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Looking for Some New Digs? Dracula’s Castle is on the Market

Image: dailymail.co.uk
Image: dailymail.co.uk

 

With home prices on an upswing, it’s downright frightening for wannabe buyers right now in the world of real estate.

But things just got even scarier with the announcement that the infamous Bran Castle – the legendary digs associated with the late Prince Vlad Dracul – is up for sale.

As most horror (and history) fanatics know, Dracul was the inspiration for Brahm Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula, which spawned movies, books and a pop culture image of the sexy slayer we all know and fear.

The creepy count lived in, appropriately enough, a tall, forbidding structure much like Romania’s Bran Castle.

The imposing structure – “Casteul Bran” in its native tongue – was built in the 12th century on the border of Transylvania and Wallachia and was probably unknown to later author Stoker, but according to history, it may have at least loose associations with Vlad III (Vald the Impaler, or Vlad Dracul). The actual castle that captured Stoker’s imagination was similar to Bran Castle, and both were located in the territory then known as Transylvania.

The actual locale where Vlad rested his halberd is now in ruins, but Bran Castle stands as the iconic chilling home for all things vampirish…and now, it’s for sale.

Got Leu?

The sprawling Bran Castle is owned by descendants of the Romanian royal family, but they’re now looking to unload it onto a likely buyer (can’t you just imagine hands rubbing together over a hulking, creepy smile? Sorry for any offense to the Habsburgs, who haven’t shown any real-life bloody tendencies…that we know of).

The asking price is a modest $66 million (about 216,000,000 Romanian leu), but it might be flown off with at a steal, according to realtors, who estimate the final selling price could be as little as $13 million.

But don’t lose your head over the price tag. Look what you’re getting – 57 rooms on 22 acres atop a majestic cliff that just screams location, location, location (at least we THINK those are the screams we hear).

And if you’re short on funds, the royal family won’t necessarily bleed you dry. “If someone comes in with a reasonable offer,” realtor Mark Meyer told the British periodical Telegraph, “…we will seriously entertain the idea.”

Stake Your Claim

Sadly, for most of us, the idea of such a purchase is downright flighty (imagine the commute to your current job?). But you can still dream…or is that a nightmare in the making?

Either way, feast your…er, eyes on these fun and freaky photos of this historic locale.

It looks even spookier at night, meaning you and your loved ones will be sure to throw some killer parties with this pensive purchase. Image: dailymail.co.uk
It looks even spookier at night, meaning you and your loved ones will be sure to throw some killer parties with this pensive purchase. Image: dailymail.co.uk
Looking to stretch your legs? Castle Braun has 57 spacious rooms...and plenty of places to hide the bodies.
Looking to stretch your legs? Castle Braun has 57 spacious rooms…and plenty of places to hide the bodies.

 

Even the good guys look spooky at this creepy castle. Shown here: Romanian priest Petru Darascu.
Even the good guys look spooky at this creepy castle. Shown here: Romanian priest Petru Darascu, frozen in time in eerie effigy.

 

Come inside and warm up. You're looking a little pale. Image: dailymail.co.uk
Come inside and warm up. You’re looking a little pale. Image: dailymail.co.uk
Make this your resting place...just not a final one. Image: dailymail.co.uk
Make this your resting place…just not a final one. Image: dailymail.co.uk

 

So you say you like a cozy courtyard? You won't be disappointed. Image: all-that-is-interesting.com
So you say you like a cozy courtyard? You won’t be disappointed. Image: all-that-is-interesting.com

 

The locale is huge, sprawling, and elaborate - everything a castle-buyer could want. Image: dailymail.co.uk
The locale is huge, sprawling, and elaborate – everything a castle-buyer could want. Image: dailymail.co.uk

 

Location, location, location: the castle is nestled in amazing greenery. Image: rolandia.eu
Location, location, location: the castle is nestled in amazing greenery. Image: rolandia.eu

 

Steampunk Costume Ideas

While it’s inching its way into the mainstream in super-cool techno/throwback style, steampunk is still uncharted territory for many. If you haven’t experienced the joys of this phab and very sexy trend, grab some goggles, a long duster (coat) and something mechanical and let’s get punk-y this Halloween!

The Steampunk Recipe:

  • 1/3 whimsical Victorian past
  • 1/3 clunky, adventurous future machinery (if oil fuel was never invented)
  • 1/3 punk mayhem, anarchy, and unrest
  • 1 generous helping of corsets, bustles, petticoats, and vests
  • 1 scoop of flying machines, clockworks, optical apparatus
  • 1 sprinkle of Final Fantasy, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Van Helsing, Wild Wild West, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, anything 60s James Bond, Mad Max, and Sherlock Holmes (the Downey version, of course)

steampunk costumeKeep in mind that this recipe is only the starting place. Like any good formula, variations on a theme can produce magnificent results! T

You in? Let’s get started with these tips and ideas for becoming your Steampunk fantasy:

Steampunkize” a familiar character…perhaps one for which you already have the “ingredients.”

For example, dress like a historical figure gone futuristic such as Steampunk Honest Abe. You need a top hat, beard, black coat, and a few Steampunkish trappings like a pocket watch, goggles, and old typewriter keys for buttons. Spray paint an old vacuum cleaner hose gold or silver and affix it to a similarly colored small backpack to mimic a futuristic jet pack.

Makeover a favorite past persona. Do you love old Westerns? Burlesque? Explorers a la Lewis and Clarke? Take a basic costume such as this burlesque outfit and add Steampunk flair with suitable gadgets like vintage gauges, brooches, and clocks. Add a hat adorned with clockworks or googles for the perfect Steampunk touch.

steampunk watchWork from a favorite item. Have a beloved corset? Own a killer bowler hat? How about an old watch you can glue gears and kewl stuff to? Know where to get a debonair handlebar mustache? If so, you’re halfway to your Steampunk dream. Browse the web for inspiration and consider what items you already have that can be dressed up with a little help.

Peruse your local thrift and antique stores for more inspiration. Afterall, this is a movement made of creativity, and customization is key!

Steampunk cowboy costumeStill having trouble with your Steampunk costume design? Check out these ideas for inspiration:

First, raid your local thrift store or shop online for Steampunk accessories. Depending on which look you want, gather a variety of metal gears, buckles, clock faces, and brooches. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for old lace or leather gloves, garters, and handlebar mustaches (always a plus for the fellas).

Steampunkers love to include images of octopuses, owls, and peacocks. Jewelry or other gear that reference those fantastical creatures is a major plus!

Aeronaut:

  1. Get a basic flight costume.
  2. Wear an aviator helmet and glasses.
  3. Put a Steampunk touch on this great costume with vintage metal pilot’s wings, affixing several old brooches to your belt, and distressed leather gloves.
  4. Add a futuristic jet pack:

 

  • Spray paint a small cardboard box or backpack and various hoses gold
  • Attach these hoses to the box along with two straps, which you can create with old belts or rope

Mad Victorian Scientist:

  1. Wear a vintage suit or dress under a white lab coat.
  2. Add futuristic over-the-coat shoulder plates by affixing small portions of scrap metal or spray-painted cardboard pieces. Or buy an industry rubber apron.
  3. Attach a stopwatch to your lab coat pocket and wear a monocle.
  4. Carry an old cane and an outdated medical book in your lab coat pocket.

Future cowgirl/cowboy

  1. Invest in a cowgirl/cowboy costume or put together your own outfit with a short leather or denim skirt/distressed jeans, a brown or black leather vest, and some rugged boots.
  2. Accessorize with a cowboy hat, lasso, and toy gun (plus holster!) Note: as a Steampunker, your weaponry is now known as a “raygun.” No pistols here!
  3. Add that Steampunk touch by affixing machinist goggles to your hat and various vintage accessories to your belt of sleeves.
  4. Customize your toy gun with metal gears and spray paint it gold or silver for a futuristic look.

Go forth and steampunk!

Top 10 Ways to Repel and Kill Vampires

 

Look, we’re not hating. After all, vampires are people too. (Or they were.)

But here’s the thing: we’ve seen the old Hammer films, and it just doesn’t look like any fun to get punctured in the night and drained to the point of death (sexy Interview With the Vampire imagery notwithstanding).

With the above in mind, just in case you’re ever accosted in a dark New Orleans alley by something pale and winged, you’ll want to be prepared. Here’s how to stake out (see what we did there?) your quarry and put those hungry vamps where they belong. Read on for the scary scoop of mythical ways to kill vampires.

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Hauntingly pale with long canines for biting into flesh, vampires are, in common lore, much-feared creatures of the night who survive off the blood of the living. Strolling neighborhoods after dark in search of their next innocent victim, vampires are unsettlingly resilient and show no mercy for their prey.

Just how do you kill the undead?

They can’t be suffocated or drowned, they don’t die of lack of food, and they sidestep bullets a la The Matrix. So how can these ghastly beings of the underworld ever be slain? Never fear: here are the top 10 ways to rid yourself of a nasty (and deadly) problem.

10. Just Say “Hell No”

An interesting part of vampire tradition is that the flying dead can’t simply waltz into your bedroom for a midnight snack. To enter your home, a vampire must be invited, lore states. (The rules get a little bit fuzzy when it comes to hotel rooms, camper vans, tents and other non-permanent homes.)

Your easy fix: DON’T invite that ghastly presence in. And if he or she asks politely, answer back in equal politeness, “Hell no, Fangs,” and lock yourself in your room until daylight. (You’ll be just fine, we promise.)

9. Stock Up on Garlic

One of the best ways to repel vampires is with garlic, otherwise known as the stinking rose. Vampires simply hate the traditional recipe veggie and can be driven away by the pungent smell.

If you can stand it, wear garland around your neck, keep several bulbs in your pockets or simply rub your body with garlic juice.

For extra insurance, include a lot of garlic in your daily diet. Supposedly, the smell of your breath and sweat will be enough to keep the night prowlers at bay.

8. Have a Little Faith

Symbols of faith will make a vampire recoil in an instant, so long as the person holding it has enough belief and conviction. Traditionally, crucifixes and crosses have been used to repel these deadly beings, however, Stars of David, Wiccan pentacles and other symbols are now also thought to be just as effective.

Vampires are, according to stories, petrified of the potential wrath of higher powers, so they steer clear of true believers.

Close your eyes, grab your ankh, and watch those bloodsuckers flap away from you like, well, bats out of hell.

nosferatu7. Visit Your Local Baptismal Font

Water that has been blessed by a priest is also widely believed to repel evil and ward off dark forces. Vampires are forever damned and are literally terrified of religion, so anything sacred is the perfect deterrent.

Just a few drops of holy water will burn their uber-pale skin, so keep a little nearby for your own protection and be ready to douse unearthly intruders at any time — you never know when one might strike.

For the ultimate vamp repeller, fill a water pistol with holy water and mashed-up garlic. (Plus…it’s just so much fun.)

6. Keep the Count Counting

If you suspect a vampire prowls in an area near you, sprinkle poppy seeds, sand, beads or anything small and grain-like all around your ‘hood. The idea is that vampires are said to be compelled to count anything they see in a group. They’ll be forced to tally up every single grain and will be far too occupied to tap at your window.

The obsessive-compulsive nature of Nosferatu is not well-known, so using this little trick will almost certainly surprise your blood-sucking target, giving you plenty of time to put some distance between you.

Got it? Good. Drop those grains and run like…well, you get the idea by now.

5. Stake Through the Heart

We just love the classics! Driving a stake through a vampire’s heart is one of the most well-known methods to kill the already-dead.

Any wooden stake should be fine (though different woods are popular in different countries — hawthorn is favored in Serbia, for example). However, a silver stake is said to be guaranteed to reduce that troublesome vampire to ash and cinders. 

4. Annihilate the Leader

Folklore has it that the destruction of the leader of a group of vampires will free his minions from his dark thrall, returning their souls and rendering them human again.

Unfortunately, vampire leaders tend to be powerful, well-protected, well-connected, and crazy azz skillful. If you’re not Buffy or Van Helsing (or for that matter, Abraham Lincoln), leave this trick to the professionals. 

3. Grab Some Silver

Like a silver stake, a silver bullet  spells instant death for vampires. They are violently allergic to the pure metal and will crumble to dust upon contact, according to vampire lore enthusiasts.

If guns are inaccessible, think silver arrowheads, slingshot rounds, darts, or even cutlery. Practically anything silver will do — so long as you fling it hard enough.

2. Sunlight (Maybe)

Vampires are creatures of the night, lingering in shadows and only emerging from their coffins, caves or basements after the sun has set and most mortals are tucked up safely in bed. So sunlight should kill them.

Unfortunately, while vampire hunters agree that the undead shun sunlight, there is some debate over its lethality. Some argue that even the briefest exposure to UV radiation will turn a vampire into a pillar of screaming flames; others maintain that truly powerful vampires can move around freely during the daytime, suffering only the temporary loss of their super-human abilities.

We say: either way, it’s worth a shot. I mean you wanted to work on your tan anyway, didn’t you? Expose your frightening foe to some sunlight and while she’s writhing, go to town with a stake (see above).

1. Channel “the Slayer”

The slayer is a notorious vampire killer who goes out on the hunt for  deadly bloody suckers (think Buffy). They have no fear and are willing to risk their life to benefit others. Abraham Van Helsing is possibly the oldest and most well-known slayer in the world known for killing Count Dracula.

They say to every generation a slayer is born — so sharpen up on your mythical creature-killing skills. With enough training, the next one could be you!

 

10 Great Themes for Your Halloween Party

1. Harry Potter Party

Enjoy this Halloween by dressing up as characters from the Harry Potter series! Deck your house out in Hogwarts type décor such as medieval style cutlery, plates and pick your favorite Hogwart’s House to help create a color theme for your party.

Example: Green and Silver for Slytherin House, Red and Gold for Gryfindor House, Blue and Bronze for Ravenclaw House and Yellow and Black for Huffelpuff House. This would make a great theme for kids or Harry Potter fans!

2. True Blood Bash

Have a bloody, sexy bash this Hallow’s Eve by having all of your guests come as the cast of True Blood. Make sure you get your staple characters: Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton, Lafayette, Tara and Sam Merlott.

This is more a theme for adults, especially considering the content of the show itself (*clearing throat*). If your guests are over 21, feel free to serve deliciously bloody cocktails and serve Louisiana cuisine. You could also have a dual theme with faeries and vampires if you want to stir things up. This could broaden food and drink options. Whatever you do, enjoy and don’t drink and drive!

Twilight Theme Party

3. Twilight Party:

If you’re a big fan of the Twilight saga, having a Twilight themed party may be the way to go. Dress up as Bella, Edward, Jacob and others this Halloween and serve saga inspired food and drink. Imagine a Bella Bloody Mary! If possible, consider having your party outside near some greenery to get the Forks, WA atmosphere. This party theme is suitable for all ages.

4. Underworld Themed Party

Deck yourself and your guests out in leather and boots. Come equipped with fake weapons as Selene, Kraven, Lucian or Michael Corvinus. Silver and blue make a great color scheme for this! If possible, hold this party in a mansion or large house and dim the lights for that otherworldly effect.

5. Ferngully Fairy Dinner Party

Dress up in earth-friendly clothing and serve all raw foods and organics! Fruity cocktails and vegan or vegetarian foods. This is a great idea for people who are vegan or vegetarian and want to enjoy the evening in spite of a sometimes limited or strict lifestyle. Decorate your home in paper lanterns or hang up some string lights. Eat your delicious treats and drink on soft cushions or set up a picnic in the backyard.

A bonus environmental theme party would, of course, be Avatar. Check out a great Avatar theme party setup here.

6. Zombie Party

Turn your house into Zombie land, literally! Dress up as your favorite celebrity, historical figure or yourself, zombified. Serve decaying flesh (Spaghetti or Lasagna), a banana brain cake for desert, and Zombie cocktails!

masquerade Halloween party

7. Mysterious Masquerade Ball

Dress up in your finest on this special evening formal wear and match it with a Venetian mask! Cater for a high class meal and uptown cocktails. If you can, opt for renting out a banquet hall and orchestra for traditional waltzes and ballads. Also, check out a Phantom of the Opera theme party.

8. Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Are you an Alice in Wonderland fan? Love the Mad Hatter or Queen of Hearts? Have a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party complete with traditional tea wares, tea cakes, tailcoats and pinafores! Hang pastel paper lanterns and enjoy your party in the backyard on a picnic table with a blue picnic table. Whatever you do, be sure to serve a Un-Birthday Cake!

sparta 300 party9. We Are Sparta!

Enjoy a more traditional party theme and dress up as Greek Gods & Goddesses or the cast of Sparta. Drink wine, cheese and bread and rare luncheon meats. Enjoy them with blue and silver or red and gold theme décor. Have the movie 300 playing in the background.

10. Comics & Superheroes Party

Pick your favorite comic book character or super hero and decorate your house or a banquet hall in bright comic style colors! Theme your drinks to give your specific super hero abilities! Serve up some kryptonite for your enemies!

10 Creepy Cocktails for your Halloween Party

These Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks are Killer

Thanks to our guest contributor for these fab recipes!

This Halloween is approaching quickly and like many, I love to dress up and either attend a party or host one of my own. Many ideas come to mind about what my costume will be, how to decorate my home and most importantly, what drinks to serve!

Although at best I can only be considered a social drinker, I love to enjoy thirst-quenching themed cocktails, non-alcoholic and alcoholic, on my most favorite holiday of the year. It’s for this very reason that I have collected a great list of my favorite drinks that can be enjoyed by anyone over 21 and some that may be enjoyed by all.

Although the directions and ingredients are listed, feel free to get creative and garnish your drinks with the ultimate complements: Gooey Flavored Eyeballs, Vampire Jelly Teeth, Flavored Slime, Etc.

For added fun, use a Halloween-themed cocktail shaker (Amazon has some cool choices). Leave the shaker out where guests can see; it’s one more thing to add to the spooky ambiance.skull cocktail shaker

Scream Soda (Alcoholic)

This alcoholic cocktail will make you scream in delight! A nice amber colored drink filled with dark, mysterious spirits is perfect for your breaks in between dancing to the Monster Mash!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 Oz. Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 5 Oz. Lemon Lime Soda

Directions: Combine all ingredients with ice into a tall glass and stir until mixed thoroughly. Garnish with small pieces of lemon and lime.

*Any lemon lime soda is fine; 7Up, Sprite or Sierra Mist work well or their Diet counterparts work well as a lower calorie alternative!

The Black Widow (Alcoholic)

Are you newly single due to the “untimely” death of your significant other? Was your lover tragically murdered? Are you dressed to kill? If so, this is the perfect cocktail for you! This is a great cocktail for all those who are murderously marvelous and looking for an extra stiff drink.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Oz. Blavod Black Vodka, Chilled
  • 3 Oz. Chilled Cranberry Juice

Directions: Fill a small martini glass (or your glass of choice) with ice. Pour the Cranberry Juice over the ice. Gently lay the Black Vodka over the juice. Serve.

*Garnish with marschino cherries soaked in corn syrup (simple syrup/agave nectar syrup are healthier alternatives) with red food coloring.

Swamp Water (Alcoholic)

Have you ever been lost in the swamp and coerced by faeries to drink the swamp water? Next thing you know, you and your friends wake up 3 days later underground, covered in vines and no recollection of how you got there? If you want a uniquely flavored drink that promises to take you up the beanstock and into a Grimm Faery Tale, this is the drink that will make it happen.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Oz. Spiced Rum
  • 10 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lime
  • 2 Oz. Club Soda
  • Splash of your choice of Dark Cola

Directions: In a your glass of choice, combine the lime juice, mint and sugar. Smash together to bring out the mint’s juice and break up the leaves. Add ice to your glass, then pour the rum over the ice.Add club soda and cola to give it that slimey swamp flavor!

* Feel free to add your choice of Ghoulish Garnish such as Blackberries or whatever you like.

The Ghost (Alcoholic)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 Oz. Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
  • 1/4 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1/4 Oz. Half & Half
  • 1/4 Oz. Simple Syrup

Directions: Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until mixed thoroughly and strain into your choice of glass.

* For extra fun, add white chocolate garnish to the rim of the glass and freeze your glass of choice to get the steamy, foggy effect.

Zombie Punch Bowl (Alcoholic)

Zombie punch is just like any average, everyday viral infection and it’s ready to turn all unsuspecting victims into flesh-eating zombies! Bring out your primal instincts this Halloween with Zombie Punch!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Fifths Dark Rum
  • 2 Fifths Light Rum
  • 1 Fifth Bacardi 151 Rum
  • 2 Pints Triple Sec
  • 3 Quarts Lemon Juice
  • 1 Quart Grenadine

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher with ice. Let chill for an hour in a refrigerator without ice or out with ice. Make approximately 80 Servings.

Vampiro (Alcoholic)

The ultimate refreshment for any immortal creature of the night. No need to breathe, just down this drink to revitalize your energy and enliven your supernatural senses once again!

Ingredients:

Syrup:

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1/4 Cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers
  • 2 Inch slice of Ginger, unpeeled

Cocktail:

  • 4 Cups White Tequila
  • 2 Cups Lime Juice, Strained
  • 1 Cup Triple Sec
  • Cubes of Ice, As needed or desired
  • Thin sliced Lime to be used as garnish

Directions:

For the Syrup: Bring all syrup ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally. Strain and refrigerate til chilled.

For the Cocktail: Combine the Tequila, 2 Cups Hibiscus Syrup, & Triple Sec in a pitcher. May be refrigerated a day ahead of time, then served the next day.

To Serve: Fill a shaker with ice and add vampiro cocktail as desired. Shake well. Strain and serve straight up or with ice and lime garnish.

Alice in Nightmareland Drink (Alcoholic)

Do you ever wonder what it would be like to take a trip down the rabbit hole? Have a delightful tea party with the one and only Mad Hatter? Now you can, with a dark twist! Experience the night life of Wonderland with this curious and curiouser cocktail!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Part Blue Curacao
  • 1 Part Jagermeister
  • 1 Part Kahlua

Directions: Pour all ingredients over ice or into a shot glass.

Ghoulish Graveyard Punch (Non-Alcoholic)

Want to call spirits and ghouls to party with you and your kids on Hallow’s Eve? If not, you can still enjoy this delightfully green spritzer while watching scary horror flicks or hosting a family Halloween party! Whatever you do, this will be a ghoulishly great addition to your night!

Ingredients:

  • Lime Slices
  • 1 Liter of Lemon Lime Soda
  • 5 Tablespoons of Lime Grenadine

Directions: Mix all ingredients in a pitcher  and serve over ice in single glasses or place all ingredients in a punch bowl for self serving.

Harry Potter Butterbeer (Non-Alcoholic)

I don’t know about you, but I am HUGE fan of Harry Potter! Millions of kids around are all big fans and with good reason. As a complement to any Harry Potter theme costumes or parties, this drink is sure to be a big hit! If nothing else, it tastes delicious and will bring a smile to any child’s face at the magic involved in this Harry Potter Butterbeer.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pint Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Butterscotch Extract
  • 1/4  Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 Quart Apple Cider
  • Apple Slices (Optional)

Directions: Beat together ice cream, butterscotch extract, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a mixer until well distributed. Pour into a container and freeze. When ice cream mixture has refrozen, heat apple cider in a pan until steaming hot. Put one-three scoops of ice cream mix into a tall glass. Pour hot cider over ice cream mix and add apples if desired.

Alienade Drink (Non-Alcoholic)

This drink is out of your world! Literally. Made for humans and extraterrestrials alike and encompasses the greatest tastes in the milky way!

Ingredients:

  • 1 8-12 Oz. Glass of Lemonade
  • One Drop Blue Food Coloring
  • One Drop Green Food Coloring
  • Ice Cubes, as needed

Directions: Add ice cubes to a glass and pour desired lemonade into glass. Add one drop of Blue food coloring and one drop of Green food Coloring. Stir to distribute color. Enjoy!

Beading Jewelry for Halloween

Each year I try to find interesting Halloween jewelry but all I find is lots of cheap trinkets.  So last April I decided to take up beading.  Now I make my own amazing Halloween jewelry.

String of Skulls Bracelet

If you can thread a needle and tie a knot, you can bead! One of my favorites is this ‘String of Skulls Bracelet. Its simply a matter of stringing an interesting set of beads for the main line, then stringing smaller sections and sewing through one little bead at set intervals. Its quick, simple and great looking.

A slightly more interactive stringing job produces this unusual ‘Pumpkin Shroud Wine Jewelry’.

Pumpkin Shroud Wine Jewelry

Beware though as beading can become addictive.  Suddenly you’ll find the simple stringing isn’t enough and you’ll want to try your hand at more intriguing stitches.  Written and video instructions are available all over the Internet and can produce items fairly simple such as my beaded ‘Vampire Bite Choker’ or the somewhat more difficult ‘Bat Wing Bottle Jewelry’.

Bat Wing Bottle Jewelry

Vampire Bite Choker

I love the fact that I can design my own beadwork items or purchase other people’s inexpensive patterns online.  Along that line take a look at my creations and patterns at www.DebrisDeCollette.com and have a bloody good Halloween!