Monday, July 31, 2017

July Mani RoundUp

Hello lovelies!

Well, today's post is something a little different. I did touch on it briefly on Facebook the other day, and well, here it is!

Some of you may know, that last year I became an independent Jamberry consultant! I love nails, I love manis and I love a good pattern! But I was forever ruining my pretty nails with my craft work.
I'll be forever thankful to my amazing friend for introducing me to Jamberry products! Now,it's my second job, and it helps pay for all the supplies I use to bring you guys new patterns! Now that's a win win right? RIGHT!

I LOVE taking photos, and taking nailfies is no exception! But it seems a shame for most of the photos to just sit on my harddrive, to never see the light of day. So once a month, I'm going to share with you my mani's!

There is a few! I change almost weekly, and I wear a different one on each hand, because I'm special like that ;)

Here they are!

Psst, if you are here as a fellow JamSista, feel free to use the images, but please credit me!


This mani is solely Jamberry wraps, this one is called On The Ritz. Its so pretty! It reminds me of old 8-bit games!


My bottle of Cherry Bomb arrived, and I decided to have some fun with it! So I mixed it with equal parts of Lemon Drop to create this amazing orange colour! Normally I just layer lacquers (which is what I did on my middle finger) but woah mixing creates a whole new look! Im keen to use this orange again come Halloween! 





This mani was achieved using a clear wrap and layering it over a solid one! The bottom wrap is a beautiful slightly patterned one called Blackberry Bliss. The clear and white floral design I layered with is Dreaming Of You.



I just LOVE this mani! Actually, the kids picked it out for me. It's a combination of 2 wrap designs. Oh Bubbles, from the Disney Collection by Jamberry, paired with High Tide.


Green is my absolute FAV colour, and I was kicking myself for not wearing this years Colour Of The Year wrap, Glittering Greenery yet! So I paired it up with Paparazzi Lacquer!




Then a week later my bottle of That Glo Tho, the new Holographic silver polish came in and I had to test it out! So I took off Paparazzi and painted 2 layers of Greenery Godess and one light coat of That Glo Tho over the top. WOAH pretty!


I still wasn't finished playing with the Cherry Bomb lacquer, so I used it again, and paired with with The Fairest, another from the Disney Collection by Jamberry. I can't get enough of that bright cherry glittery BOOM!



My last mani for the month! I finally splurged out on myself and ordered the Jamberyy TruShine system, and I wish I had have done it sooner! This is the gel called Mr DJ. BAM! Take that all other pinks! Woah this colour is so me! 


So there you go peeps, my July mani's! Im so happy with these and my Jamberry journey.
If you want more info, please let me know. Or check them out at myshellecole.jamberry.com
Some of the products I've used are now retired, but don't worry, there are always new designs and colours!

Now it's back off to crocheting for me! Itty Bitty Giant hat Drive is only just a month away! EXCITING!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sweet Robin




If loss stories are too hard for you, please scroll to the bottom of the page for the pattern <3


I didn't think I'd be sitting here, again. Writing these words, again. Feeling so much heartbreak, again.

I wrote back in 2013, about how when we loose a baby, we join a club that noone ever wants to be a part of, but we don't ever get to leave. The Baby Loss Club. It's exclusive, but oh so painful. We're here and yet, we don't want to be. We'd give every ounce of our beings to trade that card in, hand it back, cash in our membership and walk away. We desperately wish we never joined this club.

Sadly, we can't. It's a lifetime gig. Now, I find myself a part of the frequent flyer section, of this horrible club. We lost another precious angel this weekend. We'd been trying to grow our family since we lost Alice this past December, and finally thought our luck was changing. Boy was I wrong. Friday was probably the unluckiest days in my life.

It's a long story. Its traumatic and horrible and cruel. I'm not ready to write it all out yet. Between broken machines and hospital stuff ups, I had one of the most horrible days on Friday that I have ever had. If it wasn't for the support of my best friend and my partner, I don't quite know how I would have made it through.

Having to call my partner and tell him that our baby, who should have been 12 weeks along, had stopped growing at just 9 and had no heartbeat, was right up there on the list of hardest things I've ever had to do.

Coming home to tell my girls, so hard. The words didn't want to come out. They didn't want to form. They have questions that I have no answers to, and probably never will. As a family, our hearts are broken. We've cried so many tears. We are devastated.

Surely you'd think that was enough for one day. Surely the universe can't throw anything else at someone who is already so down? You'd think so, but no. My partner drove my friend back to the hospital that evening to pick her car up (she'd driven me home in ours, I was in no condition to drive) and on the way there our car got ran into. Thankfully everyone was ok, but my poor car will need extensive repairs and will be out of action for a while.

When it rains, it pours, isn't that how the saying goes? Well it sure poured, because to top the day off, both me and Master J ended up with headcolds as well. Just what we needed!

It's been a crappy weekend to follow a shitty Friday. I'm left feeling horrible and broken and angry. I have so much angry to work through right now that I can't even start on working through all the other feelings I have.

Beautiful little Robin. Gone too soon. Joining Frankie and Alice.
I am 1 in 4
I am broken.






Sweet Robin

You Will Need
3.5mm hook
2.00mm hook
Yarn in a main and contrasting colours for body and black for the beak.
Fabric paint/plastic eyes/beads
Small amount of stuffing

BODY
With 3.5mm hook and main colour

1: 6sc into a magic ring, place marker - 6sc
2: *sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around - 9sc
3: *sc in the next 2 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around - 12sc
4: *sc in the next 3 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around - 15sc
5: sc in teach stitch around - 15sc
6: *sc in the next 4 stitches, 2sc in the next stitch*, repeat around - 18sc
7-8: sc in each stitch around - 18sc
9: sc2tg 9 times - 9sc
Stuff well
10: sc in the next stitch, sc2tg 4 times - 5sc

End off leaving a long tail, use the tail to close the remaining hole by gathering it shut.

CHEST
With contrasting colour and 3.5mm hook

1: ch5, sc in the 2nd chain from hook and each across - 4sc
2-3: ch1, turn, sc across - 4sc
4: ch1, turn, 2sc in the first stitch, 2hdc in each of the next 2 stitches, 2sc in the last stitch -8 stitches

End off. Row 4 goes to the bottom of the bird. Stitch it onto the front of the body.

TAIL
With main colour and 3.5mm hook

1: ch3, sc in the 2nd chain from hook and the next stitch -2sc
2-3: ch1, turn, sc in each stitch - 2sc
4: ch1, sc 3 times down the side of the tail, 2sc in each of the ch2 spaces from row 1 we used to start the tail, sc evenly 3 times up the next side, 2sc in each of the 2 top stitches, join to the ch1. End off leaving a long tail to attach to the body of the bird.

Wings x2
With main colour and 3.5mm hook

Into a magic ring, sc 4 times, trc 2 times, sc 4 times, pull tight and join to the first sc. End off leaving a long tail for sewing to the side of the body.

Repeat to make second wing.

BEAK
With black and a 2.00mm hook

Attach black yarn with a slst to the place on the face that you want the beak to be, chain 3 and then end off with a long tail. Using the tail stitch back through the same place you joined the yarn, so that the ch3 folds in on itself to create the beak. Secure both ends and weave in.

Use fabric paint or stitch on eyes, or use beads.