I’ve been very self-conscious even though I never cosplayed, and I’m afraid that people will make fun of me if I show up at a convention with my cane, so please reblog if you wouldn’t mind?!
So apparently I have several phases of fandom that I repeat when I get really excited about something.
- Phase 1: Get obsessed with the thing and rapidly absorb ALL of the thing I can get my hands on (play all the games, read all the books, watch all the shows).
- Phase 2: Fanmix.
- Phase 3: TEA.
- Phase 4: Cosplay
(Admittedly, Phases 2-4 sometimes switch places.)
It seems my Hiiro no Kakera obsession has gone through Phases 1 and 2, and is now into Phase 3. Yes, I have made even more tea blends. You’d think I’d have run out of ideas by now, but nope.
There doesn’t really seem to be much of a fandom presence for HnK, so I will honestly be surprised if anyone other than me actually buys these teas, but I had fun making them either way, and at least I’ll get to drink them.
If you’re interested in checking them out, the teas are over here on Adagio.
This is my second finished doll for Dragoncon 2014. I call him “The Hunter”. I really wanted to create something massive, and something really eye-grabbing, to serve as my showpiece, using as many different types of crafting possible. He is an Iplehouse EID Luo in light brown skintone, standing at 72cm(for the cm-impaired, he’s about 2.5 feet tall). His hands were modified to hold the guns. The only part of his outfit that I did not make were the boots. His pants have tactical patches, and he has a leather belt with holsters for 2 sidearms, and super tiny little jumpsuit buckles. His shirt is made from two different fabrics, though its hard to tell in the photographs. He has quilted shoulder-armor, also secured by tiny jumpsuit buckles, and custom made D-rings. His torso armor is multi-layered custom-designed leather all with a bird theme, and his forearm armor continues that same theme, breaking the solid black for dashes of grey. The guns are 2-of-a-kind custom resin casts that I sculpted just for this guy, in scale with a larger doll, though the barrels are made from straws so that they are hollow. Their grips are covered in clear, plastic tubing to give the doll a really secure grip on them without risking scratching either the hand or the guns. His necklace is a repurposed bracelet about 20 years old, with a nice patina on the metal. His wings are made from individual craft foam pieces afixed to a wire armature that is fully covered and coated and attaches to a harness that slips behind the doll’s neck and over his shoulders and down his back. They are extremely stable and can be easily re-positioned and bent into many flight and resting shapes. I have put months of work into him, as looking back into my archive will show, so if you are going to Dragoncon, please step into the artshow and take a peek.
I will also be running several panels at Dragoncon that may be of interest.
Friday 1PM in Hanover G - How to Paint BJDs - This will be the face-up panel and there will be a drawing for a free repainted Monster High doll for the attendees.
Sunday 4PM Hanover G- Stringing, Sueding and Eyelashes for BJDs. - This will be hands on, with a discussion before-hand.
Monday 1PM in Hanover G- Pattern Drafting for dolls and custom figures - Interactive, will show basic shapes, ect, for making your own patterns.
Monday 2:30PM in Hanover G- Photographing your collection. This is a general photography panel for ‘things you want to take a picture of’. Its not really about the art of photography, but rather how to take clear, nice pictures so that you can display and show pictures of your dolls that demonstrate how they actually look.
If you aren’t familiar with that room, its the smallish room at the end of the Hanover Hall, which means that based on last year’s attendance for panels, they will be full.
Lastly, you can reblog this post for a chance to win a free BJD face-up, monster high, fashion doll or action figure head repaint. I will choose the winner on August 20th. You have to pay for the shipping costs, and it is open to anyone from any country.
Incentive: If this post reaches 1000 notes, I will choose 3 winners instead of 1.
I wish I was going to DragonCon this year. Maybe next year I can go again!
Look: these boots are very, very simple. Actually sewing them together is no problem once you’ve got it drafted.
It is, essentially, a sock. A sock with a fancy cuff, with a sole glued to the bottom. It is also zipper-free. You are going to make a sock that fits over a shoe, and you are going to use a knife to peel off the edges of the sole, tuck the fabric under, and then glue the soles back in place so you have a nice, clean edge.
You will need:
- Spandex fabric in whatever color you need.
- Extra spandex fabric with the same amount of stretch for drafting your pattern.
- Pattern paper.
- A pair of ballet flats (or whatever shoe type you need.) Make sure you get the right “shape”; Supergirl’s boots, for example, have a pointed toe, and look out for sole color; we usually just go with black because anything else will get dirty/paint will chip. You also want to find one with an easily removed sole; as a general rule, the cheaper the shoe, the easier time you’ll have with it. We usually spend about $5 tops on our flats, haha. If you’re trying to do heels, be very, very cautious; if you damage the structural integrity of the shoe, you might be in some trouble when you need to walk on them. You also want to make sure they are as basic as possible; remove any bows and whatever possible.
- An exacto knife.
- Hot glue
- Usual sewing implements; pins, scissors, rulers, whatever.
You can draft it yourself easily: take your scrap fabric and wrap it around your leg as I’ve pictured above in the pink, and pin it along the back. You want to make it snug, but not so snug that you can’t get your foot out of it either. POINT YOUR TOE WHILE YOU DO THIS. Additionally, wear the shoe while you pin it around your foot; it’ll need to fit over the shoe in the end anyway. Don’t worry about the bottom of your foot; it’s easier if you make the curve under your heel snug, and the front of your toes, but you’re not going to be closing off the bottom.
When you have it pinned neatly and evenly, trim the edges down. Leave enough excess for seam allowance along the back, and enough for tucking on the bottom. (Tucking into the sole, that is.) Take it off your foot and you should have some weird shape (like a mirrored version of the pattern I have pictured above.)
Now: if you trace that onto pattern paper and smooth out any raggedness you may have made in cutting, you have your basic pattern. Then all you have to do is alter the top of the pattern: a /\ point for Wonder Woman, a V for Supergirl, etc. Because we’re making Supergirl, here, you’ll want it to be in two pieces, as shown in the pattern above. Wherever you cut to change the design, be sure that you add seam allowance (as you can see on our bottom pattern.) Also make sure that the top edge of your sock is snug enough to your calf that you won’t have to constantly bend to fix them.
I’ve taken pictures of my and Christine’s patterns. Obviously, if you don’t want a seam down the front, you need to cut the fabric on a fold. You will need four of the top cuff and two of the “sock”; the top cuff is two-layered so it’s got a clean top!
Sew all the cuffs: in the last picture, that’s what they should look like. First, sew them all at the back seam. Then layer them together to sew the top seam, so that when you fold them right-side out, you have finished cuffs as pictured. Topstitch whatever you want.
Sew the sock’s back seam.
Sew the cuff to the sock. Be very careful about the corners, so that they are sharp. Again, topstitch whatever works.
Use the exacto-knife to separate the shoe from the sole. Don’t take the whole sole off — you don’t want to pop it out of alignment, or compromise TOO much of the shoe’s integrity. You just need enough opened that you can tuck the bottom edge of your sock into the space between.
Once your whole sock is finished, it’s time for the crazy part: put it on, with your shoe. Then, with the help of a friend or with the acknowledgement that your spine will hurt trying to do it to yourself, start putting the bottom edge of the sock under the edge of the sole, and gluing in place. We have found hot glue works best because it hardens/sets fast: anything else and you may be stuck sitting there wearing your shoes for HOURS trying not to ruin your work.
Now you have boots.
Go kick some supervillain ass, girl.
Client: We like the design, but could you make the blues all the same.
Me: It’s the same blue through out the design.
Client: It looks like different blues.
Me: That’s because colors are perceived differently dependent on neighboring colors.
Client: That’s stupid.
Day 178: My Sewing Machine Hates Me – 4 min at boiling
Added milk and sugar
(Since I’m away today, have a queued post! :D )
Meet my sewing machine! She is a Pfaff Ambition 1.5 and she is just the best machine I’ve had yet. If you are ever buying a machine, get the absolute best one you can afford. I started off with a Brother from Walmart that cost less than $100, after a few months I upgraded to a more expensive Singer Talent. The Singer worked really well for regular sewing, except I moved into quilting, which really needed a more powerful machine. I was quoted a good price for my darling Pfaff, and I have no regrets at all about upgrading. I need a good name for her – any suggestions?
My case is decorated with a few iphone skins I purchased from Society 6, and I threw in some photos of my fabric just because it’s pretty. I actually have a bit of tea themed fabric I need to make something with! :D
This tea is delicious, and I just think the sentiment is funny. My sewing machine and I get along great sometimes, except for those times when she hates me. :) This earl grey/orange blend is just the thing when you need to step away from the machine and have a breather before you smash it and regret it.
Tea peeps! Obviously I want to continue drinking tea in college and coffee makers are cheaper than electric kettles. I know that it is possible to make tea from tea bags in a coffee pot… for those of you who make your tea this way, is it still good? I’m worried about my loose leaf and having the water get to hot for greens or whites or herbals. ??
I have made tea this way (usually at conventions in hotel room coffee pots), and it’s totally possible. I just run the machine with water-only (nothing in the area where the coffee grounds would go), then I’ll brew the tea as normal in a mug afterward using the hot water. For black tea, the temperature is usually pretty good right out of the pot. For green and white teas, I just add a little cold water to the mug and stir well before steeping, or wait a little bit to let the water cool off before steeping.
I use loose leaf tea and disposable tea bags - I buy the bags from Adagio when they’re in-stock because they have the cheapest ones, or I get them at a local tea store when Adagio has them back-ordered.
One really good thing about working at a print shop! I drafted a circle skirt for Umi and got it printed off on the wide-format printer for cost of materials. Score!
I went with one and a half circles… I hope that gives me the shape I want… it’s all I have fabric for, so keeping my fingers crossed!
Also, Polly is helping as usual. :)
Sorry some of these took so long, but these labels were deceptively time-consuming to make, involving a lot of research to make sure I had the correct kanji and constellation for each character.
Miaka: This blend is bright, cheerful, and sweet, just like the Priestess of Suzaku herself. It also makes a delicious snack, if you’re feeling a bit hungry. A delightful blend of fruity flavors like strawberry, peach, cherry and orange, with just a dash of caramel for sweetness.
Yui: A smoky, spicy blend of green and black tea for a girl filled with bitterness and sorrow. The spicy tang of ginseng mingles with the natural smokiness of gunpowder green tea, with a touch of sharpness from tart grapefruit and the bite of ginger.
Tamahome: A blend with a dash of romance and a little bit of heat, for a fiercely-protective warrior devoted to his family and his lady love. The softness of bergamot mingles with the heat of cinnamon, with light notes of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, rose, and orange. A complex blend for a man who is by turns both gentle and fierce.
Nakago: A black tea blend of dangerous spice, bittersweet chocolate, silky caramel, and a touch of sharp smoke. This blend is deliciously dark, but deceptively smooth.
Hotohori: The perfect tea for an emperor with an inner core of strength, but whose serious side is often masked by narcissism and a touch of romanticism. Built on a base of ceylon black tea, the floral notes of rose and lavender mingle with the rich flavor of tangy currants and the distinctive, sophisticated taste of earl grey bergamot.
Nuriko: A sassy blend of tangy fruits and berries, a little tart and a little sweet. Not unlike a certain purple-haired warrior, this blend is sharp at first but sweet once you get to know it better.
Tasuki: A fiery blend of spices mingled with the flavors of chocolate and oranges, built on a base of smoky lapsang. A strange mix, but this is the perfect blend for a hot-headed bandit who wields fire as his favored weapon.
Mitsukake: This is a strong yet soothing tea for a stalwart healer: full-bodied Irish breakfast black tea mingles with the toasty astringency of honeybush rooibos, while the rich, comforting notes of chocolate and caramel finish off the blend.
Chiriko: Part childish joy, part devoted scholar, this blend mingles the minty flavors of a candy cane with sharp citrus and sweet vanilla.
Chichiri: A meditative blend appropriate for a magical monk: austere spearmint, mystic jasmine, and exotically-sweet vanilla, with just a touch of cheerful lemon. Perfect for maintaining a zen-like calm even in difficult situations.
I’m way behind on reading Genbu Kaiden (started it ages ago when it first came out, but never quite got caught up since the hiatus), but eventually I may add Takiko and some of the other GK characters, too.
Doodled this while experimenting with the trial of Manga Studio - I just may have to buy it. It seems to combine the features I love from both photoshop and SAI. There’s some wonky stuff, but overall it seems like a nice program.
Does anyone recognize this guy? ;D