Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Painted Pumpkins

Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes yesterday. I definitely felt the love! Y'all are the best!

On to pumpkins...

This fall marks mine and Matt’s third pumpkin season together {and our first married fall}. In fact, carving pumpkins was one of our first dates and we had a fall wedding, so this season is full of warm memories!

Sticking to last year’s "painting" theme, we decided to paint our address on a pumpkin rather than carve it. You can read about our 2011 monogrammed painted pumpkin {here}!  Not only is painting easier, an uncarved pumpkin can last you all the way through Thanksgiving. 

And I have to be honest with you, this season’s pumpkin will last us for years to come because we picked it from…Michaels {gasp!}. Yes, we chose to paint a plastic pumpkin instead of a real one. But doesn’t it look real?!?! Plus it was 40% off, so it was even cheaper than a real one.

*Note: Don’t think this is any indication of us switching to an artificial Christmas tree {we could never!}!

Anyway, on to the tutorial…

 Step 1: Type up your last name, address, monogram, etc. in a word document on your computer. I used century font, size 300. Print off your word document and carefully cut out your numbers {or letters}. Tape your letters to your pumpkin and trace them with a pen.

 Step 2: Using black acrylic paint, paint your pumpkin with 1-2 coats of paint!

Step 3: Let it dry completely.
 Step 4: Place your pumpkin on your front porch and add a few extra festive decorations!

How are you planning to decorate your pumpkins this year?

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


Today I am 26! 

How in the world am I going to beat year 25? I feel absolutely blessed looking back on this past year. It was certainly my best year yet {marriage, new job, and lots more}. I really don’t know how it gets any better!

Isn't it funny how much birthdays change when you get older? For example:

Yep, pretty sure I am going to regret posting that.

Anyway, thank you all for following Carolina Charm this past year. You have no idea how much I love you all!

Cheers to 26!

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Kitchen Shower

Last weekend my mother-in-law threw an amazing Kitchen Shower for her niece {my cousin-in-law}, August, at Bermuda Run Country Club. My goodness, I have never seen so many Le Creuset gifts in one place! A few pictures from the celebration…
{the invitations}
{the arrangements I helped put together}
{monogrammed petit fours} 
{the gift table}

{My gift to August - personalized engraved cutting board from Taylor Crafts Engraved}

She loved it!

Other super cute gifts August received...

Grandmom not only HANDMADE this basket, she put all of her ingredients in it for her ahhh-maaazing chocolate cake. And yes it starts from a box!

A basket full of all the dishes you need for a Mexican fiesta! 
This "kitchen gift" came with a baby bib which sent everyone into hysterics when she opened it. {No, she is not expecting, but I think there are some hopeful family members!}
{the fam} 

The bridey was super happy - success!

Friday, September 21, 2012

First Day of Fall {Pumpkin Dip}

Happy First Day of Fall {tomorrow}!

To celebrate, I wanted to re-share one of my most popular fall recipes - Pumpkin Dip. Pinned over 47,086 times {seriously?!?!?!}, my Fall Pumpkin Dip has been one of my top 5 blog posts, ever! Thank you for all the sweet emails, pins, and comments from my original post.

 So here it is again!

Want to make your dip a little spookier? Add a few spider rings (found here)!

Happy Fall Y'all!
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