Monday, June 18, 2018

More Kitten Floofiness, Because Omigosh, SHE'S SO FLUFFY

What do you call a cat who's fearless, derpy, and easily mistaken for a giant cotton ball drifting across the floor?

No, really. WHAT DO YOU CALL HER??
(Don't worry, we do finally have a name - keep scrolling.)

If you don't follow me on Instagram then you missed this adorable development:


It's amazing that they're only a month apart in age, but Eva already looks like a full-grown cat compared to this walking floof-tangle.

We keep narrowing down names and trying them out for a few days, but everything seems a little too majestic for a fuzzy marshmallow with spatial recognition issues:

She's still in her 'running-headlong-into-furniture' and 'easily distracted by ceiling fans' phase.  

At least, we hope it's a phase.

(That face. Omigosh.)

Friday, June 15, 2018

June Art Roundup: S.P.E.W., Park Sweets, & Grumpy Dragons

I'm feelin' the itch for some happy art feelz, gang, and thanks to MegaCon I have LOTS of new artists to share! So come, come. Browse with me.

This piece titled "Betrayal" by Kristen Pauline is cracking. me. up:

Only a dragon could be this disgusted by surprise chocolate. Ha!

I also love the spooky story built into this one:

It's called, "Told You So." ::shiver::

And look at this grumpy mermaid getting a birdy wake-up call! Bahahaha!

Follow Kristen on IG for more, then go check out her Etsy shop for goodies. (Sadly none of THESE are in her shop, which is a shame, but there are other cool ones!)

Next up, Isabelle Angell's version of Hermione is giving me LIFE:

 The frizzy hair! The devil-may-care attitude! The concerned House Elves! YASSSSS

 And look how sweet Harry and Dumbledore are:

Isabelle also has this fabulousness:

And this bee! Ermergersh!
I have to stop or I'll post Isabelle's entire store, so promise me you'll go see the rest. (Her prints are less than $6, so I'm resisting the urge to buy EVERYTHING.)

Karl of One Awesome Artist does the coolest thing with silhouettes:

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

MegaCon Orlando 2018: My Favorite Cosplay, Part 3!

It's time for my final batch of MegaCon Orlando photos! I don't know about you guys, but those 6 months with no conventions were way too long for me, and I'm so glad con season has started up again. (John and I have at least 4 more over the next 6 months, so goodbye, dry spell!)

Let's jump back in to the most fun a geek can have with 100,000 of her closest friends with these four totally tubular blasts from the past:

Sweet 1980s goodness! Who remembers watching all these?
(That's Greatest American Hero, Mork from Mork & Mindy, Alf, and Howard the Duck.)

And while we're revisiting 80s classics, check out this gorgeous Dana from Ghostbusters:

Wait, no; there is no Dana, ONLY ZUUL.

There's something about poofy princess dresses that always turns me into a starry-eyed 6-year-old. I mean, just look at the incredible detail on this Snow White's gown!

[Delightfully Dapper, dress by David For Disney]


(The red carpeting inside the vendor hall is murder on photos, and turned her lower skirt sort of orange. In reality it was a gorgeous creamy gold.)

One of the most talked-about costumes of the day was, without doubt, a clever girl:

Queen Ariel - this time with a lovely steampunk feel - and a character I don't recognize:

I love the jewelry detail between her horns, so pretty.

Oh! This Hermione cosplay was brilliant:
She's petrified Hermione! I'm still not sure how she attached the pillow to her head - but look, she has the mirror AND the crumpled up book page. Yessssss.

One of my fellow art shoppers had on the COOLEST hat - which she'd made herself! So of course I asked to get a picture:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jen's Gems: Dancing Capes, Holographic Skull Makeup, & The Elusive Octopus Hand Sanitizer

It's been ages since I threw some fun finds at you guys! So here, CATCH.

This "castle-themed" room by Riley's Replicas is the perfect Harry Potter bedroom: 

They carved the architectural elements out of foam, which of course is not so easy, but the rest - the decor and even the painted stone walls - is totally doable if you're the crafty type.

I especially like the faux windows! You could make something similar using pink insulation foam board from the hardware store - that stuff sands like a dream, and is easy to paint.


Speaking of Harry Potter, Universal Japan just unveiled a new parade, and I am LOSING MY DANG MIND:

The Potter section only lasts for about 4 minutes - but holy WOW. The light-up spellbooks! The animatronic owls! The full size Hogwarts Express!

I'm trying not to be salty about Japan getting all the best theme park stuff, guys, but unnnnnnng. First Disney Sea, now this? When do we get Star Trek style transporters so I can go see all this loveliness?


This video from MomoCon makes me want to see a buddy-cop movie starring Doctor Strange and his cape: (Turn down your sound, loud laughter ahead!)



John and I watched Netflix's comedy special with Steve Martin and Martin Short this week (the prophetically titled, "An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest Of Your Life,"), and were soundly underwhelmed. (The best funny bits are in the preview trailer  - just watch that.) However, this photo? ALL SMILES:

Now I need to see Three Amigos again.


Oh, and the other night I watched a fabulous video from 2014 of John Cleese being interviewed by Adam Savage. HIGHLY recommend. 


I don't know what exactly to call this - makeup? cosplay? art? All three? - but dang is it fun to watch:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Well, The Cat's Out Of The Bag...

If you follow my Instagram Stories then you probably noticed there is another new kitten in the Yates household this past week. She's been running us ragged, and introducing her to Eva is taking longer than we'd hoped, but dang if she isn't the cutest thing ever:

She's another rescue mix, nothing pure bred, but as you can see, I DO have a type. She's even prettier than Lily was as a kitten, and we expect her to be an enormous floof ball when she's older, since the vet claims she's a little big for her age. For now she's pure wispy cotton strands, which are so thin she looks pink in certain light from her skin showing through.

The first time she fell asleep in my arms:

She's not as snuggly as Eva, so this was a big deal to me. :)

It's been astounding comparing their two personalities, as this new one is incredibly gentle and social compared to Eva's skittish wildness at her age. She's a chewer, a jumper, and completely fearless - except for being alone, which sends her into the most impressively loud yowling I've ever heard. (She's woken me from a sound sleep from across the house, through two closed doors, and over multiple room fans. Kitten's got LUNGS.) She came from a house that was full of animals; cats and dogs and birds, so she's used to lots of companions and lots of noise.

Her back legs are a little too long for her size, so she runs funny - literally. From behind it's like she's wearing high heels, and her butt bounces around in a most entertaining matter. (I'm trying to get this on video, I promise.) She's also a bit wall-eyed and easily distracted by ceiling fans, so overall she has a delightfully dopey air to her.

Having two small kittens in the house - who can't be left alone together, but who squall bloody murder if one of US isn't in the room with them - is keeping us on our toes. I've actually slept the last few nights with New Kitten on my pillow, an entirely new experience for me, because she screams so loud otherwise that NO ONE can sleep.

My favorite picture of her so far. Ha!

Meanwhile John, who's been down with a bad cold, has been sleeping on the couch with Eva. We're a divided family, you guys. I don't like it!

We are making some progress introducing them, though:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

MegaCon Orlando 2018: My Favorite Cosplay, Part 2!

[Here's part 1, in case you missed it]

I'm going to cram the rest of my favorite MegaCon cosplays into just two more posts, so buckle up, fellow geeks!

 Kicking off with this gorgeous Beauty and the Beast group:

That's a gender-swapped Beast on the right, who was with the male Belle on the other end. ("Belle" told us he demanded to have his own rose, ha!)

The Lumiere had some gorgeous makeup:

 For you Once Upon A Time fans, here comes a fabulous Regina:

Feeling pretty proud that John and I captured her solid black outfit with the flash rig. We're learning!

Do any of you read the comic I Hate Fairyland? I don't, but it looks hilarious - and here's a girl cosplaying the main character:

I think her axe may need a little more blood. :D

Remember, Jessica Rabbit isn't bad; she's just drawn that way:


Also, as a reminder that cosplay is real blood, sweat, and tears: she had a bloody chin from a fall off her heels earlier in the day, eek. I did my best to 'shop it out, so you shouldn't be able to tell.  

A classic and oh-so-creepy Joker:


Oh! You guys, here comes a first: not only is Ariel seated on a mobile rock, she has Prince Eric THE STATUE with her: 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Exploring Orlando's Newest Steampunk Restaurant: The Edison

This post is looong overdue, so while I'm finishing up more MegaCon photos let's FINALLY talk about The Edison bar in Disney Springs.

And by "talk about" I of course mean "look at pretty pictures of." :D

I was excited from the moment I heard this steampunk dreamland was coming to the east coast, since I've long drooled over photos of the one in California. Then - my tiny claim to fame - The Edison's official Instagram account opened, and it's second-ever post was one of my pictures:

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AWW YEAH. I mean, they reposted it from the DisneySprings account, but whatever. I TOOK THAT PICTURE. (Plus this was before they switched to the ugly hot air balloon, so it matched the building better.)

The Edison opened back around New Year's, and John and I popped over several weeks later to look around during the afternoon. I took tons of pictures, fully intending to post them, but then I came home, got distracted, and promptly forgot.

Considering all of The Edison's entertainment is at night, you don't see many clear pictures of the interior - which is a shame, because after seeing it in the light of day lemme tell you: Ohhhh MAMA.

Here, let me take you on a tour.

The outside of Edison is... fine. It blends well with the industrial look of Disney Springs, but it's definitely low on flash. The main thing it has going for it is a colorful clock assembly behind that big glass entryway - which of course you can't see here because I angled up to avoid the people. Ha! Oops. Um, here's a better pic from Disney Tourist Blog:

That blue glow is the giant clock - but as you can see, the rest of the exterior is a snooze-fest compared to Toothsome Chocolate Emporium, Orlando's other steampunk theme-park restaurant down the road at Universal:

(Here's my photo tour of Toothsome, in case you missed it.)

I can tell you right off the bat that Toothsome is the more family-friendly steampunk option: it's cartoony, bright and shiny, with an emphasis on fantasy and desserts. Even though it has two bars (The Edison has three), it doesn't FEEL like a bar; it feels like a slice of a theme park.

By contrast the Edison is a bar/lounge/nightclub, and feels it - but in a beautifully upscale and detail-driven way. Here, I'll show you what I mean.

This is the clock just inside the doors, which has colorful spotlights on it to wreak havoc with your camera.  Unlike Toothsome, this gear assembly actually works, with gears meshing into each other. It's your first sign that things at The Edison are a bit more functional, a bit more based in reality.

Here's a panorama of the inside entry: