“Mom, can we carve a pumpkin?”
Who knew that six little words, uttered by my four year old, would change the course of my whole life? I simply replied, “Of course!” We bought our little carving kit with its patterns and saws and bought the first pumpkin we could find. Overnight I began carving for family and friends and within two weeks was hired by a local amusement park that put my carved pumpkins on television. When the host lacked the ability to pronounce my last name, he gave me a new one: The Pumpkin Lady®. (Thank you, Larry King!)
Thirteen years later, I’ve carved for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart, and had the honor of being an expert judge for the Food Network’s Extreme Pumpkin Challenge. I’ve carved pumpkins on a chilly October morn in Times Square for Good Morning America and spent hot days under studio lights for the Home Shopping Network. But do you know what I love most? Being home, surrounded by my hubby and teenage son (both named Jack!) and my herd of cats (yes, several are black), and designing for you! I create patterns and share my carving tips hoping that you will take a little time out of your schedule to create a wonderful memory with friends and family. To get started, do you wanna know my #1 pumpkin carving secret?
Relax, have fun, and forget about being perfect.
There, feel better now? All the pressure to carve perfection gone? Perfection is highly overrated…and boring! Does your pumpkin have crooked eyes? Does your ghost look goofy? Is your haunted house lopsided? Don’t call those mistakes…they just have character! Relax. Make a mess. Get gooey. Laugh. No matter how your pumpkin carving turns out, it will be perfect!
And one last thing. I’ve carved hundreds of pumpkins and have posted a few of them for you to see on my Pumpkin Lady Facebook Fan page. But the best thing is that YOU can put some of YOUR carvings on there, too! I’d LOVE to see your pumpkin carvings! Show them off, share a memory, and be there when I give away free stuff to my fans! (Free is my favorite flavor!)
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Lisa Berberette, The Pumpkin Lady®