Every spring/summer I suffer when it's warm/hot a little because a large majority of my shirts have long sleeves, bar the tshirts. I can't wear tshirts to work obviously.
The problems comes in with the fact that you can't get nice summer shirts in black. My clothes is black 99.9% of the time or very dark shades. Summer clothes doesn't come in the dark pallets I prefer.
So, instead I've taken it on myself to make some instead. This shirt was an experiment and was made without an actual pattern. I do have a wonderful pattern on the way, but I have been reading a lot on making your own patterns. So I gave it a go.
I made many mistakes here, but I adapted and modified and changed The result is far from perfect but I'm happy with it.
I'm sure that by now you've all realised that leaving my nails in a normal condition is something I just can't manage. So yesterday after I posted the pictures of the blue I took it off so I could see what the red looked like.
So, I put the red on and it was lovely and my nails stayed like that for several hours with plans to take pictures for you today, but a few hours passed and I just couldn't let them be. I just had to play.
What you see here is me not being satisfied with normal. So I present to you my retro 2-tone nails. The red is another in the Barry M Retro collection and is a lovely true red with that slight metallic shine to it. Another classic Hot Rod colour come to life.
Base: Barry M (Retro collection) - Tainted Love Base: Barry M (Retro collection) - Lady in Red Top: Models Own Pro - Diamond Clear Top Coat
Today I tried something that I've been wanting to for some time. I don't think I've ever researched something as much as I have for this.
BBQ Pulled Pork
I had many options and many techniques to choose from. I chose the type of texture and flavour profile I wanted and settled on a plan.
Last night I I did a very basic dry rub. Sea Salt Smoked Hot Paprika Mexican Oregano Black Pepper Cumin Garlic Powder Chilli Powder Dried Chilli flakes
Today I popped it into the oven to cook. First at 200 C to brown it, then I covered it and turned it down to 125 C for about 5.5 hours. I kept checking it every hour or so to see how it was doing and check if it was going dry. It wasn't and I was very happy with the progress and result.
Afterwards I made a BBQ sauce using essentially the same spices as the rub with a couple of additions.
English Mustard Red Vinegar Cider Vinegar Dark Brown Sugar
So, shred, mix, eat. This was a roaring success. I'm glad I bought 2 pork shoulders now.
So this morning when I got up for work I checked the weather to see if it was again going to be warm, because you just never know in England. It was, so I thought "Right, first day of sandals at work." Then I realised that I hadn't painted my toes.
You've never seen someone paint their toes so fast. I grabbed the first bottle of dark fast drying polish I could lay my hands on; which happened to be the Rimmel purple I was wearing on my hands last week.
Thankfully the 60 sec dry time that Rimmel boasts is actually true and I wore my sandals to work today, thankfully.
This sparkles like mad. I've taken this shot in the sunlight, but it was overcast. So you can actually see the colours. The sparkle top coat is purple glitter with some blue glitter in there too. A friend sent it to me from the States.
Base : Gosh - Purple Heart Top : Sinful Colors - Frenzy
My new vacuum cleaner arrived today and it is awesome. Dysons may seem expensive, but they are more than worth every penny. I won't have to buy a new vacuum for at least anther 10 years, just like the last one.
It may seem domestic to the max to be excited about a vacuum, but for me this is innovative technology. New technology shouldn't just be about the computers I use.
As usual I'm a bit sparkly and again it was hard to take the shot. I know this is a little blurry, but the ring finger shows the second top coat best. The glitter coat is obvious, but the Nubar coat is subtle and you need a glare of shine to see it. It givess the while thing this metalic shine.
Base: Barry M - Cobalt Blue First Top Coat: Models Own - Ibiza Mix Second Top Coat : Nubar - 2010
New awesome keyboard is awesome. Been using it for 2 days at work now and I'm very happy. The bend of the keyboard is much more subtle so it's a little more comfortable to use. The key angle is about the same so it still keeps your wrists at a natural angle.
There is so much more room on my desk now too. As you can see here I have the number pad off set as I don't constantly use it.
So basically, I love it. Now to get one for home. Work is paying for that one.
#Nikola has taken to sucking on +James Desborough ear. This shot doesn't convey just how absolutely hilarious this is. There are sucking sounds too and if James tries to move his head away, Nik will just keep going for it. He is so funny. I knew he was doing this but this is the first time I've seen it. I was laughing so hard I was crying.
So as promised, here are pictures of the tops I bought. I look poo, but I'm very happy with both of these tops.The skull sweater has surpassed my expectations. I have long arms and an ample bosom and both tops fit very well. The sleeves on the skull sweater come down over the back of my hands like I like.
So in a pique of creativity I sought to make a better dice bag that you could carry all you need to go gaming. There are roll bags out there, I even owe one, but it's got some drawbacks. The first is that the dice pouch isn't big enough for a dice addict. The second is that there is no place to carry your character sheet or a pen..
So here we have the first prototype of said new dice bag roll. The pocket for the character sheet is a smidge too narrow and I may employ a bit of velcro at the opening of the dice pocket.
Otherwise I'm quite happy with this. It can hold a significant amount of dice and at least 1 pen; 2 things I always need when gaming. Others may get by with less dice, but not me. I am a dice addict.
The village fete was today and every year they have a table selling used books. Every year I scour the table and the boxes below it for something wonderful; and I usually succeed. This year there was less success, but success nonetheless.
This is a 1977 printing of Through The Looking Glass. The cover is embossed with this metallic leaf. The inside cover is filled with Alice and the interior has B&W and lovely colour illustrations throughout. It's a nearly perfect condition and only cost me £1.
I've just made these and put them in the fridge. I made some very important changes though. The chocolate is 85% Dark because yum. I also added vanilla, cinnamon and spiced rum to the chocolate. The chocolate is very bitter, but the rest is very sweet. So this should balance out very nicely.
So, today's food experiment is over. Time for crafts.
I bought more nail polish. I know, shocker. How could I resist Barry M's little retro collection though? Anyone looking for good shiny slightly metallic primary colours should grab these.
Base: Barry M (Retro collection) - Tainted Love Top: Models Own Pro - Diamond Clear Top Coat
The blue is very blue and slightly metallic. Like you'd see on the old Hot Rods. In some light it looks purple even though which is lovely.
The top coat is part of Models Own Pro line which is 3 Free. I mention my top coat specifically though for one reason; it smells. I know all polish smells, but this smells good. It took me a bit by surprise if I'm honest, but I like it.
I am a bookworm. To many this won't be a surprise. Following a conversation with +Ryan Northcott and +Christopher Helton I thought I'd share a list of the authors I've been reading recently. Books that I've devoured with gusto and think others really should be reading.
Currently reading Jasper Fforde - The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next series)
Ben Aaronovitch - Peter Grant Series Simon Morden - Samuil Petrovitch Series Jim Butcher - Codex Alera Series Walter John Williams - Dagmar Series Gavin Smith - Veteran Series
All of these authors and the listed series I've read in completion or the most recent of in the last month or so.