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June 30, 2016

June Favorites 2016

Various colored resin gems sparkling on green stripped fabric.  Text reads, "June Favorite"

    Well it's the end of the month again.   That means it's time to do a roundup of all the things that I really loved this month.  Not your weekly Things I Love Thursday, but some of the things that really stood out from my month.

Things I Love Thursday: Folding Parties


    I feel like I have been productive lately, aside from some low periods from my depression.  I started using a composition book to keep track of the things I have done in a day.  It has worked well to help remind me that I have been doing stuff.  I have also been enjoying the studying I started last Monday for summed.  I am about 13% of the way through the Esperanto lessons on DuoLingo.  I am looking forward to making more progress in my goals and working to fight off my depression.

    Here is my list for the week.

June 25, 2016

I Am A Lifestyle Lolita & This Is Why

A floral tea pot, a non-matching tea cup with thin leaf blades and colored berries on it, and a white saucer all siting on a glass table outside.  Golden brown colored tea is in the cup.

    Life is art to me.  So of course fashion is an art for me too.  Lolita is one of my favorite styles of fashion, so I use that shade of paint, if you will, on other works in my life.  That is just how I live.  And I wouldn’t want it any other way.  But I know not everyone wants that for themselves so I don’t expect others to live that way or to even get it.

June 23, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Bright Moon

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    I went out to observe during the full moon on Monday.  It was gloriously bright.  I could have easily walked around with no other source of light.  But even then I could still find Mars and a hand full of other stars in the sky.

    Here is my list this week.

June 22, 2016

The Most Beautiful Thing

    The most beautiful thing I ever saw was a concept.  Imaginary numbers used in formulas created the most spectacular patterns on graphs.  

    Fractals.  
For an image description I must apologize, because I am not capable of doing this image justice with words.  It is a fractal with teal, green, blue, and black colors.  It is a series of ever repeating patterns that look as though they are falling down into holes that they have created.  The longer you look at the pattern the more patterns and holes you start to see.
This is an image of a julia set pulled from Wikipedia
    A small equation would create a complex and seemingly ever repeating pattern. 

     It was in that moment that I was first enthralled by math.  It had been something I could do and could even enjoy, but it was that moment, when I saw the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in the world, that I found a goal to strive for. 

June 20, 2016

Etsy Sale

    Just popping in to tell you about the sale I am having this week at my etsy shop Fairy Oasis by Lilian.

    Using the coupon code SUMMER2016SALE you can get 15% off on your purchase.  More details are in the announcements of my shop.

Happy Summer! Let's celebrate with seven days of 15% off in the Fairy Oasis Etsy Shop.  Use code SUMMER2016SALE. Sale ends 11:59 CDT June 26, 2016.

    Here are some items you could get your hands on.

Image of a tapered brown miniature wand sitting on green silk.  Text reads Fairy Oasis by Lilian
Miniature wands!

On a white back ground  lay three necklaces with glass bottles filled with sparkly green material.  Text reads Fairy Oasis by Lilian
Potion Necklaces!
Polymer clay snail with marbled shell and a nest of robins eggs on it's head.  Text reads Fairy Oasis by Lilian
Snails!
    And I have several items to choose from.  I also will do custom pieces.  Just message me.

Tata for now,
Lilian A. Brennan



June 16, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: A Week of Experiments

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    The news has been . . . mournful and frustrating.  I don't have enough energy for it all.  I have had some bad days this week with my depression and I am trying to keep my spirits up.

    This is something gratitude list can really help with.  these are the times when if you are losing hope you can go to them, if you keep them, and remind yourself that there are little sparkles in the darkness.  It can help.

    So here are some of my sparkles of joy.

June 12, 2016

Experimenting with Resin

    I have been watching tutorials for resin and gathering the tools and supplies for a little while now.  In the was week I have finally made a couple batches of mostly little gem shapes.  It has been interesting.  I am probably a bit more precautions that most would think is necessary.  Can you say respirator?

    At first I was relatively happy with the results of both batches.  The first had a couple issues that I tried to adjust for.  The second batch seemed nearly perfect.  Until I took them to the farmers' market to show my friend who works there.  They were bendy!!!!   They are not supposed to be bendy.

    I have already determined three possible reasons for these results.  So I will be trying to eliminate them one at a time to see what the problem was.  There is also the fact that the heat index was over a hundred.  Welcome to south Texas.  Bring a fan and a lot of water.

    But I still have some fantastic pictures of my gem creations and another batch curing as I type.  Here is the shot I shared on Instagram.  Good news is they seem far less bendy now that they are back in the AC.

    Well I am off now.  I want to get some studying in.

  Tata,

June 9, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Crafting!

A collection of items arranged as a collage on a small wooden table.  Words written on cut out white paper reads: Things I Love Thursday.  Assorted items in collage include: A mint and white teacup and saucer filled with crystal stones, a quartz pendulum, and a plastic macaroon.  A walnut, two (2) red hearts, a snail wearing a black beret, two (2) strands of stone beads (purple fluorite and green aventurine), a bottle of purple nail polish, a pink rose, a silver colored seven pointed star candle holder, a small tan tea pot, a note pad in summery colors with the image of a popsicle on it, and a decorative pen.

    I have been doing a lot of different things I was starting to feel like I hadn't done a snail in forever.  So I set aside some time to sculpt some snails out of polymer clay.  I am really happy with the results.  

    I also finally got to trying out the resin casting.  Though I still have to wait before releasing the little gems from the silicone mold.  It has felt productive on many fronts of my life this week and for me that always makes things more feasible.

June 7, 2016

5 Places on the Internet to Go When You Have Seen Too Much

Photo of a cat on a desk top with a crochet toy in her mouth.  The photo is edited to look like a very detailed oil painting and then has stars scattered over it.  There are words across the picture and they read: That is enough of this seriousness.  Let's get silly.


    Have you ever been watching something or reading something or listening to something and then you reached a point where you couldn’t take any more of it?  That was it!! That was too much! 

    Maybe you were listening to the news.  
    Maybe you were looking something up and forgot to use safe search.  
    Maybe life is just a little stressful and you need some relief from it.  

    Whether you want to unsee what has been burned into your eyeballs or if you just need something happy to counteract the terrible that exists in the world, today's list is for you.

June 6, 2016

Working on Myself

A simple collage on the surface of a desk.  A used yellow legal pad, a composition booklet with a decorative cover that is mostly shades of purple with a floral design, four different pens (colors purple, black, and green), a pair of black plastic framed glasses, and two Eiffel tower decorations that are going off frame.


    May I did a lot of self work.

    One of my house mates is really enjoying looking into Myers–Briggs Types and all sorts of other topics that I can't list because well I'm not him.  Any how it has lead to great discussions of how different people think, process things, and make decisions.  It has also lead to everyone taking tests to find out their type.  I have taken several tests over the years and often come up as an INFJ, but after finding more accurate tests and looking into the actual functions of the types turns out I am an INTJ.  It has all been rather interesting.

June 4, 2016

International Lolita Day

    Today is International Lolita Day!

    If you are not sure about what I am talking about with lolita fashion, check out the "What is Lolita?" page over on F Yeah Lolita.

    International Lolita Day is a semiannual holiday in our wonderful fashion community that is celebrated on the first Saturday of both June & December.  It is a day to celebrate the fashion and a great excuse to get all dolled up and go out; whether that is solo or in a group.

    So what do you do on this day to celebrate now that you are all dressed up?  Just about anything you want.  Go to a cafe.  Go to a museum.  See a play.  Visit the park.  Or just go about your regular day with the wonderful touch of a great coordinate.  Anything.

    Well anyway I want you all to have fun today.  I am off to do the same.

   Tata,

June 2, 2016

Things I Love Thursday: Finishing All The Things!


    It has been a busy week and I think I have made some really good progress.  I have also enjoyed several small pleasures.  So here is this weeks gratitude list.

June 1, 2016

June Goals

Photo of sun shining  through green and brown leaves hanging from a branch.  Large bright text reads: Goals in June.  Smaller text on side reads: petticoatpedaler.blogspot.com

    I don't have any things I want to try this month, but I have some clear cut goals.  I sat down this past month and answered the question, "Where do I want to be in five years?"

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