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The Most Creative Pumpkin Designs for This Fall

The Most Creative Pumpkin Designs for This Fall

Autumn provides a lot of decorating inspiration, and one of the best sources for inspiration is the pumpkin. Yes, those wonderful gourds are great for autumn home designs, and since pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, these seasonal vegetables can instantly embellish your home, from the porch to the kitchen.

 

blue wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins

    Photo by Alana Sise via flickr. CC BY 2.0

    Nothing says “fall” more than these brightly colored gourds. When it comes to using pumpkins as décor, let your creativity flow – there are so many ways to decorate your home with them! For lovely autumn décor, try these quick and easy pumpkin designing ideas.

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    Go Crazy with Typography

    painted pumpkin
      Photo by Justin Snow via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

      Putting chic typography on your pumpkins can turn your normal fall décor into something more fabulous!

      Monogrammed Carvings

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        Halloween may still be weeks away, but that doesn’t mean that carving pumpkins is out of the equation. Consider carving a classic monogram onto your pumpkins to add a personal touch to your porch or mantel.

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        How do you get a monogram? Search the web for the font and font size you like, then print it out on a piece of paper. Lay the printed letter flat on the pumpkin, then use it as a guide in carving your letter. Carve these monograms in various font styles on gourds of varying sizes, then display them both inside and outside your home!

        Eye-Catching House Number

        Assert your individuality with your very own customized house number. Grab a big pumpkin and some paint to make a house number that will grab the neighbors’ attention. Similar to the monogrammed pumpkins, you can print the numbers first, and cut them out of the paper to create a hollow space where the numbers used to be. Afterwards, lay out the paper flat on the pumpkin and paint over the cut-out. Peel back the paper to admire your handiwork.

        Welcome Pumpkin Wheelbarrow

        Give guests a warm welcome with a pumpkin wheelbarrow. For this autumn decorating idea, grab a couple of big pumpkins to paint your message on. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can also carve the message. Afterwards, grab your wheelbarrow and fill it to the brim with gourds. Put your painted pumpkins on top, embellish the entire thing with some twigs and flowers, and your welcome wheelbarrow is all set!

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        Use Pumpkins as Your Canvases

        Decorating for fall can also be enjoyable for your kids with these fun and creative ideas:

        Quirky and Colorful Gourds

        pumpkin painted with swirls
          Photo by Mathematical Association of America via flickr. CC BY-ND 2.0

          Give your kids some paint and paintbrushes, and let them design their own pumpkin. You can also print out patterns for them to follow when painting the gourds.

          Decoupaged Pumpkins

          Monogrammed Carvings
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            Grab some leaves outdoors and a jar of mod podge to create your own decoupaged pumpkins. Help your kids press the leaves on the gourds, coat with Mod Podge to make the leaves stick to the shell, then let dry. These decoupaged pumpkins make amazing centerpieces for your living or dining room table!

            Glittering Pumpkins Galore

             

            glitter-covered pumpkins in a variety of colors, set on a cake tray, and used as a centerpiece

              Photo by meg via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

               

              Another lovely pumpkin decorating idea is to completely cover the gourds in glitter. To make your own glittered pumpkins,  coat a palm-sized (or smaller) pumpkin with glue all over, hold the gourd above a piece of paper, then spread glitter all over it. These sparkly gourds are perfect as a centerpiece for your living room mantel or coffee table.

              Make your fall décor more fun and glamorous with these pumpkin designing ideas! I’m sure there are other pumpkin designing ideas out there—can you send some my way?

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              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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