In honor of Halloween every year I carve a pumpkin. As the years have progressed my pumpkins have gotten more elaborate. This year I made the above owl. I love owls and think they are a very majestic beings.
Unfortunately, I am not doing much for Halloween this year. The party I was going to co-host was cancelled do to an illness in the family. I had a costume and everything. I had been saving pins on Pinterest for ages with ideas for hors d'oeuvres and treats. Oh well, in the end how can I fight the big C and insist on a party? I can't. so instead I just have to stay home.
This pumpkin took me a good three hours to carve. I picked a good night for it. You see we had a freak snow storm here in NY.
|My house under the blizzard.|
|The trees were amazing.|
|Some trees had not lost their leaves yet.|
|Slow cooker stuffed apple.|
|Apples and twenty year old Portuguese brandy.|
Here's how I did the carving.
First I cleaned off the scooped out all the filling of my very large pumpkin.
Then I downloaded the stencil from Martha and enlarged it (I had to stick three pages together to get the whole thing on the pumpkin).
|Here is the original Martha version |
(she had a white pumpkin but I could not find any.)
To transfer the pattern onto my pumpkin I tapped the copy to the pumpkin and punched holes around the outline.
Then I removed the outline and carved away all the light grey leaving the dark grey as pumpkin skin in tack.
I used my linoleum carving tools to carve out only part of the pumpkin shell, that way the light would shine through. In the end I also had to work to scrape out a lot of the pumpkin from the inside to let the light through. I used a store bought pumpkin light instead of a candle to be more safe.
I like how it turned out in the end.
Happy Halloween Everyone!!! Hope you are having fun for the holiday.
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