Pumpkin City: Early for Halloween

Pumpkin city

I especially like this idea. I could make a row of them like a candlelit village. I’d rather have these than a scary jack-o-lantern face.

Pumpkin City

A passel of pumpkins provides the backdrop for a quaint village scene.

Step 1: Carve a hole in the bottom of each pumpkin, scoop out the pulp, and return the cut pieces.

Step 2: Print out these house templates. Resize on a copier, scaling the images to fit your pumpkins.

Step 3: Cut out stencils as directed on the templates and affix to pumpkins with masking tape. Trace on the designs with a felt-tip pen.

Step 4: Remove stencils, then carefully carve along the drawn lines of the houses’ windows with an X-Acto knife. Fill in the designs using a fine-tip brush and black flat acrylic paint; let dry. Affix a battery-operated votive candle in the base of each pumpkin with adhesive putty.

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Floaty Pen with a Naked Man

You may have noticed a floaty pen once or more. They are sold as promotional items for events, stores, tourist attractions, etc.

There are floaty pens with women, nude once you tilt the pen and their skirt or dress floats up and away. A floaty pen with a nude man is more interesting to me. Not because I especially want to see a naked man. (This is the Internet – I can easily view naked men). It’s interesting because sex novelty items were far more likely to show women undressed or scantily clad than men.

floaty penFound on eBay.

Read more about floaty pens.

See more floaty pens on Flickr.

The Mad Hatter’s Pin

I got looking at fancy tea sets for whatever reason then ended up finding this pen/ pendant for the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame.  I love the design, right down to the tea bag. It comes from a shopping site but is made by Kirks Folly. When I went to find it at Kirks Folly I did not find exactly this same pin. There was a lot to look at there and many nice jewelery pieces that I could add. But, I’m sticking to just the one for now.

Thursday Thirteen #26: Doodling Essentials

Thursday Thirteen: 13 things I have used for blog doodles:

A pink breast cancer floaty pen (it has a great fine point).

A pack of pencil crayons.

A pack of felt tipped markers.

A Lotus pen I found in a backpack I bought at the thrift store.

My HP Photo Scanner, my treat to myself after getting divorced.

Microsoft Image Composer (It came with FrontPage).

Plain, blank, unlined white paper bought at Zellers.

Napkins from the coffee shops and fast food places around Ontario.

My Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 digital camera.

A black fine tip marker which I bought at Walmart, it ended up leaking all over me each time I used it so it was soon retired.

A set of colourful gel pens which are a bit too much on the light side to be used often.

An official doodle pad with coloured paper which is fun to draw on but scans on the dark and dreary side.

Post It note pads, yellow and blue.

Zack is here, just after I posted my list. He says he should be on my list cause he gives me ideas.