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Pillow Hantje by trenchmaker Pillow Hantje by trenchmaker
I actually wanted to take photos of the Bao pillow and Hantje was curious. Actually I ended up with more catnose-in-photo-pics than pillow pics >_<
She's grown up now, 2 1/2 years old, and still an EHK (european short hair... since people asked). And yes, red but female. Han looks a lot like my comic Patches O.o

Regarding the pillows:
that's how they look in real life. I wish I'd have more cut stuff but my bf would kill me if he had to fight plushies on the couch all the time.
The pillow covers can still be bought here: [link]
Inside is a 50x50 pillow, normally I'd say a 40x40 would fit more. I just couldn't find any. Duh!

Con Freebie (not the cat)
The left one (Bao in the box) will be given to a lucky winner at the Animaco con via tombola. I thought it might be fun for those who attend :sun:

Anne
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what does 'Hantje' mean, and how is it pronounced? :)
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh god... you know this is basically as bad as trying to pronounce my last name correct. :XD: Hantje... you prononce it like this: The Ha like HArvest, n normal, t normal, je... uh... English is always annoying because it misses so many pronounciation options. Anyways, I searched the je because I can't come up with a word that might happen to sound alike in English.
You should listen to this:
de.forvo.com/word/boje/
(Boje is an buoy)
the e is short-don't make the mistake to make an English e out of it. Try to stick to the sound you hear. Hantje would end up sounding like Hantjiii, which is both in Dutch and German language wrong.

Where it comes from:
Well, I got Hantje when Germany played the Netherlands in the world cup 4 years ago and these are called the Oranjes (Oranges). And since Hantje is oranje as well and turned out to be a she though we were told we'd get an orange tom cat aannnnd I wanted to name the boy Hannibal.... Hannibal turned into a Hantje. Because Hantje is very dutch, very oranje and it suits her well.

What does it mean:
God's grace.

Her brother is named Tretel... noun form of the german word for kneading. He actually kneads a lot.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Han-tya? If it's Dutch it's not exactly the same as German sounds, so I'm not sure. German, Dutch, AND English are germannic tongues. :D My last name is Wagner.

Tretel, makes me think of Hansel and Gretel, hehehe. Ah, Germany, the land of dark fairy tales. Ah, America, the land that waters down those fairy tales lol.
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the name exists in German language as well (or we'd call her "Huntje")- like Antje and Heintje.
And I bet you hear a "Waygner" all the time.

I know the old connections in the languages but nevertheless the lack of variety in sound the English language has nowadays is sometimes a bit sad. I talked to a guy at one fair and he was learning Japanese (which is easy for Germans because it's so "straight" in the vocals) and it was twisting his tongue.
I love English as a language anyway. I just miss the possibilities I have in my mother tongue.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We lack variety in sound? Not sure I understand.

Well, you know the English word 'wag'? like wag the dog? That's how it's pronounced: wag-nur. I'm pretty sure in German it sounds vahg-nuh or vahg-nah. You'll have to guess my first name from the German version: Wilhelm. ;)
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hm... how to explain... it's complicated. The basic language moved into a different direction than some other European ones - naturally- and German sounds a bit neutral and has those annoying ä, ü, ö and ß (not sure these pop up as funky symbols). It can be pretty smooth and very harsh (Krätze- the kr and tz). I know some English words go into the same direction (scratching for example, but it's not that aggressive in sound).
I think Charlie Chaplin in "the great dictator" with his gibberish pseudo-German grasped it pretty well.

Anyways... Willhelm... you might be a Will? It's  good name. Though Will Wagner is a bit like Peter Parker and Lois Lane, Clark Kent and... you know.
Wagner in German sounds like Wahg-ner. You get the Wahg-nah whe somebody speaks sloppy or is sloppy and drunk or from... Saxony-Anhalt maybe. And sloppy and drunk.
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TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the umlaut and other symbols, yes they showed up

it changes the sound of the word

I find philology, btw, VERY interesting. Tolkien was a philologist.

I mean, to near the end of Wagner, in German, sounds almost not there, cut off, whereas the accent--haha--is on the first syllable. It's like the name Rimmer. On an episode of Red Dwarf, Rimmer was asking asking Lister not to call him Rimmer when they meet the three stranded females. "Why?" He answers, "cause the accent is on the 'rim,' makes me sound like a lavatory disinfectant." Lister says, "what do you me to call you, rimMAIR?" LOL. For all I know, Rimmer is germannic.

How did you know I go by Will? Technically it's William. Oh, so you know our comic books, hehe. I really want to read Captain America, because of the movies, but I never have. I have a few Batman graphic novels and a Batgirl collection.
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trenchmaker Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Rimmer.... it sounds German but it could also be Dutch. Actually I can't come up with any other word that might be connected to it. Not that names usually have to.
If you meet somebody and he's telling you his name it's quite common to pronounce it very clear to make sure he/she gets the correct spelling. Sometimes it's quite impossible nevertheless. i have a colleauge who' last name is Nagy. Many people call him "Nah-geh" whereas the name is correctly pronounced like "notch".

Regarding Will/William. I tink a lot of people rather use the short form (theladder made a quite interesting study about it.. info.theladders.com/our-team/3… ). Like a Wes is normally a Wesley. We shorten the surnames as well and it makes it more "family and friend zone" and keeps you from stumbling over looonnng names.
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Xingyaru Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The cat has exactly the same face as my cat xD !
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LittleRedLover Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
very cute :3 what does the writing say on the note and the box?
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