Friday, 31 October 2014

Scary Snow Globes

I have about a million things to tell you about last weekend and another handful of posts that have been sitting in the 'to write' pile for far too long, but I can't resist squeezing in a last minute Halloween make for the day that's in it!

I spotted this creepy 'Snow' globe in TKMaxx a few week ago and, though I couldn't justify the purchase at the time, I've sort of been kicking myself since for not picking it up. Then I decided to just make my own version and get over it. (I'm such a little red hen)

Snow globes are actually ridiculously easy to make - if you don't mind not having a fancy base, that is... though you could probably make one of those too, if you were bothered!

All you need is:
  • A small glass jar with lid
  • A plastic/ceramic figurine (metal will rust)
  • Super-glue
  • Some glitter
  • Water
  • Glycerine (available in pharmacies and also useful for sore throats!)
I couldn't find a figurine I liked that was small enough to fit in the little jar I had ear-marked for this project, so in the end I bought a cheap plastic 'skull and bone' necklace (I obviously have a thing for 'skull and bone' products), cut it off the string, glued the bits into a pile and used that instead!

It would be easier, and quicker to use a ready-made figurine - but, sure, why would I make my life easier?!

I glued the 'bone pile' into the centre of the lid of the jar and waited for it to set. Actually I built it in situ so that I could make sure it would fit.

Then I filled the jar with water, added dash of glycerine and a pinch of bat-shaped glitter.

I then sealed the jar, using more super-glue to secure it (a hot-glue gun would work well too) and here's how it turned out!

I'm really pleased with how it looks and now I want to make lots for other seasonal festivals! (I refuse to mention the 'C' word in a Halloween post!)

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Night of 1000 Feasts

I am really excited about this upcoming weekend because I have been lucky enough to have been invited to a major celebration in Kilkenny on Sunday October 26th which will see people in hundreds of homes in the City and County cooking up a storm and throwing open their doors for a mouth-watering Night of 1000 Feasts, as part of the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival.

I am ready, mouth duly watered to join them!

I will be attending a series of talks, demonstrations and tastings in Kilkenny City and I'll also be taking a visit to Thomastown, a picturesque village 18km outside the city, which was recently awarded the title Town of Food for a food and craft trail. (Seriously, I'm going to have to be rolled home.)

Town of Food is a community led initiative aimed at promoting Kilkenny as an important food destination. It aims to support the production and promotion of local, quality food ingredients and to develop an educational food hub to attract professional and amateur cookery students.

Under the EU Rural Development Programme, LEADER will provide funding to Town of Food of up to €750,000 for Building works, marketing and training to the end of 2015. In order to access this grant, Town of Food must raise €182,000 in ‘matched funding’ through donations, fundraising and sponsorship. The Night of 1000 Feasts will hopefully raise this much needed funding.

It's the perfect time of year to host such a wonderful event. The end of the harvest season has come and there is an abundance of food. As we slide into the darker half of the year and hibernation it makes sense for us to make our own light by feasting and making merry. I am ALL for making merry as you well know! 

The long weekend can't come quickly enough. I'm getting hungrier and hungrier the more I think about it!

I'll be using the hashtag #1000Feasts while I'm there so you can follow along on Twitter and Instagram and get a digital 'flavour' of all the wonderful produce and products Co. Kilkenny has to offer. Make sure to keep an eye on my Facebook page too as I'm sure I'll be popping in there to say hi too.

Many thanks to Green and Vibrant for the invitation, I can't wait!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Halloween Plans

Halloween is fast approaching and I feel a little bit behind in terms of being organised this year. The girls have been making Halloween crafts of some description in preschool which they are very excited to show me when they get to bring home their art folders, before the mid-term break. They are also full of chat about what they are dressing up as, which is wonderful and all, but they keep changing their minds every five minutes. I think all decisions will be made very last minute and cobbled together out of whatever we have around the house. Which is probably how it should be.

Despite my grand plans to make her a Batgirl costume (well, a cape, at the very least) Sábha seems to have lost interest in that idea and now wants to be a bat. Or a cat. Or a witch like last year. Or a pumpkin. Or whatever costume she sees in shop windows on any given day. 

Lile will, most likely, be a princess (again). Or a cat. Or a princess cat. That girl knows what she likes.

Halloween 2013
I have grand plans of cracking open the craft stash and getting creative with the girls, but I know that realistically I'd be better holding off until the midterm break when we're bound to be trapped indoors due to inclement weather and I'll have to find something to entertain them. I have a few new 'spooky' ideas but I will definitely be revisiting some of last years crafts too.

Here's another few things I've discovered over the last few days that are on my mind to try:
  • I really want to try out Dr. How's Glowing Monster Slime recipe. I think the girls would really enjoy it. It looks very cool. I'd also love to try out her fake blood recipes, but I might have to figure out a substitute for the peanut butter as Sábha is allergic to it!
  • I think this adorable Unicorn costume would be handy enough to put together at the last minute and I know Sábha would love it. So I have this idea in reserve and all I'll have to do is scale up one part of my felt unicorn pattern!
  • I owe a few people some snail mail and I'm super-inspired by this gorgeous Halloween Happy Mail. I'd love to be able to create such pretty post!
  • These Woodland Creature Masks deserve a mention because they are so lovely. And there's a fox included. I think I might like to make these anyway, to keep in the dress-up box.
  • I've spotted (and maybe sampled) Báirín Breac in the shops, but I'm always on the lookout for recipes to try at home. I do have a version I've made a few times with great success (which I'll share if you're interested!) but I might just give this version a try too.

Oh! I should also mention that I wrote a piece for the popular MyKidstime site recently, which I'm thrilled with the response to. Do stop by and have a look at my 5 Spookishly Simple Halloween Crafts if you are in need of something fun to do over the mid-term break. 

I have another 'spookishly simple' project I'm dying to put together over the next few days, so make sure to check back and see if I've gotten around to it!

Are you all set for Halloween? Or are you like me - full of ideas and no time to get to them?!


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