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?

Monday, June 16, 2014

SUMMER! YEAH! And a Haiku

Read comics about writing comics, write comics about reading comics... 

The last day of school was on Friday the 13th.  The day wasn't unlucky except for how it didn't feel like the end of the school year.  Sure, having finals the last 3 days of school sort of ruins the feeling, but it was mostly attributed to having the dreaded ACT the next day.
On the last day of school, my mom and I always go out to lunch.  We got udon and went to this little Japanese bakery called Pastry House Hippo.  They had all of these desserts in the shape of animals!

Chocolate Crab, Strawberry Pig

Chocolate Turtle

Well, tell me about your summer plans in the comments below! And now, a haiku:

Let's go have some fun
I would go play outside but
I don't like bug bites