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WHAT'S THAT CRAWLING ON MY COUNTER?? OH, THOSE ARE DIY SPIDER CAKES

These come from www.notmartha.org.  Have fun with your kids by making some for dessert tonight!!

spider cakes

Last year I had a lot of fun making the creepy crawly cakes so I decided to try a few again this year. This time I pulled out my Betty Crocker mini bake and fill pans and bought a box of chocolate cake mix and some Pocky. I made whipped cream (vanilla pudding would work too) and raspberry coulis (I left the seeds in) for spider guts. I also made some cupcakes to fill, tested one using a bakery bought cupcake and did a frosting variation, the Pocky legs can take an awfully long time. Pocky leg instruction can be found mid-page here.


the dome cakes:


I found the filling stayed in fine without any icing glue, but I do think this would have looked great with a chocolate glaze poured over it.



I love love love the many sugar eyes.


the filled cupcakes:


the bakery cupcakes:


This is a Triple Chocolate from Trophy Cupcakes here in Seattle. If you don’t have time to bake but think Pocky legs are…

CREPE PAPER PARTY HATS FOR THAT SPECIAL HALLOWEEN EVENT!

This diy project is brought to you by www.blumchen.com.  A real cool project for a very impressive childs halloween party.  They also have many unique craft supplies for almost any holiday.

Tools and Supplies • pair of scissors• ruler or measuring tape• staple gun• "tacky" white glue-all• heavy thread or string• crepe paper, streamers• cardstock or thick paper •crepe paper collection: sheets, crepe streamers
• white craft cardstock
•Irish linen thread
•Dresden die-cut trims
•scrap relief pictures
• vintage florals Party Hat Size Guide A Guide to Average
Head Circumferences:• Children & Teens
20½" to 22"
• Adult Women
21½" to 23"
• Adult Men
23" to 24½"





Paper Party Hats

Step-by-Step Crafting Instructions

Easily customizable to suit any holiday or festive occasion, our step-by-step instructions
will teach you the the basic crafting techniques and tips necessary to make these fun hats. For design ideas and examples of decorated crepe …

JIDAI MATSURI-FESTIVAL OF AGES FROM JAPAN!!

The Jidai MatsuriFestival of the Ages is a traditional Japanese festival (also called the matsuri) held on October 22 annually in Kyoto, Japan. It is one of Kyoto's renowned three great festivals, with the other two being the Aoi Matsuri, held annually on May 15, and the Gion Matsuri, which is held annually from 17 to July 24. It is a festival enjoyed by people of all ages, participating in its historical reenactment parade dressed in authentic costumes representing various periods, and characters in Japanese feudal history.




   Jidai Matsuri traces its roots with the relocation of the Japanese capital to Tokyo in 1868. This involved the relocation of the Emperor of Japan and his imperial family, the Imperial Palace and thousands of government officials and subjects to the city. Fearing for Kyoto's loss in glory and interest by her people, the city government and the Kyoto Prefectural Government commemorated the 1100th anniversary of the founding of Heian-kyō  which was the fo…

DIY, PRINTABLE HALLOWEEN PARTY INVITATIONS, ANY GHOUL THAT SEES THESE WILL WANT TO ATTEND!!

I thought these would be cool for an adult halloween party.  Who wouldn't want to attend it after getting these in the mail.  Brought to you by www.trulysmitten.blogspot.com .  May your party raise the DEAD!!
DIY Ghoulish Halloween Invitation



   With my favorite ghoulish holiday fast approaching, I thought I'd share with you an antiquated and creepy DIY Halloween invitation I made over the weekend. Hope these come in handy for your halloween festivities!

What you'll need:
- kraft paper (5.5 x 8.5)
- white envelopes
- white card stock (4 x 6)
- 2 black tea bags (I used Twinning's English Breakfast).

**You can download my invitation template here and a portrait of the unfortunate uncle here.




   The longer you soak the paper, the darker and more antiquated the paper can look. I soaked for a good 10 minutes.








SCARY HALLOWEEN CAKE POPS, OOHHH!

These come from www.bakerella.com.  Super cool looking and easy to make,  maybe you could scare up some time to make a couple dozen of these for your next Howloween party!!


   I’ve been wanting to make eyeball cake pops every Halloween since I made these cake pops back in 2008.



But, when I made these, I was completely focused on making more character-style cake pops instead of objects and challenging myself to do something different. These were really the first ones I made that involved carrying out a theme and making varying shapes without the use of a cutter. I can remember when I made them and how excited I was that they turned out so cute. I couldn’t wait to show them to you. Once I went beyond the basic ball, there was no turning back. I couldn’t stop making them… and still haven’t.


So this year, I decided to finally make eyeballs. They are an obvious choice for the medium wouldn’t you say.


Crumbled cake. I know. I know. Red velvet would have been so much more effective h…