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Across the pond

Journal Entry: Tue May 21, 2013, 7:34 AM
In a little over a month I'll be taking my first vacation in 4 years. I've hinted at it in past journals but it's so close I can almost taste it! My older brother is getting hitched and the family is flying out for the big to-do! 

If you haven't already guessed by the title, the wedding is in Jolly olde England. I know a lot of my dA friends are from across the pond and I have plans to meet up with a few of you, if time allows, but I was wondering how many others of you are there? Do you have any recommendations for me while I'm there? I visited once when I was like 12, and stayed for a month but I was under the guard of my Aunt and Uncle and had to do as they wished. I had an awesome time, but didn't get to explore much of the city itself. I'm looking for some insight so if you have any, please step forward! We've already got all the major touristy spots on our itinerary, Tower bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, Trafalgar Square, DOCTOR WHO EXPERIENCE!!!… Are there any you would recommend or places you wish you could go yourself?


30 days later

Journal Entry: Wed May 8, 2013, 6:37 AM
Wow, I can't believe it's been a month since I've written a journal! That means it's been a little over a month since we've been in the new place and it's time to pay rent soon. o.o

Done so much in this last month as well. Made a new logo for myself. Redesigned my social links site. Wrote a number of tutorials that will be making their way online eventually. Built some furniture for the apartment. Computer crashed, almost worried myself sick stressing over affording a new one. We also got a new kitty… It's all moving quite quickly. I'm just so happy that the place is finally starting to feel like home. Artwork on the walls and animals really helps cement that feeling of home.

Our new kitty is named Harleen (Harleen Quinzel to be exact) and she's another Tortoiseshell like Gallifrey. When we rescued her from the local humane society she was  little over 1 years old and had already had kittens, poor thing. When we brought her home Gallifrey was a bit skeptical but they didn't really fight. The next day we noticed that Harleen was seemingly unhappy and had been spraying the walls. We thought it strange since the humane society told us she had been spayed. A few days past and we started to accept the fact that maybe she was just one of "those" types of cats and bunkered down for the long haul. That's when we noticed she started displaying other signs of a cat in heat. Worried there may be something wrong we took her to the vet only to discover that she had in fact not been spayed.  So yay… We've got to put up with that for another 2 weeks before we can take her to cut out her lady parts. Hopefully it'll put a stop to the spraying.

Other than that… nothing else has really happened. What have you lot been up to in the past month? Anything interesting you'd like to share with the class?


Moved!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 8, 2013, 11:35 AM
We finally did it! We've moved in to the new place. The process took forever with a lot of hurdles to climb but we're finally here. Such a good feeling to be in your own space with your own rules and your own stuff! 

Can't wait for this place to start feeling like home.
:aww:

Hope you lot are alright!


deviantHEART: My new love!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 1, 2013, 8:12 PM
Find Your Match



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Aelfric-Maundrell & Me!
I don't know what I've been doing the past few years of my life but I don't know how I've lived them without Aelfric-Maundrell! Yesterday I signed up for deviantART's newest venture, deviantHEART, the first dating site for artists, and I was blown away with my perfect match! At first I didn't take the connection seriously so I sent Aelfric-Maundrell a note with a simple question. What's your favourite colour? And do you know what her answer was?! BLUE! Can you believe it?! I love people who love blue. My favourite colour is green and as we all know you can't make green without blue. After a few more notes I've discovered that we share a love for preggers. Her with her art and me with the pregger pants. We also like to watch the show Supernatural and she's an eager young artist looking to learn and I'm willing to teach! :eyes:
If that's not kismet I don't know what is! I encourage all of your to answer the few simple question on the deviantHEART site and find your soulmate today!

Stupid Move... + Feature

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 1, 2013, 5:44 AM




Found!

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 25, 2013, 5:25 AM
So after weeks of searching we finally found a place to stay! We even came in under budget and in an awesome neighbourhood. Thank goodness for friends. I messaged a friend of ours who works at a realty agency and she knew of a place she just sold where she happened to remembered the new owner saying they wanted to rent once they got finished fixing up the place. The place wasn't even on the market yet but she gave him a call and said after he finished renovating with brand new everythings he'd be happy to have us! We're supposed to be moving in next week and I couldn't be happier. Well… a bit more space would be nice but for the price and the area it can be over looked. 

SO MUCH EXCITE!

I hope you guys are finding what you're looking for. Even if it's taking longer than expected. ¬.¬


Searching Sucks

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 11, 2013, 6:07 AM
It really does…

We've been searching for a place to live for a little while now and it seems to bring frustration and disappointment every time we turn a corner.

It's really not possible to purchase a home here unless you've got a significant amount of savings and you're married with a job that pays you more than you're worth.

You'd think renting would be easier, but finding a place within your budget that is decent to live and in an area where you won't get murdered in your sleep or have to wake up 2 hours earlier so you can drive the entire island just get to work is proving to be just as hard.

It's times like this I really wish I didn't have to move back home after I finished school.

What are you searching for? Are you having any luck with it?


Back to my roots: A call to vector artists

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:16 PM
It's been quite some time since I've really done anything vector related… We'll that's not true. I've been working with Vectors in my web designs and various other projects, but on dA I've been really lapse in this area. I plan to rectify this during 2013 and would really love some help from the deviantART community. I started my stint with dA by being the Gallery Mod for the Vector gallery and it was an amazing time of my life. I met so many amazing artists and featuring them was so special to me.

To help me get back in to the swing of things ChewedKandi has given me an amazing opportunity to write for Vectuts+. I've already got a tutorial hosted with them with a few more in the works. But, what I'd really like to do is rekindle that feeling of warmth you get from featuring talented artists, so I'll be hosting some interviews with various vector artists in the months to come. What I'd love from the Vector Community is the names of some amazing vector artists you've come across in your time on dA. These can be vector artists or any style or genre, using any program from Illustrator to InDesign, Illustrators to Typographers and anywhere in between.

I'm also very much open to dailyD suggestions. I've been terrible in this department since I started working full time for dA but I plan to change that. I'd appreciate vector art for dailyD suggestions but if the work is truly amazing I'd feature just about anything. :)

Happy Valentines Day!

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 14, 2013, 4:06 AM
You're the css to my html.




Add me on the Nintendo Network!

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 27, 2012, 1:12 PM






"pikuechu"
I just got a WiiUand I'm looking for friends to connect with! Add me as a friend on the Nintendo Network using the ID above.

Don't forget to give me yours as well!




Holidaze

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 6, 2012, 10:48 AM
I can't believe the end of the year is fast approaching. The holiday season always seems to depress me just a bit, not entirely sure why but I just can't shake that feeling of dread.

In any case, I'd like to extend well wishes to you all and a happy holiday, regardless of what that holiday might be.  May your days be devious and bright.

:santa:

What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.
Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas




Tell me...

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 14, 2012, 5:45 AM


Where do we go from here?

I've grown to hate the adage "if it ain't broke, done fix it". People on the internet like to throw this saying around whenever things deviate, even the slightest bit, from what they consider to be the norm. Working in the digital world, things don't need to break in order to make progress. I mean honestly, nothing was wrong with the cassette tape, it didn't break, and yet everyone now owns an MP3 player. Floppy disks were perfectly adequate, but alas, we all carry jump drives that can hold more information than computer hard drives could back in the early 90's.

Just because something works, doesn't mean it can't work better. Just because something is new, doesn't mean it should be feared. Should we stop inventing because we already have something that works similar to something else? Why bother with creating what's already been recreated?

If you haven't already, embrace the ever changing digital world. Take comfort in the fact that the only norm in this future is the constant state of change we're in. We're not fixing anything, we're improving everything.

</rant>

Happy Halloween!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 30, 2012, 3:30 PM
        Happy
Halloween




Feature: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 26, 2012, 5:51 AM
Hands down one of my favourite films of all time. It just doesn't feel like halloween until I've watched this movie. I used to watch it in shamed solitude until a few years ago Glee did a rocky horror episode and I discovered Cory actually watched the movie and liked it also! I was stunned! Normally he doesn't watch these kinds of 'out there' films. We've made it a point to watch it together since then. If you've not seen it I highly recommend it!



13 Nights 2011 Rocky Horror by Grimbro

13 Nights 2011 Rocky Horror

by Grimbro



Riff Raff and Magenta by Locoduck

Riff Raff and Magenta

by Locoduck

+Fantasy Free Me+ by Djinngin

+Fantasy Free Me+

by Djinngin



The Creation of Rocky by love-and-commissions

The Creation of Rocky

by love-and-commissions



Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter Drawing by Live4ArtInLA

Dr. Frank-N-Furter Drawing

by Live4ArtInLA

frank by santur

frank

by santur



F for Frank-N-Furter by doubleleaf

F for Frank-N-Furter

by doubleleaf




He's the hero by LeighKellogg

He's the hero

by LeighKellogg



Columbia by JVanHulle

Columbia

by JVanHulle

Rocky Horror Show Berlin by Rulzdemol

Rocky Horror Show Berlin

by Rulzdemol



Rocky Horror Lips 4 necklace by missfit1023

Rocky Horror Lips 4

by missfit1023



The Rocky Horror Picture Show by bullsik

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

by bullsik

rockyhorrorpictureshow by Fr-13

RockyHorrorPictureShow

by Fr-13



Science fiction double feature

by Coelasquid



Feature: Repo! The Genetic Opera

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 19, 2012, 4:27 AM
This one neither of us had watched. I've seen the remake of it called Repo Men made a couple of years ago but not the original musical that was based off of. This was a pleasant surprise. It was a lot darker than I thought it was going to be and very bloody so beware if you're squeamish and plan to watch. It has a lot of singing to it... More than I thought it would. Most of the lines were done to music, it wasn't acting with musical numbers here or there, it was singing your lines with musical numbers here and there. I'm glad we added it to the list of halloween musicals to watch. Turned out pretty great in the end.



thankless job by Larbesta

Thankless Job

by Larbesta



The Opera Lesson by afangirlsdream

The Opera Lesson

by afangirlsdream



My Little Pony Repo Man by Tat2ood-Monster

My Little Pony Repo Man

by Tat2ood-Monster



Repo Man by IlPanza

Repo Man

by IlPanza

It's a Thankless Job by zirofax

It's a Thankless Job

by zirofax



addicted to the knife by katetak

addicted to the knife

by katetak





Blind Mag by Elisanth

Blind Mag

by Elisanth



Feature: Little Shop of Horrors

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 12, 2012, 4:52 AM
Carrying on with the Halloween Movie theme we've watched Little Shop of Horrors.  We decided to go in a musical route after the catchy song from Hocus Pocus. LIttle Shop of Horrors has so many amazing musical moments it's insane. I've not watched this movie in years and remembered every single song. Such a great experience. I only wish I could have seen it on broadway!



Audrey II Replica by Kalapusa

Audrey II Replica

by Kalapusa



little shop of horrors by katiecandraw

little shop of horrors

by katiecandraw

Don't Feed the Plants by espie

Don't Feed the Plants

by espie



Feed Me by KayleighOC

Feed Me

by KayleighOC



Somewhere That's Green

by mimi-na

Little shop by mangrasshopper

Little shop

by mangrasshopper



Audrey II stage 3 (awake) by mostlymade

Audrey II stage 3 (awake)

by mostlymade


I AM YOUR GENTIIIST by muffinpoodle

I AM YOUR GENTIIIST

by muffinpoodle



Audrey Two Earrings by ChibiSilverWings

Audrey Two Earrings

by ChibiSilverWings

Audrey II by edgar1975

Audrey II

by edgar1975



JUST A MEAN GREEN MUTHA F... by real-faker

JUST A MEAN GREEN MUTHA F...

by real-faker



Seymour with some minis by nothinghead

Syemour with some minis

by nothinghead

Little Shop of Horrors

by Shaggy28



Needlefelted Audrey II by voraciousink

Needlefelted Audrey II

by voraciousink



Feature: Hocus Pocus

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 5, 2012, 6:50 AM
When I think of halloween the movie Hocus Pocus always comes to mind. It's such a classic I can't imagine going a year without watching it. It also happens to be one of shuttermonkey's favourite movies of all time, seeing that he was born on Halloween. We've decided to watch it a little early this year so we can get some other great spooky themed movies in every week up to his birthday. I've decided to do a feature for each movie so bear with me, or be on the look out for more journals featuring artwork based on some amazing movies! 



I Put A Spell On You by DanSchoening

I Put A Spell On You

by DanSchoening



Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus by AbigailLarson

Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

by AbigailLarson

A Bunch of Hocus Pocus by Anamated

A Bunch of Hocus Pocus

by Anamated



Hocus Pocus by nna

Hocus Pocus

by nna



Hocus Pocus Book Replica by silentplace

Hocus Pocus Book Replica

by silentplace

Hocus Pocus by Misty-Dawn

Hocus Pocus

by Misty-Dawn



Hocus Pocus Copics by MrDinks

Hocus Pocus Copics

by MrDinks



Octobery Goodness!

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 2, 2012, 8:03 AM


I missed it!

Seems I missed my 9th anniversary. Completely skipped past me this year with all the stuff on my plate. Anyway, yay me! I'll just have to do something big for the 10 year mark next year! I can't believe I've been on the site for 9 years, it's crazy to think about.

Halloweeny

This is by far my favourite time of year. Halloween is almost here and fall has officially fallen. I can't explain it. October just makes me feel giddy. Maybe it's all the candy I get to eat. During October I can buy all the candy my heart desires and not have the cashiers judge me for it.

Did you guys see the official October journal skins I posted? Was a nifty side project dA hired me to do for you guys. Hope you all dig the style. Dark skins seem to be all the rage and I just couldn't resist offering it in multiple colours.

Holidays

With the winter holidays coming up I couldn't resist taking a few days off to visit the beach. It was far too short, but I took a few pics of my time on the cay to help relive and hold me over till I can get a proper vacation. How about you guys? Any fancy vacation plans this year? You should totally come here. ¬.¬

Whodunit?!: Now with more Who!

Journal Entry: Thu Aug 23, 2012, 4:58 AM


Guilty Party!

Turns out this random awesomeness is brought to you by the ever awesome Thunderstatement! I'm hoping you guys can help me thank him by visiting his page and leaving some lovin' all over it! He's currently out of office enjoying some time with his girl so if you go now it'll be a nice surprise for when he gets back. :D

Seriously... Who the hell did it?

So I get a call saying that I have a package... A few days later I pick it up and I get this stylish piece of deviantART awesomeness!

Please...

Please step forward so I can give you all the lovins and affections! I had saved this shirt to my wishlist the second it came out and even added it to my shopping cart with every intention of purchasing it as soon as I had some extra funds. I was planning on picking it up at the Holiday Party this year but you, awesome person, sent it to me instead! There are far too few light/white deviantART shirts and when they come out I like to buy them. It's so hot here that wearing black really isn't an option. Even the hardcore goths here have migrated to cooler climates to suit their pasty lifestyles. 

Seems I went off on a tangent there... So please, if you sent, or know who sent me this awesome shirt please step forward! A proper thank you is very much in order! :D

P.S. This journal skin totally matches the shirt!


Happy Birth dA! **Winner!

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 3:39 AM by Ikue:iconikue:
Can you believe it's been 12 years since the launch of deviantART? That's like... a century in social media years. This will make the third year I've been privileged to be on the staff side of things for the birthday celebrations, and I couldn't be more proud. You guys really know how to throw an epic party!

If you haven't already, go forth and install this free journals skin! It's available to everyone   since as a thank you, deviantART has given premium membership access to everyone on site for today only! So, yeah, install the skin and write a journal. Spread the word and wish fella and the rest of dA a happy birthday. I bet he'd appreciate it. :B

We have a slew of events and puzzles and games planned, together with the communityrelations team you're sure to be busy all day! Please check out the Launch Article for the major details. If you're hosting something yourself and you'd like some pimpage be sure to poke me. I'll be more than happy to showcase it here! Also... my own mini event in the comments below.

Mini Event
It's birthday party! And what's a birthday party without cake, right? Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to draw me a slice of nummy cake using dA muro comments. You read that right. A slice. Not a whole cake. A slice. I want to see the delicious centre of your imaginative cake creation. A few rules:
  • Must be just a slice of cake (not a whole cake)
  • Must be in the comments below using dA muro comments (no deviations uploaded to your gallery)
  • Can be any kind of cake you like with extra amenities or what ever your imagination dictates
At the end of the day I will select a winner and that lucky person will receive 800 points.

Winner!
Omg so many tasty cakes! I can't handle all the awesome sugary goodnesses! you all did such an amazing job but there can only be one winrar!



By the talented visaga! Go forth and congratulate!



We've also announced the luck recipients of the first set of dA creative grants. Be sure to congratulate them and check out the contact details cause more will be selected in the coming months! It could be you. ;)

Anyway! Go forth and have an awesome time!

Features
12th Birthday T-Shirt by deviantARTGear  12th Birthday Skin by estevancarlos  Free deviantART's 12th Birthday Skin by pica-ae :thumb319576855:

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