Posts Tagged With: Butterflies

Light on My Feet

I have enjoyed pampering myself with a pedicure on occasion. It is much more common now than it was 10 years ago and IMG_0474prices have come down. In Shanghai I can afford to do it more regularly and it is a little cheaper than home. The place I go is relaxing, but fast. The colours of the rainbow tempt you and I enjoy deciding on colours. My colour of choice is usually a bright pink or shade of purple, but I have gone for blue and turquoise on occasion.

I never thought about taking photos of these little works of art until recently. Such a shame since they are unique and so much fun.

As pedicures have become more common designs have started to emerge and get more detailed and fun. I have had simple squiggles and lines and little flowers made of carefully placed dots. Once I asked for a butterfly here at my usual salon in Shanghai and this is what they came up with.

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This summer my friend Anita had watermelons. I thought it would be a cool idea and I had to get some too. They were a big DSC04443hit with my students. Often I feel little fingers touch them 😉 A lot of the parents have noticed and I hear “You have watermelons on your toes!”. I learned the word for watermelon in Chinese (xīguā –she gua) and I have heard people saying it while looking at my feet, so I know some locals have noticed too!

The colour was a bright pink with a white and green stripe along the top edge (kind of like a French manicure). To complete it little black dots were added and then the top coat.

  •  xīguā – watermelon toes

I brainstormed ideas to top the watermelon and I thought of ladybugs. I found a picture on the internet, of course it had already been done. I went to my local place and this is what they came up with.DSC04811

They didn’t have the thin nail art pens, so she painted my nails red then with a thin paint brush and some black paint she added the half circle of black for the head. The line was next and the little spots. After a minute to dry the little white dots for eyes were added. To keep it all in place a clear top coat was added. The colours are darker, so I wonder if I will have the same reaction to these little critters.

What fun designs have you seen or done on your nails?

Stay Tuned….

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Weekly Photo Challenge: CHANGE

Change in my pocket, the changes in life we all go through, the changes we notice in people as they grow and mature, the changes in a city skyline…

or the change in season…

Multicoloured leaves changing into their Autum splendor

Multicoloured leaves changing into their Autumn splendor


Or a caterpillar that leaves its chrysalis and departs a beautiful butterfly…

Butterfly Nursery

Butterfly Nursery




See more examples of change over at Word Press. Anyone can join, so post away!


What picture or life event represents change for you?

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