Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Liebster and Versatile Blogger Award

Months and months and months ago Fiorella at Fiorella's Closet and Christina at Adventures in Polishland both nominated me for the Liebster Award, and Dina at Secretary's Nail Art nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! I'm so sorry I'm FINALLY getting around to typing this up. Between computer problems, hiatus, being sick, etc. I just keep putting it off. So, needless to say, this post has kind of become a time capsule :P


Thank you so much, Fiorella, Dina and Christina! This really means a lot to me :) So often it feels like I'm just writing to myself, so little things like this really mean the world to me. I'm glad to know I'm appreciated, and all of my hard work for this blog is appreciated!

Here are the rules to this award:

1. Each person tagged must post 11 things about themselves.
2. They must also answer the 11 questions the 'tagger' has set for them.
3. They must create 11 more questions to ask bloggers they have decided to tag.
4. They must then choose 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and tag them in their post.
5. These lucky bloggers must then be told.
6. There's no tag backs.

11 Things About Me
  1. I took German in high school for 3 years, so Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch :)
  2. I don't like anything flavored artificial grape. I know, totally random. I was just viewing Facebook for ideas to write about and saw a question from the Frugal Free Gal about jelly. Explanation is in order for this, I think: when I was little, my grandpa got sick quite a bit and every time he was in the hospital he would give me his hospital food grape jelly. So to this day, I still don't like anything flavored with artificial grape.
  3. At last count I had 158 polishes, not including my October polishes. 235 polishes, plus a couple more on their way!
  4. The only class I ever came close to failing in school was: Psychology. I find this amusing.
  5. I don't know how to drive.
  6. *spoiler alert!* I love Pokemon! My favorite is Psyduck because silly enough, I can relate to it the best.
  7. I've had my tonsils removed twice. Yes, twice. Did you know they can grow back?
  8. I love all cats, but Siamese are my favorite breed. I used to have an Applehead or Traditional Siamese, and my mom has what we think is an albino Siamese. Love them!
  9. I just won my first China Glaze polish from Cool Polish, Bro! and I was literally sitting here dancing in my chair! I am so super excited!!! (edit: I typed that one originally when I was typing this up and just thought I'd keep it. Love Marry a Millionare!)
  10. I think I'm the only person I know that doesn't know their blood type.
  11. At the age of 12 one of my drawings was exhibited in my local museum. At 19, one of my poems was published. 
11 Things About Me
  1. I have hazel eyes, but most of the time they look orange.
  2. My great grandmother was Swiss, first generation born in America. I still make our family's Christmas Swiss bread & cookies each year.
  3. Peach, tans, browns are my least favorite colors.
  4. I love silver, but I'm not a fan of gold.
  5. I basically have no sense of smell.
  6. My real name means something along the lines of Mysterious Lily Tailor or Mysterious Lily One Who Cuts.
  7. Growing up, my bedroom was painted yellow for the first half of my childhood. Yellow is among my least favorite colors.
  8. Black makes me happy. I always feel better when wearing black.
  9. I have epilepsy and a headache disorder. 
  10. I love to craft. I currently have at least 3 or 4 projects started sitting around my house, and 2 huge boxes full of supplies, and ideas for future projects.
  11. My boyfriend and I have been together for 12 years as of this month last October.
My Answers (Questions by Fiorella)

1. What’s the best gift you have ever received?
That's a difficult question. For me, it's more about the memories than the gifts themselves, so I would have to say lots of great memories.. my dad instilled within me a love of Christmas which I can't explain but I think I'll always have that, and in a way I think that was the best gift he could ever give me.

2. What’s the worst/funniest gift you have ever received? Funniest: presents wrapped in Smurf tape and if you know me, you will know why exactly this was so funny.

3. What do you like the most about blogging? getting the thoughts out of my head.

4. Do you believe in zombies? I'm not really certain what I think about zombies. They're in our culture, in our stories from the past, just like other things such as trolls, giants, brownies, etc. I suppose I believe our modern day ideas of zombies were once based in truth.

5. What’s your favorite TV show or movie? Well, I don't watch TV and I haven't seen a new movie in over a year. I do try to get caught up on NCIS & Bones online. One of my favorite movies is Stigmata. (PS: Hulu, you need to release Merlin season 5 so I can watch it!)

6. What special talent do you have? hmm.. boring people to sleep? I don't know!

7. What is your favorite food? Funny, I used to say pizza. I don't think I really have a favorite any more. Steak sounds really good right now, though! I haven't hadn't had it in years.

8. Is there one thing that you keep wanting but won’t buy yourself? there's lots of things.. the first thing that comes to mind is a Wii. Hoping to win one or else my boyfriend agreed to buy me one for Christmas (again)... although we already agreed on that last Winter and it didn't happen, so we'll see! (edit: I think he's forgotten about it already so don't think it's happening :/ another edit: no, it didn't)

9. Where did you go on your last vacation? Baltimore.

10. What do you see yourself NOT DOING in 10 years?  not doing? hmm. hopefully by then we won't be living in this little apartment, and hopefully we'll have a vehicle by then but one can never tell.

11. What made you smile today? Ironically my Facebook has been a little quiet lately, so when I posted a photo of a centipede on my wall, I got a lot of feedback. I just thought it was ironic :) (haha that was so long ago...)

My Answers (Questions by Christina)
1. What’s the story behind your blog name? Good question! Excellent question! Can I steal it?
Samples by Entaeyen: I started this blog when I discovered the world of finding free samples online. While I was trying to figure out how to get free makeup/polish samples, I discovered some Facebook nail polish giveaways and it fed my obsession. Anyway, there's the samples part. Entaeyen is the Internet name I took about 12 years ago.

Melanie's Fancies: I was trying to come up with a new name & this is the first thing my boyfriend suggested.

2. Are you a morning or a night person? I am most definitely a morning person. 5 AM is my ideal time to wake up. So unfortunately, I'm a morning person stuck on night shift :(

3. What is your guilty pleasure television show? I don't watch TV :b

4. Which food could you eat every day? peanut butter - and I do eat it most days.

5. What is the one beauty products you can’t live without? umm... every single one of my polishes?

6. Who was your favorite teacher growing up? Jesus

7. If you could take a vacation anywhere, where would you go? Neptune

8. What are your top five favorite songs?
Amon Amarth - Hermod's Ride to Hel
Clutch - Guild of Mute Assassins
My Ruin - Through the Wound
Arkona - Po Syroi Zemle
Die Antwoord - Fok Julle Naaiers

not in any order.. and actually pretty much any of the songs by any of these bands.
Actually, I'm adding in a 6th one to shamelessly promote a good friend of mine, Gina Turner.
Consumption - Suicide King

9. Do you have any pets?
No :(

10. What is your favorite season, and why? Winter! I love Christmas. Cold and snow not so much, but Christmas makes it all worth while. As I said, my dad is Santa :)

11. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Put it in a sock, forget about it and continue life as normal.

My questions for my nominees (this is for Liebster only)

  1. Aside from your nail polish, what's the one item you could not live without?
  2. What's the most recent book you've read? OR if you don't enjoy reading, what's 1 more activity you enjoy other than polish and blogging?
  3. What's your favorite holiday?
  4. Story time! I want to hear a funny story from your childhood :D
  5. What's your favorite color?
  6. If you could have any animal, alive, fictional or extinct, as a pet what would you pick?
  7. Favorite and least favorite beauty products, doesn't have to be polish!
  8. If you love to cook, what is one of your favorite things to make? If not, just tell me what your favorite food is!
  9. Since polish and candy seem to go hand in hand, what's your favorite candy?
  10. Favorite place to buy polish?
  11. If you had to sell all of your polish and never buy any ever again, which 5 would you keep? Includes base and top coats because I'm a jerk like that :P
Now the hard part: picking my nominees. this is always so hard because I follow so many great blogs and I can't give this award to everyone! I'm going by GFC for follower requirements for this award!
My Nominees
  1.  Nail Polish Creations
  2.  Happiness Is A Dry Nail (which means you better get back to blogging again :P)
  3.  Lena Loves Nails
  4.  nuthinh' but a nail thing
  5.  It's All about the polish
  6.  LuckyLoveNails
  7.  Parisian Blue Sky
  8.  Iced Lacquer
  9.  Patty and Goldie's Day Off
  10.  Me and My Nail Polish
  11.  Play Polish
  12.  Charmeleon Stampede
  13.  Pie's Eyes and Other Sparkly Stories
  14.  Tara's Talons
  15.  Intense Polish Therapy
  16.  Sparkle and Shine Nails
  17.  Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Lacquer
  18.  The Fabulous Life of Mrs. P
  19.  Horcrux Nails
  20.  Show Me Your Topcoats
  21.  Adventures of the Nail Friends
  22. My Nails. My Polish 
Here are the rules to this award:
1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging
2. Let them know that you have nominated them.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the bloggers who have nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your post

7 Random Facts About Me
  1. My dad is Santa Claus.
  2. I love genealogy and I've managed to trace bits of mine very far back. I'm part Irish, Swiss, German, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Scottish, Russian, English, French, Spanish, Italian... lots more but those are the ones coming to  mind right now.
  3. I think I mostly look Swiss.
  4. I was a band geek in high school, at least for freshman year. I played percussion.
  5. I don't talk much so people typically mistake me as being shy.
  6. I met my boyfriend online, and ironically, he lived just a few miles away from me at the time.
  7. I consider myself ambidextrous. I typically use my right hand, but for a lot of things I do use my left. I have specific days where my mind seems to switch gears and I'm just like "oh, this is a left handed day!" I just can't seem to do things I normally do with my right hand on those days. It's weird.
My Nominees
  1.  Polish and Puppies
  2.  My Nail Polish is Poppin'
  3.  The Polish Fox
  4.  Mavoreen's Lacquer Obsession
  5.  Manifix
  6.  Glitter Infatuation
  7.  Nail Gun XS
  8.  Nail Therapy
  9.  Neffy's Nail Corner
  10.  Nerdy For Nails
  11.  Never Gonna Give You Up
  12.  Nicole Gets Nailed
  13.  OMG Wait What Polish Is That
  14.  Polished Polyglot
  15.  Toad-ally Awesome Nails
I have extras to add on for Versatile because last time I won it I never got around to posting the rest of my nominees. yes, I'm a slacker :P
  1.  This is the last polish I buy, I promise!
  2.  The Nail Artiste
  3.  Really Quite Awesome
  4.  Sassy Paints
  5.  Charismatically Polished
  6.  PokeNailArt
Sorry for such a lengthy post!


  1. Thank u sooo much but i have already recived an completed this award

  2. Thank you again for nominating me :)

  3. Thank you! I feel so special! I'll try to work on the post tonight when the kids are in bed and i can concentrate!

  4. Replies
    1. THANK YOU! I'm such a dork. I first read this and I'm like, why is she congratulating ME? LOL

  5. Hi Melanie! It's nice to get to know a little more about you!
    Thanks for nominating me!!

  6. I seriously almost choked on your 5am wake up time, holy Dinah I could never so that!! I'm not really an morning or night person, I'm more of a sleep person, I like to sleep -lol!!

    Thanks so much for nominating me, so nice of you!! I will add your info to my blog awards page!!

    1. actually it's probably more like 3 or 4 AM :D
      when I was like 7 years old I used to wake up at 1, 2 or 3 in the morning and go downstairs to watch TV. lifelong insomniac. so maybe I'm really a night person or something in between, I don't know!

      so yeah.. you're welcome and no choking!!!

  7. Merlin season 5 is sad, because its the last one! :( just thought id share that!!

    1. oh, I figured.. someone on Facebook already kind of ruined the ending for me :(

  8. I love Pokemon!! I still play it. My favorite of all time thought is Squirtle! I also don't know my blood type lol.