diy wardrobe

Power Rangers Cookies


Yields 4 dozen

The things you’ll need

Ingredients
  • ¾ cup almond meal
  • 1 ½ cups + 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula
  • Circle cookie cutter
  • Cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Plastic wrap
Decoration
  • Red, yellow, blue, green, pink, and black royal icing in decorating bags
  • #2, # 4 & #12 tips
  • White & black fondant
  • Metallic bronze food paint
  • Mini football cookie cutter
  • Small fondant rolling pin
  • Fondant roller
  • Wax paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Tape

Let’s get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk almond meal, flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs one a time, mixing and scraping in between each addition, and then add extracts.
  5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Divide the dough into 2 discs, and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 to 24 hours.
  7. Roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick and then use a cookie cutter to cut out circles.
  8. Place the cookies onto lined cookie sheets and bake for 12 to 13 minutes.
  9. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheets and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Time to decorate!

  1. With a #2 tip, outline each cookie in a different color of royal icing and then let them dry for a few minutes.
  2. Use a # 4 tip to fill in each cookie with the same color as its outline. Use a toothpick to smooth the icing.
  3. Use your fingers to flatten out bits of yellow fondant and then use the small end of a #12 tip to cut out circles. Pinch two sides of each circle to make it an oval.
  4. Roll out black fondant and cut out mini football shapes. Cut off the pointed ends of the footballs.
  5. Paint each of the yellow ovals bronze and then use royal icing to attach each oval to a black “football”.
  6. Roll out white fondant and cut out small squares. Use a fondant roller to cut out white belts.
  7. Arrange the fondant pieces on top of each cookie and then use a circular cookie cutter to cut the excess fondant. Remove the excess.
  8. TaDa! Go Go Power Rangers Cookies!
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Some simple ways to bring colour to a boring white room.

Collect wine corks from family and friends! Or go to a flea market and dip old spoons/forks/whatever seems interesting in paint.

Use tacks to create your own night sky, or pin/stick some wrapping paper to the back of bookshelves or wardrobes.

youtube

New video! Made chocolate chip cookies with the one and only Cookie Monster!

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H I G H ◦ F A S H I O N ◦ F O R ◦ L E S S

It’s getting warmer here and I’ve been thinking how am I going to layer things up without over heating but still look layered? Well I thought, you see long draped, flowing, cut up stuff on the runway all the time. It’s probably so easy to make well it is! So here it is.

Oversized Ribbon Scarf inspired by Astralizey’s Arm Knit Shawl

1. Find your fabrics, I used wool, a velvet skirt and dress. Make sure if you’re using old clothes to see what the back side looks like with the rest of the fabric you’re using.

2. Cut the strips as you go, cut a strip tie it to the other strip in a knot. Go in a pattern if you like, I did mine white, light purple, dark purple, light purple, white.

3. Once you get a desired length tie it in a complete circle and begin wrapping it around your neck at various lengths until you get your desired look. Then take it off holding it where they all meet and lay it down. Cut another strip and tie all the strands together making sure you can fit your head back through. And voila you have a ribbon scarf~

You can wear it anyway you please by itself, with another scarf. With a bundled up outfit or just a tee-shirt it’ll jazz up anything.

It’s a struggle that I think everyone endures at some point in their life - a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear! Well I’m here to help you get everything organised and bring some order to your daily life.

What You’ll Need:
- Garbage Bags
- Boxes, storage containers or vacuum bags
- Time!

Time is the biggest factor here - make sure you have a couple of hours to get everything sorted - or else you’ll end up chucking everything back in the wardrobe, defeated and worse than when you started!

STEP ONE
Take everything out of your closet. That’s right, everything! Take all your clothes/shoes/bags and put them into piles. At this point, throw out any broken hangers or other rubbish that may be in your wardrobe. Give it a good dusting/wipe down.

STEP TWO
Let’s start with the clothes! We’re going to make three piles:

Pile one: Clothes to throw. If it doesn’t fit, is stained, stretched out of shape… put it in the garbage bag!

Things to consider with your clothes:- Does it fit properly? When you last wore it did it feel constricting, were you constantly adjusting it, did it fall down around your ankles?
- Is it missing buttons, is the thread pulling, does it have a huge stain that won’t go away?
- When did you last wear it? Does it go with anything else in your wardrobe?
- Is it not your style anymore? Is it so old and out of date that even the most discerning fashionista wouldn’t consider it ‘vintage’?!

If you answered yes to even one of these questions, then put it in your bag to give away. But if you wouldn’t give it to your best friend in the condition it’s in, but it in the bin - it will save the folks at the charity shop time!

Pile two: clothes that you can’t bear to give away. We all have these pieces. They might be sentimental, or you might just not be ready to throw it out. Put these clothes in your storage bag/boxes.

Pile three: One pile left - clothes to keep. These are your favourite pieces that you wear every day, that fit you and make you feel great! If any of these pieces need to be mended, take a break and do that now. If you’re not keen on mending - consider putting them in your give away pile!

Hang all your clothes back up and hang them in sections - how you do this is up to you. I like to hang my clothes by type, but you may find it easier by colour or mood!

STEP THREE
OK, we’re finished with your clothes - now go through the same process with your bags and shoes.

Things to consider for your shoes & bags:
- are the shoes scuffed, ripped, dirty, discoloured, or covered in dust (often a sign of not being worn!)
- does the bag have holes in it, stains, ripped lining, broken straps or smelling of something that spilt in it?

And you’re done! When you get dressed tomorrow, marvel at how easy it is to put together your outfit and accessorize with ease!

Extra tricks to try:
- When you hang your clothes back up, hang them 'backwards’. When you wear a piece and go to hang it back up, hang it 'forwards’. At the end of the month, if there are any pieces still hanging 'backwards’, put them in your storage boxes
- I found that after a year - a year! - had passed, I had not once gone to my storage boxes for any of the clothes inside. So I went through them again and gave away the bulk of it to charity. More space for more clothes!
- People have a habit of trying to sell their unwanted clothes on eBay. While this is a great idea to bring in a bit of extra cash, personally I find it easier to give away to charity unless it’s practically brand new/never worn - I just don’t think it’s worth the time or money to get $5 for a top that someone could really need.

Image source: Huzzah Vintage

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Here’s my inspired by shortcuttothestars pixie skirt. She made a cool gothic upcycled skirt for herself the other day (skirt) and I absolutely loved it. And when she said she was going to make one for her etsy store I was so excited, but I was too slow and out of money to purchase one so I made this one for myself. I worked all afternoon on it I still need to trim it up in places but I’m proud I stuck with it. It’s not as great as hers but if you like this definitely check out hers if you haven’t and also she is making skirts to buy so go check out her Etsy. *: ・゚✧