Bear with me, as I talk about crafts for a moment before getting to the point....
I'm a scrapbooker. Or, I claim to be. I used to scrapbook quite often, but after we moved to Austin in 2007 I kind of tapered off. I guess that was not long after we started homeschooling; I just didn't have as much free time, I suppose. These days, I have twin toddlers roaming around and so time is still limited, but with all of the supplies and all of the pictures and all of the undocumented memories, I am really trying to get back to scrapping more often.
The reason I bring that up is simply this: I most often am complimented on my scrapbooking pages regarding color. Here is a good example page.
This particular page uses mainly blue and orange - complementary colors. I seldom buy kits or pre-made packages, just putting together from my supplies. I chose these colors based on the photo and the fact that it's a boy page. Blue works, and I chose the complementary orange because of the wood in the picture. It just makes sense to me, and it works.
The point is this.
I'm on a nail polish kick. I've not ever been one to polish my nails very often. (Growing up with a beautician/cosmetologist for an aunt, I'm well aware that the terminology is polish my nails, not paint my nails. Paint is what you do to a car.)
At Easter, I bought open-toed shoes to go with my new dress. (...which I'd purchased with a gift card I'd received at Christmas. What? You think I'd pay retail? Pffft!) Because I'm now raising a girl and trying to make her as girly as possible - she's got 4 brothers, ya know - I decided to break out the nail polish. I polished my toes, and hers. So adorable!
Since then, she's asked several times to have her nails polished again. She'll bring me the polish, hand it to me, say, "Pretty," pick up her foot, and then point to her toes and say, "Toes." So we polish her toes and make them pretty. Sometimes we do her fingers also, but she likes to eat the polish off her fingernails so we don't do that as often.
Then someone sent me a coupon code for a nail polish, beauty kit thing. It's a monthly club, but the coupon allowed you to get the first month for just a penny! Shipping included! You take their quiz and they determine which category style you fit, and send you a box. I received three nail polishes and two toe separators. I won't continue the kit club, because I'm not about spending $20 a month on nail polish, but for a penny it was fun!
So, I polished my toe nails.
Orange. Or at least, a very orange-y pink. Not really a color I'd choose for myself, but the other colors were perfect - a deep purple and a fun pink - so I figured maybe I'd try the orange.
When I was in massage therapy school, one of our teachers said that because she has to keep her fingernails super-short (one of the hazards of working with your hands I guess), she liked to keep her toes pretty. It stuck with me. Toes first!
Personally, I feel a little silly having colored toes and plain fingers. So I polished those too. But I'm not about the orange on my fingers, so I went with purple. Only... then my fingers and toes don't match. So I polished one of them with the orange. Hubby's teen girl cousins said it was perfect. Good to know.
And yes, Lynndi's toes and fingers got polished also. She insisted. :)
I don't know. When I think about all the color possibilities I could do on my nails, I think about getting excited about it. I guess it's a fun, flirty, feminine thing to do. I'm not overly feminine. I'm not boyish, but I'm not all frills. I'm country, a home-body, and nail polish is fancy stuff y'all. But it adds color to my life, so I think I'll play with it for a while.
Comment with your nail polish blog posts!! I need to feed the need. :)