A Stitcher's Stitchings

Oh, for the love of cross stitching….and a few ramblings

4th of July, nails, WIP and a puppy July 11, 2013

Filed under: Nail art,Ramblings,Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 1:41 PM
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So we’ve been busy since my last post. I didn’t really have time to stitch but I got some done. But first, I did my nails and Bug’s too for 4th of July. I tried to do some little flowers on mine and stick to the red, white and blue theme. Bug wanted some gold stars on hers and her theme is easier to see.

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We went to a little pet parade this past weekend and I was able to get Bug a chance to pet a pony. She loves, loves, loves horses so when we saw them in the parade she made me take a picture of every single one. Afterwards, when we were walking back to the car, I saw the ladies putting up one of the ponies and I asked if Bug could pet it. She said sure and was even nice enough to let her take a picture with the pony.

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After the weekend finished I repainted my nails, they were chipping anyway, and I used the polishes I got in the mail. They’re holos so they look even more beautiful outside in the sunlight.

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I love these polishes. That’s 2 of the 8 colors I received. I know I don’t need anymore polishes but these were holos and I didn’t have any so I needed these. Lol. Hubby just doesn’t understand my logic. Hehe

Now for my WIP, I was able to get some stitches put in there. I finished up most of the dark colors and started on the cream colors on the floor. So far here’s what I’ve got….

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I’m hoping I can get more done before next week so I can have a bit more on my next update.

And, last but not least, if u remember we have a puppy named Sugar. She’s a mini poodle and we’ve had her for about a year and a half now.

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She looks like she’s smiling here so I had to use this picture.

Anywhoo, I’ve been trying to talk hubby into getting another dog so she won’t be lonely when Bug starts school and I go to work. He’d always been against it saying we couldn’t afford it cause I wanted to adopt another puppy and most of them were between $150 and $200. Well, when we took Sugar to get groomed they were having adoptions at Petco and I fell in love with a doggie. He’d been mistreated and kept in a crate his whole life and because of that his back legs are smushed together and he has to take meds for them. Because of all this, he was only $35 to adopt. My heart went out to the little guy, and guess what….

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We brought him home!! He’s a new family member and has only been with us for a few days so far but we love him. His name is Donnie and he’s a 3 year old Chihuahua.

That’s it for this update. Hopefully next week I’ll have more to show y’all!!

Keep those stitches whipping!!

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Finally used my magnetic polish!! August 29, 2012

Filed under: Nail art — K. Marie @ 1:27 PM
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I had some spare time today so I thought I’d give my new polish a go. I took off my old polish and put on a base coat yesterday so that cut down on the time I needed.

After reading the directions, I put one coat on and let it dry. And I must say I am extremely happy with the drying time, super fast.

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Then I put on a thick coat and held the magnet above it. Here’s my thumb:

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And the rest of my nails:

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(Who is that puppy sleeping in the back? Lol.)

I love the way these turned out but it looks more black/purple then it does any color of pink. I can honestly say that I will be adding more of these to my collection. They are so easy to do and the effect is awesome.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Spicing up a mani August 9, 2012

Filed under: Nail art — K. Marie @ 1:52 PM
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Because our nails are already polished I figured why not add some oomph to them? We had a little stamping session today and here’s the results:

Bug got stars and polka dots on her fingers

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And I added some actual gold colored stars to her thumbs

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Mine was a little simpler, just a nice whole nail design

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The two of us used the same purple, China Glaze’s Harmony, for the stamping and it came out really good.

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This just goes to show that you don’t have to buy the uber expensive special made polishes for stamping. There are regular polishes that work just as well and may even look prettier cause they have a bit of a shine/sparkle to them.

 

A day at the nail salon August 8, 2012

Filed under: Nail Art — K. Marie @ 8:32 PM
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I had been telling hubby a lot lately that my nails were in uber bad shape over and over. Well, Monday he got me to get up off my tush and go get a mani. I told him I didn’t want to go alone so guess who came with me?? My bug!! It was a nice little mother daughter hour and a half.

Well, when we got to the nail salon I decided that bug couldn’t just have a mani, I wanted her to get her first real pedi too!! She had her toe nails painted at a different salon but they didn’t even allow her to put her feet in the water. What kind of fun is that?? She was so disappointed so this time I made sure that she was able to put her little feet in the water. Once they confirmed that she’d get everything done that I would I was all for it. I paid for the services first (I can’t stand having to reach into my purse or pocket to pay after I’ve just had my nails done because I’m afraid I might mess them up) and then we went back to the pedi area.

Bug’s chair was right next to mine so I thought that she would be fine….I thought wrong. She didn’t want to put her feet in the water because she kept saying she was scared. I think she was really scared to have someone else doing her nails because she’s really shy around new people. The ladies were so sweet and patient. They let her sit in my lap while I was getting my pedi and the lady who was doing her’s did her mani while she was sitting with me so that she would be comfortable with her.

After a while of talking her into it, we were able to convince her that she’d be okay in her own chair like a big girl and that I wasn’t going anywhere until she was done with her feet. After she got over her fear she actually loved it and wanted to go back!!

I ended up getting my nails squared so that I could do my own french tips when they grow out a bit. I fully intended to take a before pic of my nails but completely forgot. So, here’s the after pic of my nails….

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I got a pink on my fingers and so did bug, but she liked the neon pink more than my muted bubblegum pink. Lol.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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Now for our toes. I went for matchy-matchy but that was too simple for bug. Hehe. She chose the neon pink for her fingers and a sparkly blue for her toes. She always has to have a different color on her fingers and her toes. She’s just so indecisive.ย Can you tell she gets her hands and feet from me??ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Nail art update July 18, 2012

Filed under: Nail art,Ramblings — K. Marie @ 11:52 AM
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I completed my nails less than a week ago and, sadly, 5 of my 10 nails have already chipped and 1 broke. I’ve learned that this always happens when I use a certain top coat….

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See the chipped nails? (The index finger on this hand chipped so bad that the nail broke.) And this is just on one hand. The other one looks about the same.

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In my opinion, Sally Hansen Insta Dri is fine if you want your nails to dry rather quickly but not if you want your polish to last. My first chip happened the second day after my nail art was done. So sad.
Next time I will have a bit more time set aside so I can use my other top coat so it won’t chip so easily.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

 

Finally some more nail art!! July 14, 2012

Filed under: Nail art,Ramblings — K. Marie @ 12:51 PM
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I finally decided to polish my nails and do some stamping on them. Now I warn you, I haven’t done this for a bit so they are a bit sloppy.

Before I cleaned up around them….

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Afterwards….

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And up close….

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I was going to do all flowers but they didn’t cover my nail so I improvised and threw some fishnet design on the bottom. Then I thought they would look good with some dots so I took my dotting tool to them. I definitely need to get back into the stamping mode. Hopefully my next one will be better, but for now here it is. This is for Ginny who inspired my to get off my tush and get to polishing.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Red and pink nails June 5, 2012

Filed under: Nail Art — K. Marie @ 9:27 PM
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This is the nail design that I did for graduation. I’m not all that satisfied with it because it got smeared a bit because I was in a hurry. It still looks nice but not a favorite.ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆย ย  I wish that the sparkled in the red would’ve shown up but I couldn’t get them to show in any of the pics I took. If you ever get a chance to buy China Glaze’s Ruby Slippers GRAB IT!! It’s a beautiful deep red that has a gorgeous sparkle to it.

*Can you tell I was doing my nails and school work at the same time? No, the computer keyboard doesn’t give that away. Lol.