Swimming Gala…

So you may or may not already know that I work as a swimming teacher. At the weekend we held a fun swimming gala for everyone. (With emphasis on the fun, everyone got a participation medal regardless, but also place ribbons in their race.) For the beginners there were noodle horse races and the more advanced swimmers swam either widths or lengths of proper strokes. It was a really good day which ran smoothly only because there was a lot of preparation and thought went in to it (kudos to the boss).

All the swimmers seemed to love it too. It was a nice taster to the competitive world for some of the older children who maybe hadn’t thought about club swimming before, and a pat on the back to all the children for working hard at lessons.

So, confession time who out of you lot can/can’t swim?

Here’s the nails that I wore, they were greatly admired!

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Website…

So I’m trying to take my craft selling a little more seriously. I worked hard to take some ‘good looking’ product shots and opened up my Etsy shop. Hooray!

The next step was to sort out was my website. I bought my domain name years ago but never got round to doing anything with it, the idea of building my own website seemed too scary so I procrastinated. Until last week and got stuck in to it.

Funnily enough it was enjoyable in a way, kind of satisfying. And whilst not the slickest of websites, I suppose it does the job. So please have a look, (click on the photo below) and let me know what you think as sometimes with being the ‘creator’ it means you’re too close to see it’s faults.

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BornPrettyStore: Silver Metal Frame

So today I’m reviewing some ‘Silver Metal Frames‘ sent to me by BornPrettyStore. I chose them because I’ve seen some super cool ways they’ve been used by Japanese nail artists whom I follow on Instagram. Unfortunately those guys are nail art wizards and I’ve came no where close to achieving their standards, but I’ve done my best to make them look as best as I can!

They’re literally just little hoops of metal, very light-weight and beautifully beveled to sit better on your nails. They come in a lot of different sizes, shapes and also you get the option of either gold or silver. As you can see I went for the Silver Circle in 6mm.

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I first applied my base coat, and whilst still wet, settled the little frame on to my nail. (As I was going to be applying UV gel top coat over it later, I didn’t think it would need any proper fixing to start with). I then filled the frame with little chunks of silver. I think it almost makes it look like a silver geode or precious rock. I’m no expert in geology terminology, any help with what I’m trying to describe here would be appreciated!

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I then encased the whole thing in UV gel polish top coat. As you can see the polish affected neither the metal frame nor the silver chunks – hooray!

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So what do you think of using the frame like this? I think without it, the silver chunks would have looked a bit random and there’s no way they would look so neatly arranged.

For the second look, I painted my left hand. I know, I bet yous thought I didn’t have one, I hope you didn’t faint from shock. I just couldn’t bear to take off the first design as I really liked how it turned out. This time instead of filling the frameΒ up I chose to use it as a decoration in it’s own right.

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I went for a bright, summery beach look that required zero painting skills. It’s just a shame I didn’t included another frame as it’s looking a little lonesome. But hopefully you can see what I was trying for!

So which design do you prefer? For me, it has to be the first look even though the second is a lot more seasonally appropriate. The frames are currently on sale (16/05) at $1.29 for 10 which is a great price.

Have you got metal frames hiding in your nail art supplies already? Has anyone else seen the Japanese nail artist wizards that I’m talking about? So inspirational.

If you would like to purchase anything from BornPrettyStore, use my code ‘AZYW10’ at the checkout and you’ll receive 10% off all your full priced items – yaaay to savings!

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Cheeky Nandos…

So if you happened to see my Instagram story on Saturday you may have guessed that I was dining at Nandos for dinner!

What do you guys think about Nandos?

For me, it’s a little over-hyped if you listen to the people that say it’s ‘amazing’. The food is okay, but nothing spectacular and I would say it’s potentially over-priced for what you actually get. But for a meal out every now and then it does the job, but to be honest I would rather go somewhere else. I have to be in the mood for a Nandos, it’s not my ‘go to’ restaurant. So why was I there then, well it was for my dads birthday meal with my brother and he loves Nandos. (It was either that or McDonalds…)

I decided to paint the peri-o-meter, even though I never dare touch anything above ‘extra mild’ because I’m a big scaredy-cat when it comes to heat. But there was no way I was going to be able to cram the words ‘extra mild’ in to that tiny space, so ‘Hot’ was my best option. Of course I also had to paint the Nandos Rooster (or rather ‘Barcelos Cockerel’) as it is their logo, and went with writing Nandos on my thumb. I enjoy painting lettering as it’s quite satisfyigin, even although I messed up the ‘S’ as I had sort of ran out of space whoops!

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Which came first?

So which came first – the chicken or the egg? I really fancied doing something hand painted today as I haven’t done so in a while. They were inspired by this cute little chicken shaped stapler I have on my desk. None of the office supplies are sensible, so I’m glad I don’t actually work in an office; my tape dispenser is a dachshund, my highlighters are snails and I have dinosaur pens.

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Totes Adorbs…

So today I launched some tote bags onΒ Etsy! They are all hand-printed by my fair hands, on a cotton bag made from 100% recycled cotton. As they are hand-printed each bag is totally unique – there might be some extra paint, there might be a squint print, some might be some slightly lighter in colour but I think this all adds to their charm! They are safe to wash, but in order to keep the design looking it’s best I’d recommend either spot cleaning them or hand washing them.

The inspiration for all these bags came from plants that I’m growing in my garden this year.

The first bag is printed with super cute strawberries. My strawberry plants are now actually 3 years old! Sadly though this means that I’ll probably have to get some new plants next year, as they don’t produce as many berries after 3 or 4 years. Β There are 20 strawberries printed on this bag – 10 on the front, 10 on the back.

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I’ve grown carrots once before, and they turned out to be tiny little things but rather sweet and tasty. I know you’ve got to have quite sandy or unlumpy soil to make it easier for them to grow, so fingers crossed they’ll be better this time round. There are 10 carrots printed on the bag – 10 on the front, 10 on the back.

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I’ve never grown radish before. I also don’t even particularly like radish, but I’m hoping that if they do grow okay I can finely slice them or pickle them for salads. I grew potatoes and peas last year, but supposedly you’re not meant to grow potatoes in the same place two years in a row hence the change to different root vegetables this year. This bag has 20 radish printed on it – 10 on the front, 10 on the back.

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So which bag is your favourite? These totes are great for shoving in your pocket or hand bag meaning you’ve always got a plastic bag alternative handy. Please make sure to have a look at my Etsy shop and let me know what you think about the product shots!

Looks familiar…

So after the 5 years of painting my nails, it was bound to happen that I’d create a duplicate design and here it is. It was only after I’d finished them and had a good look at it that I got the whole ‘I’ve seen this before…’ feeling. What’s even more freaky is that the lines are hand painted for both designs (I could have used striping tape for either), I’ve painted the same amount of stripes on each finger bar my index (I could have painted them thinner or thicker) and I’ve also chosen the same finger to have the charm on. I didn’t realise I was so predictable! The previous anchor design is here, which do you prefer?

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