Finished the last of the tiny mitered squares today; all 64! If that’s not a bucket of joy, I don’t know what is!
I’ve started joining them together into squares of 4, which is probably going to be the most tedious part of the process. This is because *apparently* I’m going to have to weave in 4 little ends per big square join UGH. I know it’s not a lot but I am so tired of ends after the first blankie! So far, 2 down & 14 more to go!
My blue maze is complete! It reminded me of ocean colors, so there you have it. I feel like I really learned a lot about brush and water control during this piece. I also learned a lot about color mixing for blue palettes!
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A little progress report on my blue maze. I’ve been experimenting with the new liner brush I bought. Dreamy so far!
Hi All! I had basically abandoned this blog for a variety of reasons last year. Primarily, that I wasn’t as engaged as I thought I was going to be for how much time I was putting into it. Also, my laptop is old and dysfunctional and it never occurred to me that “there’s an app for that” lol
Fast forward to my ever-growing deep dissatisfaction with Instagram (my primary social media). I tried Ello for a good month–a good idea, but basically a pile of trash…and then it dawned on me…I might have a more rewarding experience on WordPress if I actually engage in the communities I’m deeply invested in–art, crochet, ceramics, memery. So moving forward, this blog is going to take a sharp turn for look what I can do! I will still probably post reviews, since I more or less do that on Instagram anyways as part of the “me” experience.
This movie was pretty good. I can honestly say I enjoyed it.
Which is great, because the trailer tries to make it out to be a “horror” movie. Perhaps under the umbrella term of horror it fits, but it didn’t have dismemberment (there is one icky scene but there is tons of foreshadowing and plenty of time for eye covering), chanting children, black eye possession, or things moving eerily to plinky music. So for me, it is not the horror that I can’t watch.
It was very tense and there were a couple “boo” moments, but nothing too rattling. You’re basically following this family trying to survive the sound monsters and they do a great job of getting you invested in their survival.
I had *a lot* of problems with minor details. For example, there are some people who just give birth silently? Like voluntarily? So I feel like it’s a little misleading that they spend so much time on the “OMG imaaagine” of her giving birth. I will say that it makes a lot more sense in context of the grand scene (beyond what is shown in the trailer) but it still made me a little grump face. (SIDENOTE–because many girls in the US have never seen a live birth and only learn about birth from movies and TV and very often retellings of birth trauma via mom, aunty, etc. — when birth is distorted on media for entertainment purposes, it adds to the miseducation that women have to overcome when faced with decisions regarding their reproductive health. Moving on…) Why could they roll dice but not whisper into each others’ ears? Why are they only creating sound proofed rooms now that baby is on the way one year later? Why did sick boy only need one pill? Where did they get the oxygen and baby mask from? If there are so many neighbors why don’t they live as a commune? If there is a roaring waterfall in walking distance why didn’t they begin camping there 3-4 weeks before the due date so mom could labor in relative safety? How did the kids get out of the silo? Really the list could go on lol.
The important thing to take away, though, is if you can manage to suspend your disbelief for all of these wild underlying problems–the movie is quite engaging. Unless you’re really into CGI stuff, this could probs wait for RedBox. And probably should? Not because it’s that bad or anything, but we actually had trouble at our theater because the movie has such large silent parts, you could hear the movies playing in the adjacent theaters–kind of kills the suspense a little. XD
I was so jazzed for this movie to come out. I am an Azealia Banks fan; always have been and probably always will be. Is she a stereotypical #yourproblematicfav ? Yeah, probs…but honestly, her rawness as a person is what I find so endearing. And also, while I’m here defending the great AB, there are so many other potentially toxic celebrities out there who continue to be supported because of their “undeniable talent,” so why can’t this be her too? Especially since, if you follow any of her social media ranting you can actually see she is growing as a human being, like the rest of us. Which is frankly, refreshing and inspiring.
*Deep breath* …so back to Love Beats Rhymes. This movie is so cutesy. Which is my primary gripe. It is so corny 90’s–and some moments it feels cute and warm and familiar and the next minute I’m trying not to vomit in my mouth. The plot isn’t even that terrible (ala 10 Things I Hate About You; I’m corny but that’s what you came for), the acting is pretty good for most of the major characters, but the script! is so! yuck! Like, I’m glad we finally get to see Azealia Banks come into the movie world but I’m sad that now I have to couch my applause for her acting talent in the disclaimer about how the movie itself is kinda meh. I really, really hope this opens the door for her to do some more serious acting work.
(((And super tangentially, if we’re gonna spend any time talking about mini-Drake…can we talk about a real life Azealia Banks x Drake couple? How cute it could be? *hums Mariah’s “Make It Happen”*)))
I think what I loved most about the film was how it shows how there are so many different textures to rap/spoken word/poetry. How as an art form it can be used not only for bravado and anger, but also pain, happiness, romance, or uncertainty. The rap vs. poetry thread was a little heavy handed, but it ultimately does a good job of explaining about how each strengthens the other.
Summary: I’m glad I watched it once. I would watch it again if a friend hadn’t seen it. I would not watch it again by myself.
Black Girl Magic: We go to 11.