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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

3 things you need to know about Donuts!

 I can't say enough about Donuts!!  As you can tell from my love of sweet posts lately I'm very much in love with baked goods.  But today I want to focus on the 3 things I love about Donuts. 

 1.  Donuts are one of the easiest treats to grab when you need to take a desert to a party.  Or if you are hosting a book club or lunch.  Everybody loves donuts and they are pretty easy to stack and make look fabulous in a hurry! 
 2.  They are supper easy to eat, heck you don't even need a plate just a napkin and you are good to go!  I do suggest having a glass of milk, because lets face it baked goods are always better with milk. 

3.  And last but not least donuts come in every flavor under the sun.  Just thinking of my favorite blueberry donut is making my mouth water!!! You can please everybody at your gathering with a variety of flavors. 
So please don't for get about the humble donut when you are scrambling for a fast easy treat to bring somewhere!  I'm on the hunt for the best donuts around so if you have a favorite please let me know in the comments.  I'm always willing to try something new! 

Friday, April 22, 2016

How to glass glitter a lucite trinket tray

I love trinket trays as you have guess from my Studio 5 segment I did last week.   Here is a link to the show if you didn't get a chance to see it.   click HERE

This tray is one of my favorites!!  Lucite and gold glass glitter  what could be more amazing?  This soap dish came from the Container Store .  Who knew you could find such cool stuff to make over there?  This is what you are going to need for this craft.  Soap dish  glass glitter, mod podge, yup that's it.

1. start by spreading mod podge over the bottom of the dish and then sprinkled the glass glitter over every inch of the base. 
Here is what it looks like from the top, but don't worry the glue will dry clear and the glitter will sparkle from the top and the bottom! 
2.  After the glitter dries to the mod podge  then you are going to want to fill the holes in.  Just dab a little bit of mod podge  over the areas that are light on glitter and give them another coat of sparkle.
3.  After the fill of glitter is dry you will want to cover the entire bottom with the mod podge to seal the glitter onto the dish!  I was going to glue a piece of felt to the bottom of the tray so that the glitter wouldn't scratch my counters  but I found that I loved looking at it up side down!!  Who knew?  So I kept it glitter side up and it is surly a conversation piece.  It lives on my piano and my students all want to touch it  LOL.  Currently it holds two SD cards. 
 From 5$ soap dish to gold glamorous trinket tray.  If you are like me and like to stash small things on every table in your house then you are going to have  to make a few of these darling trays!  And if you do please tag me on @theglitzypear over on Instagram so I can take a peek at your fabulous creations.   

Monday, April 18, 2016

Best cookie dough cookie recipe ever!

Hello friends can't say enough about these cookies.  I asked if you wanted the recipe and you answered with a resounding YES!  so without further adieu   Here it is

love the chewiness and almost uncooked ness of the middle of these cookies.  I would love to see your cookie dough cookies, so tag me on Instagram (theglitzypear) or FB (michelle inkley). 
 Happy eating!!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

DIY your own trinket tray with sculpty clay

This craft came from my desperate need to put my earrings and bracelets in a designated spot while I was working.  I'm infamous in taking off my earrings and not remembering where I put them.  In my pocket? in my purse? left by the sink?  I'm a total goof about my jewelry addiction, and yet I don't like to wear it for long. 

 Hence the trinket trays.  I started pricing one out for my office and  the one I wanted was too expensive to reward me for leaving my jewelry laying around. (Sad face) So I thought I will make one that is just as charming!!  And that's just what I did.

I started with something easy like this little dish from Create and Barrel.  I had other plans for it but seeing that it was already holding a chapsick and my hair band I thought I could spruce it up a bit. 

I added a few stripes of gold tape from Scotch and poof a darling tray that matched all my office supplies.  I think this ones a keeper!

 But what I really wanted was a little tray for my rings while I wash my hands.  I do tend to buy a lot of costume jewelry.  I had some Sculpey clay.  You can get some HERE from Amazon.  or a craft store, but I wanted a lot because I planned on making at least 4 trays. 
1.  first you need to grab the white clay and one other color and do a little mixing.  I loved the marbled look but also did white and pink. 
2. After you get the color you want roll your piece in a ball and then flatten it with a rolling pin in-between two pieces of waxed paper.  
 3.  then stamp out a circle using a cup or just use as is.    
 4.  you then want to from a dish shape.  I used a pin-pong ball,  you could just use your fingers          or drape your clay over a bowel .  Make sure you wrap the ping-pong ball in saran wrap  so   it doesn't stick. 
5.  I loved using my metal stamp tools to personalize my dish.  you could put names on them or someone's favorite place like I did  OCEAN. 
6. bake the clay on 275 for 15 min  and it will harden up like porcelain. 
7.  Now comes my favorite part and what makes this project look lux.  Silver or gold leaf the edges.  You start by dabbing a bit of glue around the edge of the piece.

8. next you carefully tap on the silver leaf.  you must wait at least 10 min before the glue is tacky before you leaf your project. 
9.  then you can burnish the edges with a brush to remove any excess leafing.
 I even leafed the inside of the taller bowel and I just adore that look!  it so fancy. 
10.  You might want to seal the clay using a special glazy from Sculpey.  It makes your piece shinny and gives it a finished look.  However I did leave my sand dollar one with a matt finish and gold edge, you will just have to see what you like better. 
11.  if you want your words to stand out use a gold or silver pen and trace the indentions left by the stamp.  and Done!  supper easy and kids wanted to make a ton, I guess we will be giving these away for mothers days birthdays and just because. 

 I would love to see your creations if you make one!  Tag me on instagrames @theglitzypear