How to Carve a Pumpkin!


Its nearly Halloween so time to get creative and carve those pumpkins! 
My arty sister Kate loves carving pumpkins and heres her tips on how to do it!

1. Draw in your design. 
When doing this try to use a non-pernimant pen as when your finished carving you can rub off any pen left on. Kate likes a challenge so she drew this design of a silhouette of a witch in a window. Pretty cool!


2. Prepare the carving area
You'll need a sharp knife (be carful), rubbish bags, scoop or spoon and a candle, tea lights work best- pretty simple! It can get messy so watch out, but that makes it more fun!


3. Make a lid
Cut off the top of the pumpkin, this will make your lid and protect your candle from blowing out.  


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4. Trim the lid
Cut off any extra bits from the inside of the lid - nice and clean thats how we like it 


5. Time to scoop! 
Time to scoop like you've never scooped before! This can take a while and you may need to use a knife so be careful. 



6. Carving time!
Kate used a scalpel - you can get quite delicate designs from this but if you don't have one a small sharp knife will do. 


7. Enjoy your pumpkin! 
After carving simply pop in the tea light, wait for it to get dark and enjoy your spooky work! For the caldrons smoke Kate carve the shape and removed the pumpkin skin. this allows some light to shine through and can give your designs that extra wow factor! 


Enjoy being crafty with your pumpkins and have a terrifyingly great Halloween! 


Autumn walks and treating myself!

I love autumn walks in the sunshine, heres what I wore this weekend. 


 I love my "Drop Dead" jumper, its pretty graphic but in the lead up to Halloween I love wearing it. And I love getting my old lilac Gap coat out with lime lining, its an old favourite. 
 And I had to wear a pair of my very own Kitty Collar Tips! LOVE them and always get asked where they're from...hehe I made them! 
 Look at this ridiculously photogenic kitty I came across. As soon as I got my camera out it struck a pose! Sooo cute a killer eyes! 
And I've worked hard this week (kinda) so i treated myself to this fab vintage ring from my friends Vintage shop, it reminded me of a Mermaids treasure so I had to get it! 

Hope you had a nice weekend too! 
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Bubblegum Hair and Autumn Walks

So my blue hair is fading out, pooy, but its gone a nice bubblegum shade, Yay!
 As you know I LOVE autumn and I took my new camera out to take some nice autumnal pics for you.




 Bellamy loves rolling around in the dry leaves - and the wet ones!



And no perfect Autumn day is complete without a sweet cake! 
Hope you're enjoying this beautiful season!
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