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January 14, 2012
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I love Alice in Wonderland.  No, I LOVE it really.  You know how you carry some things all through your life, like if your mom bought you a Pooh bear as a kid and to this day it’s still on a shelf somewhere?  My house is genuinely part Wonderland — between all the paintings, sculptures, accessories, kitchenware and stuffed junk, Lewis Carroll has laid his hand heavily in my world.  Mostly the Cheshire Cat.  Ok, 90% Cheshire Cat.  He’s the best.

And I’ll tell ya, this mani was a long time coming — as are others of the same theme I’m sure, but this one I really wanted to push myself to do this week (since coming back from hiatus I’ve got a noticeable case of shaky-hands and I figured the only way to get myself to focus in and give a crap about detail is to do something I adore).  This was all acrylic (with some minor black touchups using a Migi pen between topcoats) and I’m actually pretty happy with it.  I started losing gas somewhere between the ring and pinky fingers — because this manicure was all done between midnight and dawn under a craft lamp dontchaknow (high-five to my fellow insomniacs) — but there are only a few places where I got annoyed so I feel like that’s a win.  :)

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20 Responses

  1. Maria says:

    They are all very nice, but you are right the Cheshire Cat is gorgeous :)

  2. Samantha says:

    That is amazing! i love it :)

  3. Nail Stories says:

    Your detailing is absolutely amazing. You are so talented :-)

  4. wow these are amazing. i love the Cheshire cat! my favorite part of book is when the baby turns into a pig, and then alice meets the cheshire cat and he asks what happened to the baby and she said it turned into a pig. he replies “did you say pig or fig?” she says “pig” and he says “i thought that would happen.” i love that something to strange to us is so normal in Wonderland

  5. the nerd says:

    Thanks ladies! And yessssss love that part — it’s funny how some treatments of it are really light-hearted and joke-y while others (I think it was one of the later made for TV deals?) made that scene super dark and creepy. The whole “mad” conversation I think is just wonderful:

    “`But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.
    `Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: `we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’
    `How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.
    `You must be,’ said the Cat, `or you wouldn’t have come here.’
    Alice didn’t think that proved it at all; however, she went on `And how do you know that you’re mad?’
    `To begin with,’ said the Cat, `a dog’s not mad. You grant that?’
    `I suppose so,’ said Alice.
    `Well, then,’ the Cat went on, `you see, a dog growls when it’s angry, and wags its tail when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.’”

  6. denise says:

    We don’t like weeds in our bed!

    Good job! Can you do Sword in the Stone too?

  7. impressed as usual! I love Alice as well! you’re so talented, keep em coming!

  8. Angie says:

    Wow!! I hope you kept this on for most of the day! With all that work you put into it!!

  9. Helga says:

    Wow this is so cool!

  10. Kejal says:

    u r soo good at this!

  11. Now I’m just jealous… That’s some amazing details you’ve done there!

  12. Alexis says:

    Absolutely amazing! You put so much amazing details into your nails. I feel the same way about Alice in Wonderland. A tad bit obsessed. Thanks for sharing your talent!!


  13. Melissa says:

    Wow! You are so talented!

  14. Gottwinkies says:

    Awesome artwork! I love this, and you have the most creatively fun manis….

  15. Melorra says:

    WOW this is awesome! You are super talented!

  16. Michelle says:

    absolutely amazing! i love them all but think my fave is alice or the cheshire cat :D

  17. Emily says:

    This is so awesome!

  18. nail crazy says:

    i just love what you can do on your nails… you’re truly an artist :-D

  19. Katie says:

    This is amazing! Truly pieces of art!

  20. yve says:

    Wow! If only you had posted this the day before! I recently played the Cheshire cat in the school musical and these would have been amazing to be seen through my fishnet cat gloves!

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