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wow embossing powder tutorial

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:45 AM
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Last year I visited a craft fair and discovered in the paper decoration / paper crafting a super great new material.
Maybe some of you know it.
But here in german Cosplay scene, and perhaps also for many other countries it's really a novelty.

It can be used for paper decoration, for gemstones, paint and much more.
In this tutorial I made a kind of decoration for costumes versions/ setting for stones/ enamelling paper.

here two shops I found at the internet:
german shop
uk shop (only powder)

FOR MAKING GEMSTONES PLEASE READ THE LAST TIP

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How to work step by step:


STEP 1



What materials do you need:

- Paper / paperboard (or laminated paper)
- Brush / pens / scissors
- heat dryer
- Acrylic paint / varnish
- WOW! Embossing Powder
- Embossing Ink Pad (or something like that)
- stamp as planned (usually for Embossing Powder)
- On request: Perfect Pearls - Colorpowder
- Baking paper as a base for quick and easy work


STEP 2



Draw the shape you want on your paper and cut it out.

Tip: You can't often cut the paper later. It is important to have everything in the exact shape.


STEP 3



Paint your paper with acrylic or varnish.
If you have laminated paper, you don't need this step!


STEP 4



Press the ink pad on your shape. It must be sticky and wet.


STEP 5



Now sprinkle the first layer "WOW! Embossing Powder" on the sticky paper.

Tip: You can use a bare paper placed under it.
Fold it once in the middle and after you're done pour your powder back into your box.


STEP 6



Heat the powder with the heat dryer.
You should be a handbreadth away with the heat dryer.
You can see exactly how the powder melting and begins to get a smooth surface.

EVERY layer is repeated in this way!


STEP 7



For a simple enamelling, you can do this 1 to 2 times.
If you want to impress a pattern, you will need 2 to 3 layers of embossing powder. How to recognize the pattern beautifully.

Here's an example: 1 layer and 3 layers


STEP 8



Each "WOW! Embossing Powder" and every "Perfect Pearl-Colorpowder" have different effects.
I wanted to antique gold. For that I use black Embossing Powder and "Perfect Pearls - Sunflower Sparkle"

I paint the colorpowder with a brush on my shape.


STEP 9



Heat it the last time.
IMMEDIATELY press the stamp on your shape and let cool.
Only when it is cooled off, you can remove the stamp.

Your shape with the pattern is finished.

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All steps at a look (for example with a stone on it)




SPECIAL TIP


To pour stones / shapes, you need the following things:

- A little old pot or pan
- Stove or hot plate

Step 1: Heat the "WOW! embossing powder" in the pot
Step 2: Pour it into the mold
Step 3: Let it cool

YOUR'E DONE

Tip: You can use any leftovers again!

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Worbla's Deco Art Tutorial I

Thu May 9, 2013, 9:04 AM
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Based on 2 tutorials, I have given you a view about Worbla's Finest Art.
Today I want to bring you his little brother closer:

Worbla's DECO Art

For all american friends: it is similar to Friendly Plastic. Nevertheless I want to show you the handling of this material closer.
The Worbla materials work similar. A second tutorial on Worbla's Deco Art will come soon, too.

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For everyone who don't know where to buy Worbla's Deco Art. You can buy it here:
coscraft www.coscraft.co.uk/
my costume www.mycostumes.de/

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Let's start:

Step 1



What do you need:
Worbla's Deco Art
A bowl / pot
a sieve water boiler plus water
(Kitchen) towels (if it drips)
Optional: a silicone mold etc.


Step 2



Fill in the quantity required of Worbla (white beads) in your sieve. Immerse it into the boiled water, which you have previously poured into the bowl.


Step 3



You can see how the white Worbla will turn transparent. After it has completely turned transparent, take it out the sieve and knead it. It should have a smooth surface. Again it is whitish, immerse it again into hot water.


Step 4



Press the Worbla into the mold or bend it freehand. Wait until it gets white to remove it.

For sculpture you can knead it for so long and reheat again until you have your desired shape.


Step 5



Now you can cut or even clean all edges for a final finish.

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gemstone tutorial

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How difficult it always is, to get stones for a costume in the right color, size and shape.

That's why I uploaded this tutorial today: How to make gems.

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How to work step by step:


STEP 1



What materials do you need:

- resin and hardener
- tinting paint
- cups and spoons/ chopsticks to stir
- maybe a scale
- silicone mold for/ of stones (I bought it on etsy)
- aluminium foil
- scissors


STEP 2



~ Note:
With water I could find out how much resin I needed later.
For more quantities, you can mark a line with a pencil on the cup. ~

For my stone I need only 1 tablespoon of resin (= 8g)
For more quantities the weight is important. See step 3


STEP 3



To get some colorful stones you can use tinting paint. I use a simple green color.
Sometimes you need one or two colortests to get the right mixture ratio.

For a beautiful transparent green I need a half-drop.
Mixing the tinting paint with the resin thoroughly.

When you are finished you can add the hardener. For the stone, it was about 10 drops.
Each resin has a guide with a resin-hardener mixture ratio. For more quantities, you can calculate out at the scale of how much you need to mix hardener based on the weight.  Otherwise, simply by touch.
Mix it again now.


STEP 4



Pour everything in the mold of your choice. With the spoon you can get every last drop out of the cup.

Tip: if you have too much resin in the cup, pour it into a second form. So all is well used.


STEP 5



Cut out the foil a rough shape of the stone. Something bigger than the stone itself!
And put it on it.

Now just wait until everything is fixed.
Tip: A warm place speed up the drying.

STEP 6



In approximately less than an hour the stone should be completely dry.
Take it out of the mold. If it is still a little sicky dry it with a hair dryer. Wait 5 minutes and cut the excess foil.

The stone is done ❤

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Story of Putting on Kneesock and Limo Prank

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 2, 2011, 11:55 PM
***WARNING: THIS IS A SUPER LONG AND DETAILED POST!***

I get a lot of questions on how waselreins and I did the body makeup for our demon sisters cosplays. So here I'll tell ya'll how we did it, in addition to the whole story about the limo entrance. With pictures!!



On Saturday morning, I woke up at 5 AM to get ready for Kneesock. The limo was going to pick us up at 12:45 PM and I had to help the others get ready so I woke up the earliest to do as much of myself as I could. After the necessary prepping (shower/wash face/brush teeth/moisturize) I put in my contacts and wig cap first.

I used Ben Nye MagiCake Aqua Paint in red for my face and ears. I was told afterwards it's pretty bad for your skin so next time I'm gunna use Kryolan or Mehron, but for Fanime Ben Nye worked perfectly fine for me. Here's a bit more info on it here: stageandtheatermakeup.com/bnma…



Instead of water to spray onto the red makeup I used LiquiSet and a foundation brush to apply it to my face. After I painted on a couple layers to make sure it was all even, I sprayed Final Seal over my face, ears and neck. This is to make sure it doesn't smudge during the day. More info/purchasing can be found here: stageandtheatermakeup.com/bnse…

After that was over and done with I applied the rest of my makeup. I made sure to use a dark brown bronzer to contour my face so that it wouldn't show up such a flat red in photos. I applied it under my cheekbones and outlined my nose. As for lips, I thought white would look way too weird so I chose to do white liner all over my lips with a pale pink gloss over it. So it turned out a more baby pink color instead of super white. I painted on my eyebrows with Makeup Forever creme makeup in white and my eyes were a mix of pencil and liquid eyeliner with blue eyeshadow over it.



By the time I finished my face makeup it was around 6:30 AM and both waselreins and evalime came by the room to also get ready. waselreins started doing her face makeup while I set up the bodypaint.



We used PAX paint to do our bodies! We purchased 4 oz of No Tack Pros Aide adhesive (Two 2 oz bottles) and in the end used about 3 oz between the both of us. I still have about half a bottle left. More info here: www.fxwarehouse.info/mm5/merch…



Rather than purchase a premixed colored one, we did custom coloring which is mixing equal parts (1:1 ratio) acrylic paint with the pros aide adhesive. I just bought the cheap non toxic kind you can find at Walmart for 97 cents a bottle.

I mixed it in a plastic cup and we used cheap flat foundation brushes to paint it onto our bodies. I say cheap because these brushes will be mostly ruined by the end of it unless you clean them right away. It also helps to have friends help you since it is a realllly long process. You can get cheap $1 foundation brushes here: www.eyeslipsface.com/elf/tools…

Earthbounder eventually came over about an hour later and also helped with the body painting.



The process was very long! Basically what we did was paint a body part at a time until eventually the whole body was painted in one layer. After a section (say, an arm) we'd take a blowdryer to speed up on drying.



Once that area was dry, we'd set it with baby powder. Even though the bottle says no tack, it's still very tacky and you will stick to yourself if it's not properly powdered. Once it's powdered though, it's very smooth/velvety feeling. Any areas that were still a bit sticky we'd just add more powder to it.



Here is me with one layer on except for my hands lololol. Sexy right?

My roommates got a kick out of hearing the most random things coming out of the bathroom, such as "Will you blowdry my armpits??" and "Sorry you need to paint my butt."

In the end we did 2 coats of PAX paint over ourselves and it turned out very even. As a side note, I'd recommend shaving arms/legs for this because it will hurt when you scrub it off later if it sticks to any hair!!



After the painting fiasco I had help getting into my costume by Earthbounder in his Corset mouth stretcher trolololol.



The PAX paint, once fully dried and powder, will not rub off on anything. It is like a second skin and pretty much everything proof with the exception of vinyl. We noticed that in some parts it'd peel and stick to vinyl, but even washing my hands it didn't come off. I'd scare friends wearing white by rubbing up on them ahhaha. But not to worry cause there was no smudging or staining whatsoever!

After finishing for the demon sisters we all helped Earthbounder get ready in his Corset.

We used PAX paint on his hands and Ben Nye all over his face. Here you can see our beloved Corset getting a manicure by evalime.



At first we were doing really well on time but as it came closer to pick up time we kept realizing there were more and more details to do and by the last hour we were extremely pressed for time and rushing things. Ken-Eden came over at the very end and I had to quickly restyle his Handsome Brief wig.

We had barely made it on time!! In the end it took us 6 hours to get ready with a breakfast break included. For me, it was 7 hours since I woke up 1 hour earlier than everyone else lol. We now learned from this experience that next time we need to get more brushes and probably a couple other friends to help out so that it can drastically cut down on time.

If you want to skip the limo story and see the removal of paint section, just go ahead and scroll down to the bottom!

We headed over to the Fairmont at noon to get ready for limo pickup. Our friend Monica helped us by tying up Brief bondage style lol.



There's a pretty ridiculous story to the whole limo deal. Let's backtrack a few months. About 3 months ago, we were joking around on wanting to show up to Fanime in a limo in front of the protestors that are there every year just to interrupt their protest and to make an entrance.So why not make it a reality?!?!

Yes, every year at Fanime, there are Christian zealots that like to protest and tell us how we are all sinners just because we cosplay. It's realllllly ridiculous. It isn't Westboro Church but some other group.

The original plan was to show up in a limo and make a grand entrance blasting the Demon Sisters theme song and rolling out a 15 foot red carpet in front of the protesters while being greeted by our friends posing as paparazzi and fans.

A few days before the con I made a facebook event for it to gather friends so we could get a large crowd going. It was honestly my mistake to make it a public event at first because some friends invited others that turned out to be total party poopers and reported the event to Fanime Staff thinking we were going to harass the protesters, when in reality we are just making an entrance and taking photos/having fun. It just so happens that we are doing it at the same time as the protesters....

Anyways, we didn't think anything of it then and continued with the plan. The limo company originally gave us a 6 person limo but they had to do a time change so gave us a free upgrade to a 12 person stretch limo! It was so baller inside! We invited our friend Monica, photog buddy Bigwhitebazooka, and E-D-G, who was playing our bodyguard, to come along with us for the ride. Earthbounder was too tall in his Corset that the top of the wig got smooshed and split apart from the limo roof!!





A couple friends who were out in the crowd waiting for us gave me a call and told us that Fanime staff had set up a blockade so that no one could pull in to the front unloading area. They basically got a big truck and were pretending to unload stuff to both block out the protesters and to keep our limo from pulling in.

We got worried so we had the limo driver go there anyways and to try to pull in to drop us off. It was funny, he was super chill and cool about us weirdos haha!

When we got near the loading area, we got stopped and pulled to the side by a cop. He was asking the driver if there were girls in there, and we said, "And boys!" so the cop told the driver he needed to see our faces. He pulled around and looked in the door and gave us a look, and was just like, "Oh, it's YOU guys. We were warned about you."

Basically the staff reported us to the cops saying that we were trying to attempt a counter protest so therefore the cops were being dickwads to us.

In return we politely corrected the officer saying that we just wanted to get dropped off and to have nice photos taken. He told us that we could quickly get dropped off BUT no photos, no nothing, which was total B.S.

So we had a choice to make - get quickly dropped off or go somewhere else and do a shoot. In the end, we decided to loop around one more time and to get dropped off. We decided not to do the red carpet rollout in fear of getting into huge trouble (even though we weren't doing anything wtf) but instead we slowly got out with the music blasting. Unfortunately the crowd was louder than the music so it wasn't heard. It was short and not as planned but in the end still worked! We were sad that there weren't as many protestors yet either.

It was great seeing the crowd get really excited and bum rush to the front when we pulled up in the limo - it was also pretty awesome when we came out and everyone just really started cheering for us haha! We decided to stick around a bit and snap some photos.









After that we had the limo driver go over to the Marriott hotel entrance so we could do an actual shoot with the red carpet.







There's a couple videos of the entrance I already linked but here it is again:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSltz8…
www.youtube.com/watch?v=942Ckb…

and the second run through in front of the Marriott without the crowd:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LOJaA…

Afterwards we did a couple shoots and basically ran around until about 4 pm before getting really tired and wanting to change out. Right before changing out we ran into Ackson who wanted to do a quick shoot since he wasn't able to shoot our limo entrance. We ran into Akusesu in her hot Robin on the way and nabbed her to join us in trolling around on camera. Here's a couple awesome videos from Ackson:

youtu.be/w8ExIL_ep7U
youtu.be/nVlF5Fzq8lg

REMOVING THE BODY PAINT:



You'll want to purchase a big bottle of this special remover. You'll also need help to get it off. waselreins and I basically wore swimsuits and had to scrub each others backs to get it off haha!

Anyways, I sprayed the remover all over my body and let it soak up for about 5 minutes before jumping into a hot shower. You'll also want to scrub it off using these body exfoliating gloves:



I also hear that shaving gel/cream really helps to remove the paint, but so far I used regular body wash or shampoo and it works fine.

The paint did not stain our skin and peels off like glue. It's much easier to get off the thicker layers than the thinner ones.

So yeah. That was my Saturday of Fanime!!!! Thanks for reading this wall of text LOL

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Worbla's Deco Art Tutorial II

Tue May 14, 2013, 10:42 AM
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In the last tutorial I showed you how to work with Worbla's Finest Art and Worbla's Deco Art.
And it goes even further with Worbla.

Today I want to tell you the theme "coloring".
Worbla can be simple paint, varnish or spray. But what only few people know, you can even color Worbla's Deco Art.

So let's go:


Step 1



What do you need:
- Worbla's Deco Art
- all other basic materials you needed, see ❤ fav.me/d64nj2k
- Acrylic or tinting
- Gloves


Step 2



Follow Step 1 till Step 3 from my first Worbla's Deco Art Tutorial ❤ fav.me/d64nj2k

Is your Worbla will turn transparent, you can knead the acrylic paint (or tinting) into your mold.
The more color you use, the stronger will be the result.

Again it is whitish/hard, immerse it again into hot water and knead it again.


Step 3



Now you can work with your Worbla as before.
Knead it into the desired shape or press it into your silicone model and wait until it is hard.


Step 4



Here you see the results of 3 different Worbla.
- upper cornered stone is Worbla's Finest Art - 2x painted with acrylic
- lower cornered stone is Worbla's Deco Art - 2x painted with acrylic
- triangular stone is Worbla's Deco Art - 1x light colored


Test it out and have fun while crafting.


Tip: Take small bags or cans for the leftovers that are no longer needed at the moment. Should you need to work with the color again, you can use the leftovers too.

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applique tutorial

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After my dear friend :iconaigue-marine: (and a lot of other people before) asked me, how I make my appliques, I thought: hey, you work at a costume with this appliques again. I can make a tutorial!

And here you see step by step how I make on a easy way all my appliques.

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What do you need:
- paper, pencil and scissors (maybe a rubber)
- fabric and thread
- Interfacing /Interfacing double-sided and a iron
- sewing mashine/ needle

How to work step by step:

STEP 1



Sew or compose your costume, as you need it.
If you know where the pattern to be sewn on it: take the fabric or the pattern for step 3 as a template

STEP 2



Take (old) paper, a sketch of the costume as an overview and pens for drawing

STEP 3



Copy the fabric or the pattern on the paper.
Then draw the desired pattern as a template onto the paper.

STEP 4



Cut and sort everything ^. ~

STEP 5



Reinforce your fabric with interfacing. It must not go off!

STEP 6



Draw with the template your pattern on the fabric and cut them roughly (!).

STEP 7



Set your machine to a zigzag. This can be nearly look like this.
Sew all the lines along the fabric. This can sometimes take a little longer. So be patient.

STEP 8



The pattern looks like this, once you've sewed it. Sometimes you have to iron it then.

STEP 9



Cut it out carefully. In this case you may not cut the seam, otherwise everything goes on.

STEP 10



Cut all the threads.

STEP 11



Place the pattern on the costume / the fabric. You can clue it or get pin up.
In double-sided interfacing just put it ironed, then it will not slip.
Sew a second time with the zigzag along the pattern.

STEP 12



TADAAAAAA your applique is done!

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I hope you like it. If you have any questions, you can contakting me here or per note. ^.~

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This is an excerpt from my blog at www.willterrell.com from July 13, 2012:

The other day I wrote about this being my 15th anniversary as a comic book artist and posted THESE pages from my very first comic book for San Diego Comic Con in 1997. I wanted to follow that up by taking the opportunity to talk about a few things I've learned over the years as a comic book artist.  Hopefully what I've learned can be of value to you. Here is a list of 7 things I've learned in my time as an artist…


1. MISTAKES ARE WHAT EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE
I don't know where I heard it first, but I knew from the very beginning that you have to do a lot of bad work in order to get to the good stuff. So I made the decision early on to make my mistakes as fast as possible in order to get to the other side of experience. What I didn't know at the time, was that you can make all sorts of mistakes that you don't even know are possible. Trusting the wrong people, jumping before you look, focusing on the wrong goals, etc… The challenge is to focus on the opportunities in those mistakes, instead of the frustrations. In every adversity is the seed of opportunity, if you choose to look for it.


2. WHAT YOU WANT, ISN'T ALWAYS WHAT YOU WANT
Figuring out what you really want is the hardest thing for most of us. Sometimes we want a goal 'because we want it'. But that's not a good enough reason. Knowing WHY you want something is the fuel that keeps you going when everything gets to be hard. Its not all that difficult to get paid to be an artist. Once you get to a certain level, its not even all that hard to do art for a living. But what kind of art do you really want to get paid to do? Why do you want to do it? Can you get that satisfaction from doing something else? I've walked through many doors in my career that I only dreamed about before, only to realize it wasn't what I had a passion to do. Drilling down deep into what you're excited to do for a living is the key to having a long and successful career. Knowing what you really want also allows you to let go of the 'good' opportunities that won't necessarily lead you to where you want to go.

But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For heaven and the future´s sakes.
—Robert Frost,

3. PASSION MATTERS MORE THAN TALENT
Talent goes a very long way, don't get me wrong, but in the long run, talent will go to rot if you don't have the passion to do something with it. I've known many talented artists over the years that allowed themselves to be drowned in excuses, distractions and insecurities; rather than use their talent to its fullest potential. Its not that they didn't want to use their talent, just that the fire inside wasn't there for it. While at the same time I've seen creators with very little talent, grow and surpass others just by doing the thing that they love, day after day. Then there are those rare magical creatures, that possess both the passion to follow their dreams, and the talent to make it look awesome. If you want something badly enough, you'll do it no matter what. Eventually the talent will catch up.


4. IF YOU'RE NOT AFRAID, YOU'RE NOT TRYING
Fear is good. It lets you know that something is happening. I've had to learn that if I'm not at least a little afraid about a decision, then I'm probably not invested in it. The only times I'm really knocked on my butt by a situation, is when I think I have it all figured out. Fear keeps you on your toes, and keeps you thinking. The challenge is to not let fear make your decisions for you. Fear should not keep you from taking chances. Fear is supposed to be an alarm, to snap us out of comfort, and heighten our awareness to survive. But when we allow fear to decide for us, thats when we lose control of our lives.

5. FIND MENTORS
I wish it were easier to find people to give us the answers we need. We often don't realize how blessed we are by certain people and we take them for granted until its too late. But when we do find mentors, they have the power to change our lives. I've been fortunate to find a few amazing mentors in my career – Artists, Teachers, Businessmen – who were generous with their time. They gave attention, answers and hope to a young artist desperate to learn. Most people can tell you when you're doing something wrong. But very few can tell you why. Even fewer can tell you how to get better. Then there are those rare ones that can seemingly reach into your mind and remove the roadblocks that you didn't even know were there. If you find these teachers – do everything you can to learn from them. Be respectful of their time, be grateful for those moments, and for God's sake don't take them for granted. Who knows, maybe someday you'll be working along side them.

6. FALL IN LOVE WITH THE PROCESS, NOT THE RESULTS
One thing I wish I'd learned sooner is to make comics to entertain myself. I fell into making comics after high school, and from the very beginning I had the goal that someday I'd make a living doing it. Unfortunately, I didn't actually LOVE making comics. I loved the idea of it. I loved inventing worlds, I loved sharing my worlds with other people. But I didn't actually know how to draw, or how to tell a story. By the time I finally developed the skills to do comics professionally, I'd lost my reason for doing it, and it took me a long time to get that back. The truth is, the best way to learn is by having fun doing it. If you can fall in love with doing the thing you want to do (instead of the idea of doing it) your skills and opportunity will grow exponentially. Let go of your expectations. Enjoy the moment of creation. The results will work themselves out eventually.

7. THERE IS NO FINISH LINE
Following your dreams is serious business. The more we risk to follow them, the more conveniences we leave behind. There is an easier way to live, but it is not as satisfying. For those that follow the path of dreams, there are many disappointments and heart breaks, but also incredible highs and great adventures. Along the way you might lose sight of why you do this, or perhaps lose the youthful enthusiasm you had when you started out. But just remember to have fun. There is no finish line to doing what you love. Its not a race – its a way of living. When things get hard – when you're stressed about whether something will work or not – when the challenges are daunting – just remember… these are the good old days. Someday these struggles will be your fondest memories. Back when you were figuring it all out. Back when you were overcoming your biggest hurdles. Back when nobody thought you could do it. Right now you are living the life you've always wanted to live. So live it well.
-Will
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