Friday, August 31, 2012

2012 Pax - Day One

Serah from Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Riven from League of Legends.  We found a great backdrop and the crowds were missing so we took advantage of getting of a few good shots.

League of Legends tournaments were a big deal at PAX this year.  The grand prize is $150,000.  That's a lot.  They had live commentators, and crowds so big they were sitting on the floor.  It was like the superbowl!

The set up at the different game company booths were quite different but very flashy.

Cosplay is a growing thing at PAX and some people were very creative with their characters.
Moogle and Chocobo from Final Fantasy

Can you see who is on their head?

Sacred 3 had a cool setup, so I decided to take a little creepy photo with the throne.

The Storm Troopers are getting down with Dance Central 3 before it is released.

Found a random tatoo on a guy that was just pretty cool

The Pokemon tournament is a cool idea, where 8 Pokemon Gym Leaders are walking around the con, and you can challenge them at any time with a White/Black Pokemon game.   You can spot them with their green scarves.

Even some of the local eateries were using gaming topics to encourage people to come by

Waiting for PAX 2012

Mog the Moogle is excited for Penny Arcade Expo, it will be his first time going.  He'll be hanging out with Final Fantasy XIII-2 Serah and Leauge of Legends Riven for the civilian version of E3.  For those in the Seattle area, hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

We're going to PAX 2012!

This weekend hordes of gamers descend upon downtown Seattle for the annual Penny Arcade Expo which will take place Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd at the Washington State Convention Center (and various nearby "spillover" venues, including the Paramount Theater).

PAX Dev has been going on already, and today, Thursday, is "setup day". Eager to partake in the weekend festivities, I stopped by during my lunch break today to score a sneak preview while enjoying a Mondito Burrito at the Taco Del Mar inside the convention center. I thought I'd just camp out in the chance of encountering a rare spawn. I heard Wil Wheaton and Gary Whitta were in town already, among other notables.

 As soon as I entered the venue I was greeted by a massive statue of Ryze, a playable hero from League of Legends. The statue is impressive, a fully lit-up, life-sized replica of the character, complete with floating spellbook, a glowing ball of conjured ice energy, and an impact crater festooned with runes, with blue light emanating from beneath the cracks. I want one for my living room.

This is going to cause a major traffic jam on Friday, just wait.

A friendly (and dashing) Riot employee saw me snapping (or should I say "tapping") photos on my smart phone and offered to take a picture with me in it. He also conveniently knew exactly the best angle to capture Ryze. Now I just need to get another photo with Ryze while I'm dressed like Riven!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY Fabric Labels - Printed Method

A few years ago when at SteamCon I fell in love with a girl's hat.  I asked her where she got it.  She took off her hat and showed me the label underneath.  I copied down the name and searched it up online. Aren't labels useful?

As many of you know I have an Etsy store and recently I've started putting labels onto my orders before sending them out.  But how do I make them?  I'm not going to glue paper on to a hat, that would look cheap.  But I'm not going to pay to have them mass made, nor am I going to use a Sharpie to write them all out.

Here's what you do:  Iron-on transfer and ribbon!

Here I've printed my Artist Name SmallRiniLady with the Etsy link.  READ INSTRUCTIONS.  This transfer paper needed me to print revered, although I believe I've also used other transfer papers that didn't require the backwards printing.  



Look look, isn't that cool?

I keep my labels on the roll and cut them off as I need, that way it stays a little more organized.

You can make little ribbon bows or puffs to make it look a little glamorous, but since I used cheap ribbon I simply just cut around the logo and glued.

Monday, August 27, 2012

DIY Fabric Labels - Handmade Method

This week we are sharing our techniques for making fabric labels (i.e. tags) to put on your creations.  So why would you want to put labels on anything?
  1. If it's an item you are selling, you want the buyer/recipient to know where it came from so they can tell other potential customers where to get one.
  2. If it's a gift or personal momento (quilts, etc.) you'll want to put your name and date on it for posterity's sake.
There are many different ways to go about making labels, so you should choose the method that makes the most sense for you!
First, I'm going to share the one-off handmade method. This is great for:
  • quilts
  • custom personal items (e.g. a ring bearer pillow for your friend's wedding)
  • unique, handmade gifts
  • artsy creations
  • one-of-a-kind costumes or garments
Example 1: Hand-embroidered lettering on a quilt label

Find a coordinating scrap of fabric without a pattern on it, secure it in an embroidery hoop and use thick embroidery thread to create lettering. Trim it down to a square, press under the edges, then hand-applique it onto the back of your quilt near the bottom corner.

Example 2: Discrete hand-embroidered lettering in metallic thread

Hand-embroider the letters directly onto the back of your quilt, making sure you only go through one layer of fabric. Use a thread that coordinates with your quilt design but blends into the quilt. This gives you a discrete label that you can find if you look closely, but it won't be obvious from a distance.
Example 3: Hand-painted garment labels

Use fabric paint to paint lettering directly onto a piece of fabric. Use a serger to finish the edges, then stitch the tag into your garment.

There are some reasons why you might not want to hand-make your labels.
- it's time-consuming just to make one label
- if you need to make a lot of labels, they will not be uniform/identical
- legibility may be a challenge
- limited room for cramming in text

All of these reasons could make this method quite daunting. That's okay. SmallRiniLady has a Printed Method she will share, and you'll find that her method solves these problems very well. You'll want to use her method if you are making items to sell!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Riven Cosplay - Shirt Upgrade

I like to make costumes I can wear over and over again. Sometimes I have to do a rush job to get the costume done on time, but then I have the opportunity to go back and redo something, give it an upgrade.
It looks a little droopy in front because my dress form is rather flat-chested...
I made a new shirt for my Riven costume. The first shirt was literally three pieces of cotton gauze fabric sewn together at the shoulders and sides. It was really rough, not wearable in public.

This shirt took four (4) hours to make, a nice after-work evening project. The fabric is super-soft, stretchy, and also breathable!

I didn't use a pattern, but I did have a store-bought shirt of a similar fabric, so I traced it to get a pattern for the back, then I draped the rest. If I didn't have a serger, this stretchy fabric would have been a lot more difficult to work with, I would have had to roll all of the hems, yikes! As it is, I just serged the edges every piece of fabric after I cut them out and ended up leaving the arm holes and the bottom hem rough. The bottom will be tucked into the skirt anyway!

I hope I can finish the rest of my upgrades to this costume before PAX. It's less than two weeks away!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Substitute in your Honey Mustard Dressing

Sometimes I make homemade Honey Mustard Dressing for my salad at home, but lately I haven't been able to because we have run out of honey in our kitchen.  Yesterday I it just hit me, to use Maple Syrup as a substitute.  It doesn't tastes as great as the honey in the recipe, but it's a reasonable swap out.

I guess if I'm going to post about cooking, I should probably provide my recipe too.  For Warning:  I'm not the type of cook that uses measurements.  I just wing everything and change to taste.  So here's the closest I can record for you.

·         1 Part Honey (or 2 Parts Maple Syrup)
·         1 Part Mustard
·         1 Part Mayo
·         3 Parts Rice Wine Vinegar
Whisk to combined, than use to dress any salad or marinate any meats.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Geek Girl Con 2012 Recap

Geek Girl Con 2012 was last weekend and we were there! SmallRiniLady had a booth and I (Avalyn) went for moral support and because I can't pass up an excellent cosplay opportunity.

SmallRiniLady debuted her new Captain America crossplay outfit, which was SUPER ADORABLE. I love the the winged headband!

We made flyers for the swag bags. I cut them out myself - oy!
This was our second year at Geek Girl Con (last year was the first year for the con!) and we were up for our Intro to Costume Craft and Cosplay panel again. This year we actually got through all 54 slides with 5 minutes to spare (54 slides because who doesn't want to see lots of cosplay pictures???).

There was never a dull moment at the SmallRiniLady booth!

I attended several panels, including Art as a Business Online, Steampunk Sewing (focused on corsets and bustles), and LEDs in Fabric.

Art as a Business Online panel
Somehow, I found time for lunch.

I always end up at Subway during conventions!
On Sunday I found a really great Codex! She even did her best to follow the online video tutorial on making the staff, it was very well done.

The weather was super warm and sunny. Since I was wearing costumes all weekend and riding the bus to and from the convention I was very happy not to see rain. Rain and foam weapons do not go well together.

Downtown Seattle on a rare sunny day. Gorgeous!

Of course I found something I had to buy upstairs in the dealer hall. TARDIS earrings!

That's all of my Geek Girl Con pictures. Cup of tea, anyone?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

New domain!

It's about time!

Don't worry, all of your old bookmarks to our site should still work.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

At Geek Girl Con 2012 Saturday

We went to Geek Girl Con today!

SmallRiniLady with another Captain America Crossplayer!

Doctor Who and the Tardis showed up, too!

We didn't get stuck in the Labyrinth...

SmallRiniLady snaped a photo with Rosie the Riveter

Oh Henson, how do we love your googly eyes on Red Fraggle

Family Love

Ok, not sure who she is (I have a feeling that Ava will be lecturing SmallRiniLady later), but she did an amazing job hand dying silk and inlaying mother of pearl into her accessories

"I solemnly swear that I am up to no good."

must save her from the Nothing .... we'll see you there tomorrow!
Join us for an Intro to Costuming and Cosplay in Room 204 at 12:30!

-Avalyn and SmallRiniLady