Over 200 FREE Pumpkin Carving Stencils, Jack-O-Lantern Patterns, Downloads and Creative Ideas

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200 Pumpkin carving ideas

Pick up a couple of inexpensive pumpkins and try you hand at a fun design with one of  these FREE pumpkin stencils — we’ve rounded up over 200 designs for just about every interest and level of difficulty:

  • The Texas Rangers fan club  has 4 FREE Texas Rangers and Texas themed FREE printable jack-o-lantern templates hereShow your support for our favorite baseball team!
  • Southern Living inspires with over 55 free pumpkin carving and decorating ideas – from elegant to jolly–to ready your house for the fall.
  • Better Homes and Gardens provides over 100  creative ideas and templates for decorating pumpkins hereThey even offer free customized stencils when you answer a short quiz based on your carving ability level, decorating desires, and project involvement needs.
  • Hesheys.com offers a wide variety of 30 different patterns from easy to advanced, with printable carving instructions.
  • DisneyFamily.com has over 30 templates including many Disney character patterns ~ Frozen’s Olaf, Mickey Mouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Toy Story, Ferb and Doc McStuffins.
  • Nick Jr. offers 31 favorite Nick Jr. TV show character patterns like Dora the Explorer, Paw Patrol, and many others.
  • Lowes has created 8 downloadable designs to add fall flair to your front entry.  If you want something less halloween themed and more decorative, the Ginkgo leaf design is fantastic.
  • Kraft.com has 6 different pumpkin face patterns as well as an easy-to-follow guide for carving pumpkins, here.
  • PumpkinLady.com provides a wide selection of clever design templates, most for less than $.99. Click around the site for some great ideas.  You’ll also find 12 designs for FREE  here.

I recommend a couple of great tools for making your pumpkin carving project easier:

Pumpkin Carving

  • For the more serious pumpkin carving project, I recommend the Messermeister Pumpkin Carving Kit which includes a chef quality Pumpkin/Melon knife, scoop and carving tools in a storage case.  The special blades are designed to carve intricate designs beautifully (not for the kiddos, though)!   They’ll give a great grip when cutting and carving pumpkins and thick melons, too.

Pumpkin Carving

  • If you want one really good tool, I recommend getting a special Pumpkin/Melon Carving knife. We really like the Warren Pro Pumpkin Carving knife. It is well made with a walnut handle and comes with several sturdy replacement blades that have a fine saw like cutting action ~ they will not bend or break as with the cheaper versions.  Again, this is not safe for kids.

 

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FREE Cliburn Finalist Performance — Thursday, October 23

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As part of Cliburn in the Community, the Central library in Downtown Fort Worth will host a free performance by pianist Fei-Fei Dong, finalist in The Cliburn competition. A graduate of The Juilliard School, this exciting, gifted musician was a critic and crowd favorite at the 2013 Cliburn Competition. Ms. Dong will play a variety of pieces from the classical repertoire.

Details, details
What: For more information about the performance, click here.
When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:30pm
Where: The Fort Worth Central Library gallery, 500 W. 3rd St. You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage.
Cost: FREE — no ticket required.

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FREE Thanksgiving Printable Chalkboard Art

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Prepare your home and hearts for the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration with FREE printable art from fellow blogger, A Bird and a Bean.  This lovely chalkboard design prints on standard letter paper and then trims to fit a standard frame.

:: Download your FREE Thanksgiving printable here.

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20% OFF Boots for Men, Women, and Kids — Top Brands Like Frye, Ralph Lauren, Ariat, and More

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Get an extra 20% OFF  (on top of already discounted sale prices!) Women’s, Men’s, and Kids fashion, western, rain and work boots at Amazon’s fall boot sale.  To get the 20% OFF, go here, and then at checkout, be sure to enter the promo code BOOTUP14 for eligible boots — now through October 31, 2014.

Buying Tip:  Do note that the 20% OFF is on top of the price you see!

   

There are thousands of top brand boots included in this sale in just about every style.  We found some GREAT finds from Frye, Ralph Lauren, Ariat, Cole Haan, Sperry, Justin, Nine West, Western Chief for Kids and hundreds more.  Not only did we find a huge selection of fashion boots, we even found work safety boots and rain boots in all sizes.

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Examples of 20% off  savings:

:: Western Chief Rain Boots (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid Select Styles) – Drops to $20.79 after 20% OFF 

    

:: Northside Cheyenne Boys Hiking Boot (Little Kid/Big Kid) – Drops to $19.95 after 20% OFF 

 

:: Bandolino Women’s Isannah Leather Boot – Drops to $32.95 after 20% OFF 

:: See all the boots that qualify for the extra 20% OFF here.

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October 17-19 FREE And Cheap Things To Do Around Fort Worth This Weekend

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This weekend’s FREE & Cheap Fort Worth area entertainment roundup includes:

  • FREE Harvest Moon Festival in Granbury
  • Fun! Texas State Fair at a Discount — Last Weekend!
  • FREE Inaugural Faces of Impressionism Lectures and Symposia at The Kimbell Art Museum
  • FREE Butterfly Flutterby Festival and Parade
  • FREE Nash Farm Fall Round-up in Grapevine
  • FREE Sunset Concert in the Park in Grapevine
  • FREE Outdoor “Beatles” Concert  in Southlake
  • FREE Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit
  • FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
  • FREE D.I.Y. Fire Alarm Installation & Safety Class
  • FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
  • FREE Holiday Entertaining Class at Pottery Barn

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:: Granbury Harvest Moon Art & Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday to Sunday, October 17-19, 2014

Granbury Harvest Moon and Hot Air Balloon Festival

Granbury Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts will feature a nationally juried fine art and contemporary crafts show in conjunction with Granbury’s FIRST Hot Air Balloon Festival!   With changing leaves and crisp cool air, it’s the perfect time for families to enjoy the harvest season!

Details, Details
What: For more information about Granbury’s Harvest Moon and Balloon festivals, click here.
When: Hot Air Balloon Festivities takes place October 17-19. The art festival runs October 18-19.  Learn more about both events here.
Where: Granbury Town Square, on the corner of Pearl and Crockett streets.   Hot air balloons will launch from Granbury’s airport
Cost: FREE!

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:: Enjoy a Day at the Texas State Fair ~ Last Weekend!
Now through October 19, 2014

This is the last weekend of the 2014 State Fair of Texas entertainment extravaganza, and you can attend for FREE or cheap (learn how here)! The Texas State Fair runs now through October 19th and covers just about every area of interest. There are literally hundreds of entertainment choices and music performances throughout the month including many well-known names. There is something for everyone!

Details, details
What: Get links to entertainment schedules, discount ticket details and more State Fair of Texas scoop here.
Where: Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd ~ Dallas, TX
When: Now through October 19, 2014
Cost: Go here to learn how to get FREE or cheap discount tickets.

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:: FREE Inaugural Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay Lectures and Symposia at Kimbell Art Museum
Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Kimbell Art Museum ~ Fort Worth Art Program

Inaugural lectures, panel discussions, and daylong symposia featuring leading experts from all over the world launch the opening day of the Kimbell’s special exhibit:  Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay.   This event is free, but seating is limited.

Details, Details
What: For more information, visit the the Kimbell’s event site.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ Program will run from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. with an intermission between the two sessions. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for the morning session and 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon session.
Where: The Kimbell Art Museum ~  3333 Camp Bowie Blvd
Cost: Inaugral event is FREE!  Learn about exhibit admission here.

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:: FREE Butterfly Flutterby Family Festival and Parade
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Grapevine Butterfly Festival

Bring the entire family to celebrate the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine. The 17th Annual Butterfly Flutterby is a free, family-friendly event held at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens.

The day begins with a Butterfly Costume Parade that starts at East Wall and Jenkins Streets. After the parade, participate in butterfly crafts, butterfly exhibits, the Migration Station, interactive games, a scavenger hunt, face painting and other activities in the Botanical Gardens. Butterfly Releases will take place at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the Grapevine Botanical Gardens.

Details, Details
What:
Learn more about the Butteryfly Flutteryby Festival here.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball Street.  Download the Butterfly Flutterby Parade Map here. 
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Nash Farm Fall Round-up in Grapevine
    Saturday, October 18, 2014

Get a taste of farm life just steps away from the heart of the city. Historic Nash Farm in Grapevine is hosting a FREE Fall Family Fun Round-up and Harvest Festival! There will be a full day of activities for all, including kitchen gardening, live music, farm animals, blacksmith and wood carving demonstrations, cotton picking, heritage toys, heritage games, wood-burning stove cooking demonstrations, petting zoo and more. Concessions will be available for purchase at the event.

Details, details
What:
For more information about the fall family event, go here.
When:
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Where: Nash Farm ~ 626 Ball Street ~ near Historic Downtown Grapevine. Free Parking is available 1 Block west of Nash Farm at Cannon Elementary or at the Botanical Gardens and Homestead Dr.
Cost: Admission is FREE but some activities require a participation fee. Donations are appreciated and benefit Heritage Education Programs at Nash Far.

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:: FREE Sunset Concert at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Enjoy a relaxing evening of music entertainment by Midnight River Choir and the surroundings of the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Grapevine. Bring a blanket or chair and your own refreshments (no pets, glass or alcohol).

Details, Details
What:
Find out more information from Grapevine Parks and
Recreation, here.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ 7:00-9:00PM
Where: Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy Exhibit
at Fort Worth’s Central Library

Now through October 20, 2014

Fort Worth Library Vaquero Exhibit

Fort Worth’s Central Library presents the exhibition, Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, now through October 20, 2014. The collection of more than 100 photos and artifacts explores the centuries‐old vaquero (cowboy) tradition of northern Mexico.

Exhibit highlights: Photographs from the Bill Wittliff Collection, the original model of Vaquero de Fort Worth statue (commemorates the vaqueros’ contribution to Fort Worth history), and artifacts including tools, clothing, hand‐tooled saddles, and more.

Details, details
What: For more information about the exhibit, click here.
When: The exhibit is available to enjoy through October 20, 2014 during normal Central Library hours of operation.
Where: The downtown Fort Worth Central Library gallery, 500 W. 3rd St. You can park on the street or in the 3rd St. & Taylor Parking Garage.  The parking garage and parking meters are FREE on weekends.
Cost: FREE, no ticket required.

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:: FREE Junior Chef Cooking Class at Williams-Sonoma
….Saturday, October 18, 2014

Join Williams-Sonoma’s weekly Junior Chef Class where they will show kids how fun and easy cooking can be.  They’ll learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.  At this week’s class, kids will learn how to make delicious pumpkin treats to share with family and friends. Suitable for ages 9-13. Note: You’ll want to call to reserve your spot since class size is limited.

Details, details
What: For more information and to view the current month’s schedule for Williams-Sonoma Junior Chef Cooking classes and demonstrations, click here.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014. Note: 1 hour class times vary from store to store, so be sure to call for exact time & date.
Where: Go here to find a Williams Sonoma store near you.
Cost: FREE! Call your local store to RSVP.

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:: FREE Fire Safety Class at Home Depot
Saturday, October 18, 2014

This Saturday, join Home Depot for a D.I.Y. Workshop focused on fire safety.  In this class you will learn how to correctly install a CO2/Fire alarm detector as well as develop a family emergency plan.

Details, details
What: Get more information about the workshop, here.
When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 ~ 10:00AM
Where: Home Depot Home Improvement Stores. To find a participating location, click here.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Cowtown Opry Performance at The Stockyards
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hear classic western music come to life as Cowtown Opry members perform a free music exhibition on the steps of the Livestock Exchange building. This live family friendly music event will take place every Sunday and will feature a different theme each week ~ Western Gospel music will be featured on the 5th Sunday of the month.

Details, Details
What:
For more information, visit the Cowtown Opry website.
When: Sunday, October 19, 2014, 2:00PM.
See the complete performance schedule here.
Where: The live performance will take place on the steps of the historic Livestock Exchange building ~ 131 East Exchange Ave. in the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District.
Cost: FREE!

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:: FREE Thanksgiving Entertaining Class at Pottery Barn
    Sunday, October 19, 2014

Get new ideas for entertaining for the holidays!
Join Pottery Barn for a fun in-store class, where they will share helpful tips for entertaining with style. This week’s class covers all the basics of holiday entertaining ~ from Thanksgiving dinner to a casual buffet for a party.

Details, details
What: For more information, click here.
When:
Sunday, October 19 ~ Times vary by store, so be sure to call.
Where: Click here to find a Pottery Barn store near you.
Cost:
FREE!  

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Big Discounts On Books, CDs and More At The Friends Of The Fort Worth Library Big Book Biannual Sale

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Be sure and put the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library Biannual Book Sale on your calendar — October 18 (members only) and October 24 to 26. During this bargain basement public sale, you’ll be able to choose from thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, children’s books, music CDs, and moreBooks are always a GREAT deal at this sale, and because all proceeds benefit the Fort Worth library system, all purchases will be tax-free as well!  Here’s the scoop:

Details, Details

Members Only Sale (Held in the Bookstore)
50% OFF and tax-free sale at the bookstore.
Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Public Sale (Held in the Chapter 2 Annexes)
$1 admission; children and members free.
Friday, October 24,  9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 25,  9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

$15 All you can fit in a box (they will provide the boxes).
Sunday, October 26, 
Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Where:  The Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library Book Store is
located at 5332 Trail Lake Drive, in the Wedgwood Village
Shopping Center (South on Trail Lake Drive, off Loop 820).  The Chapter 2 Annexes are located in the same shopping center as the bookstore in suite numbers 5318 and 5334.

Other helpful tidbits: MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Library. To learn more, call the Friends Book Store, 817-346-2255.

::  Go here to learn more about the Friends of the Fort Worth Public Library Biannual Book Sale

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20% OFF Boots for Men, Women, and Kids — Top Brands Like Frye, Ralph Lauren, Ariat, & More

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Get an extra 20% OFF  (on top of already discounted sale prices!) Women’s, Men’s, and Kids fashion, western, rain and work boots at Amazon’s fall boot sale.  To get the 20% OFF, go here, and then at checkout, be sure to enter the promo code BOOTUP14 for eligible boots — now through October 31, 2014.

Buying Tip:  Do note that the 20% OFF is on top of the price you see!

   

There are thousands of top brand boots included in this sale in just about every style.  We found some GREAT finds from Frye, Ralph Lauren, Ariat, Cole Haan, Sperry, Justin, Nine West, Western Chief for Kids and hundreds more.  Not only did we find a huge selection of fashion boots, we even found work safety boots and rain boots in all sizes.

::

Examples of 20% off  savings:

:: Western Chief Rain Boots (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid Select Styles) – Drops to $20.79 after 20% OFF 

    

:: Northside Cheyenne Boys Hiking Boot (Little Kid/Big Kid) – Drops to $19.95 after 20% OFF 

 

:: Bandolino Women’s Isannah Leather Boot – Drops to $32.95 after 20% OFF 

:: See all the boots that qualify for the extra 20% OFF here.

Enjoy and Share!  :)


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