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Ric Testani, a customer/student of many of my lessons, shared these photos of a watermelon lady that he created for the 2014 South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The head is carved out of watermelon while the body features a variety of fruits and vegetables.

The event was held in February (I know, I know it’s taken me a long time to get around to sharing this) in South Florida and over 64,000 people attended the food-filled festivities. The Food Network-hosted festival, which began in 2002, featured over 300 chefs and winemakers at this year’s event. 

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There are many ways to carve stunning watermelon cakes that will impress your friends and family. It’s fun to see all the creative twist and additions that people add after watching my watermelon cakes lessons.

My DVD and online lesson, Watermelon Cakes #1 and #2, shows how to carve three different kinds of watermelon cakes. The lessons start with a super easy watermelon cake lesson and than get more elaborate as your skills improve. 

Many of my students and readers have sent me their versions of watermelon cakes. Some of the cakes are quite similar to what you can learn in my lesson while others have their own unique twist. From chocolate to rhinestones, see all the creative ideas in the following cakes made from fresh watermelons. People all over the world are getting in on the fun. continue reading…

This red, white and blue, 4th of July watermelon cake with fireworks on top is just so cute I had to share it. These photos were sent to me by a customer/student of mine, Rose Flores. She is so creative.

Spectacular red white and blue watermelon cake by Rose Flores

Spectacular red white and blue watermelon cake by Rose Flores

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Last summer, I received an email from Videll Kees about her “surprise watermelon cake” and thought this would be the perfect time to share the photos of her creative dessert.

There’s more to this watermelon cake than meets the eye.

This fun, healthy treat is perfect for summer gatherings and is an interesting twist on traditional watermelon cakes. From the outside, this looks like a solid watermelon cake similar to those that I teach in my video lessons, Watermelon Cakes #1 and #2. Videll not only added her own twist on the cake carving design, she added a surprise inside. continue reading…

watermelon-cake-Rose-cropWe hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day weekend and we want to share a few photos that we received of some beautiful Mother’s Day Fruit Carvings.

Rose Flores, who began her fruit carving journey with Vegetable Fruit Carving over two years ago, sent me a photo collage of her recent watermelon cake carvings for both Easter and Mother’s Day. Perhaps even more amazing than her carvings is the story behind them. Rose was admitted to the hospital in February with what she thought was pneumonia. Instead, she discovered that she continue reading…

Fruit-carving-cindy-2My student/customer Cindy Rozich, recently shared with me a few photos of the gorgeous watermelon carvings that she created and donated to a local high school theater production of Tarzan.

The three carvings were on display in the lobby throughout the show’s five performances, including a dinner theater with an audience of over 3,000 people.

The positive response was over whelming and very gratifying!!! It was really exciting to stand back and watch people look at the carvings! People took pictures with them and of them. Everybody loved them!!!!” –Cindy

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Vegetable BouquetsRight now, you can bring a touch of color into your home and brighten your living space with vibrant vegetable bouquets. These colorful, and healthy, veggie bouquets are great centerpieces for any occasion, even an ordinary day.

A quick trip to the local grocery store should provide you with all the veggies you need to get carving and get creative! Pick up multiple colors of peppers, radishes and more.

Several readers have sent photos of their stunning vegetable bouquets, which are shared below. Check out my previous blog about a talented 13-year-old who made his own vegetable bouquets for his parent’s wedding anniversary too.

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Tea Set CarvingsThere are so many creative ways to carve fruits and vegetables, such as these beautiful tea set carvings. It’s amazing how a simple piece of fruit can be transformed into an incredible work of art.

I’ve received photos of tea set carvings from several customers and fellow carvers and thought I’d compile them all in a blog post for easy viewing. Each person has a unique twist on the tea set carvings and has used a different selection of fruits and vegetables. Take a look and perhaps these can serve as inspiration for your own future fruit and vegetable carvings. continue reading…

Yolanda Diaz and her fruit carvingsIt’s fun for me to see the progress and successes of my vegetable and fruit carving students. Although, I created my lessons and offer them to people all over the world, I often don’t get to see their successes until they send me their stories and photos.

Like many of my customer/ students Maria Yolanda Diaz has experienced her share of successes as a result of my lessons and website. Besides improving her carving skills and expanding her professional offerings, she also got the unexpected benefit of reconnected with a long lost friend. Here is her story.

Yolanda found my website almost 2 years ago. Then, about 1 year after having purchased some of my lessons, Yolanda started sending me some of her photo with short stories about her successes. It pleases me so much to see her progress and accomplishments. continue reading…

Edible Vegetable BouquetsFor her 25th wedding anniversary, Audrey D’Souza’s 13-year-0ld son Angelo carved three beautiful edible vegetable bouquets. She was kind enough to share her story and a few photos with me. 

Angelo discovered my website while searching the internet for vegetable carving ideas. Although he didn’t have enough time to order the tools and ship them all the way to New Zealand, he was able to watch my free lessons and find a suitable tool set near his home. The final product were these gorgeous edible vegetable bouquets. These creations are impressive for anyone, especially for a 13-year-old.

Want to learn to carve a radish bouquet? You can sign up for the free lesson here. continue reading…

Holiday Fruit and Vegetable CarvingsLooking for new ideas for holiday fruit and vegetable carvings? Readers and students have kindly sent me photos of their creations and perhaps they can serve as inspiration for you too. 

There are many red and green fruits and vegetables available that are perfect for creating holiday fruit and vegetable carvings.  Get in the Christmas spirit with red and green chili peppers, radishes, green onions, watermelons and more!

You can see more remarkable examples of joyful holiday carving ideas in my Festive Holiday Food Garnishes blog.

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Carving Ideas for ChristmasI’m excited to share with you  a variety of fruit and vegetable carving ideas for Christmas. These wonderful creations were sent to me by my talented blog readers. Many of these photos I received last year after Christmas, but because my readers are usually on to the next thing – like New Year’s parties and resolutions, I waited until this year to share these photos with you.

These carving ideas for Christmas require varying levels of skills. Some are complex and require advanced techniques, some are easier to make than they might appear and some are simple and fun. Regardless of your skill level, the whole point to carving is to have some fun being creative. Showcase your creativity and impress your friends and family this holiday season with one of these wonderful carving ideas for Christmas.

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Poinsettia Day


carved watermelon poinsettia

Did you know that poinsettias are the best selling potted plant in the United States and Canada? December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.

Yesterday a representative of Dole called me to ask to use my photos of watermelons carved like poinsettia’s in honor of National Poinsettia Day. I’m certainly aware of the popularity of poinsettias for Christmas decorations but, I hadn’t known that there was such a day. So I looked it up.

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Fruit carvings for special eventsFruit carvings for special events are a creative way of kicking the festivities up a notch and impressing your guests.

My student, Tzipy Cohen, sent me her incredible fruit carvings photos. Tzipy, who lives in Israel had catering and food decorating prior to joining my lessons. She wanted to expand her fruit carving repertoire by learning from my lessons. And learn well she certainly has!  Tzipy also came up with some of her own original creations that are absolutely beautiful fruit carvings for special events.

You’ve got to see Tzipy’s breath taking arrangements further down in this article. You’ll get some great ideas for your own special events. continue reading…

Thanksgiving Vegetable CarvingsRuben Olano knows a thing or two about Thanksgiving Vegetable Carvings. For over 20 years, Ruben has carved displays for The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. His beautiful carvings are typically featured at special events at the Disneyland hotels.
I’ve highlighted some of Ruben’s designs in my previous blog posts: Fruit and Vegetable Carvings for Mother’s Day and Fruit Carvings for Special Events. Be sure to visit those links for more photos.
The following Thanksgiving Vegetable Carvings showcase Ruben’s incredible talent. Perhaps they can serve as inspiration for you too as you prepare for Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Vegetable TrayBring a healthy Thanksgiving Vegetable Tray to your holiday celebration and impress your family and friends with your clever creativity. The vibrantly colored veggies of autumn combine to make a stunning visual effect on the serving platter. The combinations are limitless. Choose from carrots, celery, tomatoes, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, any color of pepper, cucumber and more!

See more great ideas for Thanksgiving vegetable trays in this article. For more Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas, check out my continue reading…

leekandcarrotflower-bouquetSusan Bettridge, a customer/student of mine from New South Wales, Australia, kindly sent over several photos of her amazing autumn vegetable bouquets. Many of the techniques that she used to create these fall vegetable bouquets can be learned in the 101 Fruit and Vegetable Carving Course.

Sue joined my 101 Course and my Amazing  Carving with Jimmy Zhang lessons just 3 months before she sent me her lovely photos that included some autumn vegetable bouquets that I will show you here in this blog post. She added her own twist by dying some of her vegetable flowers.

Perhaps you will get some ideas here for your own autumn vegetable bouquets.

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Pumpkin-carvings of cartoon characters plutoBoth kids and adults will be amazed at these spectacular pumpkin carvings of cartoon characters. Disney favorites, such as Goofy and the Little Mermaid, as well as Looney Toons, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob and more, grace the front of these pumpkin carvings by the the brothers and community members or Self Realization Fellowship and Encinitas residents in Encinitas, California.

Each Halloween, the SRF carve pumpkins in a variety of themes to display at the annual Encinitas holiday event. Here’s a look at their incredible pumpkin carvings of cartoon characters.

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pumpkin carvings of logos and placesPumpkin carvings of logos and places is our final category of pumpkins that are showcased at the annual Halloween event in Encinitas, California. These creative pumpkin carvings include famous places, such as the Taj Mahal, as well as local hangouts, like Encinitas’ Moonlight Beach.

Each of the pumpkin carvings of logos and places is carved by the monks and members of the Self Realization Fellowship and the community of Encinitas. The pumpkin carvings on this pages are only a few of the many designs that were present at the event. You can see many more brilliant pumpkin designs by clicking the links below of the following categories.

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Pumpkin Carvings with Movie ThemesThese pumpkin carvings with movie themes are sure to impress to the film buff in your life. From super heroes to animated favorites, the monks at the Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas, California have carved pumpkins for many of the top movies in Hollywood.

Each year, the SRF showcase their amazing carved pumpkins on Halloween evening at the public event. The following our some of our favorite pumpkin carvings with movie themes.

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