1. Sing-a-ma-jigs. There are very few things on our planet that are both horrible and wonderful at the same time. I have discovered one of them and this is a true story. I was watching this YouTube video:
John from vlogbrothers wants to be in his brother's band but he can't play any instruments so he was "learning how to play the Sing-a-ma-jig" to "become a Sing-a-ma-jig player". HILARIOUS! The dolls have the ability to harmonize perfectly which is cool, but the creepy factor is that they can move their mouths! I kind of want to buy one [or four] but they scare me! The next best thing is to play with the virtual dolls online! I hereby allow you to button-smash your keyboard!
2. Debutante Rock Candy Bass in Atomic Pink by Daisy Rock! A few weeks ago I made a small announcement on my Twitter that I picked up one of these babies. I wanted to introduce it for its own post but... I couldn't wait! Its just too awesome! I OWN A HOT PINK GLITTERY BASS GUITAR!
I wear many hats when it comes to music. I've had private lessons for classical piano, private lessons for combination drums (mostly rock but classical too!), and sang in two ensemble choirs. For a brief period I was a drummer in a garage band and we even did a few gigs. Last year I started learning ukulele on my own. I even tried my hand at a bit of the clarinet (I hated it! OMG I couldn't breathe!). None of these instruments felt natural to me. My ability grew because of hard work and practice. I don't have natural talent or "perfect pitch" like my unbelievably gifted brother. However, I'm happy to have learned these instruments because all of my teachers imprinted a foundation that is invaluable to every musician. I learned the sheet music, rhythm, time signatures, music theory, etc. And there was homework! So much homework! All of that hard work paid off because now I am able to play bass guitar! While this instrument does not feel natural to me either, I have a lot of fun playing it. I really look forward to practicing solo. And with this glittery hot pink guitar, I already feel like a rock star!
3.The Secret of Kells. I found this by accident when I was looking for something animated to watch on Netflix. The animated short is based on Celtic folklore. While I found the story a little hard to follow, the visuals are absolutely stunning! Its a frenetic feast for the eyes! The stylized characters contrast well with the heavily textured backgrounds. I grabbed a ton of screencaps for you:
The next ones are my favorites <3
I highly recommend this movie especially if you're an artist or aspiring to become one!
Actually... I might even buy the DVD!
4. Shea Butter. This year I am determined to DEFEAT Winter skin! Last month I shared a review of Heirloom Soapworks Soap and since homemade soaps have done wonders for my skin, I am taking the next step which is moisturizing! This was a suggestion by a few of my readers who commented that shea butter will do miraculous things, so I listened. Gosh, I really love the soapmaking community, every soapmaker I have met through forums, craft shows, and messages have been genuinely kind. It must be the nature of the community! I hope I am right!
During the Black Friday sale, I picked up a few toiletries including shea butter from Nourish. I love what this shea butter is doing for my skin so far, but I think I have been ripped off. At $12 and some change, I got a little over five ounces of product. I'm sure this is a high quality substance, but to be honest I feel like I was paying more for the packaging than for the actual product. I respect the attractive design and the work that goes into packaging (Hello! I used to be a package designer!), but I don't know... all I see is an empty wallet. At the very least my skin is soft and smooth! I will continue to use shea butter, but as for this particular brand, I would rather look elsewhere.
5. Panda bento Box! Need I say more? I found this on Ebay and I love it!