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Costume, Uploads, and Wedding

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 7, 2012, 11:32 AM


I haven't posted anything in ages, and it's about time that I changed that. Here's a brief bit on what I've been up to lately, and I apologize for my lack of presence.

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Costume
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As I haven't even posted since 2010, I haven't mentioned last year's costume for Dragon*Con. I've never worn a costume at that convention before, but a friend suggested the idea of going to the con as "huge fans" (pun fully intended), and Robert, our roommate, and I could never shake the idea. So we set about making our own fan costumes. Here are a couple of photos of the results.
Big Fans at Dragon*Con by vhartley First Attempt at Costume Making by vhartley

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Uploads
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On one hand, I really like when Zazzle and CafePress add new types of products. It provides more opportunities to add images to interesting things and more options for customers. On the other hand, it can be a real pain trying to keep up with the number of items added sometimes, and really cuts into time for creating new designs. :P

I do have a couple of things in progress, and a few ideas for more. Hopefully I'll be able to get a couple up soon (ideally before the next Dragon*Con).

For other bits of possible interest, I now have a website of my own and a Facebook page for my art. The website is only a collection of links at the moment, but for the time being it's a nice way to get all of those in one place. :)

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Wedding
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Robert and I have been together for a while, and this year we decided to finally turn our unofficial anniversary into an official one. It was small, but a lot of fun, and the best man brought monocles to complete our outfits. :)

Wedding with Monocles by vhartley

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Project Comment Feature
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To finish up, here are some neat images from the group ProjectComment
Lights! by LYindae lady love IV - reaching by lisarime Toshihirohei Free Art Request - Korra by Ryujisama
My Love Is Water Detail by LadyChristina

Mature Content

website encoeur by BlackLuna
fairy dust by Danielt8




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Winter Wonderland Contest Winners

Mon Feb 22, 2010, 3:41 PM
The results are in for dansch's Winter Wonderland Contest, dansch.deviantart.com/journal/… and here are the winners.

1st - :iconal-baum:
Entry: Destination by Al-Baum
More from his gallery:
:thumb136887175: Twist again by Al-Baum Highness by Al-Baum

2nd - :iconmarcoheisler:
Entry: Tranquil Minds by MarcoHeisler
More from his gallery:
C o l o r l i n e by MarcoHeisler Still Waiting by MarcoHeisler The Fields Of Color V by MarcoHeisler

3rd - :iconlostknightkg:
Entry: Silver gardens by lostknightkg
More from his gallery:
Smoker by lostknightkg Whispers by lostknightkg Walk away by lostknightkg

Congratulations. All of the entries were excellent and these images really shined through. The other entries for the contest can be viewed here. dansch.deviantart.com/favourit…

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Magazine Review and Kiriban

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 19, 2010, 10:06 AM
Robert and I both enjoy cooking, though we often don't really get to stretch our muscles, so-to-speak. For Christmas the year before last, Robert's parents gave him a gift subscription to Cook's Country magazine. This magazine (put out by America's Test Kitchen) has been one of the most interesting and useful magazines that I've ever read. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the hell out of various other magazines, especially things like Popular Science, which probably leads to part of the reason that I enjoy Cook's Country so much. Not only does this magazine have some really tasty recipes (we've tried a few, including French Country Chicken and Flank Steak with Shallot-Mustard Sauce), it also has interesting articles for most of the recipes explaining how they got to the recipe printed. With nifty little tips and tricks on how to figure out various things or do complicated kitchen operations in a much easier way (such as easy ways to cut a whole chicken into pieces) and a good deal of scientific explanations behind why certain ingredients were added or why an early recipe screwed up, this magazine scratches several itches at once for me. Plus every issue includes a full page spread comparing different foodstuffs from a given category (such as a whole page spread on the different types of cherry tomatoes), a product comparison page with reasons why specific brands or items won out over others, and various useful tips and tricks sent in by readers (such as using an ice tray to freeze leftover egg whites and yolks so that you can pull them out for use later).

The recipes tend to be purely American or American-ized versions of recipes from other countries, but they do pull from a wide variety of states (Huli Huli Chicken from Hawaii, Kentucky Burgoo, and Joe Booker Stew from New England to name a few). Also, though you'll find one recipe each edition that remakes an old favorite with lower fat content (carrot cake was one), this is not a low-fat only magazine and definitely not a vegetarian magazine. If you're not looking for something specific like that, though, this magazine may just be something worth looking into if you enjoy cooking magazines. Also, the same company puts out another magazine called Cook's Illustrated. According to a chef friend of ours, Cook's Country is the dumbed down version of Cook's Illustrated. Country does have far more pictures and a slightly more friendly layout, while Illustrated feels a bit more like a text book. Overall, though, from what I've seen, they both contain really good information. And for someone like me who grew up being taught how to cook Hamburger Helper and little else, Cook's Country is just fine. I still learn useful information in every edition. :) If you're interested in seeing a bit more about the magazines, check out www.cookscountry.com/ Cook's Illustrated is linked at the top of the page so you can compare.

Finally, I am almost to 10,000 pageviews (less than 50 to go), and I wanted to offer a small kiriban to anyone who catches it. Send me a note with the screenshot of the 10,000th view, and I'll feature 5 of your deviations in a journal and create your choice of a small (3 layer) mandala or a small Celtic weave (the digital file will be sent to you once it's complete).

Hope you guys have a great day, and enjoy this sampling from some of the groups that I watch. :)

Splash n.1 by Carnisch New Year's Eclipse by defy-the-wind Star Sisters by DuirwaighStudios
Small and Green by Hermioneann Jan 7, 2010 by Zonwylie :thumb150788790:
:thumb103884402: JC Angel Death 33 by wyldangel-stock :thumb82527069:



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Prints and Products:
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  • Listening to: Angel - Massive Attack
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  • Eating: Coconut and Banana Granola Bar
  • Drinking: Coke

Winter Weather and Warmth

Wed Jan 13, 2010, 11:13 AM
I've lived in Georgia my entire life, so I'm used to green Christmases, the occasional snow which usually doesn't stick, and icy roads when it does get cold enough to snow/freeze. I've never been ice skating 0, and, until Robert and I finally looked it up recently, I've always jokingly talked about the blizzard we got in 1993 (turns out the storm that gave us our blizzard, which was a fairly decent amount of snow, given the area, was far larger than I ever realized when I was a kid). Last Thursday and Friday we ended up with some really cold temperatures and a fairly decent snowfall. After work, Robert, our friend Baugh, and I layered on some extra clothing and set out to check out the snow. We went to a trail that runs along the Chattahoochee River to explore the main trail and the side trails that wind through the woods around the river. Overall, it was beautiful. The snow covered the ground in a thin, but even layer with only a few spots missing snow (mostly due to direct sunlight or heavy tree cover). There was also a good bit of ice on the swampy areas around. We got some pictures of our "adventures" and put them up on Flickr if you guys are interested in taking a peek (none of us are photographers, and these were taken with a Blackberry so don't expect super great quality). www.flickr.com/photos/tenius/ :)

On a different note, I just passed my second dA birthday on Sunday. It's been a fun 2 years so far and I'm looking forward to many more.

In honor of the cold weather that's swept through lately, I decided to do a small feature on something very useful for the season, quilts. :tea:

Quilts Feature

Rivers of Belief by unicornslave Lily Pond by suedollin GCSE quilted rose, in red by KidnapTheSandyClaws
Color Splash January by sewwhat84 :thumb149061333: Shirahime by AppleJuiceJadeDear

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As of today some of my artwork is available as cross-stitch charts on the website Heaven and Earth Design. :boogie: www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/… It's been a pleasure working with them while getting everything set up, and now the charts are live. Needless to say, this is very exciting news for me. :D

HAED has some fabulous artwork by a rather large selection of artists, including others from dA. Some of the ones that I've recognized so far include, puimun www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/… MeredithDillman www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/… Giada-C www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/… and dahlig www.heavenandearthdesigns.com/…

If you're interested in cross-stitching or know someone who is, be sure to check out HAED's selection. :)

Edit: And now we've got snow. The day just keeps getting better. :boogie:

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Holiday Lights

Wed Dec 23, 2009, 7:25 PM








It's been a hectic couple of weeks since the journal for the Season of the Wolf contest winners. A friend has been preparing to move out of state and has been pulling the rest of us along for an interesting ride as he has his last blow-out before the move. Things should be settling down to normal by the first, and maybe even slower than before (which will be nice in some ways). I wanted to take some time, though to wish all of you a very merry Christmas, and, if I don't get the chance to drop in before, a very happy New Year as well. For those of you not celebrating Christmas, I hope that whatever holiday you do celebrate goes or went well. :D

One of my all-time favorite things about Christmas are the lights. As a kid, my grandfather would drive the family around to look at the various houses, and occasionally we'd even go to Stone Mountain or some other location that put on a major light display every year. He loved the lights, and through these trips, instilled a love for the bright colors, and flashing displays (even some of the really extreme ones) in me. So with this feature I want to share with all of you some really wonderful deviations featuring Christmas lights and decorations. :xmas:

Feature:

Glowing by jenepooh Lights in the fog by RitterRunkel Christmas by Nausae-A-Thinker
Christmas Lights by yellowcaseartist Enchanted lights by The-SixthLeafClover Celebration ..all year long by sedna-is-my-home
:lights: by koffeeben Christmas Tree by pepper-tea The Last Christmas by ga-he
lightbulbs wut by loams Christmas Tidings by Scully7491 Christmas Lights by TheFriendlyFoe
Lights Mosaic by RainbowSkittles01 Christmas... Fairmont no. 2 by sojourncuriosities Crochet x-mas lights scarf by meekssandygirl
Twilight Snow by Dreamblue-Ponies Ornament Set - December by KVDruidess
XmasLightMosaicMirror by sandevolver


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Winners of the Wolf III Contest

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 3, 2009, 3:11 PM
Each year Sophquest holds a contest in October geared to raise awareness about Lupus. These artists won this year's contest with some beautiful pieces.

1st Place

The Unheard Warning by SilentPlea
The Unheard Warning by SilentPlea

A selection of images from her gallery.
Bluebell by SilentPlea Nanda by SilentPlea Secret Grotto by SilentPlea

2nd Place

Silence the Dance by xgnyc
Silence the Dance by xgnyc

A selection of images from her gallery.

Mature Content

Return to Innocence by xgnyc
Black Widow - Forbidden II by xgnyc Home Spooky Home by xgnyc

3rd Place

Season of the Wolf 2009 by Queen-Uriel
Season of the Wolf 2009 by Queen-Uriel

A selection of images from her gallery.
A Fairie's Best Friend by Queen-Uriel Lady Gaga x Madonna by Queen-Uriel Set Free by Queen-Uriel

You can check out all of the entries here. sophquest.deviantart.com/favou…

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People, Clubs, and Community Projects
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs and projects that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans: :iconceltic-dreaming: :iconprojectcomment:

And the ever wonderful :iconjunkbyjen:

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This beautiful journal skin was created by :iconveracotuna: s-a-t-i-n-e.deviantart.com/art…
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Places to buy prints and products:
dA Prints: High quality prints, puzzles, etc.
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Zazzle - Holiday Designs: Customizable shoes, shirts, etc.
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Sickness and Work

Journal Entry: Fri Nov 27, 2009, 12:21 AM
Watch me | Gallery | Faves | Portfolio

I hope all of you had a wonderful Halloween and Thanksgiving (at least those of you that celebrate them). Halloween was a lot of fun. Robert, a couple of friends, and I ended up going to a club that night. I was the only one who actually wore a costume, but they all decided to just dress nicely (I went as a sexy ninja).

After that, things seemed like they were getting back to normal, and then I ended up getting food poisoning (damn pumpkin seeds). After spending a couple of days feeling fairly miserable, I was finally back to normal and went back to work and preparing for Robert's vacation. The first couple of days were busy, preparing for a possible move. By the second night, though, Robert was pretty much bed/couch ridden with the flu. I escaped with little more than a sinus infection, but the rest of the vacation was spent nursing him back to health. (Gotta love the timing. :P )

The rest of the month has been spent working on the Thanksgiving Icons design and trying to slowly catch up with stuff here. I've got a lot of deviations sitting in a couple of folders in my message box waiting for me to comment on them, and I'm sorry that I haven't given all of your art the attention it deserves. I'm working on catching up, and though I may not comment on all of the images you posted, hopefully the comments I make will be slightly meaningful.

Robert and I haven't had the chance to have our Thanksgiving yet, really, but hopefully this weekend we'll get the chance to have some of the seasonal foods that we didn't get to today. Between the illnesses and the various other things that have been going on lately, life's felt a bit hectic lately. I really don't see things settling down much before the beginning of the year, but one can hope. :)

Anyway, I hope November has been nicer to all of you, and here's to all of us having a great holiday season.

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Because I love this season, take a peek at these wonderful images showcasing the beauty of autumn. :)

Autumn's Sigh by vixelyn Jersey Leaves by HeatherHitchman Autumn in Ontario by fractek
Instant de Paix by Iardacil november landscapes by jordache Flaming Red by nmsmith
The Golden Road by Nate-Zeman Autumn Leaf Necklace by MoonLitCreations Maple Leaf by sandevolver

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People, Clubs, and Community Projects
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs and projects that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans: :iconceltic-dreaming: :iconprojectcomment:

And the ever wonderful :iconjunkbyjen:

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This beautiful journal skin was created by :iconreojisensay:
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Places to buy prints and products:
dA Prints: High quality prints, puzzles, etc.
CafePress: Shirts, housewares, etc.
Zazzle - Wedding Invites: Customizable wedding invitations
Zazzle - Rainbow Designs: Customizable shirts, keychains, etc.
Zazzle - Holiday Designs: Customizable shoes, shirts, etc.
  • Listening to: Justice - Genesis
  • Playing: Restaurant City

Updates and Features

Tue Oct 27, 2009, 12:05 PM



It's been awhile since I updated things around here and life's been a pretty hectic roller coaster lately. In July Robert and I celebrated our 5th anniversary together and his birthday came and went, both reasonably uneventful. August was fairly slow, waiting for Dragon*Con and dealing with some family related stuff. Dragon*Con itself was a blast. It started a bit slow, and certain events were a bit disappointing, but the art show and the people were fantastic as ever. I got the chance to sit with Jessica Douglas :iconjessicamdouglas: for awhile, which was a blast, and I went to the Monster in an Hour event that she hosted. There I got to meet Ania and Peter Mohrbacher :iconaniamohrbacher: and :iconpetemohrbacher:, Brenda Lyons :iconwindfalcon:, Melissa Findley :iconmelissafindley:, and Angela Sasser :iconangelasasser:. It turns out that Angela and Robert went to college together, which was a fun surprise. We got a few prints while there, and I added a few extra people to my watchlist. :) We also dropped by to see Michelle Poust :iconhac-studios: and Jennie Breeden as we always do, and took a lot of pictures.

The mood after the convention was heightened as it usually is, and things continued in a fairly hectic manner for the rest of the month. I finished my Think Pink contest entry, saw District 9 on my birthday (and received some craft supplies, including glitter), and ordered a print from :iconredheaded-step-child:. I ended up with a hand-me-down laptop that I could use for travel and as a second computer for communication so that my main computer could be used pretty much exclusively for art. Not long after that our funds came to a bit of a stand-still due to some family members having some serious financial issues.

As October rolled around, Robert and I switched to an early morning schedule because of his job, and I started getting nervous and excited about the results for the Think Pink contest. I was extremely pleased when I saw the results. Second place for vector is definitely not a bad result, especially given the number of wonderful entries overall. :D Check out the news article for more details. news.deviantart.com/article/95…

I created a portfolio using dA's new portfolio system thelayersofdesign.daportfolio.… and sent it to a company as my first non-POD branch out. No response, yet, but I've got a couple of similar places that I want to try as well.

Not long afterwards, we got an invitation from a couple of our neighbors to join them for a trip down to Tybee Island (just off Savannah, GA) for Pirate Fest. The invitation came fairly short notice and neither Robert nor I keep any pirate gear around (we are firmly in the ninja camp after all), so we decided to do something a bit different. We dressed up as ninjas, complete with the internet geek cred of being shirt ninjas (check out the comic Real Life if you've never heard of this character. www.reallifecomics.com ) That turned out to be a complete blast. We appeared to be the only two ninjas on the island, and the response from the other revellers was much more positive than I had originally imagined it would be. I'll try to get a couple of pictures posted in my scraps later to share the fun. :ninja:

For Halloween, I have a piece that I've been working on for the past month, and tonight we should be finally getting the chance to carve our pumpkins. :pumpkin: We're still not sure what we're doing for Halloween. There's several things that we could do, but no definite plans yet. And costume-wise I was seriously considering going with the ninja costume, but doing it a bit better than we did for Tybee (I was already planning for a ninja costume before we got the invite, I just hadn't bought any of the pieces yet). Unfortunately by the time I finally found a costume I liked (ninja costumes for women were hard to find, and masks even worse), it was sold out everywhere. www.buycostumes.com/Dragon-Mis… :sigh: Not quite sure what I'll be doing but I'm sure we'll have fun whatever we do. :)

Art-wise I've got a lot of ideas floating around in my head and jotted down as notes for designs and art to do, ranging from branching into pattern sets that I'm not used to working with (things not involving Celtic weaves, mehndi, or the general geometric patterns that I usually use), to a set of characters that I dreamed about that I want to make reality at some point. I don't have a super in-depth story for them; the dreams were just flashes of the images that I want to make. Those will be a while in coming, though, because I really don't have the skills needed for that yet. Art may be a little slow for a while as I'm doing research and learning how to use the hand-me-down CS3 suite that I received a couple of days ago. Since I now have a copy of Illustrator, I'm going to be learning that to see whether I still prefer Flash or not.

Anyway, if you've read through all of that, I commend you. :cookie: On to a feature of some works from the people I met and prints we purchased and a great piece from :iconmiskis:.

Features


People, Clubs, and Community Projects
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs and projects that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans: :iconceltic-dreaming: :iconprojectcomment:

And the ever wonderful :iconjunkbyjen:


Places to buy prints and products
dA Prints: High quality prints, puzzles, etc.
CafePress: Shirts, housewares, etc.
Zazzle - Wedding Invites: Customizable wedding invitations
Zazzle - Rainbow Designs: Customizable shirts, keychains, etc.
Zazzle - Holiday Designs: Customizable shoes, shirts, etc.

  • Listening to: Teardrop - Massive Attack
  • Drinking: Coke
I've been in lurk mode a lot lately, and I apologize for that. Things have been interesting and a bit hectic lately. Beyond the month spent creating, editing, and uploading the wedding invitations and then the next 2-3 weeks uploading designs to a second Zazzle shop (and I still have a third I want to create, not to mention uploading my stuff to RedBubble :P ), we've also had various other incidents that have created a lot of stress, even if they didn't directly effect Robert or myself.

Along with all of this, my motivation for being active has really waxed and waned for the last few months, though now I'm really getting back into the swing of things. I have a back-log of deviations that I want to comment on, so I'll be pushing through those as I can.

Also, I'm working on an entry for JunkbyJen's Think Pink contest news.deviantart.com/article/88… to continue / establish a tradition. In 2007 as part of my initial push into doing art for more than just a rare hobby, I created and submitted a design vhartley.deviantart.com/art/Pi… to CafePress's Breast Cancer shop (proceeds from sales were sent to the Susan G. Koman foundation). Last year, CafePress didn't create another shop, but I'd joined dA, and found out about the Think Pink contest that Jen held every year. So I created something new, and entered into the contest. vhartley.deviantart.com/art/Th… This year's entry will be a bit different. I'm working on stretching my comfort zone a bit, so no mandala this year. :) If all goes to plan, I should have it completed in a week to a week and a half.

So, now, DragonCon is coming up and it's sparked a question for you guys. If you could go to 5 conventions of your choice with all expenses paid and plenty of spending money, what cons would you choose?

I personally don't know many art conventions, so my five would be DragonCon, Penny Arcade Expo, BlizzCon, San Diego Comic Con, and the Tokyo Game Show. I may not be a gamer in all but the loosest definitions, but I do enjoy some games and I definitely enjoy a lot of the culture (not to mention the free trip to Tokyo). Comic Con is well, Comic Con. It's somewhere I've wanted to go for awhile. PAX has it's draw  both in the gamer culture sense and in the sense that I've enjoyed that comic for 3-4 years now. DragonCon was my first experience at a con that wasn't dedicated to anime, and thus my first experience with what a con really could be, particularly when you increase the numbers greatly and increase the age quite a bit as well.

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These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans: :iconceltic-dreaming:

And the ever wonderful :iconjunkbyjen: Be sure to check out her Think Pink IV contest. news.deviantart.com/article/88…
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  • Listening to: Lady Gaga - No Floods
  • Playing: Harvest Moon: Innocent Life
  • Eating: Chicken Pot Pie
  • Drinking: Coke
The last three weeks have been pretty busy. I've been working on getting all of the wedding invitation designs uploaded to Zazzle, and not really getting much chance to work on new artwork. Outside of art, things have been pretty hectic as well, though quite fun.

Robert works for Turner, which is owned by Time Warner. Because of this, he got the chance to enter a drawing for pre-screening tickets to the latest Harry Potter movie. Luckily for us, he won a pair of tickets, so we headed to see the movie the night before the official release. It was a fun night, and we enjoyed the movie, even if it felt a bit like a trailer for the book. I was quite excited as well, since that's the first time I've ever been to a pre-screening for a movie. :)

Last week was Robert's birthday, with all of the requisite events. Yesterday, I made a kiwi cream pie, since he loves cream pies and wanted to try kiwi on it this time. A bit late, but hopefully it'll be tasty. (We haven't had a chance to try it yet, due to events last night.)

Last night, we had signed up for a VH1 awards for bartenders/restaurants/etc. in the Atlanta area. It was to be held at a really nice club downtown, and because of a mailing list that we're part of (check out Thrillist.com if you live near a major city and enjoy finding out information about local clubs, restaurants, bars, and even clothing manufacturers), we got the chance to win tickets. Well, Robert, Richard, and I all three sent in our names, just to make sure we'd have the best chance of making the list. We were all accepted and were planning to be there when a friend told us about another event that she could get us into.

Now, Robert and Richard especially are huge fans of Jeremy Piven. He's one of those actors that makes their list of actors they'd enjoy chilling with. I enjoy him as well, I just haven't seen as many of his movies as they have.

Last night's event was a pre-screening of his new movie The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. This big draw, though, was that Piven was going to be there. Definitely not something we wanted to pass up if we had the chance to go. We watched the trailer on the main page for the movie, and honestly, weren't really looking forward to the movie itself. The trailer really made us think that it was going to be one of those comedies that you just groaned through instead of laughed through. So we headed down, got into the theater, and waited for things to start. While we waited a few local radio stations, including 99X, gave away some random stuff and had people play games to earn the prizes. (Nothing like this happened at the HP pre-screening, it really was just a stand in line, go in, sit down, watch movie, leave event.) Just before they were going to start the movie, Jeremy came in and thanked us for coming, letting us know that there'd be a Q&A session after the film.

I was very pleasantly surprised by the film. It was hilarious, and definitely not the film I was expecting. It had some corny moments, and was definitely a more brash, crude comedy, but it was highly enjoyable. The actors worked really well together, and they really kept us entertained. After the film, the Q&A happened, and Jeremy was just as funny in person. He was really a cool guy, and we all left with smiles on our faces.

If you enjoy movies like Talladega Nights, then I'd suggest going to see The Goods. As I said, it's a brash, crude, rated R comedy that keeps you laughing through the film. It opens on August 14th, and here's a better trailer that we found later if you want to check it out (note, NSFW trailer). www.funnyordie.com/videos/e6fd…

So, what sort of cool events have you guys attended?
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  • Listening to: The Plain White T's - 1,2,3,4
  • Reading: Anne Rice - The Tale of the Body Thief
Recently a cat wandered into Robert's and my life. He's a pretty good cat, if a bit vocal (4-6 am wake-up calls when we don't have to get up for another couple of hours gets a bit old). There's one thing though that's been a bit more interesting to get used to. He can't stand laughter, specifically mine. Apparently my laugh is just too high pitched for him to stand (okay, so I do squeak sometimes when I laugh :shrug: ). This is a bit problematic with our household and group of friends. Jokes and goofy antics are fairly standard, and Robert often does his best to make me laugh (Killian actually bit Robert once for making me laugh, though not hard).

Now all of this is a bit of lead in to an amusing incident that happened a few days ago. Robert and I were killing some time while we waited on a couple of friends to get ready for a planned event, so we decided to start bouncing a ball back and forth to one another. This ball is about the size of a grapefruit and very bouncy (hollow interior surrounded by a fairly thick, dense layer of rubbery material). Because of this, the cat was already a bit on edge and had retreated beneath a small table in our living room. Well, I tossed the ball to Robert, and he decided to do something goofy. I choked back my laughter, but a couple of chuckles escaped, and all of a sudden Killian launches himself towards me, jumps on the side of the love seat that I'm standing behind, ears laid flat, scrambles on the chair for a couple of seconds and runs off. That does it. Instantly I drop to the floor laughing as silently as possible after just surviving the "terrifying" cat's "attack". With tears streaming down my face, no sound other than harsh breathing coming out, and a still agitated cat, Robert decides to let him outside. Finally I get a bit of a reprieve and just bust out laughing, and continue until pain and the need to breath force me to stop. :rofl:

So, yeah, the cat has no sense of humor. :)

Sorry for the inactivity of late. Motivation for dA has fluctuated wildly over the past few months, and the past couple of weeks have been spent uploading all of the DailyWheel related stuff to Zazzle as a compliment to the CafePress shop. For my art, I've been working on refining vhartley.deviantart.com/art/Re… and getting a few different styles and colors prepped to take advantage of Zazzle's easy customization options. I've also been contemplating a move away from t-shirts and the like and moving my stuff more towards prints. I don't think I'll kill all the current shirts on CP, but I may start putting up new designs only on certain products (tiles, posters, calendars, etc.) I have joined RedBubble, though, and plan to start getting a number of my better designs uploaded there over the next couple of weeks. I'm really interested in finding the people who really enjoy (and hopefully buy) the kind of art that I create. dA's been great for connecting me with people who can give me good feedback on my art, whether through a fave/collect, a nice comment, or even a critique in one instance, and great information in general. I know you guys and this place will continue to provide this sort of boost. I've just got to keep growing, though, and researching more ways to connect with people outside of this community. (Just to make sure, I'm not leaving dA, taking a hiatus, or anything of that nature. I'm just trying to grow a bit and maybe make a little more money in the process. :) )

I've been contemplating joining a couple of clubs on dA. On the club front, the main things I'm curious about are time commitment and some general opinions about the benefits of joining. If I join a club, what sort of time commitment is generally expected? Are clubs a good way to connect with other people interested in the type of art I'm doing (thus helping to increase feedback, comments, etc. so I can continue to improve)? I know I watch a few clubs to find new deviants and deviations that interest me, so I'll assume, "yes" to the previous question, but still, it's nice to hear from people who are or have been involved with clubs. Also, with the groups thing in the works, would it be better to wait until those fully launch? I have a couple of questions regarding submission, but those are probably best saved for the individual clubs.

So, nice long journal. Take a beverage, and have a great evening/weekend. For those of you celebrating, have a happy 4th.
:tea: :coffeecup: :pepsi: :absolut: :beer: :milk:

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Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans: :iconceltic-dreaming:

And the ever wonderful :iconjunkbyjen:
  • Listening to: Yellowcard - Lights and Sounds
  • Playing: Harvest Moon: Innocent Life
Edit:

The HUGO Create contest has a voting portion for the judging. If you guys have the time, head over and rate some of the entries. (Link to the round 9 entries: www.hugocreate.com/en/gallery.… ) No registration seems to be required, so nothing to sign up for. :)

There are a number of really cool looking entries to go through, so I hope you guys enjoy.

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I saw this on Creedysgirl's journal and wanted to try it for myself.

Poetry 101

Feeling poetic? Put your mp3 player (or iPod) on shuffle and write down the first line of the first 21 songs that play to form a "poem". No skipping songs! (unless they happen to not have lyrics) Don't cheat! It can say a lot about you based on the music you like!
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Coming up
Baby, you're all that I want.
It's only forever.

I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine
I've been waiting.
This vacation's useless.

I hold on so nervously
Is there a word or right to say
That's M-O-N-E-Y so sexy.

I had visions, I was in them.
Let's have some fun, this beat is sick.

You got a lot, a lot of nerve.
I love you.
I know what's good for you.

I wake up every evenin'
And you don't seem to understand
The best thing about tonight is we're not fighting.

I left my job, my boss, my car, and my home.
Rumor spreadin a-round
Get a load of me, get a load of you
I want to live where soul meets body.


(For those who might be curious, here are the songs these lyrics came from.
DARE - Gorillaz; Heaven - DJ Sammy; Underground - David Bowie; Pocket Full of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingfield; Lazy Eye - Silver Sun Pickups; There Is - Boxcar Racer; Paralyzer - Finger Eleven; The Suffering - Coheed and Cambria; Money, Honey - Lady Gaga; Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger; Love Games - Lady Gaga; Again, Again - Lady Gaga; Mercy - Duffy; Queer (Rabbit in the Moon Heftybag Remix) - Garbage; Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects; Duvet - BOA; Fall For You - Secondhand Serenade; Destination Unknown - Alex Guadino; La Grange - ZZ Top; Why Can't I - Liz Phair; Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie)


Have a great weekend, guys. :D

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These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans: :iconceltic-dreaming:

And the ever wonderful :iconjunkbyjen:
  • Listening to: Savage Garden - Chained to You
  • Playing: Harvest Moon: Innocent Life
Up until recently I've been fairly content selling my products through CafePress with a few items offered on dA as well. Recently, CafePress announced a change to their commission structure, which I'm slightly upset about (primarily because designs that I spend hours and even days on will be forcibly sold at the same price as a design someone slapped together in two minutes with no care for design appeal, etc. if it's not sold directly through my shop). I still plan on keeping my shop there since I'm not in a position where selling prints personally seems like a valid option, but I'm considering branching out to other PODs.

I already know a bit about Zazzle, and have been tempted before by some of their products. I've heard of RedBubble, but know very little about it. Overall, what POD sites have you guys heard of / had experience with? If you've used them yourself what did you think of the site? Were there costs involved (i.e print account fees, premium shop fees, etc.)? If you've used CafePress as well as another POD, how did they compare?

Any feedback you guys can give about this is much appreciated. :)
  • Listening to: Lillix - Sweet Temptation
  • Playing: Harvest Moon: Innocent Life
  • Eating: Apple Strawberry LifeSaver mint

That Extra Second's Pause and Updates

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 16, 2009, 12:29 PM
That Extra Second's Pause
Wonderful images that made me pause for an extra second while browsing.

Drive by lunatteo

Mature Content

circling by andre-j

Mature Content

Timedancer by liiga

sword dancer by hakubaikou I Shall Tell You A Secret by xequemate Fountain by mou-s
Narcissa by redLillith

Mature Content

Goldfish Parade by OchreJelly
Dancing Together by nillia
:thumb75771419: Teller of Tales by thegryph :thumb80308210:

Mature Content

Vast Populate v1 by snowmask
:thumb88758858: Faith of the Heart by Iardacil
Somewhere Behind your desktop by angrymikko all that is left by la-fleur Transcend by rebekahlynn
oscillation 2 by rumisoc Lines of a wave by somebody3121

Life
So I branched out a bit and attempted a more complex Celtic Weave than I ever have before. I'm quite pleased with the results, and though I'm not going to exclusively swap to weaves, I'll probably do more in the future. Again I want to extend a thanks to sidneyeileen for her wonderful tutorial.

Drawing Celtic Knots - Weaves by sidneyeileen

Went clubbing again a couple of weeks back and had fun, though I did learn that cigarettes are frickin' hot (still have some slight remnants from the burn). And I've been doing a bit of a happy dance of late because we finally got the chance to replace my old monitor. A couple of months back, my 22" died, leaving me working on an old 15" CRT (warranty had expired one month before, of course). My new one makes me a bit giddy inside, though. 23" widescreen flat panel with a top resolution of 2048 by 1152. :excited: (Please forgive the bragging, I'm still in that excited, want to pet it everyday stage.) Robert also got a new computer for himself, so we're both more up-to-date technology wise, which is a big relief.

Thanks again, you guys, for the feedback about the Water Revamp. I am pleased with how it came out and it's got me a bit curious about how the other elements would look with a similar update. I've got a design in the works that I've been working on slowly since I finished the zodiac set, so I want to finish that first, but I do plan on re-creating those pieces. If I finish any of them before the deadline for the Kick Your Own ss contest, then I'll submit those instead.

Oh, and if you haven't heard them, might I suggest Fingerprints by Katy Perry and No Floods by Lady Gaga. No Floods especially sounds different from most of the other songs I've heard by her, but I've really loved both songs since finding them.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a great day and a fun-filled weekend. :D


Subscription Donors, Clubs, and Other Interesting People
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
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Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans: :iconceltic-dreaming:

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For JunkbyJen
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  • Listening to: Lady Gaga - No Floods
  • Reading: Neil Gaiman - Coraline (Slowly)
  • Drinking: Coke

Elegant Simplicity Feature and Confusion

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 3, 2009, 3:31 PM
Elegant and Simple Images
Take a look at these images that show beauty while maintaining an enticing simplicity.

Elusive by Davenit Wishbone Pendant by GipsonDiamondJeweler Feathers by chasmosaur
Starry Twighlight by Zen-Art-Gallery My Simple Passion by morpyre :thumb28561863:
. o h a n a . by Morinoki godot by arterie :thumb116041624:
:thumb27781696: In the depths by kricky
Meltdown by 1sand0s Egg and Ball - Second Image by Moon-Q Silk by johnwickart
:thumb90386234: Hematite Ring Earrings by StudioHarajuku + Cornflake Girl + by A-Xofia
First Stained Glass Design by CeltCraft :thumb59072901:
The Faith of An Elephant by Asher-Bee natural clock by jordache Simple by armene

Confusion and Art
To give you guys a little more information behind my poll, a couple of weeks ago a deviant suggested I check out the HUGO Create contest www.hugocreate.com/en/announce… and suggested my old Water design as a good possibility for entering. Well, I checked out the details and got a spark of motivation to enter. It seemed interesting and I was eager to revamp the old design to something a bit more in line with my current level of skill. So I launched into making the design. Once I finished the main design, I started working on the rest of the final product since one of the prizes meant that I needed to have the whole piece magazine worthy. I was to a slightly stumped point on Wednesday, and went to the website to answer a question Robert brought up. I then realized that the April 30th end date that I had somehow read, was actually March instead. Needless to say, I was pretty damn bummed after that. I was really enjoying how the full design was going, and very pleased with the revamp of Water.

After spending a bit of "how could I be so stupid" time, I started thinking about ways that I could salvage the work I'd done. I can't just post the full piece because it involves HUGO's intellectual property, but I can post the revised Water design. Then I remembered MonicaMarinho's Kick Your Own ss contest. And this is where I get torn.

First, I'm proud of the updated version of Water and want to do something with it (more than just post). But a part of me keeps feeling like I'm cheating or doing something wrong if I enter the piece in the Kick Your Own ss contest since I didn't create the design for it originally.

So, yeah, anyway around, I will at least post the design to my gallery, I just don't know if I should enter it or if that would just be too unethical.

Anyway, here's a cookie for wading through all of that. :cookie:


Subscription Donors, Clubs, and Other Interesting People
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans:

The creator of this CSS style:
:iconlinebirgitte: brgtt.deviantart.com/art/dA-bo…

For JunkbyJen
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  • Listening to: Tokio Hotel - Ready Set Go
  • Reading: Neil Gaiman - Coraline
  • Eating: String Cheese
  • Drinking: Coke

Colors and Contrasts Feature: Scenes and Fractals

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 20, 2009, 9:28 PM
Scenes and Fractals
Finishing off the colors and contrasts features, here are some deviations featuring wonderful color combinations and contrasts in pieces of art where a more elaborate scene showcases the colors and in fractal art.

Burning Water by Quiccs Swarm by thienbao White Tower by SnowSkadi
Down to the sea, Santorini by womanwithagun Angelic Harbinger by liiga the Tree by Sveta-Shonorova
Burninate by Saehral Iris by redheaded-step-child The Balance of Hyrule by GoblinQueeen
Last Call by terrye634 Square Dance by fractek :thumb91894551:
Spiral in the Snow by FireLilyFractals Colour Cascade by SelfMadeQueen The Reverse Side by LaPurr
Dawn of A New Day by PatriciaRodelaArtist :thumb90226536:
The Sweetness of Spring by Tammara Where Rainbows are made by Thelma1 Moondance_by_zweeZwyy by zweeZwyy

Art and General Update
I'm still having a bit of trouble keeping myself as focused and involved around here as I would like to be, but I'm working on getting back up to speed. Life is fairly normal around here. I went and saw the Watchmen with Robert and two of our friends at a nearby IMAX theatre. I've never actually read the novel, but I enjoyed the movie. We also finally took the chance and watched Get Smart. Robert and I were both very pleasantly surprised by the movie. We both enjoyed the show when we were younger, and were a bit worried about how it would be adapted, but after several scenes that just made us laugh out loud, we came away quite pleased.

I've got a couple of designs involving more intense Celtic weaves than I've attempted in the past. Hopefully they'll come out looking as good as I'd like. :fingers crossed: So far I'm fairly pleased with the designs, at least the beginning of them. One is giving me a bit of trouble because it's not quite the regular circle and square shapes that I'm used to dealing with. I really want to do something a bit different though. Challenge myself a bit. :)

Anyway, I hope all of you have a great weekend.


Subscription Donors, Clubs, and Other Interesting People
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans:

The creator of this CSS style:
:iconlinebirgitte: brgtt.deviantart.com/art/dA-bo…

For JunkbyJen
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  • Listening to: All American Rejects - It Ends Tonight

Colors and Contrasts Feature: People and Clothing

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 13, 2009, 5:21 PM
People and Clothing
Continuing with the colors and contrasts, here are some deviations featuring wonderful color combinations and contrasts in art centered around clothing, humans, and human-like beings.

Obsession. by zemotion Shooting star by Zelkats Starbuck by MechanicalPumpkin

Mature Content

Harem by Zzanthia
Restless by Aisii vulnerable by Never-let-me-go
February by vikifloki Anahata by Anchi Bali by GruberJan
Emerald by redheaded-step-child

Mature Content

Aurora 2 by ForbiddenWhispers
Axuramazda by EldarZakirov
Commission - Oak fairy by MeredithDillman Renji print on sale by jiuge VTG 50'S DIY PINUP DRESS by Thelastcaress
Tree Frog by WolfSilverOak :thumb46809106: Whisper by Mantina
NDK 08 - Amaterasu by zetallis :thumb111154349: Red on Black by acday1001
.: 08 :. by Charlie-Bowater Silk gathered dress by shelleybarton :thumb46458181:


Subscription Donors, Clubs, and Other Interesting People
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans:

The creator of this CSS style:
:iconlinebirgitte: brgtt.deviantart.com/art/dA-bo…

For JunkbyJen
:thumb112430513:
  • Listening to: La Grange - ZZ Top

Colors and Contrasts Feature: Abstract and Animal

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 5, 2009, 5:29 PM
Abstract, Animals, and Creatures
Continuing with the colors and contrasts, here are some deviations featuring wonderful color combinations and contrasts in abstract art and art featuring animals and creatures.

Tumbled Bright by Flynn-the-cat :thumb112040009: Peacock by vandyfaye
:thumb71592021: Sari Sun Painting by ChaoticatCreations My Plain Yellow Sky by PlainYellowFox
Glacial by AmandaDrage Fire and Ice by Nate-Zeman
Blue Peacock painting by ChaoticatCreations Seiryuu by Vyrilien :thumb79347639:
:thumb18178672: Complimentary Colors by WindSeeker Mardi Gras by MisticUnicorn
Phoenix by arventur final project by icemo
Japanese Orchard Serpent by InfinitiesEnd Ivy by Teasle-Tamaska Firewater by JessicaMDouglas
Chromatic flow by k3-studio Kirin Huck Breyer by tyreenya Burned Hearts by Caoimhe-Aisling


Subscription Donors, Clubs, and Other Interesting People
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists: :iconmask-making-artisans:

The creator of this CSS style:
:iconlinebirgitte: brgtt.deviantart.com/art/dA-bo…

For JunkbyJen
:thumb112430513:
  • Listening to: Underground - David Bowie
  • Drinking: Coke

Colors and Contrasts Feature: Plants and Objects

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 27, 2009, 3:43 PM
Colors and Contrasts: Flowers, Plants, Fruits, and Objects
I've been a bit unmotivated of late, so I decided to just get in gear and share some great deviations with you, even if I don't have much else to say. I'm a huge fan of colors and contrasts, and good use of colors, whether stark contrasts like red and black, or gentle combinations like snowy tones, can really pull me into a deviation as much as anything else.

Enjoy these pieces that grabbed me, at least in part, with their beautiful colors and contrasts.

slice of sun by tangleduptight autumn square. by simoendli :thumb97999327:
Taste of Summer by Lilyas Slip - Orange by Superespialidoce Bird of Paradise by johannachambers
One by Tantawi Vineyard in november by Floriandra :thumb17469610:
Amazing Cake 2 by Kittineko :thumb65775206: Carved Stoneware Bowl 3 by RenaissanceMan1
Road To Somewhere by vampire-zombie :thumb99758383: Soul of the forest by Amaltheea
Deadly Sin-Antiqued by ChatNoir13 Nefrititi choker by redLillith Pawie oczko by OlgaC
Crimson Earrings with Pearls by AnnAntonina A Beloved Memory by The-2nd-Trinity Japanese Salmon by Tomazz :thumb53793536:
Butterfly:Green + Blue jeweled by VirtualMessiah Duality by 1sand0s Roses by KalinaSto

This will be the first of 4 total Color and Contrast features. :)


Subscription Donors, Clubs, and Other Interesting People
These people gifted me a subscription, and deserve a lot of love. Go check out their galleries. :)
:iconshuttermonkey: :iconterrye634:

Some cool clubs that I watch:
:iconcolor-me-club: :icondaportraiteures: :iconcssdesigns: :iconmacrophoto: :iconvector-artists:

The creator of this CSS style:
:iconlinebirgitte: brgtt.deviantart.com/art/dA-bo…

For JunkbyJen
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  • Listening to: Fallen Icons - Delerium
  • Eating: Grape flavored hard candy