Holidays My Life

Happy Halloween

Brandon and I carved our pumpkins with a new technique this year. We tried doing the whole halfway carving thing, with mixed results.

I like mine, even though it’s not as perfect as I had envisioned.

My Pumpkin

Brandon’s not as pleased with his. Originally he wanted to carve “Palin 2012” with drippy, bloody looking letters because that was the scariest thing he could think of. He squished all of the letters together though and made it too difficult to carve, so he instead went with a robot. Then the pumpkin kind of dried out and now the mouth looks a little mummy-ish. Oh well.

Brandon's Pumpkin

They do look nice all lit up on the porch.

Pumpkins on the Porch

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Pumpkins on the Porch

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  • Olivia
    October 31, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Oh how we love it when bloggers show their political fangs…I can understand having an opinion with your little Obama sidebar banner, but why try to make other people feel badly about their own opinions?

  • Roxy @ There's No Place Like Home
    October 31, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Oh yes, right about that one! That would be the scariest thing ever! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Jessica
    October 31, 2008 at 11:08 am

    That’s hilarious. I just got done writing, in black marker,
    “PALIN 2012” on our pumpkin. We live in the ‘burbs out west though so it’s pretty risky. Hope we don’t get vandalized tonight.

  • Making it Lovely
    October 31, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Sorry, Olivia. It wasn’t my intention to make anyone feel bad. Half of our family members (and half of the nation) are voting for McCain/Palin – we just disagree. Strongly.

  • Laurel
    October 31, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    What tools did you use? I think you guys did a great job.

  • Jerry
    October 31, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    We are living in SE Europe right now and there are no orange pumpkins here! At least, we haven’t seen anyone selling any. They have white ones, though, and these cool greenish ones with orange spots all over them. Our 3-y.o. picked one of the latter and we will carve it as soon as she returns from her Halloween party! It’s nice to have the comfort and insurance of an American holiday, even when you’re far from home…

  • Olivia
    October 31, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    It’s okay…I didn’t mean to get snippy. Although the country may be equally divided, it seems like the design blog-o-sphere leans heavily toward Obama. Or maybe it’s just that conservatives don’t feel as passionately about McCain as liberals feel about Obama…or at least I don’t.

  • danielle
    October 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Have a happy halloween and a fun weekend!

  • Kiki
    November 1, 2008 at 1:20 am

    I love the pumpkins-just the right amount of creepy. I do not think that there is anything wrong with stating your opinion about your political views. I also feel that like Olivia said the design blog-o-sphere does in fact lean heavily to the left, because most artistic people seem to be a little more open-minded than the rest of the country. Happy Halloween.

  • Making it Lovely
    November 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Laurel, we used kitchen knives and linoleum cutters.

  • jo
    November 1, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    Don’t ask me why but i still wish you had some greenery/bushes to the left of the stairway on your beautiful house………..i’m so sorry i really don’t mean to be critical, it’s just my silly opining… know how easy it is to have a quick opinion about other people’s houses!!!!
    Ever considered painting out the rectangle that stands out on the porch wall??
    Maybe it’s a window? But it becomes too much of a focal point !!!
    I totally know it’s not the season to be saying this but oh well.

    I don’t understand how someone can “feel bad” by you expressing your political stance………you weren’t on a soapbox, it is YOUR blog……
    good for Olivia to stand up for her candidate just like i can stand up for Obama……..that’s what makes the world go ’round

    Congrats to you, your husband and the teeny tiny one….it is such a great time of life…….having a baby and all!!!

  • Making it Lovely
    November 1, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, I know I need some landscaping out there! We relocated the peonies that were there to the backyard, so now it’s pretty empty. Next spring I’ll figure something out. :)

  • kelly
    November 1, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Don’t worry, Nichole. I’m a landscape architect and I still have NO IDEA what to do in my own yard. Sometimes it’s much easier to design for others than yourself.

    ps- GOBAMA!! (ahem)

  • Christina
    November 3, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    A.D.O.R.E your pumpkins! On a side-note, akin to the landscape, I was admiring your house, liking its shape and all, and a spontaneous thought occured to me. I like the dark brown accents, but the beige …. nope. it NEEDS to be pink. Pink loves brown! or maybe that would be too ghastly. I dunno. i thought it would be cute and match your dorr curtain :OP

    PS I agree, it’s your blog (say what YOU like) and it didn’t come across as you trying to make anyone feel bad… at ALL.