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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Beginning of the Great Pumpkin Adventure...

Well, yesterday was a day of fun, learning, fortune telling, tears, laughter and pain..........LOL Joycee of Enchanted Productions, Brenda of Little Dollings and I all three got together to try our hands at paper mache pumpkin making! Now let me tell you......we were all "paper mache virgins" heading into this adventure. And basically of right now.....still are! But what fun we're having learning!

It all started when we saw this website by Scott Stoll! If you are a Halloween lover, then you have to go see for yourselves!

Below is a pic of the 3 of us after our long day of Pumpkin making and man were we ever tired and achy! We had no idea that pumpkin making was such a back breaking job! lol But a little Advil and a good nights sleep has made me forget about the pain..........kind of like giving birth.........LOL!

Only these babies pictured below are still waiting to be born! This was the first step of stuffing the garbage bags with crumpled newspapers, then using twine and masking tape to define the ridges. Cardboard tubes were used for the beginning form of the stems.

And here's my pumpkin at home today trying to get it dry out in the sun and the wind. Only problem was, while it was sitting out there, the skies began to darken and I heard rain!!! OH NO!!!!!!!!! Now the sun is shining (again) and I have it sitting stem side down on a large sap bucket to dry it's bottom. IS like having a baby! LOL

A special "Thank You" To Laurie Hardin of Monkey Cats Studio for throwing us a lifeline while we had our hands deep in glue, water and liquid starch! She has been a wealth of paper mache knowledge these past fews days and we love her for that!

So stay tuned for the continuing WIP of the Great Pumpkin Adventure and make sure that you visit Brenda and Joyce's blogs for more pics!


Little Dollings by Brenda O. said...

Wasn't that a blast?!
Silly you!
(umm... for the record.. I'll Never forget about giving birth, no way!! LOL.. I know, I know, that's prolly too much info.. sorry folks!) ;)

Ohhh.. I love your lil twitter birdie! Gonna go find me one too!!


Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Oh Lori, too funny!!! I hope you meant liquid starch and not fabric softner when you wrote this up! I'm not sure what fabric softner would do in a paper mache mix.

The pumpkin is looking good girl!!! Keep us posted!

vintagepaletteart said... bad Laurie! LOL Better change that! hehe Might make it smell better though!

vintagepaletteart said...

Brenda...........TMI............LOL Mine's finally starting to dry!

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

you guys did a wonderful which of the ladys is you?...:)

vintagepaletteart said...

Guess I should have specified....LOL When I gave our names, I was naming us from left to right.....Joycee, Brenda and I.

We're a long way from finished. We found out that we have to do up to 5 layers of paper strips before we can even start sculpting with the paper mache and my pumpkin is still not dry I MIGHT get it finished sometime before Halloween....*giggle*

tattered 'n torn prims said...

Hey girl!!! I thought I heard the roar of laughter all day from down south!!! Now I know from where it came!!! LOL!!! Those pumpkins rock!!! Can't wait to see the finished products!!!

how many depends did y'all go thro'???????


Tina said...

Wow, looks like too much fun!!! Can't wait to see the finished project. You must post them when they are done. So great.
blessings and hope to see ya soon

vintagepaletteart said...

Hi Stace!!! Well, I only went through one but my pumpkin needs a bunch! He's still leaking a bit.............=o)

vintagepaletteart said...

Hi Tina! Wish you could have been here! You have to make one of these! I know yours would rock!

DebsCraft said...

Love your blog Lori! Wonderful work ♥

I have a little pressies for you over on my blog...

Hope you like it sweetie :o)

Smiles and Hugs Debs x

DebsCraft said...

Doh! Silly me Lol's, all fixed now if you wanted to go and get the code :)
The header is slightly different too (just the white bit on the right hand side has gone)

Hugs Debs x

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Lori, It sounds like the three of you had a blast!! I can't wait to see your finished pieces!!


Colleen said...

oh my...I wanna make these pumpkins...just guys have done a great job so far. Can't wait to see them all finished.

Nancy Lee Malay said...

Just look at your beautiful, smiling faces!!

Looks like you had a great time!!!

Kathleen A Foley Grimm 'KAF' said...

Hi Girlies!!
Oh, you all are so cute!!!
Wish I was there with ya!
Can't wait to see the finished pumpkins. :)

vintagepaletteart said...

Oh Lori! I have some questions for you my dear! =o) I think you need to make some of these too!

vintagepaletteart said...

Colleen, Nancy & Kaf.......Oh how I wish all the PFATTies could have been here with us for pumpkin day!

vintagepaletteart said...

Debs!!! What a sweetheart you are!!!! Thank you so much for the templates and the banner too! =o)


Disgusted Cats said...

I'll bet you gals had a blast!
Wish that I lived closer. I'd love to have joined you!


Karri said...

That looks like such fun! I wouldn't have guessed that's how they got such a nice pumpkin shape. Glad you all had a wonderful time!