Winner announcement - Show me your Mug contest!

Hello readers!   First, let me say how very blown away I was by the entries we received for this contest.  My fellow judges and I had such a hard time, and in reviewing them again I am just honored that each of these talented artists took the time to participate in my challenge! 

A total of eight entries were received - we've reached our decision.  
Here are the runners up, in no particular order:
 Madeline's Spectacular Spots!

 Jackie's Superb Scales!

 April's Aquatic Awesomeness!

 Jenn's Beautiful Blossoms

 Amanda's Colorful Creation!

 Janna's Polish Perfection!

Jen's Naileriffic Nebulas

And, our grand prize winner is Michelle's Mystic Mermaid:

And the random.com drawn prize for the entries and links portion goes to Janna for her Facebook post about the contest!  

Congratulations, Janna and Michelle, I am both amazed and inspired!   Janna, please email me your mailing address.   I will be shopping for both of your prizes, and email you with a tracking number when they are shipped!  Thanks for entering!  And keep your eyes out for more contests!

Julep lovelies dance the polka!

Hey there, readers!   I was honored to receive 8 entries into the "Show me your mug" contest, and am awaiting a decision from the 3rd judge before the unveiling will happen!   I can tell you that you are gonna be blown away!

But while you're waiting, here's a quick post featuring the manicure I did for Julep's NOTD contest.  It features Julep's Samantha, Hayden, and Amy - all go on so nicely, too!   If you'd like to vote for my entry, you can do so up to once per hour by clicking here and then clicking "vote" - feel free to share it on your wall so your friends can get involved, too!
Special thanks to Mommy Does her Nails for loaning me Hayden and Amy for this one!

Fly, fly away

Just a quick post to share a couple of my recent mani's with you!   Don't forget to enter the "Show me your mug" contest, I'm taking entries until Sunday!

On to the manicures!
This one makes me think of peacock feathers...
 (Sinful "Rise and Shine" stamped with Zoya "Kelly", with OPI "Simmer and Shimmer" accent dots)

And a similar style with these happy jewel toned butterflies:
(Base: Zoya "Pandora")
(Stamped with Zoya "Breezi", "Kelly", "Anja" "Drea" and "Neeka", accented with dots of OPI "Simmer and Shimmer")


Show me your mug - contest!

Hi friends!   I was admiring my collection of mugs today.  I don't know if you love mugs the way I do, but I'm a huge fan.  Starbucks has a tenancy toward designs I like.  I like to eat soup or cereal from a mug rather than a bowl too.

So, it inspired a fun giveaway in my mind - show me your mug!  I want you to do a manicure inspired by a mug you love, photograph them together, and email them to me - then I will compile all the entries and choose a winner!   If I get more than 25 entries, I'll give away two prizes.  Here's the details;

*Email me your picture (to MamaCaswell@gmail.com) containing the mug & manicure you did inspired by it!
*Entries may be submitted until January 22nd 2012 (one per person, please!)
*Prize is $8.00 worth of nail polish and a mug that I choose from your awesome manicure and blog stalking ;)
*Myself and a panel of impartial judges (my best friends and darling daughter) will choose our favorite(s)
*I will post the winner (and all the amazing entries), and contact the winner by email - they will have 3 days to contact me back with their mailing address

ALSO one winner will be chosen for an additional prize - there are 3 ways to enter for the second prize.  The second prize will be chosen by random.org drawing, and you can gain a separate entry for each of these methods;
*Enter your mani to the contest
*Share publicly and leave a comment with a link via facebook
*Reblog about the contest, and leave a link in the comments on this post

Off to the Emerald City

Dreaming of summer, longing for color, and also headed to WA again for the weekend - these poppies on my pinterest were just speaking to me.

I love the colors, the whimsy, and I wish I had the tools to capture the look better.   The nails:
 the inspiration:
So, if you blur your eyes real good or get smashing drunk, I'm sure it looks SO GOOD!  LOL, I am honestly pretty happy with it considering I have no nail art brushes, but I will probably redo it when I have the proper tools someday.
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