What’s New in the Shop? (November 22 edition)

I meant to post about this ages ago but life got in the way again! With the holidays coming up, there are no signs of slowing down either so let’s get to it :).

Check out the custom Mei zipper pouch here!

By popular demand, the zipper pouch on my Etsy featuring the D.Va fabric is now available in Mei! I just relisted it back in stock too after an order was put in place, so depending on how many end up flying off the shelf I will have to start setting up multiple quantities in the listings. I hope to also set up other versions of my other fabrics, so the non-Overwatch folks can have their fun too!

Click to see the hashtooth fabric in red or blue.

My batch of Spoonflower designs is almost at its end for now, with the last of the Animal Crossing line released the other day, inspired by the cleverly named Sharp Tee. So far red and blue hashtooth are available but if you’d like a different color variation please let me know and I’d be more than happy to set up a custom design for you!

With the holidays approaching, a coupon code will be available for the holiday Etsy sale again this year! I will release it on Black Friday and it will be valid through December 31, so keep an eye out. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!

Post-con review: Another Anime Convention 2016

Jeez it feels like forever since I did one. CTCon was a no-go last minute due to a death in the family ūüė¶ so I had to hold off on debuting Phasma until AAC (which is why you didn’t see much of it after midsummer). I ended up skipping the other con unfortunately, but I am in for 2017! That said, I had an even better time this year at the New Hampshire gem, and I feel enough has happened that set it apart from the year before that would warrant its own review post.

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Or if you just wanted to see a moody and broody kid discover his grandpa on a cupcake, that’s fine too.

This time around, I achieved overall success at AAC! I had a double-date over pizza with my brother and his girlfriend, in which they finally met Nick and approved of him, hooray! We also matched for a little bit on that Friday with our Overwatch cosplays, though I didn’t get another photo of my finished Mei, sorry! I’m wearing it again next year anyhow. All of my costumes were so comfy ^^.

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Looking a-Mei-zing with “Dad”! (He’s on the left at the bottom photo)

I’m so happy the mask worked out for him! He loved it! One of his friends had made him his gun as well, it came out amazing! We were quite popular that weekend, also because of our matching Star Wars cosplays the following Saturday.¬†I did a more casual Phasma since the armor was not going to survive the train commute up to meet him halfway, and as it is the post office near my workplace was a total pain in the butt with my box for my helmet and his Soldier mask. (It did arrive to him thankfully but I was ready to murder someone if it didn’t ^^;)

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First Order buddy selfie!

This time around, I agreed to enter the Masquerade with Nick and give my acting chops a shot. I usually have really bad stage fright, so I never really did anything with theatrics before. I really liked the concept for our skit though, so I persevered and ended up winning us a trophy in the category XD. (Someone uploaded the whole show, and we are here at 97:35!) We forgot they even gave for the misc. category so it was a pleasant surprise!

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So I guess I’m doing more masquerades in the future, guys! Gotta keep the train going now that it’s started :o. Between all the costumes and performances though, we met a lot of great people within the fandoms, and fellow nerd/top voice actor Matthew Mercer also signed my crit-20 light-up dice. I only recently began DMing my own campaign over the summer (he runs D&D but I’m doing Pathfinder), so it was an honor to get something special signed from him as a player and fan as well, not just as a professional.

The one major difference that also warranted this post though, was that¬†I roomed over at the Hilton this year, which at the time I didn’t think it would’ve been a big deal¬†since it’s a 10-minute walk. But when you’re literally running across the downtown to not miss an autograph or other deadline for an event, it’s a pain in the ass when there are no taxis or shuttles in sight to help out. I’ve commuted to plenty of cons in the past (the ones here in NY just don’t justify me in staying near or at the venue) and most of the hotels for CTCon have been awesome.¬†But I just think I’m used to doing my own transportation by car or LIRR here at NY, and that Hartford has amazing city shuttles for special events.

Unfortunately, Manchester’s¬†shuttle service¬†is only¬†complimentary by certain hotels (as far as I know). The Hilton is one of these that offers it, but I really think its¬†schedule runs like that¬†Spongebob episode where he can’t get back to Bikini Bottom on time, because I never saw any shuttles and when I did it never went back to the hotel ^^;. Again, if you’re not in a rush this is not a dealbreaker by any means,¬†but just something to consider.¬†Otherwise, the Hilton’s complimentary coffee/tea in the morning was a lifesaver!

That aside, I still felt the con was run extremely well and I hope to be back next year, funds permitting! Yes, I even will accept¬†the weirdo new policies that AAC had to go through. I did the formal dance and got dapper, so I don’t even miss the rave at this point! I heard CTCon moved their rave offsite though? Not sure how I feel about that… I think more places need more dapper dances.

Etsy shop has been reopened!

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click to see the shop now!

You probably noticed by now, but as of late September, my Etsy has finally been reopened! It will be featuring top fabrics from my Spoonflower shop (and items made from those textiles), and other cute made-to-order items such as amigurumi. I’m also in the process of cleaning through supplies I don’t use, like beads, so sometimes you may see art/craft supplies. So far I already sold a zipper pouch, internationally!

With AAC right around the bend, I’ve been finally working on my Mei cheongsam. Normally I don’t rush to get garment patterns for a project (I like to make it myself, especially since a lot of cosplay has to do with crazy designs that just don’t normally exist unless you customize a pattern anyway!), but with only one yard of my Mei fabric on me, I really didn’t feel like messing up ^^;. Fortunately, Pinterest didn’t fail me like it did Soldier, and the pattern I found for my cheongsam was a perfect fit!

I paired it with a polyester sherpa for a wintry look, and it is SO comfy! Definitely the best dress I ever made! Now I’m kind of sad I didn’t bother biting my pride and use a pattern for my Elphelt gown way back.¬†I’m a stubborn goof like that.

As of the Soldier mask for Nick, the base paint is done and the gesso did a great job reinforcing it, the frame especially! I’ll be adding the finishing touches this weekend so I can ship it to him Monday with my Phasma helmet. (Between transferring trains to get over to him for the con, I was nervous I would damage both of them.) That way, he can bring the box of them over in the car when we drive up! Life hacks!

Free Cosplay Packing List Printable

UPDATE 12/10/16: After experimenting and using both sizes, I really disliked the original A5 size and redesigned it so it’s easier to use! Download at the link below!

It’s been such a long time since my first printable (the Roost Animal Crossing cup cover), and I was so surprised by how successful it’s been. So far it’s had the most hits out of any page here on the blog and at Pinterest, where people are still repinning it!¬†So¬†for a while I wanted¬†to do another printable again, but had a hard time thinking of what.

But then over the past few weeks I noticed my mini planner from work was running out of pages, and suddenly before I knew it, I was downloading pages to fill in for 2017. Long story short¬†I now have somewhat been bitten by the DIY planner bug, and it may or may not be my friend Maggie’s fault. (Btw she has amazing planner ideas, please see her blog!) Though even before that, I always liked stationery, and especially to-do lists when it comes to packing for trips. I’ve had so many nightmares where I forgot components for my costumes that I can’t imagine how someone would pack for a convention without keeping tabs somewhere!

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PDF download links here: letterheadA5

So this is where my next free printable comes in! Somehow there haven’t been printable cosplay packing lists out there, and I was so shocked that I ran to Photoshop to fulfill this need. Whether you cosplay once a year or five times a year, know someone who cosplays and wants to keep track of their stuff for their trips (or maybe you’re that person), or even dress up your own planner or not, here it is! Two common sizes are available (8.5″x11″ letterhead and A5, more common in Asian countries), though with how the lists are set up you can easily slice the letterhead size in half if you want a precise half-page design.

Now go be organized and get geeky!