Thursday, August 9, 2012


Just finished putting together a list of quilt classes that I have previously taught as a proposal for another quilt group.  I am so excited to be able to teach in other places and that people are enjoying my classes and requesting more.   Now, I need to come up with a new class to teach at Ogallala next year and start working on that proposal. 

I still haven't gotten any quilting done this week.  I plan on getting in the studio tomorrow.  Judy Laquidara at Patchwork Times is hosting a Quiltathon.  I haven't done any preparations getting my house ready for me to quilt all day long for the next 4 days like she has, but when has that ever stopped me?  Also, I don't have anyone expecting food on the table except for me and the dogs.  I am sure the dogs will let me know when 5:00 gets here, so I plan on doing a bit of sewing in the next four days. 

One of the things I have to contend with this weekend and am currently having problems typing with, are my nails.  Normally, working in a kitchen and due to sanitation standards, I keep my nails cut short with no polish on them.  However, since I have been out of school this summer and I didn't work in a kitchen, I have let my nails grow out.  My nails have always been really hard and grow very quickly, so they have gotten quite long in just the few weeks since I decided to let them grow.   Almost four weeks ago, I went to the nail salon to have a pedicure and maybe have my nails done, also.  I normally don't have my nails done since 1) I teach culinary classes 2) I am hard on my nails and polish usually chips off in a couple of days 3) I am cheap and don't want to waste my money.  So, when the owner asked if I wanted my nails done, also I told her about being hard on my nails and she recommended that I get them shellac-ed. (however it's spelled)  (how many times can I say, "have my nails done?")  I had read the blog when Ree (Pioneer Woman) had done her nails and it seemed to work for her so I said, "sure, why not?" I was indulging myself since I had finished volleyball and had taught a quilt class. I love them!!! I have since had to go back and have them done again - not because they had chipped off - no, quite the opposite - my nails had grown out and I had a 1/4" between my color and my cuticle. I didn't like it and thought about just cutting them off, but I still have another week before I have to be in the kitchen to teach a class for teachers so I got them done again in a brighter pink. I really love them and highly recommend this technique to anyone who is hard on their nails or might even have weak nails. This adds a hard layer on the top and might help them.


You may can see where my nails have already grown out some since it has been a week - okay, you might not be able to tell, but I can.  After it's first applied, you can't see any space above the cuticle.  Now, to get it off, I may have to do it myself - I read how Ree took her polish off - but I may just have to get them to do it for me since that was a good 30 minute ordeal by a professional and it might take me a couple of hours.  I can't wait until next summer when I can do this again!  Who knows, I might even have her put some kind of design on them, but that may be a little wild for me. 


  1. Wow! Your nails look great! I'm glad you didn't inherit thin nails like mine. I remember when I used to get my nails done. It made me feel "purty". Congratulations.

  2. Nathalie,
    I love the shellac too. I get the clear put on. I get them done about every 4 weeks. I keep mine the length yours are. I used to bite my nails.....only for 50 years..hahahaha....when I retired I quit biting them...I did not even try, it just happened..guess I had more stress at work than I was willing to admit. You should try the french manicure with it....I have her put the white on and then come back with the barely pink so they are not so bright 'em....