YES!!!! If it were not so I would have told you!!! A couple weeks ago, BBH told me something was in “her office”, which is my childhood table and chair she uses in her own little space in our living room. I thought it was SUPACUTE that she called it that. It was actually used more like a dumping ground for small toys, markers, handmade books (her favorite) and anything else she didnt “feel” like putting away:/ Not much of a work space as I hoped it would be when we brought it home from Grandmom’s house a couple years ago. So, taking my queue from her,  we made a stop at Target and grabbed a few organizing pieces: a simple wall shelf, 2 small bins and table organizer with little dividers.  I also found two little small trays on clearance, a perfect little trash can, and a paper slot organizer to help organize her work (not shown but to the left of the office) at the Container Store (lawd I can stay there for hours!!! But I mean the spirit of organization never overcomes me when I leave and go home:/).  I then came come and put my “Divine Design” weight on it once I got home (or at least in my mind I did, LOL!) and got this…

Kids office

oooooo..ohhhhhhh.AAAAAAAHH

Other than sanding the wood down and giving it a good stain when it warms up (my Dad would use the chairs around the house as a stepping stool for chores, painting etc – yeah, that’s that good ol “70’s wood”, LOL!), we are looking pretty right and tight up in this joint!!  EEEEEK!  I LOVE IT!  Now BBH uses this desk for coloring and drawing like e’ryDAY!! Her stamps are in the upper bin and loose crayons are in a container in the lower bin.  Her fave coloring tools are right at  her finger tips, and I love how she’ll put her little organizer on the floor and get BIZZEH with her “lessons”!! HHHhhhhh…. Can I get an OFFICE?!??!   ijs:/  LOL!!! HHhhhhhhh.  Aweee…my little illustrator being about her BEEZNIZZ!!! Love that girl…:)

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Go’Head Baby!

 

p.s. check out one of our all time fave BBH Lifestyle posts,  “A BBH Nursery“.  #homedesignerwannanbe  LOL!

 

 



In Pipe Cleaners Part I posted yesterday, I showed you how to achieve loose curls (by trial and error) with using pipe cleaners. However, what I really wanted were much tighter, clumped curls. So I gave it another whirl that evening before putting BBH to bed.

Poor Man’s Strawllers Take Two: Tighter Curls

Repeat steps 1-3 in Pipe Cleaners Part I, but bend the pipe cleaner in 1/2 first, looping the bottom around your finger and twisting the pipe cleaner all the way to the top, like this..

You’ll notice the rolling will be much tighter…..

Cover with a satin cap. Now what I do like most about using the pipe cleaners is that they are soft and you can mold them to you BBH’s head. I actually bent the loops back and around to support the ends of her hair this time. You do have to be careful that the wires at the top are safely bent so not to scratch or poke the scalp, or snag the hair. Now I can see if you’re strategic and a better planner than I, how one could leave pipe cleaners in the hair (black cleaners on black hair etc) for a day or two for the ultimate setting like my relatives told me, but we had school the next day and I didn’t want the stares and the curiosity (we ‘der). So here’s what we had the following mornng when I took them out:

LOVED IT! Kind of reminds me of a bob. I decided not to piece them out so the curls would hold shape longer, but I’m sure it would’ve been very, very cute, like picture day hair cute. The curly locs kept up really well! This is a pic a week later doing absolutely nothing to her hair but pulling the top half into a high loose pony tail at night and covering with her satin cap. See how the curls just fell?

But still, I want them just a little tighter to last longer and with more height, so I bought another pack of pipe cleaners to double up and roll in smaller sections at a time. We’ll see. EEK! I can’t wait. In the meantime..

Be Curly!


As mentioned earlier this week, I wanted to share with you this amazing way to curl braids or twists using pipe cleaners.  Yes, pipe cleaners. $1 (or so) pipe cleaners.  Yup, I call them “Poor Man’s Strawllers.”  I was at my family reunion earlier this summer when my two cousins, who have GORGEOUS teeny tiny locs, rolled up in that joint with “Shirley Temple” like curls.  MAN I wish I had a pic… Anywho, they told me about pipe cleaners and how they set their hair in them for a few days to achieve the curls, and how the curls loosen over time, given you a great look for like – WEEKS!!  So naturally, that was put high on my list of “hair hopes” (like, I hope BBH’s hair can do that, LOL!).

After rockin’ BBH’s hair out for awhile from trying Queen Helen’s Royal Curl Curl Shaping Creme for the 1st time (a tub of GOLD I tell ya, see review here), it was time for a protective style.  Once Upon a Curl was having a braids contest on FB so I figured for my entry (vote for me!) I’d do box-type braids style w/a lil’twist, the pipe cleaners! The closet crafter I am, I just happen to have some pipe cleaners stashed away.   But when I grabbed them, I realized they were the metallic kind and I remember my cousin telling me the chenille kind were best. She was right. I tested one in my own hair; not good, metallic pipe cleaners pull the hair. So I grabbed the chenille kind during my (almost weekly) visit to Jo-Ann’s.

So I braided BBH’s hair Saturday morning (related product review to be posted separately and soon), but Daddy BBH and I had plans late afternoon thru the evening. So I didn’t bother to curl them that day or that night, since we got in so late. BUT I tried it 1st thing Sunday AM before church and later that evening before bed (yes,I did it twice, you’ll see why).

Poor Man’s Strawllers Take One: Loose Curls:
Apply a little bit of product for hold.  Or spritz with water to revive the product already in the hair.  If you decide to add a bit of product for hold, I suggest rubbing in your hands 1st and then blotting/pressing the product into the hair between your hands.  I like blotting because (for me) it keeps the style in tact and I feel like I’m getting product into the “nooks and crannies”, LOL!  Ok so moving on…

1st: Take a pipe cleaner, loop the end and twist like this:

2nd: Take hair and start rolling from the bottom (but above of the loop) like so:

3rd: Secure by bending the top of the pipe cleaner back like this:

Lastly: Let set. That’s it! But you might as well have a little fun and get “bendy” with it…

I removed them from her hair about and hour and 1/2. These are the results (Sorry about the watermark but trust, very nice):

Not exactly what I was visualizing, but I did like how soft the curls were, especially after having the cleaners in her hair for a short period of time.  We were off to church, but I was determined to have tighter curls.  See what we did that evening in Part II’s post coming up next.  In meantime…

Be Curly!


ARGH THERE MATEY!! BBH is quite the character. She loves her pretty dress up clothes and shoes, but she is often times a supa-herooooooo!! But on the low low, she’s a pirate, arrrrgh!

After pretending to be a pirate on a consistent basis for some time, I thought ‘imma make my BBH a pirate hat’. Why? Cuz I didn’t see anything pink/girly or UNDEATHLY out there. Plus, I was still on a craft high from doing a birthday party. So, I grabbed some felt and fleece (fleece from the ever so cute blanket I did not make; HHHhhhh, where does time go?!?), some left over foam, popsicle sticks and ribbon. Off I was!… Continue reading →



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Craft Time!  Ok, so remember whenI mentioned customizing a headband to match a dress (or an outfit) in the Holiday Hair post?  Well, here’s mine.  You like?  Interesting enough, I made this about a year and 1/2 ago to match this adorable polkadot and stripped outfit that was given to my daughter as present.  It consists of 3 different kinds of ribbon. I stitched each piece of the bow to the band building from the bottom layer up, glued on some “shimmies” from a previous art project, and stitched the ends of the band to black elastic.  It’s hideous underneath, but hey, no one sees that anyway.

I was thrilled when I realized it matched my daughter’s Easter dress this year and whipped that bad boy out again for its (likely) final use. Stretched the elastic piece a little, and it was as fresh as the day I made it.  So, you like?  You should try it one day. Again a little glue and imagination…  You can try hand-stitching/sewing later.  It’s the memory that matters most.

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K, so this stuffed elephant has absolutely nothing to do with natural hair.  But if you’ve read about us, you’d note we mention crafts; cuz its something I like to do for da’babies, mmhhmm.  Sooooo what do you think?

I made the template and stitched it all by hand. The body is fleece and the eyes are soft buttons (made of felt) to prevent  infant choking hazards.  This was my very first attempt at something like this. I was so thrilled to see my daughter hug and tote it all around the house (even if she was dragging and twirlling by the ear, LOL!).  It was well worth the trial.  You like?  What else should I try??

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Go’Head Baby!