Friday, May 31, 2013

Upcycling

I lost all the pictures from this post. :'(  
  I'm still at my cousin's house. I think the only reason that she wanted me to come visit was so that I'd cook for her and upcycle a side table that she bought. Not really, she loves me. ^_^  I forgot to take a before picture, but trust me when I say it was ugly. It looked like it had once been painted maroon but then someone decided to paint it white, realized that they didn't know how to paint, and just left it how it was, which was a mess. It wasn't all that difficult to make it look good though. I painted the whole thing a sort of vintage orangey color called "flower pot" over top of all of the other layers of paint. Then I sanded it here and there until bits of the old layers showed through to give it a "distressed" look.

     I don't have a camera with me, so it's not a very good picture. After the main part of the table was done, I worked on the drawer. I painted the inside of the drawer the flower pot orange color and painted the outside white. Then I painted some flowers on the inside of the drawer with white, just as a little surprise for my cousin, which she loved.

      I really regretted starting that corner rose since I didn't have the correct sized paintbrush, but I think it turned out alright, all things considering. After the drawer dried, I distressed it, took a couple of pictures, and then here I am. ^_^  She ordered a pretty handle to go on it, so maybe I'll post another picture later. All in all, it's been a fun week. ^_^

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Dances

     I'm at my cousin's house for the week. Yay yay yay, happy dances. ^_^  I've missed them and so I'm going to enjoy hanging out  with them this week. I'm not sure if there is going to be much to report, but if anything especially interesting happens, I'll let you know. So far we're just chatting about manga and our lives and stuff. It might be funny if we were to video record ourselves and just show you the funny parts. But if I were to type it all out, it wouldn't be nearly as amusing. Plus, my mind jumps around so much I probably wouldn't be able to remember what we were just laughing about 10 seconds ago.
     My brother and I heard a song that we liked, so I'll share that with you. ^_^


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Art Attack 5-26-13

     There isn't really a theme for today. I promised to show the anniversary present that I gave to my parents. I'm finally going to do that today for Art Attack.

     It's a steampunk picture of my Mom and Dad! I'm a lot better at drawing pictures of actual pictures rather than just winging it, so it's not as perfect as I would like it to be. Plus, I was pretty upset, because after many hours, I finally got their faces kind of looking like them, but when I added all of the stuff around them, not so much, especially my Dad. :(  But they still loved it, and that's all that really matters. ^_^

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Brand New Day

     Well, I got some sleep and it's a brand new day. My eyes are puffy and my head still hurts, but mostly I feel silly for always getting so overly emotional. I read some Skip Beat! and felt much better. When I woke up this morning I was still sighing so I read some more Skip Beat!, then my brother decided we should watch Doctor Who all over again starting from Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor. Now I feel way better. In a bit I'm going to my little sister's school BBQ, and when I get back I'm going to try to convince Buddy to let me watch Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. ^_^




It All Just Flies Away

     I know I promised a picture of my parent's anniversary present, but my Mom took her camera back, and hasn't sent me a picture of it so that I can post it (hint hint). This isn't going to be a very happy post, so if you want happy, you should probably stop reading now.
    I've been a bit depressed for the past couple of months. I've had a few shareworthy moments of okayness, but that doesn't last for long. I've been sighing a lot tonight, it started out with a lot of crying, but now I'm just sighing. I've heard that every time you sigh, your happiness flies away, but what if the reason that you're sighing is because you feel like you'll never be happy again. Is that just guaranteeing your future unhappiness? Now I feel like I'm going to start crying again, but my head and eyes already hurt so much and I'd love to just go and sleep and wake up forgetting that there was a reason I cried. But I can't sleep, I just lay there and the tears keep leaking out, and I wonder if I'll ever fall asleep, which makes even more tears come, because sleeping is my all time favorite thing to do. I thought that writing this out would somehow make me feel a bit better, but it's not. So I'm going to use my tried and true technique for cheering up; I'm going to read Skip Beat! for the bazillionth time. ^_^

Ren and Kyoko by Quachir

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

25 Years Together

     Today is my parent's 24th Anniversary. I really want to show you my present for them, but they read my blog and I'm not going to see them until this weekend. So no spoilers. I will, however, tell you a bit about them. If we were the type of family to have some big celebration with everyone giving some sort of speech about my parents' love for each other on their anniversary, this is what I would say: Like most children, there are things about my parents that I wish were different, as I'm sure that there are many things about me that they wish were different, but I wouldn't want to exchange them for any other parents in the world. I might read a lot of romances and watch many romantical movies, but I'm not much of a believer in true love, not for myself anyways. If there is one thing I do know, it is that my parents love each other greatly. How do I know? It is because they hold hands. Ever since I was little, every time that we went anywhere, I remember always seeing their hands on the console in between their seats, holding each others' hand. That may not seem like much, but, even now, 25 years after they first met, they still continue to hold each others' hand, and I know, without a doubt, that they will continue to do so until the day they die. Or, if you are religious like they are, (one of the things that they wish were different about me) even after death.
     Okay, well, that's enough with the mushy stuff.



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

VHS Movies and Video Game Nostalgia

     It's been pretty gloomy here this week. I got my VCR to work, so my brother and I have been watching some of my many VHS tapes. It started because we watched "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and then wanted to watch the X-Men movies, of which I have the first two, but only on VHS. My brother has also been playing "Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the N64. So that's basically what I've done this week, watch movies and laugh at Buddy when he accidentally gets little Link killed by chickens. ^_^

The Chickens by Komali

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Renaissance Faire Fun (picture and video heavy)

     My brother and sister and I are back from the Renaissance Fair, and I have a lot of pictures and videos to show you. ^_^     Unfortunately, after looking through my (actually my Mom's) camera, I realized that I don't think I got a single shot of all of us fully in our outfits. It was so windy though, my siblings probably would've complained about their hair being a mess. :P  I'll have to get them all dressed up again so we can get some pictures to show you. Here's the pictures and videos that I do have though.
     There were a lot of tents there, some had people selling stuff, and others were "Guilds" that had people sitting around in full costume happy to chat with people and answer any questions anyone had about the period. There were also sections where they taught sword fighting.

     We were wandering around and I accidentally wandered into one of the sword training areas, I was a bit confused about where I was and after I realized I made to leave, but one of the trainers blocked my path and said, 'Now you're trapped, we have swords, HaHaHa.' Don't worry though, I got away unscathed. ^_^   I don't know what it is, but people seem to like to tease me. It's okay, I don't mind, it makes life interesting. Just don't tell my Dad I said so, he'll just take that as an invitation to tease me even more. :P

     Here's a video of a couple of guys that were fighting with some short-staff type things, although the end of the fight is kinda blocked because the whatever-the-renaissance-version-of-a-referee-is was standing in front of me.

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     Wow, you can really hear how windy it was.  After watching these guys we went over to watch the Knights joust. Before they jousted they did some tournaments. First they had to put a lance through three little rings while on their horses.

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     After that they had to put a javelin through a wreath, but I couldn't get a video or picture of it because there were too many people and flags in the way. Then they had to take a sword and slice and stab cabbages that were on poles.

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     Before the cabbage-maiming started, I dared my brother to yell, "My cabbages!" after they sliced the cabbages, but he didn't do it. :(
     After the cabbage-maiming, they beat each other with clubs.

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     Once the clubbing was over, finally came the joust.

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     We only stayed to watch the first four jousts, since by that time we were dying of thirst. After getting some way too expensive cans of soda, we wandered around the sellers tents.

      Here's my sister trying on a leather mask. I would have loved to get her one but they were a bit too pricey for me. Then we watched a ship wedding. I wasn't able to get any of the wedding, but I did get this:

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Which scared me to bits. The video isn't that great, since I couldn't actually see what I was getting on the screen.
Update: My Mom was asking a bunch of questions, so I thought I'd just answer all of them here, just in case any of you were wondering the same things.
     I got scared when the cannon went off, since I'm scared of loud noises. The ship wasn't shooting at the regiment, although that's what we thought was going to happen when we saw them marching toward the ship. The cannon was to celebrate the wedding. The regiment were there to celebrate the wedding. After the wedding they marched over and made two lines with their weapons raised for the couple to walk through. 
 Here's a short video of the "newly-wedded" couple.

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     Then my sister and I decided to take a carriage ride, our brother opted-out on that.

      Pay no attention to my hair, like I said, it was windy. You can kind of see my outfit there, but not really. The only "costume" thing that I'm wearing is the jacket, which I made based on the jacket that Heath Ledger wore to the party in "A Knight's Tale," which I've seen many many times and where all of my renaissance knowledge comes from. ^_^  My sister had been wearing a really long skirt, but she had gotten tired of wearing it, so since she had shorts underneath it she took it off before the carriage ride.
     While on the ride we noticed an archery section, so once the ride was over, the three of us went to try our hand at archery.

      Here's my brother in the tunic we made and the money pouch that he made from the extra material. He decided to wear skinny jeans instead of leggings, although I offered to let him wear a pair of mine. ^_^   He also had a jacket that really pulled the whole ensemble together, but he's not wearing it here since it hindered his aim. We're pretty proud of his costume, he got many compliments on his "finery" (yes someone actually called it that), and much later, towards the evening, an inebriated RenFaire worker asked if he was one of the Guild members.

     I actually managed to get both of my siblings in this one, YAY.

     Once my brother taught her how to shoot the arrow, Baby-Bug kept shooting too fast for us to get a picture, so we made her actually hold that one for a bit so we could get this.

     Out of the three of us, Buddy was the only one to actually get an arrow into the target, my arrows kept bouncing off. :P  Once we were done trying our hand at archery, we wandered around a bit more. Baby-Bug and I found some jewelry we liked and I haggled (I haggled!) with the stall owner for it. Although I'm not really sure if you could call it haggling. You see, before we went our Grandma gave us each four gold dollars to spend at the RenFaire, (Isn't she awesome?) when I went to get the ring and necklace that my sister and I wanted, the stall owner asked for four dollars, and I decided to try my hand at haggling. I pulled three of my gold dollars from my pocket, fanned them out between my fingers and said, " How about three gold coins instead?" The stall owner was so excited by the fact that I was paying in gold coins that I don't think he even noticed that I was trying to haggle. I probably could've gotten away with only parting with one of my gold coins. ;)
     After all of that we were tired, hungry, and thirsty, so we went to Sonic. :P  After Sonic we were re-energized and went back. Everything was pretty much winding down, but there were still musicians in kilts playing and for some reason, zip-lines. So we listened to music and went on the zip-lines, which Baby-Bug loved.

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     Poor Buddy got the zip-line that no one could get all the way across, so he wont let me post the video of him on it. I was fine on the way down, but I fell off twice trying to come back. Buddy got a small video of me just before I fell off the second time.

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     Hahaha, he thought he was just taking a picture, which is why the video is so short. After that we left, and now Baby-Bug is all tuckered out. As am I. Good Night. -_-




Saturday, May 4, 2013

RenFaire

     It's been so long since I last posted! I'm just checking in to let you know that I'm going to a Renaissance Faire this weekend, so stay tuned for lots of pictures. ^_^   At the beginning of this week I had decided that I was going to make a dress for the event. Yesterday, I realized that my sewing skills weren't nearly good enough to make a dress in five days. Heck, I probably couldn't even get it done in five months. Today my brother and I went to a couple of thrift stores for stuff that we could convert into some quick outfits. Right now I'm taking a break from working on my brother's shirt, but I'm almost done! Then I just have my stuff to do. :P  Thankfully my new outfit wont take very long.  
YAY FOR THRIFT STORES!!!!!

(I was going to post the "Thrift Shop" music video, but I was having trouble finding a clean version that I liked.)