Happy Thanksgiving 2017

     Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a nice and safe holiday. I just wanted to blog real quick today and hope to get back to blogging soon.

     I thought I'd whip up an 'I'm thankful' post. Again, I'm obsessed with marimo so of course they had to make it into this post. Have a great day and list your simple one word (if possible) thing you are thankful for in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving!
This marimo is thankful for water.

Disclaimer; One of my must have foods for thanksgiving is black olives. Kind of...weird right? I picked whole black olives to mention. Sure we usually have sliced black olives but we save whole ones for thanksgiving and Christmas. Do you have a favorite food you'll be eating today?

For the love of spook; cute spider

     I am so sorry, I meant to get this post out a lot sooner but I've been having internet issues and have been busy with other things. I know it's after Halloween (by one day, happy November 1st) but hopefully someone is interested in a little tutorial on drawing a cute little spider.

     I try to make a 'For the love of' drawing tutorial whenever I come up with a simple little design. I'm not that great at drawing so I try to pick simple things I can make a step by step of as I create it. This October I wanted to do a spider, last year I did a bat and next year I might try something else.

     Here is the tutorial, I hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

For the love of spook; cute spider; tutorial by Maridan Valor of Night Sea 90
I decided to make the background of the tutorial a little spooky this time 👻 🎃

     Is the oversize picture a bit too large? Not sure if I like the size or not but at least you can see the cuteness of the last step of the spider tutorial.

Disclaimer; post this top hat 🎩 in the comments below if you've ever seen Star vs. the forces of evil. This sounds random but the spider reminds me of the spider with a top hat. I might have to use my own tutorial to make a spider with a top hat 😉

Diy Cinderella Carriage dish/container

     Hey I'm back from taking a bit of an unscheduled break and thought I'd start up again with a diy project I've been working on for months (part of why I had to take a break from blogging was to concentrate on a few project ideas). I think you'll really like this one because lately I've been inspired by fairytales.

   Note; This project requires some patience, the skill to bend wire, hot glue stuff and spray paint. Please ask an adult for help. Thank you and craft safe.

     I am a huge fan of copper so when I decided to make this I knew I wanted to use my copper spray paint but you can use gold or just white or get inventive. I'd love to see what you come up with so please send me pictures of your finished carriage to me on social media. You can also share a link below in the comments if you posted it.

Alright lets get onto the project. I only photographed the project before painting but it's actually simple. Take soft wire for the design (you could use puff paint but I didn't have any, I did however have some scrap wire that was plastic coated.)

For the design on the body I used a large plastic ornament that opens in two parts. Just free form the designs that you want, I went with squiggle S shaped things. I also used some plastic flat back hearts and put an M in wire on the backside for my name to personalize it a little bit. I hot glued everything down after making sure it would fit the curve of the carriage and worked one piece at a time gluing when I completed a part instead of making it all and then attaching so nothing would get mixed up. For the door I made sure to cut it so I could still open the container but if your plans are for never opening it, you can also glue the ornament shut.

     For the wheels I curved copper wire making two swirls and a straight piece. I glued the middle part onto a square I used to attach to the base of the carriage with a lot of hot glue (you'll see how messy that is later.) For the axles I just hot glued pieces of disposable chopsticks which also stabilized the wheels a bit.

Diy Cinderella Carriage dish/container; original diy project, copper Cinderella carriage dish/container for fans of Cinderella or fairytales. #Cinderella #fairytale #diy #tutorial #copper #decoration #NS90
This is the paints I used, a fast drying white paint for a base coat.
I used copper spray paint but feel free to substitute for another color.
Copper is one of my favorite colors so I chose to use this instead of all white.

Diy Cinderella Carriage dish/container; original diy project, copper Cinderella carriage dish/container for fans of Cinderella or fairytales. #Cinderella #fairytale #diy #tutorial #copper #decoration #NS90
A photo so you could see some of the design.
I used wire and hot glue for the raised bits.
This was not as hard as it looks, just time consuming.

Diy Cinderella Carriage dish/container; original diy project, copper Cinderella carriage dish/container for fans of Cinderella or fairytales. #Cinderella #fairytale #diy #tutorial #copper #decoration #NS90
I painted the inside white because I didn't want the wire showing through.
My idea was a candy dish but the spray painted inside smells like paint still.
To avoid this you could paint the body before attaching the designs.
I'll just use it as a jewelry box for earrings once I find a nice fabric to line it with.

Diy Cinderella Carriage dish/container; original diy project, copper Cinderella carriage dish/container for fans of Cinderella or fairytales. #Cinderella #fairytale #diy #tutorial #copper #decoration #NS90
The inside is painted white helping you see the design better.

Diy Cinderella Carriage dish/container; original diy project, copper Cinderella carriage dish/container for fans of Cinderella or fairytales. #Cinderella #fairytale #diy #tutorial #copper #decoration #NS90
This is with the outside freshly painted.
Okay is it just me or does that trash bag I have underneath
it look amazing in copper with all those wrinkles?

Diy Cinderella Carriage dish/container; original diy project, copper Cinderella carriage dish/container for fans of Cinderella or fairytales. #Cinderella #fairytale #diy #tutorial #copper #decoration #NS90
Finished carriage up on a little shelf in the corner of my room.
I think this looks amazing. I don't even mind the messy hot glue at the base.
I think the hot glue being so thick to hold the wheels on tight actually gives it character.
Also those flowers are hair clips that I just tossed up there.
     If you have any questions let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you if you make your own version based off of or inspired by my design.

Disclaimer; this idea is an original I spent months developing so if try it and post it, could you please let people know where to find the original. Thank you so much for reading and sharing.

I let a mermaid guest post.

     Hello Buoys and Pearls...

     Okay let me stop you right here. I apologize in advance. I'm letting a friend of mine try blogging and this will probably be the last time because let me warn you, former mermaids are weird, like really weird. She's forgotten most of what she knew due to her mermaid magic rejecting her gills forcing her to walk on land for probably the rest of her life and she may never get the hang of interacting with humans so please ignore her jokes and her weirdness. You can find a link to her twitter here (right here)
     Thank you - Maridan

     Who does a mermaid date? Her buoy-friend.

     Do you get it? I heard humans use jokes to break the frozen water, how am I doing so far? Blogging is so much fun. I don't know why Maridan doesn't blog everyday.

     Okay again let me step in to clarify something. She can barely use a computer, I have to edit all her photos, she's the one annoying me day in and day out and moaning about the sea she misses with all those weird mermaid names for everything. She can barely remember what a starfish is, I have to keep a list of translations for her when she tweets. By the way a starfish is a hugsy and an octopus is a big hugsy and a squid is a nopesy. Getting the picture yet, mermaids, former mermaids make terrible roommates but ask me another time to go into detail
     - Maridan

     Do you know what's amazing about land? Blankets, blankets are amazing. Gasp, I gasped, I wrote it down so you would know. Did you know humans have a blanket just for mermaids? Maridan is so mean, she won't get me one. Its so unfair, I see her looking at them on the computer all the time but when I ask her she gives me one of those smooshed looks where her face gets all unfriendly. What was that look called, a flounder...a clown...a something, a smooshed look.

     How many times am I going to have to put last minute notes into this post of hers? I am not buying her a mermaid blanket when I can't even get myself one. She doesn't even have two shells to her name much less human money and I am not splurging on every whim of hers. Last time it was a red mermaid tail blanket, this time it's a gray one.
     - Maridan

     I am excited about the human holiday fishmas. It is in the time of the frozen water where frozen water comes from the sky as a great gift but we cannot swim in it, the frozen water is too cold and makes my face her to try diving into the frozen sea that greets us each winter. I love fishmas but it surprisingly has very little to do with fish. I will have to find the fish for this fishmas this year. What fish decorations do you have for fishmas? Maridan says I'm weird and I'm too obnosharks to explain everything to and tells me to use the goobily goob to gooble but the goobily goob doesn't like me and when i type in goobily goob fishmas it has nothing to do with fishmas at all so this goobily goob is not very good at their job.

     Again, I try correcting her but there is really no point. She insists it's fishmas and when I try to correct her goobily goob mistake she starts muttering about my mernonk talk. From what I understand mer means people which is obvious even to me and nonk is the sound a seal makes. Again, former mermaids are stubborn and impossible to reason with and this will probably be the last post I let her write because if she's annoying me she's probably annoying you so go ahead, stop reading as it will probably get much worse before it ends. Also before I forget 'obnosharks' means obnoxious and it's obnoxious how she says it wrong.
     Sorry - Maridan

     Guess what, guess what, Maridan said she'd make me a marimo travel friend. I love marimo, marimo are awesome. She has one but she won't let me touch it because it was a gift. It is so pretty and glass and hangs from a cord which she places around her neck and she won't let me touch it even though I promised not to break it but she keeps pointing out that I broke Speck's jar and lost him on the carpet. It was an accident. She shouldn't have kept her rocks right under Speck's shelf. I looked and looked but Speck disappeared into the carpet sea. She is going to make a second Speck but I will make sure she doesn't put her rocks below this one.

     For the longest time I thought BFF meant best fins forever. I thought they were all talking about keeping their fins pretty. I guess it doesn't translate well.

     Gasp...oh bubbles, oh bubbles, Maridan is going to never let me borrow computer again. I spilled water and she told me to not have water near her computer.

     No worries, the water was spilled on the floor not my computer. she kicked it over but I'm not going to tell her what I meant with that warning. It took her about two hours write this much. Sorry for such a strange post written by an even stranger person. Since there's no pictures here I'll share her profile picture from twitter so you can easily find her account and follow it if you like the occasional mermaid tweet or repostings of mermaid or marimo stuff. if you tag her in your tweets about mermaids or marimo she loves seeing those.
     - Maridan


Oh no, what have I done? I went and let a mermaid write a guest post on my blog. Here's a tip, think twice before letting your mermaid friend write a post on your blog. Especially if they can be kind of annoying because they likely will try to get more blog posts out of you in the future.  If you don't wan to read this...yeah I don't blame you. Who wants to listen to a weird mermaid attempt blogging for the first time?  I had to add notes just so people would understand her. Good luck, this might be the last time I let a mermaid guest post. #mermaid #guestpost #blogger #mermaidblogger


Disclaimer...ugh, seriously mermaids are disgusting sometimes. I just found peanut butter on my mouse...someone went and told her mice love cheese and peanut butter but she ate the cheese and tried to feed it peanut butter. Now I have to have a long talk about how words can be the same but mean different things like computer mice not being animal mice. I hope this blog post wasn't too strange, I've already got a large headache from having to deal with her blogging once. Feel free to complain a little in the comments about how mermaids are stubborn and pretty much spoiled selfish (which she thinks is a compliment because it has the word fish in it)

Drawing in the air, 4th of July photos

     Yes the title is correct. This 4th of July I drew on the air and it was awesome. I wanted to share with you the pictures that were taken. They practically look like magic.

Drawing in the air; 4th of July photos; more to be seen on Night Sea 90
Photo of me making a heart in the air using a sparkler.

Drawing in the air; 4th of July photos; more to be seen on Night Sea 90
Suppose to be a figure eight in a circle, turned out pretty cool looking anyway.

Drawing in the air; 4th of July photos; more to be seen on Night Sea 90
Pretty much what I was going for, a swirl.
I really like the look of the threads hanging off the bottom.

Drawing in the air; 4th of July photos; more to be seen on Night Sea 90
Actually I don't think this one was of me :)
I think this one was suppose to be a star in a circle...or the fantastic four symbol.

Drawing in the air; 4th of July photos; more to be seen on Night Sea 90
I drew a fancy D...I drew a blank on what the Disney D looked like.
Hey I was in a rush, you only have moments to make these and time is ticking.

Drawing in the air; 4th of July photos; more to be seen on Night Sea 90
I'm crying, this doesn't look like Mickey at all.
Yes I tried to do the whole Disney Channel Mickey Mouse ears.
It kind of looks more like a bear but it isn't the worst I could have done.
At least the ears look okay, the cheeks need some work.

Drawing in the air; 4th of July photos; more to be seen on Night Sea 90
And to end this post, my best firework photo.

Disclaimer; We were careful shooting off our fireworks, we sprayed everything down afterward and used fireworks legal in our area.

Summer butterflies and marimo moss balls

     The butterflies are here!!! I thought I'd head out and take some pictures of them as well as my Aquatherapy Jewelry marimo necklace I got for Christmas because I wanted to see what it would look like with a butterfly, yes I know I'm a little weird sometimes. I was hoping but didn't know if I would be able to get pictures like this and was surprised how well these came out.

Summer butterflies and marimo moss balls; photography fun with my marimo necklace
Loving the reflection in this picture. you can also see the fluorite cube inside.

Summer butterflies and marimo moss balls; photography fun with my marimo necklace
Curious little butterfly checking out my Aquatherapy Living Jewelry.
Yes butterfly this is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I own, no you cannot have it.

Summer butterflies and marimo moss balls; photography fun with my marimo necklace
It's on my hand!!! Lol, I swear it wanted to drink the marimo water.

Summer butterflies and marimo moss balls; photography fun with my marimo necklace
A group of butterflies drinking from the freshly watered ground.

Summer butterflies and marimo moss balls; photography fun with my marimo necklace
What are these flowers called, Columbines?
They're native here, we didn't plant them.
They spring up randomly in random colors each year.

Summer butterflies and marimo moss balls; photography fun with my marimo necklace
I thought I'd see how this would look in sepia...
and then I thought I'd keep the butterflies and necklace their original colors.
I think I like it.

Disclaimer, no butterflies were hurt in the making of this post. They all flew away after a minute or two. I also didn't lose my necklace to them either even though one did seem interested in wanting me to uncork the necklace for it to drink.

My trip to the dark woods (a short story)

     Today's post theme is forest magic. I was interested how the sun passed through the leaves as well as how my camera's settings effected the results. I also edited these for a more interesting effect. Here is a short story with pictures created by me, enjoy.

My trip to the dark woods (a short story); find the whole story on the blog.
One warm sunny day I took a walk into the woods. The sun was high and hot.
I sought out the cool shade of the woods to escape the bright heat.

My trip to the dark woods (a short story); find the whole story on the blog.
I came upon this tree with leaves of emerald glass leaves.
I would have brought a few home but they were far too high to reach.
They would have been the perfect addition to my glass collection.

My trip to the dark woods (a short story); find the whole story on the blog.
Walking down the side of the mountain I tripped and fell into a deep hole.
At the bottom of the hill I looked up to find there were plenty of nice thick branches to help me climb out.
The thick foliage and soft dirt broke my fall,
I managed to climb out on the third or fourth try with only a couple of scratches on my hand and ankle.

My trip to the dark woods (a short story); find the whole story on the blog.
I nearly ventured too far into the dark side of the Bitterroot Mountains' hidden forest.
There are some crazy things that go on there, you do not want to venture in too far,
not even if you catch a glimpse of a unicorn or a dragon or you may never find your way out again.
Luckily I spotted a path of light from the dark woods but perhaps I'll play around at the edge again.
I always wanted to see a dragon.

My trip to the dark woods (a short story); find the whole story on the blog.
Staring down into a strange hole found in the middle of the forest on the Bitterroot Mountains,
I found a mysterious light but didn't dare climb down for fear of never making it back again.
The sides of the hole shimmered with a white light blinding me. Since it was just inside the dark woods,
I didn't stick around to see anymore and retreated home having enough of an adventure for a while.
Disclaimer; Before you decide to go searching for any dark patch of woods, you should know they are not a place for humans to seek, most humans are lucky if they never find it and those who do, most never return so think twice before even considering seeking out such a place shrouded in mysteries very few have ever heard about.




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