Berkie - Supergirl

Support the Buckland family

Some people know that when I was 12 years old, we suffered a house fire caused by an overloaded fuse box. We were lucky. REMARKABLY LUCKY. The house wasn't destroyed, most losses were due to smoke and water damage and everyone(2 and 4 legged) got out of the house really quickly. It was unspeakably traumatic for me though, to the point where I KNOW the smell of a house fire and can't catch a whiff of that awful scent without practically having a panic attack.

So, when I saw via Cakewrecks today that there was a house fire in Burtchville Township, MI, that killed a woman's husband, 4 year old son and 8 month old daughter, to say that I was distressed is a VAST understatement.

Amanda Buckland and her step-daughter Ayllissa made it out of the house but 33 year old Charles died trying to save Joshua and baby Emma. This horrible tragedy days before Christmas may have been avoided by the presence of smoke detectors. PLEASE check your home and make sure you have enough WORKING detectors in your home to be able to be alerted to a fire. Have an escape plan. Have a back-up escape plan. Have a plan C.

Amanda's employer, Ullenbruch's Flowers and Gifts, is taking donations under the name Buckland Family Trust. There's even a PayPal account set up to donate online. Financial recovery from a fire is hard enough with insurance let alone the added expenses that Amanda and Ayllissa will need to bury their husband/father and children/siblings.

If you had no idea what to get me for Christmas, DONATE TO THIS FAMILY. Even $5 would replace a shirt or a pair of socks, don't worry about the amount.

THIS IS A PUBLIC POST. Please feel free to share.

EDIT: There is an issue with the PayPal link. However, problems with my work's internet connection bar me from taking care of that right now. There is a donate link at the bottom of the Cakewrecks post linked to above. Sorry!
Berkie - Supergirl

Random icons of randomness

I've made a few icons in recent months when the mood strikes and I realized that I haven't been sharing them. So, I'm here to do that. Not all of them are, uh, great, some are pretty ugly in fact. Not that that's stopped me from sharing before.

1 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
1 How I Met Your Mother
1 Neil Patrick Harris
1 Sinfest

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I'd appreciate if you credit me if you use them.
Rent - No Day But Today

Needs

I've found myself wanting to say this to a lot of people lately and besides, I think it's something that we all need to remember.

People have needs. When, I say people, I mean you. If you don't think I mean you, you're wrong.

No one is an absolute mind reader. Do not ever expect them to know the needs that you(yes, you) have.

Speak up to have your needs met. Know that you have them and don't expect the other person to know. Let them know what you need but don't expect them to drop everything to fulfill that need. And for the love of god don't get mad at them for not fulfilling the need that you didn't voice. Own your own shit and be responsible for yourself. Remember that the other party is allowed to say "no" but if you don't ask, don't bitch that they haven't done anything about it. Don't be passive aggressive about it, don't drop hints and expect them to just know. Use your words, for they have infinite power.

I know that it's hard. This is an ongoing lesson for me. I HATE asking people for things but they get mad at me if they find out that I didn't ask when they could have helped.

Take care of yourself, everyone.

(This is a rare public post for me, feel free to share a link back as you see fit.)
Berkie - Supergirl

Self-admitted Christmas Whore

Oh yeah, I'm making Christmas icons again. With a bit of a twist.

HEAVILY inspired by this post by naamah_darling that the ever lovely apocalypticbob shared with me, I have icons for the Christmas slut in all of us.

They aren't really risqué but they're really NSFW if you're in a place with delicate sensibilities. Due to the scantily clad women, there aren't any teasers.

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BSG - Always love you

I made iconises!

Ok so it took me all day and technically, they were due today but I completed my assignments for the Shiny Exchange at beyond_insane. I was not feeling the icons today and so it was pulling teeth to crank out 8 icons. Thus, some of them look like the first couple of icons I ever made and a few of them make you go "Oh yeah, she has increased in skill level."

Um, these are total fangirl icons BTW. Not that you'd expect any less out of me.

Teasers:
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Fine fine line

What do ya do...

...with 9 Avenue Q icons?

Share them of course. :D Y'all can thank(or blame) bleuberi21 for these who asked me to make an "I'm not wearing underwear today" icon and then I was listening to the soundtrack while doing so and made a few others as well.

Teasers:
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Berkie - Supergirl

Getting back in the groove...

I find that I sincerely enjoy icon making. It feeds the part of me that needs to be creative. I have a few other outlets for this need and so I've let the icons fall to the wayside. Last week for bstg_icontest, I made 6 icons for the 3 challenges that they had running. I did not win anything, which is disappointing, but it did make me feel better to just participate.

Back in December, I made 4 icons for someone as a present at beyond_insane. I'm really happy with the way that 2 of them came out. I'm getting better at seeing something in my head and then manipulating the picture to present that.

I'm no where near where I could be in this realm, but I like that I can keep working on it to get better. Find a new tutorial, play with a new style. It's a source for endless creativity.

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BSG - So say we all

BSG Icons

As I was going through my icons this morning uploading a few new ones, I came across a few BSG ones that I made a while back out of a season 3 photo shoot. There's no spoilers so, here ya go.

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Yeah, it's not much but I spread the BSG love however I can.