Monday, October 19, 2015

Taco Costume

The best thing about tacos? You can fill them with anything -- beef, chicken, pork, fish, even potatoes! This particular taco is stuffed with the spiciest ingredient imaginable… a walking, talking, charming child of your choice. You can't eat it, of course, but Halloween costumes don't get much more delectable. Follow these easy steps and, I promise, you won't even get a stomach ache afterward.

Click here for directions to make this super easy Taco Costume

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hershey Kiss Costume

The easiest way to guarantee yourself a kiss on Halloween night? Turn yourself into one, of course! This costume is easy to make, easy to wear, and guaranteed to make your sweetest little thing all the sweeter on All Candies' Eve.

 Click here for directions to my Hershey Kiss Costume for eHow

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hot Dog Costume

They say not to ask how the sausage is made, but this wearable hot dog is full of deliciously simple ingredients that won’t make the stomach turn. Better still, stuffed with an adorable little one, it’s sure to bring a smile and plenty of candy to its wearer. Hot diggity dog!

Click here for me eHow Hot Dog Costume

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dollar Store Halloween Hacks

Never mind the pre-made costumes that stores have on their shelves. Here are 5 fun, creative and absolutely easy-to-make costumes with the most affordable materials imaginable. Trick or Cheap!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Carmen Miranda


Shackled Dude

Garden Party

Click here for all the directions to these costumes 5 Dollar Store Halloween Costume Hacks

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ewok Costume

Darth Vader has mind control, Luke has the Force, and the Ewoks have… maximum cuteness. But if you thought these furry little creatures couldn’t get any cuter than they are on the big screen, think again. Drape your own little one in Endor garb and wait for the Jedi to return for smiles, laughter and plenty of candy for all!
Click here for my eHow Ewok Costume

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Terrifying. Beautiful. Powerful. The specter of Maleficent, the glowering queen of Sleeping Beauty, and the stuff of nightmares for the somnambulant princess and her legions of fans, has never put more of a fright, nor been as topical, as she is today. This Evil Queen knows how to make an entrance. And this easy-to-make costume will immortalize you, notoriously, for many Halloweens to come. So go ahead, embrace your dark side, and be dazzlingly devilish for one cursed, unforgettable night.

How to make a Malificent Costume here

Friday, October 2, 2015

Yoda Costume

Try not. Do or do not. There is no try," Yoda. That's right! Don't just try this green-eared kids costume. Do it! The Jedi Master commands it. See just how easy it is to turn your little one into the most philosophical, green-eariest, 900-year-old, syntax-challenged screen-star of all time.

Click here for my Yoda Costume DIY

Sugar Fix How to Make Caramel…and fix it when it doesn't turn out

What happens when a professional DIYer starts a caramel company?  She can't resist showing other people how to make caramel too, and fix it when it doesn't turn out right.  Because there is nothing more frustrating than messing it up and it happens to all candy-makers the world over…just trying to help. I made this video in the Tastemade Studios where they do this thing all day long.  If you've watched lots of youtube cooking shows you may recognize this kitchen set from other videos.  It's been featured in many… enjoy!

I set this to my all-time favorite French song Les Copains D'abords, a George Brassens song. If you like French folk music, you should check this guy out.  He's like the Jonny Cash of France.

Monday, September 14, 2015

50 Shades of Grey Couple's Costume

Here is another totally eHow-able project that anyone can make in a matter of a couple hours.  Paint chips from Home Depot make these costume super simple to create with stuff you already have in your closet.  Don't be shy, this Fifty shades of grey costume is a great last-minute costume for those with two to think about and more to do than make costumes.

Tyrion Lannister Halloween Costume

Those of you who like Game of Thrones as much as I do will appreciate this costume.  Another eHow-able costume by yours-truly.  Quick to make and not costly at all, this could win a contest or two, if I do say so myself.  The barrel is not necessary to make if you want to bring a wine crate or another box structure with you to rest your little feet on this works too.  All the directions for this Tyrion Lannister Costume here.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Left Shark Costume

Another eHow-fabulous project, the Left Shark from the Superbowl.  This costume is easy enough to make but warning, may attract tiny-attackers since your visibility is limited.

Poor Uncle Hunter!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Cardboard Car Costume

Here is another sweet project I recently wrote for eHow, this cardboard car costume is retro-fabulous.  Easy to make and fun for kids to play with as a prop too.
Add a stylish jacket and sunglasses for the complete look

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sugarfix Caramel

A little project a taped at the Tastemade Studios in Santa Monica, CA for all those out there who have tried and failed at making caramel.  Here is a no fail, must-watch video before you try again!

Monday, August 3, 2015

LEGO Coat Hook

LEGOS, LEGOS!  All over the house!  Under the couch, and making a mess under the bed.  Here is a project that gives you something cool and functional to do with them.   I wrote this for eHow so the link is here to the complete step-by-steps:  LEGO Coat hook project.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Chalkboard Cookie DIY

Lately, I've been super busy writing projects for eHow.  Here is a chalkboard cookie tutorial that I wrote for them… happy baking.

Rose Avenue Sweets- Starting a business

So what do you do when it's the holidays and you feel like making a product that people will love, for sure for sure, that is impossible to not like because it is so delectable, delicious, scrumptious, and irresistible?  You start a chocolate company of course.  It started out as a quasi-experiment.  A holiday project.We decided to name ours Rose Avenue Sweets after the street we live on.  What else has so much mass appeal, is fun to make and is such and easy sell.  This was my reasoning when I began my little chocolate company about 5 months ago, thinking of what to do for the holidays.  I've been making caramel for 15 years now and although I'd never sold them, they are a favorite among friends.  I wanted to document all the fun, and work that I have put into this project on my site to inspire those of you out there that want to start a little something to not be afraid and just jump in with two feet.  It's an adventure and I learn something every day with this one.  Lots of sweet lessons to be had.
The second thing we had to do after figuring out what we were making was find a place to sell it.  We applied to Unique L.A. thinking that would be enough for our first venture for the holidays.

A sheet of cut and ready to be dipped caramel.

Stephanie and I in the commercial kitchen dipping away.
The final yummy product.  Not knowing how many to make, we made around 1200 of these bad boys.  We came up with a few other off-shoot caramel products, one with coconut that tastes like a Samoa, regular plain caramels, and mint taffy-cremes.
Then the packaging and  came next.  The research for this took, by far, way more time than anything else.  I was going for bright and pretty,  like a rose vine that spelled out "Rose Avenue".

Then, I built a booth to sell the chocolates at.  After working on the Anthropologie display team, I'm convinced of the importance of visual presentation.  I put tons of time and $ into this booth, and it was totally worth it...

because we won the best table spot at Unique L.A. ;)
Then recruited my prettiest friends to help me sell (and package, and model the aprons).
Marisa Lynch wrote a lovely giveaway post about Rose Avenue Sweets

I'm excited to see what the future holds for my little holiday project.  I'm about to start hitting the pavement and trying to get it into more stores.  It was in the Golden State and Simon's Fine Cheeses on Rose Avenue.  We'll see what comes next.  Here is a link to the Rose Avenue Sweets website if you want to see more or order a box or two.  In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on my sweets for the sweet.

Update:  I wrote this post over a year ago and FORGOT to publish it….all is well and we've steadily and slowly been growing in a very organic way.  It's still a ton of fun to make and we've gotten into Hazel Lane and Jackson Market most recently. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chocolate Shot Glasses

Had fun figuring out how to make these shot glasses out of chocolate for eHow.  They are a great dessert item to have at a party and with a shot of something yummy- like chocolate milk for kids or Bailey's for adults, will be quite fabulous.