Autumn Leaves Marble Stamping || Arthritis Friendly Nail Art Video Tutorial

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Enjoy this super arthritis friendly nail art video tutorial. Marble stamping is great because you get so many colors on your nails with just one stamping movement! Of course, this time of year begs for autumnal colors and all sorts of fun leaf nail art, right??

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ARTHRITIS-FRIENDLY Autumnal Fall Leaves Marbled Stamping Nail Art || Video Tutorial ft. Born Pretty StoreARTHRITIS-FRIENDLY Autumnal Fall Leaves Marbled Stamping Nail Art || Video Tutorial ft. Born Pretty Store

Base: Barry M Lychee (two coats)

Liquid Latex Barrier: Bliss Kiss Simply Peel

Stamping: Born Pretty Store plate BP-19, SinfulColors GoGo Girl, Feel the Vibe, OPI Stay off the Lawn!

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Flashback Friday – The More Crooked the Teeth, the More Active the Dog…

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Like most puppies, Saachi gnawed and chewed as her adult teeth grew. Like most puppies, her mouth needed a lot of stimulation. Like a lot of puppies, Saachi destroyed furniture with her teething. Like a fair amount of puppies, Saachi chewed us out of house and home. Literally but not as dramatically.

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We should have found more ways to re-direct Saachi’s teething. She was extremely aggressive and toys were out of the question with other pets around. She had a bad stomach so bones and sticks were too. What did that leave us with?

Chairs.

Her favorite was a blue one that was part of a set of in our guest living room. The space we entertained friends, extended family,…clients…

But, sitting in the middle of the room was this one chair, with one leg missing. A leg that was fully chewed off one lovely evening during an even lovelier dinner party. Saachi and Affie both messed around nuzzling our guests, receiving lots of coos and “aww! how cute!”s. We settled into the seats and began the typical rounds of conversation.

Sometime during the evening, my father suddenly tipped in the chair. Saachi, his pride and joy, lay at his feet and cleanly gnawed off the front right leg of his chair!

A normal family would have trashed the seats but I guess we weren’t normal because instead we centered the chair like a badge of pride (after all, Saachi was the child my father always wanted) and balanced it with “smart” books. You know, the long, difficult monologues or transcripts everyone says they’ve read but don’t actually understand…

 

At the end of the day, it wasn’t Saachi’s fault, it was ours but as a result Saachi had the most lopsided row of adult teeth ever. And she, like us, flaunted them with pride!

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31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017 – #31DC2017) Supernatural Inspired Double Stamped Phoenix Nail Art

Halloween is my least favorite time of year. I spook easily and the nightmares last for months. When I watched “What Lies Beneath” I couldn’t go near the tub for weeks!! However, I do believe in a spiritual plane and this phoenix stamp represents it perfect.

I took a photo in the shade and I have to say I really love it! I can barely see the color but the phoenix really stands out!

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31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Inspired by the Supernatural Double Stamping Nail Art

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Inspired by the Supernatural Double Stamping Nail ArtBases: Zoya Yara, OPI Stay off the Lawn!

Details: OPI Goldie, Color Club On the Rocks

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

What Keeps You Up at Night?

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What keeps you up at night?

For me there are a few things: the pets wandering around, worrying Affie might have another seizure, pain, tossing and turning to find a more comfortable position, the scratch of the fan spinning about but, the most annoying one of all, needing to crack my right ankle every few minutes.

If you’ve ever had to crack your knuckles, you know there is this feeling of empty space inside that joint. I never experienced this until my Rheumatoid Arthritis got a little worse. In fact, anyone who knew me back in high school would tell you I had a severe phobia of the sound of cracking knuckles. Once my joints freaked out, I got over it. I had to or I would go crazy.

Everyone has mixed opinions on cracking joints. Many say it’s not good and weakens the ligaments and tendons over time. Other say this is not case and there is only an air pocket trapped inside.

When I first noticed the sensation I cracked my ankles and experienced and extraordinarily sharp pain. As I continued the motion the pain ebbed away.

Now, I crack my ankle every few minutes, especially at night, thankfully with no pain. I try not to but the feeling keeps building and building until it is actually painful. I’ve never heard of this type of pain in people who habitually crack their joints. Is this a by product of my chronic illness or does everyone get this but they just crack their joints so frequently they never get to the point of pain?

 

What keeps you up at night?

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Frozen Bubbles Inspired Water Decal Nail Art

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I rely on Pinterest (my profiled linked here) for the last seven days of the 31 day nail art challenge because it holds of plethora (this word is not used nearly enough in every day language) of inspiration. For today’s artwork-inspired look I used an nature photo of frozen lake bubbles. And, of course, in arthritis-friendly fashion I also relied heavily on bubble water decals!

Enjoy 🙂

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Frozen Bubbles in Lake Abraham Lake (image from Pinterest)31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017 - #31DC2017) Frozen Bubble Inspired Water Decal Nail ArtBases: Zoya Saint (blue), essie Blanc

Water Decals: Born Pretty Store

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Pillow Pattern Inspired Dry Brush Nail Art

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I am very proud I’ve kept up with the 31 day nail art challenge this year but yesterday I legitemately had no intentions of posting to the blog. I knew I had to so it made me even less inclined to do it. Pretty much I was in a mood and did not feel like being productive. That’s okay, we’re all entitled to a them and as a spoonie we’re even more so!

I once again scoured my Pinterest (link here — you should follow me because I seriously love Pinterest!) and found this pretty cool pillow. Well, it’s a normal pillow with some very cool colors!

This dry-brush look took less than five minutes (yes I timed it) including fussing and perfecting but excluding base dry time. It’s so arthritis friendly because it takes minimal wrist effort and the more abstract the better which means less painstaking details.

I hope you like this look as much as I do!!

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Teal to Purple pillow (image from pinterest)

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Pillow Pattern Inspired Dry Brush Nail ArtBase: Barry M Lychee

Details: Barry M Cancun (teal), American Apparel Neon Purple, Chanel Fantastic (light green)

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Missoni Poncho-Inspired Waterfall Nail Art

I scoured my Pinterest boards (profile here – follow me!!) for a simple design to reproduce. The Missoni poncho jumped out at me quickly! I thought of doing a gradient but for some reason I’ve been avoiding them like the plague. This is odd given that I usually love gradients! Anyways, I hope you enjoy today’s 31 day nail art challenge look! Waterfall looks are not too arthritis-friendly as it’s quite difficult to keep the lines straight. I still love doing them, though!

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Missoni Asymmetrical Poncho (photo from Gilt)

31 Day Nail Art Challenge (September 2017-#31DC2017) Missoni Shawl-Inspired Waterfall Nail ArtBase: essie Blanc

Details: Zoya Saint, Pahlish Le Bijou du Roi, butter London Scuppered, OPI Pale to the Chief

 

Hi, my name is Monica and I have RA.