Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wish List Wednesday: Retro Aprons

Harley Quinn retro apron ($80)
I love to bake.  Mike Awesome is the chef and I am the baker in the relationship.  Sadly, the only apron I own is the Batman one I got free with my GameStop rewards points.  Don't get me wrong, I love that apron. . . but it was definitely made for someone much bigger in mind.  The Harley Quinn apron, pictured above, is made with females in mind.  Bambino Amore is an Etsy shop that sells very feminine retro aprons.  I found four aprons, including the Harley Quinn model, that I would love to indulge in.

Batgirl retro apron ($76)

Mario retro apron ($74)

Strawberry Shortcake retro apron ($76)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Name That Tune Tuesday: Final Fantasy VII Boss Theme (Guitar Cover)

I never actually played FFVII.  Crazy, right?  Still, I love the boss theme.  I remember chilling on the computer while my brother, Ben, would be playing in the other room.  I would insist he turn up the volume during the boss fights.  (I also insisted he call me in the room every time he used a summon when he played FFVIII.)  I really enjoy this cover of the boss theme.  What do you think?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cosplay Critters

Left: baby pikachu , Middle: pikachu onesie , Right: baby moogle
Being a new mom can be tough.  Babies cry and poop a lot.  Especially the poop part.  But there are some lovely perks.  One of which is you have a good year or two where you can dress them up however you want.  Normally, parents really only get to dress their babies in crazy costumes for Halloween.  That is, unless you are geek parents.  Then you get several opportunities to have a bit of fun with it.

Unfortunately, my husband and I are skipping Dragon*Con this year.  Little PenPen will only be 6 months at that point.  Dragon*Con is just a little too big and too far to drag an infant.  We can't really leave her behind, either.  NekoCon is much closer, so that will probably be her first convention.  With that in mind, I will be helping my mom prepare at least two costumes for PenPen to wear.

I don't sew.  Lucky for me that my mother does. I have done a little bit of research so far and there really isn't much for infant cosplay-esque patterns.  What I have discovered is that most of the moms seem to improvise with patterns of clothing and costumes that already exist.  They just tweak and change things according to their needs.  Really lucky for me that my mom sews, because I definitely cannot pull this off on my own. . . yet.  I will be using this as an opportunity to learn at least a little about sewing. 

The pictures at the top of the page are my current pieces of inspiration.  The plan, for now, is to make a pikachu and a moogle for her to make.  These seems fairly simple, which will make it easier to me to help and learn.  One mother had mentioned that she used patterns for onesies to make her child's pikachu costume, so off I went scouring for a good base pattern.  What I found was so much better:

Simplicity Pattern 1767
Now you may or may not be wondering how a pattern for jungle and forest animals could be any use.  The lamb is a good base for pikachu and the tiger is a good base for the moogle.  The base shapes seem similar enough, making it a good jumping off point for both.  I also like that they have zippers, so dressing and diaper changes will be easier.  Finally, they cover the head and feet.  NekoCon is in November, so it will be pretty chilly here.  Having a costume that doesn't require a jacket that would just cover it up is a real bonus.

I plan to update the project's progress, as I have things to actually update.  It may be a few months until I bring it up again, because I don't really plan to start on it until closer to summer's end.  I am pretty excited, so hopefully I will be able to pull it off.  Also, if you have any tips or suggestions, I am more than willing to listen.  Now and in the future.  Just leave a comment.  Wish me luck!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Screenshot Saturday: Baby Cosplay?

Odd Google result (click for larger image)
I was searching Google Images for cosplay ideas for my daughter.  (Yes, I am going to be one of those parents.)  Sometimes you get some really random results, like butterfly crotch baby doll.  Have you ever come across out of place images when searching?  If so, what?

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wish List Wednesday: Batman and The Joker

Batman and Robin Converse ($59.99)

Journeys sells a line of D.C. character converse.  While I am always in the market for new shoes, I rarely buy them at full price.  Add to the fact that theme shoes like these would not match most of my apparel, I don't know if I could really justify spending my own money.  That doesn't change the fact that I do plan to save up and one day own at least one pair, if not all three!

The Joker Converse ($59.99)

Harley Quinn Converse ($59.99)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Name That Tune Tuesday: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood

This opening sums up Fullmetal Alchemist quite nicely, both versions.  The song is pretty nice, in general, but I really like how Winry's lips sync at times.  Just curious, which FMA do you prefer?  The first anime or Brotherhood, and why?

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Screenshot Saturday: The Aquaman of Shoes

Source: (Click for larger image)

I have to say, I was rather amused to see Aquaman's shoes at such a discount compared to the other D.C. characters.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Wish List Wednesday: tokidoki x Ju-Ju-Be

tokidoki diaper bags from Ju-Ju-Be

I have always had to been a little frugal with my spending.  That goes double now that I am a new mom, which isn't easy.  Baby stuff gets pretty expensive, and double so if you want something designer.  But if I were to come into money, I know what one of my first big splurges would be. Some of the tokidoki x Ju-Ju-Be items.  Ju-Ju-Be is basically a high end diaper bag company that has been expanding themselves into a way of life.  Normally it isn't the kind of thing I would fawn over, but I do really love tokidoki.

The Be Prepared bag in TD Dreams ($188)
The diaper bag I would like from the collection is called Be Prepared.  This bag touts itself as being perfect for twins, overnight trips, and plan rides.  Basically, any event that requires you to really stock up.  Despite only having one child and not in the habit of taking frequent flights with baby, I feel this particular bag would be the best of the bunch for me.  Carrying a diaper bag and a purse is a bit of a hassle.  My current diaper bag is an amazing diaper bag, but it really can't fit more than the very basics from my purse when fully stocked for baby.  I need a large bag that can consolidate my diaper bag and purse without being crammed.

The tokidoki Changing Pad in TD Dreams ($20)
I would not be able to stop with just the diaper bag.  Since it is my fantasy splurge, I would need to get the matching accessories as well. . . starting with the changing pad that is pictured above.

The Be Neat bib in TD Dreams ($22)

The Paci Pod in TD Dreams ($18)

The Fuel Cell (lunch box/bottle cooler) in TD Dreams ($28)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Name That Tune Tuesday: Golden Girls

Golden Girls has a special place in my heart.  It reminds me of both my grandmother and my roommate in Seattle.  They both loved the show.  My grandmother probably loved it because she was also an old lady in Florida, making her closer to the original target audience... Whenever I hear the theme song I am reminded of chilling with my roomie in Seattle, even now.  The show has been playing a ton on Nick at Nite lately and I find myself watching for the nostalgia.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Photo Friday: Tow Mater

A real life Tow Mater
This picture was taken outside a McDonald's in Yorktown, Virginia.  If you don't recognize it, the tow truck is dressed up as Tow Mater from the movie Cars.  What really cracks me up is that this is the second time I have seen this tow truck.  The first time was a few months back, parked at the William and Mary bookstore in Williamsburg. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Name That Tune Tuesday: Sword Art Online Theme- Crossing Field (English Dub)

I am going to take this opportunity to recommend and amazing anime, Sword Art Online.  Crossing Field is the opening theme for the first half of the season.  Yes, the theme is the same in English and Japanese, just the language difference.  Sword Art Online is about a Virtual Reality MMORPG that traps the players inside.  If you die in the game, then you die in real life.  The show is only one season, but that season is split into two games.  The first is your more traditional MMORPG that has knights, dragons, and taverns that look like they are out of old Europe/Asia.  The second half has a fairy theme.  I will be honest, the second have kind of loses focus for a bit.  It has a completely different feel because the stakes are not as high in the fairy game.  You do need to watch the whole thing to get a sense of completion, and the ending is very worth it.  I admit that I may be biased because I am so heavily involved in an MMORPG, but I really think everyone should give this show a chance.  If you want to know more, then you can check it out on Hulu.

Saturday, May 4, 2013