Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Hallow's Eve



Wishing everyone a candy-filled, spook-tacular Halloween weekend!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

All About Hallows Eve

You might remember me mentioning in one of my earlier posts about signing up for Artsy Mama's "Sweet & Sinister Swap". I was partnered up with a great gal, Christine. (Her blog is definitely worth checking out, she is one very creative lady.) This week I received my swap box, and here is a glimpse of what she included.


You have no idea how much patience it took to get this shot when all I wanted to do was tear into it all. She wrapped everything so beautifully, using items I would have never considered. (i.e napkins and gauze) I did finally get to open it,  and I was so impressed/pleased with everything she included. I have yet to get a shot of everything since I've opened it, but it's definitely on my "to-do" list.

A couple of other Halloween notes:

* I have what I think is such a fun idea using this template.

* I am kind of bummed that my Ms. Havisham display more than likely isn't going to be happening this year.   I never realized how impossible it is to locate a mannequin. I probably should have started looking a little earlier.

* I still really need to pick out my pumpkin carving pattern already. (Here, here, and here are pictures of pumpkins past.)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Marshmallow Treat Lollipop Tutorial

This weekend my sister and I attended an annual Halloween party. Every year we take some kind of  treat to share among the guests. One year we put together these witch brooms, and another year we went traditional and made candy apples.

This year we made these:

Here is how we did it.

First you need to gather your supplies:


Your next step will be to assemble the actual lollipop. (That sounded better than telling you to stick a craft stick into a marshmallow treat.)



Next place the candy melts into a microwave safe dish (you could also use a double boiler), and melt your candy into the proper consistency. (I didn't get a picture of the candy after it was melted, only before.)



Spoon the melted candy over your marshmallow treats, and place on a wax lined cookie sheet and allow candy to harden:


Once the candy has harden, place each lollipop into individual treat bags and tie off with a festive ribbon.


These are really fun to make, and all of the ingredients/supplies are readily available. These can be interpreted many different ways to coordinate with any holiday/celebration. If you try your hand at making these, I'd love to hear about it!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Five Guilty Pleasures

 Elsie from "A Beautiful Mess" had a really fun blog post recently listing 10 of her funny habits and guilty pleasures. I thought it would be fun to do a similar post with a couple of differences. Instead of listing 10, I'm going to narrow mine down to five and I'm going to break mine down into two posts. Up first are my five guilty pleasures!

-Spray paint. I love how one can of paint can transform an ordinary object into something extraordinary! Sometimes I'll buy a can just because I love the color!

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M&M's. What's better than M&M's? M&M's in ice cream!
 
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Mr. Adam Lambert.  Look at that face. Does this even need an explanation?
  
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Calvin & Hobbes. Best. Comic. Strip. Ever. I think I enjoy reading it more now than I did when I was younger!  


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Craft stores. I guess I could be spending my money on much worse things.
 
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What are your guilty pleasures?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Inspiration And A Surprise

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Just a little autumn inspiration for your Friday.

Speaking of inspiration, you might want to keep an eye on Kellie's blog the next few days. There just might be a little contribution from yours truly.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Miss Havisham Has A Dress

Remember this post? If you do, then you will recall my interest in incorporating the Charles Dickens character of Miss Havisham into this years Halloween decorations. One very important element of the story is that of Miss Havisham's wedding gown. I knew I wanted (needed) a dress in decent vintage condition, nothing too perfect nor too pricey. So, I gave myself the challenge of finding the perfect dress for $20.00 or less, and here is what I found.



To be honest this particular dress wasn't my first choice. My first choice dress was more ornate, with tons of bead work. I was "watching" it on Ebay, and eventually placed a bid. Needless to say it went for a lot more than I was interested in spending, so I continued searching. This dress also came from Ebay, and it was one of those "make me an offer" sells. The listing described it as a bit yellowed, which I thought merely added to the character of the dress. I love to imagine the woman who wore this dress. How old was she? What did she look like? Did she live happily ever ever? I like to think she did.



 Here is an updated picture of the candelabra I posted about here. Initially, I wanted to paint it black, I thought that would make it look very Halloween appropriate. However, I knew I wanted it to have a chandelier-like look, and that I wanted to use black drip candles (found here) for effect so I chose to paint it silver instead. I'm really happy with how it turned out!