sea whips

Mediterranean Mermaid Lovers 🌊 ❤ 🌊
عاش من شافك (”Meeting you revived me” - used to express longing and affection to loved ones after a long time of not seeing them)

*deep intake of breath*

This took me a month to complete. (┛`д´)┛ For some reason I decided I would base the design of each mermaid off of real Mediterranean species as much as possible…. even though I did bend that rule quite a few times. (`∇´)

Greek Mermaid

Body: Exocoetus volitans (Blue Flying Fish)
Headband: Black pearls

Moroccan Mermaid

Body: Sparisoma cretense (Mediterranean Parrotfish)
Hijab: Caulerpa taxifolia (a type of seaweed–which I made red instead of green)
Hair ornaments: Echinaster sepositus (Red Sea Star/Starfish) and white pearls
Bodice: Paramuricea clavata (Violescent Sea-Whip, a type of coral)
Bra: Paracentrotus lividus (Purple Sea Urchin (but dead))
Sleeve: Sabella spallanzanii (Mediterranean Fanworm)

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All steven universe season 3 summarized by spongebob

EDIT:Beach city drift

MINI PUMPKIN PIES

Yield: 2 dozen

The things you’ll need

Ingredients

Dough
  • 2 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • ½ cup butter flavored shortening, chilled
  • ½ cup salted butter, chilled
  • 6 tablespoon buttermilk
Pumpkin Filling
  • 6 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Decoration
  • Egg wash
  • Pastry brush
  • Decorating bag fitted with a #849 tip
  • Cinnamon for decoration
Equipment
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Mini tart pan
  • Plastic wrap
  • Round cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking sheet tray lined with parchment
  • Two medium mixing bowls
  • Hand mixer
  • Two rubber spatulas
  • Small ice cream scoop

Let’s get started!


Dough
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, vanilla bean, and salt.
  2. Add cubed butter and shortening and work between fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Drizzle in ice-cold buttermilk. Work in the buttermilk to form a dough.
  3. Form the dough into two discs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours to set.
Filling
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl use a hand mixer to combine cream cheese and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition and scrape down the sides as necessary.
  3. Add pumpkin, spices, salt and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.
  4. When dough is set, roll out to 1/8 an inch thick and cut circles out using the round cookie cutter. Line dough rounds into each tart pan.
  5. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust then brush egg wash on the tops of each cup. Scoop filling into each pie cavity almost to the top, almost 2 tablespoons.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Allow to fully cool before adding topping.
  7. In a medium mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to whip the heavy cream and sugar until stiff. Scoop into a decorating bag attached with a #849 tip.
  8. Sprinkle each pie with a bit of cinnamon. Ta-da! Mini pumpkin pies!
Steven Universe Quick Asks 01

I have a new format I want to try. Most of my answers to asks are usually long format, but it does take me a while to get to them. @whoneedsausername2016​​ started this shotgun-answer format by assuring me they were fine with short answers. There are questions that I definitely would like to answer, and there’s a little less pressure to answer them in entire posts when there’s more of them at a time. 

It’s a good format for questions that are a little lighter or more related to head canons. Also, for points of clarification and speculation. I’m not sure how many would be interested in this format, but I had a lot of fun doing it, so here’s the first set of answers from the Q&A format, with questions from @whoneedsausername2016​. I found these questions interesting and worth sharing and was granted permission to post them :)

1. Did Jasper think it was honourable to capture the corrupted gems and use them as her own army, with the thought that she would be giving them another chance to serve the Diamonds?

Answer: Personally, I don’t think so. When she was talking about the corrupted gems, she was also talking about how Homeworld had a system and an order that needed to be upheld. That these gems were already “rejected” at that point meant, at least from her perspective, there was no such thing as redemption. After all, for Jasper, what mattered was what you are, not what you can be. That’s why she’s so hard on Amethyst. To Jasper, there’s no way someone like Amethyst could ever meet Homeworld standards. Being corrupted means that the gems can no longer be the quartzes they’re supposed to be. For Jasper, it’s more an inability to see how people can be strong in different ways, or that the Homeworld standard doesn’t have to be the only standard. As such, getting the corrupted gems and using them as her beast army was more a way to reaffirm that these gems couldn’t have the same level of “respect” afforded to them as uncorrupted gems. She wasn’t really looking at them as fellow quartzes in the first place, rather she saw them as former quartzes. They were just steps in Jasper’s plan to take down the Crystal Gems. In other words, she no longer recognized them as gems, as individuals.

2. Why wasn’t Jasper hydrophobic after the whole Malachite incident?

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Icarus Suite

I.

Loving the sun wasn’t a problem until he tried to prove it. Lips chapped from wind and sea salt, hair whipped back from his face, hot wax dripping down his spine - forget the boy with his plumage, golden limbs grasping at nothing as he fell. Treat it like a crime scene. Rewind the tape.

II.

The boy was born with sunshine in his mouth, he kept it pressed beneath his tongue. When he smiled, sunbeams shone through the gaps in his teeth. 

Loyal, reckless, the boy gave his heart to no one because it was promised to the sky. The summers he clattered into the house, freckled and scarlet with sunburn, came to look like foreshadowing.

III.

In another world, Icarus falls in love with the earth beneath his feet and stays there. He wears sunglasses and never wakes up for the sunrise, moves to Seattle where it’s foggy year round.

In another world, Icarus still burns and falls, but his father catches him before he hits the water and carries him to shore. They grasp at each other, laughing nervously, even as smoke rises from the back of the boy’s neck. 

In another world, Icarus is shot down with a rifle before he rises two hundred feet from the ground. It is a more violent end than the fall, but somehow less tragic.

IV.

If the sun is Icarus’ betrothed, and ocean his murderer, then let the fall itself be his marriage vow. From this day forward, the way it always goes, but with a different ending: when Icarus lifts his bride’s veil, he blisters his lips on a kiss that he willingly exchanges for his wings. He scorches in the sun’s arms and is content for one dazzling, resplendent moment before gravity kicks in.

V.

Icarus hits the ocean with a crack like a gunshot. The current wraps around him, swallows him, pulls him deeper than the sun’s desperate rays can touch.

The ocean’s stories belong to no one but herself, her uncharted abyss and shallow pool. The ocean has many secrets, and Icarus is one of them. His golden arms grow pale in the dark, but he can still taste the sunlight in his mouth, honey-sweet where it is caught in his throat.

In the dark, he glows.

The Valarjar comes...

The seas of Stormheim whipped a great fury across the bow of the ship. Winds and rains poured across the dragonskull prow. The great sails hoisted and, amid chanting in vrykul, the mighty ship known as Stormborn set forth from Stormheim, charted for Sunspire Port. Halenvar stood at the prow of the ship, his mighty relic sword laid across his shoulder. Behind him stood his Valarjar Elite, Ryodan and Zerrick, Scion Valajar and his trusted allies. Vrykul seamen ran across the upper deck, pulling ropes and setting sail. The clear sound of a Val’kyr aspirant rang loud over the winds and storm. Vrykul men and women bent back to the song, the mighty oars cutting into the waves.


Halenvar let loose a blast from his carved horn, the bellow ringing across the water. “Let loose the fury of Odyn and his chosen,” the blast said. Halenvar touched a necklace on his chest, whispering, “The Valarjar come…”

@ryosteelsworn, @zerrick, @aranyaphoenix, @kurel-andiel, @roewyn, @sunspireport, @wolf-queen, @scions-of-antiquity

Lapis Theory

I’ve made this post before but it’s short and was rushed, so I’d like to map out my thoughts on this a little better.

In ‘Mirror Gem’ and ‘Ocean Gem’ we meet a new Gem named Lapis. And she was pissed that the Crystal Gems kept her in the mirror and hadn’t released her.

Theres been a lot of theories as to why they didn’t release her, some say that the CG’s knew she was a powerful Gem and was scared of what she might do and things of that sorts.

I believe the Crystal Gems thought she was corrupted 

Ocean Gem / Mirror Gem

Pearl: How could I have known the Gem contained in that mirror would be so powerful? 


I don’t think she said that in a ‘i thought she was weaker then that’ kind of way, but in more of a how is she that powerful’ kind of way.’ Because what they know about corrupted Gems is that they definitely don’t have that kind of consciousness. I think they was just letting her Mirror be her ‘bubble’ kind of like how they let Centi’s ship be her ‘bubble’ in ‘Monster Reunion’ 

I truly believe Pearl was so stunned that mirror Lapis was talking to Steven because they thought she was corrupted. How would they have known that the mirror protected her from the Diamonds corruption bomb?

I believe Lapis was so pissed that the CG’s didn’t release her because she doesn’t know about corruption. To her they shouldn’t have kept her in the mirror just because her Gem was cracked, but she doesn’t know about the utter pain corrupted Gem go through.

Originally posted by giffing-lazuli

Lapis: You three knew i was in there!

We seen in ‘Same Old World that she seen the Diamond Bomb, but she didn’t say what it was or comment on it, because she didn’t know what it was.

We’ve never seen her around corrupted Gems. I wonder that when shes learn about corruption and that Homeworld caused it how will she feel? Will she understand why the CG’s kept her in the mirror?

Steven Nuke and Jasper

Alone at Sea:Lapis kicks jasper back into the water.

Gem Hunt: The gems hunt jasper and kick her ass

Crack the Whip:Amethyst finds jasper and kicks her ass

Bismuth:Bismuth punches jasper to the moon

Back 2 the moon:The gems go to the moon to kick jasper´s ass

Tiger Philantrophist: Tiger Millionare returns to kick jasper´s ass on the ring.