Friday, May 17, 2019

MegaCon Orlando 2019: Thursday Preview!

Today I donned my finest (and only) galaxy dress to go check out MegaCon, the 4-day behemoth of a convention that brings in over 100,000 attendees.

(After this I'll be in my "work clothes" [jeans, hat, & holster bag] so I like to pretty it up for the first day. :D)

Thursday is sort of a preview/shopping day: the convention floor doesn't open to the public until 4PM, and crowds are low.

One great perk of having a Press pass: John and I were able to tour the enormous hall a full 2 hours before everyone else in this staggering line:


(Still mystified as to why folks would queue up 2 hours early. Maybe there were some great exclusives?)

We bee-lined it for one of this year's newest - and arguably coolest - attractions: the Millennium Falcon cockpit:

 Ok, so it doesn't look like much from here, but check out the view when you stick your camera through the front window:

Awww yeeeeah
 This is with almost no editing, too; it photographs insanely well, with so many lights and details!

Of course that coolness comes at a price: you'll have to pay $20 to get your photo inside.

In fact most of the cool photo opps around the con are pay-to-play now, though with several exceptions. (Some give their profits to charity, if that helps.) I think all the pay ones have signage up to warn you, but always ask first, just to be safe. If you have to get on or inside a vehicle for the photo, count on there being a fee.

Most of the best ones are Star Wars, of course. This community never fails to bring out all the stops: 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jen's Gems: Animatronic Ravens, Mermaid Tail Jewelry, & Things To Watch On Netflix

I see so much cool stuff in my meandering online, here are a few things I think you'll love:

First, a reason to save up $300:


LOOK AT HER!! ::whispers:: She's so beautiful. 

I can't get over how fluid those movements are... and this is a kit, so you build it all yourself! (In my mind that's a feature, ha.) Granted, I don't think I have the skills to put her together, but I'm game to learn. Especially since the maker, Mr. Chicken's Prop Shop, has a whole Youtube instructional series on how to do it. SO TEMPTED YOU GUYS. (You think I could customize her to turn her into a phoenix? Or would those movements not work?)

As always, nothing here is sponsored, and all I know about Mr. Chicken is that Norm on Tested likes him, which is good enough for me.

I spotted some ingenious movie dioramas over on the Replica Prop Forum that use action figures and recycled TVs.
These are by Rickey Williams, and his post over on the RPF didn't get NEARLY enough love, so here:
This one even has the VHS tape in the bottom. Love it.

Best use for old computer wiring!

  And a classic:


Check out Rickey's post on the RPF to see one more Predator diorama. 


In sparklier news, Sarah of Mad March Moon Designs debuted this mermaid tail and earring set, and errrrrmergosh:

I once bought her rainbow dragon suncatcher for Sharyn (one of our FOE mods extraordinaire), but I've yet to get anything for me. Hmmm...

Then again, there are also Raven Wings:

And dragon necklaces:

Monday, May 13, 2019

DIY Unicorn Candy Charms That Will Kill You With Cuteness

This little craft started as a brain teaser for me and John, as we experimented with how to put it together. Then it got put on hold while I ordered a few more supplies, lost interest, and eventually forgot about it entirely. 

My fellow crafters know this struggle.

Anyway, so here we are a few months later, and I've finally finished enough of these cuties to show you how it's done. And, full confession: I am completely in love.


I'm dying. Are you dying? It's so stinkin' cute ermergersh.

  I also made these:

You could use them as cellphone dangles or purse clips, or turn them into pins or little hair barrettes.

Before I go any further, let me give full credit to the artist who inspired this, Alix of SunsetStarlit. Go follow her for the best, most adorable clay crafts, including hand-sculpted candies like these:

I don't know if Alix is the first to do this, but I'd never seen charms that look like wrapped candies before hers - and I've been besotted for months. So I set out to find a way to make a similar candy charm without having to sculpt anything.

That's when I remembered all the adorable button options over at JoAnn's, like these unicorns:

And they already look like sugar candies! PERFECT. There are lots of flat button options out there, too. Just clip off the button backs and you're good to go.

Another option for your "candy" is to order plastic or clay Decoden charms online, which is what I did for this larger lollipop shaker charm:
 (Trying to play it cool but I'm super fangirling over how sweet this turned out.)

It makes the best sound when you move it; the beads rolling around is very soothing, ha.

  The lollipop and beads are both from Delish Beads over on Etsy, which I highly recommend. They have SO MUCH, just browsing through their massive store is fun:

Friday, May 10, 2019

Cute Cats, Dismembered Toes, & Plush Diarrhea


I didn't see you there.

(Bat Cat!)

I haven't brought you random life musings and pretty kitty pics in a few weeks, so let's catch up.

But first, sleepy Suki:

Sleepy Suki doesn't care that your house is a mess or if you're behind on work. 
Sleepy Suki says everything is better after a nap.

I start each morning being tackled by a very loud Suki the second John opens the bedroom door. Once she's had her snuggles, up comes Eva for her turn. Then we end every night in reverse order, as John pulls them off me to put them outside the room, ha.

It's the circle of snuggles.

 Most of what John and I've been up to lately you've already seen: making Swedish Chef, playing with alcohol inks, and running around Disney taking photos of Dappers.

In more mundane - but still fun - news, I bought some new t-shirts:

Lisa Frankenstein, everybody.

And since Threadless was running this crazy sale last month where all their black tees were only $10, I also replaced John's entire t-shirt wardrobe:

This was better than Christmas for John; he was SO HAPPY. His old shirts were almost all worn ragged, so now I have a huge pile to turn into sleep shorts.

Allow me to point out a few favorites:


Let's see, what else? 

Oh yes, there was this:

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Then Walmart redeemed itself when we stopped in later that week:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Epcot's Spring Dapper Day, 2019!


To Dapper Day, of course.

 Lookit my man. LOOKIT HIM. Would you believe those are his first pair of Converse ever? He always thought they'd be too narrow, but they fit! And now we can BOTH have a rainbow of Chucks in our closets, aw yeah.

I'm getting ahead of myself, though. Herein lie my favorite fashion finds from the second half of Dapper Day(s): Sunday at Epcot.  Starting with the Dapper Ducks!


They're all here: Launchpad, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Donald, Daisy, Uncle Scrooge, and Webby. SO GOOD, I love all their bright yellow socks, haha. And Scrooge! With her money bag purse! And blue shoes and top hat! Yasssss.
 I don't think the pastel couple are Disneybounding, but that's Meg from Hercules on the right.

Thank you to everyone who demanded I continue on with my Dapper coverage, though we all know nothing can stop me rambling when there are Disneybounds like this on the line:

 ::wordless, high-pitched flailing::

That's a dapper Dreamfinder & Figment, y'all. And they are PERFECTION. I don't know how he managed in that full suit, hat, and gloves; somehow Sunday was even hotter than Saturday, oof.

 I also had requests to ID all the Disneybounds, since I left some for you guys to guess last time. I'll try to do better, though keep in mind not everyone is 'bounding, and I don't always recognize the ones that are.

My first photo on Sunday was for this spectacular rose headpiece, straight out of the Met Gala:

I think I scared her a little with my gushing. Gotta rein it in, Jen. Don't spook the Dappers.

This group took me a few seconds, let's see if you can guess their 'bounds:

The clues are in the tiny details: a license plate belt buckle, a Porsche logo on the clutch. 

Did you guess? They're from Cars! And yes, "Mater" is wearing false front teeth, which is cracking. me. UP. Next to her is Sally Carrera, Lightning McQueen, and the Sheriff.

I promised you a dapper Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise ride last time, and here she is!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Let's Make Some Alcohol Ink Art!

John and I've been out in the sun the past few days painting a house: a truly epic battle against bugs and weeds and our own crippling desire to be back inside in the A/C. [insert laugh-sobbing here]

I'm bone-tired and sore and in no condition for clever wordsmithing (pthhhhhbt), so instead I thought I'd show you some fun pics from our craft night last week:

Rainbow smoke dragon!!

This is my first ever collaboration (heh) with an artist: I did the rainbow bit with alcohol inks, then my friend Bianca drew the dragon.

There were a total of 6 of us messing around with inks last Wednesday, and it was fun to see how differently everyone approached it.

 ::when you're trying to sneak a photo and SOMEONE notices::

There's no right or wrong with alcohol ink art, of course, which is why it's great for groups.

Now, I'm still a newbie at this, but I do have one AMAZING tip from my friend Arielle to pass along:

The back side of certain premium photo papers works just like Yupo! THIS IS HUGE, Y'ALL. (Yupo is a waterproof paper many ink artists use, but it costs about $1 per sheet. Yeah. Yowch.)

Arielle uses the Staples brand high-gloss photo paper, so that works, and then we found this Canon Luster paper we already had works, too! WOOT WOOT!

(I got this 50 pack for less than $18 on Amazon. SCORE. )

I used the pricey waterproof paper the first time I tried alcohol inks, then this cheap photo paper last week. I honestly didn't notice a difference between the two.
 Again, you use the back side of the photo paper for alcohol inks. Feel free to try other brands, too, just watch out for watermarks on the back.

 Other stuff you'll need:

- alcohol inks - I found a big Pinata variety pack, but any brand will do

- a board under your paper to protect your table 
(Alcohol can eat through your table's clear coat. ASK ME HOW I KNOW. ::facepalm::)

- alcohol in a small spritzer bottle (like John's using up there)

- alcohol in a small shot glass with an eye dropper

- straws (to blow the ink around)

- a hair dryer (to blow it around harder)

- paper towels (for dabbing and for spills)

- small artist brushes

Our friend Arielle works with alcohol inks professionally (follow her on IG for so many pretties!) and she did a lot of brush work with her paintings:

 I'm apparently terrible at sneaking photos, ha. But look at her pretty Henna!

John likes to use a lot of alcohol and the hair dryer to get big swaths of color:

Thursday, May 2, 2019

WDW's Spring Dapper Day 2019, Saturday Part 2

Now that I'm fully recovered from the weekend, let's dive back in to my favorite Dapper finds on Saturday in the Magic Kingdom!

Rockabilly Ariel with her spiffy-suited Eric were so cute together.

More royal couples:

The lantern purse!

Someone mentioned shoes in my last post: Here in WDW there's a lot more ground to cover than Disneyland, so you'll see more flats - and most who do wear heels have backup flats to switch into throughout the day. 

(Some day I'm going to write a Dapper Day survival guide, and back-up flats will be tip #1! Too many newbies try to wear heels all day, then end up limping to buy flip-flops by noon, ha.)

Saddle shoes and chucks are dapper alternatives to heels, and are perfect for colorful 50s styles.

I'm proud to say that's my friend (and FOE) Matt rockin' the kilt. GO, MATT.

And I have to show off the back side of this gorgeous hair:

SO PRETTY. I basically stalked every woman with flowers in her hair, I love them so much. (If I didn't require a giant hat for the sun I'd be wearing a friggin' bouquet on my head.)

More gorgeous 'dos! Ohh, and she makes me want to wear bumper bangs and hair scarfs, too.

More Flapper Dappers, anyone?

I'm sure you guessed the Iron Man 'bounding flapper, but do you recognize the other one? I'll give you a sec. 

[tapping foot, humming Jeopardy theme song]