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This is my Auntie Karen. I call her my aunt though we have no technical blood relation – she’s been a friend of the family since before I was born. Essentially, she’s filled the grandmother role in my life.
She is almost seventy years old and retired from teaching a few years ago. As you might know, teaching doesn’t pay particularly well. Right now she’s struggling hard to pay her rent and pay for food and her cats, working part-time jobs when she can and pretty much living day-to-day.
Auntie Karen can also bead like a motherfucker.
She has literally hundreds of beaded creations lying around her house, so I convinced her to open an Etsy shop to make some pocket change. (I’m handling the listing of products since she isn’t great with computers. All the products are purely made by her, though.)
The top image is one of her bracelets. Every single one of those little shimmers you see is an individual bead. There are hundreds strung together just so to create that pattern.
Here are a few other items you can find in her shop right now:
In the coming few days there’s going to be dozens more crafts listed on her Etsy shop. This is a start. Most items are priced between 10 and 25 US dollars (honestly underpriced for the amount of work that goes into them). The exception is the header bracelet, which is 50.
Currently she can only ship to people in the US.
It would be great if you could signal boost this so that people can see it. And if you’re in the US and have a little extra cash to spend, please take a few minutes to peruse her shop and see if you like anything! I guarantee that all of her work is long-lasting and beautiful, and she could really use the money it would bring in.
Here is her shop. Thanks for reading all this and have a lovely day!
OKAY BUT UNI STUDENT SKATER!HARRY (WHO DOESN’T ACTUALLY SKATE BECAUSE HE’S MUCH TOO UNCOORDINATED AND A DANGER TO HIMSELF AND OTHERS)
AND RICH HOT SON-OF-A-BUSINESSMAN NIALL HORAN
MEETING A PARTY THROWN BY HARRY’S INCREDIBLY WELL-CONNECTED PARENTS
AND NIALL HAS BEEN TO THOUSANDS OF THESE KIND OF PARTIES BUT HE HAS NEVER MET ANYONE AS INTERESTING (AND FLAT OUT STRANGE) AS HARRY BEFORE.
THEY START HANGING OUT A LOT.
POOL DATES (AN EXCUSE TO GET SHIRTLESS TOGETHER)
GOLF DATES (AN EXCUSE TO FIST BUMP A LOT)
FOOTBALL DATES (AN EXCUSE TO ROLL AROUND ON TOP OF EACH OTHER WHILE GIGGLING)
AND WHEN NIALL COMES TO VISIT HARRY AT UNI AND ALL THE GIRLS ARE STARING, HARRY JUST SMIRKS BECAUSE NIALL IS THERE TO SEE HIM
AND THAT NIGHT HARRY TAKES NIALL OUT TO HIS FIRST UNI PARTY
AND THEY GET JUST A BIT TIPSY (AKA WASTED AS FUCK) AND DANCE A LOT AND HARRY LEANS DOWN TO KISS NIALL AND NIALL KISSES BACK, THREADING HIS FINGERS THROUGH HARRY’S LONG CURLS, SMILING AGAINST HIS MOUTH.
THEY WAKE UP TOGETHER THE NEXT MORNING AT HARRY’S FLAT, NOT REMEMBERING WHAT HAPPENED THE NIGHT BEFORE, BUT NIALL IS SHIRTLESS AND PLASTERED AGAINST HARRY’S BARE BACK, FACE BURIED IN HIS CURLS, SO IT’S NOT HARD TO FIGURE THINGS OUT.
HARRY PANICS FOR A SECOND BECAUSE WHAT IF THINGS ARE WEIRD BETWEEN THEM NOW BUT THEN NIALL CROAKS OUT “YOU REALLY NEED A HAIR CUT” AND CURLS HIS ARM TIGHTER AGAINST HARRY’S WAIST, PRESSES HIS VERY OBVIOUS MORNINGWOOD AGAINST HARRY’S BUM AND HARRY RELAXES BECAUSE OF COURSE THINGS AREN’T GOING TO CHANGE.
So at StarFest this weekend I was wearing my new Winter Soldier cosplay and I had a few people ask me how I made my arm because they’re working on their own Bucky cosplays and the arm is pretty freaking intimidating tbh. I was tempted to just tell them to use this tutorial because it’s really great and it’s what I used as the foundation of my work. However, I think I did a few things differently and I think it might help people to have some progress photos so people kind of know what to expect along the way. I’m putting this all behind a Read More because it’s going to be long and image heavy so please bear with me. Also, this is only going to be a walkthrough of the arm build, if you have any questions about the rest of my costume that’s cool just send me an ask and I’ll try and answer it. The only other things I made were the mask (not pictured, because I hate it and I’m making another), the harness thing, and the jacket. The rest is all army/navy store stuff. Okay, without further ado:
Top 5 Steve/Bucky moments. As extras, top 5 Steve moments and top 5 Bucky moments, as individuals.
Ooo! As much as I love the pleasant, happy moments between our boys, my favourite scenes with them are all about angst. So my Top 5 Stucky scenes, in no particular order:
1.“Let’s hear it for Captain America!”, especially Bucky’s face as the crowd cheers for Steve. I love the contrast – while Steve is rising in status and discovering his true potential, Bucky is falling apart, discovering his inner darkness. It’s the moment Steve realizes all the good he can finally accomplish to help the war effort, while Bucky only sees what war has cost him (x):
2. When Bucky gets his orders and talks to Steve in the alley. This scene is a favourite because of all the hidden emotion in their words. Bucky doesn’t want to go to war, is terrified, but he doesn’t want to hurt Steve with the news - so he’s cocky and makes himself sound excited. Steve is flustered when he realizes that Bucky is actually shipping out, and he doesn’t want to be left behind - but he pushes that aside, for a moment. They both knowtheir lives are diverging, likely forever, and their devastated expressions show it all: they’re so young, and scared, and trying to be brave (xx):
3.WhenSteve is mortally wounded, and Bucky is trapped. Steve can barely stand, is trembling with the effort, but he sees Bucky’s terrified expression and he can’t leave him. So he pulls himself together to save Bucky, even if it means sacrificing his own life. What makes this scene is the switching of personas: The Winter Soldier is not supposed to fear his death, and Captain America is never supposed to tire. But in this moment they’re just Bucky and Steve, the facades dropped to show their true personalities. They only have each other (x):
4. Howard’s floating car scene. Bucky turns to smile at Steve in excitement, realizes Steve has left, and goes from smiling to worried in two seconds flat. He just wants to spend his last few hours with his favourite guy, and is scared to leave without saying goodbye. Meanwhile, Steve is longing for somewhere to belong, pulling away from Bucky because it hurts to be around him. I think I love this scene because both of them are so young and looking for their place in the world. It’s desperation and fear hidden in charm and celebration (x):
5. ”But I knew him…”/”He looked right at me and he didn’t even know me”. My angsty boys. I don’t have any poetic reason for loving this scene – just that it’s pure hurt/comfort fanfiction dialogue, but in canon. What’s not to love? (xx)
…and there you have it! I’m all about the angst.
Extras: My Top Individual Steve and Bucky Scenes (under the cut)