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tirsdag den 21. august 2012

Abstract swirls and thingies with shaky hands and a Northern Birch Mouse...

I was a bit shaky when I did this mani, scroll down to see below…
Jeg var en smule rysthåndet, da jeg lagde denne mani, scroll ned for at se hvorfor…
 
 
The base color is Sation Oh My Oceania, a beautiful green with teal reflection. I had this vision of pretty swirls and patterns in a partially mixed gold and pink acrylic color, but ah well, the gold wasn’t quite as cooperative as I wanted, so this is what I ended up whit… The top coat is Seche Vite.
Grundfarven er Sation Oh My Oceania, en smuk grøn med et turkis skær. Jeg havde planer om at male et pænt abstrakt design med akrylfarve, lyserød delvist blandet med guld. Men guldfarven var ikke så samarbejdsvillig som jeg ønskede, så dette var hvad jeg endte op med… Toplakken er Seche Vite.
 
The Northern Birch Mouse (Sicista betulina) is THE most endangered mammal in Denmark, and we are lucky enough to live smack in the middle of one of its very few habitats. It’s not a “real” mouse, it hibernates from October to May (yes that is an extremely long time). During the day it goes into a day-hibernation, it’s nocturnal and forages on insects and grass seeds. It moves slower than mice, uses the long tail when climbing the grass straws, and it’s such a pretty little creature with the characteristic black stripe down the back. 
When it’s scared it cries the most heartbreaking cry – and right when I had put Oh My Oceania on, one was brought into the house by Findus, one of my cats…. It’s was very alive, and I reacted quickly, lured the cat to let go (using treats, I trained him to do so), put him in another room, located the now very scared little guy, grabbed him and put him in a plastic tub while I made a home for him with straw, a little nest, food, water etc. – because I wanted to make sure he was OK and not going to die before releasing him. All that - and finishing my mani, hiding the dented spots I got during it all, so it's a bit distracted and shaky :) 
To cut a long short, after a few days we released him late evening in the area where we think he came from, he was fat and very much alive :)
Birkemusen (Sicista betulina) er Danmarks mest sjældne pattedyr, og vi er så heldig at bo lige i midten af et af dens meget få habitater. Det er ikke en "rigtig" mus, det er en såkaldt hoppe mus, den eneste hoppemus i landeet, den går i hi fra oktober til maj, ja, det er utroligt længe) er nataktiv og lever af insekter og græsfrø. Om dagen går den i dagdvale, så hvis den vækkes er den længe om at reagere og vågne. Den bruger sin lange hale når den skal klatre i græsstrå, og det er et utrligt smukt lille dyr med den karakteristiske mørke stribe ned ad ryggen. 
Når den er bange græder den på den mest hjerteskærende måde - og lige da jeg havde lagt min lak, kom Findus, en af vore katte, ind med et levende eksemplar. Jeg reagerede hurtigt, fik lokket Findus til at slippe ved hjælp af godbidder (noget jeg har trænet ham til), satte ham ind i et andet rum, fik lokaliseret den nu meget bange lille birkemus og fik fanget den, hvorefter jeg satte den i en plastikbalje, mens jeg gjorde et lille bur klar til den med strå, en blød hule, mad og vand - for inden genudsætning ville jeg sikre mig at den havde det godt. 
Alt det foregik samtidigt med at jeg gjorde mit design færdig og skjulte de huller der var kommet i lakken under hele musejagten, så jeg rystede lidt på hænderne og var noget distraheret. For at gøre en lang historie kort, så blev birkemusen en sen aften genudsat i det område, vi regner med at den kom fra, efter at vi i et par dage havde konstateret, at den spiste godt. Faktisk nåede den også at blive filmet til TV Midt Vest, for der skulle tilfældigvis lige laves en udsendelse om Birkemusen, der netop har fået en egen forvaltningsplan, men igen en for lang historie ...

54 kommentarer:

  1. I like this mani :)
    I can't touch but it's cute ^^

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    1. Thanks Irmak - a good thing you can just look at the photos them LOL

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  2. Love it. I saw the post title and thought it said b#@%h instead of birch! lol

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    1. LOL, so funny, thanks NailNarcotics :)

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  3. du er simpelthen en formidabel kvinde Maria

    jeg selv var løbet væk fra kat m. mus.. men den ser nu sød ud der i beholder tingen

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    1. Mus spiser også adskillige mennesker hver dag, kan godt forstå du syn's jeg er formidabel og modig muahhha - tak min ven!

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  4. Awwww!!! That's an adorable little mouse!! I'm so glad you manage to rescue it :)
    PS. Oh My Oceania is down right stunning!

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    1. It is beyond cute - and so was I - normally they are dead when he brings them indoor, but in this case it was so good it was alive...
      Maybe OMO should move into your polish stash...

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  5. love your nail, but the mouse....brrrrrrrr

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    1. hahahha, so funny, thanks Shannara, you made me laugh :)

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  6. love the base color and subtle nail art, maybe you didn't planed it to be so subtle!?
    oh that poor thing is so cute, looks just like a hamster, except for that long tail, little sweetie :-D
    good cat, btw ;-)

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    1. I don't really remember what I planned, and if I planned anything LOL - it's such a sweet creature - but much smaller than a hamster... Thanks a lot nail crazy!

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  7. This mani is beautiful, it looks like a party on your nails. The little mouse is adorable, so sweet of you to make a little home for him =)

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    1. Yayyy, nail party, thanks a lot Jacqui for this fun observation, you are right :) He really is so sweet, and i hope he is doing great back in nature :)

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  8. Ooh I think your mani looks amazing! I love your nail art :) The colors look wonderful!
    Aw so glad to hear that the little guy is ok!

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    1. I'm so happy, that you like it, thank you drinkcitra. And I hope he still is :)

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  9. Beautiful design, it looks fab!

    That little mouse is adorable :)

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  10. Sikke en sød lille historie! Jeg har vidst aldrig "mødt" nogen med et dyrehjerte så stort som dit... :-)

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    1. Tusind tak Negle Lir, jeg kan bare ikke lade være med at hjælpe, hvis jeg kan...

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  11. very unique design! gorgeous! :D

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    1. LOL, yes I guess it is, thanks a lot for liking it esmeheredia :)

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  12. what a cute looking mouse! the mani is gorgeous too! Love OMO!! :D

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    1. They are sooo adorable - and thanks a lot Mel :)

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  13. oh i like how you used the gold :) what a cutie! Nathan loved him haha he says you should have sent him over to live with Reddy Betty (the hamster) lol

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    1. Thank you Lydia, I'm so glad you like it - hahaha, tell Nathan that little Birch Mouse would have been so unhappy out of his own habitat...

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  14. Beautiful mani!!! My cats have never caught a mouse as they are indoor cats, but I have saved quite a few geckos!

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    1. Thank you so much Meredith Anne, I can imagine that Geckos are "fun" for cats too, I get so sad when mine catch lizards, haven't seen them with any this summer, come to think of it...

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  15. Very pretty mani! I love the pink and gold swirls. And awww what a cute little guy. Very sweet of you to look after him for a few days to make sure he is all right. <3

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thanks a lot Yun, I'm happy you like both, kind of knew you would love the mouse LOL

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  16. Well done, like always! (= And that little mouse almost looks like a chipmunk to me. So cute!

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    1. Thanks a lot GoingtotheShowing, LOL I can see why. We don't have chipmunks here, they are so adorable...

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  17. I love the pink and gold mix on top, these are gorgeous!

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    1. I'm so happy, that you like it, thanks ScarsLikeLace.

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  18. Beautiful manicure (I like the abstract theme!), and it's also beautiful of you to take such good care of the sweet Birch Mouse (he's so cute!). I'm happy to hear that he wasn't harmed!

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    1. I'm so into abstract at the moment, have a lot in the vault already. I was so relieved to see him unharmed too, cat claws often lead to serious infections...

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    1. Thank you Weekly nails, I think it my favorite too :)

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  20. Fin mani, og hvilken spændende historie, og det er da en dygtig kat, at den slap musen, er glad for det sluttede godt :)

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    1. Tusind tak, Christina, og Findus er "mors bedste kat" ;)

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  21. Very interesting abstract manicure, Sation Oh My Oceania is the perfect base for the pink and golden colour :-) My favourite is the thumb nail :-)
    That little creature sleeps more than a half of the year... at the moment I envy him...! :-)

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    1. Thanks a lot Raggio di Luna - LOL I bet you do, I know you are going through a very busy period!

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  22. I agree with one commentor that it looks like a chipmunk! actually across of mouse & chipmunk. You are very good with animals I noticed (from your other blog :) ) I can tell you have a big heart. I also love hearing about lives of bloggers out side of nail polish.

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    1. LOL I'm not quite sure the little birch mouse agrees hehehe - yes, it's nice to meet each other in different situations, so to speak :)

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  23. How sweeeeet he is! <3 you are great people ^w^

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    1. Thank you so much *Ky*, how nice of you to say so :)

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  24. So glad you were able to rescue this little guy! Loved learning more about this species--had never heard of it.

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    1. Thanks a lot KarenD, I was so happy to save at least one of his kind :)

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  25. You've helped another animal, it's so cool!!
    Nice manicure, by the way :)

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    1. LOL, it seems I cannot help myself, thanks a lot zebra-nails :)

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  26. Wow, these are really beautiful, and that mouse is so cute!

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