Tuesday, May 28, 2013

New Hair, "Doings"

Apparently I've been doing something wrong with my hair  for a very long time... I've been doing some research, and you're not supposed to wash your hair everyday... I have :P I've slowly been changing that habit, but my hair is so short in the front from re growth (will all readers please note I DO NOT cut my hair. Ever. Not even a trim. Period.) as my haird had broken off from lack of taking vitamin's for a time, since i breastfeed, that resulted in a large output of nutrients with not enough intake, thus, my hair broke off... Any way to continue, all those short hairs stick straight up and I didn't want to use hair spray (drying alcohols) and water wouldn't keep those hairs down long... More research ensued. I found out there are non-alcohol hairsprays out there... I went to Walmart and grabbed the first one I saw: L'oreal's Alcohol Free Hairspray.

 I wanted to see how it did: ( based on a 1-5 scale 1 being bad) 5 for hold, I went to silver dollar city went on 6 roller coasters and 2 water rides, and my hairstyle stayed in ( a front side pouf and a back pouf [no teasing]) my hair fell later because of a bobby pin malfunction. I'd also give it a 5 for scent. It doesn't smell gross like some hairsprays, and to me this is important. It has a light sweet/floral scent, but it's not too heavy on either the sweet or floral. A 3 for cost: $5.97 for a bottle that size is not too bad but I think they could have come down a buck... or two. I really don't like that price. A 4.5 for the non-buildup feel in my hair when I wash it... It combs out fairly easy but leaves a greasy feel on second day hair, but that just may be me, because my hair has oily tendencies... for now, (as I said earlier I'm in the process  of re-training my hair)

Anyway, how was everyone's Memorial day weekend? I'm kind of disappointed how my city I live in doesn't do more, only one place I saw had a flag half mast. Every other place had sales, to commercialize. How sick can people get? Commercializing a holiday meant for remembering the soldiers who died for our freedom, that's sick and twisted to me.

I'll stop there because laundry has to be done by someone, and it won't do itself... I'll ask a question before I go though, what is your favorite household chore to do? Mine is vacuuming or washing floors.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A Skirt Inspired

Looking around on Pinterest and the internet there are plenty of cute skirts to be found, but not so cute prices.... I decided to try to do one myself with my own flavor....

 Here it is! I like the way it turned out!

 First seam rip and cut to desired length, and have a fabric chosen for your ruffles.

 Pin and sew your "rear" seam (where my sewing foot is on in the above picture)
 Then pin and sew your back "in between the legs" fabric, Since I'm making a shorter skirt, I had enough of the cut off legs, left over to re-use. Hey, waste not want not right? After that, you'll need to measure the places where you are going to be putting your ruffles, I did three so I took a measurement of where my tape is, and two more place below that at pretty equal spacing... Clear as mud?
 Now we'll make a pattern for our ruffles, I used a quilting ruler, and it has those handy dandy diagonal lines that I used to make the "side" seams... It'll get clearer as we move along. Basically I drew half of a trapezoid, to be placed on the fold of your fabric. The "top" of your trapezoid is going to be attached to your skirt, the bottom is going to be free, the diagonal lines are going to be attached to the sides of your skirt. The tissue paper below is how my pattern looks, I don't know how clear it is to you, but try enlarging the picture, if that doesn't work, let me know and I'll edit this post to show a clearer picture. Also, Be sure to add seam allowances!
 Here's one of the pattern pieces cut out and on the fabric getting ready to be cut:
 I hemmed all the way around the pieces, so they wouldn't unravel. For the top ruffle I seam ripped the bottom of the back pockets out so I could sew right over the ruffle and still be able to use those pockets.
After this point I kinda forgot to take more pictures of the process: To create more of a ruffle effect on your bustle, you'll have to add a few gathers.... That's all I can really say for now, my son woke up.... 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Southern Ma'am

My "dahling" mother in law went to a garage sale and picked up a box of old recipes and newspaper clippings and gave them to me... I immediately thought: I can post these on my blog! So without further ado, the Southern Ma'am.

Pecan Pie

1c white corn syrup
1c dark brown sugar
1/3 c melted butter
1 heaping cup shelled pecans
3 eggs (beaten)
dash of vanilla
pinch of salt

Mix above ingredients well and pour into an unbaked 9 in pastry pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes in your oven. Let col and top with whipped cream or ice cream... or just serve plain and enjoy!

If you try this, let me know how it turned out for you!!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I'm Back!

First, It's great to be back! Second, I'm typing this with one hand as Jason nurses. Third, have I got a slew of posts coming to (possibly) rock your world! Fourth, I love pinterest, and I have some projects inspired from there to make some posts about with my own little twist of personality... so here it goes.... typing galore! oh, and here's a pic of Jase:

Him this spring at the bookstore!