I just can’t!

Ok guys, here’s the deal.  I’ve got less than two months before I’m leaving for Dragon Con.  I am planning on debuting 3 brand new cosplays at the con, and my apartment looks like a craft store blew up in it.  But, none of it is card-related.  Every bit of my free time right now is getting devoted to working on my costumes so that I don’t enter into full-blown panic mode a week before the con, still trying to put the finishing touches on my cosplays.  🙂

So, I’m putting the cards on hold for a while, and instead will be giving you (hopefully) weekly updates on my costumes instead.  If you’re just here for the cards, I’m sorry, but there’s going to be a break.  You can ignore my posts for the next several weeks, or you can enjoy this peek into other areas of my life.

I am going to be wearing a costume every day at the con this year.   The first time I went two years ago, I only wore a costume on Saturday and Sunday.  But this year, all four days, baby!  It just makes going to cons even more fun if you’re all dressed up as some beloved character.  I am recycling my Amy Pond costume and wearing it again as the gal going with me this year is going one day as Rose Tyler.  So that’ll be fun.  We’re also planning on going one day as gender-swapped Merlin and Arthur from BBC’s Merlin (I’ll be Merlin).  I haven’t even started on that costume yet.  But, I’m thinking that one won’t be too hard to put together.

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The other two costumes are definitely in progress mode right now.  The one that’s almost done is a humanized version of Applejack from My Little Pony.

I’m pretty much done with the costume, except for trying out the different white face paint I got and adding some little tweaks.  I am planning on making some little apple gifts to give to any little kids that are especially excited about my outfit, but I haven’t started on those yet.

The last costume, which is definitely my most detailed (and expensive) cosplay to date is Jyn Erso from Rogue One.  Anyone who knows me IRL knows that I fell in absolute love with that movie last December, and almost immediately after seeing it I decided I wanted to cosplay as Jyn.

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The only completed part of her outfit I have right now is her gloves, which I bought on etsy.  I bought a kyber crystal necklace on etsy as well, but I want to rework the cord a bit.  My mom and I spent a good part of last Monday working on making her vest, and all that actually got sewn was putting the topstitching on the front.

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But, we got the pattern figured out and puzzled over lots of details, so hopefully we’ll make a lot of progress this week.

I’ve also been spending an exorbitant amount of time scrunched over a table with sandpaper and plastic.  I bought a few 3D printed kits of items for her outfit, including her weapons, and have been working on sanding them all down.

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I think all that’s left is sanding the final large pieces of her blaster, then I can actually start painting them.  Two of the blaster pieces warped a bit, though, so I’m going to try to un-warp them tonight before I start standing those.

And yeah, that’s the status of my cosplays for the moment.  Next update will hopefully have things a lot farther along.  I took a couple days off later this week to work on them, so here’s hoping for a productive long weekend!

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Card #117: Invitation

2 observations:

  1. I always seem to get sick over long, holiday weekends.  And it sucks.  😦
  2. You know I’m in full-on cosplay build mode when I willingly go to Menards, even after working the late shift at work and having not had supper yet.  🙂

So those are my excused for not having this post up yesterday.  I’m sick, and I was working on a costume project.  The going to Menards thing was on Monday (though I was there again today) but it led into working on costumes and I had though about posting that observation on facebook but never got around to it so I did it here instead.  And now I’m rambling, which must be a result of illness.  I had intended to write this yesterday, but once I got started sanding plastic, I just couldn’t stop!  And stayed up later than I should have.  Which is probably also why I’m sick.

Hmm.

Anyway, I was tasked last week with making some invitations for the Alpha Center, since they know I like to do that sort of thing.  Since the invitations really didn’t have anything to do with babies, I made them pretty generic.

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A little patterned paper (used some really old stuff up, yay!), a yellow card base, and some red to frame out the words.  Inside of course was all the details about the event, printed on the computer.  And I added a couple blue gems for a little sparkle and decoration.  I didn’t have enough of any one blue to do all dozen cards, so a few of them were different.  But since everyone will only see their own card, it doesn’t really matter.  🙂

Ok, I’m going to bed now.  A long day of costume work is in store for me (and my wonderful mom! hi mom!) tomorrow, and I’m beat, so hopefully a better night’s rest tonight and I at least won’t be hacking all day in her sewing room.

Oh, also, if you haven’t seen it yet, GO SEE WONDER WOMAN!!!  I finally saw it today, and it did not disappoint.  🙂

All right, off to bed now…

Craft time!

Wow, isn’t amazing how life happens and gets in the way of other things?  I hadn’t intended to take last week off from my blog, but with VBS and everything going on with that, I just didn’t have time to make a card.  And this week, I have to admit I didn’t make a card either (it’s still the weekend, so I’m not counting myself as late with this post. 🙂 ).  My brain has just been focused on other things and my craft juices were flowing towards something other than cards:

dragon eggs!

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Aren’t they so fun?!

I saw a link to a tutorial on facebook a couple weeks ago and thought it looked like a super cute project to do.  Essentially, you paint push pins with nail polish and stick them on a foam egg, spiraling up from the bottom.  Simple, fun, and endless color options!

I started with the green egg, which I picked up at Joann’s in a set of 2, but after having to use more than 2 packages of pins just for that one egg, I found a package of several sizes, all of which are smaller than the original, at Michael’s.

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I’m holding it for size reference.  See, it’s really big!

I still have several eggs to do, and a small supply of pins already painted pink.  But I’ve bought out three of the local Walmarts of their white push pins already.  Haven’t made it to the one that’s farthest away yet.

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This one I painted with holographic nail polish so it has that gorgeous rainbow effect.  I was working on it at night in my dark apartment and it looked pretty blah, but the next day when I held it in the sunshine I was really impressed.

So yeah, that’s what’s been keeping me busy lately, besides the rest of life in general.  I really am planning on having a card for you this Saturday.  In the meantime, have a great week!

Card #116: Teacher Retirement

Once again, my mom came to me this week with a request for a card.  And I was only too happy to oblige.  With my brain very much scattered into all corners of VBS, having an assignment for something to make this week was very helpful, not to mention the fact that I got to use a few embellishments that have been around for a long time and for which I really had no use of my own.

A friend of ours from church is retiring after many years of teaching and I made her a retirement card this week.  I’m sure I got the embellishments from a garage sale years ago, and have been out of school myself for years before that, so yeah, these things have been sitting around a while.

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I don’t remember what grade she taught, but I’m pretty sure it was a younger grade, like 3rd or something?, so I went with bright primary colors and a couple cute embellishments.

The desk and frame of the chalkboard are actually made out of super thin wood, which is pretty cool.

Hopefully my mom will be happy with her order.  😉

I know this is short, but I need to go put a bunch of stuff away in my hall closet and make sure I have everything collected and ready to go for our major VBS decorating day tomorrow.  Next time I write on here, VBS will be over!