Recently in pumpkins Category

Pumpkins, The Next Generation

| No Comments

It appears, after careful searching (read: not that careful), that I never blogged our pumpkin effort from last year. Odds are it was because we were stuck in Minneapolis due to Superstorm Sandy, but it could be just because I'm lazy (quiet, you.)

So, after a really nice effort this year, I've decided on a MEGAPOST of both years' accomplishments!

Without further ado, we'll start with 2012's editions:

Ellen's Dr. Who "Fezzes are cool":

Katie's "Nyan Pumpkin"

Chris's "Celtic Pride" unlit and lit

And my "Super Mario" unlit and lit.

Linda did not participate in the 2012 festivities, preferring to take a more advisory post. However, she did a wonderful job with her "Jack Skellington" head this year:

Katie followed up her lovely Nyan cat with an even geekier effort, the robots from Portal 2 "high fiving".

Chris outdid himself with the Psycho from Borderlands 2. I'm posting a picture from their website this is based on, and his freehand pumpkin version.

I did the 10th Doctor, David Tennant, looking angry.

All in all, a really really great batch this year. Super impressed with Chris's, especially. It required a huge amount of patience and he did a great job!

Pumpkins...for science!

| No Comments

It's time again for da carving to commence. This year, we did all our carving on sunday after I was away at the Sea Witch Festival, in Rehoboth Beach, DE. For the first time in years, I dressed up for halloween. When I get some of the good pictures from others, I'll post a few.

However, this post is all about pumpkins! We sort of went into this year with vague ideas at best. Ellen and I planned a Portal pumpkin, which i envisioned as a 3D thing with cutout sides. She did almost all the actual work--I just designed it. I thought it came out pretty well, as you can see below (unlit and lit versions):



Katie did everything herself. She found a Yatsuba picture of the girl holding her hands over her head and yelling. Unfortunately, the hands are indistinct, so it's hard to see them as hands, but I still liked it. She did do the entire thing herself, though, so she gets lots of credit for that (lit only):


Finally, I wasn't actually sure I'd do a pumpkin this year, but discussing an idea with Katie made me want to try to do a completely carved out, bas-relief pumpkin. Essentially, letting the shape of the thing come out from the pumpkin. I'm not sure it really worked, but it came out reasonably well anyway (and didn't take the 8-hours the Matrix one did last year...)

So, my entry this year, Katie had named "Identity Crisis", which I loved (several angles of unlit, and one lit):





So, there's this years crop. Hope you enjoy!

This year's installment of the annual Meyerson pumpkin extravaganza yielded some interesting results. We had planned on 2 pumpkins--I was going to just help the girls do theirs--but decided to add a third with me taking over the one Ellen was going to do. Good thing, too, as it took more than 5 hours...*rolls eyes*

To be honest, though, I think Katie's pumpkin came out best of the three, but you can be the judge.

Ellen's was the simplest, and only took a short time, but came out pretty cool. You have to know the video game Portal and the geeky comic it's based on from Penny Arcade, but anyone who does will instantly recognize it.


Katie also chose a video game theme, the Big Daddy from one of her favorite games ever, Bioshock. She did an amazing job on this one, and did everything herself. All I did was tape the pattern down and cut the top open.


I'm not sure people will recognize my entry, but I'll leave you with a clue...

The Matrix Has You.


Here's a slightly darker picture of mine. I couldn't decide which one I liked better.


Pumpkin Time, 2009.

| 1 Comment

Welcome back, loyal readers, to this year's Halloween edition of It Happened One Life. This year, we have a bit of a reversal. Usually, MY pumpkin is the most complex and the kids do simpler pumpkins. This year, with how busy we've all been, we literally didn't decide on pumpkin patterns until yesterday, and we carved them today, ON Halloween. The nice part of this was that everything was very fresh when put outside. That's the bonus of Halloween on a Saturday.

Also, this year, the kids did the pumpkins completely on their own, even when they had some trouble. Both of their pumpkins came out very impressive, especially when you consider that the transfer of the patterns to their pumpkins mostly didn't work and they both had to freehand the majority of their pumpkins. They did a great job!

First, my pumpkin, appropriate to the game 3 of the Yankees/Phillies World Series:

Next, Katie's terrific puppy dog:

Finally, Ellen decided to do Edgar Allen Poe, and when we looked at it after she was done, it looked...well, terrible. But, as is the wont of pumpkin carvings, the proof is in the lighting, and I think it came out really well:

All in all, another successful year of pumkining!

Pumpkins '08

| No Comments

Another year, another batch of those short-lived art forms that are carved pumpkins. This year, much to my delight, the kids did theirs almost entirely on their own. We also tried something new that worked pretty well--Saral Transfer paper. This stuff goes right on the pumpkin, then the design gets put on top of that and you trace the design. When the tracing is done, you peel the whole thing off and have a nice clear copy of your design right on the pumpkin. This worked much better than the hole-punch-through-paper method because 1, the paper would get soggy and messed up half-way through the carving, and 2, there was no real way to determine what needed to be scraped, and what was supposed to be cut without checking the pattern anyway. So, this new way takes some time, but worked pretty well.

The kids picked their patterns and have finished theirs already, so I'll post pictures. Mine will be done tomorrow, and I'll post then--If the complexity of the one I chose doesn't kill me...

Katie chose the great Ang from a show they love called "Avatar." Here's the original Ang:

and her version--and remember, at 8 years old, this is all her doing:

Ellen, ever the activist, did what we hope to be our next president, Barak Obama:

Very nice job by both of them, showing tremendous patience with seriously advanced pumpkin carving.

So, updating now with my pumpkin, I chose a pretty ambitious project and after 2 hours tracing and a full 6 hours carving, I'm only somewhat happy with it. I think I just didn't quite scrape deeply enough where it's scraped, or maybe the pumpkin is just too thick. I'm hoping it will pop a bit more when it has a chance to dry and therefore thin, but it's not bad. I hope you at least recognize Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Pumpkin Time, yet again

| No Comments

Another year, another batch of pumpkins. Topping the previous years has gotten difficult, and frankly, tiring. Nonetheless, here are this years entries:

Katie did a lovely little owl. One of the nice things about them growing up is that they can do much more of these on their own. Katie did about 80% of the work here:

Ellen's comes from the Simpson's movie, as seen below, in what was one of the most bizarre scenes I've ever seen. Behold, Spiderpig (the original, and Ellen's version):

Finally, my pumpkin is Saphira, the dragon from Eragon, as pictured below. She's supposed to be blue, but I didn't have a blue light. If i have time, I'll get one and put it in the pumpkin to see how it looks. I think she came out pretty well, but I was seriously cursing as I spent 5 hours over 2 nights doing this...



All in all, a good pumpkin year. Only real complaint is that the kids' pumpkins got all withered by Halloween. I guess next year, we'll have to do it much closer to the day. This year, we did it on Sunday, with today being Wednesday. Poor withered Homer.

Pumpkins '06

| No Comments

So this years pumpkin entries have arrived. We got a good deal on some huge pumpkins from a local plant place, and the kids did MUCH more of their own pumpkins than ever before. Katie pooped out after about half of the doggie, but Ellen poked and cut and did a really nice job on hers. So, without further ado, Katie's terrier, Ellen's owl, and my portrait of the kids:

it's interesting. As I was carving mine, it just seemed to be coming out terribly. In fact, I considered giving up about 1/2 way through because it just wasn't looking right. But, after I was done, and put the light inside it, suddenly the kids just popped out and I was pretty pleased. This was the first time I've actually made a template myself and here's the template:

Anyway, enjoy the pumpkins. Pictures are nice because it's a pretty ephemeral art form.

Pumpkin Time (redux)!

| No Comments

Well, it's Hallowween 2005, and I've been horribly remiss in posting to here, but we've done pumpkins again and wanted to get them up and online. It's definately a Harry Potter Hallowween, as I'm sure you can see...

Katie's Ghost Scene

Ellen's Scholastic Harry Potter

Daddy's Harry Potter Movie Version

Pumpkin Time!

| No Comments

Well, it's Halloween and that means time to carve the pumpkins! My 2 little girls are troopers, but they still have some trouble doing much carving, so daddy helps. I'm not much of an artist, but I seem to do my best work in pumpkin. A short lived medium, sadly, but there are always pictures!

So, here are this years contestants:

First, Katie's Kitty Cat:

Next, Ellen's Snoopy:

Finally, Max and Ruby, by me:

Hope you all have a great Halloween!


| No Comments

This is the first year we're doing pumpkins as a family. At this point, Katie and Ellen are still getting help, but they're hanging in there!

Here's Katie's kitty cat:

And Ellen did a "disco" version of Pearl, from Finding Nemo:

And I'm pretty proud of the Marlin/Nemo I did:

Geez, how could I have carved a marlin with the Yankees losing to them?? Ack!


Powered by Movable Type 4.32-en

About this Archive

This page is an archive of recent entries in the pumpkins category.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.