Here are my nails inspired by another rather gory Christmas tradition!
In Germanic mythology Perchta is a white-robed female spirit. She was known as a wild goddess of spinning and weaving.
Perchta roams the countryside during midwinter, and enters peoples homes at Christmas time, she would know whether the children of the household had behaved well and worked hard all year. If they had, they might find a small silver coin next day. If they had not, she would slit their bellies open, remove stomach and guts, and stuff the hole with straw and pebbles.
She would also slit people’s bellies open and stuff them with straw if they ate something on the night of her feast day other than the traditional meal of fish and gruel.
There really are so many really rather gruesome bits of Christmas/Midwinter folklore out there, being dumped in a sack and dragged off to hell, beaten with sticks, eaten by giant cats… It’s all a bit bloody!
Anyway enough blood and guts… For my nails I used O.P.I Solitaire as the base, I’m not really a huge fan of textured polishes but this pearly white with silver glitter really does look like snow.
The snowflakes are from stamping plate QA86 from Born Pretty stamped with I’d Melt For You from China Glaze.
The red drippy french tips are Tip Your Hat this is also from China Glaze.
Have you ever heard of the legend if the Christmas Spider?
I think the Christmas Spider is a really lovely Christmas story.
“According to ancient storytellers, there once was a widow living in her cramped, cold hut with her children. One day, a pine cone dropped from the tree outside and took root. The children, excited by the prospect of a tree for Christmas, tended the seedling and made plans about how they would decorate the tree. Poverty was a way of life for the small family, and when Christmas approached, the widow knew that they would not be able to decorate the tree. The children and the widow accepted their fate and went to bed on Christmas Eve, the tiny tree branches bare.
But the household’s spiders heard the children’s sobs and spun intricate webs on the tree. Early on Christmas morning, the children cried, “Mother, mother wake up and see the tree. It is beautiful!” The widow rose to find that during the cold night a spider had spun its web around the fragile branches. As the rays of the sun crept along the floor and silently climbed the tree, the glow touched the threads of the web turning each one into silver and gold, and, as the story goes, from that day forward the widow never wanted for anything.”
This version is from Ukraine.com
For My Christmas Spider Nails I started with the lovely Beauty Never Fails from A England.
Then using I’d Melt For You from China Glaze and Golden from Revlon I stamped the gold and silver Spider Webs.
The web image Is from Stamping plate HD04.
Hardly anyone I know has heard of this story so If you are interested here’s a bit of further reading 🙂
Christmas Spider Wikipedia Page
msichicago Holiday Traditions
Here are some really pretty Magico Nail Stickers that have been sent to me for review from Born Pretty
You can find them right here Magico Paper Fan and what’s even better is at the moment they are half price, and for non sale items you can use the code RPG10 for 10% off! 🙂
In this pack there is a lovely selection of pink and white blossom, buds, petals and the cute red fans.
I was a little bit worried that these stickers might be slightly transparent and the black stamping would show through the stickers, but I’m pleased to say that it didn’t at all.
One thing I did find a little bit annoying about them is they don’t stick very well to Seche Vite, they kept peeling up at the edges. To make sure that it wasn’t a problem with the stickers after I had removed this mani I tried a couple of the flowers over Nails Inc 2 in 1, and there was no sign of the peely edges!
The other stuff I used for this
Barry M Blueberry
- Filthy Gorgeous Air-Kiss
- Sinful Colors Snow Me White
- Hit the Bottle Black
- Moyou Suki 02
- Seche Vite
I think these stickers are a really nice quality product that’s really easy to use!
Grüß Vom Krampus or Greetings from Krampus!
Here are my nails form the weekend. As Krampusnacht is on the 5th of December I just had to wear some Krampus inspired nail art! 🙂
If you’re not familiar with the legend of the Krampus, he is the devilish companion of St. Nicholas.
St. Nicholas brings gifts and rewards to good children each year on December the 6th and leaves punishing the bad children to The Krampus! The wicked child would be beaten with a bundle of birch sticks, whipped with horsehair, then thrown into a wicker basket and taken down to Hell for a year.
If nothing else it’s definitely a terrifying way to get your kids to behave! Lol!
I spent ages trying to draw a tiny Krampus on my nail, but it really didn’t go well I decided to see if I had any stamping plates with suitable images, and I did! 🙂
The goat skull is from Plate MM11 from Messy Mansion and the tree branches are from plate 14 from Moyou mother nature collection.
I used Lots of Red Polishes for the base of this Manicure
- Barry M Red Glitter
- Chanel Dragon
- Chanel Rouge Noir
- Color Club Rad-icle Gypsy
- Illamasqua Scarab
I smooshed them all together on the back of a stamping plate then used a stamper to splat it onto my nails! It’s a really fun technique, but it is incredibly messy 🙂
for the stamping I used Hit The Bottle Black and Seche Vite to finish it all off
Have you been good this year or did the Krampus Come to get you?
Here is a pretty lace stamping plate that has been sent to me from Born Pretty!
You can find the plate right here Lace Stamping Plate. The first thing I have to mention is the image on the Born Pretty store page is a slightly different plate, so for my review I’m using an image that’s the same on my plate BP-L020 and the one on the website.
There are loads of really lovely images on this plate, a lot of them perfect for leadlighting and reverse stamping.
While I was playing with this plate I noticed that to fit the images on my thumb I had to stretch the image, for the most part it was fine but the the images with more detail ended up looking rather distorted.
Another thing I found, was that I got a much cleaner image pickup by scraping across the plate, so side to side rather than up and down. I have no idea why!
The polishes I used are
A England Jane Eyre
- Illamasqua Load
- Illamasqua Muse
- Illamasqua Omen
- Illamasqua Ouija
- Illamasqua Prosperity
- Hit The Bottle Black
- Seche Vite
This is a really pretty plate, if the images where a couple of mm wider it would be the perfect size!
You can use the code RPG10 for 10% off your Born Pretty order!
Hey everyone 🙂
I wasn’t planning on posting anything today but… I just had to share this with you!
I picked up some A England polishes in the Gothic weekend promotion and they arrived this morning, so of course I had to have a play with them. I tend to swatch one nail so I can get a vague idea of what a polish will be like.
So, I try the lovely dark blue Queen Of Scots, this has to be the creamiest, highly pigmented polish I have tried in a long time! It’s lovely! My next polish test is to see if it’s going to be good for stamping…
Just look at it! The purple is Elaine also from A England.
I would think that Queen Of Scots will be just as vibrant over black polish!
The houndstooth stamping image is from Moyou Pro XL 07