Anyway, the frog has been humanely removed from the premises and hopped away into the summer night. I am just struck by the utter ridiculousness of that whole event: one minute you're brushing your teeth and another you're staring at a frog dashing through your room.
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I̙̖̭̬̻̐̋ͫ́ ̨́͏͍̟̭̬̰̠ḥ̢̠͖͕̱̻ͣ͗̿͋̽ͧ̾͘ä̡̧̝̫̖͕́̓͜v̸̩̻̲̭̞ͮ͛͒̈͋̈́̓͆͂͟͜e̵͕̺͎̰̱̲̙̒̾͆̇̈́̾̋͌͞ ͚͓̠̮͙̔ͮ̆̍ͥ͒͗͟d̘̘̠͚̖̑̑͞i̧̛͂̈́͏̩̩͇ş̷̻͕̫̱̱͙̳̲͂͛̈ͣͩ̃c̨͓̫͈͎̦̪̲ͫ̋ͩͭͅȯ̖̣̇v̛̰̝̪̌͑e̦̪͕̩̘͇̫̗͇ͭ͆̿͑ͧͬͬ̓ȓ͎̞̠̜̲̠͔̦̤ͩ̌̉͋́͋͒͘e̍̇ͩ̽͆̂̊ͣ҉̝̘͓̮͖̻d̩̠͐̊͊ͫ̽ͣ͒̋̈
̶̻̟̩̗̼̹̓̔̈́̈̐ͤ̚H͎̳̰̞̦̜͔͖̝̍̔o̩̭̙͚͉͔̺̗͇ͭ͢w̨̙̥͇͎ͥͣ̃̔̋͂̑ ̡̛ͧͭ̌̌̓͂͊̒͏̲ṫ̸̫̪͍̩͖̻̆͝o͎͇̘̯̲̞̤͊͐̊̀́͝ ̛̦̥͈͖̜̞̙̺̂̈ͤͭ͋̋̚̕͘m͎̜̳̩ͩͪ̑̉͗̀̉̕͝ȁ̡̢̫̖̺̘͈̗̗͓̹̋ͪ͗k̅́͆̐́҉̨̹̺͚̱̳̦e͔̖̪̳̩̟̹̊̊ͦ͆̅ ̮͍̣ͮ̆y̹͚̝̞̲̝͔̱͓͒̈̀́ŏ͒̈́̑ͫ͒͏̳̙̘̗͔̥̫͉͝ͅu͔̣͈̤̙̻̅̑͌̎̽͘͢r͔̭̲͊͊ͦͫ̐͋́͡ ̀́҉͙̼̹̘̪͟͡w̢̪̜͚̻͍̠͗̓͑͒͊̚ͅͅṙ̲̹̀ǐ̺͖͚͉ͬ̈͗̓̽̒͋́t̖̭̠̼ͣ͌̔̔̆ͨ͞i̗̟̲̝̦̻̿̍̇͡n͖͕̏ͅg̨̻̱̼̐̋͊͠ͅ ̴̶̺͕͇̻̺͉ͧ̄͌̿̓̃ͩͨͮ̃͊͢͢al̡͖͚̖̃ͭ͒ͅḽ̷̭͍ͭ ̵͛̈ͫ̏̈̚҉̧̥̮͎̼̫̙̩̰W͓̓̿e̡̪̯͍͖̳̪͆̄ͦ̑͑ͦͤï̄̿̐̀ͨ͘҉̭̥̻̣̭̣̥̯r̊̓ͯ̉ͮ̎ͣ̀͐͏̤̱d̨͇͕̊̿̄ͧ̎͟
̝̩͉̫̝̮̆̊ͤȦ̷̞̝̫̠̓ͣ̇n͐̈́̎ͭ̒́҉̘̦̦d̘̹̞̥͇̈́̄̅ͮͅͅ ̡̤̣̋̿͋n͈̠̮̈̐̐̋̃ͩ͘o͍̩̭̠̱͚͐̾ͪ͘w̡̥̳̙̟ͯ̚ ̼̻̗̎Iͤ̊̿̓̿̚҉͔̲̝͍͉̣̱̗͢'̧̗͓̣̻ͯ̋̅͑ͫͪͤm̮̤̫̺̻͊̋͋͆̒͌ͬ ͨ̏̈́̒͒̏͏̟̹͔̝̲̰͎̮m̽̈̒̍̄ͬ̃͏̼̫̥̠͓̩́͠e̴͓̣̜͎̽s̢͕̫̭̰̓̏ͬ̿͡m̸̡͚̪̜̺̥̹̻̓̉̋̈ͥͬ̋̀̚e͕̲̖͚͒r̞̘̫͍̙͋̅̓i̝̎̇ṣ̛̖̟͚̾̅ͤ͢ë̺̣̰́̐ͪ̏̋͆d͈͍̬͈̻͂̒̓̑̃́͠ͅ
So I’ve just found a needle hidden in my bedroom carpet and I’m staring at it with a mix of relief and trepidation. How did it get there? How long has it been there? How many times have I almost-stepped on it with my bare foot? >__>I’m so glad I noticed it and so relieved I didn’t get hurt by it. Wow O___o
But few weeks ago I watched a tutorial by Ali Brown and noticed she's been using something similar:
It turns out the stamp wasn't really a stamp but an acrylic block you need to use stamps like these:
There was one stamp on it (the one with the hearts) but I was able to peel it off and now I can use it in my scrapbooking/journaling endeavours.
TL;DR: Five years ago I accidentally bought something I need right now.
2) Ever wanted to cut through a phone book? Use a wallpaper cutting knife!
3) Whoever invented a double-sided tape is a saint
4) WASHI FORGIVES EVERYTHING
5) At one point in your life you'll find the reason you bought some random crap years ago
6) Once you start
7) Adhesive tape can be used to clean tiny things (little scraps of paper, bits of washi, string, etc) off the floor
8) You can work on your craft project for 5 hours in a row and not notice that until you stop seeing your carpet properly
9) SAVE THE CARPET!*
10) *unless it's ugly
Update 1: Checking if the doormat can be cut with a wallpaper cutter.
Update 2: Success!
Update 3: Having overabundance of success - the cutter also managed to pierce through the notepad underneath & chipped off some of the ruler. Fingers are safe
Update 4: Rounding the corners with scissors
Update 5: Using a bit of French skipping rope to make a notebook-holding thingy. Drilling the holes through the doormat turned out to be super annoying (thank God for the huge needle I bought few days ago)
Update 6: More. Drilling.
Update 7: It look surprisingly good. I've added a metal claw pendant (acquired months and months ago) as a decorative charm
Update 8: YAY FINISHED. Not sure if the doormat won't start to unravel after some time; in that case I'll put some felt on the edges (I guess).
Update 9: The inner side of the doormat is fluffy and soft so I don't think so I'll be attaching a pocket or anything like this
Update 10: That was NOT what I meant to do this evening (yay deadlines). But at least I have a sense of achievement.
2) Old eyeshadows can be used for painting/decorating journal pages
2a) But you gotta do this after you write, otherwise your pen won't work
2b) Forget about looking for golden paint, golden eyeshadow is so much cheaper
2c) Cheap brands are the best!
3) Before you cut off something (especially some expensive/short piece of fabric) check the measurements once again
4) Don't put your art supplies on the carpet, unless you don't like it and want it gone
I feel this post is just me gushing about journal things but whatever. As the famous quote says, "You should do more of what makes you happy".
And here are videos of my two new favourite journaling people, Jumpy Jess and Ali Brown:
I decided to go ahead and check if I'd like the bigger format more. I filled first page... and I realised it's not what I was looking for. So now I've returned to using the smaller notebook. I'm sure I'll eventually find some good use for the bigger one.
There's something so calming about watching them - and they're so pretty!
Recently I've been thinking a lot about getting back to journaling and those videos and photos (so many photos!) are a great inspiration.
I won't be getting a midori because they're kinda expensive, but I want to have something where I could write, draw, colour and decorate.
I think having a journal is very beneficial - mostly because it helps you to remember things, keep track of your progress and things you want to achieve. It also helps you with creating a structure with your thoughts/daily routines (which is especially helpful when they tend to dissolve into amorphous mess).
Those midoris are so pretty though... *wistful sigh*