Wednesday, February 20, 2013

DIY Beauty: Blow Dryer Curls

Hey out there!
I just tried a new hair technique that I saw on Pinterest, and IT WORKED! Whaaaat?!
I can't tell you how many crazy things I've seen on Pinterest that did not work out. But this one was legit. Here's the photo I pinned.
The picture comes from here. I can't tell if this is the original source or not (one of the major flaws of Pinterest), and there are no written instructions... just the picture.
So I followed the instructions (basically, with a little tweaking), and I LOVE the results. Here's what I did.
1. I blow dried my hair upside-down, focusing mainly on drying the roots.
2. When my hair was about 80% dry, I divided it into two sections on either side of my head.
3. I twisted the two sections in the direction away from my face.
4. I pinned one of the twists into a bun while I worked on drying the other twist.
 5. I blow dried each twist for about 3-5 minutes, then loosened them with my fingers.
6. I finished up with some anti-frizz junk (I use Biosilk) and some hairspray (medium hold).
 And so today I am rockin' these easy, natural-looking curls!

 I'm thinking of making 'DIY Beauty' a regular segment here on the blog... what do you think?

I'm linking up here,  here, here, and here

Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Day Coupons Re-Post

Today I am re-posting a Valentine's day project that I did last year. I sewed up a cute little envelope and stuffed it with gift coupons. I included a free printable so you can print out and customize your own coupons too!

Click here to see the full tutorial and free printable coupons!
What are your Valentine's Day plans? I'd love to see your finished projects if you use this tutorial :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Chevron Baby Quilt

Today I'm sharing a baby quilt that I whipped up in a day. Yeah, it was a pretty quick process.
No, I'm not having a baby, I just wanted to try out a few techniques without being committed to a huge quilt.
 It's a chevron quilt with no binding! I am not a fan of binding quilts, and apparently I will search high and low for a way to get out of it.
 I also rounded the corners, because I just think it's a softer detail for babies. I had visions of a baby poking itself in the eye with the sharp corner of a quilt, and thought maybe I better just round these things off.
 I bought the fabric for this quilt a long time ago, but hadn't used it because quilts just seem to take forever. I never thought I would be done in less than a day.
 I love that it's gender neutral so that I can give it to the first person I know that has a baby. I just have an awesome baby gift ready to go as soon as I get an announcement. No pressure though.
If you're wondering how to quilt without binding, check out this post from Red Pepper Quilts.
Here are two other quilts that inspired me:

Have you ever made a baby quilt? Or have you attempted the chevron technique? Let me know what's up in the comments below.