The Great Pumpkin Design Off
Since Oct 1, 2015, the girls and I have been battling off in our Mikey Magazine with updates that were intended to throw each other off track. The main commonality between the 3 girls and I is myself. Over the month, we have gotten to know each other while bantering each other with teasing and more.
Carmi Cimicata and I have battled off before just for fun last year with a Reindeer Head Challenge. The great thing about creativity is that nothing stands in our way.
This year, I decided to invite two more creative ladies to battle with us to add even more fun. It has been fun too!
Take a standard craft foam pumpkin picked up in a Craft Store and make a Halloween display.
Each of us have different crafting skills. So the only restriction was that a foam pumpkin had to be used. How we are to decorate is our own business and use the skills and resources to make it happen.
Carmi is the Social Media Manager of a major beading company based out of Canada. Her job entails inspiring others with creativity to create engaging posts to inspire crafters with projects.
Carmi is dangerously creativity. She tweaks, up cycles, creates and somehow turns everything into works of art. She is bold.
Behind the scenes, she is compassionate and an excellent person to sit with as she listens and offers advice or ideas without speaking down to you. I love that about her.
A lifetime of creativity has served Cathy well. Inspired by her Mother and a common thread throughout Cathy’s life to dabble in a wide mix of creativity which includes quilting, sewing, painting, knitting, crochet and more. She also gets involved in baking and is open to learning new ideas.
Of the four of us, Cathy is the most competitive of us. She enters country fairs in a huge way. She’s got her eye on the price. Daniel and I have lovingly nicknamed her as “Cathy – The Blue Ribbon Fair Queen”.
Behind the scenes, she is exceptionally funny with one of the most contagious laughs we have ever heard. She’s one to throw one liners but if you aren’t listening carefully, you will completely miss it.
From the paper craft world to the yarn fiber world comes Jeanne. Crafting is part of her life in a big way. She crochets up to 3 hours a day. Jeanne is the newest member of The Crochet Crowd Team. With common sense thinking combined with empathy and problem solving skills.
Jeanne and I met on The Crochet Cruises in early 2015. Jeanne, Kathy White and I would meet around 6 am having a cup of tea and talk about life. We would share, laugh and really get where each other is coming from. For me, though I have many great memories of The Crochet Cruises but the mornings before the hussle and bussle of the ship starts, it was my slice of heaven.
Behind the scenes, her love for her grand daughters is very strong. She is sensitive but strong. She’s the one to have a laugh with when things go crazy.
I am the writer of this blog and the Creative Director of The Crochet Crowd. It was my idea to have this pumpkin bash. Challenges such as this exercise my creativity and push me to create. Having a challenge battle, it’s a perfect way to mix and talk to people. I tend to be very introverted behind the scenes and so this helps me stay engaged.
It is really remarkable that the same pumpkins were used and how each of us went in our own unique way to create our final displays. May you be inspired.
Carmi was inspired by the Mexican Living of the Dead Traditions. Armed with her glue gun and beading galore from plastic, polymer, fabric, felt, cotton and more. She transformed her pumpkin into a skull.
Carmi’s creativity spoke to her personality and designing preferences of being bold and eccentric. Look carefully at the pictures as you will find surprises and unexpected beads and items worked onto her pumpkin.
For the most colourful and eccentric pumpkin, she takes first prize.
What a really fun entry and a completely different approach. We’ve been teasing Cathy about her competitive nature of the local fair. She decided to rub it in our faces and incorporate many of her crafting skills into her Pumpkin Shrine.
Cathy carved out her pumpkin and completed a scene inside her pumpkin where the fair is inside of her pumpkin. Cathy didn’t win the pie contest this year and designed to crochet a pie and stick her own first prize ribbon on it for laughs.
For the most personalized pumpkin exhibit with unexpected features, she takes first prize.
Jeanne was inspired by creating a pleasant scarecrow that sits on her front porch. Jeanne customized her pumpkin using her skills from her paper crafting of creating a cute happy pumpkin face.
Combined with with hay and farmer’s clothing, she has combined her crochet skills in making a hat and tie.
For creating the most iconic and cheerful pumpkin that her grand daughters love and that we can all relate to, she takes first prize.
I was inspired by creating a display exhibit intended to celebrate fall where it can be assumed it’s for Halloween. I purposely made some tutorials in October where elements were intended for this project. I found a free pattern for a Pumpkin Lace Collar for pumpkins online and was my starting point.
Combined with Diva Dan’s knowledge of floral arranging, Diva Dan stood beside me giving me tips on arranging. Usually he takes over in this kind of project but made me do it myself.
For the most last minute put together and only burning myself once, Mikey takes first prize.