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. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wilde's Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Wild World of Printables

As part of my plan for revamping, renewing and updating this year, I want to get some printable designs going. Some of them I'll sell as digital downloads, some will just be freebie giveaway things because I like you guys. I really do. With that in mind, what kind of printables do you use or would you like to use?

Quick note: Sorry for the typo in the poll. That should be " to use" at the end of the question. Whooops!

What kind of printables do you/would you like to you? free polls 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wilde's Wordless Wednesday