DIY Halloween Pumpkins

The month of October brings with it the tradition of carving pumpkins into of jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. The tradition of jack-lanterns was started in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes were used. Irish immigrants brought with them the tradition, carving pumpkins instead where it has become a mainstay for Halloween.

Instead of carving a pumpkin this year, take a walk on the wild side. Put the knife away and get creative with decorating you pumpkin.

Glitter Pumpkins

  • Materials needed:
  • Pumpkin
  • Mod podge or glue
  • Glitter or powder glitter
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic paint

 Paint pumpkin with a layer of glue or modge podge.

  1. Sprinkle glitter over pumpkin. Get really creative and use more than one color.
  2. After drying for an hour shake off excess glitter.
  3. Paint stem with acrylic paint.

Painted Pumpkins

Materials needed:

  • Pumpkin
  • Spray paint or acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint brush (if using acrylic paint)

 Before getting started make sure to clean and dry pumpkin. With the painters tape make a design on the pumpkin. Go crazy and be creative with your design. After placing the tape, smooth all the edges.

  1. Paint your pumpkin. Two coats may be necessary to insure complete coverage.
  2. After pumpkin has completely dried remove tape.

 To have a two toned pumpkin other than orange, paint pumpkin with another color, let dry and start with step one. Also try free hand painting goofy faces. The possibilities are endless!

Painted pumpkins are not just for Halloween, but make excellent fall or harvest decorations. Enjoy your creations for months longer than carved pumpkins.

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January Featured Crafter

Lisa McFee is keepitcrafty’s January’s featured crafter. Never thinking about crafting as a business, for McFee it was just a part-time thing.

McFee’s daughter owns a small home business making handmade pillowcase dresses, burp clothes, bibs and other items. Deciding to attend a craft show, but didn’t have enough merchandise to fill the booth, she invited Lisa along. “While I was helping, I could make a few bucks for myself. That’s how I got started.”

After seeing beaded flip-flops at a market in Dallas, costing $100 McFee thought, “I could make those.” Glad  she did, she’s gotten a lot of compliments on them. She also makes Barbie tote bags, and sleeping bags.

Although she doesn’t consider herself a creative person, because she copied what she like, Lisa loves picking out different beads. No two pair of flip-flops are alike. She loves making the tote bags for little girls, and consider it her best work. “Sewing just makes me happy!”

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December Featured Crafters

Terry “T,” and Jennifer are the mother daughter team of T’s Beads, Inc., and keepitcrafty’s December featured crafter.

“T” has been making jewelry off and on for nearly 45 years. She started making seed bead flower necklaces, with seed beads from Tandy Leather (the only place you could get beads in the 60s and 70s), and dental floss. Over the years she has bought beads every chance she gets. Thus the extensive inventory of loose beads. Her son-in-law calls her “Nurse by profession, beader by obsession”. She admits to this.

T’s Beads became an incorporated business just about a year ago, a partnership between Jennifer and Terry began.

“Meno”, “T’s” mother, was an artist by heart, and skill. She painted and sculpted, and dabbled in crafts as well. Jennifer and “T” have dedicated the business to her, “An artist who crafted before crafting was an art”. Meno always encouraged us to pursue our dreams.

Currently is home-based business, “T” and Jennifer would eventually like to have a brick and mortar store in Conway, Arkansas. For now, the duo sell their jewelry at craft and vendor fairs, home parties, and keepitcrafty.

Jennifer’s real passion is helping customers create and design the Pandora-style bracelets and necklaces. Each bracelet or necklace can be designed uniquely to create an awesome gift for any lady, or young girl. Their inventory consists of more than 150 different beads, including all 12 birthstone colors, and crystal spacer beads used for the mother/grandmother bracelets. “That is definitely our best seller, because it is so personalized,” says Jennifer.

“It is really exciting to see how many different designs people come up with creating their own special gift,” says “T”.

“T’s” real passion is designing and crafting unique earrings. “We have a vast inventory of loose beads and the designs possibilities are endless. There is something for everyone when it comes to earrings.

“T” does not duplicate the design of any pair of earrings unless requested to do so.

Most of the inspiration of the bracelets comes from the customers themselves since each one is so unique. Earrings seem fall into place by just putting the beads together and seeing what looks good. “Sometimes the beads “just fit” and sometimes it takes a long time to find the right combination of color and style.”

“Our best work is being able to help customers design unique gifts. There is a lot of satisfaction with seeing customers excited about creating something with meaning, whether it is that special gift for someone else, or knowing that they designed something unique for themselves.”

When not working as a full-time nurse, “T” spends most of her time with her husband, grandkids, and working in the yard. Sometimes the grandkids help her with earring designs. Jennifer works most weekends as a radiology tech; home schools her children, and takes care of her family that includes three children and husband Brad.