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My tweets [Aug. 25th, 2012|12:00 pm]
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  • Sat, 03:41: Been naughty.
  • Sat, 04:55: Heading home finally at 5am. Not a bad night. Meeting the boything tomorrow though, eek. Not sure I have the energy!
  • Sat, 04:57: Accidentally drunkenly tweeted @ myself. Oops.
  • Sat, 05:26: Must... Get... Home... Sleeping on a random clump of grass WILL result in me waking up covered in slugs.
  • Sat, 05:28: Mustn't do that, no no no.
  • Sat, 05:54: Grapes and drugs! GRAPES AND DRUGS!!
  • Sat, 05:55: #Rammstein at 5.55am, why the hell not?
  • Sat, 06:01: I'd better get lots of #sex tomorrow. Gonna be pissed if I don't.
  • Sat, 06:03: There's really no point in sleeping now.
  • Sat, 06:05: Missing someone. Someone..... else. Oh dear.
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My tweets [Aug. 22nd, 2012|12:00 pm]
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  • Tue, 17:37: Getting a new camera tomorrow, FUCK YES.
  • Tue, 22:19: Last night I dreamt I met @Twaize! Disappointed to wake up, boo! :(
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My tweets [Jul. 30th, 2012|12:00 pm]
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My tweets [Jul. 20th, 2012|12:00 pm]
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3 Wishes Faery Fest 2012 [Jun. 23rd, 2012|09:48 pm]
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So I've been dormant on here for the longest time... I find it hard to blog on a regular basis, though I am working on it. I WANT to blog regularly. I say it every time, but THIS time I'm going to start updating more often! (Ha.)

Anyhoo... many things have happened since I last updated. (In January, eek!!)

I'm now the assistant manager of the Novel Cafe in Lancaster, where I've worked for just 4 months! :D Okay, so there are only like, 8 staff, but still. It looks good on my CV, so whatevs.

I have 5 dreadlocks now, and I think I'm leaving the rest of my hair loose... I couldn't make up my mind whether to be dreaded again, so this way I get the best of both worlds! ('Like half rice, half chips' as my landlady said.) No proper phoots of this yet, unless you can make out a dread or two in the 3 Wishes photos further down in this entry. Which brings me to....

3 WISHES FAERY FEST 2012!
photos by me except where credited

It was a bit of a last minute thing, but my dad bought me the ticket as a very belated birthday present (this is down to me not choosing a birthday present back in February, rather than him not getting me one!), so despite not having time to put together any costumes, I hopped on the 8 hour Megabus down to Plymouth with Monsta & Moon, and then took another 3 buses before finally arriving in Torpoint, at Mount Edgecombe House. Phew! Oh, beautiful and lovely new fae friends Chelsea and James hopped on the Megabus in Birmingham, and journeyed with us from there.


Monkey being the jewel that she is had already put up the tent, so we all got changed and hit the field! There we met Bryony and Bruce and their excellent goblin child Max, and the ever beautiful and otherworldly Natalee.





Photo by Daniel Grant Khallum Villa


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Monsta


Bryony






Chelsea


Over the course of the weekend, much vegan pizza was had, many crepes were devoured, and gallons of excellent coffee from Cafe Razz was slurped. Moon was definitely the Crepe Witch, devouring more of those poor, innocent crepes than the rest of us put together.






Cafe Razz






James


We had a few adventures in the wild, and clambered up one of the follies, as is our tradition.


The Foxgove Queen


The Toad Queen


The Foxglove Queen in her tower

Swamp times were also had.













Just another normal day in Faery...



I also got to meet two of my all-time heroes, artists Brian and Wendy Froud!! :D :D :D I still can't quite believe it... I talked toWendy about the connection between her figures and Brian's art, and I also asked Brian about his Brackenfrock! It made him chuckle!! :D :D (I may make him one for next year.)


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Photo by Gordon Burns


A Froud.

On Saturday night The Dolmen played.


On the last night there was a Faery 'rave' to which Chelsea, Natalee and I did the Goth Dance :D
It went down pretty well. >Natalee was quite taken with the dance, and I believe Linda has video evidence of the three of us making fools of ourselves in the rain and moonlight! (I hope it never surfaces!)

Chelsea, me, Natalee.
Photo by Moon.

On Monday morning, after all fae frivolities were over, we took the Cremyll ferry back over to Plymouth, and sat outside at Starbucks (I know; our bags were too heavy to venture any further) and sketched and drank frappes, and flirted with the pigeons.


Photo by Chelsea


Photo by Moon

Anyway, the next time most of us fae folk get together will be the Samhain Ball in October, for which I've already planned my outfit! I shall be.... a werehare.  Oh yes, you read it right.

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sketchytimes [Jan. 30th, 2012|12:38 am]
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I've taken inspiration from (or rather, nicked the idea from!) the lovely Naomi, and decided to use photos of friends and acquaintances as reference for some of my sketches. I often use my own face as a sort of template for my characters, or rather, my idea of my face, simply because I kind of know what I look like (sometimes my idea differs) and, well, my face is with me all the time. Anyway, I really need to practice drawing other noses and other teeth and other hair. All my friends are so beautiful and wonderful looking, and I don't know why I haven't done this before!

If any of you particularly want me to draw you, just drop me a comment - that goes for anyone who reads this; I don't have to already know you! It may not turn out to be an exact likeness, but hopefully the sketches will be vaguely recognisable as real people!

Oh, and most of you will be turned into fantastical beings of course.

This is the beautiful, ethereal Natalee May.
(Please excuse the terrible photo; I still haven't got my camera back, & I don't own a scanner)



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My tweets [Jan. 29th, 2012|12:39 pm]
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Twitter update [Jan. 24th, 2012|12:23 pm]
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  • 18:23: @CorvidChaser :O!! I think I might have to! It cracked me up that they call him a 'he' :'D
  • 01:01: @CorvidChaser, totally forgot to thank you for the BPALs! This is one I was dying to try, & it's WONDERFUL! <3 http://t.co/F5RrZ2JT
  • 01:20: I miss having the time to go outdoors and be weird in the forest & lie amongst the pine needles & the wet rotting leaves.
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Volunteering for the RSPB [Jan. 18th, 2012|01:00 pm]
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I've just been accepted as a volunteer Education Assistant up at Leighton Moss, my local RSPB reserve! Yaaaay!! Which basically means I get to hang out in really beautiful countryside, helping to teach young children about nature, and (hopefully) get them excited about conservation. Even if one child develops an interest in wildlife, then it's worth it. Also, I've more chance of getting a job there eventually if I'm already volunteering, hehe! Though I'd honestly do it for free, is SO beautiful there. Volunteering will be fun all year round, but Summer will be amazing! My absolute favourite activity when I was little was pond dipping, and they've got a special wildlife pond just for that! I think I may have more fun than most of the kids!

I had to fill in a million forms, and planned to go back up to the reserve today, but didn't have time in the end because I got a suprise last-minute interview at a farm near Garstang, to be a sort of all-round general employee; cafe & shop work, feeding the animals, and helping with kids parties are some of the things that I'll be doing if I get the job. Anyway, I find out on Friday. The interview went pretty well, but I'm not getting my hopes up - most places are put off by me not being very flexible about work days due to dog grooming on Wednesdays and Fridays. And I've very little experience working with children. But we'll see! :)

I did go for a stroll round Williamson Park this afternoon/evening ('prevening' as Sheldon would say! :D) and took some photos, a few of which you'll see below. The last few days have been beautifully clear and crisp, and despite the freezing temperatures, it's my favourite type of weather. Perfect for photos!
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2012|08:05 pm]
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A portrait of Guinness and Tia, two huuuuge Malamutes (both of whom fell out of a car boot in excitement onto me the other week!) belonging to the owner of the dog grooming parlour I'm training at! Anyway, she loved it, so it's going in the window of the shop along with a sign advertising 'pet portraits by local artist', hee! :D

Please excuse the rubbish iPhone photo - I had to pawn my proper camera to pay the rent :(
It looks loooads better in real life, much deeper colours n' all that... I will get a proper scan of it eventually, but you get the idea!

If you, or anyone you know, wants a pet portrait, I'm very reasonable in my pricing! (And will probably give you discount if you know me already! ;) )




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Chris Packham's 'A Wild Life Exposed' [Dec. 30th, 2011|06:25 pm]
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I met one of my idols the other week! Chris Packham; conservationist and wildlife photographer - he basically has my dream job, dammit! Anyway, after a whole day of sitting behind my stall at the Festive & Vintage Market (made £50 - could've been worse, I suppose) I bundled my stuff together, and rushed off to the train station to catch the train to Morecambe to see his talk. Despite the train being delayed by half an hour (typical!) and gale-force winds against me the whole way, I made it 15 minutes before the start. It was packed, but oddly enough, my favourite seat for talks & gigs - on the left, third row back, third seat in - was still available. Seating was first come first served, and there were several hundred people already there, yet 'my' seat was still there? Weird. But good.

ANYWAY. He talked a bit about his photography, and a lot about conservation, and was generally all-round dreeeeamy! I decided I had to be brave and talk to him afterwards, and I was telling him that I'd always wanted to do a science degree in Wildlife Conservation rather than the art degree I've got, and he said he'd always wanted to do an art degree!

I even got a photo with him! :D



SO DREEEEAMY! Haha!

I had to ask some old guy to take the photo, but he wasn't very good, hence the blurriness. He chopped our heads off the first time. I've cropped it & tried to save it in Photoshop. OH OH! But the best bit was that we both reached to adjust the angle of the camera in an annoyed way at exactly the same time! Haaa!! :D

*heart-eyes forever*

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(no subject) [Mar. 20th, 2011|12:30 am]
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Ouch, climbed up the 5-foot side of the boat with no trouble, but then pulled a muscle in my shoulder trying to turn the key in a rusty padlock on the boat door! FAIL.

So, as most of you will have seen either on Facebook or Flickr, my boat has arrived at long last!! :D It was due to arrive on the Monday, but there was a delay and the truck drivers had to stay overnight at a service station, which meant I had to go back to the marina the next morning at 7am! Ugh! It was a horrible drizzly and misty morning, and I had a minor panic attack that I was making a huge mistake. Everything went smoothly, but I didn't even go in the boat that day; I just wanted to go home, and I didn't sleep for two days with worry. But ANYWAY, as it was gorgeous and sunny today, I went back and actually went inside the boat to inspect the damage from the journey. Everything had fallen over and a tub of bitumin had leaked all over the floor, but despite the mess, I could see that I was being totally irrational the other day, and now I'm REALLY excited again!! :D

Enough rambling, have some boot phoots!









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And this one was taken today by my neighbour who wanted to see the boat, and who I scrounged a lift off, woo!

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And this is the song I've been quoting all week.



 
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