Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween/Autumn Fun: 7 Crafts, Treats, Literature & Decor (A QT Round Up & Artful Friday together! )

Hi there sweeties~~
I'm so excited about very  many of the Autumn/Halloween activities 
my family has done this year ( and last)!
Love to gather them all in one spot to share the treats, 
the literature, the crafts and the decor!
If you see something you'd like to try, just click through...and
Enjoy!
Here are 7 r-e-a-l-l-y quick takes on fun!

Happy Autumn!


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Books & Bites: 2 Yummy Fall Desserts~ 
Apricot Apple Tarts & Chocolate Pumpkin Bread, 
Some Spooky Literary Picks to Enjoy While They Bake & 
a Few Autumn Crafts too~~
How's that for an insanely long title??
But you don't want to miss it: 
Really awesome and easy treats and spooky reads await you!









I'm grateful to link with Jen's Quick Take hop!!

For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:
 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)


Happy Birthday to the Bard~~


 Friends, as always,  
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spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Bewitching Lantern for Halloween ~ Artful Friday


I'm so excited about this Halloween lantern project 
and I just can't wait to share it with you! 
Here it is with absolutely no lights on....

and, here, with the flash....
This way you have a sense of the finished product!


Hey too bad we can't all get together at my kitchen table with the kids and
go paint crazy on these lanterns!
This is kinda similar, material-wise, to the
 Ten Minute DIY Votive Candle Holder
that my son created last week, 
but extremely different in mood and appearance!
Let me show you the supplies we used, so you can begin 
to get thinking about gathering them:
Easy right?
Except for maybe the paints.....
but if  you put those on your list to pick up next time
 you're running errands, 
you'll still have enough time to craft these lanterns
 and enjoy their decorative look until Halloween approaches!

Before I give you any more details, I have to credit
for sharing her gorgeous creations!
I'm lucky enough to be in a blogger group with Liska,
which is where I was introduced to her blog.
As soon as I saw her share these Enchanting Halloween Lanterns,
I knew  this was  a project my kids would love!
And one that will grace our table this season and for years!
So please go see Liska and her truly lovely lanterns.
You'll be so happy to spend some
 time at her home on the web.....
And thank you Liska, for generously sharing your idea!
Then come back for the skinny on how we adapted her step by step tutorial!
Ok, so here are the details on the supplies, 
just in case any, above, require it:

brushes
that one with the spongy pad? That's the one my son found best for the project 

black acrylic paint marker
craft aisle at Walmart 

acrylic purple paint 
Folk Art brand worked well and is carried by Michael's and Walmart around here

glass jar
 we used a sauce jar  but smaller ones are great too - relish jars, etc

votive candle
I only had the battery op on hand,
 but will try out our lantern with a real candle asap

construction paper and scissor 
if you plan to use the stencil which Liska shared at her sight. 
We did not (yet) but I'd love to try it out because her design is
 soooooo
spooky and Halloween mood setting!
Simple steps to a lovely creation:

1. Paint the inside of the jar.
Liska used spray paint, but I checked three stores and 
found no one carries purple spray paint!
This worked well though.




2 Draw a mood setting, Halloween/Autumn sketch on the outside of your jar.
Color with that black paint marker

3. Keep adding those seasonal touches.

Voila~
The final product!
here's my little guy with his lantern and boy
did he have a ton of fun!





I have to say, it casts a pretty, home-y,
yet eerie glow on our table at night!


For my previous "Artful Friday" posts, 
you might like to click below.....
They're all here if you'd like to dust off something from the archives:
 ( knitting, winter crafts, the theater and piano)




 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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Until next time,

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Candy Kitchen~ Caramel Apples!

After an afternoon of this.........






We came home all loaded down with pumpkins and apples,
on a corn maze and hayride high 
and decided to continue the Autumn fun....
How better than making our own caramel apples?!
For the Halloween candy making, just a quick trip to the supermarket
is all you need.
These are the essentials~~
I'm hoping you have craft sticks on hand...otherwise
Walmart or Michael's are your best bet.

However, if you want to get fancy with decorating, 
add some googly eyes and sprinkles too!
Here's a shot of all we used~~1 



The easy easy low down~
1 Unwrap caramels and place in pot:



2 Stir over heat and add a tiny bit of  water as the candy melts.
Just enough to keep the caramels "pourable."





3 Have that  apple ready.
Keeping a bit of wax paper around is a good idea too to "catch"
the caramel once dipped.



4 Dip your apple




and maybe enlist another pair of hands in case your pot isn't
quite full of caramel spread.
You'll need a spoon or stick to get the top of the apple covered.


Voila:


       

5 Decorating fun:

I'll be back again soon with a few more Halloween-ish crafts that 
we're having fun with this week as well as our trip to Graceland ( ! )  WooHoo!

While you're here,
go check out my son's DIY pumpkin votive candle
and my round up of 30 
really, THIRTY!
craft-bloggers extraordinaire!
You will enjoy each one.....I know you will!


 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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Until next time,

~Chris

...and BTW:

REALLY!!

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