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hamylton. : (25 May 2018 - 07:45 PM) +The May Digest is up!
yellow. : (24 May 2018 - 05:15 PM) What are you using to build your sword? I can sew but I suck at cosplay props :(
Photoshopfreak : (24 May 2018 - 08:00 AM) Time to work on mah sword.
floralprint : (23 May 2018 - 04:37 PM) ahhh reset essentials brought it all back. thanks so much :3
softbun : (23 May 2018 - 04:35 PM) did you try resetting your workspace or going up to windows at the top and opening the panels that were closed?
floralprint : (23 May 2018 - 04:31 PM) i accidently hit some some buttons on the lower left of my keyboard in PS and my toolbars and adjustment layers all disappeared. i can't figure out how to fix it
hamylton. : (23 May 2018 - 09:16 AM) I kinda wish every cycle was a colourisation cycle :P
hamylton. : (23 May 2018 - 09:15 AM) I love them so much
milominderbi... : (23 May 2018 - 07:41 AM) i never really do colourisations so i'm having soooo much fun with this LGMS cycle !!
oz. : (22 May 2018 - 06:05 PM) you should all watch it so i can cry over patrick ,,, i love my new son
Photoshopfreak : (22 May 2018 - 03:20 PM) So. Wig for Clary cosplay comes in on Thursday. Got my sword mostly painted. All I need to do is do the details.... and then I'll be DONE.
hamylton. : (22 May 2018 - 12:56 PM) It's on my list, but I haven't got around to it yet. Maybe I'll watch it next
starbuck. : (22 May 2018 - 12:51 PM) you know i love scandi series (or maybe you don't, idk if i mentioned that on TDA :O )
starbuck. : (22 May 2018 - 12:51 PM) ed i want to watch it but omg no time at all since i started working :(
oz. : (22 May 2018 - 08:47 AM) yoo did anyone else watch The Rain? bc i love 1 band of dumbs surviving.

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