If you have lady parts, then chances are you also enjoy the liberal application of polish to your nails. For some this may be an understatement, perhaps manicures fit onto your ‘do or die’ list alongside eating and sleeping. Or maybe your relationship is a little more low key, self applications few and far between due to a distinct lack of patience or coordination.
Well ladies it’s time to wake up and smell the acetone because my so-easy-it-hurts DIY mani is for all the ladies out there, Nail Tech Junkies and Nail Tards alike.
❤ Bass colour polish
❤ ‘Spot’ colour polish
❤ ‘Outline’ colour polish
❤ Top coat
❤ Cardboard/plastic/anything else out don’t mind destroying with puddles of polish.
And with the bad humour the weather lady sometimes has, those of us that dwell upon the Queens Land have found ourselves in the midst of chaos without much to do. Stuck inside while the wind blows our city apart and the Brisbane river swells with the drool that runs from the exploitive mouths of the media, I have decided there’s no better time for some DIY!
I call her “Tea Posie”.
Now let’s bypass the really bag puns and grab the following items to begin:
- Patterned fabric of your choice -big or small print, whatever your scissor skills and bag can handle
- Bag (Der)
- Craft Paint
- Masking or Painters tape
- Mod Podge (glue, sealant and allround pot of amazingness)
1. Tape up the areas of your bag you don’t want to cover in paint. Speaking from experience, the more attention to detail you pay here, the better the result.
2. Lay some newspaper down. Paint your bag and let it dry. Repeating 2 to 3 times to achieve an even coat and good coverage, just like a slapper with a heavy handed makeup application.
3. Cut out the prints from your fabric. Once again, attention to detail will pay off! A stray fibre here is as unwelcome as a hair in your salad.
4. Place the prints in the desired layout, don’t be afraid to take to them with the scissors and lay them up against the seams to created a different effect, just like I’ve done here.
5. Take the small brush and apply a generous coat of Mod Podge to the back of your fabric pieces, smoothing them down as you go along.
6. Once dry, apply a coat of Mod Podge to seal the deal. I decided to use a sponge to do the job but a paintbrush will do fine.
7. Ta Dah!
Hi Fives all round. You have now created an exclusive bag with which you can taunt all your friends. Good work Ladies (and fashion conscious Men), now if you’ll excuse me, I have spent too many hours staring at cups of tea not to have worked up a thirst for one myself.
The thought of having to wrap up a whole year of blogging in one post is infinitely more daunting than sending HandMeDown Harlot off on it’s maiden voyage. As predicted, there were days when I wanted to wear little more than my undergarments. And days when I wanted little more than to use daft archaic words like undergarments. I went over the top with Courtney and Louise going through kilo’s of eyeshadow and litres of lipstick as we played dress-ups. And a little too frequently, going under the top as I went MIA after several epic nights out, the next day posting in slapdash outfits styled to misdirect the public eye from my own set of glassy red ones.
If anything, I learnt than anyone who wants to diss the Duchess of York for Donning an outfit twice should re-assess what the real crime is here: subjecting anyone to a daily outfit decision where one can never be the same. I like to think that behind the airtight security of Kensington Palace, Kate will be lounging about in her Hello Kitty Kirugumi Onesie just like I intend to spend the greater part of my 2013. If I can flatter myself for a moment and imagine you’re all starting to become misty eyed like a Friends fan during a final episode (yes, that was me), then I can validate my order for you to ‘dry your eyes!’. Because although HMDH has come to a finish, it is not in fact the end for all you Op-Shopping Fashion Blogging lovers. There’s a new girl in town who will be paving the wardobe way from here. It’s time for The HandMeDown Harlot to bid you Adieu and step aside for The Thrift Gypsy to take the runway!
Thank you for all your support throughout the year. I really appreciate that I wasn’t hacked or sent hate mail and that your comments flowed as
frequently as your cyber love.
Signing off, HandMeDown Harlot
And as HMDH came to a
clothes close I headed off to Double Island Point to bring in the New Year with my ever entertaining friends. Unlike the end of a school year where your brain is already running nude under the sprinkler whilst you sit in the corner with piles of craft paper and clag glue, fate had me working harder than ever to pull multiple outfits out of my… wardrobe… in smaller amounts of time. I flew straight in from Sydney and into our 4WD, with only 2 hours to post some photos and pack the last of my outfits for the year.
At times like this I could no longer deny the relief I would feel of being able to wear the same thing every day for a year if I should so choose. Being the muppet I can be at times, I overlooked the lack of internet facilities which usually aren’t provided with tropical islands and have had to default to back posting. So without further ado…