02 May 2013

Vintage Flower Nails with Lace

I can't even believe it, but Did My Nails is a year old today! I wanted to do something fun to celebrate, something related to the cherry blossom nails I did for my very first post. I already revisited that design a few months ago, so I wanted today's nails to be a little different... And then I remembered a picture I'd stashed away in my "Ooh, do this thing!" folder.

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This vintage 1928 poster/calendar is for Kwong Sang Hong Ltd., parent company of Hong Kong cosmetics brand Two Girls. Every now and then I'll look at something and immediately think, "Ooh, I gotta put that on my nails!" I so wanted to include the gazebo and the mountains the rocks, but I figured I'd be better off sticking with the bits I can actually, y'know, do. Anyway, here's what I came up with!

vintage flower and lace nail art

The soft, minty base is Essie Mint Candy Apple, which always surprises me by being just a bit bluer than I expect it to, but I just love this shade. I was a little stumped at first by what to use for the slightly reflective, dark grey but also kind of hinting at brownish fabric, but then I spotted Chanel Graphite just sitting on top of my Helmer, looking all sort of patiently smug at me like it knew I'd be needing it. (Does your polish smirk at you too, or is that something I need to be worried about?)

vintage flower and lace nail art

Everything else is acrylic paint I mixed up to (hopefully) match. This was most definitely some of the smallest detailing I've done. Might've over-stylized the larger flowers and didn't quite stick the squiggly lines that way I wanted to, but I was uber-excited about how the lace "overlay" came out...to which Husband can attest, given the number of times I walked up to him and shouted, "Lookit, lookit! Scrolley bits!"

I'm such a grown-up, y'all.

vintage flower and lace nail art

Before I sign off, I want to say thank you so, so much to every single person who's visited Did My Nails and helped make this an amazing year! To my fabulous Tuesday Twinsies; to the wonderful bloggers I've had the chance to meet; to everyone who's dropped by, left a comment and maybe even decided to follow Did My Nails. Thank you, all of you, so very much!

32 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous!! I love the colours too, happy blogsversary!!! :)

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    1. Those colours really did catch my eye. Thank you, Gillian! :D

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  2. This is a lovely design! I love cherry blossoms and you created them beautifully.

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    1. Thanks so much, Melissa! I think cherry blossoms and similar are just about my favourite things to do. :)

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  3. A gorgeous manicure to celebrate, happy blogiversary! :D

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  4. This is so beautiful, Liz! I can't decide which design is my favorite and you translated them so well to your nails. Dayamn, I wish I was so talented at nailart myself (or that I could come over to have you do mine ;D)

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  5. Congrats on a whole year! The whole mani is beautiful. I completely understand the "Look, swirly bits!". My husband gets tired of me saying "Did you see my nails today?" Funny thing is that now he points out peoples nail designs on TV to me....like I didn't notice (tee hee).

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    1. Thank you so much, Tina! Haha, I don't wait for him to notice--I just shove 'em in his face. I'm sure he loves that. >_<

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  6. This is stunning! Yay for a year anniversary!

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    1. Really appreciate it, Meredith--thank you very much! :D

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  7. Congrats on your blogversary! I love these nails, particularly the branches ^_^ so dainty!

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    1. Thank you very much, Mimi! I've always dotted those little flowers before, so I was really hoping they'd turn out all right. :)

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  8. Congrats on your blogversary! I LOVE your nails so much!! xx

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  9. Congrats on 1 year! Gorgeous manicure! :)

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  10. happy blogaversary dear :D
    as for manicure - this is really awesome, absolutely delicious <3

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  11. Absolutely stunning manicure, and happy blogaversary!!! :D I am so glad to be a follower of your lovely blog, and to have met you through Twinsie Tuesday (maybe not in real life, but hey, if you have another dinner party maybe I can make it out... XD)
    You are super awesome and I hope that you keep blogging for a long time!!! <3

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  12. Happy blogiversary! I wish you many many years of blogging and lot of beautiful ideas, beautiful manicures and new nail polishes! :-)
    This manicure is simply stunning! My favourite is the middle finger nail! :-)

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  13. So beautiful!!! Great colors, wonderful design!!!

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  14. Happy blogaversary - you celebrated it with a gorgeous mani!!!

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  15. Happy anniversary! This is really a wonderful design. I'm really enjoying your blog and your photography is amazing. Congrats!

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  16. little late for this but congrats on 1 year! Love your cherry blossoms, one day I will try it out on my nails.

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