The Sandwich Generation granny nanny LOVES these cute little pumpkins

Harvest Sales Have Already Started – Grab Your Grandkids Craft Goodies Fast!

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The Sandwich Generation granny nanny LOVES these cute little pumpkinsOk, ok, I get it. The first day of Fall, 2012, isn't until Saturday, September 22. I truly do understand that, BUT… We had a very mild winter, hardly any spring, and an uber long summer and I am so ready for cool crisp air and autumn leaves falling in their graceful ballet, I just can't wait! And I do understand if you just aren't ready for it, quite yet BUT… Harvest and Halloween goodies hit the stores a few weeks ago. Not only that, my senior mom and I walked into our Walmart gardening section yesterday to be greeted with big ginormous blow-up CHRISTMAS yard decorations. And most important of all…Many fun craft items for the grandkids are ALREADY in short supply!

Perfect for my Sandwich Generation family this month

After we left Walmart (with the bag pictured above of very cute mini pumpkins), we popped over to the Dollar Tree and were thrilled to discover they had styrofoam carvable pumpkins – but the box was almost empty when we got there! Needless to say, it was totally empty when we left – with two pumpkins per kid and one for grandma, along with some carving sets and some very ugly false teeth.

Pumpkin fun for the Sandwich Generation grandkds and grandmom

I spotted the funniest decoration at Pinterest the other day that I want to try. These were the wrong teeth but they didn't have the right ones. I'm going to hold off on this in the hopes of finding the right ones, but in the meantime, I know the grandkids will eventually enjoy them so I do have something. 

My grandkids will love THESE

I also spotted a terrific Squidoo lens with all sorts of No-Carve Pumpkins, including this great YouTube video with a step by step guide. My grandson had a blast practicing on paper and discovered it was definitely NOT as easy as it looked. But we thought we might try a simpler variation on the second foam pumpkin with some markers and see how it worked. 

Whether you are already in the fall and autumn mood or waiting for the official season change, you might want to pop into your local Dollar Tree, Walmart, or hobby store and check out what's on sale and what's still available. After all, better a pumpkin craft in the hand than a disappointed grandparent and grandchild for the harvest craft season. How about you? Have you started any autumn craft projects yet? We'd love to hear. And if you have pictures up on Pinterest, be sure to leave a link to them. 🙂 

P.S. You can find even more Holiday Fun Ideas for the Sandwich Generation at Pinterest.

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  1. This really is my favorite time of year! I’m going to have to make it over to Michael’s and Joann’s and make sure we are well stocked! (great video!) Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for all the info. Yes fall decor and craft supplies are everywhere. I love it! I really like that Pinterest pic of the teeth for that pumpkin, so funny, the kids will love it! Thanks for linking up with me 🙂

  3. You’re very welcome, Connie. And thanks for reminding me – I need to pop back out and try to find the right teeth for that. 🙂 My grandsons spotted the other teeth I got as backup and are hoping I find the right ones, coz they want to play with those themselves. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  4. Grand ideas, Grandma Kc! 🙂 I was shopping early because of a major project we have coming up. And was so surprised to find some stuff already gone, I knew I had to share it with all my fellow grandparents. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. Hi y’all – had to share another fun idea I spotted at fellow grandparent, Lisa Carpenter’s, Pinterest site – she found the directions to make teeth that might work well with this too – for older very careful grandkids 🙂 What do you think?

    • CailinMarie
    • October 13, 2012

    HAHA! I *love* the baby pumpkins with vampire teeth! So funny!

  6. So glad you liked them too 🙂 🙂 🙂

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