Floral Mani!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The other day I did this fun little floral manicure and I thought I would share it here! I used Sinful nail polish in "Pull Over", I love the taxi cab yellow for spring! After I did two coats of my base color I used acrylic paints in aqua, green, orange, and black to paint a little floral detail on each nail. After it was all dry I sealed it with a top coat. It was actually really easy to do and I love how it came out!
Do you ever do fun nail art? I love personalizing my manis!

Hand spun fun!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Recently I took up hand spinning my own yarn! I've been wanting to try it out for a long time but finally I got an excuse to actually pick up a spindle. My father's alpaca are being sheared and I'm going to be getting a portion of the coat to turn into roving for yarn. Before I got my hands on the pretty alpaca fiber I thought I should practice on some "store bought" roving. I found the above wool over at Queen Bee Fibers, naturally I liked a lot of their products because well...bees. I bought an orange creamsicle roving, a pink sherbet roving, and a white wool that I want to dye myself. They even through in some wooly wash for me to try, it smells like lavender and heaven, I'm excited to use it!
I purchased a spinning kit that included a drop spindle so I was ready to make my own yarn! You can find a similar kit here! I watched several great tutorials on how to spin yarn via YouTube and then I took a whack at it! At first the motions are pretty awkward but I got the hang of it fairly quickly and spun a ball up in no time. 
I started off spinning a fairly chunky yarn and I loved the way it turned out, the colors are so beautiful when they are twisted together. I think this yarn is going to knit up perfectly.  I'm going to try and practice spinning more often and maybe eventually I'll invest in a wheel so I can spin with more ease.  There are so many fun possibilities when it comes to spinning fiber. 
My next project is dying and hand painting! I'll definitely be sharing my process here! Have you ever spun your own yarn? If you haven't and you're a yarn junkie you should give it a try! 

Easter is here!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter has arrived! I hope you all have a wonderful day with family and friends! April sort of snuck up on me and I haven't been around much. I've been working on a lot of fun things for the shop and hopefully I'll be listing a few new things soon! I've been catching up on orders the last month, the iPhone cases in my etsy shop have been flying out of stock and have kept me super busy!
Lately the kids and I have been dying an obscene amount of eggs to get into the Easter spirit! I decided to hand paint some floral designs on a few and I love how they turned out. I'll be sad when we have to toss them out!
What sort of fun techniques and designs did you do on your eggs this year?

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