Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Plucked Chicken!

So the title might be a somewhat misleading... I did not actually pluck or otherwise harm any chickens! Just thought it would make for a funny title. My brother and his family got five baby chicks this past spring. They have been growing and shedding some pretty feathers. I happened to be at their house a few weeks ago and picked up a few feathers outside the pen that I thought where pretty. This is a manicure I've wanted to make for quite a while, although honestly I always assumed it would be with store bought feathers. This just made it more fun...

Here are the two feathers I picked up. The pattern on these is so pretty...

For the manicure, I used a base of OPI Don't Talk Bach to Me and added the feathers. I'm not entirely sure I like this color combo, but I wanted the feathers to stand out a bit. Maybe next time I will try it over a beige base...

Here are the chicks shortly after they first got them. So little and already starting to get their pretty colors...

Here is what they looked like a few weeks ago when I got the feathers. One of those chicks turned out to be a rooster. I'm kind of hoping he looses some pretty tail feathers at some point. The little gray/orange hen at the front could also contribute...

Oh and did I mention that my mom has two hens as well that are black and white speckled... I'm seeing some feather manis in my future. This one was fun :)

P.S. As I was was sorting the photos for this post, I was also trying to read my blog subscriptions and I came across a manicure by Neues vom Kellerkind. She created a manicure using feathers from her mother's hens! Her mom's hens look just like my mom's hens... black and white speckled. What an awesome coincidence. Be sure to check out her manicure. I think she did an amazing job and it is exactly what I'd like to try next time... over beige :)

I'd love to know what you think of this! Let me know by commenting below :)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

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  1. I actually really like the color you chose as a base, I think it works well. I really like what you did with the feathers!

    Having chickens must be the thing now! Lots of people I know have them!

  2. I think that is the best looking feather manicure that I have seen. Nice job. I like the colors also.

  3. I really like the base color!! Beige wouldn't provide such a good contrast. And I love love how you did the feathers!!

  4. This is so lovely doll! The chickens and hens are so cute too. As chicks they are absolutely adorable. Lol it's kind of funny how you are semi stalking their feathers as well ;)

  5. Wow, you did a great job, and the chickens are adorable--double win!

  6. What an awesome idea and a great job!

  7. Super-cute ! At first I thought that the feather designs were painted on :) The chicks are so cute ! If you want some bright green or blue feathers, just let me know. I'm sure my parrot will share :)

  8. Wow, you found some pretty feathers there! I think they go well with the yellow, since they are so much more intensely colored than mine. :) Thanks for backlinking too!

  9. WOW! I love this manicure! :D
    Especially the full feather nail!!

  10. Wow, you introduced the whole new brand - chicken manicures :) :) I love birds feathers, and the chicks are so cute :)

  11. @Lacquerice, thank you! I'm glad you like it :)

    @NailNarcotics, Thank you so much!

    @Angie, Thank you! Yes, lots of people have chickens now. My brother is building them a "habitat" so they'll be pretty spoiled to boot.

    @Malinda, thank you! I'm blushing now. I'm so glad that you like it :)

    @Gosia, thank you! You are so sweet. I'm glad you like the color and the feathers :)

    @KimsKie Nails, thank you so much! :)

    @Lacquer Lockdown, Thank you! They were so adorable and yes, I'm totally stalking their feathers now. Told my sister in law to save the pretty ones for me :)

    @Jammies, The hens are so cute! I hope the share more. I'm so glad you like the manicure, thank you! :)

    @Shannon-Lee, thank you so much! Glad you like it :)

    @VTodd, Thank you so much! And, yes! I would love some if your parrot shared. Love blue and green!! :)

    @Kayono, Thank you! I'm glad you like this too :)

    @Little Miss Nailpolish, thank you so much! I'm glad you like it :)

    @Ritterbraten, I sure hope so! Bird feathers are gorgeous and hens/roosters are no exception. Need to visit my brother for more ;)

  12. I really like the colour you chose for the base as well! I think it works really well with the colour of the feather. And your manicure is perfect! xx

  13. It's funny that you did this because I just found the feathers I've been storing for a while waiting to be used.

    I'd say a different base might work even better if you don't like this one. Either a complimenting or contrasting one.

  14. So I recently picked up some feathers at a dollar store and want to try a look... I wish I had a chicken coop full of chickens/feathers :D lol

    Loved the story and the manicure :D

  15. @Karen, Thank you so much! You ladies are so supportive even when I doubt my choices. I'm glad you like it :)

    @nailXchange, I am going to play around with other bases too. I have another feather left and I'm sure the hens will share more if I need. Can't wait to see what you create with your feathers :)

    @Marta, LOL, I'm sure any chicken owner will be more than happy to share. I'd send you some if I thought they'd survive shipping! I'm so glad you like it :)

  16. VERY nice mani, Anutka! And OK, I gotta coo over the cute chicks too. How can I not?!? ;D

  17. @Witoxicity, Yes, I coo over them all the time. Although certainly not as cute as they used to be. Glad you like the manicure :)


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