Monday, 18 September 2017

a poorly rat :(

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After a nothing-y weekend I started my week in the library. I've been interested in the Wollstonecraft book for a while and it was on display so I grabbed that and I've never read any Virginia Woolf and thought it was about time.

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On Tuesday we took the rats to the vet. Pixel was squeaking and it's really common for rats to have respiratory problems. It was a new vet (recommended by our old vet because rats are exotic apparently) and they're new rats and this bacteria is really contagious so they all got checked out. They weren't fans, the vet may have got pooed on (she definitely did). Luckily Tank and Sharky came away with a clean bill of health but Pixel is on antibiotics and an anti inflammatory. He hates it and it's almost impossible to get it in him and I think he's going to need more. I feel so bad about it but we're doing our best, he's just so young and wiggly and not that bothered about treats! And he's pretty good at walking along with his mouth on the floor to scrape as much of it back out again afterwards and what can you even do to stop that! He's getting pretty used to being handled though and we're getting better at handling him so even if he needs another round of meds at least it should go a little smoother. He has a check up this week so we shall see, fingers crossed. He's doing fine though as far as you can tell by watching him, hopefully he doesn't know he's ill.

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I managed to tear myself away from the rat cage (a good thing because listening to Pixel make those little noises is heartbreaking) and made some more badges. I actually got some listed too, I've been making groups to list together so needed what seemed like a good amount before I could put them up in the shop. So far I think the collage-y ones with the stickers are my favourite.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

zines, badges, rats

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I group my weekly vlogs into Saturday to Friday weeks (no reason, I think that's just a day I started doing it) and then use photos from those days in these "weekly" blog posts but today is already Wednesday again and I can't believe the photo of those new shelves is in this set. I had no energy and didn't sort the video out when I normally do and then it took aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages to upload because our internet is lame and then we had to go to the vet yesterday and I still have really low energy and it's thrown my ability to know time lol. But we did put up our new shelves and I like our living room so much more now. We finally have our video player set up again!

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Sometimes people ask me to add notes into orders they're sending to friends and it's super cute // making more glitter badges // saving flowers from the reduced bucket

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I got these badges listed, they're printed designs from my print to order shops // got my wasp zine listed too. The wasps are gone now btw, just one day they suddenly had left. I hope the queen found a good spot to hibernate.

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Sharkey // Tank // Pixel

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My August zine is done, I explained the whole process of my monthly zines in this weeks vlog and you also get a pretty good look at Tank.

Monday, 4 September 2017

plodding along

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Last week kind of continued a bit slow and brain fuggy but I did make these glittery badges. I had an idea about drawing on the plastic of the badge and I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

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My noodle pot and Will's noodle pot. That chicken is my hero, look at her belly (☆ω☆) // The rats learnt to climb in my tshirt.

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Glitter cutting for badges // These guys kill me. I am dead. So cute.(⊙_⊙)

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Food shopping in the rain // Seriously, these guys. They're getting real big too. (I wonder if I'll ever get a 'good' photo of all three of them together ?...)

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I made a zine about a wasp nest we have over our back door. I took some photos of this piece of hornet nest Will has so I could use it as background.

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For most of the week I felt really slow and useless but I started to perk up towards the end so I think this week will be much better. *fingers crossed*

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

last chance crochet and a new design

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I feel like I did no work last week but making this weeks vlog reminded me of some work that I did do which is good. I love reviewing myself lol, these vlogs help and also my monthly zines really help me realise I'm not entirely useless. I definitely didn't do enough work though, my head's been a bit all over the place and I have started to feel a bit down the past half a week but I think I just need to find some focus so I can be as productive as I want to be.

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a bus trip for a low energy day // some sketchbook // an accurate photo of Sharkey

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When I stopped helping at the shop I also brought my stock home, I figured it would be more use to me as etsy stock that would tide me over while I worked on new things and I got these bits photographed and listed this week. I probably won't make more of them so if you want one you should grab them now. I made and re-stocked the "don't tell me to smile" patches and also made the crochet pattern for these cats available.

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Will's sister is going to Japan for a year ( (╥﹏╥) so jealous!!!!) and we had her instax to fix so we decorated some photos of us for her to take. Is there anything better than sticking stickers on things and doodling with colourful pens? I think not.

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I also got this design up on my print to order shops. You can see the original sketch in the video, I just cleaned it up and added the orange background.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

rats and badges

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They're so cute I'm dead.

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At the start of the week I tried out my new badge machine, my birthday gift from my parents, and I'm so in love with it. Whenever I make something for the first time I'm always a little surprised by just how awesome making things is even though it really shouldn't surprise me anymore. I have so many ideas for what I want to do with badges, I'm going to have so much fun ☆*:.。.o(≧▽≦)o.。.:*☆

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I got my July zine made and listed. Turns out I didn't do a lot of colouring the past month but I did do some drawings I really like.

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Leaving myself an important reminder in my diary.

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Making more badges! This time with my own drawings. I'm thinking I'll do a mix of badges with some printed pieces of my work and some hand drawn (like these) and probably some sort of fan collage type things too. We'll see, lots of ideas buzzing around and now I've got to just fucking do shit (≧◡≦)