Saturday, 13 February 2016

Time To Say Goodbye

Hi Goddesses

As I think a lot of you know, for some time I've been nearing the end of my blogging shelf-life.  Over the last couple of weeks, it's become clear that that time is almost here, and whilst this week may not be my last ever blog posts, this week IS the most appropriate time to write this post.

This week's Digit-al Dozen theme is Nail Heroes.  When I did the nail art, over Christmas, it seemed like a theme of love, but last night, as I edited the photos, it seemed like the perfect way to say goodbye.  It's a week dedicated to the people who inspired me, propelled me on this journey, encouraged me, uplifted me, laughed and cried with me, and shared their precious creations with me.  There's no better way to acknowledge the people who have truly mattered to me in this blogging life.

I said a mini-goodbye on my personal Facebook page last week to some of the people I've met along this journey.  People whose company I've genuinely enjoyed, and people who have genuinely enriched my life.  What I didn't do was even contemplate saying goodbye to the people who really REALLY have made a MASSIVE impact on my life, and who it will be heartbreaking not to work with again.  As I edited the photos last night, I realised the photos reflected the same group of people - and the timing seemed just too perfect.

My nail heroes manis reflect people who have inspired me, and more importantly, the brands who have made this such a magnificent journey.  For Amy, Carrie, Pam, Theresa, Andrea, working with you has been amazing, and although my nails are saying goodbye to you, I hope we will remain friends for the longest time. 

And you, my amazing readers.  Thank you SO much for your support over the years.   It's hard to believe it sometimes when people tell you they read your blog, or that you were their introduction to nail polish, but it means an enormous amount.   And for everyone who reads this blog because they love the writing, that means the most of all.

As I said at the very beginning, there may or may not be more posts after this week.  There are no more Crumpets Nail Tarts posts in the vault, but March's Digit-al Dozen posts ARE, together with a whole bunch of stuff that has still never seen the light of day lol.  We'll see whether I can muster the energy to post them lol.

So why the retreat?  Well, my next few months are going to be busy.  I am moving house again, and the next 3 months are going to be about selling stuff and boxing up the rest.   Only then, when I get out on the other side, sometime toward the end of June, will I know whether it's over for good, or whether a week of DD manis each month will be exactly what I need :)

In the meantime, I'm destashing.  I've set myself the challenge of only keeping 100 polishes - ha!  We'll see how that goes lol.   

So, not the final goodbyes yet, but it's time to start letting go.  I've loved every minute of this journey, and if this road ends, don't forget there's another one starting already, over on Debhoorah.

Wherever the road takes us xx

Saturday, 6 February 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - Aqua or Turquoise - Dots

Hi Goddesses

Sorry I've been so absent.  I hope you're all well.  I've had a nasty sinus infection, and truth be told, I think my blogging days are very numbered now, at least on this blog.  I'm finding that I want to write in my spare time, but not necessarily about polish, so I've been more active on Debhoorah than on here.  I'm very torn between it being time to say goodbye to the nail world, and not wanting to leave it because it's been such a big part of my life for so long.  So ... not quite yet ... but soon I think, soon.

Today I have a LOVELY dotticure for you.  Whilst I do a lot of dotticures, I don't think I've ever done one over a black base before, and I loved how this one turned out.

This week's prompt is aqua or turquoise, and these were the ladies I used - 
Literary Lacquers Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
Girly Bits Get Weaponised
Barry M Guava
Jessica Surfer Boyz N Berry

Please note, my camera HATES turquoise.  I find it almost impossible to get the intensity captured in the shots.  My camera likes to wash the colour out, so sadly none of these look as awesome as my actual nails did!

Don't forget to check out all the other ways you can wear aqua or turquoise below, and I'll see you in a week for Digit-al Dozen xxx

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas - 3 Shades of Purple - Decals

Hi Goddesses

Oh goddesses, goddesses, goddesses, this post is soooooo late.    This was due to be my post last Friday, at which point I had been battling a sinus infection for a week.  Finally armed with anti-biotics, I went to bed, determined to post over the weekend, only to not actually manage to get out of bed all weekend.  I've been back at work this week but soooo low on energy.  In fact, it's a whole week since I even sat at my laptop (oh yeh, AND I have bare nails - eeeek!).

Which is a shame because I LOVE THIS MANI !!!!  This is one of my favourites that I've ever done and I loved wearing it.

So, what we got?  Well, this week's (last week's) 40 Great Nail Art Ideas theme was 3 shades of purple - obviously, that's always going to be a good idea - and my prompt was decals.  I decided to only decal 2 nails and I'm glad I did - it saved time, but also gave the mani room to breathe.

I deliberately picked 3 "living" purples - colours that have extra life and shift to them.  So on the thumb we have Lorelei from Powder Perfect, a stunning flecked lilac.   On index we have Protect Your Girly Bits, a stunning purple holo twinkling with copper lights.  And finally on pinkie we have one of my all time faves - OPI Planks A Lot.

My stroke of genius was to apply my decals to a silver background.  It was unusual, and really made the whole mani pop.  I used the super sparkly Stinky Little Truck from Literary Lacquers and this gorgeous flower image from UberChic 5-02.

Ta-dah!  Super happy Crumpet :)

Friday, 15 January 2016

Digit-al Dozen DOES New & Improved DECALS and 40 Great Nail Art Ideas does Things That Fly

Hi Goddesses

Wow, that was a catchy post title eh?  Lol.  Today I am doubling up, with my final post of the DD's New & Improved week, as well as nail art for Things That Fly, this week's 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge.

Today the 2 are united by .... decals.   Ever since I saw the Things That Fly prompt, I've wanted to use this super cute bumblebee design from UberChic.  I'm also obsessed with the notion that logically, there is no way a bumblebee SHOULD be able to fly, and yet it can.  Oh, and I love their lovely dumpling shape!

This mani is also a bit more evolved than my usual nail art, bringing it back to the Improved element.   I have 3 nails stamped with flowers, and 2 bumblebee nails.

For the garden, I did a base coat of Literary Lacquers Phizzwizard, a great pale green holo, stamped it with these super cute daisies from UberChic 5-01 and dotted their centres with OPI Hot & Spicy, Planks a Lot and Jessica Ocean Bloom.   I liked those nails a lot.

My bumblebees are from the same UberChic plate, and I coloured my decals in with OPI The It Color.  I got some smudginess from the bees' faces, but other than that, did better with my decals than before - mainly, I think, because I cut them to size before applying them to my nails.  (Over Barry M Huckleberry).

That's it for this week - I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen from us, and maybe it's inspired you to try something new or give something another go.  Have a great weekend.

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