Sunday, August 28, 2011

Black berry pie

Our black berries have finally ripened no thanks to the wacky weather this year. Usually the berries are ripe in July and I can be baking earlier. I picked a big basket full and used a little to make blackberry cobbler and used the rest for my pie.
I have before baking and after shots of my pie.
My crust recipe is 2 cups of flour, a teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of vegetable shortening kneaded until they resemble coarse bread crumbs. Then add ice water a little at a time until you can form it into a ball. Then roll out the way you want on a floury surface.
I tinkered with my filling a bunch so I'm not positive what amount of what went into where.

octopus tentacles

I've been stuck on octopus related things lately (like the hedgehogs)and had to do a nail design. I tried to get the sort of tentacles like the ones in old drawings of ships being engulfed by sea monsters.
I used a detail brush to do the tentacles and a dotting tool for the suckers. I'm planning on trying more designs with the whole octopus on the nail or maybe or a squid.
Here's the polishes I used:
Sally Hansen surely ivory
Orly razzle
pure ice french kiss
Sally Hansen double duty base coat
N.Y.C top coat
detail brush
dotting tool

Thursday, August 25, 2011

disease book pack

Every year my library does a summer reading club where you can enter raffles and get prizes and things. I've been doing this for many years and have never won a thing. The way it works is every hour you read you can get a prize drawing ticket. I had about a hundred tickets and entered them in for the fantasy book pack. You have to write the name of the thing you want on your ticket and the one I wanted was 11C. I must of accidentally wrote a couple as 11B and guess what? For the first time in all these years I finally win a raffle and its for the prize I accidentally wrote tickets for!
There was two books in the prize and one was a autobiography of a woman with polio, and the other was a story about a girl escaping a city swept by an epidemic! And the name of this wonderful set of books? Why the Bliss book pack of course! I don't mean to be ungrateful that I finally won a raffle but seriously! The only time I win and I get the disease book pack! A little depressing don't you think?
But I did get a copy of Fahrenheit 451 with a cool cover so that makes up for a bit of it.
So if your entering a raffle, write your tickets carefully!
Happy reading(and painting)!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pink splatters

I've seen paint splatter variations all over the Internet and thought it would be perfect in pink for pink Wednesday.
I used a McDonald's straw and instead of dipping it in the paint I took my brush and and coated the inside of the straw and the edges with paint.
These are the polishes I used:
L.A colors pink
Sally Hansen double duty base coat
Color workshop white

Arches national park nails

I just got back home from my family's road trip. We didn't actually enter arches park but we've been there lots of times before. I mixed a couple different oranges and reds to get the perfect rock shade.

These are the polishes I used:
Pure ice french kiss
L.A colors color craze shock
L.A colors art deco dark green
Oil of olay cafe latte
Disco brights light show
N.Y.C top coat
Sally hansen double duty base coat

Monday, August 8, 2011

calypso lace shrug

I meant to write about this sooner but I never got around to blocking it, I just got it blocked and the ends weaved in so here it is!
I used some pretty knit picks yarn for this that I've been saving for ever because I had only one skein and was afraid to use it.
But I got over my scaredness and used it to make this.The pattern is from the sock yarn edition of One skein wonders. The pattern was pretty easy to follow except for one mistake in the number of stiches for the lace pattern. The only thing I changed was the pattern had you put two buttons so you could button it up but I thought it looked better open so I left those off. It took me about five days to knit but I wasn't knitting more than a hour a day.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

swirly pinks

Hello! Today I did a simple swirly design for my pink Wednesday. I used a detail brush and did little half Cs in dark pink on top of a base coat of a light pink. If you rotated the little Cs onto their side and did them in a red, this would be a very pretty fish inspired design too!

These are the polishes I used for this project:

Sally Hansen double duty base coat
Orly Razzle
Color workshop light pink
N.Y.C top coat
A detail brush
Happy painting!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Harry potter nails

I felt that since the last Harry potter movie is coming out I needed to do A harry potter inspired manicure. I did the house colors and their initials , and then the spiky hp on both my thumbs. This last week I've been trying to re-read the series before I see the last movie. So I've spent most of my days with my nose in a harry potter book. I'm half-way through the fourth book right now.
Here's the polishes I used,

L.A colors art deco silver and gold
Sally Hansen double duty base coat
L.A colors color craze shock
pure ice french kiss
Pure ice free spirit
Oil of Olay cafe latte
Orly ever burgundy
N.Y.C top coat
L.A colors black velvet
Happy painting!

Fish scale manicure

I've been wanting to do this manicure for quite a while now, and I finally got my konad so I can do it ! I found the tutorial here. I went down to the river later in the day and I caught a tadpole and a crawdad. They went so well with my nails I had to take pictures!

Here's the polishes I used,

Orly indigo star
Pure Ice french kiss
Pure ice A-list
N.Y.C top coat
Konad plate m57