Friday, December 9, 2011

Let's Put A Smile On That Face!

Here we are in December. The most festive month of the year! You know what that makes me want to do? If you guessed carve pumpkins, then you are correct!

A few weeks ago, I bought a few pumpkins for Thanksgiving. I didn't initially want to buy them for carving, but by the time I got to the check out, it was all I was thinking about. I knew I had to wait until after Thanksgiving, but I finally got around to it today.

With the help of Stay Puft, we decided on this pumpkin for our first one. Now, I know the ropes of carving pumpkins, but this was Stay Puft's first time. So we had to look at the instructions.
Eight steps to carving a perfect pumpkin. That really seems like too many...
Five steps? PERFECT! Oh wait...they gloss over getting all the guts out of the pumpkin...guess that's important...
These are all the standard things that come with a set. I got this set on clearance at K-Mart for like $5 bucks. The ghost poking wheel is the single greatest thing I have ever seen, so this was naturally a must buy.
We picked out our tools and we are ready to go to work.
These are small pumpkins that are generally used for pie and not carving. As a result...these are packed with guts and seeds. I was amazed at how much I had to get out of it. Unfortunately...I have rather large hands, so it was a struggle to clean it out properly...
But once I had, the results were beautiful! So clean and not a seed in sight.
Here are the remains. I am writing this as I am munching on delicious pumpkin seeds. Be jealous!
After some work and repeating the steps, here is the final product. All they were far too small for any of the patterns. But you can't argue with the results!
Stay Puft was so happy with the pumpkins. He gave them all big hugs and told them he loved them. I don't have the heart to tell him that they will eventually rot...
I put in some of my electric tea candles and watched them flicker in their glory for a few minutes. If it wasn't already sunrise, you can bet these would be outside. Perhaps later tonight.
Carving pumpkins will always be one of my favorite activities. Everything about it brings back memories and I know there are certainly more memories to come. To help you properly enjoy, here is a video of my pumpkins and there are here to sing you a very special message.

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