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12 March 2014 @ 04:56 am

*Warning: Always do your research on herbs before using them.  Do NOT use if pregnant, lactating, or have heart troubles.  Only use if you have time on your hands (i.e., don’t operate machinery, etc.).  Do not allow it to come into contact with your mucous membranes if you don’t know what you’re doing (e.g., eyes, nose).  Give yourself plenty of time to recover from the effects of the salve.

If you don’t have a double boiler, follow the oven method or make your own double boiler (Google/YouTube it because it’s really easy!).


  • 1-pint glass jars or metal tins

  • Pure olive oil

  • Rule of thumb is you want enough room for the dry herbs to expand, so I usually use 1 cup of olive oil per 2-3 oz of dried herbs

  • 2-3 oz of dried herbs—I will be using mugwort, wormwood, mandrake, cinquefoil, bay leaves, and wild lettuce for this specific flying salve.

  • Beeswax (I replaced lard with beeswax because I don’t like the feeling of lard on my skin)—1.5-2 oz per cup of infused oil

  • 4 or 5 vitamin E capsules for preservation


Put enough water into the bottom pan to leave about 2 inches between the water and the top pan (this is what I’ve found works best for me, at least).  Put it on the stove on the lowest setting.  Measure out everything and put it in the top pan of the double boiler, then put that on top of the bottom pan once the water in the bottom pan heats up a little bit.  Cover it if you can.  Let this infuse on heat for two to three hours, stirring about every fifteen minutes.

Once the two hours are up, either infuse that oil again with more herbs to make it more potent or just use that oil for the flying salve.  Strain the mixture either by using a fine strainer or cheesecloth and then put it back into the top pan.  Add 1.5-2 oz of beeswax per cup of infused oil you have and add the vitamin E capsules.  Continue stirring until the wax has melted.  Pour into metal tins and let cool; I put them in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

18 November 2013 @ 09:45 am
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What’s needed? Photoshop or any photo editor that allows you to create gradients and set a blending mode to color dodge.

Here’s a link to the image I’m using: [ x ]

(1) Open the photo in your editing program and duplicate the background image.

(2) Set the duplicated layer to “color dodge” and set the opacity to around 60%. Play around with this setting. You want the background or the image to be rather bright.

(3) If using Photoshop, create a photo filter adjustment layer and from the drop down menu select sepia. Set the density to 50% and uncheck preserve luminosity. If using a different editing program, create a solid color layer of “ac7a33” and play around with opacity so that the image looks rather dark and brownish.

(4) Create a gradient adjustment layer (or just a gradient if using something other than Photoshop). Use these settings, but play around with the angle to suit your image (the color is “885d01”):

(5) Create another gradient layer with the same color and play around with the angle again to create a rather nice effect in the corners. If you are using the same image as me, use these settings:

17 November 2013 @ 10:49 pm
Hello xxdreameaterxx!

Here's what I posted to the community, which got marked as spam:

Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 10.20.26 PM
Try doing something like this. For the subtle yellow color I chose, use "eef0c8", and change the blending mode to soft light. Add a curves layer in order to get the contrast back in the hair, skin tone, and creases in the clothing.


Screen Shot 2013-11-17 at 10.23.24 PM

For something like this, use this action from Wnison.  He has a BUNCH of free actions on his Facebook fan page.  You should check them out!  [ x ]
04 June 2012 @ 11:04 am
Originally posted by classicdramatic at !Important Mod Post

All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

Originally posted by lickbrains at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
Originally posted by awry at All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012
All U.S. Internet Providers will be policing downloads by July 12, 2012

"File-sharers, beware: By July 12, major US Internet service providers (ISPs) will voluntarily begin serving as copyright police for the entertainment industry, according to Cary Sherman, chief executive of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The so-called “six-strikes” plan is said to be one of the most effective anti-piracy efforts ever established in the US."

The article goes on to give details. After six notices, internet providers will decide to throttle a person's internet speed, or cut it off altogether. I don't know if they will crack down on torrents only, or if it is up to the internet provider. I get the sense it is up to the internet provider. So some people could get away with downloading non torrents, while others might get their internet service cut off. I urge you to click it and read, as we all know people who download.

No more downloading eps of your favorite shows for vidding, gifs, or fanfiction art. No more downloading screencaps possibly. I'm so sorry my friends. I don't even know if BT Guard will work to protect you, but I would google it if I were you. It is a professional service that supposedly can protect you from the invasive eyes of your internet provider.

Just, my friends, please make each other aware. Please be aware of the date JULY 12TH. Mark your calendar and double check with your internet provider by then. If you start receiving notices of downloaded activity, this is why. And your internet service could be throttled or cut off.

Fox News confirms this:

Youtube video explaining this:

ETA: Petition for RIAA and the Obama Administration: Stop ISPs from launching a massive copyright spying scheme this July 12th
03 June 2012 @ 09:34 pm

love this book.  It's a great read!  So many interesting bits and pieces throughout this book.  Highly recommended.
04 May 2012 @ 09:11 pm
I'm finally posting again. Woo! Well, I bought an iPad 2 and it's wonderful. I love reading comics on it.

Comic I'm currently reading:

08 August 2011 @ 01:12 pm
What was the biggest lesson learned from your adolescence?

You can't trust 99% of people.
15 July 2011 @ 09:15 pm
Just some icons I've made. I like to make icons. :)

If you snag, please credit!

[1-2] Books & Reading
[3] Feelings - Misery
[4] Inception
[5-6] Mirrormask - the Dark Queen
[7] Pride & Prejudice - Mr. Darcy
[8] Liv Kristine - from Cradle of Filth "Nymphetamine" music video.
[9-10] Jenny Lewis
[11] Cupcakes

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26 June 2011 @ 08:40 pm
Would you rather be a vampire or a vampire hunter, and why?

Vampire. I'm naturally an evil person.