Monday, March 19, 2012

Photo excursion - Sculpture by the Sea 2012

Yay! Made it to Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe beach yesterday...lugged a macro lense with me because I wanted a different, narrowed take on the sculptures. 

tap into it

to the sky

make a splash


screw it



sunny yellow



white noise

polka dottie



Check out the Sculpture by the Sea website to get the big picture :)


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Double, double toil and trouble

macbeth and burn, and cauldron bubble - Macbeth Act IV, Scene I

I've been digging Milani's gold lacquer recently; it has large chunks of hexagonal glitters swimming in clear polish. Shakespeare popped into my mind yesterday so I decided to team Butter London's Macbeth with gold french tips. 

This is the first time I've used the glitter as tips and it's really fiddly; I ended up getting too much clear polish on the tips, just to get the amount of glitter that I want. Me likey a lot, but I don't know if I'll be doing this very often :S

Butter London in Macbeth and Milani in Jewel FX Gold

I forgot that I had to stock shelves later that day and by the end of it, my nails were a mess. So there I was at 11pm peeling off what's left of the gold bits. 

What does one then do with half-painted nails? One slaps on something dark and mysterious. OPI comes to the rescue with its blue-black shade. 

The nail guide strips go on again...

nail guide strips

And my nails are fixed...

macbeth and blue epic french

...just in time for getting snap-happy at Sculpture by the Sea the next morning :)

macbeth yoga-ta get this blue canon

I used:
Manicare All-In-One (as base and top coats)
Butter London - Macbeth
OPI - Yoga-ta Get This Blue
Milani - Jewel FX Gold

Monday, March 12, 2012


I love Pirates of the Caribbean. 
I especially love Captain Jack Sparrow's wit and charm.

And now I've totally taken notice of the movie's theme song. 

Came across this video the other day; my jaw dropped and my heart stopped. Mind-blowingly amazing. My favourite comment on the video - "his ass plays better than me". You'll see ...

I was so amazed by this that I couldn't wait to try it out myself. So I put this video on loop for ages, then paused and played it repeatedly in order to learn it by ear. I also found the option to play it in slow mo. Total godsend. Seriously, why have I never learned songs this way? The visual really sped up the learning process. Fully recommend it.

I managed to get to the 1 minute mark and I really don't have the energy to go any further without piano scores. So here is my attempt at half the song...obviously I didn't hit as many notes as Radnich did, but I enjoyed playing it at speed. Mum always said that I play the piano as if I'm chasing a train :D

There are a few sticking keys, very frustrating. The paddle also makes a clicking sound so I sprayed it with WD-40, which in hindsight, I shouldn't have done. hmm.

I'd gladly offer piano notes to those wanting to try my version of the song, but this is all I got. *ahem* *sideway glance*

pirates of the caribbean piano scores, dabblelicious style
I was never a fan of music theory, the stave, notations and such.

So if anyone knows anyone who knows anyone who might have the piano scores, may I please have a copy?

: )

Monday, March 5, 2012

Lilac nails!

Yay, public holiday, a day to devote to creativity :) Thanks to Pinterest, I've had ideas galore for my nails and here's one of them.

Natio dazzling lilac

With my most recent drugstore find, a pretty shade of lilac, I thought I'd amp it up just a little using a dark purple shade. 
  1. One layer of base coat
  2. Two light coats of lilac 
  3. Dark purple polish painted freehand and cleaned up with corrector pen
  4. One layer of top coat
This'll add some fun to the work week ahead!

dazzling lilac

I used:
Manicare All-In-One
Manicare Nail Enamel Corrector Pen
Natio Dazzling Lilac
Nine West Shade 317