$$Let’s Start An Abundance Log!$$

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I have been learning about the law of attraction for over a year now and I find it very interesting and fun. The easiest way to explain the law of attraction is this:  whatever vibes you put out into the universe, whether it be with your thoughts or with your actions is what you will get back.  It’s important to love yourself and treat yourself accordingly. It’s important to have a positive attitude as often as you can. It’s important to do things that make you happy as often and you can. Do these good things and you will attract more good things back to you…and yes that includes money ;-). Karma is legit, folks.  If you say things like, “I’ll never get that job I want” or, “there are no good men/women out there” then the universe will make it so. It’s time to flip the script to something better!

I seem to remember the moment in Peter Pan when the pixie dust that was sprinkled onto the kids still wasn’t enough to make them fly. They had to think positive thoughts too!

Sometimes keeping a positive attitude isn’t the easiest thing to do and believe me, I completely understand that. Every day I need to check myself because I have my moments where I get sad because I know I deserve so much more good things in my life.

That right there! That’s where a lot of us go wrong and we need to work on not saying things like that to ourselves. We have LOTS to be grateful for and we need to start showing it every day.

An Abundance Log is just one of the many ways you can keep yourself in check. It is money focused so if you want to manifest more money into your life (I’ve manifested over $200 bucks with no current day job, thank you very much), this fun daily activity is just for you. Honestly, even if it’s not about the money, I think it’s great for anyone because it’s about being grateful for everything, no matter how big or small.

I first learned about this technique from a wonderful YouTuber named Leeor Alexandra in one of her live video chats.

Here’s her YouTube Channel here (She is an amazing young woman who will teach you how to keep your vibrations high): Click Here For Leeor’s You Tube Channel

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For your Abundance Log, get yourself a journal to write in or feel free to open up a Word document and type it there (I do this).  Title it whatever you want but here’s what I wrote for mine:

$$$$Abundance Log$$$$” and then for fun I wrote…

“$$$$Money flows to me constantly in all different ways. I will post daily examples of the abundance in my life. Thank you God and Universe for every experience I write about.$$$$”

Now, it’s time to start your log. Every day, if you find a penny? If a friend buys you a coffee? If someone pays you money for a service? If your mom brings you food or cooks you a meal? You write it down in happiness! These things all represent something of value that has been given to you. You are grateful for all of these things and the universe is watching and thinking, “Wow, look at that list of things they’re thanking me for…I’m inspired to give them more of what they want!” That’s how this works! It’s as simple as that.  Let me remind you again that I’ve made over $200 while basically sitting on my ass while on a hunt for a new day job.

Have a better attitude about life. Know that everything is not happening to you but for you and watch the goodness keep rolling in for you. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t worry about how it’s going to happen. Enjoy the ride.

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That’s all I wanted to share with you lovely people for today. Follow Leeor Alexandra and I’m going to list two other greats I’ve come across on YouTube who can inspire and teach you so much about the Law Of Attraction. Through them, you’ll discover lots of people who will inspire you to be better for yourself and those around you who you love.

The first is Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters): Click Here

Ralph posts inspirational videos every day on many different subjects. You’ll be sure to find some that inspire you.

The second is Suyash (Mind Body Spirit): Click Here

Suyash explains the law of attraction like no other and posts videos almost daily that feature stories from people like you and I, telling their stories of their law of attraction success. So when your abundance log works for you, you can tell him your story and he’ll read it for everyone and it will inspire others to try what you did and also become successful at it ;-).

Alright, folks! Get to manifesting your dreams!

Until next time….byyyyeeee!…..

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Let’s Make Some Deer Antlers/Ears!

 

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Hey, beautiful people! The above picture is is an example of what we’re making today! Yay!!!!  The end result will be a different pair of antlers/ears because the ones above were sold years back (just so you know).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • headband of your choice.
  • scissors
  • felt or anything you have to make ears out of. Optional if you only want antlers.
  • plenty of hot glue sticks and of course the hot glue gun.
  •  ribbon, tulle or even strips of frayed, pretty fabric to wrap around your headband to make it look less boring.
  • anything you’d like to decorate with, flowers, gems, buttons, whatevs.
  • pipe cleaner for the base of our antlers.
  • acrylic paint, water cup, paper towels, paint brushes.

Let’s do this!

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Step One: Google, “Deer Antlers” to that you have a good example of how to shape yours out of the pipe cleaner. Found one!….

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Step Two: Grab three or four pipe cleaner and roll them all together into one. Do this twice, like so….

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Step Three: Twist them as tightly as you can to the headband and you will end up with this (it’s okay if they slide around after they’re on the headband, glue will come later)…

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Step Four: Perfect! Now use the picture you found on Google as your inspiration, grab some more pipe cleaner and it’s time to start adding onto your antlers. You add on by using technique we used previously. Twist a few pipe cleaners together first and then twist them onto the ones you’ve already attached to the headband. How ever you do it, it doesn’t matter, as long as they end up attached and shaped how you like. Use your scissors to cut certain bits off if needed. I’ll do mine and show you…

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I’m happy with the shape of mine. If you are working with a metal headband or probably any headband, you’ll notice those antlers easily slide from left to right. Instead of using glue, I decided  to cut strips of tulle (use whatever you have) to secure them more tightly in place. You’ll still be able to slide them but at least they won’t move too much for the next step…IMG_20180120_130859

Step Five: Plug in that hot glue gun. I can sense  that you’re doubting me right about now but just you wait. This is about to be an upgrade from the antlers in the first picture ;-). Make sure your antlers are exactly how you want them as far as shape and placement on the headband. Check and Check? Okay, let’s go…

Step Six: We are covering that not so cute pipe cleaner with layers of hot glue! Please be careful! Be mindful of where your fingers are because that stuff drips! It’ll sneak up on you. If you happen to have a low temp hot glue gun or a hot glue gun with a low temp setting, that actually works better for this part because the glue won’t come out like lava and will stick to the pipe cleaner easier since it’s cooler. If you don’t have a low temp hot glue gun, that’s fine too.

Put on some music or a movie. This process is a bit tedious. Just when you think you’ve covered all the pipe cleaner with hot glue? You haven’t. LOL.

Do one layer of hot glue over the pipe cleaner, let it cool, do another, let it cool and so on and so forth until you are satisfied with how they look. If there is a place you put the hot glue that didn’t turn out so great, just melt it with the tip of your hot glue gun and start over…or cut it off and start over. Here’s how mine turned out…

Step Seven: It’s time to to paint (pull off the millions of hot glue strings first)!  Grab some acrylic paint in whatever color/s you want and paint away. Paint one side, lay it down and let it dry, then paint the other side, lay it down and let it dry. Or, you can do what I did and be anxious to get it done and paint the entire thing at once. The catch is you’ll have to let it air dry in your hands instead (If I can do it, anyone can).

Other options:

*Cover the antlers in Mod Podge  and sprinkle glitter all over and let it dry and top with more Mod Podge to finish. Or….

*Forget about the hot glue all together and wrap the pipe cleaner in brown or tan yarn or even tulle (like in the very first picture) from top to bottom, adding glue along the way until finished.

Let’s see how mine turns out….

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They aren’t dry yet but as the kids say these days, “Can you even?!?!?” I went with a purple and black ombre effect. In the future, as your antlers go through the circle of life, they will probably get paint scratched off of them here and there….just fix it with more paint :-). Now, I’m going to let mine dry….

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Step Eight: Now that your antlers are nice and dry, it’s time to cover that boring headband with whatever you want. I’ll be using brown glitter tulle. Put a dab of hot glue (or any glue) on the bottom of the headband and start wrapping, placing a dot of glue every few inches along the way. When you arrive at the antlers, take extra care and wrap around the base of the antlers so you know they aren’t going anywhere! Here’s what the start of the wrapping looks like (sorry, it’s blurry)…

 

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Completed…

Step Nine: This is where I would begin cutting my ears out of felt but I’ve decided I don’t want them this time. I’ll still give you a quick run down of how it’s done. Choose an outer ear color and an inner ear color of felt (I usually use brown and tan or brown and pink). The outer ear color will be cut into a larger size than the inner ear so that both colors properly show when you glue them together (like in the first picture). Place two felt scares on top of each other and cut out your ear shape. Do this for each size/color. If you can’t free cut very well, draw out your own stencils on tag board first like this (then you glue the inner ear on top of the outer and attach them to the headband with hot glue)….

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Step Ten: Remembering that MY end result won’t have ears, let’s continue. Turn on your hot glue gun again. This is where a high temp gun would be good! On projects like these, flowers can end up falling off  (eventually) so a high temp hot glue gun definitely is good for making sure that your faux flowers stay on for a long time.

It’s time to create a nice felt shelf for your flowers to sit on when you glue them onto the headband. Get a piece of felt, cut out a rectangle that will sit on the under side of the headband, right in between the antlers like this….

Step Eleven: Get your faux flowers ready and decide how you want them to look before you start gluing them onto the headband. PLEASE be careful. If you don’t have near fingers of steel like I do from years of burning my finger tips then I suggest you figure out a creative way to not get burned because you NEED to be able to press the flowers on pretty firmly after the hot glue is applied.  Maybe put on two pairs of rubber gloves or something. Haha.

Anyway, what I like to do is decide which flower will go in the middle and then build around it from there. Make sure to glue the flowers far enough forward on the felt so that they cover it. Squeeze a good amount (but not too much) hot glue on the larger flowers in particular and always remember to press firmly and hold every single flower for 8 to 10 seconds each. You can start to build your flower pyramid upwards, gluing flowers on top of flowers until you are happy with the final look….

 

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Although these look better in person than they do in the photo (LOL), I would need to critique my own work. Even though the lumpy texture gives the antlers a unique look that I appreciate, I would definitely go lighter next time and make sure the ends are a little more pointed than rounded.

I went ahead and started some new ones and I think I’m getting there now ;-)….

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Step Twelve: Turn your antlers around and take a look at the back. Cut off anything you think needs to be cut off and make it as pretty as the front by adding even more flowers or leaves or both…

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All finished! I hope I inspired you to try something new and if you make a mistake, don’t let that stop you from enjoying yourself while creating art. Send me pictures of yours if you make them! Byeeeeee!

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The Winchester Mystery House

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Hey beautiful people who are also paranormal nerds like myself!

I’ve seen that new movie preview, “Winchester”, a few times now and when I first saw it (without knowing the title yet), only a few seconds of it had to go by before I knew exactly the real life house the movie is based on. The Winchester Mystery House.

I first learned of this house years back on the Travel Channel. I’ve seen it covered on Ghosts Adventures and definitely other shows as well.

Right off the top of my head I can tell you that the Winchester Mystery House it located in San Jose, California. A woman who owned a company that produced guns, built herself the mansion and later found herself experiencing paranormal activity.  She assumed she was probably being haunted by the spirits of those who were killed by those very guns.

To appease the spirits, she was under the impression that she needed to keep on building  onto the house….forever. The house features many doors and stairways that lead to no where, etc, etc. Construction on the house continued until she died.

Now that I’ve told you what I remember (although some of it I may have never learned and could have made up in my head), I’m now going to do a little research and tell the story a little better for you all. Stay tuned….

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The original owner of the house was named Sarah Winchester. Her husband and owner of a company called, “Winchester Repeating Arms Company,” was named William Wirt Winchester. They both lived in New Haven, Connecticut where the company was also located. They married in 1862 and had a daughter named Annie Pardee Winchester  4 years into their marriage. Sadly, Annie passed away after just over 30 days from a disease called marasmus.  The couple never had any more children.

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When William died in 1881 from tuberculosis, Sarah inherited over 20 million dollars as well as 50% of the company. She very quickly became a very wealthy woman.

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While still living in New Haven, a psychic medium advised Sarah, after channeling her husband William from the other side, that she needs to move out west and build a home for herself that also must be shared with the spirits of those who lost their lives from the rifles sold at the company…………and never stop building! Although, the psychic medium bit was just a tabloid story at the time so we don’t know if it’s true. It very well could have been Sarah who felt the need to do this on her own.

In 1884, she moved to San Jose, California and purchased an unfinished farm house. She hired carpenters to start working immediately on the home. They built and built and built and before they knew it they were working with a seven story monster of a mansion!

  • 20,500 gallons of paint were used to paint the house.
  • 40 bedrooms.
  • 2 ballrooms.
  • 47 fire places.
  • 10,000 panes of glass.
  • 17 chimneys.
  • 3 elevators.
  • 2 basements.
  • 162 acres.

ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL of that and she only had ONE working toilet.

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My thoughts exactly, Chrissy Teigen.

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Sarah Winchester was an odd little birdie, building stair cases that lead straight to ceilings, doors that lead to nothing but walls on the other side of them, rooms that lead to other rooms, sky lights in floors and repeat numbers throughout the entire mansion among other things. She passed away on September 5th, 1922.

There are many different theories out there as to why Sarah Winchester constructed all these strange features within the home but in my opinion, in a home that never ends, why does anything inside of it need to make any sense?

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I look forward to seeing this new scary movie based on it and I hope to some day visit the real thing as well!

Here’s the official website if any of you want to visit The Winchester Mystery House yourself (if you do, send me pics!): Click Here

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you all got the gist of it. There is far more information that I left out but feel free to go to do some more research on it if you care to.

Until next time….

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How To Create A MONSTER!!!

Yep, I got this attention grabbing blog title thing down *brushes off shoulders* ;-).

If you’re reading this on the day or night I that have posted this blog, look over to the right to see my Instagram feed and you’ll notice my mini paintings I’ve been doing lately. Within them……IS A MONSTER!!!

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My drawing skills are limited. If I tried drawing a portrait of someone, for example, it would probably end up looking something like Napoleon Dynamite’s drawing of Trisha. LOL.

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So, if you’re where I’m at with your drawing skills, I’m here to show how to do a SUPER EASY painting of a monster that there’s no way you can mess up!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A paint brush or paint brushes if you will be using more than one size.
  • A cup with water to clean the brushes as needed.
  • A paper towel or two for dabbing the water on.
  •  Glue of your choice.
  • Plastic googly eyes (because we, who cannot draw well ain’t got time to paint our own eyeballs. Plus, it looks cool).
  • Water color paint or any paint you want to use.
  • Your canvas of choice (I like to use a 4 inch by 4 inch canvas, purchased in a pack of 14 on Amazon. A mini canvas keeps your limited artistic skills condensed to one little scare of space and you end up looking like an amazing artist. Don’t worry, I got your back).

Okay, let the monster fun begin!…

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Step One: Cover your space as needed to keep paint from getting all over and grab that canvas.

Step Two: Grab your googly eyes (get them from Michael’s or any other craft store in your area) and glue on three or how ever many eyes you want your monster to have. You obviously can glue your eyes on after you paint your monster and let it dry. I just find it more fun to glue them on first because you are then forced to use your imagination and work around them to create a really cool looking monster…..or at least in my head that makes sense. LOL.

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Step Three: Let the painting begin! Start with a small brush to get some paint around those googly eyes, nice and neat and from there, you can go nuts. Decide what shape you want him or her to be. Switch up the colors every few seconds for a cool rainbow monster. Does he or she have spikes or horns? Does he or she have a tail? How many arms? None of it has to be perfect. Why? Because what monster is (that includes you, ya monster)?

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To get that drippy effect of the monster I posted on Instagram, hold your canvas vertical. Get that brush wet and painty (that’s right, I made up a word), place it on the canvas where you want and let the paint juice (made that up too) roll down, baby ;-). I’m going to stop typing and finish my latest monster painting and see how it turns out and post it for you all….

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Ta daaaaaaa! All finished. I even added a little bow to this one! I kinda had to since I glued the girly googly eyes on ;-).

I hope you all enjoyed this! You can always figure out what other fun little things you can glue to a canvas a paint around. For example, glue a toy dinosaur onto a canvas and paint where the dinosaur lives all around it. Trees, food coming from his or her mouth, a volcano in the background? Anything goes! Can’t paint a flower to save your life? Then glue a few fake ones on the canvas and only paint the stems and leaves! I know, I know…your mind is blown right now ;-).

Glue is your friend….as well as anything you want to glue to a canvas. So, get to it!

Here’s a close up of the first one I ever did…

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…and when I glued a few plastic skulls…

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Until next time, my beautiful friends….

 

 

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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