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My Little Pony Fair and Convention 2015

Since parking was free, I took the toll road. I’m thinking that’s going to start being a con-going expense I set aside money for every time, free parking or not. Because that was a millions times nicer of a drive. Except for the part where one toll booth operator stole $5 from me… he saw I gave him a 10, said “Out of 10…” and then gave me change for a $5. My fault for not counting, especially since he seemed kind of awkward/suspicious as he gave me the change, but, bah. It’s lucky I noticed before I ended up at a toll with no more cash in hand. I’m probably going to get an I-Pass soon. Anyway;

My plan of doing both a Discord and a Flutterbat didn’t work out. I ended up starting Discord with 6 days to go before the con. Even though it took me about 40 hours, I finished him! And he is awesome. And he won first place in the handicraft contest.

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As for cosplay, I only got pics of what Yuji and Chance wore on Saturday.


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Yuji ended up not going on Sunday, and Chance – who had been so excited to wear both tutu-involving cosplay – got upset because on Saturday, lots of people thought he was a girl. Lol, I don’t know what he expected. And honestly, people think he’s a girl no matter what he wears, because he’s so dang cute, and people for some reason think only girls can be cute or something. Well, he refused to wear the Fluttershy tutu on Sunday, so I kind of girled-down the cosplay; he wore pink pants, a yellow shirt with Fluttershy’s cutie mark on it, and carried a Parasprite plush I whiped together on Saturday night.

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The kids have already requested different colors, and it only took me about an hour to make this – and that was with sewing the whole back of the thing together the first time (rather than just the back seam) and having to redo it. So I predict these will multiply just like the real thing. Well, not that fast, but you know what I mean.

The body is felt with embroidered eyes and mouth, and the wings and legs are felt. Felt is great for the legs, but not the wings – they just flop around, and kind of cover up the plush if you pick it up. But lesson learned, and this one works fine for sitting with my personal pony plushies. Sunday night Chance and I picked up some white fleece and blue fleece, so the next Parasprite should be blue with proper wings.

Anyway – my haul from the con!

MLP con 2015 Haul

* plushies – Blossom and Cherries Jubilee
* Twice as fancy pony Sugarberry, cuz nostalgia (this was one of my fav pony toys as a kid)
* Handmade purse that will be used as a project bag. It’s G3 fabric, and I don’t much like G3, but it’s green & purple so how could I not?
* Fair tote bags. I commandeered Wes’ too, so I have two. Those will also be used as tote bags.
* Fair t-shirt. Yuji & Chance also each got one.

It was a lot of fun, though it is definitely more a collectors fair than a convention. Next year though, we’ll have Whinny City Pony Con! Squeeeeee!

Reversible bag test

By editing one of the craftsy free bag class patterns, I have now made a reversible bag.


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For anyone wanting to do the same, it’s the drawstring bag, just with 2 solid pieces (no “front piece”), and I left spaces for the drawstring in both the interior and exterior, then made sure to line them up when I sewed those parts together.

It worked out great, and you should be seeing some reversible bags in my etsy shop soon!

I don’t know what to do with all these test bags. Once I’ve tested out their durability a bit, I don’t usually have enough small projects going on at once to use them all. We don’t have lunch outside of the house enough to make having a bunch of lunch bags worth it. And everything else I can think to store in them already has a place to be stored. I’m thinking about giving them away, but the truth is I usually make the test bags a little sloppier than the bags I sell (don’t bother ironing seams and such), and I don’t want people judging my quality by the test bags. So it’s a dilemma. #Firstworldproblem

I finally have tags!

For awhile now I’ve been wanting my own fabric tags. So I’ve been ordering samples… But when I really think about it, I just don’t want to (well, okay, I can’t afford to) buy hundreds of them for hundreds of dollars. I also don’t want to buy 10 of them for $25. All the services I could find either required too much of an investment for a lifetime supply (and what if I wanted to change the look or “brand” in a couple of years?) or were just too pricey for an amount I’d want.

So I looked into making my own. One of the suggestions was using iron-on transfers on ribbon, or simply using ribbon alone. I got some plain white ribbon, and tried both those methods as well as writing on it with a fabric pen… but it just looked so unprofessional.

Another suggestion was to use Spoonflower, but – while I really plan/hope to use them soon for other reasons – I would be spending about $20 without being sure if this method of making tags works, or works right for me.

Another suggestion was to use printable fabric. So when I saw some printable fabric sheets at Joann’s on Friday, I contemplated getting it… but would it be too stiff and itchy to put on clothes? Would it fade and fray easily? Would so much of the ink rinse off during that initial rinsing that they would look way more faded than paper printing? Finally I decided that I’d just try it, pulled out my coupon and bought a pack. It came out to about $8, and I figured if it didn’t work out for making tags I could always use it for something else.

But the tags came out great! On one sheet I can get 40 single-sided tags (or 20 double sided tags – I printed them in such a way that I can cut all of them either way). They’re not stiff, and they look pretty much exactly the same as the test sheets I printed on paper.

I can has tags Tags!

And they just look so professional! I put some on this test bag to see how they fray when cut and sewn in different ways (I don’t have any fray check), but soon I’ll be putting them on bags I sell. (And check out that beautiful snow and sunshine outside today – perfect for taking pictures! If only my window sill wasn’t so ugly from just being re-caulked yesterday…)

Speaking of bags, I’ve been learning to make various types of bags from free Craftsy classes. Oh how I love how those classes are done! The free classes have swayed me to purchase some classes when I get some money… not to mention taught me some useful stuff!

In other news… I’ve been doing horribly with my New Year’s resolution to buy less patterns. I’ve been doing great with all the rest, though! I’ve been using wool, and the only acrylic I’ve bought has been for gifts & swaps; I haven’t added any acrylic to my stash this year (or at least, since I posted my resolutions; I can’t quite remember what day I bought 3 skeins of DK acrylic, but I’m not going to count that). And my etsy shop isn’t empty. I’ve just been buying a lot of patterns. And not actually using any of them yet. Sigh.

I am almost done with that test knit sweater – only the belt left! And on the 12 th I will start to use one of the patterns I bought for a mystery KAL. It will be a sweater for myself, and hopefully the mystery KAL will encourage me to actually finish it; I’ve knit and crocheted several sweaters for the kids, but have yet to finish one for myself!

I’m off, so much crafting and housework to do >.<

Using the new craft area

Two posts in 1 day?! How can this be?!

I have already been using my new craft area to make something useful and just had to share!

I made a skirt for Yuji using fabric I got on clearance for $1 at Joanns – the end of a bolt, sadly, because I just love this!

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And then she asked me to make a matching skirt for her pony…

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And I still have enough left to make the outside of a bag!!

Sewing.

I’m starting to sew. Though I guess I should say “again.” 10 years or so ago I made a few clothes, 2 years ago I made a few diapers for Chance. But now I want to start doing it seriously and start making my own clothes. I’ve had the same machine for 10+ years, and it spent probably 7 years stored in my parents’ garage, but I never cleaned nor oiled it – oops. I really didn’t realize I was suppose to do those things, and I wonder if I ever read the instruction manual at all, because none of it seemed familiar. I had been watching some videos on youtube and thinking “man, that’s a cool feature, too bad my crappy old machine doesn’t do that… crap, now I’m going to want a new one…” but when I read the manual I realized that it does indeed do pretty much everything! And I already had a few special pieces that had come included with it, such as a zipper foot and a double needle (though with that I wonder if time has dulled it…).

I really wonder how I managed t make anything 10 years ago, when I was clueless and there was no youtube, lol. One thing I remember making was a kimono, out of a robe pattern that I modified myself, which turned out great. How?!

Anyway, after a long-needed cleaning  and oiling, my sewing machine is running like new again. And I’m trying to learn how to sew well without spending a lot of money. Unfortunately, all the books about clothesmaking at the library are from the 80s or early 90s… except for one, from 2003, which was written by a woman that wanted to still dress in 80’s style business attire. It was about her own sewing style she had invented to avoid modern fashion. @@.

At least the things like curtains in those books are still usable. My kitchen does need some curtains…