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Check out the full length tutorial for this design here!

White Dotticure

After cleaning, filing, and shaping the nails and applying a base coat:

  1. apply two thin coats of blue polish 
  2. using a big dotting tool and some white polish, make two big dots down the center of the nail, one at the tip and one at the base
  3. using a smaller dotting tool, make a row of dots going down the center of the nail (in between those two big ones)
  4. use the same small dotting tool to make two small dots on either size (horizontally) of the original two big ones (this is a total of 4 dots - one on either side of the dot at the base of the nail and one on either side of the dot at the tip of the nail)
  5. use the big dotting tool from step one to make two big dots on either side of the row of little dots (so basically two big dots in the empty space on the sides of the nails)
  6. apply a coat of your favorite top coat
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The holiday times are drawing near, and the gift DIYs are coming in! It’s really easy to buy someone a gift from the store, but when you’re on a budget and want to get something thoughtful, it’s more fun to DIY the gift!

Mug DIYs as a gift are super easy and awesome because everyone uses cups and you can customize it in many ways! I saw a lot of cute mug DIYs, but they either involved Oil-Based sharpies or stickers I just didn’t have the time to get! 

With a quick stop at the local dollar store and a bit of raiding through your make-up bag, you can make this really amazing, expensive-looking mug!

DIY WATERCOLOR-EFFECT MUGS

WHAT YOU”LL NEED

  • Ceramic mug (any shape or size)
  • Nail Polish - preferably 2+ colors
  • Disposable container
  • Tooth picks

HOW TO MAKE IT

  1. Fill the container with warm water - make sure it’s not filled all the way, so the water won’t spill over when you dip the cup in!
  2. Pour some of your nail polish colors in the container one at a time. (I used two, but I can see it working with more colors!)
    1. Note: for me, the nail polish got on the container, and I had to toss it out. Make sure it’s a disposable container!
  3. Use the toothpick to mix the colors into an interesting pattern one stroke at a time! (the nail polish is thick and won’t mix together if you don’t stir too much)
  4. Dip your cup into the mixture - I stayed away from dipping the top where people drink
  5. Optional - Use the toothpick to design with the clumps of nail polish on the mug or left in the container for extra customization! 
    1. Ideas - You can drag the clumps downward into a spiked design like the pink or dot them around into flowers like the blue!
  6. Let dry for 2-3 hours.

Hand wash these only! Otherwise, put on some dishwash safe Mode Podge as a sealant. 

The mug will smell like nailpolish afterwards obviously, but with a good (careful) wash, the smell should go away.

Wrap these mugs up, and now you have the coolest mug gift ever! ♥

IDEA:
Wrap them with hot cocoa mix (and marshmallows?!), coffee, or tea bags for those special friends!!

What a difference a year makes

It’s just before midnight on NYE… things for Riley and Lucas have changed dramatically since the holidays a year ago.
Lucas conspired with Farkle and Zay to usher in the New Year in a better fashion than the previous year.
After a quiet night babysitting Auggie and Ava, Riley is surprised when Zay knocks on her door at 11:50pm. He helps her into her coat & blindfolds her all while refusing to answer her questions.
Zay then walks a blindfolded Riley up to her roof.
“Zay… will you please tell me what’s going on?” She implores as she digs her nails into his arm.
“Ow! Easy with the nails woman! I bruise easily! I promise Cotton Candy Face- you will be very happy with what’s going to be happening tonight”
“I better be Zay or I’m hunting you down” she mutters under her breath.
“Lucas never told me you had a vicious streak” Zay snarls back anxious to drop off his “package”
Riley feels a gust of cold air on her face as Zay opens the door to the rooftop.
He walks her to the middle of the roof and takes her blindfold off as he counts down to Zero.
It takes Riley a split second to get her bearings, she’s mortified to realize the same people from last years party are all on the rooftop looking at her..
She takes a step towards the door and Farkle repeats those same words “Riley still loves Lucas”… her step falters as she wonders why she’s being forced to repeat such an embarrassing moment.
You could hear a pin drop when suddenly, in a strong and steady voice Lucas answers back “I’m very happy to hear that because I love her too.”
Riley turns towards his voice and finds Lucas standing there with a dozen red roses & a small stuffed bear. Her eyes are locked on his and she doesn’t notice her friends silently leaving the rooftop.
“Lucas…what? Why?” She stutters as the shock wears off
“Riley, I never got the chance to respond to Farkle’s announcement last year. Things went off kilter after that. It took months, too many months, for us to get things back on track. I wanted to start this year off on the right foot. Wanted to finally respond to what Farkle said and I wanted everyone who was here last year to be a witness to it. It’s you…it’s always been you. I’ll shout it from the rooftop if I need to.” He walks to the edge of the roof and yells “Hey NY! I love Riley Matthews and..” the rest of his words are lost as she throws herself into his arms, places her hands on either side of his face and kisses him with enthusiasm.
“I love you too Lucas.” She declares as she breaks the kiss and snuggles her head into his chest.
He rests his head atop hers and wraps his arms around her waist.
“Now this is the best way to ring in the New Year”
Farkle and Zay close the door and high five each other
“Dude, they are a lot of work” Zay says with a huge smile.
“Yeah but they’re worth it” Farkle answers with a grin. Thrilled with the knowledge that this time? His announcement was met with the correct response.