3Know ye that the LORD, He is God; it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves.
We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
3Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
I’ve chosen two verses for today, and both speak about humility and tie into the verses in my previous post. The verse in Psalms talks about how we came into this world. There was nothing we could do about it; God chose to create us and give us our family. Galatians 3 tells us that there was nothing we could do to earn Heaven; we can’t even do good works in our own strength. God has given us our abilities and brings people into our lives. Everything we are, have, or have done is by the grace (gift) of God.
*Drumroll, please!!* Today’s tutorial is for my humdinger, show-stopper, super-authentic, how-did-she-do-that 1860s ball style. This is for all my readers who re-enact the Victorian era, specifically the 1860s, and even more precisely the American Civil War. I’ve had this one in progress for forever, even before I started my blog (and pre-tripod and pre-paint). I use almost every technique I’ve shown you on this blog, but it’s actually pretty easy. I’ve included lots of links to the basic techniques. The pictures aren’t the greatest, but I hope the instructions make up for them. Enjoy!
1. Part your hair in the center from your forehead all the way to your neck.
2. Working with one side at a time, twist a section near your forehead. Add sections and twist as you go until you reach your neck keeping the twist snug. When you’re done about half should be included in this giant twist.
3. Secure the section with a hair tie. Flip the ponytail like this so the twist stays tight.
*If your hair is considerably shorter than mine, you can stop now, curl the ends, and pin them across the middle.*
Now, at this point, you have a lot of different options.
5. The next step is to do something with the length of your hair.
You could do one big bun like in this tutorial or two smaller buns (scroll down). If your hair is shorter, simply tie the braids in a knot or cross them to the other side.
But for those who want a real challenge,
You could figure-eight bun each of the two braids. Which ever option you choose, make sure you don’t get the ends caught in the bun.
6. Set the ends in sponge curls.
7. Decorate as desired. I threaded a satin ribbon into the twists like a headband and pinned little bunches of flowers at the base of the ribbon, the top of the bun, and in the middle of the buns.
This style demonstrates my primary line of thought for nearly every long hair style. 1) Secure the hair above your ears. 2) Do something with the length. 3) If you want, treat the ends separately. Your options are only limited by your creativity and how much length you have.
There are a gazillion ways you can change this style for different occasions. For a day look, you can skip the curls. You can change the accessories to anything you like– flowers, ribbons, a comb, a tiara, or sparkly pins. Experiment with different combinations of braids/twists and buns; I came up with at least 20. For a modern version you could part your hair on the side. And if you want, you can see the rest of the dress on my other site on this page.