Of course, the first order of the day is to wish the Queen, DIVA, Sissymonster the happiest of birthdays! Several human friends of ours are also having birthdays today too, so what a great day!
Yes, yes… there will be a pawty this evening, complete with pumpkin cupcakes and fresh fish in the dog bowls, and since it’s been a while, I’ll endeavor to get some up to date photos of the birthday girl and yesterday’s gotcha’ girl.
Now, to the subject of today’s post! Last night, the League hosted a pumpkin decorating party. I confess, I attended under duress. I don’t like to carve pumpkins. I admire the fancy designs, but I can’t even manage a childish, old-fashioned, simple jack-o-lantern on my own. I don’t decorate or celebrate Halloween at all, except for dressing the fur-girls up for blog posts, so…
I had a ball. As always, I am impressed and inspired by our members and their talent. Isn’t that remarkable?!
And these? (No, Tipper wasn’t carved or painted, or otherwise represented in pumpkin art. But who am I to resist a doggy photo opp?)
I’m totally copying this idea in the future. My “I’m so not artistic” friend strategically slapped some of her kids’ stickers on the pumpkin, slipped into parking lot with some silver paint, and … I’m impressed!
I’m seeing a star version, a doggy version… You know… there’s still time for more pumpkin decorating this year…
Of course, there was Wicked Wine and pumpkin everything to munch on while we decorated, chatted, laughed and some of us got Tipper kisses too. (Can’t find the Wicked Wine with the funky jack-o-lantern on the bottle… it was red so I didn’t drink any, but it was a great touch!)
Oh, and in honor of Gotcha’ Day and DIVA’s birthday (and due to my TRULY unremarkable skills with Sharpies), here’s my pumpkin. You can’t tell, but the M is black trimmed in dark green, then light green, and of course, the large paw print is in royal purple, and the smaller one is PANK. Yeah, I spent twice as much on Sharpies as the pumpkin, because the grocer only had multi-packs with the PANK and purple… But I shared, and really, can you put a price on custom art?!
Not pictured is a small striped (in Sharpies hues) pumpkin, a stunning PALE orange pumpkin with its artist’s name and a couple of others painted on it with white dots, and a GREEN-grey pumpkin decorated with gold and silver wire. There was also a painted pumpkin with brown hair and BLUE eyelashes that somehow missed its photo opp…
Oh! And those noshes behind my pumpkin? Trader Joe’s pumpkin bread mix with TJ’s pumpkin butter spread on top. Podunk is finally getting a small TJ’s next month. At some point, I’m going to have to accept that while it’s always going to be a quaint college town trying to impersonate a city, Podunk isn’t so podunk anymore.
So, two opportunities for input today:
- Do you decorate pumpkins? If so, what medium(s)?
- What items MUST be on my Trader Joe’s shopping list? I’ve honestly only even been in one ONCE in my whole life. I do keep their pomegranate white tea in my pantry, through the kindness of more urbane friends…