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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

Emma: Triple Twist Bun

Harriet: Oh, I do not know Miss Fairfax!
Emma: There is not much to be said for her. When pressed, I say she is elegant.
*Parasol pop*

A comparatively minor style, this bun of Emma’s is one of my favorite styles from the movie. I will definitely being wearing this style for Christmas events this year. While it looks complicated, it really isn’t difficult.

You will need to know how to do either a folded twist or rope braid for this style. Don’t know which one to pick? You can read this comparison.

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Emma: Frank Engaged

Towards the end of the movie, *don’t read the following if you haven’t seen the movie* Mrs. Weston tells Emma that Frank is engaged to Jane Fairfax. Later that day, Emma’s heart is broken broken by some “tragic” news about her dear Mr. Knightly.

You will need to know how to rope braid for this style. The Pirates of the Caribbean tutorial would be helpful, too.

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Ropes vs Folded Twists

For twisted styles, rope braids and folded twists are interchangeable. So interchangeable, in fact, that I have them as the same category. If one is easier for you or works better, go ahead and switch techniques for styles that you may want to try. During Emma week, I will use both, but the method doesn’t matter as much as the finished look.  Same destination, different ways to get there.   Here’s a quick comparison-contrast of the two techniques.

Folded Twists

  • Shorter
  • Wider
  • No “tassel”
  • Best for longer, thinner hair

Rope Braids

  • Longer
  • Thinner
  • Has a “tassel”
  • Better for thicker, shorter hair

Personally, I prefer to wear a folded twist if I want to wear my hair “down” and  ropes for updos.  Which method do you prefer?

P.S.  Emma week starts on Monday!

Mini Rope Braids

Two mini rope braids clipped together are quick way to do your hair if you run out of time in the morning since it can be done in the car. I keep a non-descript barrette in my purse for just such a situation. For the fairy-tale look, I like to braid/twist below where I want to clip it and let the ends untwist as they will.

One hairstyle I have yet to master is the cascading crown. I’ve tried Dreamweaver’s instructions, but my hair won’t cooperate and ends up in tangles. The style on the right is what I do instead. Here’s how to make your own rope braid faux crown. Continue reading