Monday, August 14, 2017

Nails, Nails, Nails! And a Grandpa Jimmy Shirt in the Works.

I've been getting a heap of learning in these past few weeks!
I think I've been steadily improving but I know there is soooooooo much more to learn.
Looking forward to every second!

A simple summertime nail polish mani. White nails with a navy accent nail hand painted bandana design.

Had a beautiful creator in with a bit of a nail nibbling history. Sorted that straight out.

Another fabulous maker with first time tips. I couldn't resist giving her some bling.

Some mini tips for a busy working Momma. We totally designed these for her. Mixed the gel colour to her specs and hand painted arrows on her ring fingers.

My Momma is finally wearing her nails all grown out. I've coated them in gel and will continue to fill them every five weeks as needed. I love these! They are her nails and her natural shape.

Another busy working Momma who needed some nail therapy. We gave her some cheerful hand-painted gel colour polka dots and daisies and a glitzy silver sparkle ring finger and thumb for good measure.

Momma Beast took her Grandma (My Momma) to the tattoo parlor and bought her a hand heart so she matches us now. Love that they are doing this. They are the sweetest!!!

Grandpa Jimmy has chosen the fabric for his next work shirt. I love his adventurous nature. How cool is this print? Oh and don't get me started on the colours!!! The accent fabric is turquoise with tiny pink polka dots!!! I'll spend some time with this today. can't wait until this one's done.

Beastie is looking forward to the leaves changing colour and falling. She knows that means Halloween time! She LOVES dress up. Last week she was a spider and had a great time chasing us all away from her web and pretend eating cheetos (mosquitoes). I'll tell her not to wish for fall too hard. There's still heaps of summer to enjoy.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

We've Been Up to Things

Beastie has been baking up a storm this summer! She takes great care decorating her fruity tarts.  They are filled with vanilla pudding and topped with berries and then some thinned out berry jam. Then she tops them with a sprig of mint from the front garden. 

I got to do my Auntie J's nails this week!!! She's here from clear across the country. Couldn't love her more!!!

These are her tiny nails before we put her extensions on. So wee and delicate. 

I really could not have achieved this C curve without using Nail Innovationz formz and products. Not to mention their schooling....... Love this product more than I can tell you.
And they Nail Nerdz support network that comes with their training.

I've made heaps more nail bags for the Salon this week too!

We've formulated our very own Cute-A-Kell's oil!!!
It contains more than six nourishing oils including cocoa, sunflower, coconut and vitamin E!
There is a vial in every bag.

I also included a new nail brush and two files along with our oil and some cotton buds for easy application.

Added some crisp white extensions to these beautiful hard working fingers.

These tiny treasures are as cute as a bug!

Wild bitsy foxes and flowers on these tiny nails. These girls sat so calmly! Wonderful time decorating them!

My nails got did this week too!
I finally put some mini stiletto nails back on.
Couldn't resist a bit of glitter either. I used STAEDTLER iridescent. and Martha Stewart clear glitters. The plain nails have some white striping tape inside. I may have to play with these a bit more when I find a second or two.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Lovin, and Some Branding

I've been incredibly lucky to have had the time to spend playing this summer. Feeling VERY fortunate and loved. We're having to scrimp a bit without the extra paycheck while I study. But it's soooooooo worth it!!!

We made some teeny tiny tarts. filled them with vanilla pudding, berry jam and berries and garnished with a fresh sprig of garden mint. So full of summer.

Walks in the woods are happening. Chipmunks live there!!!

The front lawn is the perfect place for cuddles and bedtime cartoon watching. Well..... until the mosquitoes come out. Then there's a mad sprint to the house before we're stung.

Still learning many many things. 

Developing a paint pallet for our younger clients!

We have brand tags now for all our sewn product. They are very small. A challenge to sew. But I'm pretty happy with the results.

The salon is filling up with bright new handmade product for sale! Still so much more to make and learn! This changing careers midlife is nerve wracking but I wouldn't change a thing!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pre-Opening Salon Tour

Here is a wee bit of a Salon tour. We're not open yet.... Close.... But not quite yet.

How we managed.....

Monday, July 10, 2017

Refills, New Art and Beastie's First Rag Roll Set

Still studying my pants off and LOVING IT!!!
I have HEAPS more learning to do.

These are my new nails this week. I've used giant silver glitter mirrors, my own silver glitter mix, Moyou Stamping plates, Swarovski crystals and Nail Innovationz Gel Products!!!

Mom had a simple fill and re-balance with some swank new nail art. Very summery. Nail art design was totally swiped from Avry at Nail Innovationz.

Maggs is a bit of a nail biter. But she would really like to have some nail length so she can have more room for nail art. She asked for some Spirited Away nails. We put teeny tiny extensions on her and then added No Face to one of her ring fingers. She really does have the smallest little nails. Her middle finger nail is smaller than my pinkie finger nail. She's great to practice on. I'm pretty grateful to have had access to these little hands.

Rag rolls happened!!!!
I used to do my girls hair like this when they were wee!
Momma Beast set Beastie's hair and brought her up to say goodnight. It was so nice to see that she remembered having them herself. Momma Beast used to like them sooooooo much that she's ask me to leave them in for school. We tried to match her outfits to her rag rolls.
Ahhhhhhhh...... The memories.....
(wipes tear from cheek.....)

Beastie wasn't smitten with the frizz the next day and asked Momma Beast to tame it with MANY pony tails. 
This summer is melting away so very fast. 
Hope you're all having a chance to breath and enjoy the tiny things.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Where I Change Things Up a Bit and Speak of Nails, a Toddler and Being Canadian...

So.... In other words.... Exactly the same things I always show you....
Just a little bit different.

I got to do the nails of a very beautiful bride this past month. She chose nail polish over her manicured natural nails. LOVE this colour! We were able to match her dress exactly!

Broke my glasses...

Glamorous prom nails with opaque nude extensions and gold leaf fluttered over the tips.

Beastie discovered the joy of a good heritage tomato. She got into these ones that were pegged for some home made tomato soup. She snaggletoothed through three! Kept spraying me with the word "JUICY!". 

Momma Beast came home with this surprise. I'm still speechless. I think I muttered. "You silly thing..." at her. But I'm pretty choked up that she's matched me.

We had a wonderful Canada day! Even if the weather did everything it could to dampen our mood. It poured BUCKETS!!! But it was warm and we were all in good spirits. Took this shot seconds before it started drowning us all. There were hundreds and hundreds of folks all turned out in red and white, sharing food and laughs. We had cupcakes and dances and played in the new park with an uncountable number of friends. When we got home all of our fingers and toes were wrinkled and pruney from the wet, but we were laughing. Really lovely day!

Beastie has a voracious apatite for anything bitter, sour or spicy right now. She's been smitten with the dandelion greens in the lawn. Who needs a weedwacker? 

She also likes the pretty white lawn clover. tried to pick me all of them....

Our train brought our Mercy home for a quick visit. I miss her so much all of the time. She's not very far, just a few hours by train. I think it's about time we take our turn and visit her. That'll be exciting.  Trip to the big city......

Momma beast had her hair made all magical purple unicorn. It's almost holographic. So pretty!
Our hair girl is a wizard. 
Well, better get to it!
This house work isn't going to do itself.
Come on then..... Give me a nudge.

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!