Vintage Homemaking Week: Day 5

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Welcome to Vintage Homemaking Week! This series is designed to bring back some of the old-fashioned skills of homemaking for the woman of today.

Each day I’ll feature a post or guest post here on my blog as well as links to some others who are participating. Each individual post will not only have a how-to on a skill of homemaking, but also a great giveaway! {And remember that Samantha from Fields of Gold has a new how-to gardening post every day this week!}

And, there is a grand prize giveaway for one gal who either Tweets, Pins on Pinterest or writes a Facebook status about our series. She’ll win a $50 gift certificate to our Proverbs 31 ministries Online store to buy books and products just for her! {details at the end of this post}


Here today my daughter and her coworker will be teaching us vintage hair and make-up. But first, here are the other bloggers in the tour today:

GraphicTracie Miles is a speaker and author for Proverbs 31 Ministries and lives in Charlotte, NC. When she’s not doing ministry, taking care of her family, or playing tennis, she loves to do home decorating projects! Today she is demonstrating how to take inexpensive flea market or junk yard/antique pieces of furniture and turn them into beautiful, trendy, and shabby-chic furniture items. Her how-to video on her blog shows her process from start to finish, and will motivate you to tackle some home projects of your own. She will also be giving away a $25 gift card to Lowe’s to one lucky winner.  Click here to visit her blog to see her how-to video and some before and after photos of more of her home deco/shabby chic projects.

Ultimate_HomemakerNext we have Courtney Joseph from Women Living Well. Courtney is a blogger who is passionate about marriage, parenting and homemaking. She was featured on the Rachael Ray show as the Time Warp Wife. Her first book entitled Women Living Well releases this October. Today she is talking about how to make your home a haven for your family. Click here to see her post.
sockbuntutorialNext we have Ruth Schwenk of  The Better Mom. She’s already done a post this week on old-fashioned mothering but I asked her to do another when we were together recently with Courtney Joseph at the Women Living Well Conference. I insisted that she share her “vintage hair” with you. She says,  “Now I am no expert, but I do have to say that using the “sock bun” method is about the easiest way to have a quick hair-do for all of us busy mamas!” Click here to see how easy it is to do your hair in a sock bun.
And now…here is my daughter Kenna and her friend and coworker Katy.IMG_2929Katy Albright is a hairstylist and makeup artist from charlotte North Carolina.
She works as a freelance makeup artist showcasing her talent in many advertisements and photoshoots.
She recently won NAHA’s make up artist of the year. She works for Modern Salon and Spa at the Phillips Place.Instagram name: katyalbright
IMG_2931Kenna Ehman is a hairstylist and makeup artist who lives in Charlotte North Carolina. She loves color, styling hair and making people beautiful.She works for Modern Salon and Spa at the Hearst Tower location and has worked Charlotte Fashion Week along with many other shows! Her favorite thing is runway styling!Instagram name: kennaehman

First of all I am waaay bummed that a how-to video they made did not transfer over for editing and so at the last minute they had to write up directions for their how-to . {I’m going to try to have them back in the future for some how-to videos, maybe on holiday hair, so stay tuned}Now, here are Katy & Kenna!Well, you’ve learned how to get the retro look for your home and your food. Now get that vintage look for you!


See how great it looks!

For the hair start by taking an inch section on the side of your head and place the barrel of the curling iron behind the section of the hair.

Keeping the spring open, wrap the hair around the barrel keeping the tip of the barrel facing down at all times. Keep the spring open at all times and just wrap the hair tightly around it. Hole for a few seconds.

Do the same thing going up the other side of the head.

get-attachment-79.aspxThen taking horizontal sections starting at the nape of the neck do about three to four sections going with-wise across the head. Again, keep the spring open and just wind the hair tightly around the barrel.

Let all the curls cool before you run your figures through them gently with some Smoothing Fluid. (see prize below)

For a softer look using a brush and starting at the bottom, gently brush the hair out.

If you’re going to a dinner party you can take the hair from the side of your head where you part (The side with less hair) and use two pins right behind the ear to give a soft vintage romantic look.

get-attachment-77.aspxNow let’s talk classic make-up. For the make up gather these supplies:

  • Tinted moisturizer
  • Gel eyeliner in black. Make sure it has a firm brush. For a department store brand Loreal makes a good one.
  • A tube of lipstick in as bright of red as you’d like :)
  • Blush in a soft rose shade
  • Mascara
  • A soft, sheer color of eye shadow that is opaque and almost not there. Think of the color of an opal stone. (Modern salon uses Aveda colors Illumination or Opal)

First, simply base your face with some tinted moisturizer, blending well.

For the liner you start at the outside corner of the eye slightly above the corner of the eye, bringing it to the center of the lash line. Then, continue to go over your line until it is as thick as desired. If you want you can bring the line out a bit more, thinning as you go, for a more dramatic look.

Make sure to continue the line to the inside corner of your eye but just very thin. Do not put liner on the bottom of your eye.

For the lips, use a brush instead of putting it straight on your lips from the tube. Start at the top of your lips making sure get the top corners before lining the rest of the lip. Fill in the lips and your lips are done!

Take some soft rose blush and place it just on the cheek bones.

Then, if desired, place some sheer shadow on your eyelids.

Finish with a coat of mascara.


There!  You are all set for a Vintage party with all your gal pals!

urlTODAY’S  GIVEAWAY: A bottle of Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid. Value: $24

To be entered to win this giveaway, leave a comment here about your hair and make-up routine {or lack thereof} Do you have a favorite product? A tip? A frustration? Let us know!

To be entered in the grand prize drawing for the $50 gift certificate to Proverbs 31, Just grab a Tweet, Facebook status or Pin below and then tell me by clicking here and commenting that you did so. If you share one way, you’ll be entered once. Share two ways? Twice. All three? {You get the picture}

Here are two tweets to copy & paste into Twitter:

Old-fashioned how-to homemaking skills from over a dozen bloggers! @karen_ehman Its Vintage Homemaking Week at

Homemaking need some new ideas? How about some old? @karen_ehman Vintage Homemaking Week A dozen bloggers & prizes!


Homemaking need some fresh new ideas? Well…….how about some old-fashioned ones instead? It is Vintage Homemaking Week at Over a dozen bloggers & awesome prizes! Baking, canning, freezing, gardening, cleaning and organizing strategies, re-furnishing furniture, throwing a vintage party, retro-hair & make-up and other old-fashioned how-tos! It will spark your creativity and re-energize your home, marriage and mothering. Join us!!!


Well, this is the final day in our vintage series! Be sure to hop back around to any days you may have missed to enter the giveaways. All winners announced Tuesday. Thanks for joining us!!

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  1. I enjoyed the Slow Down Challenge.
    Tweeted and Facebook about it and the writing tips for becoming a better writer.
    I am LOVING the slow down challenge and really sad vintage week will be over soon. It was a refreshing reminder of the way it should be in my home. A reminder to slow down, smell the roses, have a cup of tea with friends and bake homemade cookies with my kids EVERY time they ask. These are the memories I want at the end of my days!

  2. Haha, I’m too lazy to wear makeup or do my hair. I usually just French braid it or put it in a ponytail, and only put it up for church :)

  3. I’m not much into make-overs but its still fun! I did like the bun tutorial and the furniture makeovers! Will pass on the bun idea to my daughter and the furniture re-dos will be fun for whenever…now to do some “shopping” :)

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