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Bare your sole with Solesociety


They are so comfortable!

In my holiday Voxbox full of complimentary treats from influenster I received a coupon code to save $25 off of my first purchase at solesociety. I used it to buy these ultra comfortable and classy shoes. You can save too by using this code INFLUENSTER25 which is good through Jan 31, 2013.  They have a a ton of amazing shoes and are constantly adding new styles!  Go to SoleSociety to find out which your favorites are.  Click the heart next to the shoes your like to add them to your virtual closet and get recommendations based on your taste.  Add friends and see what they like as well!

Check out my board on pinterest featuring some of my favorites and Julianne Hough.

Kiss Nail Dress


When I got my Holiday VoxBox from Influenster full of complimentary gifts to try out I was so excited but I didn’t want to try the Kiss Nail Dress yet  because my nails were so short.  The set they sent me is a very classy black and gold design.  I was dying to try them out but didn’t want to waste them on my short nails.  I would rather wear them when I was going someplace nice too.  I decided to buy another set to use until my nails are longer.

The set that came in my VoxBox is on the right.  I bought the other set.

The set that came in my VoxBox is on the right in black and gold. I bought the other set.

Check out their website to see all the designs they have.  There are tons!  Each package comes with 28 strips with several different sizes including a sheet just for your large toe nails.  Each strip has a rounded end for fingernails and a squared end for toenails.  They have several sizes but if you can’t find a perfect match you can grab one a little larger and trim the edges a little.  You can also use the extra strips to cut designs from to use as accents over polished nails.

Kiss Nail Dress on toe nails

I had such a fun time doing my nails with these!  I can’t believe how easy it is.  It is just a sticker that fits your nails.  It seems like vinyl or something but it is fairly thin and it doesn’t look any different to me than polish would.   I mean, it isn’t obvious that they are stickers and you don’t have to worry about applying a clear top coat.  I didn’t have any problems applying them at all but my nails are short right now.  I’m not sure how it is using them on long nails.  If I didn’t like how it was positioned I just peeled it off and re-positioned without any trouble.

Kiss Nail Dress on short nails

The last time I got a manicure the girl really roughed up the surface of my nail, way more than necessary!   My nails are thin so as they grew out the roughed up area snagged, tore and broke easy.  So I just cut them down.  I’ve been taking vitamins to help them grow but I’m still having to trim off the damaged areas as it grows out.

I’m really loving these little babies because they look fantastic and I don’t feel so self-conscious about my nails looking so torn up.  They go right over and protect the surface.  The best part is you don’t have to use nail polish remover to get them off.  They just peel off.  That means my nails and cuticles wont get dried out by the harsh chemicals in the remover. I’m loving that.  They look great and I think I’ll just skip the manicures from now on and just do my own nails at home with Kiss Nail Dress.  That way my nails will be stronger and healthier and protected against damage.  Imagine the money it will save me!

Hard as Nails


Well not my nails.  I have nails as hard as paper and it has really been bothering me lately.  I want strong nails that will look decent polished clear or whatever color I choose but they always chip, peel, bend and break.  I don’t want to go get fake nails every couple weeks because I think they really damage nail beds and it is also expensive.  I heard that gel polish was really good for growing out nails so I tried it.  It was of course nice to have nails that felt strong and polish that lasted longer but then after the polish was removed I was disappointed in the scuffing of the nail surface they did before applying it.  My nails are thin enough!

So I have decided to do some experiments at home.  My nails had grown while I had the gel polish on but the tips were so thin and bent like paper.  When I was typing I could feel them bend around the tips of my fingers.  I trimmed them down and went to the store to look for something that might help make them stronger.  I don’t want to just paint my nails with something stronger; I want to grow them stronger.  Of course I know I came by my weak nails honestly.  My grandmother said she also had weak nails.  She apologized for that and for my lack of boobage which she says I got from her too.  I told her it was an honor to get anything from her.  She was a strong lady that I am proud to be related to.  Now she is one of my angels and who could ask for any better?

Anyway, back to my pathetic nails – hard as a feather pillow.  I bought some Sally Hansen VitaSurge Growth Gel.  It says, “grow longer nails in 5 days!”  so lets see if that works for my nails of velum.  It looks pretty cool.  It is a light translucent kiwi green gel with little blue balls floating in it.  The applicator is like a covered orange stick and is used to apply and massage in the gel.  The gel then dries clear.  On the back of the package it says “How it works: Multi-active bead infused formula instantly releases a surge of vitamins A, C & E to nourish & treat nails for healthy growth.  Instantly hydrates & conditions brittle, hard-to-grow nails.” I also take vitamins so hopefully they will start to get stronger.

Now I did buy something to help reinforce my nails.  I apply it over the gel after it has dried.  It is Sally Hansen Maximum Strength.  This one says “Cellulose fibers form a micro-mesh barrier that supports and protects nails, making them stronger and more resistant to damage.”  You apply this every other day.

Today makes the 3rd day that I’ve been applying these products.  I really hope I will start to see an improvement in my nails.

Now I am also looking online for information on growing healthy nails and this page has some good information on vitamins that help.  I am going to read more and then go visit my local health food store.

“You are only as invincible as your smallest weakness, and those are tiny indeed – the length of a sleeping baby’s eyelash, the span of a child’s hand. Life turns on a dime, and – it turns out – so does one’s conscience.”
― Jodi PicoultPerfect Match

Sleeping Beauty


Merryweather: Sweet princess, if through this wicked witch’s trick, a spindle should your finger prick… a ray of hope there still may be in this, the gift I give to thee. Not in death, but just in sleep, the fateful prophecy you’ll keep. And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break.

My prince kissed me so I can finally stay awake.  I slept so long and finally woke up and felt like doing something.  I got my book in the mail that I ordered from Handy Hands Tatting.  It is called, Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior.  I have been salivating over this book for a long time but $60 is a lot of money to spend on a book.  That is the cheapest you can get this book new.  Finally, my “prince” said I could order it and I have it my grubby little hands.  I’m like a little girl in a candy store looking at these glossy pages of beautiful tatting patterns.  I’ll be making so many wonderful tatted treasures now.

Source: hhtatting.com via Donna on Pinterest



I just updated my paged called “Twenty Wishes“. When I read the book by Debbie Macomber called Twenty Wishes I decided to make my own list too. I don’t quit have twenty yet but I’m working on it. I have fulfilled one wish so far. I really love how this list keeps me thinking positive and thinking about the future and all that I can do.  My life isn’t over, it is just getting started!

My online store


I am very excited to finally open up my own Etsy store.  I just added a button on the right side of my blog.  I am working now on making more inventory.  I really enjoyed making my latest dishcloth set which I called Sunshine & Rainbows which includes a starfish dishcloth and a dish-urchin scrubbie.  I used fun colors and sewed on little tags that can also be used to hang them on a hook.  This picture isn’t very good and hopefully I can get a better one tomorrow when the sun is up.

My store is called Creative Aspirations by DJC Stitches.  I am really enjoying the process of getting the store set up and dreaming and scheming up things to go in it.  I am concentrating on getting some dish cloth sets up and then I’ll work on some tatted items.

This is giving me something positive to focus on when I don’t feel well.      And this winter I wont be able to get out much since the cold weather always causes me to have more pain so I tend to stay inside all warm and cozy.

This is one of my Twenty Wishes too.  When I read the book Twenty Wishes by Debbie Macomber I started making a list too.  I haven’t actually gotten to 20 yet but I have achieved one of my wishes already which was to start my own craft store online.  I thought I would have to do a lot more work to get started but it was easier than I thought it was.  Now I am working on spreading the word.

I ordered a rubber stamp for making cards and tags for my items.  It has a really pretty filigree frame and has my shop name and website.  I’ll be able to use that on all my packaging and business cards.  It looks so professional and artistic.   I looked at several websites selling rubber stamps for that purpose and I just didn’t like any of them.  I ordered this one from another Etsy shop and all of her stuff is fantastic, not to mention less expensive.

Well I better get to sleep and tomorrow I’ll start working on more fun stuff for my shop.