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!

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!