pumpkin candy pretzel treats ... and a free printable ♥

a few weeks ago i found these on pinterest
my girls and i put them together last weekend.
packaged them up to give as teacher & neighbor gifts. it was fun!
the instructions were very simple but we hit a couple of road bumps along the way ...

three things you'll need:
waffle pretzels
HUGS hershey kisses
and mellowcreme pumpkins 
(the same as candy corn just in pumpkin form :)

line your cookie sheets with parchment paper 
spreadthe waffle pretzels out on the cookie sheets 
then put an unwrapped kiss on top of each pretzel
(space the pretzels out a little bit... the pictures of ours here i'd say were a little too close together. when you press the kiss down it spreads and you don't want them to touch each other)

bake them in a 350 degree oven for about 2 minutes.
really no more than that.
here's the bumps in the road i was talking about.
we waited 20 minutes for them to cool, but the pumpkins were so heavy it really wasn't enough time ... we waited another 20. still not ready. and another 20. nope.
each time the pumpkin crushed the kiss and turned it into a puddle of chocolate all over the parchment paper (wish i took a picture of it)
so i tried another cookie sheet and started a new batch from the beginning while we waited for the others to cool.... here's the little trick i discovered that worked:
take them out of the oven, let them cool for the first 20 minutes and then pop them into the freezer, the whole sheet - everything, for maaaaaybe a minute - no more!
and that stiffened them up enough to withstand the ginormous weight of the pumpkin :)
it worked! try it and lemme know how it goes for ya.

we put our goodies in plastic punch cups
filled them up and put clear basket wrap over top 
(the kind on a roll, like wrapping paper style)
used some bakers twine, washi and tada! 

add my little label to the top and get ready to make some little (and big) people very happy.

i used a two inch circle punch to cut these out ... they fit perfectly on the top of the cups.
oh! and the cute clipart? it's from my bestie's etsy shop here
you can get this little birdie and a whole woodland set as an instant download!

happy fall!
and happy #eatallthethings!

a little insta-recap ♥

it's been a while!
it's like Christmas came early for me ... my little shop has been soooo busy!
do you follow me on instagram?! i'm @raisinguprubies there
here's a picture heavy, but quick recap of the past couple months!

a lazy susan, spray paint & milk glass = new craft room table organization 

golden grahams, mini marshmallows & chocolate chips = smores in a cup = awesome

resting, doing crafts & this view = it's sunday 

this girl, that girl & first day of school = growing up too fast

no fear, such love, fully experienced = first john four eighteen

usa stitch the states pattern & these needleminders = go get both now and start this project!

happy stamps & pretty packages = #happymail (lots of #happymail)

apples, caramel, chocolate & toffee bits = apple nachos

new mexico, colorado & north dakota = progress 

this man & me = 15 years blessed

pretty things & pretty things = well... pretty things

basements, baskets, stuff = now i can find junk i'm looking for

thrift stores & needlepoints = new bathroom wall hanging 

cameras, mugs, garlands = should be in my etsy shop already but i'm behind

caramel frap, arm party & retail therapy = turned this girls morning around

oh happy day garlands, craft room, me = best job ever

strings, tags, ribbons, papers = lots of Christmas wrapping kits

apple jack, rainbow dash, pinkie pie = this girl's obsession ♥

state hoops, fabric tape & garlands = shop re-stock

donuts & sprinkles = #eatallthethings

mantles, chalkboards, cupcake paper flowers = happy home

i prayed & He answered = freed from all my fears 

autumn colored stack of fabric & favorite pumpkin sign = fall scrappy bunting needs to be made

said fall scrappy bunting

october & kansas = whatever craft weekend again!

old churches, lots of stuff & me = rummage sale heaven

this wreath = make it here

twine, dresses, washi tape = brown paper packages tied up with string 
(you're welcome)

friends, food, crafts = happy place

sprinkles & donuts. again. = i might have a problem

cleaning caddy, this amazing lady & monday mornings = bathroom day

clean windows, clean floor, new curtains = still bathroom day

needlepoints, crocheted happy rainbow king size spreads, and other stuff = huge instagram sale soon

sheets, linens, aprons = i was lost in that section for a couple hours

banana chocolate chip bread & these tags = sweets for a sweet friend

this sweater, those colors & these necklaces = fall is really here

much love ♥

a little shop update ♥ stitch the states US map pattern

summer's officially over here.
but some happy news!
that pattern i talked about a bunch of weeks ago??
that giant US map pattern??
i finally finished it and it's listed 
as in as soon as you purchase it, you download it, you print it and you start! 
yay no waiting!

i've had a few questions about the pattern and some how-to's once it's downloaded ...

this pattern is only for the outline of the map and each individual state just like the picture, and it's to be made as you would make a counted cross-stitch. the actual stitch you are using is called a back stitch 
... it's really simple.

i recommend making it on 14 count Aida cross-stitch material, that can be purchased at most craft stores. you can make it on smaller or larger count fabrics, but i cannot tell you what the dimensions would be (smaller count would actually make the finished piece bigger - larger count would make it smaller, think opposite) the finished piece on 14 count fabric is approx. 14" wide x 10" high and fits nicely into a large oval quilting hoop (that can be found in the quilting section at joanns)

as fas as how to "fill in" the states, that's completely up to you... get creative!!
i filled them in using a simple straight stitch all the way across from one end to the other over & over until i got to the bottom of each state, that's it. 

or you could could fill them in with just regular cross-stitch

the floss i used is called variegated pearl cottom floss by DMC that i also found at Joanns.
the DMC website has a color chart and a really cool video on how this specific floss is made in France, it's pretty cool ... but that has nothing to do with the pattern :)
just sayin. if you're bored. an wanna watch it.

the pattern is also very large so it's easier to see.
it's spread out over 9 pages of counted cross stitch graph paper. once printed all nine pieces can be pieced together to get an idea of the layout... the arrows on the pattern make it easy to keep stitching when moving onto the next page while working on your canvas.

i think that's it!
if you think of any other questions please feel free to leave them in the comments below 
and i'll answer them as best i can! 

find me (@raisinguprubies) on instagram and you can keep up with my progress too!
and be sure to share your ig photos with me by using the #stitchingthestates hashtag!
hurry get started now! can't wait to see all your work!

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