Thursday, January 5, 2012

Quilt.


The worst thing happened to me this morning. I'm talking nightmare material here. In fact I think what happened is the grown up version of that kiddie bad dream about going to school nudie.

My hairdresser sent me home because I have lice!!!!!

Can you believe??

And here I was thinking I was on top of those nasty little critters. Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!

And not only is this terrible for the obvious embarrassing, dirty Berty reasons, but I also am desperate for a haircut. Six months of beachy, road trippy behaviour has not been kind to these tresses. And now I have to wait until next Wednesday for an appointment.

After I was politely informed of the disgusting parasites I positively fled to my car, soggy, just washed hair and all. I sat there for a while and contemplated my day. It was surely only heading downhill from there.

But then I remembered my year of happiness and decided not to give in. I tried some retail therapy in a few oppys - fail. I tried shopping for a new sundress - fail. I came home and tried to act happy at family lunch time - getting warmer. And then I decided that the only thing that would save this day would be to sew. More specifically, to finish my quilt.


So I did.

I ignored the load in the washing machine, I ignored the lunch dishes, I ignored half of the cries of muuuuuuummmmmm!!!!! I ignored my half decluttered wardrobe and all of the other jobs on my mental list. And I sewed. In fact I quilted.


I quilted lines. I made some binding. I bound the quilt (please don't look too closely at the corners). And then we took down the pot-holders and popped it on the wall.

And now I feel OK. My hair is a mess but I'm OK.

Time will tell if I'll be brave enough to keep my hair appointment on Wednesday though. I think I might need a change of hair dressers.


Is your hair itchy after reading this? Mine is. I hope my farmer boy likes the idea of lice combing my hair tonight. Pretty romantic huh!

So has anything embarrasing happened to you lately? Anything? Please help me feel better.

bye.
xx

94 comments:

  1. oh dear Kate, how shocking for you. I don't have any bad happenings to share, but I tell you what, I might wait a week before going back to the hairdresser, trim your fringe yourself in the meantime if you have to. your finished quilt is stunning. well done. and yes, i am suddenly feeling a few itchy spots on my head! Jane x

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  2. My head is totally itchy now! Congrats on your first quilt, it's beautiful. I've yet to be brave enough to try one!

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  3. Love the quilt! and the colours. now must go wash my hair.........Kxx

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  4. you poor thing. I think I have finally rid my 2 girls of the dreaded lice, and I managed to come out unscathed. I will admit to an after hours phone call to my hairdresser, informing her of the girls infestation and she very subtly checked mine for me and when I got the all clear she did my hair. your quilt is gorgeous! you can tell the hairdresser all about it next wednesday. Oh and you know what finally rid us of those little crawlers - listerine and white vinegar. Listering kills them, and white vinegar loosens the glue so you can comb them out...... google it if you don't believe me, but I promise we had tried everything, and that is how I got on top of it. Good Luck.

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  5. oh no - I bet they have to send heaps of people away. My bathers strap came unhinged in the pool last week and my girls couldn't fix it and I couldn't get the husbands attention for ages so had to use the smallest one to shield me. And then it took ages for him to hook it back in and of course in a small town everyone was looking. I have new bathers now.

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  6. I have had lice pointed out to me by my hairdresser too :( Luckily/more embarrassing, she is a very good friend so it didn't bother me too much that she found them but I was embarrassed every time I saw her on the school run for the next couple of weeks. I used to be a teacher and I caught the little buggers from the kids at school before - now I get them from my own children. And yes my head is itching and yes, your quilt looks fab :)

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  7. i had an ALMOST-embarrassing moment today (of catastrophic proportions in fact)...i'm 33wks preg with #5 and my pelvic floor muscles blew out about 3 pregnancies ago...i was in town and could NOT find a toilet. i honestly only had 2 options, 1.pee my pants (and pretend my waters broke maybe??) or 2.walk around holding myself until i did!!gasp!
    i stood crossed-legged while i pretended to do something on my phone when in actual fact i was praying so hard and trying to calm myself down.
    THANKFULLY i did manage to calm myself down and right around the corner were some NEW loos that weren't there last time i was in town! the heavens opened and the angels sang.....
    i have GOT to sort these muscles out!!!
    ~Dee

    PS - totally GORGEOUS quilt. X

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  8. OMG! That is just the most humiliating thing ever! That is my nightmare! With 3 girls, we have had nits many times (me included) and it is always my biggest fear for the hairdresser to find some in my hair!
    I feel for you!:-)

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  9. Who cares about lice when you have completed your first quilt!

    And Kate, it looks so fantastic, you have really done an amazing job.

    I transported bed bugs back to our flat in London from Italy...took me over a week to work out why I was up all night scratching. It didn't help as I kept coming into work moaning and groaning about the problem, my colleagues were the ones that alerted me to the cause.

    It took two council pest men visits and a new mattress before the bugs were finito.

    Good luck with the nits!

    x

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  10. Oh no Kate, my worst nightmare even when taking the kids to the hairdresser I hold my breath. Luckily we seemed to beat nits last year, fingers crossed it continues. I love th quilt though well done

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  11. OMG I had to laugh at this...I have so been there Kate, I was a teen and sitting in the fanciest hair salon in town supposedly getting an updo for the prom. I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me. I was so humiliated!! Who gets nits as a teen? The oldest of six that's who :)

    Moving right along, that quilt is a stunner...it is so gorgeous and I know you have inspired more than me to get quilting.

    Gotta love a man that will help you to delouse!!

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  12. oh, i have just been waiting for that to happen to me, or my son...having lived in communes for years i can spot a lice at twenty paces, so i'm hoping i can spot the little weasels before my hairdresser, and given my hairdresser works from home, and i get my haircut once a blue moon...i reckon i'll be alright. When my son was newborn and i was a sleepless wreck, i answered the door to a courier guy delivering a parcel. I thought he was a bit standoffish and weird. WOuldnt meet my eyes at all. It wasn't til i had signed for the package and closed the door that i realised my breasts were hanging out, i'd come straight from breastfeeding. Uh huh.
    Oh the glamour of being mama aye?!

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  13. Same thing happened to me a few years ago - only the hairdresser had started to cut my hair before she discovered them and she sent me away. Luckily she made sure it was even! Very embarassing - let her sell me a bottle of treatment stuff (even though I had some at home for the kids) - anything just to get out of there.

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  14. You can always count on a lice story to make your head itch. Absolutely love your quilt, just my sort of colours - congrats on getting it finished.

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  15. You know, your post didn't make me itch but by the end of the comments I really want to scratch...

    Gorgeous quilt; you're a quilter! Who knew?!

    Good luck with the lice; lil'SOBs.

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  16. They're a right pain aren't they!? Especially trying to get the eggs off!

    Your quilt is so so gorgeous, the first of many I'd say! I love the blue and white that pops out.XX

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  17. I hear lice like clean hair Kate! But still, the kind of trip to a hairdresser you want to forget in a hurry! A least you turned that energy to a great project. It looks wonderful! You must be thrilled.

    My last trip to a hair dresser left me horrified. Having just moved I had to find a new one. The first place I called the lady was rude. The second place seemed nicer.

    But. My 22 year old hairdresser got chatting to me about toilet training our toddlers and proceeded to inform me about how she punishes her 2 year old daughter every time she has an accident. I was horrified! I couldn't get out of that chair quick enough! When she asked me what we did I said we used a star chart. She probably thought I was a weirdo too...

    I got home and noticed that she had left one section of my hair, about an inch wide, an inch longer than the rest. I had to get the scissors out and even it up myself. On the look out for a new hairdresser for sure!

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  18. Oh, kate, I've had exactly the same things happen! And I was really depressed at the time, so burst into tears and didn't want to go home until they got rid of them! That's when I learnt that NOTHING kills kits but picking them off one by one. I went back though, and got different people on that day!
    I need the hair colour done too, The front half is grey! so if they told me I had nits when I went in this time, yep, i'd burst into tears again!
    Gorgeous quilt, it looks so lovely, and I hope you're really proud of yourself! It is very addictive though....(just finished my 4th quilt for myself! eek)

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  19. Love is ... delousing the kids, and then delousing each other ... yup, we've been there!

    Loving the quilt :D

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  20. Agh! My head is itchy. But the dreaded lice have been doing their rounds here too! I hope they're not back! I LOVE the quilt! It's beautiful!

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  21. Kate I have been reading of your adventures with delight for a long time and have meant to comment numerous times with many of your thoughts resonating with me. I have my 50 birthday milestone coming up this year. What finally tipped me to finally comment was the stupidest smallest most frustrating little critters, LICE!!!! Ridiculous really but I have just spent nearly 5 hours dealing with them today!!! I have them as do my 13 & 19 yo daughters who both have very long, very thick red hair that most definitely does not like lice combs even with nearly a whole bottle of conditioner!!! I also hate to imagine how long they have been in my Lily as there were soooooo many! I was going to assemble my bookshelves which are part of my de-cluttering! I was feeling thoroughly miserable but after reading your response I'm feeling sunnier. Thanks for it all. Jenn

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  22. No. Definately nothing that personally excruciating happened here lately. But my love for you has increased 10 fold for the fact that you just shared your head lice with the whole world.

    My two oldest are boys who ask for buzz cuts so even when a bestie had lice, we were OK. But the longer haired daughter starts school next year...

    Love, love, love that quilt, girl. It is divine!

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  23. Don't worry Kate, as an ex hairdresser I can tell you it's no big deal. Used to see it all the time and never thought negatively about the lousee! Hope that makes you feel better. Don't be embarrased to go back to your hairdresser. I'm guessing she knows you have kids and kids are always bringing them home from school.
    If you don't like chemicals loads(I mean loads) of conditioner on dry hair smothers them-leave it on for half an hour or so- and you then comb out the conditioner and eggs together.
    Quilt is amazing-I'm too scared to even attempt one

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  24. I hope the itch and lice disappear quickly! I had a cringe-worthy moment the other day when I gave food to a child without asking their parents first and the parents were NOT happy ... (I normally always check and try to do the right thing and I felt terrible).
    I do love your quilt - the more I see that design around blogworld, the more I like it!

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  25. Hadn't seen the potholders together - fantastic. And super fantastic quilt. Great job with the quilting. Have tried it with my machine with not good results!
    On the lice front - after having scabies (another little mite), lice are a walk in the park! I could tell you a horror story about them....

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  26. Wow Kate, that pinning, those rows are amazing! Your quilt is truly delightful & I hope you are blessed with more visits from your nitty friends if they inspire such beautiful outcomes :)

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  27. Ah ! Damn poor you !! After such a long hangout for a 'real haircut' ..sad face...the failed shopping made me laugh.sorry , not AT you..just i understand totally..all us girls do !We've all been there !
    Hey great quilt...i would ditch the pins and go the adhesive spray..quilting spray..spray it on the quilt top and lay it down..no pins ..if its in the wrong spot peel it off and stick it down again!! Its magic-ness...and invest in a ROBICOMB..from the chemist...a little battery operated
    comb thingy that you just comb thru dry nitty hair and ....wait for it IT ZAPS THEM ! 3 kids 20 yrs later , mine still works..no chemicals ..mind you ..no nits anymore either !!!

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  28. If it makes you feel better I had the same experience sitting in a very fancy salon in Sydney being prepped for my best friends wedding (and to make matters worse the hairdresser was a very gay, very Italian, very LOUD man who kept wringing his hands and saying "You will RUIN me! RUIN me! This is a CATASTROPHE!"
    I am a kindy teacher.
    Sometimes nits come with the territory ;)
    Lovely quilt!

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  29. O yes we have had them too. But never in MY family when I was small. We just did not DO such things. Or so I thought until my oldest was in grade 4. I went and told the teacher off after the second time, then realised it was my fault for not being thorough enough looking for eggs. When the second daughter got them I just kept her home for a week and combed cheap conditioner into her hair twice a day. Her hair was beautiful and soft for ages after that. Your quilting is amazing. Cherrie

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  30. oh no. I recall being sent out of the salon with lice as a child- it was embarrassing then!

    I do a little wee every time I laugh and sometimes when i bend down to pick up something heavy. even?

    xo em

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  31. Oh Kate it does make one feel terrible,but many of us have been through the same thing!I remember years ago,we'd been to the beach for our annual summer holiday and all came back with nits, Mum was SO embarrassed about going to the local chemist she made dad drive to one miles away from where we lived, and STILL wore these HUGE sunglasses in to the chemist! Cheers,debbie

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  32. I love your quilt and I love recognising bits of vintage sheeting that I have in my stash too.

    I have my man check my head for lice before I go to the hairdresser now. I got school age girls and this lice thing is a pain - in - the - ass. I think we had them solid for 4 months this year. All that conditioner and combing - enough to drive anyone up the walls. Finally I found that french braiding their hair close to their heads and a pump of hairspray (yes yukie yuckie hairspray) stopped them coming back - oh and never never washing their with shampoo - ever.

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  33. You poor thing, that is my worst nightmare. I've been lucky so far but I'm sure it will happen to me one day! Of course I'm wondering which hairdresser! Have you seen the new one Kristoufa? Maybe we can workshop this tomorrow. Lets chat in the morning. Happy combing xo

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  34. Can't stop sratching now!! Don't even give it a second though Kate, everyone has had the dreaded 'nits' either in their own or their kids hair - even if they won't admit it. I find that using tea tree shampoo and conditioner is a great detterant, the lice are supposed to hate the tea tree oil, and if you have got them use the teas tree conditioner to help comb them out.

    By the way, love the quilt. xx Fleur

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  35. ps your quilt looks like a pretty watercolour...

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  36. Love the quilt. This happened to my mums friend this week they were playing mahjongg in a busy club when someone found a big nana size pair of knickers on the floor and held them up asking who owns these. They belonged to mums friend (honest not me) they were left in the leg of her trousers from the day before. Now everyone knows she wears the trousers two days in a row.

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  37. Eeeek! That really us so embarrassing, Kate it's ridiculous that it is, but it is.

    No matter. A quilt like that s better than good hair any day.

    x

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  38. I have a 10am hairdo appointment tomorrow. Now all itchy scratchy and too late to cancel!

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  39. Kate, I've been following for a while, but this post prompted me to comment. I have been at the hairdressers and they found live, I was so embarrassed I refused to go back to that hairdresser.
    I am ultra paranoid about going to the hairdresser now and if I feel itchy beforehand I'll get Hubby to check my hair in minute detail!
    Enjoy your haircut when you get there.
    Lovely quilt. I am not a sewer so am envious of those who can sew so beautifully.

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  40. Oh Kate, what a day, glad you turned it around and finished your quilt it looks amazing.

    All those lines...... must've taken quite some time to place all those safety pins and sew etc. Not sure how it all works but it looks great.

    Nothing embarrassing happening here.... but once I saw a lady wearing a fabulous linen jacket with beautiful detailed embroidery. As she stepped out of a very swanky car outside the shopping centre in Geelong. I couldn't help but gawp as she walked past me looking like the million bucks she probably had in her bank account!! As she walked past I couldn't believe she had about a foot and a half of toilet paper hanging out the back of her jeans, like a tail. True story.......I didn't know whether to tell her causing more embarrassment or wonder if this was a set up for a TV show and the joke would be on me!!

    I let it go, but I'm sure someone would've pointed it out to her........eventually!!

    Claire :}

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  41. Well we've just realised how long we've been in this place for and how many times we've actually had a proper shower. The numbers don't add up. Not even close. I think a swim can only be used as an replacement for so long. Oh well.

    I love your quilt.

    Mel x

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  42. As a teacher, I hold my breath every time the hairdresser dives in for that first comb-part-cut.

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  43. Oh thats just too funny!! Sorry, I can't help it - I"m laughing!! But yes very mortifying indeed.
    But you know what? You finished the quilt and its simply stunning on that wall although it might always remind you of your humiliation?!? Heck now I'm laughing again...
    Use the conditioner and a nit comb, it really works to get them out but you'll need to do it again in a few weeks time to get the ones that hatch - before they lay eggs again! Ack, now I'm scratching too....

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  44. Kate things to remember. 1.Lice only actually like clean hair.2. You have just survived every Mum's nightmare.3. This is a very good reference point for further embarrasing moments i.e. if you can laugh about this one..... My heart goes out to you. Thank you for your perfect honesty it is truly refreshing.

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  45. Throw that hair into some braids like your girls and every time you itch just look at that gorgeous quilt.
    No nit story to share (thank god- have you seen my hair it would be a nightmare) but do have something to make you feel better.
    I ride a Vespa scooter to work twice a week and a while back while crossing a very large triple lane intersection on the crest of a hill my skirt flew up into my face and I flashed a significant expanse of white thigh at huge number of truck drivers - no hands free to fix it up, just had to keep riding until I went down the hill and it fixed itself. Needless to say, since that day I ALWAYS wear leggings under whatever I am wearing for work and thank goodness for helmets that largely conceal ones identity.melx

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  46. Kate, yep, that's awful, I am so glad you had a quilt to quilt (and a very lovely one at that). We are at the beach and after checking on my girl in the night last night and noticing her scratching her head like mad- in her sleep- I said 'let me check that hair out'- 'NO, Mum...I have a few mozzie bites' (she's 9...). Check the long, thick, tangled- because she's had an ear infection and hasn't been able to wash her hair for a week- and oh, yeah, WE ARE ON HOLIDAYS at the beach (think gusty breezes tangling said long thick hair). Well, she's loaded with lice. Hopefully past tense- but gee, what an effort. Me and my farmer boy stuck on a dvd (happy beach holiday), sat her in front of it and spent the entire movie combing. It needs a cut- to the shortest it can be where she can still have a ponytail is the agreed length- but I am abit nervous. I spose I should take her here (on hols) because if they send us away, well, we never have to see them again! I have been thinking of you guys as we have been fishing, and your trip, and chilling out.

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  47. forgot to say, nice that this post was named after the quilt, not the nits!

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  48. Okay. Firstly. I love what Jodie said. I was going to offer my own formula but maybe try hers first then email me if you want mine as its homemade and tried and tested by only me. And only on boys not girls by the way.
    I sooo 'get' the need of the quilting, truly obvious to the likes of some.
    Nothing to offer in the way of embarassingness. that is, lately. (not much embarasses me) but every time I seem to admit this out loud I get caught out so I guess ill get my comeuppence in the next day or so and then email you and youll feel better.
    The straight sewn lines of your quilt are amazing Kate, oops just itched at the back of my head then...its beginning
    x

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  49. Oh, the agony. You poor thing. On a good note, the quilt looks bloody marvelous. My sister (mother of 6) once was sent home from the hairdressers with two little girls with nits. She was mortified and since then every (EVERY) morning when said children brush hair they are squirted with a mixture of tea tree oil and water to deter the little pests. My children haven't had the little pests as far as I know ... yet.

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  50. Actually I found one of the dreaded nits in my older boy's hair only yesterday, now I'm itching too. Don't know if its all in my head or all on my head. But think I may leave it a week or two before booking an overdue hair appointment. Sending some what itchy sympathy your way.

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  51. Ah Kate - I'm sure that's going to happen to me one day with all the lice around - seems like every second kidlet at school had them last year. As far as embarrasments go, my 2yr old boy pulled his doodle out at school and showed everyone the last week of the year... Hope he doesn't do that trick again this year! ;-)

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  52. Now Kate,look at moiye look at moiye, I have two words for you hairspray. I have it on good authority (our local community health nurse, vickie, bless her cotton socks) that if you spray it on your hair & your sweet girly girls hair, the lice will stay far away. I stick to this & chase my boys with the spray every day on the way to school!!!

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  53. Do you know that every time I go to the hairdressers, and I go alot because I have short hair, I sit on tenderhooks for the first ten minutes for fear of the hairdresser finding lice.

    My friend's mid-60 year old mother, who is very gorgeous and very proper, was outed at the hairdressers this year. Now, she was mortified.

    I bet the hairdresser see's it all the time. They wouldn't bat an eyelid. Occuplational hazard.

    When all else fails, sew. Or crochet. Or something.

    XX

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  54. Oh dear! I'm so sorry! But your quilt is beautiful! :)

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  55. hehehee. I got home late last night and saw this post as I was opening mail and the ecokids stuff arrived.

    Quilt looks awesome !

    Nits make me cry with frustration.

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  56. What a crack up...embarrassing as it may have been.
    I was having a tea party with my 3 year old the other day and did a sneaky little pop and actually pooed my pants!
    She asked me why I had stopped playing and I told her the truth but of course she didn't believe me...thankfully. She would have told the neighbors.

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  57. I feel your pain (scratches head) I had nits the week before Christmas. Sooo itchy oh my. My secret weapon is to put a colour through, the dye strips all the eggs and little buggers. I'm sure every mum has had them at some time, infact when we lie in our bed with the kids, we call it "nit-sharing"

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  58. oh kate my head is tingling all over!! FANTASTIC quilt by the way. I've sewn up 3 tops in the last few days and now I'm on the search for some old woolen blankets for the batting. What did you use?

    xx

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  59. don't feel bad! certainly don't feel any worse than you would if, say, a fly landed on you and you shooed it away!

    ps. your blog is lovely. thank you. i am from wa originally and your recent travels there were wonderful to observe. such a good place. ahhh, the beaches. sigh. :)

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  60. Oh Kate you poor thing......I can sympathise though!! I had the same thing happen to me when I was heavily pregnant with my last baby. I desperately wanted something, anything, done to my hair it was driving me mad. On the spur of the moment I walked into a very crowded "Just Cuts" salon and within 5 minutes I had the hairdresser call another hairdresser over the look at my hair,,,,the whole salon turned to look and they both announced, "yep they're nits". I walked out promptly burst into tears from the humiliation of it all. Have only been to the hairdresser once since then, I now cut my own, hence my horrible hair lol.

    I love that quilt!!!!

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  61. eeeek! i actually brought it up with my hairdresser a few cuts ago and asked him if he would tell me if he saw any and it became funny! he did a practice run of telling me then said, 'so, not to worry! i'd rather u cuddle your kids than worry about it'.
    he's cool!!

    glad you found solace in your beautiful quilt :)

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  62. Years ago my daughter was sent home from school with lice. I, of course, went crazy with cleaning her head, the pillows, her stuffed animals, her clothes, the couch, chair, etc. Took her back to school. Nope, they said, and sent her home. We did the whole process again, this time in hyper-drive. Took her back to school. Nope, they said, and sent her home. This time I took her to the heath department and asked them to check her. They said she didn't have them and probably didn't and I was killing her scalp with treatments. They gave me a letter and I took her back to school. A couple of months later I was talking to the nurse/parent who did the checking and she told me she was LEGALLY BLIND!!!!
    Love your quilt, congrats on your first one. And you'll always remember this as the "cootie quilt."

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  63. I can't believe the amount of stories where the hairdressers sent you all away! I told my hairdresser once how my niece had been turned away (after having half her hair cut, and the hairdresser refused to cut any more) and she said that the lice don't live off the body and all her combs and things are disinfected after every client anyway, so she has never turned anyone away when discovering lice, just lets them know quietly and continues to do her job. I think Queensland has a higher population of lice though, they like the warmer climate......and now I am scratching like mad!!

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  64. oh poor you. you have to pick each one of those suckers out individually to get rid of them. my kids had them once and i spent hours on the front porch picking nits. also you can lather your hair up good with conditioner and put on a shower cap, for as long as you can leave it. it is supposed to suffocate them.
    your quilt is super awesome.

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  65. Oh the joys of being a parent! Funny coincidence - my sister just phoned this am to say her kids had lice and we are all going to a family function tonight so she is furiously treating and combing her kids . Think I might put a bit of tea tree oil nit prevention stuff in our hair - just in case. I,ve shared a similar horror to yours and not keen on a repeat - yep definitely feeling itchy here.

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  66. I read your post whilst traveling home in a car from a training course with my boss and another workmate. We were driving through a very windy stretch of road and I unfortunately had a touch of the squirts! I politely asked if we could stop at the next available loos which just happened to be a good old "long drop" at that stage I didn't care! Thankfully I made it just in time. However we'd only driven a short way when yep, needed to go again. The nearest town was still a good 30kms away & EVERY rest stop had no loos! While clenching everything, thankfully we got to a scenic waterfall tourist spot & whilst my boss & workmate drove off to check out the waterfall I was communing with nature, the mossies, sugar ants & beetles. I have never been so relieved! Literally! There are just somethings you just don't want to have to share with the people you work with!
    I read your blog most days and have never commented before but you made me feel so much better. That it wasn't just me have an eventful day! I like your style.

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  67. oh Kate, I have had that hideously embarrassing moment in the hairdressers' too! We have only had nits once, when the kids were in grade 1/preschool - but we all got them. Never in a million years did I think I would get them, so I was horrified when the hairdresser kicked me out. I changed hairdressers! Love the quilt, all those gorgeous vintage sheets, and the straight line quilting. the year only gets better from here. cat.

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  68. Poor Kate xo
    Ummm ok ...You were brave with your lice story so I'll be brave with my flea story!
    Yes fleas!!
    My beloved hound didn't have a single one on her so the little buggers decided I might be the next best tastiest thing.
    Many bites ...I'm talking face & torso. My immune system went nutso & some of them got infected. Not a pretty lady & a pretty unhappy lady.
    I washed EVERYTHING like a crazy woman. Flea bombed me, my (flealess) dog, my house, my garden & car.
    Now you are all REALLY itching arent you!! ;)
    Thankyou Kate you are a breath of fresh air. I love your blog & your honesty. xo
    Moo

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  69. Oh Kate, that's horrible! This happened to a friend of mine when she was a corporate lawyer - a louse fell out of her hair and scuttled across the meeting table!

    Your quilt is gorgeous, and I'm so glad it made you feel better.

    I don't have anything embarrassing to share, but it's certainly been one of those days. Auden was waking up hourly last night, I reckon, which meant far too much feeding back to sleep. We're all shattered today, but at least he had a couple of good naps so I turned the heel of my sock and felt much better.

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  70. Don't feel bad. Lice like a nice clean head. I remember having mine attacked with kerosine when I was little. Thank goodness there are saner methods now. I'm told thickly lathered conditioner chokes the little devils. Cheer up. We still love you.

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  71. very unsportly of her, they sterilise all the equipment between clients so what is the problem?? Poor you....now you can do dreads in fact you should started them on holidays ;-) Aniseed, teatree and neem oil in a spray bottle with water and they hate it....thats all we use, just spray everyday :-)

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  72. PS your quilt is awesome, I love it!

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  73. Oh dear, those nasty little insects,my story,last year just before Christmas we were all still with my Mum after burying Dad and we had previously been to town (2 hour drive) to see Hubbys family when I discovered nits in the youngest sons hair,these were like nothing Ive ever seen before, one of the boys had got them before and the rest of us had been clean for ever,anyway we cut his hair off (meanie hubby was a bit rough I think)but the eggs/lice were huge and the eggs were on the end of the hair not near the skin and they were like a cross between a sheep louse and the human variety.His hair a light brown litterally sparkled like hed been sprayed with a can od paint,I smothered him in some "antique" eucalypt oil that was from the old store room,(a historic homestead these were likely over 80 years old.)We did everyones hair with the oil,had no hope of getting anything else for days,I even discovered dead ones in the brush I shared with the boys,(we had an emergency trip over to NSW from WA so werent fully prepared) BUT only that son had them and the rest of us were clean,it was a nervous older son who went to the hair dresser a few days later,yes Im scratching and I love your quilt!!

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  74. Don't worry Kate.. Just nits!
    There is actualy a place in Preston that ONLY does lice treatment for kids and grown ups. Wth follow up appointment. Smart, clever entrepreneurs right?
    Years ago, I once had a day planned with my bestie. Our respective kids at Kinder/school we started at the hairdresser. Just like you, she ended up having to leave with wet hair and ashamed. Instead of our planned haircuts/lunch/movie day... I did her hair and we raided her fridge for leftovers.
    We still laugh about it!
    After years of experience, I really believe that cheap conditioner is what works best. Lots of it on wet hair... And comb comb comb. Wipe on tissues or towel in between each stroke. Will not hurt, no tears and can do it, taking turns in front of good video. The little critters get all sleepy and can't hold on.
    2 or 3 nights in a row, then 7 days later. The egg cycle is 10 days...
    But anyhow... The quilt is gorgeous and so is your blog.
    Cheers

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  75. Ps: not being anonymous for any resaons other that I don't have a Google account or a blog..
    Cheers
    Natalie

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  76. A born quilter you are! I LOVE it!!!!
    Andi xx

    PS The kids and I all had lice treatments this week. You're in good company :P

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  77. Oh wow, I love that quilt! You've done a great job. And we have lice here too. So do the cousins and a best friend. Must be head lice season! And embarrassing moments? Last time we took the kids to Sizzler, I did what I thought was a little fart, but no. It was a little poo. I bolted into the disabled toilet where discovered it had gone all the way through. I stripped off my bottom 1/2 and washed the offence away in the hand basin, then put the hand dryer to work. I was very grateful not to be wearing white pants that day!

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  78. OH kate it is simply lovely. well done on this beautiful work!

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  79. I love your geometric Kate. You've done a really beautiful job.

    Also scratching.

    Curd recipe for you on le blog today. x

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  80. Heeeheee - sorry I shouldn't laugh. I had a similar thing happen about 10 years ago. I'd finally made an appointment to visit a hairdresser for a style cut. I had really long hair and I hardly ever got my hair cut. This hairdresser was a local celebrity and I waited a while to get in as I wanted to try something different. My hair was shampooed, and then she made the discovery as she was doing the parting ready for cutting. Her reaction was a loud scream, followed by a yell of "nits". I slunk out of the salon with my dripping hair.
    Needless to say, I never went back there or to another hairdresser for about 3 or 4 years I was so scarred! I must have got them while helping in my son's school cause I only had 1 boy with a buzz cut (and no nits) at the time.

    Hopefully you will look back one day and laugh as I can now.

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  81. Hi Kate,
    I had an embarrassing moment yesterday at hairdressers - after describing in detail how I wanted ny hair cut, I had to deal with the hairdresser trying to sell me a whole range of chemical filled hair products. She kept cutting and doing the sales pitch - then she cut off the whole length of one side of my hair that I had insisted I had wanted to keep long. All she say was 'Sorry, but this is how I cut this style" !!!!
    So I stood up took of my cape, told her I wasn't paying for this terrible haircut and walked out of the salon. I'm sure it was entertaining for the rest of the people in the salon. The only problem now is that I have a crooked haircut as she had only cut one side!!!

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  82. Yep same thing happened to me when I was preschool teaching. I was at a posh hairdressers and she found them and I just wanted to die. She refused to cut my hair so I bought the shampoo from her that cost a million dollars (could have bought for $10 at supermarket)and ran and never went back.Have a little boy now myself so will need to be watchful so it doesn't happen again.

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  83. Our hairdresser still cuts your hair. He then sweeps up the hair and gets rid of it and sterilises the scissors. He also tells you stories about how he finds it so difficult to break the nits cycle in his house with his small girls and gives you helpful hints and tips on how to keep them away. He makes you realise that head lice is just a part of life, not some evil, dirty disease. Just a fact of life - like mosquito bites or the likes.
    Your hairdresser should be put in her place - I used to have one like that and now I have a better one who cuts better too :)
    L
    x

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  84. oh and i do the whole conditioning thing - every night for seven to ten nights. put loads in and comb out any stunned nits. much nicer and gentler than the toxic chemicals which i don't use. goodluck

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  85. Oh, Kate! That exact same thing happened to me when I was in high school. I was so embarrassed I never went back to that hairdresser! I hope you've managed to get rid of the little nasties... Headlice are just the yuckiest ever.

    Your quilt is absolutely beautiful though. I so want to get better at sewing and learn the quilting basics... I dream of a house full of quilts made from vintage linens... Maybe 2012 will be the year!

    Katie x

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  86. hello,
    Just discovered your blog through a colleague. LOVE it!
    I have had lice three times from my daughter and once had to get my now husband to de-nit me after only a month of going out. How Romantic. I hope it all ended well.
    Katie

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  87. Just found your blog and had to comment on this one! I went to the doctor last year with what I thought was a dreadul scalp condition - so, so itchy - only to be told I had nits. I was so exhausted and itchy and humiliated that I burst into tears and the poor doctor didn't know what to do with me. I have happily since recovered and can see the funny side. x

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  88. My (grown up) daughter and I both have very dry hair. Our favourite treatment for this is to take it in turns to smother our scalps and hair with coconut oil. During one of these pamper sessions we noticed that my granddaughter had shared headlice with both of us (how generous!). When we combed the oil through after working it through each other's hair for 10 minutes or so we noticed that all the nits were just sliding out of our hair with the oil. Sweetest nit treatment ever!

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  89. Scratching after a few days away with friends whose kids had nits, they were found on our last day. Hard to imagine we've escaped vermin free and I've always got kids in our bed. I think hairdressers should just treat them or ignore them - they're so bloody common. I wonder if a home hair die kit would knock them about - hard to imagine they'd survive that.

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  90. i love it. that you ignored all of the mess and quilted. you are the best. your quilt is divine. i personally think you should go back to the same hairdresser with a rubber cockroach hidden in your locks and have a giggle. remember-nits do not discriminate-see hair-hang on is about the extent of their mental ability

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  91. ps: in my former career as a midwife i have a cache of embarrassing tales that would rival your nits story but i will take them to my grave

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