Born of the stars, fallen to my demise, surviving.
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The leaf pictured at the top of this post isn’t a leaf at all. It’s made of paper and is an exquisite example of the Japanese art of papercutting is called Kirie (切り絵, meaning ‘cut paper’). All of the extraordinarily delicate examples of the Kirie seen here were handmade by a self-taught Japanese artist named Akira Nagaya, whose skills were first discovered about 30 years ago while he was working in a sushi shop.

"One of his first tasks was to learn sasabaran, a technique to create decorations by cutting slices into bamboo leaves. Back at home, and recalling his boss’s demonstration, Nagaya tried to practice using paper and a utility knife. He found that the technique came quite naturally, and he enjoyed doing it.”

Years later Nagaya was still making his intricate paper objects when he opened his very own restaurant and decided to display his kirie “for fun.” When a local newspaper showed up to review his restaurant they spotted his creations and encouraged him to display them in a gallery.

“That was the first time I even considered what I had been doing as art,” recalls Nagaya.

Head over to Akira Nagaya’s Facebook page to check out many more of his marvelous cut paper creations.

[via Spoon & Tamago]

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I don’t really think I’m that good at anatomy (or females) but this is quite a popular request so… I’m making a tutorial, and this is the part to show you what NOT to do with your fellow humans. More coming… eventually.

I suck at breast variations, but I try; see this page for awesome references: x


It doesn’t seem like any of my friends are going to my baby shower/bbq. I don’t need/want anything from them. I just wanted to hangout because ever since they found out I was pregnant, they act as if I can’t do anything or go out. A few even went as far as not talking to me. Maybe I’m overreacting or getting emotional over nothing but I would like at least one friend to be there… even if they only stay for a half hour, if one could show up I would feel better. I’m 24, we’re all adults and you should know that pregnancy isn’t contagious. :/

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How to: Astavakrasana or Eight-Angle Pose 

1. Sit with your legs straight. Remember to keep your back straight as well. Draw your shoulders back and stay here for a few breaths.

2. When you’re ready, bend your right knee and squeeze. I like to sit here for one or two breaths as well, but you can choose to skip that.

3. Bring your leg all the way up on your right shoulder.

4. Slide your left foot to the right. Cross the left ankle in front of the right and hook the ankles.

5 & 6. Lift your body off the ground, but in stead of focusing on lifting up, focus on leaning forward instead.

7. Straighten your legs and bend your arms. Pull your elbows in and squeeze your arm with your thighs. Stay here for 30 seconds to a minute.