Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Fan Expo 2014 - Let's do this!

Alright! Tomorrow (or rather later today) the sun rises on Fan Expo! And Magic and Stitchcraft will be there with:


Look for us in Artist Alley, A114! Tell me Coupon Code: "DNA Polymerase" to receive a FREE verbal strand of DNA or RNA!!! (No kidding!)

And now........!!! Sleep. Because I need to run a booth for four days and not scare people.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Wardrobe run down.

Okay. Tentative plan of outfits for maximum adaptability of accessories.

Thursday: Daisy shirt, denim capris. Matches with yellow flower clip and copper wire necklace. Also, pants. Pants are good so I can navigate and set up booth better. Goooood.

Friday: Whovian motif; Black ruffle skirt, blue blouse, black tank. Matches with Tardis spats, and my Timey Wimey Hairclip. My 11th doctor jacket will be also coming along for a ride as well as my sonic screwdiver 'cause I wanna have it at the Q & A.

Saturday: Black and White theme. Not sure what that will be yet. But to show off Supernatural accessories include my personal supernatural cuff and matched with my silver anti possession necklace.

Sunday: Phoenix light. Steampunk bodice, ruffle skirt. Matches with the coordinated hat, spats and such. Phoenix necklace of course.

That is the current plan anyway.

In other news: Finished last pair of AoT cuffs. Finished personal SPN cuffs. What else? ...More of what?

Friday, 22 August 2014

In the midnight hour, babe.

I sew more, more more.

7 more flowers finished. 4 more to be made up and that will bring me to 25. Then we will stop.

Going to make up one more cuff - Attack on Titan, Unicorn version. Then... that will be it for cuffs...?

Spats. I need to make at least one more pair. Maybe 11th Doctor ones.  I don't know.

... I feel like I am missing so much stock?

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Coming down to the wire

Okay! So; Fascinators: Finished up the last of the Roarin' Muskoka today giving me three in total, and 14 fascinators overall, plus two chocobo hair clips and one... random hairclip that I made and do rather like but I only made in a one shot.

Cuffs - 4 pairs Black and Red, Fancy Foxes, Triforce and Supernatural with 2 pairs of Attack on Titan, Lorule's Triforce, Elizabethian Wine, Musical notes, to add to the handful of some of the last run's designs.

Spats - Nothing new yet. Still have the 3 sets from Animenorth. Might add..... an 11th Doctor? Maybe.

Flower clips - Have 6 ready to be made up. Did the petal stitch tonight quickly when I got home from work.

Lace cuffs - 8 ready to go!

So.... good. Still need more, but the mad panic is... I won't say over but I have the majority my stuff now. Fascinators are fully finished, and so are the lace cuffs. The others, eh, we'll see.

Need to spray paint my wire display though tomorrow, and keep in mind how I want to set things up. Seriously considering a butt cushion to add some extra height to my chair so I can see over the stands better. Not that I'm short but those chairs make me feel like I'm in the ground.

Ah well...sleep.

Monday, 18 August 2014


My goal was to make enough inventory that the rough total value was going to be a grand after removing overhead. As my most recent pair of cuffs dries, they are that threshold. Of course, that's at total sell out, so while that's not going to happen at least I know I have it. That's factoring in the pricing from Animenorth, so I might gain a bit from individual cuffs though spats might go either way.

... I haven't made anymore. Not sure if there is a yet to that statement or not. Either way, I have blisters forming from grommets so I need to stop for a while. Still need to make those two more fascinators, and then we'll see what else gets made. I should probably make up those two more singles on the Attack on Titan pairs with the rose and unicorn shield, with fancy trim since I have it. And I need to make some more flower pins. I'll have to finish up my supernatural cuff that I am going to wear, but that might be later on.

Ugh, I'm tired. All my mind is chatting about is this booth while I'm sleeping, so it hasn't been a restful couple of days. Don't get me wrong, I'm really excited about this but that's why I am pressuring myself for more, more, more.

Need some mindless TV nao.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

*Wrinkles nose*

I swear the whole house smells like fray check and hot glue. I don't know if that's delightful because it's the smell of progress or bad because I haven't really moved for 3 hours.

.... My chocobo fascinators are done at least. They're rather cute. Plus four flower clips. A smattering of cuffs drying and their ribbons. This is good.

... back to it.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Go go go!

Today, I am a machine.

The table cloth is stitched, 4 pairs of cuffs have been grommeted, 2 pairs trimmed, 6 more pinned awaiting the stitching of the trim and I still have a teeny bit of energy left to finish some hand work. I am very pleased. Stressed because I have SO much stuff to do still, but the day was not wasted.

Carrying on!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

*nods* Progress

I'm not actually sure if blogging my progress is actually helping my productivity, but seeing what I've done written down and judged by the impartial internet makes it seem so.

4 pairs of Triforce cuffs are finished saved for curing and ready for sale!
2 pairs of Fox cuffs are curing, need a final embellishment and then will be good to go. 2 more are in the wings for trimming.
1 pair of Lorule Triforce cuffs are ready to trim, which I will try and finish the hand sewing on tonight.

There was an incident involving a supernatural cuff, forcing me to have to make another single which...will come later. Extremely irritated about that. The other 7 are fine, but the lack of symmetry is bugging me.

All in all, though, we're doing okay. Finish lorule and fox tonight and I will be that much happier.

The plan so far...


1. Grommet until arm is sore.
2. Pin trim to finished grommeted cuffs
3. Stitching trim Part 1
4. Grommet until rested arm is sore.
5. Continue stitching.
6. Something involving fray check.
7. ???????
8. PROFIT! (?)


Carrying on.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

It's August, right?

So I'm not thinking about my Hallowe'en costume at all.


Not at all.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Some progress

Vintage lace cuffs are finished. (Well, just drying, but nothing more to be done to them.)

Four more pairs of lace up cuff cut out; musical score and burgundy.

Tomorrow I hit Queen St for fun and profit.

That is all.

Creative Indecision


Just under four weeks until Fan Expo. I have a lot of stuff I need to make. And I am currently suffering from.... Sewer`s Block. I think. Whatever you call it. Either way, I have no idea what to make next, or perhaps I am second guessing what I am currently making. I have a lot of partially finished things, but I`m not eager to work on those. It`s....frustrating.

That and my creative process is really wanting to work on personal costumes, so that`s not helping all.

Ah well. I`m just going to...go sew. `Cause I need to.

Wish me luck.