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DIY Clay Hair Clip

This Do It Yourself project is so simple and pretty and all while using greenery you probably have in your home right now. Christmas tree, we’re looking at you. It will make you want to ditch the ponytail holder and opt for a clay hair clip instead. Whip up this wintertime clip with the easy steps below.

Materials
Air dry clay
X-acto knife
Strong string
Hair clip
Hot glue gun
Christmas tree branch
Water
Roller

instructions
step-1Use your string to cut a thin strip of clay.

step-2Flatten out the clay. Use water to help mold it.

step-3 Place your tree leaf and press against the clay.

step-4With your X-Acto knife, cut around the leaf.

step-5Place cut clay on the hair clip so it mimics the bend. With the X-Acto knife, scratch the back of the clay. This will help the glue stick to the clay.

step-6Let fully dry (follow time on clay directions)

step-7Once fully dry, hot glue clip to clay.

step-8Spray with a finishing spray, we sprayed with a light coat of shellac.

Joanna & Molly

Contributing Editor: Lifestyle
Winter Holiday Table Inspiration

If you are anything like me this week, you are knee deep in a to-do list of holiday happenings, and whipping up a pretty table just so happens to be on the top of that list. Well, Lauren Field Design is swooping in to save our tablescapes with this winter beauty. Overflowing with gorgeous textures and lovely neutrals, these images from Moondance Photography define winter table perfection.


From Lauren Field DesignThis table by Moondance Photography and Lauren Field Design shows the beauty of an atypical winter holiday color palette with elegant soft neutrals and simple details for impromptu winter get-togethers or Christmas celebrations. Simple geometric place settings paired with knit layers bring warmth to everyday dinnerware classics. The touches of metallic from the copper mugs, two-tone flatware, and the mirror add shine to the ecru layers of texture. Delicate foliage provides a soft hint of color in white shapely vessels .The dessert tops off the table with a chic modern take on the French Mont Blanc confection.

Photography: Moondance Photography | Flowers: Flowers To The People | Cake, Cookies & Marshmallows: La Patisserie Chouquette | Design & Styling: Lauren Field Design | Holiday Tags: LH Calligraphy | Location: La Patisserie Chouquette | Location: La Patisserie Chouquette

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Holiday Thin Mint Cookies

A lightly minted palate cleanser is the perfect ending to any holiday meal! These festive bites crafted by One Brass Fox are an ideal balance of sweetness without tasting overly rich. Whether for a cookie swap or family gathering, a plateful of thin mints is sure to delight!


Holiday Thin Mint Cookies
prep time
55 Minute/s
cook time
10 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s 5 Minute/s
Serves 8Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1 ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter until fluffy and add the powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Stir in the salt, vanilla and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is combined and the batter resembles a rich frosting. Add flour and combine. Do not over mix.
  3. Form dough into a ball, then flatten into a disk one inch thick. Cover in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove dough from the freezer and roll on a floured surface 1/8-inch. Cut cookies using 1 1/2-inch cutter.
  5. Place cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack. While the cookies cool, make the peppermint coating. Chop the baking chocolate into small pieces. Place in double boiler over low heat until melted. Stir in the peppermint extract.
  6. Place the cooked in the melted chocolate one at a time. Turn to coat entirely, then lift the cookie out of the chocolate with the fork.
  7. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place the cookies in the refrigerator to set.

Photography: One Brass Fox | Recipe: One Brass Fox