Monday, July 29, 2013

My Cosplay Interviews

A few weeks ago, I was interviewed for some pretty cool websites. I had shared these interviews on my Facebook and Twitter, but I don't think I added the links to a post here on my blog. Please check out their sites and give them a follow!

Photo by Bob Sanders

First up is Comic Book Divas. I was able to meet Bob in person a few times at different conventions in town. They always have a booth set up with tshirts and cosplayer photos for sale. Their website offers a news article section, contests, and showcase real women in their comics.

Photo by April Miller

The next interview was done by Zero Fortitude. These guys produce a fun podcast as well as articles to read. They discuss and review a wide range of geek culture from movies to anime to comics. And of course, cosplay!

I feel very honored to be selected by entertainment sites for interviews. I am such a newbie cosplayer, and have so much to learn, but I am grateful my craft has been noticed. So please please check out their sites, follow their podcasts and updates, and show them some love.

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On a personal note.. I am going to SOE Live in Las Vegas this week! So be sure to follow my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for photos while I am there. When I get back in town I will work on a blog post about it. I am so so soooooo excited to hang out with my guild members from EverQuest 2. This convention is going to be a blast.

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What geeky websites do you follow for news, updates and interviews?
Anyone going to SOE Live?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Tutorial: Princess Peach Crown

I will be cosplaying Princess Peach soon and started by making the crown first! Here is an easy tutorial on how to make your own Princess Peach crown:

*Edit*
Due to the popularity of this post, I decided to create a template you can print out to help make the crown! All you have to do is click HERE to view the full size image and click FILE>PRINT. Be sure to select LANDSCAPE.



I made the template in color just in case you didn't want to use sheet foam. Just cut it out and glue the ends together! The paper crown would be great for little kids!

Supplies needed:
Gold glitter sheet foam, red & blue gems, scissors, pencil, tacky glue, hot glue gun, and a skinny headband
*I purchased all these supplies at Hobby Lobby*

I made a pattern first to make sure it would look good on my head. This is actually still too tall here.. I later trimmed it some more. Please see my template to print your own. But it's always better to make it too big than too small then you can go back and fix it!

So I traced my pattern onto the back of my sheet foam and added an extra lip to the edge where I knew I would eventually connect the two ends together.

I cut out two so I could tacky glue them together. This way the inside of the crown is pretty like the outside.

Next I hot glued the gems on and then attached the ends together using the small extra tab.

Then I hot glued it to a skinny headband. You could also glue hair clips instead but I think a headband is more secure.

Tada!

I also made her brooch by taking an oval shaped gem and glueing it to some sheet foam. Then attached a brooch pin to the back.

Excuse my silly face, this was late at night! But here I am wearing my new crown and brooch! I have since purchased a pattern and fabric so I can make Princess Peach's big dress so check back for progress on that :)

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Anyone going to make a crown?
Send me pics if you do! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Houston Road Trip: Video Games Live & Galveston Beach

I was so excited to take a road trip down to Houston, Tx to see my family and watch the Video Games Live concert! We also took a day trip down to Galveston, Tx to see the beach!

So long, Dallas!

In the car, I listened to Paramore, Metric, and The Killers.

Hello, Houston!

More Photos >>>>>>>

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Giveaway Contest: Handmade Yoshi Eggs


Any Mario fans out there?! Well here's your chance to win a super awesome YOSHI EGG made by GlitzyGeekGirl!! Check out the tutorial I posted that shows how I made each egg. It was so much fun, and I am so excited to share these eggs with three winners!



You have until July 20th at 12:00 AM EST to enter. At this time, it is only open to US residents. I will notify 3 winners on Sunday (July 21th) by email. Winners will have 48 hours to reply and provide a mailing address. If I do not hear from a winner in the time allotted then a new winner will be chosen. Each winner will receive one of the three eggs shown above at random.

Good luck!

Tutorial: How to make a Yoshi Egg

Tutorial time! How to make a Yoshi Egg!
This is super fun and so cute and great for fans of Mario and Nintendo!



Supplies needed:
Paper mache egg
White paint
Green paint
Red paint
Blue paint
Paint brushes
Satin gloss
A pencil
A cup

MORE PHOTOS AND STEPS >>>>

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Happy Things #16

Happy happy happy!

First thing on my happy list is the progress on my Legolas cosplay! I just got this amazing green suede coat/dress from a vintage seller on Etsy. I'm going to alter it to become Legolas' tunic!

I also received my custom made leather bracers. These have the same pattern that are on Legolas' and are designed to fit my tiny wrists. The seller RenManLeather did an amazing job. I could have never made something as beautiful as these. I also have the cloak, leggings and bow, but I will save those for a later post :)

Another fun project I worked on is a Princess Peach crown! As of now, I only have the crown, pendant, and gloves, but soon I hope to buy a pattern and fabric to make her dress. I also took pictures of how to make this crown. It was really easy!! So I would like to post a tutorial on that soon.

And I haven't forgotten about the giveaway I promised! I finished the green and red Yoshi eggs, but still need to paint the blue one.

Looks like I was having a detailed discussion about Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I love this game!!!

Here is my dream address if you'd like to see my town! My flowers are out of control, but the rest is pretty cool :)

Pixie loves to play Animal Crossing, too!

And when I'm not on my Nintendo 3DS, I am probably playing EverQuest 2. I can't believe SOE Live is in 3 weeks!!! I can't wait to hang out with my guild members :)

This was a super fun cut and color I did a few weeks ago at my salon. This kid rocks!

This may have been one of my favorite outfits of the summer so far. It was super comfy and had just the right amount of flair. And you can see Pixie taking a love bite out of my phone, too!

Speaking of Pixie... here she is being cute in a sack!!

And finally.. here I am feeling happy by the pool. I never ever ever spend time outside.. which I am totally fine with.. but for some reason I decided to put my toes in the other day and now I am hooked! I sat outside again and actually got a little color on my legs. I take skin care seriously so I always wear a hat and sunscreen (and you should, too).. but it's been fun being the super pale, tattooed girl amongst the uber tan beach bods at the pool... hahaha .. Maybe one day I will be brave and actually get in it. :)

Happy Summer everyone!

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Do you have any fun summer hobbies?

Thursday, July 4, 2013

ScrewAttack Gaming Convention 2013

At the last minute I decided to attend the ScrewAttack Gaming Convention. It was June 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas. I only went on Saturday afternoon, but I am so glad I did! It was a blast! My costume for the day was Princess Zelda from Skyward Sword. I wanted to make a Princess Peach outfit, but didn't quite finish it in time. So that will be saved for a later convention. :) This was a smaller event compared to some I've been to in the past. I enjoyed being able to walk around with ease and not be stuck in a huge group of people. There were still plenty there to meet and chat with, too. I saw a few of my friends and met a couple new ones. My favorite part of the convention was the dealer's room and the arcade room. I'm a big gamer girl, and the dealer's room was packed with gaming goodies! I wanted to buy one of everything. Then, downstairs in the arcade room, you could play new and classic games. I had the most fun watching people play Dance Central and my friend, Sean, compete in the Halo 4 tournament. At one point we even sat and played Animal Crossing: New Leaf on our Nintendo 3DS's. I could have stayed at this convention forever!! :D


I wish I could have taken more pictures, but it's just too hard to carry a camera when I am in a costume. But I managed to ask someone if they could snap a photo with my cellphone of me and my friends. This was Sean (Team Fortress 2), me (Skyward Sword), Krystal (Portal 2), Robert (Uncharted) and DesiRee (Borderlands 2).

So the following photos were not taken by me, but I linked the source underneath each set! Be sure to click the links to view all the awesome pics from SGC.


The official SGC albums show a lot of pics from the panels and speaker room. 
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I was so honored to have my pic chosen for the cover of the Lifted Geek article. Definitely give it a read!
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My friend Laura runs the site Dallas Fan Girl. I love bumping into her at conventions! So glad she snapped this photo since I couldn't take one. Her review of SGC is awesome. Can't wait to see her again :)
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These photos by Hybrid Rain came out so good! I love the candid shot of my Zelda.
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Samkyo took a lot of great photos, too. I especially loved this last one of the giant banner downstairs. I wanted to take that home with me!

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What's your favorite video game?
Do you prefer PC or console gaming?
Have you ever been to a gaming convention?

P.S. I will be posting another giveaway soon! I made some really cool Yoshi eggs that I can't wait to share. So be sure to check back for your chance to win one! ;)
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