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[personal profile] lindahoyland and Reuben's challenge from Aug 5th.

Write a story of any length and include these 6 words

Blackberries
Ducks
Fairy
Pond
Butterfly
Bird



The air breathes its sweet moisture on the blackberries, waking them from their slumber. It’s time for the blackberry fairy to arrive, and they must be awake for the occasion! Ducks paddle their little legs eagerly, racing across the pond, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. Birds and butterflies circle the bushes, stirring up some sparkle to dust on her wings.

Threads of light appear, very faint at first, but growing ever stronger. Blinking into their world, they watch as she lands gracefully.

She sings them a song never before heard…

Berries dark and deep,
kinder than the dearest heart,
and twice as sweet.
First blackberry
lifts its head,
sings its song,
keeps us fed.
Last blackberry
tells its tales,
never leaves,
never fails.


Link to the challenge: http://lindahoyland.livejournal.com/884403.html#comments
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From Felicia Day's tumblr... this sounds awesome!

Hey guys! Just a shoutout for the airing of my My Little Pony episode! It will premiere August 5th on Discovery Family! I do a voice with William Shatner, so it’s super special and fun episode, please tune in!!!

Caturday

Jul. 15th, 2017 04:22 pm
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This kitty is enjoying a massage. Turn up the volume to hear the purring! :)


Meme

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:31 pm
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Tagged by [personal profile] heyurs

Do you make your bed? Sometimes.

The first car that was officially yours? I don’t drive

Three grocery items you don’t run out of? Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk, Tilamook cheddar cheese, Cheerios
more questions )

Coloring

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:25 am
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From the Nikki Burnette grayscale coloring book - Tesla the steampunk girl!

I did the skin with sharpies, the background with eye shadow, and the rest of it with prismacolor pencils. :)

Also, I used a filter to smooth it out a bit, because it looked too grainy.

Icon Posts

Jul. 10th, 2017 09:31 pm
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I'm going through all my icon posts that have photobucket codes... everything from 2008 to the middle of 2016. I'll be uploading all these icons again to the posts with LJ scrapbook. So far, I've done 2008 - 2010 (26 posts). 3 years down, 6 more years to go!

Update... I've finished 2011 and most of 2012. It's a lot of work, but I can't bear the thought of losing my icon posts!
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Kale is a cool weather plant, and I bought some last fall. Most of them lasted until early spring. But I've never had one that's survived the summer! This is an ornamental kale, and it seems to be enjoying the hot weather. :)

Caturday

Jul. 4th, 2017 10:14 pm
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Wonderful vid about a rescued feral cat... very moving!

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Write a story of any length including these words,

Independence
Flag
Stars
Stripes
Banner
Fireworks
Eagle.

A thousand years ago in the land of independence, she sings her first song, sends her first fireworks to the sky, cries her first tears for the fallen. Today, she flies with eagle wings, but her heart belongs to the dove. She lands on holy ground, the place of peace where soldiers never have to die. Stripes no longer bleed red, and the stars of her flag are no longer bound to the cloth that gave it birth. A banner of hope, it blesses the land with an eternal smile that shines from the heavens.

Link to the challenge: http://lindahoyland.livejournal.com/875716.html#comments
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For Reuben and [personal profile] lindahoyland's Solstice Writing Challenge, I did the bonus part, too. :)

Write a story of any length or topic including these 6 words.

sun
ritual
long
day
summer
heat



Bonus Challenge - Write a story based on/inspired by the banner picture.


Her steps are soft on the summer grass. Paws wet with dew, she walks the same path as her ancestors. Ancient meows fill the air with the sweet scent of a musical perfume. She feels the warmth of a different sun... one that rose so long ago. Two white flowers bask in its heat, the first ones to live and grow under its care. Kitty circles them three times, gently rubbing her nose on the petals, completing the ritual. A long kept secret drops its veil, as the First Cat rises in the sky, beaming down its sweet, sleepy rays. Kitty bows and purrs, safe in the loving light that surrounds her on this perfect day.


Link to the challenge: http://lindahoyland.livejournal.com/872286.html#comments

Coloring

Jun. 25th, 2017 07:52 am
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This is from Nikki Burnette's grayscale coloring book (same as the last colorings that I posted). I followed her tutorial, and used prismacolor pencils (except for the background which was done with eye shadow).

This is "Riley", one of her steampunk images, and I love the adorable cat with the monocle! :)

Caturday

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:23 pm
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Very cute DIY cat castle! :)

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Sorry that I haven't been keeping up with posts and comments very well. I'll start catching up on comments today, and I'll keep up with your posts on a daily basis, whenever I can. :)

Last week, I got rid of my TV! I had it for over 15 years, and the sound was starting to fade out, so it seemed like a good idea to let it go. I'll watch whatever shows I want to see on my computer.

I'm working on summer icons, and I'll post them later this week. Just in time for the beginning of the season!

I've started knitting and crocheting again! The local yarn store has free drop-in sessions once a month, and last week they had one for knitting that lasted all day. This time around, I hope I'll keep up with it!

Coloring

Jun. 16th, 2017 10:20 am
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I'm trying something new... grayscale coloring! The shading is already added to the picture. These are my first attempts, and I'm experimenting with different ways of coloring it.

I used prismacolor pencils, sharpies, and white gel pen on the first one, and mostly sharpies on the second one. And I tried one of the techniques that she recommended in the book... dipping the tip of the pencil in petroleum jelly. It makes it very smooth, and brightens the colors. And I found out that very dark colors cover the shading (the top half of the fairy pic)... the background of the mermaid pic was more translucent. Also, it's hard to see, but I did color the skin of the fairy with pencils.

Anyway, this was fun and I'm sure I'll do more of them. I also have a grayscale coloring book of cute animals. :)



one more pic )

Happy Tag

Jun. 16th, 2017 10:17 am
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I bought this lovely tomato plant at the grocery store.. look at all those cute lil tomatoes, and I love the "old fashioned tomato" pail!


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[personal profile] lindahoyland and Reuben's challenge from June 12.

Write a story of any length or topic including these 6 words.

Pottery
Cold
Natural
Clothing
Steps
Wistful



The old woman’s face is creased with seams, like broken pottery glued together. Her clothing is a polite shade of brown, the same color as the well-mannered bushes that grow on her lawn. Each step is cautious, carefully measured, and endlessly precise. The natural world calls to her, but she is too cold to care. Ice grows on her fingers instead of nails, and frost forms an endless shell the sun can’t melt.

Mornings bring wistful thoughts...memories of warmth and wonder, a distant thing faded in time. Evenings bring the rains… the steady patter of hope, waiting for her to thaw.

Link to challenge: http://lindahoyland.livejournal.com/870239.html#comments
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[personal profile] lindahoyland's and Reuben's challenge from May 21.

Write a story of any length or topic including these 6 words.

Smile
white
sunbeams
arm
roses
clock



Roses don’t need a clock to tell time. All they need is the steady pulse of a sunbeam, the tick and tock of light kissing their petals. The sun smiles wider every minute, urging them to grow.

Day and night swings like the steady arm of a pendulum, rocking the roses back and forth, until one day, everything fades to white.

Link to challenge: http://lindahoyland.livejournal.com/864940.html#comments
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I've been feeling very tired lately (a residual thing from the cold I had earlier this month), but I finally bought some new plants for my balcony, and put them into bigger pots yesterday.

This is a new type of petunia.... Night Sky! I also have a lovely Plum Vein Wave Petunia, some Lobelias, Geraniums, and Marigolds. :)





more pics )

Coloring

May. 29th, 2017 03:09 pm
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From the Owls coloring book by Marjorie Sarnet.

Russian nesting dolls are so cool... this was fun to color. :)

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