SAGE – Faux Cow Skull

(Sage is currently available for purchase in my Etsy Shop)

‘Sage’ is a forest dweller who has a positive and light-hearted temperament. This is reflected by his dewy glow and the three pieces of green sea glass within his forehead. The number 3 in many cultures is very auspicious and when paired with the colour psychology of green it could be seen as a sign of good fortune!

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Sage’s ‘horns’ are actually a pair of ‘tricolour melanocrater’ air plants. Here are my simple recommendations on how to keep them happy and healthy;
– Mist the plants once or twice a week with water, ensuring they have dried off within 4 hours or your plants may begin to rot.
– Place the skull in a bright room, but out of direct sunlight as the plants may get too dry and begin to brown.
I include a care sheet specific to the variety of air plant with each skull for future reference.

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Sage is designed to be hung on the wall and therefore has a simple hole for hanging (e.g. place on to a picture hook or nail). He will arrive nestled in tissue paper and securely tied down within a tear strip postal box – all the packaging is recyclable.

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Measurements (Length x Width)
Skull = 9cm x 14cm / 3.5″ x 5.5″
Skull + Horns = 26cm x 22cm / 10″ x 8.5″

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Materials;
Air-drying Clay
Tillandsias
Sea Glass

Each of my skulls are one of a kind. They may share a theme collectively however they will never come out the same. I give them all a personal name to reflect this uniqueness.

OCEAN – Faux Cow Skull…

(Ocean is currently for sale in my Etsy Shop)

‘Ocean’ is emblazoned with many sea treasures; sea glass, sea shells, sea pottery and driftwood mostly collected from the shores of a South Queensferry beach. He is hand sculpted from air drying clay and then carefully painted in blue hues to reflect the ocean itself.

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Ocean is designed to be hung on the wall and therefore has a simple hole for hanging (e.g place on to a picture hook or nail). He will arrive nestled in tissue paper and securely tied down within a tear strip postal box – all the packaging is recyclable.

Ocean Side View.JPG

Measurements (Length x Width)
Skull = 5″ x 2.75″ / 13cm x 7.5cm
Skull + Horns = 6.25″ x 7″ / 16cm x 18cm

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Materials;
Air-drying Clay
Sea glass
Sea pottery
Driftwood
Seashells

Ocean Macro

Each of my skulls are one of a kind. They may share a collective theme however they will never come out the same. I give them all a personal name to reflect this uniqueness.

SAHARA – Faux Cow Skull

(Sahara is currently for sale in my Etsy Shop)

‘Sahara’ reflects the purity and elegance of a natural skull. After being hand sculpted from clay I painted minimal detail and use natural tones to accentuate her curves and shape.

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Sahara’s ‘horns’ are actually a pair of ‘Baileyi’ Airplants. Here are my simple recommendations on how to keep them happy and healthy;
– Mist the plants once or twice a week with water, ensuring they have dried off within 4 hours or your plants may begin to rot.
– Place the skull in a bright room, but out of direct sunlight as the plant may get too dry and begin to brown.
I include a care sheet specific to the variety of airplant with each skull for future reference.

Sahara Side View.JPG

Sahara is designed to be hung on the wall and therefore has a simple hole for hanging (e.g. place on to a picture hook or nail). She will arrive nestled in tissue paper and securely tied down within a tear strip postal box – all the packaging is recyclable.

Sahara Skull Detail.JPG

ghost dimension

Measurements (Length x Width)
Skull = 5.5″ x 3.5″ / 14cm x 9cm
Skull + Horns = 9″ x 8″ / 23cm x 21cm

Materials;
Air-drying Clay
Tillandsias

Each of my skulls are one of a kind. They may share a theme collectively however they will never come out the same. I give them all a personal name to reflect this uniqueness.

SOL – Faux Cow Skull

(Sol is currently for sale in my Esty Shop )

I have taken inspiration from the warmth of the setting Sun to create this piece called ‘Sol’. He is hand sculpted from air drying clay and is adorned with a beautiful, unusual piece of sea glass picked from the shores of a South Queensferry beach.

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Sol’s ‘horns’ are actually a pair of ‘Butzii’ Airplants. Here are my simple recommendations on how to keep them happy and healthy;
– Mist the plants once or twice a week with water, ensuring they have dried off within 4 hours or your plants may begin to rot.
– Place the skull in a bright room, but out of direct sunlight as the plant may get too dry and begin to brown.
I include a care sheet specific to the variety of airplant ‘horns’ with each skull for your future reference.

Sol Side View.JPG

Sol is designed to be hung on the wall and therefore has a simple hole for hanging (e.g place on to a picture hook or nail). He will arrive nestled in tissue paper and securely tied down within a tear strip postal box – all the packaging is recyclable.

Sol Close Up.JPG

Measurements: (Length x Width)
Skull = 4.75″ x 2.75″ / 12cm x 7cm
Skull + Horns = 12″ x 3.5″ / 30cm x 9cm

sol dimensions

Materials;
Air Drying Clay
Sea Glass
Tillandsias

Each of my skulls are one of a kind. They may share a collective theme however they will never come out the same. I give them all a personal name to reflect this uniqueness.

Abstract Art…

So I’ve seen a lot of random/abstract nail art lately on Instagram (e.g among others, ‘Ninanailedit‘ does the style quite often) and thought I’d give it a go. It was simultaneously freeing but a bit stressful , let me explain.

It was great to just do a blob here, a few spots there, add a line and then voilà. It was quick, in my opinion it looks quite cool and it wasn’t messy. There was no pressure to be ‘perfect’. Done.

But! It was knowing when to stop and also not getting too OCD about it. Is that enough spots? Do the lines have to all point in the same direction? Was that the right colour combination? And so on.

I’d definitely do it again as it was quite fun and I’d recommend for everyone to give it a go!

Random Abstract Nail Art

Born Pretty Store: Chameleon Gel…

So I have a UV lamp but haven’t used many UV Gel products so I was interested to try out the ‘Chameleon Sequins Gel BP-08‘ that BornPrettyStore sent to me to review. There’s only 3g of gel in the little tub which doesn’t look much at first but actually there’s plenty.

BPS Chameleon Sequins Gel Collage
I started off with a black base then applied two coats of the gel, curing in between. For application I used a small flat brush as I felt it would pick up the Chameleon sequins better than a pointed brush. Even though it’s described as ‘sequins’, I’d probably call it a chameleon flakie.

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Chameleon Sequins Gel BP-08 40795

Those colours though, right?!

It really is beautiful and it was worth doing two coats of gel as I think it helps add a bit of depth. I sealed in all in with a no wipe UV gel top coat.

As pretty as it is alone, I thought it made a fitting base for some basic galaxy decoration. What do yous think?

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If you would like to order this Gel or anything else from BornPrettyStore feel free to use my code AZYW10 at the check out to receive 10% off all your full priced items.

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OK Motors…

So I’m still playing Animal Crossing:Pocket Camp daily. Fortunately it’s now more of a quick dip in a few times a day rather than my compulsive addiction that I had to begin with where I wanted to check who was visiting every three hours. Come on admit it, you went through that stage too right?…

Anyway, I decided to paint the pit crew from OK Motors – Giovanni, Beppe and Carlo.

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Ok motors animal crossing nail art

BornPrettyStore: Fish BP-151

So I’ve not written a review in ages! Today I’m showing you a fish themed stamping plate from BornPrettyStore. Have a little look at the following pictures and let’s play ‘One of these things is not like the others’.

BPS Fish Stamping Plate BP151
BPS Fish Stamping Plate BP151 Plate

Did you get it right? Why on earth has a unicorn been included, bizarre. There is actually a fish called a Unicorn Tang but it certainly doesn’t look like that. (I suppose you could argue that jellyfish aren’t fish but at least it’s related in the name and live in the sea.)

Anyway, the fish images are pretty usable and picked up crisply. They lend themselves well to reverse stamping if that’s your bag but if it’s not don’t worry as they can also be used just as effectively for as stamp-and-go images.

BP 151 Fish Image Pick Up

However, if you have quite long nails I think you’d struggle to cover them with just one image. I think you’d have to pick up the image twice and try to do some sort of over-lap. I have naturally long nails without have long growth (if that makes sense) and the images were close to being too small to cover mine. Also, as beautiful as the central goldfish is I didn’t have much practical use for it as it’s massive!

Enough nit-picking, who’s ready for some nail art example;

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Fish Print FishPlate BP151

So which was your favourite? If you fancy trying out some fish-related designs the plate is currently on sale for only $1.59 and free shipping! Should you happen to add anything else to your basket, use my code AZYW10 at the checkout to receive 10% off all your full priced items.
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New Year New Neon…

So I received a set of Nails Inc ‘Stay Bright Neons’ for my Christmas and decided to use one of the polishes (‘Claridge gardens’) as the base for my new year nails. The set includes a ‘neon activator’ which you have to apply as a base for the neon colour – it looked a lot like normal white nail varnish to me but it sure did make the neon pop!

I then threw on a sprinkling of holo glitter, which has disappointingly photographed as just silver, and some green round glitter to give me that ‘lets have a party’ feeling.

All the best for 2018 everyone!

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Pik-ACHOO

So I’ve been super quiet on the blog front, apologies. I won’t bore you too much with the detail of the excuses but basically I’ve been super busy and unmotivated. When I did manage to get a minute to myself I just wanted to chill out and couldn’t be bothered with my nails.

ANYWAY! I purchased this super cute washi tape over in Japan. It’s very appropriate for today’s climate which has been considerably snowy. I cut the tape to size and stuck it down, it was actually quite a sticky washi so it stuck no bother. I then top coated it with Seche Vite and viola!

Pikachu Washi Tape Mani