I never really post or update here. Hopefully I will eventually, but I’m super busy and use Tumblr mostly instead. Just fair warning.
I need to stop writing blog posts in my head when I’m about to fall asleep, and do them for real instead.
However, yesterday night I was NOT sleeping (inadvertant all-nighter!) so I thought I’d say a little something…
Mostly, I love Tumblr. But I hate having so many fricking accounts all over the internet. So I mainly use it to reblog things I find amusing, if anyone out there ever cares…
Hopefully a post of some real importance will come relatively soon. (I’m working on some, but no idea when they’ll be up).
I had a long and interesting conversation with my friend Dave today that basically consisted of a lot of going on and on about such random things as philosophy, Asperger’s Syndrome, shopping… and a lot of that was me in a stream-of-conciousness and him being somewhat entertained xD A lot of it was me overthinking things, as usual… on epic levels of almost existential philosophy of life, balance, etc. And then bugging the heck out of poor Dave for help with a portfolio slideshow in the middle of things.
Thank you for putting up with me, love ♥
One more day of classes, two days with finals, and then I’m FREE! I’m so excited for Winter Break. I love school, but I just need to get out of Iowa for a while. Holidays, animals, family, relaxing, seeing friends… I’m excited :D
Also, this is my first blog post since moving everything over here :O
I’m not much of a cook. That isn’t to say I’m bad, but I don’t derive a particular joy from cooking, and thus don’t have as much practice as some people. One thing I do enjoy making, though (and know I’m good at) is Deviled Eggs. They’re hardly the most difficult thing to make, of course, but I’ve sooo many sets that were just… well, so-so or COMPLETELY overdone and overgarnished. I’ve also met a lot of people who love them and never learned to make them; I think that’s ridiculous, since they’re so easy!
So, for those of you who don’t know, here’s a simple guide to nice, creamy deviled eggs :D
It’s Saturday night. I leave on Tuesday evening. Where the hell has the summer gone?
For a while, in the middle, it felt like it was going on forever – maybe that was because we were working nonstop and everyone was having periods of getting cranky. At that point, I thought that I couldn’t get home soon enough – I was homesick. Now, it’s almost like I’ll be leaving what’s become a new sort of home.
I take a while to really get acclimated to new people and a new place – and now that I have, it feels almost like I’ll be going back in time. Sure, I’m excited to see friends and family again – but I think I’ll also be a little bit in shock, going from seeing these people day in and day out to not at all. There won’t be a Tiffany to spring into gear whenever someone is hurt or sick; there won’t be Renee to have silly, pointless conversations with a million times; there won’t be Ris and her refreshingly candid conversation; Bree insisting I need to get laid; Jess being silly and lighthearted; Jen getting into some silly get-ups; there won’t be anyone there whose presence has been a constant these past few months.
This past week has had some of the best days of my life. Fun adventures, ridiculous conversations, and some of the coolest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of getting to know.
I don’t know if any of you will ever read this, but I love you guys to death, and I hope it won’t be too long before I get to see you all again.
Here’s to Porthouse, 2010.
Welcome to my first tutorial! Today I’ll be giving you an introductory guide to the wonderful art of Needle Felting (which has so many uses!) by teaching you how to make this lovely little Penguin.
This version is the detailed text-and-images version; if you’d like the simplified version (everything is a giant image!) check it out at my DeviantArt, here.
As far as Theatre goes, I’m a relative Newbie. I’m not-quite-twenty (less than three weeks, though!), and just going to enter my junior year of university. Thus, people with more experience than me and advice to give are a godsend. Caitlin is one of those people. She was a senior my freshman year of college, and tends to be made of awesome ;) She’s also started her own very-useful blog, and I wanted to take this chance to poke you all and tell you to go there, now!
One of the major resources that I think any crafter or props technician should be aware of is Stock Images. From Wikipedia: “Stock photography is the supply of photographs licensed for specific uses. It is used to fulfill the needs of creative assignments instead of hiring a photographer.”
I personally put up a lot of stock photographs of flowers and backgrounds – today I added two flower stock packs featuring high-resolution images from Monet’s Garden at Giverny, and plants on the big island of Hawai’i.
The majority of stock images available are models, and some of those are incredibly professional and varied – MJRanum-Stock, for example, is a stock-exclusive account from a professional photographer.
Locations are also big – you can find ANYTHING! The below example is one of many photographs I took in France, and have since made available to the general public to use.
So what are you waiting for? Start looking around!
One of the crafts I’m really big on is needle felting. I have so much fun sculpting some of my favourite characters in wool! A lot of my friends and family love them too, so I make them for gifts quite a bit – unfortunately, I tend to give them as soon as they’re finished, and forget to take pictures (Pity, because I was fond of both Jack Skellington and the Cheshire Cat). Others just didn’t photograph well before going off. I’m working on a few tutorials related to how I create some of my felted friends, but for now, here are a few I’ve made in the past year and a half (click on the image to go to the deviantArt page):
Stitch, from “Lilo and Stitch”, was a special present for my friend Amy :)
Dory was a present for myself xD I love the character, and it was interesting working with such a thin character – sculpting her face to how I wanted it got me a lot of finger pricks!
Piglet was a special present for my sister. I’m hoping to have an entire Hundred Acre Woods set eventually; Pooh and Tigger are both in the works.