Pumpkins with Personality: Jack O’Lantern’s

Carving pumpkins has been slow-going today. The best laid plans of mice and men. Our resident carver is also the chief technology officer around here, so he’s been trouble shooting internet problems all day. We had a power outage this morning, followed by two internet fails. The horrors!

After much research and a few choice words for Comcast, we are up and running…temporarily. He’s back to carving and I’m keyboarding as fast as I can before the internet connection hiccups again.

First up, Mike’s carving the outline of a Halloween greeting card, one we sent to family down south. He photocopied the die cut card, then enlarged it into a template. I don’t know where he gets the patience.
Mike Carving

templateHere’s an example of my carving skills. I’m afraid of sharp knives and I lack the patience. What I wanted to do was create a tiny fairy garden in the center of this pumpkin, but since it will rot in a few days, I settled for this corny little thing.  It’s back-lit with an upended, battery-operated tea light.  (Mike’s so clever).

pumpkin cat

A circle, a toothpick and a paper cat.

Enough said.

My younger son carved one of the leftover mini pumpkins from our weekend party. Isn’t it cute?
mini pumpkin

It’s 10:30 at night, so the rest of the carving will have to wait till tomorrow. How about you? Are you ready for Halloween?

flying witch pumpkin

Flight 1031

Halloween Countdown

snail hotel carved

Snail Hotel Pumpkin

I will be sad to say goodbye to the Snail Hotel. Those snails did an impressive job “carving” both the front and VIP entrance. They left town at the first sign of rain. Although the stem fell off when I brought it indoors, I was impressed with the way this pumpkin held together. These seeds are definitely going into the Seed Keeper for next year.

9 thoughts on “Pumpkins with Personality: Jack O’Lantern’s

  1. I liked the hotel!! Also, Mike’s looks amazing!! The girls did their first carving by themselves this year and I was really impressed with their comedy/tragedy pumpkins (true theatre girls!) You guys had such an amazing collection of pumpkins-can’t wait to see what the seeds will bring next year


  2. Oh I’m so glad you were able to sneak this in, fingers crossed (choice words..hehe)
    How on earth does Mike get that detail without something breaking…amazing! I can even see an owl in the tree. I loved your cute chubby paper cat too Alys, reminds me of our dear ‘fluffy’ Blossum. Look at Mac’s baby pumpkin, so perfectly sweet, I like that he did ‘happy’..love the big smile. We’ll I’m off to do all kinds of nonsense around the house, so have a fantastic day. You’re all probably flip-flopping around in the Sunshine, Enjoy!


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