Here are some of the pumpkins I decorated in years past! I rooted around in my folders & even found two that were never posted online before.
I always seem to struggle for some sort of inspiration & then finally just do *something* out of obligation. All of them (except for the last one) were done from my own designs. I wish I found the process more enjoyable! Some are carved, some are painted, and a lot were done in the years before nice cameras.
2004 - Butterfly
2005 - 'Lantern' pumpkin, carved on four sides
2006 - "Harvey" Ambigram (the picture was taken a little too late, it's so droopy!)
2007 - "Happy Halloween" design from my own template
2008 - A tiny pumpkin with a black painted design
2008 - An orange I carved like a pumpkin!
2008 - A pattern I drew for our rock themed party. A friend carved it here
2009 - Painted & carved geometric design
2012 - For some reason this pumpkin caved in the next day, so I couldn't get a good picture. I covered the front with a black cat, snake, witch, hat, & all sorts of Halloween icons.
And this year I just pulled up a pre-made template and have an awesome pumpkin sitting out on the back porch, which I'll hopefully get to share with you later today. Have you carved yours yet?