On her recently-concluded anniversary concert, Lea Salonga told her audience that she aspired and hoped to sing like Barbra Streisand – pure, precise, no BS. I was lucky enough to see her rehearse for said concert, and I can tell you, from personal experience, EVEN during rehearsal, Lea’s gift of music was pure, precise and no BS.
For those who were able watch her Playlist concert, she was impeccable. But I tell you, during rehearsal, when imperfections were noticeable, and even expected, Lea’s voice was still MAGICAL.
Below are two raw videos of the incomparable, and one of my ALL-TIME favorite theater actresses, Lea Salonga. Happiness is only real when shared. 🙂
Girl on Fire:
Walt Disney said that “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” This is true. But every once in a while, your dream turns into a reality when you have a fairy godmother who loves you. (Thanks, Ninang, for this unforgettable experience!)
I’m one of those “Pinsters” who gets easily distracted by DIY/Crafts albums over Pinterest. I’m just in awe of how talented craft-makers are since ranking myself as a “mediocre DIY-hobbyist” will probably land me a “you’re so full of yourself” comment from serious crafters (?). Ironically, I don’t normally pin what I see/like. I read the instructions, ooohh-ahhhh over the photos, but I rarely make an effort of pinning them because; 1. remember, the “M” word: mediocre crafter? ; and 2. I just don’t have the time to pull anything off.
Well, until I came across these unbelievably adorable Rapunzel DIY-wigs: the “tangled” version, and the “braided” one.
So, of course, I have to make one for me my uber-cute niece, Apple Pie. I bookmarked the sites hoping that one day I’ll have enough time to do a version of mine. After months of hectic work schedule and series (TV and books) marathon, I was able to carve some time last weekend!
Let me just say this upfront so you guys won’t have any serious expectations (yep, a disclaimer if you wish), I did the project with gusto but with the realistic notion that I’ll probably screw something up. SURPRISE! SURPRISE! I did! 😀 But hey, that’s why I dubbed it as my “prototype” wig – at least, I’ll still have room for improvement. 😉
For the tutorial, I combined and followed both blogs.
Yellow Yarn (make sure you buy the big roll because I stupidly bought just a handful of small ones and I had to ask my cousin to run to the bookstore to get me some more!)
Bonnet/Hat/Tights (preferably yellowish or nude in color and NOT the white-and-black-combo that I used! :-p) – will serve as wig cap
I put the hat on her head and folded it up until it fit her skull pretty close. Then I marked it with a pen, and stitched it down with a wide zigzag.
Then I put it back on her head, with the folded part in front (to make sure it didn’t stick out funny), and marked the side part, then the drew a line from ear to ear. I used a yellow crayon so my marks would blend into the hair.
I placed 2 of my ladder back chairs 39″ apart and wrapped the yarn around them. I did one skein at a time (and only used about half of the second). If you don’t have 2 things to use, get your husband, mom, sister, someone to hold their hands the desired length apart and wrap around them. I cut one end of the yarn to give me 78″ length pieces.
Then I threaded a needle with regular sewing thread and starting at the very front of the hat, started placing hair and sewing it onto the part. I put it over my knee to sew.
To give it a little more volume, I placed anywhere from 2-4 pieces of yarn together for each stitch I made. It took me about 15 minutes to do the part.
Then I moved onto the crown. Once I started this point, I was having a hard time keeping it on my knee, so I put the hat on a ball. I didn’t want the stitches to show, so starting in the middle of my line, I laid the yarn pieces diagonally and stitched them down 1 at a time, so the top of the yarn would fall over the thread hiding it.
I stopped at the top of the ear, where my line stopped. Then I did the same thing to the other side, creating the back of the hair.
Then to fill in the top of the head more, I started at the part and moved diagonally towards the eye on each side. I did this second row down to the same point as the first.
It now covers the back of the head when all the hair is down.
When I put it on Sofie at this point I realized that as she moved the yarn moved and I could see big spots of the hat. So I decided to sew some of them down so they kept the hat covered and the top layer of hair could move freely.
I started on one side of the part, I pulled up half the hair and moved it out of the way. Then I found where the crown pieces met the sides and started there. Using my same needle and thread, I just quickly whipped across the yarn, attaching it to the hat.
I did the same across the other side, and along the back. Then I pulled two pieces from the front on each side and secured them in the back with a little piece of yarn.
You may use the other set of instructions here for the braided version.
My version, in photos!
I had to use the doorknobs to sort the yarn. My little helpers were ‘tually playing more than helping. 😀
After spending a little less than three hours with my project, the “prototype” is done!!!
My niece’s love for me knows no bounds because she won’t allow anyone to pry the wig away from her head (awww! Love you, too Pia!!!). In fact, she’s so in love with the wig that the following day…
she rocked it as Daenerys Targaryen of Game of Thrones! I need to find her dragons! 😀
I wasn’t able to produce the perfect Rapunzel DIY-wig for her (because, really, I need a sewing machine! and talent :-p) but it was a fun project/activity to do, especially with the Pies running around and squealing with excitement.