Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Turn glittered stickers into shiny ornaments to hang from a dark, twisted Halloween tree for a creepy centerpiece that will last for years.  This ones also coming from www.marthastewart.com .  Enjoy!

Halloween Ornaments

Tools and Materials

Large branch
Flower pot
Decorative moss
Acrylic disks in varying sizes
Dremel drill
Krylon Looking Glass spray
Glittering glue
Onyx glitter
Glitter stickers
28-gauge wire

Halloween Ornaments How-To

1. To make the Halloween tree, take any large branch with a lot of limbs and spray-paint it black.

2. Place oasis inside of a flower pot or urn and push branch firmly into oasis. Cover oasis with moss.

3. Drill a hole near the top of an acrylic disk. Peel off protective paper film from one side of disk.

4. Spray Krylon Looking Glass spray onto exposed side of disk.

5. Peel off protective paper film from other side of disk. Brush glittering glue on edge and around front edge, and glitter with Onyx glitter.

6. Adhere glitter stickers to front of disc.

7. Thread 28-gauge wire through hole and twist end to secure. Wrap end of wire around a branch to hang.

ResourcesOnyx glitter, glittering glue, and Halloween glitter stickers from Martha Stewart Crafts. Acrylic Disks: (sizes 1 1/2 inches to 4 inches) canalplastics.com, Dremel Stylus: dremel.com, Krylon "Looking Glass Spray": krylon.com.


   This recipe come from www.cakejournal.com.   My work is having a Halloween party and I'm going to make these for the scary dessert contest with something elese.  I always enter the pumpkin carving contest and I've been undefeated the past 3 years, winning $100 dollars every time.  The company wants me to do a special pumpkin for another contest.  If all goes well I'll be showing some pics.  Happy baking!

How to make Halloween dead finger cookies

Halloween treats

One of my favourite Halloween treats are these dead finger sugar cookies. They are always a big hit!
To keep the fingers as thin as possible during baking I roll out the dough thinly so it will keep the shape, as cookie dough tends to spread out. You can paint the almond nails with food colouring gels. I like to keep them natural with just a little dusting of cocoa powder, just like on the photo.

This is what I use:Sugar cookie dough (please find recipe below)
Pastry brush
Plastic wrap
30-40 blanched almonds, cut into halves after the skin is removed
1 teaspoon dark cocoa powder + a little brush
Baking sheets

Recipe instructions:
I get about 24-30 cookie fingers out of this portion.
2 large eggs (1 whole egg + 1 yolk. Use the leftover egg white for brushing the cookies)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla or almond extract
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (65 grams) confectioners’ sugar
5 tablespoons (60 grams) granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
1 2/3 cups (235 grams) all-purpose flour
1. In a bowl add the two types of sugar, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and the egg + yolk. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
2. Next stir in the softened butter
3. Add the flour and stir until it’s all combined
4. Take the dough and knead it lightly. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
Heat your oven to 350 degrees (175 C)

Halloween finger cookies

Step 1:
Take a small piece of cookie dough (walnut size) and roll it back and forth. You should make the finger long and thinly (think, witch long and creepy) for best results. Pinch and form knuckles. Score with a knife and transfer the fingers to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the cookies with the leftover egg white and place a almond “nail” on the cookie fingers. Chill for 15 minutes in the refrigerator.

Halloween finger cookies

Halloween finger cookie treats

Step 2:
Place the baking sheet in the middle of the oven and bake the finger cookies for about 12-15 minutes. They should be just lightly browned. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Halloween cookies

Step 3:
Dust the fingers with a little cocoa powder and your creepy dead finger cookies are ready to be served.
Happy Caking!


   This diy come from www.craftysisters-nc.blogspot.com.  They looked really cool, even for a guy like me. Good luck on this great Halloween craft!

We have a soft spot for anything Halloween,
and it's pretty obvious we have a fetish for Witch shoes too!
If you have wanted to try your hand at decoupaging

there are some great tips you want to take a peek at!
This project is pretty simple and unlimited for your imagination!

We knew we loved witch shoes...
but there's something about those socks that are so funny!

You will need some witch shoes cut from 3/4" MDF or pine,
a 22" section of 2x4" wood,
Mod Podge, scrapbook paper and embellishments.
We grabbed our paper from Hobby Lobby and used K&Company,
which by far has the cutest Halloween paper that we love!
First we drew up some styles we really liked
and sized them to fit together.
We don't have a clue how to do free printables-
but feel free to blow up these pictures on your computer screen
and trace away!:)

These shoes range from 6"-9" tall and about 6" wide.
Ideally you'll need a scroll saw to cut these babies out.
They aren't hard to cut out, I promise!

Second, you'll need to base coat them with a coat of paint.
We always do a 2/1 ratio of paint with water.
The water helps the paint go on smoother with no globs.

Third, trace your shoe shapes right side down with pencil
and cut out each shape. It's okay to leave a little overhang
which you'll next sand off.

For the sock we cut strips of colored paper and glued them onto white card stock
to create the perfect witch sock.
Another little tip~make sure to pre-cut your "sock" to the edge of the shoe.
That way you won't have a weird bump overhang that you glued over.

Using a very thin coat of Mod Podge, adhere your paper into place.
If you put it on too thick your paper will buckle.
Make sure to rub it all over and especially along the edges to ensure good contact!

Now it's time to sand the edges off!
This is what gives the shoes a painted on look!
You can pick up inexpensive files at your local hardware store for just a couple of bucks
and they are a must for these curly shoes!
You can also use a nail file to get in those tiny spaces.

We cut our lettering out with our Cricut
but you can write it on with a paint pen easily too!
We used Mod Podge to adhere the lettering to the board.

Now here's the fun part!
Tie on any and all embellishments to your heart's desire!
You seriously can't go wrong with these!
We even drilled some holes to lace up which was easy and fun.

Need some buckles?
We cut ours out of scrap cardboard and then glittered them
That stuff is gorgeous!
We even added some to the spider for pop.

Then just wood glue your shoes into place and
you've got a fabulous Witch Shoe centerpiece anyone would envy,
cuz ya know.....It's All About The Shoes!

Make sure to check out all the other great Halloween ideas


    The large white church at Portobelo is the Iglesia de San Felipe, which is still in use. It dates from 1814, but its tower wasn’t completed until 1945. It’s famous as the home of the life-sized effigy of the Nazareno of Portobelo, better known as the Black Christ. The effigy, depicting Christ carrying the cross, normally resides on a podium to the left of the altar, but it is brought out to the center of the church for the Black Christ Festival, by far Portobelo’s biggest event. The handsome altar of the church is adorned with gold images depicting various emblems of the crucifixion, including nails, instruments of torture, and the dice the Roman soldiers cast for Christ’s robe. Small wooden carvings ringing the walls depict the stages of the cross.
   Behind this church is the recently renovated Iglesia de San Juan de Dios, home to the new Museo del Cristo Negro de Portobelo, which now displays 63 of the robes donated by Panamanians for the festival, some of which are more than 100 years old. Among the more famous is the one donated by the champion boxer Roberto “Manos de Piedra” (hands of stone) Duran.

   The Black Christ figurine’s robes are changed twice a year, and each is used just once. The statue is adorned with a red wine–colored robe for the Black Christ Festival held each October 21. This is changed to a purple one for Holy Week. Many of the robes are donated anonymously. Some are simple and others are quite ornate, done up in gold trim and the like. The priciest one on display here cost the donor an estimated $1,700 for the raw materials alone.
   Since the 17th century, Portobelo has been the home of the Cristo Negro de Portobelo - the Black Christ of Portobelo. There are several explanations for the presence of this life size figure of a black Christ in the village. Each story has three parts - the arrival of the statue, the refusal of the statue to leave the village, and its veneration. Regardless of the version, however, all of the stories conclude that the statue is responsible for miraculous deeds in the lives of his devotees.

   Nobody knows exactly how or when the Black Christ (El Cristo Negro) arrived in the tiny community of Portobelo on Panama’s Caribbean coast. Some put the date at around 1658. But there are so many stories of miracles associated with the Black Christ, that tens of thousands of pilgrims visit the Church every October 21.
   Some walk the 53 miles from Panama City, thousands walk the last 22 miles from Sabanitas, and many crawl the last mile on hands and knees to worship before El Nazareno, one of the names given to the Black Christ by locals. Many wear ornate purple robes that are discarded at midnight on the steps of the church in which the statue is now housed, Iglesia San Felipe. The robes announce that the wearer is responding to a divine command, doing penance for wrongdoing, or simply making an expression of faith.

   There are several explanations for the presence of this life size figure of a black Christ in the village. Each story has three parts - the arrival of the statue, the refusal of the statue to leave the village, and its veneration. Regardless of the version, however, all of the stories conclude that the statue is responsible for miraculous deeds in the lives of his devotees.
   At the time the Cristo Negro arrived in Panama, there was a plague on the coast that was devastating the population. The people of Portobelo began to venerate the figure of the black Christ and "miraculously" the plague ended. By some accounts, the plague avoided Portobelo but continued in other areas. As rumor spread among the slaves, freed blacks, mulattos, and criollos, people began arriving in Portobelo to venerate the figure. The first pilgrims began arriving from surrounding villages on the coast, but shortly after, they began arriving from Panama City on the Pacific side of the country. These pilgrims had to cross the isthmus over mountains and through a dense and dangerous rainforest.

Exterior of Infamous church

   Since then, each year for the last three centuries on the 21st of October the Feast Day of the Cristo Negro de Portobelo, as many as 60,000 devotees make a pilgrimage to visit the statue. Some walk as many as 200 kilometers from their homes in the interior of the country to get to the village, while others come from the United States, Europe and other parts of Latin America. Among them are thousands of muggers, burglars and drug dealers, seeking forgiveness from the Black Christ for their crimes. Wrongdoers line up at the San Felipe church to pay homage to the Black Christ statue. Many in Panama regard the Black Christ as the Patron Saint of criminals.
   Many stories surround the Black Christ statue’s arrival in this unlikely place. All agree that it was carved in Spain, arrived on a ship and was washed ashore at Portobelo. The rest is shrouded in the mists of time and myth.
   One story holds that the ship carrying the heavy statue in a wooden crate met a terrible storm that drove it back into the harbor. The ship attempted to leave five times, but every time a sudden and unexpected storm endangered the ship and everyone aboard. On the final attempt, the crew jettisoned the crated Black Christ to lessen the weight and save their lives.

   Fishermen, amazed by the lack of respect shown by the sailors, carried the Black Christ to their church and gave it a place of honor.
   Another myth is that the figure Jesus of Nazareth was destined for the island of Taboga, off the Panamanian coast, but the Spanish shipper incorrectly labeled the shipment. Many attempts were made to send the statue to Taboga, but all attempts to remove it from Portobelo failed. The people of Portobelo, who suspected the figure had magical powers, said it wished to remain with them.
  The sick, the troubled and the needy pray before the ornately robed statue of the Black Christ for the miracles they hope to receive, but it is said that if a promise is made and not kept there will be severe retribution.
   The popular name, The Black Christ, is attributed to U.S. servicemen shortly after the Second World War. Some 500 arrived in a ship to celebrate the October festival. One witness of that particular day says that many of the U.S. visitors were so caught up in the emotional fervor that they began to shout “Viva El Cristo Negro!” The name stuck everywhere except in Portobelo. A more familiar name is simply The Saint.
   Mass is called at 6 p.m. on October 21. (Be there before 4 p.m. if you hope to get inside the church.) At exactly 8 p.m., 80 able-bodied men carry the statue from the church to begin a four-hour parade around the community. There is a carnival atmosphere.

Interior of church

   The bearers take three steps forward, two back, in a similar manner to that of Spanish religious processions. But, unlike those of Spain, this procession has a special Latin American twist: a quick step to lively music. The bearers have freshly shaved heads, wear purple robes and have bare feet. It is a distinct honor to be chosen to bear the Black Christ, an honor paid for by sore shoulders and aching muscles the next day.
At exactly midnight, The Saint is returned to the church. One story holds that it is impossible to return the Black Crist before midnight. “It just gets too heavy to move.”