Owl Design Tutorial

I did these owls once last year, and everyone loved them. Now that I’ve started painting nail wheels, I’m going to do more tutorials and have way more cool art to show off on the blog here since I have an endless supply of nails to paint! (Well, til I have to buy more wheels…)

To start off, make two dots that will form the color around the eyes. You want the dots to be a bit higher than halfway up the nail so you have room for the belly details and feet. Connect the dots at the bottom in a rounded off heart shape. Next you’ll want to paint the wings, making a curved line down the sides of the nail starting from about the bottom of the eyes. Step three is to make five dots in the empty space between your eyes and wings. I used a dotting tool, but a toothpick, bobby pin, tip of a pen or really anything small and pointy enough will work! I used all kinds of things to make different sized dots before I got dotting tools. The last step shown below is the feet, which are just two more tiny dots next to each other, with the bottom of the dot cut off by the end of the nail.

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Next, add two pretty large blue dots on top of the pink heart shape. Then paint a triangle at the bottom for the beak. Add another smaller dot of your background teal color at the top of your small blue dots to look like feathers. Last step is to add two smaller black dots in the light blue to complete the eyes.

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Polishes used:

Sinful Colors “Savage”
Sinful Colors “Soul Mate”
Sinful Colors “Tempest”
Forever 21 “Sage”
Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”
Sinful Colors “Black on Black”
Sinful Colors “Cloud 9″

Fourth of July 2015!

Happy 4th of July! I was honestly a little sad taking off my Blackhawks nails, but I always gotta do holiday nails. I reshaped my acrylics from Glitter Nail Salon again after removing all the polish, shortened them a little and perfected their points. I wanted to use two different 4th themed polishes I had, as well as a couple fun designs.

Fourth of July 2015

On my thumb is Funky Fingers “Fireworks”, a blend of red, silver and blue stars, and other varying sides of hexagon glitter in red, pearly white and blue. There’s also white bar glitter and a little bit of silver microglitter for some extra sparkle. It’s packed with these glitters, I used two coats and it didn’t require a lot of working around to get the glitter placed nicely.

On my pinky is Salon Perfect “Grand Finale” which is a clear top coat packed with red, silver and blue metallic bar glitters. I thought putting it over the blue gave it the look of fireworks in the night sky. I used two coats of this as well, but it does take a little finagling to get the glitters to lay flat and not hang off the nail. It does peel up a little here and there leaving the nail feeling a little rough, but if it’s really bothering me I just pull the offending bar off!

To do the red and white zig zag stripes, I used striping tape I bought from What’s Up Nail Store. Started with a coat of white, followed by the silver sparkles, let it dry extremely well (as in, did most of the other nails before going back to do the stripes!) then stuck the sticker guides on. I put one coat of red over top, making them even more sparkly since the red is a little see through. The tape has to be pulled off as soon as you’ve got the look you want to get clean lines!

The ring finger was started the same way with one coat each of white then silver glitter and left to dry just as long. I used straight tape (no idea where I got that from, it’s been too long) to make an exploded sort of shape, then painted a coat of red on one side, and blue on the other. I picked a couple of the silver glitters out of “Grand Finale” to finish it off!

Polishes Used:

Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”
Kleancolor “Bite Me”
Forever 21 “Holographic Brilliant Blue”
Finger Paints “Late Night Rendezvous”
Salon Perfect “Grand Finale”

Also, if any of you reading this are members on Nailpolis, please add me! http://www.nailpolis.com/artists/kristen

Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup Nails!

I don’t claim to be some huge diehard hockey fan, but I do enjoy watching men beat each other up on ice from time to time, especially when it’s Stanley Cup time. Living in Chicago, naturally I am a Blackhawks fan, and they rock so hard they won a third time! My boyfriend and I went to the parade downtown the first year they won, and the sheer amount of people in one place was crazy, I can’t imagine what it was like this year! Kyle had to work, and I didn’t feel like braving the madness. So I celebrated by treating myself to getting my nails done (gasp!). I went to Glitter Nail Salon in Oak Park as I have once before and had a good experience. It’s laid back, you can tell all the women that work there enjoy working with each other and have bonds with the people I could tell must be regulars.

I only wanted to get the acrylics done, and the base color on, sorry but I’m not paying to have someone else do my nail art when I’m more than capable! Plus I had a specific idea in mind. Here’s the nails they gave me:

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The thumb was shaped a little wonky, but I evened it out a little later. Oh well, she did a great job otherwise! I am so in love with that holographic silver, I am going to be buying ever holographic polish from Color Club soon. I chose a pearly white to look softer, like the old sweater jerseys.

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I decided I wasn’t adventurous enough to actually try to paint the whole logo, so I chose to just do different details of their jerseys, and obviously a cup on the silver finger. Also had to represent my favorite players- shown Oduya and Hjalmarsson, the other hand had Crawford and Toews.

2015 Blackhawks Stanley Cup

I don’t really remember which polishes I used to paint these, pretty sure they were all Finger Paints with a striping brush. I also don’t remember what the names of the polishes from the salon were either, but I know the red and pearl white were both OPI, and the silver as I said before was Color Club.

Go Blackhawks!

Throwback Thurday: Fourth of July 2014

This is pretty much the first and only time I’ve successfully done a water marble mani. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, if it’s the water somehow, or I just don’t have good marbelling polishes, who knows. But I was super happy when I was able to do these!

4th watermarble

The white was Salon Perfect “Pearl White” but the red and blue I don’t remember.

Blueberry Cream Cheese Puffs

This is my own combination of a couple different similar recipes I found on Allthecooks as well. They turned out better than I could have imagined! I used blueberries, but I’m sure pretty much and kind of fruit would be tasty, or maybe a couple chocolate chips or a piece of caramel to make it less breakfast-y and more of a dessert!

You’ll need:

2 cans croissant dough
8oz cream cheese
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
cinnamon and sugar mixed to taste
blueberries (or fruit of your choice!)
1/2 stick butter (melted)

Preheat oven to 350

Step 1: Mix the cream cheese and vanilla extract in a bowl. I also added a little bit of honey! (Who doesn’t love honey?)

Step 2: Unroll the dough and pull apart the triangles, lay them out on a baking sheet.

Step 3: Brush the triangles with the melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Step 4: Use a spoon to portion little balls of cream cheese onto the triangles. Add a few blueberries on top of the cream cheese.

Step 5: Pinch the dough together to form little balls.

Step 6: Grease a baking sheet with cooking spray, arrange balls on the sheet, brush the tops of them again with butter, and sprinkle more cinnamon seugar mix on top of those badboys.

Bake until they’re golden brown on top, and they’re done!

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They were incredible warm out of the oven, and they make a pretty damn good breakfast cold in the morning. I will be experimenting with all kinds of fruit combos for the filling in the future!

Barbecue Chicken Cornbread Casserole!

I recently downloaded an app on my phone called Allthecooks, which I think is going to turn out to be a great decision. You can browse recipes, see other people’s pictures and tips on those recipes, add the items you need for the recipe straight to a grocery list in the app, and it even has a meal planner I’m going to try out too.

One of the first recipes that caught my eye was this BBQ chicken cornbread casserole thing. What better for summer! It’s such a simple recipe, and took almost no time to make. Credit to user “bytanlladwyr2003″ on Allthecooks, my boyfriend is already exclaiming this is his new favorite food and could eat it every day forever.

Ingredients:

2lb chicken
BBQ sauce (your preference)
1 can corn (drained)
2 cup Mexican cheese (divided)
2 pouches corn bread mix

Preheat oven to 350

Step 1: The original recipe calls for chicken broth, but I just grilled the chicken and shredded it before dousing it liberally in BBQ.

Step 2: Mix cornbread as directed on the package, add the drained can of corn and 1 cup of cheese, mix well.

Step 3. Grease a baking dish, spread the cornbread mix evenly on the bottom.

Step 4: Cover cornbread mix with shredded chicken/BBQ combo.

Step 5. Bake about 20-25 minutes.

Step 6. Remove from oven and spread remaining cheese on top. Bake another 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and sticking a toothpick in comes out dry.

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Again, this is SO good. I am definitely saving this one.

I’m back!!

After so long, I finally treated myself to a new laptop with this year’s tax return! I just wasn’t a huge fan of typing much on my Surface’s keyboard, so the blog got neglected. Buying this laptop sure was a hassle! I was originally going to buy a Lenovo, placed the order online on the 6th, money was placed on hold in my bank account, and my ship date was the 18th because it was being built. Fine. Then I checked the order status a few days ago, and it had changed to the 23rd, the next day the 22nd, and the next day back to being shipped on the 23rd. That day I also noticed that I had the amount of the laptop back in my bank account, so a few calls later I find out that they released the funds as the laptop wasn’t ready to ship, and that they would charge me when it was ready. My problem with that is that they couldn’t tell me when it was going to ship! So I went out of town, spent more money than I wanted to, and didn’t have the laptop funds in my bank anymore. Since my ship date still said the 23rd on the website, I called to ask if they could just hold it til my next payday on the 24th. Seemed pretty reasonable to me, right? They told me they had no communication with the manufacturing plant and couldn’t guarantee any specific date for it to ship or control when they charged me. I was promised expedited shipping then told by the next person they didn’t do that since it shipped straight from the manufacturer. I was promised 10% off, but it had to be as a rebate after I already paid for the laptop, but they still didn’t know when that would be. In the end, I was sent an email that said they were sorry I cancelled my order, when they actually auto-cancelled it since they couldn’t place a hold on my bank for a THIRD time. The one sales manager I talked with even called me on the 24th to ask if I still wanted to order the laptop… it was hard not to laugh a little when I told him service like that will *never* get my money.

I then looked for other laptops, found a similar Acer model, called the sales department, placed the order, and got my new god damn laptop in THREE DAYS. Now that is a company I will give my money to! Long story short, don’t bother with Lenovo, they have NO idea what they are doing!

I’m pretty excited to start blogging again, I tried out two new recipes that turned out amazing that I’ll be writing about in the next couple days! One was a cornbread barbeque chicken casserole and the other was a somewhat improvised blueberry cream cheese puffs. Yum! Plus, I have plenty of nail designs and crafts that haven’t been posted yet!