Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Day 365) 365 days of nail art - completed ✅

I can't believe it: I NAILED IT!

When I started my challenge I had big dreams of becoming a famous blogger. Getting free products to review. VIP's that wanted me to paint their nails. Being an inspiration to others. Etc.
Hehehe, dare to dream big right?!
Not much of that came true though :(
I'm still a mom of 4 kids, loving wife, doing housework and...doing 'inspiring' nail art.
But I'm happy with this life! Even more happier and thankful than I've been before.

This challenge has cost and brought me a lot the past year!

The costs:
- It has cost a lot of my precious time (precious time that I could have spent with friends and family)
- It has cost a lot of money (yeah, yeah, ask the hubby)
- It has cost a lot of polishes, removers, brushes, cotton pads, base coats, top coats and many, many other nail and nail art related products (yes, people think I'm running my own business at home)
- I guess the above are the most important but I'm still wondering if this past year has cost me anything health related. I mean: I've been sniffing the polishes and acetone non-stop and maybe the bad influences will only show after time... (I will come back at this when I'm 80 or so or before that when I'm experiencing any withdrawal symptoms)

Now, let's get to the benefits or what it has brought to me:
- It has brought me yellow nails, brittle nails, broken nails, crappy cuticles (oh wait this has to be in the costs list)
- It has brought me a kind of pride.
After a troubling childhood, finishing my education (pregnant), a broken long term relationship, moving around with no goal except parenting, finding new love and being a house wife I felt kind of useless and less worthy.
I wasn't sure about myself anymore or that I could accomplish anything in life.
Finishing this challenge and getting all those beautiful comments has giving me pride.
I'm proud of my deducation, my hard work, my art and the loving person that I am.
- It has brought me ME-time. When I'm making a nail art I feel totally relaxed and forget about all the rest.
- It has brought awards (Versatile, Liebster), articles, guest posts, reviews and even winning a give-away.
- But the most important thing it has brought to me, is YOU! Or in other word: LOVE.
I didn't expect to get so much love. It doesn't matter if you are a silent reader or a commenter.
I feel really loved to have so much views, shares and comments on my work.
Some of you have been there with me all the time, others just joined in recently but without you it wouldn't have been any fun.
There is no bigger compliment in the world than people loving the thing that you love to do.
I even found some real friendships!
I also found a lot of love from my dear ones; my mother shared my pictures each and every day on her Facebook. My hubby gave me strength when I felt weak and wanted to quit, he also settled for less quality time with me as goes the same for my children ("Mommy, you have to work now right?!" "I know what mommy wants for her birthday: polish!") Hahaha, aren't they the cutest!
But for real:

Without YOU I wouldn't have finished my challenge!
Now for the challenge.
It will only be completed when I show you today's nail art (on my natural nails).
The design I had in mind is about my love for what I do and then I felt really sad that I would only have the pictures to look back at and maybe a few days of pleasure while wearing it.
I needed it to be around me longer so I can enjoy and look back at this beautiful experience for a longer time. And I found a solution I can live with.
Here is today's nail art:

And here is my end project (that I can keep, cherish and proudly wear):

Thank you for everything!
Happy New Year to all!
And that all your dreams may come true!


  1. The nails are lovely and the piece you wrote today even more so. It touches my heart. I am so happy you kept at your challenge and finished it. It's amazing!

    I am sure your dream of famous blogger is around the corner. It's not your lacking in nailart skills anyway!

    Loved to be there along the way and I wish you all the best for 2014!

    1. Thank you so much Jo.
      Without you I wouldn't have come so far!
      Your comment is very touching as well!

  2. Yay well done hun, you've done an amazing job!

    All the best for 2014 x

  3. What a great post! You have been very inspiring for me. Everyday i looked forward to seeing your post. I think connected to you on every social network possible! No matter where your nail art journey takes you next, I will follow and support you!

    1. Thank you so much!
      I know you're there with me and I hope I can bring you more!

  4. Congratulations. I don't know but what you just said made me cry " happy tears" I'm happy for you. You did a great job. I'm proud of you. You nailed it. As a mother I know how hard it is to find time to do something for yourself away from the responsibilities of motherhood.
    Congratulations. Congratulations

    1. Thank you dear friend!
      Keep up your own great art work and I'll be following you!
      Love you!

  5. AAW, that is quite emotional, thanks for always being there for me. Stay amazing and i wish you a happy new year, LOVE YOU!

    1. I'm proud to be there on your journey of blogging.
      You always bring a smile on my face.
      See yah love!

  6. Congratulations!! I have enjoyed and been inspired by all the dedicated work you have been doing over the year. You are truly inspiring! I hope 2014 is an even better year than 2013 was for you in every way. :) I look forward to see what's next!!

    1. Hahaha thank you so much. If 2014 only could get better...
      Thanks for being there!

  7. i am glad to find you in huge public network ,and hope we will stay together in the post ,and hope you will do more and more great simple nails or art nails !
    i admire to you ! girl ! just can say : bravo !

    1. I am so glad that I found you too.
      You've been there for me in many many ways!
      I can't thank you enough and I hope we'll keep in touch for much longer.
      Love you. You are fabulous!

  8. You entry was very touching!!! I have really enjoyed all your designs, dedication and work. Because doing this challenge is WORK. I applaud you 1000 times over. I could not have done it.

    I am glad to have found you on your journey, and even more so glad you found something in yourself. I hope that we can stay in touch and keep following each other. I really adore your work.

    Have a Happy New Year!!!!

    P.S. What are you going to do with all your free time now? :) wink wink

    1. Dear Valerie!

      I hope we keep in touch as well!
      You've become a G+ friend and girl how we share the same the interest hahaha.
      Thank you so much for being there and...gosh, yeah what am I going to do with all that time :D

  9. Hi I was watching your work for a long time. I had to quit doing nails for sometimes and lost my dear blog too called mydailynaildesigns. I hope you remember me well when i m restarting my journey now this post has really given me more strength n inspiration. I hope you wont quit posting nailart as you have grown a lot now. May be weekly u should post something. Keep nailing ,congratulations n happy 2014 :-)

    1. Thank you and of course I remember.
      Couldn't quite catch why you needed a restart but nevertheless congrats with the new blog and I will check it out and follow!

  10. Hahaha!! Ohh man, I can totally relate with the nail related costs. But its all worth it considering the better benefits that you've gained venturing into this nail art journey! :) You've come such a long way! You have a great talent and you are a wonderful person, loving mother and beautiful! Let no one make you feel any less! I am truly glad that our path crossed and I got to know of you and your beautiful works! I sure hope this won't be the last I'm seeing from you ;) That's just the end of Chapter 1, right? *wink wink*

    A Very Blessed New Year to you and your family! May 2014 bring you more exciting journey and many more surprises! Keep doing beautiful nail arts! :D

    1. You brought a huge smile on my face.
      Thank you so much friend!
      For all the beautiful comments and smiles :D
      You've been an inspiration for me!
      And hell yeah, it's just chapter 1 ;D

  11. I'm a bit late reading my blogs. I sent you a card to your Facebook, but don't know if you got it. You deserve to be proud, because you did a wonderful job. And you deserve a nice long rest. You were a joy to read everyday. And I will always remember your struggles in Portugal with the heat and polish. Congratulations again and have a great 2014!

  12. Dear Teresa.

    I missed your card :( Can't find it
    Thank you for all the kind words throughout my journey!
    Nothing better than an art teacher liking your art hahaha.
    Love and all the best for 2014

  13. Congratulations on finishing your challenge! I've been a follower of your blog for a few months and I'm always amazed by your beautiful nails. I hope you'll still keep it up (after a break of course!), even if it's not every day any more :)

    1. I will be doing nails (I even speak about it in my dreams ;D).
      I want to thank you very much for following and commenting!
      You've been noticed and you do make beautiful art yourself!
      See you! ♥

  14. Congratulations on finishing your 1 year challenge! I am so happy that you stuck to it and fnished it!
    I totally get that part of staying at home mom, it does sometimes make you feel less.. but it's great still :)!

    Also nail polish is amazing, comes in so many colors, so many variations and can give you a purpose in life. Amazign!

    1. Thank you so much...it already feels like this was ages ago :(