Wednesday, November 12, 2014


I was pleasantly surprised that we didn't get much more snow yesterday. I shoveled the deck when I got home, but it had gotten a lot colder than it was at lunchtime, so I decided to say "screw it" and not shovel anything between the deck and the garage like I normally do.

This morning I got up to sunshine! It feels like it's been months since we had sun, so it was really nice to see.  It didn't feel too horribly cold when I let the dogs out, either.

After I fed the dogs at noon, I noticed that our neighbor was out there with his tractor plowing the end of the driveway. He always takes care of the bottom half of our driveway and out into the street by the mailbox.

Being the quick thinker that I am, I threw on Kev's snow boots, donned my hat and down coat and scooted outside to start shoveling. My hope was he would see me, take pity on me, and plow the upper half of the driveway, too.

Yup!!  I hadn't shoveled for very long when I heard him head on up to where I was. He took care of almost everything that I would have never done which left me with a fairly small area from the deck to the edge of the driveway. I'm so grateful because even the little bit I did was difficult. That frozen rain under the heavy wet snow that then froze was not easy to move.  That guy has saved my ass more than once in the 12 winters we've been here.

WTF......I think the sky just started dumping some rain/snow mix again.  

Okay. Looked at the Weather Channel, and it says we're suppose to get less than 1/2 inch. Whew!

Have I mentioned I hate winter?

I did this manicure last week, not sure what day it was, but it only stayed on for a day.
OPI My Vampire is Buff, Square Hue Iron Horse, DRK-D stamp
I'm too lazy to actually go look at the stamping plate, but I keep staring at this and wondering if those lines are supposed to be wavey like that or if I really  just did that crappy of a job.

The neutral base is OPI My Vampire is Buff.  I used Square Hue Iron Horse for the DRK-D stamp, and that was a mistake because the black looks dark grey when used for stamping. Lesson learned the hard way.

I really should break down and buy some real stamping polish. I've had Konad in the past, but I guess I didn't use them often enough because last time I looked, they were pretty much dried out and useless. If memory serves, I find that when I do use it for all my stamping, that bottle didn't last very long.

I don't like the price of their stamping polishes, even on eBay. I like using regular polishes for stamping, but sometimes I want a bolder black or white, and the special polishes are so much better for that.  I'm going to have to break down and buy some. I just need to figure out what brand and who to get them from.

I'm taking suggestions, guys and gals. Tell me what you like to use, prices and where you get them. I'm sure some of you stamping fanatics will have great suggestions.


  1. I hate winter and snow. A lot! I'd rather be cooking in the summer heat than deal with snow and freezing cold. But nice of your neighbor to come and help! Mine (when I used to live in a house instead of an apartment) would've probably just waved hi and made a comment along the lines "oh you're shoveling snow as well?" lol

    As for the stamping polishes, I use the stamping polish from Essence. It's cheap, but it's good. They only have three colors (black, white, silver). And while they are small (5ml) they stamp really well. Here's a webshop that sells the black and white ones (in case Essence is not sold in any of your local drugstores). They do have worldwide delivery.

    Another affordable stamping polishes I know of are Mundo de Uñas. You might have heard of it. I never tried it (because of the shipping charges lol) but I hear they are really good.!stamping-polish-/cfvg

    Another one I know of, is the Dashica stamping polishes. I hear it's good, but not as good as Mundo de Uñas. They also ship overseas (from the Netherlands)

    I stick to Essence because it's the cheapest, and I get it from the drugstore. But I do plan on getting me Mundo de Uñas polishes at some point, because of the color selection and how crisp they look on black! Now to find the money to save up for it lol

  2. I also need to invest in proper stamping polishes but feel the same about the price!

  3. I just got a box of Mundo de Unas. I got the minis so I could get more colors and am remembering they were 1.65/ea before shipping? I got 22 polish colors plus a giant squishy stamper, and I think paid around $50 for everything. They work fantastically. I'm actually having to relearn my scraping technique because they're so different than using a regular thinner polish. They do stink. And they took forever to come with one casualty in the box. But, overall, definitely recommended.