Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The 9 Most Annoying things to Say to Homeschoolers




Homeschooling is a pretty common thing. Studying...at home. All your school...at home. No leaving in the morning, no need to change from your pajamas...

It's pretty nice. It's got it's pro's and con's but all in all it's nice.

And yet some people just ask the most dumb and annoying things. Today I am hear to share with you the most annoying things you could say to a homeschooler, and then reply with a dumb gif and reply to those statements.

Please note that I am not attacking these people. They just....don't quite understand what homeschooling is. This is not an attack at anyone in particular. These are general things that homeschoolers hear. That is all. These are all things that people have asked me or close friends. I'm not speaking for all homeschoolers here. This post is inspired by personal experience and my own opinions on it.



 1. So...you're a homeschooler. How do you have friends?



Well, you see, our species of homeschoolers like to participate in this practice of socialization. 

We're not Sherlock, guys. We have friends. Okay? Okay.


But seriously. This way of schooling doesn't mean we don't leave the house. Sure we might not get out as much but it also leaves more time for clubs and other means of socializing.




 2. So...you're a homeschooler. That means you don't do any work?





...No it means we prefer to create our own means of learning instead of trusting the school system to determine our futures. It's that simple.




3. So what do you wear?



...


Clothes? Sometimes pajamas?

(and yes I have been asked this)


4. So do you own anything? Aren't homeschoolers poor?




Homeschoolers aren't poor. Some people are poor. That has nothing to do with what school we go to.


So...

No.


5. Homeschoolers aren't going to be as good in college and getting jobs though, right?



...Really? We aren't doing this so we can be "dumb". Quite often it helps us learn and grasp things better, and sometimes that's because we can move more slowly through tricky subjects. We're not stupid or naive. Not all of us are sheltered away from the world.


Success is not decided by where or how you get your education. It's decided by how much effort you're willing to put into your life.



6. So. Homeschoolers are either really smart or really dumb. Which one are you?




Yes. Someone actually said this to my best friend. I'm not even going to reply to this.


Okay, yes I am.

It's just like your school. Except at home. And our parents teach us. It may sound appalling but that doesn't make us different than you.

Yes, there are abnormally smart homeschoolers and some struggling homeschoolers. But there are also abnormally smart public-schooler and struggling public-schoolers.



 7. You must be /really/ religious, huh? 


no but don't you see how perfect this gif is? Don't you see?

Yes, it's true that many homeschool parents chose this for religious reasons.


There are also religious schools.

Religion is a thing. Not distinctly a home-school thing.

The end.


8. So do you not know anything about the world/news/whatever-celebrity-gossip-is-going-on?




Ahem.


We do not live in a cave.

Internet still exists. We still talk to people. We still live in the world. The fact that you are asking this question goes to say you know little about the world to think homeschoolers are this dumb.


9. You must not know anything about serious problems.



*clears throat*

Homeschooling does not make us any less human. We still struggle with stress. We still get depressed. We still wonder if we fit in, or if we'll go places. 

Yes. People get sheltered more in homeschooling generally. There's a lot of homsechoolers that aren't even sheltered. 

But we're still human. We still hurt. We still hear about things on the news and form opinions.



So ta da! Those are the most annoying things said to me and my homeschooling friends. I hope you found this amusing, and if you didn't.... Well okay.

Homeschooling isn't really even that complicated. It's another way of schooling. Honestly, it's nice. It's nice that my self confidence doesn't rely on a letter on a paper or what others say about me. 

Also it's nice getting to wear pajamas during the day.

If any of you have other amusing things said to you, feel free to share.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Book Character Cosplays- The Raven Cycle and the Grisha Trilogy

(All the photos on this post got all weird and messed up. Hopefully I can try and fix them later)


Alina Starkov from the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo


This one is probably the most easy cosplays my mom and I have made. We found two blue velvet dresses from the thrift store and sewed the top from one and the bottom from the other together. We sewed some gold trim and used some fabric mom had laying around for the belt, The white shirt was bought from a thrift store and I wore basic leggings with it.

I made a sea scale bracelet and the necklace I am wearing the lovely Linnea made for me out of wire.





My mom made a gorgeous clay necklace to look like her antler amplifier, which makes me so happy.




My Darkling was adorable as well.



Blue Sargent from the Raven Cycle by Maggie Steifvater

The Raven Cycle is my life. When I read the description of one of her awesome dresses, I knew I needed to make it.

She wore heavy boots she'd found at the Goodwill (she'd attacked them with embroidery thread and a very sturdy needle) and a dress she'd made a few months earlier, constructed from several different layers of green fabric. Some of them striped. Some of them crochet. Some of them transparent

I mean come on. Who doesn't want that dress.



After that, for a few months it was a constant collection of green fabrics of many varieties from the 99 cent sales at thrift stores.

                                       

It took a lot of planning, a lot of redoing everything, and a lot of sketching and stitching. It was hard, but in the end the dress was gorgeous.



That's right. Be jealous.


I needed new boots anyway, so I bought some with holes on the side that I could use to embroider. 

                                                  

The little stuffed Raven was found and bought actually at the airport on the way to the workshop I was wearing it to. Perfect!



The Cosplay section was so much fun. One of the best memories I will hold dear forever.







Sunday, February 1, 2015

The Fairest Release Party+ Linh Cinder Cosplay


Recently I got the amazing experience to go the Fairest Release party! Fairest is the fourth book in the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer and it is fabulous. I took this opportunity to go all out in a Linh Cinder cosplay, which I will record here.



Sadly, I lost a lottt of my photos from process of making my glove which is saddening. But I still have some great shots.

Book characters are very fun to make cosplays from, simply because it's so easy to take freedoms with it. Most pictures of Cinder I found had her in cargo pants and a t shirt, but I wanted to do a little bit more with it to make it more of a costume and less of something I would wear anyway.






The dress I actually used from my minion costume put over a green T, and the over shirt was one I've had. The tool belt was my dads which proved very helpful for carrying exciting things. 

The above picture is not my costume,  just so you know.

I used many photos from a cosplay from Homestuck many people have made for reference.

These two links proved very helpful for making it



Some close ups:




The basic process consisted of getting a old glove and painting it slightly with gray acrylic paint. Not ideal, but sadly this was a bit last minute.

I then used the above patterns to get an idea of how to cut out the pieces to properly fit around my hand. I did a lot of adjusting and changing, but the worked for the most part. I cut the pieces out of plain craft foam and hot glued them to the glove while it was on my hand to make sure they fit snugly and perfectly. 


I attatched little rivets to the knucles in the gaps between the foam to make it look more mechanial. I glued some wires attatching the fingers to the main upper hand to make it even cooler. 


The lower foam pieces i stuck some rivets into, but mainly I used hot glue to attatch small little dots to look like bolts. I used brads to make bigger bolts. These pieces were then glued onto the glove.


I cut basic pieces to fit my hand for the underneath, and used hot glue to make bolt like above.

All of this was painted with silver paint mixed with gray. That was dabbed with black paint then wiped off so the metal looked more realistic 

The Release Party!






There were so many marvelous cosplays there. It was such an amazing night!


Marissa was insanely nice to everyone, stopping and taking time with everyone who come up with stacks of books.

And she came out on stage like this. So.


My two friends made the greatest Scarlet and Cress to go with my Cinder. It was such a fun night.


Thank you, Marissa, for such awesome books and a really great night! I'm already making plans for the Winter party. Chances are I will be going all out as Levana.