Hi honeys. I recently had the absolute luxury of an entire day to myself, in my house, cleaning done and chores cast to the side……….And a little project that had been burning a whole through my mind for over a year.
I made myself a nice cup of coffee, and I put on the news radio with the intention of catching up on some world news. I got out my fabric……….Huge swaths of linen, cotton gauze, and bamboo, and I began cutting. 4 inch strips, 9 feet long. I cut and cut until my hands ached and the blades of my scissors gnawed and hacked. Cutting things is my happy place.
100 strips later, with a gigantic pile of fabric strips and fabric lint on my living room floor, my head filled with the awfulness of war and ignorance, I turned off the radio, sneezed, and made the assertion that running these fabric strips through the wash was the right choice. Why? Because it seemed like the right thing to do.
While the strips laundered, I prepared a bucket of Indigo Dye in my back yard. I picked some veggies and weeds from the garden and juiced them, and put on some old country music.
When the washing machine beeped, I eagerly lifted the lid. Inside was a dreadlock of fibers and fabric. I lifted it out in a large clump. I thought to myself ‘this is going to be a long day.’
I spent the next 3 hours untangling the mess, strip by strip. I practiced breathing and having good posture while I worked, a difficult practice considering that a large part of myself felt absolutely tortured by my own stupidity for not washing the fabric before cutting it into strips! and I just kind of wanted to melt into nonexistence.
Something that the last year has really taught me, though, is that wasted time and energy is only wasted if a lesson is not learned. I thought about that, and felt better. This is a part of the process, and it is part of what will make the next time even better. I think it’s important to be kind to ourselves especially when trying new things. Needless to say, I talked myself down from the ledge with this little affirmation…….Take the lesson, enjoy the process, keep going. The Ceremony of Pushing Through!
Once I had untangled the worlds larges fabric dreadlock, took off my shoes and went back outside where I proceeded to I dye the strips in all different ways, some I double dipped to darken them, some I krinkled up and rubber-banded and dipped in the dye bath, some I twisted into knots and dipped, and some I dipped so that they would be more gradient, like an ombre. My hands were denim blue by the end of it, and I had blue splatters all over my feet, arms, and face. I was surrounded by 100 blue dyed strips which hung from my clothes line, gently fluttering in the wind.
After the strips dried, I braided them, twisted them, and crocheted them into long ropes and shorter bands, with the intention of adorning peoples hair and heads in a a multitude of creative and meaningful ways.
When I finished with the fabric, I used the last of my dye on some vintage paper roses, dipping them in one at a time and setting them in the sun……For future Blue Rose Power Crowns.
At the end of the day, I had 25 beautiful unique head wraps, each with it’s own personality. Two of my favorites were simple, ombre-dyed strips of linen which I had knotted every few inches from one end to the other…..They seemed the perfect ones for my daughters Marley and Selah.
Mars was kind enough to let me shoot a quick little tutorial of a lovely way to wear a head wrap such as this one.
Head Wrap Twisted Hairstyle
We began by wrapping her head with the knotted strip, it banded around twice. I wound the ends of the strip around the band a few times to secure the wrap.
Then, starting on one side, twist a small section of hair, and wind it around the bands, tucking it securly in and around the headwrap. Take another small section of hair next to the first one and repeat.
Now do the same thing, starting from the other side. Work your way towards the center, twisting winding and tucking in hair around your bands.
Over the next few months, I will be posting more ways that one can wear these hand-made beauties.
These headwraps were made with the intention of helping us find more ceremony in the small details of our daily lives, with more intention setting in our self care routine, and homage paid towards the power of adornment.
Want to get your kids pumped for the holidays? Pipe cleaners.
are amazing for Cindy Lou Who braids. Just braid em on in, and then bend em however you want. They can also go crazy with accessorizing with pipe cleaners, which is fun.
While gazing into the future the other days with my cool new Futureyes glasses, I saw my old Hole baby clips that I got when Hole released Live Through This. All of a sudden, I missed my baby clips so bad that it hurt. I knew in my heart that my once colorful and epic collection of tiny plastic hair clips was no longer existent and that I had carelessly let them scatter into the dark corners of existence as we passed through the nineties.
I read an article the next day that was something about ’90’s fashion statements that should stay in the 90’s’ and baby clips were on the list. ‘This is absurd!’ I choked into my coffee. Baby clips were the sweet sly smile on the big middle finger of the RiotGrrrl movement. They reminded us that we were still females, and had once in fact been innocent female children. Baby clips, like my Doc Martin boots, meant everything to me in the 90’s and I am completely in favor of them coming back.
I decided that it was time to dig around and see if I could round up some of those classic-style clips that we all remember. Between my daughters dress up trunk, some old purses, and Ebay, I found the following…….he triple daisy, ponies, the bow, dragonfly, the one that looks like corn, and a couple simple barrett style ones and a few other randos.
I gazed over my new baby clip collection with a heart bursting with pride and happiness as if I had just birthed kittens, and decided the only thing missing now was my sparkly nail polish. Something you should know about me is that I have an impractical obsession with sparkly nail polish and consider it an instant fix for anything boring or dull or scratched.
Here is a list of things that I have painted with sparkly nail polish.
-My blue vinyl Converse All stars that I decided looked too much like clown shoes. Nothing some sparkles won’t fix, though.
-My first snowboard. It was fully decoupaged with images from magazines and sparkles.
-Sunglasses. Just the rims!
-My first Nokia phone. Pink, and sparkly.
-The toes of my Doc Marten boots. They were really scratched up.
-My pencils and pencil sharpener. Duh.
-My lips once, as an ‘experiment.’ I don’t recommend it.
Here is a list of things that I have seriously considered painting with sparkly nail polish.
– My first car.
-My brothers face while he slept.
-My step-mothers everything, just to piss her off.
The 90’s were magic.
Needless to say, I painted sparkles on some of my baby clips, but not all of them. Mostly just the smooth barrett ones. Then, I arranged them all together and checked them out through the portals of my Futureyes glasses, just to marvel at their beauty.
Then, I spent a fun little half hour in the warm fall weather, arranging my hair with baby clips in different ways and getting excited to start rocking them again, in real life.
Babes, can we bring back baby clips together here at HTHG? Do you still have yours? I would love to see them. Feel free to share your baby clip pics on Instagram and hashtag them #babycliprevival
It took me a long time to finally give the HBO hit show Girls a second chance. My first impression was that it was unbearably superficial and annoyingly full of screechy, neurotic spoiled girls. Yuck.
Now, though, babes, I am hooked. I love Hannah Horvath like my own best friend, and I just adore Adam. Marnie and Shosh crack me up with their obscene insecurities and warped views on life, and Jessa has a great bohemian New York woman vibe, and I dig her casual boho hairstyles.
On one early episode of Girls where Jessa becomes a nanny, she rocks this great leather-wrapped braided hairstyle that was so good. I had to recreate it for you! All you need is a couple of small elastics and some leather scraps (take a scrap piece and cut out 2 strips:) .