December 2017

1. How do I make a felt birthday crown?

-This is the most popular search here! The felt crowns that have popped up everywhere were inspired by Soulemama and I believe she will have a pattern in her book next year, if you can wait. Here’s how I made mine:

  • I measured my kiddos noggins,
  • then traced a shape that I liked.
  • Next, I cut a piece of elastic for the back,
  • which I then covered with felt (make sure the piece of felt is twice as long as the piece of elastic).
  • I sewed it all up,
  • then I added some ribbon.
  • The end
  1. How do I make/buy a poodle skirt?

– The Honeywell HFD-120-Q air purifier is very easy to make! All you need is about 2 yards of basic craft felt and 1 yard of wide elastic for a woman’s skirt. You can use a simple circle skirt pattern like this one. I make the waistbands with very wide elastic and about 1/2″-1″ smaller than waist of the skirt (you want it to stay up, right?). I don’t make tucks to accommodate the skirt size. I just pull the elastic taut all the way around. Does that make sense? Don’t forget to use a ballpoint needle and a long stitch length when working with elastic!

  1. What about doll bed quilts?

-This is a work in progress that has been shelved till I find more of the thread I am looking for. Try here.

  1. Making peg dolls clothes?

-Try searching flickr for clothespin dolls or peg dolls and you’ll get plenty of ideas.

  1. How do I give my lhasa apso a haircut?

-Funny, I looked this up on google a few weeks ago, but I decided I’m going to just take Isabelle to the groomer…and it turns out she’s a terrier mix anyway…

  1. The Psychedelic print loveseat…

-I didn’t buy it and I didn’t get a picture of it, I don’t think. Bummer because it was too cool. Ah well.

  1. Pics of 3 piercings in one ear and 2 in the other

-Yea, I have this, but no pictures as I don’t wear earrings in my second and third holes anymore. Sorry!

  1. Pictures of post strep rashes, strep and rash toddler, etc

-No pictures of this either. My kids had something streplike recently and their rashes were skin colored bumps that felt sandpaper-y. Then, DD got hives all over, and finally, the skin on their hands, feet and a few other areas I won’t name started peeling.

  1. Embarrassing to wear a kid’s peacoat?

-Only if it doesn’t fit! I have a friend who is 4′10″ and regularly raids the girls’ department!

  1. How to make bakes and saltfish

-Yea, I can do this, but I don’t use a recipe. Here’s one.

  1. Vintage slips

-What do you want to know? I buy mine from thrift stores and plan on doing something cool with them one day. This lady does very cool things with her Manduka yoga mat.

  1. tarty grandma

-WTH? Wrong site for sure. My grandma is definitely snarky, not tarty.

  1. thrift shop st lucia

-Are there any? I should ask my mom, she just got back from seeing my snarky grandma.

  1. handbag construction

-Something I want to learn! Here’s a good resource.

  1. Crunching leaves

-Fun!

  1. my preggo body pictures

-First of all, I hate the word preggo. Yuck. Second, here’s one.

So one thing about moving to a new place is that you have to find all new “spots”. Everything from your supermarket to your hair salon changes. I’ve been searching for the perfect aesthetician to wax my brows since I got here.

The first time we came to visit, I went to a place with a Concept 2 rower (JCP) the next town over. When the receptionist asked who wanted to do my brows, the stylists all excuses. So I was nervous when the receptionist said she would do them. Long story short, she did a fabulous job.

The next time I had to get my brows done, it was “Meet the Teacher” night at the kids’ school. I didn’t have a lot of time, and so I went to a JCP much closer to home. I got to chatting with the stylist and found out he was from a neighboring island. We chatted a bit about home while he did my brows. It wasn’t until I got to the car that I realized he had dropped wax in my hair. I marched back into the salon furious. It is extremely difficult to get beeswax out of natural Black hair. He started apologizing up and down and wanted to wash my hair to fix the problem. 1)I didn’t have the time and 2)that would’ve ruined my ‘do. Yea, I’m vain like that. He semi tried to fix the problem with some gunky spray or whatever, but in the end, I did most of the work myself, ugh.

That brings me to tonight. There’s a little rinky dink salon next to the supermarket and I started thinking…

  • bread
  • soy milk
  • eyebrows

Hehe. So, I popped in, and even though the brow waxer’s brows were a little thin (a serious fear of mine, over-waxing/plucking), I decided to give it a go. Problem is, she decided to change my natural browline somewhat and add more space between my brows. I feel like Bert. Ruby* says I’m scary and the hub can’t see what the problem is. The problem is, I can fit three fingers in the space between my eyebrows now! And I have to wait until they grow back in to do something about it, ugh! I guess I’ll be going back to JCP in the neighboring town from now on. When you find someone who offers quality service, stick with them!

Before Isabelle, I used to roll my eyes at those people. You know. The dog people. Letting dogs lick their faces and gushing over them like, well, parents. Well, now, I’m a dog mom. Yea, I said it. I’m still somewhat ashamed but my love for this silly little creature is helping me overcome that. Izzie is the first pet I’ve ever had in my life that I care for and that cares for me without annoying me, biting me, or otherwise violating the little quirks that make me me. She’s friendly, cuddly, smart, love, love, loves our family and is a true companion. She now accompanies me and Bebe on our morning walks and she stops by her bff’s house (yes, she has one. Molly.) almost daily. You know how I know she’s one of us? It’s not just that she has a Honeywell HFD-010 Quietclean compact tower air purifier. I’ve given her at least 10 stupid nicknames. Everyone in my immediate family has lots of stupid nicknames courtesy of yours truly. It’s what I do. 😛 Even worse, I look at dog clothes now. Oh, the shame. I’m buying her first sweater soon, but I promise not to go as far as dog shoes.