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Friends took me to watch Deadpool 2, loved it, the whole day was a blast :heart:

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Blue, Pink, Purple

Before the Friday that I went out with a friend, I went ahead and had my mohawk bleached. That day my street didn’t have hot water, so the hairdresser heated a bucket full of it, and was carefully washing my hair afterwards. Now, this is important, the way she did it, and the discomfort I assume she had, by having to use a freaking pail to put water on my soaped up hair. For I felt the yellow canceling solution go in, and I can’t confidently say I am sure she washed it all out. Bear with me, this is indeed important.

I come home tired, I always get a bit tired after I spend too much time talking to people. So I decided I will paint my hair the next day. Yes, bleaching had a purpose, I was about to have my hair lilac. I wanted it dusty rose pink, or something, but lilac was on sale, so I went with lilac. One becomes cheap when one has this many medical bills piling up. And I almost talked myself out of it too. Anyway, next day comes, I begin the process.

Here’s how it goes. I assume my hair is clean, because I came out of hairdresser, right? So I just go in with the paint. I used up the whole tube of it, on my half-shaven head of short hair, so I’ve really no idea what people with full heads do, buy five or something? Anyway, I paint my hair, I wait the wait, I wash the wash. My hair’s pretty great, considering the dye wasn’t top-notch.

The very next day I notice an oddly bluish strand peeking out, leaving me to wonder: did I not apply the paint right? Because it’s right at that spot on my head, where it’d be hard to reach to put product in OR. To wash product out.

By today I have unicorn hair. There’s thick strands of blue, purple, and pink. Seriously, people go to hairdresser to get this effect that I got due to a few accidents, I guess. The most important one being the yellow canceling solution.

Lilac is what? Blue, Pink, yellow tones there and here to avoid making it purple or violet. Cancel it out, maybe have another color brighten up (say, purple cancels out yellow, right? so if you’d put purple on just the right tone of hair – it’ll stain the hair purple), and here’s what you have. It’s not a good effect as in you can tell something probably went wrong here, but it’s pretty in its own way, so I really don’t mind one bit.

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Table paints and good weather

A few days back, weather just starting to get good, I realized I’ve not much to do. So I exercised a little bit and sat down, thinking I’ll just browse YouTube, those endless fields of “where did the day go“. But my eye was caught by my awful table.

This table is a tragedy, and an old one for that. I have it for ten years, it’s all wobbly, re-screwed, braced, and taped in many places. And the top of it looked, well, it looked like anything would look like after few years of constant crafting and painting right on top of it. These days I use cutting boards, plastic sheets, and even ceramic tiles to protect it, but hey, by the time I started doing that – it was too late.

It’s been a while since I entertained the idea of painting it black. And today (let’s pretend it’s today) was the day. So I took off all the items, which turned out to be a feat in its own, since I’ve no room to put anything anywhere. I sanded it, poorly, only in the most critical spots, which is a grave mistake, sand your damn surfaces, sand them well, sand them hard! I dusted it off, and then I washed it. Second mistake being me not letting it dry properly. I merely dried it off with towels, and began my work.

After about 4 strokes in, I realized I should probably put some paper on the floor for drips, and put paper tape over shelving edges, to not paint anything I wasn’t prepared to paint.

First layer in, I realize my mistakes. One being poor choice of brush. It was a little too wide for the paint jar. Two, it kept losing bristles there and here, and leaving streaks where thick bristle plowed right through the paint. Then, I had no spot prepared to put the wet brush, which I quickly fixed by fishing out an old plastic bag. And, hopefully finally, as I mentioned before: table wasn’t dry, and wasn’t sanded right. So now I had a single coat of paint that was falling into these bumps and lumps where it was wet, and leaving hills and mountains where I made that ridiculous sanding work. Honestly, that would’ve been fine, textured table? Why not! But I was dreading the scenarios in my head of mouse laser beam rolling over a bump in a road, and my target in some video game escaping due to my poor abilities to shoot.

Second layer of paint it is. This time I drizzled the paint on with the brush, and streaked it across the table with a plastic card, making it fairly even, if not perfect. It’s only when I started hair-dryer drying the table (I dried the first layer of paint like that too), and rubbing the dry surface with towels to buff it up a little, I realized this is far better paint than I thought. For every unnatural streak fused together really easily, and only the stuff where table was messed up was visible, and even then only in parts where it was the worst.

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So, in the end, now I have a beautiful black table top. The paint I used was black mat blackboard paint, for if I have a choice, I will always pick grey and black stuff, and not this nasty wood imitation thing. It’s quality stuff, and took very little to coat fairly big surface (I think I used up about 4 shot glasses out of a 0.7l jar). The pigment is glorious, and the smell is nonexistent, let alone the marvelous time in which it dried. And now, if need arises, I can just scribble notes right on my table with chalk.

Yes, you’re very welcome for this marvelous read, I’m sure it was riveting!

Coca-cola, and, I can’t believe I’ll say this, but: cosmetics

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Forgive my ignorant ass, for cosmetics is just not my thing. I love to look at it, I love to look at people putting it on, because if that’s not art, then we’re all blind, but it’s just not for me. I find it bothersome, time consuming, and more often than not – confusing.

But here I was, scrolling happily through twitter, which takes a while these days, due to some of my friends being very much into politics. You just have to dig through that, you know? And no, I’m not about to mute my friends! Anyway, it’s no secret I also follow Jeffree Star. And he just posted about this, and I just feel so very baffled and confused.

Coca-cola teamed up with Korean cosmetics The Face Shop. I think they make themed boxes, quarterly or every month, I don’t really know, and it probably doesn’t matter. But here’s the thing: colors look great, packaging too, but how can you look at it, and not think of the smell of coca-cola flavored gummy bears??

Because my brain straight away went to that place of junior high, lip balms in soda flavors, wafting all around the classroom.

Anyway, all in good humor. This might be the first time I’ll be awaiting cosmetics review.

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MiniLog | Worky-work

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Today I received storage containers for beads, and I realized I’m an idiot who doesn’t read measurements before getting something. The little container sections are really small, just barely over 2cm sideways. But, of course, that didn’t stop me from using them well. I think I managed to organize approximately 57% of my pile of crafting goodies (thank YOU everyone who got me more ❤ )

What I had to do: I had to sort things out by type and color; I had to pull wires from where they had no business staying; I had to deconstruct necklaces, bracelets, other things; I had to sort out usable pieces, and throw out what’s broken or unusable (which didn’t count for much).

It took me around 4 hours. Maybe more. I finished one audio book, and started another during it.

Good day, fam, good day.

Commissions Open!

Want your favorite character painted, not just printed? Want it painted just for you? Or maybe you wish you had your own painting to show off that beautiful face in a more classic but original style? Or maybe your sibling, even if just for adding “I stink” bubble to it? Well, I got you!   

 In style you see above I take portrait commissions now
 15eu per scan (if you let me upload it on dA, you can order a print from there, I’m okay with it!)
 10eu per scan if it’s black and white (or any-color + white)
 30eu per me sending you the original + shipping (from 3 to 6 euros should cover it)
 20eu per me sending you the black(other-color) and white original + shipping (from 3 to 6 euros should cover it)

 I would appreciate a very detailed description or even a reference picture(s)! You can link me to them or get to me via soukyan.jrv@gmail.com
 If it’s an original character: look closely at my style and take into consideration that I might not be able to pull off everything as you imagine. Details are welcome!
 Head + shoulders only. Unless the body part sticks out (see Deadpool for reference)
 Paypal transaction must be possible.
 Let me know if I may upload it on dA

    
    

 

All profits from this go directly to my mum’s medical bills, so you’re not just getting something nice for yourself, but you’re helping someone have a pain-free day!

 

The Late Summary

Been in a deep dark hole, as you might imagine from all the absence. But I’m trying to get back into it, so hopefully this is the last super late summary:

  • Friend got two tickets to Addams Family musical, and took me there. It was a perfectly timed day. She received the package with my new tablet. I received the package with new SSD (old HDD got so slow that both work and pleasure became torture). She helped me put it into my laptop and we went out. On our way out, I checked mail box, as I always do, and found another slip for mail. It was the dearly awaited, magically fast here Irn-Bru package and a postcard from Japan. Irn-Bru tastes like one Lithuanian drink we had in the past. Ours got extinct, hope it doesn’t happen to Irn-Bru for it is one damn glorious soda.
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  • There was still time until the play, so we went to a zoological museum. Bisons and mooses are scary, I tell you, they’re enormous and I do not wish to witness what power bodies like that can hold. I’ve already seen that video of a moose running through snow that was up to its chest, like it was barely anything. No thank you.
  • The play itself was mediocre. And that’s only due to writing. Story itself was poor, characters weren’t true to the characters. Wednesday was no more than an angry teenager who screams at her parents when she doesn’t get what she wants, her brother was a bit too attached to his sister, and uncle Fester could not have been any more creepy if he wanted too, I never cringed so hard watching anything. But. Actors really did their best, and you could tell they’re putting their hearts into this. And there were some good and memorable jokes, even if I couldn’t tell you a single song.
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  • Theater itself amused me to no ends. It was so over-the-top refined. I kept hearing that Lithuanian song in my brain “auntie, let me into the theater, I wish to experience the magic of scene, come on auntie, just let me into the theater, I wish to revive the dwindling flames!” of the old-school post-soviet theaters that we had, with these bulky ladies at the door checking your tickets and ushering you in, with no pretense to it. Not complaining, of course. And theater itself was beautiful too.
  • Had a very mighty food poisoning, resulting in three very bad days, and a lot of coconut water. Luckily, I love coconut water.
  • Reading a review request book. Now I remember why I stopped asking for those.
  • As hard as it is to believe, I have indeed finished Kim Newman‘s “Johnny Alucard“. His stories are good, but they’re so blown out with his satire and comical biographies, that it tends to get real hard to read.

Log | Inktober, Organizing, and NaNoWriMo

I have finished Inktober! I set to do it, and I did it, by the official prompt too, all pandas. I’m very proud of myself, because this was the first challenge I set for myself this year, and I have not failed. So, for me, Day One was October 1st, and just how great is that?

That said, I have just entered NaNoWriMo data into the official page, and will begin writing every day tomorrow, to reach the goal of 50.000 words in a month, a novel in one month. Now, this one has a far greater chance to be a fail, but then, how can it be a fail, if I start and write at least a quarter of that, right? It’s nothing but gain to try. I found this great inspirational blog entry on Goodreads, if anyone needs encouragement: [These 24 books won NaNoWriMo]. Don’t know about you, but I have half of these books on my to-read list, and some I’ve already read, so, woah.

I’m working on an awesome project I won’t share details on, just gonna say it involves a lot of paper and paper-y testing, so I need quite a bit of space around me. And I don’t have a lot of that to begin with, so I’ve been re-organizing my shelves today for at least a couple hours, with Hocus Pocus playing in the background. I can’t say I’m a 100% pleased with the results, but some things did work out in my favor. See, I want practicality more than I want beauty, but then if it’s practical but ugly – I feel bad for it. I’m so ready to pack some books away. I just need to dedicate a day, take pictures, upload the good stuff on ebay or whatnot, and the rest – give away, donate. I mean, I don’t even have all the books I truly and honestly want to have in paper, for keeps, forever and ever, so why would I hang on to stuff I don’t care about all that much? So if I could just get rid of one side of my bookshelf, keeping the other one as a wall between my work space and the rest of the room – that’d be great. We’ll see tho. For the time being I’m ded and dusty. Yes. Ded.

Yesterday was a great day btw. I received two great things from USA, and I’m so sorry for everyone who ever sent me anything from USA, the shipping for you is the worst!

I’ve got a wonderful postcard with a letter in it, that inspired me, and made me very happy. And I’ve got a very heavy package full of crafting supplies. No joke, it’s a giant-ass bag full of beads, chains, bits and pieces, and oh it is glorious, fam, it is so very glorious. I’ve been sifting through it, allowing my mind to wander around in the possibilities. Except great things. But likely only in December, I’m giving myself some fair share of slack here for NaNoWriMo. But we’ll see, really, I type really fast, so maybe it won’t be a challenge at all!

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In the meantime, I continue to organize things in that small way, you know? where you shuffle things around, put them tidier together, maybe make a box for this thing, and get a rubber band to hold it together for that thing. If I remember anything I was supposed to tell you – I’ll write about it soon. Like, I’d like to tell you how Julie and Julia movie has inspired me to blog in the first place, for once.