Sunday, April 9, 2017

Playing with STAEDTLER Acrylic Paint

I took some time this week to play. I dug out my STAEDTLER Acrylic Paint set and my mini brushes and got my eyes all focused on tiny things.

I started with little dots. I used many things to make the dots, just experimenting. I used stylus tools or dotting tools. I used the sharp end of manicure sticks, I even tried a tiny paintbrush. They all worked with varying levels of success. The red dots at the bottom were made with the paintbrush and are more splooshes than dots I think.

Then I thought about springtime and flowers and I was off.

Hard to stop once I got going!

Then I thought about a lace doily underneath a vase of flowers.
I can see this nail decorating thing is going to be a bit all consuming. If you need me you know where I'll be!

We were feeling a bit Eastery this weekend. Beastie wouldn't eat the egg no matter how we coaxed her. She carried it around with her forever. Kept hugging it and rubbing it on her cheeks..... I guess it was just too pretty to eat?

Sunday, March 26, 2017


 Oh HI!!!
We're almost there!
Two more trades people to have in and then all this nonsense will be done with and we can get on with the new us.
Here's a wee update so you can see a bit more of what we've been up to.
We won't do a full reveal until it's all done.
(Soooooooo much work yet to do!)

We've emptied he front bedroom and removed all the wallpaper. This job took two weeks or so. Looking back at the photos it appears to have happened by magic, but let me tell you..... there was crying and pouting involved.

It really did come off quite easily.  Top vinyl layer peeled right off. Baby beastie helped and enjoyed this immensely! Had to spray the under-layer with hot water and vinegar then scrape it off with a pastry scraper. Glad to see the walls underneath were in great shape. Almost no repairs required.

Astounded to find that we were painting the room almost exactly the same colour it was before the paper went on! If you look very closely, you can see that I've cut the corners in. 

Beastie loves pulling off the tape. She was a HUGE help!

Friend (and HERO) Rich came over to help us knock a wall through. This used to be two closets. One in our foyer and another in the front bedroom. Now it's a handy entryway directly into our front room.

We put together some flat pack cupboards and added hardware store legs to give them some height. We painted them to match too!

I had the local building shop cut us some thick MDF and rout the edges to make a snappy desk! This was SOOOOOOO inexpensive! Great way to make a custom work top. I highly recommend it.

I painted to top of the table with three coats of cabinet paint. I'm LOVING this colour!!!

I made this quilt top a while back for Beastie and fell in love with the patterns and colours. I made a repeatable pattern from it and sent it in to Spoonflower to have it made up as my new theme fabric.

The new fabric arrived in just a few weeks and was more amazing than I ever dreamed! Even George was in love!

Now on to decorating!
More updates soon.
We're almost done!!!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Moving Forward

We've made HUGE leaps in the Super Secret New Plans department in the past month.
I'm EXHAUSTED!!! But Happy and very excited to soon be able to share all the news!

We were hit with another (very seasonal) winter storm this week. We've been buried in snow and the cold snap has us all cuddled in.

We've been fattening up with some delicious breakfasts made by Momma Beastie.

Here's a sneaky peak of some new colour choices in one of our new rooms!!!

Nammy had me do these for her. Very uncharacteristically blingy for her.

I made myself some springy almond gels over my natural nails. The pink colour is called Tu Tu..... It's delicious! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Another Busy Week and Some Progress

So many things to share.
We've been making steady progress with our new plans and finding plenty of time to spend with Baby Beastie and Momma Beast. Hope you stay tuned for more updates. I know it probably seems to be taking an age, but from our end it's all happening very quickly.

Came home to the Beastie making strawberry bubblegum cupcakes.

Mom has been finding some old pics and sharing them. This is her and my Father ages ago. She still looks the same to me.

It doesn't matter how much I fade the picture, you can still see that my poor index finger on my right hand was torn off and sewn back on. The injury is decades old. It sticks out kind of sideways-ish now. But it still works!

There! I've tucked it in. You can barely tell in this shot...

We took Beastie to Toys-R-Us for the first time ever! She was completely overwhelmed. Sat on the floor and looked around a bit. Momma Beast finally narrowed the choices down to three and this wonderful tree house was chosen.

We spent some time with the dearest of friends at the antique store and I was just as overwhelmed as Beastie was at the toy store. I think I might need to go back and rescue this piece. I have the perfect spot for it!

I lost my reading glasses and found them in the drive the next morning. They were perfectly fine after they warmed up.

So many changes to the house! We've removed heaps of paper from the front bedroom, It's so satisfying, peeling off the top layer in huge sheets. It's the bottom layer that's the problem. Loads of hot water and vinegar to soften the adhesive.

Beastie always wants to hide in her stuffies. She has so many! How did they all get here? Did they invite themselves in?

Tent time is the best! I still remember how cozy it felt to be tucked into my own secret space made from sheets and pillows. I challenge you all to make a pillow fort this week! You won't regret it!

I had to get Grandpa Jimmy to help with removing the cedar slats from the front bedroom closet. I was far too short to reach the top. This will be the most dramatic change to our tiny house once we're through.

I think we all worked and played very hard this week. Beastie nodded off during a particularly exciting episode of Poirot  She must have been exhausted!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Down Time Play

We have been soooooooo busy! And we are SUPER excited! There is a heap of life altering (for us) news to be announced very soon! But we're not quite ready yet. So in the meantime, here are some pics of what we've been up to in our down time.

Beastie Helps with unpacking the groceries.

She threw this snow lump at me and laughed hysterically.

Window cleaning. Beastie helps by cleaning her favorite play spots. She LOVES watching the squirrels.

We looked away for thirty seconds!

Old school oatmeal. Like my Great Grandma Mowat made. With tea of course.

Why is the bread dough blue you ask?..... We'll have to check with Beastie.

Dr. Beastie makes sure Nammy is ok.

Beastie kisses.

Sneaky Peaky of some work.......
My goodness! It's overwhelming us all.
Announcements soon!
Stay with us...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A Busy Week

There are MASSIVE changes in the wind.
I'm super excited about all of them.
The only think I'm not looking forward to is a renovation.
We're going to be living in a bit of a mess in the near future.
Hopefully it won't last long.
Stay with me and hold my hand.
It's going to be dusty!!!

In the meantime, here are some Beastie pics from this week.
Mochi cake and warm custard.

Yo Gabba Gabba jammies from Uncle Wade

Bedtime Stories with Bampa.
(Don't fret! Theses are battery run tea lights.)

Dippy eggs and soildiers.

Making do and mending some of Mommy Beast's baby dresses so that Beastie can wear them this summer. 
These are bringing back all sorts of fond memories.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Using Gel Extensions to Regrow Bitten Nails

I get asked sooooo many questions about whether or not gel (or acrylic) nail application will harm your natural nails. I'm pretty excited to be able to show you some amazing results.

My model is a nail biter and always has been. She tried really really hard for a couple of weeks to not bite. She always made sure her nail polish was fresh and pretty. A huge trigger for most biters is peeling polish. (If I just chew off this little torn edge the rest of the polish will look better!)

These are her nails after two weeks of diligent polish application and almost no biting. 
(Proud of her!)

We applied some tiny little almond tips using gels to extend her natural nails.

We waited six weeks!

These are her own natural nails after six weeks and a very gentle gel removal. Removing the extensions should take time! Do not go anywhere that makes you feel they are rushing to get them off. Every time you have gels or acrylic nails removed, your natural nails should be pretty underneath. 

Being exposed to the air is what makes your natural nails strong and hard. When you have your hands in water for a long time, it softens your nails. Exposure to the air hardens them back up. It's the same when you remove the gel coating. Your nails will be a little bit soft until they have a chance to harden back up.

 I've freshened her nails up with a quick mani and a very thin top coat of clear gel to protect them. 

Hope that helped clear some questions up for you.
Remember, getting your nails done (or having extensions removed) should be a treat. You should ALWAYS feel pampered and cared for. Don't settle for less!

In other news...
Look what Maggs made me today!!!