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James 3:17

“The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated,
full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

Ladies, are these qualities reflected in your speech and actions? I’m specifically convicted by peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated. Sometimes it’s so easy in conversation to beat someone over the head with our beliefs/convictions or opinions. We should strive to be gracious and teachable as we interact with others.

This is my absolute favorite variation of the French braid. Pretty much every other french braid has you starting with unparted hair, but that is unflattering on me. Here is an elegant solution to that problem. This style, along with the Flip and Twist, are my two every-day, go-to hair dos. I love it because it’s a nice way to get your hair up without a bun, especially if you get hair-induced headaches. You should be confident in French braiding before attempting this style.

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French Braid

Here’s a step-by-step on how to do a French braid. Yeah, I know there are a gazillion tutorials for this braid, but I think my site would be incomplete without it. 🙂


1. Separate a section of hair where you’d like your french braid to start and divide it into three sections.


2. Cross the right side sections over the middle one.

*Note* Every time I refer to a section as left, right, or middle, I’m referring to the one that is currently left, right, or middle, not where it originally started from.


3. Cross the section on the left side over the one that is now in the middle.

Up ’til now, this has been exactly like starting a regular braid. Here’s where we get to the fun part.


4a. For now, hold the middle section and the left section in one hand. This is the part most people struggle with because you have to hold it snugly. Here’s how I do it– I’m holding the left strand with my ring and pinky finger and the middle section with my middle and index finger (for pianists: 4 and 5 hold left, 2 and 3 hold middle). There’s a clearer picture of how to hold the sections below.

4b. With the index finger of you right hand, swoop up a section to join the right section.


5. Cross this newly enlarged right section over the middle.


6. Repeat on the left side. Hold, swoop,


And cross. Now, you may ask “How is she holding *three* sections in one hand?!” If you hold one side with your pinky and ring finger and the other side section with your middle and index finger, you don’t have to hold the middle section. Really!


Keep adding hair to the side sections and crossing until you run out of hair. At that point, you can either stop and secure the ponytail with your hair thingy of choice or continue with a regular braid like I did.

Commonly asked questions about French braids

  1. “I tried and I still can’t hold the sections right. What should I do?” — If this is you, stop and go do a regular braid. After you’ve done a few rounds, try to hold two sections in one hand like I describe. When you’re doing a French braid, it’s the exact same hold except close to your head.
  2. “How big do I make the sections?” — That depends. Most people want their sections to look horizontal like in my picture above. To achieve that look, for thinner hair, make smaller sections. Average and thicker hair should do larger sections. Most hair types require 3-5 sections per side for one big braid down the back of the head like I did. If you want your sections to swoop up, make larger sections than you normally would.
  3. “How do I keep my hair from tangling while I braid?” — After you cross a section, make sure it is separated from the other sections and the hair you haven’t added. With the a couple fingers of your free hand, grasp the section and gently glide down the length.
  4. “What happens if I cross the sections under instead of over?” — You’ll get what is know as an Inside-out French braid.

1860s Ball Style

Psalm 100:3

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.

Galatians 3:3

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! Continue reading

For those with Short Hair

I’ve received a lot of requests for styles for short hair. While I’m willing to help you all out, I specifically started this site as a blog for long hair tutorials because all the styles I could find online were for shorter hair that didn’t work for me.

I’ve tried to do some short-hair tutorials, but my shorter-hair friends and family aren’t available for tutorials pictures that often.  And I’m just better with long hair because that’s what I have and can play with whenever I want.  ; )

In answer to some of your questions, I have never donated my hair, and it’s always been long. Well, as far back as I can remember. For proof, here’s a picture of me when I was nine years old. (Because I’m the only redhead in my family, and neither of my parents have red hair either, they didn’t want to cut it. My blond sister, on the other hand, grew up with Shirley Temple ringlets.) Continue reading

Emma: Romola Garai Version

Jeremiah 31:3

The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love;
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”

In today’s tutorial, I am wearing a locket that my grandmother gave to me a few years before she passed away. The front is engraved with the words “I love you” and a rose, delicately colored. I wish I could get a picture of it to turn out! This verse is on the inside.

And now, drum roll, please!

The long-awaited Romola Garai “Emma” style! Continue reading

Bleak House: Version 2

Here’s “Bleak House” version 2. This style was inspired by the green dress style and some elements I liked from others so it’s not an exact copy. My other purpose was something for those of my readers who have straight hair. The current style for period drama hair seems to be very wavy/curly hair loosely looped back. If your hair doesn’t have much texture, there are some other ways to get a similar look. This also works great if you forgot to set your hair the night before. 😉 Continue reading

Bleak House: Version 1

Micah 6:6-8

6With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee
but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”

This passage asks how can we please God. First, Micah contemplates “reasonable” offerings, then unfathomable extremes of wealth. He even considers his child. Finally, he recognizes that anything we can do in the flesh is insufficient. The attitude of heart and fellowship with the Lord is what He desires.

Miss Nibs over at wickfield-writings.blogspot.com has asked me to a couple of styles from Bleak House. I haven’t seen the movie so please do some research before you decide if it would be appropriate viewing for your family. Today’s style is what most of the characters are wearing, from what I can tell. Continue reading