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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Rosemary and Parmesan Scones

by Mel Alce

For a scrumptious twist on a plain scone add parmesan and rosemary.

Ingredients

3 cups of self raising flour

80g butter

1/4 cup parmesan

Rosemary

Cup of milk

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Method

Pre-heat oven to 160degrees

Add flour and melted butter into a mixer and mix until it looks like bread crumbs – don’t over mix it.

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Finely chop rosemary with herbs scissors until you have approximately two heaped teaspoons. Add the rosemary and the 1/4 cup of parmesan to the mixture and blend in.

Add a cup of milk and mix until all ingredients come together.

Sprinkle some flour on your clean bench and flatten mixture into a disc.

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DO NOT KNEAD IT.

Sprinkle some flour on top of the flattened disc.

Cut out scones with a cutter and place in a greased pan.

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Cook in oven for 15-18 minutes.

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Place on tray to cool or butter and serve hot.

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Lemon Meringue Cheesecake

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

1 packet milk arrowroot biscuits

6 egg whites

2 tubs Aldi cream cheese

1 can sweetened condensed milk

Juice of 2 lemons

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tbsp Cornflour

125g Butter

Condensed milk

Caster sugar (750g)

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Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Grease and line springform tin with baking paper.

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Melt butter in microwave.

Place the whole packet of biscuits into your  food processor, blitz, add butter and then blitz until fine.

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Mix until looks like bread crumbs and smells like caramel.

Put into springform tin and press with glass until compressed and firm.

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Put into fridge while you prepare the middle.

Mix cream cheese, condensed milk, cornflour, zest and lemon juice in mixer.

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Spread over the set base. Smooth out until the mixture is evenly spread.

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Add egg whites to mixer, start mixing.

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Add in the sugar a little bit at a time

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Beat until glossy.

Spread the meringue on top of the cream cheese layer and pop it into the oven.

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Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Leave in oven to cool slightly.

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Take out of oven and release springform.

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Serve.

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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Fairy Floss Cupcakes

by Mel Alce

Ingredients

1.5 cups self raising flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 whole egg plus 2 egg yolks

125g butter

1.5 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup sour cream

Pink food colouring

Packet of fairy floss

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Method

Preheat the oven to 180degrees.

Place all the ingredients into a mixer except for the fairy floss and mix well until combined and smooth. Add food colouring to suit what level of colour you want.

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Shred the fairy floss and gently fold into the mixture. Don’t over mix it.

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Place the mixture into patty pans in a muffin tray and place into the oven.

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Cook for 20 minutes.

Place on cooling rack and then ice as desired.

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Any excess fairy floss can be placed on top of hot cupcakes as the heat will melt it slightly and hold it in place.

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Eat with a nice hot cuppa!

Mushroom Rattle

by Dawn Lewis

Materials

Milford Soft Thread – White, 1 ball

Milford Soft Thread – any colour for mushroom cap, 1 ball (blue = Periwinkle, Pink = Sorbet, Red = Holiday Red)

Milford Satin Thread – Taupe, 1 ball

2.5mm hook

Polyfill stuffing

Doll Needle

This pattern is worked in the round, so mark the last stitch of each round to keep your place using a stitch marker, safety pin or piece of contrasting thread. When reading the pattern please note that the number in brackets at the end of each line indicates the number of stitches in the round.

UK crochet terminology.

Ch 2, dc x 4 into 2nd chain from hook.

R1: 2dcinc x 4 (8)

R2: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 4 (12)

R3: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 4 (16)

R4: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 4 (20)

R5: (2dcinc, 4dc) x 4 (24)

R6: (2dcinc, 5dc) x 4 (28)

R7: (2dcinc, 1dc) x 14 (42)

R8: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 14 (56)

R9-12: 56dc (56)

R13: (2dcinc, 3dc) x 14 (70)

R14-17: 70dc (70)

R18: (2dctog, 2dc) x 17, 2dctog (52)

R19: (2dctog, 2dc) x 13 (39)

Change thread to Taupe satin

R20: 39dc (39)

R21: (2dctog, 1dc) x 13 (26)

R22: 26dc (26)

R23: 1dc, (2dctog, 1dc) x 9, 1dc (18)

Stuff firmly and insert bell, then continue on to crochet stem.

R24-37: 18dc (18)

R38: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 6 (24)

R39: (2dcinc, 2dc) x 8 (32)

R40-41: 32dc (32)

R42: 2dctog x 16 (16)

Stuff stem firmly

R43: 2dctog x 8 (8)

R44: 2dctog x 4 (4)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 70cm tail.

Spots, White … make 5

Ch 2, 6dc into 2nd chain from hook

R1: 2dcinc x 6 (12)

Slst then bind off.

Leave a 12cm tail.

Decide where your mushroom spots will go, evenly spaced around the mushroom cap, and mark the centre of each with a pin or piece of contrasting thread.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the Taupe thread. Run the needle from the stem base up inside the stem to where it meets the cap, and out one side. Stitch through the stem at the top 4 times (like a cross) to strengthen it. To shape the mushroom, put the needle back in at the top of the stem, and out where you have marked the first spot on the mushroom cap with your pin or thread. Reinsert needle close to where it came out and stitch back down to the top of the stem. Repeat 4 times, ending at the top of stem. OPTION – stitch long lines between top of stem and where the taupe base meets the coloured cap to create a series of ribs under the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread the remaining tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Thread the doll needle with the tail end of the white spots and stitch them over your anchor points around the mushroom cap.

Bind off and thread tail inside the mushroom and out the other side. Trim off the excess close to the surface.

Repeat for all spots.

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Foxy Pirate Mask

Talk like a Pirate Day is this Friday the 19th of September so I’ve whipped up this quick foxy mask with a pirate patch so you’re all ready to arrrr and shiver me timbers through any pirate shenanigans on Friday.

by Marni Franks

Materials

1 sheet of A4 felt in the fox colour you like – grey, orange etc

10cm x 20cm rectangle of white felt

10cm square of black felt

1cm strip x width of felt sheet

6mm elastic the length needed for whoever is going to wear the mask

Scissors

Pins

Sewing machine and matching threads or hand sewing equipment

Assembly

Print off the fox mask template here.

Cut out the shapes.

Pin the fox head to your orange felt sheet, fold the white felt in half and pin the ear tuft to it. Pin the eyepatch to the black felt square.

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Cut all the shapes out carefully with sharp scissors.

Pin the ear tufts in place on the fox head and stitch in place with your preferred method of sewing. Trim any excess of the white or orange felt so that the ears are neat.

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Pin the patch and strap in place and stitch along the edge of the strap and the top edge of the patch (so that you can flap up the patch).

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Cut the elastic to length and stitch into place.

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Wear mask and ARRRRRR the day away!

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Bacon Guacamole

by Mel Alce

Bacon makes everything that much more awesome and guacamole is no different!

Ingredients

4 rashers of bacon

2 large avocados

Half a red onion

1 tomato

Lime juice

Salt and pepper

1/2 tsp cumin

Oil

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Method

Place oil in a frying pan.

Dice up the four rashers of bacon and toss into the pan. Fry off until crispy. Place on paper towel to soak up the grease.

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Chop up all the other ingredients (avocados, onion and tomato), deseeding the tomato and place into a bowl. Mix up everything in the bowl. Add the cumin.

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Add salt and pepper and lime juice to taste.

Mix ingredients again, place bacon on top.

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Use crackers, chips, or other dip extras to eat.

OM NOM NOM!

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Collar

By Marni Franks

I’m getting ready for Halloween next month and I decided that I’d make this collar to go with one of the costumes I plan on wearing. It’s orange and black so it’s still foxy-ish.

Materials

Two fabrics that co-ordinate

Medium weight fusible interfacing

2 buttons the same size

Needle

Thread

Sewing machine

Scissors

1m of 6mm stain ribbon

Elastic band

Assembly

Make sure you press your fabrics and if they are directional (stripes etc.) make sure you have enough fabric to get the direction of the print the right way up.

Iron the medium weight fusible interfacing to whichever fabric you prefer – as this collar will be double-sided it’s not really going to matter.

Print off your template here.

Cut out your template and pin to the wrong side of your fabrics. Cut 2 collar pieces from each fabric.

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Cut the ribbon in half and roll each length up leaving a 5cm tail. Secure the rolled up section with an elastic band (if your kids have been Rainbow Looming use them to hold the ribbon, they are a good size elastic band).

Pin the tail of the ribbon onto the right side of a collar piece. Use the photograph as a guide. Pin the second collar piece right side down on the top of the ribbon and the right side up collar piece.

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Pin and stitch along the edge, starting on the outside curve and leaving a 2in opening for turning.

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Reverse stitch at the beginning and the end. Notch the corners, then trim the raw edges to 1/8in from the stitched line leaving a bigger edge at the opening.

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Turn the collar sections right side out and press. Fold and pin the opening closed neatly and topstitch all the way around the collar.

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Place the collar pieces together, matching the front centre points. Using a needle and thread, stitch the points together, passing the needle through a few times.

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Place your buttons into position and attach using your preferred method.

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Your collar is now ready to wear.

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Pincushion

by Marni Franks

Materials

Main fabric – 10 1/2in square

Contrast fabric – approx 4in square

Sheet of Mylar

Fabric glue

Sewing machine

Thread

Needle

Buttons: 2

Method

From your background fabric cut one 10 1/2in square.

From a sheet of cardboard or Mylar make a 9in square template. This needs to be subjected to the heat of the iron so it either needs to be something that can take the heat like Mylar or something cheap like cardboard that you can replace easily.

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Grab some washable fabric glue – Sewline Glue Pen or Roxanne’s Baste It Glue.

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Centre your 9in template on the wrong side of your background fabric. Press the top and the bottom edges in towards the centre of the template making sure that the edges are against the template and crisp.

Place glue in the corners of the square (the folded edge) and press the sides in towards the centre in the same way, the glue will set with the iron’s heat and hold it all in place.

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Pull out your template gently.

Fold your square into quarters and press to get your guidelines for the next step.

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Open up your square with the raw edges facing up. Pick a corner and fold it into the centre. Press lightly. You really want your outside corners to be as accurately folded as possible so in this step make sure you focus on them and if your centre is overlapping for the outside corners to work that’s ok and I give you permission to fudge this as needed. Once your corners are good press firmly.

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Place the square with the folded side up (so you can see the centre points), then fold the corners in to the centre, this time making sure that the centre points match perfectly!

Measure inside the folded unit and cut a square of your contrasting fabric to that size. I tend to cut mine 1/8in smaller so that I know it fits perfectly.

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Pin the folds down and stitch the centre in a little cross to secure the points down on the contrasting fabric.

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Pick any of the openings and fold back, curving it gently, not pulling it too hard and press it with the iron. Fold back all of the openings that match the first one you have done (keeps the folds looking consistent like when you do cross-stitch). Press each fold and pin to secure. Fold the opposite openings back to match, pressing and pinning as you go.

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Pick a curve and stitch the full arc, crossing over your little centre cross – this way you will only be stitching four rows and not have to start and stop for each mini arc. Reverse stitch at the beginning and end of each row.

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Measure your finished window and cut a back for your pincushion that is a half-inch bigger all the way around. Align one edge of your window section to one edge of the backing and pin.

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Start stitching on the edge that is opposite the aligned edge you just pinned. Reverse stitch and then stitch all the way around leaving a 1 1/2in opening for turning.

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Trim the edges off leaving a wide edge at the opening. Notch the corners.

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Turn the pincushion out the right way. Stuff firmly with toyfill.

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Ladder stitch the opening closed.

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Pull in the middle of your pincushion with a button either side and use your preferred method for attaching buttons.

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Stick your favourite pins in it and you’re ready for your next sewing project!

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