Monday, November 29, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

girls with guns and thanksgiving decor

Cousin Eve came to visit for a few days...they all had fun...
Here is my Thanksgiving decor, nothing fancy. Just something to put up until it's time to decorate for Christmas! 
I whipped this baby up in about 20 minutes using my Cricut...I think it turned out great
I bought this stuff called weathered wood medium...it's kind of like crackle paint, but gives you more of an old wood effect as the finish. I was happy with it, I've been wanting to try it out for awhile now. I've had this frame sitting around for a few months that I found at the DI and decided to try this technique out. I like the way it turned out.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Costumes

If you didn't already know, Tim's mom makes all the grandkids their Halloween Costumes, and every year...they are AMAZING. This year Chase wanted to be Hiccup from How to Train your Dragon, and Karydn was a puppy. 

Some of us adults dressed up too


Pumpkin Carving

The kids had fun carving pumpkins this year. We had all the cousins get together and do it all at once. It was pretty messy, but they had fun.




Halloween Cookies

I know I should have posted this before Halloween, but...I didn't. Oh well. I decided to try my hand at decorating cookies this year! It was fun,they turned out great, but it's hard work. first, I made my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Then let the cookies cool for a few hours. Next, make your favorite royal icing recipe. Then separate the frosting into bowls according to how many colors you are using. Dye your icing. Remember, when flooding the cookies and outlining, you need the same color but 2 different consistencies, so make 2 bowls of icing for this color. (mine was the black) Using my smallest tip, I outlined my design on my cookie.
Next, after adding color to my icing, thin it out with some water and pour it into these lovely squeeze bottles. 

Next you have to flood the cookies. Using the thinner black, squeeze it inside your outline and using a toothpick, spread it out to the edges. 

Before it dries, you add the web (if you weren't using this technique, generally to add other colors, the bottom one must dry completely first) then pull the sides out using a toothpick. These have to set up for 24 hrs before you can package them, and don't worry, they won't dry out. The icing acts as more of a sealant.