I spend (=waste) a lot of money on hair accessories. I see them in the aisle at Target and CVS, and I think, "Ooh, pretty! That might work on my hair." But it usually doesn't, and I throw it, and my $6, away. But I recently tried again, and you guessed it, it works. Works, like killah awesome works. Can you say, chignon?
I just twist my hair up, stick in the Goody Modern Updo pin, rotate as shown in the instructions, stick it back in until it gouges my scalp (but the ends are rounded, so not irreparably), and Bob's your uncle. Awesome tight bun of sorts. The best part is, no scrunchie. No bobby pins. Nothing showing. And because I'm more interested in being quick than being perfect, it's different every time!
Works best when hair is partly damp. Here are a few of my creations:
|Super quick updo done in the car during a red light. Stayed in all day.|
|This one took about 10 seconds longer than the first; I think I just got lucky that it turned out cool looking. And I finally figured out to utilize my bathroom mirror in taking pictures of the back of my head. I am so smart.|
|And speaking of updo's, I liked this that I twisted up with some chopstick claws from my bag while I had Poppy sequestered in a quiet room during church. Just having some fun with my long hair.|
Moving on. Ginger and Hazel are big girls now, and it wasn't working to share just one laundry basket. Filled up so fast! And the socks, we used to put them in a mesh bag hanging from the laundry basket, but it filled up quick, too. So I hunted around for a decent double hamper (= not dumb looking, and <$100), and came up with this one from Land of Nod, plus a separate basket just for socks. It's been working great - I can do one kid's laundry at a time, and socks separately, which has resulted in fewer disappearing - always a bonus.
Finally, a year after we made them, I got around to framing our bubble prints (one of my favorite Art Tuesdays), and hanging them in our naked stairway. It doesn't hide how filthy the wall is, but it still draws the eye up and makes the house look more occupied.