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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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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...and BTW:

REALLY!!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Introducing New Purex Crystals Aromatherapy + Huge Sweepstakes Entry

Good Monday morning friends!
So I'm popping in to talk, of all things, laundry......!
It's a fact of life:
 the tidying, the cleaning, the sorting, the putting away.
And we've all pretty much hit a rhythm for what works best, when and how.
BUT, I was able to get a sneak peek at a new Purex product,
 to test it out and write it up and I'd love to share it  with you, because sweeties, you want to add this item  to your laundry area AND you want to enter the Purex sweepstakes!
Details on that are all down below.....
We're big fans ( if such a thing can be said of a laundry detergent) of Purex in general.
But last spring, as a Purex Insider ( blogger friends send an email here araceli@purexinsider.com  to sign up) when I previewed new Purex Crystals, surprisingly my teen and pre teen boys actually had input.  Not only did they notice new laundry detergent being used, but they continuously asked for  their clothes and linens to be washed in the new crystals! Wow, right?!
The distinctive fragrance of the crystals was fresh, light and enticing but not overpowering, by any means.
Last week when a box emblazoned, "PUREX" was delivered to our front door,
can I tell you how excited they were? 
Can I tell you that they wanted to do laundry right then??
I am not kidding!
Purex aromatherapy truly makes laundering pleasant!
Really.
The laundry area and all rooms adjacent are fresher and fragrant!
Purex Crystals Aromatherapy will be available in stores by mid-October. 
You can also visit the Purex website to locate stores that will carry this new item.

I was provided with a complimentary bottle, as a Purex Insider;
no further compensation was given.



And here's  Purex on  social media:
Facebook: facebook.com/purex
Pinterest: pinterest.com/purex
Twitter: @Purex
Instagram: @Purex
Now for that pretty cool news: Right now, you can head over to the Purex website and enter the “Refresh your Wardrobe and WIN with NEW Purex Crystals Aromatherapy! Sweepstakes" –
Details~ Ongoing until 3:00 PM PT October 30th, 2014
Limit ~  Daily Entry
Grand Prize ~  $500 Visa Gift Card and a year’s supply of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy worth $60. 
Second Prize ~ coupon for 1 FREE bottle of Purex Crystals  worth$180.

Good luck!!

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

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

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~~


I. Love. Fall.
You know it, if you've spent even a short time here.....
The distinctive fragrances, the early dusks, 
the smiling, jaunty scarecrows, the mysterious jack o lanterns,
 the dusting off of our favorite go-to  literary works which scream:
"Fall," "Halloween," "Spooky fun"
an which compel us to open them year after year.
The trick or treating and even the crazy
 creating of the costumes some years....
And the foods!
Yes, the soups, stews, the apples, the squashes, the pumpkins......
It's the most wonderful time of the year!
We typically do tons of baking and candy making during Autumn,
all with an eerie audio book in the background or a 
favorite seasonal tome to read while the goods bake.
Today I'm sharing a few of those reads
along with two a-m-a-z-i-n-g seasonal recipes that
my son made in a cooking class last week...
His teacher is Chef Rob, who's simply wonderful with the kids!
We tried the recipes again in our own kitchen,
given the recipes that our favorite chef gave out.
Wow, you're gonna love them!
So let's get started with the edible treats and
 then talk  literary goodies, shall we?
Here we go! First~~
Apricot Apple Tarts
2 apples
1/4 C sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, diced small
1/4 c apricot jelly or jam, warmed
1 tbsp water
2 squares ( or 1/2 sheet) puff pastry

Preheat oven to 400
Line sheet pan with parchment
Place defrosted pastry on sheet pan
Peel apples and slice into 1/4 in thick slices
Places slices of  apple diagonally down the  middle of tart until pastry is covered.
Sprinkle with 1/4 c sugar and dot with butter.
Mix apricot and water together completely and drizzle over apples.
Bake for 45 minutes
Serve at room temp.....
Serves4

Enjoy!
Wow, that surprising zing of apricot gives the tarts a superb flavor!
NOW:
While your scrumptious tarts are baking,
here are a few goodies in which to absorb yourself and your kids:





Onto treat #2?
Here we go~~
 Chocolate Pumpkin Bread!

1/2C sugar
1/4 C vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 C pumpkin pie filling
3/4 c flour
1/2 tspn baking soda
a pinch of: allspice and salt
1/4 tspn of the following:
cinnamon
cloves
nutmeg
4tbsp water

The super easy step x step:
preheat oven to 350
Grease a loaf pan ( 9x5x3 )
In large bowl mix all ingredients
Pour into pan and bake 45 min.

The final product:

While you're here, thinking all things Fall,
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!

that I KNOW you will adore cuddling up and reading

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
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Until next time,

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