Friday, March 27, 2015

Some Rambles and Cuernos del Paine Flowers

Hello Everyone! I hope you all are doing well.  Thank goodness its Friday, right!?!?!

So maybe you noticed I was missing for a couple days.  I haven't felt like blogging this week.  For quite awhile I have been feeling like I have lost the desire to continue with my blog.  When I started blogging it was all about my nail designs and I didn't really care if people read my blog.  Once people started showing interest I fed off the attention I was getting.  I'm only human and I suffer from those feelings attached to my ego.  For the past year (actually longer) I have lost the following that I once had and not that many people notice what I am doing anymore.  As much as I want to say it doesn't matter, it does.  My ego took a big hit.  

I started viewing my blog as a chore instead of the hobby I was so passionate about.  I stopped putting the effort into writing engaging posts and only told you the facts.  I still enjoy doing my nails and I am constantly inspired to create new designs.  But what does that mean for the life of my blog???  I know that the passion is still burning deep down but I think I need to back off a little.  I'm not ready to give up and throw in the towel.  I need to find my passion again and remember why I started this in the first place.  I need to remember that this is about me and my nail art, not about sponsorship, deadlines and worrying that I'm not good enough.  All that matters is that I am having fun.  My blog is not the most popular, heck most people still don't know about me, and it shouldn't matter.  I need to get back to little ole' me and my adventures in this crazy world of nail polish!

Sorry for the ramble!  I have been feeling the need to get that out for awhile.  Now I will reward you with a design that I created just for me!


Last month I added a few more Elevation Polish lacquers to my collection.  I got a shopping bug the same day the shop was restocked.  One of the colors that jumped out was Cuernos del Paine.  Probably because it is a perfect green for Spring (or Summer).    I was not disappointed! I could have gotten away with one coat it was so opaque.  The color is a tad off in the photos.  It is more of a bright, pale green and the camera did not want to capture it!

Next, I added this awesome flower image from UberChic 1-02.  This image is one of the reasons I wanted the plates.  LOVE it!  I used Spotlight White to apply the stamp.  I always worry about thin line images but this one was etched perfectly.  I decided on a different placement on each nail.  Plus this image is huge so the variation looks interesting.

This next part wasn't planned, it just happened.  And I am so glad it did!  You really have to get close to see the image and the middle of each flower jumps off the nail.  It is like a flower on a flower.  I started the centers with a dotting tool and Street Side NYC.

I felt that another color was needed so I added Paprika.

The centers were missing something and I didn't want to add another circular center.  These "v"s that I created using Espresso were perfect!  Just like a stamen or whatever it is called!



Creating for myself makes a big difference in how I feel and write. That ramble at the beginning helped too!  I just need more of this.  Here's to getting my passion back!

14 comments:

  1. you are amazing and a great inspiration :) keep your head up and run your blog as you please :)

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  2. I was "fighting" somewhat the same battle :) With me, it was the lack of comments (or mean comments) and the stagnant amount of readers. But blogging is still a hobby and a fun outlet, not a chore to me and I blog when I want, about what I want. Enjoy the creative side of you and blog on with the nail art you want to show us :)

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  3. That's neat! Love how these turned out.

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  4. Love this design, so fun and spring-y! I could have written your first 2 paragraphs verbatim and it would have been exactly true for me too. I would miss your nail art if you were to stop blogging!

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  5. Gorgeous look and I love that you just did it for you! Elevation Polishes are amazing and I just started adding them to my collection actually! Keep on doing what makes you happy!

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  6. I would be sad if you quit when I just found you recently!! I can totally understand those feelings, though- especially it feeling like a chore at times. Whatever you decide is best for you, we'll be here for you. <3

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  7. I love this green...I love how you reach for colors that would never occur to me that look good. You are an inspiration to me to try new things, especially how you layer different designs. I hope your passion returns, but whatever you decide just make sure you're still having fun... and i'll keep reading.

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  8. Not only thankful I know you but also thankful for your creativity you have inspired me many times.

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  9. You need to love what you do. Thar keeps you fresh. We will miss your talent that inspires us, but you need to do what's best for you. We love you.

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  10. You need to love what you do. Thar keeps you fresh. We will miss your talent that inspires us, but you need to do what's best for you. We love you.

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  11. These nails are awesome! I know I don't comment much but I really do love your blog. The things that you can do with stamping are incredible and you do so much for all of us with The Nail Challenge Collaborative. It's totally understandable to take some time off and you should do what's best for you! We'll be here when you decided to come back<3

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  12. I second what Hey darling said above! I love that you have your own style and an ability to combine patterns and colours so amazingly! This look is just one example of it!
    As someone who has had a (comparatively) very small group of followers throughout I can really sympathise with your feelings. Since blogging is quite a social activity it's hard to distance yourself from the stats and feeback and just do it for yourself. All we can do is try I guess.

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  13. so much love for this mani - and for you xx

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