DIY Painted Pumpkins With Annie Sloan

Happy Halloween everyone! It’s feeling pretty festive around here with a pumpkin carving session last weekend and lots of seasonal soups and treats. I usually decorate our fireplace for Autumn with lots of warm tones and cosy candles rather than spooky halloween decorations. This year I did just that, but I also had a chance to try a different colour palette with the new Annie Sloan chalk paint colours.  I love the European inspired names – Honfleur, Amsterdam Green and Giverny.

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I started with local pumpkins from our market in Cambridge. They had the cutest munchkins too – look how teeny! I decided not to paint the grey squash as I am planning to make a soup with that one and I can’t imagine paint is that tasty. I always add a touch of maple syrup and nutmeg to squash soup for a little sweetness. It’s soooo good.

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The Annie Sloan chalk paints are definitely my kind of paint. They can be used on so many surfaces and without prep – I’m all for quick crafts! I also love that it is water-based and non-toxic, which means no nasty odour to give me a migraine. You can even dilute the paint to make wood grains, or leave it as it is for a really concentrated coverage.

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I’m really enjoying the scent of eucalyptus at the moment, so incorporated a big vase of it into my display. It feels really natural and homely.

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It’s been a painting couple of weeks here with the new bicycle decorations being hand painted (coming soon) and lots of painting prep for my stand display for markets. This was a nice break to paint something for the home.diy-painted-pumpkins-annie-sloan

I also shared a video on my You Tube channel with the traditional Autumn decorations if you want to take a look!

I’m already thinking about Christmas decorations and I maaaay have been listening to some festive tunes in the studio. Sorry, not sorry!

I hope you enjoyed this decor post today and a big thanks to Annie Sloan for sending me the new chalk paint colours to try.

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween pumpkins

Happy Halloween!

Just a quick post today to share with you our pumpkins. G had never carved one before so we had a late night pumpkin carving date yesterday. His is the face of the character from the Nightmare Before Christmas (left one). What do you think?

This week I’ve spent some great time with friends (bye bye Jen *sob*) and spent hours drinking tea and chatting. It’s been bliss.

I better sign off before the door bell goes again. The mini trick or treaters are out in Cambridge tonight!

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