How To Do A Criss Cross Braid

Hey, everyone! I recently have been doing a hairstyle that I like to call the Criss Cross Braid but it’s called the Waterfall Braid too. You are about to read the tutorial for the Criss Cross Braid. I hope you enjoy!

What you need:

Time
Hands
Elastics (if you want it to stay in longer)
Bobby Pins (if you want it to stay secured)
Rat-Tailed Comb
Mirror
Hairspray or Water (if you want the loose hairs and volume to flatten)

Instructions:

  1. First, part your hair along the main part line with a rat-tailed comb. If you don’t have a rat-tailed comb, you can use your finger (just be gentle and cautious doing it).
  2. Second, take a section of hair. It doesn’t matter how thick the section of hair you selected is, just so long as it’s not too thick.
  3. Third, start braiding the section of hair. By braid, I mean a simple basic braid that’s easy to do.
  4. Cross one part of the section repeatedly until near the end. If you want to use elastics (use the elastic to tie off the braid).
  5. Gently let go of the braid (if you chose not to use an elastic). Otherwise, you can let the braid drop gently if you used an elastic to tie off the end.
  6. Repeat steps 3,  4, and 5 one or 2 more times depending on your braids and how messy you want your criss-cross braid to be.
  7. After you are finished braiding, you will take your 2 or 3 braids and tie them together, so it will look like you will have a braided beard.
  8. Next to last, you will find yourself holding the braid so just flip the braid over the back of the head.  Although, you might want to tug the braid a little to decrease the extra volume.
  9. Lastly, spray water or hairspray on your hair. This step is optional.

Tips:

Try different types of braids like a simple twist or a loose braid.

Try braiding every piece of your hair.

Try having someone else do the braid for you.

That’s the end of the tips. Anyway, please let me know if you have any tips you want me to add.

Queen Of Earth

Hey, everyone! On April 22nd which was Earth Day, I felt inspired to write a story about the Earth. Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/23/the-back-of-black/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/17/why-ladybugs-wear-black-and-red/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/23/why-trees-dance-in-the-wind/. I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago, there lived a girl named Alana who loved to smell the Earth and talk to the Earth. Her parents were King Hendricks and Queen Dahlia. Her parents reigned the Earth together.

Many years went by and Alana grew into a young lady. One day when Alana was picking flowers and the Earth spoke.  Earth asked, “How would you like to be my queen like your mother when you’re older?”.

Alana said, “Yes, Earth!”. A couple more years went by, and Alana was now the queen of Earth. Alana’s queen name is Queen Eve but her real name was still Alana for non-formal events.

Alana married Stellen a couple of years later and the Earth even invited him to be the King like Alana’s father years ago. So Alana and Stellen reigned the Earth just like Alana’s parents did many years ago.

Stellen’s king name was Marthur but just like Alana, his real name was still Stellen for non-formal events. A year passed and the couple had a baby. Her name was Lalani. The Earth liked Lalani’s name.

Lalani lived the same life as her parents and her grandparents before her. So if you hear voices inside the Earth, that might be Latani and her family. That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed!

Earth

The Back of Black

Hey, everyone! On the night of April 18th when I was trying on under clothing that was a sparkly black color, I said to myself,”Is this the back of the black?”. Then I realized it would be a great story. Anyway, here’s the related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/12/starry-life/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/19/what-if-rainbows-were-magical/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/20/how-flowers-got-their-color/. I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago, there was a side of planet Ventura that was a dark black and a bright side that was a neon white. The bright side of Ventura was actually the back of the black (as it is known today).

Long ago, people who lived on Ventura didn’t realize that there were 2 different colored sides of Ventura until 2 girls were born. The 2 girls names are Savannah and Aurora. The sisters grew up to be very smart people who studied Ventura from outer space and on Ventura.

One day, the sisters made a remarkable discovery. The sisters spread the word and soon everyone knew. The discovery was indeed that there were 2 different colored sides of Ventura. Everyone had always suspected something but they were equally shocked at what the sisters had discovered.

So they honored the sisters with a museum named after them. The sisters were so pleased that they nicknamed themselves The Ventura Sisters. The mayor of Ventura asked, “What do we suggest we do about this 2 sided different colored planet?’.

The sisters said, “Just leave the planet like it is and also call today of every year Ventura Sisters Day or Ventura Day for short.” The mayor agreed and announced today Ventura Day.

The Ventura Sisters were very happy. As the years went by, the Ventura sisters got married. Savannah got married to Merc who was the owner of Adventura which was the grocery store in Ventura.

While Aurora married Assesa who was the Ventura writer, Savannah had a baby who’s named Gelica was known as Stella later in life. Aurora had a baby too a couple years later. Aurora named the baby Meloniclia who was known as Penny later in life.

So if you see Venus, that is the remains of Ventura and maybe the Ventura sisters live there with their family along with the rest of the former Ventura people. That’s the end of the story! I hope you enjoyed this story.

Why Ladybugs Wear Black And Red

Hey, everyone! I got inspired on April 10th when my mother Camilla Downs saw a ladybug in her hair. Here are some related links: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/16/why-butterflies-float-in-the-sky/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/13/why-flowers-dance-in-the-wind/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/23/why-trees-dance-in-the-wind/. I hope you enjoy!

One day long ago, there lived a ladybug named Spotty (nicknamed Oreo) who loved to eat Oreos. Her mother even teasingly joked that if she didn’t stop eating Oreos, she would turn red and black all over.

Little did Spotty know, there was an evil wizard hiding behind a huge bush who planned to turn Spotty and future ladybugs red and black all over. So one day the wizard disguised herself as an aunt to Spotty.

The wizard asked, “Can my favorite niece stay over at my home?”. Spotty said, “Sure thing, Angelina (the name of her real aunt).” Boy, Spotty was surprised when she saw a wizard’s lab instead of a cozy home with 2 beds.

The wizard took off the disguise and secretly did the potion. After she was done making the potion, she disguised herself once again as an aunt. “Spotty, my dear. I have some of your favorite fruit juice”, said the wizard.

Spotty said, “Thank you, Angelina! I was thirsty.” As soon as Spotty took a sip of the potion, Spotty said, “I feel funny.” “Keep drinking the juice, it will help you feel better”, said the wizard knowingly.

So Spotty continued to drink the juice until the cup was empty. When she looked in the mirror and saw her reflection, she gasped. She was red with black spots all over.  The wizard walked in not wearing the disguise.

Spotty said, “I knew it, you are a wizard. You aren’t my aunt.” Spotty flew all the way home. Luckily, the wizard’s potion didn’t affect most ladybugs. So if you see a red with blacks dots, it might be Spotty.

Ladybug

Why Butterflies Float In The Sky

Hey, everyone! On April 9th, I saw a butterfly flying across the sky and I got inspired to write a story about the butterfly. Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/12/starry-life/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/22/how-the-sea-expanded/, and  http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/04/13/why-flowers-dance-in-the-wind/. I hope you enjoy!

Once in a land far away named Blossomia, a butterfly named Orchid Rose (nicknamed Rose) hoovered low over the ground as she flew. Suddenly, Orchid gasped as a thought came to mind and landed on the ground safely.

Orchid slowly went to go ask her friend Lemona the Yellow Butterfly (nicknamed Lemon), Orchid said, “Hello, Lemon! I just got a really good idea. Do you want to help me get started with the idea?”.

“Hello, Rose! Sure, can you tell me the idea though”, said Rose.  Orchid said, “Sure.” So Orchid whispered the idea into Lemona’s ear. So Lemona got a balloon and a fan while Orchid got a butterfly vest and an umbrella.

Orchid put on the butterfly vest and opened the umbrella. Lemona blew up the balloon and turned the fan on high and facing the sky. Orchid flapped her wings and took off. Orchid was amazed that she could float.

“Lemon, fly up to the sky and float like me.”, shouted Orchid. Lemona said, “Ok, Rose.” So Lemona flew up to join Rose. So to this day, if you see a butterfly floating in a sea of sky chances are it might just be Lemona or Orchid. That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed the story!

butterflies flying

Why Flowers Dance In The Wind

Hey, everyone! I saw some daffodils blowing in the wind on April 9th and got inspired to write a story about flowers. Here are some related stories I’ve written: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/23/why-trees-dance-in-the-wind/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/02/26/why-trees-sparkle-with-water/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/20/how-flowers-got-their-color/. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago, there lived a daffodil named Sunny. She loved the way the sun felt on her petals. At the same time, Sunny wondered why the wind was making her sway from side to side.

So Sunny went to her friend Rosetta the rose to ask why the wind was making her sway. When Sunny got to Rosetta, Sunny got to experience Rosetta swaying in the wind gracefully.

Sunny observed Rosetta for an hour before leaving to ask Dandy the dandelion the same question so she could find out the answer. Sunny said, “Hello, Dandy! Why do I sway in the wind from side to side?”. “Hello, Sunny! You move side to side in the wind to make room for more flowers to move the same way”, explained Dandy.

Sunny thanked Dandy and went to go talk to Rosetta. Sunny asked, “Hey, Rosetta! How do you sway from side to side so gracefully?”. “Hey, Sunny! I sway like this”, said Rosetta as she demonstrated.

So Sunny thanked Rosetta and did what Rosetta had demonstrated at her own home. So if you see a daffodil swaying from side to side gracefully, chances are it could be Sunny swaying among her daffodil friends. That’s the end of the story. As always, I hope you enjoyed!

Daffodil

Starry Life

Hey, there! I had been wanting to write a story about stars recently. Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/07/11/reach-for-stars/ and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/23/why-trees-dance-in-the-wind/. So I hope you enjoy the story!

Once many centuries ago, there lived a starry-eyed princess who wore shiny and shimmery gold, white. and silver dresses. The princess longed to know what stars’ life would be like.

The princess’ name was Starry-Goldie. Starry liked anything that had to do with stars. One day, Starry went to her sister, Princess Spark-Animalie who was nicknamed Judi or Judy for short.

Starry said, “Please tell me what the stars’ life is like, Judy. Can I go up to the sky to find out for myself? “. “I can’t exactly tell you what the stars’ life is like, Goldi. Yes, you can go up to the sky to find out for yourself under one condition. You must promise to be back by dawn tomorrow”, said Spark as she walked off to her personal library.

Starry promised she would be back by dawn tomorrow. So Starry went to her bedroom to pack some of her gorgeous dresses and other essential stuff she needed for her trip. After Starry finished packing, she decided to leave this afternoon as she knew that where the stars live is pretty far from where she lived.

Starry flew up into the sky slowly and knew she would be back on time. So by the time, Starry reached the part of the sky where the stars lived, it was early evening where she lived.

Starry went to go find Staricial, the leader of stars. When she found Staricial, Starry said, “Hi, there! I came from planet Earth and I’ve seen you look down at the Earth every night. I had been wondering what your stars’ life is like. Also before I forget, I have very limited time tonight.”

“Greetings! I’ve seen you look up every night at me and my stars. How would you like to be a star for a night? I know, I’ve heard that you have only until dawn tomorrow before you head home. I’ve got to give you a warning though. If you forget to go back home to Earth by dawn, you’ll be a star forever. “, said Staricial in a deep booming voice.

Starry said, “Great, I would love to be a star for a night. I will also try to remember that warning. Thank you!”. So Staricial granted her to be a star for the night. Meanwhile, Spark was looking up at the sky wondering if the new star was Starry.

Starry got know star people and instantly knew that she had been one of the star people long ago. Anyway, Starry got so caught up in meeting star people that Starry had forgotten to head back to Earth by dawn.

By the time Starry realized that she needed to be on Earth, it was already too late. Starry needed someone to tell Spark what happened to her. Luckily, a white horse told Starry she would love to deliver a message to Spark. So Starry wrote her message down.

The white horse flew down to Earth to find Spark to show her the message. Naturally, Spark was very ashamed of what her sister did but she was also very glad that Starry found her previous family. Starry said that she wanted to change her name to Star to match her location.

Now Starry always looks down at Spark while Spark looks up at Starry throughout the evening. Every night before Spark goes to bed, she says Goodnight to Starry. If you ever see a star at night, chances are it might be Starry looking down at her relatives on Earth.

That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed my story!

Milky Way

Why Trees Dance In The Wind

Hey, everyone! I got inspired by the trees dancing in the wind recently to write a story about it. Anyway, here’s a few related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/22/how-the-sea-expanded/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/20/how-flowers-got-their-color/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/19/what-if-rainbows-were-magical/. I hope you enjoy!

Once long ago there lived an apple tree who felt that something was missing. But the apple tree didn’t know what was missing. The apple tree’s name was Applicious. So Applicious went to Cherryilious the Cherry tree for help.

Cherryilious said, “Welcome, Applicious! I’ve heard that you know something is missing. Unfortunately, I don’t know what’s missing either. Maybe Windyicious the Wind Flower would know.”

Applicious said, “Ok, thank you anyway. I must get going to Windyicious’s place. Bye, Cherryilious!” So Applicious went to Windyicious for any ideas. Windyicious said, “What can I do to help you today, Miss Applicious?”

Applicious said, “Cherryilious sent me. I wanted to know what was missing. Do you know why?” Windyicious laughed and said, “Yes, I think I know. You aren’t feeling the wind moving through your branches, are you?”

Applicious responded, “Yes, that’s what is missing. Now, I have 1 last question. How am I supposed to feel the wind flowing through my branches?” “Well, just sway lightly like this.”, Windyicious said as he swayed a little.

Applicious said, “Thank you for showing me how to feel the wind flowing through my branches. Now, I must go.” So Applicious stopped by Cherryilious’s place to teach her what Windyicious taught Applicious.

.After Applicious left, she directly went home and how she danced and swayed in the wind. And from that day on, the trees were very happy. So if you ever see trees swaying in the wind that may have been Applicious and Cherryilious. That’s the end of the story. I hope you enjoyed the story!

How The Sea Expanded

Hey, everyone! In honor of World Water Day, I decided to write this story you are about to be reading. Here are some related stories: http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/21/fun-poem-extravaganza/http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/03/19/what-if-rainbows-were-magical/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2018/02/26/why-trees-sparkle-with-water/. I hope you enjoy!

Once there lived a puddle of water called Juice Icicle who really wanted to be big and flowing largely. So one day, she asked his friend Jamba Drink how she could get large and flowing largely.

Jamba said, “Sure, let’s talk to Jaya about this big dream of yours.” So Juice and Jamba went to Jaya Mamba to talk to Juice’s big dream about being bigger and flow largely. When they arrived, Jaya said, “I’ve heard that Juice has this big dream of being bigger and flow largely. I can grant your wish but you must be careful.”

Juice said, “Ok, I’ll be really careful.” And Jaya said, “Great, I wish for Juice be big and flow largely.” So Juice was transformed into a sea of water. When Juice came to his home, she was so thirsty that she drank a lot of water. By mistake, she turned into an ocean.

So Juice went to Jaya once again. Jaya said kindly, “I’m sorry but I cannot fix the mistake you made but you can make the best out of being the ocean.” Juice bravely said, “I will make the best out of being the ocean.”

So if you see a puddle, sea, or ocean today chances are it is Juice. That’s the end of the story, I hope you enjoy!

Water

Sky and Ocean

Fun Poem Extravaganza

Hey, everyone! As you know, March 21st is World Poetry Day. I’ve decided to write a poem and add a poem from last year and this year to celebrate. Here are some related blog posts: http://lilliandarnell.com/2016/10/17/lillians-triple-poems/http://lilliandarnell.com/2014/03/13/easter-poems/, and http://lilliandarnell.com/2014/03/12/what-am-i-poems/. I hope you enjoy!

Here’s the first poem I wrote today:

A flower blooms in
the midst of winter
knowingly lasting

Forever running in
a sea of white
as the sun shines.

As its golden petals laid its petals
softly to its soft comfy bed as
it rests in winter.

Here’s the second poem that I wrote last year:

Birds dance in the breeze like ballet dancers
Flowers flow from trees like a waterfall
Trees dance in the sea of grass

Here’s the final poem:

Water is a land
of freedom

Freedom is a gift
of emotion and pride.

While pride is a sea
full of joy.

Emotion is an ocean
full of joy and happiness
with anger and sad falling behind it

As water waves
like a sea of freedom
knowing its beauty awaits.

That’s the end of the poem extravaganza. I hope you enjoyed!

Water