Summer Nails

So summer is finally over. It’s been quite strange as normally I would be busy making things. But this summer I haven’t been able to due to my back problems. Finally, after lots of waiting and an MRI, the doctors realised that I had prolapsed a disc. So last week I had surgery to remove the prolapse. I’m pleased to report that is was a huge success! So once I recover from surgery, I can get back to my normal life!

One thing I did do a lot of this summer was my nails. In fact, it was one of the few things I felt able to do! I’ve been regularly posting the designs on my Tumblr blog, but I thought it might be nice to show a summary of my favourites here.

I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of nail art. From using dotting tools:

Nail transfers and stickers:

Experimenting with colour and fancy polishes:

Using tiny brushes to paint a design(the skulls were a request from my teenager):

And lastly my favourite type of nail art, nail stamping:

I’ve amassed quite a collection of MoYou London stamping plates and I’m looking forward to experimenting with them.

My back has now been diagnosed as being a prolapsed disc. While I wait to be summoned for surgery (I can’t wait, as then I will finally be out of pain!), I have been decorating.

My daughter and I moved into a newly built flat just over a year ago. We weren’t allowed to do anything to it for a year, while the new building dried out and settled. But now we can decorate! The whole flat is white and beige, it desperately needed some colour.

Of course, I am still broken and am very limited in what I can do. It’s taken quite some time to paint 2 door frames and a door as I can only do a little each day.

My daughter has planned a complex mural for her bedroom walls, but we started with her door. We painted the middle sections with blackboard paint and the outside with a pale purple. When the walls either side are also purple, it will look quite good (but at the moment all I can see is a giant exclamation mark!)

The hallway proved to be more of a challenge. It has no natural light and it quite narrow. I decided to refresh the white walls (I’m trying to find a light-enhancing paint!) and paint each door frame a different colour to reflect the room inside.

So far I have painted the 2 bedroom door frames, I’ve still got to paint the main room’s frame green and the bathroom purple. But as this amount of paint has taken me almost 2 weeks, it’s going to take a while.

I am also looking forward to painting the kitchen cupboard doors, as I really don’t like beige. We have about 4 more weeks of the summer holidays, let’s see how much painting I can do in that time!

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