Oh June…

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I’m sorry, dear reader, that I’ve neglected my promises to post every Monday. I hope you haven’t forgotten about me. I haven’t forgotten about you.

With the warmer weather has come softer edges. I still struggle with my dysthymia. But good omens seem to come on the breeze.

First there was a litter of 5 kittens born to Ms. Jean Paul Satre:

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This is the only one with a name and a definitive home thus far. Welcome Hugh Humpster Hefner!

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(Gratuitous kitten videos can be found here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVYofFuJkeA and here –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LVCohgZ_7A)

And it ‘s also Pride month. Celebrations of love abound. And being a Libra and a romantic at heart, I’m not one to miss out on celebrations or love, even if I’m celebrating someone else’s.

This is my faux girlfriend and I at the Pittsburgh Pride. She’s too adorable not to share my umbrella on a rainy day.

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There was also a porcupine (though I can neither confirm nor deny that it is in fact homosexual)…

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Pittsburgh also hosted it’s 8th annual Dyke and Trans March. I was fortunate to be invited to march with my friends right down Liberty Ave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nElnAR5habM) , and break bread in Friendship Park with some wonderfully accepting humans.

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And by the way, the day of this march it was hot as…

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There were events and gatherings of a joyous nature…

A yard sale –

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I went to see Jay and Silent Bob’s Groovy Cartoon Movie at little one screen theater in Oakmont PA, called The Oaks. I was once again with Tina, my lovely faux date.

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(My favorite part of this photo is the quizzical photobomb of the gentleman behind us.)

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes did their podcast. My photos aren’t great, but here’s a YouTube clip from the event…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C20s2TAbr3E

I took myself out on a date, one Friday night. We went out shopping, ate sushi, and then to a movie; and it was all okay.

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My friend had a going away potluck. I was so busy laughing and having a good time, I only managed one photo. However did that happen? Oh yeah, beer. Because no good story starts with eating a salad…

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And in case you were wondering, what color is she currently wearing? Well it just so happens to be Significant Other Color by OPI. One of the little things I picked up on my “date”.

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I really like the shimmery silver/gold lilac color. It is pretty sheer. I used 3 coats.

What might we have in store?

  • Making more inventory for the Art Car Show in September.
  • Making 20 postcards by the end of July, at the request of a friend.
  • Finishing those rewards. I swear I haven’t forgotten! It’s like a specter in the back of my mind. A man (and a woman) is only as good as his/her word, and I should keep put out or get out.. or something. If you haven’t gotten yours, you will.

There are a myriad of projects and bits and baubles. I am at no loss for unfinished things or grand schemes. But the reality of time is adding all of this on the “must do” list will only upset me and make me feel bad about my ability to be Wonder Woman. So I focus on the tangible goals and continue to try my best everyday. The days when I can taste success and the days when I’ve defeated myself before I’ve opened my eyes.

I hope I still have your loyalty and love. And just in case, I’ll share an intimate moment to regain your trust. This evening my roommate and I were laughing to tears at the image of receiving Ryan Reynolds as a Christmas present.. Like this kid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGmCaAEDxDU

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What Have I Been Up To?

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In the land of nails, I’ve been playing with more of the Big Ruby nail tattoos. 

First I did a little bit of a pseudo punk theme. I chose a neon yellow and black stripe for most of the nails. For the accent nail, I did the chose the skull and crossbones from the His set. I used a matte top coat to finish it off. 

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The next time I painted my nails I wanted to use the rocket ship from the His pack. So I chose a white background. On the other nails I did grey and silver polka dots and I used a silver nail pen to augment the rocket ship on the index finger. 

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My third inspiration was the Om in the Juju set. I wanted to offset the light blue with a dark color, so I selected a dark plum. I decided to use the larger Om in the set, and put it on the thumb, to mix it up. On the remaining nails, I used the nail head technique to create little paw prints.

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I’ve also been trying to create some actual inventory to sell at the Art Car Show on Penn Ave in September. I have 6 boxes from the monthly Birchbox samples I’ve been getting. I thought I could use paints, and things I have stocked up, to recycle these boxes into something really cute. So far I’ve completed 2 of them.

The first box I decided to collage all these buttons I have saved up, or donated from friends. I painted the sides brown and brushed gold over top. Inside the box, I decoupaged pages from books. 

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The second box I wanted to have more of an old fashioned text feel to it. I decoupaged the lid with book pages and pained the bottom with stripes in black, white, and grey. Then I stamped the lid with typewriters, cameras, and typewriter letters.

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And most recently I augmented an existing print from an estate sale. My friend Eric left me this little gem of a print.

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Eric joked in his caption: “This way to the gay bar!” There was also a comment referring to the character at the wheel as Sal Mineo. I used Eric’s original caption on the repainted frame and added some tentacles and a mermaid tale to the background. Because haven’t we all wanted to add tentacles to every sea painting?… No? Just me? Okay then. 

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Mineo and Jesus are currently being displayed proudly in my bedroom.