Keli Gwyn
Fun-filled Friday: Unique Pumpkins

It’s Halloween, and many people will be displaying their jack-o-lanterns.

I went in search of a pumpkin and was amazed at the varieties I found.

Pumpkins 1These Red Worty Things certainly have personality, don’t they?

Pumpkins 2You’ve got to love a pumpkin called Cinderella,
especially when it looks like her coach.

Pumpkins 3

I have no idea how they came up with the name Wolf. I might have chosen Trunk or something else that captured the feel of those massive stems.

Pumpkins 4I couldn’t find a sign for these, so I have no idea what they’re called.

I didn’t end up with any of these pumpkins.
Instead I opted for a cute little fellow about the size of a grapefruit.


What names would you choose for these varieties?

Would you use any of them in your fall decoration scheme?

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‘Way Back When’sday: Buttonhooks

Unlike us, the Victorians didn’t have zippers or Velcro. They relied heavily on buttons. Lots and lots of buttons.

The buttons were often small, making them difficult to slip through their buttonholes. Enter the buttonhook, a simple device that saved one’s fingers.


The hook was slipped through the buttonhole and around the button’s shank. A tug and a twist of the wrist later, and the button was in place.

Buttonhooks came many shapes and sizes. If you visit The Buttonhook Society, you can see a number of examples. The buttonhook seen above is one I purchased at a local antique shop.

Can you imagine having to fasten the buttons on a pair of Victorian boots, such as the ones below that I saw at the Placer County Museum in Auburn, California? Without a buttonhook, the task would be tiresome.

Boots at Placer Museum

Victorians had buttons on much more than just their boots. Jackets, bodices, waistcoats, gloves and corsets all had them. Thus, it’s easy to see why a Victorian lady or gentleman would have several buttonhooks. They might have longer models at home and a shorter version in their reticule or pocket.


Have you ever seen or used a buttonhook?

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Mailbag Monday: A Bottle Full of Fun

A search for clever snail mail ideas on Pinterest yields several pins showing clear plastic bottles filled with a variety of items. Here’s one that’s part of the Snail Mail Project on the Sweet Tea Paperie site.

Snail Mail Project

As soon as I saw this pin, my imagination kicked into high gear, resulting in a long list of surprises I could stuff into a bottle. But who would be the recipient, and what would fill her bottle?

Soon after, I was scrolling though my Facebook feed and got my answer. A dear friend of mine often posts favorite portions of Scripture, showing the colorfully highlighted verses in her Bible.

I had a backup stash of brightly colored highlighters, so I grabbed several and poked them inside a sturdy Dasani water bottle. To make sure they didn’t rattle too much, I filled the space at the top with some Easter grass I had on hand.

Bottle Full of Surprises 1

I added mailing labels on one side. On the back, I included a note explaining what the highlighters were for.

Bottle Full of Surprises 2

I had such fun preparing this surprise in a bottle and will be sending more in the future.


If you were to send someone a fun-filled bottle, what might you put inside?

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