Made this Vintage-Looking Hair Clip for 45 Cents

This is a follow-up to last night’s blog about button and bead clips.  It’s my first crafty blog experiment.  I’m sure I won’t be getting any prizes over it, but it’s fun and worth trying.  I suspect I’ll improve with practice.

Here’s the clip after I applied the buttons, beads and fabric glue.

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Here’s the clip before I did anything.  I like the unadorned look, too. Definitely has it’s place.

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Here’s how it looks in my very short pixie:

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Since Emerald Green is the Color of the Year, I thought I’d experiment with some fabric glue on another clip.

Here’s how it looks now.

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Hmmm, just in time for St. Patrick‘s Day.  You can pick up everything, but these old buttons from AC Moore   I’m sure they have some cool buttons there, too.  Or maybe, like me, you have a button collection worth perusing.

Here’s all you need:

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The clips come in a package of six for $1.99 The string of beads cost $1.00.  The buttons are free.  My daughters love this idea.  It’s easy enough for them to make their own.

Try it out!  I’m sure many of you are waaaay more crafty than StephieLou.  I’d love to see your results.

Old Buttons and Bead Barrette

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Found some old buttons from my mother-in-laws collection.  I tossed them in with some beads ($1 at AC Moore). I love the emerald green one in the middle.  It’s surrounded by teal. Needs some oyster shell color in there.

I’m going to try to make a button and bead barrette for my new pixie.   I like a lot of things, but the glue gun I ambitiously bought 15 years ago was just used this weekend and the whole experience was out of I Love Lucy.  I am not super crafty, but I love repurposing things that would otherwise sit in a tin for another 50 years.

I bought these clips for $2.99 (AC Moore) on Saturday.   I’m thinking about turning it into a vintage, beaded and button barrette.

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I”ll post the results tomorrow.   I’m not promising perfection.  There’s Martha, there’s Lucy and then there’s me, StephieLou.  Somewhere in between.


Vultures Warming Their Wings

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Our neighborhood cannot get rid of them.

It’s a bit creepy sometimes.


The Most Delicious Scottish Shortbread in History

I have a weakness.  It’s butter.  If you like butter as much as me, then I have no doubt you will also love this “buttery goodness” (my daughter Zoë’s words).  You can see why.

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I’ve been making these for years.  Once again, it’s another shared recipe from a woman named Helen Bradley.  She used to bring these into work years ago.  I think they lasted about one hour.

Here’s her original recipe from our company cookbook.  I haven’t’ strayed from it at all.  IMG 5233

This is all you need.

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I only use Gold Medal flour.  It’s worth the extra 50 cents.  There’s a reason they’re still around.

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The butter.  Somehow it doesn’t seem as bad for you with that happy cow.

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Toss all of those sticks in the mixer.  Don’t feel too guilty.  You can cut very small squares.

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Add the sugar.  It’s only a cup!

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If your butter gets stuck like this, let the mixture sit for a few minutes.  It’s not softened enough.

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Mix until the butter and sugar have fluffy tips.

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Add the flour.  One cup at a time.

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The dough should look like this.

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I spread the whole thing out with a spatula and then even it out with my fingers.

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Have fun with that fork.   Put in the oven and bake until golden, about 30-35 minutes.

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This looks a little more golden than I would like, but the result is delicious.  Do not go darker than this.

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Cut into squares right away.  I use a pizza cutter.  Much faster.

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Serve warm with a cup of tea OR coffee.  It seems anti-Scottish to suggest coffee, but it’s a great accompaniment, too.  I do not drink coffee and never will, but I try to be progressive.  Hope you like.


Bluest Sky

Bluest Sky

This was taken with my iPhone 4s. No filter. No flash, no help from anything. Just a picture taken on a Sunday afternoon walk through my neighborhood.

Sunday’s Quote

“Love is life.  All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.  Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. “

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

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Simple Pleasures

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I love these vintage postcards.  I have a collection of them, thanks to my one of my girlfriends, Maureen Connolly, who so appreciates the finer things in life.

And you thought she was thinking about something else?

Happy Saturday.  Don’t clean all day.  Do something else. 🙂

"Color your world."

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