Thursday, 31 May 2012

Grab my button.


You've probably noticed this little graphic by now hanging out on the right hand side of your screen if you're a regular reader of my blog, its been sitting there with no purpose but that's all changed now. .. . .. 'Cause I've Finally got off my lazy butt and got my blog button up and running, so happy! ^_^

I thought about changing it and worried it was too large but I couldn't bring myself to do it 'cause I've now fallen in love with that cute little cat animation.

What do all my amazing followers think? Your opinions mean a great deal to me, should the cat and cookie combo stay or go? Is it too big?. . ..


So this is now available if anyone should wish to add it to their blogs and please if anyone has a button that they would like me to add to my blog please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be more than happy to add it. :)  Xx.

Incoming from. . . My Dear Jen.

A couple of weeks during my usual browse around penpaloftheweek.com I came across a penpal interview with a girl from Germany who seemed so sweet I couldn't resist contacting her and asking her if she were interested in an Irish penpal.

To my delight she said yes, it was my first time every contacting someone from Julie's blog but I'm so happy I did now 'cause I've only just begun getting to know Jen (that's her name) and I already feel such a connection with her.

Here is the letter I received from her today, isn't the drawing so cute! >_<




I've also written my reply for Anne and I'm working a letter for Alex. So you both should have something in your letter boxes from me real soon. <3


On another note my flat pack cupboards arrived today after a torturous two month wait!! Michael and I put them together today, what do you think of our handy work? XD
Not bad, eh?



Sorry about the mess, we're in the process of cleaning up
after having our kitchen renovated. 


Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Mail Call...

Hey everyone, I'm still getting over a nasty cold but look what arrived this morning to cheer me up. .. . .. . 

A package from Shannah over at Write before your eyes (check it out, her blog is great)
We have a mutual interest in the Titanic so I sent her the Irish Titanic Stamps and she sent me this book and although I don't usually read fiction I can't wait to sink my teeth into this one.
Thank you so much Shannah. Xx.


 thats the way the cookie crumbles, penpals, package, snail mail,


Titanic, White star line, thats the way the cookie crumbles, Dear America, Book


This letter from my dearest Yankee Doodle, Katie arrived too.. :)
I love her mail art and this deco tape envie is so unique and colourful. .. .
I love it.. Xx.

Check out more of her wonderful mail art on her blog...

 thats the way the cookie crumbles, penpals, snail mail, mail art, deco tape


Here is a letter from Anne in Denmark... (received this last week)
Such adorable stationary! Xx  ^o^

 thats the way the cookie crumbles, penpals, snail mail

Now a letter from picturesque Augusta, Maine and my amazing penpal, Alex. Xx.
Loving the Lunar New Year stamp.. :)


 thats the way the cookie crumbles, penpals, snail mail

Finally another Canadian Titanic stamp for the collection, got this one from
a woman I met on Interpals, I sent her some Irish postcards in return.
She sent the stamp postcard too, isn't it magnificent. :)

Canadian Titanic Stamps, stamps, Canada, Titanic, White star line, thats the way the cookie crumbles




Monday, 28 May 2012

OPI Unveil new A/W 2012 collection.. :)

In a nod to one of my favourite country's, the Gods of nail lacquer - OPI have created a Germany collection for Autumn/Winter 2012.

The collection consists of twelve new shades,
six shimmer and six crème.

Here they are. .. . .





The Crèmes:


Don't Pretzel My Buttons.


My Very First Knockwurst


Berlin There, Done That.


Don't Talk Back To Me.


Nein! Nein! Nein! OK Fine.


Schnapps Out Of It!


The Shimmers:


Unfor-Greta-bly Blue


Suzi & The 7 Düsseldorfs.


Danke - Shiny Red


Every Month Is Oktoberfest.


Deutsch You Want Me Baby?


German-icure by OPI.

I'm loving Nein! Nein! Nine! OK Fine, Danke-Shiny Red,
Unfor-Greta-bly Blue and Every month is Oktoberfest.

Have you got any favourites yet?




Sunday, 27 May 2012

Nail Polish Haul...

Here are the latest additions to my growing nail varnish collection.....
It's an addiction for which there is no cure!! XD


OPI, Shatter, Silver, Gold, Holland, Dutch you just love OPI, Red lights ahead. .. Where?, Nails, Nail polish, nail varnish, nail lacquer, that's the way the cookie crumbles, cosmetics, make up,
New OPI From left to right: silver shatter, Red lights ahead... Where?
from the Holland collection, (I totally adore this colour)
Dutch ya just love OPI also from the Holland collection and
gold shatter. I got the shatters for an amazing price, just €4.99 each!

thats the way the cookie crumbles, nail varnish, nail polish, nail lacquer, nails, cosmetics, make up, NYC, New York Color, Gosh, fairytale, Deep Purple, Midtown, Lights, camera, glitter
First up is Gosh in Fairytale, NYC in midtown, the NYC glitter
which is gorgeous btw is called Lights, camera, glitter and finally
Gosh in Deep Purple. Got the Gosh in a half price sale and NYC
is as cheap as chips anyway. ;)

thats the way the cookie crumbles, nail varnish, nail polish, nail lacquer, nails, cosmetics, make up, Models Own, Indian Ocean, Tropical Sun, Beetlejuice
I got these too beauts for €6.00 each, they're Models Own
(obviously!) and they're part of their beetlejuice collection.
The blue is called Indian Ocean and the divine coral colour
to its right is Tropical Sun. I love coral colours and I've spent
alot of money on trying to find the perfect coral nail colour and
this one is the best by a mile. :)

thats the way the cookie crumbles, nail varnish, nail polish, nail lacquer, nails, cosmetics, make up, models own, tropical sun, nyc, new york color, lights camera glitter, glitter, coral, shimmer
This is Models Own Tropical sun layered with
NYC lights, camera, glitter.

thats the way the cookie crumbles, nail varnish, nail polish, nail lacquer, nails, cosmetics, make up, OPI, New York City Ballet, Mini, petites, neutral, pastel, glitter
This is the OPI New York City Ballet petites  collection, they
are all really sheer (which I'm not a fan of) but soft pastels
are pretty much a necessity, right?

The colours are My pointe exactly (sheer grey), Don't touch
my tutu (white), Care to Danse? (lilac) and Pirouette my
Whistle (a silver sparkle)

thats the way the cookie crumbles, nail varnish, nail polish, nail lacquer, nails, cosmetics, make up, Barry M, Nail Paint, glitter, Hologram
Finally its a Barry M glitter nail paint, this one is Hologram.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Mail Update...

This isn't the most up to date mail update 'cause I haven't yet taken photos
of this weeks incoming due to work, being sick and bla, bla, bla....
I have no outgoing either this week due to the same
reasons but I hope to catch up with my letters again real soon.


Mail art, Retro, Pen pals, Snail mail, That's the way the cookie crumbles.
For my newest penpal, Jen in Germany. ^_^


Pen pals, Snail mail, That's the way the cookie crumbles.
For Meiju in Finland..


Mail art, Handmade, Envelope, Pen pals, Snail mail, That's the way the cookie crumbles.
For Karen in New York, I have a feeling
she'll love that envie.. >_<


Mail art, Retro, Pen pals, Snail mail, That's the way the cookie crumbles.
For Renate In Norway..


Mail art, Handmade, Envelope, Pen pals, Snail mail, That's the way the cookie crumbles.
For Elisabeth in the Netherlands..


Mail art, Pen pals, Snail mail, That's the way the cookie crumbles.
I actually mailed this one a few weeks back but forgot
to share it with you so here it is now,
From me to my pal, Anne with love.. <3


Mail art, Pen pals, Snail mail, That's the way the cookie crumbles.
The back of Anne's envie..


Pen pals, snail mail, postcard, Ireland, Postcrossing,
Some postcards I mailed out recently.


Jaffa Cakes, Mug, Tea, Scone, Jam, Strawberry, Thats the way the cookie crumbles
Nom, nom, nom...
Scones, strawberry jam and Irish tea...
Why?. .. .. 'cause it's YUMMY!

Friday, 25 May 2012

iPod pick of the week!!



It's been about 3 weeks since my last post, (sorry about that) things have been hectic with work, doing some home improvements, visiting my uncle in hospital and to top it all off
I'm now as sick as a small hospital! Which really sucks 'cause for once the weather
is glorious here! :(

I want to kick off my posts again with an iPod pick of the week and I can not get this song out of my head since I heard it a week ago playing on the radio. I love it.


Lana Del Rey - Video Games




I will try and follow with some more posts soon. :)

Monday, 7 May 2012

Belgian Titanic Stamps

Last week in the post I received this letter at first I didn't realise what it was 'cause I don't have any penpals from Belgium but then I remembered that I had organised a swap with a girl on Interpals by the name of Sarah and this mysterious letter was from her.

The deal was I would send her some Irish postcards and in return she would send me the 3D Belgian Titanic stamps and as promised here they are. :)

If you're from a country which has produced stamps to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic and would like to do a similar swap with me please don't hesitate to contact me.



Titanic, stamps, 3D, Belgium

Titanic, stamps, 3D, Belgium

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Magazine freebies...

Everybody loves a freebie so I thought I'd share with you some freebies I picked up yesterday at the store. 

I got Marie Claire and InStyle magazine, both were just a little over €5.00 each. A little expensive for my taste since I don't purchase magazines on a regular basis but when I noticed the free products they were offering how could I resist?

Anyway I can use the oh so beautiful advertisements to make envies for my amazing penpals so it's win, win for me. .. . .. . Yeah!! :D


Marie Claire had a lip and cheek tint from the body shop. (8ml - full size)
It's worth £10.00 or €12.50 approx. and comes in two shades, Rose Pink and Bronze Glimmer.

I got the bronze glimmer but must admit I'll probably pick up the other on my way to work tomorrow. ;)




InStyle were offering three unique Nails Inc. shades worth £11.00 each or €13.50 approx.


The shades are Power Pink, Blue Bell and Peach Sorbet, I got Peach Sorbet (I adore peach and Coral shades) I may also be tempted to return to the store tomorrow to get more of these. :)


Nail Polish Haul.. :)

Here are the latest additions to my expanding nail varnish collection. :)
The OPI minis I bought yesterday at my local beauticians, Dutch Treats
was €12.00 and Best of the Best was €12.50.

My boyfriend treated me to the other nail polishes, aren't the pastel
Barry M shades gorgeous? I also adore Red Lights Ahead... Where?
it's such a beautiful colour. :)

Nail Polish, Nail Varnish, OPI minis, Dutch Treats, I Have a Herring Problem, Red Lights Ahead..Where?,Kiss Me on My Tulips, Pedal Faster Suzi!
Dutch Treats: 
  • I Have A Herring Problem - a shimmering sea green shade infused with glitter.
  • Red Lights Ahead…Where? - A stunning red crème with coral undertones.
  • Kiss Me On My Tulips - A shocking hot pink with a crème finish
  • Pedal Faster Suzi! - A lavender toned pink loaded with silver shimmer.


Nail Polish, Nail Varnish, OPI minis, Best of the Best, Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle my France-y, Strawberry Margarita , Cajun Shrimp
Best of the Best:
  • Alpine Snow -  Whitest white’ to give a crisp, clean French tip.
  • Bubble Bath -   Delicate pink, perfect for French manicures.
  • Tickle my France-y -  A naughty shade of nude.
  • Strawberry Margarita -  A fabulous bright pink.
  • Cajun Shrimp -  A flavoursome red with a hint of coral.


Nail Varnish, Nail Polish, Nail Paint, OPI, Devine Swine, Barry M, Berry Ice Cream, Blueberry Ice Cream, Lemon Ice Cream, Mint Green, Strawberry Ice Cream, Clear 3in1 Top coat, hardener, base coat
Michael bought me these Barry M pastel polishes and the OPI polish.


  • Barry M - Berry Ice cream.
  • Barry M - Blueberry Ice cream.
  • Barry M - 3 in 1, Base coat, hardener & top coat.
  • OPI - The Muppet's Collection, Devine Swine.
  • Barry M - Lemon Ice cream.
  • Barry M - Mint Green.
  • Barry M - Strawberry Ice cream.