thewritingcafe:

And now for a Halloween themed post.
HALLOWEEN

Also known as Samhein, Sauin, La Samhna, Samhuiin, Oiche Shamhna, Samain, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhuinn, Samhain, Witch’s New Year, Summer’s End, the Third Harvest, Samana, Vigil of Saman, and others.
The name “Samhain”, and its other spellings and similar names, comes from the Old Irish “sam” for summer and “fuin” for end, thus making this holiday the mark of the end of summer.

The celebration of Halloween goes back six thousand years where the Celtic people celebrated the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. This day is traditionally October 31st, though some celebrated it in the early days of November. Its most precise date is when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio. In the year of 2013, it will occur on November 7th. The celebration usually began the day before, at sunset.
This day was used to honor the dead and those who had passed away that year, as it was said the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year. Rather than mourning the dead, Halloween was a celebration for the death of all things old and the beginning of all things new. 
SUPERSTITIONS

Bird Superstitions:
An owl that circles a house three times is said to be a sign that someone within the house will die soon.
It is said robins gained their red feathers because they attempted to remove the thorn crown from Jesus’s head, but his blood fell on the bird instead.
It is unlucky to kill a robin.
The eye on a peacock feather is said to be the “evil eye” and therefore bad luck to bring inside a home.
There are countless superstitions about birds near homes and windows that signify oncoming death.
Tip your hat at a magpie to avoid back luck.
It’s unlucky to kill sparrows because they carry the souls of the dead.
A crow at the window represents the soul of a dead person.
A nearby robin carries the soul of a deceased family member.
If a bird call comes from the north, misfortune will follow.
If a bird call comes from the west, good luck will follow.
If a bird call comes from the south, a good harvest will follow.
If a bird call comes from the east, love will follow.
Unbaptized children become birds until they are accepted into Heaven.
Pet birds must be informed of important family events or they will die.
It is unlucky to find a dead bird outside the home. 
A raven near a sick person means death is coming.
In Wales, a blind person can regain sight by showing kindness to a raven.
Cardinal Superstitions
Bird Folklore
Crow Folklore
Death Superstitions
Victorian Funeral Customs and Superstitions
Superstitions on Death
Superstitions of Death
13 Superstitions About Death and Dying
Superstitions About Death
Death Superstitions
Superstitions Surrounding Death
General Superstitions:
Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
Carry peach wood to have a long life.
Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision
Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
Do not whistle at night.
Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck
Animal Superstitions
Irish Superstitions and Folklore
Superstitions
Superstitions From Europe
Superstitions in Shakespeare’s Time
Folklore of Puerto Rico
Old Irish Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions:
Put out all fires in the home the night before Halloween to cleanse negative spirits. Reignite them from a common source on Halloween.
Burying apples along the path is said to serve as food for souls as they pass through our world.
The veil between the living and the dead is said to be thinnest on Halloween.
13 Halloween Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions
Halloween Superstitions and Folklore
Home & Hearth Superstitions:
Hanging a pair of scissors over the front door will cut off negativity
Hanging a cluster of acorns on the front door will protect those who live there
Put thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil away
Smell dill to get rid of hiccups
Place cotton on an aching tooth to relieve pain
Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness
Hang a pea pod with nine peas above your door to draw your future lover
Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away
Love Superstitions:
Cut an apple in half and give one half to your love for a long relationship.
Put pepper inside a piece of cotton and sew it shut to bring back a lost love
It is bad luck for siblings to marry within the same year
If you see a robin on Valentine’s Day, you will marry a crime fighter
Eight Love Superstitions and Their Origins
Superstitions About Love and Marriage
Love Superstitions
Wedding Superstitions
Love Superstitions (highlight to read text)
Sleep Superstitions:
Smell peppermint to help you sleep
Eat a bit of thyme before bed for sweet dreams
Putting garlic under the bed will prevent nightmares
Rub a lettuce leaf on your forehead to help you sleep
Placing a full glass of water by your bed every night will collect any negativity in the room, but don’t drink it
Putting a broom on the bed brings bad luck
If you leave laundry hanging outside during the night, a spirit will attach itself to it and possess the wearer
Never put a hat on the bed
Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares
Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams
Never sleep with your head pointing east
Never sleep with your head pointing west
If you go to bed backwards, you will have good dreams
Sea Superstitions:
Superstitions and the Sea
13 Sailor Superstitions
Maritime Superstitions
Seafaring Superstitions
Sailors’ Superstitions
Superstition Bash: Sailors

BOOKS
Best Books to Read for Halloween
Best Halloween Books
Best Halloween Picture Books
Great Reads for Halloween
Halloween Reads
Reading for October Evenings
Spooky Kids Books to Read at Halloween
October Reading List
Witchy Picture Books
Halloween 2012 Must Reads
Killer Ghost Stories
Creepy Halloween Reads
Haunted Reads 2013
All Hallows Reads
Amazing Paranormal Books
Forests in Myth, Folklore, and Fairy Tales
Fantasy Novels Based in Native American Myth
Ghost Story Collections
Asian Folktale Picture Books
Mythology/Folklore

thewritingcafe:

And now for a Halloween themed post.

HALLOWEEN

Also known as Samhein, Sauin, La Samhna, Samhuiin, Oiche Shamhna, Samain, Hallowmas, Shadowfest, All Hallow’s Eve, Samhuinn, Samhain, Witch’s New Year, Summer’s End, the Third Harvest, Samana, Vigil of Saman, and others.

The name “Samhain”, and its other spellings and similar names, comes from the Old Irish “sam” for summer and “fuin” for end, thus making this holiday the mark of the end of summer.

The celebration of Halloween goes back six thousand years where the Celtic people celebrated the end of the harvest and the coming of winter. This day is traditionally October 31st, though some celebrated it in the early days of November. Its most precise date is when the sun is at 15 degrees Scorpio. In the year of 2013, it will occur on November 7th. The celebration usually began the day before, at sunset.

This day was used to honor the dead and those who had passed away that year, as it was said the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest at this time of year. Rather than mourning the dead, Halloween was a celebration for the death of all things old and the beginning of all things new. 

SUPERSTITIONS

Bird Superstitions:

  • An owl that circles a house three times is said to be a sign that someone within the house will die soon.
  • It is said robins gained their red feathers because they attempted to remove the thorn crown from Jesus’s head, but his blood fell on the bird instead.
  • It is unlucky to kill a robin.
  • The eye on a peacock feather is said to be the “evil eye” and therefore bad luck to bring inside a home.
  • There are countless superstitions about birds near homes and windows that signify oncoming death.
  • Tip your hat at a magpie to avoid back luck.
  • It’s unlucky to kill sparrows because they carry the souls of the dead.
  • A crow at the window represents the soul of a dead person.
  • A nearby robin carries the soul of a deceased family member.
  • If a bird call comes from the north, misfortune will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the west, good luck will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the south, a good harvest will follow.
  • If a bird call comes from the east, love will follow.
  • Unbaptized children become birds until they are accepted into Heaven.
  • Pet birds must be informed of important family events or they will die.
  • It is unlucky to find a dead bird outside the home. 
  • A raven near a sick person means death is coming.
  • In Wales, a blind person can regain sight by showing kindness to a raven.
  • Cardinal Superstitions
  • Bird Folklore
  • Crow Folklore

Death Superstitions

General Superstitions:

  • Put almonds in your pocket when you need to find something.
  • Scatter chili peppers around your house to break a curse.
  • Never blow out the first candle you lit before you blow out the others or bad luck will follow.
  • Throw rice in the air to make it rain.
  • Ask an orange a yes or no question and count the seeds. An even number of seeds means no and an odd number means yes.
  • In a photograph of three, the person in the middle will die first.
  • Walk through the branches of a maple tree to have a long life.
  • Carry peach wood to have a long life.
  • Eat a peach to assist in making a tough decision
  • Mix salt and pepper together and scatter it around your house to repel evil.
  • Do not whistle at night.
  • Eat mustard seed to ensure fertility.
  • Place chips of cedar wood in a box with some coins to draw money to you.
  • If you bite your tongue, someone is talking about you or thinking of you.
  • Hanging up a new calendar before the year is over will bring bad luck
  • Animal Superstitions
  • Irish Superstitions and Folklore
  • Superstitions
  • Superstitions From Europe
  • Superstitions in Shakespeare’s Time
  • Folklore of Puerto Rico
  • Old Irish Superstitions

Halloween Superstitions:

Home & Hearth Superstitions:

  • Hanging a pair of scissors over the front door will cut off negativity
  • Hanging a cluster of acorns on the front door will protect those who live there
  • Put thorny branches on your doorstep to keep evil away
  • Smell dill to get rid of hiccups
  • Place cotton on an aching tooth to relieve pain
  • Place a sliced onion in the room of an ill person to draw out the sickness
  • Hang a pea pod with nine peas above your door to draw your future lover
  • Place a pine branch above your bed to keep illness away

Love Superstitions:

Sleep Superstitions:

  • Smell peppermint to help you sleep
  • Eat a bit of thyme before bed for sweet dreams
  • Putting garlic under the bed will prevent nightmares
  • Rub a lettuce leaf on your forehead to help you sleep
  • Placing a full glass of water by your bed every night will collect any negativity in the room, but don’t drink it
  • Putting a broom on the bed brings bad luck
  • If you leave laundry hanging outside during the night, a spirit will attach itself to it and possess the wearer
  • Never put a hat on the bed
  • Place morning glory seeds under your bed to cure nightmares
  • Place an onion underneath your pillow to have prophetic dreams
  • Never sleep with your head pointing east
  • Never sleep with your head pointing west
  • If you go to bed backwards, you will have good dreams

Sea Superstitions:

BOOKS

guunyuu:

u— uh just so guys know there are full 720p hd episodes of hxh 1999 on youtube because the hxh fandom is so hardcore they will either find or make hd versions of a 90’s anime, apparently 

orusama:

YOOOO SO HERE’S A REALLY QUICK GUIDE ON BUYING FROM AMAZON.JP HERE’S SO CRAP THAT YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND THAT I DON’T REALLY COVER IN THE PICTURES!

  • Amazon will automatically change the money on your credit card to yen from whatever you use so you don’t have to worry about that! You can you a currency converter to see how much an item will cost in your currency!
  • Amazon.jp will only ship media items internationally. If you try to order something they can’t ship you’ll get the error message while going through check out that I show. Personally, I really recommend the site amiami for stuff that I can’t get off amazon.jp, they ship internationally and I’ve had great success with them. There are many other sites that I can recommend but this tutorial is about amazon.jp not other crap.
  • Shipping takes about 3 or 4 days. ex. My copy of Mekakucity V’s that I pre-ordered was released on January 1st, and the expected delivery is the 4th or 5th. Usually I get stuff a day earlier even.
  • Sometimes if you pre-order a popular item RIGHT before release, you’ll be put on back order, you’ll get an e-mail saying this, and that means that amazon ran out of stock due to such a short notice, but when they restock which usually takes a week or two you’ll get your pre-order shipped then. It’s only happened to me once and it’s not that big of a deal. You just have to wait some extra time.
  • Shipping is about 10 dollars depending on what you order. For DVD’s it’s usually 700 yen but that can change depending on the item.
  • You can just put your e-mails you get from them in google translate ya that’s what I do.

That should cover it, but if you have any questions, or if you need help with anything, or are like wtc is this e-mail, feel free to send me a message! I’m more than happy to help!

Happy buying!

Stuff Nobody Tells you About Getting An Apartment.

hipdomestic:

This’ll cover the basics, such as financial expectation, rental history, what to bring for the application process, etc.

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wingedbyday:

//Absurdly helpful for people writing royal characters and/or characters who interact with royalty and members of the nobility.
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wingedbyday:

//Absurdly helpful for people writing royal characters and/or characters who interact with royalty and members of the nobility.

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a little list of horror/mystery/abstract rpgs

funkymonoe:

A FAIR WARNING that the quality of some games in this list can range from the worst to the best, yet please respect the creator, they’ve worked hard to make their creations enjoyable! 

*all of games are freeware and translated to english 

.flowakemi tanalice mareanswered prayers / ao oniboy ichiro’s modestybroken bottles / clock of atonementcorpse party (if) / corpse party (if - past end)corpse party (rebuilt)corpse party zerodenshadesert nightmaredesperate love feastdivinity fatumfleshchildforest of drizzling rain / forest of animals / ghost suburb IIghost suburb zerogingiva / hand in hand / hello? hell… o?i’m scared of girlsinfectious nightmareibkiller bearlieat / lcd demlisa / nightmare castle nira onimad fathermemermaid swampmiddensmisaomisereremogeko castle / OFFoni asobi / pallete / paranoiacparanormal syndrome / re:kinderreaper / rust and bloodschuld / save me / seven mysteriesseventh nightshiro no noroi / sick mind / skinwalkerspace funeral / substitute sacrifice girl / townlore / the crooked manthe desolate hospitalthe dreaming marythe god of the crawling eyesthe gray garden / the looking glass / the mirror liedthe sandmanthe witch’s house / toilet in wonderland / ultra violet / wadanohara and the great blue sea / yume 2kkiyume nikkiyume nisshi

Pastel Fashion Masterpost

bombisbomb:

Based upon Pastel Bomb - Fashion Blog

Finally did it. Finally made a clothing & tutorial master post, including all of the references I use. Will be updated as more are discovered. 

Table of Contents: 

 Pastel Goth & Nu Goth 

  1. Major Shops - General
  2. Major Shops - Shoes
  3. Etsy Shops - General
  4. Etsy Shops - Accessories
  5. Storenvy Shops
  6. Big Cartel Shops

♥ Tutorials ♥

  1. Hair
  2. Make Up
  3. Nails
  4. DIY - Clothing, Accessories, Etc.

♥ Discount Codes ♥

♥ Shopping Blogs ♥

♥ The Master List: 

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mischacrossing:

gray + peachy cream marble tile

(source)

Zipper-dee-doo-da! Easy Zipper Tutorial

sewcute:

Recently a friend cam to me, troll-speckled fabric in hand, asking me for a lesson on making circle skirts. 

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While I will get to posting that eventually, for now I used our lesson to get photos for (in my opinion) the easiest way to install a zipper.

First, increase the stitch length to the highest setting on your sewing machine, and without backstitching, straight stitch the pieces together where the zipper will go with a 1.5cm seam allowance. 

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This keeps the fabric in place and the long stitches are easy to take out in the end.

Iron the fabric open and pin the zipper right-side down with the zip lining up with the join of the fabric.

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Using a zipper foot, sewing on the zipper with the short side of the zipper foot following the zip using a normal stitch length, straight stitch, and backstitching at both ends.

The hardest part is moving the zipper itself around when it gets in the way, just wiggle it around, take a deep breath and you will be fine.

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Finally, take out the long temporary stitches from before to reveal your lovely zipper!

For a first zipper, she did spectacularly! Here is the gorgeous troll-tastic skirt :)

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P.S. New drinking game: take a shot for every time I typed “zip” or “zipper”

The Big List of Sewing References

galatea-cosplay:

Over the past two years or so I’ve collected a fair amount of sewing references and tutorials, applicable to both cosplay and regular garment sewing. They’ve helped me out a lot, so I thought other people might benefit from them too!

Basics/General

Sewing vocabulary http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/p/glossary.html

About patterns (reading, altering, drafting) http://chicostume.org/handouts/Pattern_Reading.html

Introduction to patterns http://www.sewmamasew.com/2008/05/patterns-demystified/

About thread tension http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4302/understanding-thread-tension

About interfacing http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2012/03/interfacing-insights-from-fashion.html

How to gather fabric http://www.thefamilyhomestead.com/gatherfabrictutorial.htm

Preparations

How to pre-shrink wool http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-pre-shrink-woolfast-and-easy.html

Cutting slippery fabrics with tissue paper http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/04/cutting-slippery-fabrics-with-tissue.html

Comparison of steel and spiral boning http://www.foundationsrevealed.com/articles/free/intermediate/99-experimenting-with-steel-boning-by-jenni-hampshire

Time-saving trick for a boned bodice muslin http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/04/time-saving-trick-for-boned-bodice.html

Darts

About darts http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/01/get-smart-with-darts.html

How to French seam a dart http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/04/tricks-of-trade-french-seam-dart.html

Tailoring, Altering, and Fitting

How to fit pants http://www.coletterie.com/sewalongs/the-colette-patterns-pants-fitting-cheatsheet

About swayback alterations http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2010/12/sway-back-alterations-my-analysis.html

About tailored jackets http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2011/03/anatomy-of-tailored-jacket.html

How to tailor a coat front part 1 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/tailoring-your-coat-front-part-one.html

Part 2 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/tailoring-your-coat-front-part-two.html

Part 3 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/tailoring-your-coat-front-part-three.html

How to remove gaping from the neckline of a fitted dress http://bernieandi.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/pattern-alterations-how-to-remove-gaping-or-excess-fabric-from-neckline-of-a-fitted-dress/

Finishing Seam Allowances

How to finish seam allowances (without Serginghttp://www.craftstylish.com/item/41979/try-these-techniques-for-perfectly-beautiful-seams

How to do a Hong Kong seam binding http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/hong-kong-binding-seam-finish

Turned and stitched finished seam allowances (my personal favorite method) http://sewaholic.net/seam-finishes-turned-and-stitched/

French seams http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/03/tricks-of-trade-easy-french-seams.html

 Linings

Easy lining http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4971/a-shortcut-to-great-linings

Lining a sleeveless dress http://stitchywitch.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/tutorial-lining-a-sleeveless-dress/

Sleeves

How to draft a simple band sleeve http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2011/11/drafting-simple-band-sleeve.html

How to sew a tulip sleeve http://sewchicpatterns.blogspot.com/2011/04/make-your-own-tulip-sleeve-tutorial.html

How to sew a two piece underarm gusset http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2012/01/how-to-sew-two-piece-underarm-gusset.html

How to sew kimono sleeve gussets http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/02/kimono-sleeve-gussets.html

More on sewing kimono sleeve gussets http://didyoumakethat.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/kimono-sleeve-gussets/

Zippers

How to sew an invisible zipper http://www.clevernesting.com/2009/06/invisible-zipper-tutorial-from-whipstitch/

Invisible zipper tutorial http://www.coletterie.com/tutorials-tips-tricks/tutorial-installing-an-invisible-zipper

Another invisible zipper tutorial http://byhandlondon.com/2012/06/21/inserting-an-invisible-zipper-the-definitive-tutorial/

How to do a hand-picked zipper http://sewaholic.net/a-hand-picked-zipper-progress-on-the-picnic-dress/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Sewaholic+%28Sewaholic.net+Newsletter%29

Hems

About hems http://www.sewmamasew.com/2010/06/all-about-hems/

How to mitre a folded hem http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/03/tricks-of-trade-mitre-folded-hem.html

How to hem an inverted pleat http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/tricks-of-trade-how-to-hem-inverted.html

How to sew a hand-rolled hem http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/06/getting-all-couture-y-hand-rolled-hem.html

How to sew an invisible hem http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/tricks-of-trade-sewing-invisible-hem.html

 Odds and Ends

Circle skirt calculator http://pattythesnugbug.com/2011/circle-skirt-calculator-for-the-drafting-of-full-half-and-34-skirts-with-bonus-grading-worksheet/

Half circle skirts http://makingthings.andreatung.com/2009/07/circle-skirts-part-2.html

How to sew a full, gathered skirt part 1 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/08/sew-full-gathered-skirt-part-one-make.html

Part 2 http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/08/make-this-skirt-part-two-of-gathered.html

How to make a half slip http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2009/07/make-vintage-inspired-half-slip-no.html

How to bind neck and armholes with bias tape http://suchtreasures.com/2008/06/14/applying-bias-tape-at-neckline-and-armhole-curves-as-binding/

Covered button tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/02/covered-button-tutorial.html

Bound buttonhole tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/bound-buttonhole-tutorial.html

Finishing bound buttonholes http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/10/finishing-your-bound-buttonholes.html

How to make belts http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/03/beltmaking-101/

How to do ruffles http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2009/08/ruffles.html

How to do a convertible collar http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2011/01/tricks-of-trade-convertible-collars.html

Shaping a shirt collar http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/03/shaping-shirt-collar.html

Lace/eyelet collar tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2013/07/sewing-lace-or-eyelet-collar.html

Cutting checks and plaids, part 1 http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/cutting-checks-and-plaids-part-1.html

Part 2 http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/cutting-checks-or-plaids-part-2.html

How to sew checks/plaids to match perfectly http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.co.nz/2012/05/sewing-checks-magic-pat-trick.html

How to attach bias tape with mitered corners http://sewtospeak.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-to-attach-bias-tape-with-mitered.html

How to use Swarovski crystals http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=2219

How to sew a 50s petticoat http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=850

Horsehair braid tutorial http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2010/06/magic-of-horsehair-braid-little.html

How to sew with velvet http://www.fashion-era.com/velvets/velvet_sewing_tips.htm

How to make felt roses http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/2012/03/easy-felt-roses-tutorial-with-video.html

How to do a foundation for a fascinator hat http://hatstruck.blogspot.com/2010/02/fundations-for-my-cocktailfacinator.html

More tutorials http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/p/tricks-of-trade.html