Cosplay Progress: Elite Four

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I'm still plugging away at the cosplays I have planned for Swampcon. I found these nifty plastic ornaments at Joann's for 50 cents a piece and decided they would be perfect for making a set of four pokeballs for us to use as props.

IMG_0040.JPG I painted them with acrylic paint and I figure they'll serve double duty as a way to store a little bit of cash/whatever other small things we'll need at the con. Cute, right?

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Cosplay round two: Pokemon’s (generation one) elite four!

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So obviously since Swamp Con is a two day event I have to have two costumes to wear during the con, one for each day. A couple of our friends are going to be joining us and we're all going to dress up as a group, including little baby Natalie! We'll be going as the elite four champions from the first generation of pokemon games (red, blue and yellow).

IMG_0670.PNG I'll be going as Lorelai, the ice trainer (first one on the left) and Brian will be going as Bruno, the fighting trainer (second one in). Since I'll be the ice trainer we'll be dressing up Natalie as Dewgong, and adorable ice type pokemon. I'll post pics as I get pieces finished.

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Cosplay Progress: Ironman!

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I started work on a new cosplay! My family (and some friends too!) are doing a massive super cool, super secret cosplay for Dragon Con 2015 later this year. We have a small local con at the beginning of February called Swampcon and I decided to try and get my portion of the group cosplay finished in time for the costume contest at the convention.   I just finished one of the most important parts today...the shoes!!¬†IMG_0618.JPG You might remember these shoes from a thrift store hall a while back. I decided to spruce them up with some red and gold paint (to make it look like the iron suit!). The buttons were perfect for making little tiny arc reactors. IMG_4019 I can't wait to rock these out in public even without the rest of my cosplay. Who wouldn't want their very own Iron Man shoes? IMG_4018

New Etsy Item: Felt Fruit Tart

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Felt fruit is seriously one of the cutest things in the universe. IMG_4008 IMG_4011 IMG_4013 IMG_4017

New Etsy Item: Felt Food Salad!

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IMG_3986   Healthy eaters rejoice, now your little one can learn healthy eating habits. I had a ball making this super cool felt food salad set, I especially love the ranch dressing drizzle. =)     IMG_3995       You can find this set for $20 in my etsy shop, here.

Paleo Breakfast!

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The paleo diet is the strangest thing to me. I like the idea in concept, but the reality is that I am just way too much of a fan of bread and bread products for that to ever work for me as a realistic diet. That being said, I definitely like to sometimes make food that is "paleo" just because it's the new It term to make any meal sound instantly more awesome. IMG_3976 This is another recipe I found on Pinterest I decided to give a whirl and it worked....mostly. They're super simple to make: just slice an avocado in half, scoop out the center portion to fit your egg (this step is really important or you end up with an egg catastrophe), crack an egg in the middle and sprinkle cooked bacon on top. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes. The eggs look runny and not quite cooked, but take them out. We waited and ended up with fully cooked yolks, boo. Definitely line your pan with tin foil and be extra careful to make sure your avocados are properly propped up or egg will go everywhere - but if you line your pan with tinfoil clean up isn't a big deal. Enjoy!  

Jewelry making…

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I love doing pretty much all things crafty, but if there's one area I don't feel like I'm very skilled it's jewelry making. That is, until Pinterest came into my life. I've started trying to use the ideas and pictures of interesting jewelry I've seen on Pinterest to inspire my jewelry making and I think this one turned out pretty cute. IMG_3935 This earring and necklace set is something I made as a Christmas gift for a friend this year. =) I got the idea from a pin I found . I varied mine a little bit from the original because I didn't add the gold bead inserts between the turquoise pieces. I paired it up with some simple-to-make chain and arrow earrings. Pretty nifty, huh?

Playing around…

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I started trying to play around with the awesome camera my mom gave us for Natalie's baby shower. It's pretty incredible for taking portraits and there are definitely some of these that will end up as framed photos on our wall. IMG_3918 IMG_3920 IMG_3924 IMG_3927 I also managed to snag some shots of baby girl wearing some of the items I sell in my etsy shop so customers can get an idea of how they look.   IMG_3953 IMG_3958     Baby models are the best!

Baby girl’s first Christmas…

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It was a really nice quite Christmas around here, perfect for baby girl's first one. My aunt came to town and we relaxed at home with all of new goodies all day. I hope everyone else had a wonderful Christmas as well. =) I'm going to leave you all with a few photos from Christmas Eve/Christmas because, in this case, a picture is worth a thousand words. I'm definitely still learning how to use the camera, especially how the different lenses work and how to focus properly so these aren't perfect, but they give you a good idea of how our Christmas was. Merry Christmas! IMG_3888 IMG_3889 IMG_3892 IMG_3893 IMG_3895 IMG_3896 IMG_3897 IMG_3901 IMG_3904  

Etsy Shop: I finally pulled out the DSLR!

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IMG_3885   Huzzah! I finally busted out the DSLR camera my mother gave us for our baby shower and started trying to really play with it. I took it on a test run by trying to take pictures of my latest felt food play set that I made for Etsy. I got the idea because my baby niece (is she still a baby if she turns five in two weeks?) used to LOVE playing with her tea set. The whole family got to enjoy cup after cup of pretend tea from her cute little face as she gleefully ran over and asked us if we wanted another cup.   IMG_3881   The set contains four tea bags with different colored tabs attached to the tea sachets by embroidery thread. Each one is filled with loose pieces of tea leaves in varying shades of green and brown that are secured to the felt bag by a piece of cream tulle to add detailing to the tea bags. IMG_3875 The macarons are made by gathering circle of felt together, stuffing it with fiberfill to get that proper puffy macaron shape and sewing it to another circle of felt. Do this twice and you have your sandwich cookie. The filling is made by attaching each side of the cookie to a piece of white felt, trimming to size and sewing the white felt circles together with a whip stitch. I finished the edges of the cookies by trimming them with a pair of pinking shears for a nice and crinkly edge.   IMG_3865   As always, the felt food sets are handstitched with cotton embroidery thread and crafted from eco-felt, an environmentally friendly felt made from post-consumer water bottles/plastic waste. IMG_3878

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