This month we have a new feature from Eileen in our Technical Services department. In addition to many other duties, Eileen receives and processes all of the magazines for our collection. She gets to see everything that’s new and exciting in these magazines before anyone else, so she’s offered to share some of what caught her eye this month in Magazine Moments.
The ‘Pretty Pumpkins’ article (page 49) in this month’s issue of Good Housekeeping might be just what you are looking for if you are decorating for the autumn season. Marc Evan, co-founder of Maniac Pumpkin Carvers, gives helpful tips whether you are carving or painting your pumpkins.
To help preserve your carved pumpkin, Marc suggests cutting a square hole in the back rather than cutting off the top, then scoop out the seeds. The stem helps the pumpkin maintain its structure (so it won’t cave in) and conserve nutrients and moisture.
A carving suggestion is to use copper tubes of different sizes (from a hardware store) to gently hammer into the surface like a cookie cutter. To make your design shine brighter place a string of LED lights inside. Neat trick: Wrap them around a mason jar.
For a centerpiece, cover a pumpkin with white acrylic paint. Use metallic paint to add gold dots with a round sponge brush or stencil. Crown your pumpkin with a floral wreath made with a sturdy floral wire so that it can be hung with a wall hook later on when the blooms have dried.
Troy Public Library has the October 2015 issue on the shelf now if you wish to read the complete article. You will learn more ways to preserve, carve, and paint your pumpkins. You also have access to the magazine through the Troy Public Library website with your library card. Once you are on the website, The Zinio Magazine collection is available by clicking on the Downloadables link and following the directions for your particular device.
I used my computer at home to add Good Housekeeping to the ‘My Collection’ tab in Zinio. I was then able to print off the pages I wanted handy to use in the future. Happy Halloween!