10 November

Coming soon: A larger workshop

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Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

We just bought a house, and it’s going to have a two-car garage, potential backyard space for a workshop shed and my sewing area will be doubled. We’ll finally have a room we can put all his grandparent’s antiques in and not leave them somewhere and hope they don’t get scratched.  The house will be built to the design we want, and will be ready in a few months.  Which means we have to move again.

Hubby’s working on a large vacuum former, which right now is taking up a lot of space in our rental place, but soon things will be changing. We’re one big step closer to renting out our original home after this weekend.  In the mean time, we’re plotting up next DragonCon’s costume line up. I think the bug finally bit my husband and now he’s eager to put his workshop skills and tools to use on some fun projects.

This year, we went as our first ‘paired’ costume set, Rocket(te) and Groot. By DragonCon next year, we’ll likely again be Upgraded (fursuit)Rocket and (latex)Groot, some D&D characters from the cartoon back in the day, and a RIFTS duo.  His costume, I think is secret for now, so I’ll just say I’m starting plans for making myself a Lay-line Walker and leaving it at that.  My purple padme gown will make four costumes, and hopefully by then I’ll be in shape to wear Cursed Midna again, making that more or less my costume limit, allowing for one surprise outfit of some kind, maybe. I’m finding myself just not wanting to change all that often anymore.  I’m having more fun wearing a well-made costume ‘all day’ rather than switching out to something I haven’t spent as much time on.

Poking around for Rocket Racoon reference images, I think this is my favorite thing that showed up. (artist and original comic book unknown)

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8 September

DragonCon 2014

This was possibly our most successful DragonCon to date. Last year was much more hectic and stressful, but despite managing 7 costumes and making last minute hot glue gun repairs in our room, we had a great time.  My husband and I and a good friend all made it to the giant 600 person Marvel Photoshoot and we had a blast.

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We are planning improvements to next years ‘Guardians” group.  My green friend there put her outfit together last minute and rounded up our Ronan and Star Lord. I’m going to update to a full or partial fur suit, and Groot will be updated with an internal cooling system, a better paint job and longer legs.  My husband survived his first full body suit experience quite well, and still give tons of “Groot Hugs” on the way back to the hotel room when by all rights, he should have been exhausted.

The rest of my costumes went over pretty well, but none of them were really meant to be amazing this year.  Mara was a repeat and my lightsaber only lit up half way. I thought I’d forgotten ALL my wigs, my Zelda crown crumbled in my hands and my bow got tangled in some chick’s armor and pulled it apart. I almost lost my friend’s elf ears, and Catra wasn’t done before Sunday night. At DragonCon. I forgot hubby’s green belt for his Jedi, and I couldn’t find my other silver glove for this photoshoot.  The only costume that worked 100% correctly was Ginger from Legend of Korra, and now I want to go back and shorten the skirt.  Oh well.  Other than costume malfunctions, it was a great weekend.

This was the first year I didn’t paint myself blue at all either.

We’re already talking about next years group plans, and roping more people into them, so we’ll see how it goes.

27 August

Costume updates! Groot!

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Groot mask/head that I’m making for my hubby so he can be Groot for DragonCon.  The suit is more or less done, he just needs to make his stilts for the damn thing.  I have one more step with the mask, which is to add a brown or black cloth for the neck, do something for the eyes and add the green tree flocking to the face and chest plates.

Mask and plates are carved from EVA floor tile foam with a Dremel and sanding bit.

I’m ridiculously excited with how this is coming out.  I haven’t had this much fun working on my own costumes in quite a while. Rockette is going to be a blast too.  This will be our first ‘duo’ costume with myself and my husband, and it’ll be his second costume.  The first one I made him was “Corran Horn” and I still gotta get him approved with Rebel Legion but I keep putting off taking the photos.  I have five Rebel Legion costumes approved for myself.

 

23 July

I did another thing – Rebel Legion

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A new Jedi Knight member of Blue Ridge Base/Rebel Legion asked for a sig banner, so I made him one.  The Darth Vader is a 501st member – he’s not from a movie screen shot.  “Darinus” is an OC, with a cape instead of a robe in grey tones and a purple lightsaber.  He’s only got the one costume so far, but when he gets more I’ll update his banner be animated.  Though, now that I’ve said that, I’m tempted to go back and animate a glow on the sabers and make them vibrate a little.

The right round logo says “Nexus Temple” – all Jedi are automatically members so we all get to use that logo in addition to the BRB logo.

29 May

ConCarolinas!

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Animazement ended up being a total bust for me – my first year since I started going five years ago that I missed it.  Or was it four years ago? On the plus side, I’ll be getting a bit of overtime pay for the holiday weekend.

ConCarolinas is coming up next weekend, and I’m looking forward to a low-key con.  I just got a brand new round of makeup in the mail from ELF, which seems like a bit of product placement, but it’s really not.

I have a lot of make up to split between personal life and costuming, though I try to keep separate sets for each. Elf became a go-to for inexpensive colors I knew I was only going to use for a specific costume and as a way to avoid dropping 8 bucks on a lipstick I knew I would only use a couple of times.  With the exception of my Rebel Legion characters, I tend to only wear my costumes a couple of times before putting them up or retiring them. I’ve had the good fortune (or sense) to make more costumes that require no make up and are easier to throw on.

A Rebel Legion buddy of mine is working with me to make matching “Weeping Angel” costumes more or less following a helpful Instructable.  While no makeup will be involved, getting into and out of them will take up some time.  Navigating together while wearing them will be the more difficult part, at least at DragonCon.  This week I sculpted one of the ‘scary’ masks, and I’m anxiously waiting to see if the thing is going to crack while drying.

They won’t be done in time to enter the costume contest with them, and I don’t know if I’m entering this year, or what I’m bringing besides Mara Jade.  I *could* enter my True Form Midna, which hasn’t won anything yet, but I have no skit, and groups do better than solo entries at ConCarolinas.  And I kind of just want to not enter this year and let he con be stress free.  I’m not really supposed to enter my Rebel Legion costumes, so no Mara either.  Journey would be great if I could dance at all, but I’d probably fall over anyway.

I’ll play it by ear and see what happens.  Maybe next year I can do a Firefly skit with Becky and put that Kaylee outfit together that I’ve been wanting to do..

27 May

Godzilla and Friends

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My best friend has been bugging me to make her a ‘badass’ photoshop ever since she saw the Jedi confronting the Balrog. So I spent five minutes on this and posted it to her facebook wall.

I’ll make her something nicer soon, but she and her husband (right) will get a kick out of it anyway.

 

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