contest closed, winners will be announced soon.

DSC_0496when i start making a batch of nail polish, it generally looks like this.  a whole lot of sparkly goop, in a cup.  it’s a mixture of mica, oil (in this case, almond oil), and in some cases, other things get added at this point as well.  for this set, i’ve added a small bit of glow powder, in a light green.  you might be able to see some on the stir stick.


the goop gets put into each bottle, and then glitter gets sifted in.  then the base gets added, and everything bets shaken up for a few seconds, creating the final mixture.  sometimes, at this point, i decide i just don’t like what things look like.  it’s not that a certain creation looks bad, it’s just that i am hyper picky.

DSC_0504    DSC_0499DSC_0498  once the final colour is selected, i take photos and post them all over, so people can get excited about what’s coming.  the photos can be a finicky thing, since i don’t have much light in the studio.  i don’t own an actual camera, or a light box, so my phone and the kitchen cabinet must make due.

with this particular colour, i had an even more interesting conundrum: how to take photos of something in the dark.  i think i did okay, but there’s likely still work to be done.

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today, i spent some time working with thermochromatic powder.  it’s still a work in progress though, so that will have to wait.

okay, so what else can i say to get you interested in what i do?  haha, terrible segue, eh?  too bad, i’m running with it.

i’ve got another little giveaway for you.

remember these cuties?

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well, i have a few left from pax.

want to win one?

  1.  you must leave a valid comment below, telling me about your favourite video game moment.  this counts as your gateway entry.  if there is no comment about this, below, no other entry counts.
  2. extra entries can be gained by sharing this contest on social media.  please make sure i see your share!
  3. there are 6 of these minis left, so get to entering!

contest will be open until 6pm pacific time, friday sept 25.  international entries are welcome on this one, but keep in mind that any customs fees are the sole responsibility of the winner.


13 thoughts on “illuminating.

  1. Hmmm, favorite video game moment… lets see. I think it may have been the first time I managed to navigate my way through Vivec in Morrowind without getting lost….


  2. Hmm. My fave video game moment was probably the other day when I was watching my 4 year old play minecraft and he turned into a mouse m he screamed that it was “totally epic! ” he’s too cute!


  3. When I got married (a million years ago) we got a N64 (and extra games & controllers!) as a wedding gift. We settled all our arguments racing it out on Rainbow Road in MarioKart. We still settle almost all our disagreements on the MarioKart track. 🙂


  4. My favorite video game moment was when I first started up WoW after coming out. I found a guild that I love as they have welcomed and accepted me. It felt amazing to be welcomed by others.


  5. My favorite gaming moment is also my most terrifying gaming experience! If you have ever played Spore you know you really shouldn’t go back to the water after you evolved… Well, I didn’t know that and was just going to take a shortcut through the water when this thing fills up my screen and eats me 😦 I’m one of those people that almost shoves my face into the screen and this was a jumpscare for sure!


  6. My favorite video game at the moment- hmm that’s pretty tough I don’t normally play any games- I’d rather paint my nails,lol. But I do like Tetris once in a while.


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