So there's this thing I found...
Saw this cut piece of cherry wood and knew I had to do something with it. Turned into an owl’s nest in acrylic - the whole thing is about 30cm in height and will be on sale in the shop I volunteer at. I’m honestly quite happy how this turned out considering I’d never painted a picture like this directly onto wood before.
Any comments to help me improve for next time?

Saw this cut piece of cherry wood and knew I had to do something with it. Turned into an owl’s nest in acrylic - the whole thing is about 30cm in height and will be on sale in the shop I volunteer at. I’m honestly quite happy how this turned out considering I’d never painted a picture like this directly onto wood before.

Any comments to help me improve for next time?

In conclusion: Issue 6.
Hmm, actually it does fit into kind of pretty much all of those categories. What do you think theSEM?

In conclusion: Issue 6.

Hmm, actually it does fit into kind of pretty much all of those categories. What do you think theSEM?

My FINALLY finished woodwork and pyrography project I’ve been working on since September. The box is made of American brown walnut and finished with an oil rub. Pyrography is an old design of mine using the idea of deep sea serpent versus flying fire serpent (similar to the lower pic which was done about a decade ago now) and the sigils are part of the worldbuilding I’ve been doing for years - basically invoking the deities of fire, water, day and night of that world - since that’s where I designed these creatures for in the first place.

So, so happy I got this finished. I wish I knew how HARD boxes are to make though before picking one to make or my first woodwork project since secondary school.

100 questions because I'm bored.
Eh, why not. It's been such a long time since I've done one of these things.
1: Is there a boy/girl in your life?
Nope.
2: Think of the last person who hurt you; do you forgive them?
Parental units. It's complicated but... mostly I think?
3: What do you think of when you hear the word “meow?”
Which one of the cats is it?
4: What’s something you really want right now?
A graphics tablet.
5: Are you afraid of falling in love?
No, it's something I think I'd really like to do.
6: Do you like the beach?
Yes, pretty sand and creatures and all sorts of fun environmental stuff.
7: Have you ever slept on a couch with someone else?
I think so. Likely at uni when I was in a house share with friends.
8: What’s the background on your cell?
A photo of a zombie facing off against a stormtrooper at Memorabilia in Birmingham a couple of years ago.
9: Name the last four beds you were sat on?
Mine, mum's, dad's... nan's?
10: Do you like your phone?
It's fine.
11: Honestly, are things going the way you planned?
Ahahahahahahaha. Planning, what's that? Basically no.
12: Who was the last person whose phone number you added to your contacts?
The guy who I'm doing an art commission for.
13: Would you rather have a poodle or a Rottweiler?
Rottweiler if I had to choose, I'm not a dog person really.
14: Which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain?
Emotional. Physical pain just goes onto the pile I'm already constantly in.
15: Would you rather visit a zoo or an art museum?
Zoo because animals are awesome.
16: Are you tired?
Always - that's the big problem with my sleep disorder.
17: How long have you known your 1st phone contact?
Couple of years? I actually don't see them any more so I should probably delete them..
.
18: Are they a relative?
No. Someone I knew at uni.
19: Would you ever consider getting back together with any of your exes?
That would require having an ex.
20: When did you last talk to the last person you shared a kiss with?
That would require having kissed someone.
21: If you knew you had the right person, would you marry them today?
Probably.
22: Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
See question 20.
23: How many bracelets do you have on your wrists right now?
5 - a help for heroes wristband, a dichroic glass and silver bracelet from my aunt for my 18th, a silver bracelet, a murano glass bead thing and a beaded metal bit of hospital bed.
24: Is there a certain quote you live by?
Events occur, and while there may not be anything you can do about changing them it shouldn't stop you trying.
25: What’s on your mind?
Plotting whether to do art stuff or mapping stuff.
26: Do you have any tattoos?
One, on my left inside ankle, that means 'keep safe'.
27: What is your favorite color?
Purple.
28: Next time you will kiss someone on the lips?
Who knows.
29: Who are you texting?
No-one currently. It's not something I do much of really,
30: Think to the last person you kissed, have you ever kissed them on a couch?
See question 20.
31: Have you ever had the feeling something bad was going to happen and you were right?
Many times.
32: Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
Yes, they're pretty much my best local friend.
33: Do you think anyone has feelings for you?
I have no idea but I suspect probably not.
34: Has anyone ever told you you have pretty eyes?
Yes actually.
35: Say the last person you kissed was kissing someone right in front of you?
Wow, it's a person who isn't there - I've never met one of those.
36: Were you single on Valentines Day?
Always.
37: Are you friends with the last person you kissed?
There's going to be loads of these type of questions aren't there?
38: What do your friends call you?
My name?
39: Has anyone upset you in the last week?
The disability benefit assessment people.
40: Have you ever cried over a text?
Nope.
41: Where’s your last bruise located?
Right in the centre of the back of my left hand.
42: What is it from?
I banged it on a railing getting off a bus.
43: Last time you wanted to be away from somewhere really bad?
See all of 2010 and most of 2011.
44: Who was the last person you were on the phone with?
My nan, trying to arrange a day to see her weather permitting.
45: Do you have a favourite pair of shoes?
My walking boots, they're wonderfully comfortable.
46: Do you wear hats if you're having a bad hair day?
I don't tend to have good hair days but I have wonderful knitted animal hats courtesy of my mum and I do wear them constantly. So, yes?
47: Would you ever go bald if it was the style?
Style, probably not.
48: Do you make supper for your family?
Everyone tends to fend for themselves re: food in my house.
49: Does your bedroom have a door?
Yes.
50: Top 3 web-pages?
By visits, I suppose... tumblr, fanfiction.net and deviantart.
51: Do you know anyone who hates shopping?
Yes, me.
52: Does anything on your body hurt?
All joints and a good percentage of my muscles too.
53: Are goodbyes hard for you?
Not really. I've got tons of practice so they're pretty easy for me now, sadly.
54: What was the last beverage you spilled on yourself?
Water.
55: How is your hair?
Messy, needs re-dying and in a ponytail.
56: What do you usually do first in the morning?
Put all my joints back into socket then take my tablets.
57: Do you think two people can last forever?
For a lifetime, certainly.
58: Think back to January 2007, were you single?
Yep.
59: Green or purple grapes?
Green.
60: When’s the next time you will give someone a BIG hug?
Probably some time in the next week.
61: Do you wish you were somewhere else right now?
Not massively.
62: When will be the next time you text someone?
Probably some time in the next week.
63: Where will you be 5 hours from now?
Asleep probably.
64: What were you doing at 8 this morning?
Sleeping.
65: This time last year, can you remember who you liked?
No-one.
66: Is there one person in your life that can always make you smile?
My nan and a couple of the staff at Woodside.
67: Did you kiss or hug anyone today?
Nope. My parents are kind of allergic to that sort of stuff.
68: What was your last thought before you went to bed last night?
Can't remember.
69: Have you ever tried your hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
See the result of me having to give up on my Masters degree.
70: How many windows are open on your computer?
2 - desktop and hotmail (it's windows 8)
71: How many fingers do you have?
8 and 2 thumbs.
72: What is your ringtone?
Generic nokia ringtone number something or other.
73: How old will you be in 5 months?
27 still.
74: Where is your Mum right now?
About 2 feet to my left knitting gloves.
75: Why aren’t you with the person you were first in love with or almost in love?
Because they don't exist yet.
76: Have you held hands with somebody in the past three days?
Nope.
77: Are you friends with the people you were friends with two years ago?
Maybe one or two.
78: Do you remember who you had a crush on in year 7?
No-one.
79: Is there anyone you know with the name Mike?
I knew someone back in 2006-8 but not anymore.
80: Have you ever fallen asleep in someones arms?
When I was a baby I suppose...
81: How many people have you liked in the past three months?
0
82: Has anyone seen you in your underwear in the last 3 days?
Nope.
83: Will you talk to the person you like tonight?
N/A
84: You’re drunk and yelling at hot guys/girls out of your car window, you’re with?
No-one because I can't drink and I'm not allowed to drive to start with.
85: If your BF/GF was into drugs would you care?
It depends on the drug.
86: What was the most eventful thing that happened last time you went to see a movie?
Nothing at all.
87: Who was your last received call from?
My dad asking if I wanted a lift home.
88: If someone gave you $1,000 to burn a butterfly over a candle, would you?
As much as I would love the money. No. I may burn them for asking though and scuttle off with the money.
89: What is something you wish you had more of?
Memory, money...
90: Have you ever trusted someone too much?
Alas, yes.
91: Do you sleep with your window open?
All of the time - just the smallest crack though.
92: Do you get along with girls?
I suppose so.
93: Are you keeping a secret from someone who needs to know the truth?
Not that I can think of.
94: Does sex mean love?
Aha, no.
95: You’re locked in a room with the last person you kissed, is that a problem?
Yes, because I'm locked in a room on my own.
96: Have you ever kissed anyone with a lip ring?
Nope.
97: Did you sleep alone this week?
Does a cat count?
98: Everybody has somebody that makes them happy, do you?
Not right this moment.
99: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Possibly? I suppose it depends on the people.
100: Who was the last person that you pinky promised?
I don't think I've actually ever done that...
So, 100 questions answered. Anybody want to ask another one? It can be anything at all and I promise to be as truthful as I can be with my terrible memory.
Do me a favor.

everythingsbetterwithbisexuals:

Reblog this if a medical professional has ever treated you like shit or fucked up your diagnosis or was just generally wrong.

(And feel free to share, if you’d like.)

Ha! Where would I even begin on this one? Between diagnoses never followed up (my hypermobility was picked up at the age of three but never treated in any way whatsoever until after it was too late and it has already made me permanently mobility impaired), wrong diagnoses (I do not have Aspergers thank you very much - oh, that one was never followed up either), being told I was making things up (how exactly does one fake x-ray results?), notes being lost (too many times to count now), people playing pass the patient (nine months to diagnose a partially dislocated knee as an example) medication mix-ups (seratonin syndrome is not fun) and just generally trying to deal with my mostly terrible luck with the NHS…

I think I can safely say that without medical professionals fucking things up I would still be physically fit and well and would have received treatment for my depression at least a decade before I did.

(Don’t get me wrong though. I have had and still do have some fantastic people help me through things and treat me in general. But the fact remains I would likely not have needed these wonderful people’s help as much or for as long as I do/did.)

IF YOU’RE COOL WITH GETTING A KINDA AWKWARD ASK RIGHT THIS SECOND AND PLAN ON ANSWERING IT IN ALL HONESTY REBLOG THIS PLEASE.
teefury:

SailorPuff Girls by NikHolmes is available today only! Get it now at TeeFury.com!

This t-shirt design makes me wish I was a bigger fan of Sailor Moon. Still, SEM! I wonder if this is something you’d like.

teefury:

SailorPuff Girls by NikHolmes is available today only! Get it now at TeeFury.com!

This t-shirt design makes me wish I was a bigger fan of Sailor Moon. Still, SEM! I wonder if this is something you’d like.

Above: Our female ragdoll cat Ceefer watching the new arrival. A slightly odd day as she’s in the living room yet not sitting on either the windowsill or somebody’s lap.

Below: Said arrival, a ginger longhair tom cat that was a stray living in our back garden because mum fed him which has now moved into the house. Like Ceefer, he’s soft as muck and very talkative. We’re either calling him Ginge, Simba or Mo depending on whether mum, dad or I win the debate.

New Hat! (Well, technically two) This time it’s Minions from Despicable Me - a child size version (top) and an adult sized version (bottom). Bizarrely, she’s not actually watched the film yet although my dad and I shall be remedying that this weekend.

As always, if you’re interested in maybe having an awesome hat my mum is still taking commissions and details of how to inquire are here.

weirdcitysights:

captainwigglezz

Ive just seen your hats and I love them! you are amazing. you dont sell your patterns for private use do you?

My mum says thanks and she’s really happy with the compliments about the hats she makes.

With regards to patterns - she doesn’t actually use patterns to make these…

My newest hat courtesy of my mum’s witchcraft and my dad’s modelling. I gave her a Gyarados picture to make as a challenge and I think she rose to the occasion magnificently.
If you’re interested in maybe having an awesome hat my mum is still taking commissions and details of how to inquire are here:
http://weirdcitysights.tumblr.com/post/72467100466/showing-off-what-my-mum-has-been-doing-since-her

My newest hat courtesy of my mum’s witchcraft and my dad’s modelling. I gave her a Gyarados picture to make as a challenge and I think she rose to the occasion magnificently.

If you’re interested in maybe having an awesome hat my mum is still taking commissions and details of how to inquire are here:

http://weirdcitysights.tumblr.com/post/72467100466/showing-off-what-my-mum-has-been-doing-since-her

Reblog if you’re under 30 and have Fibromyalgia, Hyper Mobility Syndrome, or any other pain related hidden disease.

jorginajoestar:

I’m 22, in so much pain, and I want to believe I’m not alone.

I’m 27 now and got diagnosed with ‘Benign’ Joint Hypermobility Syndrome when I was 19 after it had already started causing me problems. 2 slipped discs, many dislocations and hourly (if not more) subluxations along with constant joint pain later and I can no longer remember what it’s like to be pain-free.

40 minute pencil sketch of a webcam photo of myself. Done as part of some mirror-work psychological therapy. I was assigned this as homework as I have this weird thing where sort of because I’ve spent so much time over the years either reading or daydreaming I don’t have a self-image that actually looks like me. As in, I can look in a mirror or at a photo and it takes a second for it to click that it’s me.
At first I couldn’t really recognise myself in either the photo or the picture but the more I do look at it the more I can see me. Any critiques are gladly welcome and encouraged.

40 minute pencil sketch of a webcam photo of myself. Done as part of some mirror-work psychological therapy. I was assigned this as homework as I have this weird thing where sort of because I’ve spent so much time over the years either reading or daydreaming I don’t have a self-image that actually looks like me. As in, I can look in a mirror or at a photo and it takes a second for it to click that it’s me.

At first I couldn’t really recognise myself in either the photo or the picture but the more I do look at it the more I can see me.

Any critiques are gladly welcome and encouraged.

Diatoms! My lovely little glass plants things! I’m rejoining the Micropalaentological Society and I kind of forgot just how much I loved looking at these things. Anyway, in a sort of celebration of the big meeting the society is having in Texel, Netherlands later this year I’ll show you some I found from there.

Top: Actinoptychus senarius (radiation symbol)

Middle: Amphora lybica (banana) and Diploneis interrupta (peanut)

Bottom: Diploneis sp. (another peanut) and Raphoneis amphiceros (lemon)

The whole project these were involved with was fairly interesting. My supervisor found a single lump of clay (around 30x30x20) a fair way up a huge sandy beach in Texel. She took it back with us to Cardiff and for my 2nd year scientific poster project I was asked to discover where the clay lump had come from using what biological indicators I could find in it. I got a surprising amount of very well preserved diatoms considering clay isn’t usually considered a good preservation environment for silicious fossils like diatoms. Identifying them was an interesting experience as I’d not had much experience with looking at specific diatom species at the time and I end up basically having the university library’s copy of Identifying Marine Phytoplankton by C.R. Tomas for most of the academic year. I loved dealing with the things even though most useful in the end were the little (below 2cm long) snail shell I found during a sieving process on another sample.

Turns out the clay came from… well, I never managed to identify an exact area due to lack of time and the constraints of the project size but I managed to narrow it down to an intertidal area most likely to the south-east of the beach where the clay lump was found. Anti-climactic I know, sorry.

weirdcitysights:

Showing off what my mum has been doing since her retirement. Knitting hats of as many different and weird kinds that me and my dad (seen as models here) can think of. She is also doing commissions now so, if you’re vaguely interested in having an animal sitting on or eating your head or a pop culture icon doing the same, give me a message here on tumblr or e-mail me and I’ll see what she can do regarding stuff like style (whether you want gloves attached for example), size (adult, child or baby), postage stuff (yes, international is fine) and price (mainly based on wool used and complexity so shark was £15 and dragon and Magikarp were £20 not including any postage and packing). There are plenty of other designs she’s done too (like dogs, badgers, pandas) and is fairly happy to attempt anything given a decent reference (she’s doing me a Gyarados hat/scarf now).
Commissions are on a first-come, first served basis at the moment so how long these things take to make (so far a week each on average) will be based on how many people ask for them at the moment.
So, message me at wierdcitysights or e-mail me at hyadum@hotmail.co.uk and get a fantastically weird hat!

weirdcitysights:

Showing off what my mum has been doing since her retirement. Knitting hats of as many different and weird kinds that me and my dad (seen as models here) can think of. She is also doing commissions now so, if you’re vaguely interested in having an animal sitting on or eating your head or a pop culture icon doing the same, give me a message here on tumblr or e-mail me and I’ll see what she can do regarding stuff like style (whether you want gloves attached for example), size (adult, child or baby), postage stuff (yes, international is fine) and price (mainly based on wool used and complexity so shark was £15 and dragon and Magikarp were £20 not including any postage and packing). There are plenty of other designs she’s done too (like dogs, badgers, pandas) and is fairly happy to attempt anything given a decent reference (she’s doing me a Gyarados hat/scarf now).

Commissions are on a first-come, first served basis at the moment so how long these things take to make (so far a week each on average) will be based on how many people ask for them at the moment.

So, message me at wierdcitysights or e-mail me at hyadum@hotmail.co.uk and get a fantastically weird hat!