Fun with knives!

Welcome Pumpkin Carving Searchers!

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Its October 29th, 2 days away from one of my favourite holidays – Halloween. One thing that I’ve always loved doing around this time of year is carve a pumpkin. Usually Just the standard jack-o’-lantern face is what I end up doing, with a few exceptions. This year I wanted to try something a little more detailed. After surfing the net for a while and searching for jack-o’-lantern stencils, I came across one I liked and got to work. A whopping three hours later I present you this:

I learned a lot from carving that, and really like the result. I printed off the pattern and carved through it lightly with an x-acto knife to get the pattern to show up on the pumpkin, then chipped away at the parts I wanted to remove, taking off the surface skin of the pumpkin. I then found a very thin knife and started cutting all the way through where I needed to.

The tricky part is patience. If I hadn’t shipped off the outer skin first, the whole pieces to remove would not have been as easy to remove and I probably would have lost a lot of the detail. It now sits ominously near the front door, waiting to greet trick-or-treaters in a few days. Here’s a close-up:

And in case you can’t tell what that is in the carving, you’re looking at the Headless Horseman throwing a jack-o’-lantern at you 😉


Just looked outside right now and its snowing! I guess that’s normal for this time of the year, but I always find this a depressing time of the year. I love winter activities and things you can do with snow, but I hate the cold and removing the stuff from our driveway. Anyhow, snow time begins!

New Job!

Actually I had an interview over a week ago now and I’ll be starting my new job this coming Saturday. I really enjoyed working for Intertan (both THS Studio and The Source). Worked with some fantastic people over the past year and a half, at no less than three separate stores! Was a lot of fun, I learned a lot. But my interests change, and to me working while in school isn’t exactly a career choice, so it should at least reflect my interests.
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Starting Saturday, I’ll be working part-time at Black’s in the Georgian Mall. Hopefully I’ll bring home a paycheque and not just spend it all at work. 😛 Wish me luck!

Abstract Artwork

Some of you probably don’t know that my girlfriend Desi is a fairly accomplished abstract artist. Some of her paintings sold for a fair bit in Bulgaria, and with good reason. I was asked to photograph a few of them to share with family, and I figured it would be great to showcase them here as well!

Your artwork is very inspiring sweetie, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks that 😉

Thanksgiving 2008

Turkey Day has come and gone, and this year’s was probably one of the best. We had Meme and Pepe, Aunt Deb and Uncle Moe and kids, as well as Paster Steve and his family. Karryna was also down for the weekend and I was so happy that Desi was able to make it too. It was a full house, and it was a blast! It was the first time that Desi had met some of my family, and I’ve heard nothing but good things from both sides 🙂

I took out the camera on Monday morning to take some photos once everything had quieted down, just a few from around the kitchen. I also took some later that day at Desi’s place. Her mom had a lot of family and friends over, not exactly for Thanksgiving but to honour the passing of Desi’s Grandma. It’s something of a tradition that they all get together 40 days after someone dies, and that happened to fall on Thanksgiving Monday. It was nice to meet everyone there, although there was an intimidation factor as I was the only one there who didn’t speak Bulgarian 😛

I also took some shots around the area here of the wonderful autumn colours. I always try to go for a drive during the week when the colour of the leaves are the most vibrant, and today was that day for me this year. I snapped a few photos along the way, and here’s one of the better ones:

All the pictures I took yesterday are below. Enjoy! 🙂

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