Vampire Themed Blood Rimmed Cocktail Glasses

Whether decorating glasses for adults to drink cocktails from or for children to have their juice in, these blood rimmed candy drip cocktail glasses will both impress everyone and look amazing!

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The candy blood is very simple to make (and ever so delicious). The following is a recipe for how to make the blood candy and how to apply it your glasses to achieve such a great effect:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Red food coloring (liquid, not gel

Directions:

1. After adding the sugar, syrup and water into a pan wide enough to fit the drinking rim of your glasses, place the pan on a medium to high heat and cook the mixture without stirring it until it reaches a temperature of around 150oC

2. Add the liquid red food colouring – about 15-20 drops depending upon how dark you wish for it to be.

3. Turn the heat down to low and whilst the mixture is still hot, dip the top of your cocktail glasses into the liquid candy (as deeply as you would like the candy rime to go) and then whilst using an oven mitt to avoid burning turn the glass the correct way up and place on top of greaseproof parchment paper to dry. The thick consistency of the liquid whilst it is drying will allow it to drip down the glass creating a blood like effect.

*Please Note* – The type of glasses that you use can be affected by the liquid candy, for example cocktail glasses made of glass will be OK however cocktail glasses that are made of plastic may melt slightly under the heat of the heated liquid candy.

10 Days Until Halloween!…

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If like us you love Halloween and all things fancy dress you’ll be as thrilled as us that it’s only 10 days until the Halloween Weekend commences. In order to celebrate this delightful fact we have compiled some of our favourite tips, tricks, recipes and other Halloween themed musings for those of you who wish for some added inspiration or guidance throughout this brilliant holiday.

Today we will be sharing all manner of recipes (both Food and Drinks), costume ideas and other general musings with you all related to one of the most favoured of themes – Vampires.

Halloween is Nigh!

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It’s that time of the year – our favourite here in the FancyCrafting office if we’re honest – where its time to apply the fake vampire teeth, cover yourself in fake blood, ghoulish special effects make up and get dressed up as your favourite horrifying character because it’s Halloween!

Our New and extensive Halloween range features up to 3,000 fancy dress outfits, accessories, make-up sets and props. We cater for children, teens and adults alike and offer many different themes and licensed costumes from Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves to Kill Bill, Saw and Friday the 13th. Take a look at our extensive range here – http://www.fancycrafting.co.uk

With just under three weeks to go until Hallows Eve arrives we are going to count down the days on here with daily freebies, tutorials, costume and party ideas.

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www.fancycrafting.co.uk has landed!

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All has been quiet on the FancyCrafting Social Media front of late, for which we apologise, but we can assure you that we haven’t been resting on our laurels; in fact we have been busying ourselves away putting together our sparkly new website which has now launched and is ready for perusal. With over 3000 fancy dress outfits, accessories and party products we are sure to have the very item in stock that you desire whatever your occasion and whatever your age.

So come and take a look at – http://www.fancycrafting.co.uk

Happy Canada Day

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July 1st sees the National Day of Canada, a holiday which is for celebrating the anniversary of July 1st 1867 where three colonies united together to form a single country called Canada.

So whilst Canadians across the globe celebrate the birthday of their country we thought we’d look at some of the most awesome things that Canada has given us:

  1. Dan Ackroyd – The film world just wouldn’t be the same without the legendary dude who starred in greats such as ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘Ghostbusters’ and of course the fabulous ‘Coneheads’
  2. Blackberry – Can we imagine the world of business gadgetry and smartphones without Blackberry? It has transported the way we can conduct business on the go and also provided us with the much loved socialising tool of Blackberry Messager (BBM).
  3. Michael J Fox – An inspirational spokesperson for Parkinson’s Disease and another film legend! We’ve all been in love with Marty McFly since the 80’s and quite rightly so.
  4. Wonderbra – The invention of the Wonderbra is something that both Women and Men are thoroughly thankful for. It is a staple of many a ladies underwear drawer for that quickly added sex appeal and curvaceousness and well I think we all know why the men folk are pleased with the invention.
  5. Nathan Fillion – On behalf of geeks and Firefly fans everywhere we salute you Captain Mal! O and who could forget his rather creepy bad guy persona Caleb who gave Buffy Summers a run for her money.
  6. Java Programming Language – Invented by Canadian James Gosling – no relation to Ryan 😉 – Java is the pillar of the Android operating system and the internet and tech world wouldn’t be the same without it.
  7. Pamela Anderson – One for the guys, the ever beautiful Ms Anderson hails from Canada too and took red swim suits to a whole new level! ‘I’ll be ready…’
  8. Peanut Butter – this is something that I personally will be eternally grateful for. It’s one of the most important food innovations of all time and Yum, Yum Yummy!! 😀 It was first patented by Canadian Marcellus Gilmore Edson in 1884 and is enjoyed worldwide.
  9. John Candy – Incredible and legendary actor of the big screen who brought us such amazing classics as Home Alone, Spaceballs, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and my personal favourite Uncle Buck.
  10. Ryan Gosling – No explanation is needed, we need only to say ‘Thank You Canada, we are eternally grateful’.

Wishing you all a happy Canada Day!

Monday Blues Cure

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I think we can all agree that after an amazing weekend, the last thing we want is to get up on a freezing cold morning, that’s tippling down with rain and get ready for that horrid commute to the workplace. In fact I think we would all agree that just once, we’d all like to wake up, turn on the news and hear ‘Monday has been cancelled, go back to sleep’. As this is something that particularly in my experience never happens I think what we really need is a good old cure for the Monday Blues:

Monday Blues – (hungoverius et Knackeredicus)

Most Common Signs and Symptoms:

  •  Easily agitated and very irritable
  • Headache – bordering on migraine proportionseaHead
  • A deep sense of longing for the weekend – usually culminating in a mental count of just how many ‘sleeps’ there are to next weekend
  • A rapidly decreasing tolerance for the delightful chap at the back of the bus who insists on sharing his rather tinny version of the latest happy hardcore ‘tune’ on the morning commute
  • Your fellow co-workers are all too keen to share far too much about their personal lives and at a seemingly rather loud volume

Effective Treatments:

  • Caffeine – whatever your poison whether it be Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Sweet Caramel Macchiato or a straight up large Americano, caffeine is the key and in times like these your friend.
  • Indulgence – why not treat yourself to that tempting cupcake or slice? A 5 minute indulgence with a sugar kick to boot

Prognosis:

It has been ascertained that those who opt for the caffeine and/or indulgence treatments often feel less groggy and more accepting of their current situations within an hour of consumption.

If all else fails take heart in knowing that at least it’s only Monday once a week.