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Oct 15, 2014

Soakbox Challenge

Oct 15, 2014
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At Spring Market, I kept seeing and hearing about the Soakbox manicures going on in their booth.  I wanted to check it out since I've never had a manicure... but somehow, I never made it.  So when Dani of Soak asked if I was interested in participating in the Soakbox Bloggers Nail Art Challenge, I eagerly said Yes.

The Soakbox nail polishes are sets of colors curated by some of the fabric industry's great designers.  I selected the collection from my fav designer, Denyse Schmidt.  I don't normally paint my nails, so I thought it pretty funny for me to try to design nail art on my small short stubby nails.  I was surprised!  It was fun to make your nails match your fabric!

I was to design 2 different looks.  One was to be based on the designer's fabric collection.  Seeds from Flea Market Fancy was just calling!

First, I painted a basecoat of Hot Opera (Pink) on all my nails (1).  I chose to make the feature design just on my index finger. I used my ever-so-sophicated applicator (a toothpick) to paint the seed outline with Faded Glamour (White) (2).  Lastly, I applied 2 dots with Deep Chocolate (Brown) to imitate the fabric design (3).

On all the other nails, I applied Faded Glamour (White) in stitch lines with the toothpick (2 below).
I think it turned out pretty well!  Although I do admit, this was take 2 on the "seed" feature nail.  My toothpick painting skills needed a little practice.  It takes quite a bit of time for each step to dry, so I did each step over the course of the day.

For the second design, I painted a base coat of Mushroom on all my nails (1) except the index finger which I painted with Faded Glamour (white).  Using the toothpick again, I made 3 petals on each nail in Hot Opera (Pink) (2).  Lastly, I applied 1 dot with Deep Chocolate (Brown) (2).
Pretty cute!  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed wearing my new fancy nails around.  I'm glad I tried out the Soakbox to make me think out of the box about art.  Overall, the polish lasted about a week before I decided to remove it.  Since I only did one base coat (I have limited patience for letting nails dry), I would consider that pretty long lasting.  Thank you Soak, this was fun!
Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by SoakWash, but my opinions are my own. 
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Oct 10, 2014

Welcome Dabble & Stitch + Giveaway

Oct 10, 2014
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 I am happy to bring you Gen X Quilters' new sponsor, Dabble & Stitch.

Dabble & Stitch is a fabric shop local to me (I also happen to teach there) and I couldn't be happier to bring them on board as a sponsor.  Katie, the owner, has great taste in fabric and has just gone online with the shop on etsy.  Her brick-and-mortar shop is coming up on it's 2 year anniversary.

She has a fantastic selection of quilting cottons (Cotton + Steel, Art Gallery, Heather Ross), organic cottons and other substrates if you are interested in knits, jersey or lawn.

D&S is offering free domestic shipping on orders over $45.  Get the code in the shop.

Here is some eye candy for you:

Lotus Pond by Cloud 9

Indelible for Art Gallery

August Canvas from Cotton + Steel

Dabble & Stitch is offering an 8 Fat Quarter Bundle of (also a local) April Rhodes' Arizona Collection for Art Gallery in their introduction to you!  So beautiful!

You've got a lot of Columbus, Ohio in this post :)

If you would like a chance to win, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:00am)
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Oct 7, 2014

Wiksten Tank - Pinky Promise

Oct 7, 2014
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Pinky Promise.... this is the last one.  Yes, I know I've developed a Wiksten tank problem (exhibit 1,2, and 3) over the past few months.  I had to make one more for fall before I move on.  It's just that it's so much fun now that I got the fit right.  And I love this orange print.  Orange is my new favorite color.  Not just in October either.

Promise.... the next garment I make will be something new.  Any suggestions?

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