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TPiB: Bookish Nails


The other day, the above Tweet from Bloomsbury came through my Twitter feed and it inspired an a-ha moment in me! At some point every day, The Tween will show me some cool new design she has seen on her Instagram. And my Tumblr has suddenly become full of book related manicures. Which got me thinking – a Bookish Nails type program would be an awesome idea.

You could have a book discussion group that met each month and did your nails while you talked about the book. Or, if you fear the wrath of an overturned nail polish bottle, you could do something fun like an Instagram Bookish Nails contest. Just have Tweens and/or Teens upload a pic of their book themed mani with a hashtag of your choosing. Perhaps a local nail shop would donate a mani/pedi as a prize.

Or you could have a larger Spa Day at your library and have bookish nails be a part of the process. Then you can also do a variety of things like make your own salt scrubs, mail your own lip gloss and more.

Whatever you decide to do, definitely keep an eye out for all the book themed nails out there because they are fun to share on social media with your teens. If nothing else, they can be inspiration. I will say, however, beware the evil marbled nails technique floating out there. We have tried it three times and it has resulted in a big Pinterest fail for us.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ag4XoCAnUkQ]

And in case I haven’t mentioned it, my Tweens are obsessed with the Do It, Gurl Youtube channel for all their DIY needs. And they are also great for sharing via your social media.

Here are 6 sources of inspiration for some Bookish Nails . . .

Comic Book Nails
Great for GN and comic book lovers, here’s a tutorial on making comic book inspired nails.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z1p8TV_uuw

Msnail Decor Channel
This Youtbue channel is all about manicures. Not specifically book related, but tons of vids with great ideas and techniques.
https://www.youtube.com/user/MsNailDecor

Book Riot: 15 Awesome Young Adult Book Inspired Manicures
The folks over at Book Riot have put together 15 of their favorite YA inspired manicures for you.
http://bookriot.com/2013/06/20/15-awesome-young-adult-book-inspired-manicures/

Pinterest: Book Inspired Nails
Pinterest doing what Pinterest does best, here are tons of ideas for you.
http://www.pinterest.com/abackwardsstory/book-inspired-nails/

Novels and Nail Polish
A blog dedicated to books and manicures, another great source of inspiration.
http://novelsandnailpolish.com/category/ya-fiction/

The Twins Read Nails on Instagram
Nicole’s Nails has a lot of great YA inspired manicures. Definitely check them out.
http://instagram.com/thetwinsreadnails 

What are your favorite resources? What have been your favorite book inspired nail art moments? Please do share in the comments.

Take 5: 5 Awesome YouTube Videos from Geek Week 2013

I have owned my geekness for a while now. If you take a look at my office, I have Star Trek Spock next to a Dalek and a Firefly keychain. It definitely comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me. However, YouTube is celebrating *EVERYTHING* geeky this week with their GEEK WEEK 2013. I’ve pulled together 5 of my favorite clips from the offerings. Take a look after the break.

Today, Wednesday, is a celebration of all things “Super” on the YouTube Geek Week channel. They’re talking superheroes, supernatural, and more.  And Stan the Man (Stan Lee) is showing up.  These are some great things to share with your tweens and teens via your social media.  Or have a viewing party.  Or, better yet, put together your own Geek Con and have a geektacular party.  Want to host a con? See Geek out your library.  You can also look at these wondrous video moments and see if you can get your teens creating.

5 Spectacular Moments of Geeky Glory from YouTube Geek Week 2013


Knightmare TV Show Remake (which is taped in part on the set of the TARDIS from Doctor Who)

  [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74r-EbIqt9s?rel=0]

 Star Wars vs Star Trek Street Fight 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poNEN3jJUqI?rel=0]

Giant RoboMech Meets Stan Lee

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I5SPeBEjxg]

 Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical 

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nWjNgV_6yc?rel=0]

Anime Doctor Who

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TySLmj2ZWIo]

What awesome geekness have you found?