E the Pony
I have finally caved in to the requests, and will have a table at the Las Vegas MLP Convention, Las Pegas Unicon.  I am Looking forward to meeting a bunch of folks that I know, and maybe bothering John De Lancie.I have a few months to prepare, so I can hopefully make a bunch of patches so that those without internet connections and such can pick some up.  Unfortunately, 4 of my 5 embroidery machines are currently in the shop and won’t be fixed until Nov 10th, so that will kind of hurt how many patches and stuff I can make.  There was someone who bought about 500 patches from me and resold them at 2 other conventions, and he sold though them in under 4 hours both times, so I know I am going to need a lot, especially because I plan on selling them for less than he did.Besides patches, I am thinking about making some embroidered koozies with cutie marks of the main 6 and such. They are not too bad to make, but the blanks cost a decent amount, so they will probably be around $10 I think.I am also thinking about making some sets of beanbags like these. I make them for friends now, and I know all the actual regulations (weight, material, filling, etc) so making ones that are rules-legal is easy.  I think I can make them for under $40 a set if I make a bunch and buy a giant bag of feed corn, but I haven’t figured out cost yet.I also paid to have an electrical drop because I am thinking about bringing an embroidery machine and do some designs and classes in embroidery on site.  It takes 2 to 3 hours, but I may even embroider stuff that people bring (like a shirt or fabric for a stuffed animal or something).  That way, if I sell out too quick, I can still do cool stuff.

I have finally caved in to the requests, and will have a table at the Las Vegas MLP Convention, Las Pegas Unicon.  I am Looking forward to meeting a bunch of folks that I know, and maybe bothering John De Lancie.

I have a few months to prepare, so I can hopefully make a bunch of patches so that those without internet connections and such can pick some up.  Unfortunately, 4 of my 5 embroidery machines are currently in the shop and won’t be fixed until Nov 10th, so that will kind of hurt how many patches and stuff I can make.  There was someone who bought about 500 patches from me and resold them at 2 other conventions, and he sold though them in under 4 hours both times, so I know I am going to need a lot, especially because I plan on selling them for less than he did.

Besides patches, I am thinking about making some embroidered koozies with cutie marks of the main 6 and such. They are not too bad to make, but the blanks cost a decent amount, so they will probably be around $10 I think.

I am also thinking about making some sets of beanbags like these. I make them for friends now, and I know all the actual regulations (weight, material, filling, etc) so making ones that are rules-legal is easy.  I think I can make them for under $40 a set if I make a bunch and buy a giant bag of feed corn, but I haven’t figured out cost yet.

I also paid to have an electrical drop because I am thinking about bringing an embroidery machine and do some designs and classes in embroidery on site.  It takes 2 to 3 hours, but I may even embroider stuff that people bring (like a shirt or fabric for a stuffed animal or something).  That way, if I sell out too quick, I can still do cool stuff.

Mini E!  I love it!  This was made by Wayne90, and it is absolutely adorable!

I have gotten a ton of notes and emails about the Lyra plushie that Hoppip made with some ‘extra features’, and here are a few I got though Tumblr.  As much as I would like to respond to each of them, I don’t have time.  I would rather spend my time making new embroidery designs for the MLP fans out there.  For a compromise though, I typed this up. There are basically 2 types of comments/notes/emails I have gotten.  Either the comment is about how I could make something so objectionable, or why I allowed my design/embroidery to be used in such a fashion.  So let’s answer some of those questions.The reason I make the designs and embroider is so that everyone who wants one can have a MLP plushie or patch or whatever they want until Hasbro finally starts making merch.  That is why I only charge the cost of materials for pretty much everything.  I make about 14 cents on average per design I embroider, and you can see all that detail on my blogspot if you want to make your own (Please do!)Included with patches, I also embroider on fabric for quite a few plushie makers. Hoppip is one of those. I embroidered enough pieces to make 2 plushies each of Lyra, Pinkie, and Rainbow Dash for Hoppip. The plushies that Hoppip was making were very high quality, and I personally liked them when he requested that I embroider those 6 sets.  I was aware that he was planning on selling them, which is perfectly alright with me. When I saw the first Lyra, I thought it was absolutely awesome.  Very high quality, looked great; extremely professional.I saw the 2nd one less than a minute after Hoppip posted it. I was looking for something, and ended up on his page, and saw it by accident.  What I saw was lyra in pants, and I was ecstatic.  Because Lyra was in pants. PANTS.  I thought it was a great play on the meme.  The underwear was a little different to me, but I suppose if a pony wears pants they need underwear too. It wasn’t until the next day when I started getting email that I found out that the Lyra plushie had ‘extra features’.  My boyfriend was actually the first to point it out to me.First, I am annoyed that I didn’t find out about it ahead of time.  I expected the courtesy of a question on if I wanted my name attached to it.  I am honestly still not sure if I want my name by it or not.  I am very proud of my embroidery designs and the huge amount of time and love I put into embroidering things, and making sure the design is as close to possible to the show as I can make it. I know that when I embroider the parts to make an MLP plush, that plush will be loved and cared for, cuddled with, played with, all that good stuff.  I hope that the designs I make do more than just sit on a shelf or in a display case, but I spend the time necessary to make sure that they can survive being played with by kids, loved by adults, or look as excellent at possible as they sit under glass as a display.As for the design of this Lyra itself… I think it crosses the line.  There has been a lot of talk about the ‘weird’ sides of MLP fan culture, or the division between fan types. (fans of the show as the show, and fans of the converted into ‘adult’ show)  To be fair, this division exists in all fandoms, so I don’t see it as being different; it is just a part of all fandoms. I don’t like stuff like this plushie, but it exists. I’m sure people have made Sonic, Bunnie Rabbot, Homestuck, and probably even Barney the Dinosaur plushies with ‘extra features’.  Those folks do not define their host fandom, they are fringe cases.  The fandom, any fandom, should not be looked down upon because of fringe cases IMHO. My opinion is that what folks do in private is only of concern to themselves, and I don’t think anyone else should have a say in that.So basically, by my personal preference or morals or whatever you want to call them, I would not want that type of plushie to exist.  However, I do not believe in censorship in any form or fashion.  As an extension of that I absolutely will not tell someone what they can or can not do with my designs.  I will not censor something because I don’t personally like it.  In the end, the Lyra plush is art.  If for nothing else than the statement that it makes.  And it makes one hell of a statement. It looks like the plushie accomplished Hoppip’s goals; as with the sale of that plush it looks like he can afford to get his own embroidery machine.  Probably several embroidery machines.What I really like about the fandom is how the fandom as a whole has responded.  The meme of Lyra being used for a oven mitt, arrow quiver, vase, and all that is absolutely hilarious.  It speaks a lot about the fandom to be able to morph something like this into such a running gag and meme.Cliff Notes:I didn’t make it.  I embroidered the fabric for it without knowing it would have ‘extra features’I don’t like it.I won’t tell the artist, or any artist, to stop, because I don’t like censorship.

I have gotten a ton of notes and emails about the Lyra plushie that Hoppip made with some ‘extra features’, and here are a few I got though Tumblr.  As much as I would like to respond to each of them, I don’t have time.  I would rather spend my time making new embroidery designs for the MLP fans out there.  For a compromise though, I typed this up. There are basically 2 types of comments/notes/emails I have gotten.  Either the comment is about how I could make something so objectionable, or why I allowed my design/embroidery to be used in such a fashion.  So let’s answer some of those questions.

The reason I make the designs and embroider is so that everyone who wants one can have a MLP plushie or patch or whatever they want until Hasbro finally starts making merch.  That is why I only charge the cost of materials for pretty much everything.  I make about 14 cents on average per design I embroider, and you can see all that detail on my blogspot if you want to make your own (Please do!)

Included with patches, I also embroider on fabric for quite a few plushie makers. Hoppip is one of those. I embroidered enough pieces to make 2 plushies each of Lyra, Pinkie, and Rainbow Dash for Hoppip. The plushies that Hoppip was making were very high quality, and I personally liked them when he requested that I embroider those 6 sets.  I was aware that he was planning on selling them, which is perfectly alright with me. When I saw the first Lyra, I thought it was absolutely awesome.  Very high quality, looked great; extremely professional.

I saw the 2nd one less than a minute after Hoppip posted it. I was looking for something, and ended up on his page, and saw it by accident.  What I saw was lyra in pants, and I was ecstatic.  Because Lyra was in pants. PANTS.  I thought it was a great play on the meme.  The underwear was a little different to me, but I suppose if a pony wears pants they need underwear too. It wasn’t until the next day when I started getting email that I found out that the Lyra plushie had ‘extra features’.  My boyfriend was actually the first to point it out to me.

First, I am annoyed that I didn’t find out about it ahead of time.  I expected the courtesy of a question on if I wanted my name attached to it.  I am honestly still not sure if I want my name by it or not.  I am very proud of my embroidery designs and the huge amount of time and love I put into embroidering things, and making sure the design is as close to possible to the show as I can make it. I know that when I embroider the parts to make an MLP plush, that plush will be loved and cared for, cuddled with, played with, all that good stuff.  I hope that the designs I make do more than just sit on a shelf or in a display case, but I spend the time necessary to make sure that they can survive being played with by kids, loved by adults, or look as excellent at possible as they sit under glass as a display.

As for the design of this Lyra itself… I think it crosses the line.  There has been a lot of talk about the ‘weird’ sides of MLP fan culture, or the division between fan types. (fans of the show as the show, and fans of the converted into ‘adult’ show)  To be fair, this division exists in all fandoms, so I don’t see it as being different; it is just a part of all fandoms. I don’t like stuff like this plushie, but it exists. I’m sure people have made Sonic, Bunnie Rabbot, Homestuck, and probably even Barney the Dinosaur plushies with ‘extra features’.  Those folks do not define their host fandom, they are fringe cases.  The fandom, any fandom, should not be looked down upon because of fringe cases IMHO. My opinion is that what folks do in private is only of concern to themselves, and I don’t think anyone else should have a say in that.

So basically, by my personal preference or morals or whatever you want to call them, I would not want that type of plushie to exist.  However, I do not believe in censorship in any form or fashion.  As an extension of that I absolutely will not tell someone what they can or can not do with my designs.  I will not censor something because I don’t personally like it.  In the end, the Lyra plush is art.  If for nothing else than the statement that it makes.  And it makes one hell of a statement. It looks like the plushie accomplished Hoppip’s goals; as with the sale of that plush it looks like he can afford to get his own embroidery machine.  Probably several embroidery machines.

What I really like about the fandom is how the fandom as a whole has responded.  The meme of Lyra being used for a oven mitt, arrow quiver, vase, and all that is absolutely hilarious.  It speaks a lot about the fandom to be able to morph something like this into such a running gag and meme.

Cliff Notes:
I didn’t make it.  I embroidered the fabric for it without knowing it would have ‘extra features’
I don’t like it.
I won’t tell the artist, or any artist, to stop, because I don’t like censorship.

I sent my grandma a letter to say lots of words about how I am and all that good stuff.  She drinks a gin and tonic every night, or gin straight.  Is it bad that I sent her a Berry Punch patch to explain what I do for fun, without explaining the character?

I sent my grandma a letter to say lots of words about how I am and all that good stuff.  She drinks a gin and tonic every night, or gin straight.  Is it bad that I sent her a Berry Punch patch to explain what I do for fun, without explaining the character?

Holy cow, it’s over 500!  I started making MLP embroidery for fun because I was bored.  I posted a few pictures online, and everypony wanted them and begged me to make them some.  So I threw together a quick store on the ponynet on 5/30/2011 with everything priced at the cost of materials.  500 orders means I am averaging just under 1.5 orders per day, every day, for the last year.  I thought I would get about 10 TOTAL I can’t believe how many of us Bronies are out there.  This is just bonkers.  And I love every minute of it. 
If you have any ideas on what I should do to celebrate 500 pony patch orders, let me know!  I want to do something cool!

Holy cow, it’s over 500!  I started making MLP embroidery for fun because I was bored.  I posted a few pictures online, and everypony wanted them and begged me to make them some.  So I threw together a quick store on the ponynet on 5/30/2011 with everything priced at the cost of materials.  500 orders means I am averaging just under 1.5 orders per day, every day, for the last year.  I thought I would get about 10 TOTAL I can’t believe how many of us Bronies are out there.  This is just bonkers.  And I love every minute of it. 

If you have any ideas on what I should do to celebrate 500 pony patch orders, let me know!  I want to do something cool!

Out of Character

(( I had a super fun day today. Figured out I owe way more in taxes than I thought I did, had to spend half the day cleaning the garage, my electric bike’s throttle sticks and I run into a building instead of stopping, I had to pedal it a bunch of miles home from the store with 50 lbs of batteries plus what I got at the store, spend a few hours fixing the bike, then drive all over because it was late and office stores were closed so I had problems getting shipping supplies, and didn’t get home until about 9 PM.

At no time today did I think today was a bad day, because I knew Greymod was waiting for me when I got back, and that we would be able to chat.  I didn’t realize just how many things went wrong today until I recounted the day to Greymod.  I still think today was a great day.

Because I am talking to my boyfriend. ))

OOC: Greyscarfmod and Emod

Out of Character: A few of you know this, and I am sure a bunch of you saw some of the posts from a month ago, but now, it is out in the open. Greyscarfmod and I are together. I love Greymod.

I am not one to throw around words like ‘love’.  ‘Love’ isn’t something you say to someone just because.  It isn’t something you say to your friends, even your best friend.  I have been …intimate with others before, and had some long relationships.  Even in those, I never said ‘I love you’.  Because I didn’t.  A whole lot of ‘like’?  Yes.  But never was it love.  There are exactly 4 people on this planet that I have said ‘I love you’ to.  My mother, my father, my brother, and Greymod.

I can actually pinpoint when I fell in love.  Truly in love, with Greymod.  Exactly 9:04 PM CST on December 28th.  I remember staring at my ceiling, the feeling in my heart, and rolling over to look at the clock though my tears.  I had said something really stupid earlier in the week to Greymod, and it took me until that exact moment to figure out just how stupid and wrong it was. 

Up until 9:04 PM CST, I had always focused on others before myself.  Absolutely everything in my life was driven by someone else wanting something.  My friends, my family, random strangers; they all came before me.  At 9:04, I had an epiphany.  At 9:04, I decided that I didn’t care about what was expected of me, or what others wanted.  I knew what I wanted.  I wanted to be with Greymod.

Next Tuesday will be 2 months since that day.  It seems like so much longer.  the reason that you haven’t seen E posting much for the last 2 months is because of Greymod.  I talk to him every day, generally for 5 to 9 hours.  Every. Single. Day.  These last few months have been an emotional roller coaster for me.  These last few months have been the best of my life.  I wouldn’t change them for the world.

Greyscarfmod is the most wonderful person I have ever met.  Warm, emotional, loving, forgiving… There just are not enough adjectives to describe him.  We would stay up late at night telling each other our deepest secrets; secrets we never shared with anyone else. Sometimes, we would talk about the most mundane things.  Other times. we would talk about the most intimate parts of our minds.  I found myself sharing more with Greyscarf than I had ever shared with anyone; ever. I knew that we were great friends.  At 9:04 PM on December 28th, I knew I was in love.

Greymod, I love you. I will always be there for you.  This, I promise.

OOC: (( Commission Request:  I want to have a design for some MLP event tickets made, something like this.  Front and back.  About 5.5” by 2”.  The right side of the ticket will be perforated at 1.5” from that side, so the design has to look good on the left, right, and as a whole.  If you are interested in making something like this for me as a commission (aka: not free, I’ll pay, and include some of the tickets once I get them printed), shoot me an ask/submit or email me at ethepony@gmail.com for more details.  If possible, shoot me a link to some of your art so I can check it out in that email. You will have pretty much complete creative control besides the size and the name of the event. ))

OOC: (( Commission Request:  I want to have a design for some MLP event tickets made, something like this.  Front and back.  About 5.5” by 2”.  The right side of the ticket will be perforated at 1.5” from that side, so the design has to look good on the left, right, and as a whole.  If you are interested in making something like this for me as a commission (aka: not free, I’ll pay, and include some of the tickets once I get them printed), shoot me an ask/submit or email me at ethepony@gmail.com for more details.  If possible, shoot me a link to some of your art so I can check it out in that email. You will have pretty much complete creative control besides the size and the name of the event. ))