Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Next comes Ashley pushing the Baby Carriage

When we discussed the menu for the shower, Ashley declared that she'd like a watermelon fruit basket. Good Grief, I thought, that's something I've never done before. So I went on the Internet and looked up how to carve a watermelon into a fruit basket. I found other amazing sculptures, including a baby carriage, which totally fit our party theme. I told everyone we were going to attempt to carve the watermelon and I'd blog the results, be it good or bad.

So I began with help from Meghan and Ashley. I began by drawing the cut line on the melon. Oops! I drew past the bonnet section of the carriage and it was permanent marker. Meghan came to the rescue with the bright idea of trying a Mr. Eraser sponge to erase it and guess what? It worked pretty good. Then when I cut the top off to make the basic shape of the carriage, the second glitch occurred.... the watermelon split about an inch past the cut line. Ugh! Well at least it was on the same side as the marker boo-boo, we determined that would be the side facing the back.

Meghan cut the handle. We ended up trimming it a little thinner than it was in this photo, but you get the basic idea.

Here's our finished baby carriage. The hardest part of the whole sculpture was the wheels. The centers of the oranges just don't hold anything. I had to cut a mini square of watermelon rind to put in the center of the orange. It was a little frustrating, but we were able to get them attached and they stayed on well.

Filled with fruit and on display. The wheels were suppose to have strawberries as hub caps, but we used the watermelon rind circles instead, because we forgot to save some out when we cut the fruit for the salad.


Meghan said...

I cannot believe how good we are, it turned out great!!

Christy said...

How cute is that!?! Great job!

As far as support groups for Battens...there are some around the country and other parts of the world, but not in my neck of the woods. Unfortunately, another little girl was diagnosed in January with the same type of Batten Disease that our daughter has, and we have connected and support one another the best we can.

Thanks for all the sweet comments. Have a great weekend!