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Ok, 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!
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.
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.
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.