Fancy pumpkin carving fail
October 31, 2011 § Leave a Comment
I haven’t had the time or chance to carve pumpkins in YEARS. But I like to get into the spirit of things, so when some friends had the boyfriend and me over for dinner and pumpkin carving this weekend, I was all for it. I even looked for clever carving templates online (it’s true; I literally searched “clever pumpkin carving” to get ideas). I fell in love with this pumpkin from Martha Stewart:
Gorgeous, right? And there was a template. Perfect! I printed it out, grabbed some carving-ish tools from home (ice cream scoop, anyone?) and figured I was all set. I even made an interesting cut into the top to scoop the pumpkin out. This was going to turn out great!
Uhhh, right. I’d probably have been okay if I had all the right tools (and wonderful art skills). But — like all of my pumpkin carving experiences — we were working with whatever tools we could hodge-podge together, and I think I realized I’d made a mistake when I was still poking holes through the paper onto my pumpkin nearly an hour later! And the folks over at Martha Stewart must have hollowed out that pumpkin really well ahead of time (or used a super-watt light source), because it looks like they just barely scraped the skin off their pumpkin, whereas I had to dig down a quarter of an inch through mushy, pulpy pumpkin mess to even start to see a glimmer of light! Ugh.
I did a half-hearted carving of one quarter of my pumpkin before I got tired with the whole thing (even with the help of the boyfriend’s Dremel), and took my drill to it for the holes. That part at least went well, although the sound of a power drill is not the first sound that comes to mind when one thinks of carving pumpkins.
But at that point, I gave up. It was a valiant effort, but in the end I threw in the towel. Project verdict: failure. Not a complete failure, perhaps, and I learned some valuable lessons about not buying pumpkins two days before Halloween, knowing my limits, etc. And I had a great time, so it wasn’t a complete waste. I spent the rest of the evening encouraging everyone else and eating a lot of cookies. Hey, I know what I’m good at; leave me alone. :P
Everyone else’s pumpkins turned out very well, by the way! The guys took a geeky theme with a companion cube and turret from Portal:
What did you all carve for Halloween this year? Any secrets to carving success you can give me?