Crazy for Candy Corn

Candy corn cupcake soap

I love Candy Corn. The colors, the taste, the shape of the little treats. Here's some Candy Corn Eye Candy and a little video how these goodies are made. Here's my Candy Corn board on Pinterest...full of all kinds of Candy Corn stuff.   These Candy Corn Soap Cupcakes are from my other blog. I used Candy Corn Fragrance oil....very yummy and no calories.           How about this cutie in this Candy Corn hat? What a sweetie..From the Etsy Shop MitziKnitz   Go over Hoosier Handmade she's put together a collections of Candy Corn Cupcakes, Cookies and more!     Enjoy this last weekend before Halloween! Christine … [Read more...]

Handmade Halloween

Handmade Halloween Book

I buy a lot of craft books and craft magazines. Everyone once in a while a craft book comes along and I know I  will have it forever. This is one of those books. But this is isn't a book review. No, I just want to tell you HOW INCREDIBLE THIS BOOK IS. If you are a crafter and you LOVE Halloween you will love Glitterville's Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting  Written by crafter extraordinaire and founder of Glitterville, Stephen Brown , he takes Halloween to new glittery heights and really puts the happy in Happy Halloween.  There are so many things to love about this book but I'll tell you just a  few. The first is the projects aren't hard but they are amazing (start now and you can make everything in the book in time for next Halloween). The other thing I love about the book is it just keeps giving you ideas. All these Halloween projects can be turned into Christmas and Easter projects with a little imagination. The instructions are very clear and the photography beautiful. I hope there will be a whole series of these Glitterville books. If there is I'll be the first buyer.   … [Read more...]

Altered Witches Hat Tutorial

attach trim on witch hat

Altered Halloween Witches Hats. In this tutorial I will show how I made my Altered Witches Hats. I had so much fun making these I just kept going...but I kept a few blanks for next year!  I will be using the Black Crow Witch Hat to show you step by step how to make these bewitching Halloween hats. I will also show you a few examples of other witch hats I've made, you can use these for reference. These hats are easy to make and kids will also have a great time making them. I purchased some hats at Michaels Craft Store. But they only had a few. I also found some at Craft Catalog. If you do a Google search you should be able to find different hats in different sizes.  For my trim I used one of my favorite black trims from Joanns. I also used some netting under my trim on a few of these hats. To make the rosettes on the top of the hats I used paper on some hats I used black leaves  (I just formed the leaves to make a circle). If you don't have a die cut that makes rosettes you can see how to make rosettes here using a scoring board. Find yourself a cardboard or paper witch hat (a nice blank canvas) and let the creativity flow! You just need a few things to get started and I'll show you that below. Before beginning my witch hat I started with a theme and a color scheme. You can see in the photos below I have a black raven and my colors are a grayish-green and black. In some of my other witches hats I have more of an eclectic theme. Pull your items together like the photo … [Read more...]

Some Charming Soaps from the Charming Frog

girl kissing frog

For those who don't know me, my business is soap. I sell soap supplies (it's a fun job!) and along the way I get to see some really beautiful soap designs. It really is an art and I'm sure you'll agree after seeing some of the Charming Frog's soap designs. Tracy, the co-owner was kind enough to take some time so I could interview her about her business. 1. Tracie your soaps have such a unique look to them, do you find that your "soap style" is now recognizable? In other words...do people now know you by your soaps? Hi Christine and this is a great question! I would like to think that by now people know us by our soaps however, we receive emails daily from people that did not know we existed! We hope to gain better recognition as time goes by through as many social events, networks etc that we can introduce to the store! 2. I saw what a wonderful job you did with your Wonderland Soaps. Really beautiful. When you're creating a new soap how do you begin? What do you take into consideration? Thank you so much for the compliment! Coming from such an experienced soap maker-it means so much! As artists, we look for new trends in colors; i.e. HGTV, Vogue, Martha Stewart, etc. but in this case, we wanted to stick to the colors based on the animated and current movie of Alice in Wonderland…we are all big fans of both! 3. You sell on Etsy and you have quite a following! Do you have any other venues you sell through? Yes! We sell through Facebook now. The network offers a way … [Read more...]

Forgotten Canvas

digitally altered canvas

I'm getting ready for a lot of company this month. You know what that means, lots of cleaning. I've been going through closets,cleaning the baseboards and reorganizing. As we all know when we do that(especially if it's been a while) we stumble upon unexpected treasures, items we've forgotten about. I came upon this canvas photo that I made 5 years ago. I lived in another city then and in the moved stored away the digital photos I made. This canvas was a photo of my then backyard which really wasn't a backyard at all. It was a long area on the back of a green belt. It had a long stone path. This was a photo of it which I digitally altered and printed onto canvas. When I can across it I knew I didn't want to just stash it away again. I started thinking what could I do with this canvas. Well, I think I'll make it my "green bag". So my plan right now is to find some material and maybe quilt it and turn it into a bag I can bring with me to market. So next post I'll show you the fabric I've picked out the go with this green canvas. Hopefully I might even have some of the bag completed. … [Read more...]