Tuesday, November 5, 2013

pumpkin carving date night

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Reid and I have known each other forever, so it's always a nice surprise to learn something new about him. What I learned while we carved a pumpkin on date night was that he loves pumpkin seeds and takes the time to rescue every single one.


I can't even tell you the last time that I carved a pumpkin! But knowing that I wanted to do a cute little Halloween photo shoot as a fundraiser for TNT, I couldn't pass up the call for pumpkin carving volunteers at work, since it meant that I could use the pumpkin for my shoot over the weekend and then carve it to bring to work on Tuesday. Win, win.

At first I wanted to do a cat. I have seen super cute cat pumpkins, either where it's carved to be the face of a cat, or with triangles on top for cat ears, or just the outline of the cat. Then I thought, wait, but cat's might be Halloween, but I am a dog person! Reid and I googled some dog pumpkins (and there are a lot of really talented pumpkin carvers out there who carve amazing dog faces!) and I settled on this super cute outline.

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First, I scooped out the pumpkin...
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...while Penny supervised from the stairs over the table.
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then I free hand sketched our outline with orange sharpie, and we got to carving!
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funny story, all we had to carve with was Reid's cutco trimmer... not the best for pumpkin carving...

All in all, I think our pumpkin carving was a success! I love that we included Penny in our design, even if the pumpkin didn't stay on my front porch and ended up as part of the Nature House's Halloween trail. I actually have 2 more pumpkins that we had planned on carving for Halloween, but we ended up not having enough time. I think we're going to salvage the seeds and bake something with them, so not all will be lost!

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