DIY Gumball Machine Costume

DIY Gumball Machine Costume - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Gumball Machine Costume – Candy Coated Culinista

Why must I wait to the last minute for some things? I am not a tardy person as I always like to be early rather than late; I mean it’s not like the date changes yearly for Halloween like it does for Thanksgiving right. Yet here I am Thursday night staying up late making a quick DIY Halloween costume because I let the time slip away. I needed a costume I could make using some items from my already existing wardrobe. I knew I wanted to do something food related and I was thinking a Frappuccino of some sort; but then I thought to go as some sort of candy.

Supplies
• 8 pack of pom poms (multi-sized)
• 1 headband
• 1 ring
• Coloured felt
• Safety pins
• Glue gun
• Glue sticks
• Black permanent marker
• Black tank top
• Red pencil skirt
• Shoes red or black

Assembly
1. Lay tank top flat with an old piece of clothing in-between the two pieces of fabric.
2. Warm up the glue gun and start gluing pom poms in a random manner. (Don’t go too far down as you are tucking in the tank top).
3. Repeat on the back side of the tank top.
4. Decorate the headband.
5. Decorate the ring.
6. Draw the coin slot using the permanent market and cutting pieces from the felt.
7. Safety pin the coin slot to the front of the pencil skirt.

Tips
• Remember you are tucking in the tank top and don’t need to decorate the whole thing.

My thoughts
This took me about 4 hours to do while watching TV, so the time went by fast. My fingers were a hot glued mess; but I really loved how this turned out and I’m even wearing it to work today as its work appropriate for the Halloween festivities there as well as the Halloween Party tomorrow.

Mosaics Workshop

Mosiac Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Glass Mosaics Canada
Location: 709 The Queensway, Etobicoke , Ontario, 647-977-3030
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues & Wed: 12 – 7pm, Thurs & Fri: 12-8pm Sat: 11-6pm, Sun: 11-4pm

I always want to learn new forms of art and I have never tried mosaics, so when I found a workshop in the G.T.A. I had to go and try it.

At the beginning of our workshop our instructors told us a little about Mosaic tiling and that it dates back to before Christ. Mosaics uses small pieces of glass, stone and even other materials to create art or decorations. For the workshop we had three choices, we could make a picture frame from a pre-cut/assembled frame, coasters or custom. I didn’t have the intention of going custom on my first attempt at mosaics; but the option a blank piece of wood had me intrigued. We learned the direct method for application of the tiles which is exactly as it sounds; we apply the glass tile directly to surface. I will say all of us students had the hardest time coming up with a design concept and as I was the only one to go custom I had an even harder time. A blank canvas leaves too much to the imagination, as I had no idea what I wanted to make as the usual things I like would be hard to portray in a 2 hours’ workshop. From that moment I just started grabbing tiles and colours and soon enough I was making a sailboat on the ocean. The instructor said I’d probably not have time to finish this as I was getting to complex, but with 5 minutes to spare I finished it. Sure I had to rush the colour scheme at the end for the sky, but I was still very proud of what I had accomplished in two short hours.

As usual I have found another form of art I love and I want to take a course there sometime and practice mosaics at home. I found it relaxing even though I was rushing to finish and a person could spend hours just grabbing the right colours and shapes of the glass even before applying them onto a surface. Once completed we had to let the mosiacs dry for 24 hours before we grouted if we so desired. I wanted to grout my picture as I had put non linear shapes of glass into my piece, and needed to fill in some space where possible. I am no stranger to grouting so when I was told the steps I mentioned I have grouted tile before so I’m good, and then once that is finished it needs to dry for another 24 hours or longer. The instructions and supplies were excellent and the instructors also gave tips and hints for us if needed. It was a great way to spend a couple of hours on the weekend.

Mosiac Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop - Grouting - Candy Coated Culinista

Mosiac Workshop – Grouting – Candy Coated Culinista

Fused Glass Jewelry Making Workshop

Fused Glass Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Fused Glass Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: Glass Mosaics Canada
Location: 709 The Queensway, Etobicoke , Ontario, 647-977-3030
Hours: Mon: Closed, Tues & Wed: 12 – 7pm, Thurs & Fri: 12-8pm Sat: 11-6pm, Sub: 11-4pm

Another artsy workshop for me and this time it was fused glass jewelry. Fused glass is a new form of jewelry making that is no more than 20 years old. The instructors were giving us some back history and mentioned Murano Italy and immediately I thought of those glass charm beads on my Pandora bracelets that are made from Murano glass.

Fused glass has to be fired in a kiln from around 1000°F to 1500°F to simply melt the glass and therefore fuse it together. The glass you use for one piece must have the same COE (Coefficient of expansion) Canada uses basically one COE which I believe is 90 or 96. (There was so much information in this class) When the COE is the same you can expect all the glass to melt at the same time and rate and therefore prevent breaking and shattering as the glass cooled because they share the same COE.

The two techniques we used today were: stacked and overlay. Stacked involves layering thin pieces of glass on top of each other; but not stacking to high while leaving a minimum 1mm space between each piece of glass to allow each different colour to be seen. Overlay is laying pieces of glass flat beside each other and then placing a clear piece of glass bigger than the pieces below. When the clear glass melts it makes a nice cover or seal over the pieces or glass below and bonds them together.

Once again I found it hard to select the size and colours I wanted to use. The shapes for beginners were pretty much rectangular or square in nature yet it was still so hard to make my selections. After each of us laid out our designs we has to wash the glass to remove any dirt or debris, dry them and then place a little solvent in between each layer of glass to get them ready for firing. The third option we could try was a combination of the stacking and overlay techniques into one piece.

The studio also sells pendants, earrings and coasters. There are many classes offered here and I’d like to try them sometime. I went back a month later to pick up my jewelry and they turned out beautiful. The instructors affixed the pendant hooks for us and I can’t wait to wear my new pendants.

Fused Glass Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Fused Glass Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Band Making Workshop

Band Making Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Band Making Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Place: The Den Toronto
Address: 1960 Davenport Road, Toronto, Ontario, M6N 1C2, (647) 479-7336

About 7 years ago I designed my wedding necklace and matching bracelet. It was just simple with Swarovski crystal, but all I could mange was a design as I have no jewelry making skills. I asked a co-worker to make it for me with my design sketches prepared for her and it turned out lovely and sparkly. A little over a year later my mom passed away unexpectedly and I ask my dad if we could not bury my mom with her wedding rings as I would like them for myself. (When I learned the back story of the rings I loved them even more. My dad managed to purchase them from Birks a prestigious jeweler that is still around today in Canada and he even chose white gold as the metal back in the 70’s when plain gold was still very popular as white gold didn’t become popular until the 90’s. I even found the tried and true coloured Birks box that the rings came in when I was going through my mom’s stuff after she passed. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rings, but I decided to repurpose them but not destroy them in any way. I took the rings and brought all the pieces and sketches I needed for my design and took them to the goldsmith / jeweler we have been going to for many years. He made my idea comes to life and now I have a beautiful Lariat necklace that reminds me of my mom and her rings actually fit my fingers perfectly also. We both have very small hands and fingers it seems)

Having a couple weeks of vacation off from work and me not being one to relax even when I should be I wanted to learn a craft or take a workshop. In the Junction (Weston-Pellam Park) area of Toronto I stumbled upon a band making workshop. The requirements for this class was just a keen interest in jewelry fabrication (which I have), good eye-sight (debatable as I wear glasses 100% of the time) and some hand-eye-foot co-ordination (I got that is spades). This workshop was geared towards the hobbyist and the beginner goldsmith so I signed up as I still have aspiration of being a jewelry maker one day.

Upon arrival we can choose the strip of sterling silver we want to make our ring out of and pay for upgrades with different designs and thickness if desired. It can be either hammered textured or non-texture or if you upgrade to a textured surface. The basics we learned in the workshop was: engraving, basic fold A to B fabrication, proper hand tool usage, basic terms associated with goldsmithing, measuring, sawing piece to desired ring size, using a torch to soften the metal and solder the seam shut, forming into ring shape, filing and cleanup of the ring descending grits of emery paper, basic surface texturing using a polished hammer (optional), polishing using the lathe, application of a matte or oxidized finish and a technique called pickling.

The instructors and everyone was so nice and friendly and we learned a little about how they got into the business. In three and a half hour I have a lovely piece of handmade jewelry. The next time I make something like this I will take into consideration how much pressure to apply when engraving the inside of the ring and also not to polish the engraved portion of the rings. This sounds very simple to not do, but when the polishing machine gets moving it is very easy over polish and loose the engraving. I only have the faintest impression of my initials showing now. Handcrafted jewellery (pendants earrings etc.) was also sold on site for some of the in house goldsmiths.

I had an amazing time learning something new and if I had known there was such a workshop and place available, I would have been in here with Mr. C. making and doing the prep work on a pair of custom rings for our wedding. With the many classes offered I will be visiting them again and learning another skill. I have been thing of taking a jewelry course or going back to school and delving into jewelry making for almost 5 years now, as I know my passion is in the arts as I am very handy. I tend to pick up these tasks and skills so very easily and my instructors always comment on my aptitude for it. My problem is I can’t settle on that one artsy thing I love. This was a great way to give me a small feel for what goes on and I welcomed the little peak. I also have to thank my dad for all those times he needed an assistant to help work on the car with him, and I got to hold a blow torch or use my tiny fingers to help him put the springs into the engine mount in. All these little things sure came in handy I gather.

Band Making Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Band Making Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

Band Making Workshop - Candy Coated Culinista

Band Making Workshop – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Spine & Ribcage Tee

DIY Spine & Ribcage Tee - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Spine & Ribcage Tee – Candy Coated Culinista

I have two shirts I absolutely love from the One of a Kind Show. I go to this show twice a year when it comes to Toronto and I have found a lot of unique and more healthy & organic products that now have been a part of my daily life since 2007. The two shirts I love is one that is a stitched outline of the spine and the other is of a hummingbird. These were my inspiration for this tee. I wanted to find a way to depict a spine without stitching on a tee shirt

Difficulty level is: Easy & Fun

Ingredients
• 1 tee shirt
• 1 pair of sharp fabric scissors
• Ruler
• Pen, Pencil, Chalk

Assembly
1. Lay your tee shirt out flat with the back facing up.
2. Using a ruler draw a 3” lines down the middle on the shirt with 1 ½” space between each line until you reach the bottom.
3. On the left side draw lines in-between the 1 ½ inch space of the center lines, going in about ½” into the area of the center lines.
4. Repeat on the right side.
5. Cut all the lines with a fabric scissors.
6. Now pull the second strip of fabric in the centre and pull down. (leave the first one to maintain the collar)
7. Then pull the third center strip over and then under the second strip.
8. Repeat until you have reached the bottom.
9. Hand stitch the left over loop to the bottom to the tee shirt.
10. Turn the shirt over to the front and add some addition small slits down the side ½” on each side.

Tips
• Place a piece of cardboard between the tee-shirt to protect the fabric.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was my favourite shirt to make to date. Truth be told the side slits happened because I didn’t put a piece of cardboard between the tee shirt to protect the fabric. It turned out so good and my mistake made this shirt even better in my eyes that I just keep adding on to the sides.

DIY Spine & Ribcage Tee - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Spine & Ribcage Tee – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

This year for stocking stuffers I decided to make some homemade soap for my friends. I enjoy soap-making so much I thought this would be a great stocking stuffer that was made with love. I don’t have any recipes yet as these are all experimentation for me at the moment. The smell of the Sandalwood Vanilla Chia Scrub soap was so relaxing and I hope that the Chia seeds do having the exfoliating effect to them that I desire. I found an amazing mold and wanted to see if I could make a soap that didn’t look like a soap and I think it came out quite well.

Sandlewood Vanilla Chia Scrub Soap
Ingredients
• Double Butter Soap
• Sandalwood Oil
• Vanilla Oil
• Purple colorant
• Green colorant
• Chia Seeds
• Sparkly soap glitter

Vanilla Coconut Biscuit Cookie Soap
Ingredients
• Double Butter Soap
• Orange colorant
• Coconut Oil
• Vanilla Oil

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soaps – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soy Candles

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soy Candles - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Stocking Stuffers: Homemade Soy Candles – Candy Coated Culinista

I was in the arts & crafts store looking at the soap supplies and I couldn’t help but take a peek at the candle making supplies to my right and so it began. I wanted to try and make a few soy candles for stocking stuffers this Christmas. These were as simple as melting and pouring the wax and letting them set. The candles smell great and beside a few uneven tops, they still look like a candle and hopefully burn like one also. This is a fast, simple and creative stocking stuffers that comes from the heart.

Candles
Ingredients
• Soy Wax
• Sage Citrus Scent
• Warm Cookies Scent
• Pumpkin Spice Scent
• Caramel Latte Scent
• Christmas Tree Scent
• Pomegranate Scent
• Green Dye
• Caramel Dye
• Coral Dye

DIY Soap-Making – Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom Heart Soap with Tuberose

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After taking a soap-making class I have officially caught to soap-making bug. I spent a couple hours making my first unsupervised handmade soap at home. I am no stranger to handcrafted soap, as I am in love with Demo Soap in Toronto and I strictly use their soaps. I have seen many types and patterns of soap and decided to not take it slow and easy on my first attempt. My end result was a lovely scented Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom heart soap with Tuberose. The Peach coloured heart was Orchid Blossom scented and made from Olive Oil Glycerin Soap. The pink and white portion was made with Double Butter Soap – enriched with mango & Shea butters soap. I used a purple colorant, but the soap was so dense it seems that the soap on turned a pink colour. I also left a layer of white and sprinkled some gold glitter on the soap. I enjoyed making this soap so much and I really didn’t have a design planned out, I just played and experimented and look how lovely the soap turned out.

Ingredients
• Olive Oil Glycerin Soap
• Double Butter Soap
• Orchid Blossom oil
• Tuberose oil
• Purple colorant
• Gold soap glitter

DIY Soap-Making - Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom Heart Soap with Tuberose - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Soap-Making – Tri-Layered Orchid Blossom Heart Soap with Tuberose – Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Slasher Tank

DIY Slasher Tank - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Slasher Tank – Candy Coated Culinista

I’m watching a lot of Halloween movies on AMC this month and I’m not even a horror fan. I love Halloween, but not so much these movies. When I was a kid I was always afraid, but now watching these movies in 2014 all they do is making me laugh out loud. My inspiration for this tank was definitely Freddy Krueger.

Difficulty level is: Easy & Fun

Materials
• 1 tank top
• 1 pair of sharp fabric scissors

Assembly
1. Lay your tank top out flat with the back facing up and sketch out two lines that meet in the middle of the tank using a pen, pencil or chalk. (You can make any shape you want)
2. Make lines 2 cm apart vertically.
3. Cut along the lines using a fabric scissors.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Another great tank that cost me $2 on the clearance rack and now there is a little bit of personality. I can’t wait to wear this to the gym.

DIY Slasher Tank - Candy Coated Culinista

DIY Slasher Tank – Candy Coated Culinista

Soap-Making Party

Soap Making Party - Candy Coated Culinista

Soap Making Party – Candy Coated Culinista

What’s a soap-making party you ask? Students get to make soap and use all the teachers’ products and pay for the soap you carry home by the pound. As soon as I got the invite I was all in; as I had too much fun at the soap-making workshop to pass it up. There were a must for the soap making party: anything culinary related and of course skulls. So I sat down and got to work and made my soaps and to us girls there it was fun play time.

This day I made three soap skulls, a strawberry chocolate doughnut, Margarita Chapman’s Rocket (Chapman’s Rockets are my favourite Popsicle from my childhood), strawberry smoothie Jello pie with hidden fruit inside and lastly a peach mango mini cupcake with soap buttercream and pearls.

My thoughts
I feel quite Zen-like with I am creating soaps. This seems to be my happy place, where I can be creative and have fun. There’s no rushing soap-making, things need time to set and I like that, and I am therefore forced to slow down and relax, as this isn’t my way normally. Today was my second attempt using a proper piping bag and this time it was piping buttercream soap onto a soap cupcake, and it turned out quite well. A fun time was had by all, and I left a couple of ladies still creating more soaps and mixing colours.

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