Graphic Design

My Shop is Finally Open!

Hi My Lovely Starfishies!!

My little storenvy shop is finally open and you can purchase away! I’ve got vampire stickers, pastel goth stickers, hipster stickers, and many more kawaii cute oozing with sugary sweetness, products! I tried my best to create characters that would be as diverse as the lovely people like you all that enjoy my artwork and other creations. ^_^ I’m already starting some new sketches for future sticker ideas, too. I have a couple dolls that are not available yet, but should be at some point. (Not sure when just yet.) I’m sorry. I know you all may have been waiting for the dolls, but the stickers are much easier to get ready for shipping and stocking into the shop as well as putting all of their information on the website.

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As you can see, above I offer sticker sheets for your stationary needs. You can stick these on your letters to your pen pals, you can stick them on your favorite notebook or sketchbook, or simply save them as collectibles.

Also, my friend Jen Lawson helped me design the Rapunzel character and the red headed girl. She did a lovely job on Rapunzel’s hair, especially.

The other stickers especially made to be car decals. I have a couple of them on my car right now, actually, and they’ve been holding up awesomely! :)

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Most of the car decals come with a premask you can see above and below. The premask helps aid you in applying the decal to your car window. All you have to do is pull the backing off the back of the sticker, stick it where you want it to be positioned, and pull of the top layer — the premask! Easy-peasy.

PREMASK PHOTO

Above you can see where the backing comes off easily when there’s a premask on the front. Then you can stick the back of the sticker directly where it needs to go, and pull the premask right off after that! :) I LOVE these!

Here are a few more examples of stickers in the shop currently, but there are several more! Better hurry before they sell out!!

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As you can see, a few do not have a premask. These are for people who would rather just have the backing only. Those are for people who either plan to never stick the sticker and just want it for collecting or if they are really good at placement without premask.

In other news, a few weeks ago I posted my Frequently Asked Questions video on YouTube. Check it out below if you would like to see it:

Thanks so much for watching and I hope you all have a lovely sweet day!! <3

-MaceyLou

Why You Need The Sims 4 in Your Life {Sims 4 Review – Part 1}

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I want to start off by saying that I have been a Sims fan ever since The Sims 1 came out. I’ve loved all the crazy sim moments. It truly is one of my favorite game series of all time. Now I will proceed with this blog post which is only part one of the sims 4 blog post series I plan to do. I hope you enjoy. ^_^

Below is a pic of the “Candy” Residence. These are the first sims I made in The Sims 4. Their house is the first house I built in The Sims 4 as well. I’m not entirely happy with how it turned out. I’d like for there to be more detail / visual interest on the facade of the house, but I think it’s a decent mansion.

Sims 4 Candy Residence and Fam

Below is an up close shot of Ulta and Elli Candy. They are sisters who have decided to room together until they start their own families. The house was an inheritance, given to them by a late relative. Otherwise, they would have settled for something much smaller — more like an apartment. :)

Sims 4 Ulta and Elli CLOSEUP

Next up is the Philips residence, home of Jay and Leana Philips. Leana is a genius and Jay aspires to be a standup comedian.

Sims 4 Philips Residence and Fam

Sims 4 Philips fam CLOSEUP

Ironic thing is, Jay is a comedian…and his house was on a lot where many strange (and funny) things happened. First of all, they had some odd glitches in the kitchen, with weird fires that made no sense and with trying to fix a fridge only to be feet away from it…and here’s my personal favorite…

Sims 4 GLITCHES BE LIKE

The happy couple really did become one…just to walk up the stairs! XD I love how his skin is a little darker than hers and makes it look like she has facial hair. Do you see it? Tell me you see it! Anyway, this was GREAT! I love finding silly (not frustrating) glitches like this one. Makes. my. day.

Sims 4 MACEY image and neighbor

Above on the right is the sim version of me that my hubby made! If you know me in real life, you know I have mustard pants EXACTLY LIKE THAT! Spot on, Derek! The girl on the left is a REALLY AWESOME pre-made sim…wish I could take credit for making her…but I can’t. You know what the best part is?? She has the snob trait..and she totally looks like a hipster. I LOVE IT! Her glasses just MAKE the look. Ya know? :)

Then there’s this image…

Sims 4 MUH COOKIN SKILLZ

This is a pic of Vinita Noir, the girl who looks nothing like me, but has the EXACT same lack of cookin’ skillz! Had to make a meme of it. It’s great! This pretty little sim has a heart tattoo on her shoulder and star tattoos on her back. She’s the third household I made. And the only sim I’ve made so far that has tattoos. I just LOVE the hair! Also, she’s the only household I’ve created so far on sims 4 where I did NOT use cheats. Obviously I used cheats on the others to give them loads of money to build those giant houses, but not with this girl! I wanted at least one family / household that would be cheat-free from the very beginning. And you know what? I think she’s my favorite family to play so far. Her house is VERY small. Very basic. But it’s pastel friendly on the inside, so it’s unicorn worthy…right?! I think it’s an awesome tiny house. It only has 3 rooms: living / dining / kitchen (all in one), bedroom, and bathroom. It features a tiny porch and a cabin-like feel. I plan to add a forest of trees around it when she gets enough $$$.

Sims 4 Noir House FLOORPLAN

Below is Vinita Noir in front of her cabin-like exterior (unicorn pastel amaze-house interior) humble abode. And did I mention how much I love HER? She’s a curvacious beauty with cute retro shorts and bright teal hair. What’s not to love?

Sims 4 Noir Residence and Sim

It’s time to talk about an interesting feature that may or may not exist…but I’m thinking it does. I haven’t researched this FULLY just yet, but I THINK time in the sims 4 is standard for all sims, meaning if Vinita wants to go visit with her friends down the street, she can’t if they are currently at work. If I’m not mistaken (feel free to correct me if I am mistaken, really, I could be way off), I don’t remember this being a feature of sims 3 exactly…definitely not in 1 or 2 either, right? Or am I going crazy?! I feel like in 2, you just went to visit them and they were there…maybe…and same for sims 3, except sometimes in sims 3 they wouldn’t be home, but it seemed more random, like they were just randomly either home or not home. I could be way off on all of this, but it appears like sims 4 is more realistic in that the sims might actually be at work at fixed times, and your unemployed sim who visits during the other sim’s working hours will get no answer when knocking on the door…I am simultaneously excited and frustrated by this. I LOVE the realism of it, but I also got disappointed that she couldn’t visit with them. haha. Can’t have it both ways, MACEY! DUH! I know. I know. Let me know what you all think in the comments.

Sims 4 Vinita to visit Philips House

Create-A-Sim is SO SO SO much more fun and better than in the previous sims. This I most definitely have an opinion on. Just give it a go. You can click the part of the sim you want to edit. You can tweak the face, head, neck, arms, legs, stomach, sides, butt, chest, (LOL), EVERYTHING individually — and with a click on that part, as well as with a click and drag motion. It’s awesome! In previous sims games, you had to click on a menu item to get to the detailed editing. NO MORE! This feature is one of the best features in the game (that I’ve come across so far).

Another change, is the sims 4 is not exactly open world. Why did I word it that way, you ask? Because it is sort of open…what I mean is, on your little street that your sim lives on, you can have them walk around and discover things, down the street, a couple houses down, etc. HOWEVER, you cannot just walk around the whole “neighborhood” (bigger zone than the street your sim lives on). You must wait for loading screens to go to any other house (even on your street) as well. This means the street and the exterior lots of your sim’s street their house is on, is sort of an “open world” type area…but I guess the definition of “open world” is not just “open street”. Either way, I understand part of the logic with this. They probably did this to give us some openness yet not bog down the game as much. Yes, it’s annoying to go to the house next door and click “visit residence” and then have to wait on a loading screen, BUT the loading screen isn’t too long. And you have to admit, it’s cool that the sims aren’t completely limited to just their lot only. Also, the loading is understandable, considering the house interior needs to load, and you actually see furniture through the windows now instead of just an empty house. That’s an upgrade in my opinion.

You know what’s NOT an upgrade? There’s.no.pool. I was so sad when I was building one of these houses and I wanted it to have a pool in the backyard. No pool. However, I hear that they plan to create a FREE patch for pools. That makes up for it, I think. It’s not ideal, but it’s free at least.

One other complaint I have is when I was trying to take screenshots of my sims in front of their houses, it was more difficult than expected. Here’s why: there are SO many sims walking around on the sidewalks, and they LOVE stopping right in front of your sims houses and talking to each other (a lot of times not even talking to your sims). I’ve tried to find the “ask to leave” option and it’s nowhere…even if I try to “invite inside”. I think I tried inviting inside, so I could ask to leave. I could be wrong though. It’s hard to remember what exactly I did, but I think I tried that because I eventually became so desperate to get rid of some of these stupid auto sims, that I made them into an enemy. HAHA! Anyway, it’s not really a big deal, though, and I DO really like that there is so much availability for social interaction because of the loads of sims out and about. :)

So, I will leave you all with some FREE content! You can dowload my sims that I featured in this blog post today! I wanted to give you the ability to download the houses / lots as well, but I have not figured that out yet. I’m still a sims 4 noob. BUT I’m not a sims noob. :) I’m sure I’ll figure it out. Oh, that’s another thing I love! I love the community and how easy it was for me to make my sims available for download. Not sure why I couldn’t figure out how to do that same thing for the houses, but we’ll see if I can figure that out for next time.

Download my sims by following these steps:

1. Load into the sims 4 game.

2. Click the gallery icon (looks like photographs and is in the upper right hand corner of the screen).

3. Click “community” if you are not already there.

4. In the search bar in the upper right hand section, choose “origin ID” from the dropdown and type in “derekbrown700”. My husband’s username is the one on the account in case you were curious. Haha! Now you should see all 3 families that I’ve featured in this post! :) {See the screenshot below.} Unfortunately, like I said, not the houses. I will try to figure out how to do that soon!

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So far, I rate the sims 4 a 4.5 out of 5 stars. We’ll see if that rating shifts any.

xoxo – MaceyLou

What Has MaceyLou Been Up To?

Hello My Lovely Friends!

I just want to take a moment and thank each and every person who reads my blog, watches my videos, listens to my music, or appreciates my artwork. THANK YOU! ^_^ From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU SO MUCH! If you’re reading this right now, you mean a lot to me, and I want you to know that. Because of you, I get to write my heart out. I get to talk about the good times as well as the bad, and there is nothing that can replace that. No matter how long I go on hiatus and no matter what my URL is, the core group sticks with me on my journey. Hopefully this blog theme / template I’ve chosen will stick for a while. Hopefully my URL will finally stick for a while. I’ve gone from blogspot, to wordpress hosted, to self-hosted using wordpress…and I’ve changed URL’s even more times than that. In fact, I can’t recall how many times. I’m hoping this sticks……finally. Haha!

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For the theme of this blog post, I want to talk about what I’ve been up to lately…I’ve been working on many things. First, I’ve finally gotten re-acquainted with Minecraft, and I’m loving it again. I doubt I could play it each and every day, but I’ve been playing several times a week, and it helps that I have lots of friends to play with me and help me find new ways to have fun in the game.

I play pranks…

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minecraft google hangout 1

In the screenshots above, I basically just confused everyone by flying as high as I could where they couldn’t see me. I got a chuckle out of it, as I looked down at their base like it was but a mere ant hill. Karma came back at me later, though, when someone released an Ender Dragon into the world, which destroyed my house. Lately we’ve been playing on a really fun survival server instead, which I LOVE. We found a beautiful biome, full of flowers, islands in the sky, waterfalls, and rivers.

pretty biome

And here’s a random pic I took of a creeper // zombie romance…I thought you all would love it. Kisses for the Creeper! XD

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On to a completely different topic…

Apparently on Instagram, I am addicted to showing you guys / gals my shoes…I just realized the pattern today. I have especially mastered the “feet up on the dashboard” pose…

shoes comparison

And I think I’ll leave you all with a very odd collage I just made. I call it “MaceyLou’s World.” I guess it represents those moments where I feel kinda weird and different from everyone else and I space out…this must be what the inside of my imagination looks like! :3 I also am guessing that me and my car race each other around a minecraft-type landscape, with a barbie house to go home to, under a strange but beautiful sky. Ah, yep, that’s what my head looks like inside it! Haha! ^__^

Macey's World

Well, that’s all for tonight. Goodnight, friends! Talk to you next time.

Hugs,

MaceyLou

Where-

→☆♪☆♥○ My Bucket List ○♥☆♪☆←

☆Herrow, Friends!☆

My blog post today is all about my bucket list. I’m organizing it into categories, because I’m weird like that. Haha. :) I’ll also post a percentage level next to items that have been partially completed.

First Category:

Where-

→ Travel ←

I want to visit the following places within my lifetime…

☆ Paris, France

☆ Tokyo, Japan

☆ New York City, NY

☆ California {*Not sure if I want to visit Los Angeles, San Fransisco, or both — but I definitely want to see the Redwood forests!}

☆ Niagra Falls {Some of my ancestors traveled and settled near there…}

☆ Ireland

☆ London

☆ Washington, D.C.

☆ China

☆ Hawaii

☆ Savannah, GA {Again, haha! I love that place!♥}

☆ Chicago

☆ Australia

☆ Italy

☆ Sweden

Next Category:

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→ Creativity & Imagination ←

☆ Write at least one book and get it published, whether by a company or myself; at least on kindle [1st book writing//publishing process is ~ 33% complete]

☆ Be a painter on a regular basis again…{I used to do this a lot, but I’ve not done this in a long time and I miss it.}

☆ Sell my first custom blythe doll

☆ Customize blythe dolls and put them up for adoption on a regular basis. [I’ve customized at least 7 dolls so far…but not put any up for adoption officially yet…]

☆ Create a blythe doll clothing shop [5% complete]

☆ Design and print my own character stickers

☆ Illustrate a children’s book with my mom.

☆ Design and create paper dolls for my shop.

☆ Design a blythe doll travel bag [I already have a GREAT FUN idea for this, just need to figure out the functionality it needs so I know what way to sew it…]

☆ MAKE MORE YOUTUBE VIDEOS {I’ve had an AMAZING response to my videos, and I need to keep making more ASAP!}

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→ Food ←

☆ Get a standing mixer and make a TON of macaroons; Give them to friends; Sell them to some people, too??

☆ Actually enjoy cooking something of my own recipe…

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{^Yes, that is Muse! :)}

→ Music ←

☆ Write at least 100 songs before I die.

☆ Create//be involved in at least 15 more albums before I die.

☆ Have Band photos taken OFTEN.

☆ Help write, direct, and create a music video.

☆ Learn to use keyboards.

☆ Learn synthesizers.

☆ Take singing classes. Get better.

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Well, that’s all for now. I’m sure I’ll add/subtract from this list eventually. Oooh! And I should update the list with pics of each when completed! :)

Xoxo – ♥ – Macey

{ Blythe Doll Customs, & Other Girly Things }

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I posted this video:

Let me know what you all think about my new youtube venture, where I create fresh content each week, straight to your screen. :3

I’m excited to share various things with you all, and I hope you are, too! Let me know what you think. You can connect with me in many ways:

Kitten Carousel Dollies Website: http://www.kittencarouseldollies.com
Kitten Carousel Dollies Shop: http://kittencarouseldolls.storenvy.com/
My Dolls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KittenCarouselDollies
Me & My dolls on Instagram: http://instagram.com/maceyloubrown
Me & My dolls on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Macey_Lou
Me & My dolls on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/maceylou/
Dolly Blog {Temporary}: http://kittencarouseldollies.wordpress.com/

My Graphic Design // Illustration Website: http://www.maceylou.com

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/maceyloubrown

{YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9QK-JepDjE}

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Love you all!! :) Hope your Thursday was awesome! Stay tuned for more videos & blog posts if you like what you’re seeing…

Tutorials are coming, too! :)

xoxo – MaceyLou

Dollies, Clothes, & Craft Tutorials…Oh My!

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Hello Friends,

It’s been far too long since we’ve spoken. I’m sure some of you have left this blog behind, never to think of it again, and that’s fine. It’s my fault for not bringing you fresh content any longer, but that’s about to change.

Me in Kitty bear hat

I’m happy to announce that I will be doing  regular YouTube channel videos as well as regular blog posts right here on “Macey’s Misadventures.” I’ve really missed it, and the only reason I stopped was because there was a lack of time and inability to devote what little I had of it to this blog. In short, I’m back. :)

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I just want to introduce the new goodies I’ll be serving up, fresh, for you. I will be regularly updating my blog with the details I feel some of you may desire to read about. I’ll also be posting regular videos on YouTube, ranging from dolly videos, to crafting tutorials, to clothing and beauty hauls. All of this is for your entertainment and enjoyment.

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Your feedback will be critically important for the next few weeks, months, and hopefully for years to come! Let me know if you enjoy my videos or if you have any criticism and/or advice on how to improve the quality of your experience.

Thanks so much friends & dolly pals alike!

Hearts & Stars…

-MaceyLou

Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/maceyloubrown {Remember, the current videos are old. New ones coming within the week!}

Getting Back to Life

Hello,

my readers, if you’re still there…

Where-

I just got over the worst illness of my entire life, and I feel like I should write a little something about it. When you go through a huge life roadblock or a giant life change, it can really open your eyes. I have decided to change, at least as much as possible, for the better.

You know how you get used to your routine and it all seems safe and repetitive? Well, I’d say that sort of happened to me before I got sick. I was used to my routine and I had many stresses to overcome, but I did, day by day, overcome them–for the most part anyway. I get very stressed at work, and I get through it. I always worried about what people thought of me, and I still do. I worry what it will be like once I get back to work Monday after a week of being gone. I wonder how people will act toward me and whether or not it will feel the same. You know what I mean? I guess all I can do is live in the now.

It’s so hard for me to live in the now. I almost never really do it. I think about tomorrow, the next day, the next, and the next, worrying and worrying what will happen next. This is much too depressing. One shouldn’t live that way at all. Each moment should be lived and cherished, but that’s easier said than acted upon, isn’t it? We worry and worry. We try using a planner to “plan ahead”, but the scariest things in life, such as sickness and injury, can’t be planned out in a book. It can’t be foreseen at all.

So, because of all these thoughts that have been swimming in my head since I have been in bed most of the week, with nothing to do but worry, I have some new goals that I feel would be best mapped out on this blog, so I feel all the more determined to accomplish them.

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Goal Outline:

  1. Write more on this blog. It doesn’t matter what I write, as long as it’s all me and it’s accompanied with a visual element of some kind.
  2. Be more crafty and document/blog about the crafts I work on. {Pinterest projects could be fantastic!}
  3. Design more.
  4. Illustrate more.
  5. Finish my novel.
  6. Finish my script.
  7. Create a fresh video for my youtube channel at least once per week.
  8. Be more festive when it comes to the holidays and changing of the seasons and enjoy it all more.
  9. Be kind to everyone as much as possible.
  10. Enjoy life more and get lost in the little moments.
  11. Help others, whether it be with tutorials in video format, blog format, or just helping with chores with family members.
  12. Bake more//make more sweet treats, especially French macaroons.
  13. Write new articles for Paper Aquarium Magazine.
  14. Get more involved in our band’s music again. Jam more.

 

Well, that’s all of my goals for now in general. I hope to put a lot of this in action and show it to you here on my blog. Thanks so much for following me even though I have been away for quite a long time. I hope the holiday season will inspire me to blog more. I think it will because it usually does.

Hearts & Stars to You All!

-MaceyLou

Adventurous Friday #4: Sort of…

Hello My Lovely Starfishes!!

I’m sorry to say there will not be an adventure today, mostly because it’s rainy and yucky outside. I can’t think of much to do as an “adventure” that’s worth blogging about that I could go on tonight. However, I am going to tell you what I did today:

  1. Worked, worked, worked some more…
  2. & went to Hobby Lobby

Why did I go to Hobby Lobby? I bought me some red tulle fabric for only 31 cents! 31 cents! There isn’t much in this world that’s under 50 cents, much less as low as 31 cents. Total came out to 34 cents with tax added in. It’s not a ton of tulle, but since I’ll be using it for a doll outfit, it’s more than plenty!

I guess I didn’t mention to you guys that I’m obsessed with Blythe dolls…

Well, I am. I can’t help it. They’re so cute, and I absolutely love almost all things cute. Notice I said “almost” all. Some things are too cutesy girly that they make me wanna puke, but now I’m going off on a tangent. For the most part, though, I love all things cute. Hello Kitty is another thing I adore. I mean, I don’t have Hello Kitty posters plastered on my walls, but I do enjoy Hello Kitty and I have since I was little.

Blythe dolls, however, are another creature entirely. I knew NOTHING about them when I was a kid. The originals were produced in 1972 by Kenner in USA and only out for about a year before they were discontinued. Kids were terrified of either their huge heads or their huge eyes. However, Gina Garan, took photos of them and brought them back “in style” so to speak and they began being produced again, this time, by Takara (a toy company). That was back in 2000 or 2001 (not sure). Well, that’s a rough history. Sorry, I don’t know why I spat all that out, but yeah.

Anyway, my point is Blythe dolls are beloved by women and girls, both. Actually I’ve seen more women between the ages of 20 and 50 have the dolls than little girls. This is probably because of their price and the fact that they can be customized majorly and then resold if the owner wishes. That’s one of the things I love most about them: the creativity. You can either keep them regular (with stock make-up and not customize them) or you can customize them. We’re talking carving of the face, doing new make-up, changing eye-chip colors, hair colors, making clothing for them, making miniature items and accessories for them, and the list goes on and on and on.

For more information:

I would post a photo, but I don’t want to use someone’s photo without permission, and I’m still waiting on my blythe doll to come in the mail. :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Wednesday & Thursday #4 {Hybrid Post} Pen Drawing & Thoughts

Hi My Lovelies,

Sorry I haven’t posted consistently lately, but I’ve been so lazy. I wish I was more motivated and inspired lately, but I think the energy drain is coming from my missing Leo {our cat}. We had to give him away recently and I miss him so much! I know there was really no way to keep him, but his little personality and his cute little face is missed sorely in our little home.

I haven’t updated my sketchbook {the one with the comic in it}, so instead I’m posting what I drew the other day just for fun. I drew it with a nice purple gel-ink pen. I love this pen that my lovely friend Toshia gave to me. :) Drawings below:

Let me know what you all think about missing a former pet!

xoxo, Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou