i just think this is really pretty

anonymous asked:

Are you okay if people try to eyeball it from the video if it's for like their personal project / not to sell or make a lot of or if they're trying to learn how to make their own patterns?

Generally, no. That might seem harsh, but again, this is my job. If every person who is making a personal project decides not to buy my patterns and just rip them off by looking at the tutorial video, it represents a huge loss of business for me. So I’d really, REALLY prefer if people just spend the $5-$9 and buy the pattern. They’ll get a 100% correct version of the pattern along with high quality photos and written instructions as well as knowing they are supporting an independent artist.

(( To go on a tangent, though you didn’t mention this, I have had someone tell me “Well you make money when I watch your video so I don’t have to pay you again”. In the entire YEAR of 2016 I made an estimated $16.60 from video ads. Google adsense doesn’t even send you a check until you reach $100. At this rate I might get a payout in a few years. ))

As for watching my videos to learn pattern making, I do think there is some benefit to watching them if you are watching them and thinking critically about not only HOW the pattern contributes to the final shape, but also WHY I am choosing those shapes. In general, though, copying my how to videos isn’t going to teach you how to make a plush pattern because my videos aren’t meant to explain my patterning choices. It’s only teaching you how to copy my plush pattern. 

For example here’s a generic 4 piece sphere pattern that I prefer to use:

Great! If you see me holding these shapes up in a video, you can pause, eyeball it, and you know how to make a sphere! Now you have a pattern to use every single time you need a spherical shape. This is where the person who is just copying my pattern from a video stops. This is the extent of what they’ve learned.

I like to say that pattern making is coming up with 2D solutions to a 3D problem. This person has copied my solution, but they haven’t learned how to solve the problem. Jumping to an analogy, the person who copied my pattern is exactly like someone who copies your answer in math class. They learned that 2+2=4. If the next problem is 1+3=? they wont be able to solve it.They might have the correct answer to this one problem, but they didn’t learn anything.

Now a person thinking critically and not just copying might stop and think about what these shapes are doing and why I am using them. They might realize that any combination of these football shapes will give you a sphere. Which is true! By varying the width, you can use anywhere from 3 to (theoretically) 100 little football shapes to get a sphere. Though I’d probably stop at 9 pieces.

Here’s an example of a 6 piece sphere pattern:

And if you are really thinking about it and you draw them out like this, you might start to see that the little football shapes don’t even have to be separate. You can combine them with darts on the bottom and top and make a sphere pattern with just 1 piece:

So by thinking critically about how and why I’ve selected my shapes, the person watching my videos to learn and not to copy has more options to work with. Using the math analogy, they now know that not only does 2+2=4, but also 1+3=4, and maybe even 1+1+1+1=4. Now give this person the problem 2^2=? and they wont know the answer because all they’ve learned is addition.

In other words, all they’ve learned is this one specific method of finding a solution to this one specific set of problems. They can make spheres from pointy football shapes.

But we don’t need to keep that football shape, here’s a sphere pattern that I like to call the telophase pattern (hello science nerds). You can use this to get seams like a baseball:

Even a pattern like this with just darts can make a sphere if you have enough darts and your fabric is stretchy enough. You can use this when you need a large area without seams. A good time to use this pattern is when you want an embroidered face:

Every single one of these will make a sphere and there’s even more combinations out there. You can use hexagons, you can use squares, you can use a big circle and gather it around the edges, you could use a spiral, and so on. There are literally hundreds of possibilities. And that’s just for spheres.

When people ask how to get started patterning, I always tell them to start by making things from other people’s patterns. Then I recommend making minor alterations to those patterns and seeing how that effects the final product. Then I recommend drafting your own patterns, starting from simple 2D shapes and moving on to more complex 3D shapes.

Back to how I said patterning was finding 2D solutions to 3D problems. By working with an existing pattern, you are memorizing a single solution to a single problem. By altering patterns, you are learning how to come up with your own unique solutions to a problem. When you learn how to make your own pattern, you’re learning how to find your own solutions while creating your own problems!

To wrap up my own super long explanation, copying is a really, really poor way to learn how to do anything. If you want to learn how to make patterns, by all means, you can start looking at my solutions to help you come up with your own. But do us both a favor and just buy the pattern. Like I said before, they’re $5-$9. That’s less than most people make in an hour for something that took me a week or more to create and years to learn HOW to create. If you can’t afford it, there are many free patterns available online, but please don’t rip off an independent artist just because it’s for personal or educational reasons.


I took the first picture like that and thought, “Ooh that looks really pretty, Hershey..” and he just…held that pose. For like, much longer than it could possibly be comfortable to hold that position until I had taken like 10 pictures of him like that and said, “Okay man, I think we got it, you can definitely relax.” and he smuggly went back to eating. Someone give this horse a modeling career. 

I really hope in How to train Your Dragon 3 we get some Hiccstrid moments. Suggestions and hopes such as:

a: not married and are still a dating couple so we still get those really cute moments like we did in HTTYD 2

b: They’re already married and Astrid is either pregnant or there’s already a baby Haddock running around. Wouldn’t that be just absolutely adorable?

c: We get to see Hiccup and Astrid marriage- and maybe get to see them dance at the celebration? (Yes please!)

d: I really want Astrid and Hiccup to have a small little argument where they disagree, and then have to apologize and make up. I’d love to see this because I think that when they both get riled up, they can get pretty stubborn. Who would win the argument or who would give in first? *_* 

e: We get to see Valka and Astrid talk about Hiccup with some mother/daughter bonding.

f: Hiccup gets hurt and Valka, Astrid, or both have to take care of him and dote over him. 

g: Valka or Astrid get hurt and Hiccup freaks out and tries to protect them, then later on taking care of them.

h: If they have a baby, Hiccup and Astrid defends their child when something/someone tries to threaten him/her.

Reblog if you agree with any of these suggestions!

anonymous asked:

I like how giant river otters are pretty common in 'cute animal' stuff despite not looking traditionally cute in any way at all. While I'd like to think that it's people appreciating weird looking animals, I suspect it's more that they're really just categorized as cute animals because otters are usually thought of as cute. Kinda the reverse of cows and donkeys being considered 'ugly' because of how they're categorized/portrayed in culture despite their traditionally cute features.

I have this conversation a lot when it comes to baby elephants, which I feel if Elephants weren’t a thing and we were shown creatures that look like this:

A lot of people would find them creepy and ugly on face value. But because we know what an elephant is and have positive associations with them and know these are their babies we view them as being *cute* (which I’m cool with cause elephants are wonderful and their babies are great despite being weird looking grubs).

It’s interesting how much our views on something being cute or ugly or scary is heavily effected by presentation and prexisting expectations

I really consider removing my Youtube videos and making them available to people who purchase the pattern only. The sheer amount of people who tell me they just rip off the pattern from the video by eyeballing it is pretty gross.

At the end of the day I don’t think I will because I think there’s a ton of benefit to creating them, but I wish people would be a bit more honest and just purchase the pattern. Less than $10 isn’t asking much for something that took me weeks to create, years to learn how to do, and thousands of dollars in specialized equipment.

anonymous asked:

I'm scared to come out to my mom because of bi erasure but my sister is great about it and supportive and I really want a girlfriend. Do you have any recommendations for dating and remaining semi-closeted?

If you aren’t ready to come out to your mom, that’s completely okay, you don’t have to unless you are ready to do so. When I was in the closet with my family, I had two girlfriends during that period. For me personally, it was pretty easy to maintain the relationship with still remaining closeted. You can go on dates together while explaining your just hanging out with your friend to your mom. Even if you hold hands with her in public, I think a lot of people are willing to write off young girls (even women sometimes) as just gal pals. Sleepovers are a great opportunity to cuddle and be more intimate (if you have the privacy). Like it’s really possible to have a relationship and remain closeted to people. You just have to be mindful at times. I wish you luck anon:) Hope you find a nice girlfriend!

-Mom Em 

man blue paladins are self sacrificing tacticians like damn

lance jumps in front of explosions, but also comes up with great plans on the fly, and hes really good at infiltration

allura tossed shiro to save him from the galra while she got caught, and is like The Leader and makes the Plans

like i know the offician blue lion requirements are confident, friendly, and accepting or whatever, but i think she favours the selfless, strategic, and diplomatic (lance is pretty decent at making poitive connections with aliens, allura is a literal diplomat). just going by the pattern we’re given (assuming allura pilots blue like in the original)

It sucks that there’s people who hate Kate just because she did a problematic sketch (not even on SNL which is what a lot of people seem to think?!) 10 years ago and think that makes her transphobic. It’s ridiculous. 10 years is a reaaally long time ago, I’m pretty sure we’ve all done and/or said stupid stuff. Not saying that makes it okay, it doesn’t. But it certainly doesn’t make her transphobic. At all. I’m sure she’d feel really bad if she knew people thought this about her. She’s such a nice person, she never wants to hurt anyone.

Anyways what I want to say is it sucks that people are spreading hate and I’m blocking everyone who does because I don’t want negativity like that on my blog (even though I don’t agree with you and wish you could all see how ridiculous it is to assume this, you are all entitled to your own opinion, I just don’t want it on my blog and in my favorite tag, which is only fair I think) but I am genuinely happy to see how nice/supportive fellow Kate fans are. Literally I’ve met soooo many awesome people, and it’s never like “no I like her better because” or any stuff like that. I love all of you, and I love that you all love Kate. It’s the best and I want to be friends with all of you. ❤️

Okay, bye haha

anonymous asked:

hey! i'm kinda new to btob, and i'm still trying to get to know them. do u think u could give me a quick one sentence description of their personalities? i havent really been able to grasp them ^^; it's okay if u don't want to! u just seem like u know them pretty well :)

This is super cute and I’m gonna try it to the best of my abilities because I love my boys. Although, I don’t think that I can write just a quick sentence about them yikes. (Also they’re a super dorky loud beagle group I don’t think I can give a serious answer omG) 

Seo Eunkwang- (vocals) please don’t get me started he’s my ult bias, the tiniest leader you’ll ever see, his voice actually has the power to bring me to tears, literally one of the nicest voices i’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing?, tragic emo hot topic bird debut hair, super contagious nasty loud laugh, so so sweet, extra as hell

Lee Minhyuk- (rapper) cute hammo hamster boy with a body carved by angels, a super rough rap voice but also super soft singing voice, how does he do it, could punch me in the face, dresses like a dad, extra as hell

Lee Changsub- (vocals) an egg with the voice of a thousand angels, high key the weirdest but only for the laughs, a literal ball of sunshine, seriously he never fails to make me laugh, VISUALS THO, extra as hell

Lim Hyunsik- (vocals) a blinding eye smile that makes you fall in love immediately, so handsome, serves up the biggest boyfriend looks, lover of kermit the frog, composes the bops, lowkey extra as hell

Peniel Shin- (rapper) soft squish boy from chicago usa, kind of quiet until he’s not, needs more lines always and forever, has a dog named pennie and it’s the cutest thing, really loves to take photos, extra as hell

Jung Ilhoon- (rapper) inventor of The™ aegyo gwiyomi game, please don’t bring it up, king of comeback hair, thinks his british accent is Top Quality, a fashion god, looks normal but is probably one of the most extra as hell tbh

Yook Sungjae- (vocals) designated giant lovable maknae, lover of fishing, endearing speaker of english, actor of the century, somehow the most mature out of all of btob but respect? he doesn’t know her (esp. to changsub), still extra as hell

AnywAys I hope this gives you an idea of who btob are, literally just extra as hell and f u l l of passion. They love their melodies (fanbase) so so much and while I’ve only been a part of the community for a few months, they’re honestly one of the sweetest and funniest groups I have ever seen. Also if anyone wants to add anything else that’d be LIT I’m always up for a roast discussion about my boys

anonymous asked:

do you think mon-el is the prince of daxam? if yes then what ahout the story he told the others? AND how do you think the truth will come out and what its means for kara and mon-el? SORRY FOR ALL THE QS

Yes, I think Mon-El is the prince of Daxam. The reason why he told everyone that story about being the prince’s guard was because he didn’t really knew this people, he didn’t know if they were trustworthy, he wasn’t sure about their intentions, so he was just trying to protect himself.

About how the truth will come out, well, i’m not sure (because writers love to create angst, so it can happen anytime, anywhere) but I think the big reveal is going to happen when Mon-El’s parents arrive on Earth, since we know Teri Hutcher has been cast to play a villain related to Mon-El, and I’m pretty sure she is gonna play his mom. I think they are going to appear and tell everyone they are the king and queen of Daxam and Mon is the prince, and that may be a problem for Kara and Mon-El because they are a couple now and she is going to find out that he lied to her.

Do I think they are going to break up? Idk, but she is gonna be disappointed af and we are gonna suffer. I think there’s also a big possibility this can strengthen their relationship. I just want to be positive, okay?.

shinygoku  asked:

I'm curious about your opinions of Gordon and Flowers!

I think he just really likes ‘em! I think he has a soft spot for Pretty Things. I think he sort of uses florals to kind of cheat his way to dressing like an adult, while still maintaining a certain joy/flamboyance about his overall look. They’re the best way he can think of to still incorporate colour and fun and prettiness into the things that he wears, while not getting too badly out of line from a fashion perspective.

I think Gordon is probably about an equal split between “dresses in $5 t-shirts that he buys exclusively at gas stations in middle america, only wears jeans that he’s blown the knees out of” versus “dresses like he walked off the end of a runway in Milan, wears a shirt that costs as much as a small car”. I think he’s fantastically vain about his appearance, but equally knows he can make just about anything look good.

I also imagine Penelope expects to have to take him in hand and straighten him out once they start dating in a serious sort of fashion because of that whole “I can’t be seen with you while you’re wearing flipflops” thing, but he probably surprises her. He probably rocks up to her London hotel dressed so well she doesn’t actually recognize him, and gets a kick outta that.

anonymous asked:


Well there are a few reasons I could guess:

1) Bishop is hella expensive. Idk who’s paying him now but he was eating up $5.95M per season in cap space. The Bolts have a lot of talent which means the roster is pretty pricey. This offseason, we have Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat coming off bridge contracts, and Jonathan Drouin coming off his ELC. There was always the expectation that Bish needed to be moved for cap space

2) Bish’s contract is ending at the end of this season. Per the Vegas expansion rules, every team needs to leave one goalie exposed who will be under contract in 2017-2018. Bish will not be under contract, Vasy will. Hence, Vasy would be exposed and Bish would not.

3) Last offseason Bish was super super close to being traded to the Flames. He knew he was going to be dealt, and he was ready for it. The Lightning this season have been transitioning from Bish as a starter to Vasy as their starter. It was really only a matter of when and to who.

4) Bc the Lightning knew Bish was going to walk at the end of the season if they didn’t trade him, this way they get something for him. LA probably wants a “more reliable” goalie for the playoffs, and the Lightning might not even make the playoffs, so it’s a good time for the trade.


petiteho  asked:

Hi! This isn't exactly food or recipe related and I'm so sorry to bother you, but I have a question. if you don't know the answer, that's ok! Anyway.. I really want to dye my hair a light color, which would involve bleach, but I know one of the symptoms of a really low calorie diet means poor hair health and, while I like to think my hair is in pretty good shape, I'm worried it'll all just fall out. Do you have any guesses as to what would happen?? Thank you, anyway!

I struggled with hair loss but it wasn’t very noticeable because I have a lot of hair that is always a mess (but that is just how I like it), It always came out very easily.  So I would look up the nutrients that your hair needs and try to eat foods with those nutrients, take a multivitamin, and find a shampoo that will help with hair strength. 

anonymous asked:

*palpy voice* top 5 cuddliest imperials?

Ooh, I like this one. :)

1. Well, Piett is my favorite, so he goes here. :D He’s small enough I could actually get my arms around him but still definitely taller than me. Probably very respectful of boundaries.

2. General Veers would be VERY nice to cuddle. There’s lots of him TO cuddle, and he’s got big strong arms to hold you with. :) And he’s probably the type to say nice, sweet things to you too.

3. Needa. I think he’s generally pretty sweet and would be a very nice cuddle buddy.

4. Agent Kallus, though given recent events I don’t know that he can really still be classified as an Imperial, but hey. Though he’s not allowed to tickle me with those sideburns. But I do think he needs a good hug and a relaxing cuddle on a couch to just watch some holovids and eat some ice cream.

5. Thrawn. Also tall with nice, strong arms that would make the physical part of cuddling very nice, but I think he’s far less inclined to say nice things and is probably actually rather emotionally cold, which would make it less enjoyable.

captainemotional420  asked:

I just caught up on the ajin anime, and wow i was so confused when the story changed bc i already caught up with the manga. I'm curious as to how you reacted :V


Honestly i was a little surprised? haha i dont necessarily hate it or anything? but idk girl especially compared to the manga,the probably is probably not as impressive is what i think. like izumis backstory in the manga made me Cry and in the anime they barely mentioned her neglect from her parents or her cheating boyfriend and friend yknow? also they killed off naomi!! that really upset me too actually, her whole scenes with tanaka were so important to me as like, an idea that tanaka could get away from satou and have people actually care about him and think of him as a person. Also idk they kind of just brushed kou off as dumb? as a character kou felt more developed in the manga to me.

but then again theres all these scenes with kai so i was. i was pretty happy about that honestly hahaha,, they also made kei more. worried about his safety? which made me very happy too haha, he needs more people to worry about him.

um, i know that sakurai isnt really involved with the animes production so thats probably one of the reasons for all the variations :0c

You Know What?

I think I just realized why I want to have a movie about Ash.

Because I relate to her.

I mean, I never had a boyfriend cheat on me or play a guitar or did anything punk rock really.

But I mean, I relate to her as a 19 year old teenager.

Think about it. Usually teenagers in media aren’t portrayed in a positive light (usually rebellious or rude or whiny), or even portrayed in media at all.

Yet Ash doesn’t really come across as much of that. She’s pretty nice, fun, and while sarcastic, never really truly rude.

She prefers comfort over style, especially in the fashion department. She wants to be more of herself instead of what someone else wants her to be (whether it be Buster wanting her to be a pop princess, or Lance wanting her to stay in the background). And while she does have problems with that along the way with Lance cheating on her, she eventually finds her own route and her own way of doing things. And she finds a way to do it how she wants, like wearing the dress Buster wanted her to after taking scissors to the hemline. While she does have some problems, primarily her quills flying all over the place, it doesn’t distract from the fact that she managed to do her own thing, to set it all free, and do so amazingly.

I’m sorry. I just really REALLY like this character and for the longest time I wasn’t sure why. But now, I know exactly why.

And now, I know that THAT’S why I want a movie on her.

anonymous asked:

How do you know you're really trans? I remember thinking I was different from an early age on and can only picture myself as a guy (I was afab) in my future but my parents worry it's some mental condition and now I do too.. What if I'm just weird and not a guy? :(

You sound pretty genuinely trans to me. Cisgender people don’t typically wonder if they’re trans. Thinking of yourself as the opposite assigned gender is definitely a sign that you’re probably trans. But, if you turn out to not be trans, then that’s perfectly fine. But, the only mental condition it probably is is dysphoria, if that counts. 


anonymous asked:


I’m currently on longfic hiatus since I just finished one.  So that means it could be anywhere from 1-3 months before I start seriously working on another one.  And I’m thinking I might make it my DCBB for this year, but I’m waiting to see what the new rules are once the mods have finalized them.  Some big bang rules state that the story has to be kept super duper top secret until posting time, and I’ve already talked about this one in public, so we’ll see.  

But I really really want to write it, so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be my next big project :)