Pink Christmas

December 4, 2016

macbook wallpaper


December is the month, wallpaper wise, that really tested my patience. A couple of times I muttered something about it being the last one I did and why did bad things happen to good people.
Dramatic I am not (obviously), perfectionist... extremely.
I ended up taking the pictures mid November and after I wasted hours trying to edit them to satisfaction, I accepted that I wasn't happy with the lighting in the original images. Sigh. All that work... 

TAKE 2.

Better lighting. It was a bit difficult to edit them in a way where the pink remained obvious, bright but not obnoxious making everything illegible. Three days later (you read that right), I was content. I could continue messing with it but it's best for my sanity to leave well enough alone type of content.
One of the features I hate in iOS it's the added gradient anytime you apply any light-ish wallpaper. It's sooo ugly and kills most pictures. I had the lovely task to figure out which angle of the picture to work with so that the black font would be automatic. After a couple of days, I'm proud to say I didn't find such angle... but I did find a way around it. Pinch and zoom until satisfied with all your life choices that have led you down this path; where you give too many f's about the clock color on your lockscreen.


iPhone 7


I find it a little odd that for someone who switches wallpapers on iPhone frequently, my MacBook can have the same one for months. Sometimes, likes this month, I like to go a little wild and make my devices match. Yes, they're different but it's what looked best to my super picky eye. I will never make something I won't personally use. Hence no reds or greens around here. Can't stand those.

iPhone 7


I was at Anthropologie (one of my favorite stores) and picked this out on a whim. I was unsure about the tint but I ended up liking. Christmas sweater ornament is from Pottery Barn.


iPhone 7

And two extra wallpapers! -- This is one to match the MacBook one and I'm attaching a pink bokeh one from these same pictures. They're all sized for the bigger iPhones so you guys with the smaller ones:pinch and zoom. Also do this if you rather the black clock font.

A typo could really spice up those last three words. ^_~



November Calendar

November 3, 2016

iPhone calendar

This is the month where we see a lot of messages about gratitude. It's something that should be practiced daily, of course.

Update regarding my last post ...  all of Minnie's brothers had bloodwork done and they came back normal. At the beginning of October they went on to their home. I'm thankful for that. 


Thank you to all the ones who took the time to read the post in its entirety and took the time to message me. 

Now to this months wallpaper!

iPhone november calendar


I don't do anything pumpkin flavored (we've killed it) but definitely small decorative pumpkins.




I've included an extra one. This was the one I planned to use for this months calendar but no matter the placement, it took away from the picture. This one is sized bigger and fits all iPhones, just pinch to move and scale.


Enjoy.



September Calendar

September 5, 2016

Kindle Paperwhite


The idea for September's calendar was thought out at the beginning of August. I created this, planning polka dots, blues and wanting to incorporate orange. After all, it's the beginning of the best season! But, life is ... life. Things will never go as planned and we have to adjust and go with it.

If you follow or peek my Instagram, you know my latest batch of kittens are from a friendly-ish feral. -- she gets in random moods where she's annoyed with your existence and goes in her crate and gives you her back. Never attacks or hisses, just pretends you don't exist. -- She's still here, her babies are finally ready to find their forever home and she her surgery.

It took a couple of weeks to earn her full trust. She trusts me around her but not two-hand touching her. I've fed her on an off for over a year. There's a retired neighbor who loves our neighborhood cats and feeds them cans of wet food (I mix with hard food and add lysine), and that's her preferred spot. He's the 'cool' parent. Basically, we've had time to know each other and as much as she doesn't want two-hand touching/petting (she's okay with one hand petting) she knows I mean no harm to her.

I thought she'd claw my eyes if I ever attempted to touch her babies.

She had five, one died within 24 hours of birth. By the time they were three weeks, they had trained themselves to use the litter and started gnawing at her food. She looked exhausted and it made me refill my birth control asap feel for her. Her babies were itching to come out and play with the other cats but I was apprehensive. I started by having them in my lap in front of her whilst she ate. At first she watched closely. The gray and white were the biggest and wanting out of my lap and into the big world behind me. At this time I was feeding her a lot more and more often than usual because she had very hungry/needy babies. I took this feeding time to examine them; making sure they were gaining weight, teeth coming in, eyes, heartbeat and all that not-so-fun stuff. And followed by high pitched baby voice telling them how adorable they are. Mom seemed to enjoy this time. Where I would take them away from her for 10-15 minutes and she could breathe. In this, I noticed one of the boys was much smaller and I could feel/see his spine and ribs. The others were so much bigger. I weighed him and decided to supplement with bottle if he didn't gain weight in two days. It turns out his siblings running out and playing with the other cats meant he could stay with mom and nurse freely without him being shoved away. Within a week he had gained enough. Soon after, they were all big enough to leave their crate open so they could investigate and destroy (mom too).

There was only one girl. The white one, which I loving nicknamed Minnie... she looks exactly like one of mine (which was found outside and I bottle fed for a couple of weeks), named Dot. I believe they have the same dad, I've seen him once or twice but spitting image and temperament; from both Dot and Minnie. I started calling her Mini Dot. Eventually it became Minnie. She didn't care to be held because there was a world of nice stuff to ruin. She would climb stuff where her brothers and siblings barely mastered walking. She would run and hide when it was time to head back with mom. She was so smart. So much trouble. So beautiful. Yes, was.

white kitty

 The second week of August I noticed she wasn't gaining weight. Possibly losing. She was still a fireball and eating like her life depended on it. Suddenly, the one who couldn't wait to come out and play would just sit it out and watch the others. The runt I worried so much caught up to her and got bigger than her. On the 19th of August I rushed her to the vet. I noticed her gums were gray and her eyes and fur dull looking. She was diagnosed with anemia. I was given Nutri-Cal (extra proteins, calories, vitamins in palatable gel form) and Frontline for her and her siblings. She was still eating and drinking water like nothing was wrong. On the 22nd (August), we were cleaning the room and playing with all of them. Her and I played and I brushed her hair until it was time for bed. The 23rd I fed them in the morning and after quick kisses, I ran my errands. I came back in the afternoon while they were sleeping and changed their water and lowered their fan. I was going out that afternoon but I'm crazy about their schedule and sent this fellow in to fetch something before leaving. He comes out and tells me I should bottle feed her if she doesn't want to eat, he was going to go immediately to get a can of replacement milk. I was mixing their food and went in to feed them. I see her sprawled out and not rushing at me for food, like usual. I grab her and notice she's wet and sort of limp. She peed herself, and I knew that if she couldn't get up to use the litter, there was something seriously wrong... I put her down, crawled out of the room in tears and said, "we have to take her to the emergency vet, she won't make it..." I rushed to get dressed and brought a shirt of mine to carry her in while we rushed to the emergency vet. I was a mess by that point trying to keep her attention on me because she was worst than 20 minutes prior. She would look at me and I just kept praying for her not to die here, not in the car. Not in my hands. Not when we were so close.

We got there and they immediately grabbed her from me and took her out back while I checked in.

When the vet called us into a room, I explained. Summarizing, she said there was not much she can do for her. She was so small that a transfusion would kill her. Any kind of surgery would kill her. I could throw all the money at it and the result would be the same. She's too small. Her body can't handle anything. There's hardly any blood left. She was in an incubator in the meantime but we either euthanized or wait for it to happen on it's own. Basically. She could bring her out for us, if we wanted. We asked for a minute and talked about it. She left. Brought tissues (I guess I was a mess by then), and left.

I decided long ago that I would never "keep fighting" at my pets expense. I've known my decision all along. For all my pets. Future and present. But it still felt like giving up.

At first I said I didn't want to see her. I turned around, faced the wall and said... this is not about me. I don't want strangers to be the last thing she sees. I want to say a proper goodbye.

They brought her out in this mint baby blanket. When I said "Hi, Minnie", it was the most alert I'd seen her the last hour. For ten seconds it gave me false hope.

We spent 10 minutes with her. I remembered my phone and took two pictures of her then. For us.
I was checking her gums, her teeth, her legs... this fellow covered her body back up and said "Don't do that to yourself." I just wanted to see what I missed, what I did wrong! -- The vet came in for her and said that her anemia could be in her marrow, leukemia or some other disease because her parents are feral there are so many combinations.

We went to the waiting room where they brought me the paperwork to sign. 'Permission to Euthanize' was the last one. I think I said something like, I'm literally signing that I give up on her. But deep down I knew I would've done anything and everything if there was 1% chance. There just wasn't. We asked for the body back and 10 minutes later I had a nice little package in my hands.

I don't know how I got in the car. How I even made it to the car but I remember looking back at the hospital, and I see this grandma staring at me. Scared. Yet feeling my pain. Fellow animal lovers understand.
 I wish I could go back and tell her I'm okay! But I can't go back. And that's what kills. 

That same night, the 23rd, she was buried on the outside of the room where she was born and where her brothers and mom currently live. We planted 'mini roses' on top of her and it's the first thing we see when we come in. It's the most beautiful and painful sight.

I took a week or so away. In my own world. Reading. Hugging my pets until they were annoyed. Paranoid and checking them all, making sure they were breathing ok. Trying not to overthink but failing miserably. What if this? What if that?

 Every time I hug her brothers I shed a tear. This is where she should be, this is how big she'd be. 





But they're all okay and healthy! They will have to be tested, eventually. I never struggle to let any batch go because I know they're on to bigger and better things. This one, however, will hurt just a tad.

and yes. Dot will get tested soon. 


The emergency hospital sent this a week after. ♥︎


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If you've read everything above, thank you!


So, now to this months calendar. This is my art. My hobby. I incorporate real life wherever I can. Of course I was going to here.



The pictures were taken in two different days and this boy did the exact same thing on both. He knew he matched.

I went to Michael's and with her pictures, I grabbed scrapbook paper in shades of blue that matched Minnie's eyes from begging to end. A gray to represent her anemia. A bright mint to represent her hospital blanket. You can see it in on the iPad. Orange because ... life is silly that way. Remember me mentioning picking those colors? Well, the second week of August I ordered a Kindle Paperwhite that was on sale. I ordered the white but was out of stock until September 1st. Guess what was at my door at 9am August 24th? My Kindle with the persimmon case I ordered. I didn't open it or set it up until the next day, but left in in the coffee table and when my thoughts would drift, I would stare at this bright case. All I remember from that day is a bright orange swirl of thoughts. So, orange. Because it represents my grief, somehow. Dots ... because Dot. Mini-Dot. The flowers are the 'mini roses' from her tree.

kindle paperwhite

Jerry Springer Final Thought:

 Hug/spoil/ spay/neuter your pets and if you're ever thinking of getting a pet think adoption, first. They love the same as shop pets and they'll fill your heart in the most wonderful ways.♥︎
Take care of yourself, and each other.






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August Calendar

August 1, 2016


My iPad Pro and I are still in our honeymoon phase so this months wallpaper is yet another love child. 

A couple of people have emailed me about what apps I'm using (on iPad Pro) and there aren't enough to dedicate a post to it so I'll list them here. For those of you who own one, I'll pass a tip that was passed along to me; install a matte screen protector. The pencil will still glide smoothly and it feels like actual pen/pencil on paper. 

In order of preference

The great thing about Procreate is that there's forums where individuals share their brushes. There are some that charge for them but the majority are free!


Here is your wallpaper! I sized them for Plus users as well since I had someone test the for me. 
Thanks, Bunnie. 



6s Cal  ⎢  6s Blank  ⎢  Plus Cal  ⎢  Plus Blank 


July Calendar

July 1, 2016

Iphone 6s


As soon as I posted June's calendar, I started working on July's. As the iPad shows, I was working in color and with a coral background. I wasn't really happy with it and went down a dark dark road.



I liked the dark better. Productivity wise. It wasn't distracting nor blocking anything.

This was done on the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and it's just magic! If you're contemplating ... GO FOR IT!



iPhone 6s


Mug is from ChalkFullofLove



There is a blank and calendar version. Sized for the 6(s).



June Calendar

June 10, 2016

iPhone 6s


 If you noticed, the month of May didn't have a calendar wallpaper.  As much as I wanted to, I didn't have the time to invest in it. Calendars are a couple of days in the making, not a quick 30 minute thing. For example, for this months, I spent a few days drawing something on my iPad Pro and I ended up going with another idea.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  It happens often!

If you follow me on social media you're pretty aware of what's been keeping me busy: kitten season. Warmer weather means cats give birth the most. We've been TNR'ing (Trap-Neuter-Release) our blocks' cats and during all that two sickly kittens that needed bottle feeding and one that got hit by a vehicle found their way to me. Of course, I have a soft spot for animals but I also want to do my part for them (they're not at fault of their shitty circumstance) and for my community. With that said, this blog is a hobby; real life comes first. If this space ever becomes quiet, I'm out there trying to figure out a way to get my hands on a Time-Tuner to pull a Hermoine.

Now to good stuff!




For June,  I've sized them for both iPhone sizes. That may change because I'm not a fan of posting something I can't personally test but ... we'll see next month. 

Murky

April 29, 2016


beach


The day before my birthday I had a doctors appointment. No more than five minutes away from my doctor is the beach and a favorite eatery of mine. It has turned into a wonderful routine: doctor, food, beach. I actually look forward to these appointments!
The week in question was one filled with showers and overcast weather.

  In other words, a birthday gift from the gods because it's my favorite weather. 


beach

This particular day was no different. Very murky. The magic of editing makes it look warmer than it actually was. I was shooed away by the sprinkling and the need to protect my camera and phone. Priorities.

beach

The beach is always the most relaxing place. So serene.
Dozens of others but the view is so mesmerizing that it feels like it's just you and big blue.

Beach

I always get asked if there's wallpapers in posts where I don't include any. I test them to make sure they won't obscure the clock and date. Some are great pictures but don't work as wallpapers and I am using these, so if I don't actually use them, I don't post them.


waves  ❀  birds

#Wallpapers2

April 22, 2016

floral background

Here's a second installment of wallpapers. The first was posted in January and I figured I'd make it a series to bundle up random wallpapers that don't really need a dedicated post.

I have rose bushes all around my home and right about this time is when they're the most beautiful. I'm always running for my camera or phone to capture them for the umpteenth time. A lot of times I delete them or they just sit in my memory card without a purpose. Today was a different story. These were freshly cut and looked so perfect with the bright sunlight. I grabbed my camera and snapped away!




Mama, there's a girl in the castle!

This is the picture I was working on. Much art, much Tumblr.
I received a Barnes and Noble gift card for my birthday and like the child I am, I spent it immediately. Seriously behind on your TBR? Solution: Buy more books.

Pictured is my iPad Pro (9.7") and Apple Pencil. I'm planning a post on that in the next few of weeks.


flower wallpaper


It's so bright and cheerful, I had to resize it to fit my retina Macbook Pro. 

daisies


Speaking of bright and cheery. A couple of days ago I found myself in the Kate Spade store. Their spring collection is very bee inspired and I want it all. But Spring nor retail prices last forever. ^_~ I had seen this and this case but the 6s Plus version are only available at Nordstrom. In the back I saw this 'Falling Daisies' and wasn't too excited. I asked the sales woman if I could try it on and it looked a million times better than I thought. Simple, feminine and not embarrassingly childish. *thumbs up* We chatted up a bit and I jokingly said if she wanted to add a discount code, I wouldn't mind... and she did! We're bffs now. 
Kate Spade and Sonix make some of the cutest cases and it's hard to not buy them all. 





Every Wednesday I make a wallpaper for TEKSide. I keep those wallpapers exclusive to TEKSide. So if you like these type of posts, check them out

As a once in a while disclaimer: these are for personal use and for wallpaper purposes only

I take/edit/draw/sketch them all. Regarding this specific post, I drew the cats and stars and worked them into wallpapers. Enjoy but play nice. 





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Sephora Spring Sale (2016)

April 19, 2016

perfume collection

Last year I mentioned waiting to make any Sephora purchases until April to take advantage of the VIB Rouge sale. This year I acknowledged it was coming up but forgot about it until the minute I was ordering. I went through my 'loves' and added away! It ended up in a two way split: Things I wanted to try but did not want to pay full price for and items I needed to restock on.

This is my vanity setup. I need more vanity but I'm really attached to this one. My mom gifted it to me a couple of birthdays ago before she moved to Minnesota and it's been my baby ever since. The lights were added all around to make it old Hollywood but, more importantly, to allow me to see every single pore! Liquid eyeliner is always conquered with these babies on.

Euphoria

Let's start with the items that stick out from the vanity picture, my perfume collection. I've mentioned (in my about me up there↑) a big thing for me is smells/scent. I have the nose of a bloodhound. No, really! I've been upstairs and I shout "Are you eating a snickers bar?" ... I can smell it upstairs. I hate Snickers bars, which probably doesn't help. For the last year or so I've avoided eggs because I can't stand the smell, it's non-pregnancy-related nauseating. I digress. I've always been attracted to fragrances. I was thirteen or fourteen when my mom gifted me my first adult perfume (none fruity teen body spray). To this day it's still a tradition and she gifts dad and me a fragrance for our birthdays or Christmas. Dad and I share a passion for fragrances.

From Sephora I bought Ralph by Ralph Lauren and Happy by Clinique. These two and Miracle by Lancôme are the three I doused myself in all throughout High School. They're the ones that will make me write angry, strong worded, letters if they're ever discontinued. Or more realistically go on eBay and find the vending machine version of them. 
I turned twenty-seven this month. This exchange has been going on for over a decade. Mom and I are under an unspoken agreement where we know I know one present I'm getting. I pass along a sample that I've been loving and low and behold... Joyful by Escada. Thanks, Mom! 
Now this one smells very much like peonies. Very soft and fresh. Sandalwood undertones intertwine perfectly. Joyful was released this Spring and I got sucked into it's delicate aroma from a Sample in a previous Sephora order. Yes, this is how they get us!

Others I'm loving and will eventually give into waiting on a sale for are: Dolce Rosa Excelsa by Dolce&Gabanna, 'Replica' Flower Market by Maison Martin Margiela and Le Jardin de Monsieur Li by Hermès.

blush


The Flower Fields

April 13, 2016

flowers

This year, I spent Easter amongst 50 acres of ranunculus. My version of heaven on earth. I have not been shy of my obsessions with all things flowers. Their fragrance, their colors and delicacy.. ah. I could go on for days! Of course, the minute I saw this place ... wait for it ... via the popular page on my Instagram, I knew I had to visit The Flower Fields in San Diego County.

Thanks, algorithm makers!

I just realized around the same time last year I visited the Poppy Reserve. Spring 2017, I'm looking forward to you!

flowers

This is the picture I used for April's calendar wallpaper. (here) You can download the calendar and blank version for your mobile devices.


The view from the top of the hill. There's a shopping center right in front and an amazing view of the ocean.



April Calendar

April 2, 2016


iPhone 6s Plus


A day late but here we are!
Technology was not my friend this week.
 It was most likely to do with the three million things on my todo* list (everyday!) and the lack of patience I had to figure out why this or why that.

(*We (neighbors and us) started to TNR (trap-neuter-release) the local ferals. They trap and we do the rest because they're more afraid of cats. One was pregnant, had her babies the next day, one of the babies was not moving very well.. another emergency room visit.. there's a really friendly one who's ready but we're working with a local group to get her adopted, instead. and THEN everyday stuff...)



Pineapple trinkets


Recently I updated my iPhone to iOS 9.3 and had no real issues with it. At least not the ones people were reporting. I updated to iOS 9.3.1 and then they showed up. Great! Apps freeze, randomly force close and Airdrop (on macbook) doesn't seem to recognize my phone. My feelings on it. 
I've mentioned that I prefer the black (lockscreen) clock as the reason why most of my wallpapers are on the light side. With iOS 9.3.1 my lockscreen became besties with that hideous gradient overlay. As much as I tried I couldn't get it to show up black on this months wallpaper. Tried other predominantly white wallpapers and those were fine. BLAH. Like I said, technology is not my friend right now.

cutesy


Unrelated.

These last few months (2016) I've started to get into pineapple trinkets and art. I'm pretty sure is because I started to see them more and more and well... who can resist cute/unnecessary items? I found the (white) candle and dish at Target.
Oh, and  I still don't like actual pineapples.
Unless it's in juice form drowned in vodka. 






And the wallpaper!

 Easter Sunday I visited The Flower Fields ... DREAMY.

This months wallpaper is courtesy of that visit. There's a post in the works for next week with those pictures and couple of wallpapers from that trip. Until then, enjoy this one!

 I've uploaded the calendar and a blank version in the Dropbox folder linked at the top of the page (all the way to the bottom in mobile) because Droplr (usual) was an angsty teen this week.

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Blossoms

March 4, 2016



Signs of Spring have sprung in The Golden State. A bit early as we seem to have skipped Winter with the exception of a few cold nights here and there. I'm a Spring baby so it has a special place in my heart. Spring brings warmer weather, blossoms, new beginnings... what's not to love?

A couple of days a week I let myself into my parents house to feed their (canine) girls.  If you've followed me on Instagram for a while, you're aware that my dads garden is something I photograph often. The man has the greenest of thumbs. He often calls me when he plants something new or when something he planted years ago starts sprouting. He knows I'm going to want to smell it and photograph the living ish out of it! But back to the point, two weeks ago as I was taking the pups out, I see his peach tree bursting in pink blossoms! I took a couple of pictures with my phone  and went back later that day with my camera. These are the pictures from that day. A couple of days after his apricot tree was covered in white blooms. I didn't take my camera for that but you can see it here, here and here.




Such beauties, right? They truly make me want to attend a Hanami Festival in Tokyo. Where people picnic underneath Sakura.
These babies will do for now.



March Calendar

March 1, 2016




Hello March! 
(↑ calendar wallpaper preview)



I've been a busy bee!
 I've spent a couple of weeks doodling and sketching. I've saved them all and have finally put them through Illustrator and made wallpapers out of a couple of them. I've linked the calendar wallpaper and a couple of extras. 




And what's a little photo shoot without a photobomb? ^_~ 




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It goes without saying, these are for personal use only and are not to be edited nor distributed without linking back to this post. Capiche?  



February Calendar

February 1, 2016

Rose Gold iPhone 6s Plus


Pretty sure January was just a catch up on the last bit of holiday craziness month. At least that's how it was for me! Sometime during the month I ordered (from Amazon) some acrylic hearts. They're for Valentine's Day purposes but I ended up liking them enough to take a few pictures and make it this months calendar. You can see the full pictures here and here on Flickr.

Yes, I know, pink hearts for February is so out of the box. What can I say, much creative..

The pictured planner is the Simplified Planner from EmilyLey.com. They're no longer in stock on the website but you can find other sellers via their link at the bottom of the page. Is actually where I got mine. From a different online shop. It was a much better deal.

Target


I was actually setting up my planner for the week but decided to take pictures prior to writing in it.

Belle

I've mentioned my obsession with Disney but I figured these Belle stickers were perfect to mark my current read.. Much cute, yes?!!

 I got them from Etsy.


iPhone Wallpaper


Here it is!

 Per usual, I've also provided a blank version. Enjoy.


Cal   ♥︎  Blank



UPDATE

iPad Air Cal ♥︎ iPad Air Blank