I think there’s something magical about sending and receiving a message in a bottle. Nine years ago my incredibly loving sister sent me one in the mail! I remember being so surprised and touched that she would think to do this for me … not to mention feeling so loved and special too. I will never forget how exciting it was to open and read her letter. This precious memento has stayed with me since and every now and then I open the bottle and read her message again just to find that my heart gets that warm fuzzy feeling and my eyes start to water just as if I had opened it for the first time again.
I had always wanted to re-create that feeling for others in my own creative way. It’s always been on my list of things to do, my list of great ideas … “inventions” I like to call them sometimes! Like all things that I create I must be patient and wait for the right moment when all the pieces come together and the sparks ignite. And so forth, the right time has come and I dedicate my “Message in a Bottle” necklace to my amazing Sister whom has a remarkable character, strength, beauty, love, and passion for life. I am so proud to be able to call her my Sister!
Getting ready for Halloween is a huge event around my house. From decorating with spooky décor to handing out regular sized candy bars to the little ghouls and goblins. Its the one day of the year we seem to give ourselves permission to step outside ourselves, have fun with our imagination and give without expecting anything in return.
We have been carving intricate designs for about 10 years now and have tried many different methods of carving. Our favorite tools to carve are the good old carving knifes you get in the kits at the store and an x-atco set. For cleaning out the pumpkin this is the one I cant live without, it’s a ½” Tear Drop Loop Tool. Its actually a pottery tool used for sculpting but this tool is a life saver when it comes to scraping out the pumpkin ~ cuts the time in half!!! Toothpicks work great for those thin carvings that are slumping or may have broken. We cover the outside with plastic wrap and stick in the refrigerator until Halloween, I suggest you carve no earlier that 1 day in advance.
When it comes time to carve pumpkins, we love to make the most of the moment. We put on a scary movie grab a glass of wine and spend hours carving out the intricate designs we‘ve picked out. Its always an exciting moment when a pumpkin is finished! The lights get turned off and the candle is lit to unveil the newest masterpiece.