End of 2016… Off to 2017!

Who all is ready for this new year? Glad to see the raise of hands, lol!

While I had an awesome year for costumes and conventions, I’m stoked for everything I get to do for 2017! I completed five costumes, but I unfortunately got very few pictures… So, a resolution on the cosplay front is to be more involved with working with photographers!

I managed to attend two conventions, and while I wish I could do more, finances dictated otherwise. I’m hoping to at least be able to go to Denver Comic Con in 2017, but I’m currently working on planning a wedding for this new year and money will be tight. While I’d love to do more traveling and such and see more of the community, it’s probably not going to happen.

Social media is something I need to be better at, whether it be on my own personal cosplay page and such, but definitely here. I’m going to do more reaching out for interviews from both photographers and cosplayers, along with more resource hunting. I’ll attempt some more articles and the like, but I’d rather focus on bringing more for the community as a whole. ❤

Here’s to 2017! 😀

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Handmaiden/Shae/Ros from Game of Thrones Cosplay Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Kirilee and is super easy to follow for anyone with some sewing experience! 😀

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Handmaiden/Shae/Ros from Game of Thrones Cosplay Tutorial by Kirilee

Hope this helps! 😀

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Another Bead Ordering Resource!

It’s been awhile since I’ve found a resource to share with you all! 😀 But, I did! This is another place I’ve been following on Instagram that sells beads, crystals, and other jewelry-making supplies!

  1. The Bead Factory – Much like other bead stores, this place has a huge variety of items to choose from! Everything is affordably priced to order and shipping is based on the weight of the shipment, much like other beading stores. I’ve yet to order from here, but do plan on doing so soon (cause, shinies).

Hope this resource can help others out! 😀

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Rocky Mountain Con 2016 Review

November 5th and 6th held host to a local con held called Rocky Mountain Con. It is a small event and venue, but the proceeds benefit the charity, Aurora Rise, which gives money to the family members and victims of the Aurora Theater shooting. I only attended Sunday this year, and while the single day pass is a little pricy, it all goes to charity which is fine by me.

The convention was held at the Denver International Airport’s Crowne Plaza. My fiance and I remembered it was a little difficult to find the ticket area last year, but quickly located it in the same spot this year… But still no signage to direct anyone there. We got our wristbands easily enough, but there was convention handouts given, however, once again, everything was in the same room. Vendors, artists, guests, and programming were all jam-packed together, which is just confusing and difficult to hear things when programming is going on.

They once again had a nice mix of artists, guests, and actual dealers working the crowd. I noticed immediately, though, some vendors seemed disinterested in selling their wares or striking up conversations, and some had even left early, or were in the process of doing so. There were a lot more industry guests than last year, and a smaller amount of cosplay guests, so it was a nice mix compared to the previous year. It was also nice to see more local cosplay guests as well! We did notice however that the foot traffic was slim to none, and admittedly, this was the last day of the con with a costume contest about to go on, but that had about 50 contestants or so. I spoke with several vendors, and they all stated that while Saturday was decent for sales and people, Sunday was terrible. They had been informed there was a lot more traffic expected than what actually happened. Everyone, myself included, felt the advertising was poorly done this year, even in comparison to last year’s.

Once again, while I did have fun and enjoyed seeing lots of friends, I’m doubting returning next year. Scheduling/programming needs to be more upfront via a handout or something and putting panels and the like in a different area would also be nice. More advertising for the con itself to bring more people in HAS to happen to allow the convention to survive; many vendors and artists stated they will not return to lose money at a show again. While the con itself is made with good intentions, changes have to be made to let it thrive and grow in its purpose.

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Thor: Goddess of Thunder Helmet Tutorial

This tutorial was created by ScissorWizardCosplay and teaches you to create your own Thor helm! She does suggest on her original posting to play with the sizing a bit with the mask before securing everything into place, so I definitely wanted to include that!

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Thor: Goddess of Thunder Helmet Tutorial created by ScissorWizardCosplay

Hope this helps! 😀

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Choosing to do a Cosplay Group

So, one of my major things I love doing for conventions is joining cosplay groups. However, over the years, I’ve learned that you don’t want to get carried away with what you volunteer for. I had a year where I had to bust out 4 different costumes in only a few months to fulfill the groups I signed up for… and even then, half the other people didn’t do them.

Basically, just remember, while it’s fun, don’t stress yourself out. I usually choose characters I really want to make, group or not. I also work with everyone to at least attempt to match fabrics if they’re all supposed to look the same (think Love Live! or Sailor Moon). This alone can be a blast because you can easily do meet-ups if it’s local, or have some fun Skype sessions! I also love sending one another progress photos so it keeps everyone motivated! Give yourself plenty of time for your project!

Always remember to also trouble-shoot if you’re having problems. Part of the fun of group costumes is learning and teaching new things from others. Go those few extra steps to really make it something special, but know your time frame. REMEMBER, IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE FUN!

When the convention or meet-up time arrives, forget the stress you may have felt (especially towards the end) and enjoy the time around your friends. Get those photos and those memories!

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Silent Hill Nurse Cosplay Tutorial

Halloween is vastly approaching, so I figured a spooky costume tutorial would be perfect! 😀 This one was created by AWE me!

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