January 7th, 2014
I’m shocked and flattered that some of you have asked how I curl my hair. I’ve always been dreadful at hair styling, so I’m ecstatic that I’ve finally figured something out! I made a little video showing how I do it. It’s quick and easy. I have yet to find a product that will keep my waves in place in the summer humidity or in the rain, but when the weather cooperates these curls will last for days. Without further ado, please join me in my bathroom as I curl my hair. Your view is from just above the toilet seat where I balanced my tripod. Fancy!
music: “Hot Sand” by Lullatone
Products I used:
Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron
Pantene Non-aerosol Hairspray
Redken Smoothing Serum
I burnt out several clipless curling irons before splurging on a higher end one. If you want a less expensive iron this one was my favorite until it died. I love the Sedu one I have now. It heats up in seconds, works like a charm, and the heat resistant glove that came with it is a real finger saver.
Here’s a video summary if your attention span isn’t that long:
1. Put your damp hair in two braids before bed.
2. Take out the braids in the morning and your hair will be wavy. The braids already did most of the work!
3. Add a few curls here and there with a clipless curling iron to break up the braid waves a little bit and avoid the crimped look. Hold the iron upside down when you wind your hair around it. I don’t know why, but it works better that way.
4. Top your curls with a spritz of hairspray and a few drops of smoothing serum.
5. Done! The curls will relax and blend into big soft waves as you go on about your day.
December 20th, 2013
A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all! I’m going to take a little break from blogging for the next two weeks to spend time with family and eat lots of cookies. It’s going to be awesome. I’ll meet you back here on January 7th. Before I go, I had a little fun with gouache this morning!
December 17th, 2013
A handful of recent(ish) sketchbook pages…
December 12th, 2013
I love making ornaments. Some of my fondest childhood memories are from Decembers spent inventing hideous ornaments to put on the tree. They usually involved lots of glitter, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. Now my homemade ornaments are a bit more dignified (although my Christmas cookies aren’t). I whipped up this little snowflake from wooden beads and copper wire. I think it would look great on any tree—rustic, traditional, or modern. Although googly eyes might take it to the next level…
wooden beads in assorted sizes
16 gauge copper wire
round nose pliers (the kind you use to make jewelry)
needle nose pliers (or something else to cut the wire)
1. Uncoil the length of wire and use round nose pliers to bend one end into a small loop.
2. Thread an assortment of beads onto the wire. The more beads you add the larger your snowflake will be.
3. Use the round nose pliers to bend the wire sharply at the end of the last bead.
4. Fold the wire back on itself making sure the length is the same as the section of wire you already beaded. Pinch the loop at the top with pliers to make it as narrow as possible.
5. Thread beads onto the doubled-up wire. Use round nose pliers to open the loop at the top, which will keep the beads from sliding off.
6. Repeat steps 3–5 to create the other arms of the snowflake. Six arms looked perfect to me, but you can make more or less.
7. Use needle nosed pliers (or your desired cutting device) to snip off the excess wire leaving about an 1.5″ long tail. Tuck the tail up into the bead holes of the first snowflake arm you made (the one that has a single length of wire inside).
8. If necessary bend your snowflake arms into their proper positions. Fashion a hook from a scrap of leftover wire, and your wooden snowflake is ready to hang.
December 10th, 2013
I made some pretty scandalous sugar cookies over the weekend! If you’re gearing up to do any holiday baking this sugar cookie recipe topped with this icing is a classic combo.