Emily wrote a great piece a while back about no longer being ashamed to like "girly" stuff like Sex and the City and chick lit. Admitting this sort of thing can be harder than you'd think in this judgy, judgy world we live in. So I praise her for it, and would like to out myself, too, as someone who enjoys things like Gilmore Girls reruns and taking ridiculously long bubble baths. Yeah, you heard me!
One of the most overtly girly things I adore has got to be glitter. My friend Jenn calls it "the herpes of the craft world" because of the way it tends to stick to everything and never leave -- but even she is not immune to its shimmery siren song, and I've totally seen her bust out the glitter nail polish and puff paint a time or two.
No one, however, loves glitter as much as my friend Kathy Cano-Murillo, who is better known as the Crafty Chica. A highly prolific craft artist and writer, Kathy's been spreading the good word about glitter for years now. Kathy and glitter became so intertwined she was even hired to develop her own line of craft supplies. When does stuff like that happen, ever? Dream job!
Kathy is so passionate about glitter that a few years back, when Ellen DeGeneres started a running gag on her show about how much she hated the stuff, she spearheaded a pro-glitter rally (and charity fundraiser) outside the TV studio. The idea was to show Ellen some of the newfangled forms glitter comes in -- paints, varnishes, etc. -- that aren't messy or annoying. Transforming glitter hate into glitter love! And yeah, you can bet I tagged along to help out.
I even baked up a batch of "Sparkle Scones" to feed the protesters. I'll share the recipe with you now, which is a variation on the Cream and Currant Scones from America's Test Kitchen. (Except with no currants, since those are GROSS.)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 TBSP baking powder
- 4 TBSP sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 5 TBSP unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small chunks
- 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
- Jam or jelly (I like to use blackberry jam or orange marmalade)
- Coarse, multicolored sanding sugar (like this)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and make sure your oven rack is in the middle position.
1. Pulse dry ingredients in food processor (fitted with steel blade) 5-6 times.
2. Sprinkle butter chunks over dry ingredients and pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal (i.e., with some visible butter chunks; don't overdo it). Transfer to large bowl.
3. Use a fork or silicone spatula to stir in the cream, until it starts to look like dough. Don't overmix!
4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead just until it comes together. At this point I usually form it with my hands into a large-ish mound, around 8" in diameter. Cut the dough into 8 wedges (I love a bench scraper for this, but a large knife is fine).
5. Place scones on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using a metal spoon, smush a little hollow into the wide part of each scone. Spoon in a dollop of jam or jelly, then sprinkle the whole thing with sanding sugar.
6. Bake about 12-15 minutes or until the tops are a light golden brown.
So then! Now that you're all full and drunk on baked goods, let me dazzle you further with the news that the ever-generous Crafty Chica wants to give you some FREE STUFF! This is a mega prizepack, so gird those glittery loins...
First up she's offering a 6-pack of her amazing (I know, I've used it!) Crafty Chica glitter. This is not the crap you remember from elementary school -- this is extra-bright and holographic to the extreme. She custom-blended these colors herself in the lab when she was developing them and they have a lot of dimension. Trust me, you want these in your craft-making arsenal.
Kathy will also be sending you not one, but both of her craft-themed chick lit novels (and I do mean "chick lit" as a compliment!). These novels are fun, breezy reads populated by quirky and relatable characters who are into sewing, painting, decoupaging and more. I've read them both and found them charming as hell, so hopefully you will too.
Wanna win this stuff? Just leave a comment telling me about your favorite craft project you've made -- whether it involved glitter or not. We'll announce the randomly-chosen winner on Halloween, and Kathy will send you your loot! THANKS, CRAFTY CHICA!!