DIY Halloween Candy Kabobs

Halloween is that magical time of year when you can eat as much candy as you want without being looked at like a crazy sugar fiend. Even the weeks leading up to Halloween give you free reign to munch on as many sugary sweets as you like. But who wants to eat a handful of candy, when you can eat a candy kabob? Not only are candy kabobs cute and easy to make, but they make the perfect festive treats to give out at parties, or to friends and coworkers. 

  • Gummy candy
  • Skewers
  • Pretzel bags (optional)

1. Soak the skewers in water for a few minutes, and then wipe them off with a paper towel. 

2. Slide the pointy end of the skewer through the middle of your gummies, and stack them one on top of another. The amount of gummies that will fit depends on the length of your skewer. The kabobs look best when you use gummies with different colors, shapes, and textures, so try to mix up the variety you use.

3. You can pass these out as is, or you can finish them off with individual packaging. To do so, slide your skewer into a pretzel bag and tie off the bottom with a twist tie. 

If you are planning on making a lot of these, or want more of an assortment of candy, I would recommend shopping at a few different stores to buy your gummies. Some of my favorite places to get unique candy are World Market, grocery stores with bulk sections, and specialty candy shops. You can also find different kinds online. 

Collecting Tears for My Potion

It's been a while since my last post. A little too long if you ask me. It's mainly because I am still trying to find my crafting and blogging groove since moving to Austin, Texas back in February. I finally started organizing my calendar, and hopefully I can start fitting in more time for Wear The Canvas related projects. In the meantime though, here are a few product photography shots I took for Tees And Tank You

#WTCwalls :: Greetings From Austin Mural

If you don't follow me on Instagram (you should πŸ˜€) then you may not know that I moved to Austin, Texas back in February. Since moving here, I have noticed that there is street art and murals everywhere. Of course, I haven't explored every inch of the city, but the majority of places I have checked out have had really fun and colorful street art very close by.

I wanted to start a little guide to street art in the city for anyone who either lives here or is passing by. Outdoor murals are pretty popular right now, and I'm sure you've noticed that people love to take pictures in front of them, including myself! I will be posting the guide here, as well as on Instagram. If you want to check them out, just search for #WTCwalls! 

The first stop on the #WTCwalls guide is the Greetings From Austin mural. I thought it was appropriate since this is one of the major ones in the city. Plus, it's the first one in the series, which also seems to make a lot of sense! This giant postcard is a must-see for anyone passing through, and even makes for a great photo backdrop for locals.

You can find this mural on the southernmost exterior wall of Roadhouse Relics, located at 1720 South 1st Street. Although it is located on a side street next to a busy main road, there is always ample parking along Annie Street so you don't have to worry about your car while you snap a few pics. Just be ready to wait in line to take a photo if you go on a weekend, or during golden hour on the week days. 

The last thing I want to mention about this location is about Roadhouse Relics itself. It is a really amazing custom neon sign shop that is responsible for the colorful Austin wall. It is closed to the public, and allows customers by appointment only, but it is a great place to check out nonetheless. They rotate the giant neon lights in the windows often, and they even have a couple of photo worry signs sitting on top of the entrance. I also recommend going across the street and peaking through the giant rusty fence. Behind it you'll find piles of vintage signs and props. Just take a look at the picture below to get a sense of what I'm talking about. 

What do you think about my new #WTCwalls series? Is this something you would find beneficial if you were passing though or living in Austin? Comment below and tell me your thoughts!

DIY Star Sunglasses

Summer is in full swing, and that means beach-goings, barbecues, and the Fourth of July! Luckily for you, I have a stellar DIY that will have you ready for all the summer shenanigans you can think of. So, grab your supplies and get ready to see some stars...literally!

  • Clear nail polish
  • Permanent craft glue
  • Foam stars with sticky backing
  • Round sunglasses

1. Sort your stars into piles by size. You will want to start applying the larger stars first. Remove the paper backing and stick a star to the center of your glasses. Continue sticking the stars around on side of the frame, and then around the other.

2. Try on the glasses to make sure you are able to see, and that none of the stars are touching your face. Adjust any that are uncomfortable. 

3. Take the smaller stars and layer them on top to fill in the holes where the glasses frame is still showing. 

4. Lift each star up a slightly and apply a small amount of glue between the backs of the stars and the frame. Once all of them have been glued, firmly press down the middle and along the edges of the stars. 

5. Coat the front of the stars with clear nail polish, making sure not to drip any on the lenses. Once it has dried, apply a coat to the back. Wait 24 hours before wearing. 

Now, go fourth into the world and make sure to shine bright for all to see! And if you decide to make your own, be sure to share them on Instagram with the hashtag #wearthecraft .

How To Make Miniature Taco Appetizers

With Cinco de Mayo only a few short days away, there's not better time for me to share this recipe for miniature taco appetizers. Not that I need a reason to share a taco recipe. I mean, who doesn't love to eat tacos any day of the year? I like to think of this post as more of an excuse to take a day and do nothing but eat a huge amount of cute baby tacos. It just so happens to double as the perfect post for the upcoming holiday.

You can serve these miniature tacos on a platter as is, or you can fancy them up by serving them on top of limes like I did. Either way they taste great! If you decide to serve them on top of the limes I would recommend eating them right away, as the lime juice can cause the taco shell to get a bit soggy if they sit for too long. 

Before diving into the recipe I want to mention that there are various flavors and ingredients you can use to create these tacos. It really just depends on your preference. My version is vegetarian, but you can easily add meat. I must say though, I did get quite a few compliments from my carnivorous friends, so meat may not be necessary. Now, on to the fun part!

β€’ 4 Tortillas
β€’ 1/2 cup shredded cheese
β€’ 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
β€’ 6 Green Onion
β€’ 1/4 cup cilantro
β€’ Bunch of limes

Take a rack out of the oven and place it on top of two bowls to elevate it. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. While you're waiting for the oven to preheat, cut small rounds out of the soft tortillas. You can use a cookie cutter, edge of a cup, or a knife.

Brush the tortillas with water to make them soft. Place them on a plate in a single layer with a wet paper towel between each layer of tortillas. Microwave for 10 to 15 seconds until they are warm and pliable. Drape each tortilla over the wires of the oven rack, making sure to work quickly. Bake for 5 minutes, or until golden and crunchy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

Finely dice the green onion and cherry tomatoes. Wash and dry the cilantro, and remove the stems.  Start filling your tacos in this order - cheese, green onion, tomatoes, cilantro. Top with a tiny bit of lime juice and a hint of salt.  

Optional: To serve the tacos on top of limes, cut 4 sides off of the limes to make them more of a square shape. Take a toothpick and gently stick it down the center of the taco, making sure to not spill the stuffing or crack the shell. You may find it useful to twist the toothpick through the shell. Once you have the toothpick through the entire taco, stick it into the lime. 

Now it's time to chow down! Tell me what you think about these mini tacos. Would you make these for a party? Comment below and tell me what you think!