Well, it's that time again! My painted pumpkins are in the store (as well as in the front urns)!
Every year, actually, since I began doing them in about 1985 (Yikes!), we have requests for them! I'm not sure why I every thought of painting pumpkins. I started with metallic gold. That was the signature for years. Gauzy ribbons, metallic leaves, or gold bullion thread garnished the gnarled stems.
In the past few years, I started adding black into the mix, copper, metallic silver. One year several years ago, I even created a darn good replica of the whitish "Casper" pumpkin that is sometimes difficult to find! They looked just like the real McCoy!
Of late, we have added the ever endearing glitter! Several years ago, my dear friend Linda and I came up with the idea and nearly had to stop our work for the tears of laughing! We had created one that looked like something Paris Hilton would carry about--totally encrusted with multiple colors of glitter. We laughed so hard, we could hardly complete the night's work. As a laugh, we took that one and put it in the jewelry case! What was our great surprise, when that one was one of the first to sell! It truly looked like a diamond covered pumpkin!
This year, we have added a "glaze" of sorts, over the paint! Then, the glitter. The humidity seems to not favor the process, I'll give you a clue. Then, there was the one that Joanne, my staff florist created with the purple glitter! You can imagine my surprise when that one showed up, after I had instructed her "NO purple glitter! I hate that!" For the most part, Joanne has adapted my style to her work and I love it! Not to worry, there will be no more purple glittered pumpkins.
Come in to see the assortment, or call for your special orders! Xlarge to teeny-tiny. We'll be glad to whip one up for you! Sometimes they last until January!!