4th of July Wrap-up

Hello lovelies!  Not much of a post tonight as I’ve been recovering from the holiday today.  I did wind up changing my mani for the Fourth:
Sadly, this is the best picture I have.  Something happened with the better picture and I cannot get it to load.  I also was so excited to have found something I liked better, that this is pre-cleanup!  Blue is Zoya’s Dream and red/silver/blue glitter is Julep’s America the Beautiful.  I really enjoyed this color combo and found it quite patriotic.



Despite a light drizzle, we went to watch the Stars and Stripes over San Antonio firework show:
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Here is Elizabeth waiting eagerly in the car.  Last year, we found a great little park that was not crowded, and that seemed to be the case this year as well.  Since it was drizzly, we stayed in our car.


I found that I managed to get one photo of the fireworks.  I took a bit of video – I was trying to capture Elizabeth’s excitement, but of course she was silent once the camera was going!  I now want to see if I can pull some stills from the video.

Overall, we had a wonderful 4th of July.  I made macaroni salad and apple pie, mostly from scratch.  I’ve found that pie crust is just a pain in the bum, so I buy the Pillsbury pre-made crust from the refrigerated case.  It tastes just as good as homemade crust.

My pie:

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday!


Dragon Egg and Pre-4th Mani

Hello lovelies!  Today I’d like to share a crafting project with you that I’ve been working on the past four or five days.  It’s a “dragon egg!”  I used the tutorial that Mish over at Accio Lacquer posted.  As tedious as this project is, I will do another one or two or more because look at the result:

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For the thumbtacks, I painted them first with two coats Wet n’ Wild’s Black Creme, then one coat of Clarins 430 (the coveted “Unicorn Pee”), and finished with a clear topcoat.  I love using my 430 for projects like this so that I can preserve it in it’s true glory!  I know the second photo isn’t great, but it shows just the broad spectrum of colors that is 430.

I also have on what I am now considering my pre-4th of July mani.  I was not as happy as I thought I would be:

The base is Red Carpet Manicure’s Dripping in Luxury, a color that looks more silver in bottle than it does applied.  I would say it’s more of a foggy pearl when on the nail.  I topped that with Julep’s America the Beautiful.  I like America, and I thought it would look great on a silver background, but I was mistaken, or at least I was with the silver I picked.  I intend on redoing my mani before Friday.


Since Friday falls on a holiday, and my post will be Independence Day themed, I will either post late on Friday or early-ish on Saturday.

Have a happy and safe 4th, everyone!