Friday, July 29, 2011

Something I've learned- to share with you.

So, Tamsin's operation is delayed and she'll be blogging later this week! woohoo!- she suggested something we've made lately, and as lately I've done not very much at all, Tamsin suggested a new hairstyle, and I have in fact learned a brilliant trick to curl my hair- absolutely no fuss, with no heat, since I'm trying to grow my hair back healthily after cutting half of it off- which I'm still not over.
So- I did it last night and documented it for you,
Disclaimer- there are way too many pictures of me in this post.

So- someone told me about this trick- I gave it ago and haven't looked back yet-
You will need two things,
Hair
And a stretchy headband- if its totally plain it's a lot easier, but because I'm nothing if not over the top, I couldn't find one without a huge flower on it- the plainer the better.
This works for most hair lengths- even bob's because you don't need a lot of hair to wrap around a narrow band.
Basically- as I have tried to illustrate with the GIF above {can everybody see it?}
you just put the band round your head flapper style, and wrap your hair under round it until its all tucked in, it stays in really well- the best way  do it is when your hair is 85% dry and then sleep on it, that's how I do it, it takes about 5 minutes and it makes people thin you spent forever on your hair the next day- I particularly like to do it the night before sixth form, so I have to do no fuss but I look pretty fine for class.
However you can just do this at-whatever-time, for a few hours, and it works just as well.
Needless to say, the tighter you wrap your hair round/through the band the tighter your curls, I like to do it somewhere in between and just comb them through when I'm done.

The basic theory- if it's not clear- maybe I should have just videoed it- is to put a headband round your head running across your forehead- hippie style and pull the hair back up against it in little sections, and then through, so its wrapped through and the rest of the hair comes round against it- eventually (super quickly) it will all be done- the first time I did it it was a bit too full on 70's flicks for me, but from the second time its pretty spiral curls- email/comment if you want to try it but I haven't explained it well enough!




I hope some of you give this a try- it's just so easy and it always works and it means I'm not damaging my hair- and I get an extra half an hour in bed.
Let me know if you try it!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Guest blogger Tana's best present{s} ever.

Hello again!- so with Tamsin out of action for a little while, I decided to take charge {I'm playing grown ups} and bring in one of our mutually favourite ladies, Tana, to fill us all in on her best presents ever.

A touching post about my most favorite material gift might have been about the time my father took me to the music store and picked out the coolest, oddly-shaped guitar for my 18th birthday. But my meaningful dad-gift moments were that we went together—and not really about the gift at all. Those times were special because they were rare and precious. (It was an awesome guitar, though. My daughter has it now.)
I was totally stoked to get this far-out guitar from my dad, man!

And it made me think about all of the lovely gifts and pass-me-downs my mother has given me throughout my life and how unfair it is that my absent father, suave and handsome and easy to love though he was, could swoop in like Errol Flynn and steal the best-gift-ever title away from the one who tried so hard every day.

A bit of the lovely Mediterranean dresser passed down from my mother.

So I won’t write the touching post about the music store—or the time he took me dress shopping when I was eight. (Ah, that man was such a charmer!) And he bought me a velvet hat to go with the dress and the bullies at school teased me and tried to take it away. Okay, wearing a velvet hat to school was probably an engraved invitation for the little hoodlums, but it was a groovy velvet hat that the coolest man in the world had picked out just for me. If I couldn’t sleep in it, I was at least going to wear it to school. No, I’m not going to write about that either. My mother dressed me beautifully every day without a blink of appreciation from my eight-year-old self. So not fair!

 My father on the left in the light-colored jacket, circa 1965.

 My brother once took the time to ship me my very first computer when he was upgrading to newer equipment for his business. I was going to college as a returning student with a house full of children and an injured husband. He did that for me when I'm sure there were easier alternatives. It still makes me tear up.

 This quirky sculptural candelabra is one of my favorite gifts from my husband, Cam. His creative medium of choice is steel. The piece will stump future archaeologists, I’m sure. It will be around forever (if I said, “like our love” would it make you a little nauseous?) It is so unique and the unabashed emotion behind the chosen iconography makes me feel very cherished.

From the heart of my man of steel and velvet.

I was supposed to pick one, wasn’t I? Impossible, for a woman who has been so richly blessed. For me, the thing that makes a favorite gift is always the feeling that accompanies it.
 Hope you get better soon, Tamsin, my dear!
Thank you for the invitation, Maddy!

Tana- thank-you for sharing, being the nosy girl I am, I loved reading- my personal favourite? the Candelabra from Cam, its gorgeous!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Where Tamsin's at.

So we were all eagerly expecting a post all about Tamsin's best present ever this past couple days, However I just got an email from Tamsin en route to the hospital where, I hope she doesn't mind me sharing, that she may/may not need to get her gallbladder out in the next few days, so needless to say, I think I'll let her off posting until she's feeling fully recovered!
Now, being honest, I had to google gallbladders, and whilst I was slightly concerned that it is described as a small organ, was reassured by the statistics, they don't teach us kids about gallbladders these days {at least not the days I went to biology}

Don't worry, I'll try and man the blog for a while, but I'll hope you'll join me in sending good thoughts and if your the praying type- prayers, over to Tamsin and her family in Spanish fork, that whatever happens goes as smoothly as possible and she'll be back on her feet in no time!

Get well soon Tamsin!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Best {material} present ever.

Hello lovelies!
This week Tamsin and I are back as promised, and in keeping with the theme of Tamsin's birthday yesterday we are sharing our best ever presents we received- I knew instantly what mine would be.

My dad sells and deals in a lot of antiques and collectibles, he loves them {though its not his day job} a few years ago, I accompanied him to an auction at quite a famous auction house nearby, as he's passed the bug onto me, I absolutely love antiques.
Before the viewing I saw a really beautiful dressing table, it looked french to me, though I am ignorant of the style, my dad could probably fill me in, but he'd only talk about the era for twenty minutes, and no one wants that- I thought- and still do, that it looked like a princess' dressing table, I really wanted it, My dad called my mum and got the go- ahead to go for it, however it was on sale with a very old, Italian armchair, that when it came to bidding- and my Dad's an old hand at bidding, was why all the professional dealers wanted it, not for my pretty dressing table.

I pretended I wasn't sad after we lost the bid, but I really was, I loved the pretty table.
A month or so later, I was walking home from the train station after school when I met my Dad coming down the road to go to the post office, I turned around and went with him, when we were on our way back, walking into our drive he said "there's a surprise for you in the hall"
In our hall was my dressing table, pretty and big.
My Dad told me he had contacted the person who had won the bid, a dealer who had only really been after the armchair it came with, and bought the dressing table off him.
It was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me, and I have never been so surprised, my dad, bless him, isn't really well known for spontaneous gestures, and this one goes down as my best present ever.
I've seen a few of these tables in the years since, I think it was a reproduction, but I still love it, and it fills my big bay window so well- better than it's counterpart, a pine dresser that has now been refurbished as a console table in our hall.
Even though it's quite worn in now, and could probably do with some TLC, I still absolutely love it.

I found it exactly on google images, since my camera's out of battery, the only difference is mine didn't come with a stool.

Stay tuned and tell us all about your best present ever.

Monday, July 18, 2011


Tamsin,
I admit, I cheated, I couldn't wait until the 19th, I meant to abuse the fact I have your address and send you a card in the post, because who doesn't love post on their birthdays?!
But time ran away from me, so here you have it, my way of a birthday card, don't mind me using our blog as a postal service, have a fantastic day, and eat lots of cake, you should be so proud, you have so much to show for just your 31 years,
Lots of love,
Maddy
xxx

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The nitty gritty.

Hello lovelies,
So, Tamsin and I have been AWOL, and I don't even know what that means, so it's appropriate, we've been busy guys, right now for example, I should be finishing an a4 sketch of my face, up close and personal like, for art tomorrow, but I'm not, so you understand.
When Tamsin and I were talking about what's gone wrong these past couple weeks, Tamsin claimed laziness, which is normally my excuse, I claimed busy-ness.
So basically, what I think is, we're both a bit busy, and quite a bit lazy, so what we've decided to do is take a break, and be back and shiner than ever on the 19th July, after I'm done with school, and Tamsin's done unpacking, because if you remember, she's been busy as a bee.
To apologise, I baked you a cake this afternoon,
Lemon poppy seed, I hope it's your favourite,
p.s- It's Tamsin's birthday on the 18th, if you or I forget, we'll all end up crying, so let's everyone remember okay.
see ya on the 19th!

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