Here are a few apple-related things made with polymer clay:
Marcy's teacher pins (apples, books, chalkboards, etc.)http://www.marcysclaypen.com/teacher/teacher1.html
molds for apples, chalkboard, worm, etc. (also faces, hands, people, garden, etc.)http://www.sculpey.com/fset_products.htm
(click on EZ Release Molds)
Josh's apple head, with dangle hands/feet on ribbons http://joshclay.com/apple.html
Nora Jean makes a nice green apple by taking a slice of a green & green-with-white-or-yellow-added Skinner Blend rolled up into a log (light green on inside) and running it through the pasta machine to enlarge and lengthen it. She then wraps the slice around another ball and smooths then rolls? to smooth the seams. She creates an apple shape with the light green at top and bottom, indents the top and adds a stem.
candy apples (Miniland's lesson) http://www.miniland.ca/CandyAppleClass1.html
Elizabeth's lessons on ...apples (including Winesap with Skinner blend) http://polymerclayexpress.com/octo2003.html
(click on photo for details)
Here is the formula I use on apples of various types:
Red: Mix 5 parts red to 1 part transparent. Form into 1/4 inch balls. Indent depression at top and put a bit of dried flower stem in. Indent shallow depression at bottom. Bake. Touch irregularly with dark red or dark green chalk depending on the apple you are trying to duplicate. Gloss.
Green: Mix 1 part leaf green to 1 part green to one part transparent. Form as above. Roll in green chalk. Bake. Gloss.
Yellow: Mix 5 parts golden yellow to 2 parts transparent. Shape as above. Roll in yellow scraped chalk. Bake. Gloss.
I find it works best to take the chalk or pastels coloring on my finger and touch it to the apples in a pattern that looks like nature... mine are one inch scale so you might want to increase the size a bit. You can use eye shadows, chalks or artists pastels for the colors. The pastels are your best source I think ...Nature does not present perfectly shaped or sized apples, so I always let them vary a bit for more authentic looks!!! Laura
Darlene's apple Candy Jar for teacher (website gone)
Shala's lesson on covering a large marble (then removing it) for a tiny openable "apple" box pendant (hinged & closed with cording)http://shala.addr.com/polyclay/index.htm
(CANES... could use apple canes to cover cabinet knobs, salt and pepper shakers, containers of various kinds, glass votives, etc.)
Marie's lesson on simple (half) apple cane, then using slices from it on cup, frame, cabinet knob, etc.http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_applecane.htmhttp://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_Knobs.htm
lesson on very simple apple cane (half) --no background, odd-shaped... used as thick slices or as buttonshttp://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_Millefiore_Cards.htm
Darlene's more realistic apple cane
lesson (with leaves, highlight)http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/applecane.html
It might also be fun to make apple heads or applehead dolls too (they could be made "cute: or any other way):http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&q=applehead+carve
You should also be able to find apple themed dish towels, or fabric for aprons, curtains, decoupaging onto things, etc.