Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Pretty Girls with Pretty Curls

My friends know my husband and I as Mr. & Mrs. Frugality. I don't post much about that aspect of myself but it is very much a part of who I am. We rarely go to restaurants, buy new clothing or spend money on entertainment. We'd rather create our own and use our money on other priorities. I've learned that children really, really don't care. They just want to be with Mom and Dad, doing something-anything that makes them laugh. My husband is presently writing a book. He has recruited the kids to help him and, my, my! what fun they are having together. They have secret planning meetings behind closed doors with the dry erase board and hot mugs of milky coffee. The fact that they occasionally get to drink the forbidden stuff makes it even more memorable. It's all very cute and I'm so grateful to witness such happy moments.

This week DH is out of town. The children and I generally take advantage of these occasions and make our own secret plans. Last month, we invited a friend and her daughters over for a slumber party. We stayed up until 2am painting nails, giving facials, eating carbs and watching movies. This time, we decided to put our hair up in home made rag curlers. My mother used to do this to me for Easter Sundays. When I stumbled upon the idea again, I was inspired to do it with my girls because it's pretty and doesn't cost a cent.

Cut 1 inch wide, 6 inch long strips from an old sheet.
Dampen hair and roll a small amount of hair around the rag.
Roll all the way up to the scalp and tie rag off.
If you use longer rags you can tie them up into bows.
Take pictures, giggle and go to bed.



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one step at a time...

23 comments:

  1. It looks like those rag curlers work beautifully.

    I loved your tea post. Were you wearing a cloak also?

    Not a quiet family? Hmmm, I wouldn't have guessed it. I enjoy sitting down to a table where there's lots of good stories shared. My husband's family can tell stories for hours about antics they did as a child and later on. It's always enjoyable.

    Have a wonderful day/night? there in Turkey. Here in Arizona we're gearing up for Thanksgiving so lots of cooking and cleaning will be happening this week.

    Elisabeth

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  2. I love this! What does the poor boy child do while all of this estrogen ladened energy is being spent?

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  3. Ha! Ha! Tracy, the poor Boy helped roll up the rags in the hair. He thought it was great fun. I'm not the pampering sort of mother and we make sure he has nightly wrestling matches with his daddy to keep him tough. Oh yes, we also have him run around in the snow shirtless. (just kidding;)

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  4. I had forgotten about this... I will commence to locating a sheet to cut up as soon as possible! Blessings!

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  5. How pretty!

    My daughter wants me to do this for her. Perhaps I will...

    Stacy

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  6. I don't have daughters, but just wanted to say that everyone's hair turned out lovely!

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  7. I love all the curls, so glamorus and 50's looking! :)

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  8. I had rag curls as a kid too.

    I have a favor to ask. You left a comment on my blog that you live in the middle east and you know of oya lace. Would your friends be willing to make me little samples of lace just a few inches or two or three repeats of a pattern so I could see som e in real life not just in photos. I would greatly appreciate that. I don't know what they would want in trade but I would be happy to make a trade.

    thanks sunshine

    My email is on the side bar of my blog if you want to contact me.

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  9. This is such a beautiful memory to share with your daughters. How thoughtful. Their hair looks lovely.

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  10. We do this, too! :) My oldest daughter's hair is straighter than straight and this is the only way I can get it to hold curl. And does it ever!! :) Very fun.

    Have a good one,
    Jacci

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  11. I love reading about your family activities. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Did it hurt? I have a tender head and I think I would cry...yet, it leaves a beautiful look behind.

    You are so disciplined, I envy you. If I was in Turkey, I would be eating out everyday. Do you make Manti? (I can't make that i on my computer).

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  13. what a fun post! I bet those are a lot easier to sleep in that curlers. That might be why my neck is so messed up as an adult--too many night laying on those instruments of torture!

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  14. This is great! I was always wondering how to do this! I think I first heard of it reading the Little House on the Prairie books..Thanks for this post!

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  15. Oh...
    That's fun!
    I showed my daughter,
    who has super straight hair.
    We may try that!
    Frugality is definitely a good quality to have, in a world of such wastefulness.
    I am striving to simplify our life...as you say...one step at a time!

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  16. How nifty! I used to do pin curls, but they were wild and unruly and hurt to sleep on. I'm all for frugal means of entertainment. We had great fun when I was a child in my family and not much money was spent. It is true that kids simply don't care, unless you spoil them and they are brought up for many years doing expensive things. Then they begin to need to do those things or they are bored. We have Popcorn and book nights. I pop popcorn and the kids and I pile up on cushions in the floor and I read an endless stack of books. It costs 25 cents (that's for the bag of popcorn). Great blog!

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  17. How neat. My hair will not hold a curl for anything...it has a bit of a natural curl, but it does what it wants. It will not even hold a perm, as I found out in high school.

    But I bet my daughter would have a blast with this!

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  18. Oh my goodness that brings back memories *grin* I used to do that to my hair! I always love the curls I got from the rags better than rollers and it hurt the head less. LOL.
    Blessings to you and your family,
    Rosina
    www.homeschoolblogger.com/BChsMamaof3

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  19. Hi Linda!

    What a timely idea for us; my 9yo dd just requested curls for a few holiday events and I really didn't want to purchase curlers. She will be very excited about this idea.

    I laughed at your comment above about your son wrestling with his daddy every night. I asked my husband some time ago to wrestle with our 7yo son on a daily basis, first thing in the morning, before ds even gets out of bed if possible. Our school days run so much better when he's had a good tussle with his dad. :)

    Blessings,

    Sarah

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  20. My daughter and I discovered this last year. My husband has bad-underarm-itis and are always looking for ways to use discarded undershirts.

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  21. thank you ever so much for asking your friends for me I greatly appreciate it. Take care sunshine

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  22. What lovely girls - with or without the curls!

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  23. Thanks for sharing the pictures. I've tried to talk my daughters into trying this and the photos really helped! They are ready to try it now!

    Momma

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