Friday, July 25, 2014

Dik-Dik and Embroidered Badges

The cutest little antelope intern


So my favorite project I worked on at camp was STEM Merit Patches.  The assignment was to make ANYTHING with fabric as long as it had a seam in the background and 3 embellishments.  Recently, I've had a weird fascination with badges and patches.  Cloth objects that mark some sort of achievement.  I created my own badges for the achievements that humankind can do as a whole.

1.  "Discovered a New Species Badges" - The Bird
The bird represents undiscovered species that we can learn from about the origins of life.  New types of life are being discovered in places we've deemed "uninhabitable", and this can teach us about how life starts on other planets.

2. "Went to Mars Badge" - The Rocket
45 years ago, this week, humans first stepped onto a world that was not our own.  I believe that we can advance as a species far enough so we can go to other planets.  With developments like the Curiosity rover to this meteorite containing possible fossils of microscopic life, we have a lot to learn about Mars and the origins of life.

3. "Eradicated a Disease Badge" - The Amoeba
We've come so far in the research of illnesses and microbiology.  Modern medicine has eliminated plagues like smallpox.  The minds of today can make things like the common cold a thing of the past.  (I currently have a cold.  Thanks a lot, rhinovirus (#- n -) .)

4.  "Created an Artificial Intelligence Badge" - The Robot
Programming is an important skill that everyone, especially women, should learn.  Everything is becoming more mechanized, and it is amazing how much more fascinating everything becomes if one knows how it works.  I took a beginners programming class this year, and even with rudimentary skills, it's interesting how everything makes a little bit more sense, even if it's in a language I've never even seen.

Yesterday's procrastination produced this 2 inch glow-in-the-dark Anglerfish badge.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  Here's the really good DIY tutorial I used from the Etsy Blog.

I think I'm going to try to do embroidery more often.
What do you want a badge for?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Stuff At Blue Lake: July 15th, 2014

Every year, I go to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, a 12 day long lesson on music, dance, theater, or visual arts.  I go for visual arts.  This was my 6th and final year. The following is adapted from a letter I sent my parents.

This cool plant which I later painted.

So this is the coldest session at Blue Lake I've ever had.  I packed for sweltering heat but today was around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  My original pullover wasn't warm enough so I bought the smallest zip-up sweatshirt they had.  I also forgot to bring long pajama pants.  On several occasions, I wore my formal uniform maxi-skirt to bed.

Yesterday, I bought an international postage stamp and it was round and I thought that was cool.

The camp store was famous for it's "rice cream", vegan (and misleadingly soy) ice cream.  This year, they changed it to a more-expensive actual ice cream and added a sundae option to their menu.  It was good.

There's a tree than leans over one of the paths.  People leave dry cereal at its trunk or else it eats the younger campers.

The generic dry cereal at breakfast is somehow better than name brand cereal.  I have to find these somewhere.

I hope you enjoyed this!  I'm going to go huddle for warmth now.

Love, Victoria.

Hey everyone!  I've returned from an internetless place.  It's my favorite place in the world, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, Michigan.  It' very rustic.
Little Blue Lake.  No joke, we once found a cactus growing on the ground in the lower right corner.  Cacti don't grow in Michigan.

The porch connected to the fiber arts building.  It's fun to sit out here, but super procrastinative.

The elusive reverse-centaur unicorn.

"Euphoniums Rule!"

An HD photo of a moth to give everyone just a little bit of mottephobia.

I'll talk about the actual art process of Blue Lake in the future.  If you have the chance, I recommend going.  It's the absolute best place in the world.

Did you go to summer camp?  Tell me below!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quickly: Camp and a Haiku

Hey everyone!  I'm going to be in an internetless place until the 20th, so yeah.  It's art camp.  More specifically, my last year of camp as a camper.  I'll tell you more about it later.  BTW, the shop is closed until then.

In the woods, there's a
Lot of spiders and bugs I dislike.
Eww go away, bugs.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mini DIY: How to Clean The Rubber Parts of Your Shoes

It's summer, so your sneakers will get dusty, muddy, covered in paint, and overall GROSS.  Make your shoes look a little brighter by cleaning them!
Things you'll need:

  • Toothpaste (I don't think it matters what kind you use.)
  • Your mortal enemy's toothbrush (an old toothbrush will also work, just don't plan on using it afterward.)
  • A pair of dirty shoes
  • A space that is easy to clean up, like a sink or a bathtub
  • Clothing detergent

Step 1.
Put some toothpaste on the toothbrush and wet it.  You're going to be using quite a bit of toothpaste, so I suggest setting aside a quarter-sized dab of it to use so you don't have to constantly be touching the tube to the grimy toothbrush.

Step 2.
Scrub the rubber sidewall and toe of the shoe, repeat step 1 if needed. Try to avoid the cloth parts because, in my experience, toothpaste juice is hard to get out of cloth.

Step 3.
When all clean, rinse off the shoe and let dry.

If you want to, you can put a little detergent on a rag and scrub the cloth parts, too.  I usually don't do that unless I get my shoes SUPER DISGUSTING.

I also went on a DIY spree recently and these glitter shoes using this Rookie tutorial!
Disco shoes disco yous!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Shop Update

*goat not included

Currently selling SPIRIT WEEK Comic Zine for $4 USD, and it comes with a free paper sticker!

I am having a FANTASTIC day!  I opened my Etsy store, I got my LAST ACT score today and I LOVE it, and I just finished my first 40-hour workweek!  I went canoeing yesterday (for the first time in like, 10 years) and I'm going to the beach later this week.

Well, anyway, if you plan to get SPIRIT WEEK from the shop, I will be in the wilderness from July 9th through the 20th, so either act fast or wait for a few weeks.

Sunday, June 22, 2014


All of the stories have 9 characters

Tomorrow I start a volunteering job at a science summer camp! YEAH! SCIENCE!  Expect weird, dinosaur, or ecology themed comics.  (I suggest listening to Hank Green's song "I Love Science" right now.  Rosalind Franklin FTW!)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


I loved that book so much, it nearly fell apart! We all had a bug phase, didn't we?