A couple of weekends ago, my sister, Tscharner and I went on a 48 hour adventure to Asheville, NC to visit friends, check out consignment stores and, most importantly, decorate pumpkins. My sister had been on the pumpkin decorating expedition once before and came home with the most beautiful succulently embezzled pumpkins ever seen! The stories of the decorating hostess’ house and her hand foraged supplies were reason enough to go, and I am so glad I did!
Let me set the scene…The home Mary Fierle and her husband, Tim (and cute dog, Sassy) sits on a hill on at least an acre of land just outside of Asheville. Their home (pictured below) is a divine mixture of old and new. The kitchen is what Thanksgiving mornings are made of with room for an army of cooks. More about dinner later but the kitchen was my favorite room in the house!
We arrived to find a porch filled with pumpkins and decorations including succulents, buckeyes, nests, berries, nuts, acorns, greenery of all sorts, shells, etc. Many of the items had been hand foraged by the guests from their own yards. All were brought to share and with wine glass in hand, we picked a pumpkin and started getting creative!
The best part was the sharing of ideas and supplies. I found myself a little envious of the talent around me but everyone had a different approach and every pumpkin turned out beautifully. We had so much fun with it that we decided to duplicate the fun at Queenie’s. A day of pumpkin decorating fun is planned for mid October.
Aren’t they lovely? And they are easy to make!