Sunday, October 31, 2010

31 days of Halloween Giveaway from October Farm over at Mrs.B's!

First of all, Happy Halloween! and blessed Samhain too. We have a busy day of pumpkin carving, treat bag decorating and trick or treating ahead of us. Once it's all done I expect to put my feet up, enjoy, pop my prenatal vitamin and refrain from raiding the Peanut's haul. It's going to be tough to do so wish me luck.

One of my favourite places to visit everyday is October Farm. Jaz is an amazing lady who thrifts, crafts, collects, gardens and cooks the most amazing looking dishes I have ever seen. Along with Teddy; her adorable chow her posts brighten my day and make me feel hungry all at once.

Over at Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom Jaz giving away a basket of goodies straight from Salem!! And it's a doozy!! I'm putting my name in as we speak! I've put my name in for the Giveaway's that Jaz has over at October Farm before and have yet to win; but I am hopeful that this giveaway has my name all over it.

Also up for grabs today is a full set of the Weiser Field Guides. and I can totally see this full set up on my bookshelf too.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Keep on keeping on

And just like that I feel like I'm lagging behind. Time to pull up the bootstraps; or given my inability to bend over to put socks on with out contorting my legs and torso into extreme positions maybe I'll slip on those mules I keep by the door to go and check the mail instead, and get back at it.

It's been a tough week around here emotionally and the ornament project has born the brunt of that. As much as I'd sometimes like to dump all our personal crap here and unburden myself I have to respect the desire for privacy that's floating around here. If I were the lead in the play that is our life I'd be sharing sharing sharing, but since I'm only a secondary character to the plot line at the moment it's really not my place to share. Suffice it to say that we are healing and moving towards a place for all of us that will be more stable and secure.

My job right now is to get back to the ornaments and that's on my to do list today. I'll be all up in the excel sheets creating a line sheet of the finished ornaments so that when we start contacting Brick and Mortar shops to carry them we have a proper package to market with. Anyone out there ever done a line sheet before? My plan is to cut and past from my Etsy inventory list since all the details are there already.

Once I've done with that; it's tweaking the Peanut's costume and gutting our second pumpkin so that we can give it a good carving.

Friday, October 29, 2010

It was a long day

yesterday, The Peanut and I were up and out the door with the Husband; and then on our way for a much needed play date. From there we met up with the husband to visit our family doctor and then it was off to the pharmacy to fill prescription, over to the baby store to price out an Arms Reach Co-Sleeper, out to an early dinner, back to pick up the prescription and then a long bus ride home. By the time we walked back in the house we'd been out and about for a good eleven hours and I was exhausted.

The plan today is to shoot the latest round of finished ornaments and to go visit the husband at work for lunch (and to catch the Halloween festivities there, carved pumpkins and costume contests). The weekend is shaping up to be a great one.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Thousand Words

Painting the Pterodactyl hat for Sunday

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Costume Building

Every year I intend to get a good head start on the costume making. And every year I actually get that head start, mainly because I consider the planning and ideas stages as part of the job. This year is no exception with the exception that the Peanut got a little mind changey and then I got a little, "lets look at where we are going with this and make it easier on me if at all possible" and the costume that at the beginning of September was going to be a Monarch butterfly turned into a T-Rex costume which turned into my brilliant idea of a pterodactyl.

This weekend as well as carving the first of our two jack-o-lanterns; I got started on the handmade portion of the Peanut's costume; a paper mache pterodactyl hat. Normally I would have photographed the whole process and written up a kick ass tutorial to post over at Totally Tutorials but I'm finding I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with personal life drama, keeping up the momentum of the ornament collaboration with the husband and the whole keeping healthy while being pregnant situation.

Over the last two weeks I've noticed my blood sugars steadily climbing. While they are still mostly within range, all signs are pointing towards the GD setting in. Thankfully being on the GD program since the first trimester seems to be paying off as my weight gain has been slow and steady; the Bean continues to be within the size guidelines that the oncologist is aiming for and I've not once, even once dipped into the Halloween candy that we picked up at the beginning of the month.

So anyway, back to what I was taking about; our Halloween preparations. I got started on the pterodactyl hat and today we'll be painting the hat and hopefully attaching a headband to the inside to help keep it on the Peanut's head. Also on the to do list is attaching the wings I picked up on our Staycabamoon two weeks ago and my half-assed costume; the salmony orange t-shirt in my closet will have a pumpkin face attached to it right around the belly area so that the Bean will be costumed this year too.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dancing the Spiral and getting lots done

is what I have on my weekend to do list.

Last night the husband and I had a productive evening at the table with copper foil tape and solder. When we were finished we had a nice tidy stack of ornaments ready for a final polish and some documentation. After the shoot last week I'm going to have to rethink how I'll be doing that this time around. One of my options is to move the studio set up to the kitchen table, I've been using the Peanut's table next to the living room window and the low height isn't working for me. If that doesn't work it's back to the drawing table.

In any case the ornaments look amazing and I can't wait to share them with you. So, in the next few days I'll be wielding the camera again.

On the list today is some paper mache with the Peanut. We've narrowed down our Halloween costume choice to a mighty pterosaur. Fortunately I have wings ready for the job, all I need to make is a beak and crest mask/hat and we'll be all set. Once that's on the go we'll also be carving the first of our two pumpkins to light tonight at the dinner table.

Tomorrow is the Annual Samhain Spiral Dance. I'll be going to honour those who have passed through the veil, to welcome the new ones who have come along and to celebrate the Pagan New Year. This celebration is one that I look forward to all year long.

I also want to mention a few giveaways that I've come across. First up is Mother Moon's All Hallows Eve Giveaway. Not even including the super secret items that will be a surprise to the winner; this giveaway has so many amazing things included that those secret items are just too tantalizing to resist. My favourite items (other than the candies which are on my no eating until the Bean gets here and then only in small amounts) are the bell charms and the fairy star.

And I can't mention giveaways without including Mrs. B's giveaways. Up for grabs today is Giveaway from Somnamblant!: "This giveaway is from Somnambulant!The winner will receive Somnambulant Skulls! This mixed media piece is so cute and creepy that you'll have to click on the link to see it for yourself. Also being given away on Mrs B's blog is The Way of the Horned God: The Way of the Horned God by Dancing Rabbit; a book geared towards young men who are seeking a Pagan path.

I'm off to get started on my to do list! What do you have lined up?

Friday, October 22, 2010

no pain no gain

Yesterday I sweated in the heat of our living room window while bending and squatting and kneeling in all sorts of non-pregnant friendly poses in order to photograph the next batch of ornaments for PeanutButterPie. I'll be honest. I was not comfortable in the very least. In fact I'm sure that the Peanut was starting to get a little worried about her Mama with all the moaning and gasping and grunting I was doing. It seems I'm going to have to find a new set up for my product shots or I'll be making a whine filled post each time I set up the tree and lights.

On the plus side I'm fairly pleased with the shots I got and I've started listing the new ornaments already.

In other news I was up bright and early at 4:30 this morning after sleeping fairly soundly most of the night with a seriously full bladder and a dancing bean. I'll be headed for a mid morning nap soon to head off the grumpies and make sure I'm rested and refreshed for the foiling and soldering marathon the Husband has planned for tonight; which means there's another photo shoot in my future

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Thousand Words

25 weeks, and taken by the Peanut after playing
in the leaves we'd raked up in the backyard.
This was taken last week and we're still in short sleeves
hang your laundry outside weather.

Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaways

It's been a busy morning, I had a difficult time getting to sleep last night, possibly the 45 minute nap I had around 4PM yesterday or it could have been all that waxing moon energy. Today is a blood glucose testing day and this morning's pre-breakfast reading was almost as high as what my after breakfast reading should be so I've eaten a protein laden breakfast and already been out for a walk to burn off some of that sugar.

Now I'm catching up on all the blog reading I usually do while eating breakfast and since it's still Mrs B's 31 day Halloween celebration I'm over there to see who's guest blogging, where the haunted blog tour is going and what's up for grabs in the always fabulous giveaways.

Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaway from Custom Zombie!: "This giveaway is from Custom Zombie!!The winner will receive a choice of digital art print from the Custom Zombie Etsy shop!

Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaway from Weiser Books!: a Judika Illes book is up for grabs! One of Mrs. B's favourite authors; this book looks like a must have.

Enjoy your Thursday and wish me luck!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Work in Progress

While I'm waiting for the next batch of soldering and cleaned ornaments I'm also keeping busy making more to add to the queue. Today's batch are Solsticey in theme but will also look beautiful on any tree.

I used deep amethyst and sapphire colours today with the addition of interference gold and macro pearl pigments. I like the gold because of the richness it and the pearl has a feel of snowfall.

in the line up waiting for their turn for taping and soldering are now some Frosty Snowflake, Oak Leaf and Acorns, Hearts and now the Yule Suns. Over the weekend I did a little playing with some other ideas but I'm not sure that they worked the way I wanted them to. I'm setting them aside to revisit when I have a fresh eye.

What are you working on today?

Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaways

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It's a simply gorgeous pendant!

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Back to Business

Thankfully it's the kind of business that I love to do. I spent part of yesterday cleaning off the latest ornaments to come of the husband's soldering bench. The good news is that they look fantastic. The not so good news is that the cleaning solution we are using to clean off the rosin flux isn't as strong as we'd like, and cleaning takes a long long long long time. Since our other option is a little too toxic for me to handle with the Bean in her major brain growing stage, this part of the cleaning process will fall to the Husband. I'll be dong the polishing and getting ready for documenting and listing.

We've had a huge wave of views to the shop with the introduction of the line, and even had one of the ornaments included in a snowflake themed treasury! For my part, I've been tweeting about the ornaments and spreading the word about them through some Project Wonderful advertising and facebook. The next step is to get them out into the world; because as beautiful as they look in the listing photographs, they really knock your socks off in person.

It's the iridescent and interference pigments that do it, showing off those effects in a photograph is tricky in the best circumstances and almost impossible in others; especially for some of the lighter coloured ornaments. I'm summoning up the courage to approach a few brick and mortar stores with some of our treasures to see if they would like to carry some of them for the holiday season.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I feel like I've had a week away

The Staycabamoon was a roaring success, except for the really really really missing the Peanut by the time late yesterday afternoon rolled around. Saturday was spent indulging in restaurant food, and window shopping. With the house free of an early waking four year old you'd think that we would have stayed up late in to the night but we were both in bed and sleeping before 10 (only to be woken up at 12:30 by the noisy neighbors or their noisy guests as they left from visiting). As I mentioned in yesterday's post I was up bright and early but indulged in a little bit of sitting up in bed reading blogs and dozing.

Then the husband got up and we ran errands sans Peanut which in itself is a bit of a vacation. We hit Ikea for some shelves, went for groceries (which done by ourselves, seemed to take half the time) and we also stopped to pick up a dragon costume for the Peanut.

I'm going to co-opt the wings and use them to dress her up as a Pterodactyl. If you read my guest post over at Mrs B's last week you're probably wondering what happened to the butterfly costume. Well, Daddy taking her to see Walking With Dinosaurs, combined with the Dinosaur Train and Dino Dan on TV conspired against the butterfly costume. She's been asking to be a T-rex for the last few weeks. Unfortunately I'm not feeling up to the challenge of sewing a dino tail, Creating a Pterodactyl headpiece out of papermache seems a little bit more my speed right now, plus the wings are perfect.

The Peanut arrived home after a day of shopping with my sister. She had a new pair of boots, a bag full of chocolate, and stories about hanging with Charlie, her Auntie's Chow and watching a dinosaur movie and a big hug for her Mama and Daddy. Today I feel as though I had a week away from all the hustle and bustle. My patience levels are topped up and I feel like I could get a hundred things accomplished.

First up is working on cleaning some of the more recently soldered ornaments for PeanutButterPie and then another photo shoot, after we've hit the library. There's laundry and dishes on the to do list and maybe getting the bathtub cleaned (if I can bend over long enough) Of course I won't be putting any sort of pressure on myself to get all of that done. That would just negate the whole staycabamoon experience.

Sunday, October 17, 2010


This weekend we had plans. The Peanut was all set up to spend the night with her Aunt and the husband and I were setting sail on the ferry to visit friends we haven't seen in a few years and spend some quality couple time. I believe that the cool kids call this a baby moon.

Unfortunately my friend's significant other became ill, bed ridden and contagious and our weekend trip was cancelled.

Not to worry, we decided to go the stay cation route or to combine the two as one of my friends put it a staycabamoon. I think it has a nice ring to it, it could catch on. The Peanut was dropped off at Aunties and the Husband and I spent the day in blissfull coupledom; window shopping along Main Street, eating out with no interruptions and conversing about adult things. Even sitting out on a sunny patio enjoying a cold beverage. And we managed to avoid talking exclusively about the Peanut for large chunks of time. I neglected to bring my camera with me so there is no photographic evidence of our day but sometimes it's good to be in the moment.

Of course, at the end of the day I think we both were missing our little dinosaur lover. This morning, instead of dozing past my usual morning wake up time, (which consists of the Peanut stomping from her room into ours like a T-Rex, climbing up into bed with me to explain a fun and educational dinosaur fact and then announcing that she is hungry) I was up and awake at 6. To compensate, after a quick breakfast I've crawled back into bed to write this post, read emails and catch up on all the blog posts I missed yesterday.

How was your weekend?

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

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Friday, October 15, 2010

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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A Thousand Words

Soon to be listed in

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

31 Days of Halloween

For some reason I got my days mixed up! I'm guest blogging over at Mrs. B's today, where I've written about how I've costumed up the Peanut over the last 3 years and how I'm planning on doing it this year.

Fly on over and have a read, leave a comment and check out the fantastic giveaways and the Haunted Blog Tour destination!

first we dream

So I've been having weird dreams lately. This apparently is normal for pregnant women.

The thing is, is that before the Bean came along I was dreaming about being pregnant. Months before morning sickness set in, my dreams were filled with the sensations of the quickening. At the time I chalked these dreams up to my subconscious coming to terms with the looming possibility that the Peanut was going to be our only child. Looking back now I see that those dreams were harbingers of what was to come, similar to the experience I had the year we conceived the Peanut and I "felt" her hand in mine during a Samhain ritual.

Last night I dreamed that the Bean was pressing her face into my belly, turning my belly into a head with her features molded into the stretched skin. When I write it down or try to explain it, it just sounds weird, and kind of disgusting, but during the dream, even though the whole concept seemed a little creepy I noticed that my response was not towards the creep factor. I was focused on getting that first peek at her face.

The bean moves almost non-stop. With the exception of the week following my birthday, I've been feeling her, watching her go (letting the Peanut put things on my belly so that the Bean can make them dance, watching her make waves in the tub) a lot of the dreams I've been having stem from this movement.

Of course the last few months and this past week in particular, combining the whole baby making experience with the culmination of a new project and launch (which has been a huge success to start off with; high views during the first few hours and inclusion in on Treasury too)has probably played a part in some of the dreams as well. All in all, I've always enjoyed my dreams, and these dreams are no exception.

Monday, October 11, 2010

And We're Off!

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I hope your day is full of the scent of roasting turkey, and the flavours that go along with it.

This weekend was busy for us. We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving at my nieces place with my sister, her partner, her Mom (the Pa's first wife) and my nephew. The meal was lovely, beautifully cooked bird, moist stuffing, creamy smashed potatoes, crunchy salad and some yummy yummy desserts. The company was fantastic and we brought home a portable dishwasher that my niece had sitting in her storage space. No more standing back from the sink so that I can stay comfortable while washing dishes!

Now down to business.
It's official, our new line has been launched; the listings are up! I've Tweeted, I've facebooked, I've started an ad campaign and I'm writing this post.

I have high hopes for this line, and I'm looking forward to seeing how things go. This is my first ad campaign with Project Wonderful. I added an ad box here a while back, firstly to see how the whole process worked and secondly to create some revenue that I could put into my own ad campaigns. We're working on a small budget around here what with the Peanut needing to eat and the Bean putting in her requisition forms for the next 18+ years, so I thought it would be prudent to do things this way. So far my bids are all winning, I'm pleased with the process so far but I'll be honest I'm feeling my way along here.

Click on any of the images here to check out the new listings!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Things come together in stages

So, some back story to our project seems to be in order.

The original idea was to incorporate the hand sewn embellished art that I was using for greeting cards. The plan was to create 1" x 3" hand sewn water colours sandwiched between glass microscope slides and soldered.

As with most ideas, this one expanded in the brainstorming process into something that could be personalized, something that was more elaborate and on and on and on. Of course the brainstorming ideas became more and more fantastic so there was some reigning in. Then came the part where I started to put some of my ideas to work. Well, I tried to put them to work but with one thing or another the ideas didn't quite mesh with the physical objects. What we had originally planned was put on the back burner while I put my old noggin towards figuring out a solution.

One day while I was re-organizing my supplies (something I do a few times a year to get my workspace cleaned off and to help jump start my desire to make things) I came across the stash of glass paints that I'd used to decorate wine glasses for gifts one year. I had glass slides and I had glass paint, I could do something with them both (once again making the whole having to clean my workspace up worth while).

tIn the early stages of a new project I like to play around with materials to see what works, what works best and what isn't really working at all. In this case I started painting directly onto the glass slides that make up the ornaments. I used an applicator bottle and drew trees, and snowflakes onto the slides and squished them together creating some interesting bubbles and shrinkage. I waited for the paint to dry and then sandwiched them giving me a more predictable finish. Then I smeared paint onto the slides and drew into the tacky finish before sandwiching; interesting but not a graphic as I wanted.

Then I got the idea to try stamping into the glass paint. Being a closet print maker; the idea to carve my own relief blocks for use in this project (as well as for greeting cards and possibly for gift wrapping our holiday gifts or making gift tags) was naturally the next step. Also having a stash of safety-cut print making blocks was a great incentive.

I decided to use stamps that I had carved myself to keep my designs as unique as possible. I do have a few bought stamps that I have used on some of the pieces along with my own designs but the bulk of the designs are mine. I've added some photos of the stamps I've carved and used for you to look at.

The launch date for the new line is right round the corner. I've been busy getting listing descriptions, materials and shipping info ready to upload on Monday. I'll be starting with a about 5 ornaments and then listing a few more every other day or so. In addition, we'll be looking for brick and mortar selling opportunities as well.

This stage of the process is daunting, it's like taking that giant leap into the unknown, the only thing to do is to take a deep breath and dive.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Thousand Words

The leaves are starting to change here

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

As promised

I'm offering you a sneak peek of the new line of holiday ornaments going into PeanutButterPie this coming Monday.

The husband touched on his part in the operation a few posts ago. The starting point for an ornament is the design and cutting of a rubber stamp made from a soft rubber print making block. Before photography I was a printmaking major. Using relief printmaking as a part of the process has been an awesome way to reintroduce that old love back into my creative process. The image I carve into the block is pressed into glass paint. I love how the image looks in the initial impression and I adore the second and third impressions that I get from the blocks, each ornament has it's own look and feel.

I have to say that I am just tickled by how well the photo shoot went on Monday. The reason I'm so pleased is how well the props worked with the ornaments. The combination of the lights and the wire tree that I used for display was so much fun putting up.

Come back tomorrow for this week's installment of a Thousand Words.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Not as easy as I thought it would be

spending the morning setting up and shooting product shots that is.

It seems that the bulge in the belly area isn't as flexible and easy to maneuver around as I expected. Also getting up and down off the floor to get nice close ups that show off the iridescent qualities and the details of each ornament was more of a chore than I'd considered it would be. Have I mentioned that pregnancy is uncomfortable?

So anyway, what you're seeing are some of the final finished pieces from the collaborative work I'm doing with the husband; holiday ornaments to adorn your tree. I'll be giving you all a sneak peak of some of the individual pieces from today's photo shoot over the rest of the week.

Up next on the to do list, other than editing all the photographs I took today is writing copy so I can start listing for next week. Oh and hitting up the library for some Peanut time.

Monday, October 4, 2010

on my To Do List

This week is going to be heavy, on the getting things ready for the big launch side of things. The plan is to get some stylish photography, I have some props that I'll be pulling out for that. Also on the list is packaging so that I can include those in the photo shoot.

I'll also be working on product descriptions and shipping details. Our goal is to start listing our new line next week; Canadian Thanksgiving which is when we'll be picking names for our holiday gifting. That means holiday gift shopping will be on my mind.

Also up this week is more production. The husband has a stack of soldering to do and I'll be adding the copper foil so he can do his part.

In the midst of all this we've started our Halloween decorating and I'm hoping to show you a little of what we've done around here; including the latest addition; our disco glitter skeleton. The goal is to post every day up until Saturday when we'll be visiting the Doctor to check in on the Bean and heading out to my niece's place to enjoy some thanksgiving yumminess; well as much as I can with the limited amounts of stuffing, potatoes and dessert that I'm allowed to eat with the GD. What's on your list for the week?

Saturday, October 2, 2010

31 days of Halloween day two!

I've started my day; as is my habit in October, over at Mrs. B's place. As I mentioned yesterday I look forward to Mrs. B's blog party and love to see what she has on offer each day in October. So far today is chock full of awesome. I make an effort to enter the giveaways for the items that I really want or need and today I'm entering for Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaway #3:
The Weiser Field Guide to Witches by Judika Illes. I'm always on the look out for a good new book and this one looks fantastic.

I'm also putting my hat in the ring for Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaway #4: the fantastic gift basket from Jaz over at October Farm; one of my mostest favourite blogs. I visit her daily so I can ooh and awe over her garden, her collections and drool over her luscious recipes, the ones I can't try out until after the Bean makes her appearance.

Also up for grabs today is Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom: Giveaway #2: "from Carioca Witch! The winner will get an amazing hand-sewn Samhain Goddess! I'm in love with the black kitty sewn into this divine dolly.

I'll be visiting the Haunted Blog, reading the guest poster and then it's time to pull out the skeletons, ghosts and spiders for a little house decorating... How about you? will you be getting scarifying your home soon?

Friday, October 1, 2010

And suns grow meek, and the meek suns grow brief, And the year smiles as it draws near its death. - William Cullen Bryant, October

Yup! October is hear and if it wasn't for the summer like temperatures and the need to mow the lawn; the need to fix the lawn mower because one of my first Bronze figures fell out of a tree and was run over by the mower resulting in an arm amputation and a mauled mower blade, and the request by the Peanut to bring out her slip and slide every day It would really feel like the wheel of the year was turning.

Thankfully there's some autumn love going on in the blogosphere starting with Mrs. B's 31 Days of Halloween. Last year I participated with a give-away during the celebrations on her blog. Up for grabs was my Ghost Moon photograph. It's one of my favourite photographs in my Etsy shop; it's just such a beautiful image with it's dark rich night sky, gossamer clouds and the man in the moon stepping outside of his moon home to go for a walk.

This year I decided to participate by doing a guest post on her blog and I'm so excited to a part of the fun again. I'll let you know when the guest post goes live. Maybe I'll even have a little something special posted here that day too to keep up with the celebration.

In the meantime the Peanut and I will be digging out the skeletons, ghosts and bats to adorn the house. We'll be headed out the door to collect some leaves for rubbings and to enjoy the hot autumn sunshine as it passes through the canopy of leaves above and reflects off the rushing water in the stream along side the path I stumbled upon a few days ago while on my after dinner walk. There's nothing like setting foot into a cool forest.

For those of you who are wondering about the husband's and my collaboration I'll post again on how things are going. to hold you over, here's a sneak peak at some of the newest pieces in our collection. In all honesty the photograph doesn't do these justice. I'll be spending time with the camera soon to try and capture the feeling of fire and ice that are embodied within each one.

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