30 Lists Thursday

Well, this’ll be the last post of this round of 30 Days of Lists – I feel bad that I only managed to do a few of them, but this month kind of exploded on me.

I think I’m going to continue to post fun lists like this on Thursdays, though – I’ll just do random ones.  There are lots of sources for lists on the internet, including a gaggle of them on Pinterest.  I might just do one or two a week and take a bit more time on them – I kind of half-assed most of these poor guys.

Anyway, here we are:




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30 Lists Thursday: *runs around with hair on fire*

Well, I managed to do three whole lists this week.  *laugh*

Basically I’ve decided I’ll just do the ones I think sound fun whenever I have time to work on them – doing a few here and there has been good for my sanity, but there’s no way in hell I’ll be able to complete all 30 this time.  Oh well!  Enjoy the ones I got to!



(The coloring on 21 was much prettier in real life – for some reason it photographed all streaky and weird.)


I really liked how this one came out, other than the dreadful mistake I made drawing the pitcher’s shape – I was having a really shaky day, hand-wise, and my pen kept jittering across the page.

You might have noticed that my art tends to have kind of heavy black outlines – that’s why. I have essential tremor in my hands that was made WAY worse by the lithium I used to take; it’s died down a lot since I went off the med, but I’ve always had a tremor and always will.  It gets worse when I’m tired, stressed, overcaffeinated, or in pain of some sort, and there are certain angles I can’t maintain while drawing (especially since I’m left-handed and smudge things like whoa) so I have to compensate for the shakes with heavier outlines.  Just so’s ya know.

Next week this time I’ll be in the downhill run both for moving house *and* being unemployed.  God willing and the creek don’t rise, as of October 3 I’ll return to the land of the wage-earners, and won’t have to panic about money every day.

Sylvan’s Pro Tip for Creatives:

Quit your day job if you want, but you might want to get another one…not because you won’t succeed as a writer/artist/what have you, but because NOBODY needs the constant anxiety of not being able to pay the bills.  Turning your labor-of-love into your meal ticket can sap your creativity and in fact make you come to hate it.  Don’t let anyone give you shit about “risk” or “faith in your gift” or whatever – it’s easy for middle-class white ladies with savings accounts and a second wage earner in the house to talk about ditching their jobs to make ribbon roses full time, but those of us living paycheck to paycheck know that one bad month on Etsy could mean dodging the Mastercard people for six months and feeding the kids Poverty Stew.**

My advice is multiple income streams: Find several ways to bring in pieces of your monetary need so that no one thing is your only paycheck.  That way you can have a part-time day job, or a less-high-paying one that doesn’t make you miserable, if you can find one, but still allow time for your real work.

Here endeth the lecture.

**Every family has some version of this, right?  Something ultra cheap made of horrifying or questionable ingredients that tended to show up the last week of the month?  In my family it was called Mulligan Stew and it was basically Spam and Ranch Style Beans.   Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious (to kid me, anyway), but that’s not a recipe you come up with when you’re shopping at the Whole Foods.  Just out of curiosity, did your family have some sort of Poverty Stew?  Comment below to share.

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30 Days Thursday (Just under the wire!)

I had to skip a few this week because I’m dreadfully behind, so, these are the ones I did manage to do since last Thursday.  Frankly I’m impressed with myself for keeping up at all given what a crazyfest my life has become this month.





(Since I don’t do sports I had to kind of improvise on this one.  It’s kind of half-assed but I think it turned out kinda cute.  I love the TEAM SLASH guys and the person looking at them like “…wtf?”)


Because butts.

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30 Days of Lists, Week 1


Here’s the first week of September 2016’s 30 Days of Lists!  I’m having a hard time keeping up, so I ended up skipping day 7 – I didn’t really like the topic anyway.  I’ll try to go back and catch up later.  For now, though, here are days 1-6 and day 8.


September is For…

  • Packing like a madwoman (this year, anyway)
  • Inhaling the first breath of Autumn
  • Telling Summer to kiss my ass
  • Remembering all the hurricanes I’ve known before
  • Wearing scarves even though it’s still 90F outside
  • NOT drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes (1-I don’t like them and 2-They’re not vegan)


Don’t Judge Me, But…

  • I don’t watch Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead.
  • I hate avocados.
  • And kale. Seriously, fuck kale.
  • I adore Taylor Swift
  • I write dirty stories about Captain America & Loki.
  • I never finish anyth


Reasons to Celebrate:

  • Fall is coming!
  • A new space to decorate!
  • Great movies coming out this Fall/Winter!
  • New TV soon!
  • The Celexa is still working!
  • Iced coffee is awesome!
  • Soon we’ll have our first female POTUS!
  • Ikea has vegan “meat” balls!


Recent Impulse Purchases:

  • Black Violin’s album Stereotypes (itunes)
  • Starry Night washi tape (Etsy)
  • Disney villainesses shirt (Target)
  • Vegan Life magazine (B&N)
  • Last month’s phone bill?

(I had trouble with this list because I’ve been flat-ass broke all summer. I had to go all the way back to June to come up with more than two things.)


Today You Can Find Me:

  • Finishing Etsy orders to mail tomorrow
  • Getting ready for a job interview tomorrow
  • Watching S1 of Prison Break with das Roomie
  • Not wearing pants
  • Trying not to stress out like whoa


My Favorite Time of Day is…Late, Late at Night…Because:

  • It’s quiet
  • I feel more creative
  • The world is slower, more at rest
  • It’s not as screamingly hot
  • I can get more work done
  • The Moon is way nicer than the Sun
  • I’m a Scorpio


On My Camera Roll:

  • Neko Atsume cats in “Existential Crisis” pose
  • Expressing frustration through my crossword puzzle app
  • Pages and recipes to transcribe later
  • Boob jokes
  • Recent shrines and other artwork
  • “Jack…I want you to draw me like one of your French girls.”

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30 Days of Lists, Day 1

Here we go!  I’m so glad it’s September!  Summer can stuff itself in a paper bag, light itself on fire, and drop itself on Texas’ front porch.

Every Thursday this month I’ll be posting my week’s worth of lists for the 30 Days of Lists challenge, which I’ve done several times before.

You can see the lists every day if you’d rather, by following me on Instagram.

I’m preparing to move house this month so I might get a little behind here and there, but without my creative pursuits I will likely go insane and take you all with me, so I will endeavor to keep up with writing and listing and planning while all this is going on.

Anyway, here’s my book for this year’s challenge.  I started like I often do with a blank, black Moleskine Cahier notebook, and dug through my scrap papers for pretty things.  I crumpled up and inked the blue patterned paper, then inked up the dark blue stamped piece and stamped the title.  It’s pretty simple, but I really like the color combination and its overall look.  The individual tabs are just punched-out circles with stamped numbers.  Links to some of the products are below; I couldn’t remember where the patterned paper came from, sorry.

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Inside front cover.
Inside front cover.

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink pads in Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire
Versafine ink in Black Onyx (for stamping)
Number stamps:  Lawn Fawn, Smitty’s ABCs
Tsukineko Sponge Daubers
Hero Arts lowercase alphabet stamps
Moleskine Cahier blank notebooks (set of 3)


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