I've been putting off pumpkin carving this year because in years past we carved our pumpkins a few weeks before Halloween only to have them morph into moldy pumpkin mush. (I just told everyone we made ours look like cow patties on purpose when they asked.)
Of course last year The Skink went into the hospital right after Halloween with her first of two rounds of viral pneumonia - so the cow patties got to turn into greenish gelatinous effluvia before we got around to scraping them off the front steps with a snow shovel. (I was kinda hoping they would simply grow legs or scales or something and wander off on their own, but no such luck.)
Anywhoo - today was pumpkin carving day on this farm, and we couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day!
First Iraq and I found a rather normal and boring-looking Hello Kitty picture on the interwebs. (Um, HelLOL Kitty? Hee-hee-hee.) I modified the picture to Iraq's liking, adding some fangs, claws and a knife. We printed out our modified picture, cut off the excess paper and taped the picture to the pumpkin.
Iraq and I took all the weapons of mass pumpkin destruction out to the picnic table. We then took a toothpick and poked holes through the picture and into the flesh of the pumpkin to mark the places we needed to cut. Simple as that!
Just as we were beginning to clean out Iraq's pumpkin, our landlords came clip-clopping down the road on their horses. Of course all things pumpkin were temporarily forgotten as Iraq raced over to pat the horses.
As the horses (and the awesome Mr. S & Mrs. C) clip-clopped off into the distance, Iraq sighed and said, "I wish we had a horse!" To which I replied with a sigh, "I wish we had two Welsh ponies and one off-the-track Thoroughbred." Yeah - I really miss having a horse or four. Some day...
With a few more sighs, we went back to our work cleaning out the pumpkin. With pumpkin guts (Hello Kitty guts) flying in every direction, we soon attracted some attention.
We promised them some pumpkin guts and seeds after we were done. Of course that didn't prevent the entire flock from circling us like a school of squawking sharks. As Iraq and I started to cut the design, Daddy and The Skink came out to join us and carve The Skink's pumpkin.
Daddy hates having his picture taken so don't tell him I published this one :) As much as Daddy hates it, I think the kids need to be able to see that he was actually there when they take a walk down memory lane by way of our vast collection of electronic photo files. Of course there are rarely any pictures of ME anywhere either... I'm always the one brandishing the camera.
And now for the great unveiling!!!
With no further ado, I present (drum roll please).....
Demonic Hello Kitty... with a Knife... on a Pumpkin!
Since taking photos of jack-o-lanterns in the dark often doesn't work well, we were able to capture the sun just so to illuminate our creation.
So, did you carve, paint, decoupage or otherwise adorn a pumpkin this year, and if so, what did you do?? I'd love to hear from you so leave a comment to show you stopped by!