Violet's Nail Art Store Grand Opening!!

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Violet’s Store!

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 andย  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

Nail Art By Violet

Gigantic Nailart FAQ

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.

Outfit Of The Day Post

Evening, time for a quick outfit post ^_^

As promised here are the outfit photos with the bow I showed you how to make yesterday…

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I love a good patterned pair of tights and these were on sale yay!

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And of course the bow! The fabric is tulle with tiny diamantes stick on. Very pretty ^_^

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And with my Angelic Pretty bag to top it all off!

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I also thought I would show you some close ups of my chocolate inspired nails!

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Delicious right?

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And a close up of the thumbs~

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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!

Nuffnang's Chocolate Tea at The Langham Hotel Melbourne

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

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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 ๐Ÿ˜€

We got to meet the head pastry chef Markus Bohm and let me tell you, he is awesome at his job!

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He even made us personal chocolate and passion fruit souffles!

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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…

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Jamesgreatly enjoyed himself with his tiny sandwiches…

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This is how he entertained himself:

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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!

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Graceand I are always a model of composure in these situations…

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Yes always…

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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.

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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!

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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 ๐Ÿ˜€

DIY Faux Fur Trim For Your Jacket

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.

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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.

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And I turned it into this:

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.

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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.

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Then you get a nice full pile over the whole backing AND you have to clean much less.

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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.

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This is what you end up with…

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Sew the sleeve parts into tubes….

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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.

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Use tacking stitches to hold it in place and then sew it.

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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.

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Make sure it’s all secure then repeat on the other side…

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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 ^_^

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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.

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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!

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And being worn…

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I tell you what, this jacket has been a godsend here! It’s so warm and the fur makes it extra comfy and warm ๐Ÿ˜€

I *LOVE* it

What do you guys think? Have any of you ever tried to DIY faux fur trim for yourselves?

Decoden Hairbrush!

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.

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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.

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