Haircuts are Hard

For him I think it is the hair that falls on his neck that bothers him. Maybe it’s the buzzing sound of the clippers or the vibration of them on his head. Or maybe it’s the salon smell or the hands of a stranger touching him. Or just the fear that comes from not knowing exactly whats going on or why it is necessary. It could be all or none of these, but I’m not sure – because he can’t tell me. The only thing I’m sure of is that it is hard. He runs and squirms and resists. Then he screams and squeals and covers his head with his hands. My little almost four year old boy suddenly has the strength of an enraged teenage boy and the more I try to keep him still the stronger he gets. He behaves this way not because he is bad but because for him haircuts are hard.

For me I think it’s the eyes. The looks of disapproval that I can feel across the room make me second guess myself and wonder for a moment if this is all because of a lack of discipline. It’s also his eyes that are wide and full of tears and they’re screaming “why are you doing this to me!?” and I wonder if it’s worth it but we have already made it this far. It’s his voice that is so big when he is screaming and so tiny when he cries “please please”. It’s the number of times I feel like I should apologize to the hairdresser who has patiently tried everything from giving him candy to cutting his hair in the play area. It’s the feeling of defeat when we get in the car with only the back of his hair trimmed. I stoically thank and tip the hairdresser and load up the kids. I try to move on in my thoughts as I drive home and am only partially successful. I feel the thoughts flooding in. “What should I have done differently?” “Should I have come earlier or waited until after naptime?” “Did I give him enough a transition time?” “Does he think I’m torturing him?” They keep coming and I keep pushing them back. Then a man honks angrily at me and all my feelings come forth in the form of rage. I whip around and gesture and shout and then I cry a cry that is unstoppable and clouds my vision but strangely feels good. I do this not because of an impatient driver, but because haircuts are hard. For both of us.

But he makes a reverse mullet look cute anyway. ❤

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Fabric Scrap Gift Wrap | Junk Drawer Wraps

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If you want to hoard something that makes for perfect gift-wrap, you want to hoard scrap fabric! Sure, there are rolls of gift-wrap in any color and pattern that you can imagine, but the possibilities of fabrics are endless! On top of colors and patterns for every theme or season imaginable, you have fabric make up and texture options! Plus, it’s so sustainable! Fabric gift-wrap can be used a countless number of times and can be stored effortlessly without you having to worry about it tearing!

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Purchasing new fabric can be costly and is not always a feasible option (though it is a good investment when possible!). Less expensive fabrics start around $4 and go upward from there accordingly. Thankfully, there are many more frugal ways to obtain fabric! I’ve often found bags of fabric at thrift stores and garage sales.  You may even check local craigslist listings and Buy, Sell, & Trade Facebook pages for people who are giving up their sewing related hobbies and selling their supplies.

While there are so many different ways to use fabric in the gift-wrapping process, I want to keep it basic this time. (Upcoming posts will get more creative.) The most simple way to wrap with fabric is to, well, do just that. Wrap it up! Fold it around your item as you would with wrapping paper and secure it by tying it up with string or ribbon. This simple process makes for a simple, yet striking package.

First, cut the fabric to fit the item being wrapped. Don’t throw away these precious scraps! An upcoming post will show you how to put smaller scraps to use. Position the item in the middle of the fabric and fold the bottom up and then the top down.

Fold the “top” layer of fabric in on each open side. The fabric will come to a point on both sides when this is done correctly.

Fold the two corner in toward the middle. During this step you may want to hold the corners in place and turn the package around to check the front. You may have to do a little extra tucking in some places so before moving on to tying the ribbon you’ll want to adjust accordingly.

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The most tricky part is holding it all together with the ribbon. You’ll need to use all three hands for this part (don’t you sometimes wish!?).  Lay the ribbon across the center of the package where it will lay over both folded corners. Make sure the middle of the ribbon is at the center of the package.  Press the bow tightly down only the package so that the corners don’t unfold. While holding it all together firmly, flip the package over and tie the ribbon tightly!

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And there you have it! The package is perfectly presentable as-is or can be embellished further! Stay tuned for an upcoming post that will show you what you can do with your smaller fabric scraps!

 

 

 

DIY Giftwrapping with Sweaters | Junk Drawer Wraps

 

Throwing things away is a daily struggle for me.  I may make it as far as the trash can with a lovely yet slightly damaged item only to take a second glance, think “I can totally use this for something”, and finally march it to it’s new home — a junk drawer in my spare bedroom. I wouldn’t consider myself a hoarder (who would though, right?). I do *strive* for a clean, clutter-free home, I just don’t like to toss out what could be used and reused!

At this time in my life I drink lots of coffee, change lots of diapers, and wrap LOTS of packages.  I sell women’s clothing and accessories on Poshmark ($10 Credit with code BVIJC) and when time permits I try to send these items wrapped with love! However, gift-wrap can get costly! For this reason, I’ve begun trying to reuse these items I have trouble throwing out for gift-wrapping. I’m newly convinced that almost anything can be used to decorate a package and the challenge to use recycled items has become slightly addicting. I’ll surely be sharing my DIY junk drawer wraps with you very frequently.

This DIY was an impromptu effort to wrap a James Perse top using a sweater that had a permanent stain.
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First, cut a large square from the front of the sweater. Wrap the sweater square around the top like you would wrap a gift and tie it snugly into place with some scrap string by feeding the string through overlapping layers of sweater and tying it off.

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Pick an end to work with that will become the bottom of the little sack and continue to fold and fasten as if wrapping a traditional gift.

The end that remains open becomes a draw string opening.  Take a ribbon and begin at the middle of the front (side without the knots). Weave the ribbon in and out of the sweater all the way around.  You’ll have to play with it to see how far apart to weave, but I found the drawstring looked and worked best the more I weaved the ribbon.

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When you make it back around to the front, pull the ribbon tight, tie it up, and you’ve got yourself a sweater sack! Add gift tags and other embellishments to the drawstring if you desire.  I added my business card and a tag saying “Thank you!”. I think a fuzzy pom or tassel would go really well with this package! And there you have it — a finished sweater package!

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For more inspiration, follow me on Instagram and stay tuned for upcoming DIY green gift-wrap posts!