Saturday, 31 October 2009

My Halloween Table

My Halloween table
My Halloween table - Skull candy bags
My Halloween table - Halloween tree
My Halloween table - Candy jars
My Halloween table - Cupcakes
My Halloween table - Blackberry meringues
My Halloween table - Blackberry cupcakes
My Halloween table - Halloween tree
My Halloween table - Candy Jar
My Halloween table - M&M's
My Halloween table - Skeleton candle
My Halloween table - Bird cupcakes
My Halloween table - Skull candle
My Halloween table - Bouquet
My Halloween table - Skull Candy
My Halloween table - Lollipops
My Halloween table - Glitter skulls
My Halloween table - Apothecary jar
Happy Halloween!
xx

Photography by one of my guests.
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Thursday, 29 October 2009

Final days to Halloween!

Halloween cocktail
A spooky brew of cranberry & raspberry juice, with black vodka. Pour the vodka over the back of a spoon so it sits on top!


Black vodka
Black vodka


Skeleton straws
Skeleton straws
Skeleton straws


Halloween place setting
Lace table mat and damask napkin. Black plate, silver napkin and candle from Poundland, pink feather from Kleins.

Tomorrow I have a busy day ahead of me. I need to finish my bird tree, finish my Halloween art and bake some fresh cupcakes to decorate my Halloween table. All in time for the skeletons and vampires who will be visiting us come the witching hour!

Have a sweet day!
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Blackberry cupcakes

I have moved to Torie Jayne.com

You can find me in recipes...cupcakes

Have a sweet day!
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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Halloween cards & bouquet

Halloween chandelier card
Picture Frame


Halloween chandelier card
Halloween apple card
Halloween apple card
For Halloween this year I decided to design my own cards. I was hoping to make some candy apples that looked like my graphics, but sadly I've run out of time so will save that for next year. Feel free to use my graphics above on cards, gift tags etc.


Halloween bouquet
Large pink acrylic vase, glitter skulls & bones, lace table mat


Black flower
Black pompom, single stem


Black rose
Black rose

Have a sweet day!
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Monday, 26 October 2009

Halloween candles

Halloween skeleton candle
Skeleton candle from Pound Land.


Spikey pink & black candles
Spike top tea lights and candles in jars from Habitat.


Skull candle
Skull tealights
Pack of six skull tea lights, from Pound Land.


Pink glass cube candle holder
Pink cube candle holders, from Paperchase.


Some Halloween candles to match my colour theme!

Have a sweet day!
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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Haunting

Haunting
This week on Flickr Faves Sunday, I bring you these eerie, creepy haunting pics for Halloween. Check back soon for some more of the most inspirational photographers on Flickr.

Some beautiful shots from my Flickr favourites (clockwise from top left):

Have a great day!
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Friday, 23 October 2009

Halloween cookies winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition to win a dozen delightful cookies from The Fancy Lady.

My little skeleton helper has picked a winner! Congratulations to Elizabeth of My Crafty Mess.
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Thursday, 22 October 2009

Black crows

Halloween tree
Handmade crow
I made and decorated a tree for Easter with hand made birds, so I thought for Halloween I would do the same. Initially I used the same pattern to make a bird but it looked too sweet. As I could not find a pattern for a crow or raven I decided to make my own.

I used a black fabric with subtle black lurex running through it to give them a sparkly touch. I used pink wire and beads to make the feet and black diamantes for the eyes.

Halloween Fabric Crows

You will need:
Black fabric
Black thread
Needle
Crow pattern (below)
Pink wire
Pink beads
Silver rings
5mm Ribbon
White pencil or pen
Pins
Black diamante
Fabric Glue
Toy filling
  1. Print and cut out the crow pattern below.
  2. Fold your fabric into two, with the right side of the fabric facing inwards, to give the two sides of your crow.
  3. Draw around the pattern using a white pencil or pen if using dark fabric (don't forget to mark the opening points).
  4. Pin the two pieces of fabric together and cut around the lines leaving a 5mm border round the edge.
  5. Hand stitch along the lines, leaving the opening unstitched.
  6. Turn crow inside out (I use a chopstick to to fully open the beak, tail and legs).
  7. Hand press the seams open.
  8. Insert pink wire up through one leg hole and down the other.
  9. Stuff with toy filling (again I use a chopstick to get the stuffing into the beak, tail and legs)
  10. Hand stitch the opening closed, pushing the needle and thread up through the top of the neck to create hanging loop.
  11. Sew small silver loop onto base of neck, thread ribbon through ring and tie in bow.
  12. To create the feet, thread 6 pink beads onto the leg wire. Then for each 'toe' bend the wire back on itself and thread 3 more beads. Repeat for each toe. Tie round base of feet to finish.
  13. Glue diamantes in place for the eyes.


Crow pattern by Torie Jayne
I will blog about the Halloween tree as soon as I finish it!

Have a sweet day!
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Halloween maple apple cupcakes

Maple apple cupcake
Maple apple cupcakes (makes 12 muffin size cakes)

Ingredients
150g (5.2 ounces) self raising flour
60g (2.11 ounces) unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
60ml (2 fluid ounces)maple syrup
200g (7 ounces) grated apple
Vanilla butter cream
Pink food colouring
Black edible glitter


Cooking instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160-180 deg C.
  2. Line muffin tray with paper cases.
  3. Beat flour, butter, eggs, cinnamon and maple syrup in a bowl with an electric mixer until mixture is a pale colour.
  4. Stir in apple and divide the mixture between the paper cases.
  5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and place cakes on wire rack to cool.
  7. Add pink food colouring to butter icing, mixing thoroughly.
  8. Put coloured butter icing into a piping bag with small nozzle.
  9. When cakes are cool, pipe butter cream icing in peaks on top.
  10. Sprinkle glitter on top using a small paintbrush.
  11. Stick cupcake topper in top.


To make the cupcake topper,
  1. Download and print the "Poison" label below x2.
  2. Place double sided tape on the unprinted side of the label from edge to edge.
  3. Press a cocktail stick into tape
  4. Place the second label over the top of the stick and press firmly together.

Poison cake label
See Halloween cake stands and cases for where to buy cupcake wrappers.

As I have to have a gluten free diet, I substitute the self raising flour for Gluten and wheat free self raising flour.

Have a sweet day!
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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Strawberry cupcakes

Bird cupcakes
Mini cupcakes
Strawberry cupcakes (makes 30 mini size cakes)

Ingredients
125g (4.5 ounces) butter, softened
1 teaspoon (1/3 ounces) strawberry flavouring
150g (5.2 ounces) caster sugar
2 eggs
150g (5.2 ounces) self-raising flour
40g (1.4 ounces) mini white chocolate chips
60ml (2 fluid ounces) semi-skimmed milk
2 tbsp strawberry jam

Cooking instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 160-180 deg C (325-350 deg F).
  2. Line baking tray with silicone cases.
  3. Beat flour, butter, milk, eggs and strawberry flavoring in a bowl with an electric mixer until the mixture turns a pale colour.
  4. Stir in the choc chips and strawberry jam and mix thoroughly.
  5. Spoon mixture into cases.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Place cakes on a wire rack to cool.



Bird cake decorating
Decorating the cakes

You will need:
Vanilla butter frosting
Roll-on icing (sugar paste)
Black concentrated food colouring paste
Edable art cake glitter in Disco Mulberry
Bird cutter
Rolling pin
Small paintbrush
Piping bag and nozzle
Sieved icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  1. Fill piping bag with vanilla butter frosting and pipe in peaks on top of the cakes.
  2. Sprinkle glitter on top using a small paintbrush.
  3. Lightly dust work surface with icing sugar.
  4. Place roll-on icing onto surface and gradually add food colouring to roll-on icing with a cocktail stick (as it is very concentrated), and knead colour in. Keep adding food colouring until you get desired colour.
  5. Roll out icing so it is about 5mm thick, and cut out bird shape using cutter.
  6. Place on top of cake, and with a damp brush lightly paint the top to bring back the blackness and shine.

See Halloween cake stands and cases for where to buy the cupcake wrappers and stand.

As I have to have a gluten free diet, I substitute the self raising flour for gluten and wheat free self raising flour.

Have a sweet day!
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Monday, 19 October 2009

Halloween cake stands and cases

Black & pink cake stands
Pink & black glass cake stands
Black glass cake stands. Pink glass cake stands


Black skull and crossbones fairy cake cases
Black skull and crossbones fairy cake cases


Halloween dotty cupcake cases
Black & white dotty cupcake cases


Spider web cupcake wrapper
Spider web cupcake wrapper


Black baroque cupcake cases
SK black baroque cupcake cases


Pink cupcake cases
10 silicone mini cupcake cases


Zebra cupcakes
Zebra cupcake cases


Pink foil cupcake cases
Pink foil cupcake cases


I love making cupcakes and if you are a regular reader of this blog you will know how much I adore cake stands. So, Halloween was a perfect excuse to buy a few more! I hunted around for cupcake wrappers to fit my Halloween theme and found those above.

I decorated my cupcakes with white butter cream and little black birds in the pink mini cases. I'm still deciding on the others, but black and pink butter cream with pink, black and silver sparkles will be a must! For example, pink edible glitter flakes and silver edible glitter flakes.

I tried out some of my cupcake ideas for the Halloween blog party this past weekend, and will show you more later this week!

Have a sweet day!
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