Time: 4.5 hours
Materials: recipe book, ingredients (specific to your flavor choice)
Macarons are one of life’s greatest pleasure, which is no wonder why most places charge about $2 a cookie. After receiving one of the best books for Valentine’s day, I decided to try and make my own.
The ingredients are simple, yet specific. I used almond meal/flour instead of plain almond flour as called for and mine came out flat! Although they didn’t come out of the oven as I envisioned, they were still pretty tasty (vanilla + key lime is an excellent flavor combo). It is, however, still a bit disappointing to spend so much time baking, only to have it not be a success.
Have you tried making macarons before? I’d love to hear how it went!
With tons of different adorable patterns to choose from, it’s hard not to be inspired by these simple, yet gorgeous projects. Never worked with washi tape before? At around $3 per roll, pick up some here, here or here and get started!
Time: 10 minutes + dry/bake time
Materials: glass vase, paint brush, glass paint (vitrea 160)
1. Use the end of a paint brush to make your dots. Wipe clean after each color.
2. Once you’re pleased with your design, leave to dry for 24 hours then bake for 40 minutes at 325˚F.
Whether you’re planning the snack menu for your next party, or you have been searching for the ultimate salty + sweet combo, this week’s inspiration is for you!
1. Birthday Cake Popcorn by The Endless Meal
2. Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn by Everybody Likes Sandwiches
3. Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn by Cravings of a Lunatic
4. Party Popcorn by She Wears Many Hats
Time: 5 Minutes
Materials: cloth bags, pencil with eraser, paint, ribbon, wax paper
1. Fold up a sheet of wax paper and place in the bag. This will prevent your dots from bleeding through.
2. Dip your pencil eraser in paint use as a stamp. Wipe clean between each color.
3. If you want to add ribbon, just make four vertical slits and string through.
We’ve been having lovely weather in San Francisco lately, but for those of you still in winter, here are some indoor hanging garden DIYs that should get you through to spring!
1. There are two ways to make your template. You can follow the instructions on the back of your MS scoring board, or you can find an old envelope, open it up and trace it. I chose to do the latter.
2. Cut out your pattern.
3. Use the scoring board to make accurate and straight lines for folding. If your paper is thin, avoid pressing too hard as you might make a cut instead of a crease.
4. Fold in the two sides first, without taping. Tape will only go on the long sides of the final flap.
5. When you’re ready to mail, just secure with tape either on the inside or outside.
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To keep up with the goals I set for myself for 2013, I’ve decided to put forth a greater effort towards making my inspiration section more enjoyable. Now, each week, I’ll be rounding up projects that are tied to a common theme… because sometimes, one project just isn’t enough.
Without further delay, this week’s inspiration is… gold!
What gold craft/diy projects have inspired you?
1. Working on wax paper, cut your clay in to even sized strips.
2. In your hands, roll your strips into balls.
3. Using the xacto knife, cut the balls into your desired shape. Keep in mind that you wont be able to make any changes after baking.
4. Bake in the oven at 275° for approximately 12 minutes. Follow the specific instructions for the type of clay you buy.
5. Paint and decorate! I used acrylic paint and a gold Sharpie paint pen.
6. Once dry, apply the post with the E-6000 glue. Let dry overnight.
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