Origami Zodiac - Hermit Werds - black and bronze nail art with stamped baby boomer french tips and origami zodiac animals for the year of the rooster, dog, pig, rat, and ox

Hello Again & Origami Zodiac

February 3, 2019 Lisa 0

Wow… So I hadn’t quite meant to take such a giant step back from social media, the blog, and nail art. I rearranged my workroom and found I could fit in my grandfather’s old unfolding table that is so perfect for crafts and cutting out patterns and, well, I got Read More

Kitty Tangrams - Hermit Werds - sparkly orange water marble nail art with two white cat tangram puzzles stamped on top

Kitty Tangrams

January 18, 2019 Lisa 0

I’ve painted and folded plenty of origami on this site, but what about those little critters made from solid triangles on the stamping plates? They’re called tangrams and they are an ancient Chinese puzzle game. Tangrams To make your own tangram, take a square of paper, felt, etc. and cut Read More

Reindeer Afterparty - Hermit Werds - teal nail art with partying reindeer and fireworks stamped on top

Reindeer Afterparty

January 6, 2019 Lisa 0

Well, I guess I can say definitively now: unless everything is ready and all I have to do is hit “Post”, the blog and social media do not get touched when I’m visiting family. That’s probably for the best, but it’s a little hard when you’re trying not to keep Read More

Christmas Carolers - Hermit Werds - nail art of a pig, a pug (dog), two cats, and a sheep singing Christmas carols against a shimmery background in purple to orange to raspberry tones

Christmas Carolers

December 23, 2018 Lisa 2

The last time I combined animals and music I was painting the Bremen Town Musicians. It feels like I painted them ages ago, but it’s only been a few months! I already knew that I really wanted to use UR Sugar’s UR-L007’s singing animals as Christmas carolers and then I Read More

Vixen's Tree of Lights - Hermit Werds - nail art featuring reindeer wearing festive Christmas wreathes and a Christmas tree made of string lights on a shimmery purple and blue background

Vixen’s Tree of Lights

December 22, 2018 Lisa 0

Allergies mean that I can’t have a live Christmas tree, but I don’t think I’d want one now anyway. My last mini faux tree was given away two years ago. It’s a lot simpler without them (although I admire my mother-in-law’s year-round tree that she decorates for each season). I Read More

Have a Crelly Christmas - Hermit Werds - nail art of a pink glittery crelly with reindeer with a "Merry X-mas" message on top

Have a Crelly Christmas

December 21, 2018 Lisa 0

Some people may prefer that the term never be shortened but, as a nail artist, it just feels like it would be easier to fit the whole thing on my nails. 🤣🤣🤣 So today we have Merry Xmas instead of Merry Christmas and I do still feel slightly guilty because Read More

Galactic Snowstorm - Hermit Werds - purple, magenta, and blue galaxy nail art with snow flakes, sparkly glitter, and astronaut rabbit, polar bear, and penguin stamping decals

Galactic Snowstorm – featuring Born Pretty Christmas-L005

December 6, 2018 Lisa 0

Someone had a galactic challenge prompt (that I missed) and two other challenges had snowflake prompts (that I’m late for) and the stamping plate I used today had this lovely combination of both. And so I found myself painting classic galaxy nails even though I’ve said several times that I’m Read More

Elise's Birthday Recreation - Hermit Werds - recreation of Ellise's purple cat mani for her birthday

Happy Birthday, Elise!

October 10, 2018 Lisa 0

The wonderful Iva (@lunaaaaaatica) organized a group of ladies to celebrate Elise’s (@Osmovaraa) birthday! Elise and I have been friends for over a year now and I especially know this because Iva organized us for a last year’s birthday collab. This year we had more direction and we were supposed Read More

Birds of Fall - Hermit Werds - nail art of a sweet little fall birds on a duochrome red leaf background

Birds of Fall

October 3, 2018 Lisa 0

I fell in love with nail art with tiny birds last winter and haven’t had nearly enough opportunities to explore the subject. So I inevitably chose birds for my fall look for #NailsWithIgFriends hosted by the lovely Neha (@nehabothra). These are more stylized so they’re not quite as dear to Read More

Halloween Cat Posse - Hermit Werds - neon pink and green banners behind spiders, bats, and a posse of black cats with a pumpkin

Beauty BigBang Review – XL-020 stamping plate

September 30, 2018 Lisa 0

[press sample] Give me three pendant banner strings and I will abuse the heck out of them. This entire design was created from one full nail image on Beauty BigBang’s XL-020 stamping plate, which I am reviewing today. Quality and Test Samples Yesterday’s review was really, really long. So today Read More

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