Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tackling Hair Accessories

I have three daughters who share a room.  This means that every so often (I should do it once a month, but I don't) I have to go in and help re-organize all their stuff.  Today I untangled and threw away a bunch of hair accessories and once again found myself wishing I had a good way to organize them.

So I searched Pinterest, and found a few ideas.  Then I searched the internet and found a few more.  Then I decided to walk around my house and find whatever I could to morph all those ideas into something that would not require a trip to JoAnn Fabrics (which would inevitably lead to my buying more stuff that I don't need).

I found this box in my garage.

 It's one of those monster size boxes of Greek yogurt from Costco.  Did I mention I like Greek Yogurt?  I was going to plant something in it, but that's another story.

I cut down the corners to flatten it, and removed the extra cardboard layer from the corners.

Then I glued the end flaps down.
I was going to say, "hot glue," but it's technically a cool-temp hot glue gun... whatever.
Then I glued the sides down as flat as I could.
I tried taking a picture while I hot glued, but couldn't do it one handed.

This is what it looked liked with everything flattened out.  I picked this box because I figured those little depressions in the sides would come in handy later when I tried to space everything out.

Then I cut some batting just barely smaller than the size of the flattened box.
Oh, and I put the batting on the flat side, not on the side with all the layers, but it probably doesn't matter.

Then I glued fabric around the whole thing.  I glued opposite ends  first so it would stretch nice and tight.

This is what it looked like when I was done.

Then I went upstairs and went to work organizing the hair clips and head bands.
I recycled four headbands that were a bit stretched out already by just wrapping them all the way around the board.  I might go back later and put the narrow one under the wide ones, but we'll see how it works for now.

Here is my finished product.  I'll give it a week before every single one of these things is either on the floor or crammed on a shelf again.  It was fun to make though and my older girls think it looks pretty cool.

At some point I might hang it on their wall, but for now it's just going to sit on the shelf.  I might make one for each of them and put them sideways on one of the bookshelves.  Again, we'll see.

Now I have to figure out how to store the ponytail holders and the elastic headbands.  Too bad my last oatmeal can got turned into a knitters pet.  I suppose I should give the kids more chocolate milk so I can turn the can into a headband holder.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

How to Pin to a Blog post

I've gotten into the world of Pinterest with a vengeance.  Unfortunately, there's one thing that frustrates me enough that I decided to write a blog about it.

How many of you have clicked on a friend's pin only to find that the link goes to a general blog rather than to the actual post that caught your friend's (and subsequently your) eye?

Here are a couple of steps to ensure that you pin the correct information so you don't send your followers on a wild goose chase.

You're perusing a blog and you find a post that you want to pin.  DO NOT: Click on the address bar and copy the text into your pin box.

Step one:  Click on the title of the blog post. This text is usually a larger, bold font at the top of the post you're looking at.
Note: If you've been looking at pages and pages of a particularly well-loved blog and you don't want to lose your place, right click on the title of the post, and open the page in a new tab.

Step two: Highlight the URL and copy the direct link to the blog post

Step three: Paste the address in the "Add a Pin" box on pinterest.  If you've been doing this wrong for a while, you might notice that suddenly you have a lot less photo's to click through to get to the one you were trying to pin.

You can try the steps right now, but if you found this link on Pinterest, most of the steps will already be done for you.  To practice, click on the title of the blog (Me and My Gals) at the top of the page.  This will take you to the front page.  If it's been a while since I wrote this post, you'll have to search for it or scroll through the blog to get back to the right post.  Then follow the instructions.

I hope this helps clear up some confusion.

Happy Pinning.