Sunday, August 24, 2014

Supplies!


gravity falls dipper pines summerween mable pines gif

So Summerween Mabel is 100% purchased. I (hopefully) have all the supplies needed to make this ridiculous outfit happen. Now I just have an immense amount of work to do, and not a lot of time in which to do it. WHY DO I ALWAYS WAIT SO LONG??!!!

Anyway.
Bitching aside. I actually think this is going to go well.


MY TO DO LIST:
Dye all my items
Sew the "Jar"
Build the frame from PVC
Sew the hat
Carve and paint the foam into the jar lid
Glue a strawberry to the front
Sew a strawberry on my sweater
Paper Mâché and paint the Jack O Mellon
Finish Noodle (Gorillaz)

All by Tuesday. 
Wish me luck. 
-Vanessa*


Monday, August 18, 2014

Holy Crap, She's Back! (Also Dragon Con Prep)

Hello world. Trying to get back on the blogging track. I figured what better to do so with than reporting on my current projects! 
Dragon Con is swiftly approaching. Like, really swiftly. I leave next Thursday night. Do I have all my costumes done yet? Hell no, I do not. This year I will be keeping it simple, quick, light, and most importantly, affordable. I'm completely obsessed with the Disney show Gravity Falls. 


It's a occult filled supernatural cartoon with unexpectedly well written scripts and equally unexpected comic timing. And then there's the main characters, Dipper and Mabel. 12 year old mystery solving twins. Dipper is actually a well rounded, interesting character and I like him quite a bit. I would probably watch the show if he was an only child.  But then, there is Mabel. 

You guys, Mabel is my spirit animal. I simultaneously grew up as her and want to grow up to be her. 

I'm trying really hard to make that dream a reality. Or, at least I want to cosplay her at every opportunity. Two years ago at my first Dragon Con, I donned a sweater in August in Atlanta.  My super awesome sister happens to also love the show, and quite likes Mabel's brother, Dipper. We are pictured above being completely adorable together. So cute.
Anyway.
So it's time again for the Wonder Twin powers to activate! Form of jar or Peanut Butter! Shape of Jar or Jelly! No really. This is happening. 
I have all of my materials together and I've come in at under $20 for the supplies. So yeah, I am hitting Dragon Con, one of the most prominent costume conventions in the country dressed as a 12 year old, dressed as a jar of jelly.  I'm hella excited.  
Stsy tuned for more exciting costuming news.
Luv, Vanessa*

Friday, December 6, 2013

Corvidae Holiday Sale


A very rare Corvidae sale! I don't do them often, and this is 30% people! Get your hands on gorgeous gifts for someone special (especially you)!
Runs only until this Sunday! Enter SHOPSMALL30 at checkout. 

Happy Shopping,
Vanessa*

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tea for 2sday (I mean Wednesday)


I worked the second half of the day today, and man was it tough to convince my body that leaving the house was a good idea. It was about 40 degrees and viciously pouring rain all day. The kind of day where you just don't want to get from under your covers, but pile on more blankets and catch up on some reading. Although my evil enchanted bed soothingly sang her siren song I pulled apart the sheets and managed some productivity. But not until after a large mug of vanilla tea with honey and almond milk.Or two. :)
I managed a few prototype pieces that will be making their debut at Beadlush this weekend, though I think there are a few things I would like to change about the ones that will inevitably end up on my Corvidae Page. I think I'm going to do a more flexible chain for the little galaxy necklaces. I just feel like the stiffer chain looks much better on longer pieces. I may end up with different lockets because I can get get them more consistently, but overall I'm pretty pleased. 





I'm actually kind of in love with my little galaxy pendants. They are hand water-colored (each is unique) and sealed in resin with a Hematite star. I am aiming to have these guys on line for sale by Dec 3rd. Ish. You guys know how I work though, so god only knows. But these go in Beadlush TODAY! Come and get 'em! Only $29 ea!
Luv,
Vanessa*



Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The're All Gonna Laugh At You


With the Carrie remake being released just in time for Halloween (and me having all the necessities on hand) I decided it would be kinda fun. Since Halloween fell on a work day this year I opted against an accurate costume (you know the really easy one wear you just wear a long beige slip and dump blood all over you) and decided to go for a more stylized or glam Carrie. I still wanted copious amounts of blood, but I just didn't feel like being cold and sticky all damn day. 

After the dress, I decided the most important thing for a glamorous Carrie costume would be a dripping blood necklace. It's comprised of basically every red bead I had on hand. I used Czech glass for the bulk of it but there is a significant amount of crystal, pearls, and some vintage German drops. 
The make up was super easy to put on and a bitch to get off.  The base is a clown pink with cheap bright red over the top. I filled in the darker color from a wound fx set and lightened my eyebrows. For a subtle finishing touch I used red polish to create a drippy mani that I liked so much I may do it more often. And for the dress I took an entirely unworn (possible) bridesmaid dress out of my "to sell" pile and went to town on it. I used a blend of acrylic paint and water to alternately paint and dribble color down the front. I could have stopped there but I felt like I need some sparkle. I traced all the major dribble lines down with red glitter glue, and with my trusty E600 affixed every sparkly red drop or rhinestone I had on hand. I'm rather pleased with the result though I may add more in the future because let's face it, when it comes to sparkly blood, more is more. I love that this dress is something I'm sure to break back out for upcoming events. If I don't finish everything for Dragon Con then Carrie may make an appearance there, and I for see this dress being worn with full Zombie makeup because I have needed an undead prom queen costume in my life for far too long. Poor dress. You are going to get so much more wear now that I've destroyed you.







Year two for this tradition, Jennifer, myself, and our two Johns went out for Halloween Chinese food, and screwed around in the parking lot afterword. She is dressed as Harley Quinn, and I was having major wig jealousy. That thing was lovely. Isn't she just the cutest? So we fooled around for as long as the boys would put up with, and headed home. Both of us had work in the morning, and lots of makeup to scrub off. My bathtub is still full of red glitter. 
How was your Halloween?
Luv,
Vanessa*

Monday, November 4, 2013

Grim Grinning Ghosts


Even though this year was a pretty light one (for me anyway) costume wise, I still had a great deal of fun just screwing around with my friends. For the first time in 2 years I went out on the Saturday before halloween. The night all the drunk 20-something's celebrate. Brittany (who rarely ends up on my blog costume-less), my sister, I decided this year we were going out with the masses. We ended up at the Music Factory for a rather large, loud event. It was so loud and distracting that I failed to take even one single photo. Ah, well. We crowd watched, took in the costumes, and had 1 beer. We are party animals. A bit after midnight the decision was made to head uptown and grab a bite to eat. Fed and watered exhaustion was settling in, bit we couldn't go home without some photos! This church front was nicely lit, so the three of us goofed around and snapped some lousy photos.  












I was going to dress as an alien as my real costume wasn't finished yet, but I screwed around so long I ended up getting ready in 5 minuets flat. I was a bit disappointed i wasn't dressed a bit more costume-y but in the end I was just glad to be dressed (and warm-ish).
Purple blouse- Anthro I think (via Buffalo Exchange)
Blouse as vest- Forever 21
Skirt- No tag (via clothing swap)
Crinoline- Hot Topic
Tights and Hat-Walmart
Gloves- Urban Outfitters
Boots- Vince Camuto (gift from Britt)
Necklace- Corvidae 


Overall, we had a really good time. It had been a while since the three of us had really been able to hang out and mess around. It just reminded me of how much I need to put in more effort to spend time with the people I love, instead of Netflix and Tumblr. 
Party On,
Vanessa*