♡ Birds and Stars ♡
A place to nurture my dreams
(Photograph by Sarah Liu.)
Welcome to Birds and Stars! This place will always be changing, for as long as I can work on it. Here you'll find my art as well as collections of comforting and nostalgic things that make me feel happy and at peace. ♥ We are freely hosted on neocities, part of the Mental Heal Circle, and also affiliated with The Princess Chateau.
You may call me Lala, although my real name is Lamees (lam as in lamb, ees as in fleece)! You can read about me here. I'd love it if you'd sign my Guestbook when you're done! ♥
My brother gifted me the cute little sheep that wander along the bottom of this page! Here is his website. ♥ More credits down here!
[Healing: Calm Down+Cheer Up+Kafka and the Doll+Islamic Healing & Protection+Life & Faith+Solace for Softness
Personal: About Me+'Eid Memories
Fandom: Best Wishes! Appreciation+Princely Prodigy+Pretty Panels+Shoujo Wardrobes+Shoujo Bedrooms+Manga Recommendations+Anime Recommendations+Magic Pencil+Title Cards
Art & Fun: Art Gallery+Pixel Art (Adoptables!)+Toybox+Dollroom
Website: Old Updates+Guestbook+Links]
22, August, 2023 I added a new website to Links. It's a very cute personal site! Lucille's site, ribbonpuffie.
13, July, 2023 I added a new link to the Odds and Ends section of the Dollroom. I found a lovely website about the Friendship Doll exchange between the United States and Japan beginning in 1927. ^^ It has been a very long time since my last update, hasn't it?
7, May, 2023 I added a new entry to the Shoujo Bedrooms, something new to read in Solace for Softness, and a comic to read in Calm Down.
28, February, 2023 I didn't mention it when I did it, but over the past three days, I've added a link to the Cheer Up page and added some graphics to the Life & Faith page. Today, I'm updating my About (as I now actually own a Lolita dress and petticoat, at long last! ^^), as well as adding some more cute old web graphics here and there.
11, February, 2023 I added another entry to the Dolls in Media section of the Dollroom, this time from GOSICK. I would also like to take a moment to ask everyone who is able to please donate directly to volunteers working on the ground in Syria and Turkey. These are certified NGOs and the only help NW (free zone) Syria has, because Assad's regime blocks aid from reaching them. Don't donate to the government, but donate to the White Helmets (most rescue videos you see on social media comes from the White Helmets!) and MolhamTeam. The rescue efforts have now ended and moved into recovery efforts (chances of finding survivors are now very, very low, but miracles can happen)... keep the victims and survivors in your prayers and supplications. Thank you! ♥
4, February, 2023 I'm sorry I've been away so long, I've finally joined the ranks of the working adults half-way through last year, after all, but I kept true to my promise not to lose my sense of wonder! Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional. That said, I've achieved long-time dreams and bought Sylvanian Families dolls with my own salary. ♥ You'll find pictures of them in the Photographs section of the Dollroom, which also has a cute old web graphic added to it (source sadly unknown, as its one of those old graphics archived on glitter-graphics.com), if you do know who made it, feel free to tell me, via the guest book or other means. o/ Let's see, I've also added some new cuties to the Toybox... and some art to the Art Gallery! ^^ I finally made that Lolita Bedrooms section I've been meaning to for a while. Shoujo Bedrooms also has a new addition, this time from the original Maple Town anime series.
16, November, 2022 I made lots of little updates today! Remember how the Shoujo Wardrobes page only had an annoying little "to be added" for the longest time under Princess Luna from Osamu Tezuka's Angel's Hill? You have to scroll really far down for it. I finally added her different outfits today. ^^ Note that it's image heavy. I also added a new panel to Pretty Panels and to Shoujo Bedrooms. The latest bedroom added belongs to Sanako, the main character of the latest addition to Manga Recommendations.
19, October, 2022 I also updated my About Me yesterday, I forgot to mention that! I had the date wrong too, so I fixed that. I also noticed you can't actually click the Princess Code's button up there, so I fixed it, the link to the archived page of the Princess Portal should work now. There's a lot that's still saved there, so I invite you to explore!
18, October, 2022 I updated the Dolls in Media page with even more dolls from Rozen Maiden's second season, as I continue to watch... thank you for the lovely comments in the guestbook, also! It's always so fun and encouraging to read them. Finding out about Marginalia Search was also amazing, just what the increasingly corporate and depersonalized internet needs. ♥ It also helped me realize having my Navigation before my website's introduction made for a very confusing search result, so, hopefully this is better organized. ^^
30, August, 2022 I found, among my old files, an old Arabic hikam [wisdom/wise sayings] poem by Abul-'Atayiah that I had translated, almost entirely, into English. Some parts of it remained untranslated, so I finished them today, and adjusted parts of the older translation too! I am not a poet, so my wording does not flow as beautifully and the original Arabic is more concise, but I simply wanted to convey the same meanings and even wording, as much as possible. I feel proud of myself for figuring out a way to translate the sword part, though! A sword's tip is called a harf (letter) in Arabic, so I had to find another way to get the point across... read it on the Life & Faith page. That final bayt was always very important to me, beauty in adversity...
27, August, 2022 I updated the Shoujo Wardrobes page with... a non-shoujo anime character! Lillie from Pokemon, because she does have a very cute and elegant outfits, and her latest dress is just too sweet! I think making exceptions for similarly styled characters, even from other genres, once in a while isn't so bad. I've been having fun wandering through glitter-graphics.com lately, it's fun finding old graphics and incredible when you stumble across something you recognize from a decade or so ago! Thank you always for the lovely comments in the guest book, it encourages me to work on this website more when I can, even as life gets busier. ♥
23, August, 2022 I updated the Dolls in Media page of my Dollroom section with an antique doll (albeit a broken one) from Rozen Maiden. I'll definitely be updating with more as I continue to watch the show, as most of the main characters are sentient porcelain dolls and I don't doubt I'll see more detailed dolls later on. ^^ This is my first viewing of Rozen Maiden. I also updated the Toy Box recently, but didn't mention it here. The Calm Down page was also updated with a lovely art twitter under Visuals.
22, July, 2022 I updated both the Links with another art link, as well as a nice place to find vintage dolls and things online, and the Calm Down page's Visuals section with a pretty clip of deer. ^^
Older updates archived here.
The pretty wallpapers (background images) decorating this place mostly come from cherish.silk.to (now defunct), mooncat.official.jp, and foollovers.com... sometimes, there are bunnies hiding here and there, but they're very shy and tend to hide if you tap them! They come from Catch a Star. I try to link sources whenever they're known, but some of the very old web graphics come from defunct websites... I mention them if I know them in the alt tags or link to archived versions if they exist, otherwise, they're unfortunately unknown (especially if I found them somewhere like glitter-graphics.com) and lost to time! Do tell me if you recognize any.