This is an update to my old Sweetie collage, this one has significantly more Sweetie Belle. The last one had 32 unique Sweeties, this one has 94. Godspeed if you try to count them all. This is actually only around half of the total Sweetie Belles I have lying around, but most of them are quite old so I didn’t think they looked too nice. Anyways, next time I update this thing I think I’ll stick to only the drawings of solo Sweetie Belle, as much as I like the peppering of Apple Bloom I can’t help but feel like it’d be a bit more Bobdude if it were only the Belle. Or maybe I should only have it be Sweetie and Bloom and no other horse? Which is more Bobdude? Bah.
This design will appear on some crazy big 60x80 inch plush fleece blankets for EFNW, trotcon, and bronycon. That’s right, *60x80*. The print file for this collage is a whopping 8.9 gigabytes, 432 million pixels. had to get me my 300 dots per inch. And yes I’m bringing back the plush fleece, regular fleece had a nice heavy build and it printed very well, but I had more than one person at BABS pass on em cause they didn’t like the material. If I had just washed them beforehand the starchy fresh printed feeling wouldn’t have been around but I didn’t have that kind of foresight… Bit nervous about these ones too, since they’re so big and they’re a special plush, they’re *not* cheap to print so I’m really taking a leap on this one.
Anyways, enjoy a fresh collage. More Sweetie Belles are always on the way!
4/28/2017- Pony acquisition post #420: G4 Build a Bear Big Macintosh plush!
Year released: 2017
AHHHH!!!! He’s here!!! The amazing and unexpected release of Big Macintosh as a Build a Bear plush is here, and he’s lovely!! He’s a big, stocky plush like Shining Armor with thicker shoulders and shorter back legs. He has a lovely read coat with his freckles and golden yellow/orange hair! He even has some structured pads on the bottom of his hooves so his hooves don’t get squished, what a nice feature!
He also comes with his signature yolk accessory which is very soft and is removable and attaches via a velcro strap on it which is quite clever! I hope he gets a wider release because he’s especially high quality and very lovely.
I really wanted a Scentsy Buddy (a plush with a zipper for scent packs)... but they have a plush supporting Autism speaks. :( My favorite sensory thing is plush things and smells... any ideas?
As far as I’m aware, only sales of that plush contribute towards A$. However, if you don’t want to touch a company that has any connection with A$, I absolutely do not blame you - it’s all about our individual comfort level, and we have the right to feel good about the stim toys we buy.
If you don’t want a weighted plush, the simplest solution is to literally drop essential oils on a plushie/soft toy you already own. Some essential oils like lemongrass are yellow-tinted and will stain; other essential oils, like lavender, tea tree or peppermint, are clear and won’t stain. (I’ve been dropping lavender on my pillow at night, to help me sleep, for four or five years. You wouldn’t know it to look at my pillow or pillow case.) If you want to change the scent, wash the toy and add a new oil. (My pillow case does not smell of lavender after machine washing, and I use fragrance-free laundry powder.)
If you want more info on which essential oils don’t stain, I’ll gladly go through my oil collection and swatch test them for you, but I’ve been dropping lavender oils on my weighted soft toys to refresh their scent and there is absolutely no staining. None. Do use pure essential oils and not oils blended with a carrier oil, though, or else you might make your toy tacky or greasy to touch.
(Note: I have no idea about the stainability of perfume/fragrance oils when dripped on fabric, because I don’t use them. Can anyone advise on this?)
The other options involve using weighted heat bags inside a plush animal case, very similar to the Scentsy toys. These toys are a cover designed to contain a rice or wheat bag that you remove, microwave and then replace, so they’re ideal for the switchable scent pack function.
I checked out Amazon, but I was having trouble finding toys with the removable pouch, since that is part of the function we want here. I’d recommend checking out your local department store. If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, it may be harder to find these as you’re moving out of cold weather. My local department stores, albeit with less stock, did have them throughout the summer just gone, so I’d consider it worth a look.
If you want the switchable scent pack function, for different scents, you’ll likely need to make or buy packs of a similar size to swatch them out, and either scent those packs with essential oils or fill them with a scented filler (dried herbs, lavender heads) in addition to stuffing or something weighted (rice, seeds, grains, soup mix, dried beans, poly pellets). You can scent rice very easily by tossing it in a container (an old ice-cream tub works well) and adding a few drops of oil, and I’ve scented plastic poly pellets the same way with no problems. I’ve also mixed poly/soft toy stuffing with dried lavender heads with no problems, just by layering: one layer of stuffing, one layer of lavender, etc.
The wheat packs, if you make several, are no different from a bean bag (two tutorials linked on this post). Cut two pieces of fabric the size of the bag inside the toy (usually a rectangle or a square), sew or glue up three edges, fill with scented rice or wheat or weighted pellets (if you’re not going to heat it, it doesn’t matter what you use) and sew or glue closed the fourth edge, making a sealed-shut pocket. Since it goes inside the toy, it doesn’t even have to be neat - just keep your stitches small enough that the inside filler can’t come out. The seams can be as messy as you like!
You can also refresh this pouch with a few drops of essential oil, and because it goes inside the toy, you can even use those oils that stain, as you won’t see the inner pouch.
If you don’t mind rustling plastic, you could even use several ziplock bags to contain the scented filler. I’d recommend using the thinner, cheaper kind, as the smell of the oil will seep through the plastic more easily. (I never find one ziplock bag to contain scent all that well, but the cheaper ones are much worse at it, which is what we want!)
Either way, it’s a little involved if you want to have the multiple scent options. Just dripping a toy with essential oils is the easiest, but it will still involve the purchase of several oils. (This said, oils last a long time and you can use them for scented necklaces, slimes, burning in oil burners, bean bags, personal care, cleaning…) The heat-up pocket plush toy will require sewing or gluing, and the purchase of fabric (or ziplock bags), bag fillers and oils. I can’t find a way that’s less complicated, because I don’t think perfumes and body sprays will last as long as essential oils, in terms of the filler or plush toy holding the scent.
If anyone has any suggestions, or a supplier for something similar that isn’t Scentsy, by all means, suggest away!
a good scent thing that isn’t oils are
tea bags! they never stain and last a super long time I have a little
pocket I’ve sewn on teddy bear that sits in my bed with a tea bag in it
and it works great! if you can’t sew or just don’t like it you can get
Velcro or just glue
Oh, very cool thought! It’d be so easy to remove and replace different tea bags from the heat bag soft toys! Thank you!
Also, if you don’t have the spoons or
motor function to sew or glue your own bean/rice bags, you can use those
little zipper wallets. Just make sure the zipper is entirely plastic
(no metal) if you’re going to microwave it. If you can’t find one like
that, you can always use a sock and fill it up, tie it off, microwave
it, and put it in the plushie.
I bow before your genius. Seriously. Very, very good suggestions. Especially the sock one, because that’s so simple and accessible. Thank you.
Centipeetle (bug lookin) butt lost in Sheraton lobby (anime boston event) - please give to hotel or convention staff asap if found
its black w brown pincers sewn to a black generic brand waist spanx and its stuffed and almost 2 ft long
i can but rly dont wanna have to remake this soon so if found please hand it off to the shereton or anime boston security lost and found! neither have it yet (as of 7pm sun) but its possibly been moved from the spot i told them to search. i left it there at 1:30 when we had to run to the car bc i took it off knowing i wouldn’t be able to sit with it on.
it was left at the long table in the raised seating area on the right side of the lobby (from where u walk in) in the corner there where a giant zigzag screen and thick wooden barrier meets
i doubt someone would straight up take it bc like.. its like big and plush why would u. ud have to like carry it thats kinda why it wasnt secure w my stuff in the first place
also, if u saw me and have pictures please @ me or message me them haha
Random headcanons for the carnival bc I felt like it tbh. I really want a carnival episode ?? It’d be so cute and um ? i crave a carnival episode, actually.
Takes a lot of pictures,
Will try and win all of the prizes, even against the little kids
Usually laughs on rollercoaster rides, especially at Candy
Always holds his hands up in the air
Really good at go kart?? Wow Nath
Actually better than really good, great at go kart
Is so annoyed with bumper cars, he’d rather just ride
Doesn’t like all of the noise, but he’s learning how to tolerate it
Sucks as some of the mini games
Water rides are his favorite
Knows the history of some rollercoasters
Plays for fun, even if he loses, he’s okay with it
Will not even BOTHER eating Candy’s cotton candy tbh,
Really good at the dancing games, get those buttons Nath.
Holds Candy’s hand, doesn’t wanna lose her in the crowd.
Such a mom
Will try to keep Candy off the drop-down rides, like nO he will just be like “Candy no that’s very dangerous” or “Are you sure you wanna do that??"
Sometimes gets very nauseous on the rides
Not like Candy has a choice but - she isn’t going on rides there’s been accidents on, it’s not worth the risk-
Has had to sit down after some rides,,
Is nervous to leave Candy on a rollercoaster, but knows she’s ok
He is NOT playing those free fall rides, a lot of accidents happen on them
Has his only healthy snack bag, he’s not taking fast food/sweets
Impressed with Candy being good with the games
Pats Candy on the back if she loses, he sucks too so-
The last ride they go on is; The Ferris Wheel. In which is a perfect setting, being close to the stars, and dazzling lights of the carnival. Nathaniel would just wrap his arm around her shoulder and admire their view out the window, just happy in eachothers company. [Que illustration].
Will take a bite or two from Candy’s cotton Candy, just to be playful
Always yells on the rides, such a little kid
Records their rides together, he loves looking at them after
Not really a picture guy but - takes some pictures
Loves rollercoasters, nothing more
Doesn’t care for the mini games, tbh - he’ll pay for Candy to play them
Taking all the food he can before they leave
Jokes with Candy to beat the little kids at the mini games.
Will always find a way to take a bite out of Candy’s food
Favorite ride is slingshot
Will honestly win the huge prize for Candy, or just buy it for Candy
Cheers a lot on the rides, like not even screaming, he just feels so alive
Never brings a snack, buys food
Usually wears his hair up in a ponytail, has his jacket tied around his waist, he’s ready for fun
Pretty good at winning mini games, but never the big prize
Hates walking around endlessly for the gift shop
Bought passes just to walk infront of other people bc he can’t waIT
Is a pro at the throwing mini games
Likes it when Candy’s impressed with his skills
Gets so proud of Candy when she wins
Kinda teases her when she loses, ruffles her hair
Stays until it closes.
The last ride they go on; The slingshot. It’s the most scariest ride in the carnival, slinging just the two of them in the air, there would be a lot of mixtures of laughs and screaming. After they swing for its pause, he’d hold her hand tightly and just smile so much, tells her; "I’m glad you’re not just my girlfriend…you’re also my best friend, y’know that?” [Que illustration].
Pretty calm during the carnival
Doesn’t like all of the noise,
Let’s Candy lead the way.
Is the king of go kart, just wow lys
His favorite part is just seeing Candy so happy and just energetic for the rides
IS V scared of rollercoasters,
he CANNOT stand rides that move downwards to the ground
Doesn’t eat Candy’s cotton Candy, lmao would rather have ice cream
Usually laughs on his rides
Brings a hand recording camera, will honestly drop his phone
Puts his hands in the air a lot
Very nervous before he gets on a ride, would rather let Candy go
Loves spinning rides, thinks those are the most thrilling
Isn’t good at the mini games, doesn’t have good aim
Tries his best to win Candy the biggest prizes.
Candy got him a big plush bunny and he was so close to fainting, he loved it
Likes recording and taking loads of pictures, saves them on his phone
Will actually remember this day, beginning to end
Has such a happy smile, let Lysander happy smile
Asks Candy what rides she wants to go on, they take turns
Likes seeing everyone just smile, it’s so nice to him
Buys Candy her food, eats some of it
Definetely licks her ice cream, like back at the beach but just more casual
Usually stays until it closes, or when Candy says she’s tired
The last ride they go on; Superman. Lysander would want to spend one last fun ride with Candy and this is one of the best ones in his opinion. Doesn’t regret it, he’s laughing and he’s so happy. His smile is just, beautiful. Candy would be recording just laughing too. [Que illustration].
SUCH A LITTLE KID
Would just wanna ride every rollercoaster, loves all the rides
Will honestly win mini games, he’d tear up ALL of the little kids
Wins Candy the big callipillar
Takes so many pictures and videos, he’s just so happy
His hair gets really puffy after water rides, like curly and just fluffy
Usually has some stranger to take a picture of he and Candy.
Buys Candy and himself cotton candies, doesn’t take her food
Loves seeing Candy laugh, that’s his favorite sound
Likes the gift shop, buys some marvel merch like a batman shirt
Gets a little sick on the spinning rides
This boy is getting all the food he can afford, he is NOT cooking when they get back
Will always remember this day.
Just fanboys at the rides
His favorite ride is between Superman and Batman, can’t choose one
Holds Candy’s hand when they’re looking for new rides.
Isn’t picky about rides, as long as they’re fun
Bought a pass to get through lines,
His wallet is just so dead
Scared of one ride and one ride only - the free fall ride. He’s heard of accidents that’s happened on it and he’s not risking it, as much as he’d like too - but no
Always stays when it closes
Buys he and Candy some light sabers, during the night so they see them glow
The last ride they go on; Goliath. Whilst getting up on the steepest, wood-made, ride of the carnival, Armin holds Candy’s hand, just smiling. Candy is pretty surprised, but looks back to a smiling and slightly red Armin. Who tells her; “I wouldn’t wanna be anywhere else right now, but with you. I love you..you dork.” [Que illustration].
Is so happy at the carnival, like you couldn’t believe.
Holds Candy’s hand, isn’t loosing her in the crowd
Totally prepared. Eith his wallet, trip snacks, and his recorder - everything
Doesn’t really go with his friends, tbh, he wants to go with Candy
Friends don’t bother trying to leave with him, bc they know he wants to be with her.
Has some pictures, but LOADS of recordings like woah-
Laughs on the rides, thinks it’s hilarious when Candy is just yelling
Takes a small thing of cotton candy from her, just a smol piece
Buys loads of sweets, don’t bother trying to stop him
Isn’t worried for Candy, at once, this is just about them and having fun
Is scared to DEATH of goliath, hates super steep rides
Loves water rides, especially log ones
Isn’t the best at go kart but he tries
SLAYS bumper cars
Let’s Candy win some of the games,
Wakamole is like his favorite, he imagines amber like ‘whack a ho-’//shot
Rather hold onto the handles of the ride, not a hands in the air type of guy
Wins mini games like a boss, he’s getting all the prizes and teddy bears folks.
Loves seeing Candy happy, it makes him happier
Stays until it closes.
So talkative, he babbles like a happy little kid
Doesn’t bring that many healthy snacks, healthiest thing he’s eaten was fruit flavored gummies
Gets temporary tattoos, gets some anchor on his face
The last ride they go on; The floating swings. Kentin would have his seat next to Candy making sure she’s fastened before himself. The two of them would start going up and Kentin would just smile so much. His precious smile. The two of them would just be happy, quiet, and just laugh. Their legs out and smiles up, they’re just happy. [Que illustration].