Saturday, March 24, 2012

Easter Means Crawfish!

Boiled crawfish and a sliced bulb of garlic, yummy!
Ahhh, Easter. I'm not religious, but most of my husband's family is Catholic, so every year they throw a huge crawfish boil. It's the perfect occasion for catching up with family, eating til you think you're going to explode, and just letting the good times roll.

Oddly enough, I'm really not a big fan of crawfish. I'll eat them in things like crawfish etouffee or crawfish pie, but I'm just not fond of peeling boiled crawfish. So, I end up sitting and eating a hot dog or something while everyone around me slurps and cracks and does all those other icky things. :D

Anyway, on to the fun stuff- nails! I'm kind of frustrated, because while this was an adorable design in my head it just didn't work so well in reality. I did a base coat of China Glaze Dance Baby, followed by two sponged coats of a gradient from Fuchsia Fanatic to Gothic Lolita (both China Glaze as well). Then I stamped on some flowers in Scherer Chameleon's Blue Sky. I topped it off with my Best Nail Treatments topcoat, which I've found works beautifully for stamping.

I think I would have liked this better with a lighter stamp, or a lighter background. The Chameleon polish stamps really nicely, but it just didn't show well enough on this background. The pink-to-purple gradient was nice enough, but... I don't know. Something about this just didn't work for me.

Ah well. It wasn't awful, it just wasn't what I had hoped it would be. I did get compliments on it today, though, so all's well that ends well. And now, picspam.

Mmmm, nothing like small boiled crustceans.
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  1. I like it! It's very Hawaiian vacation looking!

    Crawfish. Uck. Funny story - we were crawfishing my freshman year, and I dropped the net in the water. Foolish me - I jumped in after it, and ended up riding home in the bed of the truck because I was sopping wet.

    1. Ewwww, I've been there! I bet you were smelly, too... but not as bad as the crawfish! :D

  2. The nails look great!
    In Sweden the season för crawfish starts in August, and a lot of people catch them themselves, then they are boiled and eaten with lots of alcoholic beverages (beer & flavoured vodka) the stronger the alcohol the better. During this feast we sing really silly songs and wear bibs and stupid hats. The next day everyone is hung-over, but that is naturally due to bad crawfish, not the alcohol...
    The fishing of crawfish is strictly regulated by laws, the police even sometimes patrol by boat in crawfish water to make sure that only those with permits are fishing.
    I like crawfish, but it's kind of a lot of work for not a lot to eat...

    1. Oooh, I didn't realize there were crawfish in Sweden! That sounds a lot like South Louisiana, except for the bibs and hats! And of course, it's never the booze that made people feel gross the next day!

      Crawfish are tasty, but WAY too much work, and much too messy for me. I'll stick with crawfish pie at my favorite restaurants!

  3. Hi Laynie - Quick question, have you done a gradient sponge mani on top of a color that you already had on (hence dry)? How did it work out for you?

    1. Yes- I let the base color I put down dry completely before I sponge the gradient onto it. It works beautifully and dries very quickly. :D


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