Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Manicure - Independence Day Mani InLinkz

Happy Independance Day!!!

Today is the day that we celebrate the Declaration of Independence of the United States. The U.S. Congress had actually adopted the document on July 2nd, but the final, revised version was adopted and signed on July 4th.
This final draft of the momentous political statement declared that the U.S. would not longer abide by the unjust rule of King George III.
For 8 long years after that day in Congress, our country fought tenaciously for the right to be free. Subject against crown, friend against friend, and family against family; these men and women drew lines in their loyalties, breaking all bonds of old to forge a new home and government that would honor their mutual beliefs and foundations. And today, we enjoy the rewards of their sacrifice and perseverance.

My mostly Independent polish, 4th of July manicure. (on my Cinderella hand, no less!)

I used one coat of Snow Me White over all my fingers, then applied one coat of Evil Queen on my ring finger, one coat of Sting on my middle then stamped that with SMW and Pueen Buffet plate #60 and used the MDU stamping polishes on my thumb's and pinkies. Then I applied another coat of Sting over the stamping and stamped it again with the same polish and plate. I made the red and white stripes over opposing colors by cannibalizing some of my half empty NailVinyls outskirts and turning them into straight line guides. Everything is topped off with a coat of Poshe topcoat. 
I did a better job of offsetting the stamping layer on my left hand. 

The Star-Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
’Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - “In God is our trust,” 
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Happy 4th everyone! Be safe and hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Don't forget to check out the amazing manis in the links!