1 January

New addition to my Etsy shop!

I now have two offerings for sale as patterns.

The hand stitching cord pattern as printable sheets with instructions

https://www.etsy.com/listing/216457953/cording-pattern-for-padme-purple-senate?ref=shop_home_active_1

And Midna has been updated to include skirt design patterns.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/189726777/midna-cloak-instructions-patterns-and?ref=listing-shop-header-1

26 November

Updated To-Do List

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It’s the end of November and I have just one month left in 2014 to Get Stuff Done.

I ended up taking a staycation last week and got three sewing projects knocked out and done, two of which were just finishing them for commission work, the third was my Arwen.  Last night I sculpted and baked the belt buckle, so the things left are fixing the collar, maybe removing the zipper and figuring out if I’m going to baseball stitch the seams or not.  The leather seams have a lot of bulk and it’s hard to keep the stitches nice and tight since they’re decorative and not functional.  I also have to decide if I want to take in the bodice or not.  I think I’ll pick up gloves at some point rather than making them, I don’t really have time to hand stitch a pair of gloves.

Things I Have to do this year:

1) Finish Brandon’s stupid uniform I volunteered to remake because I wasn’t 100% happy with the first one.

2) Eventually make Danielle’s Mara Jade jumpsuit.

3) Finish Arwen this year before the last Hobbit movie.  If I don’t, it will never be completely finished.

Next year:

Rocket Racoon, D&D cartoon characters and Purple Padme. Possible commissions on the horizon.

First con of 2015 MIGHT be Ichiban, we shall see.

 

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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4 November

Fabric find!

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I’m now sure that I can finish Padme’s Purple Senate gown.

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Now I just have to find out what kind of dye to use.

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Hehehehehehehe

15 October

Arwen Buckle Update #2

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Had to finagle the design some – my ‘leaves’ were too thin to properly 3D print, so I selected out the leaves and thickened them. I added more posts, and made them all the same height to help with printing.  I pulled out the back of the design a bit too, since the buckle frame was curved inside itself a little, cupping inward from the back. I brought it out to strengthen the frame.

We’ll see if it works this time.

 

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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.

24 August

New 3D print object

Midna_PendantFinally started True Form Midna’s forehead pendant thing. I think I’m going to chop off the head of the bird/snake thing and start over- it’s lumpy and I don’t like it.  Once I fix or re-do the head, I’ll mirror it and adjust the crossings. The final product should be around 3 inches long at most.  It’s kinda big but not super big.

A friend of mine who I hope will be a co-worker soon just got a Maker Bot 3D printer.  Ours isn’t up and running yet, and she’s offered to test print some things for me, possibly helping me sell some items too.  Hers can only handle stuff up to around 4 inches by 4 inches, but that’s enough for some of the cosplay pieces I need, and some I can sell.

21 August

Snake Award

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So some drama happened out in the Wilmington office – a copperhead snake got in the building.  They’re in a building were they can’t kill snakes, so they had to remove it alive somehow.

I whipped this up for them on the fly.

 

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4 August

Whelp. Ten years.

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I randomly feel like quoting Gross Point Blank. TEN YEARS, MAN! TEN YEARS! Nothing as interesting as John Cusack’s character, but at least I haven’t killed anyone.

The only thing I’ve spent longer at is being in a relationship with my husband, which also is kind of mind-blowing.  That includes pre-marriage time too – I’ve been at this job longer than I’ve been married.

Crazy.  When I started working here, we did EVERYTHING out of photoshop.  This was pre-VizRt, pre-Chyron and pre-Curious Maps.  We made all our maps as they were requested.  A couple months after I started I made a monstrous photoshop master map that was easier to just pick a an area from and turn around quickly.  All those maps have long since been deleted. I got a lot more use out of my 3D skills when I first started, but have been called on less and less.  Everything was done from Photoshop templates and animated or non-animated layers in Premiere.  Now we have Chyron and a much more set in stone guideline book to how things are supposed to look on-air.

My favorite things have always been being able to do something different- the 3D stuff, sometimes animated web banners, animated printed pages, getting to work on the animation for our coverage of the final shuttle launch a few years ago.  The time I got a complement from the Animal Planet people for an open I did-that was pretty awesome.

Getting free cable and internet all this time has been pretty nice too.

As of today, I am up to four weeks paid vacation- I’d been putting off taking any vacation most of this year because I wasn’t sure what the move to Charlotte would mean.  I think I’m supposed to get a block of plastic at some point as well.  Woot.

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.

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