My Owl Challenge

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Today is Victoria Day in Canada; I hope all of my Canadian friends and readers are enjoying a nice long weekend.  Though I am working this morning, I intend on spending the rest of the day with my family, with a nice BBQ dinner; my grandma is leaving for Poland tomorrow… thus today is bitter sweet: we will be celebrating her being here with us, but we know that as of tomorrow she will be traveling back home.

Today’s post is a fun one, I hope you enjoy this look as much as I did:

(PSSST… PUEEN is now on BIG CARTEL with extended shipping options!!!!!!  Direct Link HERE)

Last week I stopped into Bootlegger and bought some fun long sleeved tops, one of them featuring an owl.  I thought it was a snazzy deal (yes, I did just say snazzy, but that is what a $10.00 price tag does to me)!  I couldn’t resist the owl sweater, and when my still-stylish Grandma saw it she also fell in love with it as well- so I bought two 😉

I got home, heart pounding from a shopping-high; so much so that I Instagramed a photo of my purchases HERE.  Two sweet Ladies suggested that I do a ‘matching’ manicure.

Well, Whoo-whoooo doesn’t turn down a good challenge? This girl! 😀

I drew inspiration first from the colours of the sweater: The grey (Cult Nails Faded), the caramel-brown (OPI San Tan-Tonio) and the coral-peach beak (BarryM Peach Melba).

I was a little pressed for time (or I may have attempted a freehand owl), but the lack of time AND the convenient recent arrival of the new PUEEN40 plate (available on Amazon or BigCartel) made this stamp a fun alternative.

I was selective with the owl image and did not stamp the extra branches (as this is a full nail design).  I also made the eyes white (and then added the black dot) as well as added a few smaller dots to the belly 😀

I originally had the OPI nails plain, but felt like the manicure needed a ‘bit-more’.  This time, my bit more was Animeniac Crash Landing.  I thought the jagged glitter bits were feather-like and would add a complimentary element of interest to this look.

I so grew to love this manicure- honestly!!!  With schoolwork now at the forefront, the demands of life (did I mention we put up a whole new deck last week?…), Olivia joining a soccer league, and wanting to really get the most of Grandma’s visit I have sort of forgotten about my nails… They in turn have started to rebel, chip and split… so they are at their ‘short-er’ side, and yet, this manicure made me so happy.

PSSST, I thought I would pass this on (as a fellow reader shared with me): PUEEN plates are now available through Big Cartel and they ship to the US, Australia, UK, and “Elsewhere” 😀

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What do you think of this owl look?

Though I jumped on this challenge, a few of you have asked me to test-try other PUEEN images and to put together a skittlette how-to mini-tutorial… all those requests are coming up in the near future *I promise… I’m just slow going sometimes*… I also have all of those lovely OPI San Francisco collection shades to swatch for you *phew*

Wow… this feels like a chatty post from me!  Thanks for sticking through it 😀


  • Ohh I love the owl and the design! Pueen sure did a great job with all the beautiful choices of designs to choose from! Absolutely love what you did with the owl! Hahaha! The owl sweatshirt is so adorable! So cool to have a matching shirt with Grandma! 😀 Wish you all a blessed time together and have the most enjoyable BBQ Dinner ♥

    • Your comment is so heart-felt- thank you so much for that.

  • Really nice and cute! I love the owl design!

    • Thank you! Glad you like it

  • I LOOOOOOOOVVVVE owls, so I love this owl mani, I am thinking of getting the PUEEN stamping set for that image alone ♥ As always your colours together awesome. Enjoy your last day spending some time with your gran before she leaves tomorrow. ♥

    • Thank you!

      PUEEN is now not only available on AMAZON but (as I mentioned) on AND will be carrying it as well (with
      international shipping)… looks like these lovely plates are going international 😉
      Thank you!

  • Natalie B


  • Sam Elbourne-Binns

    Eeep! Thanks for posting the big cartel link-these plates are coming to my place Down Under! 😀

    • YAAAAY! I cheered when I read your comment- you will love these plates- honestly!

  • carolingq

    How adorable is this manicure!

  • Christine Steiner

    Hi Marta, I hope your Victoria Day will be lovely and nice. We also have a Holiday in Switzerland but there is no sun near or far – oh well… What a beautiful mani you show us today!!! I think the “feathers” really make a difference and those dots on the belly of the owl are utterly cute. I look forward to all those pretties you gonna show us, but I know there are times when there aren’t enough hours in a day to do all you want!!! Enjoy this Day and your Grandma, have fun!!! B.t.w. I have a feeling that once more you gave me an idea for a mani 😉

    • We had a good day with lots of sun *sends sunshine your way*
      But today is gloomy and very humid/sticky.
      Awh, yay, I’m always happy to spark a creative idea 😀

  • Mina

    Nooooooooooooooo, I’m melting!!! 😉
    Way too cute and I love how you personalized the stamping owl – that’s what makes you grand! Even your shorties make for great nails! <3
    I was just sad to hear your Grandma'll be leaving tomorrow :/ I'm sure though you all enjoyed a great time and you all get to keep wonderful memories – wishing her a safe trip back home.
    Also hope your schoolwork is going great and yey for Olivia's debut on soccer league! 😀

    • awh, “what makes me grand” 😀 Your comments make me feel grand- you are THE sweetest 😀
      Yes, the house is so empty now that she is gone.
      So far Olivia has her uniform- lets see how she gets along with the soccer ball 😉

  • Ooohhoooo your owl is way to cute! Wow time flies! Is grandma leaving already?

    • thank you! Yes… my Grandma should be arriving at home in Gdansk Poland as I type this to you- I’m just awaiting a phone call to hear that she has made it back all safe

  • Well that owl is just THE CUTEST!

    • I agree 😀 LOVELY to hear from you again! I hope you are doing well 😀 *hugs*

  • Adorable mani <3

  • So, so cute!!

  • Oh, I love the owl. Sooo cute!

    • yes, PUEEN did a fab job with this owl stamp

  • Kelly Iannello

    I need this plate, too cute! Love the “feather” look too 🙂

    • Awh, glad you like it.
      PUEEN is now not only available on AMAZON but (as I mentioned) on AND will be carrying it as well (with international shipping).

  • Morgane Rauscher-Borne

    Oooooooh !! This little owl is soooooooo cute !!! I am in love with it ! 😀 <3

    • I think PUEEN did a fantastic job with the stamp!

  • Juliana

    I absolutely love this!! I just purchased the set because of this owl!! I know I will love the other designs, too, but this one is my favorite. I love your skittle manicures, you’ve inspired me to try them!

    I’m glad you had a nice visit with your grandmother. It will be hard not having her with you 🙁

    • The owl is very special- I don’t blame you for buying the set just for this one (and so versatile depending on how you use it).

  • Elina Balode

    This is soooo lovely! Really great!