PLUMPKIN PREORDER AND GIVEAWAY!
Plumpkins are also known as ambling loaf dragons and love to be pampered. They are expert at finding the warmest spot in a house and will lie there for hours soaking up the heat. Favourite food include daisies, azaleas and biscuits.
Plumpkins are a collaborative art doll made by Magweno (me!) and designed by Pencakes. (She also drew the SUPER CUTE animation at the top!) They are mixed media art dolls with resin heads, wings and feet and soft, squashy, machine-stitched cuddlesoft bodies, measuring approximately 7” from floor to wing-tip and 10” from nose to tail. They have wire armatures so they can be repositioned, and are highly collectible
PREORDER! - Reduced Price Throughout February!
Preorder a Plumpkin Any time in February and get it at a reduced, introductory price! Your preordered Plumpkin will ship on the 7th March.
You will get an embossed certificate of authenticity, a plumpkin postcard, beautiful business cards from Pencakes and I, and a sweet gift, all in a special magnetic lidded box with a plumpkins stamp!
You can choose from the colours pictured above or choose your own colour scheme! Customisation available: Body colour, Tummy colour, Mane colour, horn colour, wing markings (stripes, spots or something different) and pawpad colour.
When you’ve decided send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will guide you through the payment process and keep you up to date on the progress of your Plumpkin, as well as send you photos to check it’s coming out as you expected.
GIVEAWAY! - Win a Custom Plumpkin for Free!
You could win a custom plumpkin for FREE by entering the following giveaway competition! You can enter on either Facebook, Tumblr or both.
- You must be over 18 years old to enter.
- You must be comfortable giving me your address.
- You must be contactable either by a) tumblr ask box (so keep it open) or b) Facebook message
- Winner will be decided on the 28th February, 10:30pm GMT.
- I will cover global shipping costs!
- Winner will be picked via random number generator from the Facebook and Tumblr entries.
- You MUST respond within 24 hours of the message being sent or I will choose a new winner.
How to enter on Tumblr
- Reblog this post!
- (optional) Follow me!
- You may reblog this post as many times as you like!
- Likes do not count I’m afraid.
How to enter on Facebook
(Click here to go to the facebook page)
- "Like" the Plumpkin pre-order image
- (optional) Share it with your friends/family!
- (optional) “Like” the Magweno Art Dolls page!
The time our entire design class dressed up for Halloween as the design teacher (who notoriously almost only wore grey sweaters and always had a cafeteria coffee in hand).
I remember him walking down a super long empty hall and we all just turned the corner at the other end and started running towards him and he ran away yelling “FUcK YOU GUYS” and in retrospect I almost can’t believe he didn’t suffer a heart attack.
Pretty sure we won a pizza party for best costume that year.
IVE SEEN THIS ABOUT TEN TIMES AND IM JUST NOW NOTICING THAT THE ACTUAL TEACHER IS IN THE PICTURE TOO
“Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it? If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.”
— (via be-killed)
But, but, but!
But, no, because there are reasons for all of those seemingly weird English bits.
Like “eggplant” is called “eggplant” because the white-skinned variety (to which the name originally applied) looks very egg-like.
The “hamburger” is named after the city of Hamburg.
The name “pineapple” originally (in Middle English) applied to pine cones (ie. the fruit of pines - the word “apple” at the time often being used more generically than it is now), and because the tropical pineapple bears a strong resemblance to pine cones, the name transferred.
The “English” muffin was not invented in England, no, but it was invented by an Englishman, Samuel Bath Thomas, in New York in 1894. The name differentiates the “English-style” savoury muffin from “American” muffins which are commonly sweet.
"French fries" are not named for their country of origin (also the United States), but for their preparation. They are French-cut fried potatoes - ie. French fries.
"Sweetmeats" originally referred to candied fruits or nuts, and given that we still use the term "nutmeat" to describe the edible part of a nut and "flesh" to describe the edible part of a fruit, that makes sense.
"Sweetbread" has nothing whatsoever to do with bread, but comes from the Middle English "brede", meaning "roasted meat". "Sweet" refers not to being sugary, but to being rich in flavour.
Similarly, “quicksand” means not “fast sand”, but “living sand” (from the Old English “cwicu” - “alive”).
The term boxing “ring” is a holdover from the time when the “ring” would have been just that - a circle marked on the ground. The first square boxing ring did not appear until 1838. In the rules of the sport itself, there is also a ring - real or imagined - drawn within the now square arena in which the boxers meet at the beginning of each round.
The etymology of “guinea pig” is disputed, but one suggestion has been that the sounds the animals makes are similar to the grunting of a pig. Also, as with the “apple” that caused confusion in “pineapple”, “Guinea” used to be the catch-all name for any unspecified far away place. Another suggestion is that the animal was named after the sailors - the “Guinea-men” - who first brought it to England from its native South America.
As for the discrepancies between verb and noun forms, between plurals, and conjugations, these are always the result of differing word derivation.
Writers write because the meaning of the word “writer” is “one who writes”, but fingers never fing because “finger” is not a noun derived from a verb. Hammers don’t ham because the noun “hammer”, derived from the Old Norse “hamarr”, meaning “stone” and/or “tool with a stone head”, is how we derive the verb “to hammer” - ie. to use such a tool. But grocers, in a certain sense, DO “groce”, given that the word “grocer” means “one who buys and sells in gross” (from the Latin “grossarius”, meaning “wholesaler”).
"Tooth" and "teeth" is the legacy of the Old English "toð" and "teð", whereas "booth" comes from the Old Danish "boþ". "Goose" and "geese", from the Old English "gōs" and "gēs", follow the same pattern, but "moose" is an Algonquian word (Abenaki: "moz", Ojibwe: "mooz", Delaware: "mo:s"). "Index" is a Latin loanword, and forms its plural quite predictably by the Latin model (ex: matrix -> matrices, vertex -> vertices, helix -> helices).
One can “make amends” - which is to say, to amend what needs amending - and, case by case, can “amend” or “make an amendment”. No conflict there.
"Odds and ends" is not word, but a phrase. It is, necessarily, by its very meaning, plural, given that it refers to a collection of miscellany. A single object can’t be described in the same terms as a group.
"Teach" and "taught" go back to Old English "tæcan" and "tæhte", but "preach" comes from Latin "predician" ("præ" + "dicare" - "to proclaim").
"Vegetarian" comes of "vegetable" and "agrarian" - put into common use in 1847 by the Vegetarian Society in Britain.
"Humanitarian", on the other hand, is a portmanteau of "humanity" and "Unitarian", coined in 1794 to described a Christian philosophical position - "One who affirms the humanity of Christ but denies his pre-existence and divinity". It didn’t take on its current meaning of "ethical benevolence" until 1838. The meaning of "philanthropist" or "one who advocates or practices human action to solve social problems" didn’t come into use until 1842.
We recite a play because the word comes from the Latin “recitare” - “to read aloud, to repeat from memory”. “Recital” is “the act of reciting”. Even this usage makes sense if you consider that the Latin “cite” comes from the Greek “cieo” - “to move, to stir, to rouse , to excite, to call upon, to summon”. Music “rouses” an emotional response. One plays at a recital for an audience one has “called upon” to listen.
The verb “to ship” is obviously a holdover from when the primary means of moving goods was by ship, but “cargo” comes from the Spanish “cargar”, meaning “to load, to burden, to impose taxes”, via the Latin “carricare” - “to load on a cart”.
"Run" (moving fast) and "run" (flowing) are homonyms with different roots in Old English: "ærnan" - "to ride, to reach, to run to, to gain by running", and "rinnan" - "to flow, to run together". Noses flow in the second sense, while feet run in the first. Simillarly, "to smell" has both the meaning "to emit" or "to perceive" odor. Feet, naturally, may do the former, but not the latter.
"Fat chance" is an intentionally sarcastic expression of the sentiment "slim chance" in the same way that "Yeah, right" expresses doubt - by saying the opposite.
"Wise guy" vs. "wise man" is a result of two different uses of the word "wise". Originally, from Old English "wis", it meant "to know, to see". It is closely related to Old English "wit" - "knowledge, understanding, intelligence, mind". From German, we get "Witz", meaning "joke, witticism". So, a wise man knows, sees, and understands. A wise guy cracks jokes.
The seemingly contradictory “burn up” and “burn down” aren’t really contradictory at all, but relative. A thing which burns up is consumed by fire. A house burns down because, as it burns, it collapses.
"Fill in" and "fill out" are phrasal verbs with a difference of meaning so slight as to be largely interchangeable, but there is a difference of meaning. To use the example in the post, you fill OUT a form by filling it IN, not the other way around. That is because "fill in" means "to supply what is missing" - in the example, that would be information, but by the same token, one can "fill in" an outline to make a solid shape, and one can "fill in" for a missing person by taking his/her place. "Fill out", on the other hand, means "to complete by supplying what is missing", so that form we mentioned will not be filled OUT into we fill IN all the missing information.
An alarm may “go off” and it may be turned on (ie. armed), but it does not “go on”. That is because the verb “to go off” means “to become active suddenly, to trigger” (which is why bombs and guns also go off, but do not go on).
I have never been so turned on in my entire life.
I can now consider myself educated on the matter. Thanks!
""French fries" are not named for their country of origin (also the United States), but for their preparation. They are French-cut fried potatoes - ie. French fries."
What a load of BS, French Fries did NOT come from the USA. It might be a fight between us hailing from Belgium and France to claim the French Fries; two countries, might I say, WHO ARE NOT IN THE FUCKING USA. I’m so angry if someone claims (unjustly!) that something comes from them while it’s NOT.
It’s our fucking heritage, at least on the Flemish (Dutch Belgium) side. The fact that most know them as French Fries is indeed for the way they’re fried. BUT ALSO BECAUSE THE BELGIUM KITCHEN WASN’T WELL KNOWN BACK THEN AND OFTEN NOT UNDERSTOOD SOME ALSO CLAIM IT’S BECAUSE FRENCH WAS THE BIG LANGUAGE BACK IN WW I.
So please don’t claim that it is from the USA. It’s quite insulting to everyone who knows the origins or as close we can get to the origin of the true “french” fries.
On an unrelated note. Did you know that in the Netherlands they’re called VLAAMSE FRIETEN, that translates to FLEMISH FRIES.
Sorry for the long ass rant but fuck.
If you type something, do your research better than that. You did so for the rest, why not for the fries?
Reblog if you’ve found friendship because of your fandoms.
I got a kudo from a writer that I enjoy a lot on A03, I’m just how, why? *screeches softly, twitches a lot* I don’t understand? Unless it’s a mistake that they did so, then I can understand it better. frhgrghriog. /)o(\
THANKS TO TUMBLR USER “SHINGEKI—NO—FRIENDS,” THEIR GREAT URL AND GETTING MY FOLLOWER COUNT TO 559, MY FAVOURITE GOD DAMN NUMBER, I’M DOING A FUCKING GIVEAWAY
Because I recently have acquired too much paperclay after doing these horns at the top, I’m doing a long time coming giveaway!
INFO ABOUT THE HORNS
- Made using Creative Paperclay, screws and plastic anchors, and some mother fucking paint
- I’ll ship it unattached to the headband, with the screws already in the headband, and the horns wrapped in fun bubble wrap!
- Fellow Tavros cosplayers I’m so so so SO sorry that I can’t do your horns, they’re just too big for me!
- NO side blogs or giveaway blogs I can not stress this enough that is totes unfair
- you DO NOT have to be following me, but if you wanna that’s cool
- Likes count
- Only one reblog
- obvis gotta be okay with givin me your address
- random number generator doing the thing
- i’ll message you and you can tell me who you want
I WILL ACCEPT FEFETASPRITE, ERISOLSPRITE, AND ARQUISSPRITE, AGAIN I AM SORRY BUT TAVROS/TAVRISSPRITE HORNS ARE TOO BIG
~~~~~~~~~~~THE END DATE IS FEBRUARY 16TH, 2014~~~~~~~~~
“Gamers get hella uncomfortable over male sexuality too. Can you imagine a “good male character who just happens to be wearing sexually exploitative outfits because he’s ok with his masculinity?” Constantly has the camera pan lovingly over his asscrack and firm glutes, and big ole dangly ballsack that is totes sweaty from all this MMA and soldiering. Time to hit the showers, and do you, personally, think it’s ok to have a long slow pan up the dude’s package (indiscreetly hidden in a jock of course), to his chiseled physique and erect nipples (pierced). He’s not even a Bond-esque confident man, he’s basically a weird Bowie caricature that’s constantly having near-dickslips in every single cinematic as the completely nonsexualized female characters do their business of being gruff and shooting dudes and advancing the plot. Finally, at the end he falls in love (out of nowhere) and/or is killed by the big baddie.”—
a forum post I read recently, trying to give a solid example of what ‘male objectification in gaming ’ would actually look like if it was anything equivalent to current female objectification in gaming. (via nothingbutsurrender)
I think I reblogged this before, but I’m just gonna reblog it again.
This. So much