Day 26: Inspired by a Pattern (31dc2014)

Day 26 already!  I’m kind of getting tired of painting my nails every day, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now!

Earlier this year, we redid our bedroom.  I decided that we should make the process extra difficult and paint our walls with a glossy design over matte paint of the same color.  It took HOURS.  Like, a LOT of hours.  And we painted the design freehand.

Here it is in the middle of the project:

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And here is the end result:

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I figured if I could paint the walls of an entire room with this pattern freehand, surely I could paint my nails with the same pattern.

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Oh, my husband is unintentionally funny sometimes.  When I showed him my nails, he said, “What was today’s theme?  Nails inspired by a room in your house?”  That made me laugh.

See you tomorrow with some nails inspired by artwork.  I’ve got some big plans, so let’s hope it works out!

Day 25: Inspired by Fashion (31dc2014)

I was initially at a loss for what to do for today.  My plan was to just find some image of  some crazy runway outfit that had a pattern I could copy, but then I decided to check some of the people I follow on Instagram to see if I could find some inspiration.  I found this cute picture of Mindy Kaling to be quite inspiring:

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And here are my nails:

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After I did them, I sort of wished that I had outlined the turquoise with straight gold polish instead of a glitter polish so that the lines would have been cleaner, but it’s not too bad.  It’s not one of my favorite looks from the challenge so far, but hey, they can’t all be winners.  See you tomorrow with some nails that are inspired by a pattern.

Day 24: Inspired by a Book (31dc2014)

Little Women is one of those books that I read over and over as a kid.  I love the movie version that came out in the 90s, too.  Makes me cry every time, especially when I watch it with my sisters.  One of the best stories ever about sister-love and loyalty and how life changes as you grow up.

So here are my nails:

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I’m pretty proud of the detail on these!  All of the practice from this 31 day challenge is paying off!  On my first finger is Meg’s glove that goes missing but is actually kept and cherished by John Brooke, whom Meg eventually marries.  My middle finger is Jo’s pen and paper, since she is forever writing stories and plays.  The ring finger is Beth’s piano, a gift from Mr Laurence.  And the pinky is Amy’s artist’s palette, since she grows up to be a painter.

What to paint for each of the sisters came to me really quickly except for Meg.  The idea for the glove actually came from my youngest sister (the “Amy” of our family) who actually played the role of Meg in her college’s production of the musical a few years ago.  I just had to put that in here.

Anyway, I’ll be sad to take these nails off! I’ll be back tomorrow with some fashion inspired nails.

Day 23: Inspired by a Movie (31dc2014)

I already rambled on about my love for The Sound of Music in yesterday’s post, so I’ll spare you today.  Seriously though, it is the best movie ever, so if you’ve never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it asap.

Here are my nails:

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I’m pretty happy with these!  Some of my music notes are a little wonky, buy I love how my alps turned out!  See you tomorrow with some nails inspired by a book!

Day 22: Inspired by a Song (31dc2014)

The hubby gets credit for coming up with this idea.  We are huge Sound of Music fans.  We own 4 copies of the movie because every time a special edition comes out, we get it for the special features.  Yeah, we’re suckers.  Next year is the 50th anniversary, so I’m pretty positive we will get that when it comes out, too.

So here it is: My Favorite Things

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Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things!  Ah, that just makes me happy.

See you tomorrow with some movie nails!

Day 20: Water Marble (31dc2014)

Water marble – dun dun dun!  I’ve only ever water marbled once before this and it was a huge mess with so-so results.  I was totally dreading today and fearing that I would be the moron of the nail art community.  It actually went no-so-terribly.  It’s not great,  but it could be worse:

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It’s far from perfect, not a very complicated design, and yes, I did use dots to cover up the spots that weren’t so great.  I actually didn’t have a terrible time doing this and it actually makes me want to maybe try it again sometime after this whole challenge is over.  I guess that’s the best I could have hoped for.

By the way, I know my posts this month are super short and often lacking detail, so if you have questions or want more info, please feel free to ask and I will happy answer when I have a little time.  My focus has just been getting my nails posted each and every day, even if it’s short.  I’m still attempting to have a life this month outside of this challenge!

Tomorrow is the first day of the “inspired by” portion of the challenge.  Tomorrow’s them is Inspired By a Color.  I think I’m feeling purple…

Day 19: Galaxies (31dc2014)

Galaxy nails are so cool looking!  Super easy, too.  This is nail art for people who are terrible at art.  Here are mine:

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The first pick is in natural light, the second is in artificial.  Natural light sure makes my cuticles look prettier.  Anyway, I think galaxy nails are perfect for winter months with the deep, rich colors.

So this is day number 19.  Only 12 more days to go!  This challenge is fun, but some days (like yesterday) it’s really tough to find the time to do my nails.  Other day I feel absolutely no inspiration.  And then there are days like tomorrow that just scare the poo out of me.

Tomorrow is water marble.  I’ve only water marbled once, and the results were mediocre at best.  Plus I got so much polish on my kitchen table.  I’m mentally prepared to be the laughing stock of the nail art community tomorrow.  I’ll see you tomorrow with some hopefully-not-terrible nails.

By the way, if there are any of my nail designs over the past 19 days that you’d like to see a tutorial on, please comment below or on my facebook page.   Thanks for reading!

Day 17: Glitter (31dc2014)

I’m no stranger to glitter.  I’m a sucker for sparkly things in general.  I figured that Day 17 would be a great opportunity to sport some over-the-top sparkle on my nails, but when the time came to paint my nails, I was in a jelly sandwich sort of mood.  I was itching to use Broadway Nails – Space Flight, a deep blue jelly polish.

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The glitter is gold and I did a gradient with the heavier glitter near my cuticles.   Like most sparkly manicures, this one looks better in person than on film.  This is a really simple manicure, but I sort of needed a break.  This challenge is definitely fun, but it’s also a little draining!  I’m going to make it, though!  I’ll see you tomorrow with some half-moons!

Day 13: Animal Print (31dc2014)

These suckers are sort of obnoxious, but I kind of love them!

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For animal print day, I was originally going to do cow nails.  Then for some reason, Lisa Frank came to mind.  Remember Lisa Frank?  Her stationary was super popular in my my early teen years – late 80s and early 90s.   Her stuff is kind of weird and creepy when I look at it now, but it suckered me in when I was 12.

I actually messed up on these nails.  I was going to do zebra stripes on my pinky, but I accidentally put some leopard spots on that nail and just decided to go with it.  I’m kind a glad I did!

Here’s the sad thing: I woke up this morning with a pretty good head cold, so I think I’m sticking around home today to protect the world from my germs.  I’m a little sad that I won’t get to take these nails out in public.  I’ll definitely need to do these nails again sometime.

Tomorrow is flowers.  I’m having trouble coming up with a good idea, so suggestions are welcome!  See you tomorrow!

 

 

 

Day 12: Stripes (31dc2014)

It’s stripes day!  Originally, I felt completely uninspired.  My ideas were so bad that I contemplated painting my nails like Fruit Stripe gum.  I finally decided I would do something with my striping tape, but it was being unwieldy and getting on my nerves.   I finally just decided I would do some free hand stripes with Funky Fingers – Sand & Stilettos, a pretty thick holographic glitter polish.  Here’s my end result:

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I started by painting the stripes on my right hand, so by the time I painted my left hand, I had gotten the hang of making nice, thin stripes.  It really was not very hard at all.  I’d love to try this look again over black or really dark blue or purple polish sometime.

This is one of those polishes that’s awesomeness just can’t quite be captured in a picture.  The blurry shot shows off the sparkle a little better.  These nails look SO FUN in person !  I’m really digging them and I’m going to be sad when it comes time to take these off.

Thanks for all of the love and support, likes and comments!  See you tomorrow!