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Blogtober Day 25 – All about the Pumpkins!

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Today’s blogtober activities were all pumpkin themed. First, I had a bath using the LUSH Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar which I bought in my Halloween LUSH haul. Later, I did some pumpkin ‘carving’ with a difference!

Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar

As the name suggests, this bubble bar was shaped like a pumpkin, and was very sparkly! The scent was meant to be juniperberry and grapefruit, but I didn’t precisely identify those scents. I would just describe the scent as citrussy.

Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar
Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar

I ran a hot bath and crumbled the bar under running water. It felt more solid and harder to crumble than the Bewitched bubble bar I used a couple of days ago. The bar produced a similar amount of bubbles however, and it turned the water orange.

Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar

I had a lovely time relaxing in the bath, and the bubbles seemed to stick around for a long time. The water didn’t feel quite as soft and slippery as it did with the other LUSH bath products I have used recently, but it was still lovely.

Sparkly Pumpkin bubble bar

Being covered in glitter (biodegradable of course), I thought this bubble bar might make a bit of a mess. However, the glitter only seemed to be on the outside of the bar and not throughout it. This meant there was not actually that much glitter after all. I could see occasional bits shimmering in the water, but I certainly didn’t end up coated in glitter. Nor did the bathtub – I gave it a quick rinse after draining the water and there was no glitter to be seen.

I realised afterwards that the pumpkin was meant to have a cinnamon stick for a stalk. Mine seemed to be missing. I couldn’t find it anywhere so I think it must have fallen off in the shop.

This seasonal bubble bar was great fun and the citrus scent was uplifting. I would definitely buy this again next Halloween season.

Decorating Mini Pumpkins

I cannot really claim to have carved any pumpkins today, because there was no carving involved! However, I did decorate four mini pumpkins.

I had been thinking about buying a pumpkin to carve (and I may still do this) but my mum got in there first and bought four mini pumpkins. They are only the size of a large apple and they are so cute!

She suggested to me that I could draw faces on them. This idea appealed to me because it sounded much easier than actually carving them! I decided I would do that today.

Then I had another idea. I could cut eyes, noses and mouths out of coloured paper and stick them on with blu-tack. This way, I could mix and match the features and it wouldn’t matter if I made a mistake! So this is what I did.

Here are the faces I cut out of black and red paper:

Paper faces

I went to stick the faces onto the pumpkins, but I felt there was something missing. These pumpkins needed hats! Well luckily, I had two I had made earlier! I re-used the witch hats I had made the other day for my cat, because they were just the right size for the pumpkins! I also made two more hats, this time in a party hat style. Like the witch hats, I followed the instructions for these in the book, ‘Tiny Hats on Cats’.

Party hats

Here is the finished result! I am pretty pleased with these pumpkins and I think they make a great Halloween table centre.

Decorated mini pumpkins
Decorated mini pumpkins
Decorated mini pumpkins
Decorated mini pumpkins

Have you carved, or decorated, a pumpkin yet this season?

Did you stay traditional and carve your pumpkin, or did you do something a bit different like sticking paper faces on them? Have you ever seen mini pumpkins before? Let me know in the comments!

Blogtober Day 25 - All About the Pumpkins!

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