The ponytail crimp. The hair-style enemy of most women. You just want to put your hair up for a few minutes. Or maybe just for a short time while you bake or wash dishes. Just to keep your hair out of our face.
But now you can’t take it out of the ponytail because of the dreaded ponytail crimp. It’s stuck like that now.
My thick, humidity-controlled hair loves to crease. So I know that if I decide to pull my hair back, that’s it! There’s no going back! This is annoying because even just a temporary ponytail makes my mane forever crimped.
When I started seeing these elastic hair ties spring up, I was intrigued. It seemed like they probably wouldn’t crease my hair. Or snag it. Or damage it.
But I was often disappointed with the color selection – and the price tag. Why so much?!
Then I ran across a couple tutorials for making your own. And I figured that even I could take on this DIY.
I wrote about how I made these hair ties and hair bands over at Mom It Forward this week. These could not be easier. I ordered for Hairbow Supplies Etc. and was super happy with the colors and the quality of the elastics.
I ordered a slew of colors and patterns. Just ordering 1 yard of the 5/8th inch elastic was perfect for creating one hair tie and one hair band.
So cute! I’m in love with these. Since I like to wear an elastic on my wrist during the day for hair emergencies, I love how cute these look on my arm. And when I need to tie by hair up for a quick minute, no creasing!
Since I was selected to be a contributor for Mom It Forward, I’ve had a blast trying out new projects. My niche on the site is sort of a hands-on parenting approach to crafts, games, and recipes. Meaning, getting the kids involved in making stuff!
Kate is at an age where she can wield a paint brush, tape and glue things together, adhere stuff, and mix things together. We’ve had fun doing these projects together (many of which were her suggestions).
Here’s what we’ve done so far:
My next post is something I’m really excited about (it’s hair and beauty related, my favorite!) and a couple holiday things in the works.
While I do tend to get flustered when it comes to DIY, one thing I really love to do (and have had a lot of success with) is spray painting. Man, I love spray painting. Probably because it doesn’t require so much precision. Once you get the hang of it, holding the can a good 12 inches away from whatever you’re spraying and keeping your hand in motion rather than settling on one spot, you’re good.
I don’t have anything to spray paint as I don’t have a place to put any spray painted items (We’re building a home and living with my parents during the construction period, so I can’t really do large-scale projects.), but I recently found myself intrigued with fabric dyeing. It’s kind of like spray paint but with fabric, no? This appealed to me because, again, not so much precision and not too many steps.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to dye until I ran across this scarf. I LOVE scarves. I own approximately 154,841 scarves. My love for scarves rivals my love for stripes. (So a striped scarf is basically my kryptonite.) A striped DIY scarf struck me as complicated. But dyeing a scarf a single color? That I could do.
I went to JoAnns and purchased a huge piece of white open-weave cotton fabric (about 45′ x 100′) and a pack of Rit Dye in Pearl Grey. At home I followed the directions on thee package, filling up plastic bucket with warm water in the sink, adding the dye, and submerging the fabric (use gloves!). I massaged the dye into the fabric with my hands and then let it sit for several hours.
After it had sat for probably around 4 hours, I removed it from the dye and rinsed it with cool water. My intent was to create a deeper, richer grey. Instead I got a purply-toned grey. At first I was a little bummed (I realized I should have used two dye packets – that might have created more saturated color.). But I don’t have any scarves this color (And I already own a deeper grey scarf I love.), so I decided this was a happy accident.
I washed the scarf ALONE in the washing machine on cool and after it was washed, ran it through the dryer on low.
After it was dry, I didn’t think it was quite done. I liked the look of the raw edges. But I worried that they would fray. So I purchased a matching grey thread and started to roll and stitch the edges. Since that process would have taken me 100 years, I happily handed it over to my mother-in-law (A much better sewer than myself.), and she stitched it for me. (Thanks, Maryellen!)
I know it’s kind of a weird time to be wearing scarves (It’s about 95 out today and 100% humidity.), but that’s never stopped me before! I like to wear scarves year round. I get chilly in the house with the AC on, and when I go to the grocery store, it always super chilly. So I like to toss this scarf in my bag and wrap up in it when I’m cold. Since it’s light weight, it’s the perfect type of wrap for these conditions.
The fabric isn’t the softest. But I think it turned out pretty good for costing a whopping total of $20.
Have you ever dyed fabric? Any tips? I’m thinking of some other stuff I want to dye (It’s addicting!).
I’m really into thank you notes. I write them for birthday gifts, when friends have us over for dinner, when someone does something nice for me. I’ve been a thank you note writer since I was a little girl, and it’s something that I want to instill in Kate and Michael. A short and sweet handwritten card is always a good thing.
After Kate’s little birthday party, she received generous gifts from her friends, and we talked about how nice it was for her friends to give her such thoughtful gifts. And I asked her if she’d like to write some thank you notes. She was interested, so we popped over to Michael’s Craftstore to pick up some plain white note cards and envelopes.
She received two different stamp kits for her birthday (She LOVES these. They are the Melissa and Doug brand, and she was sad that I packed up the one set she had, so when she got these two new sets, she was eager to use them). So I set her up with colored pencils, markers, and the stamp kit. Then I reminded her what gift she received, and she helped dictate the note I should write to her friend. Then I let her go to town stamping and drawing.
Despite the look on her face in these photos, she enjoyed decorating the cards. She was particular about what sort of stamps and drawings she wanted on each card (“Da smiley face is for Dosh! Dis crown is for Alaina!”), and it was so cute to watch her decorate and stuff the envelopes.
This entire activity probably took 20 minutes and B+ effort, but I know it made our friend’s smile when they received the cards.
This is my third year gardening. My first year reaped…basically nothing as all my herbs turned into a weed garden.
The second time around I wised up and asked my mother-in-law for help, and my garden proved successful. I planted my herbs and tomatoes in the ground (rather than in planters), and my plants grew like crazy.
Now that I’m in my third year of gardening, I’ve learned a thing or two. The tomatoes love that hot, direct sun. Some of my herbs, no so much. One must continually re-stake the tomatoes lest the vines mix in with weeds and turn into a real hot mess. Don’t overwater. But don’t let the plants get scorched, either.
Over the weekend my mother-in-law helped me expand my garden from one raised bed to two raised beds. This season I’m growing two Jet Star tomato plants, two Super Sweet 100 grape tomatoes, basil, oregano, cilantro, thyme, and rosemary.
While winter seemed to drag on forever, the weather’s finally taken a turn for spring here in Northern Virginia. And in true Northern Virginia fashion, it went from cold to hot without much warning. So when Duluth Trading Company offered to send me some of their gardening and outdoor gear, I jumped at the chance to try out their products.
Okay, clearly I am 8.5 months pregnant in these shots. And these are not maternity wear. However, since I’ve basically worn no maternity wear this pregnancy (choosing stretchy fabrics and giving clothing choices), I got the feel for these clothes even though they would obviously fit differently on my non-pregnant body.
The clothes are soft, comfortable, and breathe – something especially important to me in Northern Virginia’s humid climate. These pieces are well constructed and meant to be worn hard. I can tell Duluth road tested these pieces on real women who used and abused the products in their outdoor projects.
So, since these products are awesome, I’m giving away a $50 gift card to Duluth Trading Company! To enter, leave a comment telling me about your summer outdoor project. It can be anything – power washing to gardening to building a deck. Giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday, May 9, 2013. I will announce the winner Friday, May 10, 2013.
Duluth is also offering Sunny Side Up readers a special offer. Duluth Trading Company is offering free shipping now through June 30, 2013, for my readers. Just enter code “T13PRCG” (Note: $50 minimum order. Minimum order applies to total before tax, shipping or gift card purchases. Valid for US shipping only, on standard delivery.)
Okay, go, tell me about your summer projects!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
I want to be a crafty mom. But sometimes the thought of all that mess makes me want to crawl into the fetal position behind my faithful Dyson and pray someone else will come clean up.
But, once Kate gets tired of helping me fold laundry and rearrange the pantry, I need to come up with something, anything to keep her occupied for at least five minutes.
Also? Do not confuse powdered sugar with flour. If you attempt to make this recipe with powdered sugar because you mistook it for flour, all you will end up with is sweet smelling water mixture. I think Kate’s preschool teachers decided I was their favorite mother when, on my day to bring in playdough, I confessed I needed another day because I accidently used powdered sugar rather than flour.
I swear, I have a Masters degree.
I get bored with my house all the time. If it were up to me, we’d move once a year. I can’t get Dan to go along with this plan, so I’ve got make do with the house we’ve got.
Almost a year ago, we painted our upstairs living area, hallway, bathroom, eating area, and kitchen. I still love the look. But of course, I want to redo everything already because 1) I like change and 2) I get bored staring at the same look for more than a few months.
But since repainting and refurnishing and the like costs more in dollars and effort than we have to go around, I find little ways to change things up that give me something new to look at without spending every dollar in our savings account or moving homes.
When I saw this tutorial for painting clear vases, I knew I stumbled on my next project. (For more home DIY projects, check out my DIY home board on Pinterest.) I’ve got a small stash of these clear florist vases, and I picked up two more at my local thrift store for $2 each. I wanted extras in case of a craft fail. Because I usually fail at least a handful of times before a craft sticks.
I mostly followed the directions in the tutorial, but since I couldn’t find the Permenamel paint primer, I just went without. But I did find the Permenamel paint itself, and I picked up four colors: marshmellow, crocus yellow, chili pepper, and tangerine.
While I didn’t prime these, I did wash them and let them dry thoroughly before painting them. Once they were dry, I squeezed a generous portion of the paint inside the vase and into the bottom of the vase, turned it mostly upside-down, and tilted the vase back and forth, so the paint slid down and around the sides of the vases.
Once the paint made it’s way about halfway down the vase, I went in with a soft bristled paint brush and swept the paint down the sides of the glass. I covered the inside of the vase as best as I could and didn’t worry about streaks because I couldn’t see them on the outside. After I coated the vases, I turned them upside down onto a sheet of newspaper for about a minute to let all the paint from the bottom drip down, then flipped them over and let them dry for about 24 hours.
The next day, I repeated this process for the second coat.
Once they dried, I could barely make out any streaks on the outside. The inside looked a bit streaky, but I don’t care because if I tried to perfect any craft, I’d never finish it. And if a friend of mine comes over and inspects my vases and is no longer my friend because they are streaky on the inside, well then, that’s a bad friend. So I didn’t loose any sleep over the streaky insides.
I am displaying my pretty painted vases in my family room to spice up Kate’s toy shelf area. I am not sure how water will hold up inside these vases, so I am not planning to use them to hold fresh flowers. (And, for goodness sake, do not put anything edible in them.) I like them how they are, just painted. But I might stick some fakey floral stuff in there, you know, what I want to change things up, again.
So I’m happy because this craft turned out for me, it gives me something new to look at, and Dan’s happy we don’t have to move. Yet.
I love making necklaces because all they take is a little time. I don’t need to carefully make stitches or count anything or handwrite something only to realized I mispelled a bunch of words. In Sharpie.
Stringing beads can be on the tedious side. But it goes pretty quick and the result is that sort of instant gratification that I love so much.
Anyway, after seeing this awesome necklace Andrea made (see the tutorial here and her necklace in action here), I hopped on over to my Michaels clutching my 40% off coupon in search of those jade beads.
I found those beads (or what I believe to be those same beads…they look close enough), and I picked up two sizes of the jade beads and one packet of gold sead beads. Since I couldn’t find the smallest size jade beads (like Andrea had), I made some changes to my necklace.
Since I prefer things in odd numbers, I went with three strands. One strand is made up of all the large beads, one strand is a mix of the large jade beads, the medium jade beads, and the gold sead beads, and one strand is a mix of the medium jade beads and the gold sead beads.
I am crazy about this necklace. It turned out lovely, and I love to wear it as often as possible. My favorite combination of the moment is the necklace paired with gray. But I also wore it to a wedding last weekend with a simple black dress. It’s totally a dress up or dress down necklace. Love that.
What color should I go for next? Turquoise? Gold?