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Fangboner Fridays Presents: A Walk through the Valley

Fangboner Fridays Presents: A Walk through the Valley

If you’ve followed our blogs in the past, you may have read about the imaginative ways that Roland and Liz have approached different sections of the farm. Each area has its own name, from Purple Valley to Beaver Valley to Fort Fangboner! For those new to the Fangboner scene, here’s what you can expect when you visit:

When you first enter the driveway, you’ll be greeted with a lush flower bed leading the way to the Farm Market store and our Airbnb. 

This is Purple Valley, named after the purple perennials that are in full bloom right now. We are so excited about getting this quaint signage to mark this area of the farm!

 You’ll also see a sign for Beaver Valley, and the names origins should be obvious when you see it consists of a long wall made of repurposed materials (limbs, sticks, and other natural materials) donated by our loyal MP & Son Landscaping customers.

 Finally, there’s Fort Fangboner, an area that houses our compost and nursery for seedlings that are just starting out. These and our famous hostas are protected from the elements by the wall along Beaver Valley. To see how things looked in early spring, check out this video. Bonus: there is a critter sighting in this one! Don’t forget to smash that Like 👍button and subscribe to our YouTube channel while you’re at it.

Hudson Bay Blanket Pumpkin...Sort Of

Hudson Bay Blanket Pumpkin...Sort Of

Have I mentioned that I am not so naturally crafty or artistically inclined as my mother and sister? Well, here you have my Hudson Bay Blanket Pumpkin: 



It was supposed to look like this: 


Let me explain. I didn’t read the instructions so, when my mother went out to buy materials for our evening of pumpkin decorating, she bought paint instead of what the instructions specified – multicolored painters tape. Ah, well. As we were late getting started, I went ahead with the paint, which was difficult to apply smoothly over the white spray paint. I made this one way more difficult than it would have been if I had taken the time to read the directions.

All it would take to create this classy design (as it was meant to be made) would be to buy black, green, red, yellow, and blue painters tape; then wrap the colors around in the pattern shown. So much for simplicity! I spent the same amount of time trying to paint straight lines around my pumpkin as Cassie did with her intricate design. If you try this one, I’m sure you won’t make my mistake. I’ve been describing this one as a Pinterest fail, so you are welcome to do the same😉

Trick or Treat Pumpkin

Trick or Treat Pumpkin

In second place for the Holden Family Pumpkin Decorating Contest, the honor goes to Cassie’s Trick or Treat pumpkin. This idea also came from Country Living from a couple of years ago (my mom is less into Pinterest pinning and more into dismantling magazines and keeping the ideas she likes in binders). Here’s the magazine version:


And here is Cassie’s finished project: 


This one has less steps, but it does require a steady hand.

  1. Put painter’s tape on the stem to cover it, then spray paint the pumpkin black. Note: Don’t make the mistake of getting glossy spray paint. Go for matte. I was teasing Cass that her pumpkin looked like a trash bag!
  2. After letting the pumpkin sit long enough that the paint is no longer tacky, you are ready to break out the paint brushes and white acrylic paint for the design. Now, you could draw the design on paper first, cut out the stencil, then use a pencil to trace it on the pumpkin before you start painting. Cassie freehanded it and I think it turned out pretty well!
  3. Take the painter’s tape off of the stem and let it dry. Done!