Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

tattooed eyeliner

Yep, I took the plunge and had my eyeliner tattooed!  I went to the lovely lady who did my eyebrows, Deraly Fleming - wouldn't trust anyone else!

The reason to go to these extremes?  I don't care about wrinkles as such as I'm getting older ... but when it messes with my eyeliner???  As you get older, the skin around the eyes gets a bit, er, slacker.  And the eyeliner just doesn't last like it used to, regardless of the brand.

Deraly went over my existing eyeliner.  She used a numbing cream, but I must confess it still hurt (especially in the corners of the eyelids).

Here I am the night that I had it done:


As you can see, pretty swollen and bruised!  The next morning it was very swollen and red, so this shot was taken about 45 minutes after putting an icepack on them!  This is how I went to work the next day ;)


Ouch!  Next is later on that night - looking much better!


And this one was taken yesterday - the bruising as already eased off:


I have had so much feedback on Instagram and Facebook, that I thought I would document the process - I just couldn't find much online about personal experiences!  I need to go back in November to get them retouched, as well as my eyebrows darkened (I love them, but I want them darker!).  My left eye wasn't completely finished, as it started bruising very quickly so she had to stop - that will be finished off in November too ;)

Overall, I'm glad I didn't know how much it was going to hurt .... though Deraly assures me that subsequent visits won't be so painful as touch ups don't require so much ink/needling.  I'm budgeting to get them done once a year, though they will easily last for about 2-3 years (I want them to stay black and bold, but they will last a lot longer if you like a more natural look).

If you're thinking about getting your brows/eyeliner done, here are my recommendations:

1.  Google!!  Find a good practitioner by reading online reviews, getting recommendations from friends, etc.  Find something with experience in the industry with a good track record.

2.  I would recommend a practitioner who uses a 'pen-styled device', which is actually a miniature tattoo gun.  The difference is that they use semi-permanent ink, as many people change their mind about their makeup style as they get older.  I would NOT recommend the 'soft-tap method' - I had that done the first time, and while it lasted the same amount of time, it was way more painful and took a lot longer to heal.

3.  I know this sounds obvious, but make sure that the shape you are after is something that you can live with every day for at least 2-3 years!

4.  Looking after cosmetic tattoos are the same as a conventional body tattoo - tattoo balm throughout the day.  Since I don't like chemicals, I have been using Dr Bronners Organic Balm with all-natural ingredients.

Please feel free to ask any questions!  :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

catching up ...

Sorry for the lack of updates ... been working 6 days per week lately, and 1 day weekends are not conducive for getting stuff done :(  Instagram seems to be updated more than anything else, as it's so quick and easy!

Firstly ... Friday night I had my eyebrows re-tattooed by Deraly Fleming - this is a pic of the day after, bit puffy and shiny with tattoo balm - they're not so pretty today, day 2 (getting a bit scabby and gross!) ;)


I'm going back in a couple of weeks to get my eyeliner tattooed as well - my first time for eyeliner!!  I'm 40 in a few weeks, and while I'm not too concerned with wrinkles, I find the ones around my eyes do affect my eyeliner ... I used to be able to keep it on all day, but now I'm having difficulties!  So permanent eyeliner it is ;)

I'm also giving myself a birthday treat and getting my first body tattoo ... I've never wanted one before now (I'm not one to follow trends, as you know!), but I've decided that a couple of single ones are what I'm after.  You'll just have to wait to see what my first one will be!

I had one of my artworks made up into a phone case!  I had such a great reaction, I think I might have some other designs available for sale (not this one, as it was a commission) - what do you think?


I think this one would lend itself well ... I'm going to order one for myself, then put them in the shop ;)


I also finished my tapestry 'Goth Deathrock No. 4 - Anita' - I'll put more info on my main website, but here I am nearly finished!


Hmm, I think I've covered the last few weeks of my life!!  Oh, I have had extensions put in because I couldn't be bothered waiting for my 'goth mullet' to grow ;)


A month later, and I'm still loving it!!!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

holiday week


Yep, it's nearly over .... but boy, did I really need/deserve that week off from work!!  I like my job, but I was physically and mentally exhausted - it's the first break I have had in nearly 7 months - hopefully I don't have to wait so long for the next one!

We spent a few days in Robe - mmm, one of my favourite places on earth!  Here's the view from our bedroom window:


We love Robe, and the wonderful people we have met there - especially Kiri and Paul, who own Wild Mulberry Cafe (make sure you visit if you're down that way!).  We were super-lucky to be invited to dinner ... and we met the new addition to their family, Gracie (their 4th kitty!) ;)


And we made sure we had time for crafting!  I practiced my tatting, and Anita her knitting ;)



On the way home we discovered that Larry The Lobster was for sale!!  $327,400 for a 17 metre, 4 tonne lobster (and adjoining cafe) ;)


When I got home, my next challenge was to complete a couple of scarves in a couple of days ... I promised I'd bring them to work on Monday - and I will!

Commission for Anne:


And one for the shop!


And even though I put on 1kg/2.2lbs in Robe (so much good food!!), I've been getting right back into it ... all made better by my new Lululemon pants - aren't they AWESOME??


Hopefully Monday morning's weigh in isn't too scary!  But at the same time, I had a fantastic holiday - as long as I get back on track straight away, I need to learn it's OK to let it all go every now and then ;)

Monday, July 7, 2014

taking yoga to a whole new level ...


OK, so you know I've been doing yoga from YouTube for quite a few months now (maybe 6?) ... and I have been getting better and better, stronger and stronger.  I feel that yoga is giving me what the gym didn't - that toned look, which is getting better the more weight I am losing ;) 

As Yoga With Adriene is a more gentler form of yoga, I've been stepping up my routines with Sadie Nardini (as recommended by Kate - thanks for that!!). 

Well, I've just purchased her full-on Yoga Shred For Weightloss, which is a paid 14 day programme designed to combine cardio-yoga workouts with straight yoga for maximum fitness ... I've done 2 days so far, and I feel sore (in a good way!).

Oh .. and I weighed in this morning - 6.5kg (14lbs) lost so far (more than half way - just over 5kg to go)!! 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

monty don's real craft


Oh my goodness, this show is BRILLIANT!!!


I see it as a sequel to my favourite show of all time, Mastercrafts - while the latter focused on complete beginners, Monty Don's Real Craft shows 3 amateurs being mentored by a professional to see if they can make the grade in the commercial world.  It's so inspiring (especially the weaving episode!).

If you're not in the UK and can't view these, you may want to investigate www.hola.org ... Anita has set up my computer so I can view these (not illegal, but part of a legal grey area).

And if you want to view the entire series of Mastercrafts, here is the series on YouTube:  MASTERCRAFTS SERIES

Enjoy!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

tatting!


I couldn't resist learning something completely different - and portable!
I'm rubbish at knitting, never been interested in crochet ... so shuttle tatting it is ;)

First baby steps (well, just a chain):


I originally wanted to do bobbin lace after seeing this AMAZING short film (which I originally watched for the weaving, but was mesmerised by the bobbins!):



I saw Rebecca Mezoff talking about tatting on her blog, and wondered if that might be a nice compromise, especially when I was fortuitously sent an email from Craftsy with their tatting class included!  Guess it was meant to be ;)

So I'll keep you up to date with how I go!!  Nothing like piling on the hobbies, heh :P
Who knows, I may learn how to design bat and skull jewellery one day!