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Visiting the Glass Pumpkin Patch

Every fall, dozens of glassblowers from the Tacoma Glassblowing Studio create hundreds of glass pumpkins for a travelling show called the Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch. Each handmade pumpkin is signed by the artist and is sold at various locations around the Puget Sound. I’d never been, and the show was coming to Bellevue, so I popped by the Northwest Arts Center and checked it out.


The exhibit consisted of only two small rooms, but they were packed with pumpkins. And people were picking them! Visitors had their baskets filled with glass orbs, which ranged from $35 for the wee ones to well into the hundreds for a basketball-sized one.

fall colors

There were a lot of orange pumpkins, but to my surprise, there were other colors too. Something for everyone.

different colors

I watched a video about how the gourds are made. It’s a really neat process and it takes teamwork. Two glass blowers work together to heat the glass, blow the shape while spinning the orb, and intricately fashion a stem from a taffy-like string of hot glass. It’s amazing to think that the glass is so hot it turned to liquid.

yellow and cream

The show hits two more cities before it ends, so if you’re in the area, check it out. I’ve heard about similar events in other areas. If picking hand-blown glass pumpkins sounds like a warmer, less muddy way to get in the Halloween spirit, go online and find a patch near you.


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At the Pumpkin Patch

I drive by a blueberry farm every day on my way to work. It’s in a suburb, surrounded by houses and commercial areas. It’s out-of-place in its environment but it’s a pretty place to visit. People pick their own blueberries in late summer and buy other fruits and vegetables from the stand next to the parking lot.

It must be a low-crime area because the pumpkin display is left out, even after they close up shop every evening. Anywhere else and the gourds would be gone.

black and white dress

Dress: TJ Maxx
Belt: TJ Maxx
Tights: Hue
Necklace: Premier
Ring: Fuego
Boots: Mia


I popped by early in the morning because I thought the orange backdrop would be very in season. The stand wasn’t open and no one was around so a snapped a couple of photos.

Then, out of nowhere, I heard, “lookin’ good!” Doh! Busted! A sweet elderly couple was walking by on their morning walk and caught me posing for my camera. How embarrassing! I tried to think of an explanation about how I’m not really a narcissist and that the photos are for my blog, but I just thanked them and laughed. I try to take photos when no one’s around but it doesn’t always work out that way.


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