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Frozen Cranberry Wreath

I was scrolling through Craft blog posts this morning and this charming wreath. So simple and can be disposed of in the woods when you’re ready to take it down. This is so tempting to try but I think we’d have to wait until January/February to do this around here, as December can still be quite warm in the Lowcountry.

Please head over to Nest Full of Eggs for the tutorial!

Black and Red Candy Apples


Image and recipe taken from The Hive.

Red & Black Candy Apples

8-10 medium sized apples
8-10 wooden twigs, trimmed
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup of water
several drops of cinnamon flavored oil
1/4 teaspoon of red food coloring
1/4 teaspoon of black food coloring

Clean and dry the apples. Try to remove as much of the wax as possible. If you purchase them from your local farmer’s market then chances are they have not been treated with the food grade wax that makes then shine. Remove any stems or leaves and insert a twig into the end of each apple. To facilitate easier twig entry you can carefully sharpen the end of the twig or use a candy stick to create a guide hole. Set apples aside.

Heat and stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a saucepan until sugar has dissolved. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Don’t go over 310 degrees or your candy burns and then you’ll be sad.

Remove from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring.

Dip one apple completely in the syrup and swirl it so that it becomes coated with the melted sugar candy. Hold the apple above the saucepan to drain off excess. Place apple, with the stick facing up, onto a baking sheet that’s greased or lined with a silpat. Repeat the process with the remaining apples. If your syrup thickens or cools too much, simply reheat briefly before proceeding. Let the apples cool completely before serving.

A note about the black apples: Lighter colored apples (Granny Smith, Golden Delicious) work well in making the red appear bright and glassy; darker apples like red delicious help the black candy appear as dark as possible. Muy spooky!

You can make one batch with red food coloring then re-heat the candy mixture and add black food coloring. Adding black to red will make it darker. Repeat the dipping process. Black food coloring can be found online or at specialty baking stores.

Candy Corn Garland DIY

I just saw this on Poppytalk and had to share it. Please see this post for the tutorial!

Vintage Costumes

I love vintage elements of Samhain/Halloween, and costumes are definitely a favorite! I found these beautiful illustrations via The Graphics Fairy.

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Workbench cover issue solved.

Thanks again to Pinterest for hooking me up with a potential solution for hiding the unsightly storage space under the workbenches Michael built for his studio over the weekend. Some canvas or some upholstery stock, heavy duty snaps and presto! Sassy cover.


{ Photo credit: This is Glamorous }

LED Mushroom Lights Sprout From Reclaimed Wood

Ma Nature, you are always an inspiration!

{ Found via NOTCOT.ORG }

It’s the simple things that make me smile.

Simple but beautiful lights made from reclaimed wood. I can see these used outside in the garden one night and then brought back into the house for some wonderfully charming mood lighting.

More photos and artist information at Oh Joy!

ETA: Remodelista posted a similar feature today, but from another artist.

Electric Mavis pedant lights by Melbourne designer Gregory Bonasera and others.

Oh, looks like I’m not the only one who fancied having their love of tea cups illuminated.

More photos and artists. >>

Make: Online : Custom engraved bamboo iPhone cases

Make: Online : Custom engraved bamboo iPhone cases

DIY Painted Vases

I stumbled across this on my Stlye Me Pretty and Twig & Thistle feeds today. Miss-matched thrift store finds make for a bold and cheap focal point for your table setting, a wedding or a special event.


Glass and metal items are cleaned and spray painted.

Voilà!

{ Photo Credit : Style Me Pretty }
Tutorial – very, very easy – is on SMP
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