I'm not offended and I think we should stop apologizing for less than perfect mani/pedis here. ++
Everybody has to start somewhere. We wander in with a love of color, but lack skills we don't even know we don't have. And those who stay learn, and learn a lot. I really appreciated the encouragement I got here with my pathetic pics taken by a barely functional cell phone in a dark hallway of manis that looked like they were done by the proverbial toddler. My application is much better, I've tried things I'd never considered before, and now have a camera that would probably be excellent if I ever read the manual. I still have fails, and I post them here anyway. Others can learn from my mistakes, and I learn from the comments. So, post away, and don't apologize!