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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you all have an amazing Halloween. Halloween fell off my radar this year, what with me being preoccupied with University dissertation work. But, even so, I still have this special post for you all.

Two days ago, before Halloween, I decided to carve my very first pumpkin ever! It was always something that I wanted to do each time Halloween came on by, but this is the first time in which I had ever managed to do so. And I'm so proud of the result, considering I didn't really know how to do it! So this here is a little guide for all the other first time pumpkin carvers, so that you may find it a bit easier than I did.

Get all the tools you need together: this will save you time later, than having to rummage for them all as you go. For your chosen template, pre-cut all the shapes so that you're all ready to go. Then mark out on the pumpkin surface with a pencil or a fine liner, so that you have a rough guide of where you are cutting. I used a mechanical pencil so that if I changed any of the placements, you would not be able to see any of the markings.

Next, slice a large hole in the top where you want the lid to be. Make sure that it is large enough for you to fit your hand in. Now is the messy part, remove all of the pumpkins guts! I found that really hard as all the stringy mulch was attached to the walls of the pumpkin. Eventually, after removing all the seeds, I took a pair of scissors to the inside and trimmed away as much as possible.

Then you want to start carving your design. This would have went so much easier for me if I had bought one of the specialty carving sets from the supermarket. Instead I used a small knife and a lot of patience. I would retrace that shape with the knife, just lightly marking the surface, before committing and doing the actual carving.This part took the longest out of everything; the more intricate your design the longer it will take.

Once that's finished, all you need to do is grab a small tea-light candle of your choice, light it, and that it. Your beautiful carved creation should be glowing happily.

The pumpkin I carved was the Cheshire Cat from Disney's Alice in Wonderland. I really love how he turned out, especially for my first time carving. I declare that all my pumpkins from this Halloween forth will be disney themed.

Did you carve a pumpkin this year? What did you carve - traditional spooky face or something different?

Louise x x

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