Month: October 2021

Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas

The carving of a pumpkin into a Jack-o’-lantern originates from an Irish myth about Stingy Jack, who tricked the Devil for his own monetary gain. When Jack died, the legend goes that God would not allow such an unsavoury figure into heaven. The Devil would not allow Jack’s soul into hell either, so Jack was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity.

In Ireland, people started to carve scary faces out of turnips and potatoes. They would then place them into windows or near doors to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul.  Irish immigrants took this tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and found that pumpkins are perfect for carving!

Pumpkin carving is the perfect opportunity to get creative at Halloween. Simply choose a large pumpkin and use a knife to cut off the crown. You then need to scoop out the seeds and fibres and discard. Tip – to keep your pumpkin fresher for longer, give it cold bath with a splash of bleach to keep the mould away! You can now design your lantern by either using a marker pen or a printed template. You can’t go wrong with the traditional Jack O’Lantern design, it looks great and is really simple to carve. If you’d like to go for something a bit more adventurous you can find lots of printable stencils online. Simply attach the template onto your pumpkin with pins or tape and use a nail or sharp tipped object to poke through and mark.

There are lot’s of other fun but simple ideas for your pumpkins, instead of discarding the seeds and fibres use them to create a vomiting pumpkin! Or how about carving a smaller fruit and posing it in your lanterns mouth. Pumpkins look fabulous with an autumnal spray of flowers displayed as a centre piece on your table. You can even cut out carving altogether and simply decorate with paint, glitter and other crafty materials. The main thing is you have fun with it!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

The Ultimate Cosy Night In

Cold, dark nights are upon us but it doesn’t have to be dull and gloomy. Create the ultimate cosy night in and you will soon be feeling all snuggly and warm! Staying in is becoming just as popular as going out. A cosy night in can be enjoyed alone, with your partner, your family or you can even invite friends to join in on your home comforts.

Lighting

Turn off any harsh lights, leaving just a low lamp on will immediately set the scene with an ambient glow. Make it extra special by lighting a few candles around your room, scented candles are even better for creating those cosy vibes!

Fireplace

Can you think of anything better than curling up in front of a fireplace on a cold, dark evening? If you are lucky enough to have an open fire, it’s time to fire it up and make the most of it. No cosy night in is complete without a crackling fireplace to gaze into. To keep your open fire burning longer into the night add Firemizer.

 

 

Get comfy

The best bit! No need for high heels or itchy tights, get in your comfiest loungewear, plump up the cushions and grab the cosiest blanket. And you can forget about that tipsy walk in the rain to find a taxi, it’s just a short trip up the stairs when your eyes get heavy.

Snacks

Make sure you have your favourite snacks in to nibble on. Easy go to options are crisps with dips, nuts, popcorn and crackers which you can just pour into serving bowls. Nacho’s are guaranteed to go down well, just add your favourite toppings and sprinkle with cheese. Then place under the grill for a few minutes and hey presto, the perfect sofa snack! Adding some sweet treats like chocolates, sweets or ice cream is a must for the perfect night in.

 

 

Pick your entertainment

This could be watching a good film or binging on your favourite tv series. If you’re spending the evening alone nothing beats snuggling up with a good book. Reading reduces stress and helps you sleep better so you’ll be in for a good nights sleep too. If you’re in the mood for something a little more stimulating, get out the board games, a great option if you’re enjoying a family night or having friends over.

 

 

 

 

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