Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Quips & Quotes - Life is Beautiful

Love this girl's artwork!  
You should go check it out.
That's all. 
Go have a great day. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday's Manicure

 Hey there Lovelies!
I took a little break... did you miss me? 
Well, I missed you!

Just showing a very subtle yellow this week by Julie G 
called Fresh Squeezed.  (sorry about the dry cuticles)
It looks a little like lemon aid. 
It is a very sheer color and took about 4 coats to get 
this look.... But it wore well. 

It also has a lovely flash to it. See? Kind of iridescent. 
But the light has to hit it just right. 

So that's my story Morning Glory. 
Hope you are having a great week!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Quiet Sundays....

It's a beautiful quiet Sunday afternoon here....
It rained all day Friday, and was cloudy most of yesterday.
Today the sun is flooding in the windows.

We've been to church and had Chinese food for lunch.
I should be working on the yard or cleaning something.

The TV is off. 
I'm reading and enjoying a book club selection.
And Hubby is softly snoring on the sofa, enjoying a much needed rest.

I do love these days!

Count your blessings my friends.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Hi Friends! 
How are you this week? 
I'm busy but I wanted to pop in and show this 
week's manicure. 

OPI DS Reflection'
Love it.... this picture was just taken and the manicure is 
5 days old! 

Hope you enjoy your evening!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Hi Ya!

This week's mani is brought to you by 
OPI'S DS Classic

Okay, so after wearing this for several days, 
I have to ask myself, why do I ever wear anything but OPI nail polish? 
I love the way 2 coats gives you a great finish.

Love the sparkle!
Not sure if the camera catches it... Can you see it?

One other item.... A couple of ladies have asked me 
how do I store all my nail products and tools? 

Here it is.... this is a craft box that I bought at The Container Store.
As you can see ... it keeps everything nice and neat. 
Next week I'll show you where and how I store my polish.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

I was just contemplating....

Oh! Hello there!
Glad you popped by!

I was just sitting here reviewing and thinking about this morning's sermon. 
( I love when that happens)
We are currently going thru Ecclesiastes and this
morning our Music Minister delivered the message 
from chapter 3: verses 1- 13. 

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

How many times we have heard this verse made even 
more popular by The Byrds from the 60's?

But there is more to it. Further in the passage, Solomon tells us:

What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart: yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

What he is telling us is that while we see time as a depletion or "running out", God sees time as a COMPLETION. 
He views time totally differently then we do.  He makes everything beautiful in its completion. 

So while we are seeing time run out, He is seeing us becoming more and more complete! 
Isn't that the most beautiful thing you ever heard? 

It's like the ultimate anti-ager!

I've just been thinking about that and wanted to share it with you. 
P.S. If you want to see the sermon, it will be posted later this week here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Monday's Manicure and How I Make It Last All Week


Okay! So over the last year or so I have had a few 
requests to show you what I do and use to make 
my manicures look like a salon manicure and so that 
they last more than a week.  (sorry for the run on sentence)
So here's the whole process. 

First I wanted to show you what my nails look like after a week.
Not to bad. I do a lot of crafting, and clean my own home. 
Plus, I work full time.  

Okay, let's get started, shall we?
Before I take my old polish off, I file. Leaving the polish on
helps to to quickly see the shape of my nail. Plus I feel like
it helps to protect the nail from splitting. I also think that
a glass file works best for me. This is the OPI file that
I mentioned in my favorites post down below.

I use pure acetone. I know that there are a lot of people that 
won't like this. But here's the deal. It's fast and I wash my hands
several times during the process anyway.  Plus, its cheap!

Once that's done, I wash my hands and apply the cuticle remover.

The one that I am currently using is from Sally Hanson.

This is not my favorite, but they have changed the formula and
I'm still looking for a replacement. 

After the cuticle remover is worked in, very gently push the
cuticles back. Now wash your hands. NEVER leave the 
cuticle remover on. It will continue to work, so you want
to remove it when your done.

Next, I nip any dead skin that might be around my nail. 
Never clip your cuticles.  This can make any possible 
hang nails worse.

After all the polish is off and the cuticles are addressed, I
buff the top of my nails. I do this because for some reason
as I have aged, my nails have developed vertical ridges. If 
I do this every time then I don't have to work very hard at it.
A couple of passes and I'm done.
I wash my hands again to remove any nail dust.

Okay first coat is my base coat, Stickey by CND.
Why a base coat? It gives the polish something to stick to and
it can help prevent your nails from yellowing.

Try not to flood your cuticles when painting. The base 
coat dries very quickly.

Next, nail hardener. This really is a favorite of mine.
I have used it for years. Nailtiques.  Here's my theory. Part
of what makes your polish chip is when your nail bends or 
folds. When this happens your polish actually will crack and 
eventually will chip off. 
This products will prevent your nails from bending.  

Again, don't flood the cuticle.

Now we're ready for the color. I was inspired by the 
sunflowers in the background so I picked this Julie G
color, Canary Islands.

Never shake your polish before you use it. Doing so will
cause air bubbles in the polish. Instead, gently roll between your 

Here's one coat, we'll need another one.

Now this next trick is a secret that I learned and 
I'm going to show you.  I pour a little acetone in a 
small jar and use an angle brush. 

I correct any uneven lines. The trick is to do it 
before the polish dries.

Finally, I use a coat of quick drying top coat. 
My favorite is Seche Vite.  But others are good too. 
Just make sure that it is quick drying. All told, 
I think that I can get a manicure done from start to finish,
including dry time in about 30 to 45 minutes.

SO! there you have the whole process. Let me just say, I'm not 
a professional. I'm not saying that you have to do any or all of 
this. I'm just sharing that this is the process and the products 
that work best for me.

After it is firm I use a serious moisturizer. Like coconut oil. 
This makes the cuticles look healthy and picture ready.
I hope this was helpful. Let me know what you like to 
use or if you have any favorite techniques.
 I would love to hear your secrets!

Whew! Done!
Now lets have tea!

I'll be joining Stephanie for Roses of Inspiration

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Monday's Manicure

Hello there!

Mint Candy Apple by Essie
Love this color.