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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Met Monday & Today's Thrifty Treasures ~ Shutter to Mail Caddy

I'm joining Southern Hospitality for Today's Thrifty Treasures 
Be sure not to miss this last one,
do pop over and see what everyone has found!

I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch
 for Metamorphosis Monday. Be sure to take a peek at everyone's transformations.

I've been thinking about those Shutters I found at that great Treasure Hunt  I posted about a few weeks ago.

They are a great small size, perfect for something.....

Then the light bulb went on!

I am in the middle of painting my kitchen and plan on a great idea to revamp my cabinets, and recovering my kitchen benches. Several other tweekings are in the works.

Currently I use a little white metal basket that hangs on the wall to hold bills and other important papers. Not unattractive but not attractive either. The reason it needs to be in view is because out of sight is definately out of my mind :~|

So here's what I did~~~~

I took the section with the knob off by unscrewing the hinges,
which left the two to close like a book.
 I also removed the knob and the latch.

Keeping the section of two together,
I added the knob to the front of the "new" shutter.
I placed the latch on the front shutters side so when it was closed it
would latch onto the back shutter.
I added a smal nail for it to hook onto.

I hung it where I wanted using a couple of good ol' nails.

Added those lovely bills into the back louvers...

Closed and latched

 I thought of repainting it nice and white,
but decided to keep the distressed look.
Besides, I've been doing so much painting lately,
one less thing was a Godsend!

So there you have it a mail/bill holder in disguise ;~)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Trash to Treasure Hunt

I'm linking up with Katie who is our host for Trash to Treasure.
Don't forget to pop over to see everyone's TTT!

I'm also joining Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality for the last Thrifty Treasures for the year...can't wait til next year!  Be sure not to miss this last one, do pop over and see what everyone has found! 

I live in a rural community that consists of several small towns
about 6-10 miles apart.

The next little town over had it's yearly Flea Market.
It's always fun to attend, you never know what you'll find there!
It's held in their downtown park. Sections are mapped out for each sellers space.

It's always been a success in the past and this year was no different.
This years found treasures ~~

This bird terrarium thing was the first to catch my eye, snapped it up on the spot, $5, plan to replace the plastic with glass. The spice holder will find it's way to eBay, $3. Cute little jar .50 (already sold), 3 little Gourds made into pears, $2.

Don't you just love the little bird on top?

Reindeer which may get painted,$1. 3 little cute plates, $1. White cabinet which will go into my kitchen makeover, $3

Lots of assorted colors of Iris, $2. Lilys, $2. Bergenia, $2. Succulent $1.
Freshly dug Sweet Potatoes, $2

Yup, I came away a happy camper!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Blue Monday ~ Lodi Grape Festival

It's Blue Monday over at Smiling Sally's, pop on over to check it out!

We had the pleasure of attending The Lodi Grape Festival yesterday where there was alot of Blues. Since it being the first time we've been wasn't sure what to expect.

We had a great time. We met my oldest son and his girlfriend there. She is from the area and attends each year.
Lots of commercial vendors, yummy food, rides, booths...my favorite were the exhibits.

The most amazing were the mosiac like images made from Grapes!
 All done by children.
There were other edibles used but the majority were grapes.....painted grapes, glittered grapes, peeled grapes and more!
The Theme this year was "Your Favorite Holiday".
These were stunning to say the least.
So amazing and creative!

I did take pictures, now they were rather high up on their displays and with me being short....well....  :~)

I also mentioned rides...well, looky what was there!

Crazy huh?

Mosaic Monday ~ Mellow Yellow Monday

I'm joining Mellow Yellow Monday and Mosaic Monday over at The Little Red House

I thought since we are entering Fall I'd display some Vintage Fall Postcards.
I think these are so pretty, Hope you do too :~)

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Today's Thrifty Treasures

  I hit only one Yard Sale Saturday on the way to visit my Father.
But I was able to catch a few Thrifty Treasures!

I spent $2.00 and came away with these.
A faux Pumpkin and Dog Bone cookie cutter
The Pumpkin will be great for decorating!

A trash bag full of hangers. Yes, this is a treasure!
The consignment store we take our clothes to requires them to be on hangers.

A sweet glass Light Shade/Globe.
This will make it's way to eBay.

2 little sliver Butter Pats and
a little lost Dragonfly Pin.
You never have enough Dragonflys!

I'm participating in Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality .

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