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May be it’s all the typing I do – or the fact that I do actually bite them (disgusting I know) – but I have awful nails. I’ve never had a manicure (shock horror!) and only paint them for one week a year: black, for Halloween.

That is until I met Charlotte Mooney at the Norwich Makers’ Market, a sprightly entrepreneur who painted my daughter’s tiny toe nails with the patience of a saint. My four-year-old now loves them so much she doesn’t want to go swimming for fear of the polish coming off – and as any parent knows, kids LOVE to swim.

Charlotte started painting nails when she was just 10, moving into nail art by the tender age of 12. Not a fan of school, Charlotte used to chase her Sunday night blues away by painting her nails on a Sunday evening; by Monday morning she had something she was proud of to bolster her for the day ahead.

It’s a lovely story and one that’s made even lovelier by the fact that Charlotte, who has anxiety disorder, has launched her own business – Dotty Designs – taking her talent to weddings, pamper parties and craft fairs to combat her anxiety through creativity.

And just look at some of these lovely designs:

Red, white and blue; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Red, White and Blue; photo: Charlotte Mooney

It's only natural; photo: Charlotte Mooney

It’s Only Natural; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Charlotte can turn her hand to anything her client desires, including this striking one or two look:
One Hit Wonder; photo: Charlotte Mooney

One Hit Wonder; photo: Charlotte Mooney

 

Duck egg hue; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Duck Egg Hue; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Emerald dream; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Emerald Dream; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Black and White Town; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Black and White Town; photo: Charlotte Mooney

To elaborate patterns on all five digits:

Zig and Zag; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Zig and Zag; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Give it a Whirl; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Give it a Whirl; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Straight to the Point; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Straight to the Point; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Parallel Lines; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Parallel Lines; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Shooting Stars; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Never a Grey Day; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Mellow Yellow; photo: Charlotte Mooney

Mellow Yellow; photo: Charlotte Mooney

I don’t know about you, but I’m now dotty about Dotty Designs. [email protected]

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