Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Melting into 2019

Well..... I've been busy with soooooo many lovely new nail clients that I've not had much time for anything else. Don't read that as a complaint. It's probably the most lovely thing that could have happened to me. I'm maxed out and have had to start turning away new clients. I'm beginning to find a sense of balance between "work" and chores and fun me time. I'm looking forward to the new year ahead. Full of changes and consistencies alike. 


Here is a sample of some of the amazing design requests I was lucky enough to be asked to try. I think they turned out pretty well for my first real year of tech-ing.


 Today Maggs made us all a lemon pudding sponge cake for breakfast. What? Breakfast cake is a thing!!!

I'm still making lists. This is my first list in my new journal from my Mom. Beastie likes to help with the pictures. She added, make soup.

One of the only things we got to make for Christmas this year was Marmalade and candied peel. We all have that terrible cough. I think we're on week four now. Should be gone soon though.... Right?
P.S.: A heaped teaspoon of marmalade in a mug with hot water and a splash of dark rum is helping with the cough.

I'll finish with this pic of my brother and his band mates from high school. He's second from the left. The tall one with no guitar. He was the drummer. I must have been a horrible sister back then. I'm terribly proud of him. Just want to see if he's watching.
Happy new year all!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Oh HI!!!!!
Forgot I had a blog there for a little while. Sorry folks. Thanks for hanging in there waiting for new posts. Here are a few things we've been up to this past month. 
I miss blogging!!!

I have sorted my fabrics (most gifted recently in three GIANT leaf bags) into different sorts. A stack of cotton, a stack of jersey, a stack of fleece...... well, you get the picture. Beastie came to the sewing room and asked for pants. I told her to pick one from the fleece pile and one from the cotton. This is what she chose. She's a fashion icon now. Notice the stylish and functional pockets? 


We've baked up some bun-nies..... Get it? BUN nies???? You see what we did there???


First day of school ever and Beastie was struck down with the terrible flu.
Looking forward to trying again next week. I'll stock up on hand sanitizer.....

Boot socks!!! I'm irrationally concerned that her calves may chafe inside her rainboots and am taking action to prevent it! 


We were gifted a bazillion gorgeous organic tomatoes. Beastie was in charge of cleaning them up.


I let her make tomato soup using the fresh fruit. She added molasses and basil and garlic but that was it. So yummers!


Loads of nail art has happened since I've been here and posted. I've particularly enjoyed the moon art that's been requested lately.


So adorable!!!


I've been enjoying the variety of shapes requested too.


More sock knitting! This lace reminds me that I can follow instructions. 


More moon art. These were all done with gel paint over hard gel support nails.


Couldn't decide on one purple...... so she decided on ALL of them.


These are mine this month. I think next month will be squirrels!!!


Found Beastie a real honest to goodness tool set at the antiques market! Can't wait to see what these two get up to. Oh hey!!! There's Mr. Jimmy in his new home sewn shirt too!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

So Many Nails!!!

It's been close to a year since I had to leave my comfy day job because of an injury. (Well let's face it, I'm getting up there. It was time.) And although I miss all of my coworkers immensely, I've been really enjoying my time getting familiar with nail tech life. Even though it's been a bit hair raising to leave the steady income behind. We (James and I) have decided that two clients a day is all we need to replace my full time income. That's left me LOADS of time with the grand-baby and I thought it would mean I would have heaps of blogging time. It's been very surprising to learn that I had less time for documenting things. Our wee Beastie will be heading off to school in September and I'll be left to my own devices more and more. We'll have to see how that plays out. In the meantime, Here are a bazzillion (well, not quite) nail art pics from the last month or so. Most are client requests so I can't take credit for the designs, just their execution. 
































Bubble Flowers from UV Gel

There are video tutorials of these bubble roses all over YouTube so I won't be documenting the process. I can tell you that these are more than addicting! They are made by what reminds me of a candle making process. Dipping the very tip of a needle tool into gel and curing it repeatedly. Between each dip, I painted petals with gel paint (it seems to work better than gel polish because of it's more opaque qualities. crisper edges) before re-dipping in a light bodied builder gel. Each bubble is finished off with a clear topcoat and cured. When I removed them from the needle tool I needed to file the back to flatten it so I can apply earring studs or pin backs. 


started these guys by dipping into tiny caviar beads. Some are clear and some are silver. I mixed a gradient palette from soft sage green to a peachy pink and each petal layer was a reflection of that palette.


You can see that the petals in the center of the flower look a bit fuzzy or out of focus. I tried to use gel polish for those guys. I realized right away that I needed something more opaque and switched to gel paint. Much better results. The outer petals are slightly darker in shade to the inner ones.


Three shades of purple gel paint to make three layers of petals but the flowers still look full and finished.


I think this flower set showed me that twinning was difficult with more petals. I really do love the look of more and thinner petals though. I think I'll have to have a go with other colours. I used a fine yellow glitter in the center of these flowers instead of the caviar beads.