Favorite Videos of the week

I’m up at a god-forsaken hour of the morning to teach English classes to students in China (I’m a regular diplomatic hero cough I’m avoiding getting a real job), so I figured I’d put out a little bloggity blog. I know the last few posts have been pretty heavy, and that trend will probably last because LIFE IS HEAVY or whatever, but this post is not heavy. This post is my brother.

This is why I don’t write blogs before 9am. Anyways, here’s some of my favorite videos of the week!

This lovely cover by Jon and Dodie:

 

 

This very informative and well-researched video on why the U.S. government’s de-funding of certain programs is a move that makes zero financial or common sense, much like everything else happening in U.S. government these days (with EVIDENCE and SOURCES because FACTS are REAL THINGS even if my grandmother and the POTUS don’t think so.)

 

 

This absolutely bonkers build of the Overlook Hotel Maze model from The Shining, built by ex-Mythbuster Adam Savage. I saw The Shining for the first time in January, and since then I’ve been obsessed with all things visually and existentially related. I know, I know, I’m late to The Shining party. But what can I say? I’m a lot like Jack. In that the party don’t start until I either completely imagine it or call forth the ghosts of hotels past to throw it for me. (Check out the entire Tested channel, it’s a great place for maker inspiration!)

 

 

And, as usual, I’ve been watching my fair share of arts and crafts videos. I really love watching speed painting and “watch me work”-style videos, because they allow me to trick myself into thinking that because the person on screen is being productive, it means that I too am being productive. One of my favorite crafters to watch is Jamie Jo aka BananaJamana, who does a lot of Disney/kawaii type stuff. It’s funny, because her style (super cute/Disney kitsch) is not exactly something I’m *that* into, but she is so absurdly talented (look at her realism paintings,they’re absolutely ridiculous) that I find myself drawn to her despite differences in aesthetics. Also, weird note but, as someone whose voice slips into a higher register when I’m tired or lazy, I find her quiet, high-pitched voice incredibly soothing. Double also, I love that she works in a ton of different mediums, because it means that on top of really wonderful paintings, she also does things like making a giant s’more. For reasons.

 

I’ve got a lot of favorite artist youtubers, so I think I’ll make this Favorite Videos a weekly series! (I say, knowing for a fact that when I say something is going to be a series, that is the surest way to ensure it is never mentioned again on this blog.)

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Corners of My Home

Soooo this is the project I was talking about! My roommate moved out last weekend and my parents came up to help me clean up and spread out . This is my first time living alone ever after a life of being one of five kids and roommate-filled college years. It feels… really good.

Well, ok. I’ve only been living alone for a week now, so everything could technically still go horribly, flamingly wrong… But as I write this I’m kicking off my very first weekend all alone in my own place, and I have nothing but good feelings about it.

That, and it’s Friday Sunday, so… it’s about time for a post. Here are some shots from around my adorbzable house. Yep. This is what you a deep post.

These birchbox postcards are the colorspiration for all paint. Also they’re affirmational. Go me! Go be awesome! Etc.
This cabinet was sunshine yellow and kiiind of ugly. This elephant was black, matte, and kiiinda of boring. Bam! Paint cures everything.
Coral and gold stool. Also, I saw someone refer to this bottom-of-the-leg painting as "furniture socks" which is the Ca-yutest.
Coral and gold stool. Also, I saw someone refer to this bottom-of-the-leg painting as “furniture socks” which is the Ca-yutest.
Bought these bottles just to fill this up! There were four, but one became a casualty of progress.
Bought these bottles just to fill this up! There were four, but one became a casualty of progress.
I like to think this looks like a French kitchen. A grande merci to everyone for not telling me otherwise.
I like to think this looks like a French kitchen. A grande merci to everyone for not telling me otherwise.
My refrigerator door. This tour gets more and more thrilling, I swear.
My refrigerator door. This tour gets more and more thrilling, I swear.
Oh, Virginia.
Oh, Virginia.
My sister made these for my Harry Potter box, "courtesy of the Slugs and Bugs Club." Nothing could be more my style.
My sister made these for my Harry Potter box, “courtesy of the Slugs and Bugs Club.” Nothing could be more my style.
My old man from the sea guarding Ricola. This is what they call ART.
My old man from the sea guarding Ricola. This is what they call ART.
My adorable house key ring! My bookshelves are in disorder and I'm adding more every day. Stay tuned to see a bookshelf post because, you know, that's a thing people are into...
My adorable house key ring! My bookshelves are in disorder and I’m adding more every day. Stay tuned to see a bookshelf post because, you know, that’s a thing people are into…
My friend Xander brought over this scrumptious magazine. Guess who's getting it framed? (After trying them all, obvs...)
My friend Xander brought over this scrumptious magazine. Guess who’s getting it framed? (After trying them all, obvs…)
And of course, my kitchen table adorned with a very expensive paperweight. Are you wondering why all of these pictures are so crappy? It's because they're from my phone. I'll learn how to use this, at some point.
And of course, my kitchen table adorned with a very expensive paperweight. Are you wondering why all of these pictures are so crappy? It’s because they’re from my phone. I’ll learn how to use this, at some point.