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Pretty Fancy

I haven’t been doing my nails much lately, they are all broken and jankey… :-( I did these today and felt like putting them up.

Had some friends over for a barbecue, and I made ice cream sandwiches for dessert! Let’s just say they were a hit:-)

Sounds pretty simple, ice cream between two cookies, but as I learned today there is definitely a way to do it wrong.

I’m not going to give you a cookie recipe, because there’s one on the back of every bag of chocolate chips! These are classic tollhouse style chocolate chip cookies, of course you can use whatever kind of cookies you want. I use a 1TBSP scoop to make the cookies, which is super easy and results in evenly sized cookies, and is also the perfect amount of ice cream to go inside the sandwiches.

So here are my tips!

1. Freeze the cookies before assembling your sandwiches. This helps keep the ice cream from getting too soft.

2. Don’t soften the ice cream too much. You want it scoopable, but not stirrable.

3. Keep the sandwiches flat until they are fully frozen together.

If you don’t do these 3 things, you will end up with my first attempt, which was finding all the ice cream melted out when I opened the freezer an hour after making the sandwiches. LOL. Nothing I couldn’t fix, and everybody loved them! Well, except for baby O… Guess he hasn’t figured out messy dessert fun quite yet:-)

So, the other day I helped my brother splatter paint the valve cover for his car. I don’t really do cars, but I assume that this particular part does something in the way of covering valves, and looks pretty when you paint it… Although the amount of time you spend  looking at your engine is probably a fraction of the time you spend using it, apparently it’s important to look nice!

We used spoons to make this splatter effect, which i realized would not be very effective on fingernails. But since I had already decided to recreate the look on my nails, I was determined to find a way! Which, actually wasn’t too hard, because I had already seen Jen’s tutorial on ThePolishAholic. It involves a straw. And I will say that the splatter pattern turned out quite different. The spoon method was mostly droplets of various sizes with a few long thin lines, but the straw method tends to make crazier shapes and is less even (but no less cool!)

I used Sally Hansen Wet Cement  (the base) and Gunmetal (the splatter) because I wasn’t too fond of the black and white look. I love the contrast between the light creme and dark shimmer in the same color. I recently got some small pendant blanks and so I decided to see how hard it would be to make some matching earrings. It worked great.

So anyway, sorry for such a long delay in posting. Some weeks it just doesn’t happen. We’re going to be working on moving my blog soon, so stay tuned for any updates:-)

GlitterBomb, Baby!

 

 

WOW so much glitter! I wouldn’t wear this normally… but it’s GlitterBomb monday on PAA:-)

 

Harry Potter nails

I am not going to see Harry Potter 7: part 2 tonight, because it is only in 3-d at my theatre and that makes me sick. But I am going to see part 1, because it is showing right before, so friends will be there:-) So I did my nails anyway

Pretty! I wanted to do all the horcruxes and the hallows, but my freehanding skills aren’t great. Oh well! Happy Harry Potter, everyone!

I’m almost out of pink! I’ve only been doing Pink Wednesday for a few months now, and I think I only have one left that’s never been on the blog! So, I may stop doing it, or maybe I will feature pink nail art, I haven’t decided yet.

New Spongey Mani

This week the nail art theme on the Polish Aholics Anonymous facebook group is sponging! I have done a few of these lately so I was excited to do another.

I used WetnWild Gray’s anatomy, Caribbean Frost, Blue Moon, and Eggplant frost,  L.A. Colors Sea Siren, and Maybelline Lime Aluminium. This one didn’t really blend as much as I like, but it still turned out ok. What I like to do is use a bunch of colors with the same finish and really blend them together, and then have an accent color sponged on, like a glitter or a foil. Lime Aluminium is a really fine glitter and it really pops off the background of all the other colors.

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