Sunday, March 20, 2011

Blue Phoenix, Blue Moon: Nubar Blue Hydrangea

Hello ladies,

I created a healing manicure for my sister, Claire. Yesterday, she was released from the hospital after a very delicate and rarely performed spinal surgery. The recovery will be long, necessitating many months of physical therapy. I am really thankful she has the opportunity to regain her health after so many trials and so much uncertainty. The image of the phoenix is in harmony with her experience. I worked with a blue palette, her favorite color.

From T02, I stamped the phoenix in blue Konad special polish. I placed a blue disc from Bundle Monster, a pale blue pearl and royal blue jewel to adorn the tail. Since my sister loves to watch the Moon rising over the creek near her home, I accentuated the curve of the design with a blue Moon rhinestone . If you are having trouble seeing the phoenix, note its head is turned with its beak pointing towards its wing.

Such a pretty shade! Blue Hydrangea is a sweet pastel with a glossy, pearl shimmer. I painted three coats for opacity, but those with more active length nails would find two suitable. For lovers of blue, this color is worth adding to your collection.

I hope you enjoyed my blue phoenix manicure. For my sister and those who are sisters of my heart, I am sure you will understand its significance.

Blue Hydrangea was sent to me for review. This polish can be found within the Spring Garden Collection, available for purchase at

Image plate T02 was provided for my consideration. To view the full line of nail art stamping plates, visit

Happy painting, ladies!


  1. I hope the best for your sister and family. My mom had to do physical therapy for a while after her surgery, so I know it can be tough.

    And that manicure is amazing. It's such a pretty combination.

  2. that is gorgeous!!! simple clean and amazing!

  3. Oh my gosh Diana I love this! :)I love both shades. :) I am glad your sister is doing well. :)

  4. I love this manicure! And I have to get this Nubar for myself :) I want to wish all the best for your sister, I hope she makes a full recovery.

  5. What a beautiful and meaningful manicure.

    Your sister remains in my thoughts and prayers. *hug*

  6. This is really pretty, a master piece :)

  7. I am glad your sister is doing well. You are so talented. I love those blue hydrangea nails! Hugs! Rita

  8. such a beautiful meaningful mani, great job :)

  9. What an elegant manicure! I love it ^^

  10. I luv this mani! It's so pretty!


  11. I adore this mani! I want that blue! Wow!

  12. That's great that your sister is doing better.

    When I worked as an addiction therapist, Phoenix was part of the company's name. Very fitting.

    The manicure is perfect for the phoenix time of year too. Love it!

  13. I'll pray for your sister. I can't imagine what a hard road she's going to have to go down. I pray she keeps her spirits up. I know she has a wonderful sister in you. I'm sure you'll be helping her especially keeping up her spirits. The manicure is beautiuful. Love that polish shade. Perfect manicure for her.

  14. An homage of blue hydrangeas and the rising phoenix. Only you know of my love of the moon and the peculiar love of rhinestones. Much love, Claire. Thanks to everyone for their sympathy, understanding and the power of positive energy.

  15. Minty: Thanks so much for your kind words of support. Glad you enjoyed the manicure too! xoxo!

    paintedbluestars: Thank you, dear one. <3

    MissMidnightBlue: Thanks! We both love the blue tones. I appreciate your kindness and support. <3

    intootje: Thanks so much! Blue Hydrangea is worth adding to your collection. Thankfully, my sister is being treated by one of the best doctors in the country. We were so lucky to have been referred to him. She seems to be doing a little better each day. :)

    Ice Queen: Thank you so much for your kind words and continued support. You are such a dear person!

  16. LadyLuck: That is so kind! Thank you!

    rj7777: Thank you, Rita! I appreciate the compliments on the manicure and the positive energy for my sister. xoxo!

    Manicured Monkey: Thanks a bunch! I put a lot of heart into this manicure. <3

  17. Silva: Thank you so much! So glad you like how it turned out! <3

    Krisi: Thank you, sweetie! I appreciate your kind words!

    kittypolishnbags: Blue Hydrangea is worth adding to your collection. I am glad you like how the look came together. Thanks a bunch! :)

  18. Kimberly: What an amazing connection to the Phoenix and a perfect name for a therapy group! I am so grateful she has the opportunity to heal. The Phoenix certainly embodies the process.

    Lucy: Thank you so much for your love, support, prayers and kindness. My sister reads all your comments too! We both adore you. xoxo!

    Claire: See how much support you get in the world of nail polish? We all wish you the best in everything and believe in a full recovery. Love you lots! :)

  19. This one is wonderful !!! I must admit that your last stamping are really beautiful snails, turtle........ I know you love animals XD


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