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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Winter Nail Art Challenge – New Years

I’m 2 days late on this challenge. Apologies!!

Today is the final challenge in Winter NAC, and the theme is New Years!! *party hat* My thanks to Helena at Lacky Corner for hosting this challenge series! I had a lot of fun making and designing these manis! πŸ˜€ And thanks to everyone who viewed, left comments, liked, and *ahem Mom and BT* helped with painting the designs!

Since many of my previous challenge entries have featured the nails, individually, I felt like doing a more cohesive nail art design for this one.

In thinking about New Years, I thought about New York City, and remembered one of my favorite nail arts to do from the Klutz Nail Art book (which got me started! πŸ™‚ ) was the city-skyline, (Credit for this design is theirs! πŸ™‚ ) and I wanted to add the Times Square ball to the skyline.

Technically, Times Square is smack in the middle of the island, but on Nail York City, it’s visible from the bay. πŸ˜‰

In their Klutz version, the city sky is a single solid color over all the nails. It’s really pretty that way, but since the design part would be somewhat 2 dimensional and mentioning only one specific tradition re: New Years (that I’m not even sure I fully understand), I wanted to add something, about New Years, with a little more universal import.

My first thought went to somewhat corny, but I also liked it. πŸ™‚ So, I decided to do a gradient, from black night sky, to morning sunrise over the bay saying “January 1st is a new day!!” and end 2017 on a hopeful note. πŸ™‚

Happy New Years!

From right to left – Pinky: dark sky with purple clouds, moon & buildings — Ring finger: slightly lighter sky, with dark clouds & the NYC building (the one with a spire) featured in pretty much every NYC skyline photo πŸ™‚ — Middle: purple sky with light blue clouds — Index finger: lilac sky with orange & blue/blue & yellow clouds and the Times Square building complete with giant display board (er, the white square) and over-sized New Years ball! — 1 building and land-spit surrounded by bay water that slightly reflects the cloud-splosion above of orange, lilac and blue clouds in a yellow sky. πŸ˜€

 

The sunrise nail oriented right-side up.

Check out other entries in this challenge!

Lacky Corner‘s glittery waterfall nail art!

Skimmerskuggan‘s sparkly and chic reverse French tip!

The Call of Beauty‘s festive mani!

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Winter Nail Art Challenge – Christmas Tree

It’s getting so close to Christmas!! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your family or whomever you are spending it with!! πŸ™‚

For this challenge, I was inspired by several different manicures I saw on Pinterest the last few days. (Sparkly ornament, Minimalist Tree)

My idea behind this nail art was to start with Christmas-lights colored backgrounds, but I changed tack on that, and just used some colors that I thought looked good together. Then on one nail I thought I’d add a sparkly ornament, using the same sparkles as I used the other day since I didn’t have big sparkles like in the above pic. I’d also do a tree-outline and make it sparkly too, just for fun.

For the rest, I ended up doing a tree-topper, candle, and Christmas lights! My Mom helped me draw some of the designs and sprinkle on the sparkles as well, which was so handy when I got stuck, like on the left side of the tree, or the bottom two points of the star.

However, the sparkles in general didn’t adhere the way I expected (I was comparing it to the sequin-like sparkles in the above link) so it’s not nearly so *vibrant* as I expected, and the ‘golden’ star-tree-topper did not work the way my head imagined. XD (A watery nail polish works better for sparkle adhesion, by the way, than I thicker polish.)

One thing I’m really happy about though, is that I didn’t over-brush any of the polish this time! It’s the first time I’ve successfully done that, and I did it with my left hand! πŸ™‚

Check out other entries in this challenge!

Lacky Corner’s beautiful green & gold Christmas tree design!

Skimmerskuggan’s cute & festive Christmas trees!

Merry Christmas, and I hope you all have a tremendous holiday!! ❀


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Winter Nail Art Challenge – Winter Characters

Winter Characters is such a cool theme idea, but I had trouble landing on what I wanted to do. Were my skills up for drawing the cast of Hogfather? What about Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future? Frosty has usually scared me, and I definitely wasn’t going to be able to pull off the Grinch.

I puzzled and puzzled till my puzzler was sore (not that long, but couldn’t resist the quote!), and was surveying a Wikipedia article entitled “Christmas Characters” for the second time when something reminded me of the Nutcracker.

I didn’t grow up with ballet, and don’t understand it, by half, but the character of the Sugar Plum Fairy somewhat precedes and fore-ceeds (is that a word?) the ballet (according to my Wikipedia article reading). She is ruler of a land of Sweets (sugar plum didn’t just mean a sugar plum, did ya know? it also signified all “candy”!), and the character has had a few different ways of being portrayed.

…including in nail art, now! πŸ™‚

I had purple polish and an idea in my head so I went for it!

This thing is insanely sparkly irl, thanks to sparkles my friend gifted me. πŸ™‚

I’d never used loose sparkles in nail art before, but a couple days back I saw how one person used them and thought this would be a perfect time for me to try it out! I’m glad I did because I love the result! Thanks fren! πŸ™‚

(Terrible lighting, I know, but the pics didn’t show the sparkles as well as the vid I made last night did. :))

After every challenge nail art, I ask my family what they think – both for encouragement, and for tips. Sometimes I see something I think is bad that they think is great, and other times I’ve missed something that stand out first thing to them.

This time I showed my Mom the fairy and there was an uncharacteristic pause.

“…. I’m sorry, but all I’m seeing is a chicken? I’m soo sorry.”

BT called out from across the room, “Oooh come here! I want to see the chicken!”

So, my main character didn’t turn out *perfectamundo* this time but I can definitely see trying again, with what I know and tried, and creating something more fairy-reminiscent maybe, next time ’round. πŸ™‚

Check out other entries for this challenge!

Lacky Corner

Sminkan & Emma

Skimmerskuggan


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Winter Nail Art Challenge – Wrapping Paper or Bows

I didn’t have many ideas right off the bat for this challenge – I couldn’t remember what Christmas wrapping paper looked like (I’m not kidding – for a few years the only wrapping paper we could locate in the house was baby shower paper, and we didn’t even remember going to a baby shower…), and I wasn’t sure what to do for the bows…

Then I thought of the gingerbread on my other hand (I’m doing one hand at a time) and thought about keeping with the playful theme by showing the wrapping process!

I knew this was going to be a tall order, and possibly too abstract, but when I thought of clipart-style scissors and tape floating on a bright background, I really wanted to give it a go.

There are two issues with my idea (which I suspected): 1. I’ll be drawing with my off-hand, eek! 2. It’s really hard to draw (ahem, clear) tape!! XD

So, it pretty much looks like I have a present and scissors with some other thingamabobs floating on bright backgrounds lol, but it was worth a shot! πŸ™‚

Starting at the pinky – Scissors, Curling Ribbon strands, Present, Tape, Wrapping paper (coming off a roll)

Check out other entries in this challenge!!

Lacky Corner

Sminkan & Emma

Skimmerskuggan

Q&A:

What’s the most inventive present-wrapping job you’ve done?

 

BONUS PHOTO! Lol, it’s in the event before this, and I was like, ooh I can share this! I took this while we were on our recent trip. I can’t believe I took this as we were driving on the road, holding Rimfire on my lap, with the window down in 30 degree weather. It look soo peaceful, and I’m glad I made the choice to try and get it. πŸ™‚

 


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Winter Nail Art Challenge – Gingerbread

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I wanted to tap into the happy feel and bright candy colors of gingerbread decoration, so I stared with colorful backgrounds. I kept them light or pastel so the brown would show up.

 

I don’t actually own brown nail polish, though. When my friend visited and we did nail art, we found equal parts light green and orange with a dab of black make brown!

Lit by Christmas lights only! πŸ™‚

Alas, I’m still highly aware of my lack of pro-touch, and I need more practice in taking good photos, and that green really is a weird color, lol, but I’m relatively happy because it looks like gingerbread men! πŸ™‚

 

(That scrape is from opening a delicious box of chocolate cashews lol. Ouch. Meanwhile my nails are rather short from recent temperature changes and misadventures – like tripping on an escalator racing my brother, and slipping on metal steps on the first freeze of the year. XD )

Check out other entries in this challenge!!

Lacky Corner with some beautiful nail art and sharing about Lucia tradition!

Sminkan & EmmaΒ with her cute and festive take on gingerbread!

SkimmerskugganΒ and her cheery details and gingerbread nail art!

 

Q&A:

What is your favorite memory with gingerbread?


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Winter Nail Challenge #1 – Red & Green

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Lacky Corner generously and cordially said I could join in her annual Winter Nail Art Challenge (Winter NAC) again this year!! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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Today’s theme: Red & Green.

I’m prepping for a trip, so I didn’t have a lot of extra time, but I really wanted to join the first challenge I could, so I went with one of my favorite things to do variations of – French Nails.

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If you’d like an easy, festive and unique polish job, I would recommend this!

Base: sparkle nail polish (I used Sally Hansen Pearly Whites)

French tips: Red and green, gently brushed on with the nail polish brush

Happy December! Have a great evening!

Visit other participant’s posts to see their take on this challenge πŸ™‚Β !:

Lacky Corner

The Call of Beauty

Nageldraken

Skimmerskuggan