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So, I suddenly realized that we have NO pictures up in our house. Even though we have some pretty fun stuff.. . like my slightly tattered but still awesome Beauty and the Beast poster signed by Glen Keane and James Baxter and my Chris Buck signed Tarzan one-sheet and my Richard Taylor signed Lord of the Rings poster... The funny thing is, I don't usually care about having things signed, but these I like and have happy memories attached to each meeting.

... but some of it, I dunno. I feel like I need to go on some EPIC SEARCH for more awesome art to litter my home with. I feel like some of the stuff I have is lame and isn't really me enough now. Like I LOVE Mike Mignola's Hellboy... but do I have a poster by him that's indicative of what I love about his work? No. I'd really like to get some more of my favorite Japanese woodblock prints up, too... (and obviously, I need to frame something Doctor Who... and I'd like to print out some of my favorite cosplay photos and vacation photos... )

I still really need to get some cels framed in the next year or two. (We only have two cels framed...) It's lame to have these dream cels of mine stuck in a book where I never see them. Namely, Secret of Nimh, The Last Unicorn, SheRa, Kiki's Delivery Service and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. Maybe I can get one framed for my birthday or something. Just kinda pricey because cels have to be framed specially. The plan is to put the animation art in the dining room. It doesn't get direct sunlight and we leave the cellular shades down in there, so they'd probably be safe enough. I mean, it's not like I can put them in a total dark out room, I guess. so.. yeah. At least there we'd see them a lot and it'd be cool for when we have company and use it as a dining room.

Tomorrow we plant clematis!
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(... not sure if he really looks like rpatz though. whatever. I fear studying the matter further.)

Related Sparkly Thoughts:
Monday is a holiday. I'm going to CRAFT THINGS. Things that are unimportant, lack true skill, are frivolous and will involve the use of rhinestones, ruffles or glitter.

I love this closet that was posted on Lolita Charm. I really need to keep cleaning out my closet (and my sewing stuff). I want it to eventually look like an adorable store (instead of a PILE). Except for one part of it, that will attempt to leave uncute-ified in case Mitch needs to have some closet.

Please see previous post for new sale items
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a few fairy tale related questions for the ether today:

(1) does anyone know of any movies (or documentaries) that give a pretty good feeling of the actual culture around the time period Arabian Nights, Sinbad, Aladdin, etc...? It doesn't have to be a movie based on those tales, but just something that gives a feeling of that time and culture.

(2) If you were "the Beast" (from Beauty and the Beast the fairy tale) and you were originally human, and cursed to live as a beast for 100 years or something.... trapped in a castle... WOULD YOU:
(a) Try to live as human-like and civilized as you could given your limitations
(b) Screw it, live as a beast
(c) Try to live as a human most of the time, but go run in the forest as a beast periodically.


Teacups and cabinets under the cut )
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Check out Paul Cornell's new Doctor Who story! Paul wrote one of my favorite Doctor Who episode sets, Human Nature. <3

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Another one from my 09 sketchbook. Still love that opening Thundercats sequence.

Really appreciate all the advice you guys gave me on whether I should get my grandmother's dining room furniture or not (and secretary.) We decided to go for it. So it's slowly making it's way across the country next week. I feel guilty that it has to travel so far... but, I think it was the right choice. I'll start on the chinoiserie mural when I get a chance (when is that? haha...)

Gardening news: As soon as it stops raining, the landscaper is going to start on the backyard! AND I got some more roses in! I got one big rose to give the back yard something other than a lot of tiny plants to look at. The big'un is Belle Storey. Also, I got a Sydonie that's a little bigger, other than that, they are tiny little bands! <3 If you're curious,... this is how the roses travel across country from teh internets. Their pots are stapled or taped to the outer box to keep the roses from moving. It's pretty clever.

I did my final rose order from David Austin, too, but those won't come till January. (I ordered Mortimer Sackler, Jude the Obscure, Eden cl., James Galway cl. and William Shakespeare 2000.)

The companies I ordered from were:
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... despite living at our new address for several months, and having called the Post Office a long time ago to make sure they registered our address... people trying to "click and ship" through still get our address as "not existing". Pizza places still can't find us and neither does google maps. Sometimes the postman just doesn't come at all. How many times do I have to call you, USPS? This will be my fourth time. Ridiculous. This is a run-of-the-mill thing, I shouldn't have to do this.

So have a tree and an angry-aimee for today's arts. I can't manage anything else because I spent the entire day thumbnailing 5 Futurama sequences and my brain is SPENT!

also makes me angry: myspace took over imeem. GOD, I HATE MYSPACE.

however,... this photoshoot of various actors reprising their iconic roles wearing normal clothes, is pretty awesome. The poses are really strong and there's something revealing about it. (thanks to macbeemer)
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House Update Photos )
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EDIT: Decided to use a wide matte and larger frame on the Avenue of Cherries. I think it'll be fine. :)

I bought this when I went to see Andi in DC a while back,... and I LOVE it. But it's not quite big enough for the space I'd love to put it in.
Does anyone have ANY idea where I could get this print bigger or somehow make it bigger? I tried emailing the Freer and Sackler Gallery, but got no response. Haven't been able to find it online... The print is: Avenue of Cherry Trees by Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950). Japan, Showa era, 1935. I'd be open to other prints by Yoshida Hiroshi or Kawase Hasui... but I need a horizontal orientation and some red accents in the picture. I'd prefer something with sakura but stuff like this is cool too... or this Spring at Hot Spring... but I can't pay $2000 for "real print". :\ I need to find some gallery that sells posters of the stuff I like. It seems like most galleries online that sell posters, only sell the same 5 woodblock prints. On a side note, I really need to go see the Hasui exhibit at LACMA. If I can't find a bigger version or something comparable (of Ave of Cherries) then I think I may just frame Ave of the Cherries with a wide matte, and perhaps put some smaller stuff around it to fill the space better.

in the meantime, here's a picture of my very much still in progress sewing/animation room. It's hard to tell because of the light, but the paint color is much bluer in person. Kindof a fresh blue. I'll take more photos later after I get more work done on it. I need to put up more photos, clean up... fix the curtains, put up the ornamental accents... etc... Eventually I'd like to have a froufrou white or pink sofa in here, and I need a table, but for now, this'll do.

........... ROSES................
I can't stand it! I sent the landscape drawing in to the HOA on Monday, but I have -no- idea when they're going to get back to me. Especially with the holiday. I'm not sure how long I can contain myself before I start stalking calling them. I can't imagine that they wouldn't approve it, it's not anything outlandish and I used a good amount of xeric plants. The landscaper is all ready to start and said I could order roses already,.. but... I don't feel comfortable ordering them until I get HOA approval.

my final backyard candidates (though probably a few will be illiminated):
Compte de Chambord rose
Belle Storey rose (cl)
Tiffany Hybrid Tea rose I had this rose as a child and love it. (It's very sturdy, too, and smells great.)
Autumn Damask (a really old variety, perhaps Marie Antoinette had one at the Petit Trianon?)
Grandmother's Hat
Reine des Violettes
Andenken an Alma de l'Aigle Hybrid Musk
(the following would ship Jan/Feb)
William Shakespeare 2000 rose (strong scent, gorgeous color)
Jude the Obscure rose (strong scent, gorgeous color)
cl. Eden rose - ADORE this.
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I've been combing my perpetual quote list because I want to get a vinyl cling for somewhere in my house. Here's my current favorites, maybe they'll speak to you, too.

"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."
- Sarah Williams

"Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song."
-Sam Walton

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
-Oscar Wilde

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."
- Winnie the Pooh

"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer."
- Albert Camus.

"You'll meet a lot of jerks in life. If they hurt you, remember it's because they're stupid. Don't react to their cruelty. There's nothing worse than bitterness and revenge."
-Marji's Grandma in Persepolis.

"People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born."
- Albert Einstein

"When you come to the end of all the light you know, and it's time to step into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things shall happen: Either you will be given something solid to stand on or you will be taught to fly."
- Edward Teller

"Do it big, do it right, do it with style."
- Fred Astaire
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It took 5 hours to buy cellular shades at Lowe's. 4 out of the 5 hours were spent with the lady inputting things into the computer while I spun in a circle and tried not to be rude. EPIC.

I did buy some bubble lights though, cause this year I'm going to have a TREE. TREEEEEEEEE. Cause you know, now that Halloween's over, it's NOW MY FAVORITE TIME OF THE YEAR. CHRISTMAS/NEWYEARSTIME, BABY.
(would you believe, Mitch has never seen bubble lights before? I think perhaps his childhood might have been slighted... slightly...)

Mitch dug a BIG HOLE for my camellia this morning. This involved violent use of a pick-axe because the ground had so much clay and stones. I sat and sipped soda and "supervised". (truth be told, I think he enjoyed it on some level. lol.)
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so this is the first plant for my garden! I've started the process of ordering a few English roses,... but they haven't arrived yet. (I'm ordering The Prince (English shrub), Madame Alfred Carriere (Noisette climber), Wildeve (low English shrub) and Felicia (Hybrid Musk).) My idea for evening primroses and salvia got nixed, probably not enough sun, at least not right up next to the house in the front. (if you're curious, this is roughly the sun pattern in the afternoon. The morning is totally shaded by the house)

I've been meaning to get some longer clip-on hair extensions for a while and decided to finally bite the bullet. (look how cute they can look, right? ... I'm not sure who the girl is, she was posted on lolival) I adore the shorter clipons I have. It makes it really easy not to have to worry about your hair, you just pull your natural hair up and clip them on. theosakakoneko recommended bangupwig on ebay, and they have a very competitive price. (You can msg them and ask for a set of two.)

I loved this glittery PARIS sign that Alix posted in her blog. She had visited LA recently... so she'd actually bought the sign somewhere in LA... so I called the shop (“Paris 1900″), and they were willing to mail me one. I'll have to actually visit her store at some point when I have more time. Look at the art nouveau facade!! Mitch, of course, is making fun of me because I've never actually BEEN to Paris... (also in the photo is some of my Nendoroids)

other stuff:
- ya'll sold me. We're going to get a PS3

- See you at PMX this weekend!
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We got a bunch of shelves from IKEA yesterday to house our book collection... and my piles of fabric... and we got that cute white trundle-daybed! Turns out you can use any standard twin mattress on it. That's pretty cool. My plan is to do the guest room kinda like this. But instead of wallpaper, one or two sakura-branch wall clings.

Youta, of course, is freaked out, but Mitch is staying home with him today to deal with some installations and deliveries, so that's helpful.

Before and After on the bathroom window. One day I want a real stained glass window here. But this vinyl cling for now will give the bathroom some privacy and I think it's pretty. :) You can see a small seam where I added more than one vinyl cling together,... but it's pretty decent. (from Home Depot, but you can get lots of similar ones online...)

and the box-covered beginnings of the sewing room. Eventually I want a pink sofa and/or a victorian one. But the youta-destroyed one is fine for now. :)
The paint color is "Valspar Fountain Mist!"
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We're moved now! Having some computer issues... but I can check my email now!

We're almost done with the storyboards and first edit on Futurama episode 3 (my first one on the new season). EXCITING!

further progress on Doctor Who Comedians comic )
here's a photo of a tree in my (new) front yard.
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interesting beds (some NSFW). Love that green bed covering... (please note the giant tassles!) it'd be pretty easy to make, too. And put over a couch, instead. tee-hee.
The weather is so nice lately,... it smells like autumn somehow, even though it's still very warm here compared to the rest of you non-californians. Let's sleep outside and watch the stars.
Growing up is for the boring <3

Cute room photos from ~*chu*.
Reminds me that I have two ikea glass cases like these that have not seen use for almost a year now due to us moving. Mitch will be happy to see (ie not see) them filled with toys in my sewing room. <3
I buy much less toys than I used to. It's always the question of, "is this really as cool as the other stuff I have?" I used to buy a ton of stuff just because I liked the movie or what-have-you, (seriously, I had like every cereal box that ever had Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers on it...) ... now it really has to be an excellent thing. A few excellent things are much better than a pile of "kinda neat" things.
Also,... I like the idea of a mini table and chairs with a teaset. It'd be nice if I could find a corner of the room to put a few of my Super Dollfie, set up. They already have ridiculous little couches and a table, but I like the idea of a "kid's size table" instead of a SD-sized one.
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NEWS: Angelic Pretty is coming back to PMX!... add this to Takuya Angel and Dollheart, and you've got a pretty good con! I guess I'll be doing some panels or something. TBA.

I totally want to go here and eat macarons:

Hamlet with David Tennant and Patrick Stewart DVD is now available for preorder through the RSC! (be aware that it's region 2! BlueRay and region 1 will be out later...)

Check out Bill Cunningham gleeing over cosplay and lolita at NYAF, guys. So adorable.

I obviously need to make some poufs (see tutorial) for my living room. (It'd be great if I could figure out how to make them with storage inside...! I'd need some kind of sturdy base, though....)

... also, I broke down and bought this vaguely ethnic end table for our explorer living room. (it's totally hollow so you can put all your crap in it!)
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TODAY'S TEA: Genmaicha (from Den's Tea)
Genmaicha is so soothing... I find I turn to it or an oolong when I feel bad or when the weather starts cooling off.

another slightly OCD post from Aimee-time!

Trying to plan the backyard.
zone 9-10, SoCal, ... soil is alkaline (will have to amend). Eastern facing, morning sun location.

I really want a sakura tree. It'd be great if I could have two, like this. Most people online say that "pink cloud" gets to about 30-40 foot width eventually... but the weeping cherry seems to be more like 15-20 foot width.
I won't put the trees in until spring, probably... but I need to make a plan now of what types of water-usage-plants go where so that we can put an irrigation system in and put some of the ground cover in. (the HOA won't let us wait till spring to do the yard.)

This design allows us to cut back on the amount of water-guzzling grass we have to mow... and lets me to sit on the grass (or a bench) under either of the trees... and also leaves a sunny alcove - back left corner for a rose arbor. I think my mom saved my Gramma's Cecile Brunner... I might be able to get it out here, that would be a lovely place for it. (or I could put an arbor in the sideyard and make a magical tunnel. :P :) ... spot might end up being too shady though? so I guess I could go with a vine instead.

I let my membership at Huntington lapse since I'm going to be really busy until spring... but now I kinda wish I could go stare at their various plum and cherry varieties. I think I can get by without it though.

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