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Friday, October 29, 2010

Hobby 17: Carving a Pumpkin

When we finally decided and picked on the perfect pumpkin, we thought to ourselves, what should we do with it? Carve it of course! This brings us to today's hobby, creating a jack-o'-lantern. A jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin in which the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced.

While stumbling the vast pumpkin patch and searching for the most bountiful pumpkin, we came across many disturbing images. Hundreds of pumpkins were stepped on and even thrown down on the floor, exposing their seeds and flesh. After we realized what had happened, Mike turned around and looked at the path we had created and said, "Ohhh God." It was a very unsettling sight but through all the horror, Patty pointed to the most beautiful sight, a snowpumpkin! We all sprinted towards it and dropped to our knees (possibly killing baby pumpkins), completely in shock and awe. Long story short, that snowpumpkin's head came home with us and we carved the most monstrous face ever!

"Loop Hobbies dumpster diving"

-Knife (Preferably a serrated knife)

-Scare children
-Relaxing and fun activity for Halloween
-Creative with the design

-Getting out all the internal flesh
-Only a seasonal project

Basically, if you're not using a serrated knife, be very gentle when carving. We learned that the hard way. Just be creative and let your imagination run wild! Have fun with it and hope you guys enjoy this weeks hobby.
Also, have a happy and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Hobby 16: Pumpkin Pickin'

Continuing our weekly hobby updates, we bring you the very seasonal hobby, Pumpkin Picking! Pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Cucurbita and the family Cucurbitaceae (which also includes gourds).

We really wanted to carve a pumpkin, make pumpkin seeds, and bake pumpkin pie, so we went to the nearest pumpkin patch. Turns out making a pumpkin pie requires the outer part, so we couldn't carve it and make a pie at the same time. Even though our plans were ruined, we still had fun.

A snowpumpkin. Or possibly, a pumpkinman.

-Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins left

-Plenty of uses for pumpkin

-Most pumpkins have been stepped on

How to Pick Your Pumpkin

Step 1: Find pumpkin on ground. Check to see if it has been stepped on. Don't step on other pumpkins in the process.

Step 2: Pick up pumpkin.

Step 3 (Optional): Place pumpkin in wagon. Learn from our mistakes; make sure the wagon has all four wheels before you take it.

Step 4: Wash pumpkin in dirty water with filthy brush.

Some Things You Might Run Into

Baby pumpkins!

These green pumpkins may look exotic, but don't be fooled. They just aren't ripe yet.

Watch out for this strange green thing that may find its way into the pumpkin patch. It's not actually a pumpkin.

That should be it! I hope you've enjoyed this weeks hobby.