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Gee no posts for month then two in one day. I’ve been so stressed about the COPPA changes on You Tube n what to do or not do that I made a response video. You can see it here

Its very different to my usual style of video. This is my first chat on YT vlog. In the past I had a computer that had editing software on it, I no longer have that option on the new one, so had to wing it. I had every light on in the room but being winter it still looks dark. You might need to turn the sound up at the start, as I was talking to the camera from behind so its a bit quiet in places.

You can probably hear the depression, it makes it hard to think n make sentances n I was trying to hold it together long enough to say what I wanted to. Please share the video, there are so many kind lovely crafters online n the changes to You Tube have massive implications and lots of ppl are either unaware or ignoring it.

Please also see my earlier post on this subject as I have included links to legal advice interview on one channel and also to the latest (at time of writing) FTC update.

COPPA update 22 november 2019

Best wishes and thanks for reading and watching, Pls share the link on social media, more ppl need to be aware of this and its possible impacts for art n craft channels.

Billie x

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There has been an update to the COPPA rules, new version released 22 November 2019. Here is the link to the document https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEpnG7eBKA If you create content for You Tube or have done in the past, please DON’T ignore the COPPA thing. I have put a channel update post on the community tab of my You Tube channel.

I will be uploading more on this in the coming weeks. TBH I was going to come on here this morning with news that I will be setting my YT channel videos to private to prevent the possibility of the extensive fines if their bots decide my content is aimed at kids. Its NOT it never was, but the rules that had been listed previously had said even if content ‘could be appealing to kids’

TBH at this point its still so up in the air, that I’m seriously thinking to setting it to private, n seeing what happens and deciding from there. I don’t want to loose my YT channel. I don’t monetise the videos (I don’t get paid n never have) if YT can’t put ads by your videos and don’t make money from them they can delete yr channel 😦 If you set your channel to kids content that means No comments, ppl can’t put them on playlists n yr videos aren’t searchable.

Its all so wooley

This is a panic response post soz. just saw a latest update video that may mean more of us are ok but really not sure crafters and artists will be protected during this.

Do your research on COPPA and how it may effect content you have uploaded to YT

Please watch these videos if you have uploaded content to You Tube. Keep an eye on the date stamps on videos, this seems to be an evolving topic.

Leggo creators post that includes the latest COPPA update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSEpnG7eBKA

COPPA Update / Plans for MY CRAFT CHANNEL

My first COPPA video: https://youtu.be/4kNlLpRe1B8 Ian Corzine’s most recent video about COPPA:

What the FTC Commissioners Told My Attorney about COPPA

UPDATE 11/25 Part TWO: https://youtu.be/wIhZAfmQqt4 UPDATE 11/29 Ian Corzine’s most recent update: https://tinyurl.com/s2vwqbk UPDATE 11/23 Keep

Good luck everyone, if you have the option for legal advice this is a good time to use it.
Billie

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Today is World Calligraphy day, I used to letter before my hands got too sore but Amy Latta has a fab book which helps me make regular writting look like brush lettering. Thanks to Amy’s book; Hand lettering for Relaxation and an Anna Griffin stamp, and Tim Holtz stamp press, I was able to create this card.

Hand lettered card

My first lettered card.

Better than a thousand words card, inside

Inside of my first hand lettered card

Back of the card; Better than a thousand words

Here is the back of the card, Anna Griffin Rose

Base Card: Creative World of Crafts: The essential collection Kraft brown card 280gsm

White card: is WHSmith Sketch pad 135 gsm, its super smooth n lovely for lettering, but it not a fan of water 😉

Lettering: by me (Thanks Amy)

Stamp: Anna Griffin a clear stamp from a collection on QVC years ago.

Fabulous Flowers n Leaves

As well as Amy’s book I am also really enjoying Botanical Line Drawing by Peggy Dean, which has doodle style of flowers and leaves and is a perfect companion to Amy’s book. I seem to remember seeing excepts from this book in magazines and the book is really brilliant, rather then buying LOADS of stamps I look forward to a bit of free hand drawing once I’ve had more practice.

Lovely lettering

Expect reviews of these books when I’ve had them a bit longer but so far LOVE THEM, go buy them. If you can hold a pen n write your name then you are totally qualified to give these books a go, for SO long I’ve wanted to be one of those ppl who can pick up a pen n a book n just create, the stamping and inking was a way in, Jane Davenport classes have helped massivly but these two books don’t need lots of supplies, you can use what you have but also give me a reason to get some of those lovely pens I have out of the cupboard n play.

I struggle with high levels of pain n low levels of dexterity so needed a diversion n something that didn’t need me to get lots of stuff out. These books have been wonderful. I highly recommend them. Especially for everyone who loves that whimsical style of flowers n all that lovely brush lettering that is around but doesn’t have the dexterity, the video Amy made and her book, will let you turn your own handwritting into something magical.

Links

  • Here’s how to create lettering like this from your reguar handwritting, this video is by Amy Latta: Faux Calligraphy
  • Amy Latta Blog: Amy Latta Creations
  • Amy Latta book Hand Lettering for Relaxation on Amazon UK
  • Peggy Dean book; Botanical Line Drawing 2018 edition, on Amazon UK This version has the names of the plants you are illustrating, earlier version of the book doesn’t have those names included.
  • Peggy Dean blog The Pigeon Letters
  • WHSmith sketch pad A4 wire bound and A4 glue bound. There are other sizes A5 and A6 so choose what suits you. I have both kinds. If you are quick with it being summer holidays n all, there is an offer on these, see online for details. I’ve loved these for lettering with microns. Best for pencil n dry media but ok for just lettering if you don’t have super juicy pens, don’t dawdle tho of the ink might soak through too far.

These books are for everyone who wants some time away from screens, with minimal supplies and to create something beautiful, or just fun, just for themselves with just a pen or pencil and a journal.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie

 

 

 

 

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Today I’d like to share a picture of two of my resin family, Willow and Arthur together.

Willow and Arthur

Willow and Arthur best friends forever.

 

I need to create a doll profile page for each of them don’t I other wise its a lot of repeated information. I’ll come back and edit this another time.

Short version until I get them a proper profile page

Willow is Myou Delia MSD size

Arthur is Myou Arthur MSD size.

There are so many stories in my head around these dolls, just wish my hands were strong enough to let me write them.

Best wishes and thanks for reading see you soon

Billie x

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Today I’d like to share a picture of someone very special. His name is Edward Arthur Green, but he prefers to be known by his middle name of Arthur.

Myou Arthur: Edward Arthur Green

Here is my new BJD Myou Arthur MSD size. He is totally amazing.

His is made by a company called Myou and has taken 4 months to be made and get here but boy oh boy if you can forgive the pun, was he worth the wait. Myou dolls have silky smooth resin, and this chap doesn’t just have double jointed peanuts they are different to the body sculpt of ‘Delia’ that I have. His joints are even better and he can pose anyway you like, not just touching his face but anywhere on his face, super pose-able. Looks like he has the V2 boy body MSD size.

I am in love with him, so is Willow (Myou Delia; MSD) I loved his sculpt name of Arthur, and decided to keep it, but as soon as I saw him, how skinny he was, he reminded me of Edward in Twilight. Since the resin they are made of doesn’t do well in sunlight and you have to keep them out of the sun n hot temperatures, even more so. So that’s how I chose his name. The last name is simply that my resin family have all got nature or colour related names.

Hope you like him too, and if you are tempted into getting a ball jointed doll of your very own, I can highly recommend Myou, they are superb quality, they stand (not that I would leave them unattended standing, in case they fell over, resin is breakable) and the stringing is superb they sit, stand and pose like real pro’s. The resin feels super smooth and they are all very well finished off.

His wig is by For My Doll as at the time I purchased him, he wasn’t available as a full set (where you can choose to have wig, shoes and a clothing set included at the time of purchase, for additional fee obvs).

Here is a close up. Forgive a 60s quote but isn’t he just ‘dreamy’. You can see forever in those eyes. So many story ideas come to me as I look at him.

Myou Arthur close up

Close up of Myou Arthur. MSD Ball jointed doll.

Come back soon to see him side by side with his best friend Willow (Myou Delia).

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie x

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They got separated for a while but at last Oscar and his sister Grace were back together again. He has been teasing her, calling her Teddy, as she was wearing a teddy bear hat when he first saw her. She doesn’t care, she is just glad they are together again.

Brother and sister reunited

Oscar Jake and Grace and Holly the dog

Oscar would rather be outside playing with Holly the dog and he wants to show Grace his treehouse but Mum made them pose for these pictures for a while instead.

Oscar and Grace, March 2019

Here they are arm in arm, Oscar and his sister Grace.

It took a while to get this picture, they kept laughing and Holly the dog was jumping up and down barking a lot, so getting them to look at the camera wasn’t easy.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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Oscar met Holly today, Holly is the beagle dog that lives with them. They had a wonderful time playing in the woods. Now they are just hanging out and relaxing at home.

Oscar meets Holly.

Oscar meets Holly the dog.

 

Sculpt info

  • Oscar is Illusion Spirit; Qi Xiao
  • Holly is Ipplehouse Beagle.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

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