Crafty Hearts and Hands Playing at the Pumpkin Patch Harvest Fest


Watching children and adults alike in the act of creating and making makes my heart happy.

And I had a full day of "happy heart" yesterday (Labor Day) while at the Pumpkin Patch Harvest Fest .

My sweetie and I set up a free craft table of farm related crafts every year and everyone is welcome to sit and play! This year we taught gourd painting, making wheat brooms and making house blessing ornaments.We went through over 100 gourds and bunches of wheat!

I hope you will take a few minutes to join me in remembering the day!

(And locals, mark your calendars to join us on October weekends at the Pumpkin Patch for pictures. We will have a photo booth set up every Sat and Sun except the 23rd.)


Faces were very popular this year!


I thought when the artist got this far she was done! NOT!


Love it!


Grandpas even got into the act - this one using a bit of "practice shell" I had laying on the table.


This one was asked to draw on a face and he seemed to relish it!


Dads shared a little crafty time with their kiddos while Mom shopped.


This little artist got the idea immediately!


I'd say he is definitely a budding artist!


A couple of real artists just getting started! Below - their beautiful finished gourds!




My sweetie and I watched this young man for an hour as he applied bits of every color on the table to his gourd.


P1080179 We get the biggest kick out of watching couples as they sit side by side, saying not a word, intensely focused on their work.




Hers! (Just started) I missed seeing her completed drawing but I bet is was lovely.


Grandma helped out braiding a house blessing ornament. They ended up making two - one for each of them to take home.


Wheat brooms were a huge hit!



My sweetie's hands in the upper left corner helping with floss ties.



I loved the ways crafty hands decorated their brooms.


And look at this one! I learned so much about embellishing harvest brooms! My tutorial for making harvest brooms here.

And now, I'll just leave you with a few last shots of happy hands at play.









It's wonderful to see the

It's wonderful to see the many different ways people decorated their gourds. There's no one right way to do it! It must feel so fulfilling to host a table at an event like this.

I wish all of you could have

I wish all of you could have joined us!  It really was a wonderful day.  I am still smiling!

And Chris - yes!  Intent - totally!  And I was determined to capture that especially this year.  Believe it or not, I discovered that Diane and I are not the only ones who go into the "big quiet" when creating!

Pam, I love it that you made

Pam, I love it that you made so many people happy, here. They are just having a great time, and bonding as family in a way only crafting can do. Great stuff!

These are all so cute! Fall

These are all so cute! Fall crafts are easily my favorite!

What a wonderful post! I love

What a wonderful post! I love all the comments you made on the individual artists - made me smile! And I just love those wheat brooms - they are so pretty - I will have to see if I can find some wheat!!! Looks like a really fun day!

What a wonderfully caring

What a wonderfully caring thing for you and your sweetie to do Pam, and it looks like so much fun too. You sound such a beautiful person.
I'll just bet those kids had a fantastic time! ....and their parents too!! :o)

How absolutely wonderful,

How absolutely wonderful, Pam, everyone looks like they're having a great time! I love the look of concentration on everyone's faces, both young AND older.

Pam these are such wonderful

Pam these are such wonderful pictures. This group project is right up my street, wish I was there to join in the fun. What a fantastic job you and K did, I know the work involved in the preparation. You brought loads of fun to lots of people, yay!

Looks like everyone had a

Looks like everyone had a great time! Love the Harvest brooms.

Looks like fun, Pam. I love

Looks like fun, Pam. I love seeing how intent people become when they take time to create.