Monday, August 31, 2015

Tag, I'm it!

MyLittleMegara from In A World of My Own has tagged me!  (Onoes!) Ha ha, seriously though thanks for your consideration!

Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog.
2. Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award. 
5. Invent 11 questions for your nominees.

My facts:

  1. Though I sure seem to post a lot of dolls and doll-related things, dolls are a pretty new thing for me to be into. How new? Not long before I started posting this blog! 
  2. As previously discussed in one of my posts, I adore the pokemon Victini, and have a decent-size collection of merchandise featuring him. 
  3. I see nearly every new Disney animated film that comes out in theaters. Currently, the only features I can think of that I haven't seen are Dinosaur, The Wild, and a couple of the newer Winnie the Pooh based films. 
  4. I make up silly songs to sing to my cats, usually with their names and observations about what they're doing, to the tune of popular music. 
  5. For what it's worth, I like Teen Titans Go. 
  6. My favorite wild animal is the red panda. My favorite domestic animal is the cat. 
  7. I don't have a favorite food. 
  8. I used to draw a lot and make art that I posted on my dA account. My 'drive' for this has diminished profoundly over the past decade.  I feel like there's something wrong with me sometimes because of this.
  9. I prefer SciFi to Fantasy.
  10. I will change topics multiple times in a 'stream of consciousness rant' when conversing irl, and sometimes it's hard for even me to keep track of what I was originally talking about and why. (Oops)

MyLittleMegara's questions:

1. Sweater weather or summer heat?

Give me cold weather, I can't take the heat!

2. What is your hidden talent that very few people know about?

Self-induced anxiety! Primarily of the social kind!

3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I'd like to see the Titanic before it completely rusts away. I still remember the hoopla surrounding its' discovery and have always been fascinated by it.

4. What is your favorite blog to read (other than your own, of course)?

If I had to choose one, I'd say... Toy Box Philosopher, I think.

5. What is your most prized possession?

A ring my mother promised me when I was a kid. I keep it locked up.

6. If you could be any Disney character, who would you want to be and why?

I'd be Stitch or Chaos. Because chaos. And nigh-invulnerability.

7. What do you do to make yourself feel better after a sad day?

Watch something funny to get my mind off it.

8. Do you tend to cry during movies and/ or books?

I will bawl hysterically with the right prompting. The beginning of Up absolutely wrecked me.

9. Where do lost things go?

Lost things fall through the weaker bonds that separate our dimension from neighboring ones. Sometimes they'll shift back (sometimes moments after you JUST looked in that drawer for that thing you just found), but more typically they're lost forever, falling and falling through the temporal cloth until the friction wears them down to nothing. THAT is why things you lost for a long time tend to look more beat-up and ratty than you remember them being. Temporal friction.

10. What is your Hogwarts house?

I honestly forget what the difference is between them, other than everybody wants to be in Griffindor.

11. What is your favorite color?

Basic black. Versatile, matches everything, but it also attracts every stray piece of lint and cat hair in the room. 

Alright, so let's see... I'm gonna nominate a bunch of you guys who I post stalk and who've been kind enough to comment on my little waste of space, here. (I'm guessing no tag-backs?) So here we go:
  1. Muff 
  2. Smaller Places
  3. DorrieBelle
  4. RagingMoon1987 
  5. BlackKitty
  6. Queen (can't find a link for you! Sorry!)
  7. The Grandmommy
  8.  jSarie 
  9. Dollz4Moi
  10. Barb the Evil Genius
  11. Purr (yes, you count)
 Here are my questions for you fantastic people:

  1. What kinds of toys got you into collecting and customizing? 
  2. What's the coolest way you've repurposed something to work on/with one of your projects? 
  3. Sonic or Mario? 
  4. What do you do to find inspiration? 
  5. What time period would you most like to live in, other than the modern one? 
  6. When has a project just made you give up? Why?
  7. What's the most versatile tool in your arsenal? 
  8. When has a project surpassed your wildest expectations? How?
  9. What's your all-time favorite movie?
  10. What's a skill you want to learn someday? 
  11. If you could live in a fictional universe, which one would you pick?

    Annnnnnd... GO!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hera again

I have GOTTA get Hera done before Rebels S2 starts. I tried something new with her headset tonight. Here it is, pre-paint.

I think I will redo her shoulder guards, too. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Photoshoot: New clothes!

Okay, who's ready for a post that's not depressing? I went shopping at Tuesday Morning today, and found the deluxe Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Sunset Shimmer with two outfits ($9), and several Mystixx dolls ($8). I picked the Mystixx doll with the green outfit, thinking it would look great on Cheri, here. I added the belt from Equestria Girls Singing Twilight Sparkle, which I think toes her boots in a bit better.

The fit is a bit weird in the bodice of the dress, and the fabric is stiff, but it does look pretty nice! The lower (gold) sleeves of the dress are done in velcro to make redressing easier, but it does make for some awkwardly stiff, thick sleeves. The hat is super-cute, and fits Cheri's giant Catwalk Kitties head nicely. Here she is checking out the roses in the garden.

Nii looks decent in Sunset Shimmer's jeans-leggings and fluorescent top, but they don't fit her that well. I was amazed the leggings would go on her at all! They baaaarely come up over her hip joings, and the material is stretched pretty far to do it. The boots look fantastic on her, though. The mini dress that came with Shimmer is not really going to work on Nii's Monster High body. It came out looking really lumpy and weird. And also way, way too short.

It's about time the gals got some new clothes!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Checking In: In Memorium

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. This past Monday, we learned that the problems little Phantom cat was facing were insurmountable. It turns out that she had a tumor in her sinus, which the CT scans showed had completely destroyed her right sinus and were working on her left while pushing into her eye socket. 

She took a turn for the worse and was doing very poorly after we dropped her off, the vet specialist said. We could come back and take her home to the local vet for her final journey, or he could send her on her way while she was under anesthesia, and wasn't suffering.

He offered to wake her up to say goodbye to me, but I couldn't face that or put her through needless pain for my sake. I asked him to tell her she was a good girl, and he assured me he would. I got to hold her, after she was gone, still warm. I told her how sorry I was that we couldn't save her, and that we'd take her home.

She came into my life with purpose, she clawed her way up my pants leg on the day we met to insist I notice her. And now I still can't believe how hard she must have been fighting to stay so long without giving a sign that she was even in discomfort until nearly the end. 

She was my gentle comforter and playful confidant, and I selfishly miss her so very, very much. 

She pulled herself together to cuddle and play like we normally do on her last couple of days, and I guess that was her way of saying "Remember me like this", as she batted at toys and gloried in me singing her silly songs that were composed almost entirely of her name and compliments.

I'll have myself back together soon. But for now, I'm just checking in.