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This Old House Pumpkin-Carving Contest [Oct. 5th, 2010|03:01 pm]
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Don't forget to enter This Old House's annual pumpkin-carving contest to show off your best creations!

See the entry form here: https://youroldhouse.thisoldhouse.com/registration/pumpkincarving/index.jsp
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Carving time? [Oct. 3rd, 2010|11:43 pm]
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Since I saw this pumpkin in the lastest issue of Martha Stewart Living, I have been totally obsess with doing this pattern.


Now, I usually do the traditional jack-o-lantern faces and am not used at all to use carving tools.

To those of you who know this type of work, would you know how long it would take a rookie to carve this kind of pattern? I was hoping to do multiples, so I'd like to know if it's do-able.

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This Old House's Annual Pumpkin-carving Contest [Sep. 28th, 2010|03:34 pm]
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 Enter This Old House's annual Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Contest for for your chance to win a $500 gift card. SUBMIT PHOTOS and TELL US ABOUT YOUR PUMPKINS (tools used, how long it took to carve, and so on) from September 14 to October 20. THEN TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE for your pumpkin from October 21 to October 28. The winner of the $500 Grand Prize, along with our top 25 pumpkin picks, will be announced at thisoldhouse.com on Friday, October 29. See Complete Contest Rules.

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Glow-in-the-dark funkins [Jul. 24th, 2010|03:21 am]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

I just saw this craft on the Martha Stewart site : Glow-in-the-dark funkins.

It seems easy enough.

Tools and Materials
Funkin (foam pumpkin)
2-inch-wide vinyl tape
Spray adhesive
Box (large enough to fit funkin)
Glow-in-the-dark powder
Cookie sheet
Fluorescent black light

Glow-in-the-Dark Funkins How-To
1. Cut strips of 2-inch-wide vinyl tape; place strips of tape down on a nonstick surface. Draw face on tape and cut out to create a face sticker. Stick face on pumpkin.

2. Place pumpkin in box; coat with spray adhesive. Remove pumpkin from box and place on cookie sheet. Put glow-in-the-dark powder all over pumpkin. Let dry for about 10 minutes. Repeat the process once more.

3. Spray clear coat of krylon on pumpkin. Let dry for 20 minutes. Peel off sticker face. Add fluorescent black light next to pumpkin to intensify the glow.

There's even a video :

I so want to make this! I think I might do it with real pumpkins though.

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Some questions from an outsider about pumpkin carving [Mar. 2nd, 2010|09:22 pm]
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Hello pumpkin enthusiasts!

I'm editing a novel in which pumpkins and pumpkin carving play a major role. There's just one problem. I've never carved a pumpkin before, much less at the competitive level that my main character does. The book already takes place in the space of nine days, but based on what I've read while researching this topic, it looks like this timeline will need to be shortened. By how much? That's what I'm trying to figure out.

Prepare for the wall of questions.

1. How do you prepare for carving your pumpkin(s)? I'm thinking of anything: your knives, the space, how much time you need, etc. On that note, what's the process like?
2. About how long does it take to carve a complex and intricately designed pumpkin? My character is talented and well-regarded in the realm of pumpkin carving, but he's also a high school student, so naturally his studies will have some priority.
3. About how long do pumpkins last after being carved? The general consensus is not long, of course, but for those with experience, about how long can I expect without a preservant of some kind?
4. For those who have experience carving at a competitive level, what's the experience like? On a related note, do people generally preserve their pumpkins for competitions or let them go au naturel? If they do preserve, any advice on this? **This question will have the biggest impact on my novel and its planning.

Don't feel obligated to answer all of them; a thought-out answer to a few is much preferred to short answers to all of them. Anything else you want to add is excellent, as it'll add to the authenticity of the story. Thanks in advance!
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This Years Pumpkin Set Up [Nov. 3rd, 2009|02:55 pm]
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I think I had about 20 songs going.
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Hello...Would You Like To Play A Game? [Oct. 30th, 2009|03:15 pm]
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Nothin' too complicated, but turned out reasonably well I think.
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(no subject) [Oct. 30th, 2009|01:22 pm]
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So this year i decided to carve the Death Star and a zombie pumpkin cheerleader head. Very hard to get big pumpkins in the Isle of Man.    
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Cereal Patterns [Oct. 29th, 2009|10:51 am]
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If you love the old school cereal you might like these patterns free from Betty Crocker.

I totally want to carve Frankenberry but I think my current count is 12 lit outside and 11 lit inside.
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This Weeks Pumpkin Carvings [Oct. 22nd, 2009|11:25 pm]
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