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April 19, 2014 by Toni | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Been really busy. Took a class last term, but opted to go back in the fall. So much gardening and heavy yardwork to attack, I felt I needed my spring and summer off school. I’d have obsessed with it while in school.
I took a paper design class today. We made an accordion book, two small books and origami envelopes for them. Learned alot and really enjoyed it. If you get a chance to take a class by Randi Parkhurst, do it! My class was at Arbutus Folk School here in Olympia, but she teaches all over the country. Amazing work she does!
I’m taking another course by Randi to learn to make a really cool flag book. I plan to test run before I go!

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absences….

February 2, 2011 by Toni | 3 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?

Sorry ladies…yet again, no nail pictures. However I have been putting a few on my fb and will eventually figure out how to move them here. In better news, things are actually really looking up for many reasons and slowly, they will improve. I’ve finally learned that this is all manageable. Now to learn and implement techniques. No brainer…just have to accept and move ahead (which alway makes me think of that Devo song “Whip It!”) So that’s all good news. A new lightbox is coming and I’ve accumulated tons of new shades so pretties on the way! Thanks to my friend Jessica from polished lyrics for your kindness, true friendship, thoughtfulness and taking me outside to play! She’s incredible and if you haven’t visited her, please do! Just the sweetest person ever plus she has a great variety of polishes and an awesome cool site! Thanks for your continued patience! Love, Toni

hello again!

December 20, 2010 by Toni | 26 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?

Hello, friends! No, I didn’t forget I had a blog, but I have had to take a vacay from it. Sorry its been so long… I have many new polishes to post and I think I’m ready to get started again soon. I have 2 mega swaps to get to Kesha and to Bec. Then my swapping days are probably over or are very limited. Time to save money for that summer trip (and bills). I’ve really missed the community of nail friends and hope to make this a better blog. Lots of updating and despamming to do! Hope to have new good pics for you soon and some fun conversation! Thanks again for your support and unwavering faith in me…you know who you are! ;)

my first droid post!

September 30, 2010 by Toni | 50 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Hi friends! Recouping from a sprained ankle I got while dancing about like a goofball! Yeah, I could say it’s a sports injury. But no. I was dancing in my living room singing along with a Family Guy musical number. Oh well! I’m nothing if not truthful! I miss y’all and will be back soon!!

Hello, again!

September 24, 2010 by Toni | 6 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?

HI, Ladies!

Sorry I’ve been out so long. We had a family member pass away and honestly I haven’t felt like doing anything. My nails look pretty dreadful at the moment and I can’t seem to stop my hands shaking to get my polish on right. (Note to self: Ask Dr. to lower dosage of hyper-med!) I haven’t even surfed in a couple weeks or more. In fact, I’ve not been in this room except to get my DH out of here!

Anyway, time marches on. Things are fine here and I have a birthday party for a 3 year old tomorrow, so that should be a blast! Had a great time shopping for her. (Online, of course, but then I went to the store to get what I wanted. Can you believe there were no La La Loopsy dolls on Walmart.com?!? GASP!) They are real cute dolls and I couldn’t wait to get one for her. Thrilled that I got exactly the one she wanted… the one with pink hair. There are technically 3 with pink hair, but this is Jewel Sparkles!

So Bec and Kesha, I’m still working on your swaperoonies! I’ll be sure they’re mailed early in Oct so ya get them soon. Oh, and mailing from the base, for any of you military women… it’s ALOT faster!

Thanks for coming to see me! I’ll have some pretty pics soon!

Toni

A lovely day after all!

September 11, 2010 by Toni | 3 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?
Look at this lovely day!

Look at this lovely day!

Apparenty, I was made a bald-faced liar today when the skies cleared and the sun came out for awhile! Unfortunately, my mani was crappy and the pics were awful.

I have a dilemma. That is, my right hand (previously known as camera woman) is now playing part of model. I cut the offending broken nail off my left hand, thereby making it pretty useless until it grows back a little bit. It’s a total nub right now. So right hand will be seen in the next possibly blurry photo shoots as lefty has no idea what it’s doing, possibly why it was such a good model. Please forgive my doofus of a lefty for the poor painting jobs and shaky pics to come, lol! I’m still practicing, and damn, is that left hand a spaz!!!

Lighting situation

September 10, 2010 by Toni | 9 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?
The brightest sunlight I'll see until May!

The brightest sunlight I'll see until May!

Here’s my lighting situation. It barely exists! If you have any tips on lightboxes, how to take better pics in diminished light, please, let me know. Flash is always too bright, other settings change the color of the polish… I’m just stuck! So my pictures might not be as sparkly for awhile until I can figure this out! Any suggestions much appreciated!

SH Xtreme Wear Purple Pizazz

September 10, 2010 by Toni | 61 Comments | Filed in Drug Store polishes, Glitters, etc., Purples
SH Xtreme Wear Purple Pizazz

SH Xtreme Wear Purple Pizazz

As you may have noticed, my nails are like a cm shorter now. I decided to give in and cut them all off. I haven’t really shaped them since I tend to keep them squarish for strength anyway. It’s still a shock to look at them, but I can type better, lol.

On to Purple Pizazz! Went on super smooth and easy… I love that brush. This is 3 coats, and I couldve used 4. I need to start wearing a coat of white under everything to cover that vnl. This polish is really purple, much more like the bottle. It pulls a little blue in flourescent lighting and in pictures. It has a good amount (not a ton) of glitter that makes it sparkle in the light, which we’re short of around here, unfortunately. 2$… win! I love the polish and now I only use half the amount!!

Bec’s Buzz Birthday Beauty Giveaway!

September 5, 2010 by Toni | 29 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?

Check out Bec’s Beauty Buzz! She’s a peachy sweet Aussie with a love for all things beautiful and fun! And she’s having a fabulous belated Birthday Giveaway! See her site for the rules! Liners and shadows and pigments, OH MY!!!!! We have a working swap, so this would be a great extra in my package, Bec!! LOL! And it so turns out that Bec knows not only my dear Jessica of Polished Lyrics, but also my sweet Jessika of PolishInsomniac! How cool is that?!? Earth is shrinking! (Tell it to stop using SV!) I wonder whom else we may have in common?

Urban Decay F-Bomb

September 4, 2010 by Toni | 57 Comments | Filed in Cremes, Reds, Urban Decay
Urban Decay F-Bomb

Urban Decay F-Bomb

This little beauty is from the Apocalypse Set from Jessika of PolishInsomniac and is a toned down red that is very wearable. Alot of reds are just too much for me, but this one’s like a deeper shade of red. I don’t know how to describe it! It’s red, people! But not Xmas red… more of a hot red.

I do see lately that I need to restart the clean up ritual on my manis, as my hands shake like mad these days. I’ll start that again on my next one… this is a 3 day old mani but it’s so pretty I don’t wanna take it off! This polish really stands up to some abuse, too! I’ve been canoeing a couple of times with this polish on and not a chip.

Urban Decay Apocalypse

September 3, 2010 by Toni | 51 Comments | Filed in Blacks, Cremes, Purples, Urban Decay
Urban Decay Apocalypse

Urban Decay Apocalypse

Oh. My. Goodness! This polish is tiny in size but packed with power! A better painter could do this in one coat. I had to use 2 because of my shaky hands. You can see the under-color where I tried to correct my errors, lol. It’s a deep dark bloody black reddish purple! It looks black to most people, but even my dh can make out some reddish purple in there. It went on so smooth …any errors are my shaky hands. And only 2 coats for massive opacity! No vnl here. Me thinks these will be great for Konad! LOVE! Thanks, Jessika!

Urban Decay present!

September 3, 2010 by Toni | 112 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?, Urban Decay
My surprise from Jessika!

My surprise from Jessika!

I got a wonderful surprise in the mail from none other than my dear Jessika! In it is the fabulous Urban Decay Apocalypse Set, a bronzey polish from The Face Shop and a yummy face mask! AND a whole roll of Bottle Caps all for me! (But I shared, lol.) More pics follow!

Urban Decay Apocalypse Set

Urban Decay Apocalypse Set

And here’s the gem I got in the mail! Really beautiful colors. I bought this for another friend awhile back and drooled over it then, and then voila’! There’s one at my door! So I sat back last night, did my nails in Apocalypse and deep conditioned my hair, did a face mask with the mask Jessika also sent me and ate my Bottle Caps with a couple glasses of wine! A wonderful evening! Thanks, sweetie! I sure needed one!

Illamasqua Brigitte from Rozie

September 1, 2010 by Toni | 35 Comments | Filed in Illamasqua, Jellies, Pinks, Sheers
Illamasqua Brigitte from Rozie

Illamasqua Brigitte from Rozie

Luscious juicy jelly sheer rose pink! I’m not sure it’s my color but I love it and will joyously wear it anyway! It went on deliciously smooth, this is 4 coats. Don’t expect a vnl not to show! This polish looks dripping wet all the time. No topcoat here! Thanks Rozie for such a beauty!! I am so enjoying every one of them!

Fairwind in Purple Stardust

September 1, 2010 by Toni | 3 Comments | Filed in Fairwind, Glitters, etc., Purples, Shimmers
Fairwind Purple Stardust from Kesha

Fairwind Purple Stardust from Kesha

Kesha, I love ya! Gorgeous sparkly purple polish! 2 coats! This stuff is amazing! It goes on great and is a no pink or blue purple… just purple! Thanks for the fabulous find, Kesha! You can visit Kesha at NailPolishObsession! (ps: She is GREAT with nail art!)

OPI DS Mystery from Kesha

September 1, 2010 by Toni | 1 Comment | Filed in Glitters, etc., OPI, Purples, Shimmers
OPI DS Mystery from Kesha

OPI DS Mystery from Kesha

Kesha fulfilled my longtime lemming for this beauty. It’s a deep purple with sparkly golden microglitter (or diamond dust, lol!) Very vampy and sexy… speaking of vampy, my mom says that term comes from “ladies” that used to follow Rudolph Valentino around… Vamps. I have to wonder if that’s where Vampy came from or is it really the whole vampire thing? ANyhoo… probaby not! LOL! Wikipedia lists its first use in the 40s. Please visit Kesha at NailPolishObsession!

Illamasqua Poke from IceRozie

August 31, 2010 by Toni | 3 Comments | Filed in Glitters, etc., Illamasqua, Purples, Shimmers
Illamasqua Poke from IceRozie

Illamasqua Poke from IceRozie

Rozie performed the greatest kindness for me ages back when she bought me a bunch of Illas that are Euorpean only. I had an orgasm, I swear. I’ve staved off using them until I could get her long awaited packge off! Now it’s on! This was one I wasn’t going to get! Can you imagine how po’d I’d have been??? Bright violet purple with multicolored micro glitter! It goes on like buttah, it stays like iron. Amazing polish and I’m so glad you got this one for me, Roze! Thank you!! Here’s a bonus pic of the bottle where you can see the aaahhhmazing microglitter!

Illamasqua Poke Bottle

Illamasqua Poke Bottle

Catrice Dusk Til Dawn

August 31, 2010 by Toni | 2 Comments | Filed in Browns, Catrice, Cremes
Catrice Dusk til Dawn from IceRozie

Catrice Dusk til Dawn from IceRozie

Catrice polishes ROCK. Can anyone tell me how to get more of these babies?!?! Rozie was kind enough to think of me on her vacation and sent me two of them. They go on like and Illa, really. Smooth and creamy, and this is only 2 coats!! Great coverage and the color is a dusky brown that reminds me a tad of Particuliere’. It’s not a dirty brown… it looks clean and chic! Thank you Roze, for thinking of me!

Broken Nail disaster avoided…for now!

August 31, 2010 by Toni | No Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?
Broken index nail!

Broken index nail!

I ended up making the nail last until I could get to Sally’s, where the SAs are SO NOT helpful. They didn’t have a single product I needed other than nail glue. So off I go with my nail glue and teensy buffer file. I glue the top and bottom, buff the top and once polish is on I can’t tell it’s there! I suspect it will continue to split, however, and all I can say is that I’m sorry I didn’t practice more painting with my other hand! You can see the break past the vnl curving towards my finger. Pretty deep, so it’ll be a loss when it comes off. :( Oh, well! Nails grow!

Disaster has struck!

August 30, 2010 by Toni | 4 Comments | Filed in Blathering about what today?

I cracked the left hand index fingernail to the nub almost halfway across. It’s clinging for dear life and wishing for emergency transportation to get to Sally’s pronto. (But that’s not happening tonight, sadly.) I’m wondering if it shall last the night? Perhaps… perhaps not. What would you do? Cut them all off or live with one nubbin?

Nicole by OPI Virtuous Violet

August 30, 2010 by Toni | 2 Comments | Filed in Drug Store polishes, Purples, Shimmers
Nicole Vivacious Violet

Nicole Vivacious Violet

This is one beauty of a violet! It took 4 coats to cover my vnl, but most people, 2-3 will probably work fine. This is another lovely from Jessika of PolishInsomniac. I couldn’t leave off after a week of wearing her pretties. There are soo many more! I think this is the most hated bottle in the world, but the polish itself was great. It dried pretty quickly (despite the slight dent in my index finger.) It’s got micro-glitter shimmer inside so I don’t even know what to call this polish! Just wowsa! It really glows from within.