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Style | Short hairstyles for women

Cutting long hair | Squirrelly Minds
When I was a kid I was known for my butt-length locks. My mom loved my hair and had visions of me appearing on a shampoo commercial. I probably could have if I tried.
I pleaded to get my hair cut. It was after all my hair, but I wasn’t allowed. When my mom was at work I pestered my dad to let me cut my hair until, out of frustrations, he finally gave in. My sister took a pair of scissors and CHOP! Hair all off. Needless to day, it was a bit of a shock for my mom.

I look back at that time quite fondly, but also with a pang of regret. Not for the near heart attack to caused my mom (though I do feel bad) but because I didn’t know hair could be donated for a cause, so it all simply went into the trash. I have felt horrible about it for nearly two decades.

A few years ago I decided to leave my hair alone. To let it grow in its untreated/uncoloured state until I couldn’t stand it anymore. Then I’d chop it all off and donate it to a good cause.
I thought I would never reach that moment. That I would have an internal battle with myself
“Time to cut your hair Tanya”
“But I love it!”
“But you don’t need it!”

Last week while in the shower washing my hair, I realized that internal battle was over when I spent the entire time imagining what it would be like to have short hair. It is time.

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I’ve done a bit of research finding my face shape by using measurements and this flowchart. Looks like I have an oval face shape, which means I have a pretty wide range of hair options.
I was originally inspired to cut my hair short by Kate Bracken’s hair in Being Human. I love the sweep and asymmetry of it. I don’t know if I’m quite ready for hair that short, but I know I want long sweeping bangs, asymmetry, and chin length or (maybe) shorter. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll end up with when I do go in for my appointment, but I’ll show a few photos, say a few key words, take a deep breath and let my hairstylist go at it.

Until then, I need to decide where to donate my hair. I made sure not to colour/treat my hair and to grow it extra long so I could pick any donation centre I wanted. I’m sure each is as good as the other but I want to make the right decision.

Have you donated your hair before? What was your experience?

Studio Update #4

Studio Update 4 - all 12 watercolour birthstone paintings | Squirrelly Minds
I almost didn’t post today but the mister encouraged me to. Why did I need the encouragement? Because I’m busy, motivated, and excited about turning the about 12 watercolour paintings – a birthstone for each month – into cards and prints.

Things are happening guys. If you don’t see me around here as much as usual, I’m busy prepping to bring you the shop.
I can’t wait!

I was originally planning to open up shop on Etsy, but am disappointed with their decision last year (that I just became aware of) to allow mass manufactured products from China on their site. I no longer feel like Etsy is what it started out as – a community for makers, making products with their own hands.
Who knows, it may still be the best fit for the Squirrelly Minds Print Shop, but are there any other online shop sites you would recommend?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Blog/Life | Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds
Hey there! We’re going to do something a little bit different today.
Last week, the inspiring Carrie of Dream Green DIY tagged me in a little Blog Hop where you get to know the blogger a little more. I just recently became acquainted with Carrie and my gosh am I ever glad we did. Managing her own creative ventures while creating adorable DIY’s, I can’t help but be impressed and inspired.
Thanks for tagging me!

Ready to see what it’s like to be inside my squirrelly little mind?

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds - Photo by Ma-Luxe

Why do you write?

I’ve never considered myself a writer, but I have always written. I was that emotional (re: annoying) teenager writing bad poetry, and at 15 wrote a “novel” about a teenager who travelled back in time to the Salem Witch Hunt. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, but I actually daydreamed about appearing on Oprah as the youngest, most accomplished novelist of the times.
I guess the answer is – I don’t know why I write, I just know that I do. It’s not always grammatically correct and it may not be the most eloquent, but it’s just one of the ways I choose to communicate.

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds

What are you working on?

Squirrelly Minds Print Shop!!!!
I’m in the process of finding a good printer and selecting the right papers. It’s a bit of a daunting task as I want it to be perfect from the get go, but I can’t wait to see the first prints/cards and to be able to open shop!

How does your blog differ from other blogs in the genre?

This is an impossible question only because there is simply only one answer for everyone – my blog differs from other blogs in the genre because it comes from my voice, my ideas, and my creations. No one can match that, just like I can’t match anyone else, as much as I would love to some days.

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds

What is your writing process?

Like Carrie, I procrastinate when writing and most other things. Having a clear deadline looming ahead motivates and pushes me to work harder and better.

My 16 page university essay on Japan’s post war economy was tough so I started immediately. I struggled to arrange my words into a cohesive mess, until the unthinkable happened on page 14. The night before the due date my computer crashed and destroyed the file, dissipating into nothingness. I huddled under my desk, rocked myself back and forth, and ugly cried for what must have been at least an hour. Yep. Total breakdown.
Once I started again, not only did I finish it, but I wrote an even better essay than the first. That overwhelming pressure to finish at a specific time got me there, because good for my health or not, pressure is my best motivator.

Always leave things to the last minute, because if it all gets destroyed, at least you only worked on it for a few hours instead of weeks.

Behind the Scenes of Squirrelly Minds | Squirrelly Minds
Well I hope you enjoyed that candid look at my life. Any surprises? Can you relate at all?

Next in the blog roll list, I’m tagging Joy of Frock Files! I simply adore Joy. We met last January at Alt and instantly clicked. She’s incredibly sweet, a bundle of fun (dare I say joy?) and her blog is so reflective, open, and honest. Definitely go check it out, and make sure to visit her next Monday for her rendition of the behind the scenes blog hop!

Entertain | Backyard S’mores Party

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
S’mores are the ultimate campfire treat – but who says you need to go camping to enjoy them?
The other night, we hosted a s’mores party, and yes, it was as amazing as it sounds. We spiffed up the festivities with some fun creations from my Silhouette and got a little creative with our s’mores creations. Good friends, good food, and twinkling lights in the evening sky. That’s my kinda party.
Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
With wild forest fires scorching the province however, the majority of BC undergoes a severe campfire ban every summer. This makes camping much less fun, and s’mores parties impossible. Unless you have a propane fire pit! Luckily our friend has one and lent it to us for this shindig. Thank goodness because s’mores over the BBQ would not be the same! So we lined up blankets on either side of the fire pit and set up a table full of s’mores goodies.

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
We had a couple simple rules at the s’mores party (aside from stuff your face and have a good time).

One: Before creating a s’more, you must put on a marshmallow tattoo.

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds

I created these adorable marshmallow tattoos with my Silhouette Portrait. I was worried that printing and cutting the images separately would be tricky and end in marshmallow decapitation. Thankfully the registration marks made the process dead easy, and making these tattoos with Silhouette’s printable tattoo paper ended up being super fast. It was the perfect way to customize the party – and a ton of fun to see everyone sporting a little white and pink marshmallow!
Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
From my Instagram feed

I also decided that boring white napkins were not good enough. So I grabbed a s’mores design and printed it on my heat transfer paper. I even used regular paper napkins and, while the heat wrinkled the napkin a little bit, in the end it turned out great. I debated also printing out everyone’s names on them, but that would have been going to far. (…or would it have?)
Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds

Now for rule #2:
Two: All s’mores must be experimental

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
Everyone was warned in advance we wouldn’t be making your usual s’mores. Everyone was encouraged to bring a unique chocolate bar and, if they were so inspired, a unique filling.
For cookies there were breton crackers, graham crackers, chocolate chip cookies, biscotti and chocolate sided hob nobs.
As for chocolate, we had peanut butter, caramel, chocolate, cookie’s and cream, oreo, mint, aero, hazlenut, almond, macadamia, and so much more. (my freezer is stuffed with left overs).
For fillings, there were chocolate covered pretzels, nectarine slices, bacon, blueberries, dates, strawberries, and various sauces.

Oh friends, did we ever get creative.

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
We made all sorts of fun s’mores combinations, all of which I’ve named:
The sweetheart: Graham crackers, roasted marshmallow, mint chocolate and strawberry
The desert blue: Graham crackers, roasted marshmallow, dark chocolate, blueberries and dates
The sultry savory: Breton crackers, roasted marshmallow, bacon and dates
The salted crunch: Graham crackers, roasted marshmallow, chocolate covered pretzels and bacon.

But my ultimate favourite was this bad boy, appropriately (and perhaps boringly) named, the ultimate s’more:

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
A graham cracker on the bottom, a roasted marshmallow, two squares of caramilk, a piece of bacon, and two thin slices of nectarine topped with a chocolate sided hob nob cookie.
Serious decadent s’more perfection.
Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds

Backyard S'mores Party | Squirrelly Minds
All in all it was about having fun, loosening the belt buckle and spending time with friends int eh last weeks of summer.
Don’t worry there’s still time. Go round up some friends, fire up that propane fire pit and make yourself some spectacular s’mores.
And make sure you let me know what you put in it!

Are you faithful to the classic graham cracker, milk chocolate and marshmallow s’more, or do you like to mix it up?

While Silhouette provided me with materials for this party/post, all opinions remain my own.

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