Thursday, February 27, 2014

Deckbox and Painting


Howdy do, dear readers! :D

Yep, I am still around XD.

Lately I have been busy doing several things, including painting, playing MTG (yay!), trying to learn a new song on the piano, studying chemistry and astronomy, trying to get decent sleep (not doing so good there)...

I wanted to mention to any of you who collect and/or play Magic that there is a pretty awesome site called Deckbox, where you can make an inventory of your cards, make a deck list, make a wish list, and have a trade list to trade cards with people either locally, nationally, or internationally.

It is pretty darn awesome, and a fantastic tool for keeping tabs on what exactly you have (right down to the edition and quality of the card!).

I have literally spent over 20 hours on there entering cards (14 000 + of those are from my Dad's collection!).  I find that this can be a bit soothing, as it helps keep me concentrating on something other than a lot of things that give me anxiety.

I've also been having another existential crisis, which sucks, but I guess that it is a fact of life for me.

Here is an acrylic painting that I haven't worked on in a while but need to finish:



Euugh I need to find a way to take photos without the flash reflecting like that.  And sorry about cutting off part of the last photo.

I hope that you are doing well!!

-Ashesela

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Born Pretty Store Review - Mushroom LED Night Light, Fountain Pen and Acrylic Nail Art Brushes

Good afternoon, dear readers! :D

I was recently sent some products from Born Pretty Store to review. :D

Please bear with me for the lack of light-box use in this post, I have moved the one I normally use and I still need to find a place for it, and to set it up.

Onto the revieeeews:

First up, the ultra fine iridium-pointed pen:


This is a very lightweight pen, as the casing is mainly made out of plastic.  It really does have a fine point, and while you do need to supply your own ink, the cartridge is really easily filled. :D

Unfortunately, this pen was a dud.  :(  While it worked the first time I used it (and quite nicely, I might add!), it never worked again after that.  I'm guessing that ink dried in the tip, and I could not get it to work properly after that, no matter what I did.

Oh well, at least it is good for making inktopuses (awesome name my sister gave them):

(You too can make an inktopus by dripping a splotch of ink on paper, then using a fine instrument to drag the ink outwards in swirly-do's.  I bet you always wanted to know how to make an inkoctopus.)

Next, we have the 3-piece black handled acrylic nail art brush set:
It didn't occur to me when I picked these out that these were for acrylic powder nail art and not just acrylic paint nail art, so when they arrived in the mail I was a bit surprised as to the size of them.  Then I realized that the listing is for "acrylic" nail art (whoopsie, my mistake!).
I hope that you will forgive me but I had to choose a different medium to review these brushes with, as I am absolutely terrible at using nail acrylic XD (but I still wanted to provide a review!):
Here is a painting I made using the brushes with acrylic paint.  I am not done the painting yet, as I wanted to change the brush sizes I was using, so I took a photo of what I did using only the brushes that were sent to me.

I did notice that there was some hair fallout from the brushes while I used them.  However, I really do like the type of handle that these have, as they are comfortable in the palm and when you place one of the brushes on their side, the width of the handle keeps the end of the brush off of flat surfaces.

I probably wouldn't use these again because I really dislike picking hairs out of whatever I am working on (there weren't very many, but still), but I will miss the handles!!

Lastly, we have this *super adorable* blue LED mushroom night light:


EEE!!!  This is SO cute!! :D  Look at that adorable mushroom-y goodness:

It draws only 0.1 W per hour, and has a gentle blue light emitting from it.

It is also has a light sensor, so when it detects darkness it will turn on, but it will shut off once other light hits it (so you don't have to worry about it being on 24/7).

Here is a top-down view in the dark:
I really like that feature because it means you can keep it plugged in all of the time, and who wouldn't want an adorable mushroom like this one on display?

I have used this light for a couple of days now, and I couldn't be more happy with its performance.  I am so, so glad that I was able to review this, and I kind of want a bunch more of these XD.

While some of the products didn't work out as planned, I absolutely adore that mushroom light and I think that everyone who likes it should get one.  SO CUTE!!! :'D

Thank you so much to Born Pretty Store for this opportunity!

Have an amazing day! :D

-Ashesela :}

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Update on Stuffs? XD

Good morning, dear readers! :D

Wowzers, it's been about 9 days since I last posted on here (whoopsie!)!!! :O

I figured I would give an update as to what I have been doing in the last little while.

The other week I had to go to a psychiatrist appointment, and although my appointment went okay (I have to go up on a med), I don't drive, and so getting around can be tough.  My dad brought me to the hospital in the morning (at around 9:00, my appointment was for 9:45 but my dad has to go to work, and this was easiest for everyone involved), and I waited for a bit before going in.

I can get a lot of anxiety from being in town, especially by myself.  I was worrying all morning about going in, and when I finally did and finished my appointment, I was feeling pretty good. :D  I was proud of myself for not completely freaking out, and decided to try going downtown on the bus.

*ALERT!  ALERT!* 

Oh, my, gosh.  BIG mistake. O_O; Well... yes and no.  I am proud of myself for taking the long trip alone, but I hope I didn't set my progress back any because of the sheer stress of it all. D':

I was freaking out so much, at one point I just had to rush off the bus at a random place because I needed to escape.  Every time I get a panic attack I feel like I need to escape and run somewhere.

Then I had to wait for another bus to go back on the route.  

Shortly after I got down there, I called my friend and asked him to meet up with me because I couldn't be alone anymore.  UGH anxiety SUCKS!!  Everything seems so out of balance, and my senses get overloaded.  Sounds are too loud, lights are too bright, everything can be an annoyance, and my heart is racing as I feel absolutely terrified.  >.<

Anyhoo, my friend is awesome and he met up with me.  We bussed back to his place, where I promptly fell asleep until I got picked up by my Dad in the evening.  We all headed back home, and I fell asleep again right after we got there.

I've always needed a certain amount of time to recuperate after excursions into town, and it took several days after this incident to relax.  Bleargh!

*****

Other than that, I have been doing a lot of drawing lately (while watching Fullmetal Alchemist on Netflix!), and here is one of the pieces I have been working on:


Sorry about the blurry photo; I need to set up the light box in another room.

This is a character named Kenzi from the show Lost Girl.  This is the best out of my recent drawings, methinks!  I am not done it yet, but I should be soon. :D

*****

On Friday I went to FNM, and we drafted 3 Born of the Gods packs, as the store didn't have enough Theros packs in stock (usually it would be 2 Theros and 1 BOTG).  It was pretty sweet, since it was the first day for BOTG to be released (except for the pre-release), and I could finally get my hands on some delightful goodies! :D

I also got a Fat Pack, and pulled some pretty sweet cards from it, and from my draft packs:


Sorry about the glare <.>;

I actually got Xenagos and Karametra in my Fat Pack, but I traded him to my sister for Ephara because I run a white/blue deck and she was the god I really wanted from this set :D.  

In the last draft pack that I opened, I pulled Brimaz, which was amazing!!  I had no idea at the time how much he was worth O_O!  Some of the other players were like "yeah, that is a $40 card", and I was all like "pfft, no way."  Yup, $40 card!! O_O  And perfect in my deck! :D

I got some other great cards too, which I am so happy about!  WOOHOO!

*****

In conclusion, other than the extreme mental distress from that fateful day (and the other stress from my everyday mental conditions), I have been doing not too bad :D.  I am very fortunate in that I have such an amazing family, and amazing close friends who really understand me and give me support.  I seriously couldn't do this without them.  And thank you so much to YOU, dearest readers, because you have given me so much support over the years as well, and it really warms my heart that there are such lovely people out there in the world who genuinely care about someone they have never even met in real life before.  Thank you!!!

I hope that you have an amazing rest of the weekend, and I will try to be back on here sooner than 9 days from now XD.

Toodleoooo!

-Ashesela :} 



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