Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cosplay Tutorial: Jessica from True Blood

This is another super easy cosplay that once you have a couple key items, you can throw together in literally no time. Those are my favorites in case you haven't picked up on that. I did this one for ConDFW since I wanted something cute but comfy and low key. If you want proof, check out my page at Wilde Cosplay, where I try to share everything I work on.

The standard black shorts came from the clearance rack of Old Navy, and they are paired with my Airwalks because I am too cheap to wear real Converse. The bottle of True Blood we've had at the house for enough years that it will never be something a human drinks because it would probably kill them. But it makes a great photo prop. The order pad came from a pretend kit that I've had since I was a kid. Yes, really. Yes, I still have it. It's not essential, just fun to have. I also threw on a red flannel shirt (you'll recognize it from my Amy Pond cosplay) for warmth in some of the cooler Con rooms.

The shirt and apron I got in person at Hot Topic years ago, but you can still find both on Amazon. I also blinged out my apron with some funny vampire buttons that I found on Walmart clearance after Halloween one year.

The hair is easy. You just twist a couple of small sections from the front toward the back and clip them with whatever is handy. Curl the bottom (I finally learned how to use a curling iron in less than an hour!), and you're pretty much set. Jessica doesn't wear a lot of heavy make up, which makes life a lot easier. Mascara, neutral lipstick, some brown eye shadow, and you're pretty good to go. I added a pair of small gold heart earrings as an extra touch.

Have you cosplayed anyone from the True Blood universe?

Friday, February 20, 2015

#WildeFeature: Melissa of Mizziexoxo Boutique

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When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling? 
I first opened my Storenvy shop in September of 2013 and opened my Etsy shop in October of 2013. 

I never heard of Etsy or Storenvy before and I came across both sites and the thought of selling online intrigued me. I love to craft and thought people might be interested in what I love to make. So I started to look into how to start my own online business.

What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why?
Currently I would have to say that one of my favorites is my Chihuahua Necklace. I just really love how the yellow colour of it turned out, and it's just super cute.

What is your favorite quote? One of my favorite quotes is "If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working for it."

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Friday, February 13, 2015

#WildeFeature : Ashley Scholes of Stitches by Ashley Nicole

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When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling? 
In September 2012; I wanted to do more than just create and store the things I was enjoying making.

What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why? 
The blue and yellow rose set because it's so pretty and dainty. Plus, blue is one of my favorite colors. :)

What is your favorite quote? 
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” ― Pablo Picasso

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Craft Sale #2: The Re-Craftening

And, yes, I'm totally rocking a Darren Criss shirt for luck.

Yesterday I strapped on my big girl boots (okay, it was Airwalks) and headed out to my second ever in person craft show. Thankfully I had the support of my sister driving me and all my junk out there in her SUV and my husband helping me set up (I am seriously the WORST about being polite when I'm stressed and trying to get things done) and man the table throughout the day.

The sale in question was the Valentine's Sale at the TWU Student Union. It'd hoped to be part of the Christmas sale, but I ended up taking care of my mom instead (infinitely more important, obviously!). Thankfully, the Union was fantastic and just let me transfer my table fee to the next sale coming up. 

I'm even more pleased to say that the sale went well. I didn't rake in huge profits, but I had some great interactions, and it always makes me smile when people enjoy what I make, even if they aren't able to buy it. Hopefully I'll get to participate again in upcoming sales in the Union. In the meantime, I have some things I want to improve in terms of my display. I want some sort of rack for cards and prints, and I'd like to rig some sort of rack system inside my suitcase to display the notebooks better. From the pictures, what would you change about my display? I'd love suggestions and feedback!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Friday, February 6, 2015

#WildeFeature: Toni Conn of Little House of Crafting

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When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling? 
I opened my shop in the summer of 2013. One of my friends made pinback buttons and I wanted to try it out. Once I started I was hooked! I delighted in helping others get their geek on and make new friends with my buttons.

What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why?
My current favorite item is my Don't Worry I Speak Nerd design. It captures my life so well! I find myself speaking nerd on a regular basis. One of my art instructors calls me "The Dictionary". :) Here is where you can get it: http://littlehouseofcrafting.com/collections/246042-shop-all-buttons-magnets/products/11796852-dont-worry-i-speak-nerd-button-and-magnet!

What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is from Joseph Chilton Pearce - To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong. So often as creatives we live in fear that we are doing something imperfect, wrong, different than others. But that's what makes us so special! As creatives, we think outside the box and can adapt much more easily to what life throws at us. It's our superpower!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

#WildeFeature: Erin Dubrow of perles de verre

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When did you open your shop, and what inspired you to start selling? 
I was inspired by glass. All sorts of glass. But, especially glass from depression era...milk glass and jadite. That inspiration lead to a class. That class lead to learning how to make lampwork (glass) beads. That turned into learning the art of jewelry making and perfecting the art of lampworking. And, soon I had more beads and jewelry then I knew what to do with, thus in June of 2011 I opened my Etsy shop perles de verre (pearls of glass). The shop only created more learning and inspiration. Learning about selling and inspiration from all the amazing artists, so today I am still trying to perfect the art of selling, and lampworking.

What is your current favorite item in your shop? Why? I love bracelets, and I love bracelets that jingle or move when you move. I wear bracelets everyday, everywhere I go and the more the better! So, my favorite items are always my charm bracelets.
I also love making charm bracelets because no two beads are ever alike in shape, color, design, or texture. Making charm bracelets is the highest level of creativity with out the design challenge of creating a balanced pattern.

What is your favorite quote? 
I am an avid reader, so this is the toughest question in the world. My favorite quote about love, or life, or teaching, or art, or being a girl or the quote that makes me laugh out loud. But, if I can only choose one I default to: "Be in Love with your Life, Every Minute of It." -Jack Keourac I tell friends, family and my husband frequently how much ""I love my life"" every time something good happens, or in the quite moments, or in the hard ones just to remind us that we are lucky to be here.

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