Wednesday, 30 November 2011

PURPLE CRUMPET FAIRY CHALLENGE – The 31 Days of Christmas - Day 1

Day 1 – What You Enjoy Most About Christmas

Hi Goddesses

Sometimes I am a very silly Crumpet indeed.  I love this challenge I really do, but when I decided what should be Day 1, I really should have picked something easy and doable!  But nooooooo I picked something tricky and advanced.  Gah, I am stoopid lol.

What do you think of when you think of Christmas, what are your favourite things ?  Well some of my favourite things are coming up in the other challenges, so I won’t mention them here, but this mani does feature some of my favourite Christmas memories.

So, we have a kaleidoscope of colours here and a veritable mixture of patterns.  Mean anything to you yet?  No, of course not lol, Crumpet nail “art” has to come with subtitles ……

Let’s start with the big yellow splodge that is my thumb, which actually, had quite a lot of effort showered upon it.  Yes it did.  One of my favourite things about Christmas is snowballs.  Not the ones you throw, but the ones you drink.  Brandy or rum, advocaat and lemonade, all whipped together.  It’s just wow, and one of those drinks I only drink at Christmas, and therefore one of my very strongest Crimbo associations.  I think I had my first very weak one when I was 6, and now I make pitchers of it that leave everyone else falling down after half a glass (Crumpet stays standing strong; Crumpet has half-Polish blood, and therefore was born with alcohol in her veins.)

Anyway, back to the nail.  This is 2 coats of SH Mellow Yellow.  I then used a teeny bit of sponge and OPI The “It” Color, and then using a toothbrush, blobbed some SH White On on the tips.  I hoped the toothbrush would give a “bubble” effect, and it sorta does – needs more practice.

The index finger.  Nothing makes me smile like fairy lights on a Christmas tree, especially when they are in random formation.  So this is 1 coat (just 1 coat!) of GG Lizard Belly as it’s the perfect pine needle green, and then some Art Deco gold glitter nail art for the lights.

Middle finger.  Another childhood memory.  Every year when I was under 10, we seemed to spend the entire month of December making paper chains to festoon around the entire school.  Miles and miles and miles of them.  Much fun.  I especially loved smearing the PVA glue over my hand and then peeling it off in a one-er (score!).  So I used Barry M Shocking Pink and Indigo to make the chains, with a thin dotting tool.  I used Essie Jazz for the boring neutral “walls”.

Ring finger?  Hmmm.  I was running out of time.  X Factor was on and the Chinese had just arrived …. Toppling pile of presents in CG Cheers To You and Barry M Red Glitter, with a SH White On backdrop.  I soooo wish I had gone with trifle instead.

And finally, lickle finger – falling snow.  2 coats of Zoya Dove and my new bestie, Nubar White Polka Dot on top for the snow.  I love snow days.  Love love love.  I love how the snow deadens and silences the world, like you’re really in a snowglobe.  Love it.

So there you have Day 1.  Trust me, it will get better. I have some super easy ideas for later in the challenge – phew, I hear you cry, which is fine – but anyway, are you joining in ??

Click here to come and join the Purple Crumpet Fairy – we have fun J

Enjoy xx J


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