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Shirley Temple Ringlets, Restyled

I grew up watching a lot of Shirley Temple movies.  Every time my sister and I had the opportunity, we would ask our mom to do our our hair just like her.

Here is a more grown-up version I did for my sister.  This is also a simplified-for-shorter-hair version of my Curly Formal Updo.

This style is perfect for those of you doing hair for little girls’ (daughters, sisters, etc.), especially active ones who don’t like to have hair in their eyes.

Shirley did wear versions of this style in her movies as she got older, such as this clip from “the Little Princess.”  By the way, this song makes me happy.  🙂

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A Double Bun Variation


Thanks to my brother for taking the picture!

John 1:6-7

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light,
that all men through him might believe.”

May we, like John the Baptist, reflect the light of Christ to the world.

This is a variation of the Double Bun style that I did a while back.  It was pretty easy and took about five minutes. The only thing I changed from that tutorial was that, instead of  shell buns, I made folded twists and coiled them into the two buns.  The flowers are attached to two separate clips, and here’s how I made my hair flowers.

Ta-da!  Have a Fabulous Friday!!!

p.s. More pictures of the dress on my sewing website here.

Double Bun Updo: Both Video and Picture Intructions

John 12:3

“Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly,
and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.”

Have you given that which cost you most and that which is most precious to you for the glory of Christ?

Finally a new tutorial!! I call this one the double-bun Edwardian-inspired updo. This style is super easy– In the video, I did it in three minutes. If your hair turns into Dr. Seuss-type squiggles when you wash it like mine, here’s a great way to use that texture to your advantage. And yes, this is my hair’s natural, freshly-washed texture. 🙂

For those looking for a messy bun for super long hair, here’s what I use. Soft, puffy, and romantic–everything a good updo should be. If my hair curls more than it did today, I like to pull some little bits out around my ears and neck. Also, if your hair gives you headaches when it’s up, splitting the weight like this is very comfortable.


Wow, I talked way too fast during the intro! Sorry about that. In fact, the intro in general isn’t that great. 😦 ( I really didn’t want to do another take.)  For this video, we’re back in ye olde bathroom. I’ve figured out an angle were I can kind of see what I’m doing in the mirror. Yay!

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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

Fancy Hair Pins Video Tutorial Link

Fabulous Friday, ladies!

(As will all Youtube, if you decide to click on any of the links, please use caution.)

(Another aside- this gal’s hair is just wow! I dream of my hair being that smooth with no breakage one day.)

This is such a cool idea: hair pins made out of knitting needles. After watching this video, I embarked for Joann’s armed with my coupons. I’m not a knitter so I wasn’t quite sure what to get. I found you could get four of the same color/size or a multipack of small needles with four different colors with five of each for not that much more ( I think it was $10 before coupon). Guess which one I got. 😉 I didn’t have epoxy so I just used some jewelry wire to wire the beads on to the pins. The smallest size is a little wimpy and sometimes slides out, but that’s ok. You can see how mine turned out here. One tip, if you get more than one size, have you dad/husband/brother/male friend start by bending the thickest size first (we bent the needles over a screwdriver handle). My dad said it was very tiring!

The Flip and Twist

2 Peter 1:3-4

3According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

This passage is from my devotions last week. I really wanted to post the whole chapter! One thing that jumped out to me was that little word “all.” God has given us all we need for life and godliness. I may know that in my head, but my question for myself is, by my actions, what is not part of that all? (I hope that makes sense). As christians we may say that we’re trusting Christ for the big things like forgiveness for sin, finances, or a future spouse, but what about the little things like how to respond to the people and situations? And to what am I looking to fill that gap in my faith?

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding” Proverbs 3:5.

This is not the tutorial I had planned for today. 😦 I’ve been watching the new Emma so I was going to do that style, but it was not to be. I’ll try again later! These pictures are from before I cut my hair, by the way.

This is my never-fail, I-forgot-I-had-to-leave-5-minutes-ago-and-my-hair’s-still-in-a-yucky-thing-held-up-with-a-giant-clip ‘do. Yes, even hair fairies have days like that. You only need one hair tie, ribbon optional. And it’s really fast! I can do this style in the car without a mirror. Even if you’re driving, it only takes two or three red lights. Continue reading