Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Just Plain Cute

A couple of weeks, well now it's probably been months, ago I uploaded some cute pictures of my family, to Flickr, but forgot to put them up on this site so that everyone could see them. I feel blessed to have such a great family!

Happy Birthday MomA little red in a sea of greenGet in the game

Friday, October 13, 2006

3D Pumpkin Carving

I have never seen anything like this before. Absolutely amazing!

If you have yet to try and carve a pumpkin in a 3-D manner you need to. Its fun and everybody enjoys a cool pumpkin. Unfortunately they begin to rot less than a week after carving so be sure to take plenty of pictures. You can experiment with ways of preserving them but I find nothing works better than a nice photo. Some chefs that I have carved for put lemon juice on the faces to help slow down the natural molding process that will occur.Picking out the right pumpkin is very important. You need a pumpkin with a thick wall. To get this kind you will have to choose one that is very heavy for its size. Also avoid perfectly round pumpkins and opt for ones that have a protruding ridge that sticks out on one side. These shapes make nice faces as you could imagine how difficult it would be to carve a 3-D face onto a shallow flat surface.

Gallery / Toys and Collectibles - Villafane Studios Artist Ray Villafane