Day 12 {Day 12}  31 Extraordinary Days  {Window Box Plumping with Pumpkins}  Decorated with Pennants


A year ago today the movers pulled up to our house and loaded all our worldly possessions onto their long blue and white truck.  In the midst of a driving (make that…monsoon) rainstorm.  How everything did not arrive all wet and moldy is a mystery.

After a good sleep, we pulled out-of-town with the cats and drove to our new home.  One of the first things I was excited to do at my new house was to fill the front window box.  With pumpkins.  But, there was no time, or extra money, for plumping with pumpkins.  Instead we were on a mission to clean, and paint several rooms, before the moving van arrived bright and early on Monday morning.

One very fast year later….I again had the desire to fill my window box with pumpkins.  But, things are still pretty tight, so I decided that I would try to keep my summer flowers alive as long as possible and not worry about pumpkins this year.   I put it out of my mind and decided to decorate with whatever bits of nature’s goodness I could score from the local fields or whatever was in my box of  artificial fall in the basement.  But, guess what?  God made a provision for me!  A plethora of fresh pumpkins and gourds in various sizes!  Thank you God! {Day 12}  31 Extraordinary Days  {Window Box Plumping with Pumpkins}


After I pulled out all the plants from the window box, I laid a piece of burlap over the potting mix.  Then I added a lovely mum…just $3.99 at the grocery store!  I left it in its pot, but planted the pot in the soil and nestled the burlap around it.  The next step was to arrange the pumpkins and gourds.  It looked nice.  But,  I thought that the plumped with pumpkins fall window box needed a little something extra.


 I had an idea!


On a recent trip to the local Agway (farm & garden store) I had picked up a few yards of burlap.  It is a looser weave than what is sold at the fabric store, but it was only 99 cents a yard.  What a deal!  I cut some little pennants from that burlap to make a banner to go across the window box.  It was simple to put together.  I  took some thinner jute from the dollar store and made a long running stitch at the top of the triangles using just one continuous piece of jute so they hung together in a long line.  At first I hung them in a sort of looping fashion.  But, I didn’t care for that look.  So, instead I stapled the string, between each pendant, to the underside of the window box lip.  It’s a tidier appearance and it really completes the look and dresses it up.  Wouldn’t you agree? {Day 12}  31 Extraordinary Days  {Window Box Plumping with Pumpkins} Mums & Pendants


So there you have it.  My plumped with pumpkins fall window box.

The cost?  Six dollars for my part.

God’s part?  Priceless!


Do you have a story of an unexpected Fall blessing to share?  I’d love to hear it!


Fall Window Box :: Burlap Banner :: Pumpkins and Mums ::

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Being the recipient of God’s blessings is truly extraordinary.  Sometimes we try to figure out a way to make things happen…that’s being ordinary.  But, if we choose contentment or choose to wait…He blesses us beyond imagination.   WooHoo!!

Happy Fall!


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  1. Carolyn says

    Some years ago I needed to quit my job as a florist for health reasons. Of course money was tight then, so when fall came around I was not able to buy my usual pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn. I was pretty low about it, but then I decided to walk around our yard and into the woods to look for branches from my flowers and bushes. I made up a large arrangement with fall colored dry and twiggy looking things. I did that for four weeks, four arrangements. The first one had some green branches in it along with the fall colored leaves and as the season progressed the ‘ingredients’ in my arrangements changed. So that at the end, in my last arrangement I put in some evergreen…..looking toward the Christmas season. I was blessed that God gave me some creative ideas to get beyond my pity-party-we-don’t-have-much-cash attitude. I have made many arrangements like that since, some for gifts for family and friends.

    • Diane says

      I love how you did that Carolyn! My Christmas window box was simply gorgeous because I ddi that too. Don’t you think God blesses us with eyes to see and more creativity if we’re open to it?
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing!!
      Happy Fall!

  2. Cindy Jonczak says

    It looks beautiful Diane! And happy one year anniversary with us!

    • Diane says

      Awww Cindy….thank you! We love being here. 😀

  3. What a sweet idea Diane. One in fact I planned on doing something similar very soon. My flowers just do not do well at all. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Your Fall decor is absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. You will be one of the features tomorrow. So, pop on in and grab a feature button located in my sidebar! See you tomorrow. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    • Diane says

      Shut. The. Door!
      I am humbled and so honored!! I love your blog and your extraordinary eye for beauty.
      Thanks Kathryn!!!

  5. Lo says

    I LOVE this idea! its so hard to keep real flowers alive in my flower box… i always forget to water. This would be a great solution to that! So creative and it looks SO fall and festive. Great job!

    • Diane says

      Lo, you are so kind. I love having a window box and wanted so much to do something for the Fall season. It really was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. And the bonus….I was smiling the whole time. Hope you have fun putting one together too!

  6. This is so Pretty and Festive. It is SERIOUSLY putting me in the mood for FALL!! thank you so much for sharing it at our All about Burlap party!

    • Diane says

      Thanks Angelina! I had so much fun with that project and even kept the bunting up through Christmas with the window box filled with greens.
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  7. Jeanine Polinske says

    Hi Diane, Above is the picture of the wrought iron stand i had called you about.

    Thank you so much for your help, you are such a sweetheart!



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