Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

October is here and this means it is the season for pumpkins!!!! There is something about autumn that it is very easy to get into the fall spirit. Bring on the pumpkins, the apple picking, the baking, the pumpkin spice latte, the scarecrow decorations, crafts and Halloween celebrations!

Every year we carve pumpkins but pumpkins don’t last as long as we’d like and they always end up moldy after two or three days. Last year we started a new tradition to enjoy the pumpkins a little big longer …. Pumpkin Painting!!!

This is a great activity for the whole family. Our teen got a little creative, suggesting building Olaf from the movie Frozen (we all have to help with this) and the little one of the family did free style and made his own festive and unique design 🙂

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

A few suggestions for pumpkin painting:

  • Before painting, make sure your pumpkins are gently washed with soap and water.
  • We used acrylic paint with our teen to paint Olaf. We always wear old clothing because if acrylic paint ends up on your clothing, it can stain.
  • For Olaf’s face we printed a stencil and used a pencil to trace the outlines of the design into the pumpkin.
  • Use non-toxic tempera or water-based paint for the younger kids.
  • We added some shine to the pumpkins with glittery paint.
  • Have FUN!!!!!!! … That’s what its all about.

Last year we did a few other fun characters:

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins

Fall Fun, Painting Pumpkins: Olaf, Frozen.

It was very fun even thought Olaf’s head fell a few times 🙂

Every day I love to see our decorated pumpkins next to our door!

Have a Festive and Fun Fall!

Victoria 😉

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“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

Yesterday we went to see the “Graced with Light” art installation at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. This stunning installation features 20 miles of multicolored silk ribbons that are suspended from the cathedral‘s ceiling arches as part of an ongoing installation by American visual artist Anne Patterson. “Graced With Light” was originally intended to end on July 2013, but has been extended to February 28, 2014 due to its popularity.

“Graced With Light” at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco

This magical installation took Patterson and the Cathedral community eight days to hand-assemble the project and months to complete, with all of the work being done in her Manhattan studio before the final installation in the Cathedral. Hundreds of community members were invited to write their prayers, hopes, and wishes on the red ribbons, sending them towards heaven. Anne Patterson envisioned it as “a series of light pathways, connecting heaven and earth, manifest as ribbons. The ribbons carry our prayers, dreams and wishes skyward, and, in turn, grace streams down the ribbons to us.”

Grace Cathedral is an Episcopal cathedral located on Nob Hill and is a house of “prayer for all people” and all faiths are welcomed without exceptions. It is the third largest Episcopal cathedral in the country and one with the finest examples of Gothic architecture.


“Grace Cathedral took 54 years to build and was officially complete in 1964.

Besides the current “Graced With Light” exhibition you can appreciate two labyrinths, varied stunning stained glass windows, Keith Haring AIDS Chapel altar piece, a replica of Ghiberti’s Gates of Paradise, medieval and contemporary furnishings, as well as its 44 bell carillon, three organs, and choirs.

Website: http://www.gracecathedral.org/
Address: 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108

You have until February 28th, 2014 to visit the Grace cathedral, see this magical art installation and experience the peaceful and relaxing time yourself.

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉