Fireplace Mantle Re-Do

I find decorating mantles difficult. Here was the latest set-up. I threw a couple of thrift store finds up there along with 2 geode candle votives. I know it doesn’t look right. I’d love to do a series of pictures, but I’m not a fan of nailing into our 1920’s plaster walls.

After pinning and houzz-ing many I decided I needed a clean, bold look. And with a 40% off coupon to Hobby Lobby I’m happy with the mirror. BIG improvement. Now, where can I go about finding firewood in the middle of the Georgia summer?!

Fireplace

Fireplace

Here are some other fireplaces j’adore:

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DIY Nail Art: Going for the Gold – 2012 Olympics

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Inspired by all the 2012 Olympic excitement, I thought some celebratory nail art was in order.

You’ll need:

1) white nail polish – I used Orly (because it was on clearance at Beauty Supply)

2) glitter in primary colors & in gold (be careful, some glitters will bleed)

3) clear top coat

As soon as each nail is painted, dip the end of the nail in a shallow dish of the colored glitter. For the “Going Gold” nail, pour the gold glitter over the white polish when it is still wet. Tap the nails off to remove excess glitter.

Top with a clear top coat and wait for them to dry!

For me, this was definitely a short-term look. Some of the glitter continued to fall off, and with a little one around, I didn’t want her eating glitter! That, and I didn’t wait long enough for it to dry and had some smudges!

Happy 2012 Olympic Watching!

New Earrings for Etsy

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Earrings

New Earrings

It’s almost been six month since Clementine was born, so it’s been a while since I’ve made anything new for the shop. It was time for some new earrings!

I am such a sucker for pearls, and I love my stash of them. So of course the earrings were pearl drops! Sometime’s I’m stingy with my pearls because I hate to use them up. Silly me. But I made 3 pairs, which means only 2 made it to the shop because one is going into my collection.

Any of you crafters like that? Hate to use your supplies, even though you bought them to use for projects? Or am I alone in this?!

DIY Nails: Sophisticated Herringbone

Inspired by this tutorial, I gave it a go. I painted scotch tape and cut them into strips – worked just fine.

Nail Polishes used:

O.P.I. – Barefoot in Barcelona

China Glaze – Flying High

Piggy Polish – Strong Like Jazz

Revlon – Devilish

With all this effort I’ve been putting into manicures, it has me paying close attention to my hands. How the veins are starting to “pop” and a few more freckles are here and there.

I think I know exactly what will be going into my next Rodan + Fields order.

DIY Nails: Fuchsia French Mani

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This is my first attempt at nail art.

I used Revlon Devilish & Oh My Magenta.