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If you know me you know I’m a HUGE Wicked fan.  I’ve seen the show several time, and my favorite 26818_367497456222_2442604_nHalloween costume includes green face paint.  I couldn’t wait until I my kids were old enough to go with me, and 5 years ago I took K to see the show when she was just 6!  I had a whole day planned, including lunch at the theater prior to the show and an 18″ Madame Alexander Elphaba doll (you can call her the Wicked With of the West if you want, but we don’t!).  K has loved that doll for a long time, but has only recently been playing with her more.  Maybe that’s odd for a 10.5 year old to be playing more actively with a doll, but I love it and I hope she keeps playing with her!

The thing about these dolls that I can’t ever work around is the hair.  I don’t have a whole lot of it, and my daughters have pretty simple locks as well.  Seems that as soon as you unbox a doll her hair goes straight to frizz and there’s not much you can do about it.  I got one of those doll brushes they recommend you use with the wire bristles, and that did about zilch for poor Elphie’s mangled mane.  I figured she’d always have a ball of black, matted doll hair on her head, and life went on.  I’d managed to get it in a messy braid to keep it at bay, and K didn’t seem to care one way or another.

However, in the last few days, Elphie and K have been hanging out more.  It made me sad to see that beautiful green face surrounded by a rat’s nest!!  So, I took to Pinterest because I knew I had pinned a doll hair remedy in the past for just such occasion!  I found one on Simply Clean Living that looked like it fit my needs.  I rounded up supplies, and got to work on Elphie!

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As you can see, she looks like a hot mess!!  The first thing I did was take out the braid that has probably been in her hair for, oh, I don’t know, 3 years!

Next I mixed 8 oz of water and 1 oz of Snuggle Fabric Softener Liquid in a jar.  I shook it up and poured it on Elphie’s head over a plugged sink.  Then I rubbed it through to the ends and let it sit in the mixture for a few minutes.  Right away I could pull the previously snarled hair apart.

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I towel dried her hair, and mixed another 8oz water and 1 oz fabric softener in a spray bottle.  Then I took to sectioning it off and working the knots out.  Some parts work better with a wide tooth comb.  Some parts worked better with the wire doll’s brush.  You just have to try it out and see what works best for your doll’s hair.

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There were times I had to lay her down on the floor with her hair laid out flat and rake the brush though it.  She lost quite a bit of hair, but honestly, you can’t really tell.  When I was done, the ends were still so frizzy and bulky.  I figured I’d try using my curling iron to smooth it out.  I did very small sections at a time, and it worked well for me.*

*NOTE: Adults ONLY should attempt the curling iron on the LOWEST SETTING!!!!!!  A doll’s hair is synthetic, and can melt if the heat is too high!  Be sure to test a tiny, hidden section before you go crazy with your iron.

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It didn’t smooth out the frizz completely, but it did make it so much better.  I pulled up the sides of her hair like she had originally had it styled and K redressed her in the 18″ doll Elsa dress she got for Christmas.

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And there you have it!  Another Pinterest win.  Be warned though that if your doll’s hair is as bad as Elphie’s was it WILL take you a long time.  I want to say that it took me about 2 hours to get her hair under control, but I think it was worth it.  And, seeing K’s face when she saw Elphie’s fresh look was definitely worth the effort.

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Reading before bedtime ❤

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I’m supposed to be cleaning my house right now, since my awesome parents kept my kids for 4 days.  I did all day cleaning/ purging Thursday and Friday, so I thought I’d take a few hours to myself today.

The other night, while scrolling through the miles and miles of pins on Pinterest, I came across a super cute Yoda coffee cup cozy.  It was wrapped around a “tall” Starbucks cup, and what luck, hubby and I had been there earlier that evening, so I had one sitting right next to me!!  The Pinterest link heads over to a website that posts picture of the cup cozy, but the Etsy shop that it was linked to is closed until further notice and it didn’t look like they had a pattern available anyway.

It looked pretty simple, and I thought it’d be a quick project to try.  I had the yarn colors, and was confident I could figure it out since it’s only a basic cup cozy and a circle with some buttons sewn on.

I used: Red Heart SS in Buff and Frosty Green.  Hooks sized 6.5mm for the “body” and 3.75mm for the face/arms. 11mm buttons for the eyes.

I found this free pattern from Lion Brand for a simple cup cozy.  I made it using only one color, so don’t follow the directions for the stripes…unless you want stripes.  Then by all means go right ahead!

For the circle I just followed my amigurumi knowledge, and made a spiral.  If you don’t have amigurumi knowledge, then just make a magic loop, sc 5 times in loop, and increase to 25.  Do not join rounds and don’t finish off yet, because your guy needs ears!

I made his ears like this:

Right side: After I’d done the circle, I sc’d 5 more times, chained one, and turned.  5 sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn.  3 sc, ch1, turn. Sc2tog, sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog.  Finish off.

Left side: From top of right ear (where it connects to the head not the tip of the ear) count back and attach yarn to the 7th stitch.  Sc in same stitch and next 4, ch1, turn.  5 sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog, sc, sc2tog, ch1, turn.  3 sc, ch1, turn. Sc2tog, sc, ch1, turn.  Sc2tog.  Finish off.  Sew your eyes on now.

Arms (make 2): With green, 5sc in magic loop.  5 sc around again and change to buff.  Do 2 rounds of the buff and finish off.

Attach your bits, weave in ends, and go buy yourself a cup of coffee 😀

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