Wednesday, October 14, 2015

V is for Velvet Pumpkins

V is for Velvet

~ Velvet Pumpkins ~

I succumbed to the spell 

of velvet pumpkins several years ago when

I purchased a group with the intention of using

them as the center piece down a long table

for a birthday luncheon I was hosting that October.

As it turned out,  there was not sufficient

space on the table for a gathering of velvet pumpkins.

Instead, I grouped them together on the mantel that fall.

I mixed in bittersweet, Mr. Pudge, and 

faux candles with a birch bark covering.

Since that first year, I've simplified the mantel display

using the antique French balance scale to hold

a few of the velvet pumpkins and touches of bittersweet.

I like to nestle the pumpkins into

a soft bed of Spanish moss.

Using less on the mantel allows me to use the velvets in other

ways, depending on what inspiration strikes my fancy.

Sometimes I tuck them into

flower arrangements.

Or gather them near a vase of 

fresh flowers for added interest.

Even one or two anchors a vase of

flowers with a touch of autumn.

One or two pumpkins can also add a festive 

touch for fall within vignettes.

This fall I added a few to the

shelves in the bamboo cabinet on the sun porch.

It's easy to tuck them in here and there among

the items already on the shelves in a cabinet or on bookshelves.

Velvet pumpkins are made with luscious colors

and real pumpkin stems that have been dried.

I like the natural element and the whimsey of the

shapes and textures of the real stems.

I'm always on the watch for fresh ideas.

This was a table from the Nashville Antique and Garden Show.

The dealer used varying heights of footed compotes or

cake stands to stack the velvet pumpkins for a centerpiece.

This store display offered a touch of whimsey

with this squirrel and velvet pumpkins made in leopard print.

Leopard isn't really my style, but

I was tempted to add one or two of these.

I have an entire Pinterest Board dedicated

to ideas of how others use their velvet pumpkins.

One of my favorite pins is this one from 

Edith and Evelyn Vintage.

It may not be all that practical, but 

I'm drawn to the contrast of the texture of the

luxe of the velvet pumpkins and the gold wash frame

 against the rustic of the burlap on the chair.

You can see more beauty at Edith and Evelyn Vintage HERE.

My friend, Yvonne @ Stone Gable

shared five beautiful ways to style

 velvet pumpkins HERE.

Velvet pumpkins offer an elegant 

understated touch of autumn.

Stop by my Pinterest Board to see more.