Friday, April 20, 2012

Wacky Laki Turns One!

It was exactly one year ago on April 20th that I wrote my first Wacky Laki post. I still remember trying to pick out a name for the blog and with my boyfriend's help we came up with Wacky Laki. In case you were wondering what the name means... Laki (лаки) means polishes in Russian and it just happens to rhyme with Wacky. So there you have it :)



I really don't know what possessed me to start this blog, but looking back at that first post, my goal was to swatch my stash, make some frankens and take better care of my nails. My original "stash" of ~25 polishes has long been swatched, but in the process it grew to more than 500, so you could say that I'm still working on it... My nails are in much better shape, but still have those awful days when I'm too embarrassed to even show them. I have only made a few frankens, but still hope to get to some day...

It is fun to look back at old swatches just to see how far I've come...

April 2011
April 2012

Instead of trying to recap a year worth of swatches and nail art in this post, I have started a Pinterest account for this blog. You can find it here. I thought it would be a great way to organize and sort swatches and nail art into categories. In an effort to make it complete (because I'm nuts that way), I have been going through old posts and pinning them...

However, looking at old swatches lead me to this...
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and then...
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So I might re-swatch some polishes when I use them again, but certainly not going to redo a year's worth. I might be wacky, but I'm not crazy! ;)

All I can say is that this blog has surpassed my expectations 100 fold. I have learned so much about polishes, ingredients, different finishes, clean up, stamping, watermarble, sponging, freehand nail art and the list goes on and on. I started the blog thinking it would be a sort of electronic diary for me. I didn't expect even one follower, let alone more than 800! I'm still in shock that so many of you choose to follow and read/look at this blog! If it was not for your lovely comments and encouraging words, I would have given up on this blog a long time ago...

Thank you for all your support this past year and I hope you will stick around for whatever comes next!

Anutka :)

35 comments:

  1. Happy bloggy birthday! I really enjoy your blog. Cheers to another great year of polish fun. :D

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  2. Happy Birthday to your blog!! Your blog is one of the best out there and so I wish you many more years of awesome Nail Art and Swatches! ;)
    I had the same thought about redoing all my old swatches, omg =)) We're crazy :P

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  3. Ah and btw: I tagged you with the nail polish tag! :P

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  4. Happy Blog Birthday! You're blog is amazing and your memes just earned you cool points in my book. ;)

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  5. Congrats on your first Blog Birthday! Your swatch pics are lovely!

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  6. Congrats on you first blog birthday!!! and many more to come.

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  7. Congrats! Your blog is wonderful and I hope you have many more blogiversaries!

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  8. YAY!!!! Congratulations! That's so awesome! I may just need to pick your brain about Pinterest. I signed up today in fact and have no idea what to do next. All I want to use it for is to put my nail stamping on there to direct more traffic to my blog-I just may email you for help-if you don't mind! I just love your blog and mine's about to turn one and I like how you did the then and now pics-may borrow that from ya!

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  9. Поздравляю! Ты такая умничка, у меня просто слов нет. А уже прогресс налицо! Я думала почему-то, что ты в этом "деле" уже такой старожил, года три пишешь ))
    Кстати, самой приходили такие же мысли, переделать половину свотчей, но потом понимаю, что это не просто невозможно, это надо не есть и не спать))
    Ну а рисунки твои самые лучшие для меня, потому что тут не просто штампы, тут картины..

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  10. Congratulations! A year is incredible. Your swatches and polishes are amazing so you should be super proud of yourself.

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  11. Congrats on your first blog birthday!!! I really enjoy reading your blog, and your nail art and tutorials are always so inspiring! :D

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  12. Happy Blog Birthday!! :D
    You have such an amazing blog, I look forward to reading it all the time! I hope the next year is just as awesome for you!

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  13. You've gone from 25 polishes to 500 in a year?! Wow!
    So glad you decided to start blogging. I'm looking forward to your next year already :-)

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  14. Ура, поздравляю :) Keep on! I love your blog for perfection of swatches and nail art. I also think of reswatching some polishes, because my first swatches were pretty crappy, and some polishes deserve to be shown in a proper way, but I know it's quite unrealistic.. I'll see. Anyways, it's a great pleasure and fun to have you here in the nail bloggers world :)

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  15. this is awesome and congrats! your first swatch looks pretty darn good to me! You are one of my favorite blogs to follow :)

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  16. happy happy birthday to your blog, congrats! You really deserve all of what you achieved in this one year, please keep the great work up! :)

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  17. Congratulations!!! I love your blog and check it every day.

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  18. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!!

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  19. Happy Blog Birthday! I've enjoyed reading your posts since I started blogging myself. It's kind of a tiring journey at times (in a good way), but I'm glad to see other people with the same interest/obsession.

    I totally understand the acquiring of more polishes and nail art supplies:-D (and cuticle maintenance and blog-not-so-ready nails!) I started blogging to keep an account of polishes and nail art and random beauty/grooming stuff last June, and I'm now getting ready to go to school to become a nail tech. Funny how the blogging world kind of spurs you on! Sorry for the mini novel!

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  20. Happy Blog Birthday :)
    Hope you have many more!

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  21. Happy Blog Birthday!
    You deserve all the follower you have because you have an awesome blog!!!
    Congratulations!

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  22. Thank you so much everyone for stopping by, saying hi, and commenting from time to time! It means so much to me and does encourage me to keep going! Also I'm so happy you liked the memes and some of you have had the same thought to reswatch! You can really see the need for perfectionism come out to play :)

    @Antallex, @ritterbraten, Ogromnoe spasibo vam za tochto vi suda zaglyadivaete i comentiruete! Eto tak interestno chto vi bi tozhe hoteli peredelat' svatchi. Ya ot vashih svatches bez uma! Staraus' ne zavidovat' ;)

    @summer_breeze, bol'shoe spasibo! :)

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  23. @Theodora, thank you for the tag! :)

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  24. I could have sworn I left a comment for this post :(
    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!!!!
    I CAN'T believe your blog is only one!!! I look to your posts for inspiration and for guidance on how to achieve a good manicure! You truly are talented. Wishing you many many many more happy blogging years!
    Did I mention you are truly talented!?

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  25. @Marta, thank you so much sweetie! You are really making me blush. I feel the same way about your blog. Always an inspiration and a great read! :)

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  26. Iam so glad you posted the "re-swatch all the polishes. I have only been blogging for a few months and get embarrassed when I look at my older posts and I want to re-swatch them so bad but I keep telling my self to leave them so I can look back and see how far I've come. Yay for one year!

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  27. @Melissa, I think it a great thing to see your progress so just keep doing what you are doing. And, to tell you a secret, most people don't look that far back, so no need to be embarrassed :)

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