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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Evolution of my Pixie Cut

In August of 2011, I got bored and decided to cut myself some bangs. I watched a few YouTube videos, looked up the number of the nearest hair salon so I could go there after I was done ruining my hair, and chopped away. The goal was not to have cute bangs, the goal was to stop being bored. Right away.

After a few hours of cutting away, being scolded by the hairstylist when I went to get them fixed, and a few weeks of wearing a headband to cover up the awful mess I had made, I decided to just cut it all off!

Here are some absolutely riveting pictures of the evolution of my pixie cut. For a list of tips, click here: Pixie Haircut Tips

UPDATE: (January 2013) I'm currently growing out my hair a little bit for the winter, and I'm loving the length that it's at!

(January 2013)

First day, August 2011. I was scared and didn't want her to cut it too short. This was also the day that I realized that my hair is nowhere NEAR the same as Emma Watson's. Sad face.

I loved it, but thought it was a bit too long and shaggy for what I had envisioned, plus being an odd shape for my head.

Told the next girl that I wanted it more "pixie-ish" so...she cut it short on one side and not the other because that was "the way my hair laid." I was looking for something short and spiky but didn't really get it. (looking back, I think that it's really cute!)

(October 2011)

This is what I wanted...not eighties, just cute and pixie-ish, right?

November 2011: Finally got it! This was the same day as the cut.

(November 2011)

It turned out that I didn't really like how I looked with spiky hair,

(November 2011)

So I started wearing it like this...

(November 2011)

Ew. What was I thinking? No style, no texture, no bangs even! Sigh.

I then decided to grow it out because I was bored with it always looking the same and thought I might want a little bit longer hair again. This was a few months in to growing it out.

(March 2012)

Still kinda cute, here (shameless plug: Hey, I met JJ Heller!)

(March 2012)

A week after this picture was taken, my hair started to be way too fluffy and boring. 
It was all one length on the top because I didn't want to lose any length in the growing out process.
Bad move there. Always get trims when growing out your hair, and have them thin it out to preserve length while keeping down the poofiness. 

I started wearing hats all. the. time. 

(March 2012)

A few weeks later I decided to try for a cut that was long in front and spiky in the back and this is what I got:

It was one of my favorite cuts, because of its versatility. 

(April 2012) Photo by Robert Worl

(April 2012) Photo by Robert Worl

I kept trimming it in this cut for quite a few months and then starting growing it out in June 2012 for my wedding in September of 2012. I was worried about having a pixie cut for my wedding day, but I think it turned out alright (we were only engaged for 2 months, so I didn't have long to grow it out.)

You can find those pictures in my post about my wedding day hair.

Feel free to ask any questions!

Play by Play

My brain seems to be incapable of a certain type of self-pity. I can feel sorry for myself at times, yes, but it never lasts more than three seconds before I talk myself out of it. I don't know where this came from or why it's here, but it's not the worst thing, I guess.

My cat is a ninja. She's worn a jingle bell for all twelve years of her life and one night Sean and I just decided to take it off. Talk about freaky! I always subconsciously knew where she was in the apartment and now she just materializes from thin air. I've never known how stealthy she is until now and I'm pretty sure she very much enjoys scaring the pants off me multiple times a day. What can I say, I like to live on the edge a little. :P

I haven't been posting here much because I just can't seem to get into the whole blogger world. I'll do fine for a while and then just get sick and tired of the whole thing. I don't like being told I need to "market" myself by doing blog hops, pinterest, linky parties, and whatever. I'm too busy doing stuff, creating things, and seeing people to try and make blogging a full-time job. I'm also a little tired of pinterest. I actually had a friend who thought of something all on her own (people still do that??) and was super proud of it until she saw that I had made something similar (also thought of it on my own). Then she was like"...oh...I've seen things like this on Pinterest before, I guess I didn't think of it on my own." Ugh. Pinterest is great and all, but sometimes it leaves no room for thinking of anything yourself! I told her that she was being ridiculous, people have been hanging things for centuries (we had both made a shell wind chime thing) and not to let Pinterest steal her thunder.

I finally figured out how to brew Kombucha...but I haven't adjusted to the taste yet. I'm convinced now that the stuff I buy in the store is like 1/4th kombucha and 3/4 fruit juice. That stuff tastes awesome and mine is just odd. Still working on a balance. I was trying to figure out how to make it fizzy, which I figured out, but it also makes it more bitter. Right now, I've mixed it with fruit juice and I'm letting it ferment again.

End of random post.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sea Glass Art

Sean and I made a trip out to Port Townsend with his family last summer and by accident we found a great little beach for finding "mermaid's tears"sea glass. I had only found bigger, jagged pieces before, which I found out later aren't really mature pieces of sea glass. On my discovery of these perfect little pieces, I was enchanted even further by the dance between glass and the sea.

These are a few of my blue pieces we've collected.

I've never known how to display these tiny tears before. I've tried them in glasses, bottles, jars, and trays, but nothing really made me happy. I finally decided one day to just make art out of them! I've been fascinated with starfish lately so I knew that's what I had to do. 

Here's what I came up with!

I found two shadow boxes at Goodwill for really cheap. I loathe sports themed boy stuff so it didn't hurt to cover these up.

I managed to have a decent pile of little brown pieces in my collection. I tried making a green one, but I didn't have enough and I wanted them to complement each other.

I set out the first one pretty quickly but the second one just never looked as good at the first one so I had to keep tweaking them for a few hours. 

By that time, there was no way in heck I was going to move any of those pieces to glue them down again, so what do I do?? I pour Mod Podge all over them and hope it works!!

It took a few days to dry and then I noticed that they were too shiny for my liking, so I lightly scrubbed  some of the Mod Podge off the glass with a sponge. I was left with a halfway natural and halfway glossy starfish. I like it because sea glass is usually slightly glossy looking when I find it, from the sea water and I hate to lose that beauty when it dries. 

My little Catpanion always comes running as soon as I get down on the floor. Since I do almost all of my projects on the floor, it never fails that I have the fuzziest (and most distracting) assistant. I don't mind though, it's nice to have the company. :)

-Rachel (and Kitty)