Nails, Nails, Nails!

Sung to the tune of “Girls, Girls, Girls!”

I continue to be ridiculous with the nail designs. So much so that a simple coat of one color is b-o-r-i-n-g to me now. It just looks unfinished. I’m constantly thinking up different things to do and I thought “why not share?” So. Share, I shall.

First up, a twist on a simple french manicure. Except that I didn’t just do white tips and nude nails. Nope. Green nails. White tips. I used an OPI white that isn’t entirely opaque and I thought it made for a nice look.

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Next up, I did dark blue with silver stripes. I used a nail art pen I have (silver, obviously) to draw the stripes on freehand.

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And then, a variation of the blue/stripe theme. In this one, I used a more vibrant blue, painter’s tape to delineate stripe placement, and bottled silver polish instead of the nail art pen.

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If we had racing stripes on the MINI, I would have matched.

While this design is just fine, I wasn’t wowed by it and probably won’t do it again.

Having done two blue manicures in a row, I switched back to green. I decided to go back to an old standby of polka dots on this one because it’s simple to do with a nail art pen. I did do an accent nail on the fourth finger by doing larger dots on those nails.

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I rather liked this one; it’s cheery.

And then it was time for the Fourth of July and my annual Patriotic Nails Extravaganza.

Patriotic or Wonder Woman? You be the judge.

Patriotic or Wonder Woman? You be the judge.

After this one, I asked twitter for suggestions on what I might do for my next design. Red nails with a flower accent was suggested and I decided to go for it. I have a flower shaped hole punch that I used to make a stencil out of painters tape.

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The white flower smeared a little when I did the top coat.

The next week I was supposed to have jury duty and crazy nails seemed a poor choice. So I went with black and white chevrons to match the dress I was planning to wear (and then didn’t because I didn’t have to go to jury duty). I painted a basecoat of white polish and let it dry thoroughly. I then cut painters tape into chevrons and used those to give me look I wanted.

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Nails plus matching dress

They even matched my dog!

They even matched my dog!

I learned some things when doing this design. I needed to cut the painters tape into thinner chevrons and be more attentive to uniformity. But they weren’t terrible for a first try. I’d do it again.

I was feeling uninspired after the chevron bit so I did some digging around in google images for inspiration. I found several things and the one I decided to try was an elaborate polka dots design.

The process. I chose NOT to do a different color scheme on each nail.

The process. I chose NOT to do a different color scheme on each nail.

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The finished product.

Finally, I went with a dark teal with sparkle tips.

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After all this polish and constant exposure to polish remover, my nails are currently crappy. Yesterday I cut most of them down because they were breaking. I’ll give them some time to renew themselves and then start experimenting with new designs again.


7 Quick Takes: Catching Up On Life

Merciful heavens. Where did the last month go!?

1. Jamie now has his cast off. HUZZAH! *jig of glee* It was a bit of a traumatic experience for him. He said it hurt when it came off – I think because of the sudden loss of support and the fact that his elbow had been stuck in one spot for 6 weeks. So, there were a lot of tears and scared words about how he would have to get another cast. I think because it wasn’t just like normal immediately, he thought it was still broken and assumed the worst. But the x-rays showed good, solid healing and the doctor gave us a brace and sent us on our way saying, “I don’t think we’ll see you again!”

But, man. Jamie made it a huge deal to even USE the arm. He broke his right arm. He is right handed. This is the hand he writes with. He CAN’T baby it. But for the first 36 hours he refused to take the brace off and if we so much as looked at his arm in the wrong way he claimed it hurt and he whined. When told he would have to start using the arm at swim lessons (which start tomorrow) he had a tantrum.

Yeah. Sorry, kid. I’m a mean Mom. I took away the brace. He spent about 12 hours barely using it and holding it close to his chest but then refused the brace before bed last night. He got up this morning and is using the hand and arm almost completely normally (he still wants to eat left-handed. It’s ingrained at the moment). So, I think it’s all going to be fine in the end.

2. Swim lessons start tomorrow! I feel like summer is FINALLY underway for us. June was pretty mellow with very little on the calendar and very little for the kids to do because Jamie was limited by his cast. This, of course, meant they filled their time by bickering with each other. SWELL. But now, July is here and it’s gonna be GO GO GO from now until school starts. Swim lessons! A trip to Hershey! Cousin visit! A visit to Oma and Puppa!

3. Liam has finally, at 9.5 years of age, discovered the joy that is sleeping in. JAMIE still gets up by 7 am but Liam? We’re lucky to see him before 9 am. Considering he went through a period of time where he got up at 5 am every day without fail, come hell or high water, 9 am is like sleeping until NOON. I didn’t even know he had it in him.

4. Scot! Scot is better! He’s been back to work full time for several weeks now. He’s been working at home for a bunch of reasons (all of them GOOD reasons) but tomorrow it’s back to the office. I don’t think he’s spent more than a day or two there since April 1.

5. Related: All my dollars belong to hospitals. ‘Nuff said.

6. What about me, you ask? Well, first of all the stress of the spring made me fat(ter). I despair that I am EVER going to learn how to eat properly, exercise regularly, and lose this fat suit I’m wearing. I am getting back into my running regimen albeit slowly. I swear I’m trying.

School, on the other hand, is going fairly well. I got a little behind but the last two days I’ve powered through a bunch of material and taken two tests. So far, so good. The classes in this cluster are much less deadly boring than last cluster. Coding is actually pretty interesting; Pathophysiology/Pharmacology really just builds on Anat & Physio and Medical Terminology but is more in depth; Health Care Data Content and Structure – while not scintillating, it’s not the snooze fest that Computers was last cluster. I’ll take it.

7. Here’s a couple of recent shots of the boys and one of a cool butterfly that was flitting around at my in-laws house.