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Craft Project! Hair Ties!

I got a twistband in my Birchbox last month. I loved it. Since I almost have waste long blonde hair, I am constantly searching for ways to keep my hair out of my face without destroying it. Twistband is my answer. Of course, I’m not the only one who has realized how awesome these hair-ties are. I see girls wearing them everywhere!

My homemade twistband!

Like all things I love, twistbands are kinda expensive. I bought 5 for $10 at my local clothing store and have seen them for much more. All twistbands are is elastic ribbon tied in a knot. I figured, I could make those!

Go to Michael’s (the jewelry section) and buy Blue Moon elastic band. Or be like me and have a worker do it! This guy was fun!

You will need your elastic band (it was $2.99!!!), scissors, a lighter and a ruler.

A simple trip to my friendly neighborhood Michael’s store and guess who has all the twistbands she wants? THIS GIRL! And now everyone in my office and at the coffee place I go every morning.

Cute your elastic into 8 inch pieces (7 might work better for some people, I have a lot of hair). Then, use the lighter to carefully scorch the end.

All you do in tie the elastic in a simple knot.

Just be careful to avoid twists in the elastic.

And pull tight to set the knot.

I made big ones to use as hair-bands! My lovely file clerk Meagan got my first one. Also thank you for the photo assistance! The one downside to living alone is no picture help.

If you want to make a hair-band instead of hair-ties just measure out about 19.5 inches of your elastic and tie the same way. I LOVE the hair-bands, they are awesome.

See wasn’t that super easy? It’s almost embarrassing  how cheap and easy these are to make. And you could even add beads, or paint or feathers or what-have-you, go wild!

So many! So fun! So easy!

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Giveway: Meg Made Scarf

I love fall. Hoodies, scarves and boots are wardrobe staples in my world. In fact, I had my Grandma teach me how to crochet in high school because I loved scarves so much, but was too cheap/poor to buy them. It’s actually been one of those skills that have come in pretty handy. I found crocheting is a very soothing hobby, and since half the time I’m wound tighter than a two dollar watch, I became a very prolific scarf maker.

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In college, I would start crocheting around the beginning of finals. By the time finals were over I’d usually have about 20 scarves made. I would then sell them at holiday craft shows, where my Mom sold her soap. It was a quick way to make some beer money for vacation!

My jobs have been pretty stressful lately, so I picked up the crocheting hook again. Since it is fall, I think a Meg made scarf would be the perfect giveaway!

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You know the drill. Leave me a comment and next Friday I will use random.org to pick a winner!

Good luck!

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Drunken Planters

I had such a cliche Monday. I woke up late, I couldn’t find anything to wear, my coffee wasn’t made and when I went outside in the morning, the first thing I saw was my car with a flat tire. Boooooooo.

A car with a flat tire in the country usually isn’t a big deal. We have air compressors, and tire changing tools if it comes to that. But this morning, for some reason, nothing worked. The compressor wouldn’t start, and I didn’t have enough time to change it (plus I really suck at tire changing and would rather pay more insurance to have someone do it for me).

Since I still live on the compound (the Ranch), help is mere yards away in the form of my Mother. I woke her up, bright and early, to frantic, late for work, Meg. She gave me her car and I promised to get off from work early so I could take my car in to be fixed.

Before I knew it my car was in my parking lot, with two new, paid for tires. To top that all off, my Mom told me that she was making me dinner! What a wonderful day!

As a token of my appreciation I wanted to do something nice for her. So I made her these planters.

YOU WILL NEED:

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Various plants – flowers, vegetables, herbs, succulents

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Rebar – I like the 4 footers, but any size will do

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Potting soil – use the good stuff, it matters!!!

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A hammer and gloves

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Moss

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Clay pots – various sizes or not

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Start by hammering the rebar into the ground. Make sure you get it deep enough to support the amount of clay pots you are using.

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Thread the bottom of the pot through the rebar at an angle. I like to use a big pot on the the bottom and work my way up.

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Continue threading the pots through the rebar at alternating angles.

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Keep going…..

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Just a couple more….

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Stop when the rebar is covered by the last pot.

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Helper dog – Jinx!

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Start filling the bottom pot with soil.

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Then start planting your flowers.

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I like to use odd numbers of plants and find a “filler, spiller and a thriller” as my floral design teacher would say. For example one plant that grows up-right, one that stays round and has awesome color, and one that will trail out of the pot.

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Continue planting until you fill the last pot.

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Go back and cover the soil with moss.

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The moss really “finishes” it, don’t you think?

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Taaa daaaa!!!!

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I went ahead and did a baby one for her too. I need to do one more because odd numbers look best.

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I did matching succulent planters on the beginning of my walk-way. I’m hoping to do some vegetable themed planters next spring, hopefully they will be close enough to the house to be protected from the damn thieving deer.

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Ribbon Wreath

I’m a dork, and you already know this if you’ve been reading my blog. However I am crafty dork, well, crafty enough to steal other ideas and put them on my blog! Ha ha, j/k (sorta). This is a super easy and cathartic wreath to make. I tend to like things where I can sit and do the same thing over and over, so I can wipe the drool off my chin and not think about life for a while. The hours it will take you to cut all the ribbon and place all the ribbon loops will appease this need. So get your PJ’s on, put a chick flick on TV, get a snack and get comfortable.

First off get some ribbon. Different colors, textures and sizes will look super cool in this wreath, so knock yourself out. You are then going to cut your ribbon into 4 ½ inch sections, you’ll need about 360 pieces (give or take depending on your ribbon width and whatnot).

You will also need a foam wreath form (available at most craft or floral stores, I think mine is 12 inches), and floral pins.

Then fold the ribbon into a loop and pin it into the wreath form.

(Picture to come)

Keep doing that, placing the ribbon loops randomly around the form, facing different directions. Keep doing this until your wreath appears full and you can’t see any of the foam form.

That is pretty much it. It should look like this when you are done.

I gave the purple one to my Mom and the Christmas one to my Grandma and was, briefly, the favorite grandchild, for about a minute.

You can get fancy and add bows or other embellishments, but I’m lazy and didn’t.

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