It’s been 3 months since I put some flowers into a book to dry, and I opened it last week. I was a little nervous, because I wasn’t sure if the result was going to be any good, but I was relieved when I saw the flowers. They turned out really well, and even the leaves I put in there are still pretty. Drying flowers is fun, and my plan is to make bookmarks with them.
Because of summer vacation, meaning that both my boyfriend and our son are home, I’m not getting very far with the shop though, sadly. But I am still finding some time to create new jewelry, and I tried a new method some days ago. Now I’m creating bracelets with elastic cords and various beads and charms, and it’s so much fun! These will not be in the shop when I open though, same with my bookmarks, because I haven’t got any photos of them. I hope to open soon…
Other than that, not much has happened, but I just wanted to let you know that I am not dead, it’s just summer vacation time here. I do still play FFXIV when I can get to it though, and am doing pretty good with the time I have. Dragoon is almost at lvl 60, and then I’m going to level Ninja. Needless to say, that my plans of finishing Bakura and write chapter 2 of my book, didn’t really go anywhere 🙁
It’s been 10 days already? Time sure flies when you are having fun! So I got back into FFXIV, and although I’m far from being a healer again, I did have some fun playing Monk and Dragoon. It’s funny, because I never really liked those classes much, but now I do. Maybe I’ll like Ninja now too? We’ll see after I’m done leveling Dragoon to 60.
At first, I was in doubt about what to do, but decided to just pump all battle classes to 60 before getting Stormblood. I might also do the story quests before buying it, but I’m afraid that I will miss out on some nice EXP if I do, so I’ll probably get it when all are 60. I’m using my challenge log to get some EXP boosts, and my Monk is already 60 (from 50). Dragoon is at lvl 53 (also from 50), and I’m also trying to level up Botanist, Fishing and some crafting, because I’m behind on those. I’m also trying to get used to the new features, and think I’m doing quite well (I’m probably just noobing around like a retard, but I’m having fun).
Gaming is not everything though, and I finally got my boyfriend to help me with my product photos! We took photos of almost everything, except the bookmarks and some stuff that’s not finished yet. We’ll get to that later, and it’s fine, because now I have a ton of photos to start the shop with. I just need to go through them all one by one, because of course they are a bit greyish, and I want them all to be the same size. It’s a lot of work, and sadly I won’t make it until the end of this month, which is today! I could of course stop playing FFXIV, but seriously… After correcting 3-4 photos, I get itchy and need to do something else for a few mins.
Which leads me to the third thing, I’ve been doing within the last week; pulling apart jewelry! Yeah, I got some really nice stuff earlier this week, and I also had a lot of older stuff I never got to pull apart, so I’ve really been at it. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, charms, I’ve got it all! My fingers actually hurt from polishing and cleaning, haha. But it’s nice, as I get a lot of unique parts, and usually for cheap, because they need so much love before they shine again. Now my issue is though, that I have no space for all the new parts, and looking at my collection, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to use them all. So I’m thinking about selling them at some point.
Oh, and guess who just turned 1 last week? Arthur! He got a new toy, some nice food, and lots of bellyrubs… and had no idea why, but enjoyed it anyway! And I found out he really likes rain, that weird dog. Usually he just runs inside again if he’s out to pee in the rain, but these days, he almost can’t wait to get wet. I’m thinking it might be because he likes to be dried with a towel, as it equals playtime for him. Getting wet because he likes to be dried… Yeah, weird dog!
(screenshot in header is old, as I forget to make new ones…)
I’m running out of ideas for the update titles, haha! Anyway, during May, I put the posting of my entries on auto to get some more time for myself, which is why there were a lot of entries. Did it work then? Well, yes, but my mom sure knew how to ruin both my time and mood during many of those “free” days, and my boyfriend didn’t have the time to help me with product photos, so I didn’t get all the stuff done I had planned. I did get SOME things done though, so it’s time for an overall update!
First of all, I made my old Instagram account private, so all the images I linked from there are of course gone. I went and replaced them, but the quality is not that good when uploading the images for some reason. I’ve tried some of the tips I found on various sites, but nothing helped. So bear with those photos being a bit blurry, as it doesn’t seem like I can do anything. My creative Instagram account will always be open for everyone, so I’ll keep linking from there. And if I some day decide to delete it or something, well… Then I’m fucked! 😀
So what else happened? Well, we watched Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 early last month, and it was awesome! On the creative part though, not much has happened. I did learn how to bind books using glue, and got a package with materials for bookmarks and such, but that’s about it.
For everyone who is on Instagram, I’ve got some good news though! I started a contest where you can win a bottle charm filled with tiny seashells! The winner will be able to customize the bottle before I ship it to them. Up until now, not many have entered though, so if you want to, be sure to check it out over on Instagram!
I’ve also completed chapter 1 of my book, and am working on chapter 2, which is already half done. It takes up a lot of time and energy to write though, so I’m only moving forward really slowly. On the same topic, I’ve been thinking about the cover of my book, as I’ve been very nervous about that. Looking at a lot of horrible book covers though, I’m quite confident that I’ll be able to do a decent job on that part. I’m not sure whether to use photos or a drawing though, but I have plenty of time to find out.
Talking about drawing… I actually did a piece last week that wasn’t for fun, or some OC from my book. I could show the sketch, but I’d rather not, since I want to actually complete it in Inkscape. It’s a headshot of Bandit King Bakura in profile, which I did because a friend really likes him, and I found no good prints on Redbubble with him. It also helped a lot that I’m a Bakura fan myself, though more into Yami Bakura. I actually wanted for it to be printed on a shirt for her to wear, but she says she’s not confident enough to wear a fanshirt. AWWW! *sob* I still want to complete it though, and maybe I’ll upload it to Redbubble and Society6 for others to use.
I’ve made some small changes here and there, which no one probably noticed. The linkage buttons now have the new logo, and so do the standard avatars. The pages Credits and For me have been deleted, but the content can be found on the main About page now instead. I just saw no reason to have pages with little to no content. I doubt anyone would be looking for it, but the page for my collection has now been made private, as I actually just made it for myself to keep track. I also updated my Ko-fi profile, because I never liked the text I wrote there in the first place. It’s just easier to make a profile once you’ve played around with the site for a while. Lastly, I’ve changed the Etsy button to a Storenvy button. My shop is not up yet, but since both of them have no products, I’d rather link the one I’m gonna update soon, instead of the one I left to die in the desert of loneliness.
But yeah, that’s all that has happened. Right now I just want to complete chapter 2 and Bakura, as these are things I can do myself. I hope my boyfriend finds the time to help me with the photos for the shop I wanted to open back in April, or at least leave the camera adjusted and ready for me to play with. It’s gonna be a busy month though, so maybe I’ll complete nothing at all 😀