Henna Hair Color

I am crazy about henna hair color.

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I was reluctantly to make the switch to natural hair color because I wasn’t sure it would actually cover my gray.

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It turns out, henna doesn’t actually color your hair.  It brings out the natural color.  I suspect if you have light enough hair, you could color your hair, but it would be much less than a chemical color.

I buy the powdered type but there is pre-mixed types as well.  I like that I can make as much or as little as I need for each application.  I can also mix it to the consistency I prefer.  The directions call to mix with hot water but they also suggest adding red or black tea to enhance the color effect.  I brew a strong cup of tea.  Another trick is to add apple cider vinegar to help cover the gray.

Clearly henna doesn’t look that pleasing, but it also has an odor issue.  I tried adding some essential oil to conceal it.  That worked somewhat.  This time I added a lot of cinnamon and some ginger.  The combination of the spices with the cider vinegar gave the mix a mild cider fragrance.  The earthiness was definitely subdued.

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I apply the mix using a color brush.  You get these from the beauty supply store.  I start with my part line, then move my hair to do my hair line around my face.  Oh, also, very important is to wear gloves.  Henna will color your skin.  When I find the brush is no longer effective, I just use my hands to scoop small amounts, massaging the mix throughout my hair.

The great part of powdered henna is you can make a small amount for just covering your roots, or you can make enough to cover your whole head.  I decided to color my whole head this time.

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Covering the hair with plastic wrap and then a shower cap helps heat up the head, which helps the color seal to the hair.

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I added an extra layer with this t shirt to help keep it all together, but to also keep it all warm.  Incidentally, using a t shirt to wrap wet hair after a shower is a great way to let your hair dry without getting frizzy because the fabric causes less friction on your hair.  I find putting a t shirt on, inverted, before starting the color process is just the perfect way to catch any drips.  It stays put, unlike using a towel.

Are you excited to see how it all turns out?  Stay tuned for my next post.

Thanks for stopping by.  Beth

Baby Shower Projects

It was only last June when we were deep into wedding crafts.  Now my daughter is getting ready to have my first grandbaby, a girl.  I couldn’t resist the fun in throwing her a baby shower.

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Deciding on the design for the invitation.

I wasn’t actually thinking of blogging about the projects I am doing but my daughter asked me to since I keep telling her about the things I’m making.

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Tags for labeling food table.

I know I’m not alone when it comes to finding a calming effect when crafting.  It has been so relieving to come home from work to a project I can work on for an hour or so before crawling into bed.

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I have decoration projects, game projects, and gift projects.  It’s nice to have several projects to work on at the same time because when I run out of supplies, I still have something to do without having to get to the craft store.

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These are the “treat bags” for our guests.  I had a different idea of how I was going to do this but then I got on Pinterest.  Ultimately I decided on a different bag design.  Once I started creating these purses, the project evolved a couple of times.  The pattern I started with became useless as I made a couple of bad cuts.  It was kind of comical but I recovered and they really ended up very cute.

I started with the idea from My Chic n Scratch blog for the Hershey’s Nugget purse but what I have to put inside is bigger so I had to alter it a bit.

I’m out of ribbon to complete this project so onto the next one.

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Simple- jewel glue painted on the pin head, sprinkle with fine glitter.  Coat with clear nail polish to keep glitter from rubbing all over.  (Affectionately known as craft-herpes.)

Ok, this is a little odd.  I had the idea of the diaper pin game. Who know, where you get so many pins when you arrive at the party and you have to give up a pin every time you say a word.  Well I saw these really cute safety pins I thought would be perfect for the game.  When I went to buy them, I found out they are discontinued.  Why is the picture still out there?  So once I got the idea to have cute safety pins instead of plain ones, I didn’t want anything else.  I couldn’t find anything I liked so obviously, glitter to the rescue!  Before you worry these are blue and not pink, I actually have green ones and am working on the pink ones. ( These are actually turquoise any way.)

We are going to have a great time honoring the arrival of these wee-little one.  I’m so excited for that day.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy crafting.

Beth

Laundry Room Re-Do

 

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I am linking today’s post with New Nostalgia for Anti-Procrastination Tuesday.

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I have been putting off getting my laundry room in order for too long.  The unfortunate aspect of the laundry room is it is also the most used entry way into our home.  Everyone walks through this room.  What do you do?  Life happens and you end up putting things wherever is easiest.

The shower curtain trick is brilliant, really.  Simple and yet so functional.  I was surprised at how expensive a package of curtain shower rings has gotten but thankfully I found a pack at a local discount retailer; $3.99 instead of $7.99.

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The full-size HE washer and dryer, although much appreciated, take up a large portion of this room.  They go right up to the back door and right up to the cabinets.  Basically, if I could move it out of this room, I did.

I am not fully finished fixing this problem yet so I will have another blog post when it is complete.

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Another job I finally got done was organizing all my ribbon.  I bring these snack containers home from work because I know they have to have a secondary use and I thought ribbon containers made sense.  Sadly, I have just been putting the ribbon in without consideration.

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Adding a pencil to keep the rolls in order and be able to pull the ribbon out easily was something I should have done a long time ago.  This was my DUH! moment.

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I even had one of the rubbermaid ribbon containers, not being used.  Why?  Just because I didn’t take the time to put the ribbon on the spindle and thread it through the slits.

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This is all my ribbon, tucked away, under my desk.  I know I don’t have as much ribbon as a lot of women, but this feels like a lot of ribbon to me.  Now to find uses for it all.

Beth

Painting accomplished- mostly. After three years, we painted 15 different colors (I am not counting the white ones) throughout our home, much to Pete’s shagrin. He is not a fan of color and wishes every wall could be white. I love color. Unfortunately, Colin is a big fan of color, too, so when I only painted one wall orange, he was rather disappointed. We ended up painting a second wall blue to keep him satisfied. It is his room afterall, and it’s just a little color.
This completes our Summer remodeling. Now we are going to clean everything up and put the tools away so we can go boating, and fishing. We have almost a month left to enjoy our time before the kids are buried in school work once again.
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