Sunday, May 5, 2013

Memorial Nails - Andrew "Andy" Welburn

 Just a note before today's entry: this week is the last before Mother's Day, so I'm going to be gone again until after the holiday. Hopefully, I'll be able to jump right back in after things calm down again at the flower shop. ~Toad

It never dawned on me that I might have to do a memorial manicure at any point, never mind one for my Step-dad. He passed away extremely suddenly on April 16th. April 27th, we held a memorial at the gaming store he frequented, oddly enough while a Magic: The Gathering tournament was going on in the other room. 

When it came time to do my nails for the memorial, I got stuck. He loved so many things, how was I going to pick just one? So I didn't. I used his favorite colors, purple and acid green along with the teal and black of his favorite hockey team the San Jose Sharks on the accent nail and chose images that made up the things that were most important to him.

I hope it's a long, long time before I have to do this again.


Thumb: Andy loved dogs. My parents were together 22 years and we always had at least one dog, and sometimes as many as three.

Index: Biohazard symbol, for zombies in all their forms. He didn't care if a zombie movie was good or bad, he had to have it.

Middle: San Jose Sharks.

Ring: Dice to show his love of all kinds of gaming.

Pinkie: A gun. He actually sold guns at one point, if I remember correctly, and I have no idea how many he owned.

Polishes Used:
Nail Tek Foundation II
L.A. Colors UltraNail Hardner
Pure Ice Wild Thing (green)
Wet N' Wild On A Trip (purple)
Wet N' Wild Teal Or No Teal (teal)

Stamped With:
Pure Ice Wild Thing (green)
Zoya Suri (purple)
Finger Paints Black Expressionism (black)

Thumb: Shany SH219
Index: Vivid Lacquer VL003
Middle: Cheeky CH38
Ring: Cheeky CH39
Pinkie: Vivid Lacquer VL007

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mani Backlog - Stamps, Stamps, Stamps!

Man, oh man. There's been so much going on around here. For those who may have missed my reason for being gone, my Step-Dad, Andy, passed away very suddenly on April 16th. We held a memorial the next Saturday, and the nails I did in Andy's honor will be posted on their own tomorrow.

Along with all the "normal" things a family goes through when someone passes, my Mom and I both have Fibromyalgia. Somehow, the emotional pain translates to even more physical pain for us, so I think we're both moving slower than we usually do.

It also means that I've been very lax in my blogging and picture taking. I've tried a few new polishes here and there and just couldn't be bothered to haul my cookies into the other room and start the long drawn out picture process. However, I do have a few things to show you today:




April 11th: These came out SO CUTE! I wish the sparkle in Storm showed better in pictures, but overall I just love them.

Polishes Used:
Nail Tek Foundation II
L.A. Colors UltraNail Hardner
Sinful Colors Snow Me White
Sinful Colors Neon Melon
Wet N' Wild Heatwave
Julep Sharon
Zoya Storm
Cheeky plate CH52
Franken top coat


May 4th: There are no words for how much I love this. Fairy Bread is just bright and colorful and happy and love. So many colors and shapes of glitter in a milky white base - and then matted?! Just yum, and Vivid Lacquer's stamping plates are awesome squared. This mani earned me a compliment from the gal at my check cashing place, which always makes me feel good, especially since she has her nails done by a pro nail tech.

Polishes Used:
Vivid Lacquer Fairy Bread
NYC Matte Me Crazy
Vivid Lacquer plate VL 001
Zoya Suri
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