jack-o-lanterns

(update: I have no idea why the formatting is so messed up on this. I will work on it!)

On Monday last week, Mike and I carved pumpkins. We don't have a balcony anymore in our new apartment, but I insisted. I love carving pumpkins, as you may remember from last year's Halloween post, and I also love pumpkin seeds. We spent a few hours with patterns and markers and knives and scoops. It was so much fun. Here are the results of our handiwork:

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Mike carved three of the pumpkins, but it took me almost as much time to carve the one I did - this Goblin Goodies pumpkin. I am quite proud of it! It was very intricate and complicated, even though it was a pattern. I even altered the pattern from its ridiculous complete pattern, which spelled out Goblin Goodies above the bat, and then "from dusk til dawn" underneath the bat, in even smaller letters. I quickly vetoed that as impossible, and did it this way instead.

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We put the two larger pumpkins in the hallway outside our door on Halloween, with flashlight lanterns in them instead of candles. We got a lot of trick-or-treaters, and the pumpkins were a big hit with the kids. They inspected them, and their parents took pictures of the kids in front of them.

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This morning, when Mike and my dad went to grab them and throw them out, they lifted the lids to find this:

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Disgusting! Pumpkins definitely don't last long inside. It was worth it, though. Maresi also carved a pumpkin that didn't last long, but that's because she lives in Florida and they don't have seasons there. But they have also discovered the joy of patterns, and it's a really neat pumpkin. My goddaughter is a pretty cute pumpkin, too!

3 comments:

mo*reezy said...

well, it looked fine in google reader!

TOTALLY awesome pumpkins, I love the little witch and the one with eyebrows. I agree with your decision to modify the design of yours. I'll never do one without a stencil again!

And, also? Our pumpkin is not yet moldy. I'm going to leave it out until I see something start to grow. That was some impressive mold growth! Hope you had fun with your parents.

gretam said...

Wow..those look great..well all except for the mold. We don't do pumpkins anymore because they have all been stolen from our front stoop. People are just so cruel. The kids loved looking at your artwork though! (Mikes too!) Thanks for sharing!

Katherine said...

I loved your pumpkins... the cute little one with the witch was my favorite, although I certainly admire your handiwork on the others too!!! Our pumpkin (we bought it from a church fundraiser and it had come from New Mexico) was rotten when I opened it up. The insides were liquidy and gooey and there were some black chunks. Yuck! We could even roast any seeds this year... :(

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