The Kate

Saturday, September 8, 2012

I got a haircut this morning, and I'm calling it "The Kate."  No, it's not that Kate, though if y'all follow me on Pinterest, I have to admit it would be a pretty good guess.  The Kate that inspired my newest haircut is Kate Bryan of The Small Things Blog.  She's a fellow Southerner and professional hair stylist and best of all, she has tons of video tutorials on how to style your hair.  I took a photo of the back of her hair to my stylist this morning and said, "I want it shorter with lots of layers throughout.  And I mean real layers."  So Heather (my favorite hair stylist since I moved home in 2010 and starting hunting for one) gave me real layers.

 [take 1: a bug flew by | take 2: laughing at my mom laughing at me | take 3: a decent photo]

I'm completely obsessed.  I love love LOVE it!  Heather blew it out, and then I went home and teased and curled it using this tutorial from Kate.  It's exactly what I wanted!  I'm pleased as punch!

Isn't it crazy how much your hair can affect your mood?  Anyone else feel this way?  Tell me about it!

Pinspiration: Halloween Rag Wreath

Sunday, September 2, 2012

"Halloween Rag Wreath" by Krystal at Sassy Sanctuary

Why I Pinned It
If you know me at all, you know that I love Halloween.  It's my favorite holiday in my favorite season. I like to decorate for it as soon as possible.  This will be my third Halloween in my little house.  For the last two years, I've had a little sign I picked up at Target.  This year, I decided I wanted a wreath!

How It Turned Out
Pretty darn well, I think.  My version is almost exactly like the Pinspiration wreath!  It was so easy to create a festive wreath and relatively inexpensive!

What You'll Need
1. 2 yards of fabric.  I got 1/2 yard of 4 colors from Hancock's for about $12.
2. An 18" wire wreath form. $5 (I think)
3. Wooden letters.  I spelled BOO instead of EEK. $1.49/letter
4. Craft paint
5. Scissors
6. Hot glue
7. Picture wire
8. Wired ribbon

Start by painting your wooden letters in the color of your choice.  While they're drying, cut your fabric into 1" x 6" strips.  Tie them in a random pattern around the wreath.  That's it.  

When that's done, cut pieces of the picture frame wire.  These are how you're going to attach your letters to the frame.  I think mine were about 4 inches long.  Hot glue the strips onto the back of the painted letters.  I put a gob of hot glue on the letter and pressed the wire in.  Then I added another glob of hot glue on top of the wire, encasing it to keep it from pulling free.  

Once the hot glue cools, arrange them on your wreath.  You might need to dab a little bit of glue between the letters and the fabric strips and press down to keep them in the position you choose.

Use your wired ribbon to make a big bow and use some more picture frame wire to secure it to the top of your wreath.  Wham, bam, thank you ma'am!

Happy Halloween, y'all!  Only 58 days!