a bit pricey though :(

anonymous asked:

I'm not sure if this has been said yet but as a plus sized FTM trans kid I COULD NOT find a binder and I was freaking out. But then I found an amazing little store through storenvy called Shapeshifters that makes custom binders! They're $50 each so a bit pricey but they fit amazingly and they actually flatten me even though I have a G cup bra size naturally. I would definitely recommend any plus size trans guy to them! They go through storenvy OR their own website! Worth the investment!

holy shit thanks for letting us know this is really important like,, holy shit

binders that can actually flatten a large chest !!!!!

if anyone else has used this store please let us know what you think of it as well - there are a lot of people out there who want to bind but can’t get binders that fit because most binders seem to be made for thin people with nothing above d or dd cup bra sizes

thanks a lot for this, anon

Zelda merchandise: Amazing figurines, cool leather jackets, beanies, hats and , cardigans, lamps and all other things, done in a pleasant and adult friendly green/ brown. Very tasteful and easy to find. A bit pricey, though. Not much really cute child friendly merchandise.

Mario merchandise: Exclusive or pre-order figures that are hard to find. At least there’s some nice plush toys. A beanie, a pair of socks and one (1) tacky candy coloured dress, all with coins or question mark blocks featured on them. Like Wario or Waluigi? Fuck you. Everything is garish. Stuff that is cool is meant for five year old boys bc adults don’t like Mario, do they?

Pokemon merchandise: god tier. Anything you want, it exists. If not, a fans probably got you covered.

Metroid merchandise: oh hon no. You get the amiibo of shame.

Since its close to Valentines day, how about the boys trying to make certain chocolates for thier crush?

Sure thing, please enjoy it!

Korekiyo Shinguuji

  • He tries his hardest, he really does, but this just isn’t his line of expertice.
  • But he reads the recipe very carefully before doing anything! Each step is followed carefully, he wouldn’t want you putting trash into your beautiful human digestive system.
  • He simply wouldn’t allow it.
  • So he makes sure to follow the recipe perfectly.
  • He also leaves quite a mess in his kitchen.
  • On Valentine’s Day, he’s sure he has everything planned!
  • He’s going to walk up to you, tell you that you look lovely, give you the chocolates, and wish you a happy Valentine’s Day.
  • Things…don’t go as well as planned.
  • As soon as he’s standing before you, he freezes up, his nerves get the best of him.
  • He thrusts the box of chocolates at you before walking away, blushing.
  • You’re pretty surprised, but…why not eat them?
  • They taste pretty good, nothing extraordinary, but not blande either.
  • Overall a nice gesture with good intent!

Rantarou Amami

  • A little more experience than Korekiyo, but still fairly inept.
  • He tries his best in the kitchen, but in the end, things come out a little messy…
  • Well, although they’re a little misshapen, they taste delicious.
  • He tests one just to be sure, this is a very important exchange, he can’t make you chocolates that you wouldn’t like…you’d never go out with him then.
  • Honestly, he’s kind of nervous, but he decides to take a deep breath and just do this.
  • So he walks up to you at your locker after the class, making casually friendly conversation, just enjoying a nice chat!
  • Finally, he segways cleanly into the topic of Valentine’s Day, and with all the confidence he can muster, gives you the chocolates.
  • They’re in a neatly tied, lovingly decorated little green box, and you can tell he put a lot of care into this.
  • You accept his gift with a smile, and you can tell he’s very pleased and relieved!
  • Maybe someday he’ll have the confidence to ask you out, but for now, this will do.

Kokichi Ouma

  • Is an absolutely useless cook, and there is no way in hell he made those himself.
  • But nobody ever said your underlings couldn’t make the Valentine’s Day chocolates for you! That was never specified!
  • Regardless, they taste AMAZING, and a whole new batch has to be made because Ouma keeps eating them all.
  • But finally, a batch sticks, and Ouma agrees to stop eating them and actually wrap some for you.
  • He puts them in a little bag, ties it with a nice ribbon, and writes your name on it.
  • He’s blushing just enough to be noticeable when he does this, prompting some teasing from his underlings.
  • Ignoring them, he decides he has to do this, he’s come too far to back out now!
  • So on Valentine’s Day, he approaches you right after school. He’s blushing again, and he’s quite fidgety. He looks nervous.
  • He’s just kind of glaring at the bag in his hands, like he doesn’t know what to say to you and is trying to avoid eye contact.
  • Finally, he takes a deep breath, and still beet red, holds out the bag.
  • You’re surprised at first, but he’s not done.
  • He tells you he’s liked you since the day he first saw you, and he wants to take your friendship further than just a friendship.
  • He…wants to be your boyfriend.
  • You agree immediately, you can’t help yourself, he just looks so cute, and you can tell he’s not lying, you can see how nervous he’s been about this, you can see how much he wants to care for you.
  • He looks absolutely elated when you say yes, like his entire world just got brighter, and you can’t help but laugh.
  • The chocolates are just a plus. Now you have Ouma too.

Shuuichi Saihara

  • He’s…not very good at this, but he tries.
  • The chocolates are in a pretty standard box, he can’t really think of anything special, but he swears he put a LOT of effort into making the chocolates themselves!
  • He sits with them in his bag all day long, waiting for the perfect opportunity to give them to you.
  • He’s blushing for practically the entire day, he’s really nervous.
  • And in the end…you go home without even talking to him once that day.
  • Just as well, he supposes.
  • He throws them out with a sigh, he chickened out again, what was he even thinking?
  • At least, that’s what he thought until you approached him on his walk home.
  • He was surprised, really! And a little mad at himself for throwing out the chocolates.
  • Even though they were pretty bitter.
  • But what’s this? You made chocolates for him?
  • He’s honestly really taken aback, he never thought you would do something like this just for him…
  • He’s very grateful! Maybe this could mean something more…?
  • But he doesn’t get a chance to ask before you’re back on your way home.
  • Maybe another time.

Kaito Momota

  • Out of all the boys, he’s the worst at this.
  • His chocolates look terrible, they probably taste terrible, but they are in one hell of a box!
  • It’s fully galaxy printed, and looks awesome.
  • He’s not nervous about giving them to you, that’s not a problem, but…
  • He’s pretty nervous about asking you out along with them.
  • He’s blushing a little, but otherwise, he looks pretty happy and confident!
  • He just really, really wants you to like him, that’s all.
  • So, before you two leave class at the end of the day, he asks to speak to you!
  • You comply, because you’re curious, and he’s sweet, and you’re hoping that maybe you’ll get something out of this because it’s Valentine’s Day.
  • He doesn’t avoid the top, but he does bring it up pretty casually.
  • He mentions that he made you something, hand hands you the box.
  • You’re more surprised by how great it looks than the fact that the chocolates look so bad!
  • You thank him quickly, and are ready to leave, when he stops you.
  • He says that isn’t all he wanted to say today.
  • Finally, he just mans up and tells you he’s had feelings for you since before he could even remember, and he wants to be more than friends.
  • You’re surprised, but you do say yes, because you like him back!
  • Happy ending!

Kiibo

  • He’s thoroughly searched the internet for the best possible recipes to use! The ones with the nicest ingredients, best reviews, and…the ones that are a bit on the pricey side.
  • So even though the ingredients pretty much swallow his wallet, he’s glad he could get them!
  • Every individual chocolate is individually inspected for quality before being boxed.
  • He’s a little nervous, because he can’t actually taste, so he has no idea if they’re good or not…but he hopes they are!
  • He doesn’t really know the proper protocol for giving you the chocolates.
  • He doesn’t actually know the proper protocol for Valentine’s Day at all, especially now that he’s had his first crush!
  • It’s very stressful! He’s nervous!
  • But he picks a time he feels suitable, right after school.
  • But things can never just work out perfectly…
  • By the time the end of the day comes around, he’s exhausted.
  • The constant stress of him being nervous about giving you the chocolates has been eating at his battery all day, and he’s just wiped.
  • You notice him struggling to stay awake in his desk as the class pulls to a close, he looks like he could pass out at any moment, but sleepy Kiibo still looks kind of adorable.
  • When class ends, the entire class leaves, and Kiibo just…doesn’t register that they’re gone…he’s still just sitting there, bobbing in and out of consciousness.
  • You walk over and sit beside him, stroking his hair gently and chuckling to yourself as you ask him if he’s alright.
  • He snaps to attention, blushing and apologizing.
  • He quickly remembers the chocolates, and musters up enough energy to offer them to you!
  • You happily accept them, and he gives you a tired smile, you can tell he was hoping for that.
  • You offer to walk him home, because you’re pretty sure he won’t make it hope alone…
  • Sleepy end?

Gonta Gokuhara

  • He makes an absolute mess of the kitchen.
  • Just a total disaster.
  • He tries his best, but in the end he has almost nothing to show for it…
  • He makes a few messy chocolates, and they’re not very good, but it’s the effort that counts, and he spent hours on these.
  • When he gives them to you, he’s so excited! He hopes you really like them!
  • You ignore the way they look, it’s the thought that matters.
  • You thank him very gratefully and give him a nice hug!
  • He hugs you back, and may or may not pick you up accidentally in the process.
  • He’ll ask you out another time, but for now, he’ll be a friend.
  • Even if he wants to be more.

Ryouma Hoshi

  • Well…a short story, really.
  • He puts a lot of effort into them.
  • A lot. Hours of effort.
  • Finally, they’re perfect, everything about them is perfect, you couldn’t buy more perfect chocolates.
  • He boxes them nicely, they’re just perfect.
  • But when he gets to school, he notices something kind of crushing.
  • You’re already getting chocolates.
  • Lots of them.
  • So many other people want you.
  • He’s out of your league.
  • He throws them away.
  • He never mentions this to you.

For anyone interested by the way, the Tales of formal wear straps are up on sites like Yahoo Japan Auctions and Otamart, though they are a bit pricey depending on the character!

My pencil case is honestly one of my most prized possessions. I carry it around in a bag with me everywhere on a daily basis (except Saturdays), sometimes to places where I don’t even need a writing utensil. (Kind of strange right?)

Well, let’s not waste any time get started looking through!

Basic Information

I bought this pencil bag at a Korean stationary store called Morning Glory. It has a denim exterior with the words “Becoming Simple + Smart Pouch” on a leather-like cutout. It also has some brown zipper and fabric on the sides. I don’t remember its price (perhaps about $20 or more), and unfortunately it is not sold anymore. But Morning Glory still has a lot of cute pencil cases in all shapes and sizes, so if there’s one available near you, you should definitely check it out! (It’s a bit pricey though)

Front Zipper Compartment

On the front there are 5 pockets in total. However, I only use the left side because 2 of the 3 pockets on the right have ripped because I used it too much. (Hopefully it can be sewed back on). On the left side I hold:

  • Sharpie highlighters (in pink, orange, florescent yellow, green, and blue)
  • Paperclips in assorted colors

Back Zipper Compartment

This is the main compartment of my pencil case, and the one that holds the most stuff. The front section of the back compartment consists of one big pocket and 3 rings for pencils/pens. In the big pocket I hold:

  • LINE Friends fine point gel pen from Korea (size not specified)
  • 0.7 Uniball Jetstream pens (in black, blue, and red)
  • A mechanical pencil from my orthodontist (0.5mm)
  • HB #2 Steadtler Norica pencil (in black)

In the three pencil rings I hold:

  • BIC HB #2 mechanical pencil (0.7mm)
  • Papermate G-Force mechanical pencil (0.5mm)
  • “Girlie Dots” purple mechanical pencil from Morning Glory (0.5mm)

The back section of the compartment is the bulk of the pencil bag. It currently contains:

  • Swingline mini stapler (in pink)
  • Teal Post-it notes
  • Pullable Post-it notes (in green and pink)
  • Pentel Ain Hi-polymer plastic eraser (in white)
  • Pentel HB Super Hi-polymer lead (0.5mm)
  • Swingline standard staples (for stapler)
  • Staples black USB flash drive
  • BIC Wite-Out (EZ Correction Tape)


That’s basically all that’s inside in my main pencil case!

I actually have two other pencil cases. One a friend got for my birthday which I use for other highlighters, pens, and pencils I don’t use as much. Another is a cheap binder-ring case for color pencils and large sticky notes. All are pretty small and easy to carry in my backpack. ^^

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This recipe is the only way I’ve ever liked brussels sprouts and its ridiculously easy. My partner @americaskitchensink taught it to me but I’m not sure if she came up with it or what. 

Sprouts are super healthy, though they can be a bit pricey and don’t last too long in the fridge. The good thing is that they go a long way–you don’t need a lot of sprouts unless you’re cooking for a lot of people. 

Ingredients and tools: 

  • fresh, raw brussels sprouts (as much or as little as you want) 
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder or minced garlic (optional) 
  • oven
  • cookie sheet or baking pan (lined with foil if you want to make cleanup easier)
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • bowl big enough for the sprouts 
  • your hands for mixing (or a spoon, but hands work better imo)

method: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (205 C)
  2. Wash the sprouts well and pick off any gross outer leaves (the inside will be okay). 
  3. Cut each sprout in half lengthwise and dump in the bowl. If the stem part is long, cut that off if you want and discard. Some of the outer leaves will fall off while you’re cutting–you can dump them in the bowl too or discard them.
  4. Pour a little bit of olive oil into the bowl with the sprouts–you need less than you think. You don’t want to drown the sprouts, just veeeeery lightly coat the outside. 
  5. Add salt & pepper & garlic (if using) to taste.
  6. Mix it all together with your hands or a spoon.
  7. Dump the sprouts onto the baking pan or sheet and spread them so they’re in a single layer.
  8. Put into the oven for 30-45 minutes, checking every now and then. Baking less means they’ll be crunchier and more the texture of raw broccoli, while baking more means they’ll get softer on the inside and crispy on the outside. 
  9. Serve right away after you get them out -or- cover in plastic wrap (you may want to put them back in the bowl for this) and stick in the fridge until they’re chilled (this is my fav way to eat them). 

2016 is the year of big changes. I’ve pretty much mapped out the whole year with small goals and much larger goals of what I hope to do and accomplish. One of the more recent and smaller [big] changes is colouring my hair the colour I’ve been dreaming about for sooooo long now. Working with a modelling agency its really hard to get them to approve on big image changes like hair colour because it can make or break a career. I’ve taken a break for a few months not to focus on my future and do the things I want to do for myself (like colouring my hair). 

 Over the past months I’ve been going to Moods Salon in Vancouver and they are honestly some of the most talented stylists. They’ve done hair for names like Kendall Jenner, Victoria Secret so many more that I just can’t even think of right now. Their prices when it comes to colouring hair are pretty standard but when it comes to haircuts, they can be a bit pricey. Highly worth it though because I used to get my hair but by the same woman whenever I was in Vancouver and my hair would always knot itself in this once place in the back and when I would take photos of the back of my hair I couldn’t see some places that were more thinned out. She’s amazing at men’s hair and cuts by boyfriends hair every few weeks. She’s one of the few people he lets touch his hair because he’s quite fussy with his hair. 

 I’ve slowly been getting balayage highlights in my hair but it’s taking a while because of the amount of recent box dye I’ve been doing in my hair. A salon I went to in Shanghai completely bleached my hair no problem and it was actually really healthy but in North America I think they like to take things slower which can be frustrating. The stylist I’m working with also happens to be a friend so she’s been so great in making sure she doesn’t compromise the health and condition of my hair. This time I’ve asked if we could just bleach the entire thing and she seems to be on board which I’m quite excited for. 

 I think one of the reasons I’m so eager to just get it done and have it done already is because I’ve been wanting to break away from this image I feel like I’ve known for so long. I look in the mirror and a certain shade of brown or hair style takes me back to a series of memories, some good, some bad and I think I want to just create a new beginning of looking at myself in the mirror and being excited to see something new and different. It may be silly because obviously appearance is exterior but i’d be lying if I said I’m not looking forward to a temporary change. Not even reinventing myself but rather bringing out a different side of myself and having fun with it while I can.

 It’s all happening today so I’m thinking we’ll be working on my hair for a good 5 hours or so which will be nice. She’s currently interning so she can’t take paying costumers at the salon but because she knows I want to film the process, she said she would just take care of it which I think is so unbelievably sweet of her. As soon as she gets a chair I’m going to help promote her like crazy because she really deserves. At such a young age she’s already proved to be such an amazing stylist and I can’t wait to watch her grow.

 This image change is more than just a colour change, for me it’s going to be the start of a new chapter in my life. The small start to the BIG changes of 2016. Can’t wait to share it xx

i also think im going to buy splatoon 2 even though it’s a bit pricey for me but i think it could be a nice way to reduce the stress levels in my body because ur amygdala cant be over active when ur a squid having fun, i think

anonymous asked:

Hey do you have any good vanilla or just any scented perfume recommendations? I'm currently in the market for a new one :) Xx

Hi baby! 

I just bought the awesome Vanille by Outremer. It’s a wonderful vanilla scented perfume. I wrote a review on the fragrance here

I also REALLLLLY love Santal by Le Labo. They’re a bit pricey though so maybe visit the store or order a sample of it on their website for a really cheap price :) x

anonymous asked:

Hey! Do you have any favorite pens that you would recommend?

hi! thank you so much for stopping by! i do, omg i’m such a stationery hoarder *cackles unashamedly* (⁄ ⁄•⁄ω⁄•⁄ ⁄). 

1. this is my absolute favorite (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚ (i have like 5 of these oops). it is the uni-ball signo dx in size 0.38. it’s really smooth on paper, and the pen tip is super small so it’s great for people with tiny handwriting like me, and is especially great for art when making pen lines (looks great when scanning too).
i use this pen for what i like/ more important occasions ie. essays, exams and art (i also use this pen a lot on my bujo, so if you need to know what it looks like, just check my bujo spreads╰(*´︶`*)╯
just a warning though,it’s a bit on the pricey side, the ink runs out pretty fast (but it may be because i use it for everything i do) and it smudges because it’s a gel pen, so you have to wait a bit before highlighting on it (and be extra careful about water and dropping it (once you do, if the cap’s off, that pen is gone bro) with this child - but other than that, it’s a wonderful pen to use)

2. my favorite blue pen. i don’t really like blue pens, but i’ve been using this for years when i need that super distinctive difference in color on my notes for lectures. it’s the pentel energel in size 0.5. another gel (can you see the trend haha). also super smooth, and also has the water smudging issue, but this pen doesn’t die if you drop it, the ink lasts you for quite a while too (´ ∀ ` *)

3. i just found this (my only regret is that i didn’t buy this in a smaller size), but it’s growing on me. it’s the faber-castell document proof super true gel cushion tip for comfort writing in size 0.5 (ikr the name is so long, i had a good cackle typing this out). it’s incredibly smooth, more than my uniball and i never thought i’d say that. the ink lasts well and it’s great for writing fast and/or cursive. the cost for this pen (where i live) is pretty affordable, and they come with refills ^^ (hopefully i don’t lose them though knowing me) ╰(▔∀▔)╯

4.  is this considered a pen(?) but it’s the zig calligraphy pen in size 2.0 and 3.0 (that’s how much i love it, i’ve 4 of these). it’s such a good art pen. good for making headers, titles, calligraphy, sketchy lines, ugh. it’s super good. it’s the more affordable option to other art pens, but the ink quality is stellar and the ink lasts really well. however, it is not a brush pen, and it being a calligraphy pen means that it will smudge and will stain on water, but it’s a extremely good pen (o˘◡˘o)

as for ball point, i don’t buy them tbh, i normally get the company ones in my mom’s office or if my friends get them for me as gifts (because it’s widespread knowledge amongst them that i love stationery 😂) 

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you didn’t ask me for this, but i just wanted to list this down in case anyone was wondering. the muji black pen. (muji doesn’t label their things nor can i remember the size of the pen, but it is the bigger pen tip size (because it was cheaper)). i only bought this pen to see the hype on muji stationery, and i was a bit let down. it’s pretty smooth, but i probably wouldn’t buy it again. it’s rather expensive, and it isn’t as smooth as my other pens (it gets scratchy at times). it’s also too big for my handwriting, so i normally use it for making titles (or when i need large words on my notes). it’s my personal opinion, but i feel like the price of the pen doesn’t really equate to their quality (which is rare that i’m saying this because it’s muji and i love muji), but then again, muji’s hella expensive where i’m from - but don’t turn away from the pen, try it out if you want, my personal opinions shouldn’t sway yours ^^

i hope this managed to help you ~ i highly recommend you try these pens out because i really love them ( ´ ▽ ` )

cosima-geekmonkey  asked:

Hi! I love your blog. Do you know any (international) websites with good and/or cheap notebooks or stationary? Thank you.

Hey there! Thank you for liking the blog :) Unfortunately, I’m not too sure about the stationery selling being international, but you could definitely look at the following sites:

  • Fallindesign (this is cute Korean stationery, but I don’t know how good the quality is)
  • Daiso (this is a Japanese brand I quite like, and it’s not overly pricey either)
  • Papyrus (their stuff is super pretty, but can be a bit pricey)
  • Muji (this is a big favorite of the studyblr community, so it’s worth checking out. In my experience, though, it can be a bit pricey)
  • Typo (one of my favorites ever. Prices aren’t too bad, and their stuff is so beyond cute and creative. Aside from stationery, I very much enjoy their snarky cards)

If anyone else has any suggestions, feel free to message me and I’ll add it to the list :)

10

Scenes From the Rose Bowl

My mother’s in town, and since she’s an antiques dealer, that means a trip to the flea market. One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is that there’s a great flea market almost every weekend. I’m partial to the Pasadena City College flea, the first Sunday of the month. Santa Monica, the second and fourth Sunday, is quite nice though a bit pricey. Third Sunday means Long Beach, a bit of a haul from my house but a great show. But there’s only one true heavyweight champion.

The Rose Bowl Flea Market is one of the largest monthly markets in the United States. It stretches around the 100,000-seat stadium and far our into the parking lot. There are all manner of goods for sale - a big section selling swap meet junk, candles and artisinal honey, a huge antiques and vintage area that’s bigger in itself than pretty much any other show in California. 

But for clothing lovers, the mother lode is over the trickling Arroyo, a concrete bridge away. There are hundreds of clothing dealers from all over the country, buying and selling. In fact, they come from all over the world - there are dozens of Japanese and European dealers filling duffel bags for the plane ride home.

There’s plenty of miscellaneous vintage menswear. Standbys like letter jackets, band t-shirts and embroidered Western shirts. Tons of militaria, old and new - a few dealers always have really impressive foreign surplus, and if you’re just looking for an old Army jacket, you can find one at any of a hundred stalls. A few dealers specialize in workwear or Rockabilly garb. I even spotted one dealer selling traditional menswear.

It’s not always just old stuff, either. The folks from Yuketen were on hand, offering a sample sale selection of shoes at $100-150, plus a few racks of Monitaly sportcoats and a few bags. A young man representing a brand called Heirloom & Co. was selling shirts and henleys for $25-35 (they retail, he told me, for more than $100). I bought a t-shirt - it’s gorgeous, but after a run through the washing machine it’s too short for my 6′3″ frame. 

If you decide to hit the Rose Bowl, a few words of warning. First: don’t expect a thrift store selection. Very little tailored clothes, a lot of vintage t-shirts. Second: arrive early. The waves of chumps start rolling in around 10:30. Be there by seven or eight if you really want to shop. Third: remember that the time to buy it is when you see it. There are no re-dos in the flea market shopping game.

(photos by Jesse Thorn)

supercoolbutawakardperson  asked:

How can do other pair of hands? beause i want to cosplay as sardonyx from steven universe and has 4 hands

Hello there!

Sardonyx is a total cutie. Have fun cosplaying her. :]

I have ideas on how to make her arms and attach them fairly securely to your body, but I don’t have ideas on how to make them spin around your waist. If that is something you would like, hopefully someone will post an idea in the comments.

For the arms themselves, you have a few options. Some people use mannequin arms for this purpose, since they are pre-made, rigid, and already look like arms, so all they need is decoration to make them look like the character’s arms. If you want something fairly easy, though a bit heavy and pricey, and unable to be posed, go with this.

If I were doing this, I’d want them to be posable. She’s a very expressive character, so let’s talk posability. For this, you’ll have to craft your own arms, and there are a couple of ways of going about this. Feel free to mix and match arm materials and armature. Also, one advantage of her design is that she wears elbow-length gloves on her second arms, so while the structure underneath would need to be pretty, you only have to make the surface of half the arms look pretty (and the easy half, too, since no fingers!).

One material you can use is stuffed fabric. It would be easy enough – make a long tube with a glove at the end, put your armature in, and stuff it with batting. You can also use a fabric cover over other materials.

Another material you can use for structure is foam. I would recommend something like expanding insulation foam that you can spray over your armature and carve into shape. XPS foam/”pink” insulation foam would also work, but you’d need to make at least two pieces sandwiched together in order to get it thick enough and to get your armature inside. You can either smooth the surface and paint it to look like skin, or you can cover it with fabric. I would recommend filling in the gaps with wood filler/spackle, sanding it smooth, using some type of resin or hardener on it (make sure it’s matte), and painting with a matte or satin paint. For even more realism, you can use liquid latex for a skin-like appearance. This method will be more rigid and give more realistic volume than fabric stuffed with batting.

For the armature, you also have some options. One option is a long piece of wire that goes through the whole arm. Make sure it is thick enough and/or doubled up so that you can get the poses you want while still supporting the piece. This would work well for the hands if you wanted posable fingers, and would work best for the rest of the arm if you used fabric.

You can also create a more realistic arm skeleton structure. You would use a rigid material (such as wooden dowels or small diameter PVC pipe) for the upper arm and forearm, and use some type of joint between. A ball joint would work best, but even a door hinge would work for the elbow if all you wanted was up and down motion. Make sure that this can stay in place where you leave it. You can also use some thick wire between the “bones” (or threaded through PVC pipe) to create bendable joints. You can use small “bones” in the hands, as well, though I would recommend just using wire there instead of trying to recreate a complex hand and wrist skeleton at a hardware store. (With wire for each finger and the thumb, you can easily bend and shape the hands into a few different poses, such as having your extra hands on your hips, or having your arms outward with your palms up.) This method would work well with both stuffed fabric arms and carved foam arms.

You might also be able to saw apart mannequin arms at the elbow and add your own joint, and then re-cover that section.

To attach them, you’ll need a solid understructure. I would create something akin to a corset that goes around your waist underneath your cummerbund and that fits closely, with some structure added (elastic panels, boning, interfacing, whatever you think would be most comfortable and give you the most support). If you need more structure, you can create shoulder straps that are worn underneath the tuxedo, though, much like a very weird bra, you want most of the support to come from the band, not the straps. They would help prevent the rig from slipping or shifting, though, so probably a good idea as a backup support system.

Depending on how you make the arms and if you want them permanently attached or removable, there are a few attachment options. Stuffed fabric can be sewn to the rig, though if they are at all heavy, the ends may droop. Otherwise, make sure that your armature structure goes all the way to the rig, and doesn’t stop at the “shoulder,” so that the arms can be self-supporting. Your best bet for attaching them would be to screw them on with a rigid backing so they have stability. (Also, take a look at this post for inspiration.) You would attach the arms to the understructure and then thread them through holes in the cummerbund.

If you wanted to make the entire midsection spin, I imagine that you would attach the arms to a rigid section that is able to smoothly roll past your actual midsection. This would be rather difficult, especially because torsos aren’t perfectly round, but more oval in shape. I’m sure someone will figure out a way to do it, though.

Good luck! I hope your cosplay turns out well. :]

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adventures-of-ash  asked:

Any tips for learning Latin? I've tried several times with wheelocks Latin and it's been incredibly difficult although I didn't find German or French too difficult. I know Latin is different in its usage, so should I take a certain approach different to other languages? I'm self taught if that helps! Any specific websites or books I could consult for easy learning?

Hello adventures-of-ash! So Latin is an interesting language because it combines a lot of grammar concepts that people dread. It’s very technical and it requires a lot of concentration and dedication. Honestly, I’m really proud of you for even taking the step to learn it through self-study!

So I learned Latin in school and we used a textbook that I just love. It’s called Latin for the New Millennium. I would definitely recommend it since Latin is a textbook language. It’s not something you really can learn to listen to or speak so it’s critical that you understand grammar concepts. It’s a bit pricey though, and averages about $50 on Amazon for the student edition (mind you, the answers to the exercises would be included in the teacher edition, not the student). (I checked on thriftbooks.com too but it’s out of stock!).

Another cool book I’m actually currently reading is Carpe Diem by Harry Mount (which is much more affordable on Amazon… under $10!). It’s something that you can read through and is entertaining but also contains great grammar lessons! It’s perfect for people who are brushing up on Latin or are trying it for the first time!

Or you could try a Latin primer… there are tons available but they’re so boring ugh.

But let’s get real, no one who’s self-studying wants to pay any money. So let’s talk free websites:

http://ielanguages.com/latin1.html : VERY good grammar website! I use this site for Italian and I love it! It offers a whole bunch of lessons and several courses, this is just for the Latin 1 course. But if you use this right it can help you acheive great results!

http://www.textkit.com/latin_grammar.php : This website contains links for Latin textbooks. I haven’t used many of them but I would definitely recommend sifting through these to find one that works!

http://www.linneyslatinclass.com/ghlectures.php : These are Latin lectures. Personally, I don’t learn well from lectures but if you’re an auditory learner this could be great for you!

http://lexicity.com/ : This website has so much about a plethora of ancient languages, it’s an incredible site and I love it! It’s fairly general though so use this as a companion source!

https://www.memrise.com/ : great source to learn Latin, or any language for that matter. Since you’ve studied both German and French (btw that’s amazing) I would assume you’re familiar with this website

http://www.forvo.com/languages/la/ : this is a pronunciation website which even though I said earlier that you don’t really listen or speak Latin, this can still be useful because you’ll hear the language in your head when you read and write. IMPORTANT: This website can be used for any language!

So yeah. That’s all I’ve got! You can also check out my Latin and Resources tags if you’re looking for more! Let me know how your language journey goes and if you need help/want to practice just let me know! I’m here for you and I’m incredibly proud of your successes thus far! :)

anonymous asked:

May i ask what kind of watercolors you use? I really want to base my art around that media but i don't know which kind would be best to buy~ thank you! (ps: your art is awesome! Never stop painting!)

Thank you so much for the compliment! I’m really glad you like my art and I surely try to improve my painting skills in the future works! ^^

To the actual question: 

Schmincke is my personal favorite brand for watercolor. Very rich in pigment, blends really nicely.  They are a bit pricey though so if you are just getting around watercolors, I’d suggest starting with for example Daler Rowney set. In my experience they are very nicely pigmented as well.

These are the gouaches I use, Daler Rowney and Talens. Sometimes I put both watercolor and gouache in one painting to get some specific effect. Gouache is a “heavier” paint than watercolor and it’s sometimes fun to play with the contrast of the delicate watercolor washes and thick gouache color blocks. Also, you can use gouache as you use watercolor, so if you want to experiment with painting techniques gouache might be the thing. 

But for me the most important thing about painting with watercolor is the paper! Nothing seems to work if the paper is the wrong kind. I prefer at least 300 g/m2 (140 lbs) paper, personal favorite brand being Arches. Daler Rowney works as well.

Hope this was any help to those who want to start with watercolor! As I’ve said, these are my personal favorites and for one to find theirs, testing different products and brands is the key.

Have fun painting!

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*:・゚✧*:・゚✧ COMMISSIONS ANNOUNCEMENT!!  + CURRENT STICKER PACKS UP FOR SALE!!*:・゚✧*:・゚✧

If you follow my giveaway, I like to draw stickers!! I thought it would cool to try to sell some so I finally decided on opening commissions.

While waiting for requests to come in, I have the above two sticker packs up for sale! The first one being an aesthetic food pack while the one on the right is an alien and plant sticker pack. Both stickers are made on white matte sticker paper (they are not waterproof) and either have slits on the back or tabs to help peel the sticker off easily. The food pack is $3.00 + shipping and the alien + plants pack is $5.00 + shipping, shipping cost depends on if its international or US. 

For commissions, the price depends on how detailed the stickers are, how many there are, and where you live (because of shipping). There are restrictions to the stickers though, I do not take any of the following requests:

  • Furry
  • Mecha 
  • NSFW 
  • Gore, etc 

Commissions can be done traditionally or digitally depending on your preference. Though, digital stickers could be a bit more pricey because ink to print them out is $$$

I also do drawings too like the sailor moon drawing i did here , so if you’re interested in those I can offer those too! 

If there is anything you want to ask about feel free to send me a message as well.

*:・゚✧ *:・゚✧  If you’re interested in either of the 2 stickers packs, or want to commission me please email me at wavues@gmail.com!  *:・゚✧ *:・゚✧

If you can buy anything its okay!! Reblogging will still help me a lot!

  • Jasper: *spying on Lapis and Peridot from a distance through binoculars*
  • Jasper: Those two traitors to Homeworld
  • Jasper: What could they possibly be planning together
  • *cut to Peridot and Lapis*
  • Peridot: This rug will go great with the curtains we got yesterday
  • Lapis: It's a bit pricey though
  • Peridot: I have a coupon

I just feel really bad for Scott Cawthon. He just tried to do something new and all the 6 year olds and “angsty” preteens got pissed because it’s not “spoopy” and it’s the cute shit that the 6 year olds SHOULD want to play with. [EDIT] I’m also aware of Scott’s statement of the game, and I still think the game has enough stuff in it. A bit pricey though…

jillys-on-smack  asked:

Hello! I really love this blog! I'm sorry if I'm intruding (being white), but do you know of any good stores (online or otherwise) that sell casual dresses and skirts for plus size women (like me)? Thanks :)

Hello! (links are provided to the dress sections!!)

Forever21 

custom plus

debs

love culture

fashion to figure ( this one especially!!! a bit pricey though :( )

torrid 

modcloth

macys

wal-mart( i know, but you can find some really cute clothing there. some oft the dresses are hella cute, and the sizes sometimes go up to 5xl)

target

Hope this helps some!

Whitney xx

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I maaade a Bill Cipher plush.

I didn’t make the hat yet because I was tired and i just want to cuddle him. So, I’m calling him finished for now!

Arms, legs, and fingers can be bent into place.

I’m not sure if anyone would want to buy him and i’m not sure if I’d want to sell him. I might be interested in making more of him to be sold, though. But they’d probably be a bit pricey since he took quite awhile to make.