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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 02/07/12

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

HOW TO MARBLE ROYAL ICING!

   This diy is from www.sweetopia.net .  Another get turtorial to add a little decorating tip for your cookies and cakes.  Sit back, relax and take it in.  OOOOMMMM!!!






It’s called marbling, feathering or swirling, which is basically when one or more colors of icing are applied to a base coat of icing, and then a toothpick, cake tester, pin or skewer is dragged through the icing to create a marbled or swirly effect.



Each combination of colors creates another look.



Just by changing the way you set up your lines and drag the toothpick, completely different designs emerge.



You can incorporate the swirled icing into your design, like these feathered cookie friends:



How to Make Marbled, Swirled or Feathered Decorated Cookies


If you’d like to try the marbled effect, the most important thing for your success is the consistency of the icing. To help you with that, my cookie decorating tutorial goes over some tips and the 10-second rule here.



Once you have your cookies baked and icing made, it’s time to begin by piping your outline. I like to use a piping bag fitted with a coupler and #2 tip.
Fill or flood your cookie with royal icing right away. You could leave the outline to set to create a solid dam, but you’ll be able to see the border when the icing dries.



Once you’ve filled the whole cookie in, shake it gently left to right on your work surface, to help smooth the icing out.



Add your second (or more), layers or colors of icing. Work as quickly as you can before the icing sets.



Take a toothpick, pin, skewer or dough tester (hey, whatever works!), and drag it through the icing. In this case I drew S-like shapes. The image below shows which direction I dragged the toothpick in.



Finish off the edges with dots or another design of your choice and you’re done!




The hearts are made by piping dots and dragging the toothpick through the center of each dot.





Let your cookies dry, package and ribbon.




Simple, easy, fun and impressive!
If you prefer video, I’ve got a video tutorial on marbling here for you to watch.
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I’d also like to send out a big thanks agian to Bridget at Bake at 350 for having me as a guest contributor for her blog a few weeks ago. In case you didn’t see the post, it’s what I’ve shared with you here today, and if you haven’t seen Bridget’s eye-candy cookies and baked goods of all kinds yet, check them out by clicking here!
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Happy marbling!
xo,
Marian
p.s. Update – I’ve received so many emails asking where I got my square, fluted cookie cutter, so here’s the link for you.

DIY CLOTHSPIN SNOWFLAKES!







   This diy comes form www.bystephanielynn.com .  These would look good painted white with some clear glass glitter or some mica flakes on them.  Good luck and enjoy, and remember it's never to early to get ready for the holidays



Clothespin Snowflakes

Happy Friday my friends. This week has quickly passed by - with just one more day to go! I have one last handmade ornament to share today and they are so easy - you could even add them to your to-do before the holiday arrives.


If you don't have a stash of wooden clothespins they can found at any dollar store and easily transformed into pretty snowflakes. I used a few to embellish some packages though these can easily be made into ornaments or used in number of different decor ideas as well {I like that snowflakes can be left out throughout the winter and a last a little longer than other seasonal decor}

Materials Needed:
Wooden Clothespins {8 total for one snowflake}
Hot Glue

{optional} paint, glitter - anything to embellish


Begin by taking apart 8 wooden clothespins. The wooden slats easily slide right out of the metal spring with a little maneuvering.


Each clothespin will give you two wooden pieces - simply align the flat sides of these two pieces and hot glue together.


To start the snowflake shape, take two of the 'glued' pieces and hot glue them together along the small angle end, as shown above.


Continue with two more 'glued' pieces until you have an "x" shape.


Insert the remaining four 'glued' pieces into each corner and secure with more hot glue.

{if you are making these into ornaments - slide a piece of thread or ribbon in between the last two pieces, before they are glued together, to create the hanger}


Your snowflake is complete and ready to embellish.


Since these are made of wood they can be embellished a number of different ways - though I think they are even pretty left plain and natural.


I used a couple as gift toppers this year since it went along with one of the gift wrap patterns.

I really like all the metallic colors so I sprayed the snowflakes with coat of Krylon Caramel Latte and finished with Krylon Glitter Spray {for a touch of glitter sparkle without the mess}


Have a fabulous day ~ Enjoy!

THE PONGAL FESTIVAL!







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    Pongal is a harvest festival-the Tamil equivalent of Thanksgiving. In an agriculture based civilization, the harvest plays an important part. The farmer cultivating his land depends on cattle, timely rain and the Sun. Once a year, he expresses his gratitude to these during the harvest festival. With the end of the est month of Margazhi (mid December to mid January) the new Tamil month of Thai heralds a series of festivals. The first day of the month is a festival day known as "Pongal Day". Pongal means the 'boiling over" of milk and rice during the month of Thai.





    The act of boiling over of milk in the clay pot is considered to denote future prosperity for the family. Traditionally celebrated at harvest time, it is a celebration of the prosperity associated with the harvest by thanking the rain, sun and the farm animals that have helped in the harvest. Pongal is celebrated by the Indian state of Tamil Ndu as well as Tamils worldwide, including those in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Mauitius, South Africa, USA, Canada and Singapore. The festival is at least 1000 years old although some believe that the festival is more that 2000 years old. It used to be celebrated as Puthiyeedu during Medieval Chola empire days. It is thought the Puthiyeedu meant the first harvest of the year. People of all religions celebrate the Pongal festival.





    Tamils refer to Pongal as "Tamizhar Thirunal" (meaning "the festival of Tamils"). This festival originated in Tamil Nadu. The saying "Thai Pirandhal Vazhi Pirakkum" meaning "the birth of the month of Thai will have the way for new opportunities", often is quoted regarding the Pongal festival.
    Usually, the festival takes place January 12th to the 15th (on the Gregorian calandar). The festival is celebrated 4 days from the last day of the Tamil month Maargazhi (December-January) to the third day of Thai (January-February). The first day, Bhogi, is celebrated by throwing away and destroying old clothes and materials, by setting them on fire, marking the end of the old Thai and the emergence of the new Thai.






    The astronomical significance of the festival is that it marks the beginning of Uttarayana, the sun's movement northward for a six month period. Markar Sankranthi refers to the event of the sun entering the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn). While Pongal is predominantly a Tamil festival, similar festivals are also celebrated in several other Indian states under different names. In Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Karnataka, the harvest festival Sankranthi is celebrated. In northern India, it is called Makara Sankranti. In Maharashtra and Gujarat, it is celebrated on the date of the annual kite flying day, Uttarayah. It also coincides with the bonfire and harvest festval in Punjab and Haryana, known as Lohri. Similar harvest festivals in the same time frame are also celebrated by farmers in Burma, Cambodia, and Korea.