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The Way Back by stratosmacca The Way Back by stratosmacca
Brrr...! Not sure if it's like this where you guys are, but where I am it's cold outside. So this kind of seems appropriate.

Featured here is my bestest childhood buddy, my stuffed animal Hippo. I got him as a birthday present when I was two-years-old, and I still have him to this day. Years ago when I was little, one of his nostrils fell off and was lost in the washing machine and I was mortified. But nowadays it's all part of Hippo's charm.

The title of this piece is a nod to the first episode of Blake's 7, which first aired in the UK 30 years ago yesterday :)
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:iconhippopottermiss:
Hippopottermiss Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Featured in my hippo journal [link]
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:iconstratosmacca:
stratosmacca Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks! :)
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Genetictheft9 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
haha yeeeah i saw this little dude in the making awsome...
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ninfadelmar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Student General Artist
is funny and cute
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mankindram Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008
Excellent
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Neftoon-Zamora Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008   Writer
It is adorable! I love the title...hehe!
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whoisrico Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
Cold here too! That hippo needs boots and a mask! Wouldn't be as cute probably but, I can barely bend my fingers as I type this it's so cold here!
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
I hear ya! DC is like 25-30 minutes from me, so I think our temperatures today were about the same! It was something like 23 degrees when I got up this morning. Lots of lovely ice to scrape off the car windows, there was.

Hippo does need some boots and a mask. Or some pants, even. How he manages it, I'll never know!
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whoisrico Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Guess I should update my info. I haven't lived in D.C. for a few years. I actually live in Pasadena, MD and work in Columbia. So yeah, same weather!
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whoisrico Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
and now it's 70 degrees out, go figure!
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:iconstratosmacca:
stratosmacca Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
I know, the weather here is insane. I've almost forgotten what a decent snowfall is like :(
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Dear-Boy Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
So lovely... ^^
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Ninja-G33k Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
What a handsome hippo he is!

There's a picture book out now called Dirty Bow Wow, which has photos and stories of people's childhood companions.

I have one myself, a now forty-two-year-old rabbit named Pete. He wears a polka-dotted clown suit, and sits in a child-sized easy chair in the living room...with the Googly-Eyed Monster...
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's awesome! I think it's great when people hold onto their childhood toys. I had another favorite before Hippo, a little doll I named Blue Baby (because she's dressed in blue). I still have her up on my shelf next to Hippo, even. I feel kind of bad for her because once I got Hippo I kind of lost interest in her, heh.
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valstaples Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008
Awesome! :D
It's really cute.
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Marker-Mistress Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Awwwww I remember you telling me about this! Makes me remember my childhood Snuggle bear which was lost and now I am a bitter individual because of it hahaha. It's a very well done piece, it makes me feel ever so much colder than I am right now, and the tone is just, woah...
As soon as I read the title I knew you had B7 on the mind. :hug:
So did you watch The Way Back to celebrate?
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stratosmacca Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hah, my sister would know how you feel. She used to have a blanket she carried around with her everywhere. Then, after a few years, the silk along the edge of the blanket came off and she started carrying around this string of silk with her. She called it "Silky." One day it was suddenly gone-- she swears my mom threw it away, but my mom swears otherwise. So who knows? But to this day she's still upset over it.

Dude, it is SO cold here. Right now it's about 25 degrees outside. No snow (unfortunately), but it is freaking COLD.

I didn't get a chance to watch The Way Back, though I really wanted to! I'll have to give it a go this weekend or something. I've been too busy lately to watch much of anything. Sigh.
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wachey Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, that hippo's so cute!! I think it's the red sweater that got me X3
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:iconstratosmacca:
stratosmacca Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I think the sweater is pretty cute, myself! :)
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