Thursday, 17 May 2018

Four Pictures

I'm really getting back into taking photos, not just when something is happening but day to day, for the sake of taking a photo. I never intentionally stopped taking so many or even fully realised until after the fact that I had stopped taking so many but I'm feeling that urge again and I'm really enjoying it. I've always liked taking photos, I'm not particularly "good" at it but that isn't the point for me so it's fine. Anyway, here are four photos from the first half of this week ^_^

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It is almost impossible to get a clear photo of the rats, they move a lot and live in quite a dark room/tend to come out at night so I'm going to just embrace the blurryness. Even out of focus they're still beautiful (≡^∇^≡)

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We were in Tiger the other day and Will bought some car shaped cardboard snack boxes in the hopes that we could get the rats to take an interest in them (we're still working on it) and they came with this tissue paper so the next few orders I get will be wrapped in it ^_^

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I love sitting in the garden so much and recently I've seen a frog and a mouse out there as well as the birds that are mostly going to next door gardens for the feeders but sit on our fence. We like to let it be a bit wild because we're lazy but also because wildlife needs it to be. I love watching the blackbirds kick leaves about looking for bugs but it's starting to toe the line into unusable so it's time for a bit of a tidy up.

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Strawberry Bunny ~ Digital Drawing

I started this drawing a while ago and it kept getting put aside for other things but I finally finished it off yesterday and now it's in my redbubble shop. I'll probably make badges out of it too because I love making badges lol.

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If you're reading this the day I posted it then you can use code STUFF20 for 20% off apparel on redbubble and if you're reading this on a different day then go check out the site anyway, they often have coupon codes floating around ^_^

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Studio Mess ~ Stall Prep

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Tomorrow I have a table at a Norfolk Brawds roller derby game at the UEA and have spent the week crossing things off my to do list. The list is all crossed off now *proud face* so here are some photos I took during the week.
I've been watching a lot of old Rainbowholic videos lately, Kaila has been making me feel really motivated ^_^

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The ready pile/my studio floor. Not too bad but needs more!

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New key rings. Getting the heart shape to fit right was tricky (ᗒᗩᗕ) I'm so glad I thought to add the dangly beads. I think it really adds something, like without them something was missing. Everything needs more dangly things though right?

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A much more satisfying pile! When I agreed to have a stall for this I was a little worried because I didn't have enough stuff to fill a table but I really wanted to use it as a chance to get going again after a tough winter and luckily it worked! I was worried the day would come around and I'd still just be sat on the floor in a sad daze but I worked really hard and have made a lot of things I'm really proud of including the header cards/packaging for things as well as the actual items.

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All packed and ready for tomorrow. My goal for this all along has been to set up a table I'm proud of, I'm not expecting to make any money from it seeing as people are there for the skating not to buy stuff and even though I have no idea how I'm going to lay out my table I feel confident it's going to look like a good table of stuff (=⌒▽⌒=)
My eczema is really bad today and Big Hero 6 is on tv in a bit and it's eurovision tonight so I'm going to relax for the rest of the day in an attempt to not have a swollen face tomorrow on top of already trying really hard to not let my social anxiety make me come across as too much of a creep!
I hope whatever you're up to this weekend is going well ^_^

Monday, 7 May 2018

12th Anniversary

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We had our 12th anniversary at the start of the month so took a day off and went to Yarmouth for the Sealife Centre. I love aquariums, they're a perfect mixture of interesting and relaxing. After the aquarium we went through the arcades before heading home. Here are a lot of photos and a video of aquarium clips ^_^

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It wasn't this one but we got to touch a starfish! It was so cool, they felt kind of hollow but also chunky and solid.

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The penguin enclosure was really cool, I loved being able to see them above and below water at the same time like that.

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The dwarf crocodiles were so pretty and barely moved. We stopped to draw them. At places like this I always get a bit overwhelmed by how lucky we are to be able to see these animals at all let alone so closely.

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I knew the aquarium had an octopus but I didn't think we'd get to see it seeing as they hide so well and when we first got to the tank they were no where to be seen but I found it tucked up in a corner and almost as soon as we noticed it it did some laps of the tank and stretched about and really showed off before going back up into the corner. We got super lucky ^_^

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Will got me this adorable octopus key ring from the gift shop which went straight on my bag and we had chips by the sea before heading off to the arcades.

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We got a bag of candy floss on the way back to the train station and also some juice to balance it all out.
It was such a nice day and we got so lucky with the weather. It felt really good to go do something and it left me feeling all relaxed and inspired and ready to be better at life lol.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Have You Tried being Nice ~ Hand Painted Tote

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I found a couple of plain tote bags in my studio the other day and figured I'd paint them for my shop and here's the first ^_^
I really like painting fabric, it's a slow process so can be quite relaxing but you have to be careful so I feel like I've really achieved something at the end.

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Not using a dark outline can be weird and difficult but I love how colourful this is without any black on it.
Here's the listing in my etsy shop ^_^

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Hope you're having a good day, today the weather is really nice so after cleaning out the rats I think I'll sit outside for a bit and try to teach myself to not flinch when something buzzes near me.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

April Bits

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Some bits of April as seen by my phone. We're finally getting days where it's warm enough to sit outside, this day was part of some weird heat wave and was even a little too hot for me to stay out for long. I love sitting outside, I'm so lucky to have a garden.
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The first couple of months of this year I wasn't reading much but I've got right back into it now. Specifically So Cute It Hurts! by Go Ikeyamada. I can't stop, I'm so into it, it really is just too cute. I took that middle photo because I love the use of the different styles, how one character can be drawn so differently on a single page is awesome, I love comics so much ^_^ And I love that the main character is an otaku girl and my favourite parts are when she's being geeky with her friends. I'd like a spin off series that's just about them ^_^ I also really love the little author notes at the start of each chapter, especially the ones where she just talks about manga/anime/films/idols that she's really into at the minute. Basically I'm really enjoying this series and I'm worried about what I'm going to do when I'm done with it!
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We got new rugs! We've been liking the idea of a street rug in the living room for a while now and we finally made our dream come true. We actually got two different ones so we could put one under the rat cage too. Before the rug we just had cardboard under there which didn't look quite as nice lol. I love them, they fit perfectly and feel good to sit on. They really tie the room together ^_^
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Will made parfaits! They were so good ˙˚ʚ(´◡`)ɞ˚˙ Top tip, last year we tried Swedish Glace vegan ice cream and it's so good, honestly creamier than any dairy ice cream I've ever bought from a super market and not super expensive or a tiny tub either, highly recommend.
♡Kiki & Jiji♡
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It's so nice to have good light again, spring light is so good.
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When I dye my hair I tie it into lots of tiny sections in an attempt to not miss patches, this is before I bleached my roots at the end of the month and it worked out pretty good. I still need to put colour back on but the bleached colour is alright so I'm being lazy.
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Will bought me a troll before Toys R Us closed down and I want to know who Marty is. I'm also in love with the fact that the packaging says "super cute" on it. And that the troll is so much like the old troll design, I wonder if when trolls changed Marty bought the old moulds or something. Anyway, I love my super cute troll, thanks Marty and Will.

Here are some video clips from April, I'm not sure it would be interesting to anyone else but I want it to be here for my future scrolling :)
That thumbnail gives you a look at how my hair is looking bleached seeing as there isn't a photo of it here.