Friday, May 25, 2012

Gradient Friday - In Memory of Pepper the Hedgehog

Hey guys.

As many of you might already know from my Facebook page, our hedgehog Pepper passed away a couple of days ago. It was sudden and unexpected and truly devastating. I really loved the little guy and I know that anyone with a pet can totally understand what we're going through.

In memory of Pepper, I decided to take part in today's group collaboration and dedicate a nail design to him.

Today's theme is the gradient, so I based my gradient off of Pepper's quills (which are the spiky spines all over his body, for anyone who doesn't know). His quills were a mix of cream and dark grey and there was some brown in there as well, but I couldn't find a perfect brown in my stash so I just went with the cream and grey colours. Incidentally, when blended together, the cream and grey colours sort of created a slightly brown colour, so it turned out perfectly in the end.


The colours I used are Illamasqua Load and China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. I had planned on using this awesome tutorial by The Nailasaurus to do the gradient, but that method produces super blended and perfect gradients, while I wanted my gradient to be a little more harsh because that's more reminiscent of Pepper's quills.




I left my ring finger with just the base of Illamasqua Load and then I added a little heart to symbolize the love I have for him. That might be a little corny, but I thought it was fitting.


RIP Pepper, you'll be severely missed.




40 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your pet kayla. I don't comment often but I know how much it hurts to lose a pet. Your collage at the end is beautiful and your nail art really is fitting and a great tribute to your pet.

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  2. So sorry for your loss :( What a great tribute to Pepper <3

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  3. Awww, I am so sorry. The mani is a nice tribute. The loss of a pet is heartbreaking.

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  4. It's a really beautiful manicure and again, I'm so sorry about Pepper. It's so devastating to lose a pet and we all feel for you.

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  5. poor little thing, i'm so sorry :-(
    nice manicure, so appropriate

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  6. Awww I am so sorry to hear about Pepper. It's so devastating to lose a pet, they're part of the family. At least he didn't suffer.
    The mani is beautiful and such a special dedication.
    Take care xoxo

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  7. I'm sorry. :/ I know what it's like. I'll be praying for you. :)

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  8. hes so cute & the mani is amazin.. I wanted a hedgehog but after lookin up how to take care of them I dont think we have the climate suitable for them so I wouldnt want to harm them in any way! :))

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  9. Poor little guy. I'm sorry for your loss.

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  10. So sorry about Pepper. The loss of a pet is truly devastating and heartbreaking. They are such small animals but they fill such a big place in our hearts <3 *hugs*

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  11. So sorry about Pepper :( Its so hard to lose a pet, hope you are doing well.

    I also have to give you major props for this mani, not only does it look easy to do but its super cute!

    Hope you feel better <3
    http://datyorkloves.blogspot.com/

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  12. Awww... this is so sweet!! What a pretty mani for Pepper! <3

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  13. So sorry for your loss :( I also have a pet (dog) and i would go crazy if something happens to her..

    I love your gradient, Load is one of my favourite nail polishes ( i do not own it, but i've find a good dupe for it)

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  14. Beautiful mani and dedication to Pepper. RIP little dude!

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  15. Awww little Pepper! I'm so sorry Kayla :( Losing a pet is really awful. I felt the same way when my little hamster Norris died unexpectedly last year. Losing pets isn't easy. <3 <3

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  16. So sorry about Pepper, losing pets is so hard.

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  17. Beautiful nails for a beautiful little critter! I'm so sorry for your loss. Having had rats for years I know the small animal loss heartache well. *hugs* <3

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  18. I'm so sorry - such a cute little guy. Your nails look beautiful.

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  19. How cute he was! Must he rest in peace <3
    Great manicure

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  20. Hugs Kayla! I am so sorry about Pepper. This manicure is a beautiful tribute.

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  21. I am so sorry for your loss of Pepper. I know losing a beloved pet is very difficult. Your mani is gorgeous and a perfect tribute the little Pepper. Hugs for you and your family, Kayla!

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  22. I am sorry to hear about Pepper. I loved when you would insert a picture of Pepper at the end of a post, just so we would have a picture to look at. I think we will all miss him also.

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  23. I am really sorry for you!

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  24. Preciosa el detalle del corazon muy bonito

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  25. OH MY GOSH I AM SO SORRY! Losing a pet is so devastating! I hop and you and your boyfriend feel better over time. I love the nails. They are perfect <3

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  26. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a great tribute.

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  27. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a cute little guy!

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  28. So sorry about Pepper. Thank you for sharing this with us. I loved his pictures; such a cutie. What a devastating loss.

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  29. I miss pepper already.. :( take care.. the mani is really lovely and he would have loved it too..

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  30. RIP Pepper, so sorry for your loss x

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  31. what? noooo :C
    poor Pepper and poor you Kayla. I understand so well how you must be feelig (I lost my pet hedgie Pimienta last year).

    big hugs to you~

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  32. So sorry about your loss! He was such a cutie.
    Your dedication mani is beautiful.

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  33. I am so sorry about Pepper - From your posts I could always tell how much you loved him! This manicure is really cute and I think it really resembles your pet :).

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  34. Oh I am so sorry :*( What a lovely tribute to him. Grieving over a beloved pet shows what a loving heart you have. My pets are precious to me--even my fish.

    *Tender hugs*

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  35. So sorry to hear about Pepper... losing a pet is hateful :( Lovely way to show tribute to him though, the mani is gorgeous

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  36. So sorry for your loss! I'm a pet owner too, and the pain is terrible. Hugs for you!

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  37. sorry about your pet. 8/ your nails are very lovely! 8)

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