Crafty Corner: A fall harvest wreath & a crocheted pumpkin

A fall harvest wreath

A fall harvest wreath with Chinese Lantern flowers, Annabelle Hydrangea, Indian corn & garlic!

It may be time to take down the Halloween decorations, but my Fall Harvest decorations will stay up until the American Thanksgiving which is the fourth Thursday of November.  Orange is the color of choice, as I like how bright and cheery it can be!

Chinese Lantern Flower: Physalis Alkekengi

Chinese Lantern Flower: Physalis Alkekengi with some Indian corn

A friend of mine gave me a huge bag of Chinese Lantern flowers the other day.  What a treat! My intention is to plant the seeds and grow the plant myself. I’ll plant it in a container as I’ve been told that it can be invasive.  But for now,  I needed to do something with these pretty orange delicate flowers, other than just put them in a bowl.  So I hot glued five of them to a stick (“of course!”, right?). They kind of looked like pin-wheels!  or maybe a flower?  I’ve had a wreath sitting in my back room for a few weeks. I knew I wanted to use a fall harvest theme, but I didn’t know what I’d use.  What great timing to get the Chinese lantern flowers!

Chinese Lantern Flower

Chinese Lantern Flower

Chinese Lantern Flower

Chinese Lantern Flower

My garlic was hanging in the back room, and when I grabbed the wreath, I grabbed the garlic, too, thinking “why not?”.   🙂

Adding garlic and Annabelle Hydrangea to wreath

Adding garlic and Annabelle Hydrangea to wreath

Fall harvest theme in the front hall.

Fall harvest theme in the front hall.

Chinese lantern, garlic, and a scare-crow on a wreath.

Chinese lantern, garlic, and a scare-crow on a wreath.

What else have I been up to?

Crocheted Pumpkin

Crocheted Pumpkin

A bit of crocheting!  This was a very simple pattern.  Here is where I found it:

http://janenerenee.typepad.com/expressyourself/2007/09/crochet-pumpkin.html

In the beginning...

In the beginning…

Every row adds up.

Every row adds up.

A bit of the stem.

A bit of the stem.

Almost finished!

Almost finished!

The little glass pumpkin was what I based this one on.

The little glass pumpkin was what I based this one on.

It was so easy! I probably pulled the string around the outside a bit too tight, which I won’t do with the next one I make.  I think it would be pretty with some fancy wool, too.  Something to look out for next year!

A country scare-crow!

A country scare-crow

I’m going to keep saying “Happy Fall” until the very end of November!  I hope it is still full of lots of pretty fall colors for you.  Have you done any fun fall crafts?

Dana

8 thoughts on “Crafty Corner: A fall harvest wreath & a crocheted pumpkin

  1. Wow these are great! I like the use of the Chinese lantern I tried to grow them last year but had a tough time. I will try again next year. This year I grew some blue statice and they are great as dried flowers, need to discover some other varieties that can be used for next year.

    • Thanks NomadNurpu! It is nice for me to be able to get the Chinese Lantern flower from a friend while I try growing them. As for what other flowers are good for drying, I just cut some Autumn Joy Sedum to try drying it. From what I found on-line it should dry well. I’ll let you know! I bet your blue statice is beautiful! I must put that on my “want” list next year! Thank you for stopping by!

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