Monday, October 31, 2011

My Etsy Shop Crystal Rainbow Suncatchers by Krystal Kat's

I started advertising my crystal suncatchers on Etsy this summer to get the word out about my shop. They get a lot of traffic on Etsy. It's a great place to sell your crafts. Here is the link to my Etsy Shop you can also find my Crystal Suncatchers at Krystal Kat's.

Happy Halloween! My M&M Pumpkin Cake


Happy Halloween!

I made this pumpkin cake a few years ago a bowl was used to create the pumpkin shape and M&M candy pieces in orange and brown to decorate, it took several bags to get all the orange and brown pieces I needed. It was a bit harder then I thought it would be to make, but nevertheless it was a lot of fun. I have not done it again. I really should try it again though there would be a few things I would change. Perhaps this evening using icing instead of M&M candy pieces would be good, which made it to sweet and expensive to make anyway. 

Hershey's makes the m&m candy pieces, You can find their halloween recipes here. This recipes was in the family circle magazine in 2009.



Ingredients
  • Cake:
    cups all-purpose flour
  • tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • cups sugar
  • eggs
  • Decoration:
    can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Orange gel food coloring (such as Wilton)
  • bags (7 ounces each) orange M&M's candies (about 2 cups)
  • 34 yellow or brown M&M's
  • chocolate-covered candy bar (such as Snickers)

Directions

Cake:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees . Coat two 1.5-liter Pyrex bowls with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix the pumpkin, milk and vanilla in a small bowl to blend.
3. Beat the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the pumpkin mixture, ending with the flour mixture. Beat just until smooth.
4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared bowls. Bake at 350 degrees in the center of the oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Transfer bowls to a wire rack and cool 15 minutes. Invert cakes onto racks and remove bowls; cool completely (about an hour).
Decoration:
5. Trim the top of the cakes with a serrated knife to make level. Tint the frosting orange with the food coloring. Place one cake layer, cut-side up, on a serving platter. Spread the cut side with 1/2 cup of the frosting. Place the other cake layer on top, cut-side down. Trim any excess to make round.
6. Spread a thin layer of frosting on half the cake, from top to bottom. Start with the nose: In the center of the frosted area, place 3 yellow or brown M&Ms (see photo)2 on the bottom and 1 on the topto make a triangle nose. Place 2 orange candies above the nose, then begin the eyes: Attach 3 yellow candies along the same line as the orange candies above nose, to the left. Then place 2 yellow candies above that row, and end with a single yellow candy. Repeat on the other side of the nose. Below the nose, make an upside-down triangle using 6 orange candies. Make a yellow candy mouth, beginning with 7 candies arranged in a V around the orange triangle. Then use 12 additional yellow candies to finish the mouth. Fill in with more orange candies close together on the frosted area. When that area is covered, spread another area with the frosting and add more candies. Repeat until the entire cake is covered with orange candies.
7. Cut the candy bar in half crosswise on the diagonal to fashion a stem. Make a small hole in the top of the cake and press the candy bar half, cut-side down, into the top of the cake, for the stem. Refrigerate to firm frosting.



Goblins on the doorstep,
Phantoms in the air, 
Owls on witches' gateposts
Giving stare for stare
Cats on flying broomsticks,
Bats against the moon
Stirring round of fate-cakes with a solemn spoon. 
Whirling apple parings
Figures draped in sheets
Dodging, disappearing, up and down the streets,
Jack-O-Lanterns grinning
Shadows on a screen, 
Shrieks and starts and laughter-
This is Hallowe'en!
-Dorothy Brown Thompson 

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties
And things that go bump in the bight,
Good Lord, deliver us!
-Old Cornish prayer 


In preparation for November......
The fields are harvested and bare,
October dressed in flame and gold
Like a woman afraid to grow old.
-Anne Mary Lowler



Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Etsy Rainbow Crystal Suncatcher Treasury

I didn't get a note about my Treasuries, I would like to get a notice about when I am in a Treasury so I can thank the person that made it. What if I should ever make the front page how would I even know. I am sure there is something to click on or some email setting to click, I will have to check that out.

I have received for Treasuries so far from my Etsy site, Yeah!

Here they are....
This Treasury is name Rainbow My Red Wild Heart Crystal Suncatcher was selected. You can also find this Wild Heart suncatcher at my website Krystal Kat's.

This next Treasury is called Prism

My Wild Heart Crystal AB Suncatcher was chosen. You can also find this wild heart suncatcher at my shop Krystal Kat's 

Here is another Treasury Simply Called Treasury 

My Huge Crystal 100mm Cone Suncatcher was chosen. You can Alternately find this crystal cone suncatcher at my Krystal Kat's Website. 

This Treasury is called Chandeliers, here is my suncatcher that was chosen a beautiful  Peridot Green Crystal Ball.

Find all my suncatchers at Krystal Kat's or visit my Etsy site for a sampling of what I have. 

Have a happy safe Halloween!

Friday, October 21, 2011

New Free Fall Desktop WallPaper & Jewelry for Sale

Look at these interesting gourds I found this week to decorate my kitchen for fall. I absolutely adore fall.

The other day I posted a photo of Candy Corn, today I made it into a desktop wallpaper for free download.
http://www.krystalkats.com/Desktopwallpaper/candycorn.jpg
You can download it from that address. That is my Jewelry and Crystal Suncatcher Shop website.





I have several cute fall Jewelry for sale as well as Crystal Fall Suncatchers, check the Crystal Suncatchers out here.

Here is a gorgeous fall leaf 22" necklace that I have had in my collection for awhile and I don't think it ganders enough attention perhaps my old photo cannot depict the one of kind and gorgeous look, with Swarovski Crystal and beautiful seed beads. I love it! I have one also and where it often this time of year, looks great with so many things.

Well it's on sale this week.
A few other Fall Leaf Jewelry can be found here. 

Until Next Time Have a Great Weekend!

  

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tea Box Swap Altered Art

It's October 17th already I can't believe it! soon it will be the holidays. Time to start thinking about Christmas Gifts!

In the meantime I am going to enjoy some yummy candy corn and enjoy the fall while it last.
 A nice photo I took of candy corn, I love the chocolate parts. LOL! So I eat that first.  


I joined a really interesting group back in the Spring for those interested in altered art, but never had a chance to get involved it anything. Recently someone came up with an idea of a tea swap, where you alter art. It sounded interesting so I joined up. I am excited to try out the tea swap where you alter a tea box into altered art. Sounds like a fun challenge. The challenge is closed now. I will be making up my altered art box and will post it soon. I have been partnered with a buddy and we send each other our creations.
Here is the name of the group, cReAtIvE ChAlLeNgEs

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Free Desktop Wallpaper and New Circle of Love Wild Heart Suncatcher with Sphere

I got creative yesterday and today and made a new crystal suncatcher, circle of love...
It's made with wire and beads and beautiful Swarovski Crystal Wild Hearts, and a hand-made crystal sphere.



You can read more about this suncatcher and purchase it at Krystal Kat's rainbow suncatchers, click here. Here is the exact page it's on.




Here is the sphere, which is really fun to make, I have made them before but it's been awhile. 
  
Okay sometime back I promised my email list friends a free desktop wallpaper and here it is to download, just click the link to download it to your computer and then set it as your desktop wallpaper background. 




Here is a small screen shot of it, it's a butterfly photo I took in my backyard with doodle art I made around it. Cute! Enjoy! Let me know if you like it? The size of the desktop wallpaper is 1024 x 768. 


   

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chilly October Day

The first fall rain has arrived and the chilly weather of fall has arrived. I am so ready for this weather after the dog days of summer.

October is breast cancer month. I wanted to make a breast cancer suncatcher, I used to have one in my designs but I no longer offer that style.

Here is the new style of the breast cancer crystal suncatcher. 

Here are a few other photos of the crystal suncatcher.


A silver breast cancer charm with a Swarovski Crystal in the center can be added to the suncatcher.
Where to find the pink heart crystal suncatcher, click here.

I have other breast cancer jewelry at my Jewelry Website

Check out my previous post for recipe and other crystal heart suncatchers.
http://www.shinymoonbeams.com/2011/10/happy-breezy-october-1st.html

Have a great day and don't forget to donate to your favorite breast cancer organization. 
Here are a few links.



Saturday, October 1, 2011

Happy Breezy October 1st

Is your weather as wonderful as mine? It's a beautiful day here today. I am so excited fall has arrived, I heard on the news last night that people are sad summer is gone away. I don't understand that because I hate summer, it's way to hot.

I wanted to share a recipe with you today, it's called California Salmon Patties it's one of my recipes that I made up, I hope you will try it and let me know if you like it. I put it in a pdf file that is easy to print out for you. Picture too!


My daughter Kirsten and I have been making flowers using the McGill Paper Punches it's so fun, we don't get many done because of her having a baby but none the less it's super fun.
This week we made a sunflower.
Isn't it just gorgeous? I painted and cut out the flower pieces and she put it together it was a team effort.

I just pre-ordered this great new toy that I have discovered called the Silhouette Cameo Electronic Cutting Tool, I have read up on it and it's amazing.

http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Silhouette-CAMEO-Electronic-Cutting-Tool/2903_021/44899301.html 

It's suppose to be released on October 10th. I can't wait to get it and play around with it. Here is the online tutorial, and the Silhouette blog and their website.

I don't have much new as far as jewelry goes, but I did add a
Crystal AB Devoted 2 U heart this week. http://krystalkats.com/rainbows/Crystal-AB-Aurora-Borealis-36mm-Devoted-2-U-Crystal-Heart-Suncatcher/prod_50.html

You will love the amazing rainbows from this!

perfect for breast cancer month is this pink heart (Pink Wild Heart Crystal Suncatcher)
http://krystalkats.com/rainbows/Pink-Wild-Heart-Rainbow-Crystal-Suncatcher/prod_70.html
It would be really pretty with all pink beads or a mix of pink and clear as well.