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DIY | Chalkboard Message Box

Hi!

You’ve likely seen your share of cute decorative boxes for your home/office lately. Along with a lot of household goods made from simple, natural, organic materials. A trend that I predict will last, and love.Many of these items are made with leather, wood, concrete and metal objects; it is a wonderful time to be a DIYer. Specially because all of these materials in the raw are relatively inexpensive, last forever and are easy to manipulate.

After being inspired by the two trends I created this simple chalkboard message box for my office space. That only took me about 30 minutes.

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Here’s what you will need:

– Wooden Box, found at Target or Hobby Lobby

– Chalkboard Paint

– Chalk

– Rock, Gem, Quartz of your choosing

Other tools:

– Paintbrush

-Screwdriver

– Glue

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Paint the top of the wooden box.DSC_0174While the paint dries, carefully unscrew the existing hardware on the wooden box.
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I decided to add this beautiful green quartz that was originally on a necklace I stumbled across at Goodwill. Glue the top half of the quartz on the top of the lid.DSC_0224

And…done!

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Now add a message with some walk and change it up as much as you want.

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Have a great weekend Shulos!

Keep posted for more trendy DIY’s for your lifestyle, coming up next week.

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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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DIY| Thanks (friends) giving Centerpiece

Who’s ready for stuffing? Uh, this girl!

Unfortunately I will not be able to celebrate with my family this year, but will be spending the day with the next best thing my friends! Friendsgiving 2014, I’m excited!

I couldn’t decide what carb-loaded dish to contribute to our friendly dinner. Mainly because I am better at crafting than cooking. So besides showing up with just wine, and probably crackers I decided to make a unique table centerpiece. A very earthy pumpkin centerpiece, that I hope cover up the fact that my dish will probably be too salty or spicy.

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Here’s what you will need:

– A pumpkin

– Spray paint

– Succulents

Tools:

– Knifes

– Tape

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Using a knife cut two big triangles on each side of your pumpkin.DSC_0071Take out all the guts (insides) of the pumpkin.DSC_0081

Cover the “handle” stem of the pumpkin with tape.DSC_0092

Spray paint the inside and outside of the pumpkin, and let it dry.

DSC_0097Once the paint is dry, remove the tape from the stem. Then, take the succulents and arrange  them inside bottom of the pumpkin. Now set it on the center of your table, and your done. Easy as pumpkin pie…. haha. Sorry.

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DIY| SUGAR SKULL PIÑATA

Today is Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos. A Mexican holiday in which friends and families gather to pray, and remember those who have passed. Traditions include ofrendas, which include the deceased favorite things, sugar skulls, food and beverages.

Inspired by this day I made a Piñata, a sugar skull Piñata!

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Here’s what you will need:

Cardboard

Tape

Tissue Paper (in different colors)

Scissors/ X Acto Knife

Thread

Glue

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Start by drawing a skull outline on the cardboard, and cut it out. Trace the cutout on the cardboard, then cut the second outline to make two exact skulls.

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 Cut out long strips of cardboard, long enough to go around the end of your skull cutout.

DSC_0066Using the strips of cardboard trace the skull cutout and tape the corners together, it should look something like this….

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Now repeat by taping the other skull cutout on top.DSC_0069

Now you decorate! Cut the paper tissue into long strips with fringe. Glue them on to your Piñata, starting from the bottom up by layering the fringe.DSC_0089

Now cut and glue an upside down heart and mouth for your sugar skull Piñata.

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Make a flower crown for your Pinata, out of paper tissue. First, cut even square pieces and layer them on top of each other. Fold back and forth to create a fan, then using the string tie the middle and cut the ends round. Pull each layer to the center of the fan. Fluff and listo!

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Glue all of your flowers on top of the Pinata, and make your eyes with both cut outs of black tissue and paper flowers. And your done!

DSC_0098Its going to be hard to see my friends destroy this!

Hope you like my first PARTY DIY! follow me on pinterest for more ideas…http://www.pinterest.com/dandylione/

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