It's been ages since I did one of these, so I have quite the backlog! Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web lately:
Choly Knight of Sew Desu Ne gives away free plush patterns from time to time, and last Friday she shared something PERFECT for Fall:
I am so tempted to buy some fleece and actually try sewing again, you guys. SO TEMPTED. Go download the free pattern on Choly's site here, and follow her on FB for the most adorable plushies!
Star Wars fans, have you seen the lost Michel Parbot documentary from Empire that just popped up on Facebook?! I've only watched the first 15 minutes so far, but this thing is phenomenal: all behind-the-scenes looks at filming, props & scenery, and interviews with the primary cast. (Watching Mark train for one of the lighsaber fights in a random backlot warehouse was my favorite so far.)
The whole thing is an hour long, so grab some popcorn and go watch it full-screen here on Facebook.
Less fun, but equally fascinating: If you haven't read HuffPo's article "Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong," please do so. It's definitely a long read, and it drops some depressing facts at first, like this:
... but at the same time, there's a huge amount of vindication here for the long scoffed-at notion of "healthy fat." There's also a psychological examination of why overweight people can't - or won't - band together for support, and how the medical community is almost criminally negligent in their shame-based treatment. Read it, please. It's world-shifting.
Now more fun stuff:
David Rose took this picture at the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball, and it makes me so happy I could burst like a giant toasty marshmallow:
Dappered-up Dana & Tully from Ghostbusters... WITH GLOWING TERROR DOG MASKS.
I just... I mean... YES. I'm grinning like a goof over here. I will love these two forever and always. Anyone know who they are?
More awesome: my friend Jason of Red Rocket Farm met a McCree cosplayer at Dragon Con who showed off her incredible prosthetic arm:
("Can I hold your hand?" D'awwwww.)
Sometimes it's pretty cool living in the future, you guys.
A few months ago Hot Topic released some exclusive Miss Mindy Disney figures that I love, and Mickey & Minnie are 20% off on their website right now, HALP:
Their siren call of cuteness is overpowering the grip on my debit card, gang. Nooooooooo!
Oh! Here's another gem for you sewing wizards out there: Super Cute Awesome Stuff by Perdita added a new pattern to her Spoonflower shop:
I mean, c'mon. It has an adipose AND K-9. Whaaaaaaaat.
(I suspect Spoonflower is a dangerous black hole of amazing geek fabrics, btw; so be careful out there. :D)
Michelle of Steelhip Design makes what I consider to be the most beautiful steampunk jewelry in the entire world: it's painstakingly intricate and filled with drool-worthy mechanical details like this:
And now she's experimenting with resin:
WOW. Just... wow.
Plus look at her Solar System Globe necklace:
Go follow her on Facebook for more eye candy, or if you're feeling fast & loose with the bank cards, check out her Etsy shop.
And finally, here's the video that sent both Eva & Suki scurrying to my side speakers, where they sat and stared and pawed, trying to find the otter inside, hah:
You really need the sound on for this one. SO CUTE. Although your cats/dogs may go nuts!
I hope these made you smile, everyone! Hang in there this week, and remember: looking at happy things is good for your mental health, and an essential part of self-care. If you're struggling under the weight of all the anger and strife online right now, then it's time to clean up your feeds: hide the politics, the doom-sayers, the rabble-rousing relatives, and replace them with art and Disney and fun photos and makers and makeup and silliness. Don't let anyone guilt you into staying down in the muck just because things are bad in the world. Things will *always* be bad in the world, and your health comes first. So put your eyes on the things you want to feel, and fill up your emotional tank, k? The fight to make the world a better place will still be there, when you're ready.
Also remember I love you guys.
Now go share some happy today!