This is where I live! I promised I’d make a video tour of our apartment if we hit my first milestone on my Patreon campaign and you guys did that because you are wonderful and amazing, so here it is. Thank you so, so much. I hope you enjoy the apartment tour!
My new video today is a quidditch themed craft tutorial where I’ll teach you to make a quaffle character plushie I designed! For more information including materials and hand sewing tutorials you may need, visit the video on YouTube and read the video description.
I’m making these plushies exclusively to raise money to send the Long Beach Funky Quaffles Team to the Quidditch World Cup. You can buy a limited amount right here until March 10th when the campaign ends.
If you miss out on buying one of these limited edition plushies, I have a lot more designs (and many are Harry Potter related) in my etsy shop, Fairweather Friends.
Who wants to build a snowman? It doesn’t have to be a snowman. In fact, considering what snowmen are like in the Who-Universe, it shouldn’t be a snowmaaaaaaan…..
Oh my gosh! This is gorgeous and super clever. Karen Hallion, you are brilliant.
A great Meet in the Middle to brighten your morning! Thank you Lauren and Kassie!
Beautiful. So many people have done Meet in the Middle (I’m editing mine right now), and they’re all great.
Almost everyone seems to experience a lot of anxiety around not being able to contact the person before meeting, but then from what I can tell (and have experienced) the joy of the actual meeting is much more intense, all the more so because the meeting is happening in some weird and semi-arbitrary place.
Look, it’s me! Also, I totally agree with that… even that train station felt like an adventure specifically because it was unfamiliar and we found ourselves mysteriously stranded on opposite sides of those tracks.
The fact that I chose a YouTuber friend to meet in the middle also colored the experience. Kassie and I kept talking about how so many of our friendships and interactions exist primarily online, so when we do get together in person, it really doesn’t matter where we are. It could be that train station in a town we’d never been if we had the right excuse to make it happen. Just being able to reach out and touch a friend who you normally communicate with through written words on a screen feels so special. I’m happy that The Art Assignment gave us not only a place to meet, but also another opportunity to experience that feeling. Joy is a great way to describe it, John.
This weekend, my friend Kassie and I met in the middle! This new video documents the experience, which was inspired by the first episode of The Art Assignment. Also, I embroidered a cute map of the trip.
Asked by Anonymous
I apologize for the language above, but it is left whole to show a rather ugly point.
So: My ask box is closed now.
And I’m doing something very, very, very rarely do, and my friends have been begging me to do about this whole thing since day one: meet it head on.
The above ask was sent in by my stalker. This is why my ask box remains closed.
Maybe it is time to show what stalking really is and does.
Imagine getting messages, the type of which make the above seem mild and sweet (add in sexual threats, death threats, and vows to be up to this forever), any time you have any ability for anyone to contact you.
Every day. At times multiple times a day, sometimes in a stream of messages that clog your inbox.
And when you never once address that, they start contacting your friends, your sister, your parents. Your brother in law. Your infant nephew/godson.
Threatens them consistently. Sends them packages. Sends them postcards. Look sup their private info and parade it in front of them.
For 5.5 years.
Things that thus far haven’t helped: An arrest. An international warrant. International attention. Stays in mental health facilities. Nothing deters this behavior.
Stalking is one of the crimes that takes the victim out of the equation, because of how likely it is that being in it exacerbates the situation. And if we do nothing and let the world exist like this, we are enabling a kind of malice that could threaten the very positive and at times powerful ways we exchange ideas and connect to each other.
The Internet is the wild west, and at some point the cavalry’s gotta come in, here.
The FBI has been amazing but are limited by a foreign nation’s wish to completely ignore a situation that has been proven many times over to exist.
I can only be so defiant in private while balancing the need for my and my family’s safety.
You may think, “I’ve seen her at LeakyCons, she’s not affected by this at all!” Never make an assumption by the strength someone is able to project that they are unaffected. And never assume that someone who doesn’t give her life over to something negative completely - disappear from the internet, etc - doesn’t just as much peace and justice as those whose lives lose major functions because of this activity. There is sometimes a paternalistic rise in compassion that rises to meet the level to which a person has been affected. If we start judging that way, we forget that no matter the victim and no matter the effect, the crime is the same and it must be stopped.
So there you go. A glimpse into my life.
If you wish to stand against stalking, please reblog; and as a bonus, please add your own thoughts about the necessity that a country’s law enforcement agency (in this case New Zealand’s) starts to take this seriously.
This may be the most important thing I ever reblog, and I really hope you take the time to read it.
I’ve known Melissa throughout much of this and I’ve seen the hurt and damage it has caused. I’ve seen her get not one, but HUNDREDS of highly graphic and possibly viable rape and death threats from this stalker. The notes come into every part of Melissa’s life, pretty much every day. They are both electronic and physical. They go to her family. They threaten everything about her life.
The note you see above is NOTHING compared to some that have come in.
I also get notes from this stalker. As I post this, I set myself up to get more. I send them to the FBI, as I have been instructed. The case file grows.
This has gone on for five and a half years.
It’s hard to keep silent while someone goes through this.
I hope that the stalker actually gets the medical treatment she so desperately needs. She is a danger to herself as much as anything else. I have gotten at least one letter from her that was a detailed suicide threat. She has also cut her own wrists and posted the picture online. She very, very much needs help.
I hope Melissa gets justice. She needs her life back.
And I hope this helps pave a way for more victims of online stalking to get the help and protection they need.
I’ve had a few people ask me to make a video showing how I thread my sewing machines. Each brand and model is different, but I hope that this can get you started with yours (read your instruction manual to learn to use your specific machine). I know that it can be intimidating to learn, but it just takes a little practice! You can do it!
I sew with a Brother Innovis-40 and a Brother Simplicity SB4138. I make these plushies with them!