Tuesday, August 11, 2009

15% off Sale on hair accessories & supplies


Every order who uses the code below will be entered to win a free
goody bag from me filled with flowers heads and crochet headbands.

contest ends on Sept. 1st


Enjoy 15% off Enter code: MKB

The two photos of models wearing some of my products
are copyright to Betsy Straub Photography.

Check out the new look of my website, I spent two weeks on it. lol
I will post the winner here on the blog.

Thank you,

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Kids crafts - How to make Play Dough

I had so much fun making this the other day for my son.

Take a pot and fill it with;
1 cup water
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 1 / 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
food coloring of your choice - I use 10 drops per color or more to darken.

Place you water in the pot on low heat, next at all the other ingredients and stir for a few minutes until it gets thick and then shut off the heat. Once it cools down a bit taken it out of the pan. I roll mine into three ball shaped and then place them in a zip lock bag to keep the dough from drying out. I gave my children plastic knifes, a rolling pin and cookie cutters and they had a blast.


Curly Ostrich Feather Group Buy

Group buy for The Curly Ostrich Feather is going on now
thru August 15th.

here are the colors I would like to order;

Candy (bubble gum pink), bright hot pink, & dark brown.

Colors that are in stock are;
White, Lt. Pink, Purple, Star Blue, Lavender, teal, Eggplant, Camel, Dusty Rose, Lt. Yellow, Red w/ Purple Mixes, candy pink and Aqua.

Brown and bright pink are not in stock and will need to be ordered and pre-paid, before they will send them out to be custom colored. Orders take two weeks once paid to arrive to the supplier.

Prices per boa - 2 yards are $16
group buy fee is $1.50
paypal fee's
shipping from supplier ( split between the number of buyers)
shipping from me ( should be able to go 1st class mail.)
If we order 25 of one color the price drops down to only $14.75

Please post your orders on the MKB forum

Fold Over Elastic Headbands

Fold over elastic

This stuff is great for making headbands. It us usually made for baby diapers but is available in many colors. You can also find Zebra and other animal print designs.

Here is sample of one I made. I cut 13 inches of elastic glued the two ends together or you can sew them. I then added a 3/8th ribbon strap to it.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wool Felt Flower Hair Clips

These are so easy to make. Buy some wool felt or blends wool felt.
I use the big kick machine to cut my flowers layers some people
use the Cuttle bug. I can use Cuttle Bug dies with my big kick machine.

The flowers shown in the photo above were made with Cuttle Bug dies.
This is a 4 piece flower set. I can place up to two of these dies at a time
inside my Big Kick. I layer the 4 pieces from largest to smallest.
Sew the 4 layeres together and then sew on a button for the center.
Just hot glue them to a lined alligator clip and you have a finished
boutique flower hair clip.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Curly Marbou Animal Print Hats

They have arrived! My Retail price: $15 -$18
Wholesale Price to other bow makers: $9.50 Zebra Print or Leopard Print
You can re-sell for $22 retail or more.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Decorated Kufi Crochet Hats

I have had a few customers ask me the best way to add ribbon to kufi hats. I weave the 3/8th ribbon in and out of the crochet loops. I always let extra ribbon hang in the back. When the hats are worn the ribbon stretcesh so if it does not hang long enough then the ribbon will fall out of the loops. I make a knot at the end of each of the ribbons that are hanging and heat seal the ends.

Next I make hair bows or Gerber Daisy hair clips to clip onto the hats through the crochet loops.
When making the flowers I use silk Gerber Daisy Flower heads. I take them apart and hot glue each layer back together and then glue a 18mm or 20mm rhinestone in the center. I often use two flowers put together so the flower will look nice and full.

How to use a braid as an ribbon sculpture body

First make a woven braid about 6 inches long.
Then I glue the two ends on top of one another
Next I roll the ball or shape it to my liking and let it dry.

All done! Now you can use this base to make turtle, crabs, cupcakes etc.

How to make Toggle Headbands

These are very easy to make.
Use 7/8th inch solid or printed ribbons.
Cut approx. 25-28 inches
Heat seal ribbon ends
Push on your toggle to open the hole
Run both ribbon ends through the hole

Toggles come in many sizes and in colors, frost, mini's and more .

Peace Sign Bottle Cap Images

Free Bottle Cap Images

Here are some bottle cap images I made for anyone to use.

Just print them out and punch them out with your 1" circle punch and attach and seal
them to you blank bottle caps.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

How to make your own mini bar style hair clips, text instruction included in the second photo.

Flip Flops

My first pair of flip flops with bows. Time consuming but easy to make.

What's needed
pair of flip flops
e-6000 glue
grosgrain ribbon - 7/8th wide
alligator clips
fabric - tac

First I wrapped my flip flops straps with ribbon. To do this I cut two pieces of ribbon about 2 feet long. I started to wrap the ribbon where your big toe will hit the flip flop and kept going until I hit the end and glued it down with e6000. I used a wooden clothes pin to hold it down until it dried. I repeated the same thing on the other side. Then all I needed to do was make two hair bows and either slip them on the flip flops with an alligator clip or glue the bows directly to the flip flops with e-6000 and let them dry overnight.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Free Instructions on How To Make Bottle Caps for Bows

The best method I use.

1. Upload your 1" circle images in 4 x 6 format to be made into photographs.
I just send mine to Walgreens on-line.

2. Crop your images out with your 1" circle punch.

3. Glue your image down with Fabric Tac or E-6000 and let it dry.

4. Apply 3d Crystal Lacquer or Diamond Glaze to the top.

5. I use a small paint brush on the top to make sure I have no bubbles or the tip of one
of my fingers.

Let them dry for several hours before you touch them.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Have fun with the kids making playdough

Here is the recipe I use and a photo of the pretty colors I made from the Easter food color dies that are now in store.

Traditional Play Dough
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • food coloring

Mix all ingredients, adding food coloring last. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth. Place in plastic bag or airtight container when cooled. Will last for a long time.

New hair Products to Share

Monday, January 12, 2009

Free Instructions on How to Print your own Ribbons at Home

Instructions Provided by www.creativekiddos.com

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