Starry Night Tin Punching

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A while ago we spent an evening making some tin punched lanterns which harked back to my Girl Guide days.

First you take an empty, washed food can and fill it with water.  Place this in the freezer to set, this makes it easier to punch the aluminium.

Once frozen, using a nail and a small hammer, punch some holes, we made some starry night and hearts designs and then left the can out for the ice to melt.

Tip the ice/water out, add a small candle and a wire handle and there you have it.

A fun craft to do with your kids too! Have fun!

(Please make sure you never leave a burning candle unattended and don’t forget the metal/wire handle may become hot to the touch from the heat of the candle!)

 

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Blue Monday

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So I’m confused, was it today or last Monday?  Either way ‘blue Monday’ is considered to be most miserable day in the calendar year.  The day started fair here but then the clouds gathered and before I knew it the lights were on as it was so dark and dismal; so much so, I considered cake.  To be fair I did more than consider it…  I found some walnut loaf cake and scoffed it with a coffee marvelling at how quickly the sky had changed (I do like a bit of coffee and walnut).

A wonderful photographer I have known since we were kids took some amazing pictures at the start of the year as the waves battered my home county, Pembrokeshire.  She manages to capture the changing sky beautifully.  The first picture is of Broad Haven’s front taking a complete hammering from the sea –

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and this is how Broad Haven looked just a couple of months earlier –

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Newgale in particular was very badly hit and so a beach clean up has been arranged, if you are free and in the area, they’d appreciate the help –

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Elaine 🙂

Halloween is a hoot!

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“Black is black, green is green, anything for Halloween?”

Anyone remember that one or are you all ‘trick or treaters’?  I’m probably showing my age here, but as kids, we had never heard of trick or treating.  We would dress up in a black leotard and tights and draw the skeleton bones onto the fabric with chalk, or throw a sheet over our heads and get into trouble for cutting holes in it for eyes – eek!  Then we’d go from door to door and collect money, not sweets.  Strange how things change isn’t it?  I still love this time of year though, dressing up, carving pumkins, or swedes back in the day (they smelt bad!) and scaring the living daylights out of each other.

If you’re looking for something different to mark the event, take a look at my Halloween skulls lantern –

Add a sh-pooky copper glow to your Halloween!

Order before the 25th October and quote ‘spooky’ for a 10% discount on this lantern! 

Click on the picture to go to the page to order.

Picture Copyright Copper Creations

If you’re looking for tasty treats for your party, then there’s nowhere better to look than Pinterest.com

Have a look at my board for some ideas – click here

I just love these –

Halloween Witchy Cup Cakes, 46 Awesome Halloween Recipes

Picture courtesy of : http://meowchie.snydle.com/halloween-recipes.html