Blue Frost (photo post)

Blue Frost


Back to the Zazzle

At long last (half a year or so), I’m back to updating my Zazzle site. I’ve added a few dozen new items to my photography gallery, which are still in the process of going live; I have all the templates set up to play catch-up at Les ร‰toiles, as well. Since I was last there, Zazzle has retired a few product lines, brought one back (gel mousepads, which I now get to remake), and added quite a lot of new ones, some of them pretty strange. Like this:

Perspective Flask

…Yep, that’s a flask. I’m a bit surprised that they believe demand for flasks is high enough to warrant setting up the process & stocking them, but it’s providing me some comic relief, at any rate. ๐Ÿ˜€ The image is one I call “Perspective,” which was from a college photography assignment to find an alternative sort of ‘landscape.’ Now I’m re-purposing it as a pun…it is a bottle of ‘different perspective,’ you know. Weird image for a weird item. ๐Ÿ˜›

Zazzle has also added a really nice-looking pewter snowflake ornament, which would have been nice to notice before Christmas came and went, but oh well. Here’s one:

Elephant Leaf Ornament

They also finally have double-sided keychains (it always seemed strange to me that the only keychains they sold were one-sided, when every gift shop I’ve been in always has some kind of clear plastic ones with the image on both sides). And they have the greatest-looking pocket journals, which let you choose what style of page rule to use, including dot grid! And I can add design-y stuff to the inside covers! Favorite new item, definitely, even though I’ve not seen it personally.

Flight JournalFlight Journal
Flight Journal

Favorite lyric

Apropos of nothing, here’s what may be my very favorite song lyric, from Jewel’s “Painters.” It’s a cheesy pun and adorable and makes me smile every time I hear it. Or sing it. ๐Ÿ™‚


“In the winter they were weavers of warmth,
in summer they were carpenters of love;
they thought blueprints were too sad,
so they made them yellow.”

I’d love to hear your favorites, chers lectuers. Yeah, I’m in a short-French-phrase-using mood; I blame Hitch. I read a couple of his books this month, and he threw a lot of unnecessary French into his writing. ๐Ÿ˜›

Muiriol, Lossoth-Friend

Remember when Bilbo spoke with Smaug in The Hobbit? How the dragon asked his name, and Bilbo replied with riddles instead? (He who drowns his friends and draws them alive again from the water; who came from the end of the bag though no bag went over him; Barrel-rider, Luck-wearer, Ring-winner; and so forth.)

LotRO took this idea and ran with it. I’m sure titles are a dime a dozen in MMOs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if LotRO is a little more inventive with them. I like “The Unwise” — you get it by eating a quite possibly deadly cheese from the Barrow Downs, which is plastered with warnings to not eat it.

Anyway, there’s that. I’m actually posting to add a series of my champion-class character’s outfits. Champion is the class that runs headlong into groups of enemies, swords a-swinging. Others run in and try to draw attention while blocking attacks with their ridiculous shields, or mitigate enemy stats, or… (Arestelle is a hunter. She stays back and destroys enemies with arrows like cannons, before they can even get to her.)

Here’s Muiriol over time.

muiriol1 muiriol1b
[ not-quite-starter gear ]

muiriol2b muiriol4c
[ a modification in the 30ish levels, because I liked the shirt & helm ]

muiriol5a muiriol5b
[ a few less common pieces put together ]

muiriol6a muiriol6b
[ some different uncommon pieces with some orange stuff I made. love orange. ]

The Lossoth, by the way, are the people of the far north region called Forochel. It and they are mentioned in Lord of the Rings, but do not feature nearly so prominently as places like the Shire, Lothlorien, or Gondor. It’s more like Hollin in memorability (remember Hollin? a former elf-land that the company travels through between Rivendell and Moria; they hide for a long time under brush when a flock of crebain fly overhead).

Arestelle in Middle Earth

I’ve had fun playing with the appearance of my characters in LotRO, so here are a few of my namesake’s outfits over time.

arestelle-lotro-sq[ starter gear ]

arestelle-kinship-sq[ an outfit of odds & ends in the 20-something levels ]

arestelle3a arestelle3b
[ ‘final’ version of a burgundy outfit based on the shirt, started ~level 30 ]

arestelle4a arestelle4b
[ some dark digs for sneaking about Moria ]

If we could equip weapons cosmetically, I’d swap the visual of this in for each of the swords in the last outfit above. It’d be perfect for it.


…so there’s a history of Arestelle’s wardrobe. ๐Ÿ˜›