plenty of color

The Houses as Flowers

Slytherin: Sharp thorns and thick stems. A gentle, sweet scent. Soft delicate petals that open to greet the sun. Leaves hued dark green, petals painted in softer colors. Small buds waiting to bloom. Roses.

Ravenclaw: Tall and elegant. Unique and easy to identify. Colored with rich blues and purples. Beautiful against the rising sun. Grown in small clusters with the occasional lone flower. Sheer enough to see skin through a petal. Irises.

Hufflepuff: Large fields with mile upon mile of color. Petals dyed with and ombre of red, yellow, and orange. Surrounded by the lazy buzz of bumblebees. Hundreds of blossoms forming a landlocked sunset. Tulips

Gryffindor: Wide, open petals. Speckled with small dots or flushed with a second color. Shaped like stars. Wild, plentiful leaves. Rich color in the middle of the petal, fading to white around the edges. Lilies


As a neonatal intensive care nurse, Lauren Bloomstein had been taking care of other people’s babies for years. Finally, at 33, she was expecting one of her own. The prospect of becoming a mother made her giddy, her husband Larry recalled recently— “the happiest and most alive I’d ever seen her.”

Other than some nausea in her first trimester, the pregnancy went smoothly. Lauren was “tired in the beginning, achy in the end,” said Jackie Ennis, her best friend since high school, who talked to her at least once a day. “She gained what she’s supposed to. She looked great, she felt good, she worked as much as she could” — at least three 12-hour shifts a week until late into her ninth month. Larry, a doctor, helped monitor her blood pressure at home, and all was normal.

On her days off she got organized, picking out strollers and car seats, stocking up on diapers and onesies. After one last pre-baby vacation to the Caribbean, she and Larry went hunting for their forever home, settling on a brick colonial with black shutters and a big yard in Moorestown, N.J., not far from his new job as an orthopedic trauma surgeon in Camden. Lauren wanted the baby’s gender to be a surprise, so when she set up the nursery she left the walls unpainted — she figured she’d have plenty of time to choose colors later. Despite all she knew about what could go wrong, she seemed untroubled by the normal expectant-mom anxieties. Her only real worry was going into labor prematurely. “You have to stay in there at least until 32 weeks,” she would tell her belly. “I see how the babies do before 32. Just don’t come out too soon.”

When she reached 39 weeks and six days — Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 — Larry and Lauren drove to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, the hospital where the two of them had met in 2004 and where she’d spent virtually her entire career. If anyone would watch out for her and her baby, Lauren figured, it would be the doctors and nurses she worked with on a daily basis. She was especially fond of her obstetrician/gynecologist, who had trained as a resident at Monmouth at the same time as Larry. Lauren wasn’t having contractions, but she and the ob/gyn agreed to schedule an induction of labor — he was on call that weekend and would be sure to handle the delivery himself.

Inductions often go slowly, and Lauren’s labor stretched well into the next day. Ennis talked to her on the phone several times: “She said she was feeling okay, she was just really uncomfortable.” At one point, Lauren was overcome by a sudden, sharp pain in her back near her kidneys or liver, but the nurses bumped up her epidural and the stabbing stopped.

Inductions have been associated with higher cesarean-section rates, but Lauren progressed well enough to deliver vaginally. On Saturday, Oct. 1, at 6:49 p.m., 23 hours after she checked into the hospital, Hailey Anne Bloomstein was born, weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces. Larry and Lauren’s family had been camped out in the waiting room; now they swarmed into the delivery area to ooh and aah, marveling at how Lauren seemed to glow.

Larry floated around on his own cloud of euphoria, phone camera in hand. In one 35-second video, Lauren holds their daughter on her chest, stroking her cheek with a practiced touch. Hailey is bundled in hospital-issued pastels and flannel, unusually alert for a newborn; she studies her mother’s face as if trying to make sense of a mystery that will never be solved. The delivery room staff bustles in the background in the low-key way of people who believe everything has gone exactly as it’s supposed to.

Then Lauren looks directly at the camera, her eyes brimming.

Twenty hours later, she was dead.

Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

komoii  asked:

Do you think (if it isn't too much trouble) you could give me a couple of art tips? I really love the way you draw and it would be really nice if I could get pointers from an artist I like. Don't feel you have to though! :)


-don’t shade with black!! blease!!

-if you’re just doodling i recommend doodling rly rly fast!! especially when it comes to full bodies or dynamic poses!

-try practicing thinner lines in lineart! idk why but it helped me??

-remember to take breaks to stretch!! your back will thank u!

-use reference pictures! NOT the drawings of someone else bc everybody makes mistakes in their art and its best if you use an actual picture as a ref!

-dont trace! that way you won’t learn anything :o (unless you’re lazy like me, i usually just trace like backgrounds from pictures sometimes or some furniture but usually its best to try and draw it by yourself!)

-dont go too crazy on luminosity and overlays and such if you use sai! sometimes less is more (unless you really  know what you’re doing)

-although luminosities and overlays may help setting the tone of the drawing!! i recommend finding some inspo on tumblr and it’s fanarts! there are also plenty tutorials on how to color!

-shade with a darker colder color from the base color and light up the drawing with a warmer lighter color!

-it’s just my opinion but i think that sometimes a more cleaned up sketch is much better than really stiff lineart! although i’m not saying you should stop practicing it tho >:O

-it’s ok to take breaks from drawing but make sure they’re not too long! i’m not saying you should full on paint 3000x3000 paintings but at least doodle a little!

-make sure your colors dont blend in together! i had this issue with coloring where sometimes the skin had the same as the background or the hair for example lmao

-when you are doing lineart, have your sketch layer set really low so you can see what you’re actually doing

-make sure your drawing fills out the whole canvas! don’t be afraid to crop your drawings unless you have backgrounds!

-don’t give up! it’s not a race! and have fun!

-remember that progress doesn’t happen overnight and be patient >:0

this is what i’ve learned over the years at least :O

For ‘Monsters,’ day 10 of Code July. So I got this stupid idea and I’m really embarrassed but I had a lot of fun making this. I used a screenshot of -the- yandere face. You know the one.

Model!Oikawa and stylist!Iwaizumi:

I know I’ve already done model au, but what if Oikawa is a model with one of the weirdest fashion sense in a certain piece of clothing. ( >؂•̀ )☆

  • Having twin younger sisters to take care of and dress up, Iwaizumi is not only the world best big brother but has found his love in styling and fashion in a young age.
  • Iwaizumi runs a fashion blog during his school year and gets discovered by a famous stylist in his first year in college. He starts working as intern in the same model agency along his mentor and becomes an official stylist fresh out of college. 
  • Iwaizumi is never a nosy person, even with his sharp eyes and sense in fashion, he doesn’t normally criticise people outfit choice. But then there is Oikawa.
  • Oikawa Tooru is the bright new star of the model agency. Iwaizumi has helped with a few outfit selection for Oikawa’s photo shoots and has seen the final photo select of the model. But he has never worked with the model before. 
  • The first time Iwaizumi is assigned as Oikawa’s stylist, Iwaizumi almost chokes on his water when the model walks in the studio that day, in a red bat-sleeved sweater, plaid shorts, brown oxfords and a pair of neon green socks. 
  • (It takes great effort of Iwaizumi to ignore the little storm trooper heads adorned the hem of the socks.)
  • Iwaizumi mentally bangs his head to the wall when the first line he has with the model is “Please take off your socks.
  • Oikawa is confused but grins. “That’s a weird way of greeting. But at least you are not asking me to take off my pants?
  • The names are exchanged then and the socks are confiscated. Oikawa goes home in a new pair of simple-colored, boring, socks along with Iwaizumi’s private numbers.
  • They starts hanging out off work, and Iwaizumi regrets accepting Oikawa invitation to his apartment as soon as he sees Oikawa’s sock collections. 
  • Why are your socks all so obnoxiously bright and extravagant?” “I am being generous of showing a part of me that are plenty colorful.” “Can you spare the world the horror and do it with your underwear collection instead?
  • So you can be the only one to see them, Iwa-chan?


  • Iwaizumi’s confession gift to Oikawa is a pair of grey knitted socks and a pair of bold yellow and blue underwear with little space ships on them.

It feels like it’s been a long time since I posted any art, so here is a late-night Emilalli doodle. 

Wrong Number, Right Call (part 4)

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

Fandom: BIGBANG/ Choi Seung Hyun x Reader

Synopsis: The first date…

Warnings: Does fluff need a warning? Because this is ALL fluff.

Author’s Note: We’re almost done with this cutie of a story. The epilogue goes up tomorrow! :) Also, I’m going to have to ask you guys to stretch your imagination a bit with this one… Seung Hyun goes out in public and doesn’t get mauled by fans.

Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. This story contains fictional representations of real people. None of the events are true. This is from an American standpoint, so some of the situations may not happen the same way they might in Korea. I make no money from the writing of this fictional work.


(Photo edit not mine, credit on pic)

You agreed to meet up at the subway station at eleven in the morning.

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Gryphons and Dragons are Gravity Falls canon, and already they fit like a glove around the monsterfalls au. Gonna kick the fun off early with our favorite sphinx getting into a cat fight.


You, Spencer’s wife, stop in to the BAU office with your son for a quick doting visit, much to the delight of his coworkers!

A\N: the son’s name is Maximilian, meaning “greatest”, because in my opinion of course Spencer would name any offspring of his with high praise in mind.

There’s now a part 2!


It was nearly sunset when you found a parking spot right next to the federal building but the toddler bouncing in the back seat was far from ready for bedtime. You hummed a lively tune and slipped the boy a quick kiss as you got him out of the car and traipsed into the building, diaper bag and juice boxes left strewn in the front seat.

“Mama, go!”

“I know, baby,” you replied with a smile as you steered him toward the front desk, “we’re going!”

You checked in and snapped a visitor badge to the front of your shirt and one to the back of little Max’s and he bid an excited goodbye to the secretary before the both of you headed for the elevator. The pattering of his feet came to a stop as the doors slid shut and he looked up expectantly at you, a look you loved and knew well and that was quite reminiscent of his father.

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If Ben & Sophie did a car commercial together

Nothing Better - A Roman Reigns Story - Part 1

A romantic honeymoon on the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii should usually consist of sun, fun, and no drama whatsoever. Hopefully the newlyweds got the memo. Mini-sequel to ‘Into The Deep End’. Two-shot. Roman Reigns/OC

Comments are greatly appreciated!

Standing on the deck of their gloriously beautiful bungalow, Sasha smiled in amusement at the brightly-colored fish swimming about in the clear blue water below. Holding her camera up, she took about half a dozen photos, rotating the lens as she snapped a few more shots of the area surrounding their living quarters. The bungalow stood over the lagoon in a secluded part of the island, with a boardwalk that led to the shore. The space was large, with a bedroom, a common area which had plenty of color; oranges, yellows and reds. The floors were dark wood and the furnishings were plush, inviting and cozy. The master bed was king-sized with soft white sheets and pillows. Outside the hut, a Jacuzzi tub sat a few feet away from two wicker lounge chairs, where she and Joe sunned, shared many a smooch, and just lazed around in general. A staircase spiraled into the water for canoeing and in the couple’s case, skinny-dipping. In place of doors were beautiful floaty curtains to pull for privacy. The wraparound terrace where she currently stood gave away stunning open views of the ocean from every angle. There weren’t many places she’d been to that was as beautiful as this and she was just soaking it all in.

Click here to see Joe and Sasha’s honeymoon home

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What, another book review already?  Yes, because there were actually two new Yuri!!! on Ice books that came out this week!  This time, I’m reviewing Yuri!!! on ICE Koushiki Guidebook Yuri!!! on Life (Yuri!!! on ICE Official Guidebook Yuri!!! on Life), published by Fusosha.  This book focuses on the figure skating aspect of the show, and there’s some stuff about real skaters as well.  So if you’re a fan of the anime and also a skating enthusiast, this one’s for you! (If you’re looking for the other book instead, you can read my review of Yuri!!! on ICE Official Fanbook GO YURI GO!!! in my previous post.)

This book is not available in English or French, but there are plenty of pictures (mostly full color, and there are a few black-and-white sketches as well).  The dust jacket is also removable, and the alternate cover art hidden underneath is similar to the image on the jacket, except it’s zoomed out and the three characters are spaced a bit farther apart so you can see their individual poses better.  As for skaters other than the three main characters, don’t worry, they’re in this book as well, so you can enjoy their style… JJ Style!  And Emil style, and Michele style, and so on:

Keep reading for the rest of the book review, plus a few more pictures! 

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trans-ahsoka  asked:

If u do make more Maurice shirts I really would buy them,,, js

laksdhfgj well the design is up on Zazzle so like,, here’s the link for that.

Also I made one for the “I’m an unspeakable of the Oscar Wilde sort”: so here’s that.

i can’t sell the one that i made bc it’s not my text post askldfkdj but i made a generic one? if u really want that one specifically its super easy to do on zazzle.