Dec 25, 2013

Thursday Theater: Merry Christmas from BowSweet!

We may be a little late for our 'Thursday Theater,' but 'tis the season to be busy! We want to give a big thank you to our email subscribers.  Watch the video to see if you won our surprise Christmas gift!  Have a wonderful holiday season!

Dec 19, 2013

Win it Wednesday: We have a winner!

We have a winner for last week's giveaway!
Jade Collier
Enjoy the baby ugg-inspired booties!

We will not have a new giveaway this week, due to the holiday season.  See you again at the beginning of the new year!

Dec 17, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Christmas Wreath Hairstyle

Today we are trying a beautiful Christmas wreath hairstyle!  I love the corkscrew braid continuing around the front of the head.  So pretty!  Use our Poinsettia Clip (as seen in the photo) or another bow to finish off the wreath look.  It would also be cute with little mini-bows or flowers tucked in around the circle.  You could incorporate a long ribbon as part of the twist to add extra dimension.  You could do a smaller/tighter twist on top of the head and use it as an angel halo!  Or try leaving half of the hair down?  So many possibilities! 

This is a gorgeous style for any time of year.  Wouldn't it be particularly amazing for a wedding??  OOo!OOo!  - Then add one of our head wreaths!

Send us pics!  We would love to see your version!

Dec 16, 2013

Monday Memos: Christmas Ready to Ship Items


The store will be on hold from Dec. 22 - Jan. 5.  You may email and even order, but the orders will be filled after Jan. 5.  Thanks and have a wonderful holiday season!

This week…
Monday Memos: Christmas Ready to Ship Items
Tuesday Tips: Christmas Hairstyle
Win it Wednesday: Announce the winner of the adorable crochet booties from NMJCrochetCreations!
Thursday Theater: Merry Christmas from BowSweet!
Friday Features: Deep V Wave Iron

Dec 13, 2013

Friday Features: Hot Buns Accessory

Hot Buns (it's not what you think!) is one of those "As Seen on TV" products.  They do have them at walmart and other stores now.

HERE they are on Amazon.  Their reviews average 3 out of 5 stars and you can read them there.
There are dark brown and blonde colors available.  There are 2 sizes.  I used the large size on her head today.  Hot Buns are great for quickly creating a full, doughnut shaped bun.  It is very easy and doesn't require bobby pins.  You can also use a sock (like our sock bun curling post here), but I do like the velcro-type feelers on these.  They hang on to the hairs and make it easy to get it smooth and even.  I'm happy to report that they don't rip the hair when you take out the bun.
1. Make a ponytail.
2.  Wrap the end of the ponytail around the accessory.
3.  Roll it up.  You can start low and roll upward, or pull the ponytail up first and then roll downward.
4.  Circle it around and snap it closed.
5.  Pull the hair around evenly if needed.
6.  Add a bow!
There is an extra step that I don't bother with - it has an elastic that you wrap around the whole bun when you are done wrapping up the hair.  It doesn't seem to affect anything and I think it is unnecessary.

This is the final product, with no hair spray or bobby pins.  Not too bad for a quick style for school or dance!  This bow is an item that may show up on if there is interest.  (It can be used as a bow tie for the little boys or wrapped around the bun for the girls!)
Have you tried it?  Let us know how it goes!

Dec 11, 2013

Win it Wednesday: NMJ Crochet Creations

I wish I could crochet. Even more than that, I wish I could enter this giveaway!
NMJ Crochet Creations is a shop full of crochet goodness including hats, blankets, dresses, sandals, and even a cabbage patch hat! HA! Check out all the cuteness HERE.
Nichole is the owner/creator of NMJ Crochet Creations.  Here's a little bit about her:
"I am a stay at home mother to 5 little ones! I love to crochet and have been crocheting for as long as I can remember. My Grandmother taught me the basic stitches when I was younger and I took what she showed me to the next level! I am now teaching my daughters to crochet as well. Working a full time job and trying to do everything I wanted for my children was beginning to be a total hassle so I decided to quit my job, stay home with my babies, and open and etsy shop! I now have a full time business doing what I love and get to stay at home with my angels!"

OK - these. are. ADORABLE!  Nichole has graciously offered to giveaway a pair of crochet baby booties!  The winner can choose any baby booties from her site.
That's not all! Nichole is offering a coupon code to anyone who reads this. How awesome is that?! Enter the code
when you shop at her store and get 35% off your total purchase!

Use this form to enter the giveaway!
It's super easy - just log in with your email or Facebook and check off the list!

Dec 10, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Headband Storage Ideas

Headbands can take up a lot of space and create a mess!  Here's are some ideas that could help organize and take care of your headbands!

Slip your headbands over the top of a vase - seen HERE.
 A large, clear jar like this works great for stashing headbands away in a hurry, and can add some color and interest to your bathroom decor.  It would be best for headbands with little/no embellishments on them.  It could be used to soft headbands too.
If you would like them tucked away in a drawer like this, try using a 2 liter soda container!  
Certainly, the most popular method is creating a headband holder using an oatmeal container (perfect size) and scrapbook paper or fabric.  You can even use the inside for soft headbands, brushes and combs, or any other hair products that need to be stored.  There are many versions on the web, and here are some great ones.
HERE is a simple explanation.   
HERE is a step by step tutorial.
HERE is one that was sectioned off for various types of hair items.  
HERE is super pretty one!
HERE is a tutorial for a hanging headband holder with elastic loops.
HERE is an actual product specifically designed to solve the headband storage issue.

How do I store them?  I have headband stands that my hunky husband made with me!  We used PVC, a simple wooden platform, dowels, and velvet.  You can vary the height and it looks fabulous!
As you may guess, my girls have a LOT of hair accessories!  I have tried many ways of organizing and keeping them nice.  I have settled on these stackable drawers from the Container Store.  I LOVE them!  They fit perfectly on our linen closet shelves and my girls can use them easily!  They are very sturdy and they are roomy enough to fit headbands.  Can you see the white headband in there? 
How do you store your headbands?  We'd love to know and maybe even add it to our list!

Check out our other posts on storage ideas:

Dec 9, 2013

Monday Memos: New Black Applique Headband

This week…
Monday Memos: New Black Applique Headband
Tuesday Tips: Headband Storage
Win it Wednesday: Giveaway from NMJCrochetCreations
Thursday Theater: BowSweet Tutorial
Friday Features: Hot Buns Hair Accessory

Dec 5, 2013

Thursday Theater: Easy Quadruple Twist Hairstyle

Congratulations to our 1-day giveaway winner!
Ronda James
Enjoy your Glitter Hydrangea Headband from BowSweet!

This hairstyle is super easy and fast (we're talking' 2 minutes max)!  The elastics can be covered with any beautiful BowSweet bow or flower clip.

Dec 4, 2013

Win it Wednesday: 1-Day BowSweet Giveaway - Glitter Hydrangea Headband

A winner will be randomly chosen at midnight.

Use this form to enter!
It's super easy - just log in with your email or Facebook and check off the list!

Dec 3, 2013

Tuesday Tips: Hair Tools Storage

Do your iron and blow dryer permanently live on your counter?  Are you wishing you had more counter space?  Here are some storage ideas I have found.
When we were first married, we didn't have ANY counter space in our bathroom and only a pedestal sink.  My blow dryer would actually end up IN the sink many, many times.  I know, SCARY, right?!  I'm glad we survived that.  Now my tools are thrown in a basket under the sink, but I would love to find something more useful, easily accessible, and that will help with my mess of tangled cords.  
Maybe I'll actually put them away if there is a great place for them!

Here are some ideas I found...

If you like something to hang on the wall, you could try this cabinet.  It has a mirror and cubbies for hair products.  Everything is plugged in and ready to turn on with a flip of the switch on a surge protector.  Question to self: would I actually trust it and leave them plugged in and turning off the surge protector?  There is a bit of relief and satisfaction that comes from yanking the cord out of the wall!   They have it in white and espresso at Lowe's for $129. 
This is definitely a cheaper way to go - just pvc attached to the inside of the cabinet door!
Boy, I may have to look into this next one.  The fake front on my cabinet is a lot smaller than this one, so I'm not sure if it would work.  It looks fabulous though!  This site gives you a little bit of a 'how to' on this project. 
Amy over at the The Idea Room came up with this solution.  It totally looks like it has always been part of the space.  She gives all the links and info you need to make your own!
Here's something that looks like it would be pretty easy to install.  And it slides out!  Love that.  $150 + shipping though, hmmm….
Here is something from BB&B for $20 that can hook on to a rod, or door, or just sit on the counter.  Not my favorite idea though - I am looking for a more permanent fixture.
There are even more ideas out there!  I think I'll keep searching…
How do you store your hair tools?
Leave a comment and let us know!

Check out our other posts on Bobby Pin Storage and Elastic Hair Ties.

Nov 29, 2013

Friday Features: Twist Me Pretty

Today's Feature:
I am loving this site, and thought I'd let you know about it!

Abby Smith, the creator of Twist Me Pretty is one of those girls that would look good in anything - as my mom would say, "She would look good in a potato sack!"  I came upon her site because of this pin on Pinterest...
Of course I'm interested in hair schtuff, so I continued on to her site and found lots of goodies.
You can enjoy her personality in each post and there is something for everyone.

I love her hairstyle ideas, 
(including this book)
fashion and beauty tips, diy, decorating ideas, and other mom tips.  She is even finishing up inspirational album - check out her awesome singing HERE
Her style is practical (no crazy birds sticking out of her head), yet unpredictable, stylish, and fun!   

Nov 28, 2013

Thursday Theater: While I Was Gone

First of all, we have a winner for our 1-Day BowSweet Giveaway!
Congratulations Kim Espinoza!  Enjoy your peppermint hair clip!
Thanks to everyone for the likes, comments, and shares!  Keep it up so we can keep doing giveaways!

On this Thanksgiving, we want to thank our friends and customers!  Your support keeps us going!  Here is a fun little video to say
Happy Thanksgiving!

See what happened when I left my camera rolling!

Nov 27, 2013

Win it Wednesday: 1-Day BowSweet Giveaway

Congratulations to last week's giveaway winner!
Bekki Boster
Enjoy your fabulous apron from Fancy Ewe Wearables!

A winner will be randomly chosen at midnight.

Use this form to enter!
It's super easy - just log in with your email or Facebook and check off the list!

Nov 26, 2013

Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale!

Tuesday Tips: How to Clean Your Hair Brushes/Combs

1.  Remove all the hair from your brush.  You can pull it out with your hands, but I also like to use a comb - start at the base of the bristles and pull up the hairs.  For really tight hairs, you can even use a toothpick to loosen them.  WARNING:  Gross picture!  EW!!!
 2.  Soak your brushes and combs in a bath of equal parts vinegar and warm water in a bowl or mug for about 15 minutes.  You could also use water with some drops of shampoo instead of vinegar.  Soaking your brushes and combs will break up any oily deposits and lingering hair product.  If you have a brush with a wooden handle, or natural boar bristles, lightly scrub them under running water instead of soaking.  The wood can split and the boar bristles may curl.
 3.  Lightly scrub off any leftover deposits on the base and bristles.  
4.  Rinse with clean water and dry on a towel.

Happy cleaning!

Nov 25, 2013

Monday Memos: New Christmas Hair Accessories 2013

**Black Friday Sales announced tomorrow!**

New hair accessories for the holidays!

This week...
Monday Memos: New Christmas Hair Accessories
Tuesday Tips: How to Clean Your Hair Brushes/Combs
Win it Wednesday: 1-Day Giveaway from BowSweet
Thursday Theater: Happy Thanksgiving from BowSweet
 Friday Features: Twist Me Pretty

Nov 22, 2013

Friday Features: Girly Do Hairstyles

We love hairstyle ideas for girls!

Todays feature...

Jenn at Girly Do Hairstyles is currently posting "100 days of hair."  A different style each day!  I don't know about you, but I'm always looking for hairstyle inspirations and they have plenty of fantastic ideas!

I have tried these cute bows on my daughter's thin, short hair and they were adorable!
I'm excited to try one of their latest - the Knotty Hairstyle!  Here's the video.  I can picture throwing some tiny BowSweet flowers/bobby pins in there.  It would be so pretty for a wedding!

You can find Girly Do Hairstyles on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Twitter and their own website.  So, however you like to follow them, it's there!  I especially like Facebook and the variety of posts that are there - including the funny and inspirational.

Thanks Girly Do Hairstyles for all the fun and fabulous ideas!

Nov 20, 2013

Win it Wednesday: Fancy Ewe Wearables

Congratulations to last week's winner!
Twila L Daugherty
Enjoy your 2 beautiful ribbon rose brooches from Tiffiny Designs!

Get ready for some awesomeness in this next giveaway!
Seriously,.. you're gonna love it!

This giveaway comes from Fancy Ewe Wearables.  Kacey is the owner/designer/creator, and boy, is she TALENTED!  I'm not sure how she does it all.  The Fancy Ewe blog is full of fashion tips, DIY, recipes, amazing products, and all kinds of country fun including lambs and bees!  

About Kacey:
'My hubby and I have been self employed in the construction business since 2006.  In 2008 when construction was slow, I decided to make aprons to help out with Christmas gifts. They sold so well that I decided to make it a business and have been making them ever since. I fell in love with being an entrepreneur! I have ventured out into clothing design and manufacturing, but still love the hand made aprons. I love high fashion and runway trends, but am really a farm girl at heart. I am a "work at home mom" with 3 kids who are my life.' 
Kacey has even designed gorgeous dresses for Shabby Apple!
Doesn't this dress just make you want to twirl?

Without further ado, here it is!...
Kacey has offered one of her absolutely fabulous peplum aprons for this week's giveaway!
Choose the fabric and the size (S, M, L, or XL).
Wouldn't it make the best Christmas gift?!  Unless you wanna keep it - we won't tell.

Fancy Ewe Wearables
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