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so it looks like the safety pin thing has been co-opted by white supremacists. we need other, better ways to show solidarity anyway. wear an “i’ll go with you” pin, if you want that badly to wear a pin, or better yet, stand up for marginalized folks when you see them being harassed (online and irl). join an organization, volunteer your time, donate money, join a protest, if you’re able. wear a “black lives matter” or a “not my president” t shirt. there are so many ways to show solidarity and we need to get started now.

I will be your ally. I will be an advocate. I will embrace you as a friend. And i will fight to protect you. We rise and fight together. If you should falter, I will pick you up. And when the fascists arrive and tell me to stay down, I’m gonna smile, hold up my fists and say, “I can do this all day.”

I’m dressing as Sonny from Rock and Riot for Halloween!

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My mini altar. It’s excellent for witchcraft on the go and I have pretty much all I need besides my Book of Shadows for about any kind of spell/ritual. Gotta love portable jewelry boxes. Inside I’ve got (from left to right, top to bottom): String, feathers, a paper star, bottles of tiny rocks/crystals, a small drawstring bag, blessed/braided cord, fur, a scrying mirror, extra incense burner, (in the small jar on the top left) pine needles and rose thorns, safe travel viking ship amulet, silver coin, copper wire, pins, silver chain, dragons blood incense, rose quartz pendulum, iron nail, safety pin, 2 white candles/ stands, eyedropper with blessed water, clean beer bottle top (to put water into), 2 shark teeth, Taurus amulet, 2 smooth pebbles, a pentacle amulet, a mini altar cloth (under the stuff), an electric candle (with extra batteries for when fire isn’t a good idea) 2 incense burners/ incense, extra incense sticks, Theban script cheat sheet (because I can’t remember shit for the life of me), a deck of sigils/symbols and their meanings (also because I can’t remember shit), runes, and at at the bottom is my snake amulet for Loki. I plan on making a mini BoS, adding matches, and putting a little pencil in there, but otherwise I’m set to go. :D travel safely fellow witches!

My dude @black19chevy67impala is having a rough week, so I’m going to attempt to salvage it in some way <3 Enjoy the fluff, love.

Based on promo photos for this week’s episode.

Mary stomps into the library with a huff and splays her hands expectantly.

Dean, in response, sits up a little straighter and nearly chokes on his beer. “You cut your hair,” he sputters.

Mary nods resolutely, defiance sparking behind her eyes. “Yes. I did.”

It’s not supposed to matter, it’s just hair, but it does and it’s not. Dean remembers squeezing his chubby baby fists into that long blond hair, and now even that’s gone. A dumb haircut is another reminder that this woman is a stranger to him and he’s having a mini existential crisis over it. Because he doesn’t know any better, Sam only nods with wide, wet eyes.

Unfortunately for him, Castiel chooses this moment to walk through the door. Mary’s hard eyes pin him where he stands.

“Castiel.”

The angel stops, guilty and suspicious but not knowing what for. “Yes?”

“What do you think?” Mary asks, fanning her hair out behind her.

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I LOVE THAT BEN ADDED THE STAR TO ARTHUR’S DESIGN YAAAASS

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Heyo! Another clothing reference, this time for Yona!

Alrighty. So stated in the manga and anime, Yona is essentially part of the Sky tribe. Throughout the castle in the anime and manga, there is a certain style of clothing in the Sky tribe, even for royalty. The robes Yona wears definitely bears resemblance to a traditional Japanese kimono but looking closer, there is another coat over the light robes she dons. Also, a Japanese kimono has longer tsuma, or length of robe and longer sleeves as well.. Also, regular kimono skirts, do not flare out at the legs, but rather hang, like a big blanket over the body, making it quite hard to move around.  As far as I know, Japanese kimonos aren’t exactly like Yona’s travel robes. However, there is a stronger influence of Japanese kimonos in Yona’s princess robes compared to her travel ones.

 Yona’s travel robes is quite similar to Chinese robes popular during the Wei, Jin, and Northern dynasty in China. Yona’s travel robes are very easy for Yona to move in, which could relate to Wei and Jin’s dynasty clothes being loose and large. And her magenta overcoat that she wears over her white robes can related to the Northern dynasty style of robes, where the overcoat is tied together by the waist sash, similar to Yona’s hip bow. I didn’t go into the specific kinds of robes there were this time, because I am lazy trash.

Bonus! Ok remember when Soo-won was like ‘Yo happy bday here’s a hairpin’? That kind of hair pin relates to a style of Chinese hair pin, 钗(chai). It is a hairpin with two braids, as depicted above.

Extra bonus! So I read this article on how Chinese takes hair in many deep cultural ways. Apparently, the Chinese call a union between a couple ‘結髪‘(jie fa) which means ‘tying hair’. During wedding ceremonies, couples would exchange locks of hair as a sort of ‘wedding oath’. Or they would take a hair pin and break it in two, and when they were separated for a long time, take a part of the hair pin with them. Once they were back together, they would weld the hairpin together, just as they both been joined together, a symbol of their reunion. (anyone feel the smell of AnY irony? lol

As always, feel free to add on or politely correct me on mistakes.

This pin stands 2.5 high, is made with a laser engraver out of mahogany plywood, colored and sealed. The artwork is based on a drawing inspired by a great gay disco compilation album entitled Everybody is Gay. Gay? Fruit lover? Banana lover? Health nut?? Kitschy? Campy? This would look great on your sweater jacket or bag! Pin features 2 metal pin closures with butterfly clutch backs.

Back at Project Runway Baltimore...


It’s time for some critiques. 

Continued from here and now also on Ao3.


“Hello, Will.”

Will has a mouthful of pins, and there’s no elegant way to remove them quickly. He spits the pins out and stands up to see the workroom camera and a tall man in an impressively tailored, if somewhat loud, suit.

“We can edit that out, Mr Lecter,” an assistant says, and the tall man nods at her.

“Please be sure that they do.”

Lecter has an accent that Will can’t place, something European. He gave them their challenge yesterday, but Will didn’t take much notice of goings-on after that.

“Are you ready for your critique, Will, or shall I come back later?”

“Critique?”

Lecter smiles, a thin-lipped brief flash of humor. “This is where we talk about your design. My role here is as a mentor to you all.”

“I’m not really looking for a mentor, Mr Lecter.” Will’s fuzzy on what that concept could even mean on a TV show, especially when this is the first conversation he’s ever had with the man.

“Hannibal, please. And I’m afraid I’m part of the package. But we can just have a friendly chat if you prefer.” Lecter leans in towards Will, and Will takes a step back before he can think better of it.

“Please try to stay on your mark, Mr Graham.” The assistant waves him back and makes some arcane gesture at the camera operator.

“Sorry.”

“As I was saying, we can just have a chat.” Lecter – Hannibal – moves to turn Will’s dress form, and the elongated sleeves of the kid-sized pyjama top swing wildly as it spins round. “Are the sleeves finished?”

Will nods, and Hannibal raises an eyebrow. “They’re a little… how can I put this…”

“Straitjacket-ish?” Will says, and Hannibal gives him a twist of his lips and a head tilt. “Yeah, that’s what I wanted. There are buttons–”

Hannibal narrows his eyes as Will, and Will can see when he gets it. “So it’s part of the layering you have going on? I see it now.”

Will shoves his hands in his pockets, but the assistant points and frowns until he removes them.

“It’s a very interesting approach. Are you at all concerned that the judges might not see this as a good fit with the rest of Alana’s children’s line?” Hannibal continues.

“Not really.” Hannibal and the rest of the room seem to be waiting for more, so he tries again. “I think cohesion can be overrated.”

Hannibal nods in what Will, surprised, thinks might be approval. “Well, you certainly have a point of view,” he says, resting his hand briefly on Will’s arm. “Carry on.”

Will expects Hannibal to move off immediately with the camera, but he lingers.

“I believe you’ve known Alana for a long time,” he says, his voice a little softer now. “Almost as long as I have myself.”

“A while, yes,” Will says.

Hannibal takes a step away, but stops and turns back to Will. “I wonder why she never introduced us before.”

Will wonders why Hannibal wonders. “I’m sure she had her reasons,” he shrugs, but his mind is already back in his design.

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