Know what this is, friends? A Sandra Lewrey original, and an early Christmas gift for my mom. You’d never know I’m nearly 41 years old with art skills like these!
No surprise that “real” is not exactly my thing (you need look no further than my nail art designs for abundant evidence of that) but these manatees look like they were drawn by a four-year-old! Which is appropriate, because I’m kind of feeling like a four-year-old. Because tomorrow morning my husband and I are once again leaving on a jet plane for all places Disney World, straight through Christmas and a little bit beyond.
And I’m feeling only-child wretched about it. Unbelievably excited, of course – oh my cats, we’re going to Disney for Christmas!!! – but also sad. Have, in fact, here on the eve of our flights, been crying for the better part of the evening. Before you (somewhat rightfully) declare me an epic wuss puss, allow me to say that I’m very close to my parents, and this will be the first Christmas in 40 years that we will not be together. I’m trying to be mature about it, but I actually like hanging out with my parents, and as much fun as I KNOW Mr. Finger Candy and I going to have, I also know I’m going to miss them terribly. Hence all the tears. I’ve actually gone the full ham and we’re watching The Christmas Toy, a Jim Henson production of the late ’80s about an unlikely friendship between a stuffed tiger toy and a catnip mouse that makes me SOB from start to finish.
The quasi-joke among our family this holiday season is that my husband and I are ABANDONING them, AT CHRISTMAS. Which we are. Might as well own up to it! So I made this painting for my mom of two manatees abandoning their family for the holidays. I’m the one with the bow. 🙂
Happiest of Christmases, friends. I will try to update this blog over the next week, but I’ve never blogged on the road before, and I’ve no idea what to expect. Also, you know I’ll be back at you with a complete rundown of the entire experience, in exhaustive detail! You’ll be begging me to stop telling you about the Star Wars fireworks and projection show at Hollywood Studios already. But until then, the merriest of merrys to you and yours, and warmest of wishes for a wonderful holiday.
Well, consider that check and checked, thanks to this dazzlingly festive polish, Ceramic Glaze’s Hong Kong Diva, and a couple of cheerful gingerbread men nail charms from Daily Charme.
This is the part where I usually ask where all the time has gone, and issue a plea for just a few more hours to be added to each day, just until Christmas. Except I feel like I have things pretty well in hand this year. Tomorrow we host my husband’s family for our annual holiday meal; afterwards my parents will stop by to help us clean up the leftovers and indulge in a yearly viewing of Home Alone. Next week I’ve got lunch and donut dates with my parents, and weather pending, a cool evening light show. And I have just a handful of little gifts to pick up, so I’m feeling pretty good about things! Check back with me in a couple of days, though – as things spiral towards Christmas, undoubtedly we’ll all be feeling the pinch.
Also, a macro shot, because this polish is gorgeous! Such a wonderful pick for this time of year – festive, fun and sexy.
“Aunt Bethany, does your cat by any chance like Jello?” Behold, Aunt Bethany’s Festive Jello Mold nails, with extra cat crunchies!
Fun fact: For every bang-on and deeply unsettling impression of the Grudge ghost, the Mars Attacks aliens and Gollum that my husband can fire off with the greatest of ease, I can pull off a righteous Aunt Bethany from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. It’s all in drawing out those long “W” sounds – “Clawrk, is Ruwsty stiwill in the Nayvey?” is a particular favourite. 🙂
I’ll also point out the smudged bit on my index finger, so created when I looked down and realized I had topcoated a cat fur into my manicure. This has to be one of those life imitating art kind of moments (or art imitating life? Or would it be life imitating art imitating life? I think my brain just broke.) In any event, I think Aunt Bethany would approve of the furry addition, even if I didn’t care for the blemish. I suppose it really doesn’t matter, though, when you’re talking about a cat food-studded Jello salad!
Or would that actually be Clueless ON Dieting? Because this manicure represents Cher Horowitz’s confession to her best friend Dionne that stress has her indulging in a very heifer-like diet (as if!) of “two bowls of Special K, three pieces of turkey bacon, a handful of popcorn, five Peanut Butter M&Ms and, like, three pieces of licorice.” Just missing the licorice, but then again, you can’t miss that which you don’t like in the first place, and I’ve never developed a taste for licorice. I’m down with the rest of that stuff, though, just maybe not at the same time. Maybe. I don’t know, bacon and PB M&M popcorn cereal bars *could* be a thing, right?
*Cymbals crash, man coughs uncomfortably, single baby begins sad-crying*
Okay, I’ll see myself out now!
Holy motherforking shirtballs, that is a nice tie! Or that’s what I would be saying if this manicure was an actual men’s bow tie and not just the print of a fictional one worn by Ted Danson’s character, Michael, on The Good Place. I cemented my love of The Good Place with this manicure inspired by one of fashion plate Tahani’s dresses. Tahani possesses a vast and enviable wardrobe of colourful floral gowns; I could do a manicure a day for weeks and still not reach the end of her flouncy and floral.
And as it turns out, Michael, architect of The Good Place, is something of a clotheshorse as well – he wears more pastel than an Easter egg, and always caps off his outfits with a colourful printed bow tie. In a recent episode I watched Michael is wearing a smart floral tie bearing this fetching print; I liked it so much, I thought I’d turn it into a manicure. Now, how’s that about a bench? 😉
I mentioned some posts back that I’ve really been bitten by the Christmas bug this year. And I have to say, I far prefer this kind of bug bite to the bah humbug variety that has regrettably plagued my Christmases for many years running. I have a very small family, and we’re close, but our holiday celebrations are always deeply WASP-y affairs – tasteful decorations, sumptuous feast, many viewings of Love, Actually and Home Alone in which we yell profanities at Alan Rickman and count the number of felonies committed by Kevin McAllister, respectively. And I really love those Christmases, tiny and weird though they may be (particularly the brunch and dinner parts; my mom is an ah-maze-ing cook) but they’ve become a bit predictable, and I think we’re all ready for a change.
So this year my husband and I are trying something new. As such, I’ve really had to be on the ball with my holiday preparations, and my enjoyment of the season is truly all the better for it. The tree is up! And I didn’t electrocute myself this year, not even once. My cards are written and ready to be mailed out, most of my gifts are purchased and Babes in Toyland has been watched. And then just this past weekend my parents and I enjoyed a lovely and festive night out touring beautiful old homes done up for the holidays. It’s been nice; I like actually engaging with the season instead of whining about how much I have to do until suddenly it’s Boxing Day and I realize I’ve done absolutely nothing.
And that goes for my nails as well – there’s always a mad rush in the final 10 days of the year to complete all those festive manicures I neglected through the other 21 days of December. But not this year! I’m on it, and digging on this multi-chromatic holly berry design. Very merry.
Both the loose – so loose – inspiration for these nails (the album cover art of the Basement Jaxx’s Where’s Your Head At?) and also a valid question for this blogger and nail artist: Where exactly WAS my head at, because this manicure is pretty terrible! Bad colours, cruddy brushwork, ugly lighting. And this was actually my second attempt at this design today; you should(n’t) have seen the first one. Eh, sometimes these things don’t work out, but a bit of practice never hurt (and I’m sorely out of practice; too much post-vacation reminiscing and not enough nail art-ing.) 😉
Hot sauce, made here in Ottawa, Ontario by Meow! That’s Hot, and plenty of it. With a matching manicure, even if I think their label cats look totally demonic.
Mr. Finger Candy and I are both big fans of the web show Hot Ones (great, in-depth interviews with celebrities as they attempt to form coherent thoughts while eating progressively hotter and hotter chicken wings) and a weekend marathon some while back inspired this massive order of locally-sourced hot sauce. I don’t know what to say, apparently my husband was feeling quite passionate about burning his face off. You can find Meow! That’s Hot hot sauces at Chilly Chiles stores, although you can also order direct from the source (and if you’re within Ottawa, the completely nice dudes who work at Meow! That’s Hot will refund your shipping, and deliver it to your door with a hilariously withering, “Giant box of hot sauce for (Mr. Finger Candy)?” And it WAS a giant box of hot sauce. Enough to seriously screw up your sense of taste and smell for at least the next four months.
Except burn-yer-face off is not exactly what Meow! That’s Hot does. Oh, they bring the heat alright – Ghost Kitty, studded with nuclear hot ghost peppers, and Manx Mangler, loaded with both habaneros and scotch bonnet peppers, are particularly fiery – but there’s also a good deal of taste to these hot sauces, which are packed with all sorts of yummy things like garlic and pears and tomatillos and blackberries. So if pain and delirium ain’t your thing when it comes to a hot sauce (or if that’s only occasionally your thing, I don’t know your life!) Meow! That’s Hot might be a good choice. Give ’em a shot! And also check out these nails, still with that demonic cat.