stripey lines mani

Super stripey!   These nails started out being just lines on the dark blue background, but after I finished they seemed boring, so I added the white and now I really like them!
Doing random patterns is always fun.  There's no rhyme or reason, and it doesn't have to look exactly like anything so making mistakes is ok.

love day mail

The end of February is upon us! I can't believe that we're already heading into the third month of 2015.
Since we only have a few hours left of this bitter cold month of romance I wanted to show you the valentines I sent out a few weeks back.  I have been sending valentine's to friends of mine for the past 3 years and it's so much fun!  It's so nice to have an excuse to send a little something special to all the people you love.  

Last year I made these awesome garlands, which I don't think I can ever top, so this year I decided to make some heart cookies to send out to everyone.  Of course (as usual) I started way to late and got way too ambitious, so no one got their treats until after the 14th, but it's the thought that counts, right?
I also got these old valentines cards from this store Foursided, they have really cute cards and random little gifts.
This was my first time using royal icing, and it's a lot harder than I thought it would be to make them look like those perfect store bought cookies.
We finally ate the last of the left over cookies the other day, so I think it's time to try again right?? Who's up for some Spring themed cookies!!?

hello valentine

Happy Valentine's Day!!!
This week I went with a little love day word play...
Eye Heart Ewe!        (i.e.  I Love You!)
Some people get it and some don't, but I think it's super cute and funny and that's all that matters.

(just in case you're confused right now, Ewe - the word for a female sheep- is pronounced "yo͞o")
I know I've said it many times before but I Love Valentine's Day!!!!
Pink and Red and Hearts and Kisses and Puns! So many puns!! What's not to love?
I hope you spend this day with someone you love (be it friend family or romantic partner), because that's what it's all about!

p.s. I changed my nail shape for the first time in 3 years and its freakin' me out!!

be mine

It's February, which means it's almost Valentine's Day!
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. It's such a wonderful time of year to show your friends and family how much you love them.
These are my first week of Love Day nails for 2015.
I was sick last week and planned out some "I don't feel good" nail designs but then felt to crappy to actually do my nails, so I converted them into a Valentine's Day design.
My favorite is the little heart-guy on my thumb, isn't it cute?!
Have a great love-filled weekend everyone!

neon and negative

It's almost the weekend again!
This week I did some triangle negative space nails with bright colors!

These were fun and simple, which was a great change from last week (that duck was complicated!).
For Christmas The Man got me some awesome supplies to start taking better nail photos.  He gave me an iPhone tripod, an olloclip (a 4-in-1 clip-on lens for an iPhone) and a HiSY, which is a little button that connects to your phone through bluetooth so you can take photos without ever touching your phone, a wireless camera remote!

All these techy additions are so cool and so so helpful, but one thing we learned this week is that you cannot take a good picture without good lighting.  So my next purchase will be some daytime light bulbs, hopefully the geniuses of the world have been able to make fake natural light really look like real natural light.

go oregon!

Is everybody watching the game tonight?!
The Man and I are meeting some friends at a bar to watch it and everybody's routing for the Ducks!!

One thing I've learned from living in the Mid-West is that people are reeeaaally into College sports here.  A lot of the people I work with went to Big Ten schools so now that it's down to Oregon and Ohio everyone is on my team, because apparently all the Big Ten schools really do not like Ohio.
It's fun to torment my boss (who went to Ohio State) so I decided to go all out for my home team and paint my nails, Ducks style!
Go Ducks!

so long 2014

Back to work everybody!

It's time to change the calendar, and start that diet.  The new year is here!
I kept it simple with this years New Years nails and festivities.  The Man and I aren't really big on New Years Eve celebrations.  We like to stay in and make a nice meal, no crazy parties, no trying to get a cab at 1am, just couch cuddles and a Mythbusters marathon.
Here's to 2015, may it be filled with success, love and some delicious hamburgers!

happy belated holidays!

And we're back!

The Man and I got back home yesterday from visiting my family in Portland.  I meant to post many things over Christmas, like my nails, and our holiday decorations, but when you're having fun with family and friends it's hard to break away and stare at a computer screen for a few hours.
This Christmas I painted a pink tree (because I've always wanted one, but The Man would never approve) and some festive ornaments on my nails.
And of course, the second we got on the plane and I was no longer near my nail supplies they started to chip like crazy.  Sometimes they'll last a little over a week, but this time they were gone before we opened our stockings on Christmas morning.
We had a wonderful time in Portland, we tried to see all our friends, but as usual the days went too quickly and we missed a few.  But on our last day we did manage to take our favorite drive up the Columbia River Gorge.
I hope you all had a lovely holiday week 

christmas pattern nails

I know I've said this before, but It's So Dark Out All The Time!!!!

I painted these nails last weekend and it was impossible to take good photos of them, so after a little tweaking these are the few photos I could manage.

I was just going to do a whole set of the criss-cross pattern, but after painting a couple of them I got bored and decided to do random christmasy patterns.
Holly! Candy Canes!
I love the holidays!!!

turkey day mani

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

The Man and I are in California for Turkey Day, we're enjoying the sun and trying not to let our colds put a damper on our vacation.

This year I got some inspiration for my thanksgiving nails from @mllrdesign's argyle nail design.
I used single chevron NailVinyls (which are basically pre-cut tape for doing lines) for the initial diamond shapes and then went free-hand from there.  The NailVinyls make things go so much faster, I ordered a few different ones (i.e. circles, straight lines and zigzags) so I'm looking forward to incorporating them into future designs.
I wasn't sure what to do with the pinky nail, and I wish I had just covered the whole nail in pink glitter polish, but once I realized I wanted to change them we were already on the plane to LA.
Have a wonderful day with your family and friends!
Gobble Gobble!

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