artisan work


i was thinking about dean thomas, a kid with only six years of experience in the magical world forced to become a fugitive, and seamus finnigan, who is tortured to the point that he’s unrecognizable, finally seeing each other after being separated for a year



So this is the process of the pine bench build that goes with the one legged pine table. This ensemble went (yes, I’m done already. Sorry for being a lazy bum and not uploading) into a relatively small kitchen. The diagonal braces are for mitered joins of the boards that go on top. The whole ensemble has a completely hand planed finish and a coat of sillica oil, which doesn’t darken the wood like linseed oil. You can see the planing done in an earlier post, where I fitted the dovetail pin in my kanna.

Sixth house;

In the 5th house, the joyous encounter with our inner star was celebrated with luxurious parties, theatrical performances and fantastic displays of talent and brilliance. Having spent so many nights enjoying a greater, happier aspect of being alive, we wake up to find that our home is dusty and messy. Champagne glasses pile up, waiting to be cleaned. Candles are still burning in their holders. There are food and wine stains in the tapestries, and the garden needs tending to.

This is where some of us come after having suffered some disillusionment: the world is not as fun as we’d like it to be. First of all, we’re bound to a physical body’s limitations, one that needs care, attention and affection, otherwise it’ll eventually fall to illness and eventually fester and putrefy. The sixth house is related to health in its most holistic sense, once we consider that one’s physical health depends on one’s state of mind. After all, if we’re able to find harmony within and be at peace with the personality we found in the 5th house, we’re extremely likely to take good care of ourselves and treat our bodies with responsibility and respect. This is also why this house is associated more specifically to nutrition and hygiene.

The opposition between the 6th and 12th houses also leads to an interesting fact: the 6th house is where we find mundane activities that may complement and solve part of our karma. This can be attained mainly through the 6th house’s association to the way we service others while expecting nothing in return. The 6th house not only represents everyday activities we must perform because someone has to do them, but it also symbolizes that when we do them charitably, focusing on healing ourselves and others, we readjust our karma and purify ourselves.

The 6th allows our outstanding 5th house personality to revaluate itself, so that it notices how it can be useful in this world. Because we have already found that we are especial and worthy of admiration in the 5th house, we’re able to work in the 6th house with courteousness and respectfulness, and this is why this house describes how we work in groups towards a common goal, thus ruling over how we deal with our work environment, self-discipline, submissive roles and coworkers. The sixth house is where we find that living on Earth, under Mother Nature’s rules, is no joke; we develop a profound respect for all natural things of this planet, especially when we notice how useful and valuable we can be, and this is also why this house is associated with our attitudes towards animals and the natural world.

Sun in the 6th house: a wise noble kneels in front of their people, vowing to a life of service; the crown reflects modest sheets of divine sunlight. This is someone who feels closer and closer to their true purpose as they put themselves into other people’s service. Being useful, distributing knowledge, arranging, organizing and taking care of others is what ignites this placement’s true light. Those with this placement are likely to stand out in their workplace because of their attitudes towards coworkers and the work itself. This Sun benefits a lot from healthy habits and a stable, reliable routine, and this is also a symbol for an incredible respect towards nature and life’s subtle, amazing details. As the 6th house is the house of alchemy, it is likely that the features of the Sun sign improve remarkably over time, as the individual learns with their own experience.

Moon in the 6th house: a devoted nurse feels their patient calmy leave this world, as the life in their hands quietly vanishes to somewhere unknown; the air seems enchanted with the natural grace of an everyday miracle. The individual’s ability to protect and nourish themselves and others is more evidently expressed through the service they pay for others and through their care towards mundane matters. A symbol for an outstanding ability to heal other people’s bodies and minds, this Moon likes to keep stable routines from which she can quietly control her entire life structure while keeping her feelings in harmony. There’s a strong emotional attachment to the concept of being perfect and maybe pure or holy that may permeate this Moon’s inclination to heal and solve other people’s problems.

Mercury in the 6th house: a professor helps one of their students, calmly explaining concepts as they draw on a blackboard, revealing fantastical truths of a mundane knowledge. Here, the individual is useful and convenient through the service of their intellectual and mental faculties, which are sharp and refined. People with this placement are usually technical perfectionists because of their eye for details that are often neglected by others. Their communicative abilities are best when they’re used to enlighten other people or absorb knowledge that might be useful for their own selves. Their minds are usually focused on everything that may make people’s days better, improving everything they set themselves to do. This placement also suggests a mental interest in health topics and teaching professions.

Venus in the 6th house: a figure wakes up before dawn, cleaning and organizing the house so that it can be perfect for the evening reception. Sweet and caring, Venus here demonstrates her affection by fixing people’s lives in the smallest details. People with this placement usually like taking care of their health, body and mind, and they’ll often extend this care to those around them. There’s a notable interest in serving others and improving their lives for the better with one’s kindness and knowledge. This is someone who can be seen happily cooking for their partner, solving their problems in secret and a conflict-dissolving presence in the work place. Venus here is also a master of understanding how the world works through a deep analysis of natural laws, producing a humble but extremely rich knowledge on what makes people tick. This is because Venus here is extremely introspective and quite analytical of her own self, as she desires to reflect nature’s perfect and pure structure.

Mars in the 6th house: an honourable warrior returns to their kingdom, bringing with them all sorts of unimaginable treasures discovered in their perilous quest. People with this placement experience excitement and a rush of pioneering energy when they’re into other people’s service. They’re competitive in their workplace and they usually don’t work as submissively as other 6th house placements do. This is a symbol of passion for solving other people’s problems and also improving their life in some way, while also drawing attention to the fields of health and therapies.

Jupiter in the 6th house: a farmer quietly works on their lands; the Sun rises slowly from distant mountains, distributing strings of gold as he rises. The wind blows; birds play cheerfully in the air. The great benefic favours hard-working attitudes here. The personality is usually quite introspective without losing its brilliance, producing a wise and generous individual who’s much interested in improving the world and helping people. Jupiter here feels great when dealing with mundane, everyday activities, and his teachings reveal a secret knowledge with spiritual implications. There is a magical wisdom in every completed quotidian task.

Saturn in the 6th house: an artisan works patiently with their products, painting careful details to their work of art; behind them, lay a dozen discarded imperfect attempts. People with this placement have a strong sense of what perfection looks like, and they always feel like they’re bound for doing their best, whatever it takes. There’s always something to improve here, so the individual may feel restless and never content with their own performance. Because this is the house of internal harmony, disharmonic and criticizing thoughts are heavily punished by Saturn’s presence, manifesting as health problems, limitations surrounding the work environment and one’s ability to work in groups. A symbol of an overthinker, Saturn here emphasizes the need for rebuilding one’s own sense of reality and self-worth, while also highlighting the importance of charitable activities, maintaining a healthy body and purifying the mind’s depreciating thoughts.

Uranus in the 6th house: a sudden storm rages during the night, fustigating trees and sending loose things in the air; in the morning, everything’s strangely out of place. Uranus here has some trouble working with his peers. The individual born under this placement deals very differently with all 6th house affairs, so they may struggle maintaining a predictable routine or habits. Uranus propagates divine, inconvenient messages of how work should be done, defying traditions while trying to show how simple things can be handled with changes here and there. The individual surely has an unusual way of serving others and can be rather rebellious whenever they find themselves in submissive positions.

Neptune in the 6th house: a vaporous figure prays passionately by an altar, so that all worldly pain and suffering can be soothed. Neptune is here dissolving the 6th house’s clear limits and boundaries. The individual, then, becomes highly aware of other people’s problems, and may have some trouble when establishing limits between them and others in this aspect. This is generally someone who’d die to solve other people’s problems, but they usually lack the 6th house’s typical discipline for doing so in a safe way, and so they may engage in sacrificial attitudes to fulfill loving fantasies of saving all people from disgrace and loss. Neptune here favours services that improve other people’s mental and spiritual conditions. Mundane activities are typically regarded as tiring, boring or highly infused with beautiful fantasies of a dreamy world.

Pluto in the 6th house: a dark wizard mutters ancient words, casting a forbidden healing spell. Pluto here indicates a strong and introspective personality that tends to overanalyze itself and others. Problems and health issues are carefully and fearlessly dissected, and so the individual usually develops a passionate obsession towards their duties and work. People with this placement stand out for the power that seems to emanate from their knowledge, and the Soul deeply desires to help others with its unique abilities and powerful way of dealing with the world. Those who seek the help of people with this placement often feel like they’ve been through a surgery and that the root of their problem has been violently attacked or even removed, and they’ll never be the same again, leaving us at a state of wonder: how did they came to be so powerful?

Detail: Edmund Leighton, “The King and the Beggar-maid”; 1898.

anonymous asked:

I don't want to bother I'm sure you have lots of asks about the dragon s, but if you haven't received it or done it perhaps a rose quartz dragon that basically plays match maker because it can see the connections between soul mates? If that's not too silly or sappy for you

You should work with rose quartz. Rose quartz is the stone of the heart. The stone of love. More like rose quartz is the stone of the needy little dragon the size of a small cat that is decimating your flower garden and won’t leave your poor apprentices alone. Rose quartz is the dragon that steals your tools and your lunch and presents them as gifts to the gruff florist across the street. The dragon that chimes softly and tilts its head just so whenever you threaten to ship it to somewhere else. Somewhere far away. Rose quartz is the dragon that curls up contentedly on the stove when you’re done cooking dinner and okay maybe there is such thing as unconditional love after all.

I made these Ambrollins chibi needle felts last year during my stay in Sweden. Decided to get around and post the pics of them for mine and my bestie @nooneym‘s 3rd Anniversary with Ambrollins as our pairing. I made and gave these to @nooneym, but I hope to make another set soon. 

OctoberFicFest Day 4: Compliment (inktober prompt)

(yeah, we’re still in the cabin.  I’m really into this cabin.  Follow up for day 2)

Scully took the biscuits out of the oven and slid them onto the cooling rack.  Mulder picked one up immediately, breaking off bits that steamed as he popped them into his mouth.

“You’re too old for me to warn you to be careful,” she said.

“I hope that’s never true,” he told her.  “They’re too good not to dive right in.”

“No seven-year waiting period?” she teased.

“I would have dove into you any day, Scully,” he said, wrapping his arms around her again.  His stubble rasped against her neck as he kissed her ear.

“That is much appreciated,” she said, moving her body against his, “although not entirely grammatical.”

“These are much appreciated,” he said, reaching for another biscuit as she divided the eggs and bacon between two plates.  He got the jam and more butter from the fridge.  She still hesitated sometimes, reaching for things like butter and bacon, but between the frost in the air and hiking the boundary and chopping wood, she needed the calories these days.  They both ate hungrily.

“You’re a good cook, Scully,” he said as he sopped up the last of his egg yolk with the remnant of a biscuit.

“Thank you,” she said.

“How did I not know that years ago?” he asked.

“Maybe you’re not the hotshot investigator you think you are,” she teased.

He pretended to consider it.  “I don’t think that’s it.”

“We never cooked in DC,” she said.  “There wasn’t time.”  She had cooked for herself from time to time, when she needed the solace of her mother’s meatloaf, her great-aunt’s colcannon, Missy’s favorite peanut butter cookies, but all the recipes she loved were scaled for a family, and she had always tired of the leftovers before she finished them.  She had given up: it was too depressing to force herself to eat the things she loved.

“I’m glad I know now,” he said.  

She looked at him across the table: his warm eyes, his lips glossy with butter, his hair still disheveled from sleep.  Here they were, eating her mother’s biscuits, and Maggie Scully had learned them from her mother, and she from hers.  How many biscuit recipes had risen in the oven of this cabin?  How many biscuit recipes had crossed these mountains?  How many had drifted on the wind past the trees that became the boards that her feet glided across?  Why did she feel connected to everything here, in the middle of nowhere?  

“I’ll do the dishes,” Mulder said, gathering them up.  Maybe he felt it too, the tug and release of history.  She loved him just the way he was and was grateful for the shift in him, the way he cared for her and the space they shared.  

“Thanks,” she said.

“Only fair,” he said.  “One of these days I’ll teach you to make latkes, Scully.”

More traditions.  More stories, more families.  More points of light in the dark, flickering but brave.  She wrapped her hands around her coffee mug (local pottery, clay from time immemorial shaped by hands that had learned from artisans who had worked the same way for generations uncounted) and drank deeply while Mulder ran hot water in the sink and the lavender lemon scent of their dish soap mingled with the scent of breakfast and the woodsmoke of the embers.  Grace notes, she thought, in a life somehow filled with grace.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice- Part 2

Prelude, Part 1

Pairings- Loki Odinson x Reader

Loki takes an apprentice he finds himself getting unusually attached to.

My prelims are finally over! I’ll be continuing this fic and catching up the rest of the fanfics I have to write now, sorry for all the inactivity this week.

This part is a bit of a filler just so that the story can pick up some pace; I’ve got three more parts planned out in advance and I promise, they’re gonna be good.

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Annie Clark’s Beanies: A Balanced Investigation - (Part 1/6)


Beanies are a form of knitted hat, typically worn during periods of poor weather in order to keep the head and ears warm and protected from the elements. In recent years they have also become something of a fashion statement - a trend perpetuated by fans of microbreweries who subsidise their monthly artisan colonics by working as print artists and baristas. The purpose of my study is to investigate her sartorial choices and to give a balanced view on them.

How Annie Clark Wears A Beanie

As evidenced by the above image, Annie wears her beanie so that the base (or “brim”) falls just above the ear. There is an elevated pinch at the top of the beanie - presumably used to store small snacks and hide valuable trinkets from opportunistic thieves and bandits. 

Constructive Criticism of the “Fit” - 

A human’s ears are mostly made up of cartilage. They lack the fat and muscle present elsewhere in the body to offer them a great deal of natural protection from the elements. Annie is susceptible to earache, exostosis and, in extreme cases, may even fall afoul of frostbite should she ever wear her hat like this while playing a show at, say, an Antarctic research station in Vostok.

Some people would offer a counter argument that leaving the ears uncovered is acceptable based upon the assumption that 40-50% of the retained heat in a human’s body is lost solely through the top of the head. This is a myth. Idiot. Pick up a British Medical Journal and learn your myths from your realities. You make me sick.

As a musician, Annie’s ears are the third most important part of her body after her hands and her liver. You would think that this would give her the impetus to protect them at all costs. Instead she struts around wearing her hat at a jaunty angle that screams “wanton abandonment” and “reckless behaviour” - as the proud mother of 11 beautiful children, is this really the narrative we want our mainstream popstars to push? I think not.

Also The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou came out in 2004. It has a 56% on Rotten Tomatoes. It has not aged well and neither will this Zissou inspired fit.

In Defense of the “Fit” - 

Fashion is constantly evolving. What’s a hot trend one day will get you laughed at in the street the next. What walks down the runways of Paris on a Tuesday can be found gathering dust in a Goodwill by Thursday. Similarly, what was once derided as ridiculous in the fashion world can also make a shock resurgence in popularity at a later date. You can see this evidenced in the recent reappearance in every day dress of the zoot suit, the macaroni wig and 17th century ruffs - all things which you cannot walk down a metropolitan street without seeing being sported by the Common Man. 

In addition, the average circumference of a woman’s head is approximately 22 ½ inches. By eye alone you can clearly ascertain that Annie’s head is much, much smaller than this. It’s more comparable to that of a mid-sized child or a larger that expected cantaloupe. Could it be the case that this is a fit born of necessity? Is Annie ashamed that she could buy beanies from the Baby Gap and covers it up by inventing a style that accommodates her tiny little head while still being able to purchase attire that’s more socially acceptable for a woman of her age and status? 

There’s also a case to be made that Annie is merely a victim of negative outside forces from others who use a technique called “peer pressure” to influence her to make bad hat choices:

So should we be so quick to judge Annie’s off kilter choice to wear her hat like Jughead Jones? Or should we bide our time, hold our tongue and see if maybe she’s on the right side of history with this one? 


While I do think Annie should be more concerned regarding the well being of her extremities, I’m also strongly of the opinion that a person should be free to express themselves through their attire however they see fit. Woman are demonised by society for dressing too outlandish, too demure, too masculine, too revealing, for wearing make up, for not wearing make up, and in Annie’s case, for wearing “Big Ass Hats” on “Tiny Beautiful Little Heads”

While Annie’s beanie wearing is sorely lacking in the practicality stake, I’ve used science, math, religion and a basic understanding of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle to conclude that wearing her hat like this makes her look “dope”, “fly” and “dope, again, just to reiterate I mean this in a good Way.”

I’d like to personally congratulate Annie for subverting the norm of the beanie and showing us not what should be done, but what can be done with this article of clothing. I hope in 2018 she continues to push this trend forward. I’m projecting for serious progress by Q3 of ‘18 - possibly involving some kind of system where the hat is independent of her head entirely and orbits her by harnessing the power of centripetal force. And who knows? Maybe when we’re marching in tandem, doing menial labour for our outer species overlords in the year 66626 AH, we’ll look back on this fit and admit to ourselves, “She knew.”

Jadet, Grelith and Nephriton

These guys dwell deep within the cavern systems beneath Cyare. Their bodies are covered with illustrious minerals, which they like to cut into impressive polished shapes. Particular fragments from their shed skins are said to be very valuable. They are popular companions to artisans that work with stone.

Based on the mineral Jade, also known as ‘Pounamu’ and is significant to the New Zealand Maori.

Tag list open for “Vino o Gelato” ice cream shop au

Steve x reader

Summary: Y/N travels to Italy in search of her biological father. As she’s looking for a place to stay, she walks into the small artisanal gelateria where Steve works. He helps her get in touch with her father and introduces her to his friends. But is Y/N really ready to meet her father? Or is there another reason why she should stay in Italy?

Written for @yourtropegirl

Tag list is open! Story will be posted tomorrow.


Palazzo Fendi and Fendi Private Suites, Rome.

The Italian fashion house Fendi restored its Palace in Rome and opened there its first luxury hotel-Fendi Private Suites- and a roof restaurant. Downstairs, the 17th-century palazzo was completely refurbished by French architect Gwenael Nicolasseven and includes an atelier where clients can even watch the artisans at work. Designed by DimoreStudio, the second floor features the privee Fendi VIP Apartment, a luxurious private and exclusive space to welcome and host FENDI’s top clients. According to DimoreStudio aesthetics, its style turns out dramatically sophisticated, with a highly curated mix of vintage classics, contemporary design and art pieces: pastel sage and dove colored lacquered walls, baby green paint and dark blue silk fabric wall-coverings, the striking bookcase made from lacquered metal and colored cathedral glass, brass touches, the soaring ceilings and the molded boiserie set a refined yet warm and intimate mood. The 7 room hotel is hidden discreetly on the third floor of this brand’s flagship store Palace and was designed by Italian architect Marco Costanzi, who created a stylish but subtle ambience, using  blood-red Lepanto marble and white travertine, custom-designed furnishings from Fendi Casa, Jan Kath carpets and Giò Ponti mirrors. Up above on the fourth floor Rainer Becker‘s upscale Japanese restaurant chain, Zuma, has opened its first Italian location.

anonymous asked:

I don't think any variation of capitalism is necessary to give people something to work towards, personally. I think that if people were able to spend less energy worrying about how to stay alive, whether because of homelessness, starvation, hate crimes ect, not only could they reinvest that energy into fulfilling and productive things, the'd WANT to! I agree with you that a livable basic income and free health care would be amazing starts though. (Sorry for the long ask! I have FEELINGS x3)

Oh, it’s quite alright. I do too! 💚

I think my big problem is that both capitalism and communism seem to be obsessed with jobs and work. They’re both all about slaving your life away for your means to survive. Hammers and sickles and dollar signs and all of that. But we live in a world where more and more menial work is being automated. We, as a species, are supposed to be moving past obsessions with jobs by now. That’s why the mid-20th century was full of daydreams about robot housemaids and other such things.

Give me a world where all people can chase after whatever creative or intellectual pursuits they choose without needing to worry about getting paid. A world where, as you say, people don’t need to worry about all of the troublesome things we do now, and can focus themselves on something worthwhile. Do what they actually want to do with their lives.

Money… Eventually, I’m not certain it needs to continue existing. But while it does, I’d like to see it used for good purposes instead of lining the pockets of the needlessly rich. If I didn’t need to worry about affording rent or food, I could do things like buying more artwork or music. Maybe help crowdfund some research. I could buy delicious locally farmed honey or fairtrade vanilla pods from Madagascar. While spending money is a thing which happens, I’d like to use it to encourage creators and artisans to keep doing what they’re doing.

And if those creators and artisans didn’t have to work two terrible jobs just to be able to afford food, they could spend more time doing the things they so obviously love. Wouldn’t that be a nice feedback loop for society to fall into?

Money isn’t going to disappear overnight, and neither is scarcity. But we can grow and evolve society to move in that direction. The way I see it, our biggest obstacle is greed.

I seem to be rambling now. Oops.