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nail art, but not as we know it

I was tidying my bedroom today and I came across an old handbag mirror. It still opened and shut but the silver outside was horribly tarnished, so I got my nail varnish out and prettied it up.

mirror mirror2

I will use some proper varnish to try and protect it, but however long it lasts, it looks so much more attractive now!

Peacock inspired nails

I was out on the razz last Saturday for the first time in a while.

It was only a chinese meal and few drinks, but I thought, as they were all the same length for a change, I would prettify my nails for the occasion.

I wore jeans and a black top with a light jacket that had a peacock feather motif. This gave me the inspiration for the nails – I went with a clear base coat all over, a dark green and a shiny teal over 2/3 of the nail and gold done with a long haired brush to simulate the feathery edge.

It’s not a perfect feather, but I think it is reminiscent – a peacock feather in abstract if you like.

Someone asked me if they were nail wraps, which in our house is like being told your cakes are ‘just like shop bought’ as a compliment 😀


tip top nails

Last night, husband an I went out for a lovely meal with some people we haven’t seen for many years – they live in Australia and are back for their hols. I decided to jazz my nails for occasion and I’ve coveted the coloured nail tip look for a while.
You need a steady hand but I think I managed ok 🙂

A wandering I did go

I am rested and renewed after a splendid two-centre holiday in this second half of the Easter holidays.The first half was spent in the company of two of my oldest friends and their families in Lancashire, where we whiled away the time reminiscing, eating, laughing, eating, singing along to Grease, eating and doing a little life coaching for each other – you’ll be pleased to know I fitted in a little creativity with a veritable pop up nail salon going on one morning. I painted six sets of nails with different designs.

'zebra' aka siberian tiger...

‘zebra’ aka siberian tiger…

tiger stripe

tiger stripe

owl's head and feather nails

owl’s head and feather nails

music inspired

music inspired

spring daisies

spring daisies

pretty pearls on scarlet

pretty pearls on scarlet

There was also a Bake Off but you’ll have to see my daughters cake blog for that!

We stayed in Hornby and took a day trip to Morecombe. We posed alongside Eric and danced down the steps singing ‘Bring me Sunshine’ in true tourist fashion. The statue to him is really lovely and so much more appropriate than many memorials. In front there is an ever decreasing circle of quotes from the shows – my favourite: ‘Tea, Ern?’ – and lists of show guests. Too cool.

I took some photos and my favourite is this view of the bay – I love the series of S shapes in it, created by this insert in the boardwalk.

the sweep of the bay

the sweep of the bay

inspired by nature

inspired by nature

Another day we walked the Ingleton Waterfall trail – absolutely stunning. You travel through the sound of water and woods to the whipping of the wind over the tops and then back through the trees. It batters the senses and challenges your knees with it’s steep ups and downs but it’s worth it. Amongst the trees are trunks embedded with coins. Pennies, twopences, fivepences banged in on their sides, creating an extra bark so subtle that you double take as you get close enough to recognise it. The first one seems like a deliberate art piece but there are several more spontaneous looking additions scattered throughout the walk. I love to come across art like that. To be taken by surprise. Art is everywhere and everything; subtle intervention is a joy.

I was too busy walking to photograph this myself but this image is from Gorgeous.

We also went to Norfolk. It’s so open there. The sky goes on forever and it still feels wild. I spent my time looking at the art that it inspires and trying to relate that to my own home town and my own work. It would be interesting to create some work based on where I live. Perhaps that will be a challenge for the next long holiday period…

Easter ‘make’ a day – Day One: Nail Art

It’s the Easter holidays-Hurrah!

I am lucky having a job that runs term time because I get to spend time with my girls and spend time with myself, away from the rat race every few weeks.

In the spirit of making time to create I have issued myself a challenge for this first week of the break – a ‘make’ a day.

Here ‘make’ covers all art forms I am interested in: painting, drawing, sewing, cooking and so on and includes all media: beauty products, recycled materials, paint, food, fabric etc. As I have an overflowing mending basket I may allow myself to include these pieces if I make a change to a garment as well as fix it.


Day One was yesterday. I went the fancy nails route.

I love fancy nails. It’s the miniature art thing.

I really never thought I would be any good at painting with a four hair brush, but apparently I can. Thank goodness really, because my youngest daughter requested leopard print nails! Her faith in my abilities is gratifying and I was glad I could oblige. I used a yellow gold base and, lacking black, used navy blue polish to paint each little spot.

handpainted leopard print

handpainted leopard print nails

My older daughter had a nail art kit for her birthday which consisted of fake nails and some glitter bits and pieces. We had fun with glueing on the nails first of all – she was terrified she’d never get them off again and I suppose they would feel weird the first time you wear them ever. We got over that bump and I went for teal with one nail in pink, each tipped with teeny tiny beads from the kit.

cupcake nails

I think they look like hundreds and thousands. I may have to make cake.

No plans yet for today. Perhaps an opportunity will present itself. Perhaps I will have to make time.


any excuse!

Any Excuse!

My oldest daughter had a couple of friends to stay last night – a birthday party of sorts – usually referred to, without any sense of irony, as a sleepover.

Lack of sleep aside, it gave me many more opportunities for small bouts of creativity.

before disaster struck

I watched my daughter use an icing bag recently, with royal icing in it (she has her own blog and I thought ‘I’ll give that a go, looks easy enough.’

Well I was right – if you can use a pen you can pretty much use an icing bag. Unfortunately for me my royal icing mix was a little soft, so when I tried to lift my handsome blue owls off the greaseproof and place them on my little squares of iced cake for the party bag, they broke spectacularly! Being of a waste not want not nature, I used them as sprinkles. They made a change from hundreds and thousands…

we ❤ bath bombs

I like to let my girls spend time doing nothing.

What I mean by that is I like to allow them time to find something to do by themselves, something unscheduled or not adult led. It’s worked a treat – except that when they come up with ideas for activities when their friends come, I can hardly say no.

With her party in mind and not wanting her guests to be bored, my daughter took due note of the Blue Peter instructions (see link below) for making bath bombs with bicarb, cream of tartar, food flavouring and colouring and water.  It was like making bicarb sandcastles.  As with sandcastles though, the water content is crucial.

When we freed these from the silicone mould we had a bit of crumblage, so I wrapped them artistically in foil to maintain the heart shape for the party bag and instructed the girls to ensure they opened them over the bath!

I’m sure they will fizz beautifully at the appropriate moment…

When I was a girl and ‘Why Don’t You’ was still on TV, shrinking crisp packets in the oven was practically a national pastime.

I can’t actually remember what we did with them after they were shrunk, but I was happy to see this particular fashion come full circle, apparently featuring on ‘Totally Rubbish’ recently. (that link doesn’t seem to be available, sorry.) Basically, heat your oven to around 120* C and line baking sheets with greaseproof paper before putting your (plastic) crisp packets on. Some shrink quicker than others. They will curl, but you can flatten them when you take them out, under another sheet of greaseproof but remember they are H.O.T !!

My only recommendation is: really make sure you preheat the oven and then watch them like the proverbial hawk. 30 seconds can mean the difference between a perfectly shrunk recognisable crisp packet and an unrecognisable blob of strange stretchy springy plastic.

I love googly eyes. They just make anything they are attached to funny. We made these fellas into brooches with a little safety pin duct- taped to the back.

what just happened?I think we just got zapped!

what just happened?
I think we just got zapped!

Finally, I have an odd penchant for patterned fingernails. I think they just appeal to the paintbrush holder in me – an opportunity to do something in miniature (remember, I bought the magnifier light).

Plus it seems to make me the best mum ever. Which is a bonus.

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