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Ways Pinterest Changed My Life

Oh Pinterest, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. With tutorials, photo guides, and DIY’ing my life into a craze. OK— enough with the Dr. Seuss. But seriously, I have made a general commitment to investing in myself and this website is completely helping me. Thanks to a referral from a certain friend, a fellow crafter, and all-around one of my Top 7 favorite people in the world (3 of which I have not met yet— Where are you Johnny Depp?!) I have been “pinning” myself to a revamped life. Currently I have started working on not 1, not 3 but 5 projects. Yes, this is typical “Megan” but I seriously am focused in getting them all done with stress to spare. I gave myself a banging manicure, made star decorations from an old book, started to upcycle t-shirts into a pillow, and two noted but undescribed christmas presents. I even sent the Pamster a link so she could collect materials needed from my parents home (branches don’t collect on Bethlehem’s sidewalks as one would hope). The next morning I wake up to a text that not only did she collect branches for me, she went ahead and made the candle holders all before 9am. Pinterest is life altering. Legit. And I’m done.

So I decided to post some pictures and links in my own blog in case anyone wanted to start crafting their way out of their stressful work week.

Here are some ornaments I made (with Jaim’s help). She gave me an old book she no longer wanted and Imade one lame snowflake and pasted it onto a ball filled with shredded tissue paper. Then I got a bit more creative and made a mod podge ornament using just the title of the book “A Magical Christmas.” Not only was it fitting, but it gave me an excuse to rip up the whole book and save the remnants of paper for my Round Two Recipe Craft, 3d snowflakes.

Martha would be so proud. I think.

Then I noticed that my brand new glitter covered ballet flats got a rip in them!! I was distraught but thought I would solve the problem with some crazy glue and fold the rip back on its self. That would have worker, except that I am Megan and shit always goes wrong. Needless to say, I crazy glued my hand to the shoe, ripping off more paper glitter in the process and leaving my shoe with a gaping white spot on the toe instead of a barely noticable rip. Again, problem solving mode kicked in and I thought that I could cover the spot on said shoe, plus the other shoe, and make it more of a fancy shoe… and Voila! Toe covered shoes.

 

Thanksgiving would NOT be complete without a batch of my pumpkin choco chip cookies. Its a family staple. Like turkey, or Jenga. This year, I decided to outdo myself and try this simple add-on. I think a plate of cookies always looks better with some candy on the plate. My mom found this recipe posted on someones facebook (Mom + Facebook= Lots of emails to me to ensure she is “doing it right”). Anyways, turns out she was right and these acorns went over better than my cookies. Not sure but it feels like a compliment wrapped in an insult, huh?

So cute— and it really did make the plate of cookies dissapear!

Then there was the manicure. I think it came out darling, but the pictures really make me look like I have man-hands and the manicure looks crappy. I thought it was such a creative idea to “pump up” a regular do-it-at-home mani. And of course to be even more challenging, I didn’t have a lick of scotch tape or gold polish in the house. What happened next was what I thought to be a a sroke of genius. I had a few red polishes, some electrical tape, and two hours before bed time.  I really think it looks great in person but catching it on film totally blew. Regardless, I am so glad that I get to have fly yet sophisticated nails for pennies at home. I’m sure Jaimee will LOVE being my hand while my nails dry. “Jaim, can you tie my shoes?”, “Babe, can you get my some tea?”, “Hun, I need to pee…”

So now I’m totally thinking about a new years resolution, really kicking this blog off (it’s been 9 months for Cher’s sake). Working my way through one “Martha” thing a week. Recipe, craft, DIY, anything. I think it could really be my saving grace in 2012.

Aren’t we cute in our Thanksgiving Day best?

More tomorrow next week 🙂

Megan

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Round 2 with Royal Icing

My first bout with royal icing was a few weeks ago when I decided to have a creative weekend. Lesson learned: Don’t try new things out with girlfriend. Because when things don’t go my way, I tend to revert back to my toddler ways. I believe I slammed everything down on the table and was more frustrated that I couldn’t make cookies with royal icing how Martha does.

With that being said, I thought Easter would be the perfect way to re-do this experiment. I’d be able to be alone (except for my parents— and my mother’s watchful eye on her stainless). And without the pressures I put on myself when performing in front of others (see I’d throw in a little social work now and again).

First I had to make dozens & dozens of egg-shaped sugar cookies and then wait for them to cool. In the mean time, I made the royal icing in our standing mixer. Separated into three parts and dyed the white icing to be delicious colors. Of course, I couldn’t decide for myself. “Mom, I made pink & yellow icing, what color should be third?” pause-pause-stares at piping bags already filled “i think the pink would look great on the yellow, and vice versa.” “No! I need a third color, purple or green?” pause-pause “I don’t understand, the pink & yellow are so nice.”—“FORGET IT!”

Dial her up— “Jaim, I need a third color, green or purple?” and from there—purple was born!

After this exciting experience of chosing which rainbow color to grace my cookies, I realized I had NOT made enough icing and would definitely need to be doing this again tomorrow (which is how lavender, lime and periwinkle were born)

And so I started piping outlines and it made each cookie look a little bit more special.

And then I got a little crazy with visions of sweetheart plaids in my head

Then came the filling in (or flooding) and decorating.

Lining, swirling, and polka dotting.

Look at the masses 🙂

All in all, this was a wonderful and beautiful project for Easter. Especially the first Easter with the new girlfriends family. Or girlfriends new family. Or new experiences with girlfriend’s old family. Yes, it took two days to complete the icing and another to package, which came out incredibly sweet and I must take pictures the net time of the final presentation. After all, that is how the Queen would do it.

The best things I learned about flood icing/royal icing was from Sweetopia. It was the most comprehensive resource guideline for flooding cookies. And her pieces are too cute for words.

Peace, Love and Carbs to all,
Megan

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