A Freshly Sewn Dress!

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I cannot put into words of how much I love this dress and fabric! Silhouettes of monsters, mummies, vampires, Frankenstein’s monster, and skulls? Count me in. I wanted to use this fabric for so many patterns. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it…), I only got enough fabric for one dress, so everything in my apartment isn’t in this fabric.

I have been absolutely craving the fall once again. I know, I know, we still have a few more seasons to go. But I cannot help it. It is my favorite season by far! My love for the cold, biting weather comes forth when I walk down the sidewalk and crunch the dead leaves along the way to my destination. And, of course, the horror movies and the style that comes with it. What an amazing season it is. Suddenly, I crave mulled brandy.

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The most wonderful back of the dress! it folds out and shows the lining of the fabric, which is a green polyester fabric. It barely shows a leopard print on the fabric, and you can only see it when you are up close and personal to me. And it is finished with a cream zipper. Not pictured is a couple of black buttons at the bottom edges of the green folds.

This project only took a couple of afternoons to complete. It was such a lovely project to complete, and it felt so nice when I first put it on after I sewed the last stitch. Enjoy!

New Things Coming Your Way!

Hey there, folks! I decided that my website needed a facelift. After a year of barely even touching this site, I decided that I needed to change a few things on here to make it fresh and new again. I changed the look to something basic for now. Hopefully soon, I will be revamping it to an entire new look entirely. But for now, new colors is definitely something that this site needed. I will also be changing the pages and how my pages are showed and linked. Perhaps, I shall be looking into the galleries that I could create on the WordPress website. It always has been rather clunky to me with what I used to have.

As far as the Free Comic Book Day festival preparation: I started cutting quite a bit of fabric today for some lovely nerdy treats to showcase at my booth this year on May 7th. For those who can’t make it, don’t worry! My Etsy store will blossom, and I can’t wait.

Tattoo Update

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Everything is coming together! After a few bumps of getting some of the work done on this large piece, the boys at Holistic Tattoo┬áin North Hollywood, CA have been taking care of me. I am so happy to see color on this piece! Originally it was going to be black and gray (it was even going to be smaller too), but I’m so glad to see it changed to color.

I will be popping in next week to get some more work done on the ship. Here is to pain!

An Oops and a Change

If my website looks a little bit funky, then that is because I have been pressing buttons that I was not supposed to. Everything will be fixed soon.

I blame this weird change on my website on my new CONTACTS! After wearing glasses for about 10 or so years, I feel as if a change is in order. Not only is it a way to change my look, but also to start accepting my face as it is and building my own confidence up.

Don’t let anyone else be your source of confidence and happiness. When you are responsible and in control of those things, you will be a better and more unstoppable person.

And a Very Happy New Year to You!

What a year this has been! I can honestly say that 2015 has been the best year for me, in the ways of developing my skills, my mind, knowledge, who I am, career, and my self image.

The year started off as any mild year should start off as. I was stuck in a job that I didn’t, and I felt like a walking blob. Some days, I just couldn’t motivate myself in doing the simplest tasks. One thing led to another, and I had run my very first booth at the Free Comic Book Day festival that was held in North Hollywood, CA. That challenged me far beyond I could ever imagine, and in many more ways than one. I had to sit and plan, create, sew a whole stock of things to sell and advertise for this booth (as well as create this website, now a year old!), and I accomplished that very task, boosting my motivation and self-respect tenfold. And yes, this festival will be happening again this year. I have much bigger plans for this booth, and I can’t wait to show you what I have in mind!

Then, I started working for that comic store that ran that festival, which was the best thing that ever happened to me, foundation wise. I got to work with comics, how cool was that? Then, it couldn’t stop there. I actually found my DREAM JOB, a career that I want to stick with for many years. A propmaker. A place that I can create with many different tools and materials. I still can’t believe that I got that job.

And, of course, I couldn’t stop there. I made a lavish Scarecrow costume, winning some awards and being advertised through pictures and media. I couldn’t believe it! I never had expected anything like this to happen. At all.

One more thing that I had done, was read 100 books in 2015. That was a lot of fun.

For this upcoming 2016, I have many plans.

  • I will produce some fantastic things for my online store. It’s going to grow with amazing homemade goods from yours truely!
  • I will create at least 2 major costumes for this year.
  • The Free Comic Book Day booth will be happening again this year, and it will be bigger and better than ever.
  • More illustrations, and perhaps even illustrate some comic books!

I hope you all will have a great and safe New Years, and a 2016.

Victorian Scarecrow, Pt 3

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And here we have it, part 3 of the three post installments of my costume. In this post, I will talk about my glove part of the costume.

This piece had to have been the most challenging of all of the pieces, since I
pwas getting into unknown territory of certain pieces and materials. The finished design was nothing at all like what I had originally planned to make. But, I went with the flow with what worked and what didn’t, and I was not disapointed with the final product at all.

What is not pictured are the needles. I made leather finger cuffs that fit perfectly on my fingers with the hyperdermic needles on top.

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Here, we have a better look on some of the details that I tooled on the leather. I have never really have practiced leather tooling before, save a couple of times on casual projects. So, considering, I am happy with the outcome with the designs that was done. The leather hand piece was riveted onto the forearm, so that wrist movement may take place if necessay.

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This is what made the piece complete: an LED in a glass tube, to give that Scarecrow look. I had outside help with the lighting and the brass, since those are two mediums that I have had no experience with whatsoever. But I will get better as time goes on, and I will think of more crazy and outlandish and challenging projects in the future.

So there you have it, folks. My costume! This concludes my three part post series for this project. I look forward to making more extreme projects in the future. It seems like my hands can’t work fast enough to make all of the things that I have been wanting to do.

So there you have it, folks! That concludes

Victorian Scarecrow Pt 2

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This mask is definitely my favorite that I have made so far. By leagues. It was an amazing challenge to make something like this. This mask took about a week and a half in my free time to accomplish, whereas my other masks have taken an hour or even a day to do.

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Here is the front view of the mask. Since I decided to make a Scarecrow costume that was older, much older, in style and in structure, I went for the plague mask look. For those of you not familiar with the plague mask, I highly recommend researching its history. It is very fascinating history, indeed.

Since it was also supposed to be a Scarecrow mask, I made visible stitches down the forehead and the beak.

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Here is a closeup of the stitches. The wet, sinew look is Monkee resin. The last second, I decided to add that along the stitches, and I don’t regret that decision at all.

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The canisters! Someome had given me their old respirator with the cans looking exactly like this, so I didn’t have to age to alter them at all. They also can still unscrew from the mask as well.

So there you have it. My first leather plague mask! I had such a blast making this piece, and it is only just starting on my leather making, forming, sewing, and idea escapade

Victorian Scarecrow, Pt 1

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What an amazing and satisfying project this was! This costume project was such a blast to create, dwell upon, draft, and execute in the period of my spare time of a month. And I am definitely grateful that I have started this project when I did, so that I may be as intricate as I wanted. I think it paid off.

So this is the costume in its entirety. I was Scarecrow from the DC game Arkham Asylum, but made it into more of a Victorian style costume. So tht is why the mask is more of a plague mask.
The Comikaze convention that I attended was a blast. I enjoyed having my picture taken, being interviewed, and, of course, meeting a lot of really awesome and wonderful people along the way. I already have so many ideas for my next intricate costume!

Over the next few days, I will post closer images of the leather props that I created for this.