Maybe I just like to dress up as pink haired characters. Maybe I really am obsessed with Steven Universe. Either way, it’s led me to my cosplay idea for this year’s conventions (yes, I’m actually going to make it to at least ONE convention this year, if it kills me or not) – Rose Quartz, from Steven Universe. Finally, someone I can cosplay as who has a similar body shape to mine! (Although I don’t think I’ll ever be 8 feet tall…) Someone I can cosplay as and not feel so self conscious about!
Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve got a good feeling about 2016 – I think it’s gonna be a great year. And I want to make sure it’s great, too. I’m not normally the type to make resolutions, but I think it feels right for this year – so here’s The Crafty Nerd’s Resolutions for 2016!
- Post at least one new blog post a week. Even if it means spending a bunch of time wracking my brain to put together new ideas for blog posts. I’m creative. I’ll figure out something to write about!
- Actually talk about my craft projects regularly. Did you guys know I crocheted three blankets between August and Christmas? Three blankets. I think I’m about ready to swear off crocheting for a while. But you guys haven’t heard about that because I haven’t really been talking about my craft projects! Which is sad, considering the blog I write.
- Make at least one new costume for convention-wearing. I’m pretty sure the regular Indiana convention-going crowd recognizes my tutu-and-little-blue-jacket Pinkie Pie costume (and is probably bored with it by now) – so for this year’s conventions, I’m going to make at least one new costume. Will it be Grand Galloping Gala Pinkie Pie? Will it be Captain Janeway? Who knows!
- Keep up with my tasks and to-dos with Habitica. For those of you who’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember HabitRPG, the website that turns keeping up with your habits into a game. Well, the crew over there changed the site’s name to Habitica, and things are looking pretty awesome! A new mobile app was just released, and it looks really slick – and of course the same old “complete tasks, fight monsters, and level up” gameplay is there. (If you’re on Habitica and want to join a guild for crafty challenges and friendly chatter, check out the Crafty Nerds guild!)
- Experiment with a new type of craft project. There’s gotta be something out there I haven’t tried yet. I’ve just barely dipped my toes into the Tunisian crochet pool, and could try making a blanket or a scarf with a fancy design… And there’s way more out there to experiment with, and even more crafts that I haven’t done since I was a kid, like making a latch-hook rug! (Although given the massive amount of little yarn pieces that ended up exploding all over my room when I was a kid, maybe latch-hooking isn’t the best craft idea…)
- Organize my craft room! You don’t even want to see my craft room right now. It looks like Jo-Ann Fabrics and KnitPicks exploded in there. There might be a bed in there somewhere, too, and a ton of ponies. So, massive organization is in order.
That’s my crafty plan for next year! I hope all of you have a wonderful and crafty 2016! 🙂
Earlier this week, I was wracking my brain, trying to find a good idea for a blog post. Should I write about yarn? Nah, too boring. Should I show off the blanket I just finished? Eh, also boring. It wasn’t until yesterday evening, when I was working on patching up a piece of a costume I’d ordered, when the idea flopped into my lap, almost literally.
I’d ordered a Star Trek: The Next Generation costume off Amazon (my costume crafting skills aren’t quite up to making Starfleet uniforms yet, sadly), and while the costume itself fit, and the rank pips were beautiful, the comm badge was… less than stellar. Granted, the picture above is after I’d started sanding it, but there were large chunks of paint that had flaked off and stuck to the costume package, which left a lot of big black spots where you can see the plastic. Being the crafty nerd that I am, I didn’t let the sorry state of the comm badge get me down. Instead, I grabbed some of my mini painting tools and set to work!
After sanding the loose paint off the badge, I took it outside and sprayed it with primer – the good stuff I use for my minis is possibly packed in a box somewhere, but I did manage to find some other primer in the garage, so I worked with what I could find.
Post-primer, it already looked lots better than it had when I’d gotten it, haha. I let it dry overnight, and then before my workshop this morning, I broke out the paints!
The paints I have are old, and a little lumpy, but they worked for what I needed them for. (I need to get a new set of paints one of these days…) I worked with some Chainmail Silver and Glorious Gold paints from my mini painting stash, and managed to get the badge all painted before I got to work! I primed it after I got home, and the results were pretty good.
It’s not super glossy like the replica Starfleet communication badges you can get from places like ThinkGeek, but considering the whole costume cost $35, my paint job got the job done. Ross has a comm badge lurking around somewhere, and if he can’t find it, I may splurge and get one of the fancy Voyager ones, even though it doesn’t match the TNG era uniform, since the main reason I got the costume is so I could dress up as my favorite captain…
Granted, it’ll be Janeway in a TNG era uniform, but in order to get a proper Voyager uniform made for me, I’ve gotta spend $80 to order it from FanPlusFriend, the place I used to get my frilly Japanese gothic lolita clothes from, and I wanted something quick for Halloween. However, if I do end up going to Starbase Indy, I might splurge and get the more show accurate costume… Once I get some pictures of me in my costume (I’ve got to get my hair cut and freshly dyed first!), I’ll happily share them here! 😀
I have been so ridiculously busy lately that it’s not even funny. With two conventions within a month, and moving during one of those conventions, plus finally getting a full time position at IT Training (wooo!), I haven’t had much time to actually post about my fun experiences at Indy PopCon last month! So, here are my thoughts, in no particular order, along with some photos!
The biggest thing about PopCon this year was getting the chance to meet one of my favorite actors. He’s been in Star Trek, Breaking Bad, Invader Zim, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, to name a few of the many things he’s been a part of.
Yes. Ross and I got to meet John deLancie. And I completely forgot how to form words, haha.
I ended up having him sign one of my favorite Discord-centric issues of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic comic, and I think pretty much everyone I know who’s a Star Trek/MLP fan hates me a little bit for getting to meet him, haha. (Although if you guys want to hate me more for meeting famous people, remind me to tell you my Ian McKellan story…)
Anyhow, we also got to see plenty of lovely cosplayers, including Yamino of Yamino Cosplay/GeekGasm Boutique! She was dressed as Faye Valentine on Friday, and Morticia Addams on Saturday – both very well done costumes. You should check out her Facebook page and Etsy store – she’s done some amazing costumes!
I also had the pleasure of running into one of my awesome IT Training co-workers, Rachel of the Five-ish Fangirls Podcast!
And yes, we were both dressed as Pinkie Pie on Friday at the convention. I also attended part of her My Little Pony panel, and she did a great job with it! I’m hoping that The Crafty Nerd and The Five-ish Fangirls can get together to do some nerdy awesomeness later on. 😀
Overall, PopCon was even more awesome than last year. They were still incredibly organized – even when the line to meet/get photos with Markiplier ended up being a mile long. Photos and autographs with media guests were just as organized as ever, there were all sorts of interesting panels, and they upgraded the badges for this year too to nice plastic ones!
All in all, I was incredibly pleased with PopCon this year – and I can’t wait for next year!
And, of course, here are a number of awesome cosplayers and other nifty things I saw during both days of the convention!
And now… to get ready for GenCon. Which is today. Ross and I are leaving in ten minutes, in fact. AND PATRICK ROTHFUSS WILL BE THERE. *flail* So, expect the annual Gen Con Report over the next few days! It’s going to be… interesting this year.
As with any awesome convention, there are tons of awesome cosplayers – and here’s a post showcasing all the ones I found! (Please excuse my facial expressions in some of them, haha – I’ve got a couple of derpy faces going on in pictures I’m in.)
And as a bonus – here’s a link to one of the many recordings of the Costume Parade from yesterday! I like this one especially, since at about 9 and a half minutes in, you get a good minute and a half of Cupcakes Pinkie and Rainbow Factory Dash action, haha.
Four more days until I move! Oh, you have no idea how happy this makes me. Not only will I not be limited to wearing whatever clothes I didn’t shove into vacuum sealed bags and toss into the treacherous cave that is the storage unit, I will also have access to ALL my crafting stuff. Not just one crochet hook and a blanket that’s too warm to sit under while I crochet it. And there are a number of things I want to be making…
Amigurumi Toothless – yes, I want to make another one of these little guys. The one in the picture here, I ended up giving away to a friend – and they’re so quick to make, too, so why not make another one? (or six, or eleven, why not a whole tiny Toothless army?)
The Modern Poncho – It’s no surprise that I have a
fondness addiction to making shawls and ponchos. And I think this one would look very lovely in a nice warm shade of brown or combo of browns and reds. It’s a good thing I’m moving closer to my favorite yarn shop…
I’d really like to finish the third Fourth Doctor scarf I’m working on – I’ve got less than a third of the scarf to go, and I was hoping it’d be done in time for GenCon this year, but no luck. Plus, the only part of my Fourth Doctor costume I can locate at the moment is the coat… so unless I can magically find all the other parts in the week before GenCon as I unpack, no Fourth Doctor for me this year… :/
Crocheted Scooter – In seafoam, naturally. Or I could make four of them – red, blue, seafoam, and red/cream, one for me and each of my housemates… And having at least one of these would be pretty cool, considering the theme for the living room in the new place is going to be scooters…
I’m going to be busy after I unpack, haha.
I meant to post this sooner – however, back spasms and blogging sadly do not go together well. (I may have spent the past three days in bed, becoming best friends with Netflix…) But! Here are the cosplay photos from Indy Pop Con last weekend! There were many, many amazing cosplayers there, and I didn’t get nearly enough pictures of everyone, but here’s what I do have!
I spent this weekend at the first ever Indy Pop Con – and boy, was it a blast! Even with only going for two days, I still found lots to explore and had tons of fun!
Now, you might recall my experience with Indiana Comic Con – disorganization, crammed halls, long lines, and way too many people showing up on Saturday for the convention to handle. Well, Pop Con was the opposite (except for the amount of people on Saturday – but I’ll elaborate on that later)! First off, picking up badges was a breeze – Ross and I had preregistered for the con, and went in with our “tickets” (a QR code printed onto a sheet of paper), which we exchanged for an actual, proper badge. There were different badges for the different types of guests: 3-day badge holders got sturdy cardstock badges, while guests of honor, vendors, VIP guests, and Kickstarter backers got nice plastic badges, all with different images on them. I loved how quickly we got in and out of line, and out to explore the convention!
There’s a lot to cover about Pop Con, so take a look after the break and see the highlights of the convention!
Last weekend, I went to Indiana’s first ever Comic Con! Held at the Indianapolis Convention Center (where Gen Con is held), Indy Comic Con promised to be a fun little convention. As it was in its first year, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I planned on having a fun time anyway – after all, how can you not have fun dressed up as Pinkie Pie? 😀
A friend of mine (Ross, whom I met at Gen Con and became friends with thanks to the magic of the internet) and I planned on going all three days, and Mr. Crafty Nerd and another friend made plans to join us on Saturday and possibly Sunday. And come Friday afternoon, Ross and I ventured to the Convention Center to see what Comic Con would be like.
The first thing we ended up doing was waiting in line – despite having bought our tickets online. Comic Con used Ticketmaster to handle the registration process (which made paying for our tickets painful, what with all the fees), and sent us a strip of tickets like we were going to a concert. (Tickets don’t fit terribly well into badge holders.) Once we got to the convention, there were a number of lines you could enter to get into the convention, all snaking around together – we ended up going through the will-call line, despite having our tickets already, and then got funneled out when getting to the part where we’d need to pay for tickets. It wasn’t a long process, as we got there maybe an hour after the convention started, but it was still somewhat confusing and tedious. We had our tickets checked, and then received three wristbands – one for each day of the convention.
The section of the convention center that Comic Con was being held in was one of the exhibition halls (D and E, for those familiar with the convention center), and that was all. One part of the hall was sectioned off for the theater (where panels and the costume contest were held), another was sectioned off for the entry lines and ticket purchasing, and the rest was exhibitor booths and artist tables. All in all, it was… small. I made one circuit around the exhibitor area, bought a handful of things, and decided I was done with the booths. After a few hours at Comic Con on Friday, Ross and I decided we’d save our energy for Saturday and went home.
We got to the convention center around 10 or 11 am, and as we ambled our way over to where Comic Con was being held, we noticed there were way more people there than on Friday. I mean, the con was practically a ghost town, compared to what I’m used to with Gen Con and I-CON and such, and then Saturday? BOOM. Everyone wanted to be there Saturday. Ross and I made one circuit through the main room where the convention was being held, pushed along by the insane stream of people surging through the aisles, made a quick stop at the costume contest registration booth, and then didn’t spend much time inside the main area for the rest of the con. We weren’t at the convention for more than an hour when we heard that they were turning people away at the doors, and the convention was at capacity. Apparently the organizers didn’t realize that 10,000 people wanted to attend Indiana’s first Comic Con. (They also picked a pretty poor weekend to host it, as the majority of the convention center was host to a public librarian conference that weekend.) Bryan, Ross, Gina, and I ended up spending the majority of our time roaming the halls and taking pictures and talking with people about how crazy things were, how the convention could have been planned better, and so on. After lunch, and more wandering around the convention center, Ross and I figured we should go wait in line for costume contest pre-judging.
The line was INSANE. I think over half the people in line hadn’t actually registered for the contest, and about 15 minutes into when pre-judging was supposed to start, rumors floated down the line that pre-judging was canceled, they were just going to send a judge down the line to check everyone out, and that anyone who didn’t have a number wasn’t getting in. After the abbreviated pre-judging process (where a judge came by and asked us about our costumes, what our inspiration was, did we make them ourselves), we all filed into the theater (which was packed! apparently everyone wanted to see the costume contest), all nearly one hundred and thirty of us. They didn’t realize so many people were interested in participating! Everyone in the contest had amazing costumes (I was in line next to a girl dressed as Toothless who made her costume in A WEEK holy crap), and it was fun getting to prance across the stage with Ross as Rainbow Factory Dash. However, the costume contest could also have been handled a little better… By the end of Saturday, the four of us were exhausted, and decided it’d probably be better not to go on Sunday.
All in all? For the inaugural year of Indiana Comic Con, while it had its issues – mostly organization related – I had a lot of fun. I got to see lots of cool costumes, and being part of the first year of what promises to be a big convention was pretty exciting as well. I got to meet one of the writers/artists for the My Little Pony comic, I got to see lots of fun art and cool toys, and I had loads of fun (as always) dressing as Pinkie Pie. I think I will go back next year – here’s hoping they take up more of the convention center, though. The rough start for Indiana Comic Con makes me a little leery of going to Indy Pop Con at the end of May, even though there’ll be many big names there (like Sylvester McCoy and Nicholas Brendon! XANDER OMG) – instead of three days, I’m going to stick to Saturday – and definitely register ahead of time, in hopes it holds my spot. I do believe they’re taking up more of the convention center, which will be a good thing – I anticipate Pop Con being very popular.
Alright, enough rambling about the convention – on to the pictures!
Or, as I’ve been titling this project in my head, “How To Turn Yourself Into A Dragon”.
Yes, I’m going to try to put together a Toothless costume for the 2014 convention season. I may even start as early as tomorrow. And it’ll be my first time assembling a costume this complicated, especially without any sort of pattern! I’m excited. And kinda nervous.
I’m no stranger to the world of do-it-yourself cosplay. While I don’t exactly have the skills for super frilly over-the-top costumes, I know where my strengths lie, and I work with that to make costumes that will look good, even being simple. Like my Pinkie Pie costume, or my Fourth Doctor costume. And I have done work without patterns before – Pinkie Pie’s skirt was done completely freehand. I’ve also done three sailor fukus with no pattern (yes, not only did I dress as Sailor Moon and Sailor Jupiter, but I also dressed as my own fan character, embarrassing as it is to admit), and an entire Princess Peach costume as well – with varying levels of success. I know what I’m about to enter into – this isn’t unfamiliar territory.
And I do have some visuals to work off of. I’ve seen this around the internet in a number of places – this is one of them, as well as on DeviantArt – and while I’d love to buy one, I can’t really justify spending $300+ on a sweatshirt. (And having made a Toothless plush myself, I know that a fair bit of work went into it, I’m quite sure, but is it really $300 worth of work?) I’d much rather make one myself, too. I had a blast making Toothless, and I’d love to do something similar, something on a slightly bigger scale, something fun. And not to mention pretty darn recognizable, especially for the summer conventions, with How To Train Your Dragon 2 coming out in June.
So, how the heck am I going to approach this? How am I going to start?
With determination, that’s how! Heh. I figure I’ll start with stuff I’ve already got – I’ll be using the pattern from the Toothless plush for inspiration on how to construct the head and tail. I’ll also take advantage of ready-made stuff – such as a pre-made sweatshirt and pair of sweatpants. And the pictures posted of the sweatshirt give me quite a few ideas of how to construct things. From there, I can construct Toothless’s little… head tentacles? Not-quite-horns? You guys know what I mean. Anyhow. I can construct a way to add those to a sweatshirt hood, and then add hand covers and wings and a tail. (And maybe foot covers, for the sweatpants, if I can swing it.) The most laborious part will likely be the scales – I have no idea how I’m doing those yet, but those aren’t my main concern anyway. Those’ll likely be the last things I put on.
But yes. I am going to make a Toothless costume. And it will either be epic, or be an epic failure. I’m leaning more towards epic, myself. And of course, as I build the costume, I’ll keep everyone updated. I know I have a lot of fellow Toothless fans who read the blog, and I want to share the process with you guys!
So, stay tuned – Project How To Make Yourself Into A Dragon will start soon.
…just like Bryan and I did last weekend, at the Ohio Renaissance Festival! Despite me coming down with a cold, we still had lots of fun. We watched some stage swordfighting, perused the wares of many a shop, and got to enjoy my favorite part of any renaissance faire – jousting.
Yes, the Knights of Valour were there at the Ohio Renaissance Festival, including a couple of favorites from the TV show Full Metal Jousting. They do real, full-contact jousting – it’s really exciting to watch! (And a little frightening when someone gets violently unhorsed…)
While sitting at the joust, waiting for the queen to arrive, I happened to see a rather familiar pair of people in the stands…
I do love finding the Doctor at renaissance faires… at last year’s Ohio faire, I saw a Tenth Doctor wandering around outside the castle walls, waiting for the faire to open with the rest of the crowd. I also saw a fair amount of people wearing Doctor Who t-shirts, heheh.
If you’d like to see the rest of the photos I took at the faire, here’s a gallery of them all! I will say, my new camera did a very good job of taking good photos from a fair distance. I think this was a good investment for my blogging, that’s for sure.
There is one thing I can definitely say about the My Little Pony community – they are INCREDIBLY friendly people.
I’ve never noticed this so much as I did at GenCon this year. Now, as I’m sure most of you who know me know, or those of you who’ve been reading the blog for any length of time know, I deal with anxiety and a heck of a lot of social awkwardness. And because of that, it’s hard for me to just strike up a conversation with people, especially random people I’ve never met that I’m chasing down to take their picture. (More often than not, by the time I worked up the nerve to ask someone for their picture, they’d wandered too far away – thank goodness for Mister Crafty Nerd hunting them down for me and snagging them for pictures!) Or random people I meet in panels. I mean, if there’s a My Little Pony community here in Bloomington, I sure haven’t found it – and even if I did, I’d be a little nervous to just jump right in, hollering “OMG PONIES!” But the My Little Pony fans (or bronies, as I’ll call them for short – I know not everyone identifies as a brony, but it’s just quicker than saying My Little Pony fans every time I want to refer to the group as a whole, heh) at GenCon were just so welcoming and friendly and easy to talk to. I found this out in both of the Enterplay My Little Pony: Collectible Card Game panels I went to, as well as in my wanderings around the con. (One of those Enterplay panels was supposed to be My Little Pony: This Panel is MAGIC, but it got rescheduled…) People commented on how awesome my costume was, and there were a few people who I recognized from when they took my picture earlier in the day. And a magical thing happened – I actually started to talk to people. People I didn’t know. It was amazing.
Immediately surrounding me at the first MLP:CCG panel I went to were a bunch of older guys, and a couple of younger girls and their moms who seemed to enjoy the show as much as their kids did. And we all talked. We discussed our favorite episodes, I showed off pictures of my ridiculous collection of My Little Pony plush, we talked about who our favorite ponies were, and wondered what the collectible card game would be like. It was like we were all old friends – and the fact that it was My Little Pony that brought us all together made it even more awesome.
This is the other post you’ve all been waiting for – the second chunk of photos from GenCon 2013! Again, a few of these shots were taken by Mr. Crafty Nerd, and many of the Doctor Who photoshoot images were taken by my wonderful friend Michael. Due to the fact that there are so many pictures, shots from Day 1 and 2 are in a separate post so that way things don’t run as slow as molasses! Enjoy! 😀
This is the post you’ve all been waiting for (or one of them, anyway) – part one of my massive photo dump of shots from GenCon 2013! There are plenty of pictures that I took, with a little assistance from Mr. Crafty Nerd – hope everyone enjoys them! Due to the fact that there are so many pictures, shots from Day 3 and 4 are in a separate post so that way things don’t slow to a crawl here! Enjoy! 😀