Monday, August 13, 2018

Tampa Bay Comic-Con 2018, Part 2!

Let's get back to my favorite finds from Tampa Bay Comic-Con!

Starting with a few video clips from my Instagram Story:

Waluigi's Piranha puppet is so fun, and I love how in character he was! (He's saying,"Check your watch, it's Waluigi Time!") The Fallout guy is Dead Exposure on IG; he and his dad make the most incredible power armors, definitely worth a follow. And the Falcon purse, well, it's just shiny. :D

Supergirl and Black Canary:

Here's the best mashup of the con: Tin Iron Man!

 (His heart has a light in it, but my flash washed it out.)

And Cowardly Thor!

:D :D :D

For my fellow Overwatch addicts, here comes gender-swapped Genji & Hanzo:

For the record, I haven't seen anyone cosplay the hamster yet. YET. :D

Two classic Disney villains:

More adorable kids - again, there were tons! - this time representing Kingdom Hearts:

Friday, August 10, 2018

URINE FOR IT NOW: Let's Replace A Toilet! (Also A Faucet)

If you'd told me a year ago I'd be filming myself replacing a toilet for this blog, I'd have given you a SUPER dirty look.


Here I go:

John is very proud of his intro, so at least watch the first 10 seconds for him. :D :D (Sound on.)

Of course I realize most of you don't NEED to replace a toilet right now, so for your BONUS DOUBLE FEATURE, here's how to replace a sink faucet:

These home repair vids are surprisingly draining (heyooooooo), and I'm looking forward to getting back to our geekier content (Potter party prep, anyone?), but it's still super satisfying to do so much on my own. I usually let John take over because he's faster & stronger, so not only am I proving to myself I CAN, I'm also learning to get past some of my body issues and camera phobia. Sure, my belly is roly-poly, but I'm LIFTING A GOL-DANG TOILET, dangit.

Plus I'm actually having fun, at least when John and I are goofing around and laughing through shots. Not so much when it's 11:30 at night and we're on Take #3 of inserting a fiddly faucet plunger designed by Satan himself. (Flames... on the side of my face...) (Granted, this is what we get for buying a $30 faucet... BUT STILL.) At least all the scratches I made are facing the back wall where you can't see them, ha.

We're up to trim and painting now, so next we'll film our most requested tutorial: how to paint baseboards next to carpet. I'm excited to get back in my wheelhouse with painting again!

On a completely unrelated note, yesterday John and I set the date and sent out invites for this year's Christmas Potter Party, and I'm so excited I can't see straight. This year I'm not keeping anything a secret, either; you guys are going to see every project and decoration as we make them. I'm even going to show you the theme and my idea list soon, so you can make suggestions and brainstorm with me.


Next up is Part 2 of my favorite cosplay from Tampa Comic-Con, so stay tuned for that!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tampa Bay Comic-Con 2018: My Favorite Cosplay!

Tampa Bay Comic-Con is always a great con: excellent panels, cosplay, and big bustling crowds. One standout difference from other conventions: there were lots and LOTS of families this year, so tons of little kids, mostly in adorable costumes. (I heard that kids under 12 got in free, that must be why.) It was fun seeing so many families cosplaying together, and of course little ones dressed as superheroes always make my heart melt:

John and I even went to a couple of panels this time, since I'm trying to take more breaks and keep the anxiety monster at bay. David Harbour (Sheriff Hopper on Stranger Things and the new Hellboy) was everything I hoped and more: funny, clever, and the perfect big-hearted Gryffindor. (I shared that vid on my IG Story, sorry if you missed it. :p) And of course any time you get a chance to see Brent Spiner (Data from Star Trek) at a convention, GO. He's snarky, sarcastic, and utterly hilarious. My love for him is true - and not just because he once wore a Carrot Jockey necklace I made.

But enough talk, let's get to the rest of my favorite cosplay finds!

My very first photo of the con turned out to be one of the most colorful:

Starfire! She practically glowed in real life; that fuschia wig & orange body paint are gorgeous together.

 A classic Penguin and Joker:

 Joker is my friend Dana (follow him on IG!), who was sweet enough to let me and John flash him many, many times over the weekend. [WINK]

Ok really we were just playing with our lighting set up, but still.

Princess Buttercup & Dread Pirate Roberts from Princess Bride:

 Usually I see Buttercup in her red dress, so it was lovely seeing her in blue!

Another difference at Tampa Comic-Con: so much steampunk!

 I haven't seen this many 'punks at a con in years, and there were some truly gorgeous contraptions:

 She's wearing the Da Vinci flying machine on her head!

The amazing Brenna Mazzoni as Hellgirl:

The last time I featured Brenna here (as a rockin' Hela) I found out she reads Epbot! And that I'd already been chatting with her on IG without realizing who she was! So to sum up: I'm an idiot, and you should follow Brenna on IG for the most incredible body art & cosplay. I mean, WOW.

Here's another gem you missed if you don't follow my Instagram Stories:

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Friends & FOE: Store Skeletons, Rainbow Shelves, & IT HAS POCKETS!

Just some more shenanigans and creations from 5,000 of your closest FOE friends:


 As a regular JoAnn's shopper, this made me snort-laugh SO HARD.

And a later update:

I feel like this one needs a zoom in:

 Clever girls.


Abigail painted the prettiest rainbow-backed bookcase:

WANT. Then I want to fill each color shelf with matching books and toys!


I love outfit shots like Marama's here:

It's fun to not only put some faces to FOE, but also see some rockin' geek styles!

Lindsay shared a great Disneybound, plus the most unfortunate ear worm to go with it:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

New Video: Unlocking The Mysteries... OF DRYWALL

Hi guys!

John and I are back with the SHORT SHORT VERSION of something: putting up drywall! This is really more of crash course/overview than a full tutorial, but if you've got 5 minutes, then let me show you the general process from start to finish, plus the basic tools and materials you'll need:

If nothing else I hope this demystifies another Big and Scary aspect of home remodeling, and shows you that you CAN do it, if you're willing to put in the time.

Plus it saved us like $1,300, so...

Ah yeah, PLAY IT, Q.

(They're totally playing 50 Ways To Say Goodbye. You will not convince me otherwise. :D)

And while we're celebrating, let's give away some goodies from last month's art post

The winner of armored Baymax is Samantha Chau
The winner of balloon Baymax is Angela S.
And my wild card winner is Granny Roberta

Congrats, you three, and please e-mail me your mailing addresses!

And to the rest of you, happy Wednesday! I'm off to film some plumbing tutorials with John (YUSS), so stay tuned to watch me WIPE OUT another reno project and become FLUSHED with victory. And probably also make more poo puns, since I gotta be me. ::shrug::