Palmiers

Palmiers

Palmier, elephant ear, corazón…whatever you call them, these cookies were a staple from my childhood. I would almost always pick out an oversized palmier to enjoy all by myself. I don’t know how these cookies aren’t more popular. They’re made from a puff pastry similar to a croissant dough (minus the yeast) and are the perfect amount of sweet and flaky. Just typing this reminds me of why I wanted to make these so badly! Though technically I am a pastry school grad, I cheated and bought puff pastry instead of making it myself. I do recommend buying a quality brand of puff pastry as it could make all the difference!

Recipe

Ingredients

- 1 sheet frozen all butter puff pastry (I used Dufour brand. *Seriously, it’s the best!*)
- 1/2 cup -3/4 cup granulated sugar

Palmiers Measure out your granulated sugar. I started with about 1/2 cup. Pour half of the sugar onto a clean work surface. Unfold the thawed puff pastry and place it directly onto the sugar. Sprinkle the top of the puff pastry with the remaining sugar, adding more until the top is evenly and generously covered.

Palmiers Gently roll out the puff pastry to press the sugar into the dough.

Palmiers Now comes the rolling or the folding. You can either fold the puff pastry into quarters until you get a heart shape, or you can roll the dough from the outside edges in. I’ve found that folding gives me taller and narrow palmiers, while rolling gives me shorter and wider cookies. It’s all about personal preference! Wrap the folded log in plastic and refrigerate for about thirty minutes to an hour, or until cold.

Palmiers Remove dough from the fridge and slice into cookies roughly 1/2 inch thick.

Palmiers Arrange cookies onto lined baking sheet. Bake in 400 degree F oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Palmiers Halfway through baking, flip the cookies so they brown on both sides. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool slightly before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

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Perfection. I won’t even say how many I ate as they came out of the oven!

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DIY INSPO: Headboards

One of the goals on my 26 before 26 list is to build a piece of furniture. After watching The Mindy Project, and scrolling through these behind-the-scenes photos, I had to have a new headboard. I love how elegant upholstered and tufted headboards look. The only downside of them is the price tag…yikes! Though I’ll probably wait until the summer to start the project, I couldn’t help but put together some inspiration for different DIY headboards!

Tufted Headboards

DIY Tufted Headboard DIY Tufted Headboard Right now I am set on a tufted headboard (though I’m very indecisive and that could very well change come summertime). The first headboard from Sarah M. Dorsey at Danielle Oakley Interiors is my absolute favorite! From the color, to the wings, and the nailhead trim, this headboard is my dream DIY!

It’s hard to believe that the second headboard is a DIY! Amy Huntley over at The Idea Room made the headboard for her youngest daughter. The white trim around the upholstery gives this headboard such a classic look.

Nailhead Trim

DIY Headboard DIY Headboard

A second option to the tufted headboard would be a more simple nailhead trim around the edge of the upholstered headboard. You can go with a white fabric and silver trim like Sara at Running from the Law for a classic look. Or, choose a pattern and more intricate shape like Kristen at The Hunted Interior for a more modern look.

Printed

DIY Headboard

These next looks remind me of the quote by Don Draper in Mad Men…”Simple yet significant”. You can always forego the tufted and nailhead look for a simple upholstery in a bold print! I can’t decide if I like the deer or flowers more!

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DIY Rhinestone Tassel Earrings

Rhinestone Tassel Earrings

So much of my DIY inspiration comes from seeing something and instantly saying “I could totally make that!” That’s what happened when I saw these neon tassel earrings on Pinterest. Instead of a bright neon, I went with a more subtle seafoam green. Though I wish I had chosen a thinner style of thread, I still love the way this project turned out!

RhinestoneTassel Earrings Materials

You will need:

- Rhinestones
- Embroidery Thread
- Wire
- Clear Vinyl
- Super Glue
- Marker
- Scissors
- Pliers & Wire Cutters

Rhinestone Tassel Earrings1. Arrange the rhinestones into a simple pattern overtop of the clear vinyl. Trace the pattern with the marker.

Rhinestone Tassel Earrings2. Cut out the traced pattern on the vinyl. Next, glue the two largest rhinestones to each other.

Rhinestone Earrings 3. Glue the attached rhinestones to the piece of vinyl. Add the additional rhinestones to complete the pattern.

Rhinestone Earrings 4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have two identical rhinestone pieces.

Rhinestone Tassel Earrings 5. Cut a piece of embroidery thread to a length longer than you want for the earrings. Continue adding embroidery thread in the same length.

Rhinestone Earrings 6. Cut a small piece of wire and hook it through the bottom rhinestone piece. Bring the ends of the wire together to make a small loop. Insert the thread pieces through the wire.

Rhinestone Tassel Earrings 7. Secure the thread in place by twisting the end of the wire. Trim the excess wire with a pair of cutters. To make the tassel shape, wrap a piece of thread around the top of the gathered thread pieces. (Similar to this tutorial)

Rhinestone Tassel Earrings8. Glue earring backs to the top rhinestone piece on your earrings. Let them dry fully before wearing. And voila! Beautiful rhinestone tassel earrings!!

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DIY Gold Leaf Bowls

Gold Leaf Bowl

I had recently come across this image on Pinterest and instantly fell in love. I’m currently obsessed with all things gold, so I immediately got started on replicating these gold lined bowls. I found two different sized small bowls at Target that would be perfect for this project. I decided on using gold leaf instead of spray paint for a different effect and texture. This was my first time using gold leaf but it definitely won’t be the last…this stuff is amazing! I am so happy with the final result!

Gold Leaf Bowl Materials

You’ll need:

- Small bowls
- Gold Leaf
- Gold Leaf Adhesive
- Two paintbrushes

Gold Leaf Bowl1. Clean your bowls before starting. Follow the instructions for the gold leaf adhesive. I painted a layer of adhesive onto the inside of the bowls, making sure there were no drips. Wait 30 minutes for the adhesive to become tacky.

Gold Leaf Bowl2. Begin adding the gold leaf! Initially I used my fingers to gently press the gold leaf in place, though this did make my fingers sticky so I switched to the paintbrush. I let the gold leaf sit for another 20 minutes before using the paintbrush to brush away the excess gold leaf. Watching the gold leaf become smooth was the most satisfying part!

Gold Leaf BowlsAnd you’re done!

Gold Leaf BowlsI use mine to store hair ties and bobby-pins. Hopefully this will prevent me from losing them as much! Enjoy!!

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DIY Rhinestone Beanie

Rhinestone Beanie

After a beautiful day of 60 degree weather, today we’re back to the chilliness of winter. The only good part about this wind chill is that I get to wear this DIY Rhinestone Beanie another day! I found the rhinestones at A.C. Moore and went a little purchase crazy. I’ve seen the Rhinestone Beanie on streetstyle pics from the fall and have been itching to recreate my own. I found the beanie at Urban Outfitters on sale for $5!! It was DIY destiny!

Rhinestone Beanie Materials

You’ll need:

- Knit Beanie (similar)
- Rhinestones
- Needle and thread

Rhinestone Beanie1. Determine how you want to arrange the rhinestones onto the beanie. If you have a terrible memory like myself, move the pattern onto your work surface, or take a picture!

Rhinestone Beanie2. I started by sewing the largest rhinestone in the middle of the pattern. For the rhinestone to lay flat, I threaded the needle diagonally across the rhinestone holes. Repeat two times to make sure it is securely attached.

Rhinestone Beanie3. Make sure to sew through just the fold of the beanie! Continue to sew the remaining rhinestones onto the beanie to finish the design.

Rhinestone BeanieAnd Voila! A super stylish Rhinestone Beanie perfect for these (hopefully) last days of winter!

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