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!)

Hunny Bun

PoohWinnie the Pooh nails are nothing new around here, nor are manicures that look like food, but what about ones that combine just a little bit of both? For this sticky, drippy manicure inspired by the chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff and his favourite snack, I topped a Pooh-coloured creme, Pure Ice’s Show Stopper, with a touch of sweater red glitter, Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Strawberry Shields. I then added a couple of Pooh Bear and hunny pot accent nails before daubing on some sticky-looking honey drips with Orly’s scattered gold holo, Bling. ‘Cause you just know that bear’s a messy eater, and he’s gonna get that honey everywhere. Even so, he’s quite the cutie Pooh. 😉Bling Pooh

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. 🙂

Yellow There, Pooh (31DC2014)

Yellow There, PoohOh, poor Pooh. A real sweetheart, but not one of the world’s great thinkers.

For day three’s theme of yellow in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge, I chose to do a manicure inspired by Disney’s chubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff, Winnie. The. Pooh. And yes, that is Pooh’s ample behind firmly lodged in the knot of a tree.

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!