Oct 24, 2011 09:50PM ● Published by Anonymous
And, one of my favorite, seasonal activities is carving pumpkins.
There's just something about the smell of a pumpkin when you cut around its stem, and the squishy cold feeling when you start pulling out seeds that launches me back into childhood. I don't think I'm alone in this.
When I was little, I used to be completely content with just making faces. A couple of triangles, and a toothy grin, and I thought I'd created a masterpiece. Then, I started paying attention to my mom's pumpkins.
She'd make the most intricate designs. Instead of cutting all the way through, she's just scrape off some of the skin, so that light shone through the back.
Next to my faces would sit her dragons, tigers, and zebras. Of course, I had to follow suit.
My first mom-pumpkin was a golden snitch. Don't have any idea what that is? Click here. I am still a huge, mega, perhaps over the top was quite the HP fan.
This weekend, I made an owl. Not too shabby if I do say so myself. It's sitting on a branch, and it's eyes are highlighted circles. And, it has Mom's approval. Score!
Now, In order to prep for pumpkin carving, I did some hunting around the internet machine for inspiration. And, surprisingly, the most fruitful site was Martha Stewart's. I'm not sure how I feel about this, but here's the link. I have to give her credit, she's got some pretty cool ideas.
Now, since Halloween is next Monday, the time when carved pumpkins are acceptable decor is winding down. But if you haven't gotten the chance to get your carve on, there's still some time. Get to a farm stand (if you can find one), pick out the most sincere pumpkin, and do something cool with it.
Maybe try the mom approach.