Medieval Hair Taping, Without Elastic! #elasticless (Plus Small Writing Update)

I don’t usually post videos, but this was so fascinating from a historical standpoint and a practical standpoint. I have been trying to figure out a way to avoid hairbands for the sake of my hair, and this looks like a really good (and pretty!) alternative.

(Also, sorry if this just shows up as a link. Not something I can control right now. Soon, though. Soon.)

Just a general update this week. I’ve started the revision of Puck’s Call. And I’m back to writing short stories and flash fiction. In fact, I’m sending one out to a market tonight.

That’s it for now. See you next week!

What about you? What are your thoughts on how women wore their hair without elastics? Also, do you prefer hair up or down (doesn’t have to apply to your own)?

In which I make an herbal vinegar

I’ve been interested in herbal medicines for some time now, especially when it comes to medicine as it was given historically. One of those ways was herbal vinegars, which could be used for both medicine and flavoring food.

So, in the interest of spreading the knowledge, I’m sharing this link to Mountain Rose Herb’s instructions on how to make an herbal vinegar and also sharing, very briefly, my own experience in starting my own herbal vinegar.

I tried this because I had success recently with making my own infused oil using olive oil and some Complete Tissue and Bone (Dr. Christopher’s) herbal mix we had left from a few years ago. It made a small amount but was totally worth it.

So, I tried making an herbal vinegar using the instructions linked above and some herbs we bought around the same time as the Complete Tissue mix. Now, I’m only a few days in, so I can’t post pictures of the finished project yet, but here’s an image of the jar after adding the vinegar and screwing on the lid.

Points Pertaining to My Individual Creation:

  • I used a cleaned out and sterilized peanut butter jar with plastic wrap between the lid and the jar itself. Metal lids have a tendency to rust when it comes to vinegar, and this is the solution I chose to fix that problem. I store it in a paper bag on a shelf that isn’t anywhere near sunlight.
  • I had cut herbs and no coffee grinder so I used the blender to grind the herbs down. It took a couple of minutes and didn’t ever get to a truly fine texture, but it came very close. Close enough to use, in my opinion.
  • I did make one actual change to the recipe: I filled the jar two-fifths of the way with herbs instead of just one-fifth. There was no reason beyond preference for this change, and the fact that the herbs, though still good, are older than I would like. I can always dilute it, if need be.

So there you have it. Sound interesting? Anyone else out there try something like this? Feel free to share in the comments below!

In which I make an origami bookmark corner (or two or three or…)

I have a difficult relationship with crafting. Not because I don’t like it. I like it quite a bit, actually. Especially anything to do with paper. Paper crafts have, on occasion, made me giddy. I used to make some very pretty things out of paper.

No, I have a difficult relationship with crafting for reasons I can’t even define.

Maybe it’s a right-brain-shift kind of thing. Maybe I’m so used to being in my head, trying to piece together stories, that my hands are beginning to forget how much fun it is to make things. Or maybe, being a mom of eight, I’ve made too many things—simple, kid-type things—and I don’t know how to apply crafting to being a grown-up, even though my kids have figured it out and make some very beautiful things themselves.

So, as an experiment on my own psyche, I’ve decided to, on occasion, try out a small craft and post some pictures of it here.

Today’s craft is:

Origami Bookmark Corners!

It took a little bit to see where the instructions were going, but once I got my first one made, the others came together as if I’d always been folding them.

Decorating them, though…well, that didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped. But there’s more to come, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of practice.

Here’s the instructions I used: How to Make an Origami Bookmark Corner. And here are some pics of what I made using leftover paper from another project. (I couldn’t help myself. I dressed them up with some marker doodling. I swear, the next ones I make will look more grown-up and stylish.)



This is possibly the easiest craft I’ve ever done. If you’ve never tried origami before, I highly recommend starting with this.

What about you? What kind of crafts do you enjoy? Please let me know in the comments!