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Inktober 2015

Thu Oct 1, 2015, 8:52 PM by GillianIvy:icongillianivy:
I'm participating in #inktober2015 , follow my challenge on Patreon and Facebook.  I'll be doing 31 inked
artworks in 31 days.  I've made myself an art journal, which I'll be doing mixed media.  The journal was handmade from recycled materials, I used paper grocery bags and embroidery floss for the bindings.

Here's a peek at the first Inktober drawing.

Deviant Artist Question-naire

Fri Aug 7, 2015, 5:57 AM by GillianIvy:icongillianivy:
Happy birthday to deviantART!  #DeviantArtistQuestionnaire  For the 15th birthday badge, answer the following questions and tag your journal, and add your link to a comment on Celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday!.  (this journal design is a WIP)

  • How long have you been on DeviantArt?
I started on dA in 2003 under the name gibberstoadzdoll, so this will be my 12th year on deviantART.  I opened this account in 2006 for a few reasons.  I needed a new name, and wanted to distance myself from my ex-fiance whom was connected to that account.  This was before we could change names,

  • What does your username mean?

Gillian Ivy is my real first and middle name.  Fortunately, they are unique.  There seems to be only one other on the entire internet than me.  My last name is mundane, and very common.  I wanted to be more professional, and using my name sounds better to me.

  • Describe yourself in three words.

Obnoxious, Fantabulastic, Artistic

  • Are you left or right handed?

I am right handed, and completely useless with my left hand.  It is just stupid and serves to do nothing but get in my way.

  • What was your first deviation? (on this account)

D and D ID by GillianIvy
  • What is your favourite type of art to create?

I love traditional art.  I use mixed mediums, one of my favorites is metallic gel pens.  But I also love painting in acrylics and watercolors.  I like to create detailed art, with lots of fine lines and accents.

  • If you could instantly master a different art style, what would it be?

I would love to be an expert photographer as well, or rather, incorporate my photographic and traditional art skills together for a mash up of all my art.  Maybe animated.  Like cinegraphs and animated doodles.

  • What was your first favourite? (this account)

American Psycho by Dickens-Art

  • What type of art do you tend to favourite the most?

I love traditional art the most, especially those that bend the concept of what is traditional.  I'm not really into 'modern' art, loving the classical paintings you'd find at the National Museum.  However, I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy pieces a lot.

  • Who is your all-time favourite deviant artist?

I'm terrible at picking a favorite.  There are so many artists I love and admire their work, spanning every genre.  My favorite artists I've known in person are Charles Flickinger and Cheryl Casteen.  They used to work as a couple and were a huge influence on me.  They aren't on deviantART though.  Together, they would sculpt these amazing figures.  Using glass eyes and real teeth, these works looked alive.

  • If you could meet anyone on DeviantArt in person, who would it be? (look at my front page for artists who are my friends)

:iconginkgografix: :icontehangelscry: :iconsilverpixigirl: :iconearlymorningdarkness: :iconblissful-creations: :iconneurotype: :iconoblivionhaze: :iconbradleysays: :iconjamminjo: :iconteaphotography: 

  • How has a fellow deviant impacted your life?

I met Reignson/silverbane in 2004 on BigFatKitty coloring book club founded by me and a friend before there were groups or something.  :shrug:  We instantly connected and fell into dA loves.  We met in person and have been together ever since.  This year will be our 11th anniversary.  We have an 8 year old son and I'd definitely say Reignson has been a huge impact on my life.

  • What are your preferred tools to create art?

My hands!  Whatever I can get my hands on, I'll make into art.  I suppose pens and pencils are my favorite.  They are the most readily accessible.  And I love to draw.

  • What is the most inspirational place for you to create art?

I suppose if I had an ideal place, it would be somewhere in a wooded area, with big open windows to let in the natural light, maybe in the mountains.  I love the mountains.  Gesundheit was the most inspiring place I have ever lived in West Virginia.  Or Christiana's house in Baltimore.  She was an amazing artist who would hold these May Day art events on her property.  They had a May Day pole and everything.  Artists would exhibit their work all over her home and throughout the landscape.  I don't have my own inspirational place for art, but those memories are in my heart.

  • What is your favourite DeviantArt memory?

My favorite memory was in February 2010, when my bf bought me my first Premium Membership for Valentine's Day.  That started me on my path of making deviantART journal skins.  This one is still a WIP and is not available yet.  

Earning Extra Points

Sat Aug 1, 2015, 11:36 PM by GillianIvy:icongillianivy:
I've been checking the llama trade and dAhub for extra :points: towards the Super Babes Super Group Pointsraiser.  Between the two, I've gotten about 11 :points: in two days (of casual trading).  I've been focusing on the llama portion of dAhub.  So, what is dAhub?  It is a bot, and it's perfectly within dA rules.  It works on a trade system.  Basically, it is a hub for the llama/devwatch/fave trade.  People donate to receive specified things until their quota has been met, the people who are receiving the :points: get a list of those who they have not yet given these to.  There is high turnover, if you watch the profile page, you will see it gets a lot of requests.

Now, it also has a referral system.  By sharing this journal and promoting the service, then I would be added to their referral network.  Then, they send 5% of the points donated by any users who visit their page because of my referral.  It works like this, if you are on a donator's watch list or if the donator is in your group, you will receive a portion of the profits from their transactions.  So, you refer them, they donate, it checks their watchlist and you get 5% of the donation.  The points from this would be sent at the end of each week.
Guidelines - Referral Network:bulletblue:
Post a new journal on your account or in your groups about dAhub and/or include the dAhub code in your signature then leave a comment on my profile page dAhub with the links to the journals. I will send you 5% of the points donated by any users who visit my page because of your referral
You can receive points for publicizing dAhub through any of the groups where you are an admin.  To receive points for publicizing through a group, include a link to the new group journal in your comment
Remember, featuring dAhub directly on your profile or group page will boost the points you earn too!
Example Journal
Hey! :icondahub: will give you free :points: if you watch, fav or give llamas to the users in his donation widget!
You can also be featured if you donate some :points:
So go to :devdahub: now! :D

Do you want a lot of llamas/devwatches/faves?  Or, earn :points: quickly and easily whilst contributing social interactions to the community and maybe find some cool artists.  Set up a donation widget on your page, then head on over there.  All :points: I receive will go towards the CSS-Babes becoming Super again.  My own membership will be expiring shortly, but I'm not using the group :points:.  I'll still be able to post articles there with CSS on them and make new journals in my  Currently, all my Premium Contents and Donate skins profits will go towards the Babes.  I'll be designing some new Babe Exclusive skins soon, featuring CSS3 elements and extras.


I am not currently accepting commissions.  I'll be preparing for another year of homeschooling, though I had hoped to be reintegrating my son into public school, we don't feel he is quite ready for that yet.  He is entering the 3rd grade.  I would love to socialize with other homeschooling families.  There are local ones here, but they mostly seem to be non-secular.  Besides, we lack transportation to be able to do much with them.  I do have Skype in the Classroom, so wouldn't be opposed to a Skype class buddy day with another kid his age (8).  He isn't very pro at socializing and could use some interaction with other kids to work on his conversation skills.  It wouldn't have to be about school related subjects, since the lesson would be about engaging in meaningful conversation.  His are very one-sided where he goes on and on about video games you don't play.  (I have no idea where the long-windedness comes from!)  If anyone is interested, PM me.

I will also be making homeschool resources in my teacherspayteachers store.  There is an upcoming sale that I cannot release the info about yet...  (I'll update here when it is released)  But all my things are always affordable.  I believe digital products ought to be extremely cheap.  There are no restocking the shelves, I can sell them over and over.  Just costs me my initial time and work to create the product, once it is paid for, all additional copies sold = profit.  I have very few sales there, but it has been picking up over the past year, so I plan to be making more.  If you want to support me as I make these and my art, I have a Patreon page set up where I will post all my work.  I've had a set back with my external hard drive dying, so all my work that I've had is currently in limbo.  But I may be able to fix this soon, so hopefully, will be filling up my Patreon with many goodies.  I plan to hold a giveaway once I reach $5/creation.  I haven't decided the platform for it, perhaps I'll leave it as a vote from my Patrons.  They will automatically be included, but if they are each supporting by $1, that means there would only be 5 entrants.  But hey, 1 in 5 chance to win is rather nice!  (my bf is my only Patron at the moment and he is excluded from the giveaway, so actually, 1 in 4)

Okay, I am rambling now, way sidetracked.  Back to the point, if you want to earn extra points for the group, head over to dAhub and give out some llamas/devwatches/faves of your choosing.

:points: giveaways and contests

100 Point Giveaway (Closed)Since I got over a 100 points I'd give it away-
Well since the PM costs waaayyyyy too much i figured it a point give away is better than a PM one merely because i dont have the points or money to do it-
Anyways onto the important buisness
Prize: 100 Points (yes thats all n one winner)
To Enter:
1. Comment on this Journal so I can enter you in
2. Share the journal like copy the link of this journal and post it in your own journal (so other ppl have a chance-)
You don't have to watch me to enter-
Anyways Goodluck to every
one owo
hopefully in the future i can do more giveaways
and maybe do that PM give away one day-
one day-
Edit: Here is the List of Participates so far
if you are not on it is either I haven't gotten the chance to put you on or one of the requirements is still not done
Ends: August 15
  Giveaway - WINNER!The giveaway has closed! :eager:
In just over a week, 631 deviants were nominated - proof indeed that you guys are very community-minded. :heart: And the deviant who has topped the list and won the prize of a 3 month Core Membership or 1,200 points is:

Congrats to you! :love: Your prize is on its way.
Thanks to everyone who nominated.
I'm going to do a Christmas giveaway in December. There'll be more prizes, which means more winners! :eager:
- Jimmy
I said here that I was going to do another giveaway - and here it is!
[Due to the recent cost increase in Core Membership, the prize isn't quite as big as last time, but please don't let that put you off!]
Up for grabs this time is a 3 month Core Membership, or the equivalent in points [1,200].
Anyone who puts their name forward will be added

Point Giveaway [WINNER]**
Totally forgot about this whoops school kicked my butt this week. Anyway, congrats to:
:iconkimtan1999: in 1st 
:iconkatbutts: in 2nd 
:iconmeekochan: in 3rd 
Points will be sent momentarily
Thanks for participating!!
So I don't really care about my points anymore and decided that someone out there would probably put them to better use than me, so I'm gonna do another point giveaway!
1st Place: 100 :points:
2nd Place: 75 :points:
3rd Place: 50 :points:
*UNLOCKED AT 25 ENTRIES* 4th Place: 25 :points:
*UNLOCKED AT 50 ENTRIES* 5th Place: 25 :points:
:+fav: this journal (tha
DA's 15th Birthday: Chat/Forum Events!To celebrate DeviantArt's 15th Birthday, the Community Relations team has come together to run many exciting events! Are you looking to win some prizes and have loads of fun? Well consider joining as many of these chat and forum events as you can! Many many core memberships and point donations will be awarded to winners and participants! :eager:
All chat events occur in the CommunityRelations chatroom and will occur on August 7th!
:star: All times listed are in LA, California time (Pacific Time). Please use a time converter to figure out when events are happening in terms of your own time zone! (ex:
Chat Events:
4am PT: Muro Draw Challenge hosted by AmputeeWrecks
10am PT: Speed Art Challenge hosted by Mrs-Durden 
11am PT: PhotoHunt hosted by AshleyxBrooke
12pm PT: Trivia Competition<

ClearStyle's CSS-Babes Skin

Tue Jul 28, 2015, 8:22 PM

This skin is a pointsraiser to help the CSS-Babes reach Super Group status once again.  This was donated by ClearStyle to raise points.  This can be purchased via this journal using the Premium Content Platform.  The cost is only 100 :points: (dA takes 20%, so 80 :points: go to the Super Group purchase).  I've included a zip file containing the txt files for the Header, Footer, CSS sections and a PDF installation instructions for the skin.  Allow me to take you on a tour of this design.

Subheadings have been formatted

Subheadings 1-6 have all been coded.  They all coordinate, the size would be the standard descending styles.  So, I might not demonstrate all of them in this journal.

Fundraising Journal Skin for CSS-Babes by ClearStyle
Journal Skin Design

Journal usage

The skin is pretty straightforward.  Though I have made a minor edit to cancel the styling for emotes.  Before you add your emote, use the embed tags:  <em></em>  This removes the styling so the emotes are not super tiny.  In the preview, it will show emote the correct size.

Featured : ClearStyle


He may be a newcomer on deviantART, having only been on dA for 3 months, but ClearStyle is making a splash in the CSS community.  His name says it all, his skin designs are sleek and stylish, one look at his profile demonstrates that.  Already, he has received the honor of a Daily Deviation for his Colors White Journal Skin ~ Premium, a full CSS package with 3 alternate color choices, mint, pink and sky.
Colors White Journal Skin ~ Premium by ClearStyle

All of the skins in his Gallery feature a clean aesthetic, perfect for featuring art or writing journals and articles alike.

Watercolors Journal Skin ~ Premium Content by ClearStylePastel Polkadot ~ Free Skin by ClearStyleJournal and Icons of Steel ~ Premium Content by ClearStyle

I would recommend keeping an eye on him and adding him to your watch.  He has been regularly posting free and premium skins in his gallery, there are always new CSS designs to see.

The Babes are halfway to the goal of Super Group.  With Super, firstly, we will be redesigning the layout of the group, keeping with the white and hot pink theme you all have come to identify our group with.  Second, we'll be reinstating the Dedicated Hunks (perhaps rename to Super Hunks) which will have equal group privileges as the Babes members, with the exception of being limited to the Hunk's folder for submissions, and the position will be open to more than one Hunk.  Third, we will fix the journal listing to have properly pinned posts for the group rules, archives and CSS tips.  And, finally, we will be hosting chat events, perhaps on a monthly basis.  If we have excess :points: and donated skins from the pointsraiser, we may host a giveaway or contest depending on what prizes are offered.  Maybe have games or hunts, something fun!

To purchase this skin, look in the right hand sidebar of this page for the 'Purchase' option.  Thank you for your support and thank you ClearStyle for helping the Babes!

Babe of the Month : JessicaDobbs

Fri Jul 3, 2015, 4:00 AM

July 2015 Babe of the Month 

:iconjessicadobbs: JessicaDobbs

Check out the amazing gallery of Jessica Dobbs.  She has some absolutely gorgeous photography, CSS designs, and more.

Rusty Bridge Stock by JessicaDobbs

Sleepy Foxy by JessicaDobbs

Pale by JessicaDobbs

Painted Sky by JessicaDobbs

Graceful Dining by JessicaDobbs

Golden Waterfalls by JessicaDobbs

CleoKatra by JessicaDobbs

Michaela's Skin by JessicaDobbsGreen Bubbles Journal Skin by JessicaDobbsCreeper Journal Skin by JessicaDobbsHere Kitty Kitty Kitty... by JessicaDobbsCool-Photos Brand New Journal Skin by JessicaDobbs

Nominate a Babe for August!

The Tip Jar

Tue Jun 30, 2015, 4:00 AM

As we learn to code, we all find some handy tricks of the trade to make our jobs easier.  Here, we'll be sharing our knowledge and pass on these tips to you.  Even CSS skinners who've been at the game for quite a while could use a tip or trick or two.  At the end of several of our blogs, we have been sharing some tips, tutorials and more from our community of skinners.  

Tip Collection

Give CSS-Babes Tips

We are accepting tips!  What have you learned from your coding experience?  What is one of the most useful tricks you know?  Share something, whether you think it is something everyone knows or not.  Or, if you have made a tutorial and would like it featured, it may get added to the collection.

We are accepting :points: at this time.
Currently, CSS-Babes is trying to raise points for Super Group once again.  Please make donations or contribute skins to the :points:raiser.  Donation widget on GillianIvy's page.  #superbabescss 

This journal will be updated with "notify users" on a monthly basis.  If the frequency of our articles is unsatisfactory, please let us know in the comments if we are posting too often.


Community Treasure #1

Fri Jun 19, 2015, 4:00 AM

The community treasure is to showcase and collect the goings ons of the dA CSS community.  Any events, contests, article features, group activities, etc.  Please share your events in the comments below.  This article may be a bi-weekly or monthly periodical.  Depending on community activity.  Currently, it will be at the end of each month, if there is an update for a contest that has closed or been extended, please note the group, or GillianIvy and I'll edit the article.

Current Activity:

Top Community Feature Requests and Our Responses
In May, we introduced the DeviantArt Timeline as a method of communicating with deviants and providing transparency about what’s planned for our collective future. During the site simplification process that followed, we received a number of comments from deviants asking why we were working on the features presented on the Timeline instead of other things. Many of the features brought up in these comments are ones that have been requested for years. We want to be more transparent about these suggested features, why some of them haven’t happened yet, and why some of them may never happen.
These requests are from past Site Updates, the Suggestions Forum, surveys, and individual requests we’ve received.
CSS Feature #1Feature #1 - A Day at the Beach
A day at the beach! What could be more fun than playing in the sand, the surf, the sun!!
Building castle and rivers, and splashing in the waves!
There's no better way to spend hot summer days!!


:beach: #CSSFeatureShowcase 

Feature Time! Show us your favourite Beach-inspired skins! Whether it be a shameless selfpromotion or your favourite skin - we want to see them!! Thumbshare your top or fav journal skin creatio
  Project Portfolio

Hi everybody :wave:
:new: Session 2  will start as soon as we clarify some details
Thank you for your patience :huggle:
 And here are the winners for the First Session!

Project Portfolio - Session 1: Overview

We would like to invite you to a project meant to promote your work!
(Yeah, time for some shameless self-promotion! Handdance )

What you need to do
    a) Create a 
  The Upcoming Thumbnail Grid
On DeviantArt, your deviations are paramount, and we want to present them in the best way possible, even in thumbnail form.  Over the past few months, we've been working on a new thumbnail grid that maintains the integrity of your deviations, no matter their dimensions or content types. Our goal is to be better at displaying art than any other site on the Internet.
Problems We’re Solving
We can do better than the current thumbnail grid, which includes uneven or irregular gaps between deviations. These gaps don't have any visual rhythm, causing your eyes to jump all over the place. Some content types, including literature, journals, pixel art, and emoticons, don’t look ideal. Our new grid focuses on fixing these issues while modernizing the look and feel of DeviantArt.
Below are some concept designs that represent one avenue we’re exploring.  (These are works-in-progress and not final.  Also note that the category menu
  Celebrating Deviousness - June 2015

In Recognition of Exemplary Membership and an Outstanding Spirit of helpfulness and mentoring within the DeviantArt community.
Introducing TheGalleryOfEve
Hello! I’m Eve, mostly known as TheGalleryOfEve. I’m a self-taught artist born and raised in Argentina, currently living in sunny Florida, USA. I’ve always been inclined towards the Art world, my family has been a role model for me in many aspects, especially in the Art arena (my Grandpa was a Traditional painter, my Mom loves music, she plays the piano and sings, and my Grandma used to create some of the most beautiful handcrafts I’ve ever seen!) So when I discovered the wonders of Digital Art, back in 2007, I knew right there what I would be doing for the rest of my life.
As you can imagine, self-teaching techniques and concepts takes hours and hours of looking through all kinds of tutorials, that
  Ask a Babe - CSS Tuts and ResourcesI have quite a few behind the scenes CSS articles stashed away in my, long forgotten about.  They were originally going to be articles for CSS-DYK but now there were changes to how submissions were going and I have blog write access but not the fancy skin to make the article match the group.  Rather than throwing in a monkey wrench, I'll just be posting those old articles as embeds here.  Some are still good knowledge.  Some are incomplete thoughts.  Some have outdated links.  Whatever.  I'm sharing them now.  Do what you will with this knowledge.  
Article Schedule
I have a lot of articles I've been putting out lately, and no real 'schedule' planned.  I tend to do things as I feel like it and am somewhat erratic.  I'm sorry for that, but inspiration cannot be tamed by timetables!  :D  I'll not commit to saying I'll stick to any specific schedule or give myself an exact deadline.  Beca
Beginnings of Site Simplification

Beginnings of Site Simplification
:iconheidi: Heidi
:iconBoxTail: BoxTail
It’s no secret that DeviantArt is a complicated site.  Have you ever invited a friend to DeviantArt, only to have them ask a bunch of questions about how to get started?  Or have you ever spoken with a fellow deviant about a feature you use daily, only to learn they didn't know that feature existed?  It’s our aim to make a new deviant's first experience as inspiring and welcoming as those who have made this community their home.  We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to make DeviantAr
Challenge - Week 3Theme Challenge: Rural Nights
Suggested by Quiless
A few weeks ago I camped out in our backyard with marshmallows roasting over the crackling fire pit.  The moon was full and the air had a chill to it.  I live in a pretty rural area, where, on a clear night, all you can see are stars.  Have you ever slept under the night's sky?  Or do you day dream about getting away from the city lights and enjoying the dark and calm, no hum of electricity...  Let the night inspire you to create a journal skin theme.
Create a journal skin, gallery or custom box bg/widget or other journal/profile resource using the theme for this week.  Add the hashtag #CSSChallenge to your deviation or description. (no longer using #cssbabeschallenge exclusively, you can use either tag, I'll check for both)
All skins tagged will be fe
Tuesday Thumbs Up#CSSThumbshare Show Me Your Thumbs
Show it to me, I want to see your thumbs, show it to me (:thumbsup: if you get the reference and the song is stuck in your head)
Let us feature your best, time for some shameless self promotion.  And share your faves as well.  Or tag a friend and find out what their favorite skins are.  We want to see them.  I tag SilverPixiGirl, TehAngelsCry, and pica-ae Share your best skin and 2 faves!

:icongillianivy: by GillianIvy 
How do you make previews of your skins?
The best way to show off your skin is with a thumb that displays your journal content fairly accurately.  Design/background images and other images that aren't a capture would not give the user a good idea of what the skin actually looks like in use.
To make a nice preview of your journal skin, you don't need anything special to take your screenshot.  In Windows, you can u
This Week in CSSFeature of recent submissions to the DeviantArt Related > DeviantArt Skins & Scripts > Journal & Gallery Skins  category.  These were submitted since last week's feature.  This feature is currently scheduled for every Thursday.
Actively searching through th
Call to CodeThe State of the Community Address
As many of you are probably aware, there has been a long period of inactivity or a reduction of activity across the entire CSS community.  Many have moved on to other things, spend less time on dA or just are no longer interested in CSS.  But I would like to change that.  I have been discussing the situation in the backrooms of several groups with various fellow CSS mods that there has been a lack of enthusiasm in the CSS community.  Many have tried revitalizing it throughout the years, but participation has lolled.  Contests getting one or just a few entries, despite offering interesting prizes...  Submissions being declined for expiring...  As Quiless has put it, dA CSS has fallen asleep.  Well, he and I want to brainstorm ideas to jump start the entire CSS community again.  So I am asking here for those reading this to bring forth ideas to pique interests.
This Week in CSSLet's have a look at what the community has brought use the latest 7 days.  Great skins to pick from, wonderful work, everyone.  A few things before I get started, the only prerequisites for this feature are three things, 1. from the thumbnail I can see it is a journal skin/gallery/custom box/etc, 2. the text is legible, and 3. copyrights are respected (Google does not give you permissions).  I am featuring all levels of skins.  This is a showcase of our community and what we are doing right now. 
Installable Skins

CSS Design & Commissions

Galleries & Complete CSS

Go make some galleries and uber spiffy profiles!
Custom Box & Journal Gr

Groups Activity:

  • :icontandemfeatures: - Hosting a contest related to CSS, plus promoting a suggestion for collaborative journals.
  • :iconcss-babes: - Several articles to boost the community, including a challenge, a week review feature and an Ask.
  • :iconecssited: - Helping Corner and Current Events are kept up to date on events and requests.

Feature: Groups
Several CSS groups are listed here, some not exclusively dA related.  If you know of any groups not already listed, comment on the link to have them added.
Feature: GroupsSince CSS was introduced to dA journals and later to galleries as well, there have been plenty of clubs about CSS right away. Later we got groups and those accounts kept going on with their passion for collecting skins and resources.
Today we are going to present you some of the most popular and well known groups dedicated to dA CSS.
eCSSited is a resources only group. The focus is being a group that provide helpful information, tutorials, code snippets and other useful bits to create CSS around dA.
No finished skins or designs will be accepted here - except for contest or project entries.
This group is sharing knowledge, tricks and tips about CSS on a regular basis. No matter if you are a beginner or already an advanced coder, there is always something new to learn. Everyone can contribute and share their CSS wisdom with other deviants here.
Submission of "Did you know?" articles only.
With this group you have another helpful resource

Recent CSS Deviants:

Either new to coding or new to CSS groups.  Check out some of their recent works and welcome them to the community.

Questions for the reader:

  1. Have you ever designed a journal skin?  If yes, how did you start, with a tutorial or on your own?
  2. Discuss Gallery Changes proposal (The Upcoming Thumbnail Grid).  What are your hopes and fears with the potential changes coming soon?
  3. Do you know of any CSS events, new groups or contests going on that will affect the community?  Please share!


 © CSS JMTH/poserfan

Babe of the Month: SilverPixiGirl

Mon May 25, 2015, 11:06 PM

Happy Birthday SilverPixiGirl !

One of our own Babes is celebrating her ## th/st birthday today!  Wish the lovely SilverPixiGirl a happy birthday.  She designs CSS skins, websites and general art as well as being a teacher.  She loves Doctor Who and all things cute.  So send her your best Gifs, emotes and stamps with lots of birthday love.

When Worlds Collide by SilverPixiGirl
Berry Jewel Bracelet by SilverPixiGirl by SilverPixiGirl
CSS Journal Six Pack by SilverPixiGirlWell Hello Fella by SilverPixiGirlHappy Birthday GillianIvy by SilverPixiGirlBirthday Fella 12 by SilverPixiGirlVariaty Pack CSS by SilverPixiGirl
Ki The Dragon by SilverPixiGirlTime Lord Info-Graphic by SilverPixiGirl
Fella on Love by SilverPixiGirl
Doctor Who button by SilverPixiGirl

I hope you have a Wibbly Wobbly Birthday Timey Wimey!:kiss:

Are you a Babe and your birthday is coming up?  
I won't know unless you tell me.  ;D  Head on to the back room and we'll start a birthday list.  I can't guarantee I'll always be able to do a feature, but I'd love to start a Babe of the Month series, and if it's your birth month, then you might get featured.

:iconsilverpixigirl: SilverPixiGirl Please hop on here and say hellos!

I know you haven't been on dA so much lately, so give us all the low down on what's been going on.  We miss you!


Patreon Launch Day

Wed Apr 15, 2015, 8:22 PM by GillianIvy:icongillianivy:


I've launched my Patreon page today.  I have been working hard the last month getting Patron rewards ready and tweaking my profile to make it not too wordy...  As I tend to get.  Blah blah blah ;P  I'm super excited though I don't think I have any followers yet.  I guess, before I say any more, I should get to some explaining.

What is Patreon?

Okay, first off, it is not a Kickstarter or fundraising crowdsourcing one run project.  It is an ongoing, subscription like service to support artists and creators.  Creators can be art, video, music...  Really anything.  This site is bringing back the Renaissance Era idea of patronage of the arts.  People used to support an artist to help them pay their bills and fund their artistic endeavors so they could just do what they loved, make art.  Patrons may have had more of a role than just financial backing, but instead commissioning artists or being their muse.  So the goal of Patreon is to connect artists with art lovers who want to help the artist create their art.
Exclusive-SS-ATCs by GillianIvy

How does it work?

There are two ways creators post their subscriptions.  Either monthly (for artists who create large number of works each month) or per creation.  The patron sets the amount and the cap.  Even if they are paying per creation, they can set the limit as to how many creations they contribute to in a month.  So if an artist posts more than the anticipated amount of works, then the Patron does not go out of budget.  You can actually set the max to be one creation, so if you wanted to contribute $1/month, you could.

The creator sets rewards at different levels of patronage.  This will vary per artist.  I have included rewards specific to my deviantART watchers, such as this journal skin design.  I'll be making resources, like textures, patterns, stock imagery, PSD files, etc.  I hope to hold giveaways, I have one readied once I meet my first goal of $5/creation.    Check out all my rewards and goals on my profile.

20% to ATC Giveaway

So, this journal skin is one of my Patron rewards, along with matching gallery, custom box, desktop wallpapers and the high res file of the original artwork for digital prints.  The gallery and custom box are free for all.  The Wallpaper and digital print is for all my Patrons.  The journal skin is for the $10+ reward.  I have already added rewards for several of my tiers to my activity.

She is Made of Stars Gallery CSS by GillianIvyShe is Made of Stars - Exclusive Journal by GillianIvyStars-Stuff-Custom-Box-bg by GillianIvy
Matching Gallery, Exclusive Journal & Custom Box BG

I expect to be releasing one creation per week.  Generally, 4-5 a month.  The sort of creations I will be making will range, from paintings to resources, artist trading cards, etc.  Some of the things I release will be free for the public, others may be available to Patrons only.  I may even offer new releases to my Patrons before it hits my Etsy store.
Exclusive-FnL by GillianIvy

I'm asking my watchers to please help me get followers by sharing my profile in your social networks.  I'm trying to bring all my online endeavors into one place.  Besides my art (Etsy), I also make resources for teaching homeschool (TeachersPayTeachers), and sell merchandise (RedBubble), and fabric designs (Spoonflower).  None of them are really connected to each other, but Miscellaneous Juxtapositions is about all the arty things I do.  My Patreon site will include all of it (as well as deviantART).  My only income right now is through my art.  And I make small change.  Today, I spent my profits for TpT ($1.76) on an ad campaign on Facebook to announce my launch.  It garnered 1,700+ reach, but only one click.  I don't have the means to spread my art further.  Sharing the profile page or one of the public activities will help me get more actual clicks.  And maybe if they like what I'm doing, they'll help me out.

Support me Making Art

I hope my fellow artists will check out the Patreon website for themselves.  Join the group on dA Patreon as well.  I plan to support other artists as I gain support.  Together, we can form a network of artists that all help each other making our arts. :heart:

  • Mood: Zest
  • Reading: Wizard's First Rule
  • Watching: Daredevil, iZombie, The Flash
  • Playing: Hearthstone
  • Eating: Cake
  • Drinking: Mandarin Orange Tea

Potions Master Wizard

Sun Nov 2, 2014, 10:53 PM
Chase has gotten super into comics since we've taken him for his first visit to a local comic book shop, Amazing Fantasy Comics.  For Halloween Comicfest 2014 we entered him into the costume contest, which is now open for voting.  Grand prize (2 winners, one adult/one child) will win a $500 comic book shopping spree.  Second Place is a $100 shopping spree to 50 random entrants (five adults/five children for each category).  And finally a sizeable comics prize pack selection to the voter's picks (five adults/five children in each category).  Voting is now through November 9th.  Chase is in the Original costume category, he isn't a specific character, it was his idea.

Potions-Master by GillianIvy
I followed a tutorial for his wand, which Reignson / silverbane did the paint job.  He also blackened the boots and belt and made the holster for the potions.  The potions are a mix of corn syrup and pigments and fine glitter.  I Googled it a lot, looking for the pin I followed the instructions for  Found this DIY Harry Potter Potion on Pinterest, though mine is different.  I used Jacquard Pearl EX  pigments (I ordered Set 3 but received Set 2, so be wary if you purchase them that seller may mix them up, I liked it so kept it).  The pigment is a very fine powder and only a small amount is needed.  I scooped out as much as would fit on a skewer, then stirred it in.  The blue also has Martha Stewart glitter, the glitter separates but the pigment does not.  I swirl the blue bottle around a bit instead of shaking so I don't get air bubbles, the cork is glued in.   I've seen potions and fidget bottles made using water, clear glue and glitter.  This suspension is thicker and the fine powder doesn't ever separate, it is now the third and still not settled.  My pigments are metallic, the yellow looks like liquid gold.

For the Wizard's Hat, I watched this video tutorial by CraftGyver on YouTube.  I didn't exactly 'follow' the steps, I went by the directions on the fusing interface, which was way more difficult than the video.  My interface was double sided and medium firmness.  I think I have enough material left over and another type of interfacing, much less firm and not fusing.  So, I might make myself a wizard hat as well.  I made an additional wand, but it's not finished yet.

The flash makes the fabric look bluer than it is.  It is closer to the color of the link fonts on this skin, a teal blue.  It's a satin fabric from JoAnn Fabric's costume section.  The lining is some black fleece I've had forever.  I've found if it is ironed, it is like a faux suede and so soft.  The jerkin is made from the scrap material bin at JoAnn's, it is a padded quilted fabric, perfect for padded armor!  The trim is gold metallic ribbon, which one roll was just barely enough.  Eep.  Good thing I didn't try to trim everything.  

Skyrim Apprentice Robe inspired design
Wands - tutorial by majann

Most of the supplies, I already had, so I only spent just under $30 at JoAnn's.  I had coupons, plus a teacher discount.  Here's a full list of all supplies.  Total time from designing, cutting out patterns to completion was about 5 days over a 2 week period.  Nearly killed my poor sewing machine on the potion holder (it has cereal box for the backing).
  • 3 yards of matching satin fabric
  • 1 yard contrasting satin fabric
  • <1 yard of padded quilt diamond fabric
  • 3 yard roll of ribbon/trim
  • double sided fusing interface medium
  • 2 glass bottles with cork
  • corn syrup
  • pigments
  • fine glitter
  • chopstick
  • hot glue
  • seed beads
  • spray paint
  • acrylic paint
  • cardboard tubes 
  • masking tape
  • cereal box
  • shoe black
  • old belt
  • snow boots
  • newspaper (for patterns)

Vote for Chase

November 2nd - November 9th
Halloween Comicfest 2014

  • Mood: Noble
  • Reading: A slew of Humble Bundle Digital comics
  • Watching: Constantine,Gotham,Doctor Who,Haven&Supernatural
  • Playing: Hearthstone

Maria's Page of Hope

Mon Sep 1, 2014, 7:22 PM
I've just learned that my Uncle's wife, Maria "Janie", has stage 4 ovarian cancer.  He has to take off work to help her and they are quickly going into debt as bills and living expenses are weighed down by medical and transportation costs.  My Uncle, Maurice, has started a fundraiser on GiveForward with a goal of $5,000.  If anyone can contribute or share this, please do.  They have two grown sons, Sammy and Chris.  

I've always lived far away from them, but for a short time.  I lived in Texas for about half a year where I got to know the boys and Janie.  They had meager living conditions, but they got by.  My Uncle worked as a school bus driver back then.  He's also an authorized Harley repairman and has a beard that makes him look like a ZZ Top member.  I remember Janie as being rather cheerful and friendly.  Her and Maurice and the boys have gone through a lot.  But they always managed.

She's the love of my Uncle's life.  I'm going to go through my art inventory and see if there is anything I can sell to donate money to them.  I don't have any income, so cannot help them directly.  If anyone direct me to somewhere they can possibly get help, I'd appreciate it.  

Maria's Page of Hope

  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Watching: The Strain

My deviantART Story

Fri Aug 8, 2014, 7:13 AM
I joined this site in 2003, it was suggested to me by my roommate and best friend, dream-dangerous (I have no idea what she did to get banned, but she was pretty snarky, I bet she pissed off the wrong person).  We're no longer friends, see snarkiness and pissing off wrong people thing.  She was a terrible friend when I think back on it.

I used to be gibberstoadzdoll, I named myself after my initials GIB and I was engaged to Toadling (<s>he no longer uses this site, so I guess it is safe to 'mention' him, lols</s>).  I retained the name for a long time, not wanting to lose all my watchers and those I was watching.  But finally, I could not stand seeing his name up there any more.

The aforementioned Dream-Dangerous introduced me to silverbane because his profile pic looked like a young Keifer Sutherland, and he is a good artist.  We were all in a coloring book club called BigFatKitty .  He and I started talking and fell into dA loves.  Nine years later and we have a seven year old son together.  dA has been a part of my life for close to a decade.

I became involved with the dA community in 2010 when Silverbane bought me my first Premium Membership for Valentine's Day.  I began to code journal skins and joined a ton of skinning groups and dArelated groups.  Before that, I would casually post my art and comment and fave things a bit and that was my extent of dA usage.  Journal skinning has given me something to contribute to the greater community and I love it.  I've learned a lot here from my peers and in turn have taught others what I know.  I have made a lot of friends on dA that I consider to be real friends.  It would be awesome to meet them in person someday.  I would love to go to a dAmeet some time, but I don't really live near anything.

So, that is my dA story.  I came here with friends, lost those friends, found true love and made new friends.  As my life evolved, so did dA, side by side.  I love you, dA!

Featured dA Friends

Night Terrors by silverbane

Space Cakes by neurotype.:Silver Swirl II by ginkgografix
Press-Down Effect Profile Menu - Template by CypherVisor

Starlight, starbright by SilverPixiGirl

Golden Spirals by TehAngelsCry

Born This Way Ball VI by bradleysays
(I still owe Bradley a digital painting!)
Silhouette Of Doom by pica-ae

I could not possibly feature everyone who has made an impact on me here on dA.  So many wonderful people who I truly consider to be friends.  We've shared jokes and never ending conversations for years.  You make me smile and sometimes even cry.  I value our friendships greatly.  Even though many of you I will never meet in person, our paths have crossed and well met.  Thank you for your kindnesses and critiques, thank you for the laughs and all the years of friendship we've had.

Love, Gillian 

Homeschool Preparedness

Sat Aug 2, 2014, 3:29 AM
Hey guys, if I am silent much, it is because I am getting homeschool ready for the kiddo.  Lots of downloading resources, printing things out and gluing them into assignments!  Snip, snip, snip.  It is kinda fun and crafty.  If you are curious what I'm up to, I'm going to try to keep my school blog up to date.  Chasing Grades (my son's name is Chase, see what I did there?).  I've just posted about the Math journal I'm working on.  Chase is in the second grade.  It would be cool to have some international penpals or e-mail buddies his age.  7-8 year olds.  So, if any of my dA friends want to have our kids be penpals, let me know.

I'm also considering getting an Android compatible tablet for homeschool time.  I've found a very reasonably priced one with some great reviews.  So app suggestions and tablet friendly sites for kids are requested.  ;D  I cruised around the Google App Store adding things to my wishlist.

I'll still check on here daily.  Even if I am not seemingly active.  I am still here, just lurking!  If you miss me, feel free to note or comment!  And I'll still be active on Facebook, though trying to wean off of it a bit.  I am an internet addict.  I must look at cat videos every day.  And auto-corrects.  And today it was the Photoshop Requests.  I've seen some of them before but they make me lol so hard.

Love you guys! Gillian

  • Mood: Approval
  • Reading: Sight words
  • Playing: Hearthstone

OhMyGawd Neurotype

Sun Jul 13, 2014, 7:26 PM
Look at those soccer guys' butts.  I'm singing in my head that I like soccer butt and I cannot lie...  And it is all neurotype 's fault!  :XD:  

But then there was this...

Anyways the point of this journal

I came here to post about a fundraiser I've started for my homeschool supplies and curricula.  I'm trying to raise money to buy what I need by selling my artworks on Etsy, Miscellaneous Juxtapositions, at a discounted rate, 25% off with the code "Back2School".  Also, I am accepting donations, to which I will send out Artist Trading Cards and art print bookmarks to certain contribution levels as a thank you.  I need to raise close to $300 with all the shipping and taxes guessed in.  Because undoubtedly, I'll need multiple shipments.  We've already bought our first set of supplemental workbooks, the Star Wars Brainquest books.  And they're awesome.  You compare less than/greater than storm troopers and such.  It's pretty cool.  Like homeschool should be!

I have detailed everything in my blog Chasing Grades as well as a Supply List with things I need and want.  The wish list has a lot more that I don't really need per se.  I want Star Wars wall clings to decorate the school wall.  Maybe inspire some pew pew learning.  ;D  Those are bottom priority.  Though incentive stickers are important.  I'm thinking of making some vinyl inspirational quotes from Star Wars to put on the wall.  We have this big end roll of black vinyl and it should stick and peel off the wall okay.  And it gives me an excuse to use my cutting mat.  If it works well, I'll take pictures of the awesome ;D

Chasing Grades Fundraiser Homeschool Blog

Miscellaneous Juxtapositions Etsy Store

  • Mood: Satisfied
  • Watching: soccer butt wiggle wiggle wiggle

Featuring Goldnretriever

Mon Jun 16, 2014, 11:01 PM by GillianIvy:icongillianivy:
Carbon Blue by goldnretrieverProcella Argentum by goldnretriever
OMG What is that? by goldnretrieverFlight by goldnretrieverTrue Heart by goldnretriever

Monochrome Meme Dark by goldnretrieverA Picture of Me by goldnretrieverMinimal Hexagons by goldnretriever

Terribly long, overdue feature is sadly very late

Since October is a long time to wait, my apologies to goldnretriever .  And now, I have waited so long, that the original contest with all the entries is no longer available to be browsed, as miontre had closed his account some time ago and there no longer is access.  If memory serves me correctly, Goldn won in the design challenge portion of the Artsy Journal contest.  The goal of the contest was to take inspiration from an artwork (not copying or using it), but to make a design which may be themed or somehow reminiscent of the inspiring image.  Shades of Azure is Goldnretriever's design, which was inspired by Lake in Squares by incredi .

Shades of Azure

Shades of Azure Journal Skin by goldnretriever

more from Goldn

deviantART Does Not Sell Art to Third PartiesAlright... I'm kinda seeing a certain issue rise up and whatnot, so I suppose it's best that I give you my two cents on this topic.
Why This Came Up
I'm guessing sometime today, a comment on rismo's work My Neighbor Jake (which earned a Daily Deviation a while ago). The comment leads to this Hot Topic website, where they advertise a product containing the artist's work.
Of course, I wouldn't have noticed this myself. It got diffused via a post on Tumblr, a blogging website. You can find the post here. Basically, the post claims that deviantART was responsible for this, stating that rismo's a
PE: Contest Rules and EtiquetteOkay... we all know that to be seen on deviantART, one has to have some kind of "artistic marketing" of sorts. However, you can't just walk up to a person's profile and advertise yourself in the comments. That's rude and it's against the website's rules.
Note: The website actually does offer advertising on people's profile pages. You buy them and they'll appear to whomever doesn't have Premium Membership with Ad toggled off.
So how do you go about advertising yourself? There are many popular ways to be seen on deviantART without a direct "ad". Some include activity in the forums, the dAmn (chats), and joining groups. Another way people get attention is through a contest. These are effective and really do get quite the attention.
Contests have become more and more popular to a degree that they actually become viewed 1,000 times. Because they are so frequently visited, it can potentially become featured in the bottom of deviantART page (where the Daily Deviations happe

Terms and Conditions AgreementTERMS AND CONDITIONS AGREEMENT
Dear reader,
This Agreement is made between You ("The deviant Visitor") and Gold N Retriever ("Page Owner"). As such, I kindly ask to read the following Terms of Use go get a good idea of what is expected from you while you're visiting.
This Agreement is not a legal document nor is it written in second-person perspective. However, you should still carefully read and agree with it before messing around with me. x3
First and foremost! I draw for my own pleasure. I very rarely draw because someone told me so. If I make a gift for someone, it's because they were special to me in some way and I felt like paying back with some art. If I start drawing when people tell me so, I won't enjoy drawing anymore. It'll become more of a job. I want drawing to be my hobby and distraction.
I am a Community Volunteer of My Page. How does that make any sense? Well... I have a crowd of watchers looking at my every post. Naturally, in exch

:icongoldnretriever: About Goldnretriever

goldnretriever is an artist who enjoys drawing MLP characters and OCs as well as designing journal skins.  He has done several commissions and may be available for more.  He is the founder of Bronyland and has contributed to projecteducate articles.

Thank you for your quiet patience as I took forever in doing this.  You have been kind and friendly, and I've saved your last conversation with me in my inbox all this time as a daily reminder of my procrastination.  I feel badly for having let it go so long.

Thank You!

Previous Feature - Celvas 

Featuring CelvasA hearty congratulations goes out to the talented Celvas for her winning CSS journal skin in miontre's contest.
The idea of the contest was to find an artwork that inspired you to create a journal skin.  There were two categories, coded and design only.  Celvas won for her coded skin which really embodied the inspiration piece.  That Girl With the Flower  Check the live view of that skin to see it in action, it is an incredible skin.



Read more Six Word Stories in Celvas' gallery.  I enjoy the Last Words series.  She has several short stories and lits as well.  I

H.R. Giger

Tue May 13, 2014, 4:36 AM

Rest in Peace H. R. Giger.  

As many of you may already be aware, the legendary artist, H. R. Giger has died at the age of 74 due to a fall in his museum in Switzerland.  I am saddened to hear of his passing, I always found his work to be an inspiration with its dark and erotically bizarre beauty.  One of my first exposures to Giger (outside of Aliens, which I didn't watch as a kid) was actually in a school textbook, which I was shocked to realize that the image depicted an act of felatio hidden with the ultra tech organic forms.  I had a strong interest in airbrush then and loved how the curves and shapes were shaded in his works.  The organic shapes juxtaposed with machinery.  The fuel for imagination.

I'd like to say farewell to Mr. Giger.  As an artist, I would feel it would be paramount cummulation of a lifetime of achievements to live to an old age as he and meet my death in my own museum.  I cannot imagine being as great an artist as he was.  His work, forever immortalized in film, museums, and on the skin of generations of admirers.  Goodbye H. R. Giger.

H. R. Giger by ViolentReverie

kakao 322 Xenomorph by Lennylein:bigthumb402606906:alien. by sharktwin

Browse more Giger-inspired art

  • Mood: Sympathy
  • Watching: Supernatural

Audioblog Survey

Wed Feb 5, 2014, 12:59 PM
:icontehangelscry: tagged me forever ago and I've just done this now.  But a twist, as an audioblog.  Maybe makes these surveys sound a little more personal?  It would be fun to conduct an interview this way.  But best as something back and forth.  Ask a question, then the interviewee answers via SoundCloud.  Then you respond with asking another question in relation to their answer.  Makes it feel more like a live interview?  

I think of things like fun projects all the time, but never really follow through with them.  I'm full of clever ideas, but haven't done anything with them.  Well, I give anyone permission to take an idea I've thrown out there and do it.  Just Mention me so I can see!

I'm not sure I like my regular voice in a recording.  I used to do a very sexy phone voice.  I was a manager of a video store and the other managers would call me up to ask me things just to hear me talk to them.  I'd leave a sexy message for my customers telling them that they have an overdue movie.  Maybe next time I'll try to talk in my sexy phone voice.  I haven't done it in years, though, not been in customer service for a long time.  So don't really answer, or use a phone much any more.  When I talk to my Mom or my sister, I hear myself sounding like them afterwards.  Egads, I think I sound like my Mom!  Must get sexy phone voice back!

Let's see if it's finished loading so I can embed it here yet...

  • Mood: dA Love
  • Listening to: myself...
  • Watching: Doctor Who and Don't Trust the B***** in Apt 23
  • Eating: Leftover pork roast
  • Drinking: nothing

Hi to Natalie - Song - Mother

Tue Feb 4, 2014, 1:12 PM
This is in response to TehAngelsCry calling me out to say Hello on deviantART.  So, here is an audio recording of just that.  And I decided to sing as well.  Woot.  

This is so very kewl that we can embed these.  I'm very psyched about it.  A little nervous, if you can't tell by all the times I say "uh"...    Odd that it makes me feel more comfortable to sing than to just ramble on, but whatever.  I have a very raw style, which always surprises people because it is such a contrast to my voice.  It is so weird to hear my voice in a recording.  Maybe next time, I'll write up a script for myself to record an actual blog that has something to say.

Hope my Mom doesn't follow my SoundCloud, lols.  Well, she understands I do not begrudge her for our financial hardships and we stuck together through those times.  If I were not there for her, she said she wasn't sure she would have made it.  So I was her strength.  I love you, Mom!  ;)

This greeting was in response to:


  • Mood: dA Love
  • Watching: Doctor Who again :D
  • Eating: Chipotle Turkey Sammich
  • Drinking: Water

Cary's Flowers

Tue Jan 28, 2014, 12:31 AM
My friend, Cary, has started an Indiegogo Campaign to raise the money she needs to finalize the fees for her Doctorate in Education degree.  She needs an Editor to sign off on her dissertation and she needs the money for the graduation fees.  She has come all this way.  Her focus is working with children and families with autism.  She has job opportunities waiting for her to finish her degree.  But she needs help to reach her goal.

Cary's husband was diagnosed with Stage 1 congestive heart failure, so she is home taking care of him and their 4 children.  She has been working hard in her studies and is almost there.  Her final defense is scheduled for February 20th, before then, she needs to raise $5000 to cover the costs of the school approved Editor's fees and her graduation.

She is offering several beaded works as perks for contributions.  She makes beautifully crafted beaded flowers and Tree of Life pendants.

If you cannot make a contribution, please share this journal to spread the word so she can make her deadline.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read this.

  • Mood: dA Love
  • Watching: Doctor Who again :D
  • Eating: Tasty Roast
  • Drinking: Water

Stormy Weather

Thu Nov 21, 2013, 6:55 AM
Hi, I'm back!  I've been without electric for 4 days, since storms blew through on Sunday.  There were tornadoes in my area, but we were safe and well.  Just a tree on the line and the pole with the transformer snapped.  Was all fixed at 1-2am this morning.  I'll be on later to check my messages.  For now I have cleaning and stuff to do, since we had no running water either.

Much loves!