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Journal Entry: Sun Feb 10, 2013, 8:06 PM
Not quite at the point where I can say that I'm back for good, but that I'm getting there.

So many messages in my message centre, and everything looks so different! Let the learning curve commence. aha I want to clear them all out and reorganise my gallery before I start posting stuff. And I'm torn in regards to keeping this name or changing it (or using the new account I had created two years ago and start from scratch over there...). Lots of decisions to make, and a fair bit of planning!

It's nearly time for a new adventure, so here's hoping it doesn't take me as long to get cracking this time around!

  • Listening to: Crayon - G-Dragon

Ready to sink my teeth in...

Sat Apr 16, 2011, 6:49 PM
featuresSpark in The Dark by DeepBlueEyesz
Patterns In Her Hair by DragonTreasureArt
Lord Alpacington the Third by BenHicklingLinksProjectInspire

.. to you! Yes, you, the wonderfully devious members of deviantART.

For the past... 8 or so weeks, my life has been turned upside down and I've been taken on one very long rollercoaster ride.

BUT NO MORE. Now I'm taking the steering wheel back, and things are going to start going my way for a change. :giggle:

I started this change yesterday, and let me say that so far, the initial expectations I had have been blown out of the water. I had a brilliant start to the day, and while the person I'm talking about doesn't follow me here, they truly did make me smile.

So. I have this theory that whenever I really want to do something, I need to make sure that there are a few people who know about it, but more than that, I think it's a way of holding myself accountable; I've said I was going to do something, why on earth would I not carry it out?

What I'm going to be doing is this:
- Leaving at least 3 critiques/critique comments a day
- Keep the art coming. Now my drawing classes have concluded, it's time to step it up with making sure I keep myself motivated and creating.
- Stay on top of college work, and try to get it done before the weekend starts (this one.. yeah we'll see :lmao:)
- Keep my message centre clean. This has suffered so badly this year, but after doing my massive comment-spree yesterday, I think it's getting better.
- Make some concrete plans about what I want to achieve here. I have plans, I just need to work out particulars. And yes, PI is one of them. :B
- Start writing more news articles, journals, features and tutorials. I have knowledge, and an opinion, why on earth am I not sharing it?! :giggle:

So deviants, are you ready for me?

  • Listening to: Michael Moriarty

Flash journal preview is FLASH.

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 10, 2011, 4:09 PM
Nice and simple to use, I like it! :la:
Stolen from jussta just 'cause. A bit over seeing the flood journal on my page! :lmao: There's a proper update below, I promise. :D

● B R I T I S H ●
[ ] You drink a lot of tea.
[x] You know what a brolly is.
[ ] Deal or No Deal has taken over your life.
[ ] You wanted Ben to win Factor.
[x] You use the word "bugger" or the phrase "bloody hell."
[x] Fish and Chips are yummy.
[x] You can eat a Full English Breakfast.
[x] You dislike emos almost as much as you dislike chavs.
[x] It's football... not soccer.
Total: 6/9

[x] You love good and solid food.
[ ] You're a strict catholic.
[x] You have a very bright eyecolor
[ ] you don't care about many things
[ ] you're a full family man.
[ ] You love to discuss
[ ] You be quick to take offense
[ ] You speak some polish or russian
Total: 2/8

● A U S T R A L I A N ●
[x] You wear flip flops all year.
[x] You call flip flops "thongs", not flip flops.
[x] You love a backyard Barbie.
[x] You know a Barbie is not a doll.
[x] You love the beach.
[x] sometimes you swear without realizing.
[x] You're a sports fanatic
[ ] You are tanned. (I wish. I'm like half-tanned, half vampire :lmao:)
[ ] You're a bit of a bogan.
[x] You have an Australian something.
Total: 8/10

● I T A L I A N ●
[ ] The Sopranos is a great show.
[ ] Your last name ends in a vowel.
[x] Your grandmother makes her own sauces.
[x] You know how a real meatball tastes.
[x] You know Italian songs.
[ ] You have dark hair and dark eye color.
[ ] You speak some Italian.
[x] You are under 5'10".
[] You know what an Italian horn is.
[x] Pizza/spaghetti is the best food in the world!
[x] You talk a lot with your hands.
Total: 6/11

● S P A N I S H ●
[ ] You say member instead of Remember.
[ ] You speak Spanish or some.
[x] You like tacos.
[ ] YoU TyPe lIkE ThIs On Da CoMpUtEr.
[ ] You are dark skinned.
[ ] You know what a Puta is.
[x] You talk fast occasionally.
[x] You have had highlights or have dyed your hair.
[ ] You know what platanos are.
Total: 3/9

● R U S S I A N ●
[ ] You say villain as:
[x] You get short tempered. (Sometimes. ^^;)
[x] You know of somebody named Natasha
[x] You get cold easily.
[x] Rain is fun for you.
[ ] You get into contests all the time.
[x] You can easily make do with the cold weather.
Total: 5/7

● I R I S H ●
[ ] You think beer is the best.
[ ] You have a bad temper.
[ ] Your last name starts with a Mc, Murphy, O', Fitz or ends with a ley, on, un, an, in, ry, ly, y or L.
[x] You have blue or green eyes.
[x] You like the colour green.
[x] You have been to a St. Patty's day party.
[ ] You have a family member from Ireland.
[ ] You have red hair.
[ ] You have/had freckles.
[ ] Your family get together always include drinking and singing.
Total: 3/10

● A F R I C A N A M E R I C A N ●
[ ] You say nigganukka casually.
[ ] You have nappy hair.
[x] You like rap.
[ ] You know how to shoot a gun.
[x] You think President George Walker Bush is racist.
[x] You like chicken.
[ ] You like watermelon.
[ ] You can dance.
[ ] You can sing gospel.
Total: 3/9

● A S I A N ●
[ ] You have slanty small eyes.
[x] You like rice a lot.
[ ] You are good at math.
[x] You have played the piano.
[ ] You have family from Asia.
[x] You laugh sometimes covering your mouth.
[ ] Most people think you're Chinese.
[ ] You call hurricanes typhoons.
[ ] You go to Baulko.
Total: 3/9

● G E R M A N ●
[x] You like bread.
[x] You think German Chocolate is good.
[ ] You speak some German.
[x] You know what Schnitzel is.
[x] You hate it when stupid people call you.
[x] You went to Pre-school
[x] You're over 5'2".
Total: 6/7

● C A N A D I A N ●
[ ] You like/play/played hockey.
[ ] You love beer.
[x] You say eh.
[ ] You know what poutine is.
[ ] You speak some French
[ ] You love Tim Horton's.
[ ] At one point you lived in a farm house.
[x] You watch/watched Degrassi.
Total: 2/8

● A M E R I C A N ●
[ ] You hate foreigners.
[ ] You hate non-Christians.
[x] You're lazy.
[ ] You have had an abortion.
[ ] But love the penalty.
[ ] You don't read.
[ ] You shop at Wal-Mart.
[ ] You think this survey is rather biased.
Total: 1/8

● B E L G I A N ●
[ ] You grow some small vegetables in the yard.
[x] You like french fries.
[x] You think Belgian chocolate rules.
[ ] You know that the official best beer in the world' is Belgian.
[ ] You speak both Dutch and French.
[ ] You like Belgian waffles.
[ ] You call a pub or bar a café.
[ ] You fully realize and acknowledge that your football team sucks.
[ ] You drive/own a French or German car.
[x] You have a lot of comments on your government.
Total: 3/10

● D U T C H ●
[x] You like the colour orange.
[x] You are a football enthusiast.
[ ] You often go to 'coffee shops'.
[x] You know what is meant by 'coffee shops'.
[ ] You tend to overreact and show your emotions.
[x] You have a cheerful nature.
[x] You like the sea.
[x] You are good at building handiwork projects.
[] You tend to favour the megalomania.
Total: 6/9

● A R A B ●
[ ] You are a patriot.
[ ] You say "3ngleezy" instead of "english".
[ ] You laugh at other accents, especially Egyptian.
[ ] You beckon at things with you forehead or eyes.
[ ] You like seafood, especially fish, more than any other type of food.
[ ] You are tanned.
[ ] You have a black hair.
[ ] Your last name starts with " Al " or " bin "
[ ] you like showing off, especially with new cars and clothes.
[ ] You dislike reading.
Total: 0/10

So I have British, Australian, Russian, German and Dutch tendencies. I knew I was a mixed up ball of crazy, but now I can claim to be an international ball of crazy! :lmao:

Ok, so updates.
Work, not too bad. Could be better, but it's much smoother now. :giggle:
Home, well next month is moving out time! I've got boxes EVERYWHERE that are packed up with stuff that I'm taking with me. It's insane. Most of it is new though, so I can't wait to get into the new place and stare at all the shiny-ness I'll have. :giggle:
My little car? Not so great. Two days ago I was in a minor side-on collision accident with a ute. My car copped it as the other guy had a big Landcruiser ute with a sidebar. I've gotta say, I was fuming a little when I saw that there wasn't even paint left on his sidebar, because he had no damage whatsoever! :lmao: So the car's going in to be fixed on the 23rd, and I'm hoping it won't be for more than a week.. I love my car too much. :cries:
College on the other hand is going wonderfully! Once this journal is submitted I'm going to post my first mini-assignment. I think I'll post the other ones as I do them as well, but this one.. I'm just really proud of it. I'm normally very much a digital person, but the course is half digital, half traditional - which was the second most important reason I chose this course over the others. Right now our computer classes are just learning Illustrator, and even though I know my way around it quite well, I'm still learning new stuff! :D It's not leaving me any time to do any art of my own because we have an assignment due each week for our drawing class (Madness! But it's good getting into the swing of constantly drawing.), so hopefully when the college break rolls around I'll be able to play with some watercolours again! :D

Anyway, what have you guys all been up to?

Two weeks on

Journal Entry: Wed Jan 26, 2011, 12:52 AM
Well my friends, two weeks have passed since the Brisbane floods, and while things are still terribly dysfunctional, they are slowly starting to get better. =)

I have some links for you guys to take a look at if you'd like to see how my work fared. :giggle: (Just click the links to view a larger image. :aww:)

September, 2010

Obviously, we look quite high and dry here. :giggle: Take note of where the creeks are and how much green was there, now scroll down. :B

13th January, 2010

The first two photos were probably just after the peak of the flood. We discovered on the 15th when we went in to clean up that the water had reached 1m high on our second level, so the third photo more or less shows what we looked like underwater.

14th January, 2010

The day after. Lots of water still in places, but if there wasn't water, there was mud.

15th January, 2010

Our clean up day. I couldn't believe how nervous I was that morning... I had no idea what we were going to be driving into. This photo shows the mud level on our wall. Like I said before - that's 1 metre up on our second level.

My first look in my room.. Kinda makes my 'mess' look like nothing I couldn't manage now. :lmao:

The other end of my room. Everything in my room had moved from its original position. Those shelves had toppled forwards, my CD racks had detached from the wall, my desk had slightly shifted, and that desk that's at the front of the photo was actually to the left of the photo up against the wall. The water had completely changed the direction of it. :faint:

Looking at the opposite building in our complex at the end of the day. You can also see the water mark clearly on their wall. Check out that sludge on the ground - it covered EVERYTHING within 30 centimetres of the ground.

One of the many trash piles we had in the complex. We had to throw all our furniture out, all the envelopes with samples from the filing cabinets, and everything except the hard drives from the computers. It was absolutely devastating.

I'm itching to get back there to see how things are looking now. We're currently working temporarily in another Snap store upstairs in their board room. :giggle: It's hot and the air conditioner doesn't work properly, but it's somewhere and that's really what matters. :giggle: We may even be back at Rocklea by the end of next week! I'm a bit sceptical that's the case, but we'll just have to wait and see. It's still a lot quicker than a lot of other places though - one of the other businesses in our complex won't be back until March/April. So like I said, we're very lucky!

So that's some positive news for us. The other bit of positive news I have is that next Thursday I have my college orientation day for my design course! I think the nerves will kick in that morning, but it's become a shining light of distraction for me, so I couldn't be happier that it's come along so quickly! Then a week and a half after that I start my classes, so then we'll really see how far I'm capable of pushing myself. It's a very good thing that this is done out of work hours, I'm not sure how I'd cope otherwise. :giggle:

I've also deleted all comments, journals, news articles and faves/watches from my message centre. With everything being as overwhelming as it is at the moment, I've just kept the deviations and am in the process of commenting on as many of those as I can. I need to get back into the swing of 'normality', and as sad as some people think it is, dA is a huge part of my life. Commenting on deviations, journals and pages is something I've always done, and while the floods have been a huge distracting mess, I need some form of normality back again.

On that note, I'm off to start digging myself out of the deviations I've collected. :B


2011, you're a jerk.

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 13, 2011, 11:37 PM
UPDATE: Tomorrow morning first thing we're going in to clean up. Getting a bit nervous, but I promise to take my camera with me to document how it looks. =)

As I'm sure most of you have heard, Brisbane (and three quarters of Queensland as well) has been flooded in a catastrophic way this week.

I'm safe. My home is safe. My work? Not so much.

I work over at Rocklea, and from everything I've seen, it was one of the worst hit suburbs in Brisbane - while most suburbs drained out overnight, Rocklea was still a swamp. :(

We're possibly looking at the flood waters having reached our roof, if not going above it.. we honestly didn't have enough time to get everything upstairs, it was just computers and files from our four filing cabinets. If we're insanely lucky the water won't have reached the top level, but somehow I don't think that's the case.

A workmate of mine actually went walking down a major motorway this morning to try and get a look. She couldn't see anything, but had seen on the news earlier that the water was probably a metre or so high, and the mud looked like it was somewhere around the second level.. it truly is devastating.

All really important stuff was upstairs, but once again, if the water's found its way up there, it's all destroyed now.

Now, to the point of this journal. It's only my workplace that's been affected - alot of Brisbane residents, particularly those who live along the river itself lost EVERYTHING. Their photos, their treasures, their bed to sleep on and the roof over their head. I can't even begin to imagine what that would feel like.. I'm devastated enough with the fact that my workplace has been turned upside down.

If you have any spare pocket money, even just $2, I would love it if you would consider donating it to the QLD Flood Appeal. You can either call 1800 219 028 or you can donate online by following the links at…

Honestly, anything you can donate would be incredibly appreciated. There are alot of Queenslanders doing it really tough at the moment, and over half of those people don't even live in Brisbane and haven't had the coverage that Brisbane has. It's going to take years for Brisbane to truly get back to normal again, and that knowledge is something that I still haven't got used to yet. :(

Hope you're all staying safe and happy - keep us in your thoughts and prayers. =)

PS. I'll start putting the remainder of the sketchbook pieces up when things settle down here. Hopefully by the end of this month, anyway. :giggle:

If you want to keep your chocolate safe...

Journal Entry: Thu Jan 6, 2011, 5:12 PM
Don't keep it in the fridge. :| My family has decided that my good chocolates (which I had been hiding in a corner are now a free-for-all. Not happy, guys. Learn from my mistakes: HIDE IT AT ALL COSTS.

So. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! :love: I hope you all drank and ate just enough to tide you over for another 12 months. :giggle: This year was the first year in... five years that I've spent my new years at home. It was bizarre, and I'm sure it won't happen again. :lmao:

Now, the reason I'm posting this journal is because I'm now over halfway through my sketchbook! :la: :la: :la:

I still have 16 or so pieces left to paint, but it's so good to see that the 'finished' pile is larger than the 'to be done' pile. :giggle:

Just in case you can't be bothered going through them all in my gallery, I have assembled them all in one place (I never feature my own stuff, so you'll have to forgive me for this one guys, these pieces are like my little babies! :lmao:) for you to have a look at!

Until next time, stay out of trouble. :B

SP - Umbrella by kaotickell SP - Valentine's Day by kaotickell SP - 3D Glasses by kaotickell SP - Hot Air Balloons by kaotickell SP - I Lost My Hat by kaotickell SP - Beach Hide and Seek by kaotickell SP - Sunsets by kaotickell SP - Birthday Party Time by kaotickell SP - Kyo's Christmas by kaotickell SP - Ninja Hide and Seek by kaotickell SP - Ladybird Love by kaotickell SP - BAZINGA by kaotickell SP - Paper Airplanes by kaotickell SP - Paper Cranes by kaotickell SP - Sweet Sweet Music by kaotickell SP - Marvin and I by kaotickell SP - Painting Lessons by kaotickell SP - 2000 Points by kaotickell SP - Oceans the Size of Ponds by kaotickell SP - Bookshelf Secrets by kaotickell SP - Pretty Little Flowers by kaotickell SP - Australia Day by kaotickell

I need to ask a favour of you all!

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 23, 2010, 2:44 PM
Go to Ikue's page, and tell him that he's about as awesome as awesome gets.
How cool does this journal skin look?! :w00t:
Oh and by the way, one day til Christmas!! :la:
Have a good one, guys! :giggle:

Merry Christmas, guys!

Tue Dec 21, 2010, 3:09 PM
This gorgeous journal skin is brought to you by pica-ae and LineBirgitte for this year's Christmas CSS Calendar!

I'm not going anywhere over my break, and I'll be head down, tail up working on my sketchbook for posting early next month. I've got a quarter of the sketches done, ideas written down for every page, and I'm pumped to seriously get stuck into it! :la: I'm going to post all the pages up, so far there are 4 that have already been submitted, so let me know what you think of them!

I hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends, and take care of yourselves! :love:


Thu Dec 2, 2010, 4:03 PM
featuresfrangipani by Ikue
70's Vibe by Ikue
Typical by Ikue
LinksCoded by Ikue
Designed by kaotickell

Project Educate Vexel stamp by jussta

I told you all it was a surprise! :giggle:

So after having this deviation posted nearly 2 years ago, Chris (Ikue) and I finally decided to make this thing see the light of day. I reckon he's done an awesome job, so if you guys think he has too, go over to his page and tell him how lovely he is. And while you're at it, go thank Anne (ginkgografix) for putting the CSS calendar on again this year! :la:

After a hiatus that I feel lasted way too long, I'm back. And by back I mean I never actually left here, but I'm going to become active here again. This place is way too much fun, and I miss the thrill of really being part of a community, not just watching from the sidelines.

Odds are my next few deviations will be for The Sketchbook Project, and they'll probably be coming hard and fast over the next month. I need to get that in the post in the first week of January at the latest, and there are 40 pages. No, I won't bombard you with 40 deviations, I'll probably group a few into one submission :giggle:

Where have I been? Well that's a good question. Partly bludging, partly being driven insane by work, and mostly being completely surprised. This month in particular has been full of surprises, first being that my boss sold this business, so I now have a new boss! She started on Tuesday, and all signs are pointing to this being a good start for her! :D

The next, and it's not a great one by far, but my wonderful Gran passed away on Remembrance Day. It was extremely unexpected, and only the day before she had been cleared of a melanoma, and was told she was in very good shape.
I said it back then, but I'll say it again now - you never know when your time is up. She had so many years left to live, but things happen unexpectedly. Take care of your friends and family and if you appreciate them for what they do for you, TELL THEM. Life's crazy enough as it is, and how long does it really take to say 'I love you' every time you're with someone? No time at all. :B

What else... Oh! I've posted a journal over at ProjectInspire because I would love to get it back up and running again. Not firing on all cylinders by a long shot, but even just a small amount of activity on a constant basis would make me happy. The current mini-project that's going over there is called 'Critique It Forward', and if you've heard about 'Pay It Forward', it's exactly the same, just with artwork critiques! Seriously, it's easy as, and if you're wondering what's in it for you, I'll be throwing in features for everyone who lets me know what they've done. :B

So yes. I'm SO happy to be able to spend time here again, it feels goooood. :iconpyrodanceplz:

I don't think...

Sun May 30, 2010, 3:50 PM

... I've ever wanted to go so crazy about a Journal entry EVER.



Anyone that knows me knows that I love the Sims, and this pack is something I've been waiting for since... oh how about the very first Sims game? :lmao: Well done EA, now I definitely have an infinite love for you guys!

And dA, this is the best surprise ever on a Monday morning. :love:


PS. ProjectInspire is about to come back to life, so anyone that follows the project, make sure you have a look over there in the next few days!

PSS. I know I said that my new venture would be posted last week, but someone lost track of time :paranoid: ^^; Consider it done this week instead! :love:

PSSS. Hey Jess, so does this skin look better on me? I totally think it does. :B

Oh hello there v7

Tue May 18, 2010, 4:59 PM
... nice to meet you!

So let me first say that people who had beta-tested v7 weren't always saying the best things about it. But now I have it, and I've gotta say it doesn't look too bad!

Granted I've only seen it for the past 2 minutes so it's only an initial impression, but hey, that's not such a bad thing. I love how tidy the top is now, it's making me a bit giddy. :B

... on a personal note

Things are in full-swing with my college application. I was given my submission/folio guidelines yesterday and I'm rushing like crazy to get it done for Friday morning. I'll get it done, but I'm sure most of you know how it goes :giggle:

The downside to all this is that I can't actually start the course in July. :sadtard:

It's come up that I can only get a little or pretty much no government assistance while I'm studying full-time, meaning I can either owe alot of money for this course and be ok financially while I'm studying, but owe alot of money when I'm finished or I can pay for the course, and be financially strapped while I'm studying... and I hate owing people money. I've never been like that, and I don't intend to start that trend.

So I'm gonna go for the strapped while studying option. That means deferring for 12 months, and getting a decent amount of money up. It sucks like you wouldn't believe, but it's for the best.

To help with that money, (I hope :giggle:) I've got a bit of a venture that I'm starting, and you'll probably see it on my tumblr by next week at the latest. It's exciting, but I'm still in the process of getting all the materials I'll be needing.

I've set up a donation widget on my profile for people who would like to donate to PI for a subscription when it comes up. I know I'll be forking out alot of the cost when it comes up, but the help would be much-appreciated. =)

When this week is over I'll be sending out notes to moderators and contributors about getting the suggestions going for the group. It's about time I got things back on track with ProjectInspire, I've missed that feeling. :excited:

So yes, that's me in a nutshell right now. This week's a bit crazy because of what's going on, but everything else? I can't complain. =D


... so much has happened since the last journal! :giggle:

I guess the most obvious things are that I've just turned 22 (don't know whether to shout with joy or start crying in the corner lol) and that on the same day, I celebrated 3 years on dA! I don't think I've ever stuck around a website for 3 years, so it's a feat in itself. :giggle:

But this week has been a big thinking week for me. Maybe it's the fact that I'm no longer in that 'young adult' bracket, (well, 22 isn't exactly that far afterwards, but 21 seems to be the last year that you should be messing around lol) and that now it's time to get serious.

I've been so lucky to have had 21 (for the most part) wonderful years so far, and I guess now is as good a time as any to make sure that every year onwards is just as good if not better!

I feel incredibly embarassed that I've fallen so behind with the daily designs.. I mean, 20 minutes a day isn't so hard is it? Not when you think about it like that. :P So I'm getting back on that bandwagon in the next week. I have no idea what I'll start with, but at this point any start is a good start. :aww:

I'm also researching colleges in the area that have design courses. The apprenticeship I completed last year was mainly about getting artwork ready to print, and I've definitely had alot of practice at that at work - to the point now that I know I can confidently say I'm a pro at it. :B But now I want to learn about design - the principles, the theory, the ins-and-outs of typography... just everything that a qualified designer should know. And I want to do it somewhere that a teacher can be stood in front of me, giving me direction on how I should start, but allowing me to figure out how I make my design work. A week ago I would've told you I was a qualified designer, but that's not true at all. I've got the beginner knowledge put into place, the apprenticeship and work have taught me that much, but I'm in no way able to call myself a designer.

I was reading an article this week, as well as a few journals from the creative team on dA (and to be honest, these are probably what sparked this debate in my head) about artists vs designers, and what design actually is. And it makes sense - a designer is someone who actively goes out to solve a problem. If you're 'designing' just for the sake of creating something, it's not really design at all... like I said, a week ago I wouldn't have agreed with that statement, but things change when you're pondering similar topics. =P

Then there's the whole moving out of home thing... I've already written a novel about everything else, so I'm not even going to open up this can of worms here. :giggle: Plus it's not design-related anyway, so I'm saving your ears. =P

Apart from the whole aging and design ponderings, everything else is going awesomely. :B I've found myself a larger circle of friends since Soundwave last month (probably the reason I haven't played catchups in the daily designs over the weekends :giggle:!), which by the way, was one of the most awesome weekends I've ever had (apart from the sunburn, I was red raw that weekend lol) and will definitely do it again next year if the bands on the list are just as good. But now it's time to get back to srsbsns. I've missed creating things each day, and I've definitely missed being as active around here, so now I'm ready to step up.


PS. The journal design is missing because I'm going to make a new one - new avatar, new journal design, new start. :D
PSS. Sorry for the novel. ^^;

news news news

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 3, 2010, 6:34 PM

EDIT: I knew something would come up sooner or later :lmao: But this is a good one, I promise!! One of my awesome dA buddies princessdabby has finished her animation for this year: go check it out and let her know what you think! She's submitting it on dA very soon as well, so I'll let you guys know when it's up. :D

EDIT #2: My brother's on dA? Submitting stuff? MADNESS!! I love that he uses the pen tool. Must run in the family :giggle:
LP670-4 SuperVeloce WIP by s15silvia

Quite a few things to update you all on, so let's go! :w00t:

:bulletred: Before you get too far in, I'd love you guys to go have a look at this site (then come back here of course :giggle:) - The description in the email I received was as follows:

HEMA is a Dutch department store. The first store opened on November 4, 1926, in Amsterdam. Now there are 150 stores all over the Netherlands.

Take a look at HEMA's product page.. You can't order anything and it's in Dutch, but just wait a couple of seconds and watch what happens.

** Don't click on any of the items in the picture, just wait and see what happens. **

This company has a sense of humor and a great computer programmer!

I couldn't agree more! :lmao:

:bulletgreen: Next item on the agenda is this: I've decided to take up the design-a-day challenge. What's that mean? For every day this year, I create something new in 20-60 minutes. I'm posting my daily results over at tumblr, but if I think one of my daily pieces is good, I'll submit it over here. I'm actually thinking of following pica-ae's lead and making a custom box on my dA page so I don't actually need to submit every entry on here, so I'll do that when I've finished writing this journal.

If you're interested in taking up the challenge, head over to YearOfDesign. It's a group I created for people who want to take part, or just watch what others are coming up with. So far I have GoaliGrlTilDeath, Solitude12 and pica-ae joining me, but I'm sure there are a few others who haven't popped over to the group yet to let me know of their blog addresses. If you're one of those people, you know what to do. :P

:bulletyellow: Have you heard of or been over to deviant365 yet? If not, gogogogogo! It's your one-stop group for all things devious. :evillaugh:

:bulletblue: I'm getting some awesome feedback in the ProjectInspire backroom, but there needs to be more favourite suggestions from Contributors! If you're a Contributor over there, and you see something worth showing off to the other people in the group, make sure you go and add it. Love and thankyou in advance! :love:

:bulletpurple: Not too long until the lostprophets and Motion City Soundtrack release their new albums! Ok, so that's more of a squee moment for me, but what albums are you guys looking forward to in the next month or so?

Ok, that's it for now. Emphasis on the 'for now' :giggle: Hope all of your 2010's have got off to good beginnings and I shall be back with more updates very soon :salute:


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  • Listening to: Disappear - Motion City Soundtrack
  • Reading: Smashing Magazine's book
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: with my Macbook Pro >.>
  • Eating: Breakfast
  • Drinking: Water (BECAUSE IT'S SO HOT >.<)

#deviant365 Activity Log!

Fri Jan 1, 2010, 7:52 PM

Have you seen or heard of deviant365 yet? If not, click on that link, because it's the door to a year's worth of deviousness! :la:

I'm going to keep a log of all things I need to in this journal, but I'll probably only hit the 'resubmit in Message Centres' button once a week or so (so I'm not murdered for submitting too many journals :paranoid:).

So without further a-do, I give you the devious tasks of deviant365! :iconmega-la-plz:

Day 1 - Comment on the pages of 3 deviants that have joined deviantART in the last week

Day 2 - Find a random deviant, and introduce them to a friend of yours on dA…

  • Listening to: Disappear - Motion City Soundtrack
  • Reading: Smashing Magazine's book
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: Chicken sandwich
  • Drinking: Water

Christmas 2009

Fri Dec 25, 2009, 3:04 AM

Yes, this is another 'Merry Christmas' journal, but it's a Christmas journal with a difference, I swear. =)

This journal is pretty much my summary journal, and it's not going to be anywhere near as long as I thought it would be, so you guys have hit the jackpot this year. :giggle:

For starters, I wish to keep to my word, a feature for Amriah for winning one of the spots from GaioumonBatou's 'Deviants are thankful for...' news article series:

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:thumb125405074: :thumb125400975: :thumb125405409:

But that's not all. If you guys haven't already done so, and even moreso on Christmas day, have a read through these articles:… and…

I probably spent 20 or so minutes reading through both articles, and not only has it given me an incredibly warm feeling (even warmer than the day we've had today, too. :nod:) but I feel like I should write my own.

I'm thankful that in 2009:

:bulletred: I had the opportunity to travel to the other side of the world, where I not only saw things I could never dreamed of seeing, and experiencing things that I never thought I could experience, but I met so many new people, and created so many memories that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

:bulletred: I finished my apprenticeship, and still have a job with a boss and co-workers who want me around. In addition to that, receiving two awards that I never knew existed, and a second placing in a contest that was yet another opportunity for me to show what skills I had.

:bulletred: I had the chance to be extremely materialistic and purchase two things that will make my life that little bit nicer (and hopefully easier in one of the cases). But more than that, I'm thankful that my parents gave me the opportunity to save enough money to gain both of them.

:bulletred: I finally worked up the drive (with a little help from a lovely offer) to visit the gym and start exercising again. Turns out that spending a fair amount of money on something can really do wonders for you - even to the point that I know the difference in how I feel when I miss a day I should have gone.

:bulletred: I met many new people, both online and offline, and had relationships growing stronger with those I already knew. I know I have much work to do with certain relationships I have, but that's a goal to continually strive for.

:bulletred: I started two new projects, and continued working on one that has been building for a while. I hope to see them all prosper in 2010; I've never been more determined.

:bulletred: I was lucky enough to be surprised not once but twice with DDs on deviantART, and just... the fact that this site constantly leaves me nothing short of speechless. I'm thankful that I get to spend this much time online with people who odds are, most I will never meet, but still continue to talk to me like we've known each other since we were 7. You guys know who you are, well, at least I hope you do. :tighthug:

:bulletred: And finally, I'm thankful that I will have the opportunity in 2010 to make my life even more awesome. For a 21 year old, I'm incredibly privileged. I've never been in need of anything, and as much as I want things, I know that to get them, work must first be done. As sad as I am to see 2009 drawing to a close, I know that I have the tools and drive to make 2010 a different sort of awesome.


  • Listening to: Disappear - Motion City Soundtrack
  • Reading: Smashing Magazine
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: Ferrero Rocher chocolates >.>
  • Drinking: Water

Congrats, Chris!!

Tue Dec 1, 2009, 6:14 PM

EDIT 2: I'm so behind on getting everything up to date, but that's ok cause today is my last work day for 2009! Updates galore shall be happening in the next few weeks. Gotta love holidays. :love:

PS. Check out the additions to the CSS Calendar, you'll see quite a few gems in there!



I'll make this one short and sweet cause my next journal entry is likely to be quite lengthy :lmao:


Honestly, this dude deserves every bit of praise he gets. So go give him some more lovin' - the goal is to flood his message center, guys! :love:

ginkgografix's CSS Calendar!

What better time to celebrate the ending of 2009 (as much as I don't want it to end :cries:) and the closeness of Christmas than by checking out the awesome entries to Anne's CSS Countdown to Christmas Calendar? :la: Wanna see the goodies?

':La: invasion' journal skin by eXoHeartbeat Simply Blue Clean CSS by Jamaal10 Birdcage CSS by kuschelirmel-stock black + blue by Ikue Lights on a Cold Night by pica-ae Santa Skin : Collab by Ikue Jazzberry Jam Wave Journal CSS by Seiorai Morning Greetings Journal by HorselessHerder Blood Orange : Collab by Ikue Patternlicious by blissart Wallety journal skin by LeMex The mighty vagina of cabbage by UnicornReality December 15 - Party Glitter by kaotickell December 16th JournalSkin by harleshinn Coffee Journal Skin by VSConcepts Coffee Journal Skin by VSConcepts Aurora Lights by Sliding-Panda Christmas Css v1.0 by Dan4ArChAnGeL Collab: Brownie with Lime by NunoDias .:Black Snowman by ginkgografix

So guys, I shall expand more on my recent happenings next journal entry. I'm just warning you now, it may mean that you'll need to be sat comfortably, with a lovely cup of coffee (or whatever you love to drink), and a nice piece of chocolate cake. :shrug: It'll make the experience better, trust me. :giggle:


  • Listening to: Disappear - Motion City Soundtrack
  • Reading: Smashing Magazine
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: Ferrero Rocher chocolates >.>
  • Drinking: Water

What makes me happy?

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 25, 2009, 3:35 PM

Liverpool 2 - 0 Man Utd

That's what makes me happy. Noone goes into Anfield, home of the mighty Reds, and comes out unscathed. Especially if you're from a place named Manchester. :evillaugh:


Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Cause this was the icing on the cake for me. :D


Journal designed and coded by kaotickell | Thumb Table by thespook
  • Listening to: Muse
  • Reading: Smashing Magazine
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: The fruits of Sweet Success
  • Drinking: Water

Just when...

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 21, 2009, 12:48 AM

... I thought this year couldn't get any better, it did.

DCZed, Dean, thankyou so much for the DD today, not only has it made October even better than it already was, but it's also added to the list of wonderful things that have happened this year. :love:

To everyone who faved the journals, thankyou for doing so, and they're definitely now on my list of 'must dos' to code them up for use!

And last but not least, to my new watchers - I hope I don't disappoint. :D


Journal designed and coded by kaotickell | Thumb Table by thespook
  • Listening to: Cartel
  • Reading: Smashing Magazine
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: Yatala Pie
  • Drinking: Water

Meet my new fella

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 13, 2009, 5:03 PM

It's true, I have a new man. He actually appeared, completely out of nowhere yesterday, but it was like he was waiting for me...


We thought we'd pose for you guys, just so you could be ultra-jealous. ;)

Moonbeam13 sent me this little guy for winning the Fella-related CSS contest!

Much love and thanks to Moonbeam13 and whttigrluvr!! :love:


PS. Please excuse my messy hair - someone decided to drive home with the windows down yesterday. :giggle:

Journal designed and coded by kaotickell | Thumb Table by thespook
  • Listening to: The Blackout
  • Reading: The Secret Keeper's Daughter
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: Orange & Poppyseed Muffin!
  • Drinking: Water

Ooooh what's this?!

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 20, 2009, 2:42 AM

Well I may have had a slight change of mind. ^^; For those people who did like what I was doing with the last journal - don't fret, it will come back when I have the time to make it look more sparkly. :P While I liked the general idea, there are a number of things that needed to be fixed, and I'm now running on a tight deadline to get this finished for pica-ae's calendar. :lmao:

So what are your opinions on this one? Yay or nay? :aww:

Also, do I need to code up the mood box at the bottom? I'm not 100% sure that anyone really needs to use them now. :/

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There's nothing wrong with a little shameless promotion, huh? :P

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  • Listening to: All Time Low
  • Reading: My print design article!
  • Watching: Bleach
  • Playing: The Sims 3
  • Eating: Lunch
  • Drinking: Water