Look at what came in the mail today. Look at this. Look at how beautiful!
These are the custom prayer beads I commissioned from kingofwands, whose photos look much better than mine.
I seriously can’t get over how absolutely pretty they are. Unf. I’m wearing them right now, and I would have included a photo of that as well but I’m also wearing an Eeyore Onesie. And I need to bathe.
The beads arrived thirty minutes earlier than expected, which was nice, and feel a lot sturdier than I thought they would. (Though I am still handling with extra care because fragile.)
The timing really couldn’t have been better for them to arrive. Last night my faith crisis tied up all the remaining loose ends into a nice little bow. I was ready to understand and accept Things. And then I received this today. It’s just lovely.
Spiritually, I’ve never been great at ‘feeling’ crystals, but I must say there’s a certain mood that comes over me while I wear this. It’s like stepping into a different head-space, one that’s very calm and certain. It’s a small push to keep taking steps and a feeling of being safe and secure while doing it.
I would definitely recommend commission Wands on any of the services she offers. There was great communication and fast shipping. 10/10 would buy from again.
It was a pleasure making these for you!
Finally received my commissioned Watcher statue from Evgeny Hontor over at DemiurgusDreams on Etsy! I’m sorry I don’t have better photos. Review ahead!
Communication between the seller and I was superb. He was able to work with me on any details and concerns I had — right down to the bell on the purple ribbon around Watcher’s neck. The seller is foreign (Russian), so there is somewhat of a language barrier, but his English is very good and pretty easy to understand.
You establish a general idea of what you want and your price range, and Evgeny will tell you clearly what he can and cannot do. I provided a photo off of google depicting the Norwegian forest cat that I wanted, and once he had an idea we sampled a few poses together. You can even request specific types of forms for your piece; for example, I chose specific examples of fur and wings from a few of the items already in his shop. From there, the seller will tell you his final price, and the estimated size of the piece. I almost didn’t believe him when he said the piece would be 8 - 9 inches long!
I paid $350 for the piece itself, plus $50 for the shipping from Russia. Once it hits the US, USPS takes over the shipping, so make sure where you are can accept USPS. The piece was shipped on 10 Sept 2014, and delivered by 24 Sept 2014 (2 weeks) — fairly quick for what I was expecting! Personally I think I was given an excellent price for the quality of the piece, down to every little detail that I had requested.
I paid for the piece on 4 Aug 2014 and work was completed on 4 Sept 2014, exactly a month from the payment. Evgeny does not like to be rushed or reminded (as I suspect he obtains a lot of commissions and keeps to a schedule), but if you ask nicely he will provide work-in-progress photos for a larger piece.
Upon receipt, the package the piece came in was rather large. Larger than I imagined. And… light? Like, ridiculously, “Are you sure there’s something in here?” light. Opening the package revealed that this is because the only contents are well-packed tissue paper and the piece, which is feather-light in-and-of-itself.
The piece is approximately 8 inches long from tail to furthest wing-tip, and made of velvet/air-foam clay — not porcelain or something easily shattered. It seems pretty tough, though of course I do not recommend dropping it just in case something breaks off, but the feathers and fur are pretty pliable and have a lot a of give (just don’t play with them too much, I suspect that the material is similar to the Crayola air-dry clay, and if you work it too much after it dries, it has a tendency to weaken and break off). The piece can stand on its own on a flat surface with no outside help.
All-in-all, I am thrilled! I’m happy with the final work, the price I paid, the service, and the shipping. I would personally recommend this shop to anyone interested in commissioning a large statue piece. Evgeny also carries many smaller ready-made pieces and cute animal figurines in his shop. He does well with both realistic and stylized pieces. His work is very versatile!
And now I have my own personal figure of Watcher’s cat form to take to Japan!
Kind of corset!ootd
Stealthing my CS-301 for dinner with a friend tonight. I will never get over this shape ~
divinity will stain your fingers and mouth like a pomegranate. it will swallow you whole and spit you out, wine-dark and wanting. you will reach for it again and again, greedy human fingers clutching at everything you can reach. the divine will curl its way through your veins and take you over, and it will not leave you quietly. i feel divinity in my bones like aching; like fire.
Fanmix for Mags from the Collegium Chronicles by Mercedes Lackey
39min(10 tracks) Listen here
2) Get on a long plane ride. Look out the window. Understand the immensity of our world. Understand your insignificance. Understand your absolute importance.
3) Press the send button. If you don’t say it now, you never will.
4) Do not sneer at happiness or roll your eyes at sadness. Be aware that apathy is not healthy.
5) You are more than the amount of people who want to have sex with you.
6) That pit in your stomach when he doesn’t text you back, it shouldn’t be there. No one should be able to control you like that.
7) Shopping is cathartic. Buy the shoes and deal with one-ply toilet paper for a while.
8) It will get better, but it will never be perfect. Learn to live through the small moments of happiness. When they disappear, remember they will resurface.
9) I promise that cookie will not change anything (except that it will make you smile).
10) Please, please, take care of yourself. You are everything to somebody. You are everything to your self. That alone is enough.
Dark Gods // A Playlist For Powerful Beings
Zoo York - Paul Oakenfold ///// I’m Only Joking - KONGOS ///// Babylonian Tribal Music - Plejik ///// Pustota - Theodor Bastard ///// Don’t Mess With Me - Temposhark ///// A Howling Wilderness - Trevor Morris ///// The Prophet - X Ray Dog ///// You’re Going Down - Sick Puppies ///// 300 Violin Orchestra - Jorge Quintero ///// Piano Fantasy - William Joseph ft. Caroline Campbell ///// Blow Me Away - Breaking Benjamin ft. Valora ///// Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saëns ///// Howl - Florence and the Machine ///// Montserrat - Narsilion ///// In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg ///// Europa - Immediate Music ///// Centuries (Hyperlapse Edition) - Fall Out Boy ///// Lux Aeterna (Two Towers Remix) - Clint Mansell /////
piece (peace) of Eden.
Let’s not go anywhere today, I say. Stay here with me.
Her voice calms my nerves more than she knows. We settle into bed and I press her skin to mine and strive valiantly to memorize every square millimeter with my fingertips. I pray that there is enough space in my head to tuck these fragments away for safe-keeping, for rainy days when I cannot pull myself out of bed and the void calls for me to stay.
May I ask why?
I kiss the thin bone of her shoulder. Because today my heart hurts.
She says nothing to that, and instead is content with the way we settle in the dark and the warm sheets and the comfortable silence. She is happy with what she is allowed to have.
I want to know her secret. I want the piece (peace) of Eden she has that I can never reach.
Where are you, my love? The never-ending question.
The next three words are hammer and chisel to my porcelain heart:
Not with you.
I am shattered and so is she. Her shoulders shake with grief and panic at the realization that even now, we have never touched. We are lost, with no map, no way of knowing which direction is up. We are millions of miles away and taking single steps in opposite directions. I tell myself that the Earth is round, and perhaps if we keep walking we will eventually find our way.
I feel her tears wet my arm and all I can do is hold her tighter and hope she feels that I am trying to be there even when I am not.
That is when I know — there is no secret. No Eden.
Just two girls, so close they are lightyears apart.
I Am a Bride
A short comic inspired by Finnish werewolf folklore in which it is many times the wedding couple and/or the entire wedding party that is bewitched to turn into wolves by a resentful guest or family member.
16 songs. 1 hour and 6 minutes of gelphie. Listen here!
Us - Regina Spektor // No One Like You - Best Coast // How To Tame Lions - Washington // Laura - Bat For Lashes // Super Power - Beyoncè (feat. Frank Ocean) // Elephants - Warpaint // Do I Wanna Know? - Arctic Monkeys // The Wire - HAIM // How Many Lovers - Jhameel // Heart Skipped A Beat - The XX // I Know You Care - Ellie Goulding // Say Something - A Great Big World // Afterlife - Arcade Fire // Two Way Street - Kimbra // Real Love - Regina Spektor // Enchanting Ghost - Sufjan Stevens