Space Mountain (31DC2014)

Space Mountain IndoorsToday’s theme in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge is galaxies, and what better (Disneyfied) way to approach that theme than by honouring the grand dame of Disney roller coasters herself, Space Mountain? Space Mountain is a kickass ride, an indoor, in-the-dark roller coaster that’s been blasting Magic Kingdom guests into near-pitch-black orbit since 1975. On a visit with my parents when I was in university, my parents, admitted roller coaster wussies, and I all grabbed Fast Passes for Space Mountain (the “pass Go, collect $100” of Disney rides) and I rode it solo four times in a row, one walk-directly-on ride after another. Space Mountain acts tougher than it actually is (being in the dark amplifies all your other senses, which are telling you that you’re going about 60 miles an hour, although it’s probably closer to 20), but after four runs, I was feelin’ wobbly.

Here I tried to capture Space Mountain’s iconic silhouette, along with the celestially-sprinkled ceiling, blue gradient walls and neon blue guide rail framing of the waiting area. I’m particularly proud of the blue framing, which is thin and even and 99% the doing of my new detail brushes, which are so tiny and delightful! You could even say they’ve opened up a whole new out of this world of nail art design possibilities? Eh, eh?! (*groan*) Don’t worry, I didn’t laugh at that either. ūüėČSpace Mountain Sun

And Tigger, Too (31DC2014)

TigsMy husband and I went to Orlando on our honeymoon to do the Disney thing, and one day I booked us in to a character lunch with the Winnie the Pooh gang at the Magic Kingdom’s Crystal Palace. For those who don’t speak Disneyese, a character meal is one in which you dine amongst your favourite Disney characters. It’s quite the experience to shovel heaping forkfuls of cheese-covered Southern staples into your face while Pooh and the rest of the Hundred Acre Wood crew mill about, their kind, plush countenances gently questioning whether you really need that fourth plate of mac and cheese (which of course you don’t, but you’re going to eat it anyways!) The Disney dining reservation system (yes, that’s a real thing, and yes, for a character meal you will absolutely need to make advance reservations) does an excellent job of staggering the dining times at any given restaurant offering such an experience, presumably so the facility and staff aren’t swamped at peak times (or all the times), but also because it gives each table an opportunity to really interact with the characters, which leads to fun moments like this one:

Tonguing Tigger

Yeah, that’s my husband tonguing a plush tiger in broad daylight. The people the next table over were only moderately alarmed. As for Tigger? I don’t think he even noticed, so intent was he on rounding the table and maybe sort of humping my leg while my new husband took this photo? Bold move indeed, Tigger!

Tigger Time!

With those fun memories dancing around my head, and faced with day two’s theme of orange in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge (and, of course, my self-imposed sub-theme of all Disney manis all the time), I decided there was only one way to go, and came up with this manicure celebrating everyone’s favourite hyperactive cartoon tiger. It’s Tigger time!

999 Happy Haunts

Haunted Mansion

When I was a kid – and okay, maybe even now – I dreamed of living in the Haunted Mansion in Walt Disney World.¬† When my parents and I would visit the Magic Kingdom (a nearly yearly event) we’d ride the Mansion, squished side by side by side in our Doom Buggy, and I’d imagine what¬†it would be like when I lived there by myself (with my husband, if he was lucky and shared my affinity for gloomy and ghost-infested dwellings.)¬† I wasn’t scared by the thought of sharing my home with a bunch of restless – albeit benign – spooks, and¬†I positively loved the idea of cruising around my palatial, decrepit abode in my own personal Buggy, ending every day with a giant jazz party in the attic graveyard.¬† I remember one¬†year on one of the day’s multiple go-rounds (no¬†day at the¬†Magic Kingdom¬†was complete without at least a few visits to the Haunted Mansion)¬†the ride stopped directly in front of Madame Leota’s crystal ball¬†long enough for me to start¬†optimistically thinking that maybe it would never start back up again and we’d¬†all be forced to stay there overnight.¬† But Disney is nothing but a well oiled machine, and when the ride started back up 10 minutes¬†and four repeated s√©ances later, I left my little dream behind…at least until the next ride a couple hours later. ūüôā

These nails, which draw inspiration from the¬†gothic, Damask-style wallpaper that lines the halls of the Mansion,¬†have been a long time coming.¬† Until now, I just didn’t feel like I had the tools, the skill or the time required to pull them off (egads, they took an eternity.)¬† But thanks to a new set of ultra tiny dotting tools, one rainy afternoon and a recent flurry of experimental nail art that hasn’t turned out half bad, I thought I’d give them a shot.¬† All in all, not a bad effort befitting my favouritest place on earth.¬†

These nails also represent my return to the Nail Art Ideas Linkup and my interpretation of May’s week one challenge prompt, travel and tourism. My husband and I have not taken a holiday in forever, and I long to visit Disney World and the Mansion so badly, it’s almost palpable. It very nearly rolls off me in waves, and I’m pretty sure there’s a smell associated with it, too (in case you’re wondering, Disney World smells like various combustible gases, churros and sweet, sweet air conditioning.)

And how’s this for thematically appropriate?¬† For the black detailing on these nails I used a polish I picked up last Halloween simply because I knew one day I’d find a use for its little tombstone-shaped bottle, Wet N Wild’s Fantasy Makers in Darkest Hour.¬† And lo, I did indeed find a use for it, in a manicure about all things haunted, appropriately enough!Darkest Hour Outside