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Christmas Nails

We are on the home straight up to Christmas now. I break up from school tomorrow (cue a day of party games tomorrow!), have a few loose ends to tie up on Saturday, some last minute shopping and baking on Sunday then it’s Christmas Eve and our guests arrive!

Part of me feels quite panicky about this. I had grand plans for the first Christmas in our new home, having every room decorated, wreaths on every door, lots of handmade decorations and personal touches but in reality I have done a bit of festive cooking, put the tree up and just about managed to get all of my cards in the post before the deadline!

Ian has been home this week so has been getting lots of little odd jobs around the house done including new fittings in the bathroom:

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New knobs (*snigger*):

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And putting together my lovely new Christmas present (and my New Year’s project!):

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I am still yet to wrap a single present but instead of feeling worried about this I am just getting on with things. I think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves at this time of year and sometimes I have to remind myself that the beautiful home and lifestyle blogs I see online are styled by professionals with months of planning having gone into it. I also have a demanding full-time job which means I have to prioritise my time at home and quite frankly a drink up the pub with Ian always sounds more inviting than tidying, cleaning and decorating!

Anyway, that is my caveat for not having as many Christmas-themed items on the blog as I had hoped!

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However, I did make time for some festive nail art with these cute baubles which my Mum sent to me inside my Christmas card this year. These stickers are bigger than the ones I usually use and they didn’t last the whole week before they started peeling slightly but I liked the finished effect while it lasted!

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Start with clean, filed nails and paint on a complementary base coat – I used this lilac by E.L.F.

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When the nail varnish has dried, press on your nail stickers

Finish with a layer of clear nail varnish to seal the look.

As the stickers were quite large, I just used them on my ‘party nails’ and thumb nails!

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About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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