Saturday, December 10, 2016

NEW Crumpets Nail Art Challenge; Christmas Preparations

Today's post is for NEW Crumpets Nail Art challenge and this week, the theme is Christmas preparations! One of the very first things we do in preparation for Christmas is decorate up the house! Here's what I came up with!

Started with a base of two coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (not shown), then sponged on alternating fingers using Duri Taming of the Shrew and Essence The Green and The Grunge.

Topped with KBShimmer Clearly on Top.

I had made a few stamper decals (forgot to take pix) so applied them on thumb, middle and pinky. Stamped on ring and index.  Plates used were UberChic Christmas 01 (thumb and pinky), Clear Jelly Stamper CJS-01 (index), Marianne Nails n.118 (middle), and Chez D01 (ring).  Used assortment of polishes and acrylic paints.

Added a few dots to the wreath on the ring finger as well as decorated more of the tree using the layering images from CJS C-01.  The star on top of the tree on the index finger is from Marianne Nails n.118.

Clear Jelly Stamper C-01

Using some jelly polishes, painted on the white stamped image on the middle finger, then added a few red dots.  The yellow wasn't the right shade and to me, just put off the whole mani.  

Topped everything off with a final coat of KBShimmer Clearly on top.

I thought I would share a few pix of our Christmas decorations as well as how we decorate the house up! These aren't from this year, but we pretty much do the same set up every year!

This first pix is at the entrance of the house; a family friend made this quilted tree and it is a cherished decoration.

Opposite the wash stand, right beside the front door is this decoration.

The dining room. 

These are the cute decorations at the centerpiece.

Dining room buffet with my snowman collection on the top shelf and assorted candle holders on the bottom.

Opposite the buffet is this writing stand with a few decorations.

Stair decoration.

Our Christmas tree is in the front living room.

Our Charlie Brown Christmas tree lol.  It's a family joke but this Christmas tree was the one that my family used when I was a kid; when my parents bought a new one, I got it and have been using it for maybe 30 years now.  We fill it up with decorations to fill up all the voids as best we can considering there's only a few branches.  But even though its old and bare, I have no interest in replacing it!  I should also point out that the tree skirt is made by yet another family friend and it is probably 25 years old now.  It graces the bottom of our tree every year.  The tree also is decorated with ornaments I made as a kid, ones my kids made when they were little, old ornaments my parents handed down to me, some friends made and gave to us, as well as more current ones that we have bought.  It's very eclectic with no particular theme or style!

These stockings were given to me by a yet another  family friend at the first Christmas of each of my children. I think I am very lucky to know all these crafty, sewing ladies!

Every Christmas Eve, we line the stockings up on the couch waiting for Santa to fill them.

A couple of my favourite decorations.

In the family room, we have these stockings and Santa hung over the fireplace.

Outside lights.

Here's the other ladies Christmas preparation mani's!

Thanks for looking!

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