Thursday, January 04, 2007

If I had a couple of hundred pounds to spare

Cost of good, professional dye and highlight hair treatment about £200, cost of new Intuos 3 drawing tablet about £200, cost of robotic vacuum cleaner about £200.


Anonymous Laura said...

Wow, that's a LOT for hair dye!!! I'd go for the Intuos tablet. Then use money from illo jobs to pay for hair coloring! See, I can rationalize anything. Except the vacuum cleaner.

1/04/2007 3:44 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Actually Laura I haven't the foggiest as I've never been to a hairdresser, but my friend (who gets a really good job done) has much shorter hair and spends about £100 a time. Now the vacuum cleaner - that does give me time, where I could earn money...

1/04/2007 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cost of putting £200 in your first-born male heir's bank account £200.

1/04/2007 4:34 PM  
Blogger bananarobin said...

Wow that's a scary picture, but I still think we should just go for a double duvet - about £20 with sheets from Asda.
Regarding bank accounts anonymous is wrong as it's supposed to be very tax efficient, but if we did I fear he'd spend it in minutes!
Stick to hair dye and stop looking at yourself in mirrors.
I quite like Lauras idea of getting a tablet and doing work on it. Sadly that'll never happen, all she does is blog these days.
As for the robotic vacumm cleaner: how long will it survive? Rufus will be tring to make love to it, Xavier will be riding it, Hugo will be jumping over it and crashing into it, Tom will kick it, and Flo will throw it at someone...

1/04/2007 8:26 PM  
Blogger julie crews said...

Hello Julie.(Could there be enough Julie's in the world?, um I think no.)
I am another Julie, born and raised in the Southern United States, but am now enjoying a stint in Salt Lake City.
I checked out your webblog through the Illustration Friday site, (I saw that you sent a donation, and that your name was Julie), so I decided to check out your stuff. You are inspiring to me by the ammount you sketch. I need to do much more of that.
I am new to illustration Friday, and to blogging (I made my very first blog page on New Year's Day) and I have a question you might be able to answer: How do you get such different Blog titles, with the pictures and everything? Your's says "Julie's Picture's" with snow all over it. That is cool. How do I go about it? Any help would be GREAT!
Oh, and about the Dye... do it only if it will make you feel new.

1/04/2007 9:05 PM  
Blogger julie crews said...

One more question.
How do you get the little picture next to your posted comments?
Thanks for letting me bug you.

1/04/2007 9:06 PM  
Blogger bananarobin said...

Julie, you definately need one of those drawing tablets, a dog, 4 children and another blog like say: then it'll come naturally! Dye the hair to make your man feel new - see you on the honeymoon!

1/04/2007 9:51 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

Ha! Dye, but do it yourself with a color that's about two shades lighter than your (non-gray) color (I assume that's why we're talking hair dye?) which will give you a nice streakish look, tell DH how much money you saved, and then buy the stuff you really want. It's called having the best of both worlds. It works.

1/04/2007 10:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Linda's tips on dyeing. As you four years younger sister who has been dyeing her hair for about six years I suggest:

1. Dont skimp on the brand.
2. You probably need two packets for all that hair.
3. Buy a slightly lighter shade than you actually are. The streak effect will come naturally. Also a very dark colour will be too stark and make your face look older.
4. A month later just do the roots. If you do the full length of your hair repeatedly, it can be damaging.
5. Get Flo to help you.
6. Use an old towel for the following few washes as the due can still run.
7. Get Robin to take you out to an expensive restaurant.

See you, georgeous

BTW I guess your friend who spends so much on her hair happens to be a high powered lawyer with only one child to support!

1/05/2007 4:24 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Wow - all this talk about hair dye! Well, I did it this week - Schwarzkopf Love Colour natural brown - will last for 8 washes so it's not the 'real' thing. I use dye like this occasionally - sometimes reddish or it might go yellow and there's a guy at church who hides his eyes and pretends to freak out when I walk into the narthex! Oh, it cost me $4 which is probably about two of your pounds.
A vaccuum - hey, what's that? I use a sasa broom.

1/05/2007 4:46 AM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Julie on your technical questions if you look in the comments of this post you'll find some tips on inserting a picture into your blogger template but I see that you're on blogger Beta which I haven't upgraded to so I don't realy know whether these instructions work. The picture in the sidebar that also appears in the comments can be inserted in your profile, so if you go to edit your profile in your dashboard (if it's the same in Beta Blogger) you'll find a space to insert a URL for a photo or drawing of yourself.

Thanks everyone for all your suggestions on colouring hair. I used to tint my hair myself but I got sick of the entire shower room being covered in brown spots (however careful I was)so I stopped doing it. My dark-haired friend (wrong one Rachel) has such beautifully natural looking coloured and subtly highlit hair I'm tempted to pay her hairdresser. Anyway looks as though hubby is not a fan of the growing grey gracefully look (which my inner slob and cheapskate is rather fond of) so I'm going to have to sort out something!

1/05/2007 8:19 AM  
Blogger SideShowMom said...

Julie, sounds like Robin should take you out to dinner and make you feel like the beauty you are! Be gentle to your hair! Have you considered henna? is a good resource for learning about that and there are lots of reputable suppliers in the Kingdom.

So lovely to see your work!


1/05/2007 3:40 PM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

You're so funny! I love the incongruity of the three items you're comparing and also really like the drawing. I generally spend very little money on clothes and home furnishings but I spend (too) freely on art supplies and (art and other books. But I do have my hair dyed professionally after doing it myself and not only making a mess in the bathroom, but making my hair look like it belonged on a golden retriever and then, after trying to highlight it came out spotted like a leopard! We use a semi-permanent color so it fades gradually instead of leaving a definite line and only has to be done every 3 months. It's fun being a redhead now.

1/06/2007 8:46 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

More on hair colouring - a female minister in our parish was a bit of a maverick and she used to dye her hair according to the liturgical colour for the seasons of the year - blue, purple, etc. and her pet dog used to wear a coat of many colours of course - a little pug and he used to sit up front in the church. The parish guys couldn't stomach all of that she she got shifted! Though I liked her and she did make us think twice about how we treat animals - and people!

1/06/2007 9:49 AM  
Blogger bananarobin said...

I took Julie to the market for her weekly veg shop and then I took her to Millets as they had some boots I thought would suit her. Nothing will ever be as good as her old pair (and probably old boyfriends), but I did manage to buy her a pink pair. I got in lots of trouble for suggesting she might dye her hair that colour. Anyhow God has graced us with some rain so she's gone off on her ( walk, while i deal with the devilish children!
I have to say she is really quite beautiful and that this is an unflattering picture. It's like photography - it's now easy to get good portraits because with digital cameras you can take loads of pics - and discard the bad ones. Not so easy with portraits.
I better go and tend to X's screams now...

1/06/2007 1:27 PM  
Blogger Julie Oakley said...

Jana I think you've hit the nail on the head - it probably is the one beauty treatment taht maybe I should fork out for.

Wendy that minister sounded great!

Thank you for my lovely warm as toast boots my dear and your chivalry about my self portrait

1/06/2007 4:35 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

Julie, I used to dye, am now almost white so am that colour, but I recommend having some one do it, take along your pens and sketchbook and sketch what you see, it does take time.I think you are too young to go grey yet, but whew, yesterday it was the aged raddled blonds at lunch, I am not a fan of that either! Sketchbooks come and go, but that price whew must be good and as for a vacuum cleaner, well I think Robin said it all!!

1/08/2007 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

I get good professional dye for a quarter of that - shop/ask around - most salons will give a free consultation (mine IS magenta btw lol)- you can maybe get a supervised junior rate or if you have a college with a beauty school attached they are always looking for models. Check out ebay for a drawing tablet - might not get the newest model but I got one for less than £20 - I'll save up for/Christmas list something more glam. Vacuum cleaner? Not my job (I get the ironing/food shopping/bulk cooking for freezer chores of the house). £200 would get me a week in a holiday cottage about now ... ohhh the luxury of being holed up somewhere cosy with nothing to do but draw ....

1/17/2007 1:45 PM  

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