farewell summer mani

It was nice while it lasted, but come Monday it's officially fall (or winter if you're in Chicago, because Spring and Fall do not exist here).

Though I never got the chance to swimsuit up this summer, I'm still going to miss the possibility of running around outside in socially acceptable underwear.  So to honor these last few official days of summer I went with a swimming pool theme.

Round one went like this:
I loved the pool textured background (it's a really simple technique using plastic wrap). But the floaties, inner-tubes and noodles needed a little something extra...
So I outlined all the pool toys in black. It looks so much better don't you think? All the floaties are in neon so they don't come out very well in pictures.  Just imagine the orange orangier, the yellow yellowier, and the pool blues contrastier.
Farewell Summer, you were unpredictable as always.  Thanks for the sunburns and ice cream trucks and the horrid music festivals that cover our city in bare bellied tweens. You will be missed.

doodle day

I don't know about you guys, but this cold weather (here in Chicago it's been in the 40's and 50's) is giving me terrifying flashback of last winter.  It's only September and I already want to make a blanket cave and huddle down for the winter.

today's doodle is a combo of post-it drawing, highlighter, and pixlr:

mani day

Good Tuesday to you!

This week I painted lips all over my nails....until I got to my second hand.  By that time I was getting tired so I sped up the process and went dot crazy:
It's a little random, and I definitely think it would look better if every nail was covered in the multi-colored little lips, but hey, you live and you learn!

mani monday ~ labor day/chicago dog nails

Happy Labor Day!
We had a wonderful relaxing three day weekend.
Today we drove up to the Skokie Lagoons and rented a tandem kayak for a little while.
It was absolutely gorgeous.  We saw tons of blue herons, ducks and even a few turtles!!

I kept it simple for my Labor Day nails…

White, white, white and a Chicago Dog to symbolize the BBQ we should have had :)
And now I must tend to dinner  (we're having ribeye, kale salad and homemade brownie ice cream sandwiches for desert! - YUM)

Enjoy your day of rest everyone!

doodle day

TGIF Y'All!!

Here's a post-it note doodle to kick off your weekend:

mani monday

Did you have a good weekend?

We were very social this weekend, which is pretty unusual for our normal hermit selves. We even tried to catch a glimpse of the air and water show but the Sunday show was cancelled due to poor visibility (the Blue Angels were practicing downtown all week while I was at work…it was terrifying!!!)

For this weeks nails I painted a little turtle pond…
I bought some new detail brushes recently so I've been practicing super thin lines and outlines, these were fun to do, but took forever!!  And for some reason as hard as I tried I couldn't get any clear photos of them.

doodle day

Yay it's Friday!

Here's a little doodle I drew from a photo I found on one of my favorite blogs...

quatrefoil mani

Well, I missed Monday!
This week flew by, and so did July! I know everyone is saying this, but... can you believe it's already August?!?

This summer has been really mild here in Chicago, I've been wearing sweaters and leggings and turning on my space heater everyday at work (although that's more because they love to blast the aircon in the office). It feels as though the summer never started and now it's almost over!

I was feeling pretty lazy on Sunday when I went to do my nails so I stuck to this quatrefoil/lattice pattern.  It looks detailed but it's actually super easy!
 It's just a series of dots with dots on top.
Next week I promise something a little more exciting...and hopefully on time for the usual "mani monday"
Have a great weekend!!!!

mani monday

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, although if it was anything like mine, it definitely wasn't long enough (and it never is).

This week's nails are bright and fruity!
Grapes! (that were meant to be Raspberries!)  
And Watermelon thumbs!!!!!!

doodle day

Wow it's been a long time since I've posted a doodle.

I can't believe it's almost August!  This year is just flying by and each moment feels so busy but when I take a step back it doesn't seem like anything is getting done.  I recently took a look at that "goals" post from the beginning of the year, and although I have barely accomplished or started any of them (i.e. none, not a single one) reading it reminded me not to feel so guilty when things don't happen the way I planned.

I still do want to create photo albums of the last 4 (almost 5 AHHHHH!!) years with The Man, and use my studio more, and exercise, like, at all, and I can, and I will, but I'm a lazy procrastinating couch potato and I just have to take it one step at a time.  Trying to do everything all at once is overwhelming, and then nothing gets done.  So here's the first step back into being productive.....

Goal #3 - Post one doodle a week:
Today doodle is the classic combination of pencil on post-it:

easy peasy mac and cheesy.

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