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Blog-cation and what I’ve been crafting!


Ello Loves!! I seem to have taken an unintentional blog-vacation for the past few weeks but summer time is unavoidable for fun and laziness, ….and summer time in TEXAS is nearly unbeatable (specifically when you find your local pool!) wpid-img_20150619_191243237.jpg

Summer has come and stayed in my neck of the woods (which really isn’t wooded at all) but I do get humongous woodland creatures from time to time. such as this mammoth sized butterfly. I could have reached out and let it crawl on to my hand it was so close. But alas, the heepie geebies of having something crawl on you prevented that, I promise you!


Since having almost nothing require my brain to work any harder than channel surfing, I’ve had a boom in creative and crafty urges to tempt my procrastinator soul. I’ve cracked out my old sketch book and compass, bought watercolor pencils and paper, made my own travel sketchbook, created a few Harry Potter crafts and even bought a quill and inkwell of India ink.

I have never been the best at drawing but my mind won’t stop trying to make it a thing. I also have terrible penmanship, but again, my hands won’t stop trying to improve. I’ve realized using a quill and ink makes my cursive bearable. WHO KNEW!? I also feel like I’m writing love letters to a time traveler every time I bust out my DIY Suede covered journal.

I’ve also taken up acrylic nails again. These poor minuscule natural nail beds of mine aren’t cutting the amount of nail polish I want to wear! Thanks to a cheap bundle kit from Amazon, I now have plenty of excuses for doing nails every single day….I have even converted my ‘Halloween severed-hand’ into a chic silver practice hand/client, named Toby. He loves to get his nails done, I tell ya! He’ll just sit there for hours and let me paint!

Looking forward to getting back into the groove of crafting and blogging. Hope everyone’s had an amazing summer so far, and can’t wait to get back to school!




Chicks and Dots Easter Mani #1

Hatching Chicks and Confetti Eggs

Easter Mani

This mani comes to you after spending a BEAUTIFUL 70° Sunday afternoon outside getting chased by confetti-filled Easter eggs. Which happen to be my favorite type of Easter eggs, (minus finding the confetti pieces everywhere!)

I was lucky enough to pass by the clearance section of my local Walmart and raided the nail polish bin. Which is normally a mess, but these two were right on top, and came home with me.


Flowe Power

<I picked up a $1.50 bottle of Salon Perfect Top Coat in Flower Power and

a…wait for it… 49¢ (YUP!! half a dollar!!) bottle of Sinful Shine with Gel Tech in Pragmatic>


I can’t wait to try a glitter sandwich look with the Salon Perfect top coat. It reminds me of KBShimmer polishes, if I ever get my hands on one!

Thanks for the lookie loos lovelies!



St. Patrick’s Day NOTD

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Luck O’ The Irish, Leprechauns, and Rainbows

 Hope everyone has a PINCH-FREE wonderful St. Patrick’s day!

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Valentine’s Day NOTD #2

Navy and Pink Pretty Points

V-Day Nails #2

Love this color combo especially paired with my ASP at-home DIY stiletto-esque nail extenders.

Polishes used include:

Rimmel 60 Second Nails in Blue Eyed Girl

Jordana Glitters in Blue Bash

Sinful Colors in 24/7

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Valentine’s Day NOTD #1

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I’m Seeing Spots! You’re Seeing Spots!

Valentines Day Nail-look using striping and dotting tools along with a very steady hand! Excuse my thumb-half. The design was terribly goopy when I finished this look at midnight (#truelife) which meant I woke up with bedsheet imprints! Needless to say…  it didn’t make the cut!


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This New Year’s Eve nail look(s) of the night includes a nice neat pretty firework version on my left and a basic two toned firework esque look on my right hand.

For those of you out there trying to get the matching hand look that I covet over as my left hands skills is USELESS. This by which calls for a bare righty all together or a super simplified version of my lefty to fool the eye!

I hope everyone has a wonderful and happy New Year!!

Thanks for stopping by lovies!


Thanks for the lookie loos