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8/25/2017- Pony acquisition post #434: G4 My Little Pony the Movie Baby Sea Ponies!!

Year released: 2017

My local Target finally stocked the super cute Baby Sea ponies! These cuties are teeny tiny and come with a bunch of accessories! They come in super cute molds with turnable heads as well as they each come with a starfish that has a suction cup on the back, uniquely molded shells that also have suction cups on the back, as well as a uniquely molded sea creature to go with them! The color combos on the sea ponies are all quite cute and I am impressed with the amount of new molds made for these cuties. If you look at the packaging you’ll even see that each baby seapony has something unique about their artwork (such as a white spot on an eye, etc.). Of course I wish that was translated to the toys but they are still really cute! I’m having fun sticking the suction cups to my Seaquestria Castle!

Original Condition: Mint

Flaws: none

Restoration materials: none

Current condition: Mint!

Imagine your OTP...

Person 1 told Person 2 that when they were a kid, they always want a pony for Christmas, but they never did. So Person 2 goes on an adventure to try to get Person 1 a pony for Christmas, just for shits and giggles.

I just read online for the thousandth time that Young Adult literature is important because “it’s important for teens to have something of their own.” And for the first time in five years, I actually thought about that statement.

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

Is it?

I actually don’t think it is. I think it’s important for teens to have something that matters.

I think I might be getting over this prevalent idea of teenhood and adulthood as separate countries, connected only by a wobbly rope-bridge that some fall off. I’m beginning to suspect that this demarcation is actually a symptom of our subtly ageist society — a consequence of America’s deeply held belief that youth is grand and foolish, age is wise but uncool.

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

Why is it important for it to be only theirs? Because once adults get ahold of it, it’s no longer cool?

It strikes me more and more as a back-handed compliment.

When we laugh about something not being cool to teens as soon as adults embrace it — Facebook, Chucks, Radiohead — what we’re also saying to teens is: adulthood is many things, but cool is probably not one of them. It’s an echo of the ever-so-subtle message always encouraging us to look back fondly on our high school and college years — that fleeting time when we were young and pretty (and good for billboards) and our relationships mattered (to Hollywood) because we were young and pretty. It’s all downhill from there, says society! Get used to settling for less, kiddos, because that’s adulthood!

(here is a common compliment for women: “oh, you look so young!” — what happens when she looks old?)

When we say that YA fiction is important because it’s important for teens to have something of their own, what we’re also saying is: YA literature is only for teens, not for adults, so put that down, you random adult holding Divergent or The Book Thief or whatnot. Or at least have a damn good excuse for reading it, adult! Are you a teacher? Or remedial, maybe? If you were a real adult, you’d be reading grown up books!

(here is a common insult for a man: “oh, grow up!” — that means, irrational emotions are for children only!)

“It’s important for teens to have something of their own.”

It’s important to have books of all kinds, at all reading levels, about all genders and colors and classes of people. It’s important to have sad books and happy books, books that stick with you forever and books that you love for just an afternoon. It’s important to have books about ponies and dolphins and cancer and space travel and everything in this world.

Teenhood and adulthood aren’t separate countries at all. Once you survive puberty, you’re thrown into a nebulous time-space continuum where from moment to moment, you can be wise and foolish, old and young, profound and silly. And it lasts the rest of your life. The bridge between those two countries? It never ends.

I think the young adult section of the bookstore is important for a lot of reasons, but putting teens into their own box is not one of them.

Plush Patterns and People

Hello lovely creatures of the Internet!

Are you having a nice day?

Recently I reblogged a post about not copying another person’s plush patterns. I really wanted to extend on my thoughts on the matter since this is a very personal to many of my fellow stitchers and myself.

I would like to share my background first. I came in to plushing from a Cosplay/dress making background. I think this helped me when I started. Since I was used to making things around my body shape, visualising other shapes was easier.

I didn’t start out plushing without help though. I started with Valley Violet’s pony pattern and Dolphin Wing’s filly pattern. Making plush out of those helped me understand what the basics were and so I tried making my own pattern using what I had learnt.

Side pieces + gusset = shape.

It BLEW MY MIND when I realised it’s just like doing a thing like paper craft. There are things to be aware of, of course, things like darts, which are hella important, but the principal is the same.

It is important to know what you want in a pattern, when you’re designing your own. I wanted my patterns to imitate my art style. I knew without a doubt having cute little butts, pudgy noses and sparkling eyes was going to be my main shtick. So I designed my pattern around it. My DnD dragon, which is by far my most complex pattern, took half a month of planning on paper for the head alone before I even tried to make him!

And yes, it will take multiple goes to get your pattern right. I find copying it out to paper towel and sticky taping it together is a good way to visualise before you do a pattern test on actual minky helps. More importantly, testing on the material you are going to use will give you greater understanding.

And it is not wrong to draw inspiration from artists. It is wrong to copy. If you have that level of skill then what the hell are you doing imitating? Don’t think I didn’t notice when the number of sparkly eyes increased when my Chibi pattern became popular. I am just happy that people interpreted the concept in their own way instead of trying to be me.

(Also, to be honest, I actually did it also to bring in more colour in the eye and save myself some black thread too :3!)

All in all what I think I’m trying to say is that plushing and designing comes from hard work and a love of craft. Not everyone will be as crazy accurate as an artist like Nazegoreng, or produce cute pokemon and (holy shit her pony dollssss) like SugarStitch or have the same airbrush skill as MoggyMawee, but if they along with other plushers like myself inspire you to try this wonderful craft we love and adore, then let the you shine through when you make your patterns.

And be proud when it does.

Because it’s yours.

All my love,
Scarlet

Today, my daughter is wearing her John Cena T-shirt to school. It’s red day so she was trying to find a shirt to wear that was red. This was the only shirt she could find that fit but she was afraid to wear it. When I asked her why she said that some of the kids make fun of her for liking wrestling.

The boys make fun of her because she’s a girl and “girls aren’t supposed to like wrestling”. The girls make fun of her because she is “acting like a boy”.

There been a lot of talks together about how it’s important to be who you are. We’ve talked about how important it is not to let other people decide what is cool and what is not cool. Ambry is not your average little girl. She likes Captain America and the Hulk and Dr. Who! This little girl loves My Little Pony and mermaids and dolphins just like every other little girl normally does. She also likes wrestling and football. I’ve tried to explain to her that there’s nothing wrong with that, but society still puts that impression on people and kids pick it up too.

My daughter will tell you that John Cena is not just her hero because of his wrestling, but also because of his work with children and the Make-A-Wish foundation. What 7 year old thinks like that? He inspires her to be to be compassionate, and I am proud of her for finding her own path.

I’ve told her to be true to herself and that liking things that not everybody else likes is not only OK, but cool too.

Here’s to my baby for trying to break out of the stereotypes!

Milou// Freya Flavell at doodoodloo

Milou used to have a pony named Dolphin. One misty day she road across the far paddock to a miner’s cottage from 1870 that was at the edge of her family property. She hung out in there for the whole day, imagining what it would be like to live in there. In the corner under a broken rotting log she found a small glass bottle…with a piece of paper in it! Carefully she prized it out using a bobby pin from her hair. It was children’s drawing of a girl, done with now faded graphite. It was the most amazing thing she had ever discovered! She framed the picture in a small wooden frame and she keeps it on her bedside table. 

Perhaps this picture of Milou will still be around in 145 years, who knows?! Perhaps you are the preserver of a magical gift to an adventurous girl of the future!

I drew her on a piece of A4 (210 x 297 mm8.3 x 11.7 in) cream coloured cartridge paper with watercolour, fineliner, pencils and coloured markers.

Milou is for sale here>

With love, Freya!