Autumn & Halloween

14 Adorable Fall and Halloween Blossom Bucket figurines

Halloween and Fall miniture figurines by Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
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For years and years, Blossom Bucket figurines have been a Fall and Halloween favorite of our customers. Here's 14 fun, creepy, and adorable pieces that you can put on a shelf to welcome the season into your home!

Grace or Harvest Block with Pumpkins Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Grace or Harvest Block with Pumpkins

Sheep with Harvest Wagon Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Sheep with Harvest Wagon

Candy or Wicked Plaque with Witch Hat Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Candy or Wicked Plaque with Witch Hat

Creepy With Spider Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Creepy With Spider

Crow with Pumpkin Wagon Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Crow with Pumpkin Wagon

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Favorite Time of Year Scarecrow Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Favorite Time of Year Scarecrow

Halloween Pirate Boy With Full Treat Bag Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Halloween Pirate Boy With Full Treat Bag

I Love Mummy Blocks Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
I Love Mummy Blocks

Act Like a Monster Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Act Like a Monster

Monster Siblings Plaques Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Monster Siblings Plaques

No Ghouls Allowed Blocks Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
No Ghouls Allowed Blocks

Spooky Halloween Cat on Tombstone Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Spooky Halloween Cat on Tombstone

Little Witches - Striped Hat with Bat and Star Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Little Witches - Striped Hat with Bat and Star

Trick or Treat Pirate Boy Blossom Bucket at The Weed Patch
Trick or Treat Pirate Boy

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Winter’s Light Series - Hand-Poured Soy Candles (Pumpkin Pie)

Continuing with our Winter’s Light Series (read about it here), today I am introducing our next Soy Candle fragrance…. Pumpkin Pie!

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Pumpkin Pie is hand-down our best seller for the autumn season, but also remains consistently popular year-round.  This pumpkin pie fragrance is buttery, butterscotch-y, and very VERY fragrant!  NOT a spiced fragrance, this scent mimics the pie itself rather than the spices – think pumpkin custard, strong and buttery, with notes of ginger and nutmeg.  When we had our physical storefront, we never bothered displaying these candles.  People would walk in the door and instantly ask for whatever that delicious smell was, so we just left these on the counter – we’d go through an entire batch of them per day some months!

If you didn’t catch the earlier post explaining all about our hand-poured soy candles, here is a recap:

We have been making these for quite a few years now, hand-pouring them in beautiful Union, WA on Hood Canal.  We use 100% soy wax, not a wax blend.  Why soy?  Oh so many reasons.  First off, it makes a wonderful candle.  The wax burns at a lower temperature, so you get a longer burn time with soy over paraffin.  It will also withstand a heavier load of fragrance oil, so they are very highly scented.  We’ve had a single votive candle sitting in our car as an air freshener for going on 5 years now, and it still smells wonderful!  Soy is grown right here in America, so by choosing soy you are supporting American farmers, not to mention using a renewable resource, as paraffin is a petroleum product and not renewable.  If that isn’t enough, you can remove any leftover wax residue in your candles cups with soap and water!  What’s not to love here?Soyvotive-cinnabunL

Currently, we are pouring standard-size votives, tealights, and an 8 ounce jar.  We do not use dyes in our wax, so the naturally creamy white color of the wax won’t compete with whatever your decorating palette you may have.  The votives fit in a standard-sized votive cup and will burn 10-15+ hours depending on how long it burns each time you light it (seems to burn longer overall if you keep it lit for a long time).  Tealights come in a clear plastic candle cup which can be placed out by themselves, or within larger hurricane candle holders or jars.  One tiny tealight will scent a whole room, and burn for about 6 hours!

Our jar candles have a classy, vintage-style look with their amber glass and black lids, reminiscent of antique apothecary containers.  Again, total burn time depends on how you light it, but our test candles burn for at least 70 hours (our tests burn on average 75-80 hours, but we say 70 to play it safe!).  Once you’ve burned the candle, the glass jar and lid are reusable for home storage!  Use for craft storage, cotton balls, herbs, vitamins, oil blends or creams, flavored sauces, bath salts, notions – whatever!  If you don’t want to reuse the jar, then please recycle. :)

Pumpkin Pie tealights, votives, and jars are in stock now.  Tune in tomorrow for the last fragrance! :)


Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Perfect Pumpkin Bread at The Weed Patch

We LOVE the Autumn season here at The Weed Patch. The crisp, cooler air (although geez, not yet so much this year - it was 70 yesterday!), the changing colors, and the baking! Every year you know that fall is on its way when Chris starts making pumpkin bread (although he has been known to make it in July ... just because). Everybody seems to agree, this is a yummy treat!

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 can (16 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Mix well.
  4. In a seperate bowl, stir together the pumpkin and oil.
  5. Beat the eggs in to the liquid, one at a time, beating well after each.
  6. Make a “well” in the center of the dry ingredients.
  7. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, in the “well”
  8. Stir until dry ingredients are just moistened.
  9. Pour batter into pans.
  10. Bake at 350F for 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Makes 2 loaves.

Perfect Pumpkin Bread at The Weed Patch

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Primitive Halloween Painted Plates

Our primitive painted plates by The Hearthside Collection are among our most popular collections, and we have a great assortment for Halloween!  Here are a few:

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An Old Witch Plate, by The Hearthside Collection

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BOO Burlap Halloween Plate, a Michelle Kildow design for The Hearthside Collection

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Hand Over the Candy Plate, by The Hearthside Collection

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Hat Collection Rectangle Tray, by The Hearthside Collection


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Humble Prayer Hanging Paddle, by The Hearthside Collection


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Lil Pumpkin Plate, by The Hearthside Collection

32387hearthsidecollectionSmiling Jacks Plates, by The Hearthside Collection

See our complete collection of over 600 country primitive style plates, signs, candles and more by The Hearthside Collection here, or check out all our FALL and HALLOWEEN items today!


New Hand-Painted Barn Stars

Last week, I added some freshly painted barn stars to the shop.  As fall is officially started according to the calendar, we thought it was time for some autumn colors!

MustardwallstarAntiqued Mustard Wall Star - 8 inch

These metal stars are hand-painted right here in Mill Creek, WA.  This ones are a little different than the others released earlier this year, as they been distressed and antiqued for a more rustic look fitting with the harvest season.

HarvestorangebarnstarAntiqued Orange Wall Star - 8 inch

As with all our stars, they have been painted with high quality water-based paints and coated with an indoor/outdoor sealer, however they are intended for indoor use, or limited outdoor use under protected cover.  The backs are unfinished, and will rust if wet or left outside in dewy weather for a period of time.  Your front door area should be OK if it is protected, as long as you bring it back in when the weather gets bad.

CinnamonredstarTuscan Red Wall Star - 5 inch

These are the sizes we have made and ready to ship right now, but I have several other sizes of stars on hand if you need a custom collection painted for you.  A decent supply of 8 inch and 18 inch are in my studio right now, and I'm fairly certain there's some 5 inch, 12 inch, and a couple 24 inch somewhere in there too.  Feel free to give us a call with whatever you might need! :)  800-876-5230

BluewallstarTeal Blue Wall Star - 5 inch

(You can check out all our other Hand-Painted in the USA Barn Stars Here)


Happy fall! :)


Fall Signs from Primitives by Kathy

Looking for a door hanger, shelf sign, or wall plaque for your Thanksgiving decor?  We have a wide variety of fall signs at The Weed Patch - below is a listing of our offerings by Primitives by Kathy.  We have box signs, wood plaques, ornaments, tin signs, and some fun shaped ones too.

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Our Family's a Hoot Hang Up

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Bountiful Blessings Sign

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Fall Hoodies Box Sign

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Fall Ornaments Set

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Thankful for a Family That Drinks Box Sign

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Free Leaves Sign

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Give thanks Box Sign

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Give Thanks for Family Box Sign

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Give Thanks Tin Sign

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Go Jump In the Leaves Box Sign with Burlap

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Go Jumpin the Leaves Sign

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Hoodies & Hot Chocolate Box Sign

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Hot Chocolate Sign

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Love Lives Here Box Sign

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Nuts Welcome Squirrel Sign

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Pumpkin Kisses Tin Sign

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Pumpkin Patch wood & tin Sign

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Take Time to Watch The Leaves Sign

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Thank you Box Sign

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We're All Nuts Squirrel Ornament

All of these are currently in stock and ready to ship, so you have have before Thanksgiving!  We have a ton for Christmas too, so I'll post those soon as well.  Enjoy! :)


Pumpkin Painting 2014

Pumpkin Painting at The Weed Patch

Earlier this Fall we were able to have an epic day. It started with a trip to Craven Farms down in Snohomish. Then we made the trek up to The Plant Farm, a local nursery that we've loved that is closing its doors (*sad*). When we got home, Ben was crazy excited to get started painting his pumpkins.

Pumpkin Painting at The Weed Patch

Pumpkin Painting at The Weed Patch

Before we got to Craven, we explained that we were not going to be purchasing every single pumpkin that we found. Ben insisted that he NEEDED to paint one of every Angry Bird. So we settled on a compromise - he could get the mini pumpkins, and he could get 10 of them. He and Janene dug through the entire field of mini pumpkins and found the perfect ones.

Pumpkin Painting at The Weed Patch

Pumpkin Painting at The Weed Patch

As soon as we got home, Ben vanished to put on some painting clothes, and he set himself up at Janene's art desk. This year was a great learning experience for him, as we covered some technique that gave him better results - he's learning to be patient and to do the job right, instead of rushing through to have a finished "product" that isn't up to par.... *grin*

Pumpkin Painting at The Weed Patch

Pumpkin Painting at The Weed Patch

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Craven Farms Annual Day at the Pumpkin Patch 2014

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One of the big reasons we made the decision to close our physical storefront and make the move to become an online exclusive retailer is the kids. During the busy season it is always an impossible struggle to simply be there for them - it was not uncommon for us to put in 90-110 hrs / week at the shop, from September through January.

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Despite that, each year we've managed to establish a couple of traditions that we hold very near and dear to our hearts. In the Fall, we go to Craven Farms, not far from us in Snohomish, Washington. We all bundle up and head down to trek through the fields, pose for pictures, check out the animals, and generally make some memories.

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

This year, we actually managed to make it down early (but yes, the blog is pretty late in coming...). It was a spectacularly beautiful day, the kids were super excited and happy, and the memories were stellar. If you saw our "homemade pizza post" - that was how we ended the day that day. Tomorrow's post will show you Ben painting his pumpkins... all the same day. It was a good, good day - and it reaffirmed our reasons for the decisions we've made.

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

Craven Farm Adventures 2014!

We hope you have some traditions of your own, and that this upcoming Christmas season can be a time for making some great memories.

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Marmalade by Judy Havelka (Allure)

Marmalade candles by Judy Havelka are one of the first memories I have of our shop, and I know many of you would say the same.  An absolute household requirement it seems, marmalade candles and rosehips are among the few things that would create a bit of fuss if we ever ran out.  With good reason too!  These just smell SO GOOD.  Everything you want in a warm, spicy, vaguely fruity, country fragrance.  Judy Havelka now goes by the name Allure, but it is the same great candle.

We are fully stocked in marmalade votives, but I wanted also let you know that we have expanded our selection to some new items that you many not be aware of.

Marmaladetarts

Have a wax warmer/tart burner, even one of those Scentsy thingies?  Marmalade comes in wax potpourri!  

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Just break off a square and pop into your warmer to release the fragrance, without the worry of a candle flame.  Same great color and smell, just without a wick!

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Many have asked for a larger size candle than the mini pillar.  Here we have the Jar Candle!  Comes poured in an elegant reusable glass cup, beautifully packaged in a round black box hot stamped with the logo.  

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Makes a lovely gift!  Depending on conditions, the Jar Candle has a 65+ hour burn time.

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In addition to the scented rosehips, during the fall we also carry the scented pudka pods.  Resembling tiny pumpkins, they are darling!  Use them the same way you'd use the rosehips - displayed in a bowl, glass vase, around a candle in a dish, etc.  Scented in the same marmalade fragrance!

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Also during the fall, we have the botanical potpourri.  This is a high quality potpourri folks - no wood chips or random pieces of who-knows-what here.  The marmalade botanical potpourri is made entirely of things you'd find in your kitchen or out in the woods - dried orange slices, bay leaves, star anise, dried citrus peel, and whole cinnamon sticks, all highly scented in the classic marmalade fragrance.  Just like the pudka pods and roseships, it is sold by the cup - we're sure to always include a little of everything in each cup measurement!

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Then we have the old standby, our marmalade rosehips.  Aren't these just pretty?

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Need to refresh your potpourri?  Just add a few drops of the Marmalade Refresher Oil.  Judy Havelka/Allure has gone through a few bottle styles over the years, and while this one lacks the country look of old, it is much more efficient.  We found that some of the old bottle styles did not stand up to the highly concentrated oil, and it ate through the dropper lids.  Yikes!  This one is pretty and practical.  You can also place a drop of the refresher oil on a lightbulb, or even on your heat register - anything that has a little warmth that will help release the scent into the air!

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Of course, we can't forget the classic marmalade item - the votive.  Judy Havelka/Allure actually calls this a mini pillar because of it's extra-large size.  Indeed I've had many customers say that they don't even burn these in a candle cup, they just set it out like a pillar candle.  Depending on environmental conditions, the votive candle burns for about 18 hours.

And there you have it!  All the Marmalade you could ever want! :)

 


Sparkling Hands

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We have been opening some fun things in the last few weeks, and I wanted to share something with you today - super fun creepy hands, perfect with Halloween coming up this month!  I'm not really sure what they're made of - they're pretty hard, yet slightly flexible too.  

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Not sure if it is a resin or a heavy plastic, but the fact that they are a little substantial adds some variety to what you can do with them.  Someone told me that she saw them mounted to a wall once - the back is slightly hollow, so you can sort of hook them into a screw or hook on the wall, and hang something from them, like a sign, a scarf, or ornament.  

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You can set one on a shelf as a decorative accent, or you can place it palm up and put something nestled in it.  Comes in either black or silver, and is covered in super-fine sparkly glitter.  They look really shriveled and sinewy, and were slightly creepy to open up, but the glitter, as it always does, makes everything all better. :)  You can pick up your own hand here.

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It's kind of fun thinking of all the creative things you can do with these hands - what can you come up with??