Acrylic Unicorn Nail

Bonjour, Hello, Howdy, G’day…

How the devil are you lovely lot? I do apologise for the slight absence, as luck would have it I’ve been having a blooming headache of a time with my trusty laptop which seems to have all the symptoms of old age setting in *sigh* You know… slow to start, easily confuddled, muddling information, not remembering passwords, cripplingly slow – hmmm, actually it sounds scarily like me and I’m only 34… anyways…. I’ve spent the last few days cleaning the darn thing out before undertaking the monumental task of video editing; which is something I can only describe as wandering through an unchartered circle of hell when your laptop is as slow as mine. Needless to say after sprouting a few more grey hairs, shaking my fists vigorously in the air and clearing the kitchen of all other human life I emerged victorious! A video was born!

So this week I decided to attempt my own version of a unicorn nail… ‘A what?’ I hear you say… yes, a unicorn nail. Well, the unicorn’s horn, though mine started off looking more like a teeny Mr Whippy cone before somehow evolving into (what I can only describe) as a glitzy seashell. The thing is, the gorgeous Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails, was the inspiration behind my attempt as her recent upload made the whole darn thing look so blooming easy. However, when you’re as awkward at acrylic nail art as I am, it simply shows what an utter dog’s dinner can be made compared to the seasoned pros. Okay, so it’s not the worst thing I’ve clamped my lamps on lately, but let’s just say 2017 is most certainly the year for me to get my practice hand out a little more than I have been. Hmm, maybe this is the beginnings of a little mini series… a first attempt kinda thing?! Something the world can chortle at as I try wholeheartedly to broaden my skill-set. Who knows.

Anyhoo if you’re waiting on the number 10 bus, sitting patiently in your local takeaway with a rumbling tummy or simply figuring out how else you can procrastinate for the next few minutes then why not press play. If you’re feeling really generous you can even *click here* to subscribe so you never miss out on any future snigger-inducing videos 😉

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As always, whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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DIY Spooky Halloween Bat Display…

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As Halloween swiftly approaches, I always get an overwhelming desire to roll up my sleeves, break out the acrylic paints, paper glue and dive right into making cute little Halloween crafts. Of course having an 11 year old daughter only adds to the excuse to run riot, and as per usual Emma’s roped into peppering our little abode with all sorts of spooky artistry.

This year I thought I’d attempt a really cute bat display I spotted in Tesco Food & Living Magazine. Although the original creation is displayed with the twigs pushed into a Pumpkin, Em’s and I thought we’d save ours the pain of piercing him with garden sticks and opted a glass flower vase instead finished off with black ribbon.

I must admit, this is probably one of the easiest and most effective Halloween crafts I’ve created (even the most novice of crafter can’t go far wrong), it doesn’t make too much mess (though a table covering is highly recommended) and is relatively quick so you’re not left grumbling a few hours later – great for eager kiddies who prefer to see their efforts come to life rather pronto!

So here’s what you’ll need:

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Firstly, get yourself out to the garden or local woodland and find some decent size twigs. Thankfully our garden is edged with rather bulky bushes so uncovering our twigs wasn’t too much of a task, however, you’ll also need to rustle up:

Some paint (acrylic works really well)

A decent child’s sized paint brush

Some black card

Twine or thread

A pencil and pair of scissors…

Something to display the twigs in when done: vase/pumpkin/large jar/ empty bottle etc.

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Here’s how to do it:

After rummaging around the garden to find your chosen sticks, clear them of all dirt and debri. I’d suggest you also give them a clean under warm water to remove any hidden nasties that could be lurking. If necessary leave them to dry.

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(We found ours right beside Peppa the cat)

Once dry it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get painting! Em’s and I chose a gorgeous coppery acrylic paint for a touch of autumnal shimmer. However blacks, browns and even purple will look equally as impressive. Just make sure you get all the nooks and crannies covered, then leave the paint to dry – this really shouldn’t take too long if using acrylic, ours were touchable in 30 minutes!

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Next take your black card and draw a template of a bat with your pencil. Cut this out and use it to draw another 4-6 bats… or as many as you darn well like! Carefully cut out your little colony of bats and trim to neaten. You’ll also need to rub out any obvious pencil lines.

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Next make a hole in the head of your bat *ouch* and carefully tie your thread through. I used a hole punch as my card was rather thick. Now make a loop on the other end of the thread to dangle your bats from the twigs.

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Display your twigs in a vase (or pumpkin) and enjoy your crafty art work… voila!

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Top Tips…

  • Sprinkle your twigs with glitter for an extra twinkly effect… black glitter looks fantastic over black acrylic paint!
  • Once done keep them for Christmas. You can always swap your bats for mini baubles!
  • If you’re limited for space why not make a miniature version to display on your desk? Your bats could look super cute in a jam jar with some spooky themed ribbon tied around it!

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Will you be attempting any Halloween themed crafts this year? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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The Nail File: Nail Art Inspiration…

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Aloha Chums!

Regardless of recent health drama’s, I’ve managed to relax a little by taking a few pics of some fun nail art I’ve been getting up to. With a ton of glitters and gorgeous gel polishes to play with here’s just a few of the designs that I’ve managed to capture this week…

Sea Shore Green

Mermaid Nail Art

Living a stones throw away from the sea it’s something I tend to draw inspiration from in all weathers as the landscape changes so drastically from day to day! I noticed it was a vibrant green colour one day last week, with the sun rays illuminating the colours as I watched sea green waves gently lap onto the shore… which gave me a notion to try out this design! Very beachy, don’t you think?!

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Dusky Dew Drops

Chunky Glitter Nail Art

This was a really simple design incorporating a light marbled effect with gel polish and some gorgeous shiny blue chunky glitter encapsulated under the top gel coat. It was inspired by a recent summer rain shower where the water droplets were making some really playful light effects across our kitchen wall from the sunshine.

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Disney Pattern

Disney Nail Art

I spotted this playful idea on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a go on a short accent nail. It’s super cute and reminds me of recently finding some piccies from a family holiday in Disneyland Paris when I was much younger!

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Tribal Design

Tribal Nail Art

I love creating hand painted tribal patterns and thought I would give it a go on a matte gel nail. It reminds me of a cute Turkish vase I found in a charity shop recently that’s decorated in cute little dots of all different sizes!

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Baby Boomer Glitter Gradiant

Baby Boomer Glitter Nail

I adore classic pink and white nails, but this has got to be one of my favourites. It’s a gorgeous french pink & white acrylic gradient with a teeny layer of micro sparkle to give it a beautiful iridescent sheen. What a gorgeous combo for a bridal set don’t you think?

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What one’s your favourite design? Do you have any fun suggestions for me to try out next? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by to say a quick howdy lovelies:)

Catch you’s on Friday for another YouTube chatter!

Cheerio Chums…

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Cute Miniature Wall Frames for your Beauty or Office Space…

DIY Cute Miniature Beauty and Office Frames

As a few of you already know, I’m in the final stages of a fun DIY project at the moment… transforming our spare room into an office/beauty space. As my creative juices are well and truly flowing I find myself rolling up the sleeves and tackling a few little crafty projects, just to add some cute personal touches to my new workspace. One of my favourite projects this week has been this easy peasy transformation of these dinky little Ikea frames I had lying in the bottom of my craft drawers…

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After many months of feeling unloved and abandoned from lying in the bottom of my craft drawers, it was finally time to dust them off and bring them to life by incorporating some really simple but effective artwork. So if you’re looking for some inspiration to bring a sprinkling of creativity to your walls why not give this a go? It’s a 15 minute project that will undoubtedly add a touch of girly glamour to any bare looking wall area.

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Beauty Wall Art - Creative Ingredients

Set of four mini ‘Tysslinge’ Ikea frames

An old magazine

Watercolour pencils

Fine tip paint brush

Pencil

Small scissors

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As my new space will be used for both blogging & beauty, I wanted a variety of colours, themes and textures rather than one particular subject. With the frame inserts being so tiny (8x9cm) I thought I’d take to the pages of some old magazines I had lying about that were ready for recycling.

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1) For the first frame I decided to use some simple magazine text. I thought this would tie in rather niftily with the vast amount of typing I do – kinda keeping in with the blogging ‘editorial’ style theme. Once I found the text I wanted I lightly drew around the frame insert, cut it out and popped it into place. Voila – job done!

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2) For the second frame I wanted something a little more cosmetic related. After browsing through the beauty section of the magazine I stumbled across an image of raw eye shadows – perfect for the gal who’s addicted to shadow palettes 😉 Again I repeated the step of placing the frame insert over the image and drawing around the outside with pencil before trimming and slotting in into place.

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3) For my third frame I decided on something quite patterned that would compliment a few of the nik naks I have scattered around the room itself. I’m all for florals and ‘shabby chic’ so when I spotted this floral printed suit in the fashion directory of the magazine I knew it would add a subtle hint of nature-inspired femininity.

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As much as I enjoyed the easy-peasy task of picking different patterns and styles from the magazine, I’m always a fan of creating something handmade. For my fourth frame I decided to add a personal touch by paying homage to my creative streak & sketching something simple. My instant thought was a set of lips, not only due to my cosmetic drawers being laden with glosses and lippies, but also because of my step into YouTube that has enabled me to gain the confidence to chatter in front of the camera. Of course, anyone else looking at the frame will assume it’s just a drawing of a set of lips but it means a little more than that to me 😉

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For this I used my Faber Castell watercolour pencils. I absolutely adore this set, as it give you the freedom to draw free hand however once finished you can transform your drawing into a watercolour painting by simply running a dampened brush over the artwork. It’s quick, easy and totally mess free = win win win!!!

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How cute are these? Such an affordable yet effective way to add a little touch of personality to any beauty area or work space…

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These mini Ikea Tysslinge frames also come in a choice of colours & finishes should you prefer black, white, wood or metal effect – the choice is entirely up to you. So why not put your old magazines to use or create some personalised drawings to brighten up your office or beauty space?

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Are you a fan of beauty-inspired art projects? Have you created anything recently or are you feeling the itch to roll up the sleeves for some DIY crafts of your own? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below sodo stop by and say a quick hello 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Make Your Own ‘I Heart Buttons’ Wall Art…

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Happy Monday Blog Buddies…

It’s been a ridiculous length of time since I’ve tackled some crafty DIY projects, so this weekend I thought it was high time I put right to abandoning my craft drawers and got a little creative with a truck load of buttons I’ve had gathering dust in some containers. I must say I ADORE button craft and find them incredibly cute in almost any project, but seeing as I had a spare frame from Ikea and a rather bare looking bedroom wall I thought I could combine the two and tackle this cute heart shaped button collage to brighten up my boudoir decor. Fancy giving it a go yourself? Here’s how to do it…

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The must-have ingredients:

One rather fabulous looking photo-frame – Ikea are great for a whole range of shapes & sizes to suit any budget

A small truck-load of buttons (well, maybe just a container full)

Glue Dots or Clear Drying Craft Glue

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1) The Frame

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Firstly you’ll need to get hold of a decent size frame, however if your buttons are small enough I’m sure it could work equally as well in something a little more dainty. Steve bought me this frame from Ikea quite some time ago, it’s a very chic looking ‘Norrlida’ frame which is perfect for displaying a pop of colourful buttons! Measuring in at 50x50cm’s it’s quite a biggie, but seeing as it’s for a rather expansive wall it’s the perfect size for maximum impact.

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2) The Buttons

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For this project you’ll need quite a few handfuls of them, of course all that depends on the size of frame and shape that you’re creating. I easily used 200-300 and kept it to a mixture of different colours so it would pull in accents of any room colour should I wish to hang it somewhere else. Both E-bay & Amazon have a great range of buttons for sale in packs of colours to suit whatever shade your heart desires. I personally think the blush tones are incredibly chic!

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3) The Heart

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Now it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get on with the fun part… if you’re using the Norrlida frame remove the backing, take the strong cardboard insert & choose which colour you’d prefer the background for your buttons to be – black or white. I went for white as it will tie in a little better with the rest of the decor.

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Next draw a large heart on the middle of the blank board. This doesn’t have to be too perfect as your buttons will take on a shape of their own… just try and keep the line as feint as possible.

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4) Filling In

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Carefully place a mound of buttons onto the canvas and begin to spread them out into the positioning & shape you want. After you’ve got the buttons placed where you want them to be it’s handy to take a quick snap of your picture, just in case any of them get misplaced or moved.

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Keeping the buttons on the background, take your pack of sticky dots and begin to stick each button individually onto the canvas – this is by far the most time consuming of the whole project, mine took at least 40 minutes to place so I’d suggest you keep your laptop close by and stock up on your favourite YouTubers to keep you company. Ooooh, talking of which… you can check out my channel by *clicking here* 😉 hehe

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As an alternative to sticky dots you can use clear-drying craft glue to affix your buttons with, however it is a little bit messier and will need a considerable amount of drying time before you can place your work of art into it’s frame – hence why I love glue dots. There’s no mess, just instant adhesive without the drying time!

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5) You’re Done

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Voila! Once they’re all stuck (and dried if using glue) then it’s time to house your button art back in the frame – this will test if you’ve missed any or not, which is why your picture earlier may come in handy.

Once the art piece is securely in its frame give the glass a little wipe with window cleaner to remove any smudge marks & get ready to hang your work of art for all to admire! I’m putting mine above my dressing table as it will work perfectly with all the coloured lotions and potions!

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There you have it beauty buddies, my little weekend craft project. What do you think? Is this something you’d try? What colour would YOUR buttons be?

As always thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below!

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog…. featuring Jo from Eclectic Feel

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Hey Beauty Buddies,

I hope you’re all settled snugly with your usual hot toddy in hand ready for another fun filled Behind The Blog? If not get that kettle flicked and curl up in your comfiest chair for a quick meet & greet of yet another awesome blogger!

As always, if you’re new to Confetti & Curves (friendly wave) and not entirely sure what this virtual shenanigans is all about *click here* to bring yourself up to speed – you may even find yourself getting involved. Why the heck not?!

So today we have the deliciously diverse Jo from her mighty blog Eclectic Feel joining us. If you haven’t already stopped by her sizeable slice of the interweb then get yourself over pronto peeps, she really is a blogging gem.

Jo is the proud parent of one of the most varied blogs I’ve stumbled across since launching Confetti & Curves… when I say there’s something gracing her pages for everyone I literally do mean it. Eclectic Feel really is a virtual haven jam packed with interesting articles, features, news and reviews.

So without further ado here’s the lovely lady herself to give us all a little more insight to the girl Behind The Blog…

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Eclectic – art, photography, fashion, mindfulness

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I wanted a place where I could be free to be my real self, and which could be a creative outlet.

Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

I knew I wanted something that celebrated the unusual, the different, self expression…and I LOVE the MGMT song Electric Feel!

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Well I’m still quite new to this. So far I seem to have a LOT of ideas which I then list as draft posts, but I seem to then just come up with more new ideas rather than finishing the old ones! the joys of being eclectic and having a rubbish attention span!

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What’s your favourite post to date?

“3 Emergency Online Stress-busters” – it was a post that I hadn’t got a clue I was going to write until that moment and the words just fell out of me as fast as I could write. People seemed to like it, hopefully because I was being very open and honest and it was very positive. If only I could repeat that whenever I wanted 🙂

www.eclecticfeelblog.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/3-emergency-online-stress-busters

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

Eclectic boho hipster rock chick!

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream complex

Benefit The Porefessional

Guerlain Shalimar eau de parfum

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Doing blog-related stuff! Also singing and playing my guitar.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Dinner, a couple of Gin and Lemonades, and watching a movie at my local cinema, which is really atmospheric and historic, and has been going since 1937.

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What do you do to relax?

Have a nice hot bath.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Not getting my gel nails removed professionally…gaa, that’s so bad!

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

A family camping holiday to Glen Nevis in Scotland – campfire dinners, playing “Block 123” and swimming in the river every day!

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What was your favourite school subject?

English Literature and Geography.

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What’s your dream job?

Being a singer and musician…or a full-time blogger of course!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Having a bit more money, some kids, and remaining wrinke-free!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Visiting the family I sponsor in Uganda, we have a really close bond.

Having children

Travelling to all 50 American states (I’m on 11 at the mo)

Going to South America

Taming my rescued Welsh Mountain pony Tarren. he lives at my parent’s animal sanctuary, he had a terrible start in life (he’s 1 year old) and he’s a wild teeny tiny terror! So far I can feed him from my hand and brush his mane if I can dodge his hooves. I would like to be able to brush and play with him like My Little Pony!

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

My career…Boring answer! Driving through rush-hour Philadelphia in a Dodge Avenger.

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Who inspires you?

Stevie Nicks.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

Yes it’s the header on my blog! “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” – Coco Chanel.

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Set up all of your blog-associated social media accounts before you start the actual blog. Use the same strong image as your avatar for all so that you are establishing a brand. Use your social media accounts to get a feel for what you want to write about and what catches people’s interests. Once you start blogging, reach out and engage with the blogger community. They are an amazingly supportive bunch aren’t they Karen? 🙂

*They sure are Jo, the best in fact 😉 – Karen*

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Coffee

 

Coke or Pepsi = Diet coke

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute kitten like my cat Dolly Parton!

 

Night In or Night Out = Night in

 

Heels or Flats = Heels where practical!

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss =Lip Gloss

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess =Rock Chick

 

Paperback or E-book = I’m half and half at the moment.

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Thanks so much for reading and of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves 🙂

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*Get Minted…

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Hello lovelies…

I don’t know about you guys, but being surrounded by Christmas decorations, fairy lights and fireplaces peppered with jolly little snow men ornaments really makes you take in your surroundings a whole lot more than normal, don’t you think? There’s so many exciting things to look at. In fact every shop I go into or house window I pass by my eyes are drawn to a festive focal point by something or other.

I think that’s why I adore having features in a room to study and be captured by – regardless of what season of the year it is. My eyes seem to just love something to keep them busy! This is why I often feel a little gloomy when in January I pack all the Christmas trimmings away for an entire year… only then does everything seems so bare.

So this weekend I thought I’d mull over some options for jazzing a few off my rooms up with some unique wall art & pretty prints… and of course what better place to browse an entire range of wall feasts and other delectable goodies than Minted.com

‘Oooh, what’s Minted?’ I hear you say!

Well, Minted is a thriving on-line community of independent artists… from illustrators, painters, package designers to stay at home mums. It’s a global community full of creative content, selling a unique range of art, home décor and stationary items delivered direct to your door. That’s right… you don’t have to leave the confines of your cosy abode this winter to dress up the walls of your dining room. Just a few clicks of a button and voila, your goodies are on their way. Sounds like my kinda shopping *peering out at a rather gloomy sky*

Anyways, I thought I’d share a just few of my favourite Minted finds with you…

April Showers by Olivia Raufman

April Showers by Olivia Raufman

I loved this gorgeous raindrop print by Olivia Raufman. Our living room has very similar colour schemes within the flooring, carpet, & a feature wall. I can really see this piece pulling all those gorgeous colours together incredibly well!

Life Is Sweet by Ana Sharpe

Life Is Sweet by Ana Sharpe

I adore this print by Ana Sharpe – as soon as I spotted it I knew it would brighten up the dining area in my kitchen perfectly. Plus who doesn’t love Macaroons?! *swoon*

On the Docks by Kirby Lee Smith

On the Docks by Kirby Lee Smith

Living beside the sea I’m obsessed with anything nautical or beach themed. My house is full of little jars of interesting pebbles and shells we’ve collected over the last few years, which I love! When I spotted this gorgeous piece by Kirby Lee Smith I knew it would perfect in my hall way as it’s got a very similar theme at the moment.

Eucalyptus by Kiana Mosley

Eucalyptus by Kiana Mosley

My bedroom has lots of purples (and as I’m sure you can tell from previous posts it’s one of my favourite colours) so when I spotted this amazing piece by Kiana Mosley I knew it would go perfect in my purple themed bedroom as a feature piece to catch the eye as soon as you walk in. I love the huge shade range… from soft lilacs to an intense blackcurrants. Super stunning, don’t you agree?

Wisdom by Griffinbell Paper Co

Wisdom by Griffinbell Paper Co

Of course as most of you know only too well, I have a rather unhealthy obsession with owls. They’re (almost) everywhere throughout my home, so when I spotted this rather striking cutie by Griffinbell Paper Co, I knew he’d be the perfect partner for jazzing up my work area… it’s also a little reminder of the one thing I need more off!! *hahaa*

So, what do y’all think of my top picks, do you like? If so, let me know which one is your favourite… as always I love reading your thoughts and feedback in the comments below!

Also, don’t forget to pop over to Minted and check out their gorgeous selection of art, stationary and home decor goodies… you won’t be disappointed, the range is incredible 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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