Stepping Stones


As according to Merriam Webster,

A STEPPING STONE IS…
  1. a large, flat stone that you step on to cross a stream
  2. something that helps you get or achieve something

If you make an error, use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered.~ Roger von Oech 

Thus, here are some of those lovely stepping stones which helped us discovered many new ideas:

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Winter Butterflies – A Custom Made Bracelet


One of our regular clients actually wanted to purchase the Sunny-Side-Up Anklet but it is too long for her wrist and so, we have custom-made this Winter-Butterfly Bracelet for her based on some of her favourite colours.

Did you know?

Some species of butterfly hibernate as adult butterflies, while some survive the winter as eggs, caterpillars or chrysalis.

Read more @ http://www.britishbutterflies.co.uk/winter.asp

Just before sunset…


Drawing is definitely not my forte despite taking lessons for a few years when I was still a little girl. That is why I really envy my brother, who is able to draw the Simpsons very well, and my baby sis (who is drawing some of the doodling arts in our “Laugh With Us” category).

With my sister now doing a contractual job at a bank while I do the setting up our online shop (I’ve stopped working with those lovable students of mine due to the relapses of my backaches :(), she has very little time to draw.

Actually, I am a fan of her doodling arts ever since she started drawing all those funny characters inside her notebooks and erhhmm….lecture notes. They never fail to make me laugh.

I wanted to read more of her works, but I guess just my liking isn’t enough 😦.

HOWEVER..if you’ve already read our “Laugh With Us” posts (it is just a click away, sweeties!!) and think they are worth reading, do leave down your likes and comments so that she is motivated to draw more.

Without further adieu, here’s the result of my first piece of work:

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The top nail (ya…drawn by yours truly) was done with colour pencils and markers.

Actual nail polish were applied to the one at the bottom with the fimo slices and rhinestones placed only after the colours are dried so that I can reuse them hehe…

The colours used : Jet Black, Mustard Yellow, Blue & Silver Glitter

Art Decor used: 3 butterfly fimo & Black rhinestones

With this, I can create as many designs as I want to without using any top coat (yes, I’ve yet to buy them…) and best of all, I don’t have to remove them.

I’ve just purchased some acrylic nails and nail polish brushes/dotting tools  so that I can try out all my paper designs on the nails.

Oh~ can’t wait for them to arrive. 😀

Hope you do enjoy this humble post of ours.

Cheers & TTFN~ 😀

This entry was first posted on Clouds N Cups, Be With Us (2nd Aug 2012) and we would like to thank the following lovely souls for reading, commenting and pressing the ‘Like’ button:

  1. Eugenia Munguía-George
  2. Md. Alsanda
  3. Bake Eat Tuesday
  4. Author Thelma Cunningham
  5. Cristian Mihai
  6. catbird365
  7. memyselfandela
  8. handbagsatdawnblog
  9. Michi of Delphina Luxe
  10. Inspiration MYCreation
  11. Jackie at Shook
  12. SweetLittleThang
  13. erica0angelique ~ Hello, Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my “Driving me carazzzy” post. You’re designs are adorable. That is one medium I have never worked with…Fimo, I will certainly have to try it one day. 😀
  14. ibelivetoday ~ Hi there friend!! Thanks for visiting my blog n hitting on one of my fav posts 🙂 Cheers Shraddha
  15. BillyBooth ~ BWU – thanks for liking my drawings. Don’t be discouraged by drawing skills. With the right vision and creative mind set (which you obviously have) you’ll surprise yourself with the sketches you can come up with. I’m in the same boat, just keep at it, i like to keep it simple and relatable. Keep up the good work – BB

Feathers over the rainbow…


Oh Gosh..oh gosh…I’ve had a difficult time trying to upload this post because the ‘add media’ button is not working, I wonder what is going on???

Thank God I managed to upload picture using another add post option, but I don’t really like it because this option does not have a preview button….sob*sob*….

I do hope the bug will be fixed soon…

Okay, back to today’s topic…This post title immediately came into my head the moment I finished the design and had an image of two feathers coming from a bird flying over the rainbow…hehehe….

I was doing a rainbow design on my toe nails basing on the one that I did on my baby sister’s. For my right leg, I did a vertical stripes with a few colours (very much similar to the ones on the finger nails) but unfortunately, they were ruined after I’ve applied a layer of silver glitter!!!! (URGHHHHHH!!!!)

With the painstaking experience on my right toes, I decided to be more careful with my left foot. Instead of vertical stripes, I’ve taken the approach to using freestyle horizontal stripes with all the colours I’ve had at hand and here’s the result:

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Actually, I did not take down the photo of the design only after a few days later when I wanted to remove them. From the picture, you should have noticed that my right foot is actually inside a sock because I was just recovering from a bad flu on the day I took the photo…Heehee…

After taking a last look, I realized that the colours were still in good condition even without any top coat, so I decided to share them with you all.T

This is, of course not a very successful attempt and though I’ve mentioned before, I still find the need to shout out loud, “IT IS NOT EASY DOING YOUR OWN TOE NAILS!!!”

If I were to take down photos of myself trying all kinds of funny postures just to paint the nails, you may think that I am doing some difficult yoga postures rather than nail painting?

*Sob*….I need to do something about my back….and WP needed to do something about the bug fixing…

Hope you enjoy reading this post.

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

This entry was first posted on Clouds N Cups, Be With Us (23rd July 2012) and we would like to thank the following lovely souls for reading, commenting and pressing the ‘Like’ button:

  1. Bake Eat Tuesday
  2. Thelondonflowerlover
  3. misheln ~ OMG those nails are awesome!
  4. catbird365
  5. Amanda (Mae)
  6. singaporelaunch
  7. Inspiration MYCreation
  8. kikischeuer
  9. air jordan 14 graphite ~ You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

Don’t be Blue, Stay Cute…


Blue is one of my favourite colours and thus I decided to try out two blue colours on my nails. Unfortunately, besides painting my nails blue (x3), my mood was painted blue as well.

It was the day I FINALLY realised why those previous few nail designs were getting small lumps after applying the top coat polish.

The reason is simple…

IT WAS ALREADY CONTAMINATED!!!!

URGHHHH!!!!

Did you see the ‘x3’?

Yes, it took me 3 tries….why?

BECAUSE MY TOP COAT WAS CONTAMINATED!!!!!

Sad…now, I’ve no more usable top coat polish BUT I am just tooooooooo lazy to go and get one.

Must get one soon….must get one soon…..

How ironic life can be sometimes, wanted a cute and simple design and yet, giving me blue moods because of it….anyway, here’s the outcome from this ironic learning experience:

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Can you notice the uneven surface?  Trust me, that was the best I could with THE CONTAMINATED TOP COAT..

(*sob*sob*)

No top coat polish applied to the other 4 nails since I was convinced that they looked nicer without it.

By the way, did you also notice two tiny round blobs? They used to be two sparkling light blue 2mm rhinestones but after 3 tries, they became two blobs (*sob*sob*)….poor rhinestones…don’t be sad…you still rock, even as a blob!!!

Material used:

  • Colour – Baby Blue, Blue & Silver glitter
  • Nail Art Decor – 1 thick-cut pink ribbon fimo and yes, two 2mm light blue rhinestones (*Sob*)

Please…do…enjoy…*gluped*….?

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

This entry was first posted on Clouds N Cups, Be With Us (14th July 2012) and we would like to thank the following lovely souls for reading, commenting and pressing the ‘Like’ button:

  1. Amanda (Mae)
  2. clotildajamcracker
  3. freshfrippery
  4. cupcakesakura
  5. The CHICago Life Blog
  6. pinkgoeswitheverything
  7. Liz ~ pretty pretty:-) Appreciate you stopping by foodforfun. Thanks!
  8. Cheryl Cheryl ~ awww… Pretty nail design!! my heart goes out to the two rhinestones. 🙂 So how do you know when your top coat is contaminated?? Any guidance??
  9. lipstickhero ~ love the baby blue color!
  10. shewhisperswords ~ The glitter was still pretty! We have about four bottles in the last three months that did that crap to us, and they were all super cheap bottles(not cheap as in I got a deal, cheap as in they’re not well made). So I concur, cheap doesn’t always equal quality when it comes to your nails.

Fallen Flower on Water…


My first toe nail art…hehe…frankly speaking, I thought it would be easier but IT IS NOT!!!!

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Perhaps it is just me, LOL!

Nevertheless, I’ve only managed to apply my design on the big toe while the rest, I just finished them off with 3 light purple dots on each nail (may not be very visible in the picture) in order to match the purple flower fimo.

Actually I wanted to use a blue flower fimo but then the contrast between the fimo colour and the background colour will be very low.

Initially, I wanted to name it “Water Splash” but decided to change it to ‘Fallen Flower on Water’ since I thought it looks like fallen flower floating on water (been reading too many blogs on flowers…or am I just trying to console myself? :P)

What do you all see? No harm letting me know eh?

So, here’s the result of another of my unskilled nail art:

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The upper picture was taken while my feet were still dry. When I was changing water for my red face turtle (of 23 years), water was running down my feet and when I look at the nails again, they looked kinda…hmm…different?

So I decided to take down another picture for comparison purpose. Okay, enough blabbering…here are the colours and materials I used for this design:

  • Silver glitter (background), white, baby blue & blue (water) and light purple (dots)
  • 1 purple fimo flower

Hope you are enjoy this humble design of yours truly.

Till then,

Cheers & TTFN ~ 😀

This entry was first posted on Clouds N Cups, Be With Us (6th July 2012) and we would like to thank the following lovely souls for reading, commenting and pressing the ‘Like’ button:

  1. Saint In Training ~ Art comes in all shapes, sizes and styles! You have a great site here :). Just wanted to say thank you for liking my post, “He’s done it again”. I’m always amazed at the number of people in the world! lol Blessings, Rebecca
  2. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
  3. Massi E. Monaco
  4. Maya Chehade
  5. thefabulouslane
  6. thelittleleaf
  7. anamhaq ~ Good job! i have never been good at nail art:/
  8. ladywithpaper
  9. aeronluna ~ I can’t do my own toes. 😦 I get a pedicure every two weeks. Your toes look awesome.
  10. aifrances ~ I don’t often paint my nails. Last summer though I painted my fingernails a metallic blue. I’ve been meaning to go to the department store to get some new colors but I haven’t had the time. Seeing this blog of yours though, hopefully I can get some new polish soon.
  11. craneclaw ~ Really pretty design!