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Birds Painted on Pharmaceutical Packaging by Sara Landeta

Madrid-based artist Sara Landeta is using an unexpected canvas for her paintings… unfolded pharmaceutical boxes! 

Titled Medicine as Metaphor (referring to Susan Sontag’s ‘illness as metaphor’ writings), Landeta paints the animal often associated with freedom — the bird —  onto these boxes, creatively drawing parallels to medicines holding patients in captivity. 

“This juxtaposition of the natural and synthetic interprets the patient as a captive animal, and the bird as its metaphor,” explains Landeta. See her works up close here.

Emergency Commissions!

I need help to pay for my turtle’s recent surgery and follow up work!

I am opening up slots for crochet doll commissions to pay for my turtle’s emergency surgery from earlier this week. He has a lot of difficulties, including a calcium metabolism disorder and scoliosis, and he prolapsed on Tuesday. The surgery to correct his prolapse went well, but because of his shell and hip deformations, he’s going to need a lot of aftercare. His scoliosis also means he may need additional surgeries in the next few weeks because his shell is putting extra pressure on his cloaca and organs.

To help pay for his recent (and possible future) surgeries, I’m opening commissions for small crochet dolls. These dolls are hand-made, usually taking about 2-6 weeks to complete and ship. Here is my most recent example for @thetartestglitter of their OC Lemmy, including the reference picture I used.

For more examples, click HERE!

I will crochet:

  • OCs
  • Anime/game characters
  • Fursonas
  • Humans (You, even!)
  • Lots of other things

I won’t/can’t crochet:

  • Other artist’s characters (without express permission)
  • NSFW dolls (tiny yarn = very difficult)

These dolls are usually 5-7 inches tall, made of a combination of natural and synthetic yarn, filled with synthetic stuffing, and with plastic ‘safety’ eyes. The base price for these dolls is $70. [I am willing to discuss larger commissions.]

I’m also accepting paypal donations at fadedsepiastitches[at]outlook[dot]com. Even if you don’t want/need a doll, please consider bumping this post.


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Is it Safe to Wash Your Makeup Brushes With Baby Shampoo?

When it comes to makeup application, brushes and tools are sometimes just as, if not more important than the makeup you are using itself. Better yet, the care and cleaning of them is more important than both combined together. Makeup and brushes are two things you’ve probably invested in, so taking care of them is essential. Many people are under the impression that because baby shampoo is safe for babies, it’s safe and gentle enough for makeup brushes, but this couldn’t be further from the truth… Just like how you wouldn’t wash your dishes with hand soap because it is anti-bacterial, or just like how you wouldn’t rub chili powder over your skin just because it’s an edible food item, you shouldn’t wash your makeup brushes with baby shampoo.

Makeup brushes are usually made out of bristles that are either natural or synthetic, natural bristles are usually made from animal hair. As you can guess the genetic make up and compound of both synthetic and animal hair is much different than the hair on a humans head.

The top three reasons you shouldn’t use baby shampoo to clean your makeup brushes:

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Still Got Time

Still Got Time was released on March 24, 2017. 

Zayn is the featured artist. Additional artist is PartyNextDoor. 

The song is the lead single from Zayn’s second album, yet to be released. It was produced by Frank Dukes (who recently produced Lorde’s Green Light, and has worked with Rihanna and Drake) and Murda Beatz (who produced No Frauds for Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Lil Wayne). 

In this post, I will be referring to times from this video:

I admit I’m not used to writing about dance or R&B music, and if I make any glaring mistakes, please message me!

This song is part of the slew of Caribbean-inspired tropical house or Jamaican dancehall music that have drifted in and out of pop charts recently, often collaborations between artists and producers, whose engineering of bass lines and percussion is a significant portion of the songwriting. 

These songs might sound tropical, and fresh, and sunny, but their pedigree is firmly rooted in Motown R&B. And the looming figure in contemporary R&B and dance whose influence and sound are inescapable is Michael Jackson

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Stitchy's 5 Sewing Tips

I had an ask from a follower about how to avoid constant jamming of thread! It got a bit lengthy and I figured I may as well share with the class :P

Before you even get sewing, check your manual, or google your machine type, to look up what the actual number setting of your Thread Tension is meant to be.

1. Re-thread your bobbin into the bobbin-case so that the trail of thread is going the correct way *as stated in the manual*. In my machine, the bobbin with thread hanging off should look like the letter “P” when it’s correct.

2. Always always always use matching brand/fiber content thread on your top and bottom threads. Mismatching synthetics with naturals, or button threads with embroidery, etc— it’s just asking for trouble unless you’re doing it for a specific reason.

3. When you start sewing! Literally every time you begin a stitch, hand wheel the needle into the fabric to “take a bite” before you start up with the foot pedal. This will help a lot. also, be sure to swipe away hanging thread before you really get going, especially if you’re doing something that has the stitch joining back up with itself .

4. CLIP YOUR THREADS CONSTANTLY. I cannot stress this enough so I’ll say it again:


Bonus tip! If you have to do a lot of gathering, there are a few ways to go about it- and its definitely the easiest way to jam your machine if you’re doing it poorly. My favorite way is well suited to making a typical 1:3 ratio gather in a woven fabric:

  1. Set your stitch on a wide  zig-zag 
  2. Place a sturdy thread, like button thread, or waxed thread under your presser foot with a four or five inch “tail”
  3. Zig-zag over the sturdy thread, taking care to not catch it in the stitches.
  4. Pull the thread to gather!

This isn’t appropriate for everything, but it breaks so much less.


Amethyst and citrine are varieties of quartz coloured by iron. They only occur mixed together like this in quantity at one mine in Bolivia, though a few specimens have come out of India and Brazil. The colours are due to the different electronic valencies of iron, related to its oxidation state and are caused by a temperature gradient across the crystal during formation. Amethyst’s purple hue is caused by natural radiation creating colour centre in the crystal and turned into citrine by heat. Most citrine on the market is in fact amethyst that has been roasted in an oven to change the oxidation state of the iron content, and hence the colour.

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Basic Necromancy Training Regimen. WEEK 2

These posts will teach you how to lay the foundations for Necromancy and develop the basic abilities needed. By the end of this, the mage-in-training will have all the abilities they will need to begin the practice of Necromancy.

Exercise 1: Visualisation.
Close your eyes and think about the pebble (or whatever else) you used to build stillness in the last week’s post. Can you see it? Focus on what it looked like from your own perspective: It’s size, shape, color etc. Do this for thirty seconds, even if the image begins to distort. Your skills of focus built in the last lesson will help you greatly here.

Later on in the day, or perhaps the next day, attempt 40 seconds of stable visualisation, then 50, 60 and so on. When you feel you have mastered this, expand by visualising other things in your environment (always from YOUR prospective). After having mastered static objects: begin with scenes, motions and actions. Once the mage has a firm grasp on visualisation, many occult and magic paths can be explored, Necromancy included.

Exercise 2: Sensing energy.
Enter a very light meditation (learned in the last post), once in this state, outstretch your (dominant) hand and visualise a cloud of light around your hands (the color of which is of no importance), see the clouds energy flowing in, out and pooling around your finger tips until a tingling weight can be felt on them. If at first you are unsuccessful, try again and again until you have results.

Exercise 3: Distinguishing and tuning into currents of energy.
Collect a number of things from around the house, natural or synthetic. We will be using the classical alchemical Elements to find the alignment of each item.

Air(Yellow/White): Warm-Wet
Water(Blue/Silver): Cold-Wet
Fire(Red/Gold): Warm-Dry
Earth(Brown/Green): Cold-Dry

By sensing the energy in each item you will find they align with one the elements listed above. Next we will move onto the two Non classical elements used in necromancy:

Death(Black): Cold-Dry-Draining
Decay(Yellow, Green): Warm-Wet-Draining

Try sensing these energies in bones, dead animals, cemeteries, etc until you have familiarised yourself with them and are capable of sensing energy patterns passively.
To tune into their currents, one needs only conjure up the feelings they brought when you were studying them. For instance, to tune into fire, one needs to visualise a flame in their hand, and the dry warmth it brought with it, and can then grow and focus this energy to achieve a task that falls under the element’s sphere (Fire:Destruction,Earth:Growth etc etc etc).

Exercise 4: Tuning into and creating a pocket of death energy.
At night, open your windows and lay bare backed onto the cold ground. Enter a light meditation and hold both arms in the air above you, your palms should face each other with about 30cm between them. Using exercise 3, tune into the currents of death, the cold ground at your back should assist in this, once you are “tuned in”, begin visualising black smoke pouring from your fingers and palms, towards the space between your two hands. Let the smoke coagulate into a marble shaped black void, and let it slowly grow outwards. It should swirl inwards, and feel draining to sustain (If you have become adept in energy sensing/detection you should quickly become fully aware of this). Once you are content with the pocket it can be left open to fertilize an environment for death magic and necromancy, be used to drain the inhabitants of an area or simply dispelled through grounding, cleansing or banishing.

Best of luck


These are photos I took at the Kurdish Textile Museum in Hewler, Southern Kurdistan showing various Kurdish tribes’ rug designs. All of these were woven.

1. Erbil plain - natural dyes, early 1900′s
2. Erbil plain - natural and synthetic dyes, early 1900′s
3. Erbil plain - natural dyes, early 1900′s
4. Nomadic Kurdish tribe - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
5. Heroti tribe - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
6. Herki tribe - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
7. Khanaqin (Xaneqin) - natural dyes, mid-1900′s
8. Sine, Eastern Kurdistan - natural dyes, early 1900′s
9. Zakho (Zaxo) - natural dyes, early 1900′s
10. Germiyan - natural dyes, early 1900′s

anonymous asked:

since ur a sci-fi nerd then what are your thoughts on lance's clothes compared to the other paladins?? like, they're the most normal (contemporary) looking out of them all

oh man I saw the first words of this ask and I thought I was gonna get to break out my sliderule and talk about the inverse-square law, but clothes are cool too.

So clothes and garments can have really cool implications on society and reveal a lot about the structure itself. One of my favorite sci-fi novels, The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, whom I have had the honor of meeting, explores an east Asia where the silk trade never died and became the most dominant natural resource. I mean, the book’s not about that but it’s an interesting and important point. You should read it.

We don’t actually know a lot about team Voltron’s clothes except the style. What are they made of? Synthetic or natural fiber? Waterproof or not? Made by machines or people? All of those would be really interesting questions to ask, because the answers would reveal a lot about the society on Earth. A synthetic fiber would imply a more industrialized future. We’re all about innovation, creation, inventing new things. But a natural fiber? Interesting. Maybe we’re more environmentally aware? Thinking of the consequences of manufacturing those synthetic garments? That’s got a very solarpunk feel to it that I am enjoying. How common are what each of them are wearing?

Again, do we have robots that do everything like in our typical depictions of the future? Or have we scaled back the use of technology in order to maintain prosperity for all? Are natural clothes cheaper or more expensive than synthetic? So many questions and things to ponder.

But sadly, Voltron is supremely underdeveloped world-building wise and it’s such a shame. There’s so much potential there, but a lot of it is wasted. True science fiction would ask all of these questions and attempt to answer them. That’s what I love about science fiction (side note: having something set in space does not make it science fiction. Science fiction is a subgenre of fantasy, and to qualify the piece of fiction has to be scientifically plausible. Voltron is pure fantasy, no science fiction)

Anyway, I digress. We only have style to judge by. 

Coran and Allura aside (I know they were paying homage to the original series but couldn’t they have gotten a bit more creative with their clothing designs??) everyone else seems to be in casual wear. What I get from this is: fanny packs are back in style baby. Also it looks like Keith, Hunk, Pidge and maybe Shiro all have shoes without laces on them. Either a velcro latch or buckle of some kind. Lance’s shoes look like traditional sneakers so that’s something.

Lance is the only one wearing jeans. Unless Keith is wearing black skinny jeans (honestly, he’s emo enough to do it in the desert) then that says something too. But the thing is, we don’t know what. Is denim a premium, expensive product, or something cheap and shoddy and out of style? Who knows? Not Voltron.