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Andie’s Specialty Sweets

December 3rd, 2014 by Cobwebs

Candy LeavesMartha Stewart recently did a feature on an Etsy shop called Andie’s Specialty Sweets, and when I saw the thumbnail for the Edible Autumn Leaves I thought, “Wow, $60 for two dozen leaves is kind of pricey for something so easy to make.”* Then I clicked over to the store and discovered that the leaves are pretty much the only thing that are easy to make and their stuff is worth every penny.

They offer a wide range of astonishingly realistic-looking edible items, from steampunky buttons and gears to delicate coral (I particularly love their black bird feathers and their ridiculously-detailed toadstools.

They also sell themed decorating kits, such as their Woodland kit featuring wild mushrooms, toadstools, ferns and fiddleheads, acorns, fill-in foliage, and ladybugs: All gorgeous, and all edible.

Although certainly not cheap, their stuff would be perfect for decorating something special like a wedding cake, and some of the smaller items like gears and sea glass could be included as part of a themed party favor.

Even if you’re not currently in the market for sculptural candy, be sure to click over to their shop just to browse around. The artistry is just astonishing.

*Which they are. You make standard chocolate leaves by painting melted chocolate on real (non-toxic) leaves and then carefully peeling them off when dry. For pretty multicolored leaves, use tinted white chocolate instead.

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Trivia Tuesday

December 2nd, 2014 by Cobwebs

  1. Bob Clark, who directed the classic A Christmas Story, also directed this holiday horror movie about a group of sorority sisters who are stalked and murdered over Christmas vacation by a killer hiding in their sorority house.
    A) Santa Claws
    B) Slay Bells
    C) Silent Night, Deadly Night
    D) Christmas Evil
    E) Black Christmas
  2. Telling “scary ghost stories” at Christmas is an old tradition, sadly less prevalent than it used to be, but still mentioned as one of the anticipated activities in this song popularized by Andy Williams.
  3. This story by H.P. Lovecraft, set at Christmastime, follows an unnamed narrator’s visit to his ancestral town and his discovery of its dark past.
    A) “The Dunwich Horror”
    B) “The Festival”
    C) “The Picture in the House”
    D) “The Cats of Ulthar”
    E) “The Colour Out of Space”
  4. The novelette “Overtime,” set in the horror/spy thriller “Laundry” milieu, details Agent Bob Howard’s fight to keep something which definitely isn’t Santa from coming down the chimney and into our reality. Who writes the “Laundry” series, which includes novels like The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, and The Apocalypse Codex?
  5. “The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such a visitation had fallen on a child.” Which classic ghost story begins with this sentence?
    A) The Turn of the Screw
    B) The Haunting of Hill House
    C) The Old Nurse’s Story
    D) The Poor Clare
    E) Green Tea
  6. This mythical being of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld is somewhat akin to Father Christmas, granting children’s wishes and bringing them presents on Hogswatchnight.
  7. What is the name of the Grinch’s long-suffering dog?
    A) Rex
    B) Sam
    C) Brutus
    D) Max
    E) Spot
  8. “Boz” and (occasionally) “Timothy Sparks” were pseudonyms used by this writer of a very popular Christmas tale.
  9. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer Christmas episode “Amends” marks the first appearance of this entity, which was the Big Bad of the final season.
    A) Glorificus
    B) The First
    C) Acathla
    D) Mayor Wilkins
    E) Kakistos
  10. In this novel by Christopher Moore, subtitled, “A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror,” an angel grants the wish of a child who had witnessed the death of a man dressed as Santa. In his inept attempt to bring “Santa” back to life, he raises everyone in the local cemetery as zombies.

(Answers below the fold)

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Beware the Horror of Cutezilla

December 1st, 2014 by Cobwebs

Dissolve is a company that licenses royalty-free stock footage, and occasionally they like to show off their wares with silliness like This Is a Generic Brand Video and Cutezilla:

This needs to be a full-length feature film, like, yesterday.

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