Lucky Clips : St Patrick’s Day Accessory Tutorial

St. Patricks Day Hair Clips

The Story
One summer day in the 1960, my mother-in-law joined her new boyfriend’s family for dinner.  She sat through course after course of unfamiliar food.  When she thought her bounty had finally abated, she was served a salad.  My mother-in-law still talks about that final salad, in shock both in its sequence after the main meal and its leafy freshness.  The salad is like a punchline in this story of opposites attract, as an emblem of a totally different way of line.  My mother-in-law would go on to marry him, my father-in-law, son of Italian immigrants. She would spend the next 40 years as his “American” wife.
She would stay that she was his Irish wife.  Her family had come in prior to the Civil War, fighting on both sides for pay as so many Irish immigrants did. While their descendants married within their ethnicity, by the 1960s, culturally the only hallmarks of their Erin past were and faith and countenance.  That and Irish pride. While my mother-in-law is not a shamrock arm-tat, green-beer gal, she is quick to bring up her Irish ancestry to new acquaintances.  This pride has been passed on to our girls, who would make the black Irish look pale, and they stand proud on St. Patrick’s Day every year.
I, not at all Irish, never gave the holiday much mind.  I would never look at a Shamrock shake. Green beer? Corned beef and cabbage.  The whole lot of American St. Patrick’s day seems an acquired taste.  While my proximity to adherents has helped me get in the act, I will say that I am not a whole-hearted participant.
I bring it with subtly like a minimalists guide to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  We don’t go to the parade.  We drink Irish beer but without food coloring.  We eschew potatoes as they were the death of a generation due to the falsely-induced famine.  We listen to 90s Irish indie bands. And, we wear subtle pops of green and plenty of pride!

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The Directions
This project is pretty darn simple.
Find some wood.  You can use a coffee stirrer.  I had a bit of cane lying around from a failed basket-weaving endeavor.  (A tale for another day).  Trim the wood to squares.
Grab some green felt.  I like one that is sort of an off-green, not the Kelly Green of girls scouts and leprechauns. But, I don’t judge your green leanings.
Trim the felt into a square. Cut a triangular notch in each side.
Then trim off each if the original corner. Now you should have a sort of X-shape.
Finally, trim a […]

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Mid-Century Modern Fort

Cardboard fort

Why
The first child ran the day after she walked. My second child spoke in sentences almost as soon as she learned to speak. She spoke for the utility of the practice. Her first sentences were declarations of her needs and expectations. Born with a mop of curly hair, she very quickly learned to tell any inquisitive person, “do not touch my hair.” She acquiesced to include please, after much maternal prompting. She has always told me what she thinks, what she wants, and what she needs. And, so, when she told me that she didn’t need or want anything from Santa Claus. I took her at her word. Her sister on the other hand had a list that required multiple sheets of paper. I did ask her a number of times, and each time she repeated this fact.
So, what do you give someone who patently doesn’t need anything? An experience! I decided to take a morning off and build a fort.
Cardboard fort
How?
Building this fort was a blur of duct tape and at least a dozen egg boxes. I added a little colored plastic for stained glass, hot glue, and a paper wreath and called it a day.
We added a lot of details to make this feel special. I trimmed the peek-a-boo window with pink tape. We included shelves inside for the dishware. We had a holiday bunting and even a cardboard Christmas tree.
cardboard tree
Challenges
Well, the cantilevered roof was a challenge. The weight of the cardboard was more than the duct tape alone could handle. We ended up using A LOT of hot glue. And, then we couldn’t on the fact that my daughter didn’t really know what cantilevered means.
Cardboard fort

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