More YouTube magic, plus an awesome C2E2 recap

Greeting magical internet people! I hope all is amazing in your world! I’ve been busy lately – running the IGGPPC takes up so much of my time. I made a couple more YouTube videos for the Geek Girl Pen Pals on YouTube!

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I also posted a recap of our epic time at C2E2! There I cosplayed as a steampunk Snow White and a renaissance Sailor Moon. Mash ups are the best.

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Check out my recap post here!

Thanks for seeing what I’m up to. Let me know what you’ve been up to in a comment <3

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A very Burton-esque Halloween: Our Lydia Deetz and Edward Scissorhands costumes

Greetings ghouls and goblins! It’s been a scary Halloween here indeed. My husband and I dressed up in our finest and blackest garments for our take on classic Tim Burton films this All Hallows Eve. I’ve been a longtime fan of Tim Burton’s work, starting about when I was 13, and walked giddily into my first Hot Topic to see some of his iconic film characters on t-shirts. I grew up loving the “Nightmare Before Christmas,” and obsessing over Burton’s career, feeling like there might someday be a role for me among the Oyster Boys and Staring Girls of the world. I even had the privilege of interviewing Larry Wilson last year around Halloween time, regarding his work on “Beetlejuice,” “The Addams Family,” and his new Internet series “Cindy!” (You can see/listen to the full interview here) So, logically, these costumes are a long time dream of mine.

First up, my wonderful husband Mark, becoming my fangirl obsession, Edward Scissorhands. And by fangirl obsession, I mean my friends and I wrote fanfiction about Edward Scissorhands. And now you know. How embarrassingly dorky.

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His Edward gloves came from Amazon, because making these would have been far too time-consuming, and probably just as expensive. The neck belts, shirt, suspenders and pants came from the thrift store. Simple stuff! And for his make-up, I watched this tutorial by Emma Pickles a few times over. We used a base of your basic White Halloween make-up, and then I took some brown and purple eyeshadow to try to recreate the eyes, lips, and cheek bone contouring. Mark did a bang-up job on the scars using thicker lines of white make-up, and contouring with a brown eyeliner pencil. I then styled a wig my sister used as Jane Lane from Daria to mimic Edward’s wild mane. We did it on the cheap, but damn – mission accomplished.

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I recreated Lydia Deetz from “Beetlejuice” – the one where she has a big floppy black hat and is taking pictures outside of the house. I wore a shin-length black shirt, and button-up black top from the thrift store. Hairspray and hair paste took care of my weird bangs. I had the hat and blazer, as well as the tights and shoes. I found a similarly colored book at the thrift store, and used my graphic design magic (and hot glue!) to re-create the infamous “Handbook for the Recently Deceased.” My make-up for this look came with help from this tutorial by Chelsey Stacey. Light colored foundation, and brown around the eyes, as well as some nose and cheek contouring to try to achieve the Winona face.

This Halloween was a lot of fun… not only did we have really fun costumes, but role-playing is a must-do on Halloween. Mark spent most of the night pretending to cut peoples’ hair. These costumes have long been a dream of mine, so to finally be able to wear them with my husband has been so ridiculously fun!


What did you wear for Halloween? I demand pics!

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My adventures in Everyday Cosplay and Disneybounding

My love of cosplay runs pretty deep. But the cost and time I would have to spend to cosplay as often as I want too is just too much of a demand – so I figured I’d try something a little more attainable. For 2015, I made a bold resolution. I would Disneybound or Everyday Cosplay as often as possible. So far, the project has been a success! I’ve Stewiebounded a lot! Here are the 5 I’ve done so far.

1. Beast from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
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2. Ursula from Disney’s The Little Mermaid
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3. The TARDIS from Doctor Who
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4. Dumbo from Disney’s Dumbo
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5. Lil from the Rugrats
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Stay tuned for part 2, as my 2015 continues to be chocked full of fun costumes, fandoms, nerd inspired outfits, and a general love of all things geeky.

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New Years Fandom Resolutions

It’s back, another awesome 5 Fandom Friday post! You can learn all about the origins of this great project here. The general goal of this fabulous experiment in blogging is to smash creative blocks, crash into other geek bloggers online, and have a bash with all the nerds out there, fangirling and fanboying over their respective fandoms. Here are my New Years Fandom Resolutions.

1. Sell Word To Your Unicorn stationery and sticker at a table at a convention.

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Source: chkimbrough at Kamicon
It would be amazing to be able to “do the con” without having to do the con, if you know what I mean. They are so exhausting! You have to walk the floor, fight the crowd, get exhausted, and have no where to rest. When you buy a table at a con, the con comes to you! You can see a parade of all the fabulous costumes, chit chat and socialize with people, and make money doing it! My dear friend and co-staffer at the IGGPPC, Sparkles, is a lucky and talented girl who does this very thing, and it would be a dream of mine to find out how she does it – maybe even share a table with her someday! Oh dreams… maybe someday the joy of geeky and kawaii stationery sold in real life can be real!
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Someday my little store, someday…

2. Grow the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club website to 30,000 registered members and reach 100,000 hits a month average site views.

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I have some specific number goals for the IGGPPC, and with the popularity of the club steadily increasing day by day, I think this goal is attainable. We hit a whopping 85,000 website hits in August during our Geekies Award fame, and I’m hoping for something equally as awesome to happen to us next year, if not even greater! The IGGPPC has also revamped its system a bit for 2015, and we have some exciting new features and projects in store for Iggles. You can read all about it in this blog post. PS: We’re hiring staff, so please, apply!

3. Everyday Cosplay/Disneybound every Friday.

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My friend and co-worker Daina and I have been talking about doing Disneybound Fridays at work for some time now. But I just keep forgetting, or things come up… but not this year! 2015 is going to be the year of the Everyday Cosplay and the Disneybound. I will be posting them every Friday under the #Stewiebounding – so stay tuned. You can expect Fluttershy, Rocket Raccoon, Captain America, Elsa, Anna, and so much more.

4. Take a trip to see Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and of course, Disney World.

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Source: PopSugar
I hope if I type this resolution out, that we will magically have loads of money to make this happen. They opened Diagon Alley in July, and I have been dying to go see it ever since! With an immensely immersive Hogwarts Express, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, and even Celestina Warbeck with a live performance, I would sooner kiss a mandrake before I would miss it. And of course, my love of Disney knows no bounds. I would love to get back to EPCOT for the Food & Wine Festival and Halloween, 2 of my favorite times at Walt Disney World. And I would consider seeing what they have done on the grave of Maelstrom, not that I’m happy about it. #SaveMaelstrom

5. Attend a few Geek Girl Brunches, wherever I live.

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Source: The Crazy Bat Lady
Mark and I had planned to move to NYC in the spring, but now we just don’t know where we will end up. It’s between Philadelphia and NYC but all things depend on Mark getting a job. Once he gets an offer, we will probably take it – so the sky is the limit. But once we find our next home and settle in, I am planning on having some serious bonding time with my fellow Brunchettes in my local chapter of Geek Girl Brunch. Fancy drinks and fandoms? Count me in.


What do YOU plan to do in the new year? Leave a comment and let me know!

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My 10 favorite things about the Renaissance Faire

It’s not really a secret that I love my local Renaissance Faire, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. 1 year ago my husband proposed to me at the Renaissance Faire, and I’ve spent so much time with my best friends frolicking the Faire grounds. It’s full of great memories for me. Since my husband, Mark, and I are moving to NYC in 5 months, it makes me wonder what the Renaissance Faire there is like. I’ve been going to the Pennsylvania one for almost 10 years and it’s hard to imagine going to a new one, but I get the sense they have redundancies that make it easy to get into them, wherever ye may wander in ye olde travels. So here’s my list of the things that make my tummy tingle with butterflies in regards to the Renn Faire!

  1. The role-playing.
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    The staff is completely immersive, almost at a LARP level, when it comes to their specific character that they play at the Faire. And sometimes it can be a little off-putting – the nobles do not necessarily shy away from looking down their nose at so-called commoners and peasants, but it’s all in good fun. The lower classes must bow to the higher classes, at least as far as the staff goes. And they all have names, jobs, back stories – and they all interact with each other improvisationally, as if this is what is really going on right now! It’s fantastic and fun to get involved and play along with the staff.
  2. The booze.
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    The guys from Righteous Blackguard having an ale
    Oh goodness me, the booze. Our local Faire rests atop Mt. Hope Winery, which is a winery who create such delicious wines, including Honey Mead, which is practically a relic at this point. My favorite flavors include: Majesty’s Blend, Pennsylvania Dutch Spiced Apple, and Moonlight Encounter. (And the Honey Mead, of course.) In addition to great wine, the Faire also sells the ale from a fabulous microbrewery, the Swashbuckler Brewing Co. Delish, huzzah!!
  3. The people who do all the amazing things. Archaic skills and tool crafting doesn’t have much of a place in today’s society of factories and well-oiled machines, mass producing everything we could ever need. But at the Faire, you’ll find leather crafters, fletchers, bowyers, basket weavers, glass blowers, jewelers, soapers, chandlers, blacksmiths, hatters, jugglers, chain mail armorers, and so much more. Definitely the kind of people who will come in handy during the zombie apocalypse. There aren’t many places these crafts get the appreciation they deserve, and there really aren’t many places where you can actually watch these people craft and create. But at the Faire, you can ogle them all day long. Feeling left out? Do you wanna do something old school? I found this awesome list of 100 medieval careers.
  4. The jewelry and hand crafted accessories. I love seeing what kinds of interesting goodies they have in the stores on the Faire grounds. Gorgeous pieces set with all manner of gemstones! They have so many gorgeous styles – celtic, historic, LARPy and more! Necklaces and earrings, yes, but also LARPy and Renaissance accessories like sword frogs, mug holders, fancy hats, corsets, and more!
  5. The immersion.
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    Via Panoramio by Kati Garner
    At times, during the Faire, I become completely lost in the world. The beautiful historic buildings, the medieval clothes hanging on a line over top the street, the scent of lavender soap and sandalwood incense seeping from the stores… It feels like a world I wish I could live in. It’s a historic and magical escape that puts me in the mindset of playing pretend, and envisioning that perhaps, for a moment, I am on the streets of England during the 16th century. In, of course, a rose-colored glasses world, where I’m not a peasant or sick with the plague. :3
  6. The food. The smells of the food are almost as good as the food itself. Some of my favorites include: tomato, basil, mozzarella crepes; honey glazed nuts; and their New England clam chowder. Mmm.
  7. The costumes.
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    Via the PA Renn Faire Facebook page
    As a lover of costumes and cosplaying, it is not often I can spend time with kindred spirits… my true costume-loving brethren – but at the Renn Faire, we all love to play dress up. Mark and I play dress up probably 20 times a year at various costume parties and conventions, and the Renaissance Faire is no different. Not only do we get to don our own creative costume masterpieces, but friends and strangers put their time and effort into putting on a great show. Faire-goers outfits are a colorful spectacle that I could watch parade around all day long. I get so inspired!
  8. The camaraderie.
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    I never get too far into the Faire grounds without spotting a few friends. Running with a crew of LARPers means that we pretty much all love the Renn Faire when it comes around, for a few precious weekends. I will usually run into someone I know at the Faire at any given time! Not to mention, I always go in a big group of my geeky friends. It’s the best!
  9. The music. I assure you, this is the kind of music you don’t hear anywhere else. Bagpipes, lutes, tabor drums, tambourines, and maybe if you’re lucky, a hurdy gury. Here’s a few of the famous instruments you might see at your local Faire. 2 troupes I have seen and loved at our Faire are Righteous Blackguard and Empty Hats – but some of my other favorites as far as celtic, folk and renaissance music goes include Telynor and Blackmore’s Night. If you’re into this kind of music, I’d love to hear what you listen to – so leave me a comment to let me know!
  10. The magic.
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    I’m a wingless faerie – deal wit it.
    Upon entering the Faire grounds, my friends and I become a different sort of friends. In this immersive world with our costumes we worked so hard on, we take on a new role. The magic of the world takes over, and we transcend reality into an alternative reality. It’s like leaving reality and entering a magical land, where anything can happen. Faeries flit about, dragons perch on shoulders, and magic is made. It’s so much fun.


What are your favorite parts about the Renaissance Faire? Let me know in a comment!

Featured image from PADutchCountry.com

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