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Eat the Rude… pumpkins.

Kristina Caspari : November 15, 2014 9:41 pm : BLOG, Pumpkins

  • The Wendigo from Hannibal.

I’d been waiting patiently for some time to carve a Hannibal pumpkin. Having been fascinated by the silhouette of the Wendigo and its emancipated frame, I thought it the perfect pattern for carving.

This year there was a plethora of large pumpkins, despite the drought. However, this pumpkin was so thick it made carving a real chore. Carving the text was especially difficult.

If you want to project text from your pumpkin it needs to be carved very small, in reverse, and usually near the top.

I just could not thin the flesh in the right area, and so my text is crooked… but still slightly legible.

My only other wish is that the image would flicker, like in the show, and you would hear sounds of the forest. So perhaps next year we’ll add a strobe light and some spooky sounds.

Haven’t seen the Hannibal series yet? Check it out here. It’s a great cast with excellent writing and beautiful cinematography.

Here’s a few shots of the pumpkin prior to carving.

Wendigo Pumpkin

I generally use a red permanent or dry erase marker to sketch out the template. That way if you make a mistake it’s not very noticeable.

Pumpkin Text

I had lots of trouble carving the text in the back of this pumpkin.

Unlit Hannibal Pumpkin

Hannibal Pumpkin prior to being lit. The toothpicks were for added support but then became a design element.

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A Haunted Halloween….

Kristina Caspari : November 15, 2014 6:37 pm : BLOG, Crafts, Uncategorized


A Haunted Halloween….

Halloween is a magical time when the veils between worlds are blurred. When you’re not out trick-or-treating or scaring your family and friends try making a cardboard haunted house. It just might add the right amount of spooktacular to your decor.

We used some paper towel rolls, popsicle sticks, an egg carton, paint and a few embellishments to make this table top haunted house.

This was a creation for Family Fun’s Top This! contest

Building a haunted house with paper towel rolls and popsicle sticks.

Building a haunted house with paper towel rolls and popsicle sticks.

The cardboard foundation for our haunted house.

The cardboard foundation for our haunted house.

An egg carton porch.

An egg carton porch.

A little black spray paint...

A little black spray paint…

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... a witch's broom.

… a witch’s broom.

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The which is home and brewing up a spell...

The which is home and brewing up a spell…

Ghosts going out on a chilly Halloween night...

Ghosts going out on a chilly Halloween night…

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To Blog or Not to Blog?

Kristina Caspari : June 27, 2014 4:11 pm : BLOG
What do you want to write about?What do you want to blog about?

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As much as I love writing, I’ve been timid when it comes to blogging. Why? I’m not quite sure… although, my husband is not a big fan of posting personal details on the internet, so perhaps he’s made me a bit cautious.

Since I have several passions and could pontificate profusely on many of them, I’ve opted to narrowed down this site to just a few subjects. And each subject to a page. You’ll be able to find blog posts on their related subject’s page. For instance all of my real estate blogs will be on the “REI” page, book & media reviews on the “Reviews” page, etc. General, personal, or uncategorizable posts will be on the “Blog” page.

At least, this is a place to start.

If you’re curious about a topic or would like to know my opinion on a subject, (you can ask me pretty much anything) contact me. I’m always up for a good conversation.

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