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Tired swimmer rescued in Finland

During the first weekend of November, a Finnish man was kayaking on a lake in a thick fog. He saw something floating in the water, and when he got closer he saw that it was a Northern Hawk-Owl. It was clearly exhausted and the man lifted it out of the freezing water onto the tip of his kayak. The owl then crawled to his lap for warmth and burrowed under his lifejacket.

Since his original destination was too far away, the man decided to head for a nearby art museum on the lake shore. Once there he was eagerly assisted by both visitors and a museum guide, who took the bird in to rest and dry up next to a warm stove.  At the end of the day the owl had recovered and was released back into the wild.

How the owl ended up in the lake in the first place remains a mystery. It may have got lost in the fog, or have been driven out to the lake by Hooded Crows (if a flock spots a predatory bird they tend to chase it away quite aggressively).

(This is my summarized translation of the article which is only available in Finnish. No copyright infringement is intended, only sharing this to celebrate the brave little owl and all the people who helped him.)


These SD navy whale tops have just been added to my store! If you buy one, you can make terrible jokes about your doll having a whale of a time.

Victorian Ladies Bookmarks by Marina’s Wishes.




"Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.”

Women have always fought. We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it.

(Bolding mine)

"We have always been there, ‘contributing to history’. Our own, modern sexism contributes to the erasure of it."


Added to the store tonight are these Super Gem corset and skirt sets! There’s only one of each, one is a darker burgundy and has darker beading on the corset, and the other is a brighter red.

OMG they are amazing!!!!


"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe


For all the artists who are trying something new right now and think they suck at it, I bring you a comparison between my FIRST character doll, made in approximately 1999?, Hotsuma from Tenchi in Tokyo, and Prince Nuada created in 2013. Every year I look back and see new places to improve. You will always improve, as long as you never stop. But its hard to see the improvement when it comes in doses so small. That’s why I keep that sad little Volks Dollfie custom I made in a box near my crafting supplies. When I’m just sure I am never getting any better, I can look and see how far I’ve come, and in another 14 years, how much better I can get.

I also have one of the first outfits I made for my first BJD, for the same reason. If I’m feeling like crap, well…at least whatever I made is better than /that/ piece of poop. 

So don’t give up…and also don’t throw away everything that you don’t like anymore. Keep a little bit of your starter stuff so that you can really see how far you’ve come.

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