"Where there is creativity, there is hope." ~ Donna Karan

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Tulip Stencil Nail Art {Using OPI Birthday Babe + Ulta3 Purple Pumps}

Happy Thursday, Chronic Crafties! Today, I'm showing you how stencil nail art is done. It's my first attempt at it, so it's not perfect, but hopefully you are inspired to try it out for yourself.

Using a craft punch is such a great way to get funky nail art designs for those of us who, like me, aren't too great at painting freehand. It's genius, right?

Here's how my manicure turned out:

Tulip nails! In hindsight I should have used a white base and then painted the tulips in pretty colours, but I'll try that some other time. This time around, I wanted to keep it basic while trying out this technique.

The colours I've used are OPI Silver Babe and Ulta3 Purple Pumps.

Firstly, I painted my nails purple. I used four coats. I just love this shade of purple -- is it not the HOTTEST shade, ever?

This manicure was actually inspired by my craft punch itself, as you can see. I punched out my tulips using small sticky labels.

Next up, I stuck my punched stickers on my nails and then painted over the top of the tulip cut-outs with the silver polish, waited a few minutes and then removed them.

And that's it. Simple!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Second Blogoversary Birthday Bash Baking Giveaway Winner: Redraw

No, you're not delusional - I did announce our giveaway winner a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, they didn't get back to me, so, what is their loss could be your gain!

Let's try this again shall we?

Our new giveaway winner is:
Carol Lewis.
Here's a reminder of what is coming your way:

Congratulations Carol, send me your shipping details via the contact page, and these goodies are all yours.

If unclaimed within seven days, I'm giving these goodies to whoever well I damn please!

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PPS. There's another giveaway coming up very soon over on the facebook page. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Why I'll never be a hair stylist blogger

*** Just a little note: In attempt to make post titles a little shorter and more readable, from now on I'm dropping the designated post titles. Don't worry, 'Crafty Fridays' and 'Blab about Beauty Tuesday' aren't disappearing, and you can still expect the same content on those days as before, just without the dragged out title. Cool? Cool. ***

I had planned to post on something a little more interesting today but I'm recovering from a nasty stubborn sinus infection, so it ain't happening. But, in an effort to not neglect this blog entirely, Imma tell you what I've been up to lately.

Attempting new hair styles (and epically failing). That's what.

The 'sock bun' has created a lot of hype. There are tutorials galore on blogs, Pinterest and YouTube. I just love the look of this bun, so I thought I'd try it out.

I soon discovered that it isn't as easy as all the tutorials make out and that the method is far from being arthritis and fibro friendly. Okay, maybe it is easy and I just suck. Or maybe it doesn't work with wayyyy long hair like mine. I don't know. But I've given up hopes of ever sporting a stylish sock bun.

For those of you who don't know what a sock bun is, this is what I was trying to accomplish:

And this is why I'll never be a hair stylist blogger....

I'm rockin' more of a birds nest than a glamorous hairdo. Hott.

There is just toooooo much hair to push inside that sock. Although there are heaps of tutorials that show it being done with long hair- so I don't know why I've failed. Guess I'll just have to settle for my regular drab and boring twist, clip, and pin bun {sigh}.

But for those who feel like giving it a go, here is a great tutorial on a few buns including the one I'm talking about. Maybe you'll have much more success than me.


The sock bun isn't my first fail either. The other week, I thought I'd attempt to get myself some beachy hair following an easy peasy picture tutorial I found on Pinterest. It looked nothing like the stylish hair shown, that's for sure! I've been drooling over hair braiding tutorials as of late too, but I think I'll just quit while I'm ahead!

Have you attempted the sock bun and failed? Console me, please. x


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Crafty Fridays: Chocolate Mousse

I've made this wicked chocolate mousse a fair few times over the years. The bowl never stays full for very long. I love that it is quick, simple and hassle free to make. If I go to a dinner party and am too tired to go to too much effort, I'll reach for this recipe.

Now it's your turn to impress with some good ole' chocolatey goodness.

Ingredients you will need:
200g dark chocolate
 300ml cream
 1 tablespoon sugar
3 eggs, separated
 1 teaspoon vanilla
grated chocolate or cadbury flake bars for decoration

1. Break up chocolate and melt over hot water
2. Heat cream in saucepan, do not boil
3. Rapidly whisk in cream, egg yolks, chocolate and vanilla until mixture is smooth
4. Beat egg whites and fold into chocolate mixture
5. Pour into serving dishes or large bowl and chill in refrigerator overnight.
6. Decorate with grated chocolate or cadbury flake bars and serve.

Note: to get the same quantity as I did, you will need to double the ingredients. Doubling the ingredients will serve more than 6. After refrigeration, I covered my mousse in cadbury chocolate flake bars.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Shabby Chic Saturday: Bathroom Renovations Part 3

So, the bathroom saga continues. Yep I am still waiting to soak in that bath {sigh}. Why do renovations never go to plan?

I was so silly to think that it would been finished on time and that I'd be back in there by the end of April.

Originally we had planned for our builder to do both the wall and floor tiling, but it turns out that the floor is so uneven that we need to call in a professional tiler, and because money doesn't grow on trees that probably won't be happening anytime soon.

It feels like it will never get finished. It's been nearly a year in the making now.

The wall tiles are up and have now been grouted though.

Now it's just a matter of getting the floor and ceiling fixed up.

But at least it looks more like a bathroom now!

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Nail Files Thursday: {OPI} Teenage Dream Glitter Manicure

Ever since I saw this sparklicious shade in a magazine, I knew I had to try it. And try it I did. It's Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection by OPI. Gorgeous, no? I absolutely love it. I think the pink sparkle with silver flecks is simply stunning on long nails.

It is an absolute nightmare to remove, but it is oh so worth it. I think it's quite a statement on it's own without any nail art, but it does look amazing when layered over a base colour with some added bling like I did for this manicure.

I definitely want to play around with this polish some more and see what I can come up with. I really want to try it out with some crackle polishes next time.

Anyhoo, if you're considering buying this shade, don't. I mean do... but don't spend any more time considering, just try it. You can thank me later.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

birthday blues and bling

Three weeks ago I celebrated my twenty fourth birthday. Turning twenty four should be exciting, but for me it just isn't for a few reasons. I have been stuck in a rut these past few months. And by rut I mean a dark depressive ditch.

I guess this whole getting another year older and seeing six years of my life flushed down the toilet, and looking at the future and where my life is heading has really knocked me for six. It's silly, I know, I don't even fully understand why I am feeling the way I do. I guess I just need to ride it out and write my way through it.

As I wrote in a recent post, chronic illness doesn't care if it's your birthday. It's not going to stop causing you grief because you are turning another year older. I'm not going to lie, I had a pretty crappy birthday. I was feeling pretty down in the dumps, and on top of that I was feeling like death from post exertional malaise as a result of surviving four shifts at work, so  I was feeling quite sickly.

I really didn't feel like celebrating. The only good thing about the day was going out with my family and enjoying birthday pancakes at my favourite restaurant. Pancakes piled with strawberries, icecream and maple syrup doesn't disappoint.

Going out for lunch was as much as I could manage. I did plan to go out and do something fun like going to look at some shops that I haven't been to in awhile, but fatigue had other plans. After lunch I felt something shocking, so I spent my birthday between the couch watching tv, and the computer, pinning like a crazy woman on Pinterest. Yeah, I sure know how to partaaay!

Even my birthday cake was a huge disappointment. I usually get a white chocolate mud cake from the cheesecake shop every year, as it's my favourite. This cake is to die for. Well, not anymore it's not. I was horrified when I took my first bite. I couldn't understand why it tasted so disgusting. I should have baked my own cake. At least I would have enjoyed it. What the heck did the people do to my favourite cake ever? The icing was the worst part. It tasted cheap. The quality was appalling for a cake shop. It was like they dropped their baking standards to cut costs. A fellow family member also noted the awful taste change and suggested the shop must of changed hands. But why oh why would you change the recipe or ingredients when it tasted so amazing? I'm baffled. Cheesecake shop, you've got some splainin' to do! I could cry, my favourite cake in the whole wide world is no more.

I did get some nice new bling though. And that kind of makes up for how crappy I've been feeling lately.

Rockin' my new pearl earrings (I couldn't get both of them in the photo thanks to my fat prednisolone face)! Excuse the pale no makeup I'm beyond buggered face.

New ring! I'm in love.

It's not all bad though, this bout of depression is a blessing in disguise. It has made me more determined than ever to fight for my dreams and look for ways to achieve what I want despite my many limitations. And besides, another year older means I'm another year closer to being well again.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dexamphetamine is definitely not the drug for me

At the beginning of last month (May), I hesitantly agreed to give the drug Dexamphetamine a go. In hindsight, I wish I didn't. I was prescribed it with high hopes it would help wake my brain up and help make dealing with the brain fog a little easier. The opportunity to feel alert? Brain fog better? Improvement in cognitive function? Yes please, sign me up!

Now, normally I would steer clear of drugs with the potential side effect insomnia after an awful experience a couple of years ago when a drug trial kept me awake 24/7 for three weeks straight (nope, I'm not kidding), but I was desperate, and desperate times call for desperate measures.

Besides, I was assured that I'd be unlikely to have any problems as most patients had no troubles and saw it work wonders, and that other than insomnia there were no other reported side effects. I can't believe I fell for that one, AGAIN! As if I'd be in the most people category! When it comes to side effects, my body is notorious for reacting.

Yes indeedy, I had drug induced insomnia and nausea to boot. I even experienced things that weren't even mentioned as side effects! About an hour after taking my first dose early morning I started feeling strange. Really strange. Like out of body strange. Abducted by aliens strange. Like my drink had been spiked strange. Now, I don't know  what it feels like to have had your drink spiked, but I'm betting this feeling comes pretty close. Okay, maybe not that close, but that's the best way I can describe it.

I spent the whole day feeling less than human, and night time was no exception. By the time I got to bed, I was beyond exhausted and I thought I'd surely sleep after popping my usual sleeping pills. NOPE! Come three in the morning, I was wide awake. When I did finally fall asleep, I was stuck in that weird semiconscious state. Half asleep, yet half awake. Yuck. This drug messed with my brain alright.

The next day, as expected, I felt totally terrible. Sickly. And with that, I couldn't bring myself to take the next dose. I just wanted to be able to sleep of the yuckiness. I decided that Dexamphetamine is definitely not the drug for me. No side effects my ass! This doctor is kidding himself.

After the drug was out of my system I returned to feeling normal sick. Feeling sick has never felt so good! (I know all you spoonies know exactly what I mean HA!) As hard as it is some days, I'd rather try and push through rather than feel like that again. So from now on, I'll try not to complain about the brain fog and cognitive impairment as much.

Mr Fatigue Man was sure surprised to hear I had such trouble. Thrown even. Go figure. I am not surprised at all, just a little disappointed. He's even considering discussing other drug options, but I doubt I'll give anything else a chance- I am done dealing with side effects and doctors who think I'm strange because of them. I am done.

Why can't medications have any good side effects for a change like clearer skin, whiter teeth and bigger boobs?

It's too much to ask for apparently.

Damn you Dexamphetamine, damn you.

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