Monday, September 23, 2013

Fluttershy's Skirt

I think my favorite part of my Fluttershy cos-play was the skirt.  I am a huge fan of twirly skirts and this one was exactly that.   It was my first attempt at making a circle skirt so it didn't come out perfect but I learned a lot about what not to do next time and I love it anyways.

I used this super awesome tutorial from Lex at What The Craft.  The things Lex makes are a kind of awesome I can't even begin to aspire to and should definitely be checked out here.  How great other people's work is really inspires me to keep trying, even when my attempts massively fail because one day I will be able to make what I see in my head come out looking as fantastic as I think it is going to.

So, silly butt that I am I got so involved in the actual making of the skirt that I didn't remember to take pictures until I got to the last step.

That was the skirt right before the final step.  I think my biggest error was in the material I chose, it was was too light for making a circle skirt and it also frayed too much.  Have you ever tried to hem a circle skirt?  No easy task.  That's how it ended up with the pink double ruffle ribbon trim.  I guess that's the one good thing about being a craft supply addict, you can think outside the box and solve any problem.

The other thing that didn't turn out so great is the waist band.  Stretchy fabric should be cut smaller than your actual waist measurement.  Apparently you don't need to cut them to allow for seam allowances and other such bull crap.  The result is once I sewed it all together the waist is a little not so pretty.  (or a lot)  Live and learn.

The final step was ironing on the butterflies.  I love the butterflies, I think finding them was the selling point in my decision to cos-play Fluttershy.  Aren't they just to die for?

Going to Fan Expo with just Cat I naturally didn't get any pictures of me in full costume but I am hoping to get at least a few at Hammer Town Comic Con  in a couple weeks.

In a separate note, this month's Cephalopod Coffeehouse is on Friday, September 27.  We would love to have you join us in reviewing the best book you have read in the last month.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

When Boredom Strikes

There are days at work when it is so slow we are pretty much watching the paint dry.  They say with seniority comes privilege, in some fields of work that is not true, mine happens to be one of them.  So usually when things get to this ultra level of tedious I am the one here, idly doing my routine work without the occasional in flesh person to break up the hours. 

Ok, so maybe it was only an hour today but it felt like just slightly longer than forever.  And when you are calling people and no one answers the phone work that would usually take you two hours to do only takes half an hour and the day feels longer. 

To keep my mind occupied while I listen to the endless drone.of unanswered phones I like to doodle.  I find it very therapeutic and I would like to think my artistic skills are improving.

I mean you can totally tell what this one is right? 

Do you get mind numbingly bored at work?  What do you do to combat it?

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Thinking About Halloween

So I always have costumes on the brain now due to my new found addiction to cos-play, but along with the two cons I have coming up there is also Halloween.  I already have a pretty good idea of what I am going to be but I love to look at what's available.

I got my first e-flyer the other day and these were my favorite costumes from it so far.

This is my favorite, I think if I was going to do a store bought costume this year right now this would be on the top of the list.

I like this one mostly because I have a pair of boots that would look stunning with it.  And really, isn't it all about the shoes?

Now this one I don't actually like that much, however, I like those stockings and the gloves.  The costume isn't terrible but if those were sold separately I would defiantly pick them up and use them as accessories to do my own thing. 

Personally though, I think I shall be a fallen angel this year. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

And So School Begins

Somewhere along the way I got lost in the momentum of my kids growing up.  I forgot to get worried about things until they were right on top of me.  Like Cat starting junior kindergarten this year.
All summer we have been preparing for this day, we bought her backpack.  Hello Kitty, just like every other one she has ever owned.  But black and a little more grown up in her four year old eyes.  She picked out a lunch, with periodic table style wording on it.

We talked about how different school would be from daycare.  We went grocery shopping on Friday to buy her school lunches.  She picked out all her favorite snacks.  I thought we were as prepared as we could be.

On the first day she wanted to wear her Captain America costume to school so she would be brave.  We settled on the shirt with jeans and a sweater.  On the way it occurred to me maybe Mommy should have worn a superhero shirt because she could stand to feel a little braver. 

Having both your kids going to different schools is a pain, especially when you HAVE to go with one but the other one is having a freak out. That was my situation Tuesday morning...I had to be with Cat first day ever, parent tour, only there for any hour, you name it.  But Ace?  He was having such anxiety about starting Grade 3, despite all reassurances,  that I felt like I was abandoning him.  (got to love the mommy guilt)

In the end all his fears turned out to be nothing and he came home having had a fantastic day. (who knew?)  His teacher is fantastically nice and there's kids he knows in his class and most importantly the first handout she gave was one outlining what the workload was going to be like for the year.  That was his biggest fear, how much harder Grade Three is supposed to be.  I am happy that he has visibly relaxed.

As for Miss Cat, after her first full day yesterday, I can't get a word (or a thought) in edgewise.  "Mommy...  Do you know the school has a library?  My class went to the library, the librarian, who is very pretty read us a book.  Then guess what!  We got to choose a book to bring home.  And when we bring it back we get a sticker and we can bring home a new book!  I got a Berenstain Bears book."

From her excitement you would think she had never been to the library before.  But I get it, she doesn't have her own card, they don't give her stickers and we never do story hour there because it is at stupid times.  Although I have created my own unintentional story hour and gotten stink eye from other parents.  (that however is a story for another blog post)

Hope back to school has gone well for all.