Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Candle

Just finished this Christmas Candle. Very similar to the fall candles I embellished. I used Bo Bunny scrapbook paper for the candle. Fussy cut the Santa from one of the sheets of paper. Added some Stickles glitter glue to his collar and cuff. Wrapped some lace and ribbon around it and attached the Holly Leaf charm that came with the candle.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving/Fall Candles

Need a hostess gift that doesn't cost you an arm and a leg? Here's a cute idea! I bought these candles on sale at Kohls. Now candles alone are a great gift, but why not jazz them up a little. With a couple sheets of paper, some ribbon and a couple embellishments you've created a cute and special gift.

Start by measuring the height of your candle and trim your paper to leave about a 1/2 inch of the candle showing on both the top and bottom. Cut your second piece of paper approximately 1/2 inch shorter than your first piece. Attach your smaller piece to your larger piece and wrap around your candle. You may need to trim before attaching to your candle depending on your candles circumference.  Wrap the candle with ribbon, raffia, and add some embellishments (here I used some leaf stickers by Martha Stewart and some small fall charms, one of which came with the candle!).  You can change your paper and embellishments to suite the holiday or the occasion.

I think it's a nice way to thank your host or hostess for their hospitality!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vampire Drink Labels

I was perusing the internet on my lap top last night and came across this cool blog Hostess With The Mostess So, of course I was checking out last minute ideas for my Halloween party. I found a link to download these cool vampire drink labels. Well, they went perfect with my theme this year so I had to do it. Went to Staples today and got some inkjet printer sticker sheets, ran to Safeway and picked up Izze blackberry soda (since it's red) and then came home and went to work. Now I have some cool non-alcoholic beverages for my party.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween Treat Jars

I guess you have figured out I am on a Halloween Craze. I made a couple more treat jars, although I cannot disclose for whom I made them. Again I cut out the figures with my Cricut machine.  They have a fun Halloween cartridge called Happy Hauntings that has loads of cool images to cut out, including some three dimensional ones. On the vampire jar I used some neat Martha Stewart halloween scrapbook paper  that I picked up at Michael's and on the witch jar I used some cute paper I got from Stampin' Up The jars you can pick up at Walmart very inexpensively. I raided my ribbon and button stash and voila, this is what I came up with!


OK, keep in mind that an expert cake/cookie decorator I am not. My project this Saturday was to make some cookies for my Halloween Party. The theme of my party this year is "Going Batty". Here are the cookies I came up with. It's the first time I've worked with fondant. The vampire's hair is made with black fondant that has been rolled in black sanding sugar and his fangs are made with white fondant. He has candy eyes that I purchased at a cake decorating shop. I had fun making them, but obviously I need a little practice. The bats are chocolate sugar cookies with black sugar sprinkled on them and red cinnamon candy eyes. My grandson helped me sprinkle the sugar on!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Halloween Table Runners

I'm so into sewing right now! There is such cute Halloween fabric out there. Today I made three different, reversible, table runners. I like to make table runners reversible so if you spill something or you just get tired of one pattern then you can just flip them over! Love, love, love tassels, so I just have to add them to the runners. Dresses them up a bit! I think I'll be using these as prizes for my party also.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Skeleton Apron

I found this darling apron fabric panel at Joann's, along with cute coordinating fabric! I just had to get it. The skeleton has a spider on its chest and I thought, wouldn't it be cute if I added some bling and made it look like a sparkly broach. I bought some orange sequins and tiny orange beads and stitched them on. While the apron panel says to just fold under the edges and stitch, I like my aprons to look more finished and hold up better so I backed it with the cute coordinating fabric I found. It also has a three pouch pocket on the front where the hands are, although it is hard to see on the pics. This is the result. I may use it at one of the prizes for my annual Halloween party!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Monster Munch

I LOVE Halloween and everything about it. For my first post I wanted to show you what I made for my niece. She's off to her first year of college and I wanted to send her something fun. I made this jar for her and filled it with what I called Monster Munch, which is a cup of each of the following: Peanut M & M's, carmel popcorn, mini Nutter Butter peanut butter cookies, waffle pretzels, and Reese's cereal. I bought a jar at Walmart and went to town. I cut the monster's out with my Cricut machine. There are so many fun things you can do with a Cricut! Hope you enjoy the pic's!