Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Follicularly-Challenged Princess and A Mighty Good Book



All of my children were born with a dodgy hair-growing gene. They start out with the finest fairy fuzz atop their otherwise baldy heads, then they sprout into toddlers at the rate of knots – except for the hair follicles which subscribe to ‘glacial speed’. Hence the smallest has a fixation on little girls with ‘princess’ hair and there is quivering lower lip questioning, over the estimated time of arrival for her own flowing locks.

Last week I received the best-ever kind of mail from Nikki.



Inside the Best-Ever Kind of Mail, is a tute perfect for little girls in need of princess hair. This afternoon we all watched The Fox and The Child (all kinds of wonderful, even for the seventeenth screening) and I crafted some sweet hair rosette thingummies from a zip. My little princess is chuffed to the very roots.



While she’s busying herself with princess business, I have been losing myself in the rest of Nikki’s book. On a recent craft weekend, I sewed next to Nikki and she talked me through an a-line skirt. Please understand, there’s my kind of a-line skirt and there’s Nikki’s kind of a-line skirt. Nikki’s kind is the sort that fits beautifully and sits comfortably and is an all round pleasure to wear. My version is the kind that requires tweaking and adjustment whenever one exhales.

I reckon this is exactly why Nikki’s book works. Although the projects are accessible for beginners, (BECAUSE SHE HOLDS YOUR HAND EVERY STEP OF THE WAY), the pages are positively heaving with top tips, helpful hints – even the unveiling of the mystery that is interfacing.



So it’s a book to help everyone sew better: to make garments that fit, to make bags with perfect finish and to do everything else with convincingly professional edge. There are pattern-free instructions for garments that do not scare the bejesus out of me. This says more than you can possibly know.



That there is the eldest kid, who helped to model Nikki’s Twirly-Whirly Girly skirts. It took nine years to craft that shoulder length hair.

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You Sew, Girl! Your Ultimate Guide to Sewing with Confidence and Style will be available from here on May 1st, for pre-order here, or you can find yourself a copy at AQC (possibly even signed by the author herself!) until Friday...

25 comments:

Andi said...

Just remind your girls that one day they will be lucky enough to have hair like their mother's.
I'm off to AQC tomorrow to nab myself a copy of Nic's book!! Yay!!
xx

peppermintpatcher said...

All hope is not lost. My whispy haired girl found her luxurious locks in her late teens. Now she has waves of shine and colour to be envied.

sophie said...

That is just so adorable yearning for princess hair! So sweet Tania! I have heard so much good stuff about this book, I better get myself a copy!

One Flew Over said...

Smallest princess looks very pleased with her rosette...too cute x

CurlyPops said...

Awww that twirly curly hair is adorable! I wonder if I could talk some little boys into letting me put some zipper rosettes in their hair?

Tas said...

Gorgeous (hair and rosettes!) I guess I need to get this book for hubby to give me for Mother's Day...

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I hear you loudly over the hair gene, which I take full responsibility for passing on. Bald seriously bald was Busy until she actually started growing hair around age 3. She wants it to be long like Rapunzels and it has FINALLY started growing... she is 4... I sympathise with you and your little... but now Busy has gorgeous hair so it was worth the wait? in the meantime hot tip for you: headbands. Made from fabric and elastic that match her dress.
Satisfies the- I- want- to- do- something- to- my- hair- thing.
Hope this helps. The roses are lovely!

Owlie said...

awww, how cute! i can relate to wanting that beautiful flowing hair. when i was little my hair wouldn't grow very long (and my mom always cut it pretty short), not to mention that (there was lots of it), but it was very fine. I used to put sweaters and turtlenecks on my head and pretend i had long flowing hair.
I love the little rosettes, and her pose is so perfectly adorable!
xo

Cat from Raspberry Rainbow said...

Oh what lovely mail you did get! Love your hair zippers!
On a positive note, think of all the money you save not needing the hair dresser very often. I have passed onto my two girls, hair that grows at a freakish rate - the other side of the (hair) spectrum is not much fun either as I am always at the hair dressers getting their hair cut (yes, I have tried to cut it myself, but it was way too wonky)

Louisa said...

What a sweet rosette.

june at noon said...

Well, as my hairdresser says, when it has to grown around instead of straight down, it takes longer! My daughter has curls, and she's finally got hair a bit past her shoulders, though it's much longer when wet and straight. She wants Rapunzel hair. *sigh*

june at noon said...

Well, as my hairdresser says, when it has to grown around instead of straight down, it takes longer! My daughter has curls, and she's finally got hair a bit past her shoulders, though it's much longer when wet and straight. She wants Rapunzel hair. *sigh*

Hayley Egan said...

HAHA! Coco has the same gene, I'm afraid. You must have known she'd need some extra warmth in the head department next winter... XX

amitie girl said...

My friends call my hair "Princess hair" and I would kill (extreme, I know) for the curls that your girls have!!!
x Lucy

lily boot said...

oh that little chin! Sends me straight back 10 years ago - so soft and sweet. And very pretty hair :-)

rachelmp said...

Nikki's book is so fantastic! I would happily hand over some of my boys hair growing genes. They are at the hairdressers every few weeks. Maya has wavy hair that grows quickly too but your girls curls are so so sweet.

Fer said...

I think my wee girl is on that same path where long locks are concerned. She's nearly 2 and hasn't had a hair cut yet! Mind you she does have adorable ringlets like your small one.

Everyone is giving Nikki's book such high praise, can't wait to get my fingers on it!

Scented Sweetpeas said...

aahh your little one has gorgeous hair! My middle child was the same and has lovely thick curly hair now, my smallest has bonkers hair that stands on end without the use of any gel (it is quite amazing how it does it and is her little party trick lol).

Amanda said...

darn that hair gene...When you find it send it this way too :)...Lovely review of what I am sure is a lovely book. My sewing is very much like yours :P

katiecrackernuts said...

I know. I know. An aviation badge in 1953. There were still some pretty kick-ass sewing and crafting badges too, which, with a book like this in your kit, you'd be a whizz at.

m.e (Cathie) said...

loving the rosette & even though you say there is some folically thingy magibi going on, i think she looks pretty darn cute.
have fun with the book, i am sure you don't need someone holding your hand, i definitely would or i'd be rocking myself in the foetal position in a corner.

keep on smiling Mrs T, you make me smile ♥

Nikki said...

As you know, we have the Rapunzel gene in our family (the wee girl had two haircuts before 6 months of age... freaky kid!) and I think you should be thanking your lucky gene pool stars for the low-maintenance fuzz-that-will-be-gorgeous-curls.

Your smallest one is a hoot and I think I still want to adopt her. Tell her I know how to make zipper roses and I have a kid with princess hair.... d'ya reckon she's want to move in?

(..and thanks for the lovely words, lovely lady xxx)

Nikki said...

I meant "she'd". (Up with the birdies here and dosed up on cold remedies.... can't type..)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

Ok, now I want a copy of that book signed by Nikki and your eldest ;-)

Small is a gorgeous girl and that wee face.... butter wouldn't melt, would it? She should practice that face (with just those roses in her princess hair) in the mirror, I'm sure it'll come in handy to get her out of all sorts.

Cheers,
AJ

quirky granola girl said...

oh no. another craft book i NEED.