Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Lovin, and Some Branding

I've been incredibly lucky to have had the time to spend playing this summer. Feeling VERY fortunate and loved. We're having to scrimp a bit without the extra paycheck while I study. But it's soooooooo worth it!!!

We made some teeny tiny tarts. filled them with vanilla pudding, berry jam and berries and garnished with a fresh sprig of garden mint. So full of summer.

Walks in the woods are happening. Chipmunks live there!!!

The front lawn is the perfect place for cuddles and bedtime cartoon watching. Well..... until the mosquitoes come out. Then there's a mad sprint to the house before we're stung.

Still learning many many things. 

Developing a paint pallet for our younger clients!

We have brand tags now for all our sewn product. They are very small. A challenge to sew. But I'm pretty happy with the results.

The salon is filling up with bright new handmade product for sale! Still so much more to make and learn! This changing careers midlife is nerve wracking but I wouldn't change a thing!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pre-Opening Salon Tour

Here is a wee bit of a Salon tour. We're not open yet.... Close.... But not quite yet.

How we managed.....

Monday, July 10, 2017

Refills, New Art and Beastie's First Rag Roll Set

Still studying my pants off and LOVING IT!!!
I have HEAPS more learning to do.

These are my new nails this week. I've used giant silver glitter mirrors, my own silver glitter mix, Moyou Stamping plates, Swarovski crystals and Nail Innovationz Gel Products!!!

Mom had a simple fill and re-balance with some swank new nail art. Very summery. Nail art design was totally swiped from Avry at Nail Innovationz.

Maggs is a bit of a nail biter. But she would really like to have some nail length so she can have more room for nail art. She asked for some Spirited Away nails. We put teeny tiny extensions on her and then added No Face to one of her ring fingers. She really does have the smallest little nails. Her middle finger nail is smaller than my pinkie finger nail. She's great to practice on. I'm pretty grateful to have had access to these little hands.

Rag rolls happened!!!!
I used to do my girls hair like this when they were wee!
Momma Beast set Beastie's hair and brought her up to say goodnight. It was so nice to see that she remembered having them herself. Momma Beast used to like them sooooooo much that she's ask me to leave them in for school. We tried to match her outfits to her rag rolls.
Ahhhhhhhh...... The memories.....
(wipes tear from cheek.....)

Beastie wasn't smitten with the frizz the next day and asked Momma Beast to tame it with MANY pony tails. 
This summer is melting away so very fast. 
Hope you're all having a chance to breath and enjoy the tiny things.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Where I Change Things Up a Bit and Speak of Nails, a Toddler and Being Canadian...

So.... In other words.... Exactly the same things I always show you....
Just a little bit different.

I got to do the nails of a very beautiful bride this past month. She chose nail polish over her manicured natural nails. LOVE this colour! We were able to match her dress exactly!

Broke my glasses...

Glamorous prom nails with opaque nude extensions and gold leaf fluttered over the tips.

Beastie discovered the joy of a good heritage tomato. She got into these ones that were pegged for some home made tomato soup. She snaggletoothed through three! Kept spraying me with the word "JUICY!". 

Momma Beast came home with this surprise. I'm still speechless. I think I muttered. "You silly thing..." at her. But I'm pretty choked up that she's matched me.

We had a wonderful Canada day! Even if the weather did everything it could to dampen our mood. It poured BUCKETS!!! But it was warm and we were all in good spirits. Took this shot seconds before it started drowning us all. There were hundreds and hundreds of folks all turned out in red and white, sharing food and laughs. We had cupcakes and dances and played in the new park with an uncountable number of friends. When we got home all of our fingers and toes were wrinkled and pruney from the wet, but we were laughing. Really lovely day!

Beastie has a voracious apatite for anything bitter, sour or spicy right now. She's been smitten with the dandelion greens in the lawn. Who needs a weedwacker? 

She also likes the pretty white lawn clover. tried to pick me all of them....

Our train brought our Mercy home for a quick visit. I miss her so much all of the time. She's not very far, just a few hours by train. I think it's about time we take our turn and visit her. That'll be exciting.  Trip to the big city......

Momma beast had her hair made all magical purple unicorn. It's almost holographic. So pretty!
Our hair girl is a wizard. 
Well, better get to it!
This house work isn't going to do itself.
Come on then..... Give me a nudge.