Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Halloween!


These monster cupcakes are super easy to make and guess what’s hidden under that cute, furry frosting??


Surprise!  It’s a mini Snickers bar!  This helps give you the height needed to pull off an adorable, friendly monster without piling on the frosting.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Buttercream Frosting

I generally prefer cream cheese frosting but you will want something that will hold its shape as you pipe.  Better go with buttercream on this one.

Once your cupcakes have cooled and your frosting is whipped and ready to go, pipe a small amount of frosting on the center of the cupcake to hold the mini chocolate bar on.  Begin piping fur around the outside edge.  I used an open star tip (Wilton 22) but feel free to use whatever you have on hand.  Flick the tip up at the end of each piped line to create the spiky look.  Continue layering until you have completely covered the chocolate bar.


I used these googly eyes from Wilton to top my monsters, but you could easily use M&Ms, chocolate chips, cookies, etc.

Just about every decorating item (the googly eyes, the trick or treat flags, the bone sprinkles) were provided by Craft.  She totally hooked me up for Halloween this year.  Have I mentioned she’s the best?image

Anyway, this will be short and sweet.  Life for me is about to change in a major way…again.  No, I’m not pregnant.  Actually, we are relocating to Minneapolis…In December.  To put it another way, we are relocating to the 16th coldest city in the United States in the dead of winter.  I know what you’re thinking and yes we are, in fact, insane.  Keeps life interesting though.

Oh yeah, and I didn’t make that lovely caramel apple you see in the background.  This delicious beauty comes from an amazing Minneapolis-based produce distribution company.  I hear the new VP is a total catch. *winkimage

Powerpuff Birthday

Hello out there!  I know it’s been a while but I got busy with a birthday and Bake’s computer fried and I got addicted to Supernatural on Netflix….lots of things, ya know.  Anywho… I’m back with a (small) round of pictures of the girl child’s 4th birthday party.

I started cooking up the ideas in August and got everything done in time (for once).  The theme this year was Powerpuff Girls!  I loved this cartoon as a teenager and they are on Netflix so the kid’s have been watching them a lot.  I still laugh at most of the shows.  I asked her which one she wanted to be and with no hesitation she said “Bubbles!”  I replied, “But you’re a red head, don’t you want to be Blossom?”  “Bubbles!” she repeated.  All right, no problem.

I whipped her up a little mod dress from a 1/2 yard aqua kona cotton and some black broadcloth I had on hand.  It was a little shorter than I had intended but with tights on underneath it was totally fine.


This is her fierce fighting look.


This is her sweet look.


Bubbles is picking up Townsville

I spent 3 weeks or so making a Mojo Jojo pinata, cause what Powerpuff birthday is complete without a villain to punch?



He held together pretty well.  In the end the toggle bolt pulled through before it broke open so I ripped a hole in it and poured it out for the kids.

I made a couple of other “games” for the kids to play.  Power Plinko and Destroy Townsville.

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Something you may not know about me is I’m a really great Idea person and Crafting person but not so great at organization or following rules.  That’s why I put “games” in quotes.  They were supposed to play for prizes but I was too lazy to make the kids follow the rules (or make any up in the first place) so it was a free for all.  Regardless, I think they had fun.  Especially when I poured the 3 giant bags worth of candy out of Mojo Jojo.

Power Plinko is made out of a foam craft board with dowel rods punched through it and hot glued so they stay in place.  It was pretty easy actually.  The bumpers on the sides and clouds at the top are just craft foam cut into shapes and hot glued on.  We used  salsa jar lids for our puck-thingy.  We set it up on an old easel my parents had laying around.  A bit tall for the small ones perhaps.

Townsville is just some spray painted cardboard boxes and plastic containers with more craft foam glued to them for the windows.  Little rubber balls for the destruction and there it is.

I had wanted to do some more in depth things like dress the kids up as villains and Powerpuff Girls and let them battle with nerf guns or something but funds were limited and I’m lazy. So that was the girl child’s birthday.  I’ll be back around with another post on how I made the Mojo Jojo pinata.  See ya!

Sonic Screwdrivers For Cheap

What Doctor costume would be complete without a Sonic Screwdriver?!  The official toys are a bit pricey ($30) so I decided to make my own.  I scouted around for some tutorials and found a few that were really cool (required knowledge of basic wiring. Not my skill set)  and a few that were totally lame (I’m picky).  Nothing, was quite right so I decided to strike out on my own.    I think my end cost was about $7 bucks each (I had to make 2, Amy Pond wasn’t going to be happy till she got one. In purple. Oy.)  Here we go:

Grab some PVC pipe in whatever diameter suits you. Mine is 1/2″. Cut some lengths, mine ended up being 2″ or less.

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I got an assortment of connectors that looked vaguely Sonic Screwdriverish and worked up an arrangement that looked good.


I had a can of hammered metal look spray paint in silver so I sprayed to components and let them dry.


I fitted them together till I got a good look and planned on gluing them with PVC glue, but it was unnecessary, the spray paint made it tight enough.

I got out my light source.  I got some of these cheap LED flashlights and (Carefully!) broke the housing to get the battery and bulb out.

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Put some tape around the batteries to hold them in so they won’t pop out with much waving around.


I took a look at my switch on the bottom and got my PVC end cap piece.  I made a square that was roughly the right size and got out my Dremel tool.  I worked it till I could get the switch to slide in to the cap and out the end.

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Glue some ribbon to the housing and bring it over the top of the batteries.  Screw the end cap into the main body and trim ribbon.  This holds the light in place with much waving around.

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I decided to glue a glass piece to the end of the screwdrivers to keep out the rain or keep the light from falling all the way out if the ribbon comes loose.


Ta Da!  The Screwdriver is done and ready for action!


The only thing I didn’t manage to get was a small enough sound module to fit in our model, ah well, maybe next time.

See you around, Whovians!