Nails of the Day (or Week): Spring Nails

Decided on these theme nails for the first day of spring using polish that I recently purchased.  I pretty much followed this marimekko design my Elleandish .  I think her youtube videos are so well done.  Great editing and her tutorials and designs are really cute.  I used China Glaze That's Shore Bright for most of the nails, and China Glaze Tail Me Something for the shimmery texting thumbs.  For the accent nail I used China Glaze White on White as a base, That's Shore Bright and Essie DJ Play That Song for the flowers, Lemon Fizz, and a black polish from Revlon (Stilleto? not sure) for the center. 


Design Update

When my old laptop died after over 8 years of good times, it was sad.  That thing had its moments, but it also had a fan replacement, a hard drive crash, and basically died a slow, broken hard-drive, overheated death.  It was sad, but what was most upsetting was Photoshop was installed on it, you guys.  Trying to design a blog to make it my own without the use of my trusty old photoshop software was kind of a challenge.  I didn't want to shell out the money to get Photoshop again so I ended up downloading GIMP.  For a free program, it is really good and I can see why a lot of people recommended it.  But I was used to Photoshop,  and already knew it was going to take some time for me to get used to all these features and such.  I tried to find the user manual online and ended up googling other Photoshop alternatives again.  Fortunately, I found out that Adobe released Photoshop CS2 for free on their website.  It's been on there for free for over a year.  Like, an actually legal download of Photoshop software.  For the free.  ::fist pumps::

Anyways,  my point is that I updated this blog's design and it looks more crisp than the design I made using PhotoScape.  I like how it turned out,  but I need more content.  That, is something I am working on.


A Food Post But Not a Food Post

I saw this super cute crochet project by Twinkie Chan online and I knew I had to do it.  Plus, the pattern is free!  I always have allergies, so having a tissue box readily available is a must.  Plus, my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, so this tissue cozy just made absolute sense.  I didn't have the yarn that it called for on hand, so I used what I had and adjusted the stitches in the pattern since I knew the gauge would be different.  I literally stitched a row and lined up the edges to a tissue box to see if I had to add or subtract stitches.  It was that easy.

Now every time I grab a tissue,  I can't help but chuckle.  It's so freaking hilarious.  I consider myself a knitter, but I love the cutesy and kitschy crochet world of amigurumi.  It is amazing what people can come up with.  If you love things shaped like food, check out Twinkie Chan if you haven't already.  She is super creative and definitely inspires me to craft more.


Nails of the Day (or Week): Half Moon Mani

I wanted to try and freehand a halfmoon mani, so I used China Glaze Sunset Sail as a base and carefully painted Essie No More Film over it. No More Film is this awesome purple-y blue that I am currently in love with. It is one of those polishes that require only one coat.

I found this bandaid that actually matches my skintone, so it deserved a thumbs up. Papercuts are the worst.


Plaid Cowl

Got this awesome plaid wool blend fabric on sale for only $2.38 a yard!  Usually it's like $15+.  I bought a yard of it with enough leftover to make a jacket for my dog.  I love making these cowl neck "scarves" because they are super easy to make (sewing in straight lines!), long enough to block all the cold air out from your neck and are dual layered so they are super warm.  Plus they are easy to pack in a bag compared to regular scarves.  I think the next time I will make some, I will use two different fabrics so it can be reversible.  And maybe add a pom pom trim just because I want a reason to buy pom pom trim. Hah.

My only mistake was not washing the fabric prior to making the scarf.  It smells like fabric store.  Aka kinda musty and bleak.  Hopefully it will air out and not smell that way.

I've stopped making new years resolutions,  but I do plan to craft more this year.  I am optimistic that this blog will be updated more.  Lets hope.


Nails of the Day (or Week): Holiday Plaid

I used a shimmery green and topped it with China Glaze Party Hearty (my go-to Christmas glitter) and then for the plaid/lumberjack nails, I used a red creme base and painted lines of various thickness using  black polish with a built in striper brush.  Merry cheesy Christmas!


Apple Butter

Making some use of the apple tree in my backyard by making apple butter!  Which is basically fancier apple sauce, if apple sauce can be fancy.