Meet Tattoo Girl

20170524_100645 (1)I took the 3-year-old (Orly) shopping with me and she begged me to buy her tattoos. She said she wanted to be a tattoo girl. To be honest, I was going to be an old grump and tell her no, but the thoughts of her dressed up as a tattoo girl was too darn cute. So, I got her tattoos.

Before anyone goes crazy at me for what I let Orly do next, I would like to point out that these are temporary stick-on tattoos, for ages 3 and up, are non-toxic and can easily be removed with a bit of baby oil and cotton wool. So, as long as I supervise Orly, she can’t come to any harm from stick-on tattoos. Plus, you can’t expect the child to be like a doll and sit there covered in cotton wool, doing nothing all day. You have to encourage their creativity and let them experience new things. Orly loves dressing up and spend more time in dress-up clothes than normal clothes. For a 3-year-old she really good at putting a dress-up character together and it’s her creative outlet. So, if she wants to dress-up as a tattoo girl, I’m going to let her. It benefits her development greatly, so why not.

20170524_113814.jpgThe tattoos she picked out are pretty cool. A lot of little skulls and love hearts, not what you’d expect a little girl to pick. Unfortunately, they weren’t ready cut out so I had to cut them out for her.

The packet didn’t lie. It said easy to apply and they weren’t kidding. All it took to transfer the tattoo from the paper to Orly’s arm, was a wipe with a damp sponge. The child watched me do it once and she wanted to do it herself. To my surprise, she actually could. Tattoo girl is her character, so from there she had full rein and I let Orly do as she pleased with the tattoos.

vLuckily, she stuck to tattooing her arms, so removing these when she finished being tattoo girl shouldn’t take that long. Her finished character was awesome and the tattoos worked great. She kind of looks like a little biker. All she needed was a motorbike and a little leather jacket. She not my child, so I couldn’t include a picture of her full outfit, but trust me it was so cute and really well done.

oUnfortunately for me, my niece decided, one of the things tattoo girl does is tattoo other people. Being the only other person in the house, I ended up being covered in tattoos too and got renamed tattoo sister (Orly came up with it).

rShe really went all out. I think she put more tattoos on me, than she put on herself. Most importantly, she had great fun being tattoo girl and really enjoyed herself. It’s funny how something as simple as a packet of temporary tattoos, can bring a child so much entertainment and happiness.

20170524_112316Yeah, she literally didn’t miss a spot.  Pretty much stuck a tattoo on every part of my arms that wasn’t covered by my sleeves.

yTo be honest, I didn’t mind being used as her play subject, this time. I quite like my new temporary tattoos, especially the elephant and candy skull. When she decides to include me in her games, I usually end up a lot worser for wear than this. This time, I got some cool tattoos and escaped without injury, so was a good day for both of us.

Blood Lad  

e060c5a0-aefe-4c45-809e-fa89dba669ce.pngWhere can I watch this: Netflix (Season 1)

Netflix rates this anime G (PG), it’s definitely not suitable for children. The female characters are drawn with certain exaggerated features, which may leave you with the impression that you’re watching the wrong sort of anime and at any moment it may take a bit of a X rated turn.

After getting over the initial shock, Blood Lad is pretty good. It isn’t the usual type of anime I would watch, so I was surprised by how good it was. It’s full of dark humour and if like me, dark humour is your thing, it’ll have you laughing your head off, from the first episode to the last.

82e91f74-4ec9-417c-a3a6-56b02641ff12_1Blood Lad is about a school girl (Fuyumi), who finds herself in the demon world. Staz (a vampire) is obsessed with the human world, so when he finds out Fuyumi (a human) is in the demon word, he quickly becomes obsessed with her and orders his man to bring Fuyumi to him. Shortly after Fuyumi is taken to Staz, she meets a cruel faith and is eaten by a carnivorous flower. Fuyumi sadly dies, but as she is in the demon world, she becomes a ghost. Feeling responsible for Fuyumi death and still very much obsessed with her, Staz promises to find a way to resurrect Fuyumi and make her human again. Staz, Fuyumi and their friends set of on an adventure, full of twist and secret motives, to bring Fuyumi back to life and send her back to the human world.

c14238e1-91a2-4c7b-8702-1ca55890338dBeing only 10 episodes long, Blood Lad is worth a watch. It’s not your usual serious anime, but is more a goofy fun type of anime, making it very easy watch. Perfect for relaxing and winding down after a busy day. It’s only down point is its ending. It leaves a lot of loose ends and unanswered questions. However, its storyline throughout season 1, more than makes up for this. I’m pretty sure these loose ends and unanswered questions were meant to follow through to the second season. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find out much about the second season and as far as I am aware, it is still in the making.

Overall, Blood lad is quite an enjoyable series. I would definitely recommend it to lovers of anime. It’s got action, extreme fight scene and both terrifying and really cute characters. Making it entertaining to most audiences. If you love dark humour, then you’ll really enjoy this short series and find it as amusing as I did.
Rating: 3/5

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I couldn’t decide which of my drawing of Liz I liked better, so I included both. One is smoky axes and the other is plain axes.

Always Drawing

There’s nothing more relaxing than drawing on a tablet, knowing there’s no mess to clean up after. Painting with virtual paintbrushes is just so satisfying. If you’re anything like me, you’ll get stuck in drawing with just your finger because the stylus isn’t the same and isn’t as fun as painting with your fingers.

This week, I’ve been shaking up my usually drawing technic and set myself a bit of a challenge. I’m rubbish at side views, so I set myself a goal to create a side view drawing, that is worthy of posting on my blog. It wasn’t easy and after a few failed attempts I managed to create this.

6d48d355-fcf6-46ec-a744-1d62c05d1decIt’s a representation of my 3-year-old niece and her personality. Don’t worry, I don’t think my niece is a demon child. She’s just a little girl, but she has a huge devilish personality. She’s hilarious. One minute she saying she a beautiful princess, next minute she’s trying to beat me up (Play fighting of course). She gets up to so much devilment and loves winding me up, playing little jokes on me and telling me little stories about her imaginary friend just to creep me out. She’s a little devil.

I showed her this drawing and she wasn’t pleased. She liked that she had a princess dress and pretty pink hair, but didn’t appreciate the horns. She made me draw another picture of her with her older sister, because this picture didn’t meet her high standards.

15193146-5ee4-4c4f-a9d6-438b83563cabThink I still caught my niece’s cheeky devilish personality, but I like the other drawing better. It’s just very like her. My niece likes this one better but. Probably because she doesn’t have horns and is with her big sister. It’s not a side view, but it got my niece’s approval, which is a better achievement.

86f3e4e5-0301-4880-bc24-2b893da2bb3d_1I felt bad, leaving my sister’s two boys out so I drew them too.

Glitter Watercolours and A 3-year-old. Sure what can go wrong.

20170510_170514Today my 3-year-old niece came running into the house, calling my name. Normally, I’d go hide somewhere, because this usually isn’t good and means I’m about to be beaten with something she found in the garden. But I promised my sister, I would mind the child while she was at work, so I had to take whatever was about to come my way. Lucky for me, she just wanted to show me her glitter paints. I have to say, they’re kind of cool. Hard to see what colour the paint is, when its dry though. They looked much better when we were finished, surprisingly.

2After a debriefing from my sister, a little voice comes from behind me and says, “we need to paint” and rudely orders me to go get water. Which caused the whole “ask nicely” argument and somehow lead to the child convincing me to let her paint in my sketch book. She did make a good point, we have to share. Plus, she can’t do much harm with water paints.

I got everything set up ready to paint and then we notice there’s only one brush. Expecting an emotional melt down, I quickly told the child, she can paint and that I was okay.  However, she was having none of it. Getting all emotional, she piles up and shouts, “we’re sharing. You got to paint too.” One brush wasn’t going to stop her. She was determined to share these paints with me. It was really sweet.

Her solution to this problem was really cute, she said we could both hold the brush and make a beautiful picture. The shape of us, both trying to paint with this tiny little brush was hilarious. I was left holding the very top of the brush, trying not to lose my grip or she’d shout at me that “we need to share.”

6After a lot of failed attempts, we managed to paint a beautiful swirl together. Considering a 3-year-old was holding onto most of the brush, I think we done a good job. The paint worked well too. It was all glittery and stayed that way after it dried.

20170510_162950We murdered the brush but. Don’t think we’ll be painting much more with that.

1And after she decided I needed some beautiful tiger stripes, but just on my thumb.

Enoying the last of the Sun Shine

20170510_120257Unfortunately, the beautiful sunny warm weather is gone and the rain and cold is back. Typical Irish weather. But no better way to spend the last of the nice weather, than in the sand. 

20170510_120312I say sand, because this is not actually a beach. It’s technically a harbour and I won’t recommend going in the water. Its gross and it’ll most likely make you sick.

20170510_120300 (1)Nevertheless, it doesn’t stop people enjoying the sand.

20170510_120305The view alone is worth coming here for. You can see the whole way to the other side of the harbour, on days like this.

20170510_120314Suppose we should be happy the rain is back. We had 2 weeks of lovely weather and none of the mountains caught fire (usually they do, after a week of warm weather and no rain). Another few days of sun shine and heat, probably would have caused fires, so we’re very lucky the rain is back.   

 

They Call Themselves Real-Life Vampires

29412559-155a-46c6-a7ac-920e5a6c18fdI finished watching vampire knight seasons 1 & 2, and it left me with a few questions about vampires. So, I done what most people would do and asked google. This turned into one hell of a creepy google search.

The first thing I wanted to know was, why vampires need to drink blood to survive. Surely if it’s for nutrients, they would be able to survive by dissolving food supplements in water and drinking that. Even better, they could survive on steak smoothie. Therefore, eliminating the need for blood.

Anyway, this was bugging the hell out of me so I googled it and came across something very unexpected. An interview with a real-life vampire. At first I thought, surely this is a joke or something. Vampires don’t exist. I was sort of wrong.

087603c5-0d09-4c76-8611-dbde8cdca204 (2)Although these people aren’t actual vampires, they pretty much behave like they are. Considering this, it kind of makes them scarier than actual vampire. Normal anti-vampire defences won’t keep them at bay. You can throw as much garlic and holy water at them as you want and they’ll still be able to come at you for your blood.

But, us non-vampires can relax. I done a bit of research and apparently, they only take your blood with your permission and written consent. Some don’t even feed on your blood, but feed on your energy or life-force. (Having a bunch of people standing around you, pulling weird creepy facing, saying their feeding on your life-force, may be a lot more terrifying though.)

And then I found a very scary website, that allows vampires to find other vampires in their area, so that they can go feeding together and do other vampire things. The author claims that, they can tell a real vampire from a want-a-be vampire be just an email (Never knew there was a difference). Reading this website made my blood run cold. It talked of awakening as vampires and made claims that they need to drink blood to stay healthy and that vampirism was caused by a virus. This site screamed cult. It even has events for vampires like blood lettings, feeding sessions and get togethers. All of which sound terrifying for a non-vampire.

3b13409b-6006-4be7-8368-13d1080625a7There is also a checklist that allows you to tell if you are a vampire. This checklist suggested thing like eating two rare steaks and seeing if your skin turns pink (if it does, it says you’re most likely a vampire) and was very focused on a person’s sleeping pattern and reaction to sunlight. Curious, I done the checklist on myself. I sourced over 80%, which according to the website makes me a vampire. Safe to I will not be drinking blood anytime in the future. Blood borne disease and iron overload, does not appeal to me at all. Pretty sure this checklist would class any light-sensitive night owl as a vampire. It’s scary to think someone might take this serious and go off and join the vampires. It’s crazy.

f3653959-ffd6-4a76-b6f8-b94880bb2128_1I truly hope that this website was a joke. If it’s not, it’s definitely frightening to think that people are gathering together to drink blood. There’s just something so bizarre about the whole thing.

Sometimes you just have to Wander

20170502_115952The sun is out, the temperature is nice and it’s not raining. Perfect wandering weather and no better place to wander, then a forest on the side of a mountain. 

20170502_115958I truly missed this, when I lived on the north coast. It was so flat there and all you could see was wind turbines in the distance. The scenery was nothing like this.

New Phototastic CollageGoing off the trail for a bit can be rough,

over.jpgespecially when everything’s slightly over grown.

chairBut when you find something as random as this, in the middle of the forest, it’s all worth it.

6Beautiful bluebells everywhere. Too bad you’re not allowed to pick them. They smelled so lovely.

20170502_120058.jpgAll that walking and climbing is well worth it, when you can experience a view like this.   

Attack on Titan

09252750-e296-40e0-9da4-ed9a210f6da9.pngWhere can I watch this: Netflix-Season 1 (may not be for much longer).

Attack on Titan has just pushed its way to the top of my favourite anime list. My only regret is not watching it sooner. It amazing and will quickly have you hooked. I always put of watching anime series and usually end up kicking myself after, because they turn out to be overwhelmingly good. I done this with Elfen Lied, Black Butler and Parasyte Maximum and they all turned out to be awesome and are now a few of my favourites.

Attack on Titan takes place in a post apocalypse world, filled with giant zombie like creatures, known as Titans. Normal Titans range in size from a few meters to about 15 meters in height, and are hell-bent on eating humans. The only thing that makes the Titan all the more terrifying, is that most of them have creepy deranged Joker smiles on their faces, while chasing and eating people.

The Titans hungry for eating humans, push mankind man to near extinction and mankind’s only hope is to live behind walls, that keeps the titans out. The people behind the walls are protected from titan attacks by a military, with soldiers I can only describe as being a cross between spider-man and Black Mamba from kill Bill.

Mankind survives behind the walls for 100 years, until one day a new type of bigger Titan (50meters+) that seems to have human level of intelligences, appears from nowhere and smashes a hole in the outer most wall. Titans rush in and storm the nearby villages. This leads to the main character’s (Eren) mother being eaten and killed by a Titan and the survivors of the attack being forced behind the inner walls.

The death of Eren mother, drives him to join the military and he vows to kill every last Titan. From here, Eren and his friends go on an action-packed adventure, to destroy all Titans and discover the secrets of these new types of Titan.

This anime is really exciting to watch and is full of plot twists, you don’t see coming. A lot of the characters have their own hidden agendas and there’s a lot of conspiring, which gives it a real GOT feel (as well as the death scenes). It literally has you watching on the edge of your seat and wanting more. The only thing I found wrong with this show, is that the characters look very alike, so was hard to keep track of who was killed and left me confused at times. But I enjoyed this series so much, I didn’t really mind being confused and just added to the excitement of the series.

I would highly recommend this anime series to both amine lovers and those who aren’t that into anime. It’s one of the best anime I’ve seen in a while and is definitely worth watching. I could see someone who usually doesn’t watch anime, thoroughly enjoying Attack on Titans too.

There’s currently a Season 2 of Attack on Titan, being released. I really hope it’s available to watch in the UK soon. I’m so excited and can’t wait to watch it.
Rating: 5/5

Top 10 Women’s Clothing Hates

955b828c-d26b-409d-a2d4-385889177093Since I’ve way too much clothes and nowhere to put them, I’ve been forced to clear out my wardrobe. While rummaging through the depths of my wardrobe, finding clothing that probably hadn’t seen the light of day for many years, I noticed something. I buy clothes (thinking they’re nice), wear them once (if even) then take an extreme dislike to them and never wear them again. After having rid my wardrobe of the clothes I hated, I can now see how big of a problem this was and I’m guessing there’s a lot of other people with this problem. So, for this reason, I introduce to you My Top 10 Women’s Clothing Hates:

10.Clothes never look as good as on the mannequin.I fall for this all the time. I go into the shop, see a really nice outfit on the mannequin and decide to buy it. I take it home, put it on, do the big reveal for my sister and nieces, and they’re on the ground laughing at the state of me or looking at me with that “got to pretend she looks nice” face. At this point, I go to the mirror and realise I look like I’m auditioning for clown college or in fancy dress. I try returning these outfits, but as usual I can’t find the receipt, so to the back of the cupboard they go.

9.Pocket Size.This happens a lot with jeans and jeggings. I buy a new pair of jeans or jeggings. I’m walking about feeling all good, enjoying that new jeans feeling and I go to put my phone in my pocket. But oh wait, it doesn’t fit because these pockets are baby sized and my phone is normal size. Now I have to walk around holding my phone and try not to set it down and lose it. As you can tell this one winds me up something awful.

8.Boob gap in shirt buttons. Got to hate when you buy a shirt in a rush, goto put it on and button it up. Then realise it doesn’t fit around your boobs, leaving huge gap between the buttons, revealing what you got under your shirt. I don’t have biggest pair and this happens to me a lot, so I can’t even begin to imagine, how annoying this must be for the larger breasted lady,

7.Badly fitted clothes. It is ridiculously hard to find clothing, fitted for the realistically proportioned person. Usually what happens, is that a top will fits in the stomach but is too tight in the chest. I try a size bigger and it fits in the chest now, but is massive in the stomach. This then leaves me with the choice of either wearing a top that fits my stomach but may pop at the chest at any minute or that fits my chest but looks baggy as hell. Not wanting to spring out of my top, I always go for the latter.

6.Fake Pockets. The only thing that annoys me more than tiny baby pockets, is fake pockets. I’ve been tricked by this numerous times. I buy a jacket or coat, thinking it has pockets and that it’ll solve my baby pocket problem. Get it home and find out the pockets are fake. This has happened me with both really expensive coats and reasonably priced coats, so it can’t just be a “get what you pay for” problem. When I buy a coat that cost over £100 I expect those things posing as pockets, to actually be pockets and not just sewed on bits of material. This only annoys me more, when I realise my jeans have baby pockets, so pretty much still have no functioning pockets. I feel so cheated and betrayed by the clothing industry every time this happens and would really like it to stop. Like why do this, if you aren’t trying to trick people into thinking the clothes has pockets. I my opinion I consider it false advertisement and being misleading.

5.See through clothes.This can be really embarrassing if you don’t notice until you’re out in public or if someone points it out. Also, it kind of forces you to go out and spend more money on under tops if you ever want to wear that top again. I don’t understand why they make clothes like this. I am pretty sure most people don’t want to be walking around with their underwear showing, for all to see. This isn’t just a cheap clothing problem; a lot of designer clothes are see through now too. It leaves me questioning whether manufacturers have gotten so greedy that they’re using material so thin that its see trough, just to save on costs and increase profit. When think about it would make sense. Half the thickness, half the amount of material needed and charge the same price. Twice as much clothes can be made from the material, so double the profit. When people have no other choice but to buy this clothing, it’s really a no brainer.

4.Quality. This usually isn’t noticeable until clothes are washed for the first time. It’s so hard to find clothes that wash well. They either lost their shape, go all bally or shrink. Also, I’ve notice jean material is getting thinner and thinner, so jeans rip a whole lot easier. Basically, what I’m trying to say is clothes quality has gotten god awful and I can only see it getting worse. The stitching in clothes is even becoming completely rubbish. It undoes with barely any pulling or stretching. The other month in was in a shop and I found pyjama bottoms that weren’t stitched properly and had a massive whole in the leg. I showed them to the server at the till and they said they’ll get someone to check the rest of the bottom because it happens all the time. Like what the hell, is there no quality control. This shop is rather pricey so you would expect this to be rare. It seems like no thought has been put into quality at all.

3.Jean leg lengths. Being short, this is one of my biggest pet peeves when buying jeans. A few years ago, a short leg in jeans was 28iches and regular was 30iches, then suddenly most shops changed short leg to 30iches. I have baby legs, so just got away with 28iches, but now with this new sizing, short leg jeans are far too big and my feet get lost in the jeans. Every time I need new jeans, I have to go on a massive search for shops that still use the old leg sizes. It’s so annoying and kind of unfair that short people are no longer catered for by most shops. This problem could easily be fixed if shops started selling extra short legs at 28inches or went back to the old sizes.

2.Sizes. This relates to the previous point, but is more forced on the fact that there is no standardise sizes for women’s clothes. There can be a massive difference in the same clothes size in different shops. Just to make this more of a mind field, the same clothes size in different ranges in the same shop can differ greatly too. This means you have to try on everything and can’t trust the label, making clothes shopping take a lot longer than it has to. It’s so frustrating. Not sure how much of a problem this is for everyone else, but in my wardrobe, I have clothing ranging from UK size 12 to UK to 20. It’s crazy. How can clothing that meant to have just a big difference in size, still fit me equally as well. Completely Bananas.

1.They are not warm. I hate being cold so this is my number one hate. Where I live, it can reach -6oC or lower in winter, so when I buy winter clothes I want them to be warm. Unfortunately, most of the times they are not. Coat that claim to keep you warm, are like wearing nothing. I haven’t had a warm coat in years. This year the temperature dropped to -10oC and I was freezing. I had to run home and find my old coat and wear it under my new coat, just to be not as cold (I was still pretty cold). I find myself having to wear layers and layers of clothes just to stay remotely warm, even then the temperature isn’t below freezing. I don’t know if men clothing is the same, but really wish they made clothes that were truly warm.     

 

Haunted doll collection (Little Grace)

doll3 (2)Finally made it to the end of this series. For my last post, I thought I’d discuss one of my more unusual haunted dolls. Little Grace is like no other doll I’ve owned or experienced. I find the activity involving this doll very unusual and have never seen it with any other doll. It leaves my wondering whether there are different kinds of doll hauntings, then currently believed.

doll 11From what I’ve experienced, I think this doll may be residually haunted (if that’s even possible). The doll’s activity isn’t interactive or intelligent, like with other dolls. It’s more like a cycle that’s takes place over and over again. The doll also goes through periods of no activity, that last months, then all of a sudden can become very active again.

Every time the activity starts up, it generally begins and ends the same way, with the activity in-between being very similar to other cycles. The activity typically starts with a really strong smell of roses in the spare room, where I keep Little Grace. This can be faintly smelled throughout upstairs, but is really over powering in the spare room. I don’t use air fresheners or have flowers in my house, so I can’t find any reason for the smell of roses, but it usually goes after a couple of hours.

doll 10Throughout these cycles, I have noticed the doll’s eyes change colour from green to blue, then to brown and back to green again. I find this really strange and I’ve tried so many times to debunk this, by changing the lighting, the angle the doll sits in the cabinet, the angle I look at the doll and the temperature of the room and have never been able to get the eye colour to change.

When the doll is activity, I hear what sounds like a child running around upstairs and when I check no one’s up there. I also hear dragging noises, like a chair being dragged out from a desk, on a wood floor. These cycles tend to not last long and normally ends with the smell of roses returning. However, this isn’t as strong as when the activity begins and can only be smelled in the spare room. After this, the activity stops for a while and only starts again when the smell of roses recurs.

doll 9Little Grace’s previous owner had the same experiences with the doll, but wasn’t able to tell me where the doll came from. All I could to find out was that, the doll has had numerous owners and all were collectors of haunted dolls. I would really love to know where this doll came from and its history. I’ve never came across another doll that seems to be residually haunted and want to understand why Little Grace appears to be.