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Halloween is almost here and I know some of you have been feeling a little short on creativity, so here are three India’s Roses craft tutorials guaranteed to be EASY, lots of fun and under $5!

Window Corner Spider Web. All you need is: Paper and Scissors

Nuclear Baby Food just takes: Glow Sticks and Jars

Pumpkin Toddler Crayons only need: Old Crayons, Scissors and a few kitchen items.

Papier-mâché Pumpkins are easy as: News paper, flour, tape and water.

Happy Halloween Crafting!!!

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f/6.3 – Exposure 1/2500 – ISO 6400

I’ve always been fascinated with water and when I finally got a camera with an adjustable shutter speed I knew that I needed to get out and take some pictures of the beautiful liquid movement in a nearby bubbling stream. The setting was very dark and the water moved fast so I had to compensate for both light and movement. I had to use an extremely fast shutter speed to capture the bubbles clearly, but the faster your shutter speed the more light you need to let in and since the areas lighting was really dark I also used a high ISO (which is what has given it a little bit of a grainy oil painting look) and a small aperture (f-Stop) to let in as much light as possible (I know it’s confusing, the smaller the aperture the more light the camera lets in, but the depth of focus becomes less. If you want to learn more click HERE). Under each photo are the settings I used individually feel free to use them as a place to start and good luck!

f/6.3 – Exposure 1/2500 – ISO 6400

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My home was in need of a little something extra for the Halloween/Fall season. I wanted something fun and festive that wouldn’t cost much and that’s when I had the idea to make these cute little papier mache pumpkins. They’re super easy and super low cost! All you need is Paint, Newspaper, Tape and Flour! 

This is a kid friendly Craft! (more…)

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After apple picking to welcome fall I realized that we were yet to bid farewell to summer. So we gathered our buckets and with SweetPea on my back we headed out to do some end of summer blackberry picking. A wonderful friend invited us to go along with her and her children and we spend a magnificent hour with the sun caressing down on our skins, the aroma of warm blackberries thick in the air and lingering piles of bear poop it was really best not to step in. (more…)

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This Giveaway is now Closed. check back for more giveaways in the future 🙂

GIVEAWAY time!!! If you’d like to win this beautiful handmade Bird’s Nest pendant head on over to the India’s Roses Facebook page click “Like” and leave a comment on the main page letting me know where you’d love to wear this unique pendant or who you’d love to give it to! On Monday 10/8 I’ll randomly select a winner! Good Luck!!!
And if you’d like to make your own check out my post from last week HERE!

This Giveaway is now Closed.

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With autumn’s rapid arrival this year I found myself scrambling to welcome her properly. But summer’s leaves are yet to turn into shades of sunshine and the weather is still warm, and without the definite feel of fall I was at a bit of a loss.

Then inspiration hit… almost literally as my toddler dropped her apple and it grazed the side of my head before plunking down and rolling across the floor. Had I just discovered gravity? No, but I had a great idea for kicking off the season! We needed to go apple picking immediately, but what would my little SweetPea(or my little Rose as I’ve started calling her) wear? Last years pumpkin hat surely wouldn’t do for apple picking.

So that evening I whipped her out a juicy red apple hat and we were ready to go. I’d originally planned on taking her to one of the local apple orchards, but then a friend offered up her own backyard as an alternative. With one large apple tree standing proud and heavy with fruit we had a ball. My little Rose squealed with delight an apple in each hand as she took little nibbles from them both. We happily began making quick work of gathering the beautiful fruits and every so often I found myself picking an apple out of the bag that Rose had already enjoyed and adding it to her special pile of yummy apples.

That evening when we got home I knew I needed to do something special with a few of the apples to have for dessert that night, but I didn’t have enough time or enough flour to make a pie or cobbler. As I wracked my brain for an idea I remembered the sticky, delicious smell of caramel apples at the county fair and knew I had to make a nice gooey caramel dipping sauce that would be perfect for apple slices.

I quickly set to work trying to find the perfect recipe, but with it being the day before my weekly grocery shopping trip our cupboards were pretty bare and I found myself lacking at least one of the ingredients called for in the recipes I had found. So I decided to wing it!
Super Easy Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1-2 Tbsp Butter

1/3 cup Milk

In a heavy bottomed sauce pan over low heat allow the sugar to warm and begin to melt stirring occasionally. When the sugar begins to melt add the butter and stir until the butter is completely melted and combined into the sugar. Warm the milk and add to the sugar butter mixture. Allow to boil stirring constantly until the sugar appears mostly dissolved. Remove from heat. Cool to a none scalding temperature and enjoy! Store in refrigerator and enjoy reheated or cold.

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I have been swept up in the incredibly inspiring worlds of Craftgawker and Pinterest, and I find it so exciting that there is this super meticulous way of organizing every single thing you find on the internet into categories or boards as Pinterest calls them. Recently I re-found this great tutorial for a cute and easy little necklace pendant shaped like a birds nest full of eggs. I was so excited since I’d seen the tutorial B.P. (Before Pinterest) and couldn’t wait go give  it a try.  I’m so happy I did because it only took a few minutes and made a beautiful piece of jewelry wonderful for casual wear or really precious family symbolization.

The original Tutorial over at Love Stitched is broken up into easy to follow steps. I used copper wire to give the piece a little personal touch but a birds nest in any color would be beautiful. Just make sure the holes in your beads are bigger than the gauge of your wire.

If you’re a Pinterest fan as well feel free to click the link in the sidebar and follow my boards. I’d also love to follow you so be sure to leave a link to your page in the comments.

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