Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by a Book

Growing up, my mother read me a lot of Shel Silverstein.  Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, Falling Up.  I had and loved everyone of his books.  But my favorite and the one my mother used to tear up at as she reached the end of was always The Giving Tree.

One of the most beautiful books I have ever read, the simplicity of its message inspired my manicure for today's Twinsie Tuesday post.


The book is illustrated in black and white but the photo cover is that of only green and red.   Using all China Glaze polishes, I began with a base of Friends Forever, Right? from the Giver Collection on my ring finger.  I then sponged Shore Enuff, Be More Pacific, and This is Tree-mendous over it using Born Pretty Store round sponge stamp (which you can purchase here), which created a very subtle gradient effect, the glitter of Tree-mendous providing a textured, real life feel.  I then polished the rest of my nails with the beautifully rich emerald, Glittering Garland.  I used a heart sticker decal as a small accent.

It's not my favorite look or manicure, but I hope that I was able to capture what I could of Shel Silverstein's classic book cover.

If you're interested in purchasing the Born Pretty Store round sponge stamp, please click here.  They are available as a 5 piece set for $3.48 but you can use the code ANDG10 for 10% off.

For more book inspired looks, make sure to check out my Twinsies' posts as well!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
   Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra 


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  1. Glittering Garland is one of my favourite polishes. It's so deep and it has that beautiful glitter that just sparkles.

  2. I agree. It's an unbelievable green.

  3. It's seriously the best children's book ever.

  4. Thanks! Closest thing to an apple I had.

  5. love shel silverstein so frickin much! this is fantastic!

  6. This is such a classic book! Great job doll.

  7. This is so cute! I loved that book when I was little. It has a great message. As for the polishes you used, they are gorgeous. I can't wait to wear Glittering Garland during the holidays.

  8. What a cute book inspiration! Love how you translated it on the nails too. The little heart was cute.

  9. Lovely look - I love the accent nail :)

  10. I love this mani! And I need to read this book!!!!

  11. You'll cry, it's such a powerful little book.

  12. Aww, I love this! I think you got the inspiration down perfectly. The Giving Tree is such a beautiful book.

  13. Adorable mani. I love the artsy take on the theme

  14. Aww such a great book choice for this mani! Love how your nails came out :D