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My entry and a prize update

Ok peeps. I know I keep saying that Pumpkin Smackdown 2013 can’t get anymore exciting, but I was wrong. I appreciate that will break your minds, but I was wrong and it is more exciting for 4 reasons:

1. You are about to view my entry
2. Emma Cannon is donating a copy of her book Total Fertility!!! The lucky person who wins the Infertility/Fertility Pumpkin Award shall be the lucky recipient of this. FD, Turtle and I are beyond excited. Beyond. No, past there. Even further. Back a bit, a bit more. Yep. THAT far beyond.
3. As well as winning a surprise magical Japanese prize, the Grand Final winner will also win an Official Pumpkin Smackdown cup!
4. I am putting together a small prize bundle for the remaining categories (Lamest Award, WTF Award and Almost Won Award). As these are currently umm, work in progress I can’t divulge their their true greatness just yet. They may or may not in part be made by me. Oh yes.


Now for my entry. I had a pumpkin party of my own this weekend where I handed out knives, a pick axe, drills and hack saws to my nearest and dearest and let them loose in my dining room at a bunch of pumpkins. I’d never carved a pumpkin before and the main thing I learnt yesterday was that pumpkins STINK. Why did nobody warn me of this? The combination of the stench and having to pull its stringy guts out very almost nearly made me vom a hundred times over.

So, drum roll please. My entry. It is a pumpkin representation of my current mental state:

These are the combined fruits of our labour:

I was quite pleased with my first ever carving effort until I saw all the other entries flooding in and now I’m in a bit of a sulk. Whose stupid idea was this competition anyway?

Don’t forget the deadline is Thursday 5pm my standard time. Set your watches.

BB xx


Pumpkin Smackdown 2013: update

Exciting update!!! After hours and HOURS of negotiations, mainly because Turtle is a stickler for the details and FD likes the sound of her own voice, we have finally agreed on the final categories for Pumpkin Smackdown 2013:

1. Grand Winner of Pumpkin Smackdown 2013
2. Best Expression in Show
3. Lamest Pumpkin
4. Best Infertility/Fertility Pumpkin Award
5. WTF Award
6. Almost Won Award

I know, I know, pretty exciting hey? We have had some excellento entries already so I’d get cracking if I were you (which I am; my pumpkin party is this weekend). As if things couldn’t get anymore exciting, as well as Magical Surprise Japanese Prizes we may also have some small prizes for the other categories. Oh yeah, wanna win now don’t you?

Good luck guys. I am extremely excited to see what the next week brings us.

Yours, covered in bits of smackdown pumpkin excitement,

BB xx

A rules reminder if you wanna join:


1. You have to carve a pumpkin/s. You can use a knife, or a drill or any power tool you see fit.

2. You have to either email me or tweet either myself (@barren_betty) or FD (@fertility_doll) with your final presentation, or post it on your blog and make us definitely aware of it so that you can be included in the final judging. I’m not saying we don’t both read all blogs all the time, but FD can sometimes be a bit lax.

3. All submissions must be submitted by 31st October, 5pm at my standard time.

4. They must be worse than mine or we aren’t friends anymore. I am very competitive.

5. The prize is glory and honour AND MAGICAL SURPRISE PRIZES ALL THE WAY FROM JAPAN! (plus minor bonus prizes for runners up).