February 2015 archive

DIY| INDUSTRIAL NECKLACE

Hi all,

In my failed attempt to organize all of my crafting materials this weekend. I came across several copper pipe pieces scattered in my drawers left over from my DIY end table project. As always the wheels started turning and before I knew it I was at Home Depot. A few inches of PVC clear tubing and my copper pieces had a new chic purpose.

DSC_0082DSC_0103Here’s what you will need:

2″ -1″ Copper pipe

14″ Cord trim

3.5″ -5/8 OD PVC clear tubing

Set of leather end caps

Tools:

X-Acto Knife

Glue gun

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(The leaf is just there, because its pretty.) 

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I had several different sizes of copper piping but you will need a 2″ piece you can find already cut pieces at Home Depot for less than $2.

DSC_0073With a X-Acto knife cut a 3.5″ piece of the PVC clear tube.

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Take one of the leather end caps and add glue inside. Then push the end of the trim cord carefully into the cap.

DSC_0080Hold the end cap and cord trim for a couple of minutes until the glue cools down. Repeat this step on the other end.DSC_0084Slide the plastic tube through the copper pipe.

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Now slide the trim cord through the plastic tube and you are done.

Chic, cheap and easy statement necklace. I really loved this project, so much so that I plan to make more in different styles.

DSC_0107 DSC_0122DSC_0124I hope you all have a wonderful week and make your own statement necklace too.

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DIY|Valentine’s Day Brush Embroidery Cookies

Hello All, Happy Tuesday!

 We are four days away from Valentine’s day. Some of you might be scrambling for cute gift ideas for your sweetie, babe, friend, bae, coworker, lover, boyfriend, husband, family member, partner, mijo, or friend with benefits (because millennials!). Whatever your relationship status may be, it is a lovely thought to have a day dedicated to love and friendship.

Being in this mushy, love, red hearts state of mind Ms. Gabriela Chabolla owner of Crumbly Baked Goods http://www.crumblybakedgoods.com teamed up to teach you how to decorate your own sugar cookies for V-day. Using the brush embroidery technique she uses on her amazing cookies.

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 Here’s what you will need:

1 lb of Powdered sugar

2 ½ cups of Meringue Powder

½ A lemon

¼ Cup of Water

Red- Soft gel paste food coloring

Sugar cookies (ingredients in link below)

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 Tools:

Mixer

Spoons/Bowls (several of them)

Lemon Squeezer

3-Piping bags

Pastry tip tube, #5 & #2

1- Small embroidery brush

1- Piping Squeeze Bottle

Toothpicks

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Start by preparing your dough, your favorite sugar cookie recipe will do just fine use http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-rolled-sugar-cookies/. Roll out your dough, cut your shapes and bake!

 Crumbly Tip: Make sure to put your cookies shapes in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before you place them in the oven, this will help them hold their shape better.

 While your cookies are in the oven you can begin to make the frosting.

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 In a large bowl or Kitchen Aid mixer pour the powdered sugar and meringue powder, start the mixer on it’s slowest speed, then slowly pour the water. You will notice the icing will become thick and lumpy.

DSC_0166DSC_0144Now cut half of the lemon, squeeze it and pour the juice into the mixing bowl. Once the icing reaches a thick honey like consistency you can at this point turn the speed of the mixer up to a faster, medium speed.

DSC_0161 Leave the mixer at this speed for about 3 minutes, until you see the icing turn into softer peaks. Such as…

DSC_0191 Your stiff icing should look like this…..

DSC_0202Once you’ve mixed the icing, divide the frosting into the different bowls according to how many colors you will be using to decorate your cookies. We used 2 different shades of pink and white.

DSC_0209 We added four drops of (red) gel food coloring to one of your icing bowls for a darker shade of pink, and two drop for the lighter pink. Using a spoon mix the icing until you get the color that you like.

Once you’re done coloring, start mixing your icing into the proper consistency. (This is when things get tricky!)

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The consistency of the base of your cookie should be less dense than the original “stiff white icing”. In order to get a softer “flow type of icing” you will have to add teaspoons if not just drops of water to the icing until you get the right consistency.

*Crumbly Tip- If your icing gets too runny, because you added too much water. Add more powder sugar to bring it back to a softer “flow icing”.

You can test for consistency by pouring a ribbon of icing from a spoon back into the bowl, while timing how long it takes for the ribbon to be reincorporated into the rest of the icing. Flow icing should take 14-16 seconds to incorporate into the rest of the icing).

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Pour both shades of pink into two different piping bags with #5 tube tips. The white stiff icing you will divide between a piping bag with a #2 tip tube, and the squeeze bottle also with a #2 tip.DSC_0235

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Once your cookies have been taken out of the oven, make an outline around the shape of the cookie using the pink flow icing piping bag and wait about 20 second for it set.DSC_0249

Once the icing outline has slightly dried, fill the center of the cookie. Use a toothpick to spread the icing evenly.

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*Crumbly tip: Tap the cookie slightly to bring out any air bubble there might be and puncture them with a toothpick, this will give you a smoother surface.DSC_0298

Let the cookies dry for at least 3 hours. Once they are dry, use the stiff white icing in the piping bag to make the petals of the flowers. Create a zigzagged curved line on the surface of the cookie.DSC_0299

DSC_0307DSC_0320Once you form your line, take a stiff, small brush and wet it. Smudge the excess water off on a paper towel and carefully pull zigzagged line of icing towards the center. Repeat this process to create more flowers.DSC_0316You can add more details to your cookie by adding cute dots, using the squeeze bottle. DSC_0431 DSC_0438DSC_0461

These cookies are adorable, delicious, and serve as the perfect gift for practically any occasion. But….If you’re not much of a baker, crafter or do it yourselfer, you can have my dear friend Gabriela at http://www.crumblybakedgoods.com bake a custom batch for you!

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Happy Valentine’s Day loves!

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