Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Now collecting donations for Japan!

I put some of my items in a special section of my shop, where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Society for aid in Japan and other areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. You'll still have to pay for shipping, but it's great value! If you've already made a donation this month (even for another cause), show me your receipt and I will issue you a free shipping coupon, you awesome person!

There are also others doing the same thing! Click on the pictures below to go to their shop and donate!

*Please be wary when you make your donation - especially through a third party! While I can definitely guarantee that donations made through my charity listings are going to their respective causes, I can't say the same for others. Make sure you are donating to a trustworthy person or group. If you don't feel 100% sure giving your donation to a certain party, then don't do it.

Although not stated in the listing (since I last checked), 100% of the proceeds for any of the cute sushi earrings in Juliefoo's shop will go to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan. Again, you'll still have to pay for shipping but it's so worth it!

Instantt is a fellow Torontonian cat lover. Better yet, she's made all of her beautiful prints available for a donation of $15.00! Definitely a win-win situation for you!

Kanzashisteampunk just listed a choker out of her Octo-Couture line. 100% of proceeds goes to the American Red Cross Society.

Buy this leather flower hair clip from Parkers and Quinn, and they will donate 50% of the sale price to GlobalGiving. Choose from 5 different colours!
Graphics for those fundraising to use! A donation of $3.00 will let you use this design. Proceeds are said to be going to the Red Cross.

Your purchase of any pretty card in the Disaster Relief section of WhimsyArt1's shop will be donated to the American Red Cross Society.

Parkers and Quinn also made a treasury of items where profits go towards relief in Japan. Check it out!
Whimsyart1 just made a treasury for donations as well!

More donation options will be added as I find them! If you've donated already, you should be really proud of yourself. Every penny counts.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I WANT TO COLOURRRR

Aghalkjasdf, I have a 500 word report due tomorrow in less than 12 hours, and I haven't even finished my rough draft yet. I tried so hard to just sit down and work on it this week, but obviously that didn't happen. Note to self: work on school-related self-motivation. It's not too challenging, and frankly it's kind of boring, which is probably why I'm not interested. I'm pretty sure I was way more motivated when I wrote my Shakespeare essays in high school.

I stayed up until 2:30am Friday night because I decided to draw. I've been focusing on pushing myself past my artistic comfort zone, so I chose a more interesting but challenging pose. It took me about 2 hours to finish the sketch and I really had to wrap my head around some unfamiliar concepts like perspective and butts. Still, I'm pretty happy with the results - or at least until I notice everything that's wrong.
It's a baseball player!
I think I'll colour him after I finish with this stupid report. I'd much rather submit him than my report, but I'm pretty sure I'll get a 0% for him. Daaaaarn =(

Friday, March 11, 2011

My thoughts go out to Japan

So I woke up this morning to the radio as usual and heard about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Japan's a country that's more prepared for it than others, but still, the amount of damage is pretty severe. My thoughts go out to everyone who's been affected by this quake.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Haircut + my Etsy purchase!

So I got a haircut today! I had long hair for the longest time and decided to go short last summer. I got it trimmed as short as it was in the summer again! I asked for bangs and I kind of regret it because it does not look so good. The hairdresser did a great job, it's just that me + this haircut + bangs didn't end up as such a good combo. Once it grows out it'll look fine. I'll just suck it up.

More importantly, I ordered a bead sprite from Geek Mythology Crafts and it finally arrived today!!

Dadada daaa! Here he is!
Link is by far my favourite video game character and it's nice (and not so creepy) to have an original sprite of him put up on my wall instead of say, tons of my drawings taped everywhere. He shipped over in great quality, no loose beads or snapped parts anywhere. I was also worried that he got lost in the mail because it was over 2 weeks since Link shipped, but the weather was pretty bad in our general area when I put in the order, so that could explain it. I sent Geek Mythology a message about it and they prepared a whole back-up plan in case it didn't arrive. Luckily it did, but it just goes to show how awesome they are for caring about their customers =)

What sets Geek Mythology Crafts above all the other bead spriters is the fact that all of their sprites are 100% designed by them - you won't find them in any game. You should head over and see all the other amazing sprites they offer. I'm pretty sure I'll be back once I have some more spending money!

A custom Pitt sprite! He's amazingly detailed. I'm tempted to buy him next.
Left 4 Dead Sprites! Really cool. I'm surprised it hasn't sold yet!
A cute little Ramona Flowers keychain featuring their sprite design for her.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Back to school already?!?!

I had a week break from school but now I'm back in class and like all students, I have mixed feelings. Marks for all the midterms I wrote 2 weeks ago are posted and it turns out I have to go talk to the prof about one of my results. That course is important for applying to veterinary school and I don't feel like that mark really represents my understanding of the material, so I'm going to see if I can do anything about that.

On another kinda school-related note - since I'm a zoology student, I thought I'd make an Etsy Treasury about molecules, cells, and organisms too small to see with the naked eye.


My favourite item in the treasury is the water bear (tardigrade) plushie. Tardigrades lumber around moss on their 8 chubby legs in a really adorable fashion (hence the name 'water bear'). D'awww. Tardigrades are also amazingly resilient little bastards. When their environment gets really bad (no water, no air, they've even gone to space), they draw their legs in and become a tun. As a tun, they stay in a state of cryptobiosis, which means all their bodily functions stop. But they're not dead because once there's water around, they'll go back to living their little tardigrade lives. I took a course on invertebrates in the fall and learned all about water bears and all the other invertebrates listed in weirdbuglady's shop. I even emailed the prof and she loves it too =). Go on and check it out!