Things That Are Awesome: videos by @maidensuit

Much as I adore YouTube, I don’t make a ton of time for watching content there. There are a few channels in my subscriptions that I try to watch everything, but mostly I dip in and out and don’t worry about completism. I have started my own channel on YouTube and found out recently that there is a way for buying youtube views. It really helps grow your channel.

One of my new favorites is @maidensuit‘s channel, where she publishes doll-related videos that are awesome in a number of ways. They are produced in a way that really suits me: the sets and production are not complicated and they’re shot in a really intimate way that enhances the feeling that you’re right there in the room seeing what she’s showing. The background music is relaxing, her voice is soothing, and the pace is so unhurried that it truly stands out from almost everything else I see on YouTube.

How comforting is that! Seriously. It’s maybe even a little ASMR-inducing. She also has a great wardrobe of Blythe clothing, which is fun to see and inspiring for me – I always get a few ideas of things I could make or colors I’d like to use. (Not to mention shoes and other accessories I’d like to acquire!) She also explains her thought process and the things that appeal to her in terms of Blythe fashion and such, which I love to hear. It’s so fascinating to find out the things that drive a passion you share with someone else. She also seems to have a great sense of humor.

You can find @maidensuit on twitter, instagram, and of course YouTube.

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minty fresh

The mint is blooming like crazygonuts, and it’s been absolutely filled with insects enjoying the sweetness. It was mega sunny (not to mention swelteringly hot) yesterday, but we managed to get a little bit of decent footage.

You really can’t get the sense of just how many insects are in this area unless you’re actually here, but trust me when I say there are dozens at any given moment. Possibly over a hundred!

I took some close-up shots of some of the insects. I’m not sure what any of them are for certain.

Some sort of wasp?

unidentified insect on the mint

A moth?

unidentified insect on the mint

A very delicate blue butterfly?
EDIT: Identified! Summer Azure Celastrina neglecta

unidentified insect on the mint

A fly? Bee?
EDIT: possibly a Bot Fly

unidentified insect on the mint

This might be the same guy from a different angle:

unidentified insect on the mint

A bee:
EDIT: identified! Yellow Jacket Wasp

unidentified insect on the mint

And I think this one might be a Great Black Wasp (Katydid Killer):

unidentified insect on the mint

I can’t fathom how skinny this thing is:

unidentified insect on the mint

If anyone knows what any of these insects are, I’d love to know.

Lots more photos at Flickr.

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we have some good news…

The phone calls that are made to the winners of the ALA Youth Media Awards are so exciting. Having been part of the process, it’s hard to convey the emotions you feel when you’re speaking with and listening to the award and honor winners so early in the morning, when they can hardly believe what’s happening. Hooray for AL Focus for listening in on this year’s calls and sharing them with us all.

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