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This is it. The final battle. I’ve re-posted the photos and extraordinary insights from my original posts. This is mostly because I’m lazy, but also because I have to finish my Halloween costume for school tomorrow. (I can’t believe I just wrote that.)
Cast your votes at the bottom of the post!
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Amy sent the following note with her entry:
So I just finished carving my pumpkin for some pre-wedding stress relief. Yep, my wedding is in 2 days! I can’t believe it. I tried to be really careful while carving, since I’ll have to be holding a bouquet in a couple days, but unfortunately, I still sliced my hand. It wasn’t too bad though, thank goodness. And it was totally worth it for this pumpkin.
A little about my pumpkin theme. You see, our wedding is being held at the John James Audubon Center/bird sanctuary. In case you’re unfamiliar with John Audubon, he was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. This location where we’re getting married is the site of one of his houses. Cocktail hour will be held in his 250 year old barn…and they’re going to bring two owls out for us to pet!!! Well, I don’t know if you can pet an owl, but I’m certainly going to try to. Awesome, right?
So anyway, to commemorate this very special wedding weekend, I’ve carved an owl themed pumpkin Hope you enjoy!
Amy @ Elephant Eats
Who carves a freakin’ pumpkin right before their wedding? Amy does. And then she educates your ass. That pumpkin is a freakin’ gem. Look at the detail! I wanna pet that owl. Pat that owl? I dunno, but I want to touch it. Also, Amy basically sliced open her hand FOR ME. That’s love, people.
Oh, and just so you know, that non-owl pumpkin up there in the first photo – on the right – belongs to her hubby. I guess when you get married, you have to do everything together.
(FYI, if you wanna learn more about Amy – and find out if an owl took a bite out of her hand at her wedding – you should check out her blog.)
UPDATE: here is a photo of Amy – on her wedding day – with an owl!! (And her husband!)
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Alison sent the following note with her entry:
Please find attached my submission for your awesome contest. I challenged my husband to a carve-off and he only came up with Spiderman (LAME).
For my pumpkin I used our corgi as a model. I made him pose next to it. He was not amused.
Anyway, thanks for being so darned entertaining!
Look at that pumpkin! Look at that unimpressed corgi! Awesomeness. Do dogs not get pumpkin carving? It’s like they don’t appreciate the nuances of shading and sh*t. Cripes. Anyhoo, on a cute-factor scale? Alison’s pumpkin is off the chart. I loves it right hard like. (I wonder how she convinced that corgi to let her trace its face for the template…)
Now, you should know that Alison also sent a photo of a pumpkin that her husband, Andy, carved. So, 2.0 and I insisted that Andy enter Pumpkin Carve-Off. And since peer pressure almost always works…
UPDATE: Alison has a blog! You can check it out by clicking here!. You will find more super awesome photos of her corgi there, and learn all sorts of crafty things!
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Lan & DW’s Bowser
You might remember Lan from Bake My Cake 2012. You might remember her Kid ‘n Play dance photo. Or her zombie apocalypse dance video. Or maybe you read her blog – which is getting more gorgeous by the second.
Lan sent the following note with her entry:
Here is our entry for your Pumpkin Carving Extravaganza.
i wanted a hello kitty type thing, dw wanted bowser. dw was the carver, so dw got bowser.
dw also is a star wars fan and that is why a tauntaun is in the frame with bowser.
that is all. happy weekend!
When I first saw Lan’s pumpkin, I was all: holy crow! I made my family stand around the computer to ooh and aah. And then I was all: wait… what the hell is a bowser? And seconds later I was all: WHAT THE HELL IS A TAUNTAUN?!
That’s the thing about this pumpkin – it makes you think. It makes you wonder why DW didn’t want to carve a Hello Kitty pumpkin. It makes you google “bowser” to find out thatBowser (aka King Koopa) is a character from a video game – Super Mario, I guess. It makes you google “tuantuan,” after which you will be saddened to find a site called Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki. And it is there that you will learn that tauntauns are a species of reptomammals from Star Wars, and that DW must be a huge nerd.
Still. The pumpkin is pretty badass, don’t cha think?
UPDATE: This is Lan competing. She’s pretty serious about winning.
Team Haghopper’s Ginger Carve-Off
My sister, Hagley and our pal, Grasshopper, sent the following note with their entry:
Grasshopper and I (Team Haghopper) are so delighted to have the opportunity to participate in Ginger Carve-Off 2012. While we did not have the time to read the contest guidelines thoroughly or at all and also didn’t want to, we are confident you will find no entry captures the spirit of the holiday season quite like ours. We have enclosed three photos as you probably requested.
Chip Zdarsky and Hagley Beaucoup
What can I say? When celebrities unite, good and confusing things happen. Look at the gingerbread detailing on this pumpkin! Nothing overlooked – an elf-sized cottage fit for a king. Are the candy shingles on the roof leftover from Ginger 2011? Probably. Is that cotton candy floating out of the chimney? Yah, I think it is. Am I uncomfortable with the pairing of vegetables and candy? Sure, a little. Did it stop Luke the Dog from eating the broccoli trees and most of the landscaping shortly after these photos were taken? No. No it did not.
A vote for this pumpkin is a vote for creativity. (And maybe dog poop.)
UPDATE: I thought you might enjoy this photo of Chip.
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That’s it! Cast your vote below!
Poll will be open until about 9 pm AST (8 pm EST). Winner will be officially pronounced on October 31, 2012.