Not Martha

thing I like: Bandette Comb

I’ve found a hair doodad called a Bandette Comb that actually stays in my fine, thin hair. I’d been looking for something to use to put my hair up while I grow it out as I’ve gotten tired of ponytails, and those claw clips slide right out of my hair. This is a hair comb with an elastic loop that holds your twist neatly in place and even I, who has zee-ro skill with hair, can create a tidy little updo without a mirror. It’s really quite remarkable, and it’s actually comfortable. While this might not do for a formal occasion, it’d be just fine for work and home.

It’s make by Localoc, there are a bunch of handy looking hair accessories on their site but, oddly, not the one I have. All I can find online is the Vidal Sassoon branded version. I found mine at Icing (shut up! sometimes one just finds themself at a mall and then accidentally enters stores full of shiny things).

Scott wasn’t around for photo time so you’ll have to forgive the following pictures, they were taken holding my SLR behind my head and hoping to get my hair in the shot. Keep in mind, these were taken at night after having my hair up all day, with no special effort made to straighten my hair in the morning, no extraordinary amount of hairspray, and after three days of solid rain and the resulting frizziness. The fact that a hair thing has not slid out of my hair, or tugged to the point of driving me crazy, after twelve hours is incredible. Incredible, I tell you. I didn’t use any extra bobby pins or clips.

You can’t tell but I’m wearing a Craft t-shirt in these pictures.

update: I’ve scanned the directions on the back of the packaging to give a better idea of how it works:

The small text says “Important: Do not insert into twist itself. The teeth go into the hair behind the twist to support the style.”

The last one is how to use the comb for a low ponytail:

· comments [49] · 01-8-2009 · categories:beauty ·

Schmancy needs our help

Times is hard, especially for small business owners here in Seattle who missed out on getting a lot of the holiday gift buying traffic because of the snow. A favorite small business of mine, Schmancy, here in Seattle could really use your help. From Kristen:

Here is how you can help. Shop here. It’s really simple. I am forever grateful for words of kindness and compliments on my store but right now to keep this place going is all about making a simple purchase. Even if it’s small, it helps. And it will make you feel all warm and fuzzy to shop here.

Here are some items you might like to buy: Teddy Troops Series 3, BBZ, Droplets, Kidrobot Keychains, and so much plush! Including toys by some of your favorite artists including Cupco, Snaggs, Cotton Monster, 12Punt3, Coco Howard,the list goes on.

Oh and we also have Dunnys coming out in a few weeks. Apparently the folks at Kidrobot are not sponsoring any release parties this time around but I will be doing one of my own. I am cleaning house. I will be collecting a lot of toys from the past (recent and not so much) and filling bags. Anyone that purchases a case of Dunnys will get to pick from the lot. You’ll find a lot of goodies in there so mark your calendars!

*We will be having a new art show this Friday with local artist Rhodora Jacobsen. 6:00 to 8:00pm.

We love you,
your friends at Schmancy

Schmancy is located at 1932 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 (map) in the same building as the Moore Theater, just down the block from the Moore’s main entrance. It’s simply packed with great stuff and you’ve got to visit if you live here in Seattle. If you don’t all the great stuff is also available online, including a whole bunch of incredible stuff from Plush You, the annual plush show Kristen puts together.

· comments [3] · 01-8-2009 · categories:seattle ·

links: craft

Swatch Book Tutorial by Daisy Janie at True Up

Mod Green Pod – Organic Cotton Fabric Made in the USA at Craftzine

Can you recommend some alternatives to Make magazine/blog without the social baggage and less emphasis on blinktrons and noisetrons?

Hey look! Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm is one of the winners of Intel’s “Need a Tech Makeover?” contest. Congratus! According to Craftzine: “MV Fiber Farm will be using their new wireless webcam to let folks keep an eye on their sheep!” Sweet.

Can Spoonflower or a similar company legally print me a bolt of fabric using a William Morris (1834-1896) design? at Ask Metafilter

· comments [0] · 01-8-2009 · categories:craft ·

seeking advice from the frequently pierced

I’m trying to get my ears to get used to earrings again after ten years of not wearing them. I bought some studs the other weekend and managed to get them through the holes in my earlobes which, shockingly, hadn’t closed up in all that time. There wasn’t even any blood. But now it’s getting more and more painful to put in earrings after about two earring-less days have gone by, I suspect my earlobes are conspiring against me and trying to heal over. So, I think I need to retrain. When I got pierced, back in middle school, I was given a solution to soak around the earrings and then I had to turn them once or twice a day. What should I use for that, rubbing alcohol? peroxide? (Turns out both of those are to be avoided.) Anybody have any tips on encouraging my newly reused holes to stay open?

update: Thank you so much to everybody who left advice. It seems the consensus is that I need to buy nickel-less hoops (more comfortable to sleep in) from a piercing place in a starter gauge and leave them in for at least two weeks. To keep it clean a soak in saltwater (1/4 teaspoon to 1 up hot water) as many times a day as I need. Extra thanks go to Christine who left this link to the aftercare guidelines from the Association of Professional Piercers.

· comments [67] · 01-7-2009 · categories:mumbling ·

links: beauty and shopping

Waveform Jewelry by Sakura Koshimizu, at Craftzine. Also check out the I Do wedding bands.

Uni-ball Kuru Toga, mechanical pencil that solves some of the issues with mechanical pencils, at Cool Tools

Japanese Colored Masking Tape, so pretty, at Better Living Through Design

Surprise Ball at Kiosk. This is what I remember surprise balls looking like!

Leather Tool Bag by DWR. I have a bag with the same shape that I use for small knitting projects, it was from the Isaac Mizrahi line at Target and I love it.

Fire Fork at Uncrate

Glass Salt Pot at Mighty Goods

Large pores on my face are getting me down. at Ask Metafilter

· comments [2] · 01-7-2009 · categories:beauty · shopping ·

links: food

cabbage, apple and walnut salad at Smitten Kitchen

Fee Brothers Bitters at Uncrate

Kellogg’s Saves Mother’s Cookies at Serious Eats

Cocktail grapefruit, not to be confused with the Oroblanco. I’ve sought both and the cocktail grapefruit tastes like mild Mandarin orange while the Oroblanco tastes like pomelo. I still prefer regular grapefruit to either.

Licorice Search in NYC? at Ask Metafilter, with explanations to the various kinds of hard core licorice.

gonzo garbanzos at Shutterbean

How to Freeze Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard. Collards and Other Greens. I did a whole huge batch of kale this way and it’s so very nice to be able to get prepped kale out of the freezer and dump it into a pan to heat up with a little garlic.

We’ve been invited to party where everyone brings a dish based on food from a children’s book. Does anyone have any good suggestions and, better yet, recipes? at Ask Metafilter

When the breakfast menu says, “Two Eggs (Any Style)”, realistically, what are the different styles available? at Ask Metafilter

snow ice cream at Seattle Tall Poppy


Parmigiano–Black Pepper Popcorn and Black Sesame and Mustard Popcorn at Chow

Black & White Sesame Popcorn at Cook & Eat

Spiced sesame popcorn recipe at Kidzee Corner

Sesame Cheese Popcorn Recipe at Group Recipes

· comments [11] · 01-5-2009 · categories:food · recipes ·