Summary: Goodbye, Summer

And hello Autumn, Halloween, Saovine!

The week was pretty good. Heck, I dare say it was good. There was a lot of work, but I managed to do everything on time. Even had a free weekend, but even without it – everything went well.

For some reason Autumn for me means more sales. I don’t know, maybe I just make very Autumn-y jewelry? Either way this meant that as the week started, my jog-work-home track became jog-mail-work-home. Later it became jog-atm-mail-work-home, because the ATM nearby broke, and our Post Office takes no cards. It broke while three of us stood in line by it. It broke for the lady before me. I warned the person behind me that it broke, why she didn’t warn us – I don’t know. It still meant I had to go all the way to the other side of the town to an ATM. But!

But. On one of these trips I found a lost, broken necklace, a little bit gothy. That’s my favorite thing – unwanted, broken jewelry I can revive for new life. On the same trip I went into a second-hand store too, and found a scarf with skulls on it! I collect these. Got three now. Four if we consider them Halloween themed. Second-hand stores are the best!

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Later in the week A. and L. picked me up to go watch The Hitman’s Bodyguard. I laughed to tears. The car stunts were amazing, actors were perfect, and soundtrack was great! I really can’t wait for when I can watch it again. While waiting for the movie we went to A.’s, where she made me this wonderful pear+chocolate tea. Sadly, I didn’t find such anywhere, but I got other two boxes that had pears on them. What can you do. After the movie we went to L.’s, where we ate pizza, and just chatted. I browsed all the presents I got too.

L., from her trip around the Baltic Countries, brought me (us) this compressed hand towel, with a dino on it. I really love these towels, they’re really useful, especially in my line of work, where paper towels are at risk to fall apart, and leave paper-y residue on my work, so if anyone wants to get me more – please do. And this wonderful squishy skeleton. He glows in the dark too! H., our friend from Germany, came back to Lithuania for a vacation, and brought me some things she said she will: a couple of books on vampires, and jewelry for me to recycle. But she didn’t say she’ll pack it into a Ravenclaw bag! A RAVENCLAW bag! For one, I really needed one of these, since my old one has square holes in it, made by really hard books. For two, it’s a RAVENCLAW bag! I love it to bits.

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The next day L. made wonderful lunch, and we spent the day playing Lego Marvel Superheroes. We’ve two more levels to go. We got stuck at Magnetic Personality, all my fault really, since I didn’t check a thing I thought I checked… The other levels we’ll be keeping for when she returns from Sweden.

Everyone around me were very kind. I chatted through the day with some people, others went out of their way to send me a note. I’m very grateful for it, for every small thing. Most of my life I felt very much alone on the battlefield. I’m happy to say I don’t feel alone anymore.

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[6] Elder Scrolls Online: Halloween

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So! Witches Festival, the Halloween Event in Elder Scrolls Online has begun! Much like previous anniversary event, this one too has a prize that gives 100% extra exp (I don’t think it stacks, since I tried it with Ambrosia potion and got less than I did before), and some other things too.

The quest is obtainable via Crown Store, under Special OffersCrow Caller” and is free. It’ll drop an item to your inventory, and once used, item will disappear, leaving you with a quest, which is under Holiday Events in your journal, called “Witchmother’s Bargain“.

Once summoned the Witchmother will appear with a bunch of crows and will tell you what she needs of you, in exchange for the gifts. She’ll require:

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1 gut
  • 1 essence of death

Pumpkin can be stolen at any market, there’s always a stall selling vegetables, or at least I’m pretty sure there is. Worst case scenario, below is a picture of Glenumbra location.

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Guts are dropped by all larger non-threatening animals, does, bucks, sheep, goats, etc. One of each is enough. As for Death Essence – any delve boss will drop that, I chose some dwarven one, because I like to loot there, in case I find a motif.3

Essence of Death essentially looks like a cut-off goblin ear. And once you collected all three items, you’ll be prompted to return to the first big map on which you started your game (that’s the map where you first get to buy a horse), Daggerfall being Glenumbra map. Once you’re there, you can look around the map to find where the quest is, for I, personally, teleported to town, and thus was on the other side of the map.4

Witchmother’s cave is neatly decorated, and, of course, already had a bunch of people there, enjoying newly received presents. Took a selfie there, since Halloween is just the very best.5

Once inside, Witchmother will prompt you to put the stuff into the cauldron, and then drink some. All kinds of fancy things happen, you get achievements, prizes, and some interesting event (as in: event is only unlocked once you do this quest).6

I walked out and joined the crowd of skeletons. In your inventory you will find that same whistle you used to summon the Witchmother, but instead of her, now you’ll only get her cauldron appear. Drink from it, and may the madness begin! You turn into a skeleton, you get 100% exp more from all you do, your voice is changed into this funny different one, AND!! Every boss on the map (at least I think that’s how it is, judging from how it only dropped from Molag Bal’s generals at the dolmens) will drop this funny skull bucket in the duration of the event.7

Now, I only had time to collect two before I had to leave the game and reach the bed due to it being 1am when I tried this all out, but from what I see, this will be amazing! There’s new style material, as in, crafting motifs, and materials to craft from. There’s always some kind of bugs in there too, and I guess there might be other goodies. So get there, do this, and be merry, for this is our time!

THIS IS HALLOWEEN!

Elven Autumn

So, today a bit about my side-job-hobby. Jewelry crafting. To be more specific, of my newest piece: Elven Autumn.

I made this with a sense of Gothic Lolita, Elven Gothic Lolita, Elven Goths, and Japanese type of lolita. Basically it’s fantasy+goth in my head. It took me three hours to make it, so I’m selling it for three times less of what it’s worth, and invite you to think about it.

The ribbon is what took me so long. At first I wanted to make four little loops, but as sewing went on, I realized I just cannot for the life of me base it all on how well will the glue hold it. So I ripped it all off, and started youtubing: how to make a perfect bow. You’re witnessing the result. Yes, symmetry is not perfect, but it’s hand made, it doesn’t have to be perfect. One of the kind is never perfect.

Then, of course, the perfect length of bead bib. Oh how difficult it was to decide. I settled for this length of 9, for I thought of black cats and their nine lives. In the back it is sewed to the ribbon, and the ribbon is tightly sewed onto what I assume is a button loop at the back of this pretty little brooch base you’re seeing. So it’s as secure as they come, I promise.

Now, why the autumn? Because when I put it on the red marble, in the chill of the room, it just spoke to me of autumn, fall, cool dawns with someone in a full attire, and this under their chin.

So this is my baby. Love it as I do, please. Below some more pictures, you may use any of them if you give credit where credit is due (and if you link me to it, I will put it somewhere public in return, win-win)

Halloween snaks

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It breaks my heart to say we don’t have Halloween tradition rooted here. We have a similar celebration in Spring, but it’s not the same. No special candies, no fun movies on television. Luckily this year I was given the gift of Netflix in Lithuania, so I will make my own personal Halloween if I’m alive, and have a home to live in.

But here’s what I actually wanted to tell you about. I realize, that taking a picture, and re-telling the story behind it is a bit easier, so it’s how I’m gonna do it. I don’t have the instinct modern kids do, to snap pictures of everything, so every picture I do take – was taken for a reason. This is one of them. What you see is what you probably tried, ate, and maybe even hated if you’re an American, or someone with proper Halloween. Let’s face it, most Halloween candies suck, since they’re nothing but sugar and/or corn-syrup, food coloring, and possibly corn-starch, like candy corn (and fake blood packs) are.

These, my friends, are candy corn. I had them once in my life, in school, when previous class-tutor sent a bag of Halloween goodies to her former class. I didn’t know the woman, but it didn’t matter, everyone was given their share. Okay, so maybe I didn’t have it just once in my life, but that stuck in my mind the best, for it bloomed my love for this unhealthy deliciousness.

Last year, I’m not even joking, last year my friend told me her mother plans to send over a package soon, and asked me if I want anything, and she’d ask on my behalf. Being shy but able to accept what’s given to me, I asked for candy corn. This year, and this is why I told you I’m serious, she finally received that said package. And while she forgot I asked for those candied corns, she still packed them all off for me, for she tried it and was horrified! Well, probably not horrified, but she hated it, so she packed them all for me, since I told her, after she told me they’re disgusting, that they’re as good as my favorites from Halloween candy selection. By now I ate them all with help of my own mother, who seems to share my taste in odd sweets. And I tell you, for me it was heaven. We don’t have that. It has good memories tied to it. And in general, how can one hate candy, even if it’s not that good?

So that’s my story for today. How I had a year old candy-corn, and loved every bit of it.