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My Soft, Safe, Happy Little Place [WIP] ๐Ÿš—๐ŸŒˆ

I won’t be able to work on personal art for a while but I got the basics of this idea down so I can complete it in a few weeksโ€ฆ

Worth noting is that when that I’m not asleep I’m either a) kicking the hell of the seat in front of me, or b) artfully dodging blows sent in my direction as retaliation for the kicking. ๐Ÿ˜ˆ These generally miss as I’m both small and very good at dodging.

๐Ÿ„ You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Copyright is ยฉ 2022 by Marina Neira McKinzie.

Recent Littlespace Stuff! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ๐Ÿฅฃ

I’ve had random “Little” themed things accumulate so I figured I’d share them all on a single post! First, here is a really cute Sesame Street cereal I got at Target the other day:

They had a box with Cookie Monster on the cover which I liked better, but it was cinnamon flavor and I’m not really into cinnamon flavored cereals.

On the same Target outing I got this little plate, it reminds me of my friend Blankit:

Last Tuesday, my friend Shelly came over and we had lots of fun watching Christmas movies and doing “Little” Christmas activities! We Watched the Muppet Christmas Carol and Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas. Then we did a dinosaur foam craft:

Later in the week, I used these dinos to do a practice run for a couple of really important Christmas cards I’m going to be hand-making:

I think it turned out pretty good! We hung it in the dining room:

Another Littlespace activity Shelly and I did, was build gingerbread houses. It’s harder than it looks!

Grover helped…

My first attempt quickly began to fall apart:

Eventually I managed something half-decent:

I ate a piece of my failed first try, but it smelled better than it tasted.

That’s all for now!

A Happy Saturday ๐ŸŒท๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸฆŠ

I had a wonderful Saturday! I hardly know where to begin. One of the best things that happened is that the Little friend I had a sleepover with a while ago reconnected with me. It turned out she wasn’t ghosting me after all, but dealing with some serious issues. She really had had a lovely time during our visit just as I did. So we are trying again.

The funny thing is, on this same day, I was seeing my other Little friend. And I just couldn’t get into a good Little headspace because a part of me was still so sad about my other friend just disappearing. It’s hard to keep opening up when that happens. But right before I was due to meet with Mandie, Shelly showed up at the door and she had a little flower to give me and explained everything to me and wanted to try again and I was so happy I had to try so hard not to cry. Later I gave the flower to Mojito:

Shelly had to go back to work after that, but next time she, Mandie and I are all going to hang out together and have lots of fun. I can’t wait! But now let me tell you about the rest of the day.

After that I was basically walking on air as I got ready and my Little mood came rolling back. I also got Apple Juice ready in a proper seasonal outfit, as he was my companion for the day:

I also dressed up in a Halloweeny outfit for the first time this year:

Soon after I got ready Mandie arrived. Mandie’s outfit was super cute, I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture. Mandie brought her little bear, Trixie. I held them both on my lap for a photo:

Even though they were almost closing, we went to Flamingo Road Nursery. We had time for several cute photos, got a bunch of yummy snacks (like honey sticks, popcorn and pumpkin-shaped cake pops) and we picked some pumpkins too:

After that we just went around town being obnoxious. We went to Dollar Tree and to Starbucks and to Publix for wine. We got Happy Meals and then we went back to the house. There, Christopher had The Nightmare Before Christmas ready to play so as soon as we got there, we sat down to watch it.

Of course, we had our wine in sippy cups…

I was hoping to offer Mandie one of my Halloween sippy cups but they were still in storage.

To my delight, Mandie stayed the night. But I’ve been getting up so early that I was ready to pass out BEFORE 10pm which is like, unbelievably lame. Mandie was a good sport about it. Tomorrow I’m going to decorate the house while she keeps me company.

It’s really been a wonderful day and I hope we have many more like it. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’• I’m really happy!

Kidcore Scrapbooking On A Dime! ๐Ÿ‘›โœจ

A.K.A…

๐ŸŒˆ Littlespace Journaling On A Budget ๐ŸŒˆ

Hey guys! On this post I wanted to share how Iโ€™ve been getting scrapbooking supplies recently for my Littlespace journal, for very little monies by looking at stuff that isnโ€™t specifically made for scrapbooking.

For this, you do need a Dollar Tree ideally, but many similar items can be found in dollar stores for similar prices. But Dollar Tree is the best! I would say the most overlooked item for kidcore/Littlespace scrapbooking is brand new, 2-for-$1 greeting cards!

Sometimes you can use the whole front of the card, sometimes you just cut out what you can use (this is most cases, you donโ€™t want the text –the card to the left above is a good example of a card I’ll cut text out of, while the one to the right is a rare example of one I will keep as-is). Very rarely, a card will have nice enough art on the inside that you will want to get two of the same one.

The card to the bottom of the rightmost photo is one such card, you can see them both, the one underneath is open, showing the inside.

I also recommend that you look at all of their books/kidsโ€™ workbooks/magazines/comics, regardless of topic, to cut things out of them. You can get a multitude of things you can cut for as little as $3 doing that. But itโ€™s not just books. For example, this $1 calendar is great for that!

Every month has something fun to use:

Of course Dollar Tree is also fantastic with stickers. These are the only ones I got today, but they have many dimensional cardboard stickers, full sheets, for $1. Sometimes actually nicer than the $4 ones at big crafts stores.

These card games for toddlers are just a dollar. You get SO much in one box! With a little imagination they are great for kidcore type paper crafts:

Also โ€”save things like candy and cookie containers! Happy Meal boxes! Part of toy boxes you opened. Here, I’ve saved parts of boxes of animal crackers and Uncrustables (some of my favorite Littlespace snacks) and the front of a juice box (which is easily washed with soap and water):

It is all useful. Pressing flowers or leaves you find is great, too! If you are resourceful, you donโ€™t need a lot of money to have tons of scrappy fun as a Little. And it’s more fun cutting things up! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(Make sure to use safety scissors though! Or ask your big to help you cut stuff. And donโ€™t eat the glue!)

Mwakoโ€™s โ€™21 Visit ๐Ÿฆ Day Three

๐Ÿ–๏ธ At The Beach ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

I think today was my most favorite day of Mwako’s visit! It was definitely our “Littlest” day. We went to the beach and played lots of Littlespace games later that day back at my house.

We were up very early and off to Target to get some beach toys since I didn’t have any. Mwako got me a bucket, some scoops and a saxophone playing parasaurolophus!

I wore my Wen swimsuit, which I love to pieces still, and my new Toy Story Land hat that I got during the last Orlando trip. ๐Ÿ˜

Mwako took lots of photos of some –some candid, some I posed for. I think these might be the only photos of me at a beach ever.

There was a lot of seaweed, and I didn’t want to go into the water because it required wading past it. So Mwako basically dragged me screaming into the sea, I wish I was joking. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ Then I clung on to him like a barnacle, and didn’t want to go back into the beach because of wading into the seaweed again. There was SO MUCH of it.

While we played in the water, a vehicle came and swept a lot of the seaweed on the beach away (or rather, “tilled” it into the sand). So at that point we went back to play on the nice clean beach.

My large blue bucket was quite unmanageable. I wasn’t able to make a big castle with it, I guess the sand was the problem. Being full of seaweed, it easily fell apart. But I was able to make a few small structures! A tiny city of sorts.

My parasaurolophus simply stood by playing an ominous tune on his sax.

Eventually the village was done! It even had bushes for decoration. A peaceful neighborhood, for the time being.

Mwako doesn’t really like his picture taken, but he approved of me taking this one from far away. He is looking for seashells for me to decorate my houses with.

All of these beautiful beach photos were taken by Mwako.

Of course, I had to “enhance” them with stickers… ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Here’s a couple more he took of me:

At this point my sax-playing parasaurolophus decided it was time to give in to his dinosaur instincts and destroy the town.

Just like that the poor entire town is gone. For some reason, after this I felt very satisfied, and just sat staring out at the sea in contemplation.

…before sentencing my parasaurolophus to be drowned when the tide came in as penance for the wanton destruction:

(In the end he got lucky, we had to leave before the tide came in. He lives to destroy again!)

๐Ÿฃ๐ŸŒˆ Littlespace Time ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฃ

After the beach, we went to a McDonald’s Drive-Thru and it was the perfect hour: they had Sausage Egg McMuffins AND fresh fries! I had one of the most delicious breakfasts in months. Then we got back to my place, showered, and feeling quite refreshed, began our Little time!

At Mwako’s suggestion, we watched The Owl House, a show I am new to. I liked it a lot! Here is Mwako’s play area with the big crayons:

Mwako colored very, very fast. One could hardly keep up with him!

I just colored one drawing, of Cookie Monster with… err… a neighbor? Cousin?

I basically finished, but want to add some more details later:

I also started on a new squirrel page:

Multiple Owl House episodes later, our wrists hurt and we needed a snack, so we headed downstairs.

๐Ÿฟ Intermission ๐Ÿฟ

For a snack, I had coffee and a chocolate rice krispie treat! Mwako had juice and Lunchables.

๐Ÿงฉ Time For Games ๐Ÿงฉ

Next was board games! We played Bluey’s Shadowlands.

The physical execution of this fame is atrocious, lol. I can’t recommend buying it. It’s a cool concept, however it is very poorly done. Materials wise, I mean. Mostly it’s the palm tree mechanism that is a problem. But the game looks nice.

Still –we had fun with it. Mwako won!

๐ŸŒˆ Waffle Block Fun ๐ŸŒˆ

I love waffle blocks so much! They are my favorite type of block by far. We had so much fun with them. I made a little house! The house had windows, a path, a fence, a lawn chair, a satellite dish and two bushes.

Mwako made two things. The first was an Evil Lair Of Liony Doom (my name). I took many photos because I thought it was extremely cool.

He also made a cat carrier, with a handle and all:

Of course, we had to have the cats try it…

Elliot had regrets.

Rosie’s opinion was similar:

At this point Christopher was getting home so we put the toys away, and once he arrived, we went to our anticipated ramen dinner.

๐Ÿœ Hi-Pot Dinner ๐Ÿœ

Hi-Pot is one of our favorite restaurants and we were happy to introduce Mwako to it. We hadn’t had it in a long time and it was as good as ever.

Since I don’t often get to go out these days, I changed all over again just to go out to dinner:

As I was setting the alarm when we left, I noticed the sun on the Ring camera and it looked pretty so I took a capture:

I had… OMG… I had too many eggs. Christopher gave me his egg in exchange for my meat. I also ordered a side order of egg thinking it would be one egg but it was two. It was a massive amount of delicious eggs.

After we got home I almost went straight to bed, just kinda crashed, I was so happy and so full. Mwako leaves tomorrow… I will miss him lots. And I’ll back to work, work work! ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Iso Storytime 8/6 ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š

I worked really hard today. Got a massive amount of commission progress underway! I was able to finish all my chores and artwork in time for Isolation Storytime. After having so much fun during my first event I was very excited for today’s.

Already I had my area all prepped in the afternoon! This time I got ready in the library. I think this will be my place for it going forward. It was much more conductive to a Little space of mind.

And hereโ€™s my little table for coloring with both of my fancy sharpeners and aaaall of my crayon boxes! Though not all are visible here I supposeโ€ฆ ๐Ÿค” My big pink case was still in the other room.

Bluey helped me pick my outfit for the evening! I chose one of my own designs that I created for ODU, the Dino Nuggies pattern!

It was very fitting given my dinner…

Tonight was the night I picked to open all of my Bluey toys at once! So I had those in that area as well.

I had fun opening and posing them while listening to stories.

My favorite parts were the afterparty (well, the little bit I stayed forโ€ฆ I was tired) and the reading of Danger Moose and Bunny Boyโ€ฆ and Mavisโ€™ singing โ€œImagineโ€. Iโ€™m really happy that I have this to look forward to every week. I did some more crayoning too!

I hope to finish it this weekend, so I can start another, but it’s also really important that I get all commissions to the line art stage before Monday. I want all the overdue work to be done before next weekend, and so far, I’m doing well.

I’m not sure if I’ll attend the next Iso Storytime because next Friday is the Evangelion release… but I’ll definitely attend the Friday after that!

Anyway… it’s sooo late… well past my bedtime. Goodnight, everyone…

Some Pages From My Little Scrapbook ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“—โœจ

This is a rare week in which Christopher is coming home early enough to spend time together every day. So every evening we do just that. He plays a game, and I watch him play while scrapbooking. Right now he’s playing Skyward Sword.

Hereโ€™s my scrapbooking progress:

Itโ€™s basically another version of my blog, but with a much โ€œsmallerโ€ voice, since itโ€™s a Little journal. And itโ€™s only a selection of things that make me feel that way. I prefer to show the pages before I write on them.

During the day, I flatten it under heavy things as much as possible forโ€ฆ obvious reasons… ๐Ÿ˜…

Also, during the last Iso Storytime I finished my coloring page! Then I laminated and put stickers on it. Squirrelโ€™s getting ready for fallโ€ฆ I feel very ready too! ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒ

Speaking of squirrels… look at this cute little squirrel decoration I saw at Michaels:

I couldnโ€™t buy himโ€ฆ buying things is done for nowโ€ฆ but I did take a picture! ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿ‚

It’s Monday, Let’s Do This… *weak fistpump* ๐Ÿ˜ชโœŠ

Good morning everyone. I overslept todayโ€ฆ I am also just generally feeling a bit down. I suppose it is the “come down” from all my birthday fun, the knowledge of upcoming stressful stuff, and a looming sadness I still have in regards to a recent event that I’ve felt too awkward to talk about in detail.

The most I can say is that it has to do with my Little side and it’s part of why I’ve been pushing things that make me feel Little so hard during the last two or so weeks.

To put it in the simplest terms, after putting that side of me away for a long time, I took a dip, then a jump, into vulnerability once again. I am not really sure what happened –it may all be an unfortunate coincidence the details of which I do not know– but it ended up badly for me. I worried that I would completely hide that side away again, and it especially hurt to consider doing so after my Little side experienced a moment of such intense and utter happiness. It was a hard come-down.

So I bought a lot of toys/got lots of toys for my birthday and made a strong effort to nurture my Little side right after this happened, evidenced also by how much I’ve been talking about it, something I never did quite to this degree before. I dusted off my Fetlife profile and completely remade my page with the focus of finding fellow local Littles to befriend, and even made the jump to attend Isolation Storytime, which I thought I’d lurk all throughout and instead had my camera on for as long as I stayed, which was almost the whole two hours. I really enjoyed that. I’m going to try to keep doing this, balanced with my normal “big” stuff. But I think it’s still going to be a while until I feel okay again.

In other things that have been screwing with my mental health, I’ve noticed that I’ve thrice fallen into Twitter discourse again, including at least two occasions where it was absolutely NONE of my damn business. I’m not sure what made me do it after so long, but it was very bad for me mentally.

Worst of all is seeing friends post stuff that make me feel more and more disconnected from them. Twitter literally has weakened friendships for me because I feel much less safe around some people, including some people I once felt close to. Then again, it’s not like that was/is the only factor in those cases.

But I digress. Ah yes, Twitter. I ended up making a list where I follow a ton of furries and babyfurs (including plenty of people I don’t like or support) and this way I get a feel for the current community zeitgeist and what my friends are doing and/or how they are reacting to community goings-on. It is conductive to feeling less isolated but also more depressed, because so much about the community is just kinda terrible these days.

I can only access the list from the Twitter app, since on the computer, all of that stuff remains blocked with my Cold Turkey Blocker app. Lately I’ve had the Twitter app on my phone constantly though, so I check the list throughout the day, and the negative stuff from it has been affecting me severely. So I guess I may be deleting the app for a few weeks so I can have a break from that. Ironically, almost always the stuff that bothers me is from people I do call my friends and/or support –and this is why I feel less and less comfortable in the community as a whole.

Sorry, it’s all pretty cryptic, huh? ๐Ÿ˜… But at the end of the day I am writing this post for myself, to vent. So, it doesn’t really matter. No one needs to know the details.

Today is gonna be a long drawing day. I’m hoping to get multiple sketches and lines done for overdue commissions. So please look out for those! With the warm-ups done for now, I’m trying my best to catch up.

I’ll also catch up on several blog posts throughout the day.

Last Bits Of Birthday Stuff (Part #2) ๐ŸŽโœจ

Iโ€™d mentioned yesterday that I was waiting for two last birthday things. ๐Ÿ˜Š They arrived! One was the Heeler four wheel drive family vehicle. Itโ€™s really cute! ๐Ÿš— โœจ

I haven’t opened any of my Bluey toys yet. Waiting for special occasions.

I really like the detail of the car seats and the accurate location of the steering wheel:

The other thing that came in was one more book for scrapbooking. Itโ€™s also very cute. However, it has some minor water damage so Iโ€™m having it replaced.

And thatโ€™s it for all my birthday stuffs. Now Iโ€™m doing some chores and from afternoon until night itโ€™s going to be a serious buckle-down on commissions! ๐ŸŽจโœŠ