What’s New in the Shop? (March 15 edition)

For those that saw the Instagram giveaway (or may have entered it), I will be moving the contest instead over to here! There were some entries that were disqualified since they didn’t follow the giveaway rules, so it resulted in there being no winner. Keep an eye out for full giveaway rules and info in my next post. Thanks, and I apologize for the inconvenience!

That said, there’s a new exciting item in the shop!

Click to get the Reaper zipper pouch now!

Lately, I’ve also had requests for other characters such as Zarya and Tracer, so I will be working on those next, and will let you know when those designs are ready and available! Thank you everyone for your kindness and support! When I first started rehauling the shop, I just wanted to make something fun that I would honestly buy for myself. It’s amazing to see how much it’s grown since last autumn! I look forward to seeing what comes in the future :).


Shop goodies aside, I know a lot of you like my little cosplay updates (and I thank you kindly for following!). So you’ve probably been wondering ‘What are you working on next? I wanna see more stuff!’. This year is a little quiet with cosplay progress mainly for budget and time reasons; my sister is getting married later in the spring, and I also was to have a library conference today but the blizzard here canceled it.

PQ_Mitsuru_Kirijo_RenderInstead, as CTCon is coming up again in July, I’ll be making Mei’s ice blaster and pack for my casual outfit, and I also got knockoff Uggs at Old Navy when the winter shoes when on pre-sale. I  also decided to retire Parasoul (though I had a lot of fun cosplaying her!), and gathered together stuff from my closet and her red wig for a new redhead cosplay – Mitsuru Kirijo (Persona 3; left)! I’m still trying to find a cheap musketeer toy rapier to spraypaint for her. I also was asked to help with Mercy’s chestplate for a friend, so expect some fun photos later in the summer!

Instagram Giveaway Coming Soon!

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Follow @bmdartstuff for more info!

I won’t reveal too much, but I found a prototype of one of my items that is on my Etsy, and decided that it’s been ages since I did some sort of social media giveaway. I’ll have details sorted out in the next couple of days, so keep an eye out!

And for another bonus shop update, my Reaper fabric swatches came in and look epic! You can now buy the patterns through my Etsy as well as my Spoonflower directly.

Death Blossom in reddark grey

What’s New in the Shop? (February 2 edition)

It’s Groundhog Day! Though judging how late it got to be cold here on Long Island, I’m not surprised that six more weeks of winter is predicted. (Not that it all matters anyway, but it’s still fun to follow!) Either way, next weekend I will be traveling to Nola (aka New Orleans) so I hope to get some time in the sun! And also pig out on some authentic Creole eats with good friends and family.

Shop-wise, you might have seen a certain character pop up on my Instagram feed recently. Work has finally winded down a wee bit, and I was able to churn out more prints for Spoonflower! So far Soldier:76 is ready for duty. Tastes like victory!

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In My Sights (bluegrey)

The tiles came out a little larger than I expected, but it is a happy accident. I think the sizing works perfectly for its possibilities! Definitely not small enough for my usual zip pouches for smaller accessories and handhelds, but they would look fantastic on lounge pants, pillowcases, and tablet/laptop cases.

Later this month after my trip, this next number will also be available:

I’m super excited to finalize the Reaper fabrics here for purchase! He doesn’t have as many motifs and decals like the other heroes, so I went for a minimalist/graphic look here and it’s to die for! (Haha! Die…Reaper….oh puns) This tiling looks to be similar size to D.Va’s and Mei’s, so smaller projects will still look fine.

Since the ‘Overwatch’ train isn’t slowing down anytime soon, one of my next ideas will definitely be Pachimari, the little onion guy who randomly is in the spawn rooms as a plushie. Eventually, I will tackle all the heroes, though (I myself love to play as Junkrat and Symmetra, among others.)

On the vintage front, I haven’t spotted anything yet to raise from the dead, but I also would like to continue more original designs as well at some point. Until my muse strikes up something in that department, enjoy this little innocent fella.

 

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I’m still not sure who on Blizzard’s creative board thought of this…but I hope they got a nice raise because it’s so CUTE!

 

Delicious Winter Chili (and some epic choco-chip cookies!)

Happy 2017, everyone! I hope your holiday season was well too. Since I bake/cook more often for holiday potlucks and my annual cookie run, I decided to also post one of my recipes I made recently for it! My friends at Otaku Recipes featured my beloved chocolate chip cookies (I was a previous collaborator).

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Click for the cookie recipe! (Thanks Kar for the photo!)

Lately I’ve been putting together a recipe box featuring the best of my recipes, as well as family recipes from my mom and my grandmothers. I used the cards from here but next time I plan to enlarge them, since they kind of run small.

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Magic is in this box :)…

Now finally, onto the dang chili!

Delicious Winter Chili (4-qt. slow cooker)

Yield: 10 to 12 people

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans red or kidney beans, washed and drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 large red peppers, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup beer (use whatever you like to drink)
  • 2 hot chili peppers, deseeded and chopped (depending on the crowd I use jalapeños or habaneros)
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 3/4 tsp. ground sage
  • 3/4 tsp. ground thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Put all ingredients except the ground beef in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the beef until cooked. Drain the fat and add the beef to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and set on LOW for 5 to 6 hours, or HIGH for 3 to 4 hours. Do not lift the cover! 
  4. Serve warm with cheese, rice, and/or tortilla chips, eggs, etc!
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Gosh, I can just smell it from here.

What are your favorite things to cook or bake in winter?

Updates for holiday orders and freebie pdf!

The holiday season is well under way! As a reminder, if you’re looking to put an order in and want your item to arrive by late December (Christmas/Hanukkah), domestic US orders must be placed by December 14 for Standard Ground shipping; December 20 for Express or Priority Mail. Anything after that, or for international orders, will not arrive in time for your deadline. I use USPS for all of my orders, so please refer to the USPS page here for more information. Thanks!

Also, an update on one of my previous posts regarding one of my freebies. After experimenting with the cosplay list printables I made, I disliked the A5 one, so I decided to fix it! Please go to the post here for the new pdf!