October Craft Club

25 Oct

A couple of weeks ago we met up for our monthly Fellow Creatives craft club.  The craft? Pumpkin carving.  Each person brought their own pumpkin, tools and carving ideas.  I opted for a small pumpkin because I wanted to save the big one for closer to Halloween.  And, I know I just said that everyone brought their own tools, but I was a slacker and relied on other people.  Which actually turned out great because I definitely would have opted for the traditional pumpkin carving tools, but my fellow crafters were way smarter and decided to use wood carving tools instead.  They’re the same price, and they are much sturdier than the plastic crap you get with the pumpkin carving templates.

Each person did something a little different:

(Thanks, Gerren)

So which one is mine?  The sweet little owl.  What do you think??

Also, since we did this the second week of October, I learned about a preservation trick so that hopefully they’ll last until Halloween.  You mix equal parts water and bleach and rub the inside with this solution.  Then, throw a little vaseline on top.  And, for those of you that live in areas with squirrels, hopefully that will keep them from diving in and chowing down on your pumpkin. 🙂

7 Responses to “October Craft Club”

  1. Terri 10/25/2010 at 10:44 am #

    Extremely impressive + beautiful pumpkins!

  2. Mina 10/25/2010 at 10:45 am #

    whoa all of you have amazing carving skills! your own is adorable. did you do that just freehand? and great tip about making it last–i’ve always wondered about that. not that i would carve a pumpkin, because it would invite rats and mice in this godforsaken overcrowded city.

  3. serena @bigapplenosh 10/25/2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Whoa, these are seriously impressive!

  4. Jessica 10/25/2010 at 2:21 pm #

    I’ve heard about the Vaseline trick or using oil for the outside but never the bleach! Great tips.

  5. Nikki 10/25/2010 at 2:41 pm #

    Wow, I’m so impressed!! Your owl is too cute!! Love it. And I really want to be in a crafting club now.

  6. shelikesruffles 10/25/2010 at 5:15 pm #

    WOW!!!! The pumpkins all look amazing. What a great idea to use the wood carving tools instead of that crap that you get at the grocery store…those knives are terrible!

  7. Amy 10/26/2010 at 7:56 am #

    Wow, I’m super impressed. Your owl is awesome! And thanks for the preservation tip! I had no idea.

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