Monday, 29 December 2014

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Pheasants in the Frost

The temperature has really dropped these last couple of days, and it was very cold last night.  Today the frost hasn't really cleared, so everywhere has been white and sparkly.  The older male pheasant visited this morning, along with the younger male pheasant and his Mrs.  Their colours look even more beautiful against the white background of the frosty grass.
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Sunday, 7 December 2014

D&G Council Civic Reception / Glasgow 2014

Last night I attended a Civic Reception in Dumfries celebrating volunteers, athletes and baton bearers for Glasgow 2014 from the region.  It was a lovely evening, and I felt quite special as I was mentioned in the presentation, and one of my pictures was on the front of the programme for the evening!

I didn't have a chance to take many pictures, as it was quite jam packed with presentations, speeches, a quiz and a food break!  Here are the few pictures I did take:

Look, there's me!  I didn't even notice for a while until I saw it out the corner of my eye!!

I was placed on the Canadian table - very apt (as I was CGA Assistant to team Canada!).

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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

D&G Birds

Here are a selection of some of the recent photos I have taken of birds in Dumfries & Galloway over the past month.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Nails Inc - Wigmore Street

This post was one of my favourites, after battling with a keyboard which didn't want to type G, H or -,  and WiFi connection issues, I managed to write a good blog post.  However, halfway through the writing, my WiFi connnection completely died, and then my laptop started smoking and making a scary noise, so I had to shut down without being able to save (I did copy and paste to a word document, but my laptop is too scary to turn on right now!) :( !

So anyway, here is a whole new post about the lovely polish I picked up recently, free with GLAMOUR magazine.

With an RRP of £11 a bottle, getting a full size bottle for £2 (as well as a magazine) is a great offer!

This colour is gorgeous, it is called Wigmore Street.  I'd describe it as an indigo, a bluey purple.

As soon as I started painting my nails, I loved the colour.  It gave good opacity in the first coat, however, I think two coats are perfect.  I knew I wanted to try it out matte, and I am pleased with how it looks.  The pictures show two coats, plus top coat.

I love this polish, and may well end up purchasing the other colours!

If I manage to salvage my previous post off my laptop, I will upload it, as it was a post I was really proud of.  Kind of gutted, but I needed to show you all how great this polish is, so you can go out and get it!! :)
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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

New Nail Polish - Fruit Vibe

I recently received a birthday present, from my friend who I haven't seen for a couple of months, and contained in it was nail polishes!! 

L-R: Cranberry Kiss, Raspberry Ice & Bramble Burst.

Kumquat Crush.

These polishes have a lovely shine to them, and were opaque in 2 coats (shown in the pictures).

I love them, and can't wait to get them on my nails, they sure will brighten up the imminent grey days of autumn/winter!  I can feel a super bright tribal design coming on....
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I am currently having laptop issues!  With that, then having the cold, and then a quick trip to Glasgow to see The Courteeners , I haven't been able to blog for what feels like ages!

I wrote a post tonight (using an on screen keyboard as my G & H still aren't working) but my laptop wouldn't reconnect to the internet, then it started making noises and smoking, so I had to turn it off... I did save it to a word document quickly though, so I will try and post that particular post soon, featuring Nails Inc 'Wigmore Street'.

However, for now it looks like phone posts... So apologies if formatting is all over the place!

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wednesday Wishlist | Wall Art/Decorations

Writing this, contending with my laptop keyboard not wanting to type 'G', 'H' or '-', and having to copy and paste each and every single one.  Slooooow process.  I hope it fixes itself by the time I turn it on again!

Today I have a wishlist for you all.  These are items which I have found online, that I love ♥.

Tinkerbell Paper Cut - Mookies Crafts
Isn't this just wonderful?!  I intend on displaying this in my craft room (when I have one) as it is PERFECT for me as I use the name 'Addicted 2 Sparkle' for selling my products!!  For now though, it would look lovely on my bedroom wall, which I currently use for my crafting! Please go and check out Mookies Crafts on Facebook ( there are lots of lovely paper cuts over there, including some fabulous Alice In Wonderland ones.

Highland Cow Canvas - Argos
You can find this canvas HERE
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Feed all the birds... Part One.

I can't quite believe it's been a whole week since I last blogged.  Where has that time gone?  I have been busy making a DIY bracelet stand, and making bracelets to go on said stand.  I am also halfway through creating another display stand.  I will probably blog about them soon.  Anyway, on to today's post...

I have recently been enjoying observing the pheasants in my garden, as documented in previous blog posts, and I have also been enjoying trying to get some nice photos, while still trying to get used to my new camera.   I decided to put my pictures into two posts, as there are quite a few!

We shall start with some collared doves:


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Monday, 13 October 2014

Liebster Award #5

I have been nominated for the liebster award by the lovely Emily at Nailsxo.  If you are in need of 'nailspiration' definitely visit her page.  There are some awesome tutorials and reviews over there too. 

Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2. Write 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you.
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers (Don't forget to them!)
5. Write 11 questions for your nominees to answer.

So, 11 facts about me:
1. I have my own little craft venture - Addicted2Sparkle.
2. I am a VERY fussy eater.
3. I do not like hot drinks.
4. I have globophobia - I'm scared of balloons.
5. I have a degree in Sports Studies.
6. I love meeting people from all over the world.
7. I talk to animals (not in the Dr Dolittle way either).
8. I LOVE looking at properties, interior design photos and pictures of peoples craft/nail rooms... and plan out what I would like my craft/nail room to be like - and the rest of my house.
9. I am a little bit of a hoarder, and don't really like throwing things away.
10. I love the Spanish football (soccer) team.
11. When the name of the volunteers for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games was announced (Clyde-Siders), I was there, and featured on the BBC News channel, national news, the internet, youtube and in most of the national newspapers!  My five minutes of fame!!
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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Pheasants.... Growing Up

A week ago I introduced you to a couple of the pheasants in my garden.  The friendliest of the two males - the one who poses properly for my photographs - is growing up!

Last week, he had lots of little white specks all over his head, and not so much black and blue/green.  

Phezzie this time last week.

 Even more weeks ago - before I photographed him, he had a very pale head, almost no black or blue/green whatsoever!
Now though, his new feathers are almost all completely grown in, and he is starting to look like a really handsome guy!

What a difference a week makes!
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Monday, 6 October 2014

Yellow & Blue Nails for CSK

On Thursday Chennai Super Kings played in the Champions League T20 semi-final versus Kings XI Punjab.  This was an all Indian Premier League clash, with Chennai Super Kings winning by 65 runs setting up another all Indian Premier League clash in the Final versus Kolkata Knight Riders.  I decided to do my nails yellow and blue in support of CSK for their final on Saturday.  I was out at the football (Queen of the South v Hearts) so I had updates from the match via twitter.  I'm happy to announce that Chennai WON by 8 wickets!
On to the nail art now!  I decided to go simple and started off with two coats of Barry M Lemon, a lovely pale yellow.  I then topped this with two thin coats of Missguided Misslead, a fairly sheer yellow (a slightly darker, warmer tone than the Barry M) with a lovely shimmer.  The blue I used was an LA Colors striping polish simply called Blue Glitter.  I wanted a glitter to match the sparkliness of the yellow, as opposed to a plain blue.  I used a dotting tool for the dots, and was really really pleased with how my accent nail turned out.  I actually can't stop looking at my nails!  I was sitting in the sun at the football and my nails were sparkling nicely!

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Meet The Pheasants!

There seem to be two male pheasants living near my garden, and at one point there were 3 females.  Most of the time, pheasants can be quite flighty birds and run off at the slightest sound or movement.  Luckily (for me) one of the males seems to have taken a liking for me and the bird seed I possess!  His female seems to trust him and stays around, just not quite so close as him - although she is the one that has been standing at our patio doors pecking bugs off the glass!!  I think this male is fairly young as he seems to be losing his baby feathers and developing his brighter look.  When I first noticed him in the garden, he didn't have any blue/green on his head, which made him rather distinctive, however, his head seems to be getting steadily more colourful.  The last time I took food out for them, I took my camera too, and managed to take a few pictures.

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Tuesday's Tunes

Is it just me, or do the weeks seem to be going by so quickly?!   It's time for Tuesday's Tunes again already!  Here are the tunes that I have been loving this week:

Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Having the tv on music channels in the background while crafting, this song seems to be on a LOT, so it's stuck in my head!

I'm Not The Only One - Sam Smith
I am lucky enough to have seen Sam Smith perform live (at Radio One's Big Weekend) and his voice is so so good.

Ugly Heart - G.R.L.
The chorus keeps going round and round in my head!!

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Red Kites Are Back!

Ever since I returned from the Commonwealth Games, the Red Kites haven't been too active.  Before I left, they had been out and about every single day without fail for a good few months.  It was quite a relief when I heard them calling the other afternoon, and caught sight of three of them.  They soon disappeared though, but it was good to see them again.  I managed to snap this picture of one of them with my new camera.  I'm still trying to get used to the camera, however, I quite like the way this photo came out.  It almost looks a little arty.  This red kite isn't Mossy, or his female companion... so maybe, an offspring?  It looked like there were some feathers missing on both wings and the tail (symmetrical, so I'm thinking yet to develop??). Here's hoping it's a baby kite for Mossy, as that would be nice!

*Click picture to enlarge.
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

#HePicksMyPolish - September


I have missed a few months of the #HePicksMyPolish, however, I am back!!  Let's recap on what the challenge involves:
Have a 'he' (other half, dad, brother, uncle, friend, random man etc) pick 1-3 nail polishes and then you have to come up with a nail look or some nail art, with these polishes.

My 'he' for this month is my boyfriend, Jamie.  He picked me out Cherimoya - Love Drunk, Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Aquamarine and Technic - Gardenia. (he didn't get stressed out like last time either, phew!!).  I was very impressed with his choices, and immediately thought galaxy manicure.  I think it was because I always use this purple in my galaxy manis and I also have a darker Revlon Chroma Chameleon that I use too, but I was determined that this lighter blue was going to work. I also figured that technic gardenia would be fine for stars.

L-R: Cherimoya - Love Drunk, Revlon Chroma Chameleon - Aquamarine & Technic - Gardenia.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Friday, 12 September 2014

I Won A Giveaway!

Bad blogger, AGAIN.  I have just found this post lurking in my draft folder.  It's from a few months ago.  Oops.

As the title of the post says... I WON A GIVEAWAY! In fact, I won TWO giveaways, on the same day!  How awesome is that!!  I haven't won any blog/rafflecopter giveaways before so it was a huge surprise!

Here is my first prize from the lovely Tracey (BiteNoMore).
Check out her blog, she has lots and lots of awesome manicures on there - her nail art is fantastic!!

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Canada at the Commonwealth Games Nail Art

Here is the only nail art I did on my own nails during the Commonwealth Games!  I didn't even have time to take any good pictures.  I also found out that it is easier to do maple leaves on nail art wheels, and on other people than on my own nails.  I was assigned to Team Canada, hence the Canadian flags, and thought I would include a couple of Saltires as the Commonwealth Games were in Glasgow.

We had decided that we would do a gold/silver/bronze nail for each of the medals that Canada won - well, we certainly didn't have enough nails for that!!  On the day I did my nails, Canada had won one silver and 4 golds (only to go and win a couple more golds the same day!).  The gold I used was called Mini Magic by Taras Talons.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

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Tribal Nail Art

I think I have found my favourite design to do.  Tribal.
If I am lacking nailspiration, I know I can do a tribal design, which will look pretty creative and interesting, without having to think too much.  After being away at the Commonwealth Games for a few weeks, not having too much time to do my nails, I decided to get back into nail art by doing a bright tribal design.

I used PS Nail Polish (From Primark - £1!) in Orange and Mint Green, as well as a Glow in the Dark PS Nail Polish (Primark - £1.50) in Yellow.
The blue I used was Collection 2000 'Blue Hawaii' (Poundland, £1 for 3!).
For the detail, I used a black Rio nail art pen and a white nail art pen from Primark.

I made a cabochon ring to match my nails! 

What is your 'go to' nail art?
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Ten

Welcome to Part Ten of my Clyde-Sider series.

I have (mostly) written these posts as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts (or a day or two after).  I hope you enjoy the tales of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!!  This is a very picture heavy post, oops!

On the 3rd, I was on an early shift and had very little to do first thing.  Everyone else was out and about on drives, so Clyde & I watched the women's road race on TV in Canada HQ.  Once everyone returned, Suzie & I had a little walk around the village and it was starting to feel pretty empty!  The weather definitely wasn't as good towards the end of the Games, and we got absolutely soaked returning from our late lunch, but luckily it was time for me to get changed and get ready to go to the Closing Ceremony. I went to Burger King (again - gotta make the most of it! haha) for dinner, and then I met up with Hannah. We were one row from the front!  The Closing Ceremony was great, and I was glad I went (I did have an invitation to a Reception with David Cameron, but I thought I would regret not going to the Closing Ceremony when I had the chance!).

Miss this guy!

Coaches Lounge before we got started taking everything down.
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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

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Week 35 Fingerfood's Theme Buffet - Negative Space

This is my first attempt at negative space nails.  They looked better in my head than this!!  Saying this, I have grown to like them and keep looking at them. My favourite is my index finger, and I'd quite like to recreate this on all my nails.

I decided to do the design I have been loving recently, tribal, and leaving bare nails where I could maybe have done white.  I used all nail art pens for this, blue and red Rio ones, and a Poundland red.  These definitely didn't turn out too bad for a quick ten minute job!

If I have some time tomorrow night, I may try and do an improved negative space mani.  If not, see you all next week for marbling!

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Week 34 Fingerfood's Theme Buffet - Inspired by Music

Fingerfood's Theme Buffet
Week 34
Inspired by Music

I have been a bad blogger and missed SO many weeks of Fingerfood's Theme Buffet!  It does not feel like that long ago that I was last writing a Theme Buffet post though, time has flown by!  I'm posting this late too, as I started out with great intentions, but never got round to doing a complete manicure.  I wanted to share my practice nails though!!  I have been inspired by my favourite song, 'That Kiss', by The Courteeners.

Still not perfect, but the best of my 3 attempts!
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Monday, 1 September 2014

Clyde-Sider Journey - Part Nine

Welcome to Part Nine of my Clyde-Sider series.

I have (mostly) written these posts as I have done the various media days, training days and shifts (or a day or two after).  I hope you enjoy the tales of my time volunteering for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!!

I was off all day on the 30th as I had athletics tickets for the morning session with Hannah - the only tickets I had won from the ticketing ballot.  I also managed to get a ticket for the evening session from Martin as his friend couldn't make it from London and was selling his two tickets.  Unfortunately I couldn't find anyone to go with, but I wasn't going to miss it just for that reason!!

In the morning, we saw:
Men's 200m Round 1
Women's Long Jump Qualifying
Men's Discus Qualifying
Women's High Jump Qualifying
Men's 400m Hurdles Round 1
Women's Heptathlon Long Jump
Women's 800m Round 1

Katherine & Lindsay!! (taken by Lindsay!)
Hannah & I!

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