Monday, October 31, 2011

New Hair Cut!

I finally went for it! I went back and forth for months trying to decide if I wanted to cut my hair. I was originally growing it out. My goal was waist length.  I was a few inches from reaching my goal when I started to get the itch. The itch to cut my hair. I loved my long hippie, Renaissance hair but I also missed my 1940's hairstyles. After Casey from Elegant Musings cut her hair in a modified middy I knew right then that it was time for me to cut my hair again. I decided to get a modified middy as well since I wasn't ready to commit to a true middy cut. I asked for my hair to be cut in a U shape with the shortest part of the cut to reach the top of my shoulders and the deepest part of the U to lay a few inches below my shoulders. Lots of layers were cut in. About 8-9 inches were cut off of my length. I haven't had my hair this short since 2001. My stylist kept asking if I was sure and I assured her that I was. My hair grows quickly and every time I get home from getting my hair cut I usually regret not cutting it a few inches shorter. This time I was serious and have yet to regret cutting it this short.

The next day I used hot rollers instead of sleeping in pillow sponge rollers. I think the hot rollers gave my hair cut a nice relaxed 50's look. Very Elizabeth Taylor.

I prefer setting my hair in pillow sponge rollers with a little setting lotion. I bought Lottabody setting lotion and a small spray bottle. I followed the direction on the bottle to dilute it with water. The small spray bottle is perfect.  My hair is so thick I couldn't imagine how long it would take for me to pin curl my whole head!

I'm glad my husband doesn't mind me going to bed with my hair in curlers and a scarf around my head. ;-)
The more hair I put in a roller the less tight the curls. Obvious right?

I clearly used more curlers in the picture below. My curlers were tight and lasted all day. The next day my curls were just right. I could easily get three good hair days from one setting!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Link Show and Tell

  1. Adelaide shares pictures of an adorable Hobo Wedding! The details make the theme concept beautiful and fun.
  2. The "Bad Twin" over at "Good Twin Bad Twin" whips up an amazing ruffled sleeved dress using a 1940's dress pattern. She comes across some helpful tips for working with vintage patterns.
  3. Aubrey gives a little insight into the daily life of a 1950's housewife. I wish I could be more like them. I would like to find a vintage housewife manual if such a thing exist!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Decor and Caramel Apples!

 The first couple of weeks of Autumn have been hot in the Bay Area. I'm kind of glad because it gives my late growing tomato plants time to keep producing. Sadly my huge tall heirloom Box Car Willie tomato plant broke in half from the weight of the heavy tomatoes. I never knew how much heartache a failed crop could bring. I will have to figure out a better staking system next year.
 I prefer the heirloom pumpkins. The silver-blue ones, white ones with stripes and the Cinderella pumpkin are so pretty! The rich reddish orange color of the Cinderella pumpkins make them my favorite!

  I love the Autumn berry garlands that Micheal's carries. I wait till they are 40-50% off!
 I just bought this Autumn leaf garland for 50% off! It's a really well made garland too.
 More Autumn berries. A friend gave me this cute pumpkin mug last year.
 Amelia and I made caramel apples yesterday! It was so easy and fun.  Especially when you buy the bag of caramels specifically made for apples. I've made caramel apples from scratch before and although it was nice and yummy it does take time and isn't always ideal when a little one is helping you.
 I toasted walnuts and then chopped them up for dipping the bottoms of the apples in and then Amelia got to help decorate them with Autumn sprinkles. The caramel sets up quickly once it's on the apple so I helped Amelia by tilting the apple a little and gently pressing a handful of sprinkles onto the sides. 
 I love the toasted walnuts compared to peanuts and the sprinkles add a nice crunch too.