Sunday, August 2, 2009

I would rather be a teacher at a school (and I can think of nothing worse)... (The Watsons)

I had to seriously laugh when I saw the quote above... I LOVE being a teacher, and I'm starting to get my lessons together for September now. But I guess Ms. Austen saw the art of teaching a bit... differently? :)

I fell in LOVE with some very beautiful hat pins offered by one of my favorite scrap spots, BUT when I saw the price for them, well, the crafty junkie in me figured I could probably make my own at a fraction of the price! :)

SO I figured since I'm in teacher mode already, I may as well post a quick tutorial!

I made the hat pins in this first picture before I started the tutorial, using some bottons that I had received as a RAK and some baubles I got at Michael's in the jewlery section for about three bucks...


Step 1. Compile supplies. You will need
A. A clear epoxy type of glue (eg, E-6000);

B. Straight Hat pins (I got a package of like 100 for two bucks at Michael's); and

C. Embellishments of choice. I have some buttons and beads I found lying around the house.

Step 2. Arrange your embellishments.

Step 3. Add epoxy glue and embellishments.

Step 4. Allow to dry for at least 15 to 20 minutes.
(Some hints: The epoxy glue is tacky, and easy to clean up. This is NOT a procedure that requires lots of precision, but do make sure you have removed any glue from the visible part of your project, because when it dries, it's super hard).


  1. Great tutorial! Love those pins! You should start your own little etsy shop with these! :)

  2. Thanks for the tut! Hmmmm now the wheels are a turning.

  3. Great Tutorial!! I think I will try it!! Thanks for sharing.

  4. TFS Adina! I will see what I can do with this too!

  5. I discovered your blog through Lisa Howard's and am fascinated by your Jane Austen quotations. I love all of Jane Auten's novels and really enjoy seeing her quotes and your postings.

  6. I made mine and added them to a LO. Here is the link to my blog so you can see it!

  7. What an awesome idea, and you did a fantastic job! Now I need to get myself busy and make some of these!

  8. Thanks ladies!! Can't wait to see what you come up with!!!1


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