There’s More To Carving A Pumpkin Than Carving

Scarved squash with seeds for teetho what do you do if you want to carve a squash but you’ve already eaten some of its delicious squashiness?  We’re well and truly into squash season and since discovering that there is so much more to squash than the pumpkin offering you get in your average supermarket, I’m trying to cram as much of the glorious food group into my diet as possible.  So upon deciding that I’d like to make a halloween blog post, I was confronted with my ‘Baby Bear’ squash with most of what would be its ‘face’, already sliced off…

Although to be honest the cavity looked like a gaping maw, so that gave me something to start with.  I still had the seeds so thought I’d smoosh them into the flesh to make teeth.  A word to the wise – it may be best to roast your squash seeds first.  Trying to wedge seeds into the flesh is a bit like washing your hands with an especially slippery, freedom-leaping, bar of soap.  Next, to the spices!  Good ol’ cloves… They make perfect little black eyes…  Et voila!  Using ‘props’, I present one ‘not-carved’ squash.


The Greater Spiked Snow Slug

It’s a rare thing in the UK that we get a whole bunch of snow.  I awoke last Friday to freezing cold and blinding white – indicating the arrival of that scarce and precious day ‘Snow Day’.  Some rejoiced as they were given a day off their usual commitments, as others found it a hideous nuisance – seemingly everything packs up for a day.

I tried to be sensible;  I tried to ignore The Call Of The Snow but its wintery sculptural qualities wistfully reminded me of my favourite holiday of the year – Halloween.  Trussed up and ready for snow-fun, I burst into the garden to gauge my canvas.  I was going to make the best snow jack-o-lantern ever!

Quite soon I came across my first difficulty – my hands were very numb very quickly and without an appropriate amount of dexterity, my sculpture would never realise its full potential.  Cue moment of **absolute blinding genius**.  For those snow sculptors amongst you, please feel free to use and share this idea for prolonged snow-playing.  First, apply the glove (must be fairly thin).  Then apply a larger washing up glove.  Hey presto – warm dry hands!  The gloves tend to have raised bits on the palm side for better grip – I found this was great for getting a good smooth finish to my snow.  Bonus!

How To Make A Greater Spiked Snow SlugSetting back to work, my hollow pumpkin shape kept collapsing into itself.  I decided it was a bit optimistic to expect a hollow ball to be successful.  Turning to my favourite snow guru for inspiration, I wondered – ‘What would Calvin do?’.  If you’re not already a fan of the comic ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ by Bill Watterson, I suggest you check it out!  Calvin is a 6-year-old boy, who in some skits, shows an interesting take on snow creations.  Feeling inspired I created a large round ball and sculpted a squinting face with a gaping mouth.  I later stuck in a tongue for extra effect.

It didn’t seem enough so I stuck a tail on the end.  It was a fairly short tail but I did worry that it was starting to look a little too sperm-like.  Other opinions told me that it looked more like a ‘Boo’ from Super Mario so I figured I could get away with it if I wanted.  In the end, I decided it would look better with spikes down its back.

Snow creations are better with accessories so I washed off some stones and dug them into the mouth for teeth.  I broke off some dead twigs from a nearby tree and gave my critter some arms.  To give my artwork a setting, I cleared out the snow behind him so it looked like he’d slithered his way along.  This did mean that I had to put down more snow in front of him, having used all the neighbouring snow on his body mass.  If you’d like to make your own Snow Slug, I have included illustrated instructions!

After lots of hard work, I am proud to present my Greater Spiked Snow Slug:

Snow creature creation I sculpted inspired by Bill Watterson character, Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes