Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Boom Nails At Crafty Fox

Guest Post by Ernestina Craig-Hall who will be running the Boom Nails booth at the Crafty Fox Spring Market (24th & 25th March, 11am – 5pm)

It will be a random blast from the past setting up a stall in the Dogstar after spending many a late night (and early morning) there in previous years. Brixton has gone through massive changes since I first moved to the area in 2004 and it's been really exciting to see the evolution.  I've always loved the vibe and I'm really pleased to see that so far, the fantastic reinvention of the indoor market (sorry... Brixton Village) seems to be living alongside the hustle and bustle of the stalls that have been there for years. You can still find all sorts of stuff from yams to specialist hair products - and I'm sure if we tried hard enough, even a kitchen sink! Long may that continue.

Nails are the second fastest growing industry in the UK (after life coaching btw) - who'd have funk it!  Not me when, at the age of 13, I used to wear google eyes on my nails – that got me some pretty dodgy looks. I've always thought nail colour and art was a really easy way to play around with fashion, to be creative - to add a splash of colour.

For me, every nail is a blank canvas waiting to be licked with whatever you fancy - and if you change your mind, no biggy - just re-do it or cover it up with another delicious glossy colour. It's a great way to experiment and have some fun - and it's cheap! From the most beautiful simple nude gloss, to a pretty polka, to some crazy neon spots and stripes - whatever you fancy!

I've always done nail art on myself and friends, but it's only something I've recently started doing on other people. I work full-time so I'm just doing the odd project or individual requests at the moment, but it's been brilliant to work with Emma of Boom Nails who is a full time freelance nail artist. She is fantastically talented and generally a top lady so it's inspiring to have someone to share ideas and scheme business ideas with - watch this space for new projects!

I look forward to painting your nails crafty foxers and in the meantime check out the uber talented Emma at www.boomnails.co.uk or contact me @ErnestinaCH 


  1. Very much lookin forward to it! Contact me to prebook a time slot http://distractionsofamagpie.blogspot.com/

  2. May I have a timeslot please? I'll be coming from 11ish on Saturday I think. :)

  3. Hi there - sure thing - so sorry for the delayed reply - hadnt spotted this post! Will mark you down for 11am on Saturday - I'm at ernestinacraighall@gmail.com if you have any other requests. Cheers, Ernestina