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A Plethora of Pumpkins

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, and the weather is finally starting to feel like it! It’s a good thing too, because my pumpkins were seeming a little out of place.

What pumpkins you might ask? When did I get pumpkins? Ah, yes, I haven’t blogged about them yet… Haven’t blogged in quite some time actually…

But hey, better late than never, right? 😉

So, let’s look at my pumpkin adventures!

This first one was loads of fun to film. A family friend mentioned they had tons of leftover crayons from previous school years and was hoping I’d have some ideas to use up those old crayons. After all, there’s nothing wrong with them other than, well, they aren’t new.

I’m hoping to come up with more ways to use up leftover crayons. While the box I showed in the video had tons of crayons, I realized we have an even larger box of random crayons in another closet! So, I definitely have plenty of resources for crayon crafts! So, as I come up with ideas, I’ll be sure to share them with all my crafters.

Another advantage I’ve found from decorating a pumpkin like this is my crayon pumpkin has lasted much longer than my carved pumpkin below. I think leaving the pumpkin sealed protects it from bacteria and mold that wants to get in and ruin my pretty pumpkin.

However, my next pumpkin had a much different (and shorter) fate…

Don’t get me wrong; I had tons of fun making this one. The drill technique, especially using the cling wrap hack, allows for an easy, yet intricate design. Plus, who doesn’t like using power tools?

Anyways, filming this video was one of those Murphy’s Law experiences, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Since my dad was out of town, it was back to filming with the iPad. Unfortunately, I had the brilliant thought I would film on my sister’s camera. While the camera itself is a quality piece of equipment, I quickly ran into two key problems: I’m not familiar with the camera, and ultimately the camera is not a good option for what I was trying to film.

So after an hour researching her camera, I came to the disappointing conclusion it wouldn’t work. So then I grabbed my iPad. Unfortunately, I don’t have any kind of iPad tripod. But I’m the crafty type! How hard can it be to make a stand for an iPad?

The answer is very challenging. In the end, I used a normal camera tripod, rigged up a cardboard platform that wedged in place on top of the tripod, and taped a tissue box to the cardboard so the iPad could be propped upright.

So, filming this one was an adventure in and of itself. It took me a full evening and a little more the next day to get this one together because of the filming challenges. But in the end, I got a video put together, and that’s what counts.

For the record, I’m not the best with power tools. First, my hand is too small and lacks the strength to squeeze the trigger. It’s quite comical actually. Second, I don’t have the upper body strength to hold the drill steady. There have been many instances in which I was drilling into a piece of wood and I could not get the screw to go in. Instead, the drill slips, and I scratch the top of the wood. Then, I glance around to make sure no one else saw. And then I try again. If anyone asks about the fresh scratches from the misdirected drill? Why I have no idea how those got there! 😉

All that to say, if I’m able to tackle the pumpkin drill project, you definitely can too. 🙂 A fair warning, though: if you’re too tense while using the drill, you might end up with an achey breaky hand. Mine was a little sore afterwards.

Last of all, for my OCD peeps or anyone who enjoys relaxing, weird things (like stuff melting, or colors slowly running together, or any of a number of other weird, yet appealing videos all that flood FaceBook), I time-lapsed the crayons melting on the pumpkin. Definitely a fun one to edit. Also, stick around for the very end, because I accidentally discovered running the clips in reverse looked epic.

Wouldn’t that be a cool super power? To undo things? So what if you could un-melt crayons? It could be quite handy. I’m imagining a certain cup holder in a van that some child left crayons in on a hot summer’s day… no way was I said child…

What if you were working on a crochet project and realized you messed up a long time ago? Then, you could speed up the frogging process. What would make the super power really amazing though, is if you could undo the mistake without needing to redo the correct steps afterwards. Ah, it’s nice to dream though, isn’t it? 😉

Hopefully I won’t go so long before blogging next time. Enjoy these pumpkins and your fall, and, of course, Happy Crafting!

-Amanda

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