Monogrammed Pumpkins and Kale


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Who would have thought? Pumpkins and kale. Not exactly a match made it heaven but when I saw the kale I knew I had to make it work somehow. You know what I say…buy things you love and make them work for you. So I followed my own advice!

We’ll start with the pumpkin monogram. I knew painting would be a bad idea. I stink at it and avoid it whenever possible. So I went the easy route (shocker) and used a vinyl decal.

I got them at Hobby Lobby and as you can see they were even on clearance. I had to look for a while and finally found them in the tote bag/t-shirt area. They are meant to be used on a tote bag but they worked great on my (real) pumpkins.

These decals were peel and stick. I had a little trouble with the curves but after a bit of moving around they ended up going on perfectly.

I was anxious to get my mums in the ground so out they came from the urns and in went the pumpkins.

A bit of grapevine garland helped steady them in the urns and it added some interest.

So about this kale. I’m not sure I even knew what kale was before this summer. It’s one of the coolest plants I’ve ever seen.

These were huge and only $4.00 each.  I hope the leaves keep growing and fall over the sides of the pots.

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When I post about my front porch I almost always get a question about my planters…the big ones on either side of the door. Here is the link: Fairfield Tall Planters.  My husband got them for me several years ago for my birthday. They look as good as when they were new. They haven’t faded at all and are very easy to keep clean. I just hose them down every now and then.

I thought I would throw in a picture of Kelly since she coordinates so nicely with my decorations. Now that I work from home she is never far from my side.  I think I need to promote her from assistant to partner. We do make a pretty good team.

Happy October!

Update: In case you have trouble finding an initial decal, here an additional source.

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  2. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real says:

    I’m so glad you linked your monogrammed pumpkin up at the party…I saw it via Hometalk recently and loved it! Just got home from the Southern Blogger’s Conference, and your gorgeous pillows were talked about all weekend long!

  3. Donna White says:

    This is the first reading your blog. Saw your beautiful entry @ SSS. Thanks for the monogram help! Your porch looks spiffy!! :-) Donna

  4. Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue says:

    Beautiful porch Ann. Symmetrical stunner. So funny, I have a similar picture showing my sidekick helping me with my porch as well. :)

  5. Stunning, Ann! You never disappoint when it comes to creating a fabulous, welcoming entry! I love your monogrammed pumpkins … the “bushy” kale is perfect, and Kelly is so sweet!

  6. Kelly is beautiful and I’m so glad you included her. Your front porch looks great, I love the monogrammed pumpkins and kale. The planters are lovely, I would love to have some pretty ones, but they are pricey!
    Hugs, Cindy

  7. Adventuresindinner says:

    Love the monogram! So much classier than the toddler version we’ll have C: I’ve got a yummy kale and pancetta soup recipe coming up next week with you in mind.

  8. Shelley @ Calypso in the Country says:

    Ann – I love your front porch! It’s so welcoming and I love all the layers. And I love the kale idea but with all the deer around my house, they would probably think they were coming to a salad bar! They have gotten so daring that sometimes I will actually see a deer right up near my front door!

  9. Keeping it Cozy says:

    Your front porch is just perfection, even down to the varying heights of the planters. The pumpkins are so much fun and I love the personal touch. I just planted mums this weekend in our planters… I love the fall colors. And yes, I think Kelly does deserve the promotion. :-)

  10. I love how you decorated your porch so pretty. I have to say I would steal your kale. I just posted about cooking kale and cherry tomatoes for dinner.

  11. shirley@housepitality designs says:

    Love your monogrammed pumpkins…I so love everything monogrammed!….The Kale looks so pretty…wish I could do that, but it would be eaten by the deer within 10 minutes of me placing it on my porch!….Beautiful Fall porch Ann!!

  12. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog says:

    So cute, Ann.

  13. Jill Flory says:

    Lovely! I really should do something fun with my urns – they are still holding my very much sad looking petunias!

  14. Looks great, Debbie! It looks like your pooch is dressed for Halloween with a black mask over his eyes! What a doll!

  15. Ann, your front porch gets better and better. Love Kale. I wish I could plant it but the animals eat it right down to the salk. It is a shame really.


  16. Your front porch looks great! Yes, kale seems to be the thing this year…at least for me, and it lasts even after a frost! ;)

  17. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    You look so pretty! I love how you match the pumpkins and urns on the front porch. Such a cute collar! You are a fantastic design assistant, I can tell! ;P
    Ricki Jill

  18. Going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow. Hope they have the letter M.
    Love your doorscape,pumpkins and kale.

  19. Love those planters, the kale is new to me too! Looks like it would grow so well in those fab planters!Q

  20. That is so clever – I love the monograms!

  21. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    Wonderful ideas Ann! I never thought to use a decal on a pumpkin. Beautiful fall decor…. those pumpkins are fabulous in your urns!!

  22. Ooooh,,,the color of the pumpkins looks sooo good with your door color. LOVE the monograms…I love anything monogrammed. :)
    I’ll bet Kelly loves your being home with her. She’s so cute. I think she deserves a “promotion”.

  23. LOVE YOUR FRONT !!! great kale plants. try homemade kale chips.

  24. Liz @ Infuse With Liz says:

    Awesome Ann! Great idea with the vinyl letters- I know I could never paint a letter that looked that good!
    Love the grapevine under the pumpkin and the kale is a wonderful accent with the fall plants! I’ve never grown any myself so I don’t know much about them, but I know they always intrigued me!

  25. The monogrammed pumpkins & kale go beautifully together! See, trust your instincts & they’ll always be right.

  26. Anne Boykin says:

    Hi Ann, I love your planters and your fall decorations. Your porch looks fantastic!

  27. Anne ~ your fall decor is gorgeous. Love the monogrammed pumpkins and the kale looks beautiful. Did you know you can eat it? Just boil some up, it tastes a bit like spinach ~ I love kale. Your furbaby is just precious. ;-)

  28. So pretty, Ann! I’m totally going to copy this idea. I have the urns already and I’m not super crazy with what I have in them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Modern Country Style says:

    I thought this was going to be for a recipe!! Was just wondering how it work and then saw your gorgeous photos!! Aha!! Now I see!! Your porch looks so gorgeous – very autumnal indeed!


  30. Your porch is beautiful all decorated for Fall. Love the monogrammed pumpkins!!

  31. Olive Cooper says:

    The stencils are the bomb diggity Ann. I have eaten kale but never seen it this large and pretty before. Your porch is beautiful. I have done nothing with mine because I cannot lift a thing yet. xo, olive

  32. I think Kale and pumpkins ARE a match made in heaven and also on your front porch. It looks wonderful expecially with the black. I have used kale as my Fall/winter plant for years, in fact a friend of mine always ask me if I have it planted yet when the weather cools down. I went up the coast yesterday and bought my fall plantings,which include kale. I am using green and white this year, even thought the purple was gorgeous. I did a post today showing what I will be busy with for a couple of days!!
    Happy Monday, Love your porch,
    xo Kathysue

  33. Michele @ Finch Rest says:

    Per usual, any changes you make look AMAZING. I think your front porch is so inviting, looks GREAT!

  34. Glenda Childers says:

    I would choose the cute stickers, too.


  35. What a charming view for all you guests. Love the whole look, you sure have a knack for decorating. If you get tired of the Kale you can always eat it. LOL

  36. This is wonderful Ann. Love the monogrammed pumpkins!

  37. Ann, your entry looks great – so very welcoming. I monogrammed two pumpkins, too, but I did mine with a black marker. lol

    I went to get my ornamental cabbages last weekend, but they had not come in yet. By the way, I love kale – and I cook it often.

  38. I love it!!! Beautiful!!!!
    XO Kris

  39. Sweet Posy Dreams says:

    Looks fabulous, but I wouldn’t expect anything less. But I have to say, when I read your headline, I thought, oh my, how in the world is she going to monogram kale? lol I love kale; it makes such a statement.

  40. How pretty, Ann! I love how you get so much use out of your urns…I need to invest in some! Great idea for the pumpkins…I was wondering if the grooves posed a problem with the decal. I’d like to try this, but I will have to keep the pumpkins indoors away from the hungry squirrels! I’d like to try kale, too, they have some pretty colors at my nursery!

    Have a great week!


  41. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Great idea for the monogram on the pumpkins, Ann! I wouldn’t be able to paint that either. I’ll have to check out doing this. My son-in-law wanted a monogram pumpkin this year and this is easy and inexpensive enough that I can do one for them and one for me!

  42. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers says:

    Love your monogrammed pumpkins Ann! The kale looks pretty too. I love kale….to eat wilted or in soup.

  43. Pamela Gordon says:

    Ann, I love your pumpkins. Your front porch looks really nice with the black, orange and green. And Kelly is pretty cute posing there too.

  44. Your porch is so pretty and inviting! Love the kale, too! I’ve used the ornamental cabbage, and I love the ruffles of your kale! :)

  45. Beautiful Ann! Love the look of the monogram on your pumpkins and how you added the grapevine garland around them! I love cabbage and kale, I use it every year. Have a great week:)

    PS- that last pic is my favorite!

  46. your porch is beautiful ann! i love using cabbage and kale for fall. thanks for telling where you found the monograms in HL…i’m going to check it out today!