Nate and I went down to PA this weekend to visit his mom. We also went to an open house at the venue we wanted to possibly use for the wedding and loved it. So we put our deposit down and officially booked the venue and have a date! So exciting. I can’t believe we’re going to be married next October!

While there, we went pumpking picking because Nate had decided that I was going to carve a Where the Wild Things Are pumpkin. There were slim pickins at the pumpkin patch this year. I think maybe all the rain we got wiped out their supply?

I did a lot of walking around and comparing, assessing my canvas, until I found one that would be perfect for carving the image I wanted.

Nate found a good one too.

I spent a little while browsing pictures online til I found one I liked:

I then removed the pumpkin top and scraped it out. I saved the seeds and roasted them with some salt, paprika and garlic powder…taaasty! Totally reminds me of carving pumpkins when I was little because my mom would roast the seeds for us.

Next I sketched out the image freehand on the pumpkin with a pen.

Then I used some wood carving tools I got at Michaels to scrape away the image to the best of my ability. I realized that you have to kind of carve a reverse relief. The parts that you want to look the closest have to be the deepest, and hence the brightest. I found putting the pumpkin in my lap made the carving easiest.

And here’s the final product, all lit up on the front porch!…Nate chose to do a traditional Jack-O-Lantern :)

Now, what should I carve next year. Ideas?!

22 Comments

  1. Craving pumpkins is one of the things I enjoy most this time of year. Great job on yours pumpkins!

    • Thanks, Jed! I love carving pumpkins too. Although i have a kinda short attention span so I was dreading this one a bit…but I knew I’d be really excited about the end result so I pushed forward ;)

  2. Awww I love your pumpkin! Where the Wild Things Are was one of my favorite books, very nice!

    • Thanks Bianca! I loved that book too. Have you seen the newish movie of it? My fiance LOVED the movie. It’s really cute and sweet…I highly recommend it :)

  3. You seriously did this freehand?? Holy Talent Amy! That is seriously awesome!
    This looks like SUCH a fun place..and such a gorgeous day..! Congrats on setting the date and finding a venue..wow! Are you getting married indoors..outdoors? I’m so curious! :)

    • Hi Jenny!!! Yep, I just sketched it out :)

      Pumpkin picking was definitely fun and the day couldn’t have been better. Not too hot or cold with gorgeous blue skies (although the pics didn’t do it justice).

      We’re hoping to have the ceremony outdoors if the weather holds up. It will be next october so it may rain or be too cold, but we’ll have to wait and see. The reception and cocktail hour will be indoors. The cocktail hour is going to be in this beautiful 250 year old barn structure! Its totally gorgeous :)

  4. Holy cow. I had no idea you were so artistic. I mean I know you’re a great cook, but wow. This is the best carving ever!

    • aw, thanks Greg :) Wow, I dunno if I’d say the best carving EVER, but I appreciate the compliment! I’ll have to top it next year though…

  5. That is insane! Good work.

  6. OMG. Are you kidding me?!! Did you actually draw and carve that yourself??? I can barely draw a stickman without breaking out into a sweat. You’re *so* talented!!

    • Aw, thank you Kelly :) I’m blushing! I always did want to go into some artistic field but shied away due to the uncertainty of being able to make enough to support myself. It’s why I love being doing fun crafts at the holidays!

  7. Wow!! Now that is some pumpkin carving!! I am so impressed! I would be embarrassed to show you my carving skills! ;)

  8. Holy moly!! That is one awesome pumpkin. I’m so impressed! I’m with nate and can only do the most basic of pumpkins. It’s still fun though!

    • Hehe, thanks. Pumpkin carving is fun regardless of how complicated the design you attempt! I only did basic faces when I was little, and it’s why I look forward to it every year :)

  9. You’re amazing! Just amazing. That pumpkin is perfect and I can’t believe you drew it freehand first. You’re one talented woman!

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  11. We’re getting married next October too- but in VA. What weekend?

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