Quick Tip: Tights = Hairties

With the unbelievable amount of thick hair I have, finding hairties that don't hurt and don't break has been a lifelong challenge. There have been so many days when, doing absolutely nothing, I hear a *pop* and a cascade of hair falls in my face.

If you're like me and you have an old pair of tights you don't wear anymore, then congratulations, you have a thousand potential hairties (I have no idea how many hairties one pair of tights yields, please take a count and get back to me).

All you do is cut a strip off. That is literally it. I recommend cutting a thicker strip than you think you need, since it will fold in on itself and stretch when you use it.

Tights are stretchy so it makes a pretty big loop, but if I double it up before I use it, it fits perfectly around my hair. So go forth and chop up tights!


Hayley Williams Home Tour

I've mentioned before that I love home tours. Next up in what I guess is now the home tour series is Hayley William's home. Hayley is the lead singer of Paramore and has (had?) a beauty series on PopularTV. In one of the vids she gave a tour of her house, and it is almost exactly how I would design/decorate my own.

There's themed rooms, cute color palettes, weird fixtures, and a blow up chair. You can watch the tour for yourself here.


DIY Notebook / Sketchbook

1. Divide your paper into fours (or whatever size you want the notebook to be).
2. Cut along one of the lines.
3. Score along the other line and fold in half. Make as many pages as you like.
4. Line the papers up and mark where the holes will go on the spine (use a binder clip, clamp, or heavy book to hold them in place). The number of holes and where you make them don't really matter. I made three pairs of holes without measuring between each hole.
5. Pair up the papers so you have stacks (signatures) of two and get out that needle and thread!
6. Tape down your thread on the outside of the first signature (to be glued to the spine later) and thread in and out of each hole.
7. Thread in and out of the second signature to attach and then make a loop around the thread in the first signature and thread through, knotting the two signatures together (see photo below). This is how you'll sew all the signatures together. Again, I freehanded this a bit by just looping and knotting until I was satisfied.
8. Use a clamp or heavy book to hold all the signatures tightly together and brush glue along the spine. I used E6000 since it's strong but doesn't dry hard.
9. Once that glue is dry, cut two pieces of matboard, stiff cardboard, or whatever you like for the front and back cover. I wound up using the back of an old drawing pad (hence the paint). Glue one to the front and one to the back.
10. *Optional: cover up the spine with some fabric or nice paper. I liked the way mine looked exposed so I left it. I'm not sure if a paper spine would hold up to opening and closing, but I imagine fabric glued to the front and back cover (and covering but not glued to the spine) would work great.



A Weekend Roundup

I went to Disneyland three times this week. The first day was a nice and sweaty 90°, the second day was cold and rainy, and the third day was a perfect 70° (in case you were wondering what winter-to-spring transition is like in SoCal).

Anyway, Monica and I haven't posted here in what feels like forever and I miss doing Fave 5's. Those were time consuming however, so here's a quick list of stuff I like lately.


p.s. I've got a couple DIYs + crochet patterns on the back burner and should be posting one this week!