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Well, whaddya wanna know?  Here's the plain and simple truth:  My name is Rebekah Tennis and I love design.  I love paper, the way it feels, its weight and texture.  I love extra special touches on little things: homemade tags on gift-wrap, old stamps on an envelope, and twine on nearly everything.

My husband, business partner and all-around solid rock Matt would probably tell you that he likes tools - lots of 'em, finding the perfect way to do something, taking things apart, and precision in everything. 

So you might as well have guessed by now... we are the perfect match for an old letterpress studio. Together we farm rice and have three adorable and active boys ages 5 and under.  This keeps us fairly busy, but whenever we have a spare moment, we crank up our 102 year old Chandler and Price platen press and pull some prints, or whip out a card line on the Heidelberg. 

There's more, oh yes, there IS more - but that's what this blog is for.  Take a look around, get to know us, our great town of Chico, California and our beautiful presses.


fall decor: { glamorganic }

Okay, so that may be a silly, made-up word (I didn’t even originate it, I think it comes from here, but I’ve heard it several places). Glamorous, yet organic feeling. And here organic refers to naturalness of shape, form and texture, not USDA certification of food or anything else. I’ve been enjoying this style for the past year, for example, I used it in last Christmas’ sparkly and natural decor. West Elm has some beautiful examples in their holiday line up as well.

All this to say: Monday I decorated for Fall… and it’s a bit glam. And a bit organic. Wanna see what it looks like? I was hoping you would!

We went to a pumpkin patch pumpkin-patching the week before (the FFA patch, which was awesome) and picked up this wagon-load of pumpkins:

All of those pumpkins = $24. With free entry to the patch, and pumpkins as far as you can see.  It’s not the most activity-centered pumpkin patch, more like pick-your-own-pumpkins-and-go. We didn’t have a lot of time to play, so it fit our schedule perfectly. If I have room this month I’ll squeeze in a post about the visit.

Anywhoo, we had our pumpkins, and I decided to experiment. I had a tri-pack of Martha Stewart glitter that I’d never found a reason to use, so I decided to give it a try. Nothing like a three year old child + glitter to make for a messy morning! Cameron loved it. We did this:

It’s pretty simple. Brush the pumpkins with glue and then dust the glitter on! Martha has a tutorial here. I had Fire, White Gold and Copper in my three pack. We did three pumpkins only, so much was left over. By then I had had enough glitter.

With the other pumpkins I did this…

Spray Paint. Possibly the easiest (and one of the cheapest) decorating sources ever. I used cans we had on hand already – I recommend keeping around black, white and an array of metallics – you’ll be craftier just by having them, I promise. Pictured above is Antique Brass and Copper. I did tape the stems to keep them from being sprayed.

Fast forward 30 minutes so that every thing can dry. This is what I ended up with…

Fun, huh? Hopefully subtle and sparkly but natural (you can’t get those shapes from fake pumpkins!).

I especially love how the super-metallic gold came out…

It almost looks like metal leafing, doesn’t it? And it went on like a dream.

My second favorite pumpkin is the “Fire” glitter one in the champagne bucket…

…but really, I like them all. =)

Here’s a shot of most of the dining room (they are on the sideboard):

I added candles to the table in a sparse, Shaker sort of way. I love the different twisty shapes:

(The two bigger ones I got at the Alameda Flea, the three smaller ones I picked up for $5 total! at Zucchini & Vine during this year’s sidewalk sale).

I also had Matt cut me some Manzanita branches (dead ones, actually) last time we were at the cabin. Here I tried them out on the mantel:

And decided it was too thorny looking. But I did trek out and spray paint those too (the more the merrier!):

And ended up using a few of them on the mantel:

And most of them above the china hutch in the dining room.

It’s not perfect but it is interesting.

Lastly, I made a wreath. All in the same afternoon, with the pumpkins and the manzanita branch projects too, so you know it must be easy. Will share soon.

And those $24 worth of pumpkins? I still had four big ones left over! A couple for the coffee table…

…getting some love from Cam. I still have two for outside (although I’m wary to put them out there because last year we had our pumpkins stolen twice).

What kind of fall decorating have you done? Stretched your decor-dime at all? Do tell!
PS – If you want to see last year’s fall decor, you can check it out here. And here.

October 13, 2010 - 4:10 pm erica p. - I LOVE your pumpkins! They turned out awesome!

October 14, 2010 - 4:35 pm Colleen - What a great idea! I think I will venture out to the hardware store this weekend for some sparkly paint for all my pumpkins!

October 15, 2010 - 7:42 am Laura - Beautiful, Rebekah! How long do these last? Does the paint and glitter slow down the decaying process at all? They are really pretty.

October 18, 2010 - 6:02 pm Kelsee - These are gorgeous! I love the coppery looking ones the best! Such a great idea! I also love the branch on your mantel. Might be putting my ninja outfit on and going into people's yards to clip some branches this week. I KID!!!! Very cute, thanks for the inspiration! -Kelsee

October 19, 2010 - 6:16 pm Christy - Love these! I've made the glitter ones before but never used the metallic spray paint on pumpkins. Simply gorgeous!

August 15, 2011 - 12:03 pm kert - OMG in love with this post! Found it via a photo in pinterest but I love the whole post!! kerryandscott.blogspot.com

August 16, 2011 - 11:42 am Meghan - I just found this via pinterest too and I am totally in love! So cute...think I may have to try this in the fall with my little man!

August 21, 2011 - 11:19 am Dawn - I came across this on pinterest as well--this is amazing! They look so fantastic. I'm a bit weary about putting pumpkins on the porch, too--one year some teenagers ran by and smashed our jack-o-lantern in the driveway, votive candle inside and all--but I just might chance it to put some sparkle out there!

September 8, 2011 - 9:32 am Pam - I loveeeeee the pumpkin decorating ideas...thanks for sharing...cant wait to try them

September 8, 2011 - 9:33 am Pam - Dawn...try the craft pumpkins instead of real ones...thats what I'm going to do

September 16, 2011 - 3:43 am Lacey - Would you mind telling me what kind of gold spray paint you used? It looks FAB!

September 21, 2011 - 2:01 pm rebekah - Hi Lacey! I used (and LOVE) Rustoleum Bright Coat in Gold. I Think the Bright Coat line is the best metallic out there, bar none. Practically gold-leafing!

September 27, 2011 - 12:31 pm Bekah - Love this! I featured you and this on my Tutorial Tuesday post today!!

September 27, 2011 - 12:31 pm Bekah - I accidentally put the wrong email! Lol

September 27, 2011 - 12:32 pm Bekah - I featured you on my blog today w/ this tutorial!

October 19, 2011 - 6:45 am Ellie - This is such a great idea! I will be trying the glitter pumpkins! Thanks for sharing!

October 22, 2011 - 11:55 am Miranda - Very cool. When I first saw that photo of the metallics on your sideboard, I thought for sure it would link back to Pottery Barn or something. They look great! I'm definitely doing this for thanksgiving!

November 1, 2011 - 12:21 pm Lea Pino - i looooved your pumpkins! you inspired me this year, here is my take: http://paperandspace.blogspot.com/2011/10/designed-glitter-pumpkins.html on your sparkly decor! I'm glittering up some pinecones too :)

September 28, 2012 - 6:22 am Kristen - I love this!!!! I'm going to do a version of this with my class! It will still be less messy than actually carving.

October 8, 2012 - 10:04 pm sondra - Your pumpkins came out waaaay better than Martha's!

October 9, 2012 - 2:01 pm trina - I absolutely LOVE the ways these decorations turned out. Thanks for inspiring us with these photos!

October 24, 2012 - 4:52 am Claire - Love the glitter pumpkins!! I have featured them in my 5 no carve pumpkin decorating ideas !! http://polkadotpretties.com/2012/10/5-no-carve-pumpkin-decoration-ideas/ Great blog too, I am now following you :) Claire x

September 3, 2013 - 4:33 am linda stanislaw - The pumpkins are beautiful. Look so well grouped together!!

September 3, 2013 - 6:07 pm Tess - But doing it this early, don't the pumpkins begin to rot in about 2 weeks?

September 4, 2013 - 10:25 am rebekah - Hi Tess, this was actually a project from 2010 - which I did in October at the time. The pumpkins lasted about 3-4 weeks for me. Hope this helps!

September 20, 2013 - 10:56 am Andrea - Where do you go where you get 3$ pumpkins no matter the size...

September 20, 2013 - 10:59 am rebekah - The FFA pumpkin patch here in Chico! Now, they weren't three dollars no matter the size, but the total for 8 pumpkins was $24. Some of them were smaller (I think the littlest ones were 50 cents each). It was a while ago so I can't be perfectly certain on the price of each pumpkin, I just reread my blog post. Hope this helps!

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