Monday, October 1, 2012

vintage chenille blanket pumpkins

 it's october!   yay!
  my favorite month!
and what better time to share my collection of pumpkins, made from vintage chenille blankets.
the image above, has made its way around and around pinterest, and come back to me, with lots of interest and questions.
i do not make these cuties.  i collect them.
 i buy them at the nashville flea market...
handmade by rita.
i started my collection, years ago,
 with these three orange ones
so cute.
 right?
 last year, i was thrilled to find rita selling these white ones.
i collect white vintage chenille blankets and white hobnail milk glass pottery and so these really spoke to me.!

 this year, i added to my collection with more of the white pumpkins in different textures.
and can you believe this...rita and her daughter had seen my photo of her pumpkins on pinterest!
it's a small world.
 at first, i arranged them on my dining room buffet....
 i liked how they looked here, but we don't use this room very much.... 
 so i moved them to the den mantle, where i can see them more often.
 don't tell mr. dan, but i am thinking of whitewashing the stone on the fireplace, to tone down the orange hues.
i need to replace the blue hydrangeas in the cement swans, with something fall-like too.

if pumpkins can be adorable, then these chenille ones are!!
i just love them.
i buy them from a sweet lady, named rita,
shed 5
booth 50
i spoke with her on the phone and she told me that the old chenille blankets are becoming harder and harder to find....new chenille is thicker and tougher to sew, so she prefers to work with the old spreads....and this vintage lover likes that...
rita does not have a web site or e-mail or a computer.
 the only way to buy her pumpkins and other treasures are at the nashville flea market....
held the fourth weekend of every month except december.
if you go, please tell rita
"hi"
from erin
happy october

23 comments:

michele said...

i am so glad you devoted an entire post to these beauties because they are sooooo worthy! i love em. and you have styled them so gorgeously.

your fireplace stone is going to look fabulous with a little help from your paintbrush!

what a lovely sight this october morning, erin. thank you.

michele

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Love them arranged on the mantel, Yes, I've pinned that photo from you too! xoxo

flowersandhome said...

If I could, I'd just swim over the ocean to Nashville to buy some of those. You're so lucky to have Rita around and her gorgeous pumpkins. Really beautiful fabric, very special, I can imagine that's hard to find. Love, love, LOVE the pumpkins!
Bye, have a wonderful october,
Marian

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So pretty ! I really like them in the white dining room with your painting as the backdrop.
Cook, wet and dark here this morning.
Have a great week.

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Hi Erin,
Love those cuties and I love the old chenille blankets too. Thank you for sharing the info. about Nashville Flea Market with us.
Have a nice day!
XO
~Wendy

oldgreymare said...

Beautiful photos, as always, and how beautiful are you to support and promote a fellow artist.
It's why we love ya <3

Debbie Nolan said...

Erin - these pumpkins are darling - they would definitely brighten up any room. Thanks for sharing.

Olive Cooper said...

They are delightful. I am really liking the orange ones too. Any time I find a chenille spread while thrifting I buy it. I have one thrown over my sofa right now.

Donna said...

Precious pumpkins! I adore these as well. You are lucky to have Rita to make them for you. They are gorgeous displayed in your home with all the whites! Love them!
Hugs,
Donna

KarenB said...

I don't blame you for buying more. They're really fun! I love the different textures and sizes together. They look perfect at your house, perfect!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your pumpkins are the cutest on the block! I admired them last year, and now you've expanded your collection to make it even better! I wish they were available near me. Love, love, love them!!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh yes I love these! They speak to me too. Lovely photos.

Cindy said...

Ok, those are definitely the cutest pumpkins in the world, no question about it. And, your house is amazing. I love your new horse painting too...

Cindy

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the chenille pumpkins....so adorable!

Carole said...

Oh how I love your little pumpkins. I have a torn up chenille spread that I want to try making them with.Now I just need the time and to locate where I put it.

happy fall
Carole

Georgianna said...

Your pumpkins are darling, Erin, and as always, your decor and styling are terrific! I must say I like the aqua tones of the hydrangea against the hues of the stone but I can also see why it would be more versatile in white. Ours is painted white and I really would have a problem with it if it wasn't!

Have a great week. xo

June said...

Rita's pumpkins are amazing Erin!!!! Seeing them in your GORGEOUS photos are such an inspiration. I went back to read the posts I have missed here and I am always stunned by your amazing talents! Your photography transports me!
hugs from here...

poppilinnstudios said...

Just love your pumpkin collection, Erin. They are beautiful!
-Lynn

Deb said...

Such a gorgeous pumpkin collection Erin. They look fabulous with your white mantle & with your stunning horse painting as a backdrop ♥
Have a wonderful weekend.

Mr.Lees mom said...

everything is just lovely! Love the pumpkins!

Cobalt Violet said...

So cute! Love these and with the white and soft orange the fantastic stems and curly cues really pop. (and what is cuter than curly cues on pumpkins?? :)

Deb Hrabik said...

So glad I found your blog, Erin.
New follower,
Deb@LakeGirlPaints

Regina said...

Love, love, love your collection of white pumpkins. I'm going to have to google chenille pumpkins and see if I can find some to purchase for myself.