Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Caldron Cupcake

 I saw the idea for making little caldrons using these little salsa bowls you can get at the dollar store (2 for a buck) at dawnypoo and I decided to give it a go.  I put a cupcake I dyed green at the bottom of the bowl and added a second one with crumbs around the side to fill the bowl a little further.
 I squiggled icing and then just added a bunch of gum eyeballs and gummy 'stuff' I got in candy bins at the store.
Gummy worms and I go way back.  Easy cupcake.  No icing technique required, just put some in a ziplock and let it flow.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Graveyard Pudding

Last year I was looking for some last minute dessert ideas for Halloween and behold-the graveyard pudding!  I found it at party pinching and quickly made a few up.  She left her's in the original jello cups, which works too...I found some pudding cups with the oreos already crushed up for me....even better.  
 I grabbed some ghost peeps and marshmallow pumpkins...never a hardship to have around...and....Boo!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Spooky 2x4 Projects

 I bought a 2x4 in August...and much like Pinocchio's nose...I'm pretty sure it keeps growing b/c four projects later...I've still got wood to use.  It was money well spent.  I posted about the 2x4 cats and 2x4 pumpkins over the last few weeks.  The ghost round out this group.
To make the ghost I still cut them all different sizes and then chopped off each side  I painted them white and used a dabber to make the eyes.  I sanded the edges again so they would match their friends.  It would have been fun to glitter them up or even use glow in the dark paint, but....I wanted this particular set to look like their family.  I'm mixing and matching these so it's a three pack of spooky friends.  I don't do too much with wood, but if you are starting out-the only tools I've needed are a jig saw, piece of sanding paper, and a cheap drill.  2x4 is a little tougher to cut b/c it's so thick, but I decided to use this because it sits up better.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ghost Meringues

 I made my own monster eyes last year....and went a little crazy.  Here is the tutorial for that process. You can buy these eyes as well, but if you make your own, it's much more affordable, and it makes enough...I should be able to will these to my imaginary kids.  I can imagine there therapy bill now, "My Mom willed me meringue eyes..."  It'll build character.  As I hunted down treats to paste those edible eyeballs to....I saw these popping up around throughout the net....but I was feeling lazy and discovered I didn't need to make my own meringues.  I bought them.
I took a little bit of white chocolate to adhere my eyes and melted it in a ziplock and snipped the edge off.
 I piped on two little dots and stuck the eyes on...
 Cute in a creepy way....this just might be the only time of the year it's OK to say that...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pumpkin Streusel Pudding Cookies

 I saw the recipe for these cookies at chefintraining a few years back.  I thought it sounded good and went on the hunt for pumpkin flavored pudding.  I couldn't find it.  Gave up.  Found it.  Tried it.  Loved it.  So the only thing difficult about the recipe is locating the pudding-I found it in the season food section at my local Walmart...and once I finally saw it (sold around Halloween)...I then proceeded to see it everywhere.  These are yummy!  Soft.  Moist.  I proceeded to buy all the boxes I could find.
Pumpkin Streusel Recipe
makes 2 dozen+
Cookie Ingredients:  3/4 c. butter (softened), 3/4 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. sugar, 1 small box of pumpkin spice instanct pudding), 2 eggs, 1 t. vanilla, 1 t. baking soda, 2 1/4 c. flour
Topping Ingredients:  1/4 c. butter (cold), 1/4 c. sugar, 1/4 c. brown sugar, 1/3 c. flour, 1/2 t. cinnamon
Instructions:  
1.  Sift together all the dry topping ingredients, cut in the cold butter with a fork until it forms small crumbs.  Set aside.
2.  Cream butter, brown sugar, sugar.
3.  Add dry pudding mix, eggs, vanilla, flour and baking soda.
4.  Roll dough into 1 inch balls.  Place on tray and press some of the streusel topping onto each cookie.
 Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes.

Friday, October 10, 2014

2x4 Black Cats

 I saw these little guys over the summer via cloverhouse and decided to give it a go.  I made on change....google eyes were replaced with painted eyes.
I took a 2x4 and cut a bunch of rectangles, and then I sliced them into a via with a saw.  You can use a hand saw....but it may take awhile, or you can use a jig saw.  And when I say 'you'....I mean...my brother.  I've used a jigsaw many times....but it's so much easier to dictate than to 'do.'
 OK...here is something else-save that pokey piece....I've got another craft planned for that in a few weeks....no waste on these guys!
I bought some cheap 50 cent paint and painted my cat shape (I (had my brother) cut out all different sizes).
I sanded the edges to give them a little bit more of a vintage look.  Then I used these little round brushes to dab eyes.  I let the white dry and then went black with the smaller size for the pupil.  I'm keeping these simple....b/c they have some friends joining them soon.  


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Bat Shirt

 I saw the idea for making bat shirts using simply a black shirt and some bleach via Chaosser and I had to try it out for some of the little ones in my life.
I cut some bat shapes out of freezer paper.  You can freehand it, or search for free bat shapes-there are about a million varieties.
Take the shiny side of the paper, face that down towards the shirt, and iron of it, somehow this makes the paper stick to fabric
I put a plastic bag between the top and bottom of the shirt so the bleach wouldn't bleed through.
I also placed a section of the newspaper I had cut a big oval out of over the bats so it was a moon shape (per the instructions).
I took a bottle of bleach and squirt it over the bats.  It turned orange almost instantly, so as soon as I was done, I took it inside and rinsed out the bleach in my sink.  So easy!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Halloween Door Decor

 You know what's boring?  The 11 months I don't decorate the outside of my house for a season, so last year....I decided to start adding some Halloween decorations.  I bought some garland in the Christmas section, covered it with orange and purple lights, and some witch hat lights I've had forever...
 I added mesh ribbon, some glitter green balls (from the Christmas section as well)...
 ...and a bunch of Halloween picks, doodads, and black berries I found out and about at the craft stores...
I tied it all on to the garland with black pipe cleaners....and so now I just need to take care of the other 10 months of the year.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Pumpkin Mug

 I saw the idea for turning a mug into a pumpkin cup at simple as that and it was the perfect gift for my secret sister, who happened to like coffee.  And chocolate.  I too speak caffeine and chocolate.  Fluently.
I changed up the original tutorial a bit.  Instead of drawing a face on the orange mug (I found at Walmart), I cut black shapes out of electrical tape...I'm assuming perhaps the receipient doesn't want to have a jackolantern smiling at her every time she drinks her coffee.  I'm totally fine with it, but...some people are so picky.
I filled the cup with a coffee gift card and chocolate.  True, I ate all the chocolate that didn't fit in the cup, but at least I didn't have to go to plan B-shredded paper and a gift card.  Self Control.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Washi Tape Halloween

I have survived the month of September....barely.  2 showers, three birthday parties, back to school, illness, no voice, retreats, and bootcamp-gladiator style.  It's now back to Good Morning, Texas.  I'll post the clip from today's shower on my facebook page later, but in the meantime...here is a sneak peak at today's crafts.  I have three more scheduled for October with lots more Halloween and fall crafts on the way.  Today was all about washi tape.  I was asked to put together a pumpkin and a few other projects using the tape.  
 You may have seen it/used it/slept with it under your pillow. I do love it-and just in case you are wondering-nobody is paying me to say that, nor do I get any money from any store I even mention on air...just in case you were wondering-I always wondered.  I use a lot of ribbon and have to put double sided tape on the back...this takes the place of ribbon in my scrapbooking, is a lot cheaper, and comes with it's own 'sticky stuff' stuck on, so....it saves time.   They sell this at any craft store (even found a bunch for a dollar at JoAnne's and two packs for 2 dollars at Hobby Lobby (on sale)).  I also found it at Target and Walmart.It's sometimes called 'decorative' tape.  It's not as thick as tape, it's more of a paper....that's sticky.  There are about 123,456 things you can do with it, so....here are three.
Above-you can use it instead of drink tags.  No more charms...or trying to remember which charm is yours.  It sticks really well (I went to a retreat this past weekend and it even stuck through dish washing).  On the other end...it pulls off with no mess.  Magic!
Below is a pumpkin....
I wrapped some stripes around it with the washi tape, added some rhinestones (already with 'sticky stuff on them as well)!  And then..a bow.  Everything is better with a bow.  If my electricity company would send the bill with a bow I'm sure it would go down easier.
Last up....I send a lot of cards for the holidays.  I feel like I need to go get a loan or something everything I go to buy a card.  I saw this cute idea here.  There are a ton of different variations, but....three stripes, not quite even (I didn't want it to be even).  I drew a face with a permanent marker and then stamped on a message (found the stamp at JoAnne's for a buck too).  OK....that about covers all I have time for....but every time I start playing with something new I get a little obsessed, so I'm sure this won't be the last time you see the word 'washi' on my blog.  

Friday, October 03, 2014

Vintage Cheese Grater Jack O' Lanterns

 I saw the idea for these little cheese grater jack o' lanterns a few years ago at craft, interrupted.  This summer I ran across this little beauty at a thrift store.  It was outside, so it may look even more vintage....I super double puffy heart the rust.  For a buck...it was mine.
 I sprayed the bottom down with orange spray paint and added a green ribbon.
 Set this over a tea light and....a vintage jack 'o lantern made with some thrift store junk jewels!
P.s.  If you are using a real tea light, just be aware the handle gets hot...go figure...science works even in the world of crafting.  

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Trick or Treat...Smell My Feet

 Halloween=Candy....most of the time.  Last year I was putting little gifts in my secret sister's mailbox at work, and I didn't want to completely ruin all plans to eat right (she was getting ready for her wedding).  I saw this idea on the net and decided to do my own version.  Trick or Treat, Smell my feet...OK.  You really could take it as far as you wanted into the foot treatment arena, but I stopped with some fall scented lotion from Bath and Bodyworks and some Halloween soap I picked up at World Market...
 Bagged and Tagged.