These 21 Decorative Pumpkin Projects Aren’t Your Average Jack-O’-Lanterns

When it comes to decorating for fall, most Americans opt for a triangle-eyed jack-o’-lantern with a toothy grin. Talk about boring.

Why play it safe when there are so many adventurous pumpkin projects floating around? To truly take your decorating skills to the next level, ditch the pre-packaged carving kits and let your creativity run free. There are plenty of opportunities to glam up every room of the house with some pretty pumpkin projects.

To help you get started, here are 21 awesome crafts that will help give your home some autumn-inspired glamour. Follow the links in each heading to learn more from the craft masters themselves!

1. Instead of carving your pumpkin, try using a drill to make these incredible lanterns.

2. This graveyard diorama is the only cemetery I’ll be checking out after midnight.

3. Not all pumpkin projects need to be scary. This Cinderella carriage is perfect for the princess in your household.

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4. Use the force and try transforming your pumpkin into the Death Star.

5. Who doesn’t love glow in the dark decor during the spookiest time of year?

6. Bring the city to your farmhouse with skyscraper pumpkin art.

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Read More: 22 Projects To Get Your Home Ready For Fall

7. For all the sassy homeowners out there, try making these pun-kins.

8. Write your own decorative story with this wordy pumpkin craft.

9. These black cats won’t be dishing up seven years of bad design luck.

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10. A glittery pumpkin is out of this world.

11. Build a miniature fairy garden.

12. Forget your traditional table runner and use some pastel-painted pumpkins instead.

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13. Add a bit of elegance to your home with a floral moon design.

14. Starving? These donut pumpkins look good enough to eat.

15. And these confetti pumpkins will give you a reason to celebrate.

16. Simply wrapping a pumpkin in twine brings the rustic glam.

17. Set off a colorful explosion with this melted crayon project.

18. Add your favorite jewels to create a totally blinged-out decoration.

Read More: If You Weren’t Already Excited For Fall, These 22 Delicious Recipes Will Change Your Mind

19. You can’t go wrong with this modern take on floral print.

20. This decorative pumpkin might make you a bit batty, but only because it’s so cool.

21. Live near the ocean? Give this nautical craft a try!

Now that I’m feeling inspired, it’s time to become a pumpkin-decorating master.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/awesome-pumpkin-projects/

Monkey Teaches Human How To Crush Autumn Leaves

Monkey Teaches Human How To Crush Autumn Leaves

This video was posted online by Louise Smith in the summer, but it has only gone viral now with over half a million brand new views

In the short clip, an adorable monkey named Chino who lives at the International Primate Rescue Centre in South Africa grabs the hand of the Louise to apparently teach her how to crush some autumn leaves.

The monkey places a brown, dried leaf into the Louise’s hand, and open and closes her hand for her. The two repeat the process a few times until the monkey is satisfied the she has fully grasped the lesson. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/12/05/monkey-teaches-human-how-to-crush-autumn-leaves/

17 Reasons Why You Secretly Can’t Wait For Summer To End

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1. Tailgating

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Grilling is great, but grilling + sports + beer + getting way too competitive is even better.

2. Hot Cocoa

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Nothing takes you back like a hot cup of cocoa, even (or especially?) if it’s spiked.

3. Candy Corn

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Here are two ways to feed your addiction for these tiny nuggets of joy.

4. Apple Picking

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If you don’t pick your own apples, then you’re doing fall all wrong. This fall, make these personal apple pie cups.

5. Holiday Leftovers

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Mashed potatoes for days. Cranberry sauce on errrything.

6. Hot Soup

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Yeah, there’s always gazpacho, but soup in the summer just isn’t the same. Not to mention cheddar broccoli bread bowls that’ll warm you up anytime.

7. Pumpkin Pie

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Might as well pop that top button on your pants now. It’s almost pie time.

8. Cider Cocktails

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Whether you go for cider sangria or fireball cider (in a mason jar, obv), autumn is peak season for cozy booze.

9. Halloween Candy

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The only time it’s acceptable to have candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

10. Monkey Bread

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There’s no time for monkey business when it comes to pull-apart bread; get there first or it’ll be gone.

11. Pumpkin Spice Lattés

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The first time of the year you lay eyes on that red Starbucks cup or catch a whiff of that pumpkin aroma — that’s magic.

12. Peppermint Everything

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The reigning queen of ubiquitous seasonal flavors. Get your DIY peppermint fix with these candy cane s’mores.

13. Thanksgiving Dinner

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The champion of all food holidays and TV marathons.

14. Mulled Wine

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The perfect beverage for every holiday party and cuddly family gathering. Get the recipe.

15. Gingerbread Men

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The spicy cookie everyone loves (right up until they bite his little head off).

16. Christmas Cookies

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Even if you don’t believe in Santa, there’s nothing like stealing a few cookies off his plate on Christmas Eve.

17. No more hot dogs.

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Bye, bye, summer, we’ll be wanting you and your weenies again next year. But for now: No. more. hot. dogs.

This article was compiled by Rachel Williamson, the editor-in-chief at Spoon University UIUC.

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14 Things That Perfectly Describe What Fall Is Like For Floridians

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Ah, it’s finally fall, a time you correlate with the fluctuation of temperature, the crisp, cool air and the changing of leaves. Well, if this is what comes to your mind when you think about this season, one thing is for sure: You do not live in the state of Florida.

Fall for Floridians is as inconsistent as your back-burner boy; you never know how you will feel, and you will never know what to expect.

So what is this like for those living down south? Well…

1. While all your friends up north are freezing in their apartments, you’re still spending your weekends at the beach

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Sure, we may be well into the fall by now, but that doesn’t mean Floridians have put away their swimsuits. The beach is still 20 minutes away and a viable destination, despite it being October.


2. You consider 72 degrees to be absolutely freezing

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You are used to 80+ degree temperatures, so when the littlest chill arises, you bundle up. Be careful not to complain to your out-of-state friends who are probably freezing in below 60 degree temperatures.


3. While all the basics up north are apple picking, you’re driving your convertible with the top down on the I-95

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There is no convertible season in Florida… unless you consider all of the time a proper season. Your out-of-state friends may be posting cute little pictures going apple picking with their significant others, but you don’t care because you’re currently going 95 in a 65.


4. You think you can finally stop worrying about hurricane season

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You think you are finally in the clear, but sadly you are mistaken, as hurricane season typically does not end until the close of November. So you better double check that forecast before heading to the beach.


5. Your Halloween costume consists of minimal clothing solely because it’s so hot out

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It’s all about practical reasons here, not functional. Sure, people may think you are dressing down for attention, but in all honesty, you’re just sweating your ass off.


6. You whip out the Uggs when it hits below 70 degrees in the morning

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…Then are sweating by 12 pm because it’s now 77 degrees. Rookie mistake my friend, rookie mistake.


7. While the rest of the world is getting pasty and white, you spend your time lying out in your driveway in a bikini

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Floridians in the fall make sure to take full advantage of the sun. It doesn’t matter when or where they get it, they are prioritizing because, as everyone knows: If you can’t tone it, tan it.


8. The only Pumpkin Spice Latte you are drinking is iced

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Does anyone even drink hot coffee in Florida? Is there even a reason to? I guess you would if you were going along with #6.


9. Everyone else is tailgating with hand warmers and ear muffs… all you need is your jersey

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The best part about football season in Florida is that you are never really cold. Is there anything more miserable than watching your team lose when the temperature drops?


10. You try and tell yourself you don’t need AC in your home, but that only lasts for a few hours… if that

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The fall in Florida is just one epic tease. One moment the air is cool and then an hour later, you are drenched in a pile of humidity on the ground while simultaneously trying to tame your mane.


11. You notice a mass influx of old people in all of your favorite places

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Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean the snowbirds aren’t immediately heading down south. The second the temperature drops up north, these old folks are booking their one-way tickets down south.


12. You attend Thanksgiving dinner in a tank top while dining outside

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It never really feels like Thanksgiving when it’s 80 degrees outside. If you have a backyard, let’s be honest, you know exactly where your feast will be set up.


13. This is what the four seasons in Florida look like: hot, hotter, hottest, Christmas

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The only time you ever experience a change of season is when you venture out of the state. And as soon as you do, you immediately want to fly right back home.


14. You can fly out for extremely cheap prices, but coming home will cost you an arm and a leg

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It’s not your fault you live in a vacation destination! How are you expected to ever travel if coming home costs you over $300 on a flight? This is just another way Florida manipulates you into never leaving the state. Yeah, Bright Futures, I see you.

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Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/fall-really-like-floridians/792155/

A Sublime Autumn Timelapse Through Croatia and Slovenia

Photographer Enrique Pacheco travelled through Croatia and Slovenia this past Autumn, capturing thousands of stunning photos of each country’s breathtaking natural beauty.

He compiled the photos into the timelapse above in what he called, The Harmony of Fall. Full-screen, HD and enjoy :)

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/autumn-timelapse-of-croatia-and-slovenia-by-enrique-pacheco/

Incredible Video Shows The Earth “Breathing”

The people at NASA dont always have their heads above the clouds, looking outwards. They just as often use their incredible technology and expertise to get a bit introspective and gaze down onto Earth.

Using datareceived from numerous satellites, this incredible animation shows the 12-month cycle of Earths seasons. As well as showing the vegetative plantlife on land, it also shows the chlorophyll concentration from microscopic organisms called phytoplankton in the ocean.

The parts where the land looks brown and barren are regions of Earth experiencing their winter months, whereas during summer you’ll see a lush green.

Enjoy.

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/environment/nasa-video-shows-mother-nature-pulse-life

Picture of the Day: Working the Land

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A beautiful Autumn morning is captured in this breathtaking photograph by Jonathan15 on 500px. The image is sparse on details but it looks to be somewhere in Asia. I love the morning mist and yellow leaves in this tranquil capture. Camera details below:

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/20 s
Aperture: f/4
ISO/Film: 400

Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/2014/05/working-the-land/

13 Stunning Pictures Celebrating The Beautiful Colors Of Fall

For a large part of the Northern Hemisphere, fall is officially here. The falling leaves are turning brilliant shades of red, orange, brown, gold and yellow, farmers’ markets are beginning to sell seasonal pumpkins and gourds, coffee shops are selling spiced coffee, and there’s a nip in the air.

To celebrate this wonderful and colorful season, we’ve got a beautiful collection of photos of autumn landscapes that highlight the last explosion of rich, vivid color before the coming winter. Whether you’re sitting at your computer with warm socks and some coffee or sitting outside with your laptop enjoying the weather, these fall pictures will help give you a double dose of this beautiful season. [Read more…]

The browning of leaves, perhaps the most noticeable sign of fall, occurs when the air starts to cool and daylight hours start to shorten. During the summer, chlorophyll pigments help absorb energy from the sun and keep leaves green. All the other colors we see in the fall are always present in leaves (even in the summer), but it is only when the leaves’ green pigments break down that they are revealed. The leaves are shed to help the trees survive the winter – shedding them reduces trees’ water needs and reduces their susceptibility to the winter’s harsh conditions.

Other signs of fall, like pumpkin and gourd dishes are soups, are due to these foods’ harvest times. In any case, the swirl of colors and smells come together to make fall a magical season. Whether you’re enjoying a warm cup of coffee or tea, jumping in the biggest pile of leaves you can find, or making pumpkin pie, enjoy the season!

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How That Quiet Moment Between Summer And Fall Makes Us All More Productive

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What is it about fall that makes us seek new beginnings? What is it that makes us rediscover parts of ourselves that may have lain dormant during the stagnant summer months?

Is it the “click” that happens between summer and fall? It could be. I always feel that something tangible in the air changes, and it’s more than just the drop in temperature. To me, fall feels different from the other seasons. It is so full of vibrant change and possibility.

This “click” usually happens in early September. The air is hot and humid, until one day, it’s not. It’s just not hot anymore, which feels like a strange and sudden shift. Often, life is like this, too. Something is one way, until one day, it isn’t anymore.

Is it this dramatic drop in temperature that inspires change within our own lives? Or is it the clarity in the atmosphere? With summer’s humidity gone, everything outside is clearer and sharper.

In my own life, things are clearer in the fall. Things are changing, progressing and moving in a way that may not have made sense to me before. It’s like the mist cleared and I can see for miles.

After September’s first “click,” the leaves begin, ever so gradually, to change. They shift in color from their dark and rich greens and lighten to yellows, neon oranges and rich reds.

When October sneaks up on us, as it always does, the world explodes into an array of colors — one last burst of life before the cold winter months. Is it this beautiful and explosive transformation that reminds us that we, too, can transform?

October brings with it more than just a masterpiece of color. It brings a certain darkness and mystery, as the sun begins to set noticeably earlier in the evening.

More than this, though, with Halloween on the horizon, I find myself and those around me more willing to embrace and explore the darkness. This happens both by physically exploring our worlds, under the cover of darkness on Halloween night, and by allowing ourselves to explore the dark corners of our own souls.

Without summer’s piercing heat and foggy humidity, it’s easier to step back and look at ourselves; look at who we really are and whom we want to become.

After Halloween’s excitement undoubtedly comes a rainy, misty November day. Perhaps it is just me, but for as long as I can remember, the day after Halloween has always been grey and dark.

With November’s biting chill and the possibility of snow, we seek warmth and light. We make hot cocoa and feel its warmth on our hands as we hold the ceramic mug it fills. We light candles and bundle under blankets.

As the holidays approach, we seek this warmth and light from each other, too. We send cards and give gifts, we gather and hug and love one another.

There is an undeniable rosy glow that accompanies everything during this time of year, coloring even the darkest days of winter with a certain indescribable sparkle.

What is it about autumn that makes it such an inspiring season? Perhaps, in watching the world around us change so profoundly, we realize that we, too, can change. Perhaps, in watching the trees shed their leaves, we realize that there are aspects of ourselves we’d like to shed, as well.

Perhaps, in feeling the temperature drop and watching the darkness descend, we realize there are spots of darkness within our own lives — spots of darkness we need to fill with light.

Photo Courtesy: We Heart It

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/how-autumn-makes-us-more-productive/802695/