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On Saturday, Disney held a “coronation ceremony”(1) for Merida, star of the Disney-Pixar film Brave. In the coronation, Merida officially became part of the Disney Princess lineup. This means that her image has been added to the 2D collection of princesses in a cartoon form that fits stylistically with that of her princess peers.
Unfortunately for Disney, the new cartoon image of Merida that Disney created for the lineup overshadowed all conversation online about the coronation. The reason? The new cartoon sexualizes Merida.
That’s right: Although Merida was created by a woman as a role model for girls, the male-dominated consumer product division at Disney has ignored the character’s intended benefits for young girls, sexualizing her for profit.
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Turns out that Merida’s only joining the royal lineup after a corporate makeover that’s rendered her skinnier, sexier, and more glamorous than her original spunky, tomboyish self—stripping her, at least in some images, of her trusty bow and arrow, and putting her into the very dress that her character detested in “Brave.” It’s sparked outrage among thousands of mothers for whom Merida offered, finally, an empowering Disney role model for their girls.
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We got some impressive storms this weekend and I was out camping so I went out first thing this morning to check on the garden.
My Sun Sugar is doing really well! The baby tomatoes are maturing quite nicely and I have some more coming in! It looks like it will certainly be a nice crop once it finishes producing.
My other tomato plants haven’t started producing yet but they have grown a lot! Now if only they would produce!!
Planted April 28th
Progress May 13th
When I got the plant, there was a small green tomato. This morning, there are three.
12″ ribbon with ribbon clamps and charms
Some gifts I made for some friends.
To make one, you will need the following supplies:
1 12″ 22mm black ribbon
2 22mm ribbon clamps
1 22mm x 18mm frame charms
My housemates have a 12 x 9 foot raised bed at the side of the house.
With a bit of discussion, they let me take control over it as long as I provide lots of yummy tomatoes.
The lower left is my 4 different kinds of tomatoes, upper left is my herb garden with basil, rosemary and thyme planted (so far).
Upper right is my blackberry plant (per the housemates request as well) and strawberries and the lower right is my lavender.
Yes, that is a tire in the center! I wanted something quirky and different for my center stepping stone so I painted a tire a vibrant blue and will be filling it in with river rock. I’ll be getting 4 more stepping pavers to cut the bed up into quadrants so when tending the garden, I don’t have to disturb the soil.
I am so excited for this summer!
Are you doing a garden this year?
I totally cheated. I’ve been wanting a new skirt for some time now and while I have several in various states of completion, I wanted one *now*. While I was in JoAnn’s this evening, I saw the usual display of fabrics that have the smocking along the top. Those that just need a single back seam and voila, you have a strapless tube top sundress.
They also had shorter versions, obviously for skirts. Most of the patterns were kind of meh until I saw this one. I fell in love, had to have it! Came home and immediately sewed up the back. It’s so cute! It’s my first short skirt (it comes to my knees) and I’ll be wearing it out on a date this weekend. I’m both incredibly excited and insanely nervous!
But I have a cute spring/summer skirt! Yay!
With my SCA hobby, you never really know when the urge to fancy up at an event will strike and so one must always have their shinies with them, especially on the week long trips in other states.
Up until recently, I was able to throw my stuff into a box and call it a day. However, I have been on a bit of spending free in order to make my dresses more blinged out so after looking at what my fellow SCAers were using, I picked up the Plano Angled Tackle System off of Amazon and put it to use.
Plano Angled Tackle System with Layla in the background. This has to small compartments on either side of the handle for small items like boot garters or pins.
Compartment under the top lid. Perfect for belts. This is also were I store my flat cap with its large poof of feathers.
The compartment opens up to reveal 3 small independent trays with dividers that allow you to organize it however you need.
Tray #1 holds my House of Avalon necklaces as well as some of my amber and the viking broaches.
Tray #2 holds more of my necklaces as well as my belt favor.
Tray #3 holds my meager collection of earrings and hair sticks.
There are also compartments on either side of the tray area which is exactly large enough to hold my circlet and my veils.
And voila! A new jewelry box is born. I’m very pleased with it, especially now that I don’t have to spend the first 10 mins of getting ready solely on detangling my necklaces and looking for the errant earring.
And here is a pic of me in my awesome red dress with one of the new House of Avalon necklaces as well as the circlet and veil.
And the flat cap with the poof of feathers!
The sideless surcote I have been working on is coming along nicely! This weekend saw the neckline stitched down and pearls sewn on.
I’m still noodling on what to do around the neckline and if I want to add any more pearls to the torso area but I really like how well it has come out, especially since this is the first time I have worked with fur.