Monday, January 12, 2015
I always wanted to put my hair up in a coronet, peasant-style, whatever you call it. But it never worked. They always slipped or didn't stick and there were bits everywhere. But I finally figured it out! First, you have to use one braid instead of two (this does require very long hair). Secondly, clips not pins! I actually got the idea for trying it this way from a picture of an author on Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf. I can't remember her name at all, but she's got very thick, dark hair and had it up in a braided crown with bright pink clips that looked like butterflies. And I thought AH HA!! and it totally works. It's really comfortable and easy. I think it looks much better from the front than the back, but why are you staring at the back of my head anyways?
And all the four year old girls are drooling in envy of my hair.
My life is complete.
|It is not easy to take pictures of the back of your own head|
|and this is a horrible picture. whatever.|
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
My earrings tend to be super simple - either hook a cool bead directly onto the earring thingy, or maybe get fancy and add a little chain to make it dangly. However, I am experimenting! I hooked multiple beads onto a chain! It's new territory! I wore them today and, happily, the smell of Sculpey that has lingered about the beads the entire time I'd had them does not reach my nose when they are on my ears.
Not only did I make a necklace, I actually wore it! As opposed to hanging it on the wall, which is what I've done with my other jewelry pieces. This is super simple - it's just purple and natural wooden beads and a cute little hedgehog strung on red wire. I woke up my friend Sara to borrow crimps from her to finish it, but she was very good-natured about it.
This is the beginning of what's going to be a bead curtain. It is almost impossible to photograph, especially with my poor photography skills, but the top 6-8 inches are crocheted copper wire with small fluorite gems and then the longer strands are oval fluorite (it's all in shades of green and purple). I'm going to need a LOT more rainbow fluorite....
Also, that bare white wall is just waiting for my newly ordered art to arrive and be framed.
I found this recipe online, as it wasn't in the recipes my mom passed on to me. I replaced the M&Ms with gumdrops (I'm not going to admit how many I ate first). I don't have a Bundt pan so I just used a square tupperware.
It was gross. Like rice krispie treats but with stale popcorn (I swear it was fresh). Alas, childhood memories can never be relived.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
But once you're in the habit of following along with whatever is around you, even if it's not you inside, it's hard to break. Especially when everyone around you is a bit, well, cultish. It took me three years out of graduate school, and binge-reading Ursula Vernon's LJ (hey, this is me. I have epiphanies with Ursula Vernon) to suddenly realize that....that time is now and I can let all of that old, outer self go and be myself. It's very freeing to be thinking something and then suddenly realize "hey....that's a thought from old shell-self! Off it goes!" And I've been settling into Real Me ever since. She turned out to be a pretty fun person that I'm going to be happy to live with for the rest of my life.
2014 was pretty good. I think 2015 will be better. Just watch me grow - there's no wall around me anymore.