Here’s Me Thinkin’ Of You, Kid…

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You are AMAZING! You deserve to be loved. You deserve to be happy. You deserve nothing but the best of people surrounding you at all times. Know that when people treat you badly, it’s because there are issues within themselves that need to be fixed and they’re just taking it out on you until they get their shit together. Smile in their face and kill them with kindness always. It can be hard to do this but know that it’ll do you good and maybe them too.

Do nice things for yourself. Go outside more often. Go to the beach and sit by the ocean and let the magic happen to your soul. Start doing things that you’ve always wanted to do, even if it means doing these things by yourself. If you’re a loner type? Who cares? Guess what? By doing all the things you love, no matter how strange, goofy, weird others may think they are, you will end up meeting people who love the same things that you do. Usually it’s people you meet doing what you love who are the most worthy of being in your presence. Those are the greatest kinds of friends.

If you have any talents, please don’t let them go to waste! The world needs to see what you can do. If you enjoy doing something but you’re not that great at it, the world STILL needs to see what you can do. You’ll be setting a good example to others by showing them the importance of having fun and doing the things they enjoy no matter what. Never give up on your dreams. Work hard until you are where you want to be and allow no one to discourage you.

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Be a good person as often as you can (hey, we all have our bad person moments). Donate to charities and help others whenever you can. When you do good and be good to others, good will come back to you (that was good, right?).

Educate yourself on new topics you’d like to learn about just for fun by hitting up Google or your local library (Google is my friend). I once watched an entire astronomy course on YouTube because I adore space.

Get out and exercise a few days a week if you can, it’ll do you good. If there’s anything you know you can cut back on food or drink wise, please do that for your health and don’t wait until an organ starts having slight pains (not writing this from personal experience at all). Drink enough water every day. “Enough” is different for everyone, it depends on your weight (download water drinking apps or Google it), but at the very least, drink as much as you can every day without going overboard.

Keep your room/home clean, organized and pretty. It will actually make you feel good about yourself and like you can accomplish anything (no wonder I’ve been feeling like shit lately).

If you have any way of bringing some positivity into the world, online or off, please do it because it’ll make you feel good and happy as well as others (I no longer feel like shit ;-P)

Have a lovely day.

Until next time, folks!….

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“Excuse Me, Does My Hair Look Crazy?”

Hello, beautiful people! I hope you’re all doing well. I was inspired to tell a little story so here we go!

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Me (with the afro) with my two sisters.

Today, I was in Walmart doing a little shopping and a fellow African American woman walks up to me. First of all, I have to say that she was beautiful. She had an afro and was probably around 55 years old. This woman actually stopped me and asked me, ” does my hair look crazy?” I was half day dreaming when she was first speaking to me (not on purpose but sometimes I don’t process what I hear right away) but the gist of what she was telling me was that she was a bit paranoid that people might be looking at her hair funny….as in, it doesn’t look right.

I knew right then and there that she was what I like to call an, “afro newbie”….or at least someone who hadn’t worn an afro since she was a child, if ever.

I told her, “No, your hair looks great! I’m noticing more of us wearing afros these days, it’s really cool.” She started to second guess herself again and I replied, “that’s exactly the problem…some how, we’ve been brainwashed to think out natural hair doesn’t look good but it does. Your hair looks beautiful, wear it out more often.” She smiled, thanked me and walked away.

I don’t know when it happened and I don’t know why it happened but some where along the line, black people were some how brainwashed to not appreciate how their hair looks naturally. I’ve been guilty of having this way of thinking towards myself as well. My hair is so thick you could probably make an afro wig out of the hair that sheds from my head. Haha. It probably didn’t help that I grew up with two beautiful, biracial little sisters who each had hair I could put a comb through with ease and create the cutest hair styles with. It took me until I was in my 30s (I’ll be 34 soon) before I was 100% comfortable with wearing my hair out naturally. Whether it be an afro or afro puff pony tail hair styles……years back I would have been embarrassed to let my hair go free. Not any more, honey! I embrace it proudly.

Something awesome is happening these days, though. I’m seeing more and more women like myself wearing afros! I think that like me, they’re starting to learn that their hair is beautiful just the way it is and if they have days when they don’t feel like putting a flat iron through it then damn it, they don’t have to! I can bet that they’re also learning that compliments on their hair is on the rise. People love afros!

My favorite style to do in my hair is the, “frohawk.” I get the most compliments on it because lets face it, mohawks are awesome and look great on anyone. It was this video tutorial by Mr. Kate (one of my favorite DIY artists) that first inspired me to put five ponytails down my head in a straight line, top to bottom and comb those suckers out. It looked awesome!

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The theme I was going for today is no matter who you are or where you come from, please learn to love something about you that maybe you haven’t allowed yourself to love before. As human beings, we all have our insecurities and have different things that we need to work on but hey,  at the very least, we can start with loving our natural hair!  Natural hair comes in many different textures on many different people, of course :-). I once met a young white guy who had an afro that I envied so much. It looked fantastic. Maybe he was someone who got teased as a child or maybe not but he definitely wore his afro proudly when I met him. We need more of this! By allowing your natural hair to fly free, you will learn to love it more!

Remember Ashley Tisdale who played, “Maddie” on The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody? She’s a curly haired brunette. For the show, they made her a straight haired blonde. Heaven forbid a curly haired child watch their favorite tv show and see someone that has hair like theirs, right?  I know they’re actors and it’s part of their job to play dress up and become someone they’re not but come on! How about we start allowing the actors to represent people that we may not always see as main characters and allow the actors keep their own hair or skin color for cryin’ out loud (Oh, yeah, Raven-Symone’ had to tan for her role of, “Raven Baxter” on That’s So Raven because apparently a lighter skinned black girl isn’t dark enough to play a black girl).

Paragraph full of sarcasm aside (I could have gone deeper into that rabbit hole so I cut myself off), I hope I made at least one of you smile or laugh. I had a bit of a rough night last night and wanted  something positive to come from my hours of tears. LOL. So, I thought, “Why not tell a bunch of strangers that their hair looks nice?” 😉

Until next time, folks….

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party On The Way?

…or just a Christmas party? or just Christmas? Worry not! I’m going to teach you how to make the perfect headband for the occasion and you’ll then take your newfound knowledge and make headbands for ALL of the holidays (I know you better than you do after all)!

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Here’s what’s you’ll need:

  1. A headband of your choice (I buy metal headbands in bulk off of amazon).
  2. Pipe cleaner (you know, the colorful, fuzzy covered wire thingies) in whatever colors you want.
  3.  Tulle in whatever colors you want.
  4.  You can even use ribbon instead of tulle or both!
  5.  Your favorite strong glue.
  6. Felt to make your Christmas designs with.
  7. A marker to draw those designs if you need it.
  8. paper or tag board.
  9. Any extra embellishments to decorate your headband with.
  10. A few peppermint candies (real or fake, doesn’t matter).
  11. Don’t forget those scissors.

Let’s do this!

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Here’s what my headband looks like to start with:

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Step 1: Put a dab of glue on the bottom tip of the headband, place your tulle or ribbon on to the glue and begin the process of wrapping your entire headband. Make sure no metal (or plastic) is showing in between each wrap and place a dab of glue every few inches along the way to make sure that tulle or ribbon isn’t going any where. When you reach the other end of your headband, make sure to glue the end as well. Cut off any extra tulle or ribbon. If for some reason you get to the end of your tulle or ribbon before your’re done wrapping your headband, glue that piece down where it’s at and glue a new piece on top and continue wrapping from there. Now you’re done with the first step!

 

Step 2: Grab six pipe cleaners of your choice. Twist three of them together to form one strong one and then do the same with the other three.

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Step 3: Take each one and twist them tightly on the top of your headband (“Ahhh, I see where we’re going with this!,” is what you’re thinking at this point.) You can even wrap the pipe cleaner in tulle or ribbon but you may fine you don’t want or need to because we’ll be topping off our creation with a cute bow that covers them anyway!

 

Step 4: Now it’s time to create and glue on the fun stuff. Design whatever you want to out of felt. Draw out your designs on paper or tag board if you wish and trace them onto the felt.  I’m going to do a Christmas tree on one side and a snow man on the other. You can even cheat and go to the store and by some cute, light weight ornaments and glue those suckers on instead if you wish. If you want your design to be shown from the front and the back, make sure to cut out two identical pieces of each design. A good tip for making the designs look symmetrical? You already learned it when you were a kid when you’d cut out hearts from construction paper: fold that piece of paper or tag board in half and draw only half of the design. Of course this depends on what the design is. If you’re doing a candy cane, draw out your candy cane on your paper or tag board, cut it out and trace it twice. Here’s a picture of what I’m starting with:

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Step 5: If you’re afraid you may mess up, decorate and put your designs together before you glue them onto the pipe cleaner. If you’re like me and don’t give a shit and want to take your chances, glue on, my friend! Make sure you glue each design on at matching heights. I had to yank off my Christmas tree and glue it higher to match the snow man. Get it as close as you can. Here’s what it’s going to look like:

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Step 6: Now flip it over and this is what you’ll see:

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Step 7: Glue on your back pieces, lining them up with the front pieces the best that you can. This is what you’ll see (both sides are covering the pipe cleaner):

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Step 8: You can decorate each design, front to back, if you choose to. For now, I’ll just do one side for the sake of getting this tutorial to you faster. I made the snow man’s nose out of felt, added a white felt heart to his hat just and used puffy paint for his eyes and mouth and a few lines on his nose. For the tree, I added a yellow star button I had, some gems and more puffy paint was used to finished it off.  You can use whatever you have at home. There is no wrong way to do it…unless you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing of course ;-). Here’s what mine looks like:

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Step 9: Now, for the grand finale. We’re going to make a bow to cover up even more of that pipe cleaner! It’s also time to bust out those peppermint candies because….just wait for the cuteness ahead (hey, I have to add some suspense). You can make your bow out of tulle, ribbon or even felt. See my previous tutorial on how to make a basic felt bow if you need to. Whatever you choose to use, just end up with a rectangular shape that you’ll be pinching in the middle to start shaping your bow. Take a a thin piece of tulle or yarn or thread and tie it around the middle of it to keep your bow in place for you like this:

 

Step 10: Now that your bow is tied in place, fluff it up how you like, cut a piece tulle and use it to tie your cute bow to the center of the headband in between your designs. The peppermints? wait for it……………………………..BOOM! Take a look:

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Awww, isn’t it cute? I glued a few real peppermints right in the center (left the wrappers on) but as you can see, I have fake ones pictured as well that I got from Hobby Lobby.  I think this headband turned out great and I truly hope you enjoyed it! You can do it so many different ways that turn out fantastic! You can even wrap the headband in white and tulle and then red ribbon to make it look like a candy cane. So many possibilities, have fun with it! If you see this and happen to make one, I wanna see! Send me pictures to MoFunAccessories@gmail.com and I can share them here if you’d like….or not. LOL.

Everyone please ENJOY the month of December. Be with your friends and family. Do fun stuff and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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One more look….

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