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Your mental health comes before school baby, always. If its midnight, and you have an exam the next day but your hands have been shaking for the past hour and a half and you’re not so sure you want to be alive anymore, pull out that carton of Ben and Jerry’s and afterwards, go the fuck to bed. So what if you get a 68% on the exam the next day? You took care of yourself and at the end of the day that will always come before a high test score. To hell with anyone who tells you differently.
Abbie Nielsen, Dear Future Daughter (via octobermoe)

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Shortbread Buttons Recipe

I do like baking. Cooking is still a little mysterious to me (I didn’t grow up learning how), but I’m learning all the time. This is the most recently perfected recipe.
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Shortbread Buttons

parchment paper or similar bakeable paper
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature throughout
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk (We drink 1%, so feel free to try other kinds)

Preheat Oven Temp: 350F
Baking Time: 20 min

1) Thaw the butter. Completely. Like leave it out all day.
2) Cream butter and sugar together; don’t be afraid to nearly whip it. Fluffy!
3) In a separate bowl whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder well. You can also use a fork.
4) Mix the dry ingredients into the butter+sugar mixture. It should start looking doughy.
5) At the end slowly mix in the milk and vanilla extract.
6)Place parchment or other bakeable paper on cookie sheet. You can reuse the same paper for multiple batches.
7) Ball up dough to preferred size; we do about half inch balls. Place on cookie sheet and with your palm or a rolling pin mash somewhat flat. These do not spread very far so you can get a LOT of cookies on one sheet.
8) For the decorative “button” touch use the end of a sharpie, chopstick, or any kitchen implement you have lying around to press two to four “button holes” into the cookies.
9) Bake for 20 minutes or until light gold edges appear. This will give them a texture like Girl Scout shortbread cookies, light and crumbly. You can bake them for less time, but they’ll be soft and chewy like sugar cookies.

PS: These also make GREAT roll-out cookies! To make roll-out cookies reduce flour to only 2 cups to make room for the flour you’ll incorporate during rolling. The dough will initially be very sticky, so it helps to refrigerate the dough for 6 or more hours. They hold shapes very well, so if you’re dying to use that tyrannosaur cookie cutter it should work pretty great on these.

Anyone who actually peeks in my sketchbooks is familiar with my fat birds. My friend LostReach requested a fat duck in return for some awesome tiger skull pixel art. One became three and a doodle somehow became a really fun painting. We have a Hooded Merganser, a Bufflehead, and a Mallard. I’m going to attempt photographing it tomorrow since as how my scanner chews up any real media that’s not exactly two values.

lostreach:

lostreach:

Hello all, It’s that time of year. Bills are stacking up frighteningly high, but my time is very spare. So I’ll be offering some nice, light sketch commissions. It’s a win win because the prices are low for you, and the turn around time is fast for me.

I will be limiting it to 10 slots at a time however, just to not take on too much at once. If you would like a commission, please message me. If you do not hear back in 24 hours, tumblr may have eaten your message, so please try again.

Payment is through Paypal only. If you don’t want to fuss with Tumblr’s notes, you’re welcome to E-mail me at conleyea13@gmail.com which is also the E-mail for my Paypal.

If I am drawing your character, references are lovely. I can try and go off written word, or examples of real people as well. Because of the nature of these commissions, there won’t be an approval process of having sketches approved, like I would with a larger, more involved commission. So if there are some particulars about poses or things of note, please let me know from the start.

-I am happy to draw humans, monsters, furries, animals, pets, etc.

-I am fine with gore and non-sexual nudity.

-I am fine with doing a tasteful pin up of guys or gals.

-I am NOT here to draw porn, sorry folks.

If you have any other questions, let me know. If you can’t get a commission, I’m also happy just to get a reblog.

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All slots still open, I would greatly appreciate any takers. I’m in a pretty tight financial spot, and I really need any extra cash I can make.

Come on people, this is a great opportunity! LostReach is an excellent and dependable person to do business with, not to mention she has a look that isn’t widely found. Give her pool of work a good browse; Reach has versatile skills worth trying out on your favorite characters.

jagzilla:

Let me clarify something right off the bat; I do not suffer from chronic illness myself. Hence why this is more of a how to care for your friends who have it, rather than what to expect of others if you have it.

I get upset when people get cocky and condescending with my friends who cannot help the condition their body is in. I know these people just don’t understand, but telling someone to “just get up and do something" when their entire body screams in pain is not the way to go at all! Just because the pain isn’t a gaping, bleeding wound for you to see doesn’t mean it’s not there, NOR that it’s not a valid physical pain.

I count myself very, very lucky to be healthy enough to get up every morning and go about my day, and it’s depressing to even myself that it took until I met a dear friend of mine who suffers from chronic illness to realize it. To appreciate it fully. Please, please, be grateful you are able bodied (to varying degrees) and do not coerce those who talk about their pain into doing the things YOU think they SHOULD be able to do.

If someone talks about their pain on their blog, try not to see it as enabling. There will always be people who fake being sick, and maybe the extra info they gather will help them fake better, but there is also a chance someone else who suffers in silence will see those posts and realize that maybe, they too suffer from this illness people talk so little about. And this is what is important.

Last but not least— I wish I could give you some of my spoons, AJ ;v;

Very relevant.

lostreach:

ATC card for littlegraytiger of her awesome vulture character Karnak. Did it on watercolor paper and cut it down to size. Lots of fun!

It’s so cool when people choose Karnak to draw. 1) It’s rare, 2) everyone interprets him a little differently and it makes me think more broadly about the shapes I could be making when I draw. Art that makes me think is one of life’s little luxuries.Incidentally LostReach is frequently open for paid work with excellent turnaround times and high quality. Give her portfolio a look, especially if you’re a fan of corvids!Thanks so much LR! <3
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lostreach:

ATC card for littlegraytiger of her awesome vulture character Karnak. Did it on watercolor paper and cut it down to size. Lots of fun!

It’s so cool when people choose Karnak to draw. 1) It’s rare, 2) everyone interprets him a little differently and it makes me think more broadly about the shapes I could be making when I draw. Art that makes me think is one of life’s little luxuries.

Incidentally LostReach is frequently open for paid work with excellent turnaround times and high quality. Give her portfolio a look, especially if you’re a fan of corvids!

Thanks so much LR! <3

hfoursaur:

My part of an ATC/ACEO trade with littlegraytiger of her lovely character Sakara.

It’s been years since I’ve done an art trade and I had so much fun with this! The original shimmers and sparkles with a coat of homemade opalescent paint. You can see the effects of that paint on this piece here: gif!
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Mixed media on smooth cardstock
2.5 in x 3.5 in (6.35 cm x 8.89 cm) Uploaded image is almost exactly the same size as the original.

This piece is INSANELY gorgeous in real life. <3 I was really amazed at the level of detail she can pack in a small space, I would love to see larger pieces in person someday. I know it’s a weird detail to be pleased by, but I especially love all the perfect shaping down the end of the nose around the pad and the muscles that make up the shape of the end of a cat’s nose. It’s so perfectly shaped to be accurate. 

Thanks again for trading with me!

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