hi everyone!! first of all, thank you so much for 4.5k+ followers !!!! i didn’t imagine that this little sideblog will grow this big!! as i promised back then - back when i have when i have like 2k-ish followers(?) - i will (finally) show my appreciation towards you all !!
i will make simple edits for some of my followers as Christmas gifts and will spam these edits on a week before Christmas (19 ~ 25 Dec 2017) hence request will be progressing a bit slower (i will try to edit more tho!) sorry ;; !!
now there will be a few rules!
existing followers only! (meaning only followers who followed me before this post existed will be eligible - i want to show my appreciation to those who follow this blog from the beginning … and yes i will be checking~ )
send me an ask or message with this format: your best Love Live girl (yes, one only! - muse, aqours, pdp, n girls.. anything! but just one!) + 3 fav cards of the said girl + your favorite color
if you want me to addressed it to your sideblog, do notify me in the same ask too! _(:3
no anon asks. i will be turning off anon after this post is posted~
as usual, do NOT repost and/or tamper with the edits (unless you are the receiver).
the deadline to send the above format is 15 December 2017! ~ thank you for reading ♡ ♡
(p.s : i will make these for mutuals too but it’ll be better if you send me your preference so i can make something that you like! :D )
now’s as good a time as any to open commissions right
if you’re interested, send requests to email@example.com -and, optionally, if you wanna make sure i get the right character/style, send reference pictures and/or the style (see bullet points below) that you want. i’ll shoot you an invoice + estimated completion time within the next 24 hours; if the commission takes longer than i expect after receipt of payment, i’ll refund the thing.
requests should look something like this, with the italicized things being optional:
Subject line: Commission for neku! Contents: neku sakuraba from “the world ends with you,” traditional (t3), speech bubble saying ”anime hair… isn’t real!”, cat heads in the bg
here’s what i got.
$5 per chibi (450px x 450px each)// buy three get one free
$15 per digital piece (720px x 1280px)// +$10 for additional characters// +$5 for simple backgrounds
if there’s something you see in my art tag that doesn’t match any of the styles above, hmu with the art in question and i’ll give you a quote+estimated time to completion. fee waivers are available, as in (t1), in which the composition wound up being simple enough that the upcharges did not apply. i do reserve the right to refuse a commissionif it puts me on the nope train to fuckthatville. that said…
So, my major challenge when I first went into researh were the research papers I had to read. I used to just read them, without understanding a word of what was said there (seriously), so it was just really tedious to me, not productive at all and I wasn’t learning anything or making the most of my time in the lab since I wasn’t able to apply new concepts properly. But as time passed and I got more experienced, I found and developed a method that works pretty well for me, it helps me analyze and understand so I can later apply what I learned in my own research and time in the lab. It does take more time that just skimming through it, but it’s so worthy, trust me. But note that this may not work for everyone, it’s just a method I developed by experience (and honestly it’s pretty simple and typical) and also learning from others, which happened to be very effective to me.
WHAY YOU WILL NEED
2 highlighters: one for findings in the research you are reading, one for general and “universal” concepts mentioned.
A notebook (try to have one exclusive for the research project you’re doing, if that’s the case, with a section for articles read that can be helpful)
The first thing you’ll do is write the title in the notebook, because this will help understand the whole article. The title ususally has the ability to summarize everything in a sentence: it’s basically the hypothesis and procedure in one.
Second, we’ll work a little with the abstract. It’s a really small summary of everything but it contains the most common abreviations used throughout, so, we’ll extract and write them down to have them in handy while we read.
3. Usually the abstract has it too, the hypothesis, we have to find what was done or what was tried to prove with this research.
4. Now, we analyze the introduction, tough simple and general, it can help us understand concepts better so we can later apply them. I like to make maps, charts and diagrams with the info so I can make sure I’m processing it correctly, and if I have any doubts I’ll just look it up!
If important information is regarding the research itself, like a result or something like that, I’ll highlight it with one color
If and important concept is mentioned, but it’s a universal or general concept, I’ll highlight it using another colorm because it might be useful later, (like what are anthocyanins, or the explanation of a procedure commonly used)
It is indeed and extensive post, so I’ll write the rest later.
Completely new to this studyblr community, I would like to say that @hexaneandheels has been my principal motivation to make this blog! I love how her tips are always useful and practical, that she always creates great and original content and I admire so much that hardworking and productive personality of hers, besides she’s so beautiful!
I might want some drawing prompts. Here is a list of canon SU characters I have never drawn:
Hoppy and Hopper
Any Watermelon Stevens
“Young” versions of Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl*
Any Zoo humans
Baseball alter-egos of the characters
Martha and Dante
The Onion Gang
And I’ve drawn Rainbow Quartz before but it was terrible so we’ll pretend it didn’t happen
*Note: I actually have drawn “Young” Gems but only weird black and white sketches so I wanna try them in color
If you have a prompt for me to draw something with one or more of these characters in it, send me a message and maybe I’ll draw your idea for my next milestone! (Or just ask if you wonder whether I left someone off the list or wanna see where I drew them.)
Don’t send me non-canon character prompts and don’t send me sexually explicit or violent requests though. Thanks.
Edited to add:
Obviously Garnet is my favorite Gem so requests that incorporate her might gain more favor. This is not a democracy over here y’all.
I couldn’t for the life of me find line art that i DIDN’T color if it says + color it includes color if it doesn’t then there is no color! i need to make a much better com list lmfao
I will NOT draw: pedophilia, extreme gore (MILD cartoon gore is fine), Bigotry of ANY kind, or mechas, extreme NSFW (slight NSFW is fine as long as the party asking is OVER 18 years of age and can prove so) if you don’t know whether or not i’ll draw something, just send me an IM and i’ll happily discuss it with you!
So maybe you’re a college witch with limited space and money, limited to the one window in your dorm. Or, maybe you’re a witch without extensive backyard space who wants to start up a magical garden. Perhaps you’re a kitchen witch who wants the freshest herbs right at her fingertips.
For many witches, having a garden seems to be a bit of a no-brainer. After all, plants and magic go hand-in-hand. Plus, when thinking of a witch, it’s hard not to think of a cottage in the woods with a little vegetable garden out front. Unfortunately for the majority of us, our cottage in the woods is a tiny flat, and our garden out front is a windowsill with limited space.
This is when it comes time to embrace your craftiness and bring your garden indoors! Not only does it place your garden in a convenient location, it also allows you to freshen the air, recycle what would otherwise harm the earth, and embrace your witchy green thumb!
It’s that time of the year now, where all across America, students are cramming for their week-long hell: finals. Before, sometimes during, and after finals, many students turn to various stress-reduction practices which may include consuming in some form or another alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, and caffeine. And hopefully safely (do as you may, in moderation… please always be safe regardless of what you take).
Especially after finals, the San Luis bar scene definitely becomes lively, and gives way to a week full of brightly lit and vibrant downtown nights. But when it comes to the waste, it can sometimes be a bit disheartening. Luckily, this city tends to be rather good about its waste, but there’s always that home party which produces a significant amount of beer bottles.
In the past, I’ve covered how to use bottles to create container gardens and miniature gardens. But there’s more to the garden than just the plants and their containers. Decor has a significant role to play in the design of a garden, whether it’s indoors or out. In the spirit of recycling, I’ve decided that this week, I’ll turn to a practice that has become a staple in the United States, but has its roots in Africa: bottle trees.
A Charm, A Statement, A Warning
Blue bottle trees are something of a regional thing in the US. They’re more common in the south and in some areas of Arizona and California, but have a history that predates the US. When African slaves were brought over to the United States when slavery was legal, some were allowed to continue certain aspects of their cultural practice. One of which was the use of placing drinking vessels on the ends of tree or bush branches. The reasons for this vary across both history and region, but often are linked to a particular use: protection.
According to some stories, the bottles will capture malevolent spirits who are attracted to the colors, trapping them through the night until the sun rises in the morning and burns them away with its light. Other stories link the trees to prosperity and good luck, or otherwise with bringing beneficial weather for crops and gardens. Regardless of what purpose used, they have stuck around and become a sort of tradition.
The subtitle for this section includes “A Warning” for a reason. There is an issue around taking on this practice, called cultural appropriation. It is a practice linked strongly to both African and African American culture. As such, I feel that it is important for me to mention that this tradition may not always be acceptable, especially without proper research. I present it here as an idea starter and as an aspect of garden witchcraft, from a neutral point of view.
All of that said, let’s take a look at what bottle trees have to offer to garden witchcraft!
From Wood to Glass and Color
If taking on this project, it’s important to consider the tree and the glass being used. First, ensure that the tree is dead first - no sense killing a healthy tree for the sake of a garden. The wood can be part of the charm, and examples of woods can be seen in my Domestic Garden Witch article from last week. If you don’t have a dead bush or tree available, it has become common practice to build your own, using either metal or wood frames made of a central post, with “branches” inserted. Traditionally, the bottles are placed on the branches of the myrtle tree - a connection to the tree’s presence in the Hebrew Exodus and diaspora of the Old Testament, and a link between the Exodus and the fight against slavery.
Next is the glass bottle itself. The most common of these trees makes use of blue bottles. Like “witch balls” or “gazing balls” often found in gardens, the choice of the blue color has significance in Hoodoo, as it is linked to the threshold of water and air - and also to life and death. This is a great way of incorporating symbolic thresholds into a practice through the use of color and intent. Consider what other colors may signify and incorporate them into such a project!
This kind of project is not only inexpensive, but can also lend a particular charm and aesthetic to a garden, as well as providing a lovely nod to American culture and heritage.
If you favor the idea of a witch bottle tree, but want to avoid appropriation, a common substitute is available in any craft, hobby, or garden store: the gazing ball! The gazing ball fulfills the same purpose as the bottle tree, and has links to European witchcraft and practices, as well!
May your harvests be bountiful, and best of luck with finals! Blessed Be! )O(