Making adorable Mummy Frankfurters on Halloween

Ada Gonzalez - DIY mummy frankfurter - food styling _ Halloween _1 What better way from overloading on candy consumption than getting slightly stuffed first before going trick-a-treating. And who has time to cook when you have candy to hunt down (with  from house to house. So, I propose … making adorable (can’t resist eating) Mummy Frankfurters (also known as hot dogs and franks around here).

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 INGREDIENTS:
1. packaged croissants
2. franks
3. baking pan
4. foil / oil spray for pan
5. mustard or ketchup for glowing eyes
6. oven (bake for about 20 minutes)

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STEPS:
1. stretch the croissants
2. wrap it around the hot dog
3. cut some frankfurters half way to create legs
4. place them in the oven for about 20 min
5. stare at them (as if you are Dr Frankenstein) in a creepy way through your oven’s window
6. take photos to show off your creation
7. enjoy!

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This is what the Mummy Frankfurter above is saying …… “look into my eyes, you know you want to make me, muahahaha”. So, this Halloween before venturing out with the kiddies or even if you are just staying indoors, ‘treat’ yourself to making this fun Mummy Frankfurter. Have a happy Halloween!!!!

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Cool poison apple recipe as your home decor

It’s not too late to decorate for Halloween. How about displaying a brewed poison apple! All you need is: an apple, jello (strawberry/red), water, alka-seltzer, and a vase. Here are photos of the concocted home decor with and without the extra poison (the fizz!):

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Have it look like it’s actually brewing by adding alka-selter:

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Recipe recap:
– 1 medium size apple
– 1 pack of jello
– water
– alka-seltzer
– a clear vase (to show off your brew!)

Is it edible? OF COURSE NOT! It’s a home decor. You wouldn’t eat a pillow, right! Wink! Enjoy spreading some fun within your home.

This was a fun collabo post with Additik featuring their Halloween labels. To see how I created witch fingers and vampire fangs out of candy with more removable labels go here.

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DIY witches fingers, vampire fangs, and spider legs

Welcome to my lair, where I concoct my potions this time of the year muahahahaha. I partnered up with Additik to create some unigue (and economical) ghoulishly fun decor using 5 of their re-positionable Halloween potions labels. I used their WITCH FINGERS, VAMPIRE FANGS, BEETLE JUICE, POISON, and SPIDER LEGS labels and attached them to jars, then it was time to hunt down some ingredients …. here spider spider, come a little closer! For the spider legs I used black licorice (the real spiders were too fast, plus that’s gross!). For the rest, well, let me give you a tour.

Welcome to my laboratory! What would you like to get for your potion? Shall I start you off with a poisonous drink?

How about a potion for having fun no matter how tired you may be? I need a dose of that, don’t we all:

RECIPE: 
1/2 lb of witch fingers (nails included for extra flavor)
1 cup of spider legs
1 tablespoon of vampire fangs

(low calorie not) INGREDIENTS:
1. WITCH FINGERS – used circus peanuts candy for fingers & tootie rolls candy for nails
2. VAMPIRE FANGS – used small marshmallows cut in 1/2
3. BEETLE JUICE – used green jello
4. POISON – used apple dipped into red jello
5. SPIDER LEGS – used black licorice candy
6. labels – from Additik


Witch fingers using tootsie rolls for deliciooooous nails:

Vampire fangs out of marshmallows then dipped in red dye:


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Poisoned apple – dipped in red jello, tapped with water then alka seltzer for the fizz . . . .

 Wanna yummy Beetle juice? . . . used tossed green jello.

 I’ve seen potion labels at my local crafts stores, but once it’s attached (used) it becomes a throw away, unlike Additiks label – they are awesomely re-positionable so once my potion shop closes for the season, I can store them for next year. They do work best on flat surfaces, round jars is totally fine but best if it doesn’t have a raised surface so it can adhere better. For this shoot below I simply added red dye into plain water. Easy (ghoulishly) breezy, right?! I bet you can find something in your pantry or fridge to set out as decor for this Halloween.


 Want some worms for lunch?

At this time I would like to thank Sergio the spider for all his help in recruiting this peeps for this photo shoot, Wilma and Wonka for bringing their sliminess onto the set, Additik for creating cool labels and offering this DIY project, and my hubby for helping me zoom everywhere to get the ingredients.  No real beetles were hurt in this post. This is a collaboration post, everything except for the labels were sourced/concocted for this post by me. I hope you enjoyed it. Ooooooooh, stay tuned tomorrow where I will show you how I created the poison apple. This week I will also show you how to create mummy franks for Halloween day (they turned out adorable!) // Post in partnership with Additik, all potions concocted by me (muahaha).

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Adding adorable 3D paper butterflies to walls

How did Friday pop up so quickly! I’ve been meaning to post this cutie-pie nursery design element since Tuesday. Then, blink. It’s Friday. Ok, here it is – in this nursery design, I ordered 3D butterflies for adorable Jacob (cutest baby client ever!) for the bathroom wall/door that you immediately see when you enter the room to give it a sprinkle of visual FUN. The playful set of butterflies arrived and were ready to flutter onto the walls (3D wall art awesomeness!).

 (Thanks Carmen for the illustrations of me, great collabo!) The 3D butterflies arrive with adhesive dots on the back so all you have to do is remove the adhesive protective film and place the cute butterfly on the wall (door, shelf, lamp, desk, window frame, mirror, someone’s back hehehehe). Oh, did I mention how economical they are? Wall art DOES NOT have to come in a frame, wink!  Here’s a closer photo.

On the entry door of Jacob’s room, I also added a fabric giraffe height chart with cute photo frames (so Jacob’s growth is awesomely documented). You can see the chart installation here and see which one we originally received by error. Oooh, those shipping errors are annoying but sometimes funny.

And here I am super tired styling the rest of the home – as I prep it for the final reveal and photoshoot (see how this hallway design turned out here). “Huh, what, you’re taking a photo of me now, looking like this, err okay. smile ” . . . 

You can check out more of Jacob’s room here. Oh, back to the 3D butterflies, they are very economical for a WHOLE LOAD of them, and they come in different colors, styles, textures, and are easy to install. Wanna see a larger variety of 3D butterflies? … mosey on over here. Have a great day. I’m heading out …. need cooooooooffee.

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How to create a Manny the Mummy bags!

Looks who’s eye balling you with all it’s cuteness!

I produced (created/styled/photographed) this mummy Boo Bag for Sheknows. It is soooooo easy to do (and economical, ya’know how I roll). It’s meant to be a Boo Bag, but I think it’s also great as a trick a treating bag (a creatively stylish one). Head over to Sheknows to get the STEP BY STEP instructions on how I easily / quickly / and economically made this adorable mummy bag. Oh, did I tell u that I named it – he’s Manny, Manny the Mummy. He’s shy so feel free to comment on how cute he is to help him get more confidence. And did you spot Barry the Bat Boo Bag from last week?

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How to level a floor for hardwood, vinyl, laminate (see my kitchen progress)

Below is a peek at how our kitchen looks now. Which is waaaaay different then how it looked before hubs and I moved in (yucky green vinyl square tiles, emphasize on yuck). After we settled in we did a  “quick fix” of slapping on (installing) white click-locking-floor system on top of the yuck green tiles without taking the appliances out or leveling the floor. It was a quick fix so I couldn’t use the ‘it’s too ugly to cook in there” excuse. But the time finally came, that I made “us” my client and tackled the kitchen (economically, of course!).

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So, the mission – wrestle the floor! Add new floors not the wimpy cheater-pants way of piling floor on top of floor, but removing the current floor, and leveling the uneven floor for a smooth finish. Little did we know that beyond our temporary white floors and the ewww green tiles there were 3 OTHER LAYERS OF EEEEW tiles. Here they are in chronological order … I think the first one was around 520 BC:

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Here are the 5 MAIN STEPS to level a floor for hardwood, vinyl, laminate; and below are photos of our DIY flooring a-d-v-e-n-t-u-r-e:

(1) REMOVE current flooring(sssssss)
(2) apply PRIMER (we used this)
(3) apply leveling MORTAR (we used this)
(4) add PADDING
(5) INSTALL FLOOR
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Yes, that is me above in my Ninja black outfit kung-fu-ing … rolling (mopping) the primer onto the floor. Hubs was in charge of mixing the mortar (see pic below). 

As the mortar was drying, hubby added our initials onto the floor (isn’t it adorable!). 

 

Once the floor is leveled, its time to add the floor padding and the beautiful new floors. Living in a co-op we had to finish the floors (cutting the ends to size) before 5pm , so tick tock tick tock …4:55pm tick tock tick tock … we ran out of time.

We were soooo close to finish (just had only 4 more rows to install!!!!) But our saw machine was too loud to “pretend” it was a vacuum, wink wink! Oh well, that’s installation craziness for you. Expected! But that’s ok, we had more energy in the morning. This is how the day ended …. zzzzzzzz (before we finally finished the installation the following day):

tercero I gave you the 5 MAIN STEPS to leveling a floor for hardwood, vinyl, laminate. But then there’s the BIGGER PICTURE, the “WHAT’S INVOLVED IN REPLACING YOUR NEW FLOORS”. Ya know, the nitty gritty details needed when changing your floors. But warning, the following is a bit tedious and lil boring so you can leave the (movie) blog and skip the (credits) details below if you want or (keep eating your popcorn) bookmark it for when you WRESTLE your own floor to EMPOWER YOURSELF (and avoid the “Oops, I forgot about that” moment like the sneak coming attraction peeks at Marvel comics movies):

WHAT’S INVOLVED IN REPLACING YOUR NEW FLOORS (just a tad few gazillion things):

(1) measure your room so you know the amount of flooring that you need
(2) decide which floors you want (this one, no that one, but this one is nice too, etc etc … make a decision). IMPORTANT, bring samples to your home so you can view in your natural light
(3)  buy flooring (padding, base molding, rent a saw if needed) and any (every!) other item you may need so you don’t have to interrupt installation to buy “this” or that” and avoid #@$%. Like if you need to level the floor you need: primer, mortar, mop, big bucket, patience, small cup, etc.
(4) stretch before your work out! Instead of lifting weights you will be  removing appliances / furniture / etc from the room, then again when you replace them all
(5) if hiring someone to do any added work (electrical etc.) make sure they are licensed. For NY contractors, I verify the status of their license here.
(6) if you live in a Co-op, confirm the working hours allowed (usually 8am – 5pm) and they are sticklers for the deadline … and by “they” it’s usually a neighbor that may complain if they hear a noise and report your “wild installation party” to management.
(7) give your  neighbors (cookies) notice of the work (noise) to come
(8) have a take-out food menus handy (pizza to the rescuuuuuue!)
(9) finally, enjoy your hard work … realizing that YOU brought your idea of more comfort, more style, more of your personality into your home. And isn’t that what all our homes should be? Us, who we are.

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(the reveal) DIY photo placemats for your next dinner party

Finally, the reveal (cue dramatic music -> daa daaa daaa). Remember when I mentioned that I was producing a DIY project for a sponsor? I gave the sneak peek here, but couldn’t reveal the details.  Well, it’s details time!!!! The scoop:  it was a sponsored collaboration for Marie Callenders with SheSknows team.  And what did I create? Removable photo placemats, just in time for the holidays! Here’a look at one of the placemats with one of Marie Callendars’ pot pies on it:

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Publication Peek

Mosey on over to SheSknows to find out all the MATERIALS I used and step by step INSTRUCTIONS on how to create (2) different photo placemats (go here). Oh, and here I am creating and styling …..

. . . . illustration captured perfectly by Phil Juliano.  I love how fabric is flying all over the place bec that is EXACTLY how my office looked (see behind the scenes here). I hope you love the DIY concept, just in time for the holiday. Oh and I created (sewed) the placemats but you can simply use your current placemats and just create the photo pocket (see how here).

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Do you know what a BOO bag is? (6 steps!)

Ready to boo this Halloween? I love the concept of a Boo Bag being a TRICK and a TREAT! My king of Boo bag is filled with yummy candy as the treat and left on the door with either plastic spiders or a few (several!) strands of toilet paper as the trick! Muahahahahaa (cough cough). Sorry, I’m coming down with a cold! Today’s post will show you how you can easily (and economically!) create a Boo bag. For those who don’t know what a boo bag is – it’s a bag you leave as a gift to a neighbor. You put the bag on the door, ring the bell, run as if a real bat is chasing you, hide behind a tree and giggle as you watch your neighbor go from confused (the trick?) to joyful (the treat!)

Evil ingredients:
1. white bag
2. black poster board
3. pencil
4. double sided tape
5. scissors
6. visual guide of a bat
7. googly eyes
8. gag items (spiders, worms, tp)

Nice ingredients:
1. loooooots of candy
2. tag (label the bag)

Concoction: 

1. find a bat for a visual guide (free style drawing!) U can use the bat templates I created here for a guide.

2. place bag on poster board 

3. (draw wings of bat) softly draw a bat with the wings extending the bag and outline the white bag so when you remove the bag you are left with a pencil guide of the bag location

4. (draw body of bat) remove the bag and finish drawing the bat WITHIN the penciled in bag line

5. cut the bat outline

6. tape two googly eyes (optional: add fangs .. simply cut a small piece from the back of the bag)

Add a … “You have been boo’d” tag .. so they receiver knows it was an intentional gift not a “oops, some kids left this here”. Hand write the tag or create one (I used m/word to create these:

So, who would you want to gift a fake snake-in-a-can gag as the “trick” to the Boo bag? Muahahaha (cough cough).

 

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7 steps to produce a craft project (without fainting!)

I was contacted recently to produce a DIY project for a sponsor. What did I reply? Heck yeah! Ok, maybe my actual words were more like …. “I would be delighted to help”, but inside i was jumping up and down with excitement! Why? Because it’s a paid sponsorship (yippee!). I get paid to create an inspirational do-it-yourself home project (awesome sauce!). But my friends, keep in mind that producing is A LOT OF WORK! I buy the materials, create the DIY, brainstorm what works and doesn’t work (I got a new gray hair during this stage!), style it, consume lots of coffee, photograph it, and then write about it (the how-to-steps), submit it, oh and let’s not forget the clean up after it’s all done. I loooooove the process, though it get’s messy! Sometimes a pretty mess, sometimes a “yikes I almost stepped on the cake” mess.

Above is a peek at the pretty ‘staged’ diy area during the photoshooting stage. This same area looks like more like this below (put-everything-here-plopmess minutes before the shoot starts:

It may still look “pretty bec of the colors”, but did u  notice the “props” … whip cream (not the sponsor!), the iced coffee bottle (not the sponsor), the disheveled collection of flowers, the cake (this “may” be the sponsor, but I’m not telling yet!). What did I create? I can’t say yet (until it is published). ACHOOPLACEMAT.  I may had said too much, but you may be able to figure it out by my behind-the-scenes photos. Promise, details on the what and the how when it is published.

In the meantime, let me give you the scoop on how the production process goes. It started with me frolicking around the fabric store, skipping around joyfully looking through all the pretty fabric until I found THE ONES I wanted for the project.

Then I start getting specs (size needed, the must-use-props, etc.) 

Then I stare at my sewing machine and give it my usual short and sweet speech (“be nice or I will throw you out the window”). Then I start brainstorming ideas. Which many times makes me look this like . . .

As you can see below I create several “frames” until I found the easiest one to do.

Then I end up looking like this:


Then played with the camera setting . . . Then took 5,547,769 photos. Yes, I exaggerate, but I was getting tired (even with the IV of coffee in me). With tweaks here and there I got clear pretty  images like these . . . 

By the time I was done, my office looked like this . . . . 

. . . flower stems and leaves were butchered, knives (yes, knives) and plates everywhere, 1/2 eating food everywhere (yeah, food WAS props! …. pies, ice cream, whip cream, etc.). So tired, zzzzzzzzzz. But, at the end it was so worth it! And the worth, my friends, isn’t just the $$, it’s being able to think of an idea/project and bring it to life. Plus, it helps that our props included food …. so I ate a lot of desserts (yum!).

To recap, here are the 7 main steps I usually take for PRODUCING A DIY CRAFT PROJECT:

(1) BUY materials (as you brainstorm ideas)
(2) R&D (test what works + what doesn’t)
(3) CREATE the most inspirational of your developed ideas
(4) STYLE IT (illuminate it’s beauty)
(5) PHOTOGRAPH (take 5,547,769 photos)
(6) SUBMIT it (to sponsor or affiliate)
(7) CLEAN UP (and eat props when applicable)

Afterwards (knowing job was well done!), you can happily faint or zzzzzz. Huge thank to mega talented cartoonist and illustrator Phil Juliano for creating the perfect illustration of me in my messy stages of the DIY craft production.

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I’m a cartoon (does she look like me?)

Sometimes photos are the best way to express a situation, but sometimes (many times!) there are those moments that you can’t seem to describe using words or photos.  So, that’s where my new collabo with talented Carmen Lafarga comes in (you have to see her portfolio – guaranteed to make you smile!). She’s an illustrator, cartoonist, layout artist, and graphic designer … and funny!  And she’s managed to create a cartoon character that I do believe looks like me (you can be the judge!). Remember this map wall decal and my fiasco trying to install it? . . . .

Well here I am below smiling getting ready to install the decal (I have installed maaaaaaaaany, so I factored that it would be easy breezy install). No problem, right?

Nooooooooooooooooo. big problem! It kept peeling off (what the what?!?!?!). So this is how I looked trying to RESCUE the map: 
The decal was eventually removed. The decal adhesive didn’t mix well with the magnetized painted gray wall – lesson learned!

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