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This afternoon I got a reminder email to send Halloween cards to my friends and family using CardGnome.com, how nice of them. When I scrolled down the email I was excited to see my “feelin’ witchy” card featured as a suggestion!!

I just had to share!

Which reminds me… Go to CardGnome.com and look at my super cute Halloween cards to send to your friends and family!!

Ooooooooh!! Looky looky, when I went online to get the link…. Yay!!!

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I have been SO busy with quite a few things so there’ll be a couple posts here. BUT I know you have been waiting to see what my Halloween pumpkin looked like!!!

Tah-daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah

My very first time carving a pumpkin :) I think it went alright… there were a few snags here and there, but generally it was painless. The gah-rossest part was getting the guts out. I refused to touch them. So I left them all in there and would turn the pumpkin to scrape the sides and then once I was pretty good into it I used paper towels to get the guts out. I’m pretty sure I’da puked if I had to do it by hand. The little bit that got on my hand grossed me out… Anywho, once that was done I sat down to carve it and made my stencil by hand [yeah I know, I made those nice stencils for ya’ll and didn’t even think to do one for myself]. I punched most of the stencil in using a carving kit from Wal-Mart and then basically went at it.

It only took me a couple hours – which I thought was amazing. I thought it might take all freakin day. But Rob had gone to baseball [4 hours of wonderful alone time quiet for me] and I started the whole process when he left, and right when he got home I finished it!

I had a “lighting ceremony” and everything with him, me and the dog… lol but it was fun! And I was very proudof my work. Of course, I still see flaws… but that’s just me being an annoying perfectionist artist. Can you tell where the design came from? ;)

It only lasted one night, because the lines were so thin, but that’s ok. I was only really hoping for one good night of glory!┬áThe funniest part was, the second day it was out, I didn’t plan on lighting it, but I came home to this. The neighbor loved my pumpkin, and unbeknownst to me, I won a pumpkin carving contest. Hahahahah The paper says, “The WINNER! #1” and has a 1st place trophy drawn on it! It was hilarious.

All in all it was fun to see my pumpkin all lit up. Now, I KNOW a bunch of you pulled off some of those carving templates, so LEMME SEE! Email pictures to lezleelliott [at] gmail [dot] com if you’ve gottem :)

Til’ next year…

I think sometimes people assume you’re ALWAYS good at what you do within ANY realm that comes close to your actual profession. For example, I’m a designer and illustrator. So people assume I’m really good at drawing absolutely anything and everything, that I’m a great interior designer, fashion coordinator, photographer, web designer, scrapbooker, craft master and the list goes on and on. Yeah… no. I’m NOT good an everything and there is SO much pressure that we inadvertently put on people because we assume since they do one thing, they do everything related to it.

So now it’s coming up on Halloween and Rob and I have decided to carve a pumpkin this year! [Is it completely absurd sad that we’ve been together almost 5 years and this will be the first time we’ve carved a pumpkin together?] Anywho, the point is that even though no one knows [well you do now] that we’re planning on doing this I’m feeling the pressure to make it some fantastic looking pumpkin. I’ve only carved a pumpkin probably one or two other times in my life and that would’ve been when I was a kid, and my parents helped. Other than that, I’ve got no clue what I’m doing. I don’t know what to carve, how to carve it, how to light it, etc… I have maybe one idea of what I’d like to carve, I literally just thought of it, just now while writing, but……… that’s it. I’d love for my our pumpkin to turn out like one of these babies…

Or even like this one…

But I just have this terrible feeling it’ll wind up looking like this…

Will you still take me seriously if I said this was my pumpkin? No really… I’m not joking… I’m concerned.