What is a Betty?

Betty is the term used to describe an amazing person who you can depend on. Betty is also a term for "sweet and loving girl." The more you get to know her, the more you love being around her. She has a good sense of humor and has a cute laugh. She's chill yet hard working as well as kind and considerate. Betty lights up the room and lights up my life. She's always happy and cheerful. She's also cuddly, independent and smart. She appreciates the simple things in life and can make anything good out of a bad situation. -Urban Dictionary

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Decorating/Velvet Pumpkins

Living where we do, we really look forward to fall and cooler temperatures. We decided it is time to kiss summer goodbye and start decorating for fall (and do it inexpensively)! We saw this great idea using different types of beans or peas and stacking them in a hurricane candle holder with the candle set on top; very inexpensive and great for fall colors. We Purchased the beans at a grocery store and it really added a cute seasonal touch to the table! Most of us already have this type of hurricane, but if not, they are easy to find at any discount decorating store.

So why stop here?  One Betty knew she just had to keep going! She remembered seeing these velvet pumpkins at an expensive boutique, but was not willing to pay what they wanted, so she decided to take a stab at doing it herself. She bought a few different colors of crushed velvet at Joanns, which was on sale for $2.50 a yard and found a great tutorial online. It was super easy and with one yard of fabric, she easily made three pumpkins.

Start out by cutting your fabric in a circle. She used a 20 inch diameter, but you can go a little larger or smaller depending on what you want. Using something round can help!

Next, fold the fabric down about 1/4 of an inch and sew a medium size stitch all the way around the circle.

Once you get all the way around pull it together.

You will want to fill the bottom with beans or rice to give it some weight.

Then comes the stuffing, not too full!

Pull the thread tight and tie a knot, before you add your stem. The stem can be hot glued on.

These were purchased a long time ago at pumpkin patch (Five for a dollar :) You could also use a thick branch if you have one handy.

For a final touch cut burlap for the centerpiece as a table runner and layer two colors for a more textured look. Very inexpensive and completes the natural look.

And there you have it!
Happy Fall Ya'll!

-The Betties

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