To Bee or Not to Bee

To Bee HandA honeybee, that is! And a little nail art inspired by the colour yellow, which just so happens to be the next colour in the rather inadvertent rainbow of manicures I have done this week, starting with yesterday’s swatch of a juicy red jelly and continuing today with some coral-hued, knit-type nail art. Okay, so there’s a lot of blue in these nails, too, but I ask you, what else do you pair with gently buzzing honeybees other than sky blue (to say nothing of Pooh’s hunny pot on my thumb, a bit of crossover nail art from the Disney files!)

Half Moon Over the Hundred Acre Wood (31DC2014)

Hundred Acres of WoodHmm, so it would seem as though I *may* have misinterpreted day 18’s theme of half moon manis in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge. The half moon technique appears to be one in which you trace the little crescent at the base of your nails, widening, elongating and embellishing with polish as you go, of course, but ultimately – and quite literally – going for a top-down approach. But as you can see, I went for a more AND less traditional half moon design at just the tips of my nails, which based on everyone else’s entries seems to be a wee bit incorrect. And as much as I dislike being beholden to made-up rules regarding nail adornment, preferring to do the lone, polished wolf thing, I do like tackling a technique correctly, simply because that’s the only way you learn (sage advice for life AND nail art, friends.)

So although these nails, a half moon tribute to the Hundred Acre Wood gang (and one giant bee arse there on my thumb), are not quite in alignment with the challenge prompt, they’re cute as the dickens AND I learned a valuable lesson about reading the assignment through carefully before putting pen to paper (wait, do people even do that any more? You mean our bionic compu-arms don’t just magically divine what we wish to write when we hold our hands over a keyboard? Huh.)

As a completely perverted aside, years ago my husband and I spent an afternoon busting a gut as we sketched out the rough idea for a Winnie the Pooh-themed plushie porn called Hundred Acres of Wood. Yes, we have the combined emotional maturity of a 12-year-old boy. It is truly the driving force of our union. 🙂

Bee Mine

Bee Mine

To paraphrase Ralph Wiggum of the Simpsons, “And there’s a picture of a bee!” That’s right, folks, nothing but high level, intellectual jokes about a holiday that’s now over on this blog! All the stale bon mots you can handle right here, and if you act now, I’ll throw in some funnies about Christmas, or maybe even Halloween! How’s about that?

These nails, my final Valentine’s design, represent my entry in the February N.A.I.L. Challenge for the theme of – you guessed it – Valentine’s Day. And what better way to honour the day (albeit a day late) than with a groaney old pun and a little loved up honeybee?