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anonymous asked:

So exactly what are the ways in which I can tell a real bill from a fake?? So far, I haven't encountered any fakes that I know of, but I want to be prepared for when I do.

Inspect the quality of printing. Generally, fake dollars will seem flatter and with few details when touched. When making real dollars, it involves printing techniques which are unknown and therefore very hard to replicate. You should look for blurry areas, especially in fine details such as around the borders.
Look at the portrait. There should be certain differences that may show you if the bill is fake.
Portraits in fake bills may seem dull, blurred, and flat, while in real currency, the portraits are sharp and contain fine detailing.
On a real bill, the portrait tends to stand out from the background. On counterfeit bills, the portrait’s coloring tends to blend too much with the bill.
Also, use a magnifying glass to watch the rim of the portrait. There must be written “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” repeated along the sides of the portrait. This will look like a solid line to the naked eye. This feature is especially hard to replicate using office machine copiers or printers due to its size and detail.

Check the serial numbers. There should be two serial numbers located on the face of the bill. Look at the bill carefully and make sure that the serial numbers match. You should check if the the color of the serial numbers on the bill match the color of the Treasury Seal. If they do not match, the bill is likely a fake.

Look for watermarks. Use the day light to see if your bill bears an image of the portrait. It can be seen on all $10, $20, $50, and $100 bills series 1996 and later, and on $5 bills series 1999 and later. The watermark is embedded in the paper to the right of the portrait and should be visible from both sides of the bill.

Now, here is what you can do with the help of some materials:

Apply an UV (black) light to look at security threads. Plastic strips (a vertical line) in high-denomination bills should glow a specific color. The $5 dollar bill should glow blue; the $10 bill should glow orange; the $20 bill should glow green; the $50 bill should glow yellow; the $100 bill should glow pink.

- ̗̀ give it to em’, pt 2 ̖́-

summary: Sam Holland is a Greaser who is ready to fight anyone, but he’s still the biggest softy around and when he meets you… God damn, someone better catch him when he falls.
pairing: sam holland x reader
warnings: nothing i do not thiniik? talk of sam being naked? awkwardness
a/n: part twoowowow. i had a lot of help so thank you!! this also was hyped up so i am posting this since its greaser!holland blurb night with my girl tori. alright, lets go!
tags: @lovelyimagines  , @spacedoutsher, @spidergirlwanab, @harrisonsbestfriend , @spee-iderman , @sam-a-holland , @societalreject, @lexie-holland-blog

The next afternoon was hectic. Sam was let out of school early since the high school decided they would do a Sock Hop for a “Welcome Back to hell” type of thing, and because Sam had nothing else to do, he decided he would go to the dance, which started in an hour and a half so he had only three hours to eat, get dressed, do his hair and make sure Paddy’s homework was done. Sam sighed loudly as he showered, his mind going to the last place he had his white button down at. He swore he put it up, but he wasn’t too sure.

Sam ran his fingers through his hair before turning off the water and stepping out, wrapping a towel around his waist before going to his room. He searched for a pair of boxers and some sweats before going to Tom’s room and stealing a pair from him.

Sam began rummaging through the closet, searching for the simple top. He found it on the top shelf with the other boy’s nice clothes. He quickly put the sleeves over his arms, leaving it unbuttoned, he began walking around his room, searching for slacks or nice jeans – something at least. He found a pair of black jeans under his bed, sighing beginning to walk towards the kitchen, putting them into the washer for a quick wash.

He went back to his room and began trying to fix his hair. If his mom was still here this wouldn’t be a problem, but she wasn’t so he would have to do it on his own.

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♈️ ARIES // CoRoT-7b – This exoplanet orbits so closely to its sun that the rocky surface has become molten. The “hell planet” is believed to be covered in oceans of lava with temperatures around 4,500 degrees Fahrenheit.

♉️ TAURUS // J1407-B – This exoplanet is much, much larger than Jupiter or Saturn, and orbits very young sun. It possess rings x200 the size of Saturn’s. The rings span so far out that they even overlap/eclipse its sun, and cause the planet to be extremely dim. It’s accumulated several “moons” as well.

♊️ GEMINI // Kepler-16b – This exoplanet is very unique, being half gas and half ice. Most importantly, it is the first known “circumbinary planet” – a planet that orbits not one, but two suns.

♋️ CANCER // Gliese 581 c – This exoplanet orbits a red dwarf star, so it’s sky is crimson. It is very similar to Earth, but it’s tidally locked; meaning one side is always facing the sun while the other is in constant darkness, you’d immediately burn or freeze to death. But the vertical strip of surface directly between had been theorized to sustain life and hold water.

♌️ LEO // 55 Cancri e – This exoplanet is a super hot, super-Earth. When first discovered, this planet was believed to be made mostly of diamond, due to the high carbon-to-oxygen ratio of its sun and its own atmospheric pressure and temperature.

♍️ VIRGO // HD 189733 b – This exoplanet is a huge, gas planet. Astronomers have said that is looks like a big, blue marble, and have theorized that the blue color is likely due to the fact that it is constantly raining shards of molten glass.

♎️ LIBRA // GJ 504 b – This exoplanet is a bigger than Jupiter, yet has the lowest mass of any discovered so far. It is a world that is still glowing from the heat of its formation in a way that makes it dark cherry blossom or magenta color, giving it the nickname “the pink planet”.

♏️ SCORPIO // TrES 2b – This exoplanet is extremely hot, and darker than the blackest coal; reflecting less than 1% of any and all light that falls on it. It is the darkest planet ever discovered and the exact reason is still a mystery to scientists.

♐️ SAGITTARIUS // WASP-17b – This exoplanet is the second largest discovered so far, yet it weighs in at half the mass of Jupiter. This makes it the “puffiest planet”. It is also the only known planet known to always orbit in retrograde (opposite its host star), and it’s discovery challenged the traditional planetary formation theory.

♑️ CAPRICORN // Gliese 436b – This exoplanets immense gravity is strong enough to compress the trace amounts of water vapor in its atmosphere, so its core is made of ice. However, it’s so close to the sun that the exterior is perpetually on fire. It stays frozen from its own gravitational pressure (and spite).

♒️ AQUARIUS // HD 188753 Ab – This exoplanet is located within a tristar-system; a solar system that has three suns. If you were standing on this planet, you would cast 3 shadows, and be able to see witness a marvelous, psychedelic triple sunset.

♓️ PISCES // GJ 1214 b – This exoplanet is also known as “the water world”. The interior/core is comprised primarily of water, surrounded by more water, then covered by a thick layer of gases. Estimated proportions of the total mass are 25% rock and 75% water.

Downfall [20]

Characters: Jungkook x Reader

Word Count: 4,430

Genre: Assassin AU

Prologue | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14 | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 | Part 19 | Part 20 | Part 21

Darkness consumes you.

It feels as if you still haven’t returned to your body, like you’re a floating entity in the abysmal limbo between your own mind and tangible reality. You don’t know how long you’ve been in this state or when you even entered it, but in an instant, you finally feel the gloomy cloud dissipating ever so slowly. It’s only when you move your hand and feel the smooth cotton under your fingertips that you can confirm that you are indeed awake.

The first thing you do with this revelation is try to remember what exactly happened.

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one step forward, two steps back (v2.0) - 1

Way back when, last December, to be exact, I gifted a fic to @apparitionism for the B&W Secret Santa extravaganza. I’d threatened a second part, which is nearly ready to go, but before that I needed to do some housecleaning on the first story (thank you appy for pointing out issues.) So I’m starting over by posting an edited version of this story then moving on to a six chapter “part two” that fixes everything. I’ll be posting new chapters regularly, maybe every other day if I can mange, just to get this out of my system. 

NOTE: This story is an inbetweener - set after episode 4.8 “Second Chance” (the one when Mrs. F tells Helena to disappear with the astrolabe) but before 4.9 “The Ones We Love.”


As the loudspeaker crackles to life, Myka pushes herself up into sitting position and snuggles further into her coat. She glances to the side at Pete, still lying next to her, sprawled across three whole seats. He hasn’t moved an inch since she dozed off.

“Pete,” she says, more as a puff of air than a name.

No response.

Pete,” she repeats, louder, adding a poke to the arm.

“Ggnah,” he grunts, flinching but holding his position.

“Get up. Our gate’s moved.”

“Fivemoreminutes,” he mumbles, pulling the hood of his jacket over his eyes.

“Fine,” she says through a yawn and stretches her neck to the left then right. “I’m going to go clean up. Be ready when I get back.” She shoots Pete a stern eye, but he’s already dozed off. She’ll wake him for real when she gets back.

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Konstantin Korovin. Hammerfest. The Nothern Lights.
1894-1895. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

The picture is created by Korovin under the impression of his trip to the Scandinavian countries, and is considered to be the most important canvas of his northern cycle. Pictures of Norwegian trading settlements with typical high gable roofs had probably prompted the artist a vertical format of the picture. Rhythmically repeating outlines of houses and masts together with dark vertical strips in the sky create an illusive image of mysterious “gothic” forms. The picture with mystical presentiment of world dualism reflects the artist’s fascination with symbolism. The artist pays special attention to the comparison of supernatural cold glow of the polar lights, tiny warm lights and vibration of their reflection in the water. To enlarge the dynamics of the space, the artist connects two points of view: the boat in the foreground is shown from above, the constructions and the sky - from below. As a result, Korovin comes to creation of a new picture form - a decorative panel, which precedes a series of his panels for pavilion of the Far North at the All-Russia Industrial and Art exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod in 1896.

Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls
Tender steak rolls filled with zesty vegetables and drizzled with a glaze that is simply out of this world delicious.
8 thin slices sirloin or flank steak (length and width according to personal preference)
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fresh rosemary, chopped
1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 green bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 medium zucchini, sliced into thin strips
1 medium yellow onion, halved and then thinly sliced
A few white button or cremini mushrooms, cut into thin strips
For the Rosemary Balsamic Glaze:
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
¼ cup dark balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons dry red wine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
¼ cup Progresso™ beef flavored broth
Rub each side of the steak slices with a little extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, freshly ground black pepper and some chopped fresh rosemary.
Heat one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the vegetables until crisp-tender, seasoning with salt and pepper.
Place a few of the vegetable strips vertically on one end of each steak cutlet so that once rolled up the end of the vegetables are sticking out of each end of the steak roll. Roll it up, and secure it with a toothpick. Repeat for each steak roll.
For the rosemary balsamic glaze: Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, until fragrant. Add the balsamic vinegar, red wine, brown sugar and the rosemary sprigs and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the broth, return to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 15 minutes. Discard the rosemary sprigs.
Prepare the grill and grill on each side for about 2 minutes or according to desired doneness. Do the same if cooking them in a skillet, frying over medium-high heat until done. Serve immediately drizzled with the rosemary balsamic glaze. Baked sweet potatoes make a great accompaniment.

The Only Complete Example of a Viking Helmet: The Gjermundbu Helmet

This iron helmet dates to about 970 and was excavated under a burial mound on a farm called Gjermundbu in Norway. It was was designed with a horizontal rim that went around the head, attached to which were two vertical strips, one extending from ear to ear, the other from the front of the head to the back. Protective iron plates were riveted onto this framework. It probably would have had an aventail (a chainmail neck guard) but none was found. The eye guard in particular suggests a close affinity with the earlier, Vendel Period helmets. From runestones and other illustrations, it is known that the Vikings also wore simpler helmets, often caps with a simple noseguard.

I finally finished breaking down BREAKER into comic pages from the original vertical strips and whoo boy it’s gonna be longer then we expected!

As of now, with only art, BREAKER’s graphic novel form will clock in at 246 pages (with author’s notes and other stuff, it’s sure to be even longer). Definitely gonna be the longest thing we’ve put out, at least until PotDC gets collected (and then that will win by about 20 pages XD)

Originally we’d wanted to Kickstart it this month (since, y’know, werewolves and Halloween) but I also thought I’d be almost done by now. The problem with doing this alongside our other work is that I can only work on it during my free time, which is not consistent enough to give me a solid idea of how long it will take. The last thing we want to do is Kickstart something we don’t have an end date for, so for now I’m not sure when we’ll be able to do it, but that’s still definitely the goal!

Short [Young K]

Originally posted by jackseunn

Summary: In which you’re short and need help getting something off the top shelf at the grocery store, Brian almost instantly coming to your rescue.

Word count: 1 319

Type; Fluff

Member: Young K from Day6

A/N: I’ve kept this scenario in my drafts for a while and finally decided to finish it off for you baby stars! I hope you like this little scenario! I hope you’ve had a good week and hopefully have a good Friday and weekend! My Friday will literally constant of me not even focusing on my school work and just worrying about my crush’s reaction when I tell him I like him, WISH ME LUCK BABY STARS, LOL!)

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You were short.

The damn thing defined you. You were never able to reach objects on high shelves, never able to play the sports you wanted to because of your height and you were constantly teased by your peers at school about it. They’d crack amusing jokes like, “How’s the weather down there, shorty?” or the classic, “I didn’t know hobbits actually existed.”

All this constant teasing drove you crazy and you began to find ways to make yourself appear taller than what you already were. Wear high heels, wear vertically stripped clothing - anything that kept you away from childish hobbit jokes everyone around you seemed to find so amusing. Eventually once you had gotten into university, that difference or any other difference didn’t matter and that made your time at university the best time it was.

“Are you sure you don’t wanna come and join our sleepover? We’re watching American Horror Story while snacking on popcorn.” Your best friend asked you over the phone, you rolling your eyes before a small smile settled on your face as you stared ahead of you at the white wall that had your studying timetable and exam timetable taped to the wall.

  “Yeah, I’m sure,” You assured your best friend, finding it somewhat difficult to say no to going over to her dormitory and hanging out with your best friends, but exams were coming up soon and you were not accepting getting any bad grades which is why you had started studying beforehand. “I’ve got studying to do.”

“Oh (Y/N), how you work yourself so hard,” Your best friend commented, her comment causing you to chuckle, your free hand covering your mouth as you chuckled. “Well, I wish you the best with your studies, (Y/N). Fighting!”

You chuckled once more, smiling at how amusing yet sweet your best friend could be before you thanked her, your conversation over the phone ending there, leaving you amongst your textbooks and study notes. You glanced at the time on your phone screen and back at your study timetable, switching off your phone before slipping it into your pocket, beginning your own study session.


Eventually, after a few more hours of studying, you had given yourself a break, suddenly feeling extremely exhausted and hungry all at the same time. You had gotten up from your seat in your bedroom, making your way towards your kitchen in your small yet cozy apartment only to discover that there was nothing except expired milk in the fridge.

You cursed underneath your breath, throwing out the expired milk before deciding that you would just go buy some groceries for the next two weeks or so. Since it was late and not many people would be outside at this time, you didn’t go to your bedroom to change your clothes and remained in your comfy pj’s gabbing your car keys from the kitchen counter and oversized beige turtle-neck snowflake designed sweater with a matching beanie at the door before walking out of your apartment that was close to both the grocery store and the campus of the university you attended, quickly walking outside, the coldness of the air biting at the exposed skin on your cheeks, the coldness of the air causing you to you rush towards your car and quickly climb inside, immediately turning on the heater and driving off to the grocery store.

Once you managed to park your car in the only space in the large parking lot that wasn’t covered with large piles of crystal white snow, you exited the warmth of your car and quickly carried yourself inside the supermarket, greeting the elderly homeless man that sat outside the store that the store manger was nice enough to provide with warm clothing and blankets for the cold season. 

  Walking inside the heated space, a wave of heat washed over you, causing you to sigh out dramatically in satisfaction since you were never one to enjoy the winter, except the snow flakes that always intrigued you for their individuality which you found most beauty in. You strolled through every isle in the grocery store, retrieving items that would last you up until the next month, spoiling yourself with large amounts of hot chocolate and sweet cookies that reminded you of home for the cold season and because of how hard you knew you were working at school. You browsed the last isle of the store, seeing packaged noodles dominating the shelves which caused you to smirk to yourself, remembering when last you had noodles before you walked over to your favourite brand of noodles, your favourite flavour stuck at the top of the shelves.

  You looked up at the shelf with determination, encouraging yourself to get the package of noodles by yourself without anyone’s help and jumped with your hand held out, retrieving nothing but air in your hand once your feet hit the ground once again. You frowned at your failure to get the noodles off the too shelf, jumping five more times without any success before you stood on your tip toes and tried to reach for the noodles, having no success once again.

“Um, do you need some help with that?”

You hastily turned your head in the direction of the deep voice, the cold air being knocked out of your lungs as you gazed upon a gorgeous tall man with shiny hair that could easily be mistaken as gold with a charming smile that could make snow melt in an instant. You gave him a sheepish smile, embarrassed you needed help with something so little and also the fact that you stared at him for who knows how long before you nodded your head shyly, stepping out of the way as he approached the shelf, taking four packages of noodles off the top shelf with ease, not even standing a bit taller or doing whatever it was to reach the packaged noodles, making you feel embarrassed for all your extreme efforts to retrieve the noodles.

The man cracked a smile at you, handing you the two packets of noodles saying with a smile so bright you swore you would go blind by staring at it too long, “This is my favourite flavour too!”

“Well, it is a classic.” You said lamely with a cheesy grin, mentally face-palming yourself for being so lame in front of such a good-looking and really damn tall guy.

Luckily, he just chuckled at what you had said before his dazzling eyes widened in surprise, “You go to North State?”

You instantly looked down at your gloves that had your college badge knitted across them and looked up at the mystery man, smiling a small smile as you answered with, “Yeah. Do you go there too?”

  “Yeah!” He enthusiastically answered, his enthusiasm bringing an even bigger smile to your face as you clearly enjoyed the sight of him smiling already, “What are you studying?”

And that’s how you got to know the mystery man known as Brian Kang. You had told him how you were studying Psychology at your college since you were aspiring to become an a therapist to help those that needed it most which he thought was interesting and that you should keep doing whatever it was that kept you happy and busy. You learned that he was studying Music and was planning on either becoming a star or teach little children how to play a variety of instruments, either way he said he would be happy. After talking for a while in the isle of the grocery store, Brian invited you to a small cafe near the campus grounds and without any hesitation, you accepted his invitation, the smell of coffee and love brewing in the air in the cafe you and him had been talking in until the early hours of the morning, almost missing your lectures that day.


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Vincent van Gogh
Auvers-sur-Oise, May - June 1890 
oil on canvas, 50.2 cm x 52.5 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

When Van Gogh left the asylum at Saint-Rémy in May 1890 and returned to the north, he settled in Auvers-sur-Oise, where the doctor and amateur painter Paul Gachet was to keep an eye on him. Shortly after his arrival, Van Gogh wrote to Theo: ‘(…) for really it’s gravely beautiful, it’s the heart of the countryside, distinctive and picturesque.’

This work shows part of the elongated village. Van Gogh applied the paint in several very different ways: the field in the foreground, for instance, is rendered in broad, vigorous brushstrokes, while the string of coloured roofs in the middle is done with vertical stripes. The strip of bright green meadows beyond is thickly applied. The white sky is almost translucent and he outlined the clouds with a few fluid streaks of blue.

Auvers was a short distance by rail from Paris and attracted lots of artists. Van Gogh found himself back in the world of art and felt re-energized there. He averaged a painting a day during his two months in the village.


See Dr. Sahin’s Wondrous Spore-Driven Evaporation Engine

It sounds like a steampunk fantasy, but it is, in fact, a real thing. 

Columbia University bioengineers have built a number of working engines powered by water evaporation and contracting and expanding bacterial spores. The machines represent the first time the humidity that naturally rises from evaporating water has been used as a fuel source.

Biophysicist Ozgur Sahin and his colleagues built evaporation-driven devices that enabled a miniature car to move, a mill to spin, weight to be lifted and an oscillatory engine to power LEDs.

The work is actually a continuation of research we reported on in 2014 to generate electricity and make robot muscles from the force of hydrating and dehydrating microbial spores. But where that study showed only rudimentary lengths of polymer film coated with the spores flexing when in contact with water vapor, the group has now created working machinery using the phenomenon. Learn more and see a video below.

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aliceanelizabeth  asked:

Hey I was wondering how do you tuck, not that I can try it yet I'm just curious

I do it a couple different ways depending on the situation.This is all kind of  confusing so message me if you need clarification. Also if you encounter problems, I have some fixes that aren’t listed. 

1. I wear tight underwear. Sometimes two pairs.Or you could buy a gaff.

2. The Sock & Waistband Method (or legging and tights method)

If you have ever heard of the sock and waistband method I use that but with different materials. There are tutorials on YouTube on how to do this. Don’t use socks because they are much too thick and uncomfortable. 

  • Cut off the waistband from a pair of tights. It is much stretchier than using the waistband from a pair of underwear. 
  • Cut off the bottom of a pair of leggings (or similar material) about 4-5 inches from the bottom  (4-5 inches because the material stretches a lot and becomes thinner). You can cut this more if you need to but start with more material so you don’t accidentally cut off too much. 
  • Put the waistband through the hole of the strip of legging that you just cut. 
  • Put your legs through the openings that this creates on each side of the legging strip and pull it up to your waist. Push the testicles into the inguinal canals (this is the cavity where testicles descend from during puberty) and tuck the penis underneath. Pull the straps above your hip bone to keep everything tight.
  • Do not stay tucked too long. This can be slightly uncomfortable/painful.

3. Tape Method

This method is good for swimming or other extreme situations where perfect tucking is necessary. For this method you want to make sure you are clean shaven everywhere you put tape. Use waterproof medical tape such as Nexcare Absolute Waterproof Tape. I suggest buying this in bulk online if you plan on using it often because it is expensive tape. 

  • Prepare three strips of tape roughly 6 inches long (depending on penis length). You want several inches (2-3 in) of tape extending beyond the end of the penis. 
  • Create a 3 inch wide by 6in long strip by lining two pieces vertically on each half of the first strip of tape. This creates a thicker/stronger strip of tape that will hold better.
  • Line the length of the penis vertically with the new strip of tape starting from right above penile base. 
  • Squat down and push the testicles into the inguinal canals (this is the cavity where testicles descend from during puberty) as you wrap the penis and tape underneath yourself tightly. Stick the remaining end of tape onto your butt. 
  • Reinforce this strip by adding more tape across the front and back and wherever else you need to.
  • Do not wear the tape too long and carefully remove the tape in the shower. This can be slightly painful. 

4. Tape Method that allows you to pee while staying tucked

If you want to still be able to pee while staying taped and tucked adjust the tape method like this: 

  • Using a 6 in strip of tape stick the tape at the base of the penis but slightly to the right. 
  • Diagonally line the length of the penis with the tape at about an 80 degree angle. Be careful not to cover the external urethral opening (the spot where pee comes out) but leave enough room to hold down the glans of the penis (the head). 
  • Squat down and push the testicles into the inguinal canals (this is the cavity where testicles descend from during puberty) as you wrap the penis and tape underneath yourself tightly. Stick the remaining end of tape onto your butt. 
  • Do the same thing with another piece of tape on the left side.
  • Reinforce the strips by adding more tape across the front and back and wherever else you need to.
  • Do not wear the tape too long and carefully remove the tape in the shower. This can be slightly painful. 
Iris Musicia's Grand Horn Tutorial

The #1 question I was asked at Katuscon was “how did you make your horns?”  Because there’s no short answer to this (and I want to be thorough) I thought I’d make a tutorial.  Here is how to make large, realistic-looking horns that would be excellent for the Grand Highblood, but I decided to use on Gamzee because why the heck not, and there’s no reason you couldn’t use these for Kurloz as well.

I made mine and Cyrus’s horns this way, so it’s able to work for a difficult set of horns like Tav’s.

This method can be adapted for Condesce or Handmaid horns as well.  Basically, any large or weirdly-shaped horns!

Also includes how to attach them because whenever I read horn tutorials that didn’t tell you how to attach them, it would piss me off.  These horns were difficult to attach and I don’t want to piss you guys off or leave you with horns and no way to wear them.

Image heavy and a long post, so it’s under a cut.


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And now for something different…

Knitting!  I haven’t been knitting much lately, although knitting was my main crafty love for a couple of years.  I like to knit on planes and in airports, and so I brought this neglected project along with me.

It’s Alice Starmore’s Elephants Waistcoat pattern from the Children’s Collection, but re-worked as a throw pillow.  The pattern is for a double-sided pillow, but I stole an idea from someone on Ravelry and inserted 2 steeks into the pattern (a steek is a vertical strip of “filler” stitches used in stranded color knitting like this, which you then later cut along).  After I’m done, I’ll sew along the steeks, cut the pattern in 2, and then sew each “front” to a backing, probably some nice thick home dec weight fabric, to make the pillows.  

I’m planning to keep 1 pillow and give the other one to my aunt, but my Mom really took an interest in the pattern this weekend, so maybe I’ll give each of them a pillow.  :)  

I have been working on this silly pillow on and off for about 2 years now. It takes a lot of concentration to follow the color chart, so I don’t find that lace or colorwork is really well-suited for me to do in front of the TV or something, for example.  Now that I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the knitting, I’m more interested in finishing it, so I’m trying to bring it to work and get a row done here and there.

The funny thing is that one of the main reasons I wanted to learn to sew and get a sewing machine was to sew around steeks so I could do more Fair Isle (stranded) knitting like this.  I didn’t realize I’d get so addicted to quilting that it would eclipse my knitting!