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Bubble trouble. Every day I faced off against lackluster tresses, while two friends of mine couldn’t stop raving about their own glossy, sexy hair.

Bubble trouble

They had recently stopped shampooing — just went cold turkey — and the results were marvelous. Both are decidedly un-crunchy, so I knew they weren’t making some hippieish statement about evil soap conglomerates or shampoo pollution in our waterways; this no-suds policy, I reasoned, must actually be good for hair. What did I have to lose?

I tossed out my shampoo, began simply rinsing my hair in the shower every day, and waited to be dazzled by my new chemical-free, naturally lustrous mane. The payoff was a while in coming, and I soon regretted having told everyone about my little experiment. Seven months later, my hair has never looked better. The problem with shampoo is that most of it contains sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate as a foaming agent. Admittedly, when I first got off shampoo there was a funk factor. And so here I am. DIY Crochet Rug With Yarn & Old T-Shirts. This Crochet rugs are made by Olga at olinohobby.com All you need is yarn, old T-shirts & crochet hook.

DIY Crochet Rug With Yarn & Old T-Shirts

Now the images will guide you trough the process. And that is it simple but really nice! 25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns. Take a second and think back to when you first started knitting.

25 Free Beginner Knitting Patterns

Were you intimidated by difficult techniques? Was it hard to find patterns at your skill level? Did you want a list of beginner knitting patterns? Preferably free beginner knitting patterns? I remember being frustrated by all the terms and techniques. If you’re a beginner knitter and need some easy patterns to start out with, this list is for you. The following 25 patterns don’t involve much more than knit and purl stitches. For each pattern, I included some of the skills you’ll need and where to find the pattern. Cowl & Scarf Knitting Patterns Where: Ravelry Techniques: Knit, purl, knitting in the round on circular needles How to get it: Free PDF download from Ravelry Where: Purl Bee Techniques: Knit and purl. DIY Friendship Watch Band on What I Wore. Make a Detachable Collar for Popping Over Your Sweater (DIY Tutorial) DIY Macrame Bracelet. Growing up by the beach in Southern California, the ability to knot a macrame bracelet was practically a right of passage.

DIY Macrame Bracelet

Although those days are long behind us, we’ve never forgotten the ever-so-simple square knot technique. This time, however, we’re replacing hemp and wooden beads for more updated elements like colorful nylon cord and glossy metal charms. Happy knotting! You’ll need: Start by cutting the knotting cord into two 30 inch, two 20 inch and one 10 inch lengths. Center the 30 inch cord under the two middle strands. Pull tightly and slide the knot up to the top. Finish the 2nd half of the square knot by folding the left cord over the middle strands and under the right cord.

Pull tightly and repeat the steps – left, right, left, right . . . To finish the knots, thread one of the cords onto a needle and sew up the center of 3-4 knots along the backside. Repeat the same step on the other cord. After sewing up both knotting cords, trim away any excess. ThreadBanger. A Novice Sewer's Guide. What I love most about this blog is that I'm given the opportunity to share my passion for sewing with others, the sheer excitement of making something all on your own.

A Novice Sewer's Guide

I love communicating with you guys through email (even though it takes me forever to respond sometimes, I'm sorry!). I'm often surprised that I hear from so many people that have never even sewn before! I guess I just assume that since my primary focus is sewing, that most all of my readers are sewers too. It's amazing when someone tells me they're taking up sewing in part because of this blog. That's exactly the point. Very much similar to this guide, this post is for you on-the-fencers who maybe like the idea of sewing but haven't turned it into a reality yet. Getting Started. Repurpose: Tanks, skirts & t-shirts ... The heat is on in Chicago this year!

Repurpose: Tanks, skirts & t-shirts ...

And yes, I have summer clothes. But not enough of them (!) And... I kinda, sorta, hate most of what I have. So I've been thinking of ways to chop up old skirts, stained tank tops, too-big-for me shorts. In this version, the tank is joined to an old curtain to create a cute new dress! Hot pink skirt becomes ... a hot dress! A variation on the TripOverJoy dress pictured above: An old T-shirt is joined to a knit-fabric skirt to create an awesome dress... tutorial care of PoldaPop Designs Dull t-shirt becomes a much less dull top ... Simple brown t-shirt gets some shape and a little orange pop care of Amie Almostly annoyingly simple... so effective. Talk2TheTrees.