Snip, Snip, Snip…

Since I am “new to the neighborhood” and know no one in Galveston, especially not barbers or hair stylists, I decided to make my front porch into “Salon de la Lindsay”! And, seeing as how Nick is the only person I know in the state of Texas, and his hair was getting awfully shaggy he volunteered to be my guinea pig. He is brave but terribly bonkers to allow me the opportunity to royally butcher his head. AHHHHHHH!!! He trusts me way too much. Since I have never cut hair before I decided the best way to go about this was to research the topic.

I began my research by looking up online how to cut a man’s hair. I was able to find some directions on the topic but they were somewhat vague. For those brave souls who are interested I will include the directions I used for this process at the end of this post. So, after looking up online how to cut a man’s hair, I also thought about all of the things I would need for this venture. I made a trip to the local Sally’s Beauty Supply Store and bought myself a $10 set of shears. I also asked the helpful sales attendant if it mattered what type of shears I purchased. FYI: it really does not matter what sheers you purchase. Whatever works the best for you is what you need to buy. For me… cheap was best! : ) Aside from needing shears I knew I would also need the following: a chair, a water bottle, a comb, and an electric razor.

After buying the shears and deciding there was no turning back I also did some research by asking Nick everything he knew about the cutting of the male head. Seeing as how he has been through the process numerous times he did tell me everything the knew which really seemed to help me feel more confident. He filled me in on the normal step by step process his former barbers had used in giving him the look he wanted. (He wanted me to use a # 4 guard on the electric razor and give him about an inch to an inch and a half in length on the top of his head). Good thing for me, the directions he gave me followed the directions I had found while doing research online fairly well. Awesooooome!

So, before cutting a man’s head for the first time ever I recommend doing 3 things: 1)Do as much research as possible about how to cut hair, whether it be online, talking to a professional, or reading a book. 2) Research the items that you will need for the process and have them all ready for when you go about this fun task. 3) Talk to the person whose hair you are cutting and get as much input as you can from them. They are going to be your best tutor on the topic seeing as how it is their head!!

This is a picture of Nick’s hair before the cutting:

This is Nick’s hair after the cutting:

I DID IT!! I cut Nick’s hair and he did not cry at the end result. It was very short but ended up even and Nick was a fan! Yayyyyy…. Now, here are the directions if you so choose to cut your man’s hair : )

~How to cut your man’s hair~

1 Wet the hair generously before cutting and towel dry.

2 Comb hair to remove any tangles and to get an idea of how and where to cut.

3 Trim the back of the head first and get that nice crisp line with a small clipper. Use also around the ears. Consult the guy about how short he would like it to be.

4 Comb the hair forward and make an imaginary line down the center of his head, as if it were in between his eyes separating the right side from the left side.

5 Pull the hair up in between your fingers where your imaginary line is, and cut to desired length (usually as tall as your finger is against his head).

6 After cutting your entire line, comb hair forward again and begin at the very front of the head. You should notice the length difference where you just cut.

7 Using that as your guide, make another “line” to either the right or left of your original one and begin cutting again as described in above steps.

8 Comb one last time after the entire head has been trimmed. Look over to make sure no spots were missed or to touch up any areas a little more.

9 Congrats! You have just completed your first men’s cut!

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“Strange Terrain”

I realize that most, if not all of my posts have started with a tribute, but I just can’t help it! There are so many people in my life who have inspired me in some way and if I can thank them in no other way, I can thank them through my blog. With that being said, my next tribute begins with thanks going out to my best friend. Without her I would have never found this wonderful band that sparks in me a fire, that while I am listening to or thinking about them, makes the entire world seem to spin perfectly on its axis. So, here is to you Jenny! Thank you, thank you, thank you…

This, my dear readers, is Jenny. Who knew that when I moved to Lafayette in 2009 to finish school I would meet this wonderful, smart, interesting, and mature woman. From the moment we started spending time together I heard about this band that she absolutely adored. I guess over the years I had heard so many of my friends gush over cute guitarists and “marriage worthy” lead singers, that this band held no more importance than “just another band”. Boy was I wrong.

Around the time of  Jenny’s birthday we found that Circa Survive was going to play a show at The House of Blues in New Orleans. Well, as the friend that I am, no matter my care for the band or the show, I felt it only necessary to buy tickets for us both as a birthday gift to my dear friend. I enjoyed nothing more than seeing her face light up when I told her my plan to take her to the show as her b-day gift. I am sure Jenny would have found a way to go had I not offered, but I thoroughly enjoy giving when I am able. So, seeing as how this is my best friend, I wanted to do for her something BIG!

When we arrived in New Orleans and stepped into the line to enter The House of Blues, we noticed a very large tour bus parked on the curb. Low and behold it was Circa’s bus!! Screech…. And, there was Anthony Green, the lead singer, waving from his bus and obviously just as excited to see us as we were to see him. Eventually he and his band made their way off of the bus and I truly believe that Jenny believed she would cease to exist if she did not get the chance to breathe the same air as Anthony!

Once in his presence we took a few pictures, discussed his new-born son, and told him this was my “first concert”. Now, this was not really my first concert, but it was my first REAL concert. I had no idea what Jenny had been talking about when she said this band would change my life. She was right!! Psshhh… and I was a sceptic. In The House of Blues, cramped, along with the other hundreds of people who also love this band, I had an experience that I can only explain by saying that it took my breath away! There were lights, and confetti, and Anthony, singing what felt like a concert planned only for me! At that moment no one else mattered or existed. Just the music and me!

Will I tell anyone and everyone about Circa Survive the way Jenny tells any and everyone about them? Absolutely! Could I listen to them every minute of every day? Absolutely! Will I always think of them as my favorite band? Yes, and I want to share with you a song that means a lot to me and is helping me cope with my journey of self discovery. I was unable to upload the music track for you, but I was able to get the lyrics. This is the first song on Circa Survive’s brand new album: Blue Sky Noise

I hope you enjoy and can appreciate it the way I do. Everyone interprets music in their own way, but to me this song represents our inability to know or see the future. So, by being “new to the neighborhood” you have to find your way sometimes, even without signs, in this maze of a life where only light can get through.

 

“Strange Terrain”

We read the signs completely backwards
no one could see if we ended up
where we needed to be
to find out how it all works with
so many partners
and nobody wants, nobody wants to sit
behind the wheel, behind the wheel

Who’s the one pounding the gears
avoiding the crowds
keeping their ear to the ground?
Oh I’ve made a mistake
I never learned how to get back to the place, ohhh

Where have all the signs gone?
I don’t know where I am without them
in our lives

We made designs completely backwards
and nobody knows if we’re even close
to where we need to go
to find out how it all works with
so many artists and nobody
wants to sit behind the wheel, behind the wheel
(Get your own map)

Who’s the one pounding the gears
avoiding the crowds, keeping their ear to the ground?
Oh I’ve made a mistake
I never learned how to get back to the place
where all our confidence kept us behind a shield
Only light could get through
where all our confidence kept us behind a shield
Only light could get through

Where have all the signs gone?
I don’t know where I am without them
in our lives

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T-shirt Quilt Instructions

These instructions are for making a T-Shirt Quilt top.  They are based on a 14 1/2″ finished square T-shirt block. First, check all your tee shirts to make sure that the designs will fit into a 14″ square. If they won’t you can either crop the designs or make the squares larger – just modify the instructions to the dimensions you need. Remember, all the T-shirt squares must be the same size. All seam allowances are 1/4″. If you’re not sure of the correct size, determine the largest design and cut all interfacing 2″ larger than that size, then trim as needed.

Sizes: all sizes include 1 1/2″ sashing and a 2″ border and are based on a 14 1/2″ finished t-shirt block

12 shirts will make a throw-size quilt, approx. 48″ x 64″ – 3 across x 4 down.
20 shirts will make a twin size quilt, approx. 64″ x 82″ – 4 across x 5 down
30 shirts will make a full size quilt, approx. 82″ x 96″ – 5 across x 6 down.
36 shirts will make a queen size quilt, approx. 96″ x 96″ – 6 across x 6 down.
42 shirts will make a king size quilt, approx 110″ x 96″ – 7 across x 6 down.

Step 1 – Select Shirts – Shirts should be clean and in good condition. Avoid stained shirts.

Step 2 – Fusible Interfacing – Each shirt must be backed with non-woven fusible interfacing to prevent it from stretching. Buy enough fusible interfacing to make a 17″ square for each T-shirt. Select good quality, light weigh interfacing. Fusible interfacing needs to be non-woven, glued only on one side. I’m currently using Pellon 906F.  (In response to many inquiries about interfacing, I now offer fusible interfacing for sale here:  http://www.goosetracks.com/Interfacing.html 

Step 3 – Fabric for Sashing/Border/Binding – Sashing strips form a decorative grid between each T-shirt block. Plan on 2″ sashing strips (1 1/2″ when finished) between the blocks, 2 1/2″ strips (2″ when finished) for the border, and additional fabric for the binding. Calculate the amount needed and be sure to wash it before you use it – you want to be sure that the color won’t run and that the fabric will not shrink after the quilt is finished.

Step 4 – Cutting Shirts – Separate the front of the shirt from the back. Make sure the shirt is smooth, iron if necessary.

Step 5 – Fusing – Cut interfacing into 17″ squares – one for each shirt. Don’t piece the interfacing, it will show through. Position the interfacing with the resin side down on the wrong side of the t-shirt, trying to center the design as much as possible. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for fusing to the back of each T-shirt. Use a press cloth so you don’t get any glue on your iron.  Beware of wrinkles – once cool they won’t come out!

Step 6 – Cutting the Squares – Square up each fused shirt to 15″.  Make sure you center the design and lettering – measure twice – cut once! Cut with scissors or rotary cutter.

Step 7 – Arranging – Lay out squares on the floor and arrange. Alternate light/dark, busy/not so busy. Make sure the blocks can be read from the desired direction.

Step 8 – Completing the Quilt – add sashing – Sashing strips are the horizontal and vertical strips between blocks. The horizontal strips should measure 15″ in length x 2″ wide. Cut enough sashing strips to add to all the t-shirts except the bottom row. Then sew horizontal strips to the bottom of each block, except the blocks in the bottom row. Sew blocks together to form columns.

After all the blocks are sewn into columns, make long 2″ sashing strips slightly longer than length of each column. Sew the 2″ sashing strips onto the inside edge of the completed columns, one strip to each column (don’t sew a sashing strip to the outside edges of the columns) and sew the columns together. Press toward sashing.

Cut border strips 2 1/2″ wide and add as desired. If you need to do a final pressing, make sure you put a cloth over the shirts – the designs may smear if the iron is placed directly onto them.

Finish – Layer backing batting and quilt top. Baste or safety pin together. If you have some experience machine quilting you can quilt your quilt or you can tie it to hold the layers together. Bind your quilt and be sure to add a label.

Fabric Requirements for various t-shirt quilt sizes are calculated here www.goosetracks.com/T-shirt_Quilt_Fabric

Websites with instructions on how to finish quilts – You Tube has good information also
 

Tools:

Light weight interfacing for t-shirts, ruler for cutting the squares, cotton batting, and the usuals, like sewing machine, thread, and what not.

This is an example of a finished t-shirt quilt! Soooo cool…

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~Nick’s t-shirt quilt project begins~

This is going to be a long process I know, but I have more than enough time to do it and so much enthusiasm I can hardly contain myself. Let me begin with a little bit of history that got me to the point that I am today, which is, wanting to make a band quilt for my boyfriend.

This… is Nick! My boyfriend of a year and half and the love of my life. Aside from being a wonderful mathematician, Nick is also an avid ska band fan. What might you ask is ska? Well… ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica around the 1960’s with jazz, rhythm and blues, and calypso influences. As you can imagine I was shocked to find that this man who had a degree in mathematics and drive to become an actuary also had a hankering for this somewhat outrageous music style. Not only was I shocked and amused by his love for ska music, but I was also amazed at the large amount of band t-shirts he owns. Nick will probably never forgive me for saying so, but Nick does not like to get rid of anything! So, his love for music and his love for his t-shirts got us to the crossroads that we find ourselves today. One in which we must ask ourselves what do we do with all of these shirts!!!

Well, as a self-taught quilter and craft lover, I figured what better than a band t-shirt quilt. This idea is good for both of us. Nick will be able to keep his shirt collection and I get another drawer in the dresser for all of my clothes! Score… Now, please do not think that I forced Nick to agree to this plan. He agrees that holding on to all of these old, tattered, and stained t-shirts is a little “call the Hoarders show on TLC” worthy and is more than ok with my plans for the fabric.

Today is not the first day that I began working on the quilt. Oh, no, no, no… I began several weeks ago by gathering the shirts that I wanted to use and cutting them into large squares. I must admit that this did give me moments of sheer panic. What if I cut them wrong? What if I ruined the shirts that were signed by the bands? And so on and so forth. But, trying to be as fearless as possible I overcame my worry and was able to cut all of the shirts I wanted to use for the project.

For those of you who are interested in making a t-shirt quilt my best advice is measure!  But, do not measure once, twice, but at least three times to be sure that you are cutting the material appropriately. Now I am breathing a sigh of relief because I did this! I measured three times just to be sure I was not ruining some of my love’s most prized possessions. Honestly, other than cutting the shirts into large squares writing about it in this blog is probably the most I have gotten accomplished. But, that is ok! I am ok with that. Next on my t-shirt quilt agenda is to put permanent fusible stabilizer on the back of each t-shirt square.

This Fuse’n Stitch permanent stabilizer is what I have chosen to work with on this project. This is the first time I have ever used anything like this and again my anxiety returns. Which is why I am not actually ironing it on to the back of the shirts at this time! I am only writing about doing it. This is my attempt at gaining a “kick butt” attitude about this next step in the quilt making process. Not all quilts require this type of stabilizer! Only ones that use t-shirt material that is flimsy. Go me for picking material that isn’t easy to work with. Sigh…

For this quilt I cut 20 of Nick’s band t-shirts and must iron this permanent stabilizer to the back of all 20 of them! This… is going to take some time. Therefore, I am going to end this blog post by saying that I have my work cut out for me! Do not feel sorry for me though. I enjoy a challenge and look forward to the end result of this process. Keep your eyes open for another posting by me on my blog, with the full step-by-step directions on how to make a quilt like this if you are interested! I will also keep you up to date on my progress.

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I laugh in the face of cold weather!

As a new member of Texas gulf coast society, I want to welcome you to the beach during the off-season and all that it has to offer. Now, many people think that there is nothing to do on the coast during biting winds, early dark, and freezing cold water temperatures. This simply is not true!

I moved to Galveston, Texas at the beginning of January and thought the beach would be incredibly dull and secluded. Of course the beach is not packed to the brim with tourists and visitors, but it also has life that caught me off guard. Now, relaxing in the tide and letting the waves tickle your toes is only for the brave during the winter months but there is still fun to be had at the beach. There are year round surfing lessons if you are so inclined to learn and you can rest assured that no jellyfish will get you since the onslaught of jellyfish only arrive at the coast with the coming of warm water!

If you do not feel that you will fare well as a surfer and prefer to keep your feet on the ground you can always do as I do and collect shells. This is one of my favorite things to do year round at the beach, but it is most productive during the winter months. For obvious reasons there is less competition to find the best of the best in the world of shells. Now, for the normal vacationer shelling may seem some what…boring. But, for the creative vacationer shelling can produce wonderful things.

Now that I have shared with you surfing and shelling; I would like to share with you the sunset. I decided that after living in a coastal town for several weeks it was time that I take my dog to the water’s edge. This was a tremendous feat considering that my miniature dachshund is not very well-trained on leash edicate and felt that running was the only way to make it to the shore. After walking some 7 or 8 blocks and across 2 busy intersections this is what we arrived to see…

What a lovely sight to see. No matter the temperature of the water or the bite in the air, this place is magical and can speak to you. So, do not be afraid of the beach during the cold winter months, but embrace its beauty and splendor and use your time wisely. Maybe you can surf into the cotton candy colored horizon or pick up a shell here or there.

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Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry!

Whitney, Whitney, Whitney… What can I say other than there will never be another like her! Have you ever walked into someone elses home and absolutley fallen in love with everything they own? This is the way I felt when Whitney came into my life. She is free spirited, artistic, and funny and those wonderful characteristics shine through in her personal style. She has every art supply known to man,  pictures framed in her room that say things like “Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry!”, and her favorite old tennis shoe as a vase for her favorite type of flower, the orchid. I would never say that I am jealous of Whitney’s artistic style, but appreciate and at times would love to emulate it.

So, I guess I would have to say that this is my tribute to Whitney and the artistic side of me that she helped to awaken!

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Hello blogland!

So…here goes nothin! My name is Lindsay and I have absolutely NO experience with blogs but was introduced to them by a former roommate. I was very inspired by her blog and felt compelled to forge ahead in making my own. (Thank you Whitney for the inspiration!) The blog I am referring to is RedCouch+GrayDog.wordpress.com and I encourage you to check it out.

After checking out Red Couch + Gray Dog along with many other blogs I realized that I too had many thoughts and ideas I wanted to share with the world. I do not claim to be a master artist or writer, but I do feel that I am crafty and would like to put my artistic ability to good use.

Now that I have introduced myself and my initial influence for starting this blog, I would also like to thank my mother. I recently called my mother for a little pick me up and some advice about the direction my future is taking. In this conversation she refered to me as “a Martha Stewart on a budget”. Ok, thanks mom! I was not offended by this, but inspired by it. I do feel that I am crafty and would be great at decorating on a budget.

I guess you could say that between reading so many crafty blogs and the inspiration from my mother I would like my blog to inspire others to spruce up their life even if they too are doing it on a minimum budget.

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