Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Digital Dozen - In my Garden - Peacocks

Here we are with day five of the Digital Dozen 'In my Garden' week and I've used a little bit of creative licence with this one.  Clearly my nails are peacock themed. Do I have a peacock in my back yard? Well technically no, but I am going to use this post to bring attention to the plight of the Canberra peacocks who are inhabiting the backyards of my fellow Canberreans.

You see, some suburbs in Canberra have a feral peacock problem. Seriously!  Apparently the peacock population has grown so much since then first one wandered into someones garden in 2003, that in The ACT Governments Management plan that was recently out for consultation, they are planning to trap and relocate the peacocks, and those peacocks that can't be re-homed would be put down.  There was a fair bit of news coverage about it, talking to people who like the peacocks around and those that are finding them a nuisance. 

So in honour of those Canberreans that do have these majestic birds in their backyards, here are my peacock themed nails. I did a combination of water decals and stamping.

Can you imaging having these gorgeous animals on your side fence, or on your roof doing fancy mating dances.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Digital Dozen - In my Garden - Fairy Garden

For the penultimate day of the Digital Dozen in my garden prompt, I have a garden within my garden.  This nail art represents the Fairy Garden my daughter and I built recently.  It has a picket fence made with Popsicle sticks, pink and blue handmade mushrooms out of Femo, some butterflies, and a little mailbox and door set that we bought from Kmart.

We added this under our feature table that we built last year.  The stump is what remains of our Mulberry tree, we have to cut it down because its root system was becoming destructive to the paving and pool, not to mention the mess that all the berries made.  On top of the stump, we have attached a huge yellow box eucalyptus tree burl.  It's really quite a magnificent table now.

I chiseled out a flat part on the stump of the tree to attach the door to, and my daughter added one of her little Tinkerbell figurines sitting on the door.  I did try to add Tinkerbell into my nail art, but my choice of green background meant you can't really see her sitting there on the mushroom. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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Digital Dozen - In my Garden - Lioness

This might seem like an odd choice for something in my garden, but its totally true, I have a lioness in my garden. First, let's look at the nail art.

I used an old gold Ozotic for my base and then did a waterfall design using yellow and brown shades which represents the garden mulch and grass plants that surround my beautiful lion.  The lion feature nail is a nail wrap I got from the Born Pretty Store.

So now lets meet my beautiful girl. She is huge, majestic and her name is Sarafina. It's probably hard to tell, but she is near life size and she guards a special garden area where we have the final resting place for a few of our kitties that have crossed the rainbow bridge.  Sarafina is the name of Nala's mother from The Lion King.  It was a choice been Sarabi, who was Simba's mother, and Sarafina.  We chose Sarafina because we had lost our beautiful old girl Nahla the same year.  What's funny now, is the new kitten we adopted was already called Simba, so there was no way we could change his name after the rest of the family connection.

As soon as I spotted this amazing piece at Bunnings I knew it had to be mine. For so many weeks after we placed her in the garden we would still get a shock at seeing her there.  She makes your heart jump for just a split second cause you wonder, Whoa! What is that huge animal!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

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Digital Dozen - In my Garden - Pool

It's day 2 in my garden and I've actually done some nail art rather than being lazy and posting some water decals.  

Today's inspiration is the pool in my garden.  I did a radial gradient use two shades of blue and white, then applied a thin layer of this Ozotic scattered holo 603 and stamped a water reflection pattern on the top. A pretty quick and easy mani to create in about 40 minutes.

It turns out I haven't taken a photo of the back yard on it's own for about 10 years. The pool are has changed so much since this photo. In the garden bed near where the umbrella stand is is now where the cherry tree stands.  The wisteria was removed at that location because it was becoming a destructive menace and of course we have now built the water slide. I'll have to make sure I take some more pictures this year during spring time when everything is in flower.

Monday, June 11, 2018

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Digital Dozen - In my garden - Cherries

Welcome to Day 1 of another Digital Dozen week where you will get to have a little look into my garden. This week's prompt is 'In my Garden', and I have to say it's a bit of a struggle at the moment, because here in Australia, we just started winter, so the garden isn't really showing all its splendor.

But, lucky for me, I've go a few mani's still sitting in my unused pile and one of those works perfectly for this theme.  I wore this mani way back at the end of November 2016. It was right at the peak of our cherry tree harvest and I had just spent the afternoon picking the cherries off the tree.  The cherry tree we have in the back yard along a narrow garden bed running parallel to our pool. The tree is self sown off some cherry pits that we spat out our mouths whist munching on them in the pool.  

The fruit on the tree is so plump and delicious and they are sweet from when they are pale red, right through until they dark and starting to go squishy.  I totally cheated for the nail art and used water decals that I got from the Born Pretty Store.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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26 Great Nail Art Ideas - Dry or Drag Marble

I have a quick mani for you tonight for last weeks prompt of the 26 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge. I wanted to get this up tonight before another week of Digital Dozen starts tomorrow.

The prompt was Dry or Drag marble and I'm super pleased with how this on the nail drag marble turned out.  I used some polishes from the old and the new pastel pet name polishes from Pretty Serious.  

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