Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Sock Curls

All over Pinterest is a new trend in hair curling: The Sock Bun. I've used the sock bun method, but I've never used it to curl my hair. I am always looking for lazy alternatives to the curling iron. 

I watched this Youtube video to learn exactly how to make the sock bun curls. The video is really lengthy - I skipped to the part where she actually begins making the bun. 




I pulled out my trusty sock (you can see how to make this sock donut by clicking here) and a hair tie. Like my pajamas?


I started with damp hair and pulled it into a loose ponytail. 


I pulled the sock donut over my pony. 


I pulled the donut to the tip of the pony tail and began wrapping my hair over the donut. 


I continued to roll the donut down wrapping my hair around the sock donut. 




At this point my hair is completely wrapped around the sock donut. It felt strange. It feels much more loose than a regular bun. 


Off to bed I went. 


I'm a pretty violent sleeper so I was surprised when the bun was still intact. 


And.....this is how it looked when I pulled it out. 


As you can tell by my reaction, this is not what I was hoping for. 


I can see a few small pretty curls, but the rest of my hair was just out of control. 



If you give this trick a try, here are my suggestions:
1. Make sure your hair is barely damp, I think my hair was too wet. 
2. Grow your hair out to one length. This will work best on hair without layers.
3. Grow your hair out really, really long. This will work best on crazy long hair, maybe. 
4. Then, tell me how it went. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Containing My Enthusiasm

I hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend! I know I did!

Today I'm sharing with you a project I discovered on Pinterest from The Gilded Hare.

It looked a really easy craft - and I had all of the supplies: hot glue + rope. Combining the two creates a great bowl or a container.



I started by coiling the rope and using the hot glue gun to keep it coiled upon itself. 




As the coil grew larger, the glue began to show, A LOT. The original blogger didn't really mention how to prevent that from happening. 



The next step was to begin the coiling upwards. 



I hate how much the glue was showing! I tried using less glue - but the rope wouldn't stay coiled. 



At this point  - I knew it was a lost cause. This looks absolutely terrible. I could have kept going - but why? So I can have another ugly craft? Not this time. I gave up.


If I could do it over again - I believe using much larger rope it would be more successful. Redoing this craft will definitely go on the back burner. I'd rather do something with glitter. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Fail

UPDATE: You may remember a really cool craft I made in the Love post.

 I have been loving on this craft more and more every day.

That is, until the first penny fell. 



Then even more began to fall. 






My recycling boxes sit below the LOVE sign - and now one particular box (the metal box) is becoming more of a collector of pennies than a recycling box. 



Apparently the glue I used was not strong enough. Another classis Smash situation. When I have time, and I feel like it, I'll grab my hot glue gun and re-adhere all of the little pennies. I am annoyed.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Something Like a Phenomenon

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard about the trilogy "Fifty Shades of Grey." I will admit I have read the first book in this trilogy and will most definitely be reading the other two. 

If you are unfamiliar, this book is centered around a very interesting relationship between a man and a woman.

It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about it, whether it's The Today Show, my coworkers, or my friends. 

 I have to admit, as many people have, Fifty Shades of Grey is not the best piece of literary fiction I've ever read. However, the woman who sold the book to me put it perfectly when she said, "It's not the nouns and verbs that are important, it's all about the subject matter."

There are hundreds of topics that could be discussed about these books - the majority of which I would be embarrassed to write as my Grandma reads this blog.

What I want to talk is not the actual book, but the buzz surrounding it.

I have been an avid reader as long as I can remember as were some of my friends. However, this is the first time that I can remember that ALL of my girlfriends are crazy about a book. Sure, maybe it took a book focused on sex to do it - but I can't go a day without someone mentioning it to me. I don't care what kind of book it is - people are reading. This gives me hope for humanity. 

The opposite could be said as well - that it takes a book based on sex, rather than fascinating literature, to get everyone reading. Has our society dumbed down so much that the only thing that gives us a thrill is sex? What about the incredible works from Jane Austen? What about To Kill a Mockingbird? Have we forgotten about that?

 In our era of social networking, texting, and the Real Housewives, it is so refreshing to know that people still like to read. I'm hopeful this craze will expand into other genres and books and we can hold onto our brains for just a little longer. 

Have you read these books? What do you think about them? Besides Fifty Shades, what other books are you reading right now?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Soul Patch

I have a favorite jean jacket. This jacket has been with me for years and years. 

You can imagine my heartbreak when I discovered holes appearing at the elbow. 


I decided I wasn't ready to give up my jacket just yet. I knew I had to do something. 

I started by measuring the length and width of the hole. 


Next, I cut out a few little pink hearts. I had the fabric leftover from my first sewing venture. You can read about it at the Holly Homemaker post. 

I cut out so many because I wanted to make sure I had the best heart. 



I placed it over the hole - it seemed to fit well, so I set to work. 


I pinned the heart in place. 


Lastly, I hand stitched the heart in place. 


The patch isn't quite centered on my elbow - but that's where the patch was needed. I think this would be cuter if it was perfectly centered - but overall it's a really cute and surprising touch. 


I'm not 100% sold on this idea - so I need your opinions. Do you like it? Should I have done something different?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Flower Day

Here in Detroit, we have a wonderful tradition. In the heart of the city we have a great farmer's market known as Eastern Market. Every year on a Sunday in May is Flower Day. This was my third year attending and as long as I live in Michigan - I will be at Flower Day. 

There are hundreds of Michigan-based vendors selling all kinds of flowers and plants, food trucks, Eastern Market restaurants, musicians on every corner - it's an incredible day. The people watching is incredible - people of all walks of life searching for the perfect plant. 

GB and I brought our camera so we could capture those sights and share them with you. 

When I got the camera out to take the first picture, in true Kiss My Smash style, the battery was dead. 

Hopefully, next year you and I will still be friends and I can show you what it's all about. 

Last year, from Flower Day,  I planted some tall grass in front of our porch. 



I also planted some boxwood bushes to the right of our porch. 


 GB already had 2 spirea plants as well. 


Don't mind the bags of top soil, new plants and  a shirtless GB texting - but hopefully you can get an idea of the placement of the bushes. I was too lazy to set up the shot. 



I started by planting small Russian Sage plants that I picked up at Flower Day. As they grown they will become wider and taller. The best part is they have small purple blooms - so the plants look as though someone lifted them up, dipped the tips in purple paint, and put them back in the earth. Purple being my favorite color (and I heard this was a really hard plant to kill) I chose Russian Sage to add to the front garden. 



I planted more Russian sage, a slightly different variety, between the boxwood plants. 


When I was planting the sage, I started using my feet to push down and spread around the top soil. Either I was really excited to be outside enjoying the sunshine and gardening - or I was too lazy to use my hands after awhile. You decide. 


Next we added mulch. This was my first attempt at using mulch - so I may or may not have done it correctly. But I basically spread it over the dirt. I chose black mulch so the green of the grasses and boxwood and the eventual purple of the Sage would really pop out. 



Ugh! That dirt on the wall is so annoying! I swear I cleaned that off when I was watering the plants! Why does it keep coming back?




One of the vendors were selling their plants 'buy 4 get 1 free' - so I chose this Salvia. (Yep - I googled it, the same thing Miley Cyrus famously ingested.) I liked that it was also purple. I have no idea if I planted in the right spot shade wise, but I'm going to give it a try. 


The Russian Sage is small now - but it could grow up to 1.5 meters high.


All done! What do you think? I know it's minimal - but I like that it looks clean. I'll use the backyard for lots of foliage, and don't worry, I'll share that with you as well. 


Although I didn't buy any actual flowers at Flower Day - I'm pretty sure it's still a success. I can't wait to show you our backyard.