Wednesday, October 23, 2013


   This comes from www.catchmyparty.com .  Like I always say, it's never too early to get ready for the holidays and gather up different ideas of new things to make and do.  It's never too early!

We’re giving away a whole new collection of FREE “Little Witches” Halloween party printables designed by my friend, Betsy from B.Nute Productions. This collection has the cutest little witches and a retro feel that I just love.
And in addition to the invitation, party circles, “Bewitched” banner, goodie bag labels, and party labels Betsy designed, she also created this adorable “cootie catcher” fortune teller that will keep your kids entertained for hours.
Here are some photos of the collection in action…








The fabulously fun cootie catcher


And if you don’t know how to fold an cootie catcher, here’s a video to help.

Thank you, Betsy for designing this adorable vintage collection. To learn more about Betsy and see all her festive designs, check out her company, B.Nute Productions.


 This recipe comes from www.barbarabakes.com .   I truely unique take on candy corn.  These days, macaroons are all the rage too, give them a try.

Candy Corn Macaron

I got a little carried away at the store today. I had this idea to make candy corn macarons for this month’s MacTweets and I went to the store to buy candy corn to dress up the pictures. When I got there, they had ordinary candy corn of course, but this year Bach’s also had Caramel Candy Corn, and Chocolate Caramel Candy Corn, and Caramel Apple Candy Corn. All of which I decided I should take home and try.
But I didn’t stop there – no of course not. There were also candy cane flavored Dots and candy corn Kisses and I thought I should sampled those as well. (Let’s not talk about the two cute packages of Halloween Lindor Truffles that I bought and have hidden in my closet.)

The reason for my apparent current obsession with candy corn is that I hate them. I think they have a horrible, waxy flavor. My husband and my kids seem to like them, but I think they’re pretty nasty.
But I do sort of think of them fondly. They remind me of this time of year – cooler weather and yummy treats. Candy corn always seemed to be hanging around when you were bobbing for apples or eating pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They look so cheery and fun and I really do want to like them.
So when I saw the orange pumpkin spice Kisses I thought they would make a perfect filing for a candy corn mac. A candy corn that would be full of fabulous fall flavor, not waxy and bland with an odd smell. Of course, I wanted to make the top white and the bottom yellow. I tried shaping one in the shape of a candy corn, but it looked more like an egg, so I stuck with round candy corn macs instead.

I made the Ottolenghi recipe that works well for me. I used half the batter for white and then added yellow to the other half. If I was making two colors again, I would make half a batch of each because the yellow got over mixed and spread much more than the white ones, making it hard to match them up.
I made the filling by melting about 10 Pumpkin Spice Kisses in the microwave at 50% power for about 1 minutes and adding enough powdered sugar to make a thick filling. This really is a perfect mac flavor for fall and so much better than candy corn candies.



110gm powdered sugar
60gm finely ground almond meal/flour
60gm egg whites (of 2 eggs)
40gm granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 310 degrees F
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and have a pastry bag with a plain tip (about 1/2-inch, 2 cm) ready. (Setting the pastry bag in a glass while you fill the bag was a great tip I learned during this process.) (Also, I like to double stack the baking sheets.)
Combine the powdered sugar with the almond powder. (Pulse in a blender or food processor if you don’t have finely ground almond meal. A mini food processor works best for this if you have one.)
With an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until they begin to rise and hold their shape. While whipping, beat in the granulated sugar until very stiff and firm, about 2 minutes. (To test to see if egg whites are ready, whip until the tip of the peak doesn’t fold over when you pull the beater out of the meringue.)
Carefully fold the dry ingredients, in two batches, into the beaten egg whites with a flexible rubber spatula. When the mixture is just smooth and there are no streaks of egg white, stop folding and scrape the batter into the pastry bag. (You can put a spoonful on a plate to test it. If it slowly flattens out it’s perfect. If it runs, add a bit more almond flour/powdered sugar. If it just stays in a blob, give it a few more folds.)
Pipe the batter on the parchment-lined baking sheets in 1-inch (3 cm) circles (about 1 tablespoon each of batter), evenly spaced one-inch (3 cm) apart.
Rap the baking sheet a few times firmly on the counter top to flatten the macarons. Leave out, uncovered for 15 minutes, then bake them for 15-20 minutes. Give the macs a gentle little shake with the tip of your finger to see if they’re done. You want them set but not firm. It’s better to undercook them.
Let cool completely then remove from baking sheet.
Print Recipe
So you may be wondering what I thought of the other flavors of candy corn – waxy and nasty. Somehow the Kisses nailed the strange candy corn flavor in their Candy Corn Kisses, but at least it was smooth and creamy and not waxy. The Dots sort of captured the candy corn flavor but in a gummy sort of way.


  This diy comes from www.thevintagedresser.blogspot.com .   Start your Halloween projects now, so there's more time enjoying the labor of your crafting later.

Halloween Pumpkin Heads Tutorial


3" styrofoam balls
1/4" dowels, 12 to 14" long
tacky glue
Paper Perfect
palette knife

acrylic paint:
burnt orange
crocus yellow
burnt umber
country red
hot shots red

short pieces of tree branch
rusty wire

I have my supplies all gathered and have actually already glued the dowels into the styrofoam balls.

Using the palette knife, spread the paper perfect over the styrofoam ball, as thinly and evenly as possible, while still getting good coverage. It really doesn't matter what color of Paper Perfect you use (it comes in several colors). You'll be painting it all orange anyway.

Two down and several more to go! Once the balls are all covered with Paper Perfect, they have to dry at least 24 hours. Check carefully to see if they're dry before proceeding.

Once dry, apply a basecoat of burnt orange acrylic paint, using a foam brush or old bristle brush. Even when you get a nice coat of Paper Perfect on the styrofoam, it's still rough, so it's a little hard on a brush getting the paint into the uneven texture. Don't use your best brush!

Next, glue the short pieces of tree branch into the top of the styrofoam balls and allow the glue to dry.

While the glue is drying you can paint the dowels black. A foam brush works best for this.

Now it's time for the fun to begin! Basecoat the mouth and eye shapes with antique white acrylic paint. (I just freehand the shapes in, but you could draw them in with a chalk pencil if i makes you feel more comfortable!) It will take at least two coats for nice coverage. I usually do all the white and then go back and add noses and details with black acrylic. But if you want to do one at a time, that's fine! The noses, eyeballs and details on the mouth are added with black. Also outline the eyes and mouth in black. When the black eyeballs are dry, add a small triangle of antique white at the top of each. With Crocus yellow, add a thin line on the angled side of the nose.

They're coming along!

I've added a couple with a toothless grin. They're a little quicker to paint, without all the toothy details! Just base in a mouth, triangular eyes and nose, in black and outline in crocus yellow, with a dot of yellow in the eye for character.

Now add red cheeks at the corners of the mouths. I use a round brush for this.

Now highlight the tops of the cheeks with Hotshots Red. It's pretty bright! We'll tone it down a little, later.

The basic faces are done, so now we need to add shading for depth and interest.
Using burnt umber acrylic, side load a flat or angled brush.

Begin outlining all the features in burnt umber, using the side loaded brush. Keep your brush moist. You'll find that the Paper Perfect pulls the moisture out of the brush so you'll have to re-moisten and re-load often.

Once you've outlined all the features, shade between the top and bottom teeth with the side loaded brush, shade under the upper lip, and around the black eyeball (on the white of the eye). Keep these sideloads less intense than the rest. You don't want to end up with brown teeth & eyes!
You can see the difference here between the face without shading and the one with it. With your sideloaded brush and a watered down side load of burnt umber, soften the bright red of the highlighted cheeks.

Here's the whole gang, all finished---well as far as the painting goes!

Now it's time to add the finishing touches. Using rusty wire, insert it into the head slightly, beside the branch on top. This just holds it in place while you curl the wire around the branch. Curl it around several times and cut with wire cutters. Bend the cut end so that it doesn't stick out. It's sharp and you don't want to get scratched!

The next step should be spraying the balls and dowels with clear acrylic, but that makes them difficult to photograph, so I'm skipping it for now. Later I can move the bows out of the way and spray them.

Now we'll add their bowties. Using torn strips of fall colored fabrics, tie bows under their chins. The strips are about 16-18" long, depending on how long you want the tails to be.

And here they are, all decked out in their spiffy bow ties and ready for the Halloween party! These are available in my Etsy shop, Toletally Painted:http://www.toletallypainted.etsy.com