Monday, September 16, 2013

U-Pick Pumpkins Hand Painted Sign - and the story behind it....

Every year at this time pumpkin patches start advertising with their U-Pick signs....  And every single year those signs remind me of  the year we had a pumpkin patch in our backyard. 

Several years ago we lived on the front of a flagged lot and our landlord decided he was going to plant a pumpkin patch on the other lot, out back....  That year, in early October, as I always do, I went out and bought three large pumpkins for our front porch.  Always a tall and skinny one and two shorter fatter ones.... always... I had them on the front porch amongst potted mums and other plants, and my fall display was looking pretty good that year!  I think I paid about $12 or so for the three of them and during those years, that was a lot to me!

One Saturday afternoon, coming home from running errands, the first thing I noticed were U-Pick signs on the street - pointing towards the back of our house.  My landlord's pumpkin patch was open for business, even though there were no pumpkins out there larger than a pie pumpkin!  The signs read Pumpkins  U-Pick .25........

Well, I'm sure you can imagine my surprise - amongst other reactions - when I walked up to the front door and in place of my three large pumpkins lay 3 shiny quarters with a handwritten note that said, "Thank you!  We weren't sure where to leave the money for the pumpkins......." 
And THAT is what inspired this sign!
There is a very detailed tutorial on how to make this sign HERE.
It's hanging on a dresser that sits by the front door and makes me smile each time I come home!!

What memories does this time of the year bring back for you?


  1. Oh, Suzie you did give me a great laugh this morning... how funny but, sad for you... Love the sign and the story is priceless - have a great day..... Cathy

  2. Ha, somebody got a bargain! I'm glad you can laugh about it now, and your indoor pumpkin patch is adorable!

    1. Thanks Jenna!! Yes someone did get a smokin' deal that day!!! It is such a funny memory for me.... But, no, not so funny at the time!

  3. I love that you arranged everything on the antique dresser - the white pumpkins are so pretty! visiting thru Someday Crafts party.

  4. I love that story!! I'm sure you think of it every time you buy a pumpkin!

  5. this made me laugh so much! wow, at least they were honest and left the 3 quarters.

  6. Love the story and your Fall decor! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make ti Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse