Wednesday, September 29, 2010

People Say I'm Nuts


...but really, I'm just a-corny. :-D (bad joke)

A book came out yesterday from my FAVORITE author, David Sedaris, called 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary'. I bought it tonight, and I'm SO excited to read it. Seriously, if you haven't heard of him, or if you have, but haven't read any of his stuff yet, you seriously need to get on it. The man is a genius, and I've laughed more while reading his books or listening to him speak than I have at most comedians. His deadpan delivery and dry, self-deprecating humor will have you rolling, and I highly suggest, at the very least, LISTENING to one of his audiobooks. (My favorite is the Santaland Diaries, which chronicles his experience employed as an elf at Christmastime in a major department store) A while back, reader Shannon L. suggested that I do squirrel nails, and that got me thinking about acorns, and tonight, I joined both ideas together in honor of the new Sedaris book! :) The acorns turned out to be a funky version of a french manicure! (with lots of shading!! :-D)




and my nails with my new book.... :-D


I used American Apparel Palm Springs as a base, with butter LONDON Crumpet over it, then mixed OPI Ginger Bells with American Apparel Palm Springs and MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious for the tips, with a darker version of that mixture for the textured 'scales' on the acorn caps. For the shading on the acorn, I used a mixture of American Apparel Palm SpringsOPI Ginger Bells and MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious to shade, a mix of OPI Ginger Bells and American Apparel Palm Springs for the darker highlight, then pure American Apparel Palm Springs for the main highlight. For the thumb, I used OPI What's With the Cattitude? as a base, with American Apparel Palm Springs as a base for the squirrel, topped with OPI Ginger Bells, then a mixture of OPI Ginger Bells and MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious over that, then a few swipes of American Apparel Palm Springs around the eye, ear, and tail. For the eye, I used American Apparel Hassid, and for the grass I used CND Green Scene , L.A. Girl Army Green, and Pure Ice Wild Thing. Topped everything off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Stand on the magic star, and you can see Cher!!

27 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, this is so CUTE!!! I love the acorns, they look so pretty!! I bet you could do this in a totally different color scheme and have it look AMAZING!

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  2. oh!! wonderful idea!! i just love your interpretation!! ^^ congrats

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  3. I love the acorns!! you are sooo creative :) I also really like the squirrel, SOOOO AMAZING!!! love the mani :) <3

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  4. Wahou it's so cute.
    You're amazing.
    Yes i'm fan ;)
    kiss

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  5. WOW! I want these guys on my nails right now! Claire xo

    www.beewaits.blogspot.com

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  6. Adorable! You are so talented.

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  7. Sedaris is brilllllliant. He's coming to Sonoma County and I may have to break the piggy bank to go see him. Love the squirrelly nails!

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  8. Thank you everyone!!! :)


    Sonoma Bento- I insist that you do, especially if you've never seen him. You'll laugh your ass off, his readings are SOOOOO amazing. I've been to 2, and had him sign my books both times. VERY nice guy. Funny story, the people in front of me at the last reading I went to bought a book for their friend, a HUGE fan of his that had recently lost her father. They told him the situation and he came up with a great inscription for it… it read:

    "Here's to saving money this Father's Day! - David Sedaris"

    He had them (and me) in tears we were laughing so hard.

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  9. OMG I had no idea he was coming out with a new book! Off to the store, but first, may I say that I want squirrel nails?

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  10. LOVE the nails, squirrels are legendary in this house- and OMG!!!- I can't believe it! I just recommended The SantaLand Diaries to someone earlier this week! Whenever I read his books I laugh so hard I almost need CPR.
    Must.get.new Sedaris.book.
    Thank you for the heads up!!!!

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  11. SO cute!!! i love the nuts :) great job

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  12. wow! i really like this one, so creative. I love how its a nut and a french mani :)

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  13. OM3... Santaland Diaries! I love that one! I remember listening to it first when I was 6! I loved it then, love it now.
    Anony: You suck too, hon.

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  14. To Anonymous: agreed.

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  15. Hope you got the book at Costco where it's $10 off list price. I'm reading "When you are engulfed in flames" right now.

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  16. Bem eu achei o seu blog ótimo, tambem gosto muito de esmaltes e unhas e essas coisas alias sou do Brasil e estava vendo as novas tendências inclusive adorei o esmalte que muda de cor com a temperatura muito legal, aqui ainda não tem desses e deve demorar um pouco ainda para chegar mas deixa isso pra lá> Parabéns adorei.
    Gracy gracy-martins@hotmail.com

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  17. I have ben treading your blog since the beginning, and I can see that you have gotten so much better at this nail art. Everything looks really detailed and and realistic. Well done :)

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  18. Thank you so much for doing the squirrels! It also is awesome because David Sedaris is one of my favorites too! Thanks again! <3 Shannon

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  19. wait, is tomorow the last day? ur really good at doing your nails!

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  20. Thanks for the great David Sedaris story - you've convinced me. I'll get tickets somehow! Good luck in the home stretch, Mel! I feel so proud, like I was part of your project too. :) ha ha!

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  21. I love this! And I need to get this book! I heard him talking about it on NPR today and it sounds great.

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