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What’s New in the Shop? (May 6 edition)

Things have been busy here between work, other life events and projects, and then me being sick for two weeks on and off ^^; but I am fine now! In the mean time, I was waiting for Tracer swatches to come in from Spoonflower, so now that they’ve arrived, I can show them to you!

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Cavalry’s Here in yellow and orange! These would make super fun athletic leggings!

Tracer will be up on Etsy in a few days as well. My Etsy will also be on Vacation for two weeks starting May 15 due to my sister’s wedding, so during that time I will not be available to process or make any orders. If you want a gift for graduation, birthday, etc, contact me ASAP if you need it before June!

Aside from everything, I experimented with notebook-making lately and I love it! My current planner was getting too messy and I needed to go back to something cleaner and smaller. (I think the larger sizes make me go crazy with decorating, which makes things illegible and defeats the purpose of being organized!)

I switched months ago to a bullet journal format for my personal journal/diary and loved it, so I decided to investigate traveler’s notebooks to migrate my lists (minus the diary stuff) together with said planner into one smaller, portable book.

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These are my insert booklets I made in B4 size! The patterns I printed are from Vecteezy – Chinchilla and Floral. The rainbow one seems to be gone unfortunately :(.

These ones have dotted grid paper inside and the covers are cardstock, saddle-stitched (aka staple-bound). They came out so well that I plan to make a few more samples using my patterns for Etsy! Of course, they can be used as inserts for traveler’s notebooks, but they also stand up well just fine by themselves as a jotter for school, notes, etc.


I never announced my cosplay lineup for CtCon, did I? Well, here it is so far:

  • Friday: Mitsuru Kirijo (Persona 3)
  • Saturday AM: Cheongsam Mei (Overwatch)
  • Saturday PM: Off-the-Clock Phasma (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

This probably is going to be shuffled around when I hear more about my itinerary, and the Masquerade will also dictate this. So far Nick and I are planning an Overwatch skit and I may be rigging a puppet. We’re still brainstorming but otherwise I’m excited for the idea, and I think more skits need more puppetry anyway.

Quick update on giveaway rules!

I noticed there have been shares popping up on Facebook for the giveaway, though they link to the Instagram post…which links to the previous post with the rules. (Postception!) I hadn’t even thought that as a possibility originally, but I checked and realized my Instagram feed is still connected to my Facebook. Oops!

So since it technically counts as a method of entry, I will allow it! Feel free to enter the giveaway with Facebook, as long as you share the post in some form. And still follow the guidelines. Sending me requests for more energy for Farmville 3: The Return of Farmville’s Revenge is adorable but doesn’t count!

Does Farmville even exist anymore??? Who still plays it???

Birthday Blog Giveaway now through April 16!

party hatToday, the blog is two years old! I’m surprised by how much I was able to accomplish within the past year. I took a second chance with reviving the shop (and then opened a sister one since it just made sense.) The gamble has paid off, and I am excited to say that if growth keeps up, I should be able to return to artist alleys in 2018!

Business aside, I’m so happy to hear others enjoy my little creative adventures, because sometimes I feel I can be ranty ^^;. I just really like to write! (I’ve had some sort of blog for as long as I can remember, and well before Facebook I had my own website.) All of my readers and followers are amazing for sticking with me – shoutouts to Maggie, Cindy, Anette, and Henry especially!

To celebrate, since the other giveaway on Instagram didn’t work out, I present to you a birthday contest – a D.Va zipper pouch giveaway!

 

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Our actual assistant wasn’t available so here’s his stunt double.

 

This is the prototype zipper pouch as seen on Etsy, normally a $25.00 retail value, and can be yours for FREE if you enter! Just be sure to follow the guidelines so your entry can qualify:

 

  1. The contest is open starting at the published time of this post on Sunday, April 9, until Saturday, April 15 at 11:59 pm EST. So mark those calendars!
  2. The contest is open to residents of North America only (U.S., Canada, and Mexico.). Since this item will be shipped to you if you are chosen as winner, please make sure your mailing address is valid! If I find out the package bounces, I sure hope it was a typo on either of our ends or else I will be very upset.
  3. You can apply as many times as you’d like on the shops’ social outlets! (Twitter, Instagram, and WordPress here – please no Convos on Etsy! I don’t know if they flag anything as spam and I don’t feel like finding out!) Each comment, share, and re/tweet counts as 1 entry – just mention something about the giveaway when doing so. Likes only count on giveaway posts.
  4. Winner will be chosen by random number generator, therefore entries will be counted in numerical order as I see them come in. I’ll be keeping track of timestamps in case of discrepancy.
  5. Once chosen as winner, you have 24 hours to claim your prize! If I don’t hear from you after that point, I will redraw a new winner.
  6. This is obvious but since I need to spell it out – any robo accounts or spam blogs that enter will immediately be disqualified. Of course, any other entry that also does not follow numbers 1 to 3 will be disqualified.

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Usually fancy blogs take the time to give a shoutout to their sponsors here, but it’s just little ol’ me and the cat running the show. So here’s him photobombing when he found out he had a stunt double. Good luck!!

What’s New in the Shop? (April 7 edition)

I was hoping to make this post earlier a few days back…but a certain game came out 3 days ago.

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Feel that hype, it’s Persona 5! (This box is gigantic, Atlus practically spoiled us silly!)

I can go on for ages about how amazing the game is though, as well as my Mitsuru cosplay progress, but that will be later. First, let’s get down to business! (To defeat the Omnix!)

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Zarya fabric is now available thanks to popular demand, in magenta and navy!

Since I was requesting the swatch proofs, I finally was able to check out Spoonflower’s new twill fabric as well, and I love it! The weave is tighter than the cotton canvas I currently use for the zipper pouches, which allows the designs to show details much crisper (and is just as durable). So over time I will be phasing out my cotton canvas for future zipper pouches, and also integrating the twill for purchase as fabric yards on Etsy. (Spoonflower already offers it, in case you can’t wait any longer :).

Now that I have a decent inventory, and basically have ordered every swatch type, I think a helpful post on reviewing the quality and pros/cons of Spoonflower’s fabrics will be necessary. I’ve been adding photos of the proofs in the mean time for the listings, since it can be difficult deciding from just the sample graphic from the screen. But I’m sure many will agree that any insight on how your order will turn out can help you be a smart shopper! (According to G.I.Joe, knowing is half the battle!)


(Don’t you love line breaks? I love line breaks. Only took me 10 years to figure out what the heck they actually do.)

With the new Persona title out now, I thought it would be fun to sneak in what my Mitsuru outfit is looking so far. For the most part she basically is all done; I just need to tailor a skirt I got from Goodwill, and find a water gun to paint up as her Evoker. I normally would love to make her rapier from scratch, but time isn’t on my side for CtCon this year, so I have a toy musketeer one on the ready for some new paint.

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Psst…My workstation is never this tidy…

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My stencil bombed so I ended up freehanding and scared myself.
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Commensing Operation! To play more Persona 5!

On Sunday, this blog will reach its 2nd birthday! (Yay woohoo confetti party!) I will have news on the relaunched giveaway, so keep an eye out for it.

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!