When my children were growing up I tried to hold to the traditional pumpkin carving, jack-o'-lantern. I was never patient enough or talented enough so I lost interest over the years. This year X-ACTO actually challenged me to carve a pumpkin. I challenged my son and his wife along with my daughter and her husband to carve one as well.
Here is mine:
The secret to making the jack-o'-lantern last awhile: cut the bottom of the pumpkin...it helps reduce the amount of air going into the inner pumpkin AND I sprayed it each morning with a light spray of Lysol to kill any bacteria. I carved the pumpkin last Wednesday evening and the outside is still looking sharp. I noticed that a little bacteria was growing on the inside...where I did not spray...so my jack-o'-lantern is now outside in hopes to make it through tonight. It sounds weird to spray it with Lysol, but I did a search online and that was one of the most common ways to make it last.
Here is my son and daughter-in-law's jack-o'-lantern:
My daughter's family jack-o'-lantern:
I have a family of talented jack-o'-lantern creators! It was totally fun. By the way, I won second place in the 2012 Pumpkin Carving contest by X-ACTO!
I hope everyone has a safe and fun filled night of making family memories.
Have a Crafty Day!
1. for the safety of those in the wake of Sandy
2. Little and Ali
3. Hannah and Amber
4. my four children and their families
5. hugs, kisses, smile, laughter...all gifts from God