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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Continuing Saaaaaaga (Muppets anyone?) of Swatching and Organizing my Stash

My polish is in a metal cabinet (Helmer) next to my computer. I rarely open it except to drag out the base, top and polish(es) I want for the current project. Lately I seem to be hearing sniffling, sighing and yes, an occasional sob coming from the drawers. It hit me that my polishes missed me! And I them! Since taking them off the shelves, I can't admire and comment on them all the time like I used to. And they get tossed around and forgotten in the crush so much I KNEW I had to do something more. And so we come to this- the Herculean task of swatching and cataloging. First step was deciding on a format....off to ebay to check out  various wheels, tips, sticks, boards and other ideas. Facebook groups each had their own favorites...what's a nailhead to do?! I choose the cheapest way- so wonderfully explained and shown by my top nail blogger, I Drink Nail Polish here. SO off to Hobby Lobby for sticks, ebay and Sally's for tip.

Here are some pics of the early stages- making the swatchsicles- I chose to go with hot glue- I don't like to wait while glue dries and I got a little help from my son because of the gluegun. Boys like tools. ...to be continued

8 comments:

  1. I've considered doing this, but never get around to it. I have what I consider to be an absurd amount of polishes (around 300), but oddly, I always know the name of the color I want to pull. If only I organized all other information so easily in my head.

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    1. I made 400 sticks and think I need more....

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  2. I want to do this but just don't want to glue all the nails to the sticks. haha!

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    1. do a few at a time, it's SO worth it, I have been falling in love with my polish all over again

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  3. this looks like a lot of fun!! :) I need to do this! <3 i ordered some nail wheels for nail art display but i think i need to re think that.

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  4. how CLEVER! i need to do this... and start while my collection is still fairly small!

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  5. So you get your tips at Sally's, too? Did you get the size she recommended - the toe 00 size?

    I did think about doing the Elmer's glue, but when I saw you had a glue gun...LOL

    I like this idea and will have to give it a shot! I'll add you to my blog feed - I love what you've been writing. =)

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    1. I've actually bought tips all over- ebay, amazon, sallys, whoever has a sale- and I have mixed tips- from toe 00 and 0 to finder 0,1,2 also I have a bunch of clear I like to use for glitters- I can hold it over a solid and get an idea of the layering I can do! thanks btw for reading!!

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