Well, hello there strangers!

And suddenly, out of nowhere, a wild blog post appears!

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Hey guys!  How’s everybody doing?  Been a while, I know.  This has been just one of the craziest falls in recent history.  I don’t have a card to share with you today, but I thought I’d jump on anyway and give a life update instead in an attempt to explain the lack of posts.

So, where did we leave off?  Oh yeah, I was making costumes for Dragon Con.  Well, D*C was two months ago already, and it was a blast!  My mom and I got all three costumes done in time.

Me and my cousin Hollie as Merlin and Arthur, Applejack, me as Jyn with a sand trooper from Rogue One

Applejack was my most popular at the con itself.  I only ended up giving away 5 of my apple keychains, though, and 4 of them were to one group of girls.  But those girls totally made my day with how they adored the costume, so I wasn’t too disappointed.  I’m glad I didn’t carry the entire bag of apples around with me all day, though!  Guess I have a lot for next time I wear the costume.  ButI do need to fix quite a few of them because the hot glue isn’t holding the leaves on the apples like I hoped it would.  So that’ll be a whole process to fix those and find a better glue.

I was going to do a whole post on how I weathered the costumes, but that seems like kind of a moot point now.  Basically, I used three different kinds and colors of fabric spray paint and a couple different colors of shoe polish rubbed on the clothes to weather them down.  I did wash most of the clothes (I think everything except Jyn’s vest) after getting home, and some of the weathering did come out, so I’ll have to redo some of that before the costumes come out to play again.

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Here’s one before and after of the weathering process:

So, that was the beginning of September.  A couple weeks later, my entire family, along with my Grandma, went on vacation to the Cincinnati area and went to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum.

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That was a fun week.  Lots of driving, but we definitely made some good memories.  It was fun to go to those places with my brother and grandma, since they had never been there before.  And on the last day before we started heading home, my mom and I went to a museum that had a traveling display called “Star Wars: The Power of Costumes” and they had a TON of the costumes that were actually used in the films on display, as well as original concept art and other stuff.  That was so cool!  I’m sure glad I found that online when we were in the hotel looking for things to do in the area.  🙂   And we were there just in time, too, because it was the last week that the display was going to be at that museum before moving on to its next location!

The other major news of the last couple months is the fact that I moved!  The day after I got back from Dragon Con, my brother, Mom, and I went to a few houses with my brother’s realtor and he found the house he wanted!  So, all that kind of stuff took up time in those couple weeks between Dragon Con and Cincinnati, then after we got home from Ohio it was time to pack!  My craft stuff was actually some of the first stuff to get packed, so I haven’t even had access to it to make a card for the blog.

We moved in a couple weeks ago, and are slowly getting settled.  My mom is planning on coming over tomorrow to help me hang up my art gallery and some other stuff, and then it will really start feeling like home.

And on top of everything else, as if it wasn’t enough, I’m also on jury duty this month.  😛  Like I needed THAT extra stress in my life right now.

It may be a couple more weeks until I finally get everything organized and actually have space on my craft desk and access to my paper crafts to make a card again.  But I tell you what, I am in such a “making” mood right now, I just want to:

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I have so many things I want to do, especially before Christmas, which will be here before we know it!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is in two weeks?!  I don’t even have any new Christmas cards made yet.  But seriously, now that I’m living with one of the few people I sent a card to, I think I really only need 2 cards!  How sad is that?  But I have a few other things I want to work on as well, so for the rest of this year I will hopefully be posting some cards, other paper crafts, and some other fun crafts as well.

I’ve definitely been missing crafting and blogging, so here’s hoping that very soon things will get back on a regular schedule!  Talk to you soon!

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My Steampunk Cosplay!

So I know it’s really late and I should be going to bed instead of blogging, but writing this post was on my to do list for the night and by golly, I’m going to get it done!  I had intended to do other things tonight, but then I got sucked into Youtube watching The Hillywood Show’s latest live stream video and the evening kind of got away from me.  To be fair, the craft project I had intended to work on smells bad so I really only want to work on it when I can open windows, and it’s raining tonight.  But if I get this post up, I will only have one thing on my list (besides the not-do-able craft project) that I didn’t get done, so yay for that.

On a side note, and I probably shouldn’t even mention this because that makes it sound like I’m committed to the idea and I’ll probably fail miserably, but I’m thinking that I should make a craft project goal for the week in addition to my card of the week.  I have so many ideas and projects that are either started or conceived in my brain that I want to do, so I should set myself some realistic goals for actually completing some of them.  I had intended to work on my craft goal for this week tonight before the siren call of Youtube and the rain challenged my plans.

Ok, on to why I’m really posting: my steampunk cosplay!!  Yay!  So I already showed you guys my Astrid cosplay from How to Train Your Dragon.  Well, I put together a steampunk costume (again with sewing help from my wonderful mother!) that I debuted at Dragon Con over Labor Day a couple weeks ago.   A few weeks before the con, my very sweet friend Emily of Truelight Images offered to do a photo shoot for me of my costume.  Downtown Sioux Falls offers some wonderful old buildings that were a perfect backdrop for a steampunk shoot, so we met up on a beautiful Tuesday evening and had a super-great time taking pictures.

Without further ado, my costume debut!  Btw, it was really hard to decide which pictures to share!  They are all so cool!

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I think this is my absolutely favorite picture from the whole shoot

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I love how powerful that shot on the right looks!

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I can’t thank Emily enough for all the time she put into these pictures!  From researching poses to taking the pictures to editing, I was just speechless at the effort she put in.  If you are in the Sioux Falls, SD area and need a photographer for family portraits, events, cosplay shoots (which she now says are her favorite kind!), please get in touch with Emily at her business facebook page: Truelight Images.  She will definitely make your shoot something special.

Ok, now I really need to go to bed!  I’m having issues typing and still have two more days of work this week.  Oh, on the plus side, between holiday time off and PTO, I only have 4 full weeks of work left for the year!  Yay me!  So I should have lots of time to work on those craft projects…

Oh, before I forget, I know this was just a bunch of glamour shots of the final product, but if anyone is curious about the process that went into constructing the costume, please comment and let me know!  I’ll put a post together about the process and construction if anyone is interested.

G’night!

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Adventures in Cosplay

I really should be going to bed right now, or at least getting ready to head that direction, but I’m too excited!  I got my pictures back from the photo shoot I did on Saturday and I just have to share them with someone!  So here I am blogging instead.

I was introduced to cons and cosplay via my favorite blogger Jen Yates, and I went to my first convention last spring.  Incidentally, that’s where I’m headed this coming weekend, back to that same con.  I debuted my first cosplay at the con last year on Saturday.  And let me tell you, I totally got bit by the cosplay bug!  I had so much fun, and it opens so many doors at for chatting with people who share similar interests, especially if you attend by yourself like I did.  After watching the costume contest on Saturday night, I went back to my hotel room and didn’t fall asleep until about 3 AM.  My mind was going crazy with ideas and inspirations and just general excitement about this world that allows adults to dress up as characters and not be thought of as weird.

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This was my cosplay last year, Kaylee Frye from Firefly.  She will be reappearing this weekend on Friday.

My Sunday costume for this year is a gender-bent 10th Doctor from Doctor Who.  I wanted an excuse to get and wear that epic coat, so I put this costume together.

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I hate to say it, but I’m not just that crazy about it.  It’s lacking much in the pizazz department, plus I know I’m going to be boiling in that coat!  But I bought the coat, so by golly I’m going to wear it to a con!  Maybe next winter I’ll use it as my winter coat.  It’s certainly warm enough!  I tried to re-construct the Doctor’s look as a female in such ways as ringlets instead of sideburns and a red scarf instead of a red tie, while maintaining the basic look.  I think I succeeded.

But the costume I’m most excited about is my Saturday costume.  This has been about a 9 month process from inception to completion (and I still need to add a couple finishing touches, yikes!), but I can say I’m very proud of it.  A huge thank you goes to my mom the sewing genius (hi, mom!) who did all the sewing on it and also had lots of great ideas and suggestions for various aspects of putting it together.  Also a big thank you goes to my friend Dory for taking the pictures and doing the editing on them.

Without further ado, I present to you: Astrid Hofferson!

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A couple comparison shots from movie to me:

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Darn it, the wrong leg is in front!

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This next one is one of my favorite pictures from the shoot:

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Threatening the camera was fun.  🙂

I should probably end there, but I love the vintage-y vibe of these last two, so I just have to share them.

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I am so excited to debut this costume this weekend!  I’m seriously hoping to find a Hiccup at the con, just so I can get a picture with him.  Lol!  Counting down the days…

So it begins…

So, a new year.

I’ve never been one much for new year’s resolutions. I know setting goals is a good thing, and the new year is a great time to set goals and make plans and start fresh, but I inevitably slump somewhere and just give up, never picking up the pieces and trying again.  I guess that’s why I am starting a blog.  I’ve had the idea for this project for at least a year, but the idea of starting a blog and learning something new and taking the time to try has just seemed so daunting.

But, *deep breath*  here we go.

My plans for this blog are simple.  I like to create things.  I always have.  Guess it’s in my blood, from both my parents, though our creative outlets are very different.  I’ve had the idea for over a year to try to make myself create something once a week, specifically to create a new greeting card.  I’ve always like paper crafts and I have so many materials, rubber stamps, cardstock, embellishments, etc. that I really need to use some up.  So, my goal is to make a new card every week, preferably with materials I already possess, and post it here.  What I will do with the cards when I am done with them remains to be seen.  🙂  But I figured if I have the accountability of having to post said creations out there for the world, then maybe I’ll actually stick with this goal.

I do anticipate posting other little things I do as well, whether it be an extra pretty photo I took, other creative things I’ve done, random thoughts, etc, but I do plan to post at least once a week with my new card creation.

Wish me luck.