Friday, February 21, 2014

Hairpin Catcher Quilt Block and a Bad Hair Day

Hairpin Catcher Quilt Block Pattern Information

Yesterday at school, one of my third grade boys asked me if I was having a personal Crazy Hair Day!  (Once or twice a year, our student council sponsors a Crazy Hair Day just for fun.)  I asked him if my hair looked crazy.  "Your hair is sticking out all over the place!" he replied.  I had been outside for parking lot duty before school began, but STILL!  If you truly want an honest opinion about your hair, just ask a child.  They will be completely honest with you!  I stopped at the grocery store after school to look for something to help prevent static electricity from making my hair go crazy!  

Bad Hair Day

I can't do a thing with my hair-do.
I've tried but it's simply no use.
I can't make it stay where I put it today
with styling gel, hair spray or mousse.

No bobby pin, brush or bandana,
can get my hair under control.
I've tried every comb, every clip in my home,
but still I resemble a troll.

I've tried using forks in frustration.
I've tried using pokers and picks.
I've tried using straps; I've tried headbands and caps.
I've even tried shoestrings and sticks.

Regardless of how I attack it,
with rolling pins, wrenches or rakes,
it's simply no use, I'm the Gorgon Medusa;
my hair is a bundle of snakes.

By Kenn Nesbitt

What do you do when you have a bad hair day?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Answer in the comment section below for a chance to win a copy of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.  Plume Books is generously offering two copies of the book.  If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.  Winner will be announced March 1.  

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Sunlight and Shadows Quilt Block and the Theme of Sorrow and Tribulation in Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker.


  1. I have a bad hair day almost everyday. My hair has a slight curl to it and has a mind of it's own so I just go with the flow. The funny thing is that I've gotten more compliments when it's acting wild and crazy than I ever have after trying to tame it.

  2. I spray a little water on it and try to blow dry the sticking up parts back down!

  3. Men can get a haircut for 1,000 yen in my neighborhood. When every day begins to be a bad hair day, I go to that barber and ask for a boy cut. I used to grow it long and put it in a braid to keep it under control but that braid was just too heavy and took too long to dry after washing.

  4. There has been so much static in my hair this winter. It's been driving me crazy. I do have a cowboy hat that I can put on, but, usually only when it's snowing or raining. I've also put my hair in a ponytail.

  5. Ahhh, the honest of kids! My mother got a haircut when my oldest daughter was 5 or 6. Nana asked her how she liked her new haircut and she told her it was "interesting"! Love the way she tried to be nice! Bad hair day now: pony tail and a stocking cap (even in the house in the winter).

  6. There's not much you can do with a bad hair day. It is what it is! I used to worry about it more than I do now, but, with age comes a certain "no worries" attitude.

  7. I just hope there has been wind and I can blame on the wind!!

  8. i have lots of very fine curly, fuzzy blond hair. i don't have 'good hair' days. i even have a t-shirt that says so. in my younger years i tried all the products out there and used a whole wardrobe of hats. at least one for any occasion. somewhere along the way i decided that the wild woman look suited me just fine. it's become a trademark.


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