Monday, September 1, 2014

Folder Binder Sticker Nails


This is a modern take on vintage half moon nails using folder binder stickers.  Grab one, cut it in half, pop it on your nail, paint over it and whip it off!  Easy peasy!

 
 
Just don't let it dry too much or it will take your polish off with the sticker.  A thick one coat is best then take that sticker off straight away.  If you do mess up, you have the beauty of a bare nail under the red so you can get your nail polish remover pen or paint brush and fix up the half moons.

Finish with a coat of clear top coat.


What else have you done with binder stickers?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mexican Skirt, Strawberries Sweater, Headscarves and Spring!


The flowers have popped open so Spring must not be too far away!  Thank goodness. 
I am so over how cold this Winter has been!


50's embroidered Sweater: eBay
50's Mexican skirt: Long Gone and Back, Shepparton
Shoes: Miss L Fire
50's headscarf: Op Shopped

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Going Bananas!



 
Cause bananas are yummy.
 
3 coats each of: Face of Australis Easy Peasey Lemon Squeezy, Color Club Almost Famous and China Glaze Sun-Kissed.  Stamped with Cult Nails Fetish with a Cheeky plate. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Saving Money Buy DIY: Reupholstering Dining Chairs

I have mentioned a few times that we recently renovated our house.  We needed an over haul on the bathroom, the house needed repainting through out, Miss 13's bedroom needed updating, all ceiling lights needed replacing to energy efficient ones, and most of the furniture *had* to go.  This obviously all costs a lot of money.  So one way to dramatically cut our final costs was to do everything ourselves! 
 
 Yes, our weekends disappeared into a haze of jack hammering, being paint splattered and chaos, and it took about 6 months, but we literally saved tens of thousands of dollars.  We estimated we saved $30,000 just in the bathroom alone.  You can see bathroom pics HERE.
 
 
One of the recent updos was replacing our out dated dining table wooden chairs with something more retro inspired.  So I purchased the above Eames replicas online.  (Ignore the messy kitchen).  I loved them when they arrived but unfortunately they were complete and utter duds.

To start with, the white seat is actually an ultra thin covering of white paint over black.  So you just have to tap these the wrong way with a nail and the white comes off. 
Second, mess doesn't really wipe off them.  You would think being plastic they would be just wipe downs,  but NOPE.
Thirdly, it won't take a weigh over 80kg.  No where on the website does it actually state this.  So my husband and a couple of other visitors actually split and cracked them.

COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY and I was so upset!  What to do??  Well, buy chairs that were made to LAST forever and are still rock strong 50 years later.  So I searched for a few months before finally finding a matching set of 8 Chiswell teak chairs from the 1960's.

 
But they were an icky blechhy color! 

No problem, I'll just get them re covered by an upholsterer!  3 quotes later and I can't get a price for under $120 a chair!  $120 a CHAIR!  And I even picked a plain white vinyl which was the cheapest.

We had zero experience recovering anything and had no idea how to do it.  But my Mum said it was easy....so it must be easy!  A quick search on ebay got me more than enough white vinyl for a total of $87 delivered.  Dear husband already had a staple gun but we needed an extra $11 worth of staples from the hardware store.......and we got into it.

 
He is so cute.


I'm not going to lie.  It was a witch with a capital B of a job.  The back rests are curved and we had serious meltdowns trying to get that vinyl crease free across the curve.  I still shudder thinking about it.  It would have helped had we actually KNOWN what we were supposed to be doing.  And yes, by the end of chair number 7 we had got the hang of it and it looked pretty darn good! It took us 2 days but we saved $900.


The finished 8 chairs!
I still prefer the look of my pathetic Eames plastic ones, but these are so much more comfy....and SAFE to sit on.
 
Anybody else tackled the world of DIY upholstering?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Kissy Kiss with OPI Bubblebath




OPI Bubblebath for the base, Revlon Red for my ring finger and Konad Red for the stamping.  Finished with Seche Vite Quick Dry, as always.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ice-Cream Nails


I loved these nails and I thought I was so clever! 

Also big tip:  When posting your nails on Instagram, always hashtag the brand you are using.  I hashtagged #Illamasqua, they reposted them and I gained an insane amount of followers overnight!  I just wish my photo got over 3,000 likes like theirs did!  Check me out, I am @konadlicious.


I used Illamasqua Load for my Ice cream base, Ulta3 Earl Grey for the cones and cross hatched stamped Konad Brown.  I then placed Sportsgirl glitter for the sprinkles.  I got the drip effect by using Dead Set Babes drip decals.  Finished with a coat of Seche QD.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wheels and Dollbaby Dita Cardigan


Who else has been looking at these blasted cardigans for absolutely ages and really, very badly wanted one?  Me too. 
So when ebay sent me a 25% off coupon for one day only, and then the eBay seller who is selling the Dita cardigans decided to have a sale on the exact same day.....well, it was kind of meant to be....right?
 
 
Now that I own one, the novelty wore off pretty quickly.  I probably ordered a size too snug and while it fits OK, I am used to a more loose fitting cardigan.  The buttons only *just* button up and I am always very self conscious about my boobies being contained.
 
The cardi is also very thin and elasticated.  I thought it would be a thicker weave and slightly more warm.....but that's the price you pay for ordering blindly on the Internet.  Overall I am happy with my purchase but I am very, very glad I did not pay full price for it.
 


 
Dita Cardi: Wheels and Dollbaby
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Shoes: Hong Kong Ladies Market
Lipstick: MAC Riri Woo
Glitter earrings: Luxulite, Etsy