Week 1 – Halloween Nails

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I love to paint my nails and I am always practicing with different designs and tools. So, I have decided to start with nail pinspiration and I admit that several of my posts will be nail designs. I have been checking out lots of different Halloween nail options and decided to start with a cute candy corn design.
Here is the process:
I started by doing my nails in a nude gel color. (Process not shown) I did this to have a smooth base. Also, the gel polish does not come off with nail polish remover so if I make a mistake with the candy corn design, I can easily remove it and start again on top of the gel base.
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Next, I painted my ring fingernail black and painted the rest white.
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Then, I used a make-up sponge with yellow, orange and white nail polish to create the candy corn look. I put a stripe of yellow, orange and white nail polish in a row on the sponge. Then I lightly pressed the sponge onto each white nail.
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For my black accent nail, I wanted to paint several tiny candies. I used the same method as above, however, I used the most narrow and pointy part of the sponge and ended up only being able to fit two as I made the stripes too big.
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Finally, I did a touch up on all nails and applied a top coat. Here is the final result.
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Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

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Well, I’m simultaneously part way into a couple other Pinterest inspired projects (aka story of my life), but since they’re not yet finished I can’t post them on here yet… so I’m struggling to keep up with our weekly posts. To stay on track, I figured I could make a recipe… that’s something I could start & finish in one evening. Not that it’s a competition, but I did observe that Sus finished an Infinity Scarf in one night, yet Taquitos are more my finish-in-one-night speed – potatoes/patotoes. My last knitting project is an unfinished baby blanket… for a sweet pea who’s now 12. No, not 12 months… 12 years @@ (that’s my symbol for wide eyes). But let me get back on track…

I have a Pinterest board dedicated to recipes titled Yum. When I went back to review, two things happened:
a) I realized I’ve done a whole lotta pinning, but not so much making and baking,
b) I was hungry and wanted to make it all – I’ve pinned a whole lot of deliciousness!
Then I remembered the very first recipe I did make from my Pinterest board, actually Susan and I made it together when she was visiting. Needless to say, we were less than inspired and it’s no longer pinned to my board. Lets hope this time would be different…

I planned to choose a baking project to do with N, and after browsing my board, I wanted to make Chocolate Chip Cookies. But when I was an ingredient shy and it was nearing dinner time, I chose an entree instead – Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos. They made the cut since I had many of the ingredients on hand that needed to be used before we went out of town for a couple days. I also had a large cooked chicken breast leftover from dinner the night prior, so this was a perfect way to reinvent these leftovers.

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N was the cutest little helper…

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But he wanted to eat more than help at times… he was pilfering so much cheese from the recipe that I ended up giving him his own plate of ‘you-can-eat-this-cheese’

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No need to reiterate the recipe here, as the site linked from my Taquitos pin has it perfectly explained, and they have prettier food photos.
The only 2 things we did differently were using classic red salsa instead of green (it’s what we had on hand), and we used medium tortilla shells, cut in half and rolled the long way for each taquito.

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The recipe made two trays. After I put the second tray in the oven, I realized it made a lot and I probably should have frozen some instead… but, it turns out they were all eaten very quickly.

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They were a big hit – we loved this recipe and will definitely make it again – delicious!

Sibling Photo

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I’m constantly pinning beautiful photos that I’m inspired by to my Photography Pinterest board… I would love to capture my own version of them all. So often when I attempt a photo with a specific composition in mind, I quickly realize it’s not as easy as it looks!

I was inspired by this Pin, and really happy with how my version came out…

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…But behind every favorite photo, there’s typically a whole lot more taken in my attempt to capture the vision. Here’s a series of behind the scenes images that I took on this occasion. Although these “outtakes” probably won’t be seen by many, I still love them… I love how they tell the behind the scenes story. …How they show it was NOT this easy-perfect-moment that I just happened to capture, but rather, real life with a 2 year old, and executed with a helper. The truth is N is so sweet with his baby brother, and gives him kisses regularly without being asked, but to photograph in the right setting/lighting/background… well, that took effort. Capturing my favorite photos isn’t always easy… but oh so worth it!

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Infinity Scarf

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As we get into Fall, I’m always inspired to start knitting a new scarf. I wanted to try something different, and was inspired by some Pinterest posts about knitting seamless scarves. I’d never knitted with circular needles before so it was a learning experience.

Here’s the Pinspiration 

Circular needles

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With these needles you knit in the round so there is no seam to sew at the end. I probably restarted this project 3 or 4 times and never thought to take pictures during the process.

Here’s the finished scarf:

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And here’s K modelling the scarf:

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And bonus, you can even carry snacks with you! (j/k)

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Ruler Growth Chart

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As soon as I saw the ruler growth chart idea on Pinterest (here), I knew I wanted to make one. I read it was a recreation from one that Pottery Barn Kids use to sell, and that didn’t surprise me since I love browsing their catalogs. After months of procrastination & convincing myself that I needed a larger vehicle to purchase a 6 foot long piece of wood, I finally drove to Home Depot with E in tow & our very small Corolla & picked out our wood.

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I chose a 6’x1″x10″ piece of Poplar. I could have gone cheaper with Pine (approx $12), but all the pieces were quite rough & knotty, and I liked the look of the Poplar wood (approx $30) better. …I figured it’s a project that I plan to keep around for many many years to come, so may as well fully enjoy looking at it.

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At Home Depot, I also picked up a fresh Sharpie (to ensure good ink coverage), and the tiniest pot of stain. I hummed & hawed at the shade of stain to go with… so many to choose from! The lady at the paint department told me she had test pots, and showed me the 2 options I had narrowed down to on paint sticks to help me decide. The thing is that paint sticks are not made of Poplar, and she really emphasized that my stain project would look quite different. I picked 1 of the 2 options, rolled over to the checkout (E was in the carseat sitting in the cart, with my 6′ long piece of wood balanced on top of it all. Then I second guessed myself when at the register, and ran back (with baby) to the painting section to switch for a lighter 3rd option that I originally hadn’t even considered.

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days later… finally going to create this! Baby asleep-check! Monitor set-up to watch from the garage-check! So I started by staining the wood – rubbing off the stain as quickly as I wiped it on, as I didn’t want my project to become too dark. I did one coat & returned a couple hours later to do the other side.

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I planned to do only one coat, but when I later started drawing a couple lines, the ink was bleeding into the wood a little, resulting in not-as-crisp-lines as I hoped for. So, back to the garage for another coat of stain which I hoped would alleviate the problem, and it worked-phew!

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I learned very quickly that each line needed a double thick (2 lines) of sharpie to give the visual I was seeking. I choose the number font by searching many different fonts, and printed at font size 230. I actually picked my numbers from a combo of 3 very similar fonts, since I liked the ‘1’ of one font, and the ‘5’ of another, etc.

I used a pencil to shade the back of the numbers, then put in place on the wood & traced the edges with a ballpoint pen to leave the faintest indent and pencil mark to guide where I filled in with the Sharpie.

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Thinking we’ll possibly hang the growth chart here…

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…But there was hardly any light from this window this time of day, so here’s a better picture of my finished project…

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Let’s start with Sparkler pictures!

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Looking forward to encouraging each other and finally completing some projects that were pinned months ago!

This week I revisited the sparkler pictures, which I still enjoy far too much! The toughest part about this project may be finding sparklers (thanks, Walmart!).

This was my Pinspiration

Just set your camera to a Manual setting. Best to use a tripod, but not necessary.

Set the  f/stop to f5.6. Set shutter speed to 4″ or slower (make the shutter speed faster for more defined words).

Set white balance to Tungsten, and make sure to write the letters backwards!IMG_2409IMG_2404