stone plate

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etsyfindoftheday | 7.11.15

slate tapas plates, set of 4 by annabellstone

what a cool and rustic housewarming or hostess gift … four rad slate tapas plates, delivered in a fun burlap wrapping.

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I’m really into gemstones right now :D.

Wire crochet cuff bracelet with genuine gemstones: Malachite

his handmade bracelet is made of silver plated wire and genuine malachite gemstones. It is an elegant and feminine statement piece that everyone will notice. The bracelet is 5 cm (2 inches) wide and closes with a wide magnetic clasp.

The bracelet is made to order. The length is not adjustable, so please let me know the length that you need when you place your order.

Check more at my Etsy shop :). 

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Here exhibit A shows us the greatest force of nature on earth:

The foolhardiness of deviously delinquent twitterpated young'uns intent on immortalising their names on cultural sites of interest…


But seriously dough- how'dahecque did they drill that plate into stone with NO ONE NOTICING?!??!?

“Back in my day we used to write our shitty headcanons on stone plates” W2H headcanons
  • Jonathan suffers from a bit of social anxiety/depression and Sock has caught him on some occasions sitting in one of the boy’s bathroom stalls breathing hard almost as if he’s about to start screaming and silently crying or whispering to himself, etc.
  • Jonathan finds intense-kissing and sex a bit gross and intimidating to him at times and prefers cuddling or soft kissing. 
  • Sock decided the first time he heard Jonathan laugh that he wanted to at least try to make the boy laugh once a day– truly really laugh. That’s a bit hard considering the demon thing…..

    Summer is almost here—>
  • Jonathan always begs his mom to send him to his grandparents so he could go beach-crawling and get back into surfing the waves. 
  • Whenever Jonathan returns back to Florida for the summer, he’s discovered that living in a dreary state for so long had taken away his reaction to the intense sunshine; instead of tanning really well at first he burns up and ends up looking like a crab with yellow hair before being able to gain that awesome surfer’s tan. It makes Sock laugh and Jonathan fume.
  • Besides burning up a little bit now, Jonathan tans way better than Sock could ever; being a bit of a redhead Sock is very acceptable to burning up like a marshmallow
  • At the beach, whenever Jonathan is out surfing waves, Sock can feel a little left out and envious. Now and then Sock will ‘’attempt’’ to push Jonathan off his board mid-wave. Of course his arms only go right through Jonathan but the feeling Jon gets from it still gets him falling head first into the rolling waves. A couple of times it has almost gotten Jonathan killed; he was not amused.
  • When Sock was little, his parents would take him to Disneyland for the summer and Sock would have a blast; his favorite ride was the Little Mermaid ride due to Ariel’s singing and red hair. 
  • Sock’s parents would also take him to the beach and he’d have a blast trying to catch little crabs and stab them with sharp sticks if he could find any.
  • Sock and Joan would often play in little kiddie pools together and whenever their parents weren’t looking the two would attempt pushing each other under.
  • One summer Jonathan’s older brother joined him on the visit over to Florida; the two spent more time sneaking into local bars getting drunk and competing with each other over everything than anything else. That’s probably where Jonathan got his second tattoo. It was great bonding but man did they get grounded.
  • Whenever Mephistopheles goes swimming he has a bad habit of raising the temperature to boiling, especially whenever he sees Providence sporting a lovely swimsuit. That’s why he doesn’t very much like pool-parties but very much does.

[ Possibly to be continued ]

Battlestone lore:

In the game mechanic, a dragon learns a skill by getting a new battle stone, but in (my personal clan) lore, it is the other way around: Upon acquiring a new skill, a dragon is awarded a battlestone. Some dragons keep them strung on sturdy necklaces, have them forged into their weapons and armors, or keep the safe in their home lairs, often embedded in intricately carved stone plates. Some like to show them off to intimidate enemies, others prefer the advantage of leaving an opponent in the dark.

Upon joining the ranks of the clan’s warriors, a young dragon is ceremoniously awarded with their first battlestone: Scratch. It is a reminder that even the greatest battles start with the first blow. Likewise, young mages receive a Mediate battlestone, a reminder of the focus and introspection required to control powerful magic.

As a dragon now progresses through more and more advanced training, they are given more battlestones to commemorate each milestone. The more a warrior learns how to harness their strength and reflexes, the more Berserker battlestones they receive. Dragons who possess three of them are well-respected fighters. One (or even two) Ambush battlestones are also a source of great honor for a warrior, as successfully ambushing both beastclan and other dragons is never easy and those who manage to accomplish such a feat are often the pride of their clan. While many warriors are content to focus on their physical strength, there are always some who delve into their elemental abilities too, imbuing each of their attacks with a bit of the magic of their birth element. The day a warrior earns the right to carry an Eliminate battlestone is often a day for a small celebration in their honor. Dragons who wear those stones are able to deliver lethal killing blows, making them formidable protectors… and ruthless opponents on the battlefield.

A clan’s mages often follow a similar pattern as they go through their training, though their abilities, and thus their battlestones, usually vary greatly. Whereas few warriors use the full potential of their elemental abilities and prefer to use their more profane strength, mages usually delve deep into the mysteries of their birth elements, soon enabling them to bend the magical energies of the world to their will, forging the elements themselves into powerful weapons. Not every mage trains to become a healer but many still learn the basic healing spells to be able to help their companions in battle, allowing them to proudly carry an Aid battlestone. Many mages learn various spells to support those they fight alongside with, making Rally, Haste or Reflect common battlestones carried by a clan’s mages. Similarly to a warrior’s Berserker, a mage can receive a number of Scholar battlestones to honor their unwavering determination in uncovering the secrets of magic, only truly powerful and wise mages carry three of them. There are mages who, like warriors, choose to focus their studies on the ability to strike before the enemy knows what’s coming, earning them Ambush battlestones, while other mages prefer to focus on harnessing their magical abilities, earning them Discipline battlestones.

Even the strongest warriors and mages can die, though, and if a dragon falls in battle, their battlestones are sometimes lost. Sometimes wild animals gather them up, or beastclan find them while scavenging, making it not unheard of for fighting or hunting dragons to find old, at times ancient battlestones among their loot. Often not knowing who they used to belong to, these stones are usually taken to a priest to be cleansed in a small ceremony, bringing symbolic peace to the previous owner and then allowing the finder and their clan to make use of the treasured relics. It is not uncommon for ‘homeless’ battlestones to be sold or traded between clans, as these relics are often crafted from valuable gemstones or metals, making it more affordable at times to buy them instead of attempting to craft them.

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Moooooo…

Happy Cow Appreciation Day!

Bulls and cows have appeared in art and mythology around the world since prehistoric times. Here are just a few of our favourites from the collections, made thousands of years apart. Which is your favourite?

The colourful painting at the top is a copy by Egyptologist and artist Nina de Garis Davies (1865–1941) of a tomb wall painting in Thebes.

Next is a study by English Romanticist landscape painter JMW Turner (1775–1851) and a painting by Dutch landscape artist Aelbert Cuyp (1620–1691).

Then we have the fabulous 16th century sculpture of Nandi, the bull of Shiva from our India Gallery. Carved in basalt it stands at over 50cm tall.

Below that is a dish from 16th century Spain, and a gold figure of a bull from Gandhara, the ancient name of a region in what is now now northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, made in the 1st century BC.

“At that moment they heard from behind them a loud noise—a great cracking, deafening noise as if a giant had broken a giant’s plate…. The Stone Table was broken into two pieces by a great crack that ran down it from end to end; and there was no Aslan.

"Who’s done it?” cried Susan. “What does it mean? Is it more magic?”

“Yes!” said a great voice from behind their backs. “It is more magic.” They looked round. There, shining in the sunrise, larger than they had seen him before, shaking his mane (for it had apparently grown again) stood Aslan himself.

“Oh, Aslan!” cried both the children, staring up at him, almost as much frightened as they were glad….

“But what does it all mean?” asked Susan when they were somewhat calmer.

“It means,” said Aslan, “that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.” ~The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis