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!
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.
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.
I was hoping to make this post earlier a few days back…but a certain game came out 3 days ago.
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!)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Instead, 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!
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!
Jeez it feels like forever since I did one. CTCon was a no-go last minute due to a death in the family 😦 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.
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 ^^.
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 ^^;)
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!
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.