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How to Rag Curl Your Hair

My daughter, whose hair is naturally straight as a board, loves her hair curly.  So we frequently braid it before bed so she can have the curls she loves so much.  Of course, braids just make the curls all crimpy, and the ends are always straight.  So, its not ideal.  Also she is completely afraid of a hot curling iron.

I remembered that my mom used to use rags to curl my hair when I was young, so I though I would try it out with my daughter's hair.  Here's what I did...

Start with some fabric you don't mind cutting up.  You can use an old sheet or pillowcase if you don't have a sewing room full of scraps.  

It doesn't need to be perfect.  I just snipped every couple of inches and ripped it up.  :)

When you have a bunch of strips about 6-10 inches long, you're all set.  :)

You'll want to start with damp hair.

 Then, just wrap a section of hair around the strip of fabric....

... and tie the fabric to hold it in place.  

Then grab some more hair and do it again!

Do that until all your hair is wrapped up.  Then go to sleep and let your hair dry over night.  Or if you are curling it for a night out, just make sure its all dry before you take it out, or it won't hold the curl.

She was very excited for the curls she was going to have at school the next day!

Unwrap the rags, and voila!  A head full of lovely curls.  

Kallie wanted her hair really curly, so that's what she got, but you can play around with how tight you wrap your hair, or the thickness of the fabric (thick socks instead of rags would make waves instead of curls).  

She wanted the super curly hair, but I'll tell you, I thought that the waves she woke up with the next day, after they fell a little bit, were just perfect!  I know I would love for my hair to look that.

There you have it, a no-heat, non-damaging, fun way to curl your hair.  Let me know if you try it out, did it work for you?



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My "After" Kitchen and French Baguettes

Our Kitchen is done!  

If you've seen my last post, found here, you'd see that we started repainting our kitchen.  Of course, its about a week later and we finally finished moving everything back in and hanging shelves and pictures.   Obviously, we didn't exactly move quickly.  ;)

Well, here it is!  The colors aren't really that different from what it previously was, but fresh paint really brightens up the room!  The white looks clean and bright again.  :)

 Here's another view...

 ...and then, of course, Sully comes in and pulls down my hand towel.   That's his signature move.  :)

See that picture along the back wall?  Here's a close up...

Because I don't want to leave you without a little something, here's my recipe for these french baguettes.  (Also, using pictures of food you've made is a great idea for pictures for your kitchen walls)!  :)

French Baguettes

To save time, I start these in a bread machine, but if you have the time and enjoy lots of kneading, they are equally tasty when mixed by hand, just change step 1.  :)

Prep Time
Cook Time
Servings 12    Difficulty Easy


  • 1 cup Water
  • 2-½ cups Bread Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon White Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1-½ teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 whole Egg Yolk
  • 1 Tablespoon Water

Preparation Instructions

 1. Place 1 cup water, bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast into bread machine pan in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select Dough Cycle, and press start.
2. When the cycle has completed, place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
3. Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16×12 inch rectangle. Cut dough in half, creating two 8×12 inch rectangles. Roll up each half of dough tightly, beginning at 12 inch side, pounding out any air bubbles as you go. Roll gently back and forth to taper end (into a baguette shape). Place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Make deep diagonal slashes across loaves every 2 inches, or make one lengthwise slash on each loaf. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water; brush over tops of loaves.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.



This post is linked to  Skip to my Lou - Made by you Monday

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Before and... Well, Just Before - Kitchen Redo

We decided this past weekend would be the perfect time to paint our kitchen.  This would be a before and after post about how that went, but with 3 small kids, the weekend is over and it is still a work in progress. 

 Now, I remember why we put the kitchen off for so long.  It is not a quick job.  

 The white paint already in the kitchen here was probably almost as old as these cabinets themselves...  and, looking closely, could barely be considered white at all. 

 So, to make sure we do the job right, the shelves were emptied in order to paint every inch.  (So we don't have to do this again for a long time)!  ;)

 Turns out there was a lot of stuff piled into those cabinets, and now they are spread out throughout my house.
Maybe its time to plan a yardsale... 

 Luckily we had good help.

 Unfortunately though, the kiddos lost interest in painting under the shelves about 2 minutes into this, and I had to fit myself underneath the cabinets to finish.
I'm definitely getting to old for those sort of jobs.  
 Miraculously, they did manage to get some of the paint on the walls... 

 Even the little one joined in, and we only had to paint over a few tiny hand prints.  

So our weekend project has moved into the week.  Hopefully though, we'll be able to move our things back into our kitchen soon.  Although, the kids do seem to like that we've had meals like pizza and picnicked in the living room, since our kitchen is empty and all its contents are covering the dining room table.

Here's to the "After" pictures coming soon!  (I hope).  :)


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A Travel Game for Your Next Road Trip

Summer is coming soon...  and with that, Summer vacation! 

Yay!  If your family is like mine though, you'll probably be hitting the road, "Family Vacation" style.  
We are so lucky these days to have a DVD player in the car, its good for at least a couple of hours of quiet.  In fact, I'm not quite sure how my parents got through a long car ride without one. But, of course we still need some more ways to keep the kids entertained. 

When I was little I remember a car trip bingo game we had.  A little magnetic game board with things like cars, trucks, power lines, hotels etc...   It was really super fun for us as kids and so what would be better than making one for my own little ones. 

Want to make one yourself?  Grab a couple of magazines and look for pictures of things you can find along the way.  Kids would also have a great time helping to look through the magazine, kind of like a search and find.

Find things like animals, cars, street signs and anything else you typically see while driving.  My girls are pretty young so I just pulled a couple of big pictures, I figure a dozen would be plenty to keep them busy, but not get bored with it before they found them all.

Then lay the pictures out on a sheet of paper.  I used card stock, because they  have little travel desks they can keep it on, otherwise I might have used cardboard so it would be sturdier. 

I was going to glue them down and put it in a plastic sleeve (the kind you put in a three ring binder), but I don't plan ahead and didn't have one.  :)   So, I used packing tape.  I just covered the top with the tape, being sure to not leave any part untaped.

 Then just get some dry erase markers, and mark away. 

For one kid, its great to just see how many items they can find.  If you have two kids that would both like to play, or are super competitive like my girls are, Make two similar ones, with different pictures of the same items, and see who can find them all first.

Then just wipe it away and start again!  :)

Hope this brings you a little bit of peace during your next car trip!  I would love to hear how your keep your kids happy during a long drive!



Brush, Accessory, or Crayon Roll

Here's a quick project that will use up some of your scraps.  Great gift idea or to keep for yourself.

 Whether you are going to hold makeup brushes, crochet hooks, markers, or even a cute way to hold your screwdrivers, this is a simple enough project for even a beginning sewer.  

What you need:

  • Three pieces of coordinating fabric, One for the inside lining, one for the pocket, and one for the outside.
  • One piece of ribbon to tie.  This one is about 27" long
  •  The usual sewing items:  sewing machine, thread, ruler, pins

Next, cut your fabric pieces.  For my roll, the floral piece is the inside lining, the polka dots is my pocket piece, and the paisley is the outside fabric. 
You will want to cut your fabric 12" x 14" for the lining, 4 1/2" x 12" for the pocket, and 10 1/2" x 12" for the outside piece.

With right sides together, pin your pocket piece to your outside piece along the 12" side.

 Sew these pieces together with a 1/2" seam.

Press open your seam.

 Now you have two pieces, both 12" x 14"   Lay them out with right sides together.

Pin the two pieces together.  The next step will be to sew them together leaving an opening for turning right side out.  So, here I use these pins to mark an opening along one of the long sides about 3 inches wide.

Starting at one of your pins that mark the opening, sew around the edge of the whole thing, stopping when  you get to the other pin.

Clip your corners close to, but not through, your seams

Pull it right side out through the opening you left on the side.

Press flat.  Now, take your ribbon and fold it in half.  Take the folded half and place it in the hole you left on the side.

Fold the pocket up along the seam.  Then adjust the ribbon so that it is centered along the side.  Pin in place.

Top stitch close to the edge around the entire perimeter, with the pocket turned up, back  stitching over the ribbon to reinforce it.

This is where you need to decide what you are going to be putting in your accessory roll.  I made this one with larger pockets to hold make up brushes.  I marked 2" spaces, with one 2 1/2" for a larger brush.  Its usually best to start in the middle and work out.  For crayons or pencils 1-1 1/2" would work great.

I used pins to mark the pockets on the top and bottom, but if you have a marking pencil or chalk and a ruler, that would work great too.

Sew from one end of the pocket to the other along your marking.

Now you're all done!  Fill it with whatever you like...

 ...and roll it up!

 Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. 

One day I will have a pretty fabric case or holder or cozy for everything in my house!  :)
I hope this tutorial and I'd love to see if you made one yourself! 



This post is linked to: Skip to My Lou - Made by you monday

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