Readers cast their votes in our first ever Project Pumpkin contest and "made it work."
With Halloween rapidly approaching, we gave seven artistically minded folks a pumpkin and a bag of random craft materials -- glitter, beads, pipe cleaners and more -- and challenged them to make something gourd-geous. But, just as on the hit reality show Project Runway, there was a little twist: The artists had to create something inspired by one of the seven deadly sins.
They could pick any of the sins to depict, as long as they used at least three of the supplied materials in their overall design. (They could also use three of their own materials, their own tools and their own coloring supplies.)
After hours (or days) of carving, painting and gluing, we posted photos of each finished product online and let readers decide which one was most sin-sational.
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More than 140,000 votes were cast over several days, and based on the results, we think Hangman's House of Horrors in Fort Worth rallied their fans: The top three vote-getters are affiliated with the haunted house.
Here are all seven Project Pumpkin creations, and what the artists had to say about their work.
Still haven't carved your own pumpkin at home? Take inspiration from these seven creative looks and think beyond the usual jack-o'-lantern face this year.
"Greed" by Jennifer Goolsby
Age 34, Hurst
Goolsby, who lists her occupation as the curious combination of "a child-care director and actress at Hangman's House of Horrors," took three days -- 10 hours total -- to complete her design.
This greedy gourd garnered 58,135 votes, about 42 percent.
Goolsby said she kept the inspiration simple for her pumpkin's design, taking her idea from the most natural interpretation of greed: money. What problems did she face along the way? "Getting everything to stick," she said.
"Pride" by Kurt Crenwelge
Age 40, Arlington
Crenwelge is a business analyst and construction chairman for Hangman's House of Horrors. Inspired by his interpretation of original sin, Crenwelge chose the downfall of Lucifer as his central theme to showcase the destruction of pride. He took about six hours over two sittings to complete the creation.
Crenwelge said his hardest challenge was creating the fine lines of the design and the face of the angel.
"Greed" by Stephanie Sidwell
Age 28, Euless
Sidwell, a stay-at-home mom who is also an actress at Hangman's House of Horrors, took 12 hours to perfect her pumpkin, including working on a practice-pumpkin.
Using the Garden of Eden as the model for her pumpkin's design, Sidwell said she chose the biblical story of Eve and the fruit since she intereprets it as the first act of greed.
What was hardest for her? "Using the tools to etch out the shapes," she said.
The runners-up (in no particular order):
"Gluttony" by Nancy Lamb
Age 54, Fort Worth
When looking for inspiration, well-known local artist Lamb looked no further than the Monty Python movies as she re-created the Mr. Creosote scene from The Meaning of Life. If you haven't seen the iconic scene with the thin mint, Lamb advises: "YouTube it!"
She says she didn't encounter any problems during the three days she spent on the creation.
"Envy and vanity" by Devon Nowlin
Age 31, Fort Worth
Using traditional vanitas as her main inspiration, Nowlin -- a local artist and gallery assistant at The Art Galleries at TCU -- said the skulls in her design are meant to symbolize that both time and beauty are fleeting.
She spent four hours prepping and carving and another couple hours working on the inside.
She said the hardest part was "putting the mirrors in the correct position to achieve the illusion I was going for."
"Greed" by Ann Ekstrom
Age 57, Fort Worth
Ekstrom, an artist, said her collection of vintage bug pins was the main inspiration for her creation, which she calls "Attack of the Gold Bug."
She spent four hours on her pumpkin and said the biggest challenge was "trying to design the face. I wanted something that was avarice rather than fear."
"Gluttony" by Lori Thomson
Age 50, Fort Worth
Thomson, an artist and art teacher at Amon Carter-Riverside High School, was inspired by the traditional punishment for gluttony: being force-fed rats, toads and snakes. She created a design that ponders what the punishment is when a snake is the gluttonous one. Thomson said she also liked the idea of getting to keep a plain, traditional face for the pumpkin.
For her, the hardest part was scheduling. "I didn't get my pumpkin until Tuesday because of the holiday we had Monday, so I had that on top of having to plan for my art classes," Thomson said. She completed it in 21/2 hours.