Hello, me friendlies. . . long time no see! I’ve got something new to try today — Christine Eyre of Overflowing Mind and Pen has tagged me for the Sunshine Blogger tag, which is something that sounds super exciting, but I’d never tried! Christine, thank you so very much for tagging me; it’s been a blast to answer all these questions (I really liked the first one; great thought there!), hopefully I’m doing this right!
Okay, so here we go!
- What’s something simple and mundane that you get excited about?
Watching ants. Seriously, if you’ve never sat down next to an ant bed and fed them a small piece of food, you’re missing out! I’m blessed to have four different types in my yard: fire ants, yellow meadow ants, these small, hard, matte black ants, and large, shiny black ants. It’s so cool to see how different each type is! The yellow meadow ants are my favorite, because they physically cannot bite me. Honestly, they can’t.
2. What’s your newest favorite song?
OWL CITY’S NEWEST SONG CALLED CINEMATIC — IT CAME OUT JUST A FEW DAYS AGO!!! Or maybe that’s because it’s got Star Wars references. Um, but my newest favorite probably is Owl City. Or Sky Sailing. Or Port Blue. . . or Adam Young. . . or. . .wait, that’s all of them. Hehe, I’m not sure, really. There’s so many songs that I love, and so many that I call my favorite, but let’s see about maybe a list. . .
“Shadows,” by Red;
“You Will Be Found,” from Dear Evan Hansen;
“Love is on Our Side,” by Capital Kings;
“Young Skywalker (May the Fourth),” by Matthew Parker;
“No Filter,” by Britt Nicole;
“Something Wild,” by Lindsey Stirling;
“Light It Up,” by For King and Country;
“Bird With a Broken Wing,” by Owl City;
and “Never Giving Up on You,” by Matthew Parker.
And most other Lindsey Stirling instrumentals. Dubstep and violin together is pure epicness.
3. Favorite cake flavor?
Chocolate :3 Always has been, always will be. Especially chocolate cakes shaped like BB-8. Because I am a fangirl, and I will be stubborn enough to make myself try new things, like cake decorating. Thankfully, the BB-8 scheme turned out well (and delicious)!
4. What inspired your blog name? (Borrowing this one from Chelsea because it’s a good question!)
My obsession with needle felting. It’s probably my most uncommon ability (that sounds weird), and I’ve been lucky enough to teach some of my friends how to do it! Hehe, it’s something I picked up when I was looking for a My Little Pony plush pattern, and never really quit doing. Essentially, needle felting is done by stabbing wool roving (or almost any other fiber — there’s even rose and banana fibers!) over and over again. Soon, it begins to condense, forming a thick mass that can be coaxed into a shape. You can make flowers, beads, even figures out of it! There’s a Loth-cat I did a while back named Ca’tra, who’s probably my favorite of my own needle felted creations (you can find her for sale in my Etsy shop, CatshineCraft). She has a rotating head made from a Lego turntable, which is the most functional (and funnest!) thing I’ve ever done with any of my creations. And then of course “kitten” because I love love love cats!
5. What blogger has inspired you the most? (Also borrowing from Chelsea.)
Ummm. . . well. . . sheesh. . . there’s three: Shay, Audrey, and Christine Eyre. And they’ve all inspired me! Shay, from The Elven Padawan, was the first person I met here, and she’s the one who basically got me to stick around. She’s such an outgoing and friendly person who is so welcoming to be around! Without her fangirly self, you’d probably not be seeing much activity from this kitten. Audrey is also from TEP, and she writes the literally most amazing things about her fandoms — Middle Earth and Star Wars! The way she applies her characters to her faith is awesome, and I wish I could write like she does. Plus, both Shay and Audrey have Rey cosplays, I have a Rey cosplay, we all three love cosplay. . . you get it XD And Christine Eyre does the most incredible REALISTIC art of the Star Wars Rebels crew, crossovers included! Her writing style and general good spirit never fails to make me want to draw or write — or hey, why not try both at once? I’m kidding; unless you’re an octopus, don’t try. But that’s what I feel like doing! All three of these wonderful girls are such a bright light, and it’s so nice to get a break from the messed-up ideas that dominate so many fandoms today and see their sweet writings and art. I love you guys :3
6. Favorite Middle-Earth race? (Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits, Men, Ents, etc.)
Ohhh, yeesh, is this a trick question? Nah, really they’re all amazing, but for the very present moment, I kinda want to say men. Sure, they fall a LOT MORE than the other races, and tend on the evil side, but they’ve always got a good head on their shoulders, and loyalty seems to be a commonly found trait in them. Sure, they all seem a little greedy (and reckless), but it’s understandable. But before I read LotR (I started with The Hobbit), I’d have said Elves. Because who doesn’t want to be immortal, and have like an entire synchronized army to fight for you, and be a great singer, and live in trees? In The Hobbit, they sang a lot; teasing and laughter were the norm. But as I learned more about them, I found that, though they are undeniably epic, they seemed in the LotR trilogy to be isolated, cold, distant; as if they believed they were better than the rest of the races. And that there is a lot more than I’d like to dissect. I’m only beginning to step into the realm of Middle-Earth, so my knowledge is probably flawed, and you guys can probably step right through holes in my logic. But that’s what I’m seeing as of now.
7. What is an art medium or hobby you’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t yet?
Oh gracious. . . gracious. . . wood carving comes to mind, as does leatherwork. I have tried those, but never seriously, and they definitely did not turn out very well! The wood carving probably went wrong because I never started it. Usually I’d just collect wood and junk to “eventually” work with, but nothing ever got done. *sigh*
8. What’s an aesthetic that really moves your heart? (E.g. starry skies, or a stack of books with a cup of tea, or a lamppost in a wood. )
Ayuh, ayuh, most definitely either galaxies or sunsets over water. Galaxies and nebulas and all that are just so epic — the thought that these things are even further away than the farthest of our planets is so mind boggling, yet they were still made by the same Creator, in the same way our galaxy was formed. Plus I’m minorly obsessed with stars at the moment (it started by learning about the binary stars Mira and Mira 2) so anything with a galaxy design makes me stop and stare. It’s almost as if it were a firefly. . . which I should probably not mention. *laughs* I love water, and when the light hits it, it gains the most stunning and ethereal colors. . . it’s beautiful, and I could stare at it forever!
9. Favorite color combination?
ANYTHING WITH BLUE — except for orange, that’s . Kidding really, it’s hard to say! There’s so many pretties. . . again with the water thing, the color of a sunset on water is stunning. I like the coral and blue and orange look, all swirled together but not quite mixed. . . that’s what I love, that there! Well, at least for today.
10. What’s an obscure topic you know a lot about?
Old canon Star Wars. Basically I‘ve accumulated a freakishly large amount of old Star Wars knowledge. Comes from reading a lot of old Legends books. But everyone who bothers to look at my art knows that I am a fangirl for everything from the galaxy far, far away. So something NOT Star Wars would be. . . *drumroll*. . . needle felting! Wet felting is pretty common, but needle felting (or dry felting) is one of my trades that makes everyone stop and ask a million questions. But since I am known for asking so many (sometimes dumb) questions that I completely don’t mind others asking what in the galaxy am I doing.
11. Do you have any relics from your childhood that you’re never throw out? (E.g. plastic horses, an old Winnie-the-Pooh bear, or your first pair of glasses [and yes, these are items I’ve hung on to through the years. ])
Ohhh. . . so many (Kitten is maybe a bit of a packrat). . . um, there’s a balloon I was given when I turned twelve. It was a foil My Little Pony balloon. It was very crinkly. Plus my cat really liked it. Hehe, it’s happily residing in a drawer of stuff I like to call the “special things drawer,” despite that the occupants of the drawer that have to other home. I also have a REALLY REALLY REALLY old plush cat that my adult cousin gave to me when I was five or so. Her name is Callie. Technically speaking, she’s a TY beanie baby, the calico named Chip, but I’ve NEVER called a plush by its given name. ;3 She had gotten it when she was quite young, and passed it down to me when she was perhaps 17. Callie is around 20 years old now, I’d say. Fun fact: she has a twin sister, the same version of herself, that I found in an antique shop a few years ago for $7 — plus a smaller version of the same cat, the miniature one, too! Callie, Patches, and Sunbeam are their names. I love them X3
Okay, so apparently I must needs to tag five people. Goodness, that’s hard. . . but let me see. . .
Shay (of TEP)
Audrey (of TEP)
Olivia.eirene (of The Olive Branch)
Now, for your questions. . .
- What is the most interesting pet you’ve ever had? (Box turtles you kept for a few hours most certainly do count!)
- What object in your preferred surroundings (i.e. where you like to be the most) inspires you the most?
- How many words per minute do you think you type? How many do you actually type?
- What was your first fandom?
- How does that fandom affect the ones you have today?
- What is your favorite color, and how is it relevant to your personality?
- Your favorite movie (or TV show or musical or whatevs) — what was the biggest pet peeve you had when you first watched it?
- What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you in the last week?
- Your favorite song suddenly comes on while you’re at the store. What song is it, and how do you react?
- Stars are pretty and all, sure. . . do you have a favorite one, besides our own Sun?
- Quick — there’s a giant angry Wookiee coming your way!!! You have a wooden spoon and an oven mitt (food isn’t gonna cook itself) — what do you do?
Hopefully you guys enjoyed this post! Since I only have the three tagged peoples, if you’d like to be tagged, just say so, hey? I’ll update the post with your name and site in it. Ciao for now!