Cross your fingers, they may actually listen!
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.
Read article here
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
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!
If you like to pay with plastic at your local department store or independent retailer, get ready: you may be subject to new credit card fees up to 4% of your transaction. A recent legal battle between credit card companies and a group of retailers has ended, and the result is that in order to offset high card transaction and processing fees, retailers can pass the buck along to consumers.
Article here, snopes.com discussion here
A couple of weeks ago, I came down with my annual bout with bronchitis. No big deal, I get it every year sometime between Jan and March, has happened this way for the past 12 years. This year, however, we decided to throw in something new and exciting.
This lovely diagnose was found out when I landed in the ER this weekend after coughing up blood and freaking myself out. $200 in medicines later (thank you FSA!) and here I am. Still feel like utter crap but at least the coughing quite as violent or as frequent as before.
So now my life has to come to a screeching halt for the next week while I try and recoup from this. I have some samples coming in from BFTE so hopefully I will have enough energy to get those posted. Too bad my Zoya order hasn’t shipped yet, that would have been nice to play with as well.
Hope you all had a much better weekend and look for some swatch posts in the near future!
Whew! What an ordeal!
Somehow, I forgot the password to my wordpress account. I am not sure how that happened but it did. No big deal, just click on the forgot password link right?
Wrong. It’s so not that simple. The link isn’t working. I clicked on it at least 30 times in the past 2 weeks and not once did I get an email (and yes, I checked my spam folder). I finally had to give an alternative email address and go through the account recovery process before anyone would help me.
There is no number to call, just a form to fill out and then you wait. And wait and oh yeah, wait some more.
But at least it’s finally been fixed. I really hope I never have to go through that again!
I hope you all had a wonderful New Year! Mine was low key but I got to spend it with my close friends and play Cards Against Humanity. Cause we are dorks like that.
Every event in our lives has an impact. Some are so small, we barely notice. Some are so big, they forever change us. Bringing my son into this world was such an event for me and while his time on this earth was short, my life was forever transformed.
I usually dread the month of November. Guilt and sadness have been the theme for the past 20 years. This year, I decided that needed to stop. Instead I will celebrate life and the transformations that moment in time would set before me in order to become the person I am today.
Thanks to my friend, Hoyt over at Mystic Marks in San Marcos, I was able to express that through art and thanks to my good friend, Helena, for sitting with me.