Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin hacking

On Saturday I hacked my first pumpkin. Why hacked? Because after breaking the special pumpkin carving tool in the first 5 minutes of carving, I decided to leave the remaining unbroken one for the husband and attack my pumpkin with a steak knife instead.


It was an interesting experience. Smelly - having always bought pre-cut pumpkins, I never realised the stench that all the goopy stuff has. Messy - my hands and nails were stained orangey-yellow afterwards. But most of all... It was fun!






I roughly drew my designs on free hand because I was too lazy to re-size the template I had found online. Mitch however...


His template was taped to the pumpkin and he carefully made small indents onto his pumpkin to see where to cut. He then used the remaining pumpkin carving tool to neatly cut out his spider - it even had teeth...

You can guess who the engineer is in our household, huh?



Our pumpkins are now proudly displayed on the front porch. I had been planning on putting them on the table to admire but the smell is putrid. Rotting pumpkins - ugh!


Every time we walk outside, Mr Oliver points to them and exclaims 'ping'! It's so darn cute! Perhaps next year he'll be saying punkin :-)

14 comments:

  1. So awesome! That engineer of yours is pretty detailed, what a fantastic carving! I love that you hacked at yours with a steak knife, so funny! I've never actually carved a pumpkin, so sad! Maybe next year I'll do it and Cruz can join in. :)
    xoxo

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  2. You should def give it a try :) I actually really enjoyed it. The worst part was the mess!

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  3. They all turned out very cute, but I LOVE the mustache pumpkin! Such a cute idea-- wish I would have thought of it! ;) I always use a steak knife when I carve pumpkins, it's just much easier.

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    1. The idea came from a tshirt actually - a jack o lantern with a moe, I couldn't pass it up! The little tools that I got in the kit from Target were so dodgy & broke way too easily so I think I will be using a steak knife again next year :D

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  4. Love the pumpkins! Look like that steak knife did a pretty good job!

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    1. Thanks! It was a quick way of doing it, that's for sure :)

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  5. Steak knife or not...you did an amazing job!! All three pumpkins are adorable!! And I love "ping"...that will be a sweet thing to remember on Halloweens to come!

    Hope you all get lots of treats tomorrow! xo

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    1. Thanks!!! I'm looking forward to the treats... Going to enjoy them while I can, cos I'm sure next year Oliver will be not wanting to share ;)

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  6. i just love that mustache pumpkin!

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  7. I haven't carved one in a few years, I use to be pretty awesome at it though. They don't keep very well in Florida but next year we'll probably do one because Aubs would probably love it. She'd probably love it now too but this mama just does not have the time and patience for the mess right now.

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    1. Oooh I'd love to see one! After my first attempt, I can see that there is a bit of skill involved. I'm looking forward to when Oliver can enjoy it too!

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  8. they turned out really really cute!!

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