Creepy, Beautiful and Incredibly Amazing…

It’s not often that I come across something creepy that totally astounds me, mind body and soul!  When routing around crappy youtube videos today I stumbled across this totally awful homemade comilation of the Top 20 places to visit in the world, I don’t know what made me watch it but I’m so glad I did.  In clicking this horrifically boring, highly inaccurate (it named the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland “The Stone Pillars” tut tut) and frankly god awful slideshow with the ever depressing Evanescence -Bring me to Life in the background, where was I? yes… In clicking this video I came across what is possibly the best piece of sculptural art I have ever come across in my life.

Jason deCaires Taylor

He is British Yo!!

Truly in my opinion,
the best modern day sculptor. 

Now you may ask, L.J what the hell do you know about sculpture and I will be frank with you my friends, diddly squat!

I know not how you take a lump of coal and fashion it into a beautiful diamond, I know not how to use a whizzing spinnign very sharp blade to delicately carve intricate features, I do however know how to shape a milkshake carton out of blu-tac (thank you duration of my psycholody AS exam!).

I may not be an expert in the art of sculpture but I, as an admirer of art I feel I can tell when someone is displaying true talent and Jason certainly does that!

The majority of his works are mainly in Cancun, staged as the underwater museum called MUSA (Museo Subacuático de Arte) a project founded by Jaime Gonzalez Cano of The National Marine Park, Roberto Diaz of The Cancun Nautical Association and Jason deCaires Taylor, located in the waters surrounding Cancun, Isla Mujeres and Punta Nizuc, now, here comes the clever bit. 

The sculptures are as much entertainment for the scuba divers who flock to the mexican shores as they are a viable environment to sustain and improve the coral reef that resides in the waters.

Jason’s sculptures provide a beautifully clever alternative to the possibility of losing the reefs and act as an artificial reef, encouraging plants, coral and sealife into the otherwise vacant area.

All of Jason’s works really tell a story and get to the heart of us as a modern species, from a couch potato enjoying a snack, to an exact replica of a Vaulkswagen Beetle, all of Jason’s pieces in some way open a doorway to our world that in years to come will be studied and analysed to figure out who we were!

The piece that I find the most awe-inspiring and let’s face it most impressive, is the piece named The Silent Evolution.

403 life sized, TO SCALE, figures.
Occupying 402 square meters of the sea bed, cast from real life humans. 

The spookiest, creepiest yet strangely calming piece of art I have ever come across, it’s effect on me was phenomenol, I honestly could never imagine swimming up to life sized people underwater, like forgotten people. 

Their atmosphere is so quiet, their demeanour so epically strange it honestly took my breath away.

Can you imagine getting lost underwater and coming across this?

Or being in the year 3012 and discovering these figures cloaked in precious coral and protected by creatures of the deep?

…it’s oddly unsettling.

He also has some works here in the UK, in Canterbury none-the-less (totally going to have to take Poison Ivy!!)

His swimming figures again are haunting to me, almost like ghosts, I really cannot work out why his sculptures really freak me out but in such a satisfying way.

I have included lots of pictures of which ALL RIGHTS GO TO JASON DECAIRES TAYLOR.

They are all from his website and I have used them simply because he has the best ones!!

Please check out his website HERE it’s full of information on, the man, the myth, the ARTISTE…

 that is Jason deCaires Taylor and I’ve also added a little video so you can see the work that goes into just one of these sculptures.

Jason really is repping it for the Brits, and just goes to show that with a bit of inginuity we can all do our bit to help this planet out!

Happy Blogging, Cheers for Reading.

L.J.Simms x

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♥ Sunshine Award ♥

AHHHHH I RECIEVED THE SUNSHINE AWARD!!

Ok Ok calm down calm down!!…

What have I got to do again??

ADVENTURES nominated me for the Sunshine Award, this is one I have never heard of so I am slightly exstatic about it on this dreary grey Saturday morning!  I have had a rollercoaster ride this past week (explanatory post coming later this weekend!) and this has topped it off no end!  So to the rules…

Here’s how it works:

  • Add the Award to your blog
  • Acknowledge the giver of the award and thank them
  • Answer a few questions about yourself
  • Nominate a few fellow bloggers with outstanding blogs for the award and include links to their sites :-).

ADVENTURES finds happiness in everything.  It’s her tagline, it’s her mantra and it’s what makes her so special as a blogger.  I know I am sometimes prone to a moan, Adventures finds a way of blogging the positive.  She is a great addition to my blogging family and I find her blog not only inspirational but also a darn good hoot!

Now to the questioning…

  • What is your favorite color?
    Coral, it’s such a jewel-like summery colour.
  • What is next on your bucket list?
    I have many things!! Check out my Apocalypse Bucket List .
  • What is your favorite number?
    17, I don’t know why, it’s odd and I hate odd numbers generally, but yeah 17.
  • What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink?
    Mcdonald’s Strawberry Milkshake     OR       Lemonade and OJ.
  • Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?
    I want to prefer Twitter, but I forget about Twitter, Facebook is just easier sometimes!.
  • What is your passion?
    My family and my friends, I wouldn’t be who I am without them.
  • Do you prefer getting or giving presents?
    BOTH!  Giving is just as good as recieving, I’d be lying if I said I PREFFERED giving 😛
  • What is your favorite time of day?
    DUSK, I love it when it feels kinda magical.  Especially in summer, or when it’s snowed.
  • What is your favorite day of the week?
    Sunday, it’s the relaxation day.  It’s my day, the day that is EXTRA, it doesn’t seem like a weekend day it’s an EXTRA day, and it always goes really slowly 🙂
  • Favorite flower?
    I like my flowers but I’m very very very picky!!  I love White Peonies.

Now, Drumroll please, for the nominees for the sunshine award…

  1. JoyHey
  2. Big Sis Little Dish
  3. A-Hem Vintage
  4. CozyWalls
  5. Keep Calm, It’s Just a Blog
  6. 365 Days

I nominate you all for bringing Sunshine to my day when I read your blogs, Thank you for blogging and I hope we all keep it up 🙂

Happy Blogging, Cheers for Reading.

L.J.Simms

Versatile Blogger Award

THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

 
Oooh I feel all goosepimply and special! Thank you so much to CatBird, accepting this gracefully I would like to say a few little words for this wonderful woman! 
 
I first started my blog as a coping mechanism, I have suffered with what can only be described as depression but due to my unwillingness to take prescription medication I wanted to find a healthier and better (for me) way of coping and dealing with my mind. 
 
When I first started I thought no-one would read what I had to write, and I was okay with that, but when I received my frist comment that wasn’t in the spam folder which i convinced myself was real mail haha, it was from catbird.  In my short 3 months as a blogger she has taught me that my blog is my own and no matter what I post, big or small I should find the beauty in all things. 
 
 
On Catbird’s blog she states that she has a ‘photography blog yet she is not a photographer’ it is this beautiful quote that first made me respect her as a blogger and follow her posts religiously, although we like to say pie-giously! Please take some time out to check out her blog and I hope you enjoy her as much as I do… 

SO ONTO THE AWARD RULES AND REGULATIONS!!

  1. You must state and link your Nominator. [done √ ]
  2. You must tell everyone 7 things about yourself.
  3. You must nominate 15 Blogs and let them know

7 THINGS ABOUT ME THAT I BET YOUR DYING TO KNOW *sarcastic face*

  1. I have an overwhelming love for button mushrooms.  No fancy pancy special mushrooms, just normal every day button mushrooms, I bloody love them.
  2. I have an obsession with American tv and the list is as follows…
    – Supernatural
    – Criminal Minds
    – Glee
    – Alphas
    – Warehouse 13
    – Desperate Housewives
    – Big Bang Theory
    – Haven
    – Ringer
    – Heroes
    – American Horror Story
    and many many many many more, I’m a TV freak
  3. I enjoy listening to music in bed.
  4. I have a kings size duvet on a double bed and I have a grand total of 21 pillows.
  5. I’m terrified of spiders, heights, failure and never being loved.
  6. I love to cook mexican food and make amazing Guacamole.
  7. My biggest wish right now would be to be asked to write  a book and actually get paid to write it, or be asked to act on Eastenders, OR get an apprenticeship as a cake decorator.

AND FINALLY TO THE NOMINATIONS… 

THE BOOK OF ALICE

Amazing Sh*t my Kid Says blog, this blog is a recent discovery of mine but has me in stiches every single time I read it, I love that Alice is so Candid and I feel like I am learnng with her through her mother’s eyes, absolutely fantastic.

THE THREE BALLADEERS

Storytelling blog that is working through the world’s myths one by one.  Sometimes not always in english but an awesome blgo none-the-less!

POOR GIRL RICH TASTE

Upcycling fashion blog that has inspired me no end to take what I don’t like and change it, alter it, mix it up a little and not to expect everything stylish to come at a price!

DOODLES, DABBLES & DREAMS

Fantastic crafts and creations, I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE.

HEY BERNICE!

Awesome blogger, food, crafts, creations left right and center.  Sassy with class and wit, and some really fantastic ideas that I can’t wait to start trying.

ON.MY.YELLOW.PLATE

Food blogger who I adore, every item of food looks REAL and not made just for the photograph, I appreciate her experimentation and just love her recipes!!

MEGAN GNEKOW

Artist, who has influenced the feminity of my tattoo design!! just so talented and delicate of hand with an eye for beautiful art and drawings!

SIGNED VIOLET

Plus size blogger, who has settled in my plus size heart.  Such exuberence and confidence, I love her blog and take comfort in reading it.

THE WARDROBE CHALLENGE

Truly inspirational fashion blogger! This girl has such style, I love to sit down with a coffee and see what she has put together next, I love that she has beautiful style and isn’t afraid to show it to the world!

GOOD FOOD, GOOD MEAT

Great alternative recipes and ways to stay healthy.

HOW I WASTE TIME

Interior design blog that I happily waste SOOOOOO much time reading through old archive posts and delving into the blog deeper and deeper.

LIKE A MUSTARD SEED

Herbal fix’ems, remedies and things that if I ever wonder hmmm, I wonder if that would work, this is where I go first before I even search google I search this blog! AWESOME.

KEEP CALM IT’S JUST A BLOG

actor, designer, ponderer…will you marry me?

SHORT IS THE NEW BLACK

Beauty blog that I adore, 10 times better than reading a magazine this woman has her finger on every pulse going, great style and great blog!! love it!

RIZBANGER

Illustration blogger who has neatly become my favourite illustrator, truly beautiful pieces of work that I love to look at and enjoy every post on this blog!

WELL THAT’S IT KITTY-KATS!!

Muchos Love and I hope you keep passing this award on to brighten other people’s days!
HAPPY BLOGGING, CHEERS FOR READING,

L.J.Simms x

How to Cope with Being Unemployed

So, currently I’m unemployed.  It’s a crap life but somebody’s
got to do it.I’ve been unemployed for 3 months, I’ve worked
since I was 15 and I spent 3 years doing a degree.  You’d think I’m
suitable for something, anything,I would clean toilets if it
meant that I was earning some decent cash that I honestly feel I
worked hard to deserve to earn.  When you go to University
everyone tells you it’s the right thing to do, you HAVE
to do it if you want to make your life better than the
average bear’s!  What a mistake it was to listen
to that advice!  Honestly, in my humble opinion, I think unless
your going to TRAIN for a profession, don’t bother, it’s not
worth your time or debt! Since losing my job, I’ve tried
every which way possible to get a Job.  I’ve tried recruitment
agencies, Online jobsites, unemployment agencies.  I’ve even
tried to get funding to start my own studio for my artwork but
no joy anywhere! I recently had to apply for JobSeeker’s
Allowance and to tell you all the truth…
It’s killing me, I hate it, I hate having to accept money that I
haven’t earnt plus along with the overwhelming feeling of
un-accomplishment I have to have the telephone meetings with
the Job Seeker Lady, the woman who bless her
heart find the most inane jobs available and tries to palm them off on me…

That’s right! ME! The woman who got a flaming DEGREE!
I’ve got 4 Alevels! I’ve got 12 GCSEs!!!
THEY ALL TOLD ME I’D GET A JOB INSTANTLY!!!!!!!

See what I mean kids? My advice? don’t stick in school,
get out as soon as is legal, get your backsides down to an
apprenticeship, or work to learn scheme this further education
stuff is boll***s if you ask me!! £12,000 and I’m still no
closer to a well paid salary job than the homeless
guy who lives by tescos!

So after I speak with Job Seeker Sue, I get a call from the
Recruitment Man Sam, his smarmy voice, and sales talk makes
me cringe, I’ve worked in sales related jobs all my life, these
people think I can’t recognise the sales banter?? REALLY?
Then comes the prep for the interview. what to say,
what NOT to say…and OH WAIT

“Definitely don’t mention that you worked in childcare…”

“Hi there, hello, yes, hi can you hear me, oh great,
*smarmy sales voice*
hiiiiiiiiiii
yes great to talk to youuuuuu,
yesssss I meann I’ve…

*here comes the sales banter crap
Recruitment Man Sam tells me to say*

yes.I.mean.I’ve.worked.in.sales.for.many.years.and.I’ve.
managed.a.team.of.up.to.6.working.on.the.analytical.
basis.that.I.prepare.all.their.time.managment.graphs.and.
yes.I.work.towards.target.based.memorandums.and.of.
course.I.can.work.microsoft.office.to.grade.A.standard.yesssss.
I’ve pioneered.flights.to.Gambia.and.yes.of.course.I’m.
fully.trained.in.zombie.attack.protocol.and.yes.I.have.the.statuatory.
2,000,000.years.worth.of.experience.that.is.vital.to.
know.how.to.sell.someone.paper.waste.management.and.
I.always.carry.my.iPhone.because.of.course.I.would.never.own
a.blackberry.and.I.would.love.to.discuss.this.role.further.
with.you.your.highness.who.I.need.to.give.me.a.job.because.I’m…

!DESPERATE!

Day 86 of unemployment, and I’m tired.

Yes I said it, I’m freaking tired, I do nothing all day,
but drink coffee, eat toast, watch Jeremy Kyle and imagine
up blog posts.  I make dozens of Paper Cranes all day not
only to stop me going insane from not smoking (because I
can’t afford it) but also because I’m bored! I sit and read
cookery books that I can’t cook from because I have no money
I watch QVC, and dream of owning the quick fire
chopper upper thingy because I have no life
I constantly chew my nails and stare at my BBm,
Whatsapp, Facebook AND Twitter because my friends
are all at work and I get excited over my afternoon milky coffee
because I pretend its a caramel latte from costa, minus the caramel!

I’m writing a novel…
Yeah I can do that, I’m creating an art installation too, and I’m
trying internet dating I’m desperately trying to keep the
creative creature inside me amused, so I don’t lose hope
that one day, someone will think I’m not half bad, and
trust that my CV isn’t the end of all things, and
SOMETIMES, you have to TRUST someone,
not just check theirfacebook to see what a mess
they were at the last festival they attended.

(I was a state!)

I FOUND A JOB

OH MY SHIT I FOUND A JOB

It’s perfect, it’s £26,000 A YEAR!!!!!
*slight orgasm sorry everyone*

I could do this job, I could ACE this job, I’m perfect for it,
give me the job, yess, yess, ahhhhhh, omg, omg, omg, omg
JOB ADVERTISMENT MEGA ORGASM…..

dammit, I need a qualification…

but I could do it……and I could do it really well.

[This is the part where I broke down, crying, snot,
it wasn’t pretty heaving with sorrow into my pillow,
with the inevitable *woe is me* speech, then getting the
angry face, you know that agression that creeps in,
the *f!ck no I’m better than this* agression, that insists
that you fight the system, stick it to the man,
bring down the house and generally sound like an epic fool…]

This is the genuine Cover Letter that I sent.
I omitted my real information in editing.
I sent this alongside my CV, to the dream job.

ScreenShot from the application form.

So please, anyone who reads my blog, anyone who likes it,
or follows me because of it take your hands and cross
those fingers for me, If your religious, pray for me,
If your a jedi, do some funky mind tricks..and if you
just so happen to be someone from RED GATE
please give me the job, I would work like a slave for you…

You’ve just got to give me a chance…

Cheers for Reading,

L.J x

103 WAYS TO GIVE UP SMOKING

A Thousand
Paper Cranes…

[BARE WITH THIS POST, I HAVE ADDED THIS POST-POSTING TO THIS POST…HAHA SORRY, ERMM YES, I BEGAN WRITING THIS 2 WEEKS AGO, SINCE WRITING THIS I HAVE NOT HAD A SINGLE CIGARETTE, AND SINCE STARTING THE PAPER CRANES JUST OVER A WEEK AGO I HAVE FOLDED 103 CRANES, JUST THINKING I WOULD HAVE SMOKED THAT MANY CIGARETTES IF NOT MORE, IN 7.5 DAYS, SCARY STUFF…GOOD LUCK TO ALL THOSE QUITTING SMOKING THIS YEAR, I’M REALLY GOING TO STICK TO IT THIS TIME]

1,000 Paper Cranes  (千羽鶴 Senbazuru?)
“Thousand Origami Cranes is a group of one thousand origami paper cranes held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.”

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The idea intrigues me, it made me almost cry when I watched it on Heroes, noteably one of my favourite series’ of the past few years.

 Watching Charlie’s expression, when the camera zoomed out and revealed the epic amount of cranes delicately hanging by clear threads around their heads was in my opinion, utterly beautiful and actually quite stylish! Ha Ha…

Now, today has frankly been an awful day, I woke up in that highly irritating situation where your neck has been sleeping comfortably all evening, and then, suddenly, the second you wake up…AH%&$$! F*&£”~#!! …your neck trips into spasm and you can’t move for the rest of the day! anddddd I decided to start item number 20 on my Bucket List, I figured that although I have ticked a few things off the list, I’m still no closer to actually COMPLETING the list.

Item Number 20. ATTEMPT TO GIVE UP SMOKING…

Now your all probably wondering what the hell item 20 and paper cranes have in common, well it all started like this…..

So being unemployed, with no car, no money, not alot of people around during the day and a family who all smoke! (that’s right kids, Batman, The Incredibles, Poison Ivy, Misty Knight, Iron Man, WONDER WOMAN!! allllllllll of them SMOKE!)  Now obviously Poison Ivy is up lá duff so has stopped smoking, but for me it was so easy to just light up a fag, puff puff puffy away all day, I would say I had a steady 20 a day deal going on, menthol rollies were to me like a warm glass of red wine of an evening, just something i enjoyed!  and then the fateful day arrived….

Poison Ivy had warned me something like this may happen, and when Wonder Woman tried to give up last month, she said the same thing, there comes a point where something just snaps in your mind, and smoking just isn’t nice anymore!
Now for all those people out there screaming,’SMOKING’S DISGUSTING’ ‘IT’S GOING TO KILL YOU’ ‘YOU SMELL LIKE AN ASHTRAY’ I really don’t care, unless you’re a smoker you have no concept of how good it feels to have a fresh cup of coffee and a sneaky ciggie, or rolling a menthol and relaxing just puffing away.  IF YOU ARE NOT A SMOKER YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW GOOD THAT FEELS!!! and after sex……. WOWWWWWW better than the sex before it haha.

But anyway I digress, so I was sat in the study with my tobacco rolling a cig, and it happened, something choked a little in my throat, i licked the rizla and the smell of the dry tobacco made me feel a bit icky, and as I sparked the cigarette, I was convincing myself that I wanted to become a non-smoker! (I think it helped that my pouch was now empty and I had no way of getting anymore haha!!)

Day one – Fine, 0 cigarettes
Day two – Fine, 0 cigarettes
Day three – Ok, 0 Cigarettes
Day four – Average, 0 cigarettes, stood behind woman at cashpoint inhaling her scarf it smelt so good
Day five – SH*T, SH*TE, CR*P, AWFUL, SHODDY, EURGH, CRAPOLAAA! 0 cigarettes…grrrr
Day six – Pissed off, angry, want to murder someone for £3.50 to get tobacco… 0 cigarettes
Day seven – Today…woke up, feeling refreshed, breathing (asthma) noticeably clearer, cravings minimum, 0 cigarettes…

Now….how did I do it?

PAPER CRANES!!!

Honestly, for the past week I have ranged through every emotion possible, this first week of not smoking has almost killed me, and I think its mainly due to the fact that I have nothing to cure the boredom, smoking became a habit because I was bored.  It gave me something to do with my hands, the ceremony of rolling the cigarette, lighting it, inhaling and enjoying the minty smoke, sitting back and taking it in…..it takes time, its a process, its also really difficult to describe!  So I had to find something to keep my hands busy, and remembering the episode of Heroes, whilst thinking about my meditation experiences of late, I thought, I bet I can make 1,000 paper cranes….that will stop me from smoking.

Now, everytime I want a cigarette I fold a piece of paper, and it can be anything, newspapers, magazines, catalogues, comic books, junk mail…anything that I can find just to keep my mind off smoking.  and I can say now it’s working, being around smoke makes me feel ill, the smell makes me want to vom on their faces, and the change in myself is remarkable, it’s early days yet but here’s to crossing off another Bucket List item and to continuing on my journey.

Made with 1978 Superman Comic Book

Made From: Pandora Jewellery Catalogue Page.

I found an Irregular choice Shoebox and have given them a home already

Here’s to the SuperCranes!!   May they guide me through this rough patch and grant me a blooming good wish when I’ve made 10,000 of the buggars!

Cheers for reading 🙂

L.J x

THE TRANSFORMATION OF EVE – click on the image if it’s not changing :)

The new 8ft by 5ft canvas that will be hanging in my room by the time ive painted it!I literally cannot wait to get some money and start painting this bad boy! I promised you all I would show you it when it was finished, and I edited it to sort of show how it will look once its painted! This canvas is going to be insane, almost like wallpaper it's going to be so big! It's based around the Adam Isaac Jackson/Mike Giant/1940s/retro tattoos style. Give it a few seconds and just sit and watch this one you will see the progression of the drawing which I am hereby naming "The Transformation of Eve". Hope you enjoy it L.J x P.S can YOU notice where her face changes from innocent to whore in a matter of seconds/pencil strokes 😉 whoopsie!

Ho Hum, Tweedelee Dum… Apologies first…

ImageWell hello everyone, first of all I just want to say a quite sorry for my delay as of late.  Ive been working on some new works inspired by my illustrator HERO Adam Isaac Jackson.  This is the piece of work ^^ that is causing me all this pain, its taking forever to complete I’ve got some serious editing to do to it once its drawn but thought i would give you all a little updateo!

Adam Isaac Jackson has been an idol of mine for years, ever since my G.C.S.E textiles days, it was him that shaped my style of design and my love for anything monochrome!  Alot of people like to argue that Adam copies this guy called Mike Giant who is also a fine procurer of this style of art.  Personally I’m in love with Adam’s pictures, and this one above here is my homage to him, its for an 8ft by 5ft canvas going in my bedroom its going to be epic, andddd it’s going to take forever but It makes for another entry to the Bucket List, “Make my bedroom a sanctuary – and it better be perfect” and “Complete an actual piece of art”.

Anyways again apologies for the lack of posty posts but I hope this little insight into me helps you to mourn the absence.

Muchos Love, L.J x

 

(P.S This image is copyrighted to me, If you want to use it for any reason please just ask first thats all I ask)