Writing Process Blog Tour Preview...


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Recently I was honored with two requests to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour and the Blogland Tour, different names, but the events function the same way.  So, I decided to participate in both simultaneously.

My friend Bonnie from Revolutionaries invited me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour.  Hop on over to her blog and read up on what she's up to and also meet a couple of her buddies as well.

My friend Stephanie from the Enchanting Rose invited me to participate in the Blogland Tour.  Stephanie's post will air on Monday, July 28th.  Be sure to stop by her blog and check it out.  Don't worry.  I'll remind you.  :-)

I will be presenting my own Blog Tour post on next week.

Until then,

My New Do


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By now you've probably figured out that when I have a new do, I usually opt for the afro puffy twists that I love.  This time, I opted for a sleeker look...box braids using Kanekelon hair.


I initially planned on installing these braids myself, not that I had ever done it before, but I had dared to install my own afro puffy twists, so I'd try this too.  After watching Youtube video after Youtube video, I stopped at the hair store and purchased the materials I would need.  After installing 3 braids, I was tired, the braids didn't look all that good, and my left hand was starting to act up.  I figured it was okay to admit that I don't have this gift, the gift of braiding hair, so I made an appointment with a braider and got it done.


I was very pleased with her work.  Very pleased.  And if you've ever had your hair braided, you know that some braiders braid way too tight causing headaches and sometimes hair loss.  This is why I'm very particular whose hands I place my head in. 


I'm so grateful for the recommendation from my co-worker.  I think this braider has a new customer.  :-)

Happy Thursday,

A Corner of my World: A Mini Makeover


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If you've been around to hear my confession of how bare my walls in my bedroom have been, you will be glad to know that I'm working on it.  This makeover is not involving any change of paint color.  I'm just working around the neutral walls and adding splashes of color as I see fit.

What's my inspiration?  World Market!  I love that place.  I love the colors, the textures, the overall feel.  I can't say it enough.

I may not have a World Market budget, but I keep reminding myself that if I'm patient, the eclectic items and colors that I love will find their way to me and I will make over this space one corner at a time.

Before:

Then I added the cabinet and created fabric panels (tutorial here).
Attach panels to inside of glass.
Finally I made a little change in the adjacent chair.  I initially planned on painting it, but then I decided I really liked the wood as is.

The plaid cushion must go!
The replacement cushion.
After:


Just a change of seat cushion (I found the new cushion at IKEA for $5.99) and adding two pre-existing pillows - the larger one, a gift from my Dutch friend and the smaller one, one of my own creations (tutorial here).  Love, love.

I'm getting there, y'all!  One corner at a time.  :-)

p.s.  Eventually I will pull the plastic film and the Energy Guide sticker off my tv, but not today.  lol