Tuesday, April 20, 2010


From the gentle joy of holding the hands of a sweet baby, to a first handshake when you meet someone new, playing an instrument and holding hands, it's our hands that help us find our way through life. Though they may seem to be less important than your cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine for your face, ~ hands and nails need to be looked after just as much.

Mary Ruffle

Graphics Fairy

We do need to take care of our hands, they will be a sure giveaway of our age.

Prone to dryness, lines and wrinkles, we need to exfoliate, use a good hand cream and have a French manicure or treat yourself to a do it yourself manicure. Use a hand cream with SPF.
Wear gloves in cold weather. They will protect your hands from the biting wind and stop your skin dehydrating.
Washing the dishes, gardening and so many other chores around the house, make it all the more necessary to look after our hands and nails.

Wishing all my blog friends a happy week.... now I really must go and do some housework.



  1. Dear Carolyn,
    Liked what you have posted!
    I've noticed my skin is aging...quickly!

  2. My hands sure take a beating between porcelain, painting, typing, cleaning . . . I have some heating mittens for when they get really tired and hurt, such a treat!!


  3. Dear Deanna,

    I have noticed the same thing and I think a lot is due to being outdoors in the sun.
    What a coincidence, I was over visiting your blog at the same time and left you a message.

    Marsha, I know exactly what you are saying, just day to day things take a toll on my hands.
    The heating mittens would be a good idea.


  4. Oh my...I like the hands with the srawberries and chocolat...

  5. Hi Gypsy Purple,

    The strawberries look delicious don't they.


  6. Carolyn amor, wonderful advice...now what to do about the wrinkles on my face :) Have a beautiful week amor :) Besos, Rose

  7. Carolyn, what a fantatstic post! As a person who works with hands I find it so true!!! I keep repeating that our hands is the best instrument God gave us and it is so important to take care of them! You have inspired me to visit my nail salon today!:-)

  8. Hello Carolyn, It's so hard to keep my hands moisturized. They are in and out of bleach water while cleaning after the kids leave for lunch at the school where I work. When I come home that is the first thing I do is put on Udderly Smooth Udder Cream. It's the best moisturizer for hands, it is non greasy and I can tat right after applying the cream and it doesn't affect the thread.
    You could have added hands tatting in your picture!!

    The strawberries look yummy.

    Have a wonderful day!! Hugs!

  9. Great post! In every job I have ever had my hands have been most important and it is nice to see someone pay kind tribute to them! I love my talented hands... thanks for your wonderful blog entry!

  10. i love babies' hands. they're always magical. i enjoy seeing them thumbsucking, hehe :)

  11. Ciao TESORO!

    Sei dolcissima...e le tue parole ed i tuoi post sono sempre una meravigliosa fonte d'ispirazione!

    Sei davvero tanto cara!

    GRAZIE anche per essere sempre così presente nei miei POST!

    Ti ADORO!!!

    Un bacio grande! Ciao. NI

  12. Hi Carolyn. Good tips. The L'Occitane lavender hand cream is my favorite...great to put on last thing before bed so you won't wash it off for 7 or 8 hours! I tagged you in my last post if you want to play the game!! Hugs, Trish

  13. Oh Carolyn you are so right! Working in Dentistry and doing crafts of all sorts all o f my life thus far... Oh and starting as a dishwasher at age 5!!! My hands are in bad shape.
    I read your post as~ stop washing dishes...doing housework!!!!
    you are so right.. start immediately to take care of your hands! You will be so happy that you did!


  14. Unfortunately, time marches on. And shows up in our hands.

    I've had an odd thing with my nails. I decided to do without my weekly manicure for a while because my nails kept breaking. So now, after almost 2 months, I have a ridge in the middle of each nail where a healthy nail is growing in. I have really bad cuticles and I think my favorite manicurist has been pushing too hard, weakening the nail. (only a guess)

  15. We take our hands so for granted but since I heard that I have osteo arthritis in my right hand, I take great care of my hands. Thank you so much for the post Carolyn. Have a wonderful week.

    Pat xx

  16. Loving your blog today - I am afraid my profession is very hard on my hands, always in water and cut and grubby nails. I used to have the french manicure but no more.
    --- I think my hands need some loving too x

  17. Dear Rose,

    I know what you are saying, dear friend :) Have a happy week.

    Many thanks for your visit Anya.
    Working with my hands a lot, I know what a great instrument God has given us.

    Hi Carol,

    I should have had a photo of hands tatting!
    I have not heard of this hand lotion and will have to look out for it. Lovely to hear from you again.

    Many thanks Michele, lovely to have a visit from a new blog friend and I look forward to coming to say hello to you. Our hands are an important part of our body.

    Thanks Gleenn, oh yes, darling little hands and fingers of a baby are sweet.

    Many thanks, dear Ni for your visit and I hope that you are having a lovely week.

    Many thanks Trish, look forward to coming across to visit you.
    Yes, I love L'Occitane products too, and putting on last thing before bed is something I always do.

    Hi Mary,

    Yes, our hands are busy with all we do and we really do need to look after them. Thanks for your visit.

    Hi Barbara,

    Oh glad that your nails are growing back healthy again. As you say maybe the manicurist was too rough.
    Have a great week.

    Many thanks for your visit Pat, and sorry about your osteo-arthritis, in your right hand. I hope that you can manage and get this in under control.

    Hi Suzi,

    Must be so beautiful though, working with all the wonderful flowers and that would make me happy.
    Enjoy your week


  18. Ack! So right you are. My hands are so neglected. I must remedy that.

    Have a great day!

  19. Hi Carolyn! That's a great post...I keep hand cream at every sink in my home, that way when I'm done washing my hands I use a little cream. I do admit my nails do get a little a bit unkept at times do to housework or gardening *sigh*...I hope all is well, have a great week! Hugs, Jennifer

  20. Hi Carolyn
    Oh dear... if my hands tell my age I am 102...
    Have been working with vines and they look awful.
    Thanks for the advice

  21. I have noticed how horrible my hands have looked lately- I wished I had worn sun screen on them all these years- great post!

  22. Thank you Bella and you have a great day also.

    Many thanks Jennifer and that is a good idea keeping the handcream at each sink.
    All is good with me thanks, and I hope the same for you.

    Hi Rebecca,

    I loved seeing your delightful shop and wish I could go and visit.
    Everything in there looks lovely.
    Thanks for your visit.

    Lovely to have a visit from you Lorraine, many thanks.
    No I have never worn sun screen on my hands and I think that is why they are looking a little old.


  23. Carolyn,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your bears. The vine you ask me about is called a clematis. Hope you have a great week and talk to you soon!

  24. Love all these images you have up today...that strawberry one inspires me. I must say I do not really take good care of my hands...just painted my nails the other day...the last time was probably over a year ago. xoxx Happy week...don't do too much housework.

  25. Hi Beth,

    Thanks for your visit.
    I never knew Clematis came in blue ~ I had a pink clematis in an previous house and I have seen white.

    Hi Koralee,

    I tried to visit your blog earlier today but something funny was going on with blogger or my computer.
    Thanks for coming by and I look forward to going to visit your lovely blog.


  26. Great advice, Carolyn. It seems I am always neglecting them and just can no longer get away with it! Age is starting to tell on me. And the sunscreen is a must.


  27. Love and hugs to you my darling friend.
    I love your postings and you .
    Love Jeanne

  28. Hi Carolyn, Love your post again. You always have the most beautiful pictures.
    Thought you might like to look at http://thedreamstress.blogspot.com I'm sure you'll love her recent post as much as I do. The photos of old dresses are awesome.

  29. Hi Carolyn!!! what a lovely post...we should never take for granted our hands...my hands need more love and care ...I am always working and washing them and over and over and they are so rough...I will need to take more care of them!!!

    Thanks for the reminder!!!

    without them my art would not exist!!!


  30. you know I was just thinking the same today that I need to care more care of my hands. They are our livelihood too! I've got a giveaway over at my Blog. Catherine x

  31. Ain't that the truth?
    You can always tell a woman's age from her hands, even when their faces are pulled so tight that their ears meet in the back!

    Have a wonderful Wednesday!

  32. Oh I like the hands holding the chocolate covered strawberries! I would like some now!


  33. Oh that image with the strawberry...how lovely. I totally agree with you, we have to take care of our precious hands! Thanks for reminding.

    Cheers: Evi

  34. HI Carolyn, Sunscreen certainly helps. I've noticed my right hand has aged far faster than my left. All that extra sunshine I guess. I need to be nicer to it :)

    A great handcream is a must too.


  35. Hi Carolyn, You are so creative and have a way of inspiring through such a thoughtful and true post. I try and work on the health of my hands, use hand cream everyday and night and get a hand massage, which helps with so much painting. We only get one set of hands and I guess it important to take care of them. Folding them in prayer is important too!!

    Love this post and the pic of the baby hands. So sweet!

    Have a great rest of the week dear friend.
    Blessings, Celestina Marie

  36. Hi Carolyn, if I used your beauty routine for hands mine wouldn't look like they belong to a 75 year old. I have terribly abused my hands and wished I had taken better care of them.
    I wonder if I could get a hand lift or something.

  37. Hi Jermaine,

    I feel the same way ~ many thanks for your visit.

    Thank you Jeanne for your visit and kind words.

    Hi Karen,

    thanks for your visit and for telling me about that site, I will go and have a look.

    Hi Diana,

    So many of us do work with our hands everyday ~ we are so lucky to have our precious hands.

    Hi Catherine,

    Thank you for your visit and I look forward to coming over to visit Bumpkin Bears to say hello.

    Thanks Slices of beauty ~ so true.

    hehe Anne, you made me laugh, but it is true. Some of those face lifts look awful.
    I hope that your Wednesday is wonderful too.

    Hi Twila,

    So would I like to have a few of these strawberries.... they do look yummy don't they.

    Hi Miss Eve,

    Our hands are so precious aren't they.
    Thank you for visiting me today.

    Hi Karen,

    Yes, a good sunscreen is a must ~ the sun just feels so much hotter now.

    thank you for your visit Celestina Marie, always lovely to hear from you dear friend.

    Hi June,

    Oh mine are like that too, I think with the washing and cleaning we do, can't help but getting like that.
    I hope that you are having a good week.


  38. you always share such beautiful collections of inspiring images. love love love them all

    xoxo Bardot in Blue

  39. Many thanks for your visit Bardot.


  40. I'm right there with you on that.
    I do all of those things to keep my hands in good shape. They get pretty dry from all of the artwork, glue and glitter.
    Have a nice day/night!

  41. Hi Carolyn,
    I LOVE hands and all they symbolize.
    Most important that they can convey trust and kindness and love.
    As my hands have aged I look at them with wonder ~ for all that they have created!

    One thing I realized a few years ago. I thought I was getting arthritis in my hands. What I realized is this: VERY IMPORTANT! That many lotions and cleaning supplies and plaster of Paris give my hands an aching sensation for days. If I stay away from these products, I have pain free hands.

    I hope someone reading this may be helped.

    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
    I salute you for a wonderful post about hands!


  42. Hi Rosemary,

    Yes, so much of what we use like glue and paints are so bad for your hands.
    I know my hands sometimes tell me this.
    thanks for your visit.

    Hi Constance,

    Lovely to hear from you, thank you.
    Your message is an important one and if anyone is reading this, as you say maybe they can be helped by it.


  43. I do feel sorry for those afflicted with arthritis. My dad was always putting liniment on his hands because they were painful.

  44. Fantastic post. One of my favorites is when a baby discovers his/her hands and stares at them endlessly... hands are marvelous things.

  45. Hi Dolores,

    Yes, arthritis is such an awful thing and must be so painful.
    Thanks for your visit.

    Hi Peter,

    I love hands too, and with everything we do - you with your fabulous painting and what we create with them and how useful they are.
    Happy weekend.



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