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Nita Gill on Home and Family TV Show

It was a fun experience. The show’s hosts, Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare (the beautiful super model from the 70s and 80s), made me feel comfortable. My producer Jessica Robertson did a great job of taking care of the details. They’ve asked me to come back again to show some pumpkin carving.

I loved that Cristina was genuinely excited about learning fruit carving and told me that her husband was going to lose her to yet another hobby. She already finds painting miniature images relaxing.

Here are videos of the show. This first video shows a bit of the intro:

Here is my segment.

It was fun for me to see the time lapse video of my carving. Up til now, I’ve never recorded a time lapse carving. They recorded it with a hi resolution GoPro. It inspired me to go purchase my own.

Photos of the Watermelon Baskets that I Carved for the Home and Family TV Show

Below, you can get a better look at the watermelon baskets that I carved for the show. When I took these photos, I didn’t have time to fill them with fruit salad before wrapping them up and taking them to Hollywood.

Nita's Hallmark watermelon basket for the Home and Family TV show

Since I was appearing on the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family TV show, I made this watermelon bowl with the Hallmark logo. You can learn how to carve logos in my video lessons Carving Letters and Words. I teach how to carve petals like the ones around the logo in my video lessons, Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals.

top view of Nita's Hallmark watermelon bowl

Here is a top view of the Hallmark logo melon bowl. It allows you to see the edge detail.

watermelon basket with flowers for Home and Family TV show

This flower basket design was inspired by a past student /customer in Canada who has become a pro, Aneta Lekas. Thanks for the inspiration Aneta.

carved flowers on watermelon basket

Here’s a closer look at some of the flower and leaf detail. If you want to learn to carve leaves, I show how in my lessons, Carving Watermelons – Roses, Buds and Leaves.

watermleon basket handle carved with leaves

The handle of the basket was carved with leaves.

watermleon basket filled with fruit

Here is how a similar flowery watermelon basket that I made looked with fruit salad in it.

star flower watemelon bowl

I had to come up with something super simple that could be demonstrated and learned by the hosts and other guests in just about 3 minutes, so I came up with this star flower bowl idea.

honeydew basket weave melon.

My producer, Jessica, wanted me to bring a variation of fruit bowls so I brought this basket weave because it’s different than the others. You can learn to carve this pattern in my Basket Weave video lessons.

If you want to see more about the whole show, you can view it on Hallmark Channel’s website by clicking here. Some of the other guests on the Home and Family TV show included Julie Benz actress on the show Defiance, and Marc Summers from 6 Degrees of Everything” on TruTV and “Restaurant Impossible” on Food Network. The weekend before the show, I got really excited at the prospect of meeting Robert Redford and Nick Nolte who were to appear on the same episode as me, but those interviews were pre-taped. Dang! Would I have loved to meet Robert Redford!!

But all in all is was a fun and exciting experience for me to be on the Home and Family TV show. I hope that you enjoyed seeing it.

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