deck city


Top of the Empire State Building barely peaks out from above the cloud deck, viewed from the Observation Deck of One World Trade Center. This view is basically “the island of Manhattan” during a day where the clouds are low.


Tokyo tower by Patrick Foto ;)
Via Flickr:
Tokyo city skyline at sunset, Tokyo Japan


Xyphos, is a derivative of the greek word Xiphos, which means sword. Which is why I made sure she had sword cards next to her.

She does actually do fortune telling, with her mother and sisters. They all took turns, and it was part of one of many scams they were all running. She just makes it all up as she goes along. Any correct readings was all dumb luck.

I used to randomly collect star signs, and do “readings” for that for one of the other players, and they always happen to come true which was funny! I stopped, because it really bothered the other player, even though I showed him I picked a star sign at random, and they were generic as star signs are.

It was for this character I designed the Elven Tarot deck for actually.

Her new wig, which I love was made by the lovely @missmaishka who will hopefully be opening her store soon!


東京タワー特別展望台 ∣ Tokyo tower observation deck by Iyhon Chiu


March 19, 2017

March-like weather has finally arrived, so this weekend I planted!

First I brought my IKEA-hack trellis up from the garage and sowed three rows of sugar snap peas in that planter. Peas do well planted thickly which makes them surprisingly suitable for small spaces. Most types do best with a trellis to grow on because the vines can easily reach 6’/1.8m. A support system that takes advantage of your vertical space is ideal for peas and deck gardens!

Next I planted my blue storage tub planter with four types of salad greens - clockwise from top right: ‘Bright Lights’ chard, mâché, spinach, and a mesclun containing mizuna and pac choi among other things. I like to use plastic drinking straws to demarcate sections because they don’t discolour, rot, or grow mildew the way wooden skewers will.

In order to protect tiny seeds and delicate seedlings from potential downpours and to warm the soil a bit, I cover early-season planters with sheets of plexiglass (acrylic).

In addition to peas and greens, I planted nasturtiums, California poppies, and a native wildflower blend designed to attract bees and other pollinators!


Gondor! Gondor, between the Mountains and the Sea!
West Wind blew there; the light upon the Silver Tree
Fell like bright rain in gardens of the Kings of old.
O proud walls! White towers! O wingéd crown and
throne of gold!
O Gondor, Gondor! Shall Men behold the Silver Tree,
Or West Wind blow again between the Mountains and the Sea?