One Year!

Hello gentle readers.

Today is my one year Blogoversary. I can't believe that I have been hanging out with all of you for a whole year, already. Time flies when you are having fun. :D

I originally started this blog to have a place to put my manicure pictures and talk about my polishes. I first found the blogs through a fellow nail blogger who also hangs on a site where I also reside. There is a thread on that site about nails and I saw some of her beautiful pictures and followed her link to her blog. I read her blog, then perused her blogroll and started reading other nail blogs. This reignited my love of polish and I started photographing my own manicures and posting them on my other blog.

I also started buying more polishes. When this all started I had nine OPI polishes, mostly pinks. That was the full extent of my collection. lol  I started slowly buying a few different polishes and taking more pictures. My other blog was getting too crowded, cluttered and chaotic for my liking so I decided to start my own nail blog and keep the two blog interests neatly in their own places. (I am big on keeping things put away and organized.) And so Ice Queen's Nail Parlour was born.

By June my pretty little carousel where I stored my polishes would no longer hold all of them. It was overflowing and I thought I had a lot of polishes.


I was strictly an OPI girl when this whole thing started. But you all enabled me terribly and I bought my first China Glaze. Ruby Pumps, of course! lol And Orly and Sinful Colors and Sally Hansen and Color Club and... and... and...

As I continued to read blogs, make friends and have fun I also learned how to do pretty manicures. Rather than just applying one sloppy coat of colour and calling it done, I learned how to properly layer my base, enamel and topper to make a smooth. glossy, longer lasting manicure that I was proud to have people see. I learned how to properly apply and I learned, from the oh-so-fabulous Megan Chair how to do cleanup. Which revolutionized my manicure life, let me tell ya. :D

And I bought more polish. With my husband's help, might I add. The guy likes to see pretty nails. I even let him choose a polish for me, now and then and he hits it, every time. Hidden talent. Who knew? lol So, my little collection slowly but steadily grew until now. It now inhabits all four of my hatboxes and I need new storage. Yipes! I still have a little room... So I have a little time. For now.

Over this last year, this blog has become more than just a place to put pictures and talk about polish. It is where I meet up with friends, have a place to discuss common interests with a great bunch of gals and relax, have some fun and forget about all of my busy, busy, busy and stresses for a little while. This blog is my play space and my spot in which I can express some of my creativity. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for embracing me, making me feel like one of the girls, coming around and reading, leaving your lovely comments and following my blog. When I got my first follower shortly after starting this blog, I squeee'd with delight. And I squeee with delight every time I see a new picture in my followers box. I appreciate each and every one of you so much.

Okay, I need to run. I have three more loads of laundry to do. Where does it all come from?!?!?! I feel as if laundry has become my life! lol I also have to start up my dishwasher, clean my bathroom, dust, vacuum, make my bed and do a hundred other stupid little chores to get my house back as I like it. I will be back later to post my giveaway. I just wanted to gush in one post and do that in another so this doesn't become too monsterously long. (Yeah, yeah, I know. Not a word. So sue me. lol)

Thank you for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. <3

38 comments

  1. Happy Blog Anniversary! :)

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  2. You have me hooked now, Erika and who knew that I would learn to love a good manicure? I m still going to the salon for now but you have given me the motivation to try it on my own. I'm learned so much from this blog and from some of the other blogs on your blogroll. The clean-up instructions your friend gave are WONDERFUL. That has always been my problem with giving myself manicures. I still want to keep my gelled nails but if I can learn to polish them myself, I can change my color as often as I want between fills. I'm so glad you made this blog. It helped me explore a side to myself that I didn't know was there. :)

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  3. You're silly! I could have SWORN that you've been blogging much longer than I have!!!

    I call "Shenanigans"!

    *hannagrrl*

    [stupid blogger won't let me comment with my googleID!!!!] :(

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  4. Happy bloggiversary!! And many more to come

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  5. happy anniversary, my dear! =)))

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  6. Happy Blog Anniversary! So exciting :D
    I love that your husband picks out some of the colors :)
    My bf has been really supportive in my "addiction" too. I showed him you "behind every great blog... is an unfed husband" picture and he just loved it... now he refers to it all the time :D

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  7. Happy Blogiversary! :) Over the last few weeks I have been obsessed with all the pretty nail blogs and your's is one of my favorites.

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  8. Hi Karen. Thank you for your wishes. And I am always happy to be an evil enabler. Heh heh. I think that with a little practice (give it some time, i know it took me a while to get smooth and easy with it) you will be polishing your nails like a pro. Being able to change your polish between salon visits will give you so much more flexibility in your look. Plus it is fun. And you get to buy polish. :D

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  9. Thank you so much, Ice Kreem. :)

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  10. Hannagrrl, hey! Thank you so much for your Ani wish. <3

    No shenanigans. Hee hee. This blog is exactly one year old, today. Sometimes it feels longer, sometimes it feels as if I just started it a month or two ago. Whatever the time frame, it is always fun. :D

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  11. Thank you so much, Uni Ruxi! <3

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  12. Thank you Anutka. :) Having a supportive sweetie makes it even better, doesn't it? I'm glad that you and your guy like the unfed husband blinkie. It is, sadly enough for my poor hubbie, entirely appropriate. lol

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  13. Hi Amber. :) Thank you so much for your kind wishes and for liking my blog. that makes me feel so good. :D

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  14. Awww, happy Blogiversary, lovely lady! It's so funny, my hubs is awesome at picking out pretty polishes. If I do a quick swatch of recent purchases on my fingers, he always picks out the same favorites as myself! He's actually pretty "adventurous", considering he's a guy. I know women who won't wear blues or greens and he loves 'em.
    (I'm writing a book in your comment section! Meep.)
    Anyway, isn't it fun to look back over the year and see what changes blogging has made??

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  15. Thanks, Erika. I'm excited about your crackle experiment. From what I've been reading and seeing on youtube, it is better not to use a topcoat before the crackle. I think my first attempt with the shatter will be at the salon and I will just instruct them not to use a top coat before the shatter. Hopefully, it will go well.

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  16. Happy one year! :D That little carousel is seriously cute!

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  17. Thank you, Nicole. <3 Isn't it funny how some guys just have a feel for polish? :D Write all you like. I honestly don't mind long comments. (Probably because I am prone to sprinkling them around, myself... *blush*)

    It is fun to see how a year can change things. :D

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  18. That is what I have read, too, Karen. I just put it over my existing topcoated, dry and cured manicure. I am going to give it a shot on a fresh mani without topcoat first and see how it goes. :)

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  19. Thank you, Larie. :)

    That is where my minis live, right now.

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  20. Happy Anniversary, dearest Ice Queen!
    It was a pleasure reading your blog's story and finding out that your beginnings were so incredibly similar with mines!!! ;)
    And I must say, sincerely, that your blog is amongst the ones I really, really enjoy reading. I don't know... I always feel welcomed here. I don't know what you're doing exactly, but please, keep doing it, it's great!
    Hugs,
    Cristina

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  21. Happy Blogaversary!!! Hope there are many more years to come :-)

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  22. Congrats!! I think I might know which website you're talking about ;)

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  23. Happy Blogaversary!

    Your overcrowded carousel looks so fun.

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  24. Happy Bloggyversary! Isn't it amazing how a) time goes by so fast and b) how fast the nail polish collects? LOL You started blogging right around the same time I did...I miss Little Music Boxes! Congrats. Don't quit - I love your blog!

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  25. Thank you so much, Christina. <3

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  26. Thank you, nail Stories. I plan to stick around. :)

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  27. Thanks, Basak.

    Yeah, methinks you do. :D

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  28. Thank you, Peripqtetic! It was fun. Until my collection outgrew it. lol I can't believe how fast I have acquired polish! lol

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  29. Thank you, Megan! <3

    I miss her, too. She moved to Polish or Perish but hasn't posted in quite a while. I miss her and I hope that all is well for her.

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  30. I love reading your story, and the polish carousel is awesome! Congrats on 1 year :)

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  31. Thank you so much, Gotham. :D

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