Wednesday, March 18, 2020

FoE & Tell: Toothless the Hufflepuff, Hobbit Needlepoint, & Baby Shuri!

A lot of folks have stepped away from social media this week, and I don't blame y'all a bit: even the best of us need to limit our scroll-time right now, just for our own mental health. If you're missing my blog posts because of that, though, you can sign up to get them by e-mail! Just click the first orange circle in the top right-hand side here on Epbot, then click "Get Epbot delivered by e-mail." Boom. No more missed posts.


Now, let's take a look at some of my favorite Fans of Epbot posts you may have missed! This Facebook group continues to be a respite of geeky goodness for me, and I love y'all SO MUCH for continuing to share the light and laughs. So here we go, all the good stuff, with zero toilet paper memes:


SQUEEE!

 In the comments Kate explained how they could tell which House each of their girls belonged to, and it was almost as cute as these photos. I love that parents learn their littles' personalities so young.


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It once took me about 10 years to finish an 8X10 cross-stitch, so this? This has me IN AWE:

Click this one to embiggen for details:

Woooooooow. That is stunning, Anne! 
(P.S. The art is called "A long long adventure" by Jian Guo.)

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While we're on a Hobbit theme, look who Helen met:
Frodo himself, Elijah Wood!

Helen made the giant Prancing Pony tankard out of EVA foam, not to mention her entire cosplay. You can follow her on IG at @of_the_fforest.

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And one more for Hobbit fans:


Anyone else with a Cricut eyeing the scrap pieces of wood in their garage now? This could be dangerous. :D

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Donna Jo is over here spreading all the smiles:



We want updates on those adventures, Donna Jo!

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FOE has these things call Quacks, which are basically craft exchanges, and the things you members make for each other really blow my mind. For example:


Flailing. SO MUCH FLAILING. I mean, a tiny Dread Pirate Roberts Squee 'bot on top of a Hufflepuff Toothless banner?? ::faints::

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Speaking of crafty stuff, Wendy made a cross stitch pattern of the Epbot! (AKA Squee 'Bot or Squee)


Here's the pattern by itself:



So sweet! Thank you, Wendy, this is the perfect size cross stitch project; I think I could actually finish this one. :p

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Then there's Karolyne cracking me up with this life tip:


 She's totally right, you know.

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Grace made the most regal - and adorable - Princess Shuri dress for this cutie:

Look how happy she is! Ah! MY HEART.

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And finally, one more happy story that will make your heart grow three sizes:


(You can follow Megan on IG at MakeLovelyCosplay)

LOVE. And you are a perfect Glimmer, Megan!

I'm so proud of the cosplay community for volunteering at events like this; I know a lot of you out there also visit hospitals and schools and community events - and are eagerly waiting to start visiting them again when it's safe. So thank you for using your passions to do good things!


Let's all dig deep and find ways to use our passions for good, k? Get creative about it! Do some live-streaming while you knit or work on a puzzle, or face-time a friend, or make those pretty things you like to make and leave them on the doorsteps of your neighbors. Those little things are going to be so much bigger in the coming weeks, and mean so much more. So let's start brainstorming how we can still connect with each other, even while we're apart. In fact, I'd love to hear your suggestions in the comments! 


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Any of you ever closet-bound from Lord of the Rings? Because this would be lovely for all sorts of Middle Earth ensembles:

Lightweight Middle Earth Map Scarf, $17

Although personally I'd be tempted to hang it on a wall!

15 comments:

  1. I just saw a post from Cosplay Maryland, encouraging cosplayers to make a video of themselves reading a story in character, and then share it on YouTube, Instagram etc. with the hashtag #coronastorytime and their character name. I love it!

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    1. Aww, I love that! I saw an offer or 2 over on the RPF facebook of cosplayers offering to send personalized video messages, too. I'm excited to see how this community bands together over the next few weeks.

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  2. I laughed out loud at "Anyone ever closet-bound from Lord of the Rings?" because yes, yes I have. =-)

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    1. Do I know my tribe, or what? :P Bahaha!

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  3. Due to personal reasons--sick hubby, working, being the sole caregiver for said hubby, etc.--I haven't been able to do any personal artsy fartsy projects in far too long. I am hoping to get back into that relatively soon, after I find gainful employment to replace the income from hubby that went away with his death in January. However, I have been able to get a few small jobs doing what I love, editing, cover design and book layout. While not as creative and fun as what I see on a daily basis on FoE, at least I have that much. However, the FoE people really help make my day with their incredible talents.

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    1. Oh my goodness, Susanna, I can't even imagine going through all that. You're a warrior. I'm glad you're picking up a few jobs and doing something you love, wishing you so much more of that, along with all the healing, hugs, and happiness.

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  4. That probably would've sounded more commanding if she wasn't wearing her yummy sushi pajamas. ;)

    As a stitcher, that needlework literally dropped my jaw. I am in awe of your skill and patience, Anne! It's my new desktop, to inspire me to get into embroidery more, and soon!

    Make Do And Mend, and KBO!

    Storm the Klingon

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  5. Aww, I love that Glimmer story! My husband and I are both huge fans of the new She-Ra series. We went to a con in February and met one of the women behind the development of the show! She was super nice and great to talk to, and there were a lot of adults (both men and women) in line to meet her too.

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    1. Thank you!! The She-Ra fandom is so so friendly and inviting, I've really enjoyed every minute I've spent wearing Glimmer. I can't believe it's ending soon!

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  6. Thanks for the new Cross Stitch to do! Especially since I will be unemployed in a week's time. SOmething to do!

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  7. Thank you, thank you for the share, Jen! I don't often make cosplays kids recognize (I'm an old school anime nerd or I'm busy making weird podcast cosplay) but that little boy reminded me just how wonderful that kind of connection can be. I'm so glad to have such a lovely community to share that story with!

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  8. I had to do a double-take to catch Karolyne's "Husbot".... that little subtle/almost hidden gem cracked me up! Jen, everything in this post is awesome and amazing! Thanks for the wows and smiles. <3

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    1. It continually delights me how many ways FOEs have found to work "bot" into their vocabulary, haha.

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