Monday, March 31, 2014

Small painting

Quick li'l thing I painted yesterday.

Inspired by the song The Still Life of Job by Typhoon (the best band of all time ever.)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Mr. Stain hat

My brother wanted me to make him a hat. He wanted it to look just like the hat from Mr. Stain on Junk Alley.

^Screenshot from aforementioned show

Here's what I came up with...

I think it's none too shabby!

Have a bear!

This is Romper Baby. Given to me many years ago by my old babysitter, who happened to be a hippie. Romper Baby originally had a rubber pacifier attached to his hand, which you could stick in his mouth. Being about four or five when I got him, I immediately cut the string that held it to his hand so that I could use it. I'm pretty sure I still have it somewhere...    

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fiddling with my 3PM player

Thought I'd tell you a little about the history of my MP3 players, because I know you've all been DYING to hear it.

 This is the first one I had. Got it when I was about 13. It was, by far, the best one. Random put the songs in a random order that they stayed in until the next time you turned it on, and best of all, you could use it like a tape recorder! I recorded quite a bit of videogame music and stuff we couldn't find to download, not to mention my Grandpa telling stories.
Unfortunately one day it stopped being seen by the computer when you plugged it in, so I couldn't put anything new on it. :( It still works to play what was already there though.

The next Christmas I got this one in my stocking.

It had a LEVER.


This lever was positively the must frustrating thing! Hypothetically, it was for skipping songs, but this lever was not content to preform only one job! So sometimes it decided that when you flicked it it would NOT skip, but open the menu, pause, or adjust the volume. This made the volume button jealous, and it began to sometimes skip the song when you pressed it. AAARRG!!!
The only good thing I can say about it was that it was the only one I've had that had a USB plug built in, so you didn't have to bother with a cable, which was convenient. But man, I did not like this one.

In view of that, the NEXT Christmas I got this Sonic the Hedgehog one in my stocking.

Pretty cool, huh? Except for one thing: It didn't work. Just straight-up-and-down didn't. All you could hear on it was static.
So I continued to use frustrating ol' Lever until a few summers back I got my current one on sale.

(The retro big headphones didn't come with it; I acquired those later.) This one is pretty good. It's much simpler than Lever, and the buttons do what they're supposed to. The only annoying thing is that every once in a while it freezes. Just sometimes, usually when you're trying to skip, it just stops, with the screen still showing the song title, and none of the buttons work. The only thing I've found to do when it does that is to take the battery out and back in. Annoying, but I just put up with it.

And those are all the ones I've had! But you know what's more interesting? Mary's MP3 player!

She's had it for a very long time. It's extremely resilient, having survived going through the wash, being dropped, being dropped into dishwater, and having its screen pop off repeatedly. (Now that I think of it, Lever did once survive coming into the MRI with me because I forgot to take him out of my pocket. Hmm.)

But what really interesting about Mary's MP3 played is...

It's HAUNTED!!!!

It's true! And here's how I know!

You know how a song on a CD will sometimes have the start of the next one before it actually switches tracks? Or the end of the previous song at the beginning? Well...

Speaking of music...


This is Nick Paddy. I bought him at a garage sale in Minnesota. He has a music box in him that plays 'This Old Man.' He's my most magical bear.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Rose and Fish (and Bear(s))

Rose Brier and Benedict (Fish) Denniston from Regina Doman's Fairy Tale Novels series, with song lyrics from Christina Perri's song 'Distance'. My penmanship is not what it could be. :/ 
And yes I do imagine Fish always being dressed like that.

Appropriately, I have a romantic teddy bear named....

Bear. He was half of a gift exchange between my parents when they were courting. The funny thing is, the other half of the gift exchange was...

Isn't that weird??? And they had no idea what the other was getting! And they're so similar, the bears, they are! This one I named The Rugged Russian Bear. Not actually from Russia, but smart people quote Shakespeare. Remember that, and Donna won't jab your eyes out with a prop knife.

Profile picture!

Thought we'd take a new photo of me for my profile. Something more suited to this blog... Something...

With a bear hood!!!! 
Had to take quite a few before we got one I liked. I think it turned out smashing. (no I'm not admitting my sister is better at using my camera than I am.)

And no post would be complete without...

This is The Critical Saga. Him I found when I went sneaking into the house next door right before it was to be torn down. Imagine, leaving a fine bear like this in a building you're gonna demolish! Saved him, I did. (Along with a bunch of lightbulbs.)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Quick inked trolls

I'm trying to get more confident with my inking. Usually I won't ink until I've gotten every line placed correctly in the sketch. So I did this picture today, starting the inking when I'd only a very rough sketch.

Troll romance at Hogwarts!

I think it still turned out just fine! I should try starting a picture with no sketch at all and straight on to the inking sometime, just to see what happens...

And in closing...

This is Izzy. He used to belong to my oldest brother. He was one of a set of two bears, the second of whom was given away years ago. When my brother moved out, he left Izzy behind, and no longer remembers him at all.

Izzy is a very sad bear.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Clown time

Been working on a very big knitting project as of late. Annnnd here he is!!!!

After the success of making Percy, I figured, why not? I've wanted my very own clown doll for many years. He was rather more complex than Percy though, what with all his ruffles and legs that are the same piece as the body. But I am monumentiously pleased with how he turned out. Darned thing is, I cannot for the life of me think of a good name for him. Hmm...

I had trouble getting a good photo of him. My parents got me a fancy-pants camera for Christmas, but, to be honest, I really stink at using it. I am many things, but photographer is not one of them.

I'd rather like to make more clowns... <3

Saturday, March 15, 2014


How d'ya like my new header??

Here it is without the words on it.

I quite like how it turned out! I get points for every bear I include on this blog. *proud*

And therefore let's add another! >D

This is Liswald Straddleberry, son of Olaf. I bought him from the thrift store. He's in my friend's comic too! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Percy Smallfoot

Naught but a small post, to point out I've added a knitting portfolio to top bar. I do commissions, if anyone would like one. :)

And how better to introduce knitting than to introduce my new friend....

Percy Smallfoot!

I made him just a bit ago. He's a fightin' bear!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Attack on Titan dream

I had this dream last night.

It started with a strange subplot.

Then we got to the main thing.

I was Eren Jaeger's sister in the dream.

Oh sure, it sounds great, but he never paid any attention to me; he was too busy playing with Mikasa.

When we got older, we joined the cadets.

For some reason, instead of a cadet uniform, I had a Hitler youth uniform.

Also for some reason, we had no commanding officer, so Eren just made obstacle courses for us to do.

But he didn't explain them very well.

You know that feeling when you're the only one who just doesn't get how to do something and you just try to do what everyone else is doing? *coughchemistryclasscough* That's what this was like.

I finished last, and I thought I'd done ok...

Eren didn't.

I walked away in shame.

 Somehow I ended up at a convent in Michigan I visited last Summer.

There were a bunch of old people and nuns painting designs on T-shirts.

 I hung out with them for a while, then I heard the whistle that signaled cadet bed time.

I moped around at the top of the stairs leading to the basement where we slept as the others went by.

Eren and Mikasa walked past.

When they got to the bottom of the stairs, Eren looked around...

Then shook his head.

But just as they were leaving...

He caught sight of me!
There was a tearful reunion.


 I thought the dream was over, but suddenly we cut to a flashback.

It was of Eren when he was a kid. He had this big ol' button.

He wanted to flatten it on the railroad tracks.

But apparently, he didn't know how to do that.

 I don't know what that has to do with anything!

And that was my dream!

In closing, let's meet another bear!

This is Olaf Straddleberry. He was a Christmas present from my sister a few years ago. He is the first bear I got of the floppy design, which are extra cuddly. He is also famous! He has been featured in this comic, drawn by my friend, as the King of Waddledell! (I'm there too, but that's not half as exciting.)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Plenty of Room to ROCK

So here I am, having finally got myself a blog. I did it for the money. Don't betray me. I'm going to put up my art here, in the hopes of being hired for to illustrate things, and I will be introducing you to my teddy bears individually, in the hopes of combating your teddy bear ignorance. 

Today I will be brief. Enclosed is the first bear you shall meet.

His name is Crockpot. He was a gift from my Dad, just today!