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Re: Why Halloween's Really British

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:40 pm ¦  Forum: General Spooky Discussion ¦  Topic: Why Halloween's Really British ¦  Replies: 20 ¦  Views: 13971

BrookR1 wrote:This makes me want to try carving a turnip. Does ZP have any turnip patterns? :D
I actually did a report in Jr. High School about the origins of the Jack-O'-Lantern, and carved several vegetables and gourds, including a turnip for it. :D

Re: The Walking Dead Season 6 & Fear The Walking Dead

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Mon Oct 12, 2015 5:10 pm ¦  Forum: Television ¦  Topic: The Walking Dead Season 6 & Fear The Walking Dead ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 6673

I watched Fear the Walking Dead, and it was okay. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. I understand the idea that the pace would be relatively slow, given the setting at the start of the outbreak, but it was glacier-like for the first couple of episodes. I kinda hate that the L.A. group is learning t...

Re: Creating stencils?

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Fri Oct 09, 2015 4:08 pm ¦  Forum: Real Pumpkin Carving Help ¦  Topic: Creating stencils? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 5178

I wish I could argue that it isn't THAT hard or tedious to make your own stencils... but it really kinda is. Unfortunately, it really is an art. The number of patterns that Ryan has put together is dumbfounding. I'm lucky to put together five of my own stencils per season. I can give you the basic i...

Re: Hello again from Earth G...

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Fri Oct 09, 2015 3:18 pm ¦  Forum: Personal Life & Introductions ¦  Topic: Hello again from Earth G... ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 4648

Thanks to all for the condolences and the encouragement. That is what makes this forum great! Despite thoughts of taking it easy, maybe doing pre-made stencils, in the last couple of days, I've been stealing moments from my days, looking at images, thinking, "yeah... I could turn that into a pattern...

Hello again from Earth G...

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Wed Oct 07, 2015 1:49 pm ¦  Forum: Personal Life & Introductions ¦  Topic: Hello again from Earth G... ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 4648

Back after a year off. Real life, huh? Spoils all the fun. What's happened since then? Well, two years ago, my time was so limited, I think I only carved three foam pumpkins. Then came the tragedy. For those of you used to the temporary, in-the-moment-ness of carving real pumpkins, you may not under...

Re: Carved on Earth G 2013!

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:26 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Carved on Earth G 2013! ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 5076

Thanks for the continued great comments!

High praise from the Patch Master!!! Ryan, if those patterns of Cushing and Lee were already here, you'd have saved me a TON of work!!! Looking forward to seeing and carving them when you put them out!

Re: Carved on Earth G 2013!

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Sun Oct 20, 2013 7:51 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Carved on Earth G 2013! ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 5076

Thanks for all the encouraging comments. I'm glad you all have liked what I've managed to do this year! I know a lot of folks consider Bela Lugosi as THE Dracula when they think of the character. Not me. As a child, one of my great memories was watching the Saturday afternoon horror showcases from l...

Re: MM's Mums first ZP! Carve

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:10 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: MM's Mums first ZP! Carve ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 3864

Great carve, and the addition is perfect! Extra kudos for the display for the photos!

Re: Jon's carves 2013

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:57 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Jon's carves 2013 (Updated 10-30) ¦  Replies: 23 ¦  Views: 7156

I think they look great. I have the same problem with transfer paper. Maybe it is all old stock. Whatever. I switched over to sticker paper. I'm much happier now. Plus, sometimes I can reposition without having to start completely over, or I can just move a part of the stencil by cutting it free fro...

Re: Carved on Earth G 2013!

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Tue Oct 15, 2013 7:33 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Carved on Earth G 2013! ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 5076

Thanks for the kind words everyone! Got my second pumpkin carved, and I've become hooked on making my own patterns. Figured since I'm probably only going to get four done this season, I can probably handle that! And, for this photo, NOT a cell phone pick, AND prop-age! http://i135.photobucket.com/al...

Carved on Earth G 2013!

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:43 pm ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Carved on Earth G 2013! ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 5076

Greetings all! I wasn't sure that I'd be posting anything this season. In the last year, I got a pretty big promotion at work, now in management, and time for anything not absolutely necessary has been at a premium, and, then, in the last month, I broke my foot. You wouldn't think a broken foot woul...

Re: Chewy's 2012 Carves - Video#1 - Nov 1

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:20 am ¦  Forum: Carving Photos & Stories ¦  Topic: Chewy's 2012 Carves - Video#3 - Nov 2 ¦  Replies: 39 ¦  Views: 10744

That. Is. Awesome.

Re: Trick or Treaters - how many did you get?

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:50 am ¦  Forum: General Spooky Discussion ¦  Topic: Trick or Treaters - how many did you get? ¦  Replies: 21 ¦  Views: 8395

The bad news, first. On Halloween night, at our house, we had... 0. That's right. Zero. Goose egg. Nada. Nothing. Sure, we've been averaging 1 to 5 over the last decade, but zero was still pretty shocking. The weather, the mid-week landing of Halloween, and the fact that there were only two houses o...

Re: any tips on dealing with squirrels?

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:36 am ¦  Forum: General Spooky Discussion ¦  Topic: any tips on dealing with squirrels? ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 6002

Squirrels. Yeah. This is a major factor in me using foam. We have enough squirrels in the neighborhood that you can put out a pumpkin and within a few hours, they have virtually destroyed them. I get it - what we see as decorations, they see as sustenance. Can't really argue with them. I've heard th...

Re: Episode 7

 by EarthGBilly ¦  Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:21 am ¦  Forum: Movies ¦  Topic: Episode 7 ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 3673

Not being a Star Wars fan, I have no real thought on this, but my best friend is a huge Star Wars fan.

He was NOT a fan of the prequels, and thinks that maybe it won't be so bad for Lucas to not be in charge of future films.