Naturally Dreamy

A blog about my life as an INFP living with an ESFJ, INTJ, and my pup. I blog about earth-friendly living and life through my eyes – not necessarily in that order. Come put your feet up where life is Naturally Dreamy!


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Happy 4th of July nail art!

The 4th of July (America’s Independence Day) is approaching! I have accordingly decked out my nails. 🙂

I’ve got 2 different designs. On my left hand, I have a de-constructed American flag. On the right I have excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.

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For the American flag nails, I used a white from Essie, a navy blue from Mary Kay at Play, and a red from Rimmel. I used the dotter of my nail-art tool to create the wavy red lines of flag-flapitude, and the thin point on the flip side of the tool to create the “stars”.

After I’d made the red-stripes, I added some clear-sparkly polish to the top and bottom of the white nails, because I thought it would look more complete that way. 🙂

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I’m actually almost out of that sparkle polish that I have been using since I was … I don’t even know how young I was, it just seems to have always existed! Before I was “allowed” to put bright or dark colors on my nails, the sparkle polish was an always a-okay, and I remember the small array sparkle polishes in the “nail bag”. They were such a special fun thing for me to use. We still have every one of them! XD We don’t use polish very fast… usually. (Nail art changed that a wee bit – I ran out of my first white polish, and am nearly out of my black one.)

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Before I started on the newspaper-print-lift on this hand, I had painted my left nails, and prepped the right hand with tan polish. I went shopping, and the cashier complimented my nails and I said, “Oh, thanks! I’m planning on putting sections of the Declaration of Independence on this hand [*waving right hand*] using the newspaper lift-technique.”

“Cool!” she said, “I did that once” [insert surprised and interested “you did!?” from me]
“… it worked all right, but silly me, I forgot to flip the image.”

“Ohhh, yeah… I hadn’t thought of that.”

Yep, I had indeed *not* thought of that, and the images I’d had printed out earlier were not flipped. Therefore I learned as she had that it makes for a reversed image.

This is what it would look like if I had reversed it! (and you viewed my hand in a sideways manner):

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To get the clips, I downloaded a high-pixel-rate (is that the term?) image from the internet of the Declaration, and pasted it into Word. From there, I isolated some segments I wanted.

For example, the first “When” — that W was so grand, and it starts everything off. When in the course of human events…”

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I felt as if could be understood to be disrespectful to be pasting portions of a national document on my fingernails. I hoped that it wouldn’t be, but as I did it I also decided to consideringly select portions instead of using it as merely a means to an artistic look.

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Okay, well this one wasn’t so well-considered, but it falls somewhere in the first third, and I thought the two T’s looked so amazing.

Next, I spotted this “Free and Independent” (in this really cool different font!) and thought, boo yah, perfect.

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For a couple of the nails, I didn’t smooth the image enough, and it allowed a gap, where the image didn’t transfer. This happened on this one, and so it’s near unreadable. Woops!

Next, I used this “United States of America” in that same off-set font. I think it may have been one of the first times they set it in writing. *cue hushed awe-choir in my mind*

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And, gosh, I couldn’t foray into the Declaration without paying tribute to the signers. John Hancock – easily recognizable, but 1. too big to fit on any of my nails! and 2. I sort of wanted to highlight some of the other signers, so I went to the right, where several signatures stood in close proximity to each other.

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It was really neat to be able to peruse a picture of the real document, usually only having read it in transcribed-format in another text! Did you know they ^ inserted a couple of words??

Finally, a big thank you to this video from which I learned how to do this! It was so short, clear and covered all the bases – like how to remove extra paper that stuck to the nail. The note in the note is very important – laser printed paper is apparently a key ingredient in this technique!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family (or, you know, dog/friends/whatever makes thine boat happy)! 🙂

Q&A: 

Do you have any special plans for this weekend?


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Autum-nail ;)

Hello, everyone!

I painted my nails in celebration of fall. I also knew we’d be going to someone’s house for Thanksgiving and somehow I think making pretty, related designs on my nails shows my appreciation of their gesture… Here was the result!

(How to: Start with a blob, and then make one line straight up, and two lines out at diagonals from it…. works most of the time.)

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For one particularly big blob, I drew veins so it would hopefully convey “leaf” better. I think it worked. 🙂

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Have a super Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it, and an awesome Friday!!

Q&A:

Are you cooking something special for tomorrow or for Fall?


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Short Nail Polish Reviews

Yesterday I was playing/exercising (though nobody would name it that) with a family member and a medicine ball. I got both my index fingers bent backwards, but my right was something, and my left was not…

I am currently icing the finger, which is swollen and mottled with green… How lovely :)… my family has always been amazing about injuries – we alway insist the inflicted member rest and ease the wound no matter how we normally might use the person’s aid. It’s quite a relief and cool 🙂

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Winter N.A.C – New Year’s Eve

Hello, fair ladies and gents! 🙂

It’s New Year’s Eve!!

Isn’t it??

Oh, wow, it is – really?

And today’s nail art theme, paralelling that fact, is also “New Year’s Eve”.

Have you watched New Year’s Eve? We tried it last year…

Anyways, I painted this last night while watching Midsomer Murders – my fam was very patient with my hobby and freely gave feedback and helped me figure out how a firework might look.

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Winter N.A.C. – Elfen Shoes and Mucho Much Sparkles!!

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Short and sweet as I am spending lovely quality time with my fam, today 🙂

Today’s challenge: Santa, Elf or Reindeer. Mom thought of elf shoes, and they concurred that they should be green, not brown, and so elf shoes it was.

Mom also assisted in the painting of the elfen shoes. Thanks!!

I like it – I think it’s cute, and I finally got to use my big sparkly polish that had been troublesome, up till now. Totally overkill in the sparkle department, today – (and overpainting – sorry, de woops), but sparkles are great.

Sorry that the photos aren’t terrific, but I hope they convey all right – it was a little dark, and I didn’t want to take much time…  🙂

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Merry Christmas, all!!!! And in the words of Tiny Tim – God bless us everyone. 😀

And for all my non-Christmas-celebrating peeps – Have a terrific night and great weekend!!

Check out other Santa/Elf/Reindeer nail art!! 😀

Q&A:

What are you loving this Christmas? Get any gifts you love?


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Winter N.A.C – Tinsel/Ornaments

Happy “Christmas is 2 Days Away”, everybody! Hope you are having a wonderful time (even if Christmas isn’t on your radar)!!

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A Christmas Cat — because cat and snow!

Today’s nail art challenge was titled Tinsel/Ornaments – so I thought I’d try both… although (as you seen in the header) apparently or was an option. 🙂

Well, if you’ve seen Zorro, today’s art may harken you back to it –

Zorro, the mask-ed swordsman

Had a very brilliant steed

And if he ever saw a don

He would start to pick up speed

Then one Mexican Revolution

Original Zorro came to say

Alejandro, with your zeal so bright

Won’t you take my place tonight?

(to the tune of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 🙂 )

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