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Slice of Life Sundays: 1-5-14


Wow it’s 2014! When I typed the title of this post I kept staring at the format of the date because it looked wrong to me. You know when you stare at a word or numbers long enough they just stop making sense? Yeah that totally happened to me.

Anyway, I have some good news to report. My husband took Pepper to the vet on December 27th for a follow-up and they called on Thursday with her results. The vet said that her numbers are looking very stable. The combination of the two medicines we are giving her and the prescription diet food is working. As the vet said “let’s keep her on this cocktail and re-check her in two to three months”. I don’t think I’ll ever stop worrying about her but for now I feel a sense of relief. I feel like I can get back to some of my normal routines and get out of this funk that I’ve been in.

This weekend I decided to get crafty. I have a round kitchen table that we got for free that I want to paint. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Annie Sloan chalk paint so I bought some to try. I’m not really experienced with painting and the thought of sanding pieces frightens me. This chalk paint requires no prep whatsoever other than wiping your piece down to remove any dust that may be on it. That’s my kind of paint. I don’t want to fuss with a piece of furniture. I want to paint it and be done with it. Before I touch the table I thought I would start by painting a frame to see how the paint works. I’m in love!


This is with two coats of Annie Sloan Provence

It was really easy to work with and the first coat was dry to the touch in 10-15 minutes. I applied a 2nd coat and that was dry quickly too. The next step will be to wax the piece. I’ll show you the finished result in a future post.

I recently got my first shellac manicure for the holidays. It’s supposed to last two weeks and I was skeptical. Well let me tell you I’m not skeptical anymore. This stuff is virtually indestructible. The nail salon that I go to uses the Gelish brand. I took some pics so you could see how great this stuff is.


This was the day I got the manicure. This pic doesn’t show the true color well.


This picture show the true color better. This was taken after one week. No chips. The only “flaw” is the new growth.


This is week two. Still no chips. The shine is still there and again the only “flaw” is the new growth.

聽So as you can see this gel polish really stays put and is long wearing. I didn’t get a chance to go the salon for a new manicure so it will be three weeks old when I go back. The only downside to these manicures is that they are pricey. I paid $28 for mine. If you were to get this done every two weeks that would add up quickly. Not sure I’ll keep this up for long but it’s good to know that if I want a long wearing manicure shellac is the way to go.

In case you missed it, there is a new inspiration challenge up for January. The theme is Warm & Fuzzy. I hope you’ll join us in challenging yourself to create a project that says warms & fuzzy. I made hot chocolate for two. Check it out here and be sure to link up your projects.


That’s all that I have to share. I hope you have a good week. If you’re in the areas that have been getting pounded by snow I hope you are staying warm. Even here in Texas we are pretty chilly. We’ve had a couple nights with hard freezes.

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  1. OMG! I love the chalk paint! I can not wait to see the finished projects! The manicure….looks fabulous! I am pretty hard on my nails, and this seems like the way to go, long lasting is always a plus. Maybe this would be great for special occasions and holidays. I am not much of a celebrator for Valentine’s Day, but I go all out in blue for April, to celebrate Autism Awareness month, don’t tell my husband, but I am getting blue highlights in my hair, so maybe blue nails in April is in my future! I am so happy to hear the good news about Pepper, hopefully she will continue to improve. I am in a area getting pounded with snow and below freezing temperatures….looks like I am staying in today. Hugs and love!
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  2. I’m so happy that you received such great news about Pepper! I hope this little “cocktail” continues to work wonders.
    I LOVE shellac!!!! It is one of my favorite things. That is all I ever have done when I go in for a manicure. I usually get a french manicure. When I have had it done that way it has lasted for as long as 3 weeks!!!!!!! I love the color you chose. Once my nails start looking decent again, I will be making another appointment.
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  3. I’m SO happy to hear about Pepper! 馃檪 That is the best news!
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  4. I am so glad to hear Pepper is stable on her meds and diet! I love the color you picked out for the frame. In fact- I see that shade of blue a lot in your blog! 馃檪
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  5. My dog is my baby so I totally get your worry. Let me know when your dog gets better, I’ll send you a great recipe for peanut butter dog treats that every dog I know goes crazy for. Rice flour, low-fat peanut butter, pureed pumpkin and eggs. Super easy and so much better for our pups than store bought treats.

    My friend was getting her nails done with the shellac and decided to just buy all the stuff and do it herself. She said she paid about $115 for all the stuff and won’t need to replenish anything for at least 6 months. Look into it, I’m sure you’d have zero problems doing your nails yourself. You have that creative gene.


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