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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

It's The Real Thing.~ WW

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Caramel Apples ~ To Eat Or Not To Eat?

MMMM...these sure look good don't they?
My family thought so too.
BUT I had to stop them!
These are faux Caramel Apples, not the real thing!

 Lord knows I've been trying to get in the spirit of the change in seasons but having a hard time with it.
With working on the Kitchen... painting, cabinets, benches, etc.
 I've fallen behind on A LOT of things.
I decided to take a much needed break and
 make these.
I think these are a fun Fall Decor.
I have some listed on Etsy and Ebay,
but I thought I'd share with you on how to make them....

for any of you who are having trouble shifting gears too ;~)

These are pretty easy.
What you'll need:

Stryrofoam Apples (bought mine at Dollar Tree)
Decoupage Medium (Modge Podge)
Craft Paint (I used Apple Barrel Brand in Caramel Candy color)
Corn Cob Litter (Walmart in Small animal section)
Popsicle sticks
Disposable plastic cup
Plastic Spoon
 Wax Paper
Gloss Spray finish (Walmart Brand Clear Spray)

 Insert your popsicle sticks into the top of your Apples. If you'd like, you can
pull out and add a dab glue.

Place your Apple onto a large piece of Wax Paper.
Mix approximately 1/2 the bottle of Mod Podge about 2-3
teaspoons of your craft paint.
Stir with popsicle stick.
You can add more if it's not opaque enough.
Or adjust the color to your preferance.
I wanted mine a little darker, so I added a few squeezes of a darker brown.

Now with your plastic spoon, spoon colored Mod Podge over your Apples.
Let it drip down the sides like real Caramel would.
Repeat over all the Apples.
You can let some of the Apple peek through
near the bottom, this just makes it look truer.

 Sprinkle your Corn Cob litter on the top and lightly down the sides.

Place your Apples onto a new piece of Wax Paper to dry OVERNIGHT!
I checked mine in the morning to see if the glue had
dried, then lay them on their sides for another half a day to dry the bottom.

Once your Apples are completely dry, Spray them with your gloss
clear sealer. This will give them that added shine they need to look
like real Caramel Apples.

If you'd like to go a step further and package them up for gifts, etc.
You can place them into clear cellophane bags and tie them with raffia, ribbon, etc.

I added homespun dredged in cinnamin to tie them up with.
I also added a aged, stamped tag.
Just dip the tag into a strong cup of Coffee or Tea, then bake in oven at 250 for a few minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn't scorch.
I used a numbered stamp I had and a small "c" because I didn't have a cents sign. I also rubbed cinnamon on the popscycle sticks to add some scent.

If you decide to make these be careful when they are drying,
 because someone may try to take a bite out of one!

Have fun!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ghoulish Grace Crochet Pattern

From the book Creepy Crawly Crochet: 17 Creatures That Go Bump in the Night by Megan Kreiner

You can click on image to enlarge

Monday, August 21, 2017

Barns ~ WW

Yes, I have a thing for barns.
I actually have a thing for a lot of things, 
but barns tug on my heartstrings.
Maybe it was because I was raised on a farm and miss it terribly, 
or rather they way it used to be when my parents were alive.
It seems I'm getting very sentimental the older I get.
That's one thing about living in a rural area,
 I can get my fix from others farms. 
I love to just drive the back roads 
and take photos of old barns, 
some newer, others collapsing, even abandoned.

An old photo from back in the day of a relatives farm
This wouldn't be complete with out our barn
 my Dad built by himself.

Many a hay bale I hooked from a top our flat bed,
 as Mom drove the tractor back and forth lifting the bale to Dad up in the barn. The empty hook tied to the rope which was tied to tractor came back down to me to repeat again and again. 
 I was little and hated being so high up. 
But I would give anything to do it all over again.
Ah, hindsight....

The inside of our barn. We had to clean it out when they passed. There were always so many things hanging from everywhere, I had never noticed the hooks Dad had made from tree branches. 
I adore them now. 
Never realized the windows had sliding closures too!
When you're young you just don't pick up on a lot of details.

 The covered outside stanches.
Not sure I ever saw those doors closed. LOL
Oh, the nostalgia of it all. 

I have to add my favorite cows I pass on the way out of town. There's a stop sign right at their corner and they are always there to greet with their antics.. Yeh, I have a thing about cows too :)

They love to chew on the metal fence. Sometimes their big long tongues wrap all the way around the bar!
The other day it was 107 and as I stopped i wished I had my phone out. One was standing directly under the sprinkler "taking a shower" to cool off! LOL the craziest thing, lifting her head into the streaming water swaying back and forth. 
Couldn't blame her, it was HOT!

This started out as a Wordless Wednesday post,
sorry to get carried away jabbering :(

Wishing everyone a cooling shower!

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