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Shrunken Apple Heads by Beverly Van Pelt

  One of the joys of Halloween is the Art of Carving. I’ve been known to demonstrate pumpkin speed carving, but my FAVORITE carving projects are the whimsical shrunken apple heads that I make. These little guys lasted from September of one year to December of the next, and as…

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Location Scouting

Mutton on the Moors, Mission Ranch, Carmel, CA   Location Scouting — I do this at the stage when I need some juice to bring my script alive. Whether it’s the missing element of interaction between characters and the environment, or filling in for the complete absence of background description,…

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Wild Turkeys in Monterey, California   Much to the chagrin of other drivers, I break for Wild Turkeys! There is something so fascinating to me about these creatures, and I love to watch them as they feed and move and plume their tail feathers. I took this photo one day as I…

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I was honored to attend Adam Leipzig’s workshop, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers   Carmel, CA–Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers, February 16, 2013 The sun was out in Carmel and one might have been tempted to lounge the day away in the quiet village, unless that someone was an Independent…

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I wanted to do something special for my Sweetie, but I hadn’t planned anything in advance. No problem! Cereal, coffee, bacon, and Cutie oranges are a simple way to say, “I Love You!” Here I served them on a large serving platter for a nice unifying theme.

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Monterey Tribe U13 Lacrosse boys played hard at the Fair Oaks Tournament on 03/02/2013. Afterward, they headed to UC Berkeley to watch the Cal Bears Mens Lacrosse team battle it out against Sonoma. In this photo, the Monterey Tribe U13 Lacrosse boys are watching as the Cal Bears Mens Lacrosse…

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Thanksgiving Past

I was going to start off by saying that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday… but the truth is EVERY Holiday is my favorite. Ha! The other day I came across photos from a simple yet elegant Thanksgiving dinner from a couple of years ago. It was lovely!     One…

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Halloween Costume: Space Cadet

Boy’s Space Cadet costume. This was such a F-U-N project largely because I did not have a pattern so I had to design one using a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt as my guide for the pattern pieces.                      …

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Speed Carving – Pumpkins

I have a confession to make! This past Halloween I decided to show off for the large group of kids at our neighborhood block party. Yep! I spread a large black plastic bag out and sat down on it with my giant pumpkin… and a steak knife and soup spoon.…

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