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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.