Friday, November 21, 2014

Celebrate a Handmade Holiday



This year, I'd like to encourage people to shop handmade. Yes, I always encourage that. Yes, it's partly because I sell handmade. It's not rocket science, folks, I'm running a business here ;) All teasing aside, though, when you buy handmade and from small businesses, you're supporting individuals and families in a direct way that's hard to replicate elsewhere. So even if you only grab a single item from a craft fair or a site, you're making a difference. That five dollars may not mean much to you, but it might mean everything to the artist.

In that spirit, if you choose to buy handmade in my main shop or my Storenvy store, you can get 20% off your order by using code WILDEXMAS. If you have a handmade shop of your own, you are also welcome to use the graphics below (one smaller, one bigger) to promote the idea of shopping handmade over the holidays. Credit and link backs are appreciated, but are definitely not required. 

smaller size - 800px

larger size - 2268px

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wilde Does Stuff: Glittery Skull

How could you not love that face?

True to my promise to keep things simple this is another easy one. While it's certainly appropriate for Halloween, I confess that my glitter skull will be up all year. First you need a skull. The one I used was a cheap paper mache one that I got on sale at Michaels for a few dollars after Halloween last year. Then gather up some Mod Podge (I used the glossy type) and some glitter (I used two layers of white with a layer of red on top).

Slather the skull with Mod Podge. Okay, okay, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge somewhat carefully. It doesn't have to be perfect, just be sure you cover all of the exterior you'd like to have glittered. Then? Shake the glitter all over that baby. I recommend putting a piece of wax paper or something similar on your work surface to catch the glitter for re-use and to keep glitter from getting all over quite as many places. 

I left mine to dry for about three hours, but once it feels dry, you're good to go. Then? Do it again. And, y'know, again. Like I said above, I did two layers of white chunky glitter, then I applied a layer of red micro glitter with a more multi-colored, multi-faced look on top. After your last layer of glitter, apply another layer of Mod Podge to keep that beautiful, sparkly stuff from falling back off again. 

Wait for it to dry. Done. Seriously, done. My glitter skull lives above my craft table. Where will yours live?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Cosplay Tutorial + Digital Download: Captain Hammer

At All-Con Dallas 2014

As you may have noticed, I like easy. So guess what? This tutorial is easy. All you need is a pair of pants (gray, tan, or green cargo pants or slacks are your best bet), a t-shirt (Captain Hammer's is technically dark gray, but I used black here because I had one on hand), a pair of boots (his are combat boots, mine are chick boots with buckles because, again, I had them already), a black belt, and some black gloves. The gloves I wore (yes, I totally had them and totally forgot to put them on when the image above was taken) were Halloween "pirate" gloves that cost three whole dollars.



The most effort will come in making the shirt. Since I think it's silly to reinvent the wheel, click here to download a pdf I've already made of the shirt logo. You'll be going through my shop, but it's a 100% free download, so no fear. Save it, open it up, and print that baby onto a dark t-shirt transfer (seriously, use that even if you're putting it on a light shirt, the quality is sooo much better). Cut the circle out, iron that puppy on and, well, get dressed. You're done. Go find yourself a cute redhead and start singing!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wilde Does Stuff: DIY Spooky Wreath


This is perhaps the easiest project you'll take on this holiday season. It began when I was in Michaels and saw a bunch of gorgeous metallic keys in their dollar bins. I picked out a few different colors at my husband's urging (I love that he enables projects like this!). 

We wandered over to the dollar store after, and there I was able to find a wreath. It is indeed a wreath intended for Christmas and is a dark green with white to represent snow. It looked bleak and fall-y enough to suit my purposes, and I also found a raven and a sparkly black skull that I couldn't resist. 

Once we got home, I had my husband search out our Christmas wreath hanger (he removed the little Christmas tree that's on the top of it and was the only thing that signaled it as not belonging to the right holiday) and I set down to assemble the pieces. Since the keys were already hung on ribbon, I was able to entangle them with the wire that made up the wreath. It took all of a minute, seriously. No skillz required. 
The raven had wire of it's own on the feet, so I stuck him at the top to look over everything. The skull was probably the hardest part, and all it required was taking some floral wire and poking it through the foam of the skull, then wrapping that around the wreath. Boom. Done. No, seriously, done with the whole thing. That's the project, folks. So grab whatever random assortment of goodies that make you think of Halloween and spend seven bucks to make a festive wreath (that has now survived without a nick or scratch for two years, I might add) for your home!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cosplay Tutorial: Amy Pond "The Impossible Astronaut"




This was another blessedly easy cosplay brought on for A-Kon 2011 when I was six months pregnant. You can see my Amy from "The Beast Below" tutorial here if you're interested in that too. The main items to find in this case are cropped pants and a flannel shirt. I had the cropped jeans already amongst my maternity wear, and I got a flannel shirt (I wasn't able to find a three quarter sleeve like Amy's, so I rolled up the sleeves of a regular one) in the men's section of a resale shop.


Then you start writing on your arms. Hash marks everywhere. I had them on my neck, arms, anything that was visible. I also put a pen on a string like Amy's (washable marker in my case) and held it to the string with masking tape. Yes, this was a high class operation. That let me add to the marks when I got bored or I washed my hadns and things started to fade.



As you can see, by the end of the day, the costume had worked so well, I'd even found a couple of Doctors. GERONIMO!



Friday, September 26, 2014

Cosplay Tutorial: Amy Pond "The Beast Below"

This is the look I give you if you aren't properly impressed.
This cosplay was done for A-Kon 2011. As you may be able to tell from the bottom picture, I was pregnant with my son Pike at the time. That meant I wanted cosplay that was comfortable in addition to being neat. 

Being that I was slightly in love with Amy Pond (and still am), she made the perfect choice, especially since I already had the goods to do most of what was needed.

The breakdown for "The Beast Below" version of Amy is really pretty simple.



My husband already had a blue striped robe that I borrowed for the occasion. I was in a time and budget crunch, so I made do with a pink nightgown I found at Walmart instead of the white cotton that Amy wore. Hair and make-up for this one were very simple. The one thing I did deviate on purposefully was the shoes. She wore tennis shoes, and I went with some Dr. Scholl's sandals since keeping my feet comfortable was of utmost importance to me throughout the weekend.

And, honestly, that's it. That's the whole cosplay. MAN, I love it when it's cheap and easy!

Rockin' the crap out of that baby bump.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Oh, hey, I'm still here

Don't look at me! I know I've been a lazy blog mom!
First of all, I'm sorry it's been forever. I really am. I've been doing lots of planning, lots of making, and lots of thinking, and very little blogging.

The first big news is that I will be a panelist and vendor at the Creative Women's Conference in Denton, TX on September 27th. You can find more out about the event on Facebook, plus ask me. If I don't know, I'll find out for you. In preparation for this, I've made new jewelry, gift tags, cards, and more. Anything that doesn't sell on site will hopefully be going up on the site before the holidays. 

Behind the scenes, my husband is helping me to redesign the website. Thankfully we think we've found a way to keep it from ever affecting you guys much. We should be able to import customer records and have zero downtime if all goes smoothly, it just may take awhile for the new look and feel to go live. Trust me, it will be worth waiting for. 

Additionally, I'll be doing some blog entries about my cosplay work soon so that you guys can get a glimpse into the process and how I assemble this stuff because, well, people have asked, which excites me to no end. If there's something you'd like to see here, tell me! Believe me when I say I'm always game for suggestions.