Friday, 27 June 2014

Nail Varnishes - tiny pots of paint.

This year I've rekindled my love for nail varnishes. As a teenager I fell in love with these tiny pots of paint. Alas, my nails weren't meant for varnish as a day later it would look like I'd been scrubbing the floors, the varnish flaked off.

When I was a little older I started having fibreglass nails put on, just so I could wear colour. It was amazing!! Finally I could have nice nails!

Zoom on to 15 years later and I've started having acrylic overlays put on my nails. Having a horse does nothing for natural nails.

So, my new nails have collided with the explosion of amazing polish available.

I can't get enough!

Me and Elli had our nails done, she was so excited!!!!
Maybelline have really impressed me with their limited edition polishes. In their Brocades polishes, which were avalible earlier on this year, the glitter was so much fuller than others I have used. In actual fact, it was more like foil.

My favourite was Knitted Gold, a wonderful gold with a rose gold mixed in.


Next on the wow list is their Acid Wash which is avalible now.

I've never had so many comments on my nails as I have using this polish. The one below is called Top Splatter. This unables you to turn any polish into an Acid Wash.

When I have my nails done I always have regular polish on them. This lets me to take it off when I like and put on something else. I get bored very easily. When I apply my varnish I use these guys to help me make the best on my nails.

Sally Hansen does the best acetone free polish remover. Any other does not like the glitter and stuff.

Next, Avon liquid freeze. Just spray on your wet nails and they are dry in a quarter of the time!


Last but not least is my Jessica cutical oil.

Taking of Sally Hansen, look at this beauty. It's called Mermaid Tails.

Barry M has got to be one of my long standing favourites. I could not live without their top/base coat.


I'll finish off with a big pile on my polishes!



Sunday, 22 June 2014

We are not going

This is what I've been saying lots over the past few weeks.

It pains me to say these words. I never thought I'd miss one unless I couldn't get tickets but when Callum's mock exam dates were changed to the Wednesday to Wednesday of Glastonbury I knew we couldn't go, not even for the weekend. We all cried, it was totally rubbish.

Sometimes I find it hard to explain why it means so much to me, after all it is only a festival. I think when you have not missed one for 7 years it's just part of you and what you do. I keep thinking this time normally I would be preparing this or this would be my last day at work. Because this is what I 'do' it has led to people asking me if I'm excited, who I'm seeing, how many days left..... This leads me to that answer.

At the end of the day you go with priorities, what's more important and Callum certainly is. This doesn't stop me from being gutted.

So I'd like to wish all my #twisto gang the best time. Sorry I haven't been on a Twitter recently but I can't face it. I've even struggled to listen to music lately. Please have a Brothers pear cider for me at the #twisto meet.

Love you all.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Demos and Classes!

So, on Saturday Marion and I will be doing a bit of demoing in the shop. Stencils and what to do with them is the subject. Who hasn't got loads of stencils?! If you haven't and you have been thinking about buying some, this is the perfect opportunity to come, ask some questions and watch us do our thang! Even if you have got loads and are a seasoned stenciller, we have got a few tricks up our sleeve.


We have been really busy preparing samples ready for Saturday. I'm so excited!!!

Also, I have a couple of classes coming up this month.

This pretty scrapbook page .......

And something a little different....

This class is all about prettying up your apron. Now I know that there are loads of you with boring plain craft aprons in doors just crying out to look pretty, bring them to class and they will be transformed! You could even do a canvas or cotton bag if you wish. If you are looking at this and feeling scared, don't be! All the details are stamps!

Pop over to the website to see the dates and details!

sugar and spice crafts

See you Saturday!


Monday, 14 April 2014


After waking up this morning from a dream about depression it's really been on my mind. I've pinned a few quotes today which have been quite explanatory. One of which being this one....


Oh gosh my chest is going to burst or cave in today.

Stupid dream.

Then I found this one.....

Good eh?

Take action! This is sometimes not the easiest thing to do. When one feels strong enough move forward. Get a list.

I found this last pin very motivating.

Thank you Hannah for posting these quotes.


Friday, 4 April 2014


This week I've been Instagraming what I've been wearing. I love looking back on these little snippets of style information, if you look on my camera roll there are quite a few. I like to Imagin in 20 years time (I will be 55, yikes!) I will look through those pictures and think ' oh my gosh!'

First one is this combo.

I picked up this top from a bootsale for 50p, I do love a bootsale! I think neutrals or browns would be an obvious choice but I teamed it with peach and pink.

Second one is my lovely chunky knit cardi which I have worn to death! It's looking very sad now. I love to wear it with a vest and a big statement pendant, teamed with my new £3 pumps!

Third outfit I'm sharing this week is my new Mother's Day jumper from Miss Woo

It's a perfect lightweight jumper for the spring time. I'm wearing it with a pair of black shine leggings and my wellie boots of course!

OSo what are you wearing today?


Monday, 24 March 2014

Chilli Con Carne - fine tuning...

Lately I've been trying to fine tune recipes which I've cooked forever.

Chilli con Carne is something my dad used to cook when we were young. I'm not sure if this was normal in the 80's or not.

So forever my chilli has gone like this - onion, garlic, mince beef, beef oxo, mushrooms, tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, dried mixed herbs and chilli powder, that order in the pot.


My tweaking lately has brought me to add a bit of sugar to my chilli. I've also swapped chilli powder for chilli flakes. Out has gone the mixed herbs, I don't think they were needed, and in has come cumin powder and cinnamon powder.

Tonight I read a Jamie Oliver recipe which included a bit of balsamic vinegar so I decided to give it a whirl.

Now you might notice that I have baked beans in there, this is something I like to do from time to time. If you do there is no need to add sugar as baked beans are loaded with them.

Rice is the way forward with chilli, oh and sour cream.

Chocolate is the only thing I haven't tried yet, I've heard this is good!

Well my dinner was yum, what did you have?


Friday, 31 January 2014

Bye bye 2013, Hello 2014

My last month of 2013 went something like this.....

And this...
Then a good dose of Christmas!
2014 started with my little sister getting married!

It was an amazing day full of little quirks!

My sister had been collecting broaches to make her bouquet for over a year. It even contained some of our Nanna's broaches and even our great Nanna's. We had them in our bridesmaid bouquets too.

Please note my amazing shoes...

We had to wear gold shoes of which I did not own so I had to treat myself to a pair! Irregular Choice do some amazing if not a little mental shoes! Loooook at how beautiful they are.

Love and bugs

Nina x