Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Pumpkins

Our weather has been crazy this year. Hot one day, cold the next, rain, rain, rain. It did a number on our pumpkin carving. Marina's was already getting soft when she carved it, which is unfortunate, because it was beautiful. She stuck with an Edgar Allen Poe theme this year. Alas, the pumpkin didn't make it to Halloween. It's already in the compost pile.

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I think maybe I have cats on the brain. I went for a yowling cat. Maybe it was from sleep deprivation. They can't seem to leave the lizard's cage alone at night.

Pumpkins2

Sierra wanted the biggest pumpkin. This would be fine if she had made a big design, but she only sawed a tiny face into it.

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They don't light up as nicely if the light has tiny openings to go through, so I suggested an idea from one of my yoga friends. She cuts shapes into her pumpkins using old cookie cutters and a hammer. I had to scrape the wall inside to make it thinner, but for the most part, I love this idea and will use it again. I have a lot of Halloween cookie cutters, but we never seem to use them because we are so busy this time of year. It's nice to have some use for them.

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Chase made a flaming skull. I like how it turned out. It reminds me of the headless horseman's pumpkin from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He took the longest to actually carve his pumpkin. Again, I had to explain that a bigger design would be better on a big pumpkin. I think next year I'll just buy smaller pumpkins.

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7 comments:

Stephanie said...

Those jack-o-lanterns are AMAZING! Happy Halloween!

~*~The Family~*~ said...

These look great. I love the idea of using the cookie cutters.

Keeley said...

Oh my, them's some beautiful punkins!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pumpkins everyone! I hope you had fun yesterday.
Love, Aunt Linda

appleleaf said...

Wow, they look great!
Halloween celebrations have really caught on in Australia over the past few years. However, it's already daylight savings and takes too long to get dark so we have ghosts and ghosts traipsing down the street at 6pm in broad daylight!
Blessings,
Paula

Inner Elder said...

What fantastic work! Looks like the talent has been passed on to yet another generation. I get your feeling from the cat pumpkin, Tina. Hope to see them before they go shlump. Love, Mom/Grandma

Alison Kerr said...

What a great crow/Poe pumpkin. Your cat one is pretty cool too, but if I had to choose...

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