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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Cult Nails Time Traveler and Unicorn Puke!

If you read my post from yesterday about my buy from Cult Nails, then you know that this is another polish from that collection!  You are looking at Time Traveler. It is a fantastically stunning creme navy.  

 I put on two coats, although some nails only needed one.  If you have read my previous posts, you know that although I LOVE blue in every other aspect of my life, it took some time for me to get used to it on my nails. Now I LOVE it!  Navy and other dark blues are still a little much for me. I had been looking for a navy though for nail art and what-not, and this is perfect!
 It looks like it is a mile deep and you can jump right into it!  The only issue is that it stains BAD and it was really thick. I had a hard time putting it on my nails. I think some thinner will fix that though.
 Duh-dah-duh!!!!!  Here is the polish formerly known as Unicorn Puke! I have it layered over Time Traveler.  It goes on Ay-mazing!  There are beautiful multi-colored flakies in green, pink, orange, yellow, lavender and blue, and-unlike glitters-these are shaped like flakes! No two are alike!
 The first coat went on really well. A LOT of flakes got in on the first coat, and the second coat made it even thicker!  This is two coats. I am in love with everything about this polish! Two thumbs up!
 I took these pics outside and I think they are way better than the ones I have been taking inside in my lightbox. What do you think?
 I can't wait until my nails grow back out. :o) tired of these nubs.  In the next few days, I will post the last polish with and without Unicorn Puke on it! Stay tuned...
 My dog, Emily, was toasty warm inside my bed on my pillow when I had to get up for work. LOL

Friday, November 25, 2011

CULT NAILS in The Mail!

I got my Cult Nails in the mail!  Woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!  So, I couldn't wait to try them on!  I only had my Thanksgiving water marble on for one day, and so I left the water marble on two nails and painted one of my new Cult Nails polishes on to match. I bought the Super Powers Collection which is now sold out. Let me first tell you what this nail polish is, then I will give you a little run-down on who Cult Nails is.  This is called Power Thief. It is a grey-brown jelly with small golden flecks in the polish.  Personally, I do not like nude or brown polishes, but the star of this collection was the polish formerly known as Unicorn Puke-AND I WANTED IT BADLY!      
 Bad enough to warrant buying $40 worth of nail polish to get the one. :o)  Once I DID put Power Thief on, though, it grew on me. If I had to wear a brown, it would be this one. It went on smoothly and covered in two and a half coats. (Some nails need two coats, some three.)  The shimmer makes this brown interesting enough.  It is a nice fall color.
 Now, about Cult Nails. If you have never heard of it, it is a business that started as a blog written by a woman who loved nail polish and could never find the colors she wanted, so she started making her own. One thing led to another and now she sells her own brand of FOUR-free nail polish. Here is what 4-free means-taken directly from her website:
Her polish is B3 Free which means they don't contain Toulene, Formaldehyde or Dibutyl Phthalate. But she didn't stop there, Cult Nails Nail Lacquers are also free of Camphor. Cult Nails is a Cruelty Free company and does not test on animals or use products that are tested on animals or that are animal byproducts. All polish is Vegan friendly. In keeping with our green initiatives all packaging is recyclable and some even reusable.  We use only recycled/recycleable boxes to ship our polish that can be reused or recycled by the consumer and utilize cotton balls for our packaging materials. This not only allows the polish to be protected during shipment, but supplies our customers with some of the materials  needed to remove their old polish once our product arrives! The cotton ball initiative, as we like to call it, was a concept from Maria's 12 year old daughter.
 By the way, her blog is fantastic as well. You can visit it here-R3Daily.  I am super excited to show you the other three polishes I bought from Cult Nails too! I will post about two of them tomorrow-one of them being the polish formerly known as Unicorn Puke. *Super Excited!*
 Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and a great Black Friday! Personally, I went into two stores at 8:45am, and bought some pans I needed and a super cute Loungefly purse and wallet I wanted! Then I got out of there!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Water Marble Fail?

I have been lagging a little bit on my blog.  I knew it would eventually be too much to post every day, but I had secretly hoped I could keep up with it. Guess not. :o)  I will just try to post often and some days I may skip.  Anyways, I hadn't done a water marble in a while, so here is a Thanksgiving one for you!                                                                                          
 You could even consider it a '70's water marble. LOL.  I had originally wanted to do a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving nail art; but it failed miserably!  So here is my back up-water marble!  And since I have somehow defeated the odds, and am capable of doing water marble, I shall not complain about my lack of nail art skills!
 First of all, I question this as a fail simply because the pictures aren't very good IMO.  I still think my outside pictures look better! (You will see those tomorrow.) I still liked this water marble though.
 So, I used Zoya Penny, Sonia Kashuk Chocoholic, OPI DS Glamour, and Pure Ice Champagne.
 Enough talk!  Just look.... :o)  And eat a lot of turkey!

Monday, November 21, 2011

I Am Making and Selling Beach Glass Jewelry!

 Okay, I warned you this would be a roller coaster ride, right?  To make a long story longer, let me give you the run down on how the title of this blog post came to be...
My husband and I have been collecting beach glass and other items for several years from the surrounding beaches that we live near.  I collect beach glass, smooth pretty stones, and whole shells. He collects beach glass, pottery pieces, all types of shells and other weird stuff he can find.
Several years ago, I went to a Beach glass jewelry festival in Portland and was amazed by what I found there!  I have been toying with making jewelry out of beach glass since then, but never really started. I played around with beading jewelry and what-not and it didn't last long at all.
After going to the Santa Cruz Beach Glass Festival and seeing what they had for sale, I KNEW I could do it myself and make it more affordable for people. A week ago, I bought a Dremmel tool and went to work!  I have sold these earrings already and the last necklace in this post!
These are sterling silver ear hooks with three pieces of white beach glass drilled through the center and put on sterling silver wire. I hand-picked through our stash of glass to find pieces that closely resembled each other. I sold these already, but have another set just like it as well as a pair of lime green ones!

This necklace is made of five pieces of smooth stones I found at Moss Landing Beach last Sunday.  I drilled each stone and put it on a 16" chain!  

I haven't quite decided on pricing yet. There are several factors I have to consider, and you, my readers, get to hear it all!  First, there is the cost of materials. Second, is time spent making the jewelry. Third, is the rarity of some of the pieces. (Red and orange glass is super rare. White, green, brown are common.)
 I just started making these a week ago, and hadn't planned on letting the cat out of the bag; but I figured my blog is all about this crazy ride I take with all of these passions I have!
 A necklace like this on other beach glass websites would go for $150 -$200!  I want to make it a fair price, but am nowhere near figuring that out yet.  Another thing I need help figuring out is a name for my "business."  I came up with "Sticks and Stones Jewelry."  The issue I have with this name is that there is no reference to beach glass in it.  Can you, my creative and amazing readers help me out with a name? I need a creative name!  I'm not good with play on words, so help a girl out! If you can make the name I came up with better, that would be great too!
 This next necklace sold almost immediately after I made it!  I came up with this idea on my own. I stacked three smooth, flat oval rocks on top of each other and they seemed to want to be together!  There is a red, sand, and black stone layered one on top of the other.  I drilled each one twice and strung it on a 16" chain.
 It is very understated elegance in my opinion!

If you are interested in buying my jewelry, please let me know! As I said before, this is just in the beginning stages! I don't even have pricing down yet!  But I am open to talking about price and custom pieces.  I can also make items for gifts for Christmas if necessary!
Here is some of the acceptable beach glass I found in our stash to make jewelry with!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Polka Dots!

I love me some polka dots!  And this blog post by Polish Art Addiction totally inspired me!  She is really great at polka dots and  has many on her blog!  

I started with a base coat of Zoya Dove. Okay, three coats of Zoya Dove, because it is so see through!

I then used different sizes of dotting tools to make dots using Essie Mesmerized and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black.  I just placed them randomly per Polish Art Addiction's instructions.  It is so simple now that I have finally gotten a handle on the dotting tools!
Yes, I am so backwards that I couldn't even get the hang of dotting tools. It took me several tries to get the hang of it! LOL

So, there you have it! I love them soo much and they are so simple!  There are so many different ideas you can do with dots and so many different color combos too! (How many times can I say, "So" in this paragraph?!"  Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

OPI Meep-Meep-Meep and Gettin' Miss Piggy With It

I didn't buy all of the polishes in the Muppets Christmas Collection by OPI, but I did buy a few. These two beauties are the first reds I have bought since going on this polish binge!  First up is OPI Meep-Meep-Meep.  It is a jelly based, orange-red polish with small flecks of shimmer.  I put 3 coats and it still had VNL.
I then added an accent nail (because I can't leave well enough alone!) with OPI Gettin' Miss Piggy With It. I love the name! OPI is the best when it comes to naming polishes!  This is two coats and still there wasn't very much to show for it.  I think the GMPWI would look better with a darker red underneath.  I plan on trying that for the holidays.

Pardon my still wrecked cuticles!  They are still in repair from working in the warehouse for a week.

I DO love both nail polishes. I think I would like them both over  a darker red though. I love the Meep-Meep-Meep. I think it is beautiful!  I also love taking pictures on my fence, because the natural moss is so very purdy!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nars Pockerface w/OPI Divine Swine turned into owls!

I bought a clearance Nars polish online for $5 called Pokerface. I loved the name, and I love purple polishes too, so I knew I couldn't go wrong!  In retrospect, it is a  little too girlie for me, but I still liked it for a day!                                                             
 Here is two coats (I should have done three, because there was Visible Nail Line in the sunlight that I hadn't noticed in my office while doing them.)  I put a coat of OPI Dvine Swine-from the Muppet Collection-on my ring and thumb fingers.
 Pokerface is my first and only bottle of Nars polish, and I found it to be easy to put on-if somewhat thin. It flooded my cuticles on some nails. I love the bottle too!
 You may notice that my nails are all much shorter than last time. One of the guys from work was gone all week, and I was doing his job most of the week in the warehouse.  I broke four nails in one week, and finally cut them all the same length.   That is the same reason why my cuticles are wrecked. :o(
 I got tired of the plain lavender and decided to do the owls that I have seen posted on Chalkboard Nails.  These have been in my head for awhile now!  You have to go see her website! She is super talented-both with nail art and with a camera.
 I still want to do the owls in different colors, but this time I was too lazy too change all of my base colors.  I still had a hard time with the most basic of stuff!  For example, I can not draw a triangle with those stupid brushes that come in the nail art polishes!  That is why my beaks came out as lines.  I also top coated too soon on a couple of them. You can see where their eyes are smudged.
I think they are so cute though!  Don't you want to take one home with you?
"Whoooo  me?" says the owl...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Making My Sister's Amazing Muffins!

I was bored and it was cold in my house, so I decided to make my sister's delicious muffins!
She has a blog that you can click on in the last sentence, so go visit and follow her-she just started it!
The first muffins I made are Peanutbutter Chocolate.  YUM!!
My workspace is a little messy. :o)
These are the delicious muffins afterwards!

My 2nd recipe and by far everyone's favorite is Pumpkin Apple Muffins.  These are AMAZING!  Here is the delicious streusel that goes on the tops. It was a lot easier making it this time than the time I tried it at my sister's house. I finally got the hang of it!
Here, I am mixing the pumpkin and all the wet ingredients.
Then the chopped up apples go in. It wasn't too bad to chop up since I had a great corer/slicer!
Before they go in the oven!
Emily, My pittie, was so totally begging for an apple slice, so I gave her some!  I forgot to take pics of them afterwards. duh. :o(   Trust me when I say, they were super moist and yummy!