Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Polish Days: Sentimental

It is time again for the Polish Days monthly challenge. This month's theme is 'sentimental' with the challenge to create a manicure featuring a special polish that makes you sentimental or something that tugs at your heart strings. I had to go with something from the heart. Many of you know and I've mentioned it before on this blog, that I was born in Russia. My family left more than 20 years ago to move to the US and I actually have not gone back since. I often get sentimental when it comes to traditional Russian objects. One such thing is a traditional doll Matryoshka. I hope you'll enjoy this manicure which represents something very dear to me...


My original intent was to create a manicure with a full Matryoshka per nail, similar to what NancyMe has done, but over the weekend I broke a nail so I had to improvise. As they say, sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. I decided to "open" the Matryoshkas up putting the bottom on my thumb and the tops on the rest of the fingers. That way I can "open" and "close" my Matryoshkas. For once I'm happy I broke a nail because I love how this turned out...


For the manicure I used a base of OPI My Very First Knockwurst to create a neutral background. The rest of the colors are acrylic paints which I find much easier to work for this type of manicure...


Here are all the little Matryoshkas matched up to the base... some are a bit more twisted than others as my thumb only goes so far ;)...


I would love to know what you think of this manicure and what tugs at  your heart strings?...

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Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


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43 comments:

  1. Wow, I love this mani! So detailed and those dolls are the cutest things! Great job!

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  2. This is so cute and neatly executed, I love it!

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  3. Stunning doesn't even begin to describe! I too love Matryoshka's and have a few of them as well as some inspired jewellery, I may try to recreate this at some stage xo

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  4. This is really cute! You did an amazing job with the freehand design.

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  5. Very cute!!

    I love it!!:)

    I also have a blog:

    http://todoslosesmaltessonpocos.blogspot.com.es

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  6. Omygosh, what a cute idea! :) Love it

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  7. aw, I know Matryohka very well! We drew it again when I was little. Btw, I´m from Slovakia :-)

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  8. OMG This is just adorable! I love the idea of attaching the tops to the thumb :) Awesome!

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  9. wow, this mani is adorable :)

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  10. I was born and I lived in Serbia till I got married and came to Italy. My father was a truck driver, so he travelled often to Russia... so I had Matryoshkas :-) I remember how the biggest one inside of her had one a little bit smaller, and then again there was a third one inside of the second one... :-)
    Your manicure is adorable! :-) Good idea that on your thumb you draw the base for Matryoshkas :-)

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  11. KILL ME NOW! One of the things I was given as a baby (those gifts that aren't toys, but grown up things for when you're, well, a grown up) was a set of Matryoshka. I love them and one day will insist on having them in my house rather than them still living at my mothers house. Beautiful nails and very special. x

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  12. Как трогательно! И выполнено просто прекрасно! А идея с "низом" матрешек гениальна )))

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  13. A-maz-ing! You're mani is incredible and the thumbs is a brilliant idea.

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  14. This is so cute, love the reason behind it!

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  15. this is the cutest and most creative mani i've ever seen! well done!

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  16. This is absolutely stunning, and such a creative idea!

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  17. You are a genius! I love how the thumb creates the doll with the rest of the nails!!!!!

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  18. Очень мило получилось!) Приятно увидеть "русский" маникюр в Polish days)

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  19. Brilliant! Incredibly detailed!

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  20. Oh wow I love this! The half matryoshkas (the heads, that is) were already super cute, but matched with their other halves... I'm melting ^^ I have to say that I have a soft spot for matryoshkas too, and I don't know where it comes from!

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  21. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much everyone for your wonderful comments. I'm so touched that you liked my manicure and what it means to me. I'm so happy to get to share a little bit of what makes me tick with you :)

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  22. Wow, the detail here is stunning! I love that the thumb nail even comprises the bottom of each of the Matryoshkas.

    :)

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  23. This is so beautiful!! I love the idea, the execution and the sentiment behind it! :)

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  24. this looks so amazing!! it came out perfect!

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  25. this is so awesome especially because of the open and close thing. nice way to show some of you heritage through a manicure

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  26. omg, this is so amazing, one of the most original nail art i have seen :D

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  27. Oh my gosh, this is such a sweet manicure. I saw it on my blogloving feed but didn't get around to commenting until now. When I saw it on my feed, knowing nothing about the reasons for your post, I felt this warmth and homesickness in my heart. I am Polish and I remember these dolls fondly from my childhood also. You picked such perfect colors to give this manicure so much sweet character!
    ps... now I need to get the OPI shade... I've postponed it long enough :)

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  28. I'm in love with your Matryoshkas!! They are so wonderful, and so detailed!!

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  29. This is one of my top ten fave manicures ever! Fantastic job! I love these dolls so much!

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  30. Thank you so much! I'm so humbled by your generous comments to the manicure. I'm so glad that I was able to convey how special and close to my heart they are!

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  31. You are so dang creative! I love that your thumb was the base of the doll! So cute!

    I remember having a nesting doll when I was young!

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  32. @Angie, Aren't those nesting dolls fun? I have such fond memories of them. So glad you like the manicure :)

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  33. Awww...aren't they so cute? Love it! I love the color combination and most especially the designs. Great job!

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  34. Thank you! I'm so glad that you like the colors and design. :)

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  35. I love your matryoshka nails! What fun. And your little story about them was also nice. Thanks for sharing and I will now share your work on Facebook!

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