never know where to find it! It's hard to believe you have only had a blog for a short time...you look like a pro and fell into 'it' hard!! ;)

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  16. I'm like you ... I have emails dating back to 2000! Love you non-creepy fall projects, so naturally I'm pinning!

    :)

    Linda

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  17. I love the pumpkins and your distressing!

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  18. Those are soooo cute! I like how sturdy they are being made with wood. They will last forever. Those would be cute outdoors if they're big enough to be seen too.

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  19. I'm really grooving on these pumpkins - they are smashing! Thinking I might strap several timbers together and make a large one for my porch. There's so much rain here in the fall and these would hold up perfectly. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  20. Your wood pumpkins and candy corn are very cool! I love Halloween decor that doesn't rot :)

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  21. Great ideas! Love those pumpkins...cute cute :) Laurel

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  22. Orange you glad you learned to distress pumpkins? And here I thought you just wanted to scare the bejeebers out of everyone!
    Kelly

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  23. I actually have some similar pumpkins pinned to make some time, but naturally I like yours better so Imma pin these too.

    PS - Thanks for the shout out - Your versions are killer! (In the non-creepy decor sense)

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  24. The wood pumpkins and candy corn are awesome! Great inspiration!

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  25. Hahaha. :)

    I love these little guys! So sweet!

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  26. SO cute!!!! The candy corn are my faves! Nice job with the distressing! ;)

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  27. Wow... that party of yours is getting better and better!! Hand made prizes of distressed pumpkins and candy corn? Very cool. Ancient emails. Love that too. You never know when you're gonna need one of them, right? :D Off to hunt for 4x4's under the deck...

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  28. Love the candy corn, making me start to crave all that Halloween candy a week early:)

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  29. Those chunky pumpkins and candy corns are Terrific! They are perfect all Fall long.

    Thank you for linking up at the Wildly Original party!
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

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  30. Love the wood pumpkins and candy corn! Those are amazing!! :)

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  31. Being as I'm from across the pond, I had to check out 'candy corn'. I think I had heard the name but never knew what they were !
    Anyway, love these and your pumpkins. I wish people decorated for Halloween over here, because I'd love a whole bunch of harassed fruit and veg - oops distressed lol !!

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  32. I've been missing your stuff. Finally catching up. Your Halloween decorations are crazy cool. Love the candy corn!!

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  33. These might actually be crafty things that even I can do! Super cute!

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  34. Now you have inspired me! Very impressive distressing, love these!

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  35. I love the pumpkins....help or no help.....they look amazing, Bliss! Thanks for all the Halloween fun!

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne

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  36. Both projects look great, but I especially love the candy corn!

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  37. I love those candy corns. Your such a good copy catter!

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