Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Today in the states we celebrate all we are thankful for getting together with friends and family to celebrate the many joys in life we often do not take the time to think of and be thankful for.  I was just thinking last night about how in the early stages of grief you are so caught up in it, you often forget about the things that made you laugh.  When both my sister and my father first died all you can do is grieve and cry and rage but as time passes you do remember the joy and the laughter you often shared with them.

Thanksgiving holds many happy memories for me today of times with my beautiful sister Lisa, and my dad.  My dad would carve the turkey and I would be at his side with the platter helping get the carved turkey onto it.  He knew how much I loved the crispy skin---I LOVE THE SKIN!!! It's my favorite part of the whole turkey--he would make sure to cut a few pieces and get some nice skin tossed my way LOL!  At the end of our meal when we would be busy picking up dishes and putting all the leftovers away, Lisa would be hunched over the turkey carcass picking pieces of meat off of it.  She just could not stop eating the turkey LOL.  I would have to tease her and yell at her saying, Lisa! Step away from the bird!  Those were such great times and great memories and today I am SO thankful to be able to see through the grief of losing my sister and my dad and be able to celebrate the joyous, happy times we had together.

I am thankful for the friends and family I have.  I am SO thankful that something as small and trivial as nail polish has given me so much joy in the way of this nail blog--has introduced me to people from all over the world--has given me some of the best friends I've ever had.  Who knew something dark and vampy, or shiny and glittery in a bottle could open up such a wonderful world of imagination and creativity?

I am thankful to have a job I love going to and working somewhere I not only know I am appreciated but feel it daily and am told daily how much I am appreciated.  I am thankful to know and experience the joy of being a pet owner.  Being with my cats and chinchillas puts a smile in my heart every single day.

I am super thankful for the Discovery ID channel period.  God Bless Lt Joe Kenda The Homicide Hunter!!  OMG I LOVE THAT SHOW!  I love, love, love, LOVE that show!

I could go on and on but I have to stop because I do actually have a really cool mani to show you today for Thanksgiving!  It's bit out of the norm and doesn't have cute turkeys on it but I created it solely for the purpose of Thanksgiving.

I started with a "zombie" gradient.  And then of course stamped over it. The zombie gradient is a phrase coined by my dear friend Stephanie.  She did a dark gradient she thought was a fail and I was like OMG that is so cool.  So when you think you have some colors that are too dark and muddy to look good together, still try it!  You never know when a zombie gradient will turn into a star!

Zombie gradient of Zoya Flynn, Hunter and Channing
All these colors just scream FALL to me and are perfect for a Thanksgiving mani!
I like the balance of cremes and a shimmer at the edges of this gradient
What do you think? Is a zombie gradient up your alley or too dark for you?

It's definitely up my alley!  I pulled out one of my new MoYou Mother Nature plates--this one is the Mother Nature 03 plate--and gave my mani some Fall stamping
Look at that adorable squirrel!!!!
But wait! There's more!! Check out thumbie!!!
As this fox is too cute!

I love the stamping over my gradient.  Alot of people have said to me who can you stamp over your gradients, but to me I almost always think stamping over a gradient adds to the beauty of it.  In this case I absolutely love the stamping over it instead of just the plain gradient.

I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving today has a wonderful day.  And to all my dear readers--I am SO thankful for having you follow along with me on my nail polish journey!

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