Foxy Hairclip

If you are anything like me and leave things to the last minute then this hair clip is for you! New Year’s Eve ready in 20minutes or less!

Dig around in your stash and I’m sure you’ll have enough to make a hair piece so you’ll be ready to party in no time!

by Marni Franks

Materials

An assortment of ribbons or lace

Sparkly flowers

Chiffon flowers

Scissors

Ruler

Lighter

Hot Glue Gun and spare gluesticks

Hair clip base/headband

Elastic

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Method

For this hair clip I am using the large black ribbon with white spots, one black chiffon flower and one orange with sparkles flower.

Take the wide ribbon and straighten one end with scissors. Then carefully melt the end with the lighter to seal in the loose threads.

NOTE: Natural fibres like cotton and silk will not melt. Your acrylic and synthetic ribbons will. You might need to test your ribbons first.

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Then carefully start to loop the ribbon, starting with a big loop.

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Use the hair clip to find the best position for the loops to sit.

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Keep making loops, making them a little smaller each time. Three loops in total.

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Remove the clip base and start to carefully glue the loops together.

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Turn the looped section over and find the position for the hair clip base again.

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Run a line of glue inside the ribbon and secure the hair clip base to the ribbon, so that the top part of the clip sits as shown in the below photo and doesn’t get glued down.

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Turn the hair clip over.

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Trim up the chiffon flower – many come with a net backing.

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Place a small amount of glue in the centre of the back of the flower.

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Place the flower so that it covers the remaining part of the hair clip base but does;t sit directly on it.

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Flatten the chiffon flower petals out.

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Place a small amount of glue on the back of your small orange flower with sparkles.

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Glue the orange flower in the centre of the flattened black flower.

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Turn the hair clip over and fold up the end of the black spotty ribbon, trim it as shown in the middle of the hair clip.

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Melt the end of the cut ribbon and run a line of glue along the end.

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Fold the ribbon across the back of the hair clip and glue down (avoid the base).

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Gently ease the hair clip base out from under the ribbon.

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Glue down any spots of the ribbon that seem a bit puffy or loose.

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Take a small length of contrasting ribbon – orange or white.

Cut the ends at an angle and melt with the lighter.

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Make a small bow and glue to the middle of the hair clip, just under the centre of the flowers.

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Clip in your hair and you are ready!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

from the 55FF team!

Mel, Dawn and myself would like to thank you for joining us this year. We hope you’ve had fun and made lots of exciting goodies. We are taking January off and will be back here in February with a different approach to the foxy goodness that we’ve shared so far.

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1920s inspired fascinators

by Marni Franks

With Melbourne Cup next week here’s some fascinators you can whip up in no time at all!

Materials for black headband

20cm (8in) black net or tulle

60cm (24in) of 25mm (1in) black elastic

10cm (4in) of 120mm (5in) black fringing

6 black biot feathers 17cm (7in)

50mm (2in) diamanté buckle

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Fold the ends of the 10cm of black fringing back to hide the raw edges, and stitch it to the elastic centering it over the join.

With the 20cm of black tulle, fold it in half matching the selvedges. Fold in half again and gently scrunch it up. Thread one end of the tulle through the 50mm diamanté buckle, and slide the buckle into the centre to make a bow.

Using the hot glue gun, glue the 6 biot feathers to the back of the buckle/bow and allow the glue to cool.

Once the glue is cool hand sew the bow/buckle/feathers to the elastic centring it over the fringing.

 Your headband is ready to wear.

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Materials for colourful headband

15cm (6in) cerise chiffon

7cm (3in) sequined motif

60cm (24in) 25mm (1in) elastic lace

3, 17cm (8in) teal tiger tuft feathers

5, 12cm (5in) purple tiger tuft feathers

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Lengthen the straight stitch on your machine and sew 1/4in from one raw edge of the cerise chiffon a running stitch. Tie off one ends threads in a reef knot. Pulling the bobbin thread gently gather the chiffon into a circle. Bunch up the edges and hand-sew them into the centre making a rough heart shape.

Hand-stitch the chiffon to the join on the lace elastic.

Using the hot glue gun glue the 3 teal feathers onto the chiffon – one in the centre and one to either side of the centre. Then glue the 5 purple feathers on in the same manner, using the photograph as a guide. Finally glue the sequined motif over the ends of the feathers making sure the narrowest point of the motif is facing up.

Allow the glue to cool and your headband is ready to wear.

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Flossy’s Lava Lamp Champers

by Mel Alce

Add a sugary touch to your next drink of champers – and watch the chemical reaction!

Ingredients

Fairy Floss

Champagne

Food colour – optional

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Method

Place fairy floss into your drinking vessel of choice (glass, flute, bucket).

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Squeeze a few drops of your food colour of choice.

Pour champagne into the glass, slowly as the fairy floss will make it fizz more than normal.

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Drink!

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Mushroom Dude Card

by Dawn Lewis

Materials
White Cardstock – 5 7/8″ x 4 1/8″   and   2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″   and 2 1/8″ x 5/8″
Red Cardstock – 3 7/8″ x 2 3/4″
Black Cardstock – 4 1/2″ x 5″
Double sided tape
Sweet Stamp Shop – Foxy
Sweet Stamp Shop – Just The Basics
Acrylic Block
Distress Ink – Barn Door
Distress Ink – Tea Dye (optional)
Distress Ink – Embossing, clear
Distress Ink Tool with foam pad
Embossing powder – clear
Heat Gun
Bone Folder
Ruler
Method
Fold the larger piece of white cardstock in half, and press the fold using the bold folder.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the red cardstock and adhere to the centre of the front of the card.
Place the mushroom stamp from the Foxy set onto an acrylic block.  Ink up lightly with embossing ink and stamp a row of mushrooms across the bottom of the square of white cardstock. Sprinkle over the clear embossing powder and tap off the excess.  Repeat stamping and adding embossing powder until the panel is full.  Pour excess powder back into the jar.
Place the square of card onto a heat-proof surface, and heat with the heat gun.  You will see the powder change and become glossy as it melts.
Place the square of card onto a craft mat or piece of paper, and apply Barn Door Distress Ink using the tool with a foam pad, in a circular motion.  Start on the mat/paper with a circular motion, then move the ink onto the mushroom square.  Apply the ink lightly in the centre, and more heavily at the edges.
Option: Apply a little Tea Dye Distress Ink around the edges and randomly in the centre of the mushroom square.
Use a ruler to tear the edges off black cardstock to create a 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ square mat layer.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the mushroom square and stick it onto the black mat.  Apply double sided tape to the back of the black mat and stick it onto the front of the card.
Use the ruler to tear a second black mat 2 1/4″ x 7/8″.  Apply double sided tape and stick to the front of the card, below the large matted design.
Place the greetings ‘Happy Birthday’ and ‘Dude’ onto the acrylic block.  Ink up using Barn Door Distress Ink, and stamp on the strip of white cardstock.  Use the comma stamp for proper punctuation!  Ink lightly around the edge with Barn Door using the Distress Ink tool.
Apply double sided tape to the back of the stamped & inked greeting, and stick onto the centre of the small black mat.
Sweet Stamp Shop sets are available in the shop at www.dawnlewis.com.au
Direct link to stamps in the shop …  http://dawnlewis.com.au/?page_id=15&catid=40

 

Woodland Truffles

These easy peasy chocolate treats have only 3 ingredients, all from Aldi.

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

2 packs Oreos (260g)

1 tub spreadable lite cream cheese, 250g

1 box Choco Balls
Method – Thermomix
Place oreos into the bowl and blitz at speed 5 for 4 seconds.
Add the cream cheese to the bowl and mix on reverse at speed 3 for 15 seconds.  Scrape down the sides, and process a further 5-10 seconds on reverse at speed 3, until combined.
Place the mixture into a bowl.
Take a teaspoon of mixture and use wet hands to roll into walnut sized balls.
Drop the rolled mixture into a bowl of Choco Balls and press them all over the surface of the ball.

Place on a tray or plate, cover and refrigerate for an hour, or until the centre is firm.

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NOTE: The longer you store these in the fridge, the softer the coating becomes.

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And if you don’t have a Thermomix…

Method – Food processor

Place oreos into the food processor and pulse until they have a crumb consistency.
Add the cream cheese and process until combined.
Remove the blade from the food processor.
Take a teaspoon of mixture and use wet hands to roll into walnut sized balls.
Drop the rolled mixture into a bowl of Choco Balls and press them all over the surface of the ball.
Place on a tray or plate, cover and refrigerate for an hour, or until the centre is firm.
OPTION: Use other things to coat the mixture, like coco pops for a smaller coating, dip in melted chocolate (refrigerate centres first), cocoa powder, rice bubbles, coconut … let your imagination run wild!

Chang’s Foxy Salad

By Mel Alce

Ingredients

100g of slivered almonds,

1 bag Chang’s Original Fried noodles

Half a Wombok

1-2 medium sized carrots

6 Spring onions

Quarter of a red cabbage

Bottle of Chang’s Oriental Fried Noodle Salad Dressing

Tools

Knife

Vegie peeler

Grater

Bowl

Platter

Tongs or salad servers

Chopping mat

Method

Wash all your vegetables. Have all your ingredients set up ready to go with easy access on your workbench.

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Chop the end off the wombok, chop up your wombok in thin slices. Place in bowl.

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Take the red cabbage, quarter and remove the core, chop finely as you did with the wombok. Place in bowl.

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Take the ends off the half a dozen shallots, finely dice and add to the bowl. Then toss all the ingredients.

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Peel the carrot/s, cut in half lengthways, and then quarter them. Finely dice the carrot/s and add to the bowl.

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Add the 100g of slivered almonds (or amount to your liking) then toss the salad again.

Note: Tossing the salad after adding each ingredient gives you better dispersal of each ingredient.

Add a full bag of Chang’s fried noodles, add sauce to your liking, toss and serve on platter.

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Optional dressings: Mix a combination of soy, sesame oil and any other Asian style dressings that you like together to make your own unique concoctions. A thin satay dressing would also be quite lovely.

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Fox Card

By Dawn Lewis

Ingredients
Half a sheet of A4 white cardstock
Quarter sheet of orange cardstock
Scrap of black cardstock
½” circle punch (optional)
Scissors
Pencil
Glue or double sided tape or adhesive roller
Ruler
Bone folder or stylus
Optional: paper or bulldog clips

Method
Print the Fox Card pattern sheet printable and cut out the pattern pieces.
Cut the white cardstock in half.
Trace around the head shape onto one piece of white cardstock.
Trace around the ear shapes onto the same piece of white cardstock, in the gap space left and right of the head.
Trace around the half head shape onto the orange cardstock. Cut out.
Trace around the nose & eye shapes onto the black cardstock. Cut out.
Option – Use a ½” hole punch to punch the eye circles (they will be slightly smaller, but that is what I used on the sample card).

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Place the two pieces of white cardstock together (use a couple of paperclips or bulldog clips if they’re a bit slippery) and cut out the fox head on the tracing line.
Cut out the 2 ear shapes from the leftover white cardstock.
Apply adhesive to the back of the orange piece, then line up the edges and stick onto the white card front.
Apply adhesive to the back of the eye and nose pieces, and stick them down (refer to the photo for placement).
Place the ruler vertically on the back section of the card (see photo) and score a line down the left hand side. This is how you make the card open.

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Apply adhesive to the section to the left of the scored line.

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Line up the front of the card, white side down, matching the edges, and press to adhere. This is the secret to making a shaped card without a straight edge!
This card will fit into a C6 envelope.

Option: You can use a white gel pen, a tiny white circle punch or a dot of white paint to add highlights to your fox eyes.

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The Fizzy Fox

By Mel Alce

Ingredients

6 heaped tblsp icing mixture
¾ tsp bi-carb soda
85g pack of orange jelly crystals
½ tsp citric acid
½ tsp tartaric acid
1 shot Bacardi per cocktail (or your personal favourite clear spirit)
Fanta
Ice

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Preparation

Place the Fanta in the fridge, or put it in a jug on ice.

Method

Sherbet
Mix citric acid, tartaric acid & icing mixture until well combined.
Add jelly crystals and mix well.
Place the sherbet mix onto a plate (make sure the plate is bigger than rim of your cocktail glass).

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Put some cold water into a bowl (slightly bigger than the rim of your glass).
Dip the glass into the water and let the excess drip back into the bowl.

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Dip the wet rim of the cocktail glass into the sherbet.
Repeat the dipping process for all glasses.

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Wipe any dripping water that may have escaped the ring of sherbet, with a clean cloth.
Pour one shot of Bacardi (or other spirit) into the glass.

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Top up the glass with Fanta.

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Sip & enjoy!

OPTION 1: For a virgin Fizzy Fox, you can just have straight Fanta, or mix it up with some lemonade or lemon squash.
OPTION 2: Red Fizzy Fox – replace Fanta with Creaming Soda, and orange jelly crystals with raspberry or strawberry jelly crystals.
OPTION 3: Arctic Fizzy Fox – replace Fanta with Lemonade, and orange jelly crystals with Lemonade jelly crystals.