Saturday, September 22, 2012, marked the first My Little Pony convention that I was able to attend. Silly Filly Con was held in Overland Park, Kansas, and it was a great time filled with all kinds of pony cuteness. We had the wonderful Sherry Bourlon of WhiteDove-Creations, DJ Shamrock and some of the other DJs from Celestia Radio, as well as Jessi Nowack, who has done several voice acting bits for fan videos around the Interwebs (including Hellsing Abridged!).
Today, we're going to focus on the wonderful plushies that were brought with Sherry, as we've actually seen some of these WhiteDove-Creations plushies here on Tomopop! Hit the jump to take a closer look at these adorable and huggable friends!
Nearly as soon as I walked in the door, I started to freak out from cuteness! Granted, I got called over to sign up for the cosplay contest, but as soon as that was done, my immediate next stop was the WhiteDove-Creations table! Sherry Bourlon and her two children were sitting with her herd of plushies that are just cute as can be.
Walking in to see that Luna plush as soon as I got in the door was incredible in its own right. I love the small rhinestone-looking bits that she places on the mane and tail to make it look like the night sky. It adds such a great amount of detail that I rarely see anywhere else!
Next up was Sweetie Belle, and who doesn't love this adorable little filly? She is by far my favorite of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, but when I love Rarity as much as I do how I could not just adore her little sister. Speaking of Rarity, check out that great custom Rarity sitting by Sweetie Belle! Her big sister always looks after her, even if she ends up being the little sister in this scenario.
There's a better view of Miss Rarity and little Sweetie Belle! Something particularly awesome about that Rarity custom that I love so much? It was made by Blackout-Comix, who happens to be her son! He was really nice as well, and you should definitely check out the rest of his customs because they're fantastic! You can also see Sherry back there working on the wings for her daughter's Rainbow Dash costume (which was awesome as well!), and I had the pleasure of talking with her while we sat next to each other during the Cosplay Contest.
Oh! There's Scootaloo and Apple Bloom, the other two members of the Cutie Mark Crusaders! I just want to hug them up! Granted, that's a reoccurring theme with all of these plushies. I absolutely love Apple Bloom's gigantic bow in her mane too.
I'd say next up is Twilight Sparkle, but you can see almost everyone back there in this shot. I do love how she does Twilight's hair though, so be sure to take a look at that.
Next up is Applejack, who is by far my mom's favorite. Yes, my mom was with me at the con, as she's a big fan of MLP as well! She was so excited to see AJ's hat included on her plush, and I love that even her little freckles were there!
Speaking of hair that I love how she did? Yup! I absolutely adore how she does Rainbow Dash's mane and tail. As someone who sews herself, I can imagine what a pain it is to do a plush with as many colors as Rainbow Dash, but she makes it looks great!
Now there's the most fabulous pony that every pony should know! It's my favorite pony of all time, Rarity! I'm in good company as well, because she also happens to be Sherry's favorite. Though it could be a common thing with those of us who sew! The way she uses wire in Rarity's mane and tail is awesome since if gives the natural curl that her hair has in the show.
Looking back down the table you can see the entire herd, except for the Cutie Mark Crusaders who just happen to be a little short and are a bit hidden down there.
Back in the back row we have the super adorable Fluttershy, which his her son's favorite pony. We also have Wild Fire, who happens to be the OC of Sabrina Alberghetti, who is one of the storyboard artists for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Pinkie Pie's also hiding back there and ready to party!
Oh! It's time for the panel! Scootaloo is ready to get back out of that box and help set up for the show!
There's DJ Shamrock and the crew of Celestia Radio sitting behind the table as Sherry gets set up for her panel.
All of the ponies are ready for their big day! They can't wait for everyone to see them and learn how they came to be in plush form!
Here we go! It's time for the start of the WhiteDove-Creations panel!
She told us all about the origin of WDC, including how she had never made a plushie before until her son went to her wanting a Fluttershy plush. She used to actually create Native American regalia for celebratory dances. Her creations had even made an Olympic appearance among other things! She didn't start making pony plushies until 2011, though WhiteDove-Creations originally started back in 1999.
She told us about working with Minky, and shared some photos of the work in progress ponies. It was kind of funny to see them standing around without their heads on!
She even shared some of her early plushies, even back when she used to use fleece. It's amazing to see how far she's come in such a short amount of time. She has been sewing since she was a young girl though, so at least she already knew a lot about the craft of sewing.
Here, she showed the more recent plushies including the Cutie Mark Crusaders, as well as the Fausticorn that was traded to Lauren Faust herself.
After the panel, she was kind enough to let me hold Rarity, and I was absolutely in love! Yes, I totally am dressed as "Artsy" Rarity while holding Rarity. It's Rariception!
Look how fabulous she looks up close! She's so soft, I nearly didn't want to let her go!
I eventually did have to let go, but Sherry was sweet enough to take a picture with me, as well as bring along the little sister! You can't let Rarity go without Sweetie Belle after all!
A big thanks to Sherry and her kids for coming down to Silly Filly Con and for letting all of us see these sweet plushies in person! Another huge thanks to the staff of Silly Filly Con for putting together such a fun event so quickly! I hope to see everyone again next year!
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