Monday, December 27, 2010

Red for the Holidays

I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!  Here is the manicure I have worn since Christmas:

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

For this manicure, I started with one coat of OPI Red Hot Gift over Seche Restore.  Then I painted one coat of China Glaze Ruby Pumps, a gorgeous shimmery red.  I topped everything with Seche Vite.

OPI Red Hot Gift

Thanks for stopping by!


My mom got me some jewelry making supplies for Christmas, and my parents got me a light box for photography (yay!).  Here are some photos of the jewelry I made - in my new lightbox with the macro kit J got me:

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

For this design, I painted two coats of China Glaze Snow, then, using a toothpick, I made tiny dots with China Glaze Mommy Kissing Santa and two little leaves with SpaRitual Yes, I Can.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday filled with love and joy.  
Merry Christmas and have a great day.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays!!

Merry Christmas Eve!

What are your special Christmas Eve traditions?  We always make sticky buns and bake cookies, and I help my parents finish up their gift wrapping (I love wrapping gifts - they don't).  We don't have a traditional Christmas Eve dinner, but I think tonight we're having "chicken" scampi made with vegetarian Quorn "chicken" patties (and loads of butter, white wine, and the fabulous fresh pasta J's family brought for us from Philly).  I hope everyone has a nice Christmas Eve.

Today, I have a manicure in very traditional Christmas colors.  I considered Konading green over red, but since using Konad tends to thin out the color, I didn't think it would show up very well.  So instead I did half-and-half red and green using OPI Red Hot Gift (the polish I wore yesterday) topped with two coats of SpaRitual Yes, I Can.

Have a wonderful Christmas Eve.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Tree Earrings

I made Christmas tree earrings!

I made a pair for J's mom, for my sister, and for my mom.  They are made out of Swarovski crystals and silver findings.

 Tiny Christmas tree ornament earrings that my sister, Kelsey, made for me:

Vitrail Christmas trees Kelsey bought for me at a craft fair:

Pink Christmas tree earrings that I bought:

Christmas Red

OPI Red Hot Gift

Today I am wearing OPI Red Hot Gift, a fabulous bright red (it is showing up slightly orangier in these pictures than it is).  I used two coats for great coverage.  I love having bright red holiday nails!  I forgot how much I love colors like this around Christmas.  It is really pretty.

Are you finished with your Christmas shopping?  I need to make one last trip to the mall today (it is going to be bad there...), but otherwise I have everything wrapped and ready for Christmas.  Now I need to start making sticky buns (yum!).

Happy Holidays!

Holiday Glow

Today I have some pictures of OPI Holiday Glow, a warm coffee brown with copper glitter that I swatched on my 'short nails' hand (these are my doing-the-dishes, removing contacts, cleaning the house nails).  It covered pretty well in two coats - still slightly sheer - and it has a really nice shimmery glow.  Very pretty, but not stunning or extremely special, in my opinion, but a nice fall/winter shade.

Knifty Knitting

I've been knitting up a storm this past week using my Knifty Knitter.  I do test administration and college advising at local high schools, so during these last two weeks I took my Knifty Knitter with me to do some knitting during the down time.  None of my coworkers there had ever seen a Knifty Knitter before and they all wanted to know more about it, so I figured I'd share it with my crafty readers as well.  They make a great Christmas gift on their own, but they also make scarf making SO easy (which is also an excellent gift!).  I have made these three this year:

The green and the blue are for my Grandma, the purple is for her caretaker, Josephine.

The Knifty Knitter looks like this (above).  It is basically a loom.  You weave your yarn around the hooks (I normally just use the first 6 or 7) and then weave a second layer over top of that.  Then you lift the bottom layer of yarn up and over the second layer.  After that, you weave a new row over what was the bottom row.  It is seriously easy - I do it while I watch TV (and by the way, I've never been able to pick up real knitting.  I can crochet - slowly - but this is the only way I can make a real knitted scarf).
I always use two spools of Lion Brand yarn because it makes the scarves extra thick and plush.  The yarn I use costs about $5 each roll, so scarves end up being around $10 each.  They also have Knifty Knitters for making hats and socks, but I've never had much success with those.

Have you ever used a Knifty Knitter?  We first tried it when my sister won a Knifty Knitter set at Michael's 6 or 7 years ago.  After that we were both hooked.  I believe the looms cost around $8 each and I've seen them at JoAnns and Michaels.  I think there are other brands too, but I could be wrong - I've only used the Knifty Knitter brand but I saw what looked like other types at Michael's the other day.  I've had the same one for at least 6 years now, but I have to buy new needles/hooks each year because I constantly lose them (they are .99 cents).  The biggest expense is the yarn - I've never made them with anything but Lion Brand, but I've been looking at the cheaper ($2-$3 spools) lately and I would like to try making a scarf out of those.  Knifty Knitting is a really fun craft and a great way to make gifts.
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ruby Red

Last year my go-to Christmas red was the fabulous China Glaze Ruby Pumps.  This year, I can't stop wearing China Glaze's new Mommy Kissing Santa (which I wish was named Ruby Deer - it is the perfect ruby red!).  This is a gorgeous, deep red with all sorts of glow.

Mommy Kissing Santa

I used two coats for great coverage.  This is a darker, blue-based red with subtle, very fine shimmer.  It dried fast (especially with some super-shiny Seche Vite on top).  This is just a beautiful red - I love it.  
I took this picture outdoors in natural sunlight.

In the shade

I took this photo indoors with flash.

Our Christmas tree, which (clearly) the cats have already attacked:

For some reason, Emily really wanted to be in this picture.

What is your go-to holiday red?
Happy Holidays!


This past week, I've been doing a lot of the things I was putting off all semester.  One of those things was the huge task of reorganizing my office, which was overflowing with student essays, handouts, and books, books, and more books.  I found a lot of books to donate (and I recycled a TON of papers), but I'm most proud of how I finally organized all my books into categories.  When I first moved into this house 2 1/2 years ago, I threw all my books into my book shelves in this terrible, haphazard way.  There was no organization whatsoever, there we books behind books, on top of books, and even inside of books.  It was a mess.  This makes it so much easier for me to find the books I want to read or reference.

These are my favorite books (and some of my stamping supplies on the lowest shelf and the bottom drawer, which isn't visible):

Cookbooks, how to books ("How to Fix Anything," "How to Live with a Neurotic Dog") and all the books that didn't make it into "favorite book" territory:
(This angle makes it look like my book shelf is about to topple over)

These are the books from grad school and undergrad that I liked and kept (as well as a few of my "favorite books" that didn't fit into the "favorite books" shelves:

And there is also a shelf with books that I use now as a teacher and a shelf with books from grad school that I did not really enjoy, but kept anyway (after purchasing "Frankenstein" three separate times because I kept selling it back in undergrad, I learned my lesson).  Those weren't attractive enough to photograph.

Of course, I've also been polishing a bit.  I'll have some pictures of the stunning red I'm wearing right now later today.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday (2 more days 'til Christmas!!!)

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