The Pintester Movement: Part Two

Hi guys! I’ve decided to join the Pintester Movement again! This time I will be doing a DIY Home Decorating project….that doesn’t sound hard at all does it!

I decided to tackle the “DIY Chevron Lampshade”. It looked like it would be fairly simple, so I didn’t bother clicking through to the instructions, I just tried to figure it out from looking at the pin (maybe that is where things went wrong….hmmmm?). Here is the original pin.

It looks easy! Tape, paint, and lampshade. 
I started with a lamp that I got for free at a garage sale. 

I had already applied a coat of paint here, but the lamp shade was a reddish color….I painted white, and then pink to get the shade the base color that I wanted (I also painted the lamp itself black to match my room decor). I let the paint completely dry. I gave it about 36 hours.
After the paint was dry, I started taping it off for the chevrons…..painter’s tape didn’t stick, at all. I thought it was because of the paint, but nothing worked. I ended up using some heavy duty, water proof first aid tape. Thankfully that worked……
….medical tape worked, but I can’t make a chevron to save my life! After my (wonky) chevrons were taped off I painted over the whole thing again……
Once again, I let it dry overnight because I didn’t want to ruin the paint. Once it was totally dry, I pulled all that tape off…..
….to reveal some pretty interesting looking chevrons. 
Altogether, it wasn’t too bad. I can think of some things that I might do differently if I were to try this again, but at the right angle you can’t tell how uneven the chevrons are, and I’m not planning on taking three days to do a lamp….ever again! 
My lamp certainly doesn’t look like the inspiration pin, but I think it has character! I really can’t complain about a free lamp…so what if I can’t make a chevron to save my life…The important thing is that I like the lamp, it works, and it actually looks good in my room…that is a “Pin Win” in my book! 
Make sure to check out the rest of the Pintester Movement, being hosted by The Pintester! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

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The Pin Tester Movement

If you are anything like me, you have boards on Pinterest full of things you want to try right? You see it, say to yourself  “I’m going to try that! I can do it!!” and you never actually get around to doing it….I know I do! Well, I decided to join “The Pintester Movement” and finally try out one of those many pins that I said I would try. Here’s how it went.

I saw this pin on Pinterest for homemade Cheeze-It crackers.

via: http://shopgirlmaria.blogspot.com/2013/02/homemade-cheez-its.html

I followed the directions to the letter. It was really easy to make, and they were delicious but something was off. They were really moist, and chewy. Not crispy and crunchy like a Cheeze-it. I played around with the recipe a few times, changed the type of cheese I used, baked them longer, nothing helped. I honestly don’t know what to do to make them crispy. If you would like to try the recipe for yourself here it is: {with notes from me, Meg, in black}…

YOU WILL NEED:
8oz shredded cheddar cheese (I used sharp aged white cheddar) { Author’s note: I did NOT have 8oz of ONE cheese…I had 3oz of shredded mozzarella, 3oz of shredded colby jack, and I made up the last 2oz using string cheese….}
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 tbs unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp salt
3 – 4 tbs ice water
DIRECTIONS: (These are Shopgirl’s Directions…with my Pictures)


1. First, mix together the shredded cheese,  half of the salt and the softened butter. (I used sharp aged white cheddar cheese, but you can use whatever kind of cheese you like. I shredded my own cheese just because I think it has better flavor and melts better, but you can use pre-shredded too to save some time!) Add in the flour and mix until the dough looks like little fluffy clumps. Then, with the mixer running begin adding the ice water and mix until a soft dough forms. (use as much ice water as you need for a dough to form).
2. Divide the dough in two, form each into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes. Then, roll the dough out on a floured surface into about an 1/8 inch thickness and using a fluted pastry cutter, cut the dough into about 1 inch squares.
Meg’s Corner Shelf
3. Preheat your oven to 375 deg F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper {if you don’t have parchment paper, don’t sweat…silicone baking sheets work great}. Transfer your little cheez-its onto the parchment paper, make a hole in the center of each with a toothpick, then sprinkle them with the rest of the salt. Bake for about 7 – 10 minutes (baking time will depend on your oven, just watch them carefully so they don’t burn!), or until they have puffed up and the edges begin to brown. Let cool before eating. {…or don’t let them cool…they taste great right out of the oven.}
Meg’s Corner Shelf
Even for turning out really soft,chewy, and bigger than I imagined, they still had great flavor and are amazing right out of the oven! I wouldn’t necessarily call this test a fail, but I don’t feel right calling it a win either. So it’s  a draw….a very tasty draw. Try it, you just might like it. 
Now I want to urge you to pick a pin from your boards and get to testing! You might just find that you love whatever it is you try! Don’t worry if you fail, or if it isn’t what you expect join the movement, and test those pins!
Check out the Pintester for more…well, pin testing! Have fun testing!! 
Blessings, 
Megan

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