♪♫ Memories of times and the places that were there

I can’t believe it’s Friday already! This week has flown by so quickly.
You might have noticed a few changes around here recently. I put up a new banner a little while ago and my pictures have also taken a turn for the better if I do say so myself!
I’ve been wanting a great lamp with a white fluorescent bulb for a long time after Cris gave me some advice about lighting. They can be a bit pricey but I was lucky enough to find one in the house. It’s been sat on the same side table for months and I’ve gotten so used to seeing it that I just forgot it was there.
I was sat in the lounge one day when I caught a glimpse of it and just had one of those moments where something clicked in my brain and I realised it was exactly what I’d been wanting for weeks!
I also changed my watermark and have started stamping it in to the middle of the pictures because I’ve seen a few of my pictures online with the watermark cropped out and no credit given which is so annoying (and illegal). So, I have to put it in a place where it can’t be cropped without slicing up the picture, but I’m trying to keep it as unobtrusive as possible and I hope you guys don’t mind too much.
I started out using scotch tape to mark off the black sections at the side but it ruined the mani underneath so I just whipped out a striping brush and freehanded the a line then filled it in after. It’s obviously not as crisp a line as you would get using scotch tape but it saves a lot of time and hassle.

Plate: Bundle Monster BM223

Base Colour: Cult Nails – Cruisin’ Nude
Stamp Colour: W7 – Black
Top Coat of NYC



So far I’ve been keeping up with my blogging schedule. For those of you that didn’t catch my post a little while back, I mentioned that instead of putting pressure on myself to post every day as I used to, I’m setting myself a goal of 3 posts per week. I’ve finalized the plan and the schedule is to post on Monday, Wednesday and either Saturday or Sunday. Whenever there is a special occasion, like St. Patrick’s Day for example, I might throw in a quick, freebie nail art post.
Last night was my first attempt at a ‘Scotch Tape Mani’ made famous, I believe, by the fabulous Erika at Chloe’s Nails*. It basically involves placing strips of scotch tape on your nails which act as a stencil to give you crisp lines between multiple coats of colour. Depending how you use the tape, you can get all kinds of great results and it’s so easy to do. Make sure you check out Erika’s blog to see what amazing effects you can achieve.
My first few attempts were a bit disastrous to say the least. I’m very impatient and wanted to get to bed so I kept putting the scotch tape on too quickly and it would rip off the base colour so after a few failures I decided to leave my base coat to dry over night before subjecting it to any tape torture.
I used Jay Jays Thrillseeker as the base colour and applied a top coat of NYC last night. I got to the fun bit in the morning when I applied the tape diagonally across my finger and used BYS Fools Paradise for the second segment. I then applied Barry M Blue Glitter with a striping brush for the dividing line and topped it off with another top coat of NYC.

* If I have this wrong and you know of someone else who was using the technique before Erika, please let me know as I like to give credit where credit’s due.