So up until now I’ve been selling nail art on Etsy and privately when someone emails me… but now I’ve officially opened my own store attached to the blog 😀
The first wave of products has been uploaded and they are ready for sale! I’ve been working on this for quite some time so I really hope you enjoy it all. I’m still tweaking a couple of things and updating all of my links so please do let me know if you find any problems!
For now I will be selling just nail art but eventually I will be adding deco’d items and prints of my art work! I will be taking commissions too so if there is something you would like me to make you please just let me know ^_^
Now let me introduce you to the nails I’ve been working on… These are just small snap shots to give you a taste, to see the full set just click the picture!
The Princess’ Afternoon Snack
Come Over to the Dark Side
That 70’s Pattern
The Snow Princess
The Dark Flower
Ice Cream at the Malt Shop
Happily Ever After
Stripe Me Down
Losing My Marbles
Bad Dog No Biscuit
Leopard to Match a Hat
Plus many more!
Thanks so much for looking everyone! I hope you find something you like!!
Stay tuned tomorrow because I’ll be having a big give away to celebrate a couple of milestones here including the nail art store 😀
Yay time for the Gigantic Nail Art FAQ!
Thanks everyone for sending in so many questions I hope this is helpful to you all ^_^
About Nails In General…
How long do acrylics last?
- Depending on whether they are professionally done etc they tend to last maybe 3-4 weeks then you will need to get an in fill or a completely new set. This obviously doesn’t include chips or breakages.
How long do stick ons last?
- If you use good glue they can last around 3 weeks. I think the average for my nails is around 2 weeks.
What are the options for attaching stick on nails?
- Depending on how long you want them to stay on you can use standard nail glue, nail stickers or double sided nail tape.
Are stick on nails as hardy as acrylics/gels?
- It depends how gentle you are and the glue you use to attach them. The nails themselves are not as hard a acrylics but they are more flexible so you are less likely to chip a nail.
How do I remove stick ons?
- If you used nail tape/double sided tape then soak the nails in warm water, after 10 min gently peel the nails off. If you have used nail glue you will need to to soak your nails in nail polish remover and melt the nails off. Do not peel the nails off or you could damage your natural nails.
Can I re-use stick on nails?
- Yes… but it depends how gentle you are at removing them. If you attach them with stickers or tape you can reuse them. If you remove them with nail polish remover you will most likely melt the nails and they will be unusable.
Does all the stuff like the diamantes and 3d parts really stay on? How long do they last?
- Yes. One or two might occasionally fall off and need re-gluing but if you stick them on well to begin with and make sure to top coat a couple of times with clear polish any damage should me minimal. To stick them on you can either use clear nail polish or epoxy glue. DO NOT USE EPOXY ON YOUR NATURAL NAILS.
What is the process of sticking the nails on with glue?
- First clean your nails and remove any old nail polish.
- Then lightly file the flat part of your natural nail. This is to give it some grip so the glue with stick to it. Do not file too much.
- Place glue all over the nail in a thin layer.
- Place the nail over the top an position it how you like
- Press down firmly on the nail. If you have a transparent fake nail you should make sure that all air bubbles in the glue are pressed out.
- Apply pressure evenly for around 1min. Do not take the pressure off until you are sure it’s stuck.
- When you remove the pressure your nail should be stuck on. Do the rest of the hand then leave it to dry for around 10 min.
- If you feel they need more glue you can always add a little more at the cuticle edge or underneath the nail for extra hold.
- Special tip: If you’re going to get long nails you should do the 4 fingers on your left hand first, then 4 fingers on your right hand and do the thumbs last so you have as much mobility as possible until the end. Obviously if you’re left handed you should start with your right hand 🙂
What is the easiest way to make french tips?
- You can buy special french tips stickers to guide but I’ve never really liked them. I’ve seen people use painters masking tape as guide lines too but I haven’t tried it.The easiest way that I’ve found so far is to use a very long thin nail art brush with a slight curve in it. Use that to make the line you want the curve to follow and then fill in the rest of the tips quickly with a larger brush. You really need to have something to lean your hand on to keep it steady for this though. If I find an easier way I’ll let you all know!
How can I reuse ceramic flowers and charms?
- This only works for ceramic parts not acrylic parts… If you don’t mind wrecking the false nail they were previously attached to, the easiest way is to dissolve the nail in polish remover. If you can pull the flowers off your nails then just soak them in some polish remover until you remove any polish or dirt, rinse them in water then they will be as good as new.
How do you paint all the small details?
- With a very small paint brush and a lot of patience.
Does having acrylics/stick ons damage your natural nails?
- To a point they will damage your nails but it really depends on how you wear them. If you wear false nails all the time for several months straight it can make your nails soft and yucky. This is because nails need air to breathe so when you cover them for ages you deprive them of air. It’s like when you have a bandaid on for a really long time and then take it off and the new skin is all white and smooshy. This is why most nail artists will recommend you take a 1 week break from nails every 3 months. Also you should never peel your false nails off! Only ever remove them following the instructions provided, peeling with damage your nails!BUT!!!That’s not to say that you can’t wear them without damaging your nails. If you properly remove them, take care of them and take appropriate breaks in between you can safely wear nails with no problems. My naturals nails are still the same as they have always been.
What you need to remember when you wear false nails is hygiene! You can’t see when the underneath is dirty because they are opaque so please remember to wash your hands and use an orange stick to clean out any gunk. If you ever see any mold or it starts to smell weird that is a good sign you aren’t cleaning them well enough and you should change your nails. Having a good anti bacterial wash is very useful.Also there are many repairing nail treatments that you can buy to solve any damage problems.Follow those tips and you shouldn’t have any problems ^_^
What do you hold the nails on when you paint them?
- I’ve tried quite a few things for this but what I’ve settled on is a block of wood with several hooks screwed in. I then blue tac the nails to the hooks. Like this:
Do you have tips on how to do Konads stamps?
- I have a billion tips for Konads, they are so awesome but it really takes time to work on the best technique! I think I will dedicate a separate post just to Konad tips as well as posting some of the most useful ones here…
- Have everything set out and within arms reach *before* you start. This will save you so much time if something goes wrong!
- Have an orange stick with a tiny little bit of cotton wool on the end dipped in nail polish remover handy. You can use it to gently wipe away any Konad mistakes without damaging any of the polishes underneath. This way you don’t have to re-do the entire nail if you make a little mistake.
How can I stop my Konad stamps from running and bleeding?
- Running is all about technique. Firstly it might be the polish you’re using, if you’re not using a Konad brand polish then the polish you’re stamping on might not be thick enough. Thicker is better for Konad. Secondly it might be the topcoat. The way you brush a top coat on can mess up the stamp. Again in this area of Konad more is more, rather than using a tiny bit of polish I have found that loading up the brush with a huge amount and very gently pushing it around the nail in around 3 strokes works well. The less you touch the nail the better and the top coat will dry in the same way no matter how thick the coat is.
Why don’t my nails look as good/shiny/awesome as the nails I see in Japanese magazine?
- Most of those nails tend to have gel overlays. This makes them suuuuper shiny and bright, you can’t get that effect without gel overlays.
What do I do if one of the charms falls off my nail?
- If you have kept the charm you can easily re-attach it with clear nail polish or nail polish glue. Once it is dry you should be able to do a top coat which will protect it.
About *My* Nails Specifically…
Are your nails natural?
- No. I have very short natural nails because I’m terrible and I bite them.
How on earth do you do *insert menial household task like dishwashing/cooking/scrubbing the toilet*?!
- The same way the rest of you do… with my hands.
You must sit around doing nothing all day to keep nails like that? Clearly you never do any work/are a horrible girlfriend who makes James do all the housework.
- Nope. I type all day long for work, then I do just as much cleaning as anyone else in my home life. Nails do not make you an invalid.
What’s the hardest thing to do with nails on?
- Picking up small change from a table top.
What kind of glue do you use for stick ons?
- I use pretty much whatever glue I happen to have. I don’t buy a specific brand.
Do you wear decorated nails all the time?
- No. Between work and everything else I don’t always have time to make myself nails. If I had time to make them I would probably wear them all the time though. When I don’t have time to do fake nails I do try to paint my natural ones but life does tend to get in the way ^_^
Can you make me a set of nails for *insert special reason here* I can’t pay you for your time or materials but could you do it anyway for free?
- No. I am more than happy to take commissions but due to my current work load and because it would probably send me broke… I don’t work for free!
That’s it for this time so let me know if you have any other questions! I’m going to be doing a big old Decoden FAQ in a while, let me know if you have any other nail art questions 🙂
Evening, time for a quick outfit post ^_^
As promised here are the outfit photos with the bow I showed you how to make yesterday…
- Dress- Target
- Shirt- SES
- Bow- Made by me
- Tights- Myer
- Shoes- Target, modified by me
My favorite detail in the whole outfit are the tights 😀
I love a good patterned pair of tights and these were on sale yay!
And of course the bow! The fabric is tulle with tiny diamantes stick on. Very pretty ^_^
And with my Angelic Pretty bag to top it all off!
I also thought I would show you some close ups of my chocolate inspired nails!
And a close up of the thumbs~
Every time I look at them it makes me hungry!
Are you all having a good night? I’m working on something really exciting and nail art related right now, I can’t wait to show you all! Thanks for reading about my outfit!
A few weeks ago I was invited by Nuffnang to attend a chocolate High Tea for fashion and food bloggers at the Aria Bar and Lounge at the Langham Hotel.
I’m not really a fashion or a food blogger but they couldn’t hold a High Tea without me so off James and I trundled across the river to be social!
The place was just spectacular! I felt slightly out of place in somewhere so fancy XD
I couldn’t believe how many other bloggers turned up! Everyone was so lovely and it was great to put faces to a lot of blogs that I read. I hope we can stay in touch 😀
I didn’t think that it could get much better than that but then my partner in crime Grace from Living Footprintsarrived in her regular hilarious manner and we had an absolute ball having non-high-tea-appropriate conversations!
And OMG THE FOOD!
I’m no food blogger so let me do my best here… there were delicious finger sandwiches, scones, endless tea/coffee/hot chocolate and you are going to drool over the best part…
UNLIMITED CHOCOLATY DELIGHTS!
The decor was impeccable and everything was themed in Alice style.
We got to meet the head pastry chef Markus Bohm and let me tell you, he is awesome at his job!
He even made us personal chocolate and passion fruit souffles!
I did my nails especially for the occasion with little macaron stickers that Leanne at The Fashionate Traveler sent me! I also did an effect to make them look as if they were dipped in chocolate…
Jamesgreatly enjoyed himself with his tiny sandwiches…
This is how he entertained himself:
It was almost too cute to eat but they were all too delicious not to!
I had such a lovely time meeting new bloggers who (as soon as we get the net switched on at home) I will definitely be catching up with again soon!
Graceand I are always a model of composure in these situations…
Seriously though check out that strawberry thing in front, it’s actually called “Strawberry chocolate Vacherin with Elderberry cream” and it is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.
It’s kind of cruel making me relive all these tastes over and over again to write this… I want to go back again Nuffnang!!
Grace, Sarah from 100Datesand I showing that we all process great restraint.
So much fun! Let’s do something like this again soon, these are meet ups I can get on board with!! I <3 you Nuffnang!
Have you girls ever done high tea? I can’t wait until we actually have real furniture in our house again so I can invite everyone to tea at my place! Until then, maybe we can go to the Langham Hotel for tea together 😀
DIY faux fur trim is a bit of a challenge, hell faux fur anything more often than not just ends in a bit of a mess.
Going from Brisbane to Melbourne is quite the climate change and I knew that moving here I would need a really good big winter coat. So you know those gigantic Jesus Diamante coats that have ridiculous huge faux fur trim and an even bigger price tag of around $2000? I figured I’d just make one myself ^_^
This is that jacket that I started with… nothing fancy just a plain one from Target. Just make sure it’s a nice cut.
And I turned it into this:
So pick out your fur trim! I wanted black but all I could find was pink. You want fur with a really long pile so it looks nice and luxurious.
First let’s talk about the right way and the wrong way to cut faux fur. Some people *cough like the lady at the store where I got the fur cough* just hack away at fur in the direction they’re cutting, this leaves an ugly shelf at the end. This also means you’ll be cleaning freaking fur out of everything you own for the next month.
What you want to do is mark where you need to cut and brush the pile in opposite directions so you have a clean line in which to cut.
Then you get a nice full pile over the whole backing AND you have to clean much less.
So anyway what you need to do is cut a piece for each sleeve cuff and the collar. I just used rectangles that I estimated from the jacket’s measurements.
Now use your over locker/serger to seal the edges of all of the pieces. This will prevent fraying and lock the edges of the pile in.
This is what you end up with…
Sew the sleeve parts into tubes….
My jacket was too thick to sew in my machines so everything from this point is hand stitched. First let’s do the sleeves. With the fur inside out shove the end into the sleeve and make sure it all lines up well.
Use tacking stitches to hold it in place and then sew it.
Now turn the fur the right way out and pull it up the sleeve. Turn the ends under and then sew that in place too.
Make sure it’s all secure then repeat on the other side…
Now time for the collar! My coat had a really nicely cut collar already so I basically just cut a rectangle of fur, folded it in half and then covered the collar. If your coat has a different collar you will need to modify this step Or just attach this kind of rectangular collar to whatever yours actually has ^_^
To attach it I sewed one side of the fur to the back of the collar of the jacket, right along the seam that was already there. I then folded the fur around to the other side and sewed it along the seam there as well. This means the collar is fur on both sides.
I added a small pin so I could close the collar even tighter like a scarf if I wanted to. And you end up with this!
And being worn…
I tell you what, this jacket has been a godsend here! It’s so warm and the fur makes it extra comfy and warm 😀
I *LOVE* it
What do you guys think? Have any of you ever tried to DIY faux fur trim for yourselves?
Today I thought I would show you a few of my latest decoden pieces ^_^
We don’t have the internet at our place yet so I’m keeping everything as updated as I can between free wifi at McDonalds and 3G on my phone. Please don’t stop commenting, I promise every single comment email etc will be answered when I have ADSL again! <3
This was my hair brush which was quite boring but I love it to death.
I started with the bigger pieces, and played with them until I had an order I liked. I wanted it to have a line down the center of feature pieces.
Then I glued it all down!
Next I did around the sides so I had a defined area to deco in.
Add more jewels…
And there you have it!
I love the rose detail!
And strawberries of course ^_^
It’s so shiny!
Next I decided that a travel mug would be good for the trip down to Melbourne. I usually hate travel mugs but I found a really good one at Kmart in a pack of 2 for $4.50 so James and I each got one!
Add some deco…
I made all the pieces including the flowers and the cameo ^_^
I’m considering filling all of the gaps of the travel mug with purple jewels because I don’t know if it’s bling-y enough… what do you think? Keep it subtle or go for decoden craziness?