Pretty pink living room makeover!

My house went fully PINK in 2017. Painting a house obscenely pink and HAPPY was something I wanted to do since I was a kid, and can confirm that it has been the best decision that I ever made!

I ended up picking a rather neon pink colour for my living room – which is Behr’s Gumball pink (even the name is DELICIOUS!) It’s gone through a couple of different versions over the past couple of years. But the best thing about paint is, it’s just PAINT! You can use it to colour and shape your world into whatever you want.

In the middle of the lockdown earlier this year, I ended up doing super fun striped accent wall!

Painting a striped wall is actually incredibly easy! Most of the time spent measuring and taping ~ the actual stripes took only a couple of minutes. But a striped wall is definitely a do-able weekend project (I managed to do it all by my little self in only a day)! Here’s a guide to walk you through.

I find myself enjoying my house more and more everyday~ especially important for being stuck inside for months straight!

Your house is an extension of YOU! Make it exactly the place your heart desires, and change it up constantly to make it more happy!

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25 Days of Christmas Baking: Day 13 – Sugar Cookies

This December is the most festive I have felt since I was a kid. All of this sugar and spice is really helping to bring out that extra bit of holiday magic!

Continuing with my Christmas Baking Challenge, I spent all of today in my little kitchen baking the ultimate Christmas cookie – the sugar cookie! Although cookie decorating seems so intimidating when you stare at all of the beautiful cookie art on Pinterest, I promise it’s so easy to create your own decorated sugar cookies! Here’s my favourite sugar cookie and royal icing recipe.

This year, Hello Kitty is decked out in Santa hats and festive bows and ready to bring happiness (and a delicious buttery crunch) to all!

What You Need

Cookies

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 3/4 sticks (200 grams) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt

Icing

  • 6 egg whites
  • 4 cups (1 pound) icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • food colouring (I use gel based)

yields 24 cookies using a large cookie cutter / 48 cookies using a small cookie cutter

Directions

Baking

  • Cream the sugar and butter together until smooth. Mix in the egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Add in the flour and salt until fully incorporated, and the cookie dough will come together in a big dough ball.
  • Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and flatten into your hands into a flat disk. Wrap it up in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 20 minutes (this makes it much easier to work with).
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Roll out your dough on a floured surface. Using a floured cookie cutter, cut out your shapes (1/4 inch thick) and carefully transfer them to the baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown and then let them completely cool.

Royal Icing

  • To make the icing, add in the icing sugar, and then add in the egg whites and lemon juice and then blend with a hand or stand mixer on high until light and fluffy (5-10 minutes). Cover with a wet cloth or in an air tight container until ready to use (or it will harden!)
  • When ready to decorate, separate your icing into separate bowls and colour as appropriate for your design.
  • You will need to further separate some of your coloured icing to do the flooding – that is the thinner icing used to fill in the areas! To do this just add a teaspoon of water at a time into the mixture.
  • Put your thicker icing into piping bags and your thinner icing into squeeze bottles and go forth to decorate!

Decorating

  • With a thin piping tip, pipe your outlines using the thicker icing.
  • Then with the squeeze bottle, pipe the thinner flood icing. Use a flat knife or toothpick to smooth it out up to those thick icing borders that you made. Add on any sprinkles or decorations at this point.
  • Let the icing completely dry (may take a few hours). Then you can add your final top piping if your design calls for it! If you add royal icing on top of royal icing it will spread slightly.

Just be aware that cookie decorating is labour intensive! From the start with baking the cookies, to the final detail of the cookies it took me OVER eight hours of baking (not counting the cleaning)! So if you’re a beginner like me, this is definitely not a quick evening project! But every single minute was enjoyable.

I’m so full of sugar now that I’m definitely going to dream of sugarplums dancing!!


Other Tips and Tricks

How to Decorate Cookies Guide from Betty Crocker

Christmas Sugar Cookie Ideas

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Things I’m Loving Thursday!… I HEART IT!

What better thing than to remember and share what makes you the HAPPIEST! Then you can look back on it on the days that feel the gloomiest and look back at what makes life truly great. 😀 So each and every Thursday I’m going to share a few of my LOVES!

So the first instance of things I love should probably be something I really love…. HEARTS!!! <3

I was talking with people at work who were complaining a bit about how there is Valentines stuff out in stores already (I saw stuff on Boxing Day already haha)! But I LOVE IT! Even though I’m perpetually happily single, hearts fill me with warmth and happiness. Second to my Hello Kitty collection is my collection of HEART things so I look forward to Valentines season to increase my love of love!

Measure my love…
Sprinkle some love…
Wear your love!
And of course my great LOVE also loves the heart garland!


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