18 October 2010

pumpkin masta

I've been loving seeing all you festive fall-loving bloggers and your pumpkin creations. Here's my pictorial journey and finished product.  I added a linky at the bottom so we can see yours too!

Alright, I have not carved a pumpkin in YEARS.  The last time was back when I was in high school.  So yeah, it's been 10 years.  My skills are probably a bit rusty.  Or maybe they never existed in the first place.  Yeah, probably that.

 Finding a pumpkin was actually half the battle.  Being in a new town, I didn't really know where to look since I hadn't been seeing them on the side of the road like back home (and I refuse to buy one at the grocery store).  After much search, I found a church selling them to support the youth group, so we headed there yesterday to go pick one out.

Thank God this apartment has a patio.  Other than for growing basil and sitting out there on a sunny morning to read a book, it was also the perfect size for gutting a pumpkin.  That second picture there is me not thinking ahead and trying to scratch an itch with gooey hands.  Yes, I found a piece of pumpkin in my eyebrow later.  Sigh.

I'm totally lame-o and used a stencil that came with my pumpkin-carving kit (bought because I had absolutely zero intentions of using my beloved kitchen knives on "art").  This was probably the easiest one in the set.

That being said, I really do not want to know what a "difficult" one is.  This took me about an hour to carve.  I moved to the kitchen because I waited until after supper and it had gotten "cold" out.  Yes, I've turned into a total Florida weather wimp!

And now, what you've all been waiting for . . . the finished product!

Okay, just kidding, this looks ridiculous when it's not lit
One more time . . .

What's my pumpkin so afraid of, anyway?

Don't forget to link up below to show everyone your beautiful pumpkin(s)!


  1. Oh, I love it! We are not carving one, since we're moving... but: NEXT Wednesday I am sitting around up at the new house waiting for our furniture to be delivered- I just might have to get me a pumpkin and a carving set and use my time wisely! I love seeing everyone's though!

  2. I love the idea to link up for pumpkin carving! Love your punkin!

  3. I've been trying to convince Zack that we should get a pumpkin! I think it would be fun to carve one, and I love toasted pumpkin seeds!

  4. I love it!! I probably won't be carving one this year though. :(

  5. I found this article on pumpkin carving. There is some pretty cool stuff there.


    You might want to pay attention to tip number 7.

    7. Keep the jack o’ lantern's grin from drying out or turning brown by spreading petroleum jelly on the cut edges. Pumpkin Masters recommends spraying or dousing the pumpkin in water mixed with a little bit of bleach to prevent mold.