Hey y’all! Today I have something super special to share with you! Allison from le polish is releasing a 12 Days of Polish collaboration project on Black Friday this year, she teamed up with 12 really talented and amazing bloggers to create 12 stunning holiday and/or winter themed polishes! I am so honored to be included in this project and I could not be happier with how my polish, Little Wooden Horse, turned out!
First I would like to share a little information behind the inspiration photo I sent to Allison. If you aren’t familiar with the Hogfather, it is the 40th book of the Discworld series written by Terry Pratchett. If you are a lover of the magical worlds of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or Narnia I think Terry Pratchett will be right up your alley. The Hogfather is written as being much like our Santa Claus and does an amazing job at reinforcing the power and magic behind belief.
One of the most beautiful quotes in the book states “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need… fantasies to make life bearable.”
REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.
“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”
YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.
“So we can believe the big ones?”
YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.
“They’re not the same at all!”
YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME…SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.
“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”
MY POINT EXACTLY.”
― Terry Pratchett,
The reasoning behind the name Little Wooden Horse resonates along the same idea. One of the characters, Albert, is trying to explain to Death (who is charging as the Hogfather. Stay with me here lol!) why hope and belief are so important to people, kids especially. He says “”It’s the hope that’s important. Big part of belief, hope. Give people jam today and they’ll just sit and eat it. Jam tomorrow, now — that’ll keep them going forever.”
He mentions how when he was young and poor the only thing he wanted for Hogswatch was a little wooden horse. ““I remember when I was a nipper, one Hogswatch I had my heart set on this huge model horse they had in the shop . . .” His face creased for a moment in a grim smile of recollection. “I remember I spent hours one day, cold as charity the weather was, I spent hours with my nose pressed up against the window . . . until they heard me callin’, and unfroze me. I saw them take it out of the window, someone was in there buying it, and, y’know, just for a second I thought it really was going to be for me . . . Oh, I dreamed of that toy horse. It were red and white with a real saddle and everything. And rockers. I’d’ve killed for that horse.” He shrugged again. “Not a chance, of course, ’cos we didn’t have a pot to piss in and we even ’ad to spit on the bread to make it soft enough to eat—” “O’ course, I still hung up my stocking on Hogswatch Eve, and in the morning, you know, you know what? Our dad had put in this little horse he’d carved his very own self . . .”
AH, said Death. AND THAT WAS WORTH MORE THAN ALL THE EXPENSIVE TOY HORSES IN THE WORLD, EH? Albert gave him a beady look. “No!” he said. “It weren’t. All I could think of was it wasn’t the big horse in the window.” Death looked shocked. BUT HOW MUCH BETTER TO HAVE A TOY CARVED WITH— “No. Only grown-ups think like that,” said Albert. “You’re a selfish little bugger when you’re seven.”
Now on to the polish! Little Wooden Horse is a deep brownish red with golden micro flakes and a hint of scattered holographic glitter. It goes on super smooth and easy if a little sheer and builds up beautifully in 2 coats. It does dry down fairly glossy but a topcoat is going to make it shine! I love how Little Wooden Horse looks matte as well!
Now for some really simple nail art!
I used bornprettystore.com stamping plate bp-l013 and Polishes Guilded to stamp on the golden rocking horses and then just added some round gold studs to my index and pinky nails.
What do you think? Where my fellow Terry Pratchett fans at? Follow the link below to check out all of the other 12 Days of Polish collaboration shades as they are posted and be sure to follow le polish’s social media to stay up to date on all future releases and sales. Thanks so much for reading along!