Thursday, April 29, 2010

I Love Me Some Houndstooth

I really do!  I have shirts, skirts, and sweaters that all reflect the houndstooth pattern.  I love it in the traditional black and white, but I also appreciate the pattern in different colors.  When I saw that Konad had a houndstooth pattern on an image plate I was excited for all the combos I could possibly try.  For my first combo I decided to do a more traditional houndstooth, with a twist of course! 

I used Orly's Liquid Vinyl and Shine for my pattern.  I love the use of silver instead of white.  I do wish I would have used the Konad black though for a more solid look, the Liquid Vinyl looks almost like a grey on the silver.

I do plan on using the silver again with this pattern, I think it looks awesome.  It's kinda like foil.  I think it would be really cute paired up with a bright pink or maybe even a vivid blue.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Laundry 911

This weekend I had a near meltdown over the loss of my absolute favorite sweatshirt!  It fell victim to a laundry disaster we all can relate to...the oops, guess I forgot to sort, kind of disaster.  Here are the pics of my favorite comfy with the damage.

As you can see, most of the damage is apparent on the sleeves.  It was a horrible dark brown that was very noticeable on the light grey sweatshirt. (I took the pics to show my mom the damage)

I immediately took to the Internet in search of a cure for my mistake.  I had no problem finding all sorts of homemade remedies and such but none really seemed like it made sense. I then decided to enlist the help of a wise woman, my mom, who gave me some advice. 

She had said that her mother had used a product years ago that seemed to work on everything and that she had seen it at the store recently.  She suggested that I try to find it.

This was my magic product!  Fels-Naptha!

I simply wet the stained/dyed areas with cool water and then rubbed the bar directly on the stains.  It kinda made a whitish color but I figured I had nothing to lose.  I immediately put it in a cool wash of Tide to see if I was successful.  And let me say, I was very pleased with the results.

There is some shadowing in the picture but let me assure you, I have asked multiple people and they can see no dye on the sweatshirt and neither can I.  I was absolutely thrilled and as I was sitting here in my comfy I thought I would share my results in case some of you may have done the same thing.

I can not guarantee you will have the same results or that you should even try this...I'm just saying that it worked for me with my old comfy sweatshirt.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Another Konad Attempt

Have I told you yet?  I LOVE my Konad manicure plates!  They are so fun and everyone just loves the cool designs and color schemes I show up with.

Here is my latest creation...

For this particular one I used Konad plate M60.  I did a base of two coats of OPI's You Don't Know Jacques! and the design was done with Essie Mint Candy Apple.  Mint Candy Apple is more of a mint green color but it showed up more like a light blue over the Jacques.  I still loved the results and have actually done this pattern and color combo on others who have requested one of my "manicures". 

This weekend has been pretty mundane.  Lots of stuff to get done around the house and the perfect rainy weather to make sure it gets done.  House is clean and all chores are done for now so I plan on watching some of my fave shows- I need to catch up on the DVR- and then head off to bed.  

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Our New Addition!

This past week we adopted our second tortoise.  He is a red-footed tortoise and is joining Ramsey in our turtle home.  I never really thought Ramsey was that huge until we put the tiny new guy in the tank with him.  They are so cute-Ramsey is not sure what to think of the new guy but he is awfully curious!  We have yet to name him but have a few options we are considering.  Here's a couple of pics to introduce the new guy...

Monday, April 19, 2010

Another Giveaway!

Be sure to check out the link below to have a chance to win a custom stamp!

Thanks to Kimberly for the opportunity!

Friday, April 9, 2010

My Spring-time Konad Manicure

Ever since byhillary did her first Konad manicure, I have been obsessed!  I have bought numerous plates (WowSoCool) and have been experimenting with them ever since.  I think I have increased my nail polish purchasing by at least 200% because now I want to have lots and lots of colors to experiment with!  Consider this fair warning...if you decide to try the Konad nail plates don't be surprised if you quickly become obsessed with the huge range of designs available and what you can do with them.

This was my Easter/First Spring manicure.  I know the colors are not very Easter-y but I just loved them and they matched my outfit on Easter. 

I used Essie Chinchilly for the base, Essie Tomboy No More for the lines and OPI Alpine Snow for the small flowers.  This whole look was put together utilizing Konad plate M60 (which is a great one by the way).

I have gottten so many compliments on my manicures.  And everyone is amazed that it takes me just mere minutes to get the intricate designs I show off daily.

Misikko Giveaway!

Be sure to check out this link to have a chance to win a Misikko hair straightening iron! Courtesy of Misikko through Bright Side Dweller!

Good luck to you all!