Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My Craftiness Revealed

I'm not especially crafty, but I do like making things and I can follow directions with the best of them. I've wanted to try my hand at carving a watermelon for some time now (who knows how I come up with these aspirations?), and my sister-in-law's baby shower provided the perfect opportunity. I downloaded some instructions, asked Rob to help me draw the template, and went to town. Some things I learned about watermelon carving:

  • watermelons are much easier to cut than pumpkins. If you can carve a pumpkin, then you can do a watermelon

  • the inside of a watermelon is much easier to scoop out than the inside of a pumpkin - and it's less stringy, less smelly, and tastier. It's an all-around good deal.

  • fruit salad just tastes better when it is served inside a piece of fruit. It picks up all the watermelony goodness.

  • It's a good idea to have lots of paper towels on hand during the carving and transporting. They don't call it a watermelon for nothing.

  • Wear an apron, or something other than the nice outfit you planned on wearing to the actual shower, while you are carving. See above reference to watermelon.

Overall, I was pretty pleased with the outcome and if you want to try it, here is a good place for ideas and templates. (I had to promise Rob that I would carve the Viking longship for a future party if he would help me draw the template this time.)

And because T asked for some photographic evidence, here is my watermelon baby carriage:

Note the orange slice wheels with the hot lime hubcaps? Deliciously au currant, if I do say so myself. (Oh Lord, please bless me in my inveterate geekiness . . .)


  1. Wow that is cute! I am once again impressed with you!

  2. Anonymous9:26 PM

    Now I just need an excuse to have a Viking longship fruit bowl...Is there a Leif Erikkson day? How about Thor's Day (Thursday)? Wotan's Day (Wednesday)? Frigga's Day (Friday)? Can I just play the Immigrant Song very loudly and qualify?
    Nothing says Viking raider like fruit salad...

    unNorsely yours,


  3. That's very cute. Your crafty should come out to play more often!

    Thanks for humoring me.

  4. Act of pure brilliance, those wheels.

  5. Very awesome, Aim! How long would you say it to from start to finish?

    I'm thinking a random Viking Themed party would be a good excuse to do the longship! You could start a new the pirate it will be VIKINGS! The men can wear beards and hats with horns and the women can wear....uhh....beards and hats with horns, too! LOL

  6. Meg: Yes! I love it - Vikings are the new Pirates. We are on the cusp of a new trend here :)

    It didn't take me too long to carve - I'd say an hour (tops) from start to finish. It's really easy.

  7. Now, THAT is impressive. Beautiful job.

  8. perhaps you can talk The Boy into a viking themed birthday party :D

  9. WAY TOO CUTE! Love it!


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