Since I am the Queen of the After Season Sales, I have these cute Halloween sill sitters purchased last November. I pick up these things after the holidays (75% off!) and store them for the next season. Yes, I know, I do have more storage than the average person. I just cannot resist a bargain, LOL!! Things like these made wonderful gifts for the office staff, little inexpensive ways to say thank you for the hard work.
But, now that I’ve been laid off, I had to come up with another idea for using these (and I have to stop succumbing to temptation after every holiday). Part of my problem is I truly do enjoy giving little gifts to friends and co-workers. We do have four neighbors on our mountain road, and none of us has seen any trick-or-treaters in many years. No one wants to walk our road, LOL!! So I thought I’d become the Great Pumpkin this year for the neighborhood. You know, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch at Halloween to bring gifts to good little girls and boys, or so Linus thinks. I ordered some Great Pumpkin stickers online, and dug out some Halloween gift bags I had saved.
Cute aren’t they?
Of course, that meant I needed to do some baking. Pumpkin Orange Bread was perfect in little mini loaves.
I packaged them in little candy corn bags, sealed with pumpkin stickers.
I didn’t put any cards in these, since the Great Pumpkin brought them.
I delivered them to the neighbors, having a little bit of a visit with each one. My original intent was to hang them on doorknobs and leave them for the neighbors to find. But, with the wildlife around here, that wouldn’t be the best idea. But, if there wasn’t any food in them, they could be delivered anonymously.
It was good to see everyone, especially the older couple at the other end of the road. The mister of the couple had a stroke last year, and his recovery has been slow going. The missus doesn’t get out much anymore, they are both in their late 80s. I need to go see them more often. I need to get her to teach me how to do more knitting stitches than just knit and purl. She also does lovely crochet, and I could re-learn that too.
I’ll get out the It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown video this week, the holidays officially start for me when I get to see that show. Of course I have it on DVD. Hard to believe that it was originally on TV in 1966 – this year is the 50th anniversary of that show.
Could you become the Great Pumpkin for someone this year?
PS – If you are a quilter or stamper, check out my Autumn Jubilee giveaway posts from earlier in October! All giveaways can be entered until Halloween so you still have time.
More giveaways coming up Friday and next week as Autumn Jubilee continues to the end of October.