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Calla Lillies

Here’s another piece of traditional art! Today it’s Calla Lillies, which I happen to like quite a bit. Again, River provided the sketch, and I did the inking and coloring.

I’m much happier with how this one turned out, though I can’t put my finger on exactly why. Maybe because there’s more detail?

Detail pic. I stippled the spadices, but it doesn’t really show in the picture, does it? :’)

I’ve been trying to work on some more digital paintings as well, but I’ve run into the same problem River was struggling with–for some reason GIMP thinks I’m trying to use two tools, so it ends up switching between them very quickly and keeps leaving unsightly blobs everywhere. T-T It’s very frustrating. So I may have to stick with traditional art until I can figure out how to get rid of this glitch. Wish me luck!


Of Dress up Dolls and Silliness

So I was playing around with this game, by Rinmaru Games, and just for fun I tried my hand at depicting a character of mine. She’s known for her stoicism.



Then I got to the hands section, and while all of the selections are lovely, most of them…did not fit her character. Silliness ensued.


She’s totally humoring someone. Who, I’m not sure, but someone.


*deadpan voice* “Pikachu. I choose you.”


What’s she playing that has her so nonplussed? The world may never know…


“A rose by any other name…would have thorns just as sharp.”


I call this one ‘Across the Interrogation Table.’


“You see this face? This is my ‘unamused’ face.”


“What’s in the glass? Nobody knows. Care to try a sip?”

Aaaaand, last but not least:


“…It’s too early for this.”

That one might be my favorite. ^w^ Anyway, hope you enjoyed the dash of silly!

How about you? Do you guys like dress up doll games?


Haiku. Just Because.

River came up to me today and said, “Let’s write haiku!”

So we wrote six haiku together, and split them up to post on our respective blogs.


Chocolate for a Valentine

Sweet dusky velvet

Cocoa, vanilla, and cream

Chocolate for you ❤


If I had no words,

these would carry the message

I would send to you.


Whispering secrets

Only trees will ever know

Laughing caresses

If you’re in the mood for poetry, why don’t you go check out River’s three as well?



The old typewriter had a mind of it’s own. And it waited, perched comfortably on the old desk, softly-worn keys shining invitingly. It had been years since anyone had sat down to write with it–but it didn’t mind. It was patient.

One day, someone would climb up the attic stairs and see it waiting–a child, perhaps, curious eyes lighting up when they spotted it. They would clamber up onto the creaky chair and run chubby fingers over it, hitting a key here or there and giggling with glee as they watched the black ink appear on the aged paper that it still carried. And then, maybe, just maybe, they would write, their fancy taking wing and spilling out onto the paper. And it would sing with the words, once again filled with the joy and life of a story.

And for that moment, the typewriter would wait.


So, River recently introduced me to Mondays Finish the Story…this was the result. ^w^

I hope you like it!


Le Ball Masque–Maskless Face Decorating!


This weeks theme is ‘Le Ball Masque’–but what do you do when you don’t want to, or can’t, wear a mask? The answer is simple, my friends…Face Painting!


There are a bunch of YouTube videos about Face Painting–here are four that I thought were nice. 🙂

A cute and more unusual rendition of an angel look. 😀

Articles on Face Painting:

I also found several articles on face painting–even how to make your own face paint!

Here are some of the basics: http://www.wikihow.com/Face-Paint

And this one’s how to make your own: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Face-Paint

Tips on being a good face painter: http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Good-Face-Painter

And if you’re a parent and want to face paint your little ones, this article might help: http://www.wikihow.com/Face-Paint-Kids-for-Halloween

And if you ever need any inspiration, there are a ton of photos online. Simply look up ‘face painting’ or ‘face painting tutorial’ (seriously, there are some really cool ones for that search key) and you’re good to go!

Happy Painting, everyone!


Make your own Chocolate Spider!


Today I will be showing you how to make a chocolate spider!

Chocolate Spider 1Behold, the chocolate spider! BWAHAHAHAHA–*ahem*

Step one: Melt some chocolate.

Step two: Spoon your melted chocolate into a plastic bag, then twist the top shut and snip the end off of the bag.


Step Three: Lay some plastic wrap over a plate.


Step Four: Take your piping bag of chocolate and pipe a large circle or oval for the spider’s body, and 10 V-shapes for the legs.

DSCI0844No, I have not forgotten that spiders only have eight legs–I’m giving you extras in case some break!

Step Five:  Pop your plate into the fridge until the chocolate is hard and can be peeled off of the plastic wrap. Then, take your left-over melted chocolate and start attaching the legs by piping a line of chocolate along one side of the oval, then adding a dab of chocolate on one end of the leg. Put the dry end against the line of chocolate you piped. You may need to add more chocolate on top to keep it steady.

DSCI0847Kindly ignore the chocolate butterflies. I had leftover chocolate.

Do this with eight legs, until it looks roughly like this:

Chocolate Spider 4

Step Six: Pop your spider back into the fridge to harden, and then you’re done~!

Make dozens and dozens of these, and you’ll have your own chocolate spider army at your disposal! 😀

Chocolate Spider 3Chocolate Spider 2Chocolate Spider 1Chocolate spiders! Chocolate spiders everywhere! 😮

Step Seven: (Optional) Eat the extra legs! And the spider too, if you want. 😉



The Month-Long Halloween Extravaganza!–Spooky Soundtracks.

Hello again. This week, I’ll be covering…spooky soundtracks! And ways to hide your speakers for Halloween night, so that you can play eerie music around your house. Let’s start with that first, shall we?

In the bushes.

It may seem obvious, but one of the easiest places to hide your speakers is in your shrubbery. Simply place them somewhere out of easy view, plug them in, and presto!

On the roof.

This one’s a little less obvious. Okay, a lot less obvious. And it requires you being willing to clamber about on your roof. Anyway, either disguise your speakers with dark cloth, put them against the chimney, or something like that. Plug them in, start your music, and let it flow down to the unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. 😉

Hidden in the yard.

If you have a patch of dirt in your yard that you don’t mind digging up, you might find this one fun. Dig a hole big enough for your speakers and lay them in, music side up. Take a piece of cloth as close to the color of your dirt as possible and lay it over your speakers, then sprinkle a thin layer of dirt on top to disguise it all. Enjoy!

Inside your Jack-o-lantern.

This thought came to me in a flash of orange earlier. 😉 When you carve your jack-o-lantern, put your speakers inside, with the plug going out of one of the carvings to be plugged in.

And now, we go forward to a place of monsters and creepily classical music…

The Hall of Halloween Music!

The Phantom of the Opera Overture.

Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor

In the Hall of the Mountain King

One-Eyed One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater

The Monster Mash.

The Addams’ Family Theme Song

Bonus points if you guys own an organ (or a keyboard with an organ setting. That would work too.) and play The Phantom of the Opera or Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor on your organ. 😀 If you do, please post a link in the comments below!