Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I Thought Retirement Would Be More Restful?

 I imagined that when I finally got to stay at home to "work" I'd have HEAPS of time to relax and just putter around.... I may have been a wee bit optimistic. I can say that being home has been lovely. I'm not in pain constantly. I can go up and down stairs without muttering obscenities, and I've been really considering going for walks! So the results have been fantastic for my health. I've been under the gun to get the Salon up and functioning, get my schooling going and I've also been plugging away at commissions. So puttering hasn't really been an option.   I've managed a few pics to share.... Ohhhhhh! And a video with ingredients on nail art. 

I mixed some Shiny Shades together to make this turquoise. I raided my art supply stash to decorate them... Definitely my favorite colour of all time! 

Here's how I did it!

Momma got some natural tip french nails with sparkly butterflies. She wanted gel french extensions with nail polish nail art so she could change them if she wanted on her own between appointments. Her extensions last about a month before she needs a fill and she LOVES to polish her own nails. So I think this process will work out best for her. Lovely natural looking extensions that she can customize on a daily basis if she feels like it.

Grandpa Jimmy had a lovely Pappa's Day! He was spoiled by Beastie and Momma Beast. Nammy got him this fantastic hammock to relax in, and his Pa and Ma came for a visit. It was an all around fantastic weekend.

Momma Beast and Beastie have been having great results with their garden so far this year. The beans are growing strong! They have beets and lettuces, herbs and tomatoes too!

Beastie's Fairy garden is also looking fantastic! Momma tucked it in under a bush in the corner of the backyard. Can't wait until the moss and ground covers start to spread out. Love this idea. Great fun!

I've moved my work space out on the front porch. I love that this is an option. I'm out there almost all day enjoying the squirrels and birds. There's great lighting for photographing project step outs too. Wish this were an option all year!

Well.... enough prattling on.....
I'd better get back at it!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Grandpa Shirts into Beastie Overalls

We have a few Grandpa shirts that were purchased in the wrong size. They are brand new! But no one can use them.... So we decided to re-make them into Beastie clothes!

Chopped the arms off of this shirt and turned them into legs for a set of overalls.

Took the labels from the original shirt..... It's a penguin! Like the rat pack wore..... Shame it didn't fit Grandpa.... Would have been swank in it.... But the Beastie overalls are pretty swank themselves. 

Momma Beast made us a wonderful dinner this week! It was full of sooooo much delicious! She made salmon for me and sausage for Grandpa. He's allergic to the fishies. Beastie loved everything especially the spinach, watermelon and cherry salad.

We went to the market and visited the goaties. These two always have the best conversations.

Made this little playset from some thrifted blue and white eyelet, an old Irish linen table runner and a vintage hankie for the pocket. These only take a couple of hours to put together. I'll make heaps more of these for summer. Make do and mend!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Building the Perfect Polish Shelves

We spent about $40.00 on these nail polish shelves. They were so very easy to make and they look fantastic! Thought I'd share how we did it with you. They'd be great for holding all sorts of things. Picture frames, greeting cards, thread? Great display storage.

Here are the finished shelves. The trim came in 8ft lengths, so to keep things simple I made my shelves 4ft long.

This is the trim we purchased. We go two of each. I think I may need to go get more for the other wall..... We layered the two trims one on top of the other. First I drilled and screwed the flat trim to the wall. Then I used finishing nails t attach the curvy trim. Flat side up and flush with the top pf the plain trim.Easy peasy!

Holds the polish perfectly!

I've been having loads of fun looking for the perfect glitter mix. This one has possibilities....

I started experimenting with nail art plates and jelly stampers too....
I'm having so much fun!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Making Gnocchi.....

When my girls were wee, I taught them how to make home made gnocchi. Maggie couldn't say it so we all still pronounce it "yucky". I haven't made it for years and forgot how much fun it is to make.....

We decided that it was time for Beastie to learn how to make her own Yucky. She made a few with me. Rolling a one inch hunk of potato dough up the back of a fork to make channels for the sauce to grab onto.

She was soon distracted by the making of potato dough hedgehogs that were dunked into the soapy dishwater...

Here she is laughing hysterically at her dunked hedgehogs..... Oh, the mind of a toddler. 

Our recipe is easy peasy!

One cup of mashed potato
Two cups of flour
One largish egg (or two small ones)
Cold water to make everything a dough

Mix it all together and add just enough cold water to make a dough.
Don't overwork the dough. If you do, let it rest before you try to roll it out.
Cut the dough into palm sized hunks and roll them into worm shapes.
Sprinkle flour over your counter and hands so the dough doesn't stick.
Cut all the worms into one inch hunks and roll them up the back of a fork.
Let them dry out a bit on a flour sprinkled bit of parchment.
Simmer them until they float
Slather in your favorite sauce.
We had pea, bacon and butter.

Little pillows of potato-ey joy.

Om nom nom.....
Betcha can't have just one!

First Day Of "Retirement".

I'm studying full time now. Getting ready to open the Salon and finishing my certification. There is more time now to enjoy the little things and breathe. 

Taught Beastie the importance of getting your lippy on in the morning.

Mercy sent us a parcel! She's working with The Mysterious Package Company now. It's such a great company! We'll be exploring the contents of this box for ages! It includes such oddities as a cookbook of gruel recipes from around the world, and a pin from Bedlam. It also has many puzzles and mysteries to solve. We highly recommend giving them a try. They come in many sizes and themes and make the perfect gift for that person who has everything.

Moving at this guys pace lately and loving it....

Spent 5 bucks on carnations and raided the garden for this lot. They're really really gorgeous! And the smell is wonderful! I think that's going to be one of my secrets for keeping the Salon attractive and helping me stay enthusiastic about going in there every day. Burn out is a real thing and I'm going to try my darnedest to keep things fresh and interesting.

My first day of real courses and this is the result! I love that you can almost see through the translucent natural gel on the tip of my nail. I learned HEAPS of new things and was reminded about some things I knew and forgot. Bad habits are not so hard to break...

Loving my experiences with the Nail Nerdz and Nail Innovationz! They are a fantastic company! Incredible product and phenomenal support! 
Can't wait to share more!!!
So glad you're here with me.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Good morning!
I think it's about time to announce things publicly. 
After many years of shinanigans and hard slugging with some very wonderful humans,
I find that it's time to leave my post at our local Independant grocer. 
It's a decision that was made with mixed emotions and my leaving has been rushed on by a recurring injury that I have been assured will heal if I stop and rest.
It means leaving many wonderful friends who have been working extra hard to cover for shortcomings due to my injury. 
I will miss you all so very much and plan on listening to Tenacious D's "Dude I totally miss you" Many times over the next few months.
Please stay in touch! 
There will be cookies and tea or a good stiff drink for any of you needing a friend fix. 
Drop in!! 

I am also ready to announce that our new adventure involves not only my staying home to play with the Beastie and make bread, 
but also my new carreer as a nail technician.
will be taking appointments VERY SOON!!!
Stay tuned to the facebook page for the unveiling.

Here are some pics of  my life as a grocery store clerk.
These pics are and will always be a treasure, .

Much Love!

Monday, May 1, 2017

All Work and No Play......

Busy, busy, busy..... But there's time to breathe and watch the pomp poms erupt on the trees. They look Seussian...

It's SPRING!!!! That means we can go to the park!

The Tickle Trunk has been located...

This happened...
Don't judge me...

Spring time Fimo Nail Canes have been applied...

Beastie is WAY more interested in digging rocks than picking pretty flowers...

I'm a Ghostie!

Thunder and lightening...

A joyful roll in the long grass...

Teensy one stroke roses for Nammy.

Hope you're all hanging in there. Spring has hit our neck of the woods. I am officially a student again and it feels wonderful! Changes are still in the works. We're getting closer everyday to announcing them formally. Please do stay around to share the happy!