33. Fall Decor

I am quite frugal extremely cheap. The other day at Walgreens I saw bags of that white spider web stretchy stuff and went to grab one and then I saw: $2.99. Three dollars for that!? It should definitely only be one dollar. And I am pretty sure I will come across a pack of it for $1 in the next few weeks. I didn’t buy it. So you can imagine how it thrills me when I can decorate for $0. Technically it’s not “free” since I bought the seed packets, but the joy I got in growing the stuff cancels out the cost of the seed packets. So according to my calculations: these decorations are pure profit!

Jackpot!

Jackpot!

If you grow corn and don’t even get one edible piece, you can still cut the corn stalks and use them in fall decorations! So corn is NEVER a useless vegetable to grow! I love how in the picture above you can see the teepee in the background. It really stands out since removing the corn.

Another view of my cornstalk bunches with Serpente di Sicilia edible gourd

Another view of my cornstalk bunches with Serpente di Sicilia edible gourd

The edible snake gourds are very similar to squash and I will be using them as decorations because when they get large, the skin is very tough like a winter squash and there isn’t much flesh inside for eating. There is one snake gourd left on the vine that is over 4′ long!

Our prize piece of Wade's Giant Indian Flint Corn

Our prize piece of Wade’s Giant Indian Flint Corn

If you don’t have the space for corn stalks, ornamental corn is a must in a fall arrangement! I splurged on the fake skull (maybe $10) a few years ago. But this is perfectly acceptable as skulls have uses beyond Halloween decor. Exhibit A:

Picasso's Composition with Skull

Picasso’s Composition with Skull (source of image)

As an art history major (in 2005) I actually wrote a 30, yes THIRTY, page paper on that painting. I don’t recall a single point I made in the paper but apparently the still life has been engraved in my mind as I have recreated a version of it in my Halloween decor! So just remember, you need a skull in case you need to jazz up your still life!

Cezanne's Still Life with Skull

Cezanne’s Still Life with Skull (source of image)

These black squares with skulls are actually just cheap paper plates:

Skull Plates

Skull Plates

I bought them a few years ago and just thumb tack them up on the wall every year.

A "happy potato"

A “happy potato”

Baby keeps calling these cheap plastic pumpkins “happy potatoes” I think she means tomatoes. Since some of our tomatoes are orange. Hhahhaaa. These are only about a buck each. You can put a battery operated candle in them and they look cool at night. Or perched in a window sill they “glow” with just regular sunlight during the day! PLUS we use them to collect candy when trick-or-treating: love the double-duty decor!

The little, lone Spy Garden pumpkin (so far!)

The little, lone Spy Garden pumpkin (so far!)

I absolutely love pumpkins. I was hesitant to grow pumpkins this year because I’ve had such a hard time with squash bugs in the past. I planted a couple of Jack be Little pumpkins but only one survived (the one pictured above) and the vine withered before it turned completely orange. I planted a few “Winter Luxury Pie Pumpkins” in mid-July (I have three plants). Here is a little more about the variety:

winter lux pie pumpkin (426x424)

(C. pepo) This beautiful pumpkin was introduced by Johnson & Stokes in 1893. Lovely 6-lb golden fruit have white netting and are perfect for pies. In fact, this is one of the best tasting pie pumpkins you can grow; with very sweet and smooth flesh, it’s a favorite of all who grow it. (source of text and image)

Decorating with food: My usual bread recipe and instead of adding water, adding canned pumpkin:

Savory Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Savory Pumpkin Yeast Bread

Basically tastes like bread, but has amped up fiber/nutrients from pumpkin!

Basically tastes like bread, but has amped up fiber/nutrients from pumpkin!

And a few more fall sights from the garden:

Amaranth head reminds me of an elephant.

Amaranth head reminds me of an elephant.

Beautiful blue foliage of artichoke plants

Beautiful blue foliage of artichoke plants

A berry? On the asparagus foliage? Never seen this before!

A berry? On the asparagus foliage? Never seen this before!

Corn Stalks with Puppy!

Corn Stalks with Puppy!

Mums

Mums

We absolutely LOVE decorating for fall (and Halloween) and there will probably be more posts to come on the topic! What are some of your favorite fall decor traditions?

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