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Bon weekend – until we meet again next year.

It’s been very busy around the house leading up to Halloween. Last night’s high voltage show mesmerized many children and quite a few adults. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to get any photos as I was on candy duty. Now it’s time to drain, soak, wash and pack away our seasonal goods until next fall, and put our beloved treasures back into their places throughout the house. Once again, the use of a glue stick and a light soaking, and the labels slid right off the glass.

I think the bubble gum eyes deteriorated beautifully.

As sad as I am to see everything come down I believe this may have been our funnest strike yet.

Here’s to a safe and fabulous weekend!

Dinner with the Mad Scientist ll and Brooklyn Limestone Feature

Hello Brooklyn Limestone readers, and those still hanging around these parts! I’ve been a reader for several years and Stefanie’s decorations|party ideas knock my socks off, and I look forward to her Halloween posts with great anticipation! When she contacted me about a feature after I left a recent comment on the blog, I couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough.

We’re continuing the Dinner with the Mad Scientist theme from two years ago. Most of the usual suspects have returned and we’ve collected a few new pieces since. The previous post has information on many of the details we repurposed this year. I have also updated the Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY post.

Smaller images can be clicked to view larger versions.

Michael came up with the idea to add some Sharpie solution to the dark green I was using for the large specimen jars and the effect is delightfully eerie. We also played with a black light behind the jars while taking a few of the photos. (more…)

The Mad Scientist makes his yearly appearance.

Monday was a blur (wait, I can’t believe it’s Wednesday!) and we didn’t get a chance to get the porch set up how we did last year, but in the end, it’s the lightning show that matters anyway! The kids were thrilled, some were terrified and some speechless. Many of the parents remembered last year and all had a great time!

It’s hard to capture the corona while standing at a distance and without a tripod, but here are a few shots from the phone of the coils in action.

Michael had his small Jacobs Ladder on the other small porch rail. We wanted to use the big one but that requires bringing THE VERY HEAVY TRANSFORMER downstairs. In the past we’ve had the benefit of using the carpet on the stairs to help it up and down and now that it’s gone we need to find another easy way. Monday was not the day to craft something!

Dinner with the Mad Scientist

ETA: Many thanks to Sarah Rae at Apartment Therapy for loving our stuff so much she featured us again! ♥

I’m imagining this will be what our home looks like when were old and Michael’s laboratory is filled with amazing pieces. Well, in my fantasies it does… minus the dirty plates and glasses. 😉 I think what I love most is that I didn’t have to clean or polish ANYTHING! The glasses and plates are all smudged and dusty and the silver is tarnished. All of it. I would love to build on this theme next year, bringing some of Michael’s larger Tesla coils/other HV ‘toys’ down from his studio. They do have to come downstairs for the big porch scene for Halloween night so we might as well bring them down early.

Oh, in case it was missed, here is the Aged Label DIY tutorial!

The skull prints were found on BibliOdyssey {so, so much love for that site}, resized and a little Photoshopped to clean up a bit. Propped up against the skull is an antique medical slide. I had six in my studio and after this venture I now have five. Oh well!

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Aged Specimen Jar Label DIY

The dining room is finished and I’m working on a full post, but in the meantime here’s a little how-to to make these labels. I had a lot of fun and hope this tutorial is helpful. I by no means fancy myself a copywriter and am completely open to suggestions for more label ideas. If I get some I will be more than happy to update the pdfs.

I found a great tutorial from The Craft Junkie and did a little tweaking. The project originally calls for printing on card/photo stock and then soaking it in coffee, but our ink will run when bathed. Hell, the humidity in the morning at the Farmers Market can make my stuff a little weepy. So I ran the ‘treatment’ and then printed. All images link to larger sizes. (more…)

Bon Weekend – Samhain Decorating

We’ve decided to go with a little whimsy, a little mad science for the dining room decor this year. I am feverishly trying to get things finished and I just completed the first round of specimen jar labels. The paper is blotched as I had to stain the paper first and it didn’t dry completely flat, but I think it adds to the character where it’s blotted on the labels.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Bat Garland revised and new Etsy store!

I decided to spruce up the booth last weekend and pulled out the bat garland I made last year. I like it, but to be honest, it looked sloppy. Too sloppy for my perfectionist self. So I pulled out the template and set about a new garland style that is no-sew AND no-glue! Each bat has two holes that allow the ribbon go through, making it completely adjustable. I also added black eyelets for stability. I was so happy with them that I’ve made several more and also used a second bat style. I have placed them for sale on OUR NEW ETSY  STORE… with 13 bats per 20′ length of black satin ribbon. We’re going to try some other Halloween stuffs in the next week.

{ Image via the Graphics Fairy. }

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.

Bon Weekend – Happy Haunting


{ A photo of one of my great aunts taken in Colombia, South America in the early 1900’s. }
However you celebrate, please have a safe, fun, and blessed sabbat.

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