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BetterMonster

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I'm a super curious crafter with a thing for cats, snacks, and clickety-clacks! I'll try my hand at whatever strikes my fancy, delights my brain, or soothes my anxious soul. Who knows what I'll get into next.

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##Hai hai, I'm Alyssa! My pronouns are she/her and you can call me Bemo (short for **Be**tter **Mo**nster), Better Monster, Monster, Better, Alyssa, snickerdoodle, take your pick! I love making things and my curious nature tends to take me down all the rabbit holes. I rarely know what I'm doing, but I'm always game to experiment/bug Google for guidance. If I had my druthers I'd have a workshop with all the fun stuff. Yanno, like a drill press, 3D printer, laser cutter, table saw, CNC mill... *sorry, I started drooling.* At one point in my life I was a mechanical engineer in product development and prototyping, so I know first hand how much I love all those things. Full disclosure: I'm a total goof. So don't be alarmed if I break into song with the occasional spontaneous parody. Or do. *They come out of left field most days.* Also, I love all things cats and noms. I'd love it if you popped in and told me about all the things you love! ...Or a dad joke. I love dad jokes.
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Making happens every Tuesday & Thursday at 2pm PT! ...Unless I don't have an idea. If I don't have an idea, I'll still be here Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm PT, I'll just be playing something instead ;D
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Get (or give) the inside scoop by using these chat commands: **!discord** - link to the off stream fun **!pattern** - what on earth am I doing? **!schedule** - find out when I go live **!share** - dropbox link for uploads **!projects** - check out some past projects **!poo** - link to the wombat poo pattern! **!snailmail** - Whispered PO Box address **!bemo** - the latest hot goss **!monster** - recent bad behavior **!snacks** - my latest edible obsession **!addquote** - get me on record
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I like monsters in jest, not irl. So please: 1. Be kind and respectful of each other. 2. No harassing or threatening of individuals 3. No self-promoting or spam. 4. Cake speech over hate speech, i.e. NO hate speech. And completely unrelated, I love food. 5. Tell me about your cat, your friend's cat, that cat you see sometimes in the window up the street... have I mentioned I love cats? 6. Have fun!
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What will we make next? ##Past Projects - Freehand crocheted potatoes - Choux Ispahan #AmigurumiBakeOff - Temari - Freehand crocheted pretzel - Freehand crocheted Kevin the minion - [Appa from The Last Airbender](https://www.ravelry.com/projects/BetterMonster/appa) - [Baby Yoda Amigurumi](https://www.ravelry.com/projects/BetterMonster/the-child---green-baby) - [Mosaic crochet font sampler](https://www.ravelry.com/projects/BetterMonster/newbie-mosaic-crochet-font-sampler) - Hand-painted hand bound journal - Personalized hand bound journal - Marble Run - Handwoven drawstring pouch (on a loom made with a Pringles can) - Triaxial weave ribbon throw pillow - Handwoven secret message throw pillow - String art - pendulum clock
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##Subscriptions around here just got funner! That's right, I said it. Subscribers get sound effects to kick the shenanigans up a notch! And did you know each month **you can [subscribe for free](https://www.amazongames.com/en-us/support/prime-gaming/gf25r2a8vvfhxtqw/articles/subscribe-to-a-channel-using-prime-gaming/gb2nkuqgcbr8gx8j) if you're an Amazon Prime member?!** These chat commands are all you need to get yourself into some hot water:  !fail         !boop  !brava        !yay  !anybody     !ha  !doom        !squirrel  !dunno      !bigbrain
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Wanna support this shit show of a good time?! lol Aside from being here and hanging out with me, here are a few other ways you can do just that! None of these are expected or required, but should they happen, they are certainly appreciated. ##[Subscribe for free with Amazon Prime](https://www.amazongames.com/en-us/support/prime-gaming/gf25r2a8vvfhxtqw/articles/subscribe-to-a-channel-using-prime-gaming/gb2nkuqgcbr8gx8j) Every month Amazon Prime members get a free sub! Just [connect your Prime account to Twitch](https://www.amazongames.com/en-us/support/prime-gaming/gf25r2a8vvfhxtqw/articles/subscribe-to-a-channel-using-prime-gaming/gb2nkuqgcbr8gx8j) and behold! It doesn't auto-renew month to month, so if you'd like to maintain your subscription just come back each month and *smash that resub button.* XD ##[Donations](https://ko-fi.com/bettermonster) Oh boi oh boi! Like what happens here so much that you [want to throw some money at it?](https://ko-fi.com/bettermonster)! **Thank you!!** Be it with stream upgrades, new tools, or fun supplies, donations go right back into making the magic happen. ❤️ ##[Supplies](https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BGQQMPJII4KS?ref_=wl_share) If you'd like to support the making directly with supplies, here's an [Amazon wishlist](https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1BGQQMPJII4KS?ref_=wl_share) of goodies that would certainly make my make! :D [❤️](https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/733500704311738438/809930194898649131/Panels_easter_egg.png) If you'd like to send something my way you can send it to: Better Monster Makes 958 N Western Ave #211 Los Angeles, CA 90029
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If you're curious about the things I use for streaming here are all the deets! (FYI - the amazon links are affiliate links, which send a little support my way at no extra cost to you :D ) **Cameras** I now use [Razer Kiyos](https://amzn.to/3sLnpXM) but when I started out I used cell phones with the [ivCam app](https://www.e2esoft.com/ivcam/) so I could connect them as webcams and the image quality was great! **Lighting** For the general lighting I use a [LimoStudio LMS103 light kit](https://amzn.to/2PtfY9f) and for a little extra glow on my melanin I have a [QQAPPU USB Desk Lamp](https://amzn.to/3belzZx) **Microphone** I have a [Blue Yeti](https://amzn.to/2OiT5oC), which obviously works, but might work a bit too well because it picks up *everything.* **Computer** Beats me... It's Shane's old PC. 🤷🏾‍♀️ **Broadcasting Software** [Streamlabs OBS](https://streamlabs.com/) **Alerts** I use a few things to make the magic happen. I use [Streamlabs](https://streamlabs.com/) for my general twitch alerts; [TriggerFyre](https://overlays.thefyrewire.com/widgets/triggerfyre/) for custom sound, video, and gif chat command and redemption alerts; and [Twitch Guru](http://twitch.guru/) for my random video clip shout out alert (but it is also another good resource for custom video and sound alerts). **Automation** I've recently started using [Touch Portal](https://www.touch-portal.com/) as a stream deck on my phone. And in addition to giving me buttons to run the show, it has also allowed me to set up some automatic background actions like adding stream markers after certain events and sending a !so after a raid.