Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Balloons and Clouds.


   This is just a quick little manicure post as I have a long birthday one to publish tomorrow. It was my birthday today and I decided I wanted to have a fun manicure for it. Balloons really speak birthday to me but I also wanted it to be more obvious that they were supposed to be in the sky....all will be revealed!

These are the polishes I used:

L-R Feeling Blue,Clear base, Snow White, Balloon House and Barry Ms Nail Art Pen.

I did a bottom coat of white and then a coat of sky blue, Models Own nail polish has really good coverage, because I used the white underneath I only needed one coat of Feeling Blue.

Then I used a piece of cardboard and poured a teeny bit of Snow White onto the card. Using a dotting tool I did clusters of white dots to make clouds, this is so easy to do, you will see how I did the placement in the next photo. I had 2 accent nails where I clustered discs of rainbow coloured glitter at the top of my nails to look like balloons. I did this by scooping out pieces of glitter and then putting them on the cardboard. I picked up each piece with the dotting tool and placed it on the nail.

I then added squiggly black lines for the balloon strings and it was done! I hope you can see how easy it was to make the clouds. I may do a step by step tutorial of them in the future.

Not the best picture, but I love this manicure, its super cute and makes me think even more of UP then I did before! The only issue I had was the glitter discs coming off but that is easily repaired!

Would you do a fun manicure like this? Have you tried to draw clouds before?


Saturday, 1 March 2014

Etsy Purchase.


    My parents will have been married for 30 years this year, which is their Pearl Anniversary. I wanted to get them a unique card that was a bit different from the usual. Etsy is my go to place for quirky things so I had a quick search and came across KatieLouiseAllen's Shop. She makes a range of handcrafted products for a reasonable price and so I knew I would have to buy something!

I ordered my purchases on the 27th Feb and it was shipped the next day. It arrived in the post this morning so it was only 3 days in total! I was really impressed because I sometimes have issues with Etsy sellers delivery times.

It came in a really cute package envelope and she had written my address in different fonts which was a really nice touch!

I had to remove some of my address and I apologise for my cat getting involved, he can't help himself!!

 I ordered a lucky dip bag, as well as a card for my parents.

Katie also included a cute postcard to say thank you for ordering from her, which again was a lovely touch.

This is the card I bought my parents, I love it so much because its different. I didn't want to buy a cream/pearly coloured card and I think the quote is just so beautiful, I really hope they like it!

In my lucky dip bag there was:

3 post cards, a card and a little book which I **think** is Katies artwork although I am not 100% sure! It was really cool to flick through.

I also got a little group of cards about Apollo 11 which are really cute, a gift tag and some stickers!

Katie also very nicely gave me a code for 20% off my next purchase which I thought was really sweet and awesome!

I would definitely recommend giving her stuff a look, she also makes prints/brooches and all sorts of lovely things, I would definitely repurchase!

What sort of things do you buy from independent sellers?Have you given Etsy a look?