Friday, January 25, 2013

Cutest Things Since Shirley Temple!

Introducing Silly Bee's Chickadees collectors' cards! I just love these little things! They're itty bitty-- half the size of a business card. The first set of three cards features the first set of Fruit Basket Cocktails: Bananamelon Thump, Orange You a Honeydew and Bring Us a Figgy Mango.

Each of the cards has a picture of the three bottles with their super cute labels. The other side has a macro shot of one of the polishes with a couple words from the phrase, "You Were Born to Sparkle". Are they cute or what?  I know what you're thinking, "These are the cutest things since Shirley Temple!  How do I get my hands on these little sweeties?"  Well, you can purchase the set in my etsy store for only 50 cents, or purchase some polish and I'll throw one in each order!

So, what can you do with these cuties? A dozen different things! In fact, I have one for you right now. What's that sticking out of that book? Why, it's a Silly Bee's collectors' card bookmark! And all you need to make it is a set of cards, packing tape and scissors!

First, pull out a length of packing tape and gently lay each card on the tape end to end. Then, cut another piece of tape and lay it over the cards working from one side to the other to avoid air bubbles. Trim the bookmark out and that's it-- easy peasy laminating without a machine! If you like, you can punch one end and tie a tassel or ribbon on to make it extra fancy.

Happy collecting- and reading!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ready For Our Closeup!

Seriously, these are super duper closeups! Dulcie, the awesome chickadee behind the popular nail blog, published a blog review of Orange you a Honeydew Smoothie and Melly's Mix and took these fabulous photos that I just had to share with you.   Click on the link to see more pics!

Aren't her hands beautiful?! I love seeing how nail bloggers wear my polish and the different combinations they come up with. They're so creative! If you are into nail polish, you must jump over to her blog and subscribe. She really does have some of the best manicure photos out there and she reviews tons of indie polishes that you probably have never heard of! Thank you Dulcie, for the awesome review

Thursday, January 17, 2013

2012 in 10!

This year, we made a COOL yearbook for 2012! Shutterfly has a book template in their Year in Review section called Top Ten for the top ten photos of your year. Instead of concentrating on the photos, we chose our top ten memories of the year and selected one photo for each. I thought it would be harder to chose the 2012 top ten, but it was surprisingly easy! What a fun exercise to do with your family. I'm thinking we'll be doing this next year, and the next, and the next! Check out our book below...

Shutterfly allows you to customize your photo book just the way you want.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Chickadee Polishes are Here!

Woo Hoo!  I'm pleased to announce that my new nail polish line is now available in my etsy store! The line launched at the end of December and have received great feedback on the polishes from beauty bloggers and indie nail polish collectors.  I currently have eight polishes on the virtual shelves:  Melly's Mix, Mystery Mix Vol. I and The Fruit Basket Collection.

I make all my polishes in small batches of 8 bottles and test the glitters and pigments for at least three months to ensure a quality product.  The polish base is 3 Free which means it is free of the Big 3 toxic chemicals that were previously found in most polish formulas.  I also include stainless steel mixing balls in each bottle to help out when your shaking the bottle to mix up the glitter.

First up we have Melly's Mix, my signature cullahhh (I'm trying to be all Steel Magnolias).  This polish is a clear base with a fun mix of matte glitters in different shapes-- pink squares, white diamonds, light blue, green, orange and just a bunch of different colors of hex-shaped glitters.  It's like a party in a bottle!

Next we have Mystery Mix, Vol. I.  Here's the deal with this polish:  when I'm trying out different polish formulas, I end up with a lot of duds.  I like to call them misfit mixes like the Island of Misfit Toys.  Anyway, I hate waste plus polish base, cosmetic-grade glitters and pigments are NOT cheap.  So, I decided to poured all the misfits into one big jar and when it's full, I bottled it and christen it Mystery Mix!  I've already started a new jar of misfits and once it's ready to bottle, that will be named Volume II.  Since there's no formula for these, I can't make more, so when they're gone, they're gone which makes them what polish collectors call LEs (Limited Editions).

The next polishes are part of a collection called The Fruit Basket.  These come in two finishes: the Cocktails in a clear base and the Smoothies in a milky white base. The Cocktails are perfect for layering or wearing on their own; whereas the Smoothies are opaque in just two coats. The Cocktails were inspired by the beautiful dishes everyone used to make for baby and bridal showers. You know the stuff-- the colorful concoctions of fruit and marshmallows displayed atop a bed of lettuce at Luby's.  The Smoothies are inspired by, well, smoothies because they are soooo yum.

The Fruit Basket Cocktails

The Fruit Basket Smoothies

So, there you have it!  Please visit my etsy store-- to see more photos and pick up a bottle or two!