Awesome Headband Holder

So now that we’re back, it’s time to do a little spring cleaning.  I’ve been going through some unfinished posts and figured now’s the time to get them out there.  This first one I can’t believe I didn’t post, because it’s one of my favorite projects.  Basically ever little girl in my life has gotten one of these, because they are fabulous, functional, and totally customizable.  While I spring clean the blog, you can clean up your girlie’s hair accessories.  I present to you, the greatest headband holder ever!!!!

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Yes, these pictures are old but still…isn’t it so cute?!  Let me show you how to make this and then how it works.

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First gather your craftin’ stuff.

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  • 1 tall oatmeal tube, emptied and (quickly) rinsed out (keep the lid)
  • Mod Podge and sponge brush
  • Twine, string, or ribbon
  • Your choice of scrapbook paper, 2 pieces
  • Paper cutter (if available)
  • Razor blade and/or scissors
  • cutting surface (i.e. corkboard or mat)

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Once your oatmeal container is clean and dry, remove any paper from the exterior.  Some are printed directly onto the cardboard, which you would just leave on and simply cover.

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Cut your paper to size.  I found that scrapbook paper was not big enough to go all the way around, so I chose a plain complimentary color to use in the back, and my pretty paper for the front.  I used my paper cutter to do this for nice straight lines, but you could do scissors or a ruler and razor blade. Double check your cuts, since it would be very difficult to make changes once you start gluing.

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Cover a section of the tube large enough for the smaller back section of paper with plenty of Mod Podge.  Enlist a helper if needed.

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Stick the back paper to the tube, and smooth it out.  The repeat the process around the other part of the tube and attach the front paper.  I had my front paper overlap my back paper on both sides.

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Once the paper is in place, put a layer of Mod Podge over the entire surface of the paper, including the top and bottom lip.  This not only gives it a cool shiny glow, but it will also protect the paper from being scratched by the headbands.  Since the top and bottom were Mod Podged, I used our paper towel holder to allow the tube to dry.

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While that’s drying up, take the lid for the tube, and make 4 small cuts toward the outside with the razor blade.

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Then using your twine, string, or ribbon, run a piece through 2 of the holes and tie it off on the inside.  Repeat for the other 2 holes.  This doesn’t need to look pretty, since it should be covered.

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Now you can use these little strings to attach some fun clips, bows, or flowers.

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You can also store all of your extra bows, clips, and flowers inside the tube.

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Once dried, put the top back on the tube, attach something fun to the strings, and place your headbands around the tube itself.  It’s the perfect size and most headbands will clamp on tightly.

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Have a fab Wednesday Everyone!

Lizz

 

Balloon Sandals

While doing a little blog surfing, I came across an awesome site called Running With Glitter (great name!).  She did *this* really fun project making flip flops covered in balloons.  I loved them and decided to give it a try myself (with the help of some tiny fingers). (and toes).

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Since it’s really the very end of summer, we happened to find some flip flops on clearance at Old Navy (they are a little too big, so maybe they will work for next summer too!).  Then we searched the dollar store for some water balloons.  I ended up having to go back for a second package, partially because I was running out of some of the colors, and partially because Skylar kept stealing them.  So save the extra trip and get 2.

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Take 5 balloons of your choice and stack them by alternating them front and back, like so:

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(please excuse my old manicure)

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Then have some tiny fingers hold those for you over the straps of the sandals.  Take another balloon and tie it tightly around the strap and all of the stacked balloons.

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Let go, and fluff the bunch.  It should look like this:

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Continue to do this until the strap is full.  I did 5 bunches on the outside strap, and 4 on the inside.

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Insert little toes, and voila!!  Fun balloon sandals!

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And, you will probably have lots of balloons left over to blow up, or have a water balloon fight!  Have fun!

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Lizz

I’m Guest Posting at What’s For Dinner Today!

Welcome visitors from What’s for Dinner!  I hope that you like what you see and choose to stay for a while…

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Today I am guest posting over at What’s for Dinner.  Not only am I posting this super fun accessory I did a while back:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also hosting a giveaway for one!

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So please take a moment to pop over to What’s for Dinner and check out this super easy tutorial and/or to enter the giveaway.  You only have until Wednsday (July 13) at Midnight to enter, so don’t wait!

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Good Luck Everyone!  Have a wonderful week!

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Lizz

First Friendship Bracelet

I remember summers as a kid.  I always went to camp, and I always had a great time.  There are many things that should be mandatory when one attends camp.  Nature walks, cookouts, capture the flag, and of course friendship bracelets.

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I have been waiting 6 summers for Skylar to have the dexterity to do this, and this summer is it!!  And it went really well…

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I thought we would start with a simple bracelet

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I’m not sure what the official name for this, so let’s just call this one “The Spiral”.  To get started with any friendship bracelet, you will need a variety of colored embroidery floss, and a safety pin.  Cut the floss into long strands (about the length of your arm), and tie them together on one end.  Poke the safety pin through the knot, and secure it to either the end of your pant leg or to a sock.  (This will help to anchor it for you while you work.

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Here’s how you get “The Spiral” done, as demonstrated by the amazing Skylar…

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First, grab the color you want to show on the outside (orange in our case) and hold it in your right hand.  Hold all of the other strings in our left hand.

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That hitchhiker’s thumb is actually necessary.  You need to wrap your chosen (orange) thread, up and around the thumb.  If done correctly it will look like a number 4

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Then you will take that orange string under and through the opening that was created.  Pull the string all the way through.

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Now, bend your thumb to release that string.

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Now, pull it tight.  Not crazy tight.  Just tight enough to look right.

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This step will be repeated however many times you would like (we did ten each).  Then switch you another color and do another set.  Keep going until the bracelet is as long as you desire.  This would also make a fun necklace.  Tie off the end, and cut off the access string.  I used a silly band to tie up the ends, but you could do a simple knot, or something fancier

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Now, all there is to do is think.

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Should I keep this?  Should I give it away?  Who would I give it to?  What colors should I use next? When will my mom stop taking my picture?

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(Cough, Cough) Okay, enough thinking.

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If you have smaller kids, you could always try this with thicker yarn.  I think Skylar did an amazing job with this one, so we will probably be trying some harder patterns next time.

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Until then, I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.  Is there anything you plan on doing with your kids that you miss from summertime?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this post at these parties:

Kids Can Craft @ Sew Can Do

Will See it Wednesday @ Fabric Bows and More

Linkin’ with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree


For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Delicately Constructed Fridays @ Delicately Constructed

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Sensational Sunday @ What’s for Dinner?

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party @ Craft-O-Maniac

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Inspiration Board @ Homework; Today’s Assignment: Be Inspired

Summer Boredom Buster Link Party @ Thrifty 101

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

Easter Egg Headband

I came across this super cute and super easy headband over at Sweet and Simple, and I really wanted to give it a try.  If you are in need of a last-minute Easter hair accessory, this might be a good one for you.  Start by gathering your materials:

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(I would like to mention first that my new fancy camera was not at home when I started doing this project, so the process pictures are not the best…but I digress…)

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  • Hot glue gun
  • Piece of felt
  • Variety of Easter colored ribbons
  • Old headband (or a $1 one from the craft store)
  • Something egg-shaped to trace (I used a cookie cutter)
  • Scissors and a pencil

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Start by tracing out 2 egg shapes in the felt.  One should be slightly smaller than the other.  Cut these out.

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Next, use the hot glue gun to secure strips of ribbons across the larger egg-shaped felt piece.  Make sure there is excess ribbon on both sides.

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(front)                                                                                     (back)

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Then take the extra ribbon and fold it over on the back side.  Do this so the egg shape shows in the font.  It will look something like this:

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The egg will look like this in the front:

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The last step is to attach the egg to the headband, using the glue gun.

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As a finishing touch, glue the smaller felt egg to the back, to cover all of the ribbon ends.

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Now give it to a happy little girl who loves the idea of having an egg on her head

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Have a Happy Easter Everyone!!

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Lizz

Giant Flower Hair Clips

I’ve been loving these beautiful multicolored flowers I’ve been seeing in stores and online recently.  Have you seen them?  Something like this:

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So cute!  My friend over at Mia and Mackie in the Mirror makes some similar items (and some other great stuff, you should check them out!!).  She gave me a few pointers, so I thought I would try my hand at it.  Here we go!!…

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First, I went to Michael’s and found some lovely colored daisy-esque flowers.  (On sale!!)

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Then I pulled them apart.

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Then I re-layered them in alternating colors, without adding in any of the plastic pieces.  The important part here is to make sure that each layer is staggered from the next, so you can see all the petals from each layer.

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Using a hot glue gun, I secured each layer.  Then I added a jewel to the center.

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Next, I covered an alligator clip (also available at Michael’s), with a ribbed ribbon.  This was also done with a glue gun.  This step is not 100% necessary, but it does look pretty, and it grips to the hair a little better.

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Then I glued it to the back side of the flower

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The whole thing takes about 10-15 minutes.  Not to bad!  And it really looks lovely in a little girl’s hair:

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We also made a few others, and changed up the coloring.  Here’s a yellow and pink version:

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This project was so much easier than I thought it was going to be, and both Skylar and I were really pleased with the results.

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I’d love to hear what you all think about these clips.  Should we keep making them?

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Have a great rest of the week!

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Lizz

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Best of 2010

I have noticed a lot of people doing “top ten” and “best of” lists.  I thought I would join the party.  As I have only been blogging since September, I don’t have a huge pool of posts to sort through.  Regardless, in no special order, here are some of my favorite posts so far:

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1. Pizza Roll-ups

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All Done!

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This family favorite was the first real post I did, outside of the good ‘ole “welcome to my blog” post.  It seemed like a natural for the list.

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2. How to Open a Banana Like a Monkey

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I have always enjoyed this little tip.  I giggled a lot while taking pictures for this post, because if someone would have walked in and seen me….

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3. Tissue Paper Apple Tree

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I loved doing this art project with Skylar.  It really turned out to be visually dramatic, and it is still hanging on our fridge.

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4. Cupcake Bites

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This little food activity was the first joint blogging project I did with my bff Mara of What’s For Dinner.  Not only did we have a great time making these super cute sweets with the help of Skylar, they were friggin’ delicious!  Nom Noms!

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5. Ariel’s Beachy Do

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First of all, I love this hairdo.  It’s so hippy and cool, and it also worked great with Skylar’s mermaid costume (we did this style no less than 3 times around Halloween).  I also love that it’s super duper easy.  A little prep work the night before and an easy quick hairdo in the morning.  I believe that this was the only hairdo that I was able to actually get posted in these last few months.  Don’t worry though.  I have a lot planned in the hairdo department, and I just need to get it all together. (I hope!).  This post was also followed up with a tutorial on how to create the little flower bobby pins.  You can check that out *HERE* if you wish

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6. Curly Ribbon Clip

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This cute do-it-yourself clip was a result of one of many times that I’ve seen something in a store and said, “I’m not paying for that!  I can make that myself!”  I actually found this process to be pretty fun, and I love that I can make cute ribbon accessories to match any outfit now!

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7. Deviled Egg Contest

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I loved making these eggs!  The idea of having a contest to make the best deviled eggs must be credited to my mother.  This family gathering was riddled with anticipation to taste and judge all of the entries.  I, of course, went for presentation, as this was the first time I ever made deviled eggs on my own.  To find out who won, you’re going to have to check out the post!  There is also a follow-up post for this one, explaining how to create the flower shaped eggs, using an egg shaper.  Check it out *HERE*.

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8. Get Of of My Cupboards!

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This has always been one of my favorite parenting tips, and I was really happy to find some photos of Skylar when she was 2 and actually using her drawer.  If you have a little one that refuses to stay out of your kitchen drawers and cabinets, you should really check this one out.

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9. Kiddie Trail Mix

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Ahh, my favorite treat to make for parties with kids in attendance.  The kids love it.  The grown-ups love it.  And it’s totally customizable to your tastes.  It’s a win-win-win!

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10.  Advent Calendar

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This advent calendar was so much fun to make (with lots of help from my kiddo).  I loved having a fun, clean, sugar-free way to count down the days to Christmas.  Skylar was fully in charge of counting (or subtracting really), and writing down the days left.  She did an amazing job, and it really helped her to understand exactly when the special day was here.  I didn’t have to answer “When is it going to be Christmas” a million times.  Maybe I should do this before her birthday too….

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Last thing I want to share (or re-share) with all of you is my favorite Muffin Tin Meals we created this year.  These not only seem to be my most popular posts, but we also did so many in just 3 and a half months that they seem to require a special nod.  You can click the title to read the original post if you are interested.  I would like to say that these tins were not only incredibly fun to create, they have definitely helped decrease meal time whining.  I love getting Skylar’s input and creative suggestions, and making it happen.  Stay tuned for many more of these.

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Under the Big Top

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Leaves, Trees, and Harvest

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TV Dinner

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Christmas #1

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Christmas #3

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And my personal favorite for 2010…

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Halloween

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Whew!  And there you have it.  I hope you have all enjoyed the fun things we have done over the last few months.  I also hope you enjoyed it enough to keep following us in 2011.

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Have a wonderful and safe New Years!
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HERE’S TO 2011!!!!!!

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Lizz

Craft Flower Accessories

I wanted to do a post to show you all how we got the flowers into Skylar’s hair for this hairstyle:

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I purchased these flowers in the crafting section of Walmart:

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They are perfect and pretty, but needed to be attached to bobby pins in order to use them in the hairstyle.  The easiest way to do this might have been to glue them on, but I was worried that with the multiple times we would need to use them, they might pop off.  So, I sewed them on.  Sort of.

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The backs of these flowers didn’t have any sort of place where a bobby pin could hold on, so I used a needle and thread just to create some treading in the back:

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Once I did that, it was as simple as slipping a bobby pin through the thread

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From the front, it will look like this:

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Now, the flower can be easily slid into any hairstyle for a little extra special touch.

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I found that for the flower I used over the ponytail holder in the hairstyle above, a bobby pin was not ideal.  Instead, I attached the flower to a tiny pinch clip, as I did at the end of this project.

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Have fun adding a little pop of wow to your daughter’s hairdo!

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Lizz

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This project is linked to these parties:

Craft-O-Manic Mondays @ Craft-O-Manic

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Made by You Monday @ Skip to My Lou

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework
TOO Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Trifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juice Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars
Simply Link @ Simply Designing
Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Ariel’s Beachy Hair

I know that technically Halloween is over, but not for us.  We will be going to a super fun kiddie Halloween party on Sunday (this is a yearly event that just worked best for everyone after the holiday).  This means we will be doing Skylar’s Ariel costume for the third time.  The good news is that because of our multiple costume wearing situation, I was FINALLY able to pull together a hairdo post!! This hairdo was not intended to actually look like Ariel’s hairdo (as Skylar is obviously a blondie).  I wanted to create a fun and easy beachy do that could also work outside of Halloween.  Here’s what I came up with:

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I love the way her beachy waves came out.  Want to know how this beautiful head of hair happened?  It’s simple…

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First, you need to create some waves.  Sure you could spend the time to curl them with a triple barrel curler, but that would take forever.  I chose to cheat a little.  The night before Halloween, I left Skylar’s hair wet after a shower (wetting it down slightly with a spray bottle will work just as well) and put it into several braids.

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There is no strict method here.  You do not have to make perfectly shaped sections of hair (it’s almost better if you don’t).  I would however highly recommend creating the part you will need for tomorrow.  I usually part Skylar’s hair slightly off-center on the right side.  Other tips: The smaller the braids, the smaller the waves.  I went for sort of medium-sized.  You can also play around with how high or low your braids start.  If you start them higher up than I did you will have waves starting closer to the roots.

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Have your daughter sleep in the braids.  By morning her hair will be dry.  Gently remove the ponytail holders and release the braids.  DO NOT brush it out, and DO NOT get it wet.  Simply use your fingers to separate the plaits.  If you created the part before you braided, her hair should naturally fall into the perfect place.  The result will be something like this:

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While this is pretty on its own, we wanted to add a little twisty flair.

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Starting on one side of the part, grab approx half of the front section of hair.  Give it a little clockwise twist (for the right side.  Go counterclockwise for the left side) Don’t mind the eyeball.  It is Halloween after all.

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Continue the twist out about 2/3 of the way down the section of hair.  Then repeat for the front section of hair underneath your original section.

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Have your daughter hold these twists for you, and repeat the twists on the other side.  Bring all four twists together at the back of the head.

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Using a clear elastic, tie all four twists together.  Normally these fly aways drive me nuts, but I think this style is an exception.  It makes her look windblown.

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Spray the hair with a small amount of hairspray to keep it all in place.  Embellish with the accessories of your choice.  I found these cute little flowers and turned them into bobby pins and pinch clips.  I will post that process soon.

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I wanted to get a few pictures of the final product, but I’m learning to use some new settings on my camera, and come up with some strange coloring.  Anyways, the hair turned out great.

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I hope you all enjoyed your Halloween as much as we did.

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Lizz

Curly Ribbon Clip

Recently I saw a cute clip with curly ribbons at one of the stores I frequent, but it wasn’t a good color.  I thought to myself…”I can do that.”.  This phrase usually means I have a new activity on my hands (hence the blog!).  This also coincides perfectly with a recent obsession I have developed for buying ribbon.  I love that there are so many different colors and patterns and sizes, and the possibilities seem endless.  So here is my very first hair accessory project using ribbon:

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I gathered everything I was going to need for the job:

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Stuff List:

  • Ribbon of your choice (I used 3/8″)
  • Bowl of water
  • Dowel rods (the smaller the rod, the tighter the curl)
  • Wooden clothes pin
  • Cookie sheet covered with tin foil
  • Tiny pinch clips
  • Needle and thread
  • A lighter (not pictured, oops)
  • Oven, preheated to 200 degrees

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My first task was to get a plain flat ribbon to curl permanantly.  This ribbon was chosen specially for someone that I know will be reading this…

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Cut 3 pieces of ribbon in equal lengths.  Remember that they will be shorter after being curled.  Put all 3 ribbons into the bowl of water.

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Take one ribbon out of the water, and gently squeeze out excess water.  Using one of the clothes pins, clip one end of the ribbon to the dowel rod.  Begin wrapping the ribbon around the rod at a slight angle.  Keep the sides of the ribbon as close together as possible without overlapping.  Clip the other end of the ribbon with another clothes pin, and place rod on the cookie sheet.

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Place the cookie sheet in the oven.  Check the ribbon every ten minutes or so to see if they are dry by running your finger over the ribbons.  Do not remove the clips to check.  When dry, remove from the oven, and let them sit until cooled.  Use caution, as the wooden items will be hot as well.  When cooled, unclip and unwind the ribbons.

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To finish off the ribbons, you will need to make sure the ends do not fray.  This can be done by using a lighter to seal the ends.  I cut my ends into a nice angle before taking this step.  You will not need to actually touch the ribbon with the flame, as you could set the ribbon on fire (oh no!).  Putting the flame close to the ribbon will melt the ends slightly.

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Now that task #1 is complete, it’s time for task#2: putting together the clip.  Put the middle of the 3 ribbons together like so:

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Using the needle and thread, put a few stitches in the middle of the ribbons to keep them together.  Do not tie it off yet.

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Take one of these tiny clips,

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and hold it open.  Then thread the needle through the opening where the coil is.

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Pull the clip down to the ribbons, and continue to sew the clip to the ribbons until it is secure.  Tie off the thread and cut it.  The clip will be in the back, so arrange the ribbons in the front until they look right and cover the knots from the thread.  I hope this makes sense, since I wasn’t able to get good pictures to help visualize this part.  Please let me know if I need to explain this better.

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And there you have it!

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I know this seems like a lot of steps, but I’m pretty sure it took me longer to write this post than it did to actually make this clip.  I hope you all enjoy making these as much as I did.  Bouncing those curly ribbons around is so much fun!

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I am submitting this accessory to a bunch of linky parties.  Click the image to check them out!

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Wishing you all happy color coordination!

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Lizz