Lovely people! Many greetings : )
How are y’all?! It’s October already, time flies in a way that’s blinding to me to be honest.
This is a festive post in so far as it’s been 365days since my first ever post on Cat’s Claws – I called it the virgin post. Of course I did.
Not a blogging virgin anymore, oh no, I took the plunge and 6th of October last year said a cautious hello to my first blog post.
I had a broken metatarsal, a cast, I stamped for the first time and shared it in my little corner of the internets.
Since then, I’ve stamped a small myriad of colours and shapes, I healed and physiotherapied my foot, I made 466 dumplings, I showed you the dumplings, I gave a speech on boobs at church and I got into Halloween (which I’ve never celebrated before) – thanks to, mostly, the amazing and crazy colourful haloweenness in nail art.
Since my first blog post you saw me do garlic nails, I shared with you my love (borderline obsession) of Mayan mythology and history, scared you (and terrified myself) with PSY nails, celebrated Día de Los Muertos with y’all and rejoiced at the fact that I wasn’t the only Whovian in this corner of the web – 50th, anyone? Also, I cried in Tesco AND I told y’all aaaaall about it… And my friend says I don’t share enough. ; )
Then there was my first guest post, on Julie’s blog, where I shared my recipe for homemade cuticle oil – which was met with great response, and the DIY cuticle oil seems to be working for people, which is awesome. There was Christmas, and abysmal sadness and a great deal of support from you all, which warmed my heart and helped a lot.
We did french macaron nails, I celebrated my 21st bday with four bundles of nail goodies giveaways, collaborated with the coolest Olive, where we had mermaids crying blue tears and colour changing nails.
I petted some baby lambs, sang some Fred Astaire and almost lost my freaking mind using striping tape for the first time. Went to one of my oldest friend’s wedding.
There was a whole lot more and I’m so happy so many of these little and huge happenings in my life are documented on this here little blog – I’m privileged to have amazing readers, with whom I can share my mad nails and ramblings, and then I can look back at a post from a whole entire year before and smile and chuckle and reminisce.
I’ve quoted a lot of Doctor Who at you, thrown a lot of nailporn at your pupils and I’ve shared things I normally keep to myself, I’ve tried to understand some by sharing them too, and it was special.
I also got sucked into the blogosphere, and thank the blogging gods, because I’ve met talented, lovely and, occasionally, mad people – it was a good year, despite all the bad that happened too. C’est la vie, isn’t it?
Today, my 1 year blogiversary nails are already pumpkin-y grinning ones – I figured, why wait till the actual Halloween?! There’s so many creatures I want on my nails before that! So today we have these gorgeous bats, and my favourite, creepily smiling pumpkins.
* OPI in Chop-sticking to My Story (which is a lovely, brick orange, as opposed to last year’s bright mix of neon pumpkins) – first time wearing it and it looks brilliant
* Essie in Blanc
* a-england Camelot, which really is THE best black, Brijit was SO right.
I haven’t been stamping for a while now – almost a month! I’m sure some of you get into that funk sometimes. I just wasn’t in the mood, I had so many problems and worries, I even tried sitting down and unwinding with stamping, it just wouldn’t… click.
So these are my first stamped nails since being back at uni and out of home.
I have to say, they make me feel more like myself. I can’t quite describe it, but they seem more like me, not the battered, worried version of Cat.
Do you sometimes feel so blue and not yourself that your hobbies seem somehow too far away and you just stop doing what you enjoy?
Muah and Geronimo for the next 365 days of colours and a hobby that makes us all smile,
PS Can you SEE that nail shape? I mean, CAN YOU?! I think some of you can imagine what a BIG. DEAL. this filing was. Just. Wow.
What do you think? Never had almond nails before, or oval. So very, very different.
Traumatising, shaping them.
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