Thursday, 28 January 2010

Today's lesson

I hate my nails.
Ok, not my actual nails but rather the infill I had today.
I've had acrylic overlays on my nails for a couple of years now.
I love it, my nails look nice(ish) and they don't break.
(for those of you who don't know, acrylic overlay is
like fake nails only without the tip.
Just a layer of acrylic on top of my natural nails.)
Anyhow, I've been having them done at the same place, by the
same person (Vanessa) for ages.
And she rocks!She always does a great job
and her customer service is excellent. She's a doll.
Lately she's been really busy.
I don't know if more people are getting in on the
nail act or if everyone's just realised how brilliant she is.
The upshot of this is that I clearly need to start booking
appointments rather than just swing by when I want my nails done.
Today I didn't.
When I walked in Vanessa was busy and asked if I'd mind
if someone else did it.
Not wanting to be rude I said that would be fine.
Big mistake!
She was slow, didn't say a word to me in 1 1/2 hrs
and I had to point out a chip that she was just going to ignore.
And now they're rubbish!
I'm distressed.
What do I do?!
My nails are now going to be crap for two weeks.
I wanna cry!
Ok, not entirely true, but it's really annoying...

Today's lesson:
only Vanessa comes near my nails!
Oh, and book an appointment!

sab x

P.s I decided that I was over blue, so I went with
purple today.
Now you know.


Saturday, 23 January 2010


I don't understand why blogger lets me
upload pics sometimes and not others?
I tried resizing some photos and that worked.
But only for a while...
Now it doesn't anymore.

I really want to show off my mini book!


Tomorrow I'm off to the British Museum!
I'm hoping to be able to get a ticket for the last day
of Moctezuma - Aztec Ruler.
But if not, ho hum - there's plenty to look at!
In fact I'd better get myself to bed now,
as I'm planning an early start tomoz.
Got to get there early if I'm to have any chance!


sab x


Every day for the last week (at least)!!!!
4 years ago (I'm guessing it's 4 since it's coming up again)
I wanted very much to watch the Olympic ice hockey final.
Did they show it?
In a manner of speaking yes, but not beginning to end
(I don't remember if it was live or not)
and they kept talking about other stuff.
There was no ice hockey talk in the studio in the breaks.
As soon as it finished they went to something else...

But bowls.
That we have to show all day every day.


sab x

(edit: I'm not sure BBC were actually the channel that
cocked up the ice hockey but, as they're the state funded one and they're
usually the ones that show these things*, I'm pretty sure it was them...)

*The Olympics, football world cup, bowls, darts etc

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Just thought I'd share some tags I made
for a swap oven on UKS.
The theme was wintry/icy.

I coloured the tags using my whispers pens
and some shimmer mists.
I then stamped Two different snowflake designs,
in black and silver respectively, all over and put
a blob of glitter stickles in the middle of some of the silver ones.
The big whitish snowflakes (that look like flowers here!)
were stamped on acetate in silver then heat embossed with
an iridescent powder.

Being a cheapo I obviously just bought bog standard
acetate, from an office supply shop,
and not the heat resistant stuff.
It was a bit of a balancing act doing the embossing as
if there was too much direct heat the acetate would buckle,
but too little and the embossing powder wouldn't melt.
I'd heard/read that doing it from below would work
so that's what I did and I kept moving the heat gun.
It kinda seemed to work but next time I'm buying the "proper" stuff!
There was inevitably some warping of the acetate but I
decided that just adds character and dimension.
That's what I'm going with anyway!

sab x

Monday, 18 January 2010

Oh craperooni

Was just browsing one of my favourite blogs where the
blogger wrote about a visit to the dentis.
Reminded me that I need to book a dentist appointment.
I think my latest filling has fallen out, or at least part of it.
This is based on the fact that the tooth is now hurting again
and on two occasions weird little lumps of stuff has
magically appeared in my mouth...
Hate dentists.
Not in a personal way, I'm sure many of them are lovely people,
just in their professional capacity.

For some reason I feel the need to make some
sort of list of "resolutions" for 2010.
Yes, I know it may be a bit late for it, but that's me!
I don't really like resolutions, it feels a bit
like setting yourself up for failure.
I do however like lists.
And I can't help but feel that actually writing down
all these (crazy) things (flying around) in my head
will somehow make them more achieveable...
They're more sort of dreams
and wishes
and hopes
than resolutions.

One thing that I do want to do
is something I found on another blog.
Julie mentioned on her blog that last year she had completed
a project called "my year in outfits".
This seemed to fire up my inspiration
(that makes no sense does it?!)
so I'm thinking of doing something similar.
I'm usually quite boring in my choice of clothes,
it's generally some sort of jeans/top/jumper combo.
I'd really like to be a bit more adventurous though
and maybe doing this will give me a kick up the behind!

So those are my two things for now:
doing a project chronichling my (lack of) dress sense
over the course of a year.
And be more "daring" with my clothes
(i.e. wear a colour or two)

laters dudes!
sab x

(edited to add links which I forgot!)


If there is a god he definitely hates me.
I've finally pulled my thumb out
(yes I know it's finger but I'm swedish and we say thumb)
and bought myself a new camera.
Consequently I have taken some pictures
(go figure!)
and there's a few I'd like to upload to my blog.
The internet, however, has decided it doesn't want to be my friend today...
Can't upload pictures here, on UKS, anywhere.

I'm grumpy now.
And my laptop is covered in glitter.

sab x

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Warning - Crap movie ahead, turn around immediately

If you're thinking of going to see this film - don't.
I saw it last night with my sister - big mistake!
It's complete and utter rubbish.
That's 103 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
Sure, there were a few laughs.
And Hugh Grant was fairly good although
it did feel like he was just showing up.
SJP was basically just Carrie.
The story was a load of codswallop.
Uninspiring to say the least, I felt nothing for the characters.

After the film we went to Nando's which made my sis very happy!

sab x

On Macs and stuff (yes completely random)

It seems to me lately that more and more people
are becoming Mac:ers.
Whenever I read on blogs and facebook etc that people
have bought a new laptop it usually seems to be a macbook.
(Or Mactop as I call them, because yes I'm crazy that way :P)
And all their friends who have already joined the Mac side
cheers them on, saying thing like "you wont regret it" or
"once you go Mac you never go back".

So, what gives?
I'm definitely not a Maccie.
I'm not saying there's anything wrong with them.
I just don't get on with them.
They're a bit like Marmite or Whiskey
You either like it or you don't, and I don't.

But what's up with Macs taking over the world?!

And yes, I know you'll be reading this wondering what my point is.
Well let me tell ya buddy, there ain't one.
Just me thinking out loud.

sab x

Friday, 8 January 2010

If only...

...I were a child again.
The kiddies are all loving what's left of the snow.
(Most of it's turned into ice)
Snowball fights are fun if you're little, I seem to remember
enjoying them back in the day as well.
Now, not so much...
G asked me yesterday if we could buy a sledge
(one of those cheap plastic ones)
and go to Richmond Park!
I should add that he was also hoping his school would
be closed which it wasn't.
So, no sledging...

In other news, I'm currently reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson and hating every minute of it.
It's not so much the book, I'm actually quite enjoying the story,
but the farking English translation.
Now, you might ask yourself, are you
(a Swede)
Reading an English translation of a Swedish book?
The truth is that I prefer reading books in the original
language they were written
(providing it's English or Swedish)
but this is my boss' book and it seemed silly
to get another one simply to read it in Swedish.
Besides, it's not the kind of book I'd normally read,
so I didn't want to spend the money...

Big mistake!
The translation is rubbish.
The language is stilted and feels very unnatural.
It just doesn't flow...
I quite often find myself re-reading sentences several times,
thinking that's not something anyone would say or write
in their native tongue.
Quite often I can guess what the original sentence might have been
and think of much better ways of translating it.
Whoever is responsible has done a very poor job of it.
And is ruining my reading experience!
If this was America I bet I could sue someone...

sab x

Thursday, 7 January 2010


Skivsjo - where my mum lives

London - capital of the whingers.