Pink and Green Bar Nails

I quite like how the colours used in this design went together.

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I started by painting the bottom half of all my nails in 2 coats of a glittery pink shade.

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Next I painted the remaining half near the tip of all my nails in a pastel green/mint shade.

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Once this had had plenty of time to dry, I taped off a section in the middle of each nail with striping tape, which overlapped the line where the 2 base colours met.

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I then filled in this section with a dark green shade and removed the tape before it had chance to dry.

Handmade Wedding Invitation and Guest Book Card

I wanted to share with you all the handmade wedding invitations and ‘guest book card’ that I made for my wedding day last year. If planning my wedding hadn’t have been so hectic (made more hectic by organising my husbands visa application at the same time), then I might have thought about taking some good pictures in order to show a step by step guide.

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For the invitations I was going for a simple but pretty design. I used A5 sized pieces of white textured card. Holding it in portrait orientation, I folded the top down and bottom up into the middle of the card to make 2 flaps.

On the top flap I used sticky sponge pads to stick a small card banner that I purchased which said ‘Wedding Invitation’ on it.

I also purchased some lilac card butterfly shapes. I stuck small silver rhinestones onto the heads of these. To make them more 3D, I slightly folded the wings upwards. I attached one to the top left corner of the card and the other to the opposite diagonal corner.

On the remaining 2 corners I attached small flowers. I made these using a flower shape paper punch to punch out silver and lilac flower shapes. For each flower I put a silver flower shape at the bottom and glued a lilac one on top in the center, making sure that the silver petals were visible in between the lilac ones. I made these slightly 3D by bending the petals up slightly and then glued a silver rhinestone to the center of each completed flower.

For the inside of the invitation, I designed and printed the text for the invitations on the computer and then printed this out onto lilac coloured card. I designed it in a way so that when it was cut out, it could be glued into what becomes the middle of the centre section of the card when it is unfolded. I made sure it was a bit smaller than this centre section so that it left an even white border around the lilac insert.

I used A6 sized silver envelopes that I purchased to house the completed invitations.

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This ‘Please sign our guest book’ card was made out of left over materials that I had from the wedding invitations.

I cut the white textured card into A6 size and then folded it in half so that the fold was across the top of the card when standing it on the table.

I made a label on the computer that was roughly half the size of the front of the white card and printed this out onto lilac card. I cut this out and stuck this onto a piece of silver card. I then cut out the silver card so that it was a little bigger in order to make a silver border around the lilac card. I then glued this onto the front of the white card.

I then completed the card by attaching a small paper flower near the top corner that I had made in the exactly the same way as I did for the wedding invitations.

I ended up making quite a lot of these paper flowers and using them for other decoration on the day. One example of this was for a banner that I had purchased on eBay. The banner was made from lilac card cut out to the shapes of the letters used in the banner that were hung on thin ribbon. I felt it was a little plain and so I attached some of the flowers that I had made onto each of the letters. However for these flowers I only used one layer of the silver card instead of layering it up like I did with the invitations. You can see a picture of this below.

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Honeydew Slushie

This is such a refreshing slushie for a hot summer day. Simply take one honeydew melon and slice the flesh into cubes. Put them in a plastic container and put in the freezer overnight or until frozen. Then into your smoothie maker add as many of the frozen melon cubes as you can fit up to the max fill line. Add about a tablespoon of honey, as well as the juice and zest of half a large lemon. You will need to add some water in order to get it to blend easily. Start by filling the smoothie maker cup 1/4 of the way with water. Then blend everything together. If you find it is not blending easily then add a little more water and try again as required. Once it is blended there will be more room in the cup and so you can add more cubes of the frozen melon. Blend again and repeat until you have used about half of the melon cubes. To serve I found it easiest to spoon the slushie into glasses.

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Blue Geometry Nails

If I was to do this design again, I would go with a completely different colour glitter for the ring finger base colour as I feel it does not stand out as much as I wanted it to. Overall though I was happy with how the taped off sections came out. I think I like the diagonal one the most.

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Firstly, I painted all my nails in 2 coats of a light blue shade. To the ring finger I then added 2 coats of a blueish glittery over coat.

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I gave this some time to dry and then I added my top coat. This is because the next colour that I used has a matte finish to it which I did not want to remove with a glossy top coat.

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After this was completely dry, I took some striping tape and placed 2 stripes near the top of the nail parallel to each other and 2 near the bottom parallel to each other in the shape that I desired.

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I then went over this with a matte dark blue with shimmer in it. Before it dried, I removed the tape to reveal my design. I found it easier to work on one nail at a time.

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I continued along the remaining nails, making a different shape on each nail. I think the diagonal design I did on the middle finger is my favourite. The above image shows a step by step of the design.

Tones of Purple Nails

I always find I need to concentrate more to paint my nails neat when they are very short and I really cant figure out why lol.

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Anyways, I started this design by painting my ring and middle finger with 1 coat of a purple magnetic effect. On the second coat I used the magnet to create the magnetic effect.

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On all other nails I painted 2 coats of a nude shade called ‘Vanilla’ by Barry M. This is a very pretty nude shade from their matte collection, but it still looks great when you use a glossy top coat over it. I would describe it as a nude light greyish purple colour.

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Then on the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of the nude shade, but only on one half of the nail vertically.

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I finished the design off by placing one purple rhinestone in the top middle of each nail except for the ring fingers. On these I placed a line of purple rhinestones to cover the join in the 2 colours used instead.

Cute Sweet Gift Box

I wanted to share with you all this little sweet box I made recently. I made it in order to hold some fudge that I had made my mom as a mother’s day gift earlier this year, but you could use it for all kinds of little gifts.

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I measured and drew out a basic square net on a piece of lilac card for both the box and the lid. I made the lid 5mm larger than the box so that it can fit on the top, but only half as tall. I then cut this out and glued it together with PVA glue.

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I then took some white organza ribbon and tied this around the box with a bow on the top like you would with a present. To make the flower decoration, I have a little paper punch in the flower shape that I used to punch out a flower from silver card. I pulled the petals closer together a little to make it look more 3D. I then glued this to the box and added a little rhinestone to the centre of the flower.

Egg Mayo Sarnie with Cress and Radish Greens

Even though we live in an upstairs 1 bedroom maisonette and have no garden, we do have a plant stand in the living room with a few containers. In all of these we have been growing plants that we can use for eating. In one pot we put a few radish seeds every month or so. When we harvest the radishes, we keep the greens from the top as they are also edible and it would be a waste to just throw them away. This time around I used them along side some cress we had growing in order to make an egg mayo to put on our sarnies for lunch.

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread per sandwich that you are making. We used a seedy wholemeal bread.
  • 1 egg per sandwich.
  • Big pinch of cress per sandwich.
  • Greens from 1 radish per sandwich.
  • Squeezy bottle of extra light mayonnaise.
  • Ground black pepper.

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Method

  1. Wash your cress and radish greens.
  2. Radish leaves are a bit furry. I blanched mine for 2 seconds in a pan of boiling water.
  3. Dry all your greens with some kitchen roll.
  4. Place you eggs in a pan, cover them with water and heat them on full heat on the hob.
  5. When they come to a rolling boil, turn the heat off and leave them for 12 mins with the lid on.
  6. Chop all your greens finely and add to a mixing bowl.
  7. Add pepper to taste and a big squib of mayo.
  8. When the eggs are ready, drain off the water, cover the eggs with cold water and leave for a couple of mins before draining.
  9. Remove the shells from the eggs, chop the eggs finely and add to the bowl.
  10. Mix everything together and add more mayo till you get the desired consistency.
  11. Spread the mixture onto slices of bread evenly.
  12. Place a slice of bread on top of each and cut in half to make 2 triangles per sandwich.

Frosty Zig Zag Nails

For this design, I firstly painted all my nails in 2 coats of a silver colour. I let this have plenty of time to dry.

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Next I placed my zig zag shaped sticker across the middle of each nail. I went for the thickest one that I had, as I wanted the centre of each nail to have a wide silver zig zag.

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On the section of the nail above the tape (near the base of the nail), I used a shimmery purple shade.

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On the opposite section near the tip of the nail I used a glittery nail polish with a light blue translucent base to it.

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I worked on one nail at a time. This was because I needed to remove the tape before the blue and purple had too much time to dry.

Daim Bar Milkshake

This one is so bad for you, but tastes oh so good. My husband couldn’t get enough of it.

  • All you need is 3 Daim bars crushed up and added to you smoothie maker cup.
  • Then add a little bit of milk so that the Daim bar is covered. You only want enough to help blend up the Daim bars fully.
  • Then let it blend until you can get it as fine as possible.
  • Then all you need to do is fill the rest of the smoothie maker with vanilla ice cream.
  • Give it another little blend just so that everything is mixed together, and then you can serve.

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Purple Chevron Nails

For this design I layered a sheer polish on top of another to make a unique background shade.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark shimmery brown/purple colour called ‘Dusky Mauve’ by Barry M.

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Next I went over all nails with a coat of Barry M’s ‘Silvery Lilac’.

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Then on the bottom half of the thumb and ring finger nails, I painted 2 coats of a lilac shade.

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Lastly I taped off a chevron shape across the middle of all nails with tape. I made sure this covered the join in colours where I used the lilac shade. I then filled this in with a white shimmery shade before removing the tape.