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Are highly intelligent or very talented people better able to hide their misery from loved ones, thus making it all the harder to “read” them and help them?

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500 Watcher Giveaway!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 23, 2014, 12:46 AM



:heart: ;u; So happy right now. MLP:Evil fluttershy 

Swingin' On a Star _revamp_ How To Enter::Swingin' On a Star _revamp_ 
-Be a Watcher (This is solely for my watchers only! New watchers are welcomed, but please only do so if you truly like and want to watch my art.)
-Favorite this journal!
-Comment down below ^^
draw millions of fanartcauseyknow
*Note:: Old Watchers will have 2 entries; the original 509 Watchers before this *

Rules:: haha no 
-No double accounts (Those who try to cheat this will be blacklisted >:c)
-Account must be at least 3 months old
-No plz/point/celebs/ect (basically useless accounts whose sole purpose is not displaying or sharing their own creations)
- I'd appreciate those who are new watchers, stay as a watcher :heart:
-(Not an actual rule but..) You may want to watch my journals as that is where I will be annoucing the winner (unless i feel like doing fanart or somethin' who knows) where you will see a little clip of randomizer and someone's number <3

Purple butterfly bullet The Prize is not only 500 :points:~
Purple butterfly bullet You also receive a free request (preferably feral) of which you can ask me to draw any character of yours (preferable feral), as a sticker, full picture (background,ect), Minature Ref, chibi, headshot, ect.
Purple butterfly bullet A journal Featured page entirely to the winner :heart: and A lama :3
White butterfly bullet ==IF anyone else wants to add anything to the prize pool here ^^ Feel free!==
White butterfly bullet  **Note: Anything other than animals/feral you order at your own risk -.-" Not to good at humans/anthros but I will try my best ^^**

Examples of my art respectively;
Naptime by NSAlchemistClara Minature Ref by NSAlchemistGemini's Minature Reference by NSAlchemistQueeny -Gift- by NSAlchemist

The Drawing of this Giveaway will begin/end (basically choosing the winners) on August 29. Cause I like odd numbers. ^u^

Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Sho happy) [V6]  Thank you guys soooo much! :heart:

  • Listening to: Hypnotized- Sim Curtis
  • Eating: Nothing ~-~
  • Drinking: I should probably get water..
I am doing my Second Points Giveaway Want to Enter? Read Below
This time there will be 3 winners!

1st place will win 50 points
2nd place will win 30 points
and 3rd place will also win 20 point

 Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points

~how to enter:~

you must
Bullet; Green 1. Be a watcher (Don't Watch me and after giveaway Unwatch me i will Block you)
Bullet; Green 2. Fav+ this journal

This will allow you to choose only one number.

Choose a number between 1 to 300 and after choosing send me a note or comment your number here.
(Remember once you send me the number it will be finalPoints)

 Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points Points

~Want to get a better chance?:~

Bullet; Purple : 1 extra number for every 1 points you donate
Bullet; Purple:bulletgreen::3 extra numbers for every 3 points you donate
Bullet; Purple:bulletgreen::6 extra numbers for every 5 points you donate (tell me u donated in comments).

Then choose numbers between 1 to 300 and after choosing send me a note or comment your number here. (Remember once you send me the number it will be finalPoints)

These points will be used for next giveaway.
Don"t want to participate? Then you are most welcome to help me in doing these giveaways.

Good Luck to All :D

Giveaway open till 31st August.

I'm glad to announce that I prepared a sonic oc contest.


30th September will be announced the finalists


1 Place: 100 Points + picture drawn by :iconbluestylz:

2 Place: ??? Points 

3rd place: ???  Points


- You must be a watcher (optional)

- You must draw one of the Ocs listed below

- No copying
- No recolors
- The picture has to be submitted after the 23th August
- You can submit your entry on the 29th September too
- You can use bases
- Write a journal about this contest (optional) 
- Donate (optional - we can add more prices)


Do you have any question?
Send a note with the question to me.
I will glad to help you!!^^

and as an update for only sonic the hedgehog oc drawers i will add three ocs so it wont just be poines if u dont draw them




My Ocs

Rose the hedgehog speed by datawesomekrys by housin123Onyx The Cat power by datawesomekrys by housin123Star The Bat Flight By Datawesomekrys by housin123Commision from housin123 : Obsidian and Sugar by Blazetheomegafan   (draw ether one of them)

Hello everyone!

The deadline has passed and it is now time to announce the winners of my giveaway.
The winners have been chosen through In case you entered, you can see your number(s) here.
Congrates to every winner, and thank you for participating! This was really fun I think, and I'd love to do this kind of stuff again!

Please note that I am not responsible for the prizes donated by others.

Information for Donators:

First of all, thanks so much for your support! Please give the prizes you donate to the winners as soon as possible. If you donate an art prize, please contact the winner via notes to clear the details. Thank you again.

Winners and Prizes:

1st Place

    Goes to: #113 = Fuzzyshadow246
    Contest 1 by limelin
        - 85 :points: by limelin
        - 20 :points: donated by Sopecartoons
        - 20 :points: donated by KaiyaAquamarine
        - 1 free art request by limelin
       - 1 free art request by AnneBelien
       - 1 free art request by KittyWkiskers
       - 1 free pagedoll by Skydapples
       - 1 Llama by limelin
       - 1 Llama by praneeth388
       - 1 Llama by clokthegod
       - 1 Llama by Daddys-Girl1997
       - 1 Llama by 0bsidio
       - 1 Llama by AnneBelien
       - 1 Llama by KaiyaAquamarine
       - 1 Llama by UszatyArbuz
       - 1 Llama by VirtualNancy
       - 1 Llama by KittyWkiskers
       - 1 Llama by kimyonaakuma
       - 1 Llama by Anime4lifexxX
       - 1 Llama by Back2backstudios
       - 1 Llama by ayeCurryan
       - 1 Llama by eiffa2222
       - 1 Llama by Goldwolfartist203
       - 1 Llama by SunnyCatSplash
       - 1 Llama by AlphaCrest-WolfPack
       - 1 Llama by ceepcalmandeat
       - 1 Llama by ArchSpirit
       - 1 Llama by SparklingSary

2nd Place

    Goes to: #10 = clokthegod
    Contest 2 by limelin
       - 25 :points: by limelin
       - 15 :points: donated by KaiyaAquamarine
       - 1 free art request by limelin
       - 1 free art request by ShoukKirishimao
       - 1 free art request by mishymolly
       - 1 Llama by limelin
       - 1 Llama by praneeth388
       - 1 Llama by clokthegod
       - 1 Llama by Daddys-Girl1997
       - 1 Llama by 0bsidio
       - 1 Llama by KaiyaAquamarine
       - 1 Llama by UszatyArbuz
       - 1 Llama by VirtualNancy
       - 1 Llama by kimyonaakuma
       - 1 Llama by Anime4lifexxX
       - 1 Llama by Back2backstudios
       - 1 Llama by ayeCurryan
       - 1 Llama by eiffa2222
       - 1 Llama by SunnyCatSplash
       - 1 Llama by AlphaCrest-WolfPack
       - 1 Llama by ceepcalmandeat
       - 1 Llama by ArchSpirit
       - 1 Llama by SparklingSary

3rd Place

    Goes to: #206 = Bronytrainman
    Contest 3 by limelin
       - 15 :points: by limelin
       - 10 :points: donated by KaiyaAquamarine
       - 1 free art request by ToonMidna1
       - 1 free portrait by Shinjya-Gohaku
       - 1 free OC design by Shinjya-Gohaku
       - 1 Llama by limelin
       - 1 Llama by praneeth388
       - 1 Llama by clokthegod
       - 1 Llama by Daddys-Girl1997
       - 1 Llama by 0bsidio
       - 1 Llama by KaiyaAquamarine
       - 1 Llama by UszatyArbuz
       - 1 Llama by VirtualNancy
       - 1 Llama by kimyonaakuma
       - 1 Llama by Anime4lifexxX
       - 1 Llama by Back2backstudios
       - 1 Llama by ayeCurryan
       - 1 Llama by eiffa2222
       - 1 Llama by SunnyCatSplash
       - 1 Llama by AlphaCrest-WolfPack
       - 1 Llama by ceepcalmandeat
       - 1 Llama by ArchSpirit
       - 1 Llama by SparklingSary

4th Place

    Goes to: #201 = glaceon-puff

    Contest 4 by limelin
       - 5 :points: donated by KaiyaAquamarine
       - 1 Llama by limelin
       - 1 Llama by praneeth388
       - 1 Llama by clokthegod
       - 1 Llama by Daddys-Girl1997
       - 1 Llama by 0bsidio
       - 1 Llama by KaiyaAquamarine
       - 1 Llama by UszatyArbuz
       - 1 Llama by VirtualNancy
       - 1 Llama by kimyonaakuma
       - 1 Llama by Anime4lifexxX
       - 1 Llama by Back2backstudios
       - 1 Llama by ayeCurryan
       - 1 Llama by eiffa2222
       - 1 Llama by SunnyCatSplash
       - 1 Llama by AlphaCrest-WolfPack
       - 1 Llama by ceepcalmandeat
       - 1 Llama by ArchSpirit
       - 1 Llama by SparklingSary

Congrates & Greetings, ~ limelin

And of course, enjoy these sea-themed pictures!

Stolen from Paradise Part 1 by limelin Saint Nicholas by Neaqmir Stolen from Paradise Part 2 by limelin Bretagne II by kine80
Sea Lion Beach by MissLemons Soulful nature by thedaydreaminggirl Bretagne I by kine80 Untitled by Neaqmir

Friday Fun

Fri Aug 22, 2014, 11:37 PM

Monday Muses | Tuesday Treats | Wandering Wednesday | Thursday Greets | Selfless Saturday | WishingWell Weekly

Welcome to Friday Fun!

FRIDAY! by ILifeloser

Friday Fun is a new weekly blog dedicated to our affiliates contests and events. If your group is affiliated to us, you can send a note to the group with a link to the journal describing your event. Note that a journal is required; we will not write a description for you! :) If your news is time sensitive, please consider that we will only feature it on the next Friday.

If you want to affiliate your group with us, please feature dAWishingWell in you group in a journal and send us the link in a note. We will then affiliate to you. In exchange, your group will appear in the next Thursday Greets and you'll be able to send us your event to feature in Friday Fun.

And now, this week events for you!


Reinterpretation ContestHey all! It's time for a new contest :eager: Inspired by and co-hosted/cross posted with the wonderful WintersRead  :)
Reinterpret/recreate one of the following photos below. Be creative, there are many ways to look at the theme. :la:

:bulletgreen: Let us know which photo you are reinterpreting when you send in your note.
Bullet; Red In your deviation description, be sure to link back to this journal (ex: "This piece was created for Reinterpretaion Contest:[add link here]" ). 
Bullet; Blue The piece MUST be created for this contest. Any art that was submitted before the August 19th, 2014 will not be accepted.
Bullet; Purple All visu
  Anime Twin Contest!~Anime Twins Contest!
We are going to start our Monthly contest! I hope you all like it because you voted for it. I know we'll see a lot of great art works as well as help with prizes.
Because you guys are awesome :dance:

NOTE: There will be no extension for any contest we host. If no one enters, that contest is voided. If only one preson enters, that person wins a cancellation prize!
:star:--------------------------[CONTEST INFO]--------------------------:star:
:bulletblue:THEME: Twin Contest! Draw characters dressed a like, who look a like or maybe they actually are twins. Be Creative!
:bulletblue:MEDIA: Traditional/Digital/Painting/Writing
:bulletblue:START AND END DATES: Aug 13th - Oct 13th
- Must be a member of AnimeContestGalore
- Must be a NEW drawing submitted after Aug 13th
- Can only enter once. No second/fake accounts
- May draw more then 1 character but no more then 1 entry per pe
  Gallery Descriptions Month - win PRIZES!!!!!Galleries month
You've got just over a week to get your entries in! So don't delay!
This month at projecteducate a group of Community Volunteers have worked hard to create gallery description articles for almost every Gallery here on DeviantART. Throughout August we will be bringing you these articles covering the definitions of galleries from Photography to Photo-manipulation, Artisan Crafts to Digital Dolls. If you have any questions about where to submit your work here on DeviantART then this month will be your chance to ask. Just head over to projecteducate, send us a note or comment on one of the articles as and when they are posted.
A whole month of articles at projecteducate deserves a celebratory contest, so we're going to host one that will hopefully get your creative juices flowing! Since the aim of this month is to reduce mis-cats and help deviants re-classify their work correctly, we thought that a fitting them would be
ARKs Kindness Quilt Contest! deviantHEART is pleased to announce that we will be holding our 2nd Annual Kindness Quilt Contest!
:star: What is a Kindness Quilt?
Kindness Quilts are photo collages that are made up of custom Quilt Squares. They are positive and often tell a story of some kind. The templates come in two sizes, 3x3 and 4x4.
Here is a sample quilt for reference

:star: The Theme
"My Inspiration" In the spirit of kindness and community togetherness, we decided to pick a theme that will let participants be creative and will also benefit others! For this theme, you will create a kindness quilt as a tribute to a fellow deviant who has help
  Furry-Tales summer contest 2014:spotlight-left: Reminder: The contest ends August 31st. Two weeks left! :spotlight-right:
It's time for a new contest!
Actually for two contests in one! One competition will be a Comic and Story contest. The second competition will be an Art and Literature contest.
General rules
Those rules apply for both parts of the contest!
 Deadline for both competitions is August 31, 2014.
 Everybody can enter; you don't have to be a member of Furry-Tales.
 The main subject/character must be feral or anthro (animal, beast-type fantasy creature, beast-type alien, werewolves, ...).
 Humans and humanoids are only accepted as secondary/background characters.
 You can submit any number of deviation your like, in either or both of the competitions, but you ca
  Feature ContestHello everybody!!
After holding my first contest about journal-skins which was a success so far, I want to go ahead, doing my next contest already!
To thank the participans of the previous contest and show them my appreciation - and to make sure, that their skins are recognized by the community, I want to host a follow-up contest.

Start: 10th August 2014
(previous entries will be ignored!!)
Deadline: 1st November 2014
How to enter/Rules:

Star! choose one of the skins that have been created for the original contest. (Unfortunately you need to be a premium-user to do this)
Star! make a feature with at least 20 artworks of 20 different artists.
Star! feature the journal-skin-creator with his icon and add three of his deviation

Features and interviews

Heart to Heart Interview: EdlouieartsHello Everyone!
Welcome back for the Vol. 7 of deviantHEART’s Journal series, Heart to Heart! The goal of these feature articles is to learn more about our featured Heartists overall as well as on a personal level.
Today's Heart to Heart Interview will feature EdlouieArts!
Ed Louie (EdlouieArts) is a 23-year-old freelance graphic/layout artist and illustrator from a small city called Cotabato in the Philippines.
Art Feature

How did you stumble into the art world?
This passion for art started when my big brother showed me what my name looked like. I was very fascinated, though back then I didn't even knew what each letter meant but I was happy to see my name written in a blank book cover. From there my journey started and
  devNEWS Article Series ~ LucyRanelle:icondevnews: DevNews :icondevnews:
As part of an ongoing series, here is an interview with LucyRanelle :iconlucyranelle:, who has founded Artists-Birthday, who talks about coming up with wonderful features of deviants celebrating their name day, as well as other thoughts and activities!

:bulletblue: What brought you to deviantART to begin with? How long have you been on dA?
Actually I´ve found deviantart while searching for Pokemon fanart, and about two years later I´ve decided to sign up, because I love drawing and wanted to share my art here. Since then it´s been almost three years on this wonderful website, and I´ve learned very much, and met a lot of amazing people here.
:bulletblue: You are known for your wonderful "Artist Birthday" journals featuring deviants who are celebr
  TRADITIONAL TROVE 33Hey there :la: I hope your all good!
(Iv'e been a bit behind lately, so yeah! sorry for that)
Every week I go on a little hunt to find 
treasures that may have slipped the net
through looking through 'Traditional, Newest'
in DA's search feature in the hope of bringing them
more attention as they often go unnoticed
and remember if you like what you see, then
please (fave,comment or/and 'watch') the featured
artists work.. So, until next time, see ya! :wave:


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Undiscovered Weekly: Resources And StockWelcome to  Undiscovered Weekly for Resources and Stock. Undiscovered Weekly is commited to spotlighing exceptional artists who have been at deviantArt less than three years, have low  page views, and/or few watchers.
This month I will feature Stock providers, Liancary-Stock,
:ladyofjustice:, and 13-Melissa-Salvatore. I will also include Resource, brushes and a tutorial by Outof4mmo, in this feature.
19-year-old Lia is from Germany. She has been adding photos for
stock for one year.  In that short time she has built up  a gallery containing 484 very creative fantasy theme photo stock. She says that she is self-taught digital artist and photographer, and she loves to wear costumes. And I must say that her art is worth looking at, and her stock is worth using. She is a contributor at 4 groups including FairytaleStock, and Stock-World.
  Featured Artists - Volume 17:iconalexander-john:


Brown Kinglet by Reptangle
Silver Koi Moon Dragon by Reptangle
Occellated turkey griffin by Reptangle
Father foo dog by Reptangle
Golden hatching dragon by Reptangle
Brown scratching dragon by Reptangle
John Lennon by jjkiefer
Albert by jjkiefer
Albert Einstein by jjkiefer
Self-Portrait by jjkiefer
Stan by jjkiefer
  ProjectPorkchop Vol360:iconlesliestonehouse:
Leslie is a digital artist from Australia. She finds her inspiration in the teachings of Native American culture among others and her work is very spiritual. She applies her color in such a way that it resembles a traditional oil painting and she enjoys experimenting with different color palettes. Each work in her gallery has a positive message behind it and you are sure to be inspired! Leslie has been a member of DA for one year, so let's give her a warm welcome to the community!

Suggested by meiyue 
see more..
Tereza is a traditional artist from the Czech Republic. Her gallery is heavily inspired by nature with fantasy elements as well. H

News and articles

Site Update: Staff RetreatThis week's Site Update is a little different from usual in that we don't have any publicly visible changes. However, it's for a good reason. Our Devious Technology team is currently at a staff retreat! 
What's New
Devious Technology Staff Retreat
The members of our Devious Technology team are currently in Canada for a staff retreat! Because the team is remote-based, this is the first time some of our developers have met one another in person!
The team is currently hard at work on a variety of upcoming projects for the community, and being able to interact face to face makes for a new, creative environment for them to code in as a team. Stay tuned for updates about the projects they're working on! #ItsComing

Your Feedback
Thanks for the feedback on last week's Site Update! Here's some of w
  PE: Digital Typography ExplainedGallery Descriptions
Welcome to the Typography part of projecteducate's DeviantART Galleries Week!
After earliers Traditional Typography it's now time to talk about Digital Typography :la:
Digital Art > Typography
Digital Art
Digital artwork originally created via the use of digital programs on a computer with a pen & tablet or computer mouse.
This should be self-explanatory, but for completeness I will add it here. Anything that is (eventually) created on a computer should go here. As mentioned in the previous article slight corrections to photographs or scans do not turn your traditional work into digital. A digital camera also does not.
Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, designing a type face or modifying letters.
Simple rule: does it contain letters or words? Then it is Typography.
Whether you submit it to that gallery, depends
  ProjectPorkchop is seeking admins!Hello all,
ProjectPorkchop  is looking to add one or two dedicated individuals to our team.  
Ideal candidates will be available to: 
help answer and go through suggestion notes
help put together upcoming articles (data entry)
help browse the site for artists to be featured
In order to be considered, you must be able to read and write in English and be available at least once per week to help work on articles.  
Basic html knowledge is preferred but we can teach you the ropes if you are not familiar with html.  We'd also prefer someone with experience utilizing the admin area of groups, but again, we are willing to train the right individual(s).  
ProjectPorkchop  is a passion driven project and we'd like to add members to our team who are as passionate about featuring unseen artists as we are! That being said, we ask that you please only apply if this is something you are actually interested in.
Still sound like something you're interested in helpi

Projects and events

New items! I-Heart-Colors AuctionHi everyone!
:new: August 18th: Yet another batch of new items have been added! :love: Be sure to check them out at the end of this journal :heart:
As you may or may not know, our group's Super Group status is going to run out in September. We've received a few kind donations to our donation account DonateI-Heart-Colors, but the rate we're getting points at isn't fast enough to gather all needed 4,796 :points: before September.
We need our super group status in order to:
:bulletblue: Use custom journal skins to make our features and journals more appealing
:bulletblue: Make polls for our members to enjoy
:bulletblue: Have a representative layout on our home page
:bulletblue: Be able to use custom box backgrounds to make the group's page appealing
:bulletblue: Use custom widgets to display necessary information as well as being able to feature people on our home page
:bulletblue: And last but not least, show the community and potential new members that we're an act
  Undiscovered Gem Scavenger Hunt (OPEN)The prizes:

:winner: The person with the highest score will receive  500 :points: OR One month premium membership + 100 :points:
:bulletpink: Runner up will receive 250 :points: 
If there is a tie, the person who sent me the FIRST 2nd best highscore will win.
:bulletblue: Third one will receive ONE Premium Lottery Ticket to be used here FGA GATE
If there is a tie, the person who sent me the FIRST 3rd best highscore will win.
FGA ticket Info: 4 boxes, you choose one. -- Premium = The boxes contains either 3 Months Premium Membership > 150 Points > Feature for 1 month > 50 Points .
Luck plays a huge role! So yes, you may possibly obtain the 3 months premium even though y
  DeviantART Compliments #127shep4life is the loveliest person. Jamey, you always leave thoughtful comments, draw attention to parts you like, and are one of the friendliest people on here. You're great, Jamey :glomp:
YOUR ART IS LITERALLY THE MOST AMAZING THING EVER. I WISH I COULD DRAW LIKE YOU I ALWAYS SEE YOU ON YOUR FRIENDS PAGES (sorry not stalking I just watch them too ;u; ) AND YOU'RE WAY TOO MODEST YOU'RE BETTER THEN ALL OF THEM. Like- you should post way way more ;w; I'd rather see just one of your sketches or anything then what you comment on and call cute bc it's so amaze please!
You're one of the sweetest and most adorable person I've ever met. I'm thankful I met you, because I've never felt this close to someone before, and nobody has ever gotten this close to me. I do deeply care about you. Your art is beautiful, and I know you put effort into it. Just keep getting better~
Thank you for sending such a sweet compliment, I literally blushed when I

That's all for this week! Have a good weekend!


Official AA4E Contest Coming Soon!

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 23, 2014, 2:02 AM
Hey guys and gals! Miss Aikou, here~ So, recently I made a poll asking whether you all would prefer a raffle or a contest and (not surprisingly!) the contest won. Lately I've been thinking of a sort of theme for it, and with some awesome suggestions from you guys I've finally thought of one.

It's going to be a color-based contest, wherein you will have to make a picture consisting of only one color (and of course shades of that color!). However, I won't tell you the color yet so you can't cheat and make your picture before the contest even starts!

I'm making this journal now to announce that the contest will be starting soon, however we are lacking prize donors. I'm very thankful for you that have offered, as well as those who offered to be judges! It helps tremendously! :iconmolangloveplz: You, the ones who want to help out, will be sent a note from me soon telling you all the details. ^^

Points would be especially appreciated, but if you don't have any, you can offer a commission as a prize instead! I'm going to donate some of my own points to the contest and MAYBE commissions. I'm pretty busy, so I'm not sure about that one yet. :iconotlplz:

Anyway, please let me know if you want to help out! I'm really excited to get this show on the road and I hope you guys are excited to participate! I think this will have a very interesting turnout~!

With love,

Classes will be starting up soon and all who have been on a long vacation we your loving teachers would love to see all of you in class again.

 If more join then we are willing to bring in more staff to bring in more classes of your choosing.

 If you have classes in mind you would like us to bring into our Academy then please leave a comment below and we your teachers will bring it up with the headmasters for you!

We love all our special students !

  ~ Teachers

Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! !Give-away winner announcement! Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! 

Here is the contest give-away winner evidence:
Winner by LoveAndGivePointsWinnerevidence by LoveAndGivePoints

Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! !The winner! Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! 

This means that the winner of this give-away is....

:heart: !Congratulations! :heart:
+50 :points:

My Dork Dance  !I thank all the participants, and I wish you all luck in the next give-away's I will be hosting in the near future!My Dork Dance 
Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! !Don't be sad if you didn't win, there could always be next time!  Rainbow Dot Bullet - F2U! 

Rave Project-entry ~Maya & Amy~ Rave Project-entry 
I HAVE 200 WATCHERSS!!! :iconoooohplz:
OH GOOD! I'M SO HAPPY, NOW!! :iconrigbylaplz:
thank very much to all!!!! :iconrigby-plz:

TENGO 200 WATCHERSS!! :iconoooohplz:
OH DIOS! ESTOY TAN FELIZ AHORA! :iconrigbylaplz:
muchas gracias a todos!!!! enserio :iconrigby-plz:
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You can do it if you try!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 22, 2014, 9:03 AM
So I get a few lovely comments from people saying how much they like my crochet and a lot of those people often express a desire to be able to do it themselves. I believe anyone can pick up any skill as long as they practise, however, some will find certain things easier to learn than others! For instance, I picked up crochet pretty quickly but years down the line, I'm still trying to learn how to knit!  

So, if I may use a personal example – When I was around 14-15 I really got into drawing. I drew almost every day and I wasn't to bad at it, then something happened and I just dropped the art-form altogether. There are often times when I try to draw these days and what comes out is worse than the average stick-man. It's really frustrating because I know, at one point in my life, I could draw but I'm so out of practise now that I'm really not motivated to re-learn. Which brings me to my next point.
Motivation! You need to have it. You can't just say, “Oh I wish I could do that too!” and not really mean it. The reason I have given up on trying to draw is because I'm not motivated to do it anymore. That was a part of my life I have moved passed and I have found other ways to express myself. We are all just human so there are going to be times when you are envious of others talents and abilities but just remember, they started off just like yourself – merely expressing a desire to learn something new!
The other problem I believe people have is that they don't believe in themselves. You have to think, “I can do that too!” and I know how hard that can be. I've seen some wonderful crafters and are intimidated by them. I wish I had that level of skill but the only reason they are ahead of me is because, A, they have been doing it longer than me, B, they practise more than I do, or C, they just have an easier time with that particular craft. No two people are ever going to be the exact same so just take a breath, relax and start thinking you have what it takes to accomplish what you so desire.
Envy is a huge problem for everyone! “Why is his/her work so much better than mine?” and I'm here to tell you that most people wont show their work that messed up! Take DA for example; I've seen people delete their old art because they have improved so much and are embarrassed to have their former stuff on display in public! It's a shame really because I think people need to see that to really realize that they aren't that different after all. That in a few years time, if you practise hard and keep at it, you too could be at that level of greatness.  

Now, I wouldn't say I'm a pro at what I do, I'm still learning but let me share with you, a little about the negatives of my journey through crochet. I started in November of last year but only became serious December. Since then I have tried to spare an hour a day, maybe more, to practise. Several months down the line, I realized I was doing all the stitches wrong. I was yarning over and pulling through one extra time per stitch. It didn't change the appearance of the work much so I didn't noticed when I compared my stitches to some swatches online. What it did do was use up a hell of a lot more yarn – so much so that I was surprised by the amount when I first realized what I had been doing (As an example, I somehow managed to use up a 100g ball of aran/worsted weight yarn on a pair of gloves ^^;). So, how did I finally become aware of this mishap? I forgot how to do a DC (Double crochet) and had to re-watch a youtube video. I sat there for a moment and though, “She's doing it wrong isn't she?” so I checked another video and that's when it hit me; I wasn't doing it properly. I felt so stupid at the time and I clearly remember being a little upset too but these are all parts of learning. I'll be honest, because of this silly mistake, I really did want to just give up crocheting completely, but I didn't! I took a little break to calm myself and then jumped straight back in a few days later. Another huge problem I had was learning to read the end stitch. When I first started my work kept increasing on the sides because I was lazy, didn't count my stitches and didn't know how to recognize that beginning and end stitch. Eventually I looked around online and found a video about how to use a stitch marker at the end of the row so you wouldn't accidentally increase. My problem was, that idea wasn't working for me. My work didn't increase as much, but it still increased. Eventually I started just stuffing my hook in anywhere and if it didn't look right, I'd either just leave it anyway, or pull it out and stick it somewhere else. It's only recently, probably about 3-4 weeks ago that I have finally learnt how to read that little sucker at the end. I did this watching a video also. It wasn't a tutorial on how to read stitches or anything like that, it was a tutorial on how to do a back loop only DC on that last stitch. I also don't hold the hook in either of the recommended positions. I hold it a lot closer to the tip and use my finger as a anchor for the hook instead of relying on the point to do all the work – Why? Because it is easier for me. If I hold it further down, even just a little, it will really strain my wrist and that's not a good thing for anyone. Just because someone does it that way, doesn't mean you have to as well!

I really hope you picked out what I was saying there. It's okay to watch videos and it's okay to re-watch them. Forgetting something and having to retrace your steps is perfectly okay. It's in no way a show of decline in your abilities, it just shows you are human.
I'd also just like to say that everyone will learn differently too. I first tried to crochet several years ago after my grandmother bought me an edition of a crochet magazine. Even though it was the first of that particular line, so they were showing the very basics, I couldn't understand it. The pictures were confusing and the writing didn't help either. I couldn't even make a chain stitch and so I throw it in the draw and never tried again... until that November day. I tried learning from that same magazine and still couldn't make a chain stitch. I was about ready to give up again when I remembered youtube. I found a beginner friendly video that worked for me and away I went! It's been a few months now and there are still things I can't do! I can't make amigurumi and I can't read graph patterns and both of these are because I haven't practised them yet. It's something I'll just have to do in the future if I decide that is the direction I'd like to go, but until then, I'm quite happy with that I have already achieved!

I personally think it's a good idea to keep a picture record of what you make because you may not see how much you have improved until you really sit down and compare your work. That is, of course, unless you intend to keep all your work. Some people like to give their work to friends and family after all.
And please, please try to remember you will never be completely perfect at any craft! Mistakes will always happen! I still have to pull rows of work out these days that I've done wrong so don't let that discourage you!  

I know it's really easy for me to sit here and go on and on about this so just to prove what I have been saying; the other day I made time to sit down and make a second crochet case, I worked on it for most of the day and a few hours the following day also. So here's a picture!

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Sorry it isn't the best quality, I took it in the night before pulling it apart, but can you see that top edge is in no way straight, especially on the right hand side? Yeah well that usually happens when the stitch count changes. In this case, my rows were all suppose to be 30 stitches each and so after counting and recounting I have found that they are, indeed, all 30 stitches! So the next logical guess is that my tension changed mid session for one reason or another. I don't think it is a very easy mistake to happen once you have found a comfortable way to keep tension but here it is! You can't see it in this photo but the middle piece between the pockets either side, there I worked a back loop only stitch so that I could connect the two spine pieces later on in the project. The problem here is that, I somehow have ended up with them on the front instead of the back so it is impossible for me to connect the spine in the way intended. I probably could have soldiered on and finished it but I know it would look really messy and I wouldn't be happy with it. I would have had to stretch the right hand side making it all out of proportion and the stitches would have gaps. So sadly, for me, this was the end result!

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It's okay though. For now I have decided to leave making another case and work on something I'm a little more comfortable with, but I still have every intention on revisiting this project later on! Not to mention my pile of mess was super soft so I ended up playing with it for a while!

I hope this has been insightful for you guys that managed to read it all. I'm not the best at explaining myself but I still do hope it was a little inspiring. I believe that most of what I said in this post can be adapted to any skill so if there is something you would like to try – Don't let anything hold you back! As for crochet, cross-stitching or any other craft I do that you would perhaps like some help with, feel free to comment or note me and I'll do my best!