Happy Halloween!!

This is a year I have truly enjoyed Halloween! From fun crafts to our costumes it’s been great!!

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I love DIY costumes, and appreciate that my cupkeiki will let me make up an outfit and she’s thrilled over it!

Have a spooktacular night!!

DIY DIA De Los Muertos

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I love a lot of things. My cupkeiki for inspiring me. Paper. Glue. My Cricut Explore…my manimal for having a laptop I covet while he’s at work, to use on the Cricut. I love my manimal just for being his rad self too, of course.

Inspiration for these cute little skeletons came from OfficialCricut’s Instagram page, which lead me to follow Aesthetic Nest, also on Instagram, to get the details. Originally, this project is meant for felt dolls, which would be adorable but I didn’t have all the materials for that. That’s when I decided to go for the paper!! I think I’ll still make the doll, but for now these adorn my table!

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Here’s the link to Aesthetic Nests tutorial for the felt doll:
http://www.aestheticnest.com/2014/10/craft-day-of-dead-doll-free-pattern.html?m=1

If you’re curious what I did to make a paper craft from felt craft, well…read on!
I saved the files from .svg to .png. I opened the images individually in the Design Space. I un-flattened them, set them to the cut function, duplicated and sized to my desire, and hit Go! Once all three images were cut, I used mod podge to glue them together (because it was all I could find at the moment!)! So simple and so cute!

Happy Week of Halloween!!

Top With Cinnamons Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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If the name, Izy Hossack or the recipe book, “Top With Cinnamon” doesn’t sound familiar, you are missing out!!

I discovered this recipe while looking for a homemade hot cocoa recipe for the house. Little did I know, just from not putting names together, that the recipe I was looking at was actually from a person I follow on Instagram and enjoy her recipes and photos!!

I’m going to add a link from Food 52’s website, but first let you know the modifications I’ve made!

First, I use about 3tbs grated chocolate, which I hand grate rather than add to the food processor due to the melt factor of the chocolate once even slightly warmed up at such a fine grate.

Second, I have yet to add dry milk/milk substitute. I warm up milk and add the mix to it.

Third, cinnamon is a must also a bit more sugar may be needed if you are like myself, my cupkeiki or my niece and enjoy sweet over slightly bitter.

Here’s the link to the recipe on Food52: https://food52.com/recipes/26470-homemade-hot-cocoa-mix

Here’s the recipe if you just want the quick version, with my modifications:

3Tbs grated semi to bittersweet chocolate
2/3C. Dutch process baking cocoa
2tsp. Corn starch
1tsp. Ground cinnamon
3/4C. Powdered sugar
2Tbs. Unrefined sugar
1/2tsp. Salt

Combine everything. Heat desired amount of milk over med-low heat and add 1-2Tbs cocoa powder to milk. Whisk and heat to desired temp. Serve with marshmallows or whipped cream if desired!

That’s it. Simple, comforting and so delicious!!

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Dream a Little Dream

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I’m in LOVE with this recent DIY canvas art! I’ve titled it, “Dream a Little Dream”.

I made this using black acrylic paint, mod podge and my Cricut Explore.

I found a free image of a ballerina, added it to my Cricut Design Space, and cut it out. I used a 6×6″ shimmer card stock. I also used glitter card stock for the circles. I created lots of different shaped circles and sent it to the design space for cutting too!

After painting my canvas completely black (and let it dry), I mod podged my card stock pieces where I wanted them, let that dry then coated the entire canvas in two coats of mod podge, to seal everything! That’s it, and so far people have been rather impressed with it!

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laying out and chalking my ideas. Chalk is a great way to visualize your piece before committing to anything further!

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Attaching the gold glitter circles, from top to bottom and in as much of an organic way as possible!

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Ready for a few coats of sealant!

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And the finished piece!
I had thought about adding more things, like words or more circles to the bottom, but thanks to my manimal I abstained from going overboard. He advised that there’s more to be said and felt with less on the canvas, and I agree!

This morning.

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This morning, my cupkeiki looked over at me and said: “you’re the best crafter in the world!”

While I am far from the best crafter in the world, the sentiment surely made me smile…and decide to keep her for a bit longer ;)!