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The truth about Adam Baldwin.

When I mentioned the opportunity I had to get Adam Baldwin’s autograph at Dragon Con, I left out one significant detail:

I didn’t pay for it.

[Read the full story here.]

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Dragon Con 2014: Sunday & Monday.

My Dragon Con 2014: Sunday & Monday post is up!  And don’t forget to check out my geeky necklace giveaway in my previous post! 🙂


Dragon Con 2014: Friday.

Finally got my first Dragon Con post up on the new blog!  You can check it out here.


Catching up.

I’ve definitely been letting the blogging slide.  Sorry.

My goal was to have all my archived posts moved over to my new blog by the end of June.  Yeah, by the end of June, I was about halfway done…and I’m not much further halfway through July, either.  Grrrr.

But in good news, one of the reasons I’ve been slacking on the blog is that my Etsy venture is going well.  The “Doctor Who” dinosaurs and “Firefly” crew ribbon tag blankets are both sold out; I’ve ordered the fabric for more and they’re on their way!  I’m still waiting for my local Joann Fabrics store to restock their ribbon so I can start on the “Harry Potter” blankets–I’ve been three times in the past three weeks, and all they have are all the wrong combinations of satin and grosgrain in the colors and sizes I need.  Gah.  I do have a couple “Godric” Gryffindor dinos up, though!  (I hope to have more houses up soonishly, if Gryffindor sells well!)

I’ve also been catching up on season 7 of “Doctor Who”, which is finally up on Netflix!  Finished the season the other night, but I have yet to watch “The Day of the Doctor”.  Would someone like to explain to me why Netflix not only makes us wait a virtual eternity for a season, but then lets us down by not including the most important episode?  Grrrrrr!!

And now I’m off to sign up for Pottermore so I can finally read J.K. Rowling’s most recent short-story addition to the world of witchcraft and wizardry.  I’m so behind, guys! 😛


Dragon*Con onesies, part II: Embellishing.

Once I finished dyeing my onesies brown and black, I set about embellishing them.

I bought a pack of iron-on letters (I bought them in-store, but I think they were these ones) for my first two onesies.  After counting how many of each letter I had so I knew what I had to work with, I played around with various quotes/words from different fandoms and settled on “mischief managed” from Harry Potter and my favorite Doctor’s catchphrase from Doctor Who.

From the Marauder's Map, introduced in HP3.

From the Marauder’s Map, introduced in HP3.

I cut out my letters and followed the package’s directions for application.  By the way, lining the letters up in a perfectly straight, perfectly spaced line is about the hardest way to do it….hence me doing it for only one line of the two.  Plus, I felt like it made “mischief” look more mischievous this way…

My "Harry Potter" onesie.

My “Harry Potter” onesie.

Next came my tribute to my favorite Doctor:

"Allons-y!"

“Allons-y!”

My letters did not come with any punctuation, so that hyphen was actually cut out from a “Q” I wasn’t going to use.

My "Doctor Who" onesie.

My “Doctor Who” onesie.

Next came the more labor-intensive designs.  For the next two, I bought a few sheets of felt.

Felt.

Felt.

First came a Captain Hammer onesie, from Dr. Horrible’s Singalong Blog.  I googled a few pictures to get it right, like this one:

Original here

Original here.

Then I sketched a basic hammer design onto a piece of paper, cut it out, traced it onto the felt, and cut out my pieces.

"Stand back, everyone, nothing here to see--just imminent danger; in the middle of it, me!"

“Stand back, everyone, nothing here to see–just imminent danger; in the middle of it, me!”

I hand-sewed the hammer pieces to the yellow backing…

"Yes, Captain Hammer's here, hair blowing in the breeze--the day needs my saving expertiiiiiise!"

“Yes, Captain Hammer’s here, hair blowing in the breeze–the day needs my saving expertiiiiiise!”

…then hand-sewed the whole thing onto a black onesie.

Captain Hammer onesie.

My Captain Hammer onesie.

Next, I planned a minimalist Chewbacca design.  Here’s Chewie, in case it’s been a while:

"Aaauuurwwch!"

“Aaauuurwwch!” Original here.

Here are the felt pieces, cut out and pinned together:

Chewbacca bandolier pieces.

Chewbacca bandolier pieces.

I pinned them all together, then hand-stitched the sides of each grey piece, and all along both edges of the middle brown piece.

Chewie bandolier.

Chewie bandolier.

Then I sewed the whole bandolier across the onesie, trimming the ends at angles to fit.

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The bandolier ends at the seam.

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I decided to stitch the top end under the shoulder flap of the onesie, so it wouldn’t interfere with the mechanics of wrestling a onesie over a wiggling baby’s head.

My "Star Wars" Chewbacca onesie.

My Chewbacca onesie.

That gave me four onesies, for all four days of Dragon*Con.  But I had extra onesies, and babies do occasionally need a change of clothes while out and about (after public spit-up fests and diaper blowouts)…so I made one more.

Using this fabric, I cut out the Firefly “Serenity” symbol, leaving a small border that I could hand-stitch under before sewing it onto the onesie.

Serenity symbol.

Serenity symbol.

It would have been nice to find a version with the English text over it the way it’s painted on the ship, to be more recognizable, but I figure any true fan would know it in a heartbeat anyway. 🙂

My "Firefly"/"Serenity" onesie.

My “Firefly”/”Serenity” onesie.

And that concludes the making of my son’s Dragon*Con onesies!

Here’s the full batch:

My son's homemade Dragon*Con onesies.

My son’s homemade Dragon*Con onesies.

And with the two ribbon tag blankets I made for him (the grey one is Star Wars, with this fabric, and the brown one is Firefly, with this fabric):

My two-month-old son's homemade Dragon*Con gear.

My two-month-old son’s homemade Dragon*Con gear.

The Firefly crew background, by the way, is the minky-backed blanket I made for him.  It came in very handy in the air-conditioned hotels during the con!

These were really fun to make, and Wil got lots of “awww”s and a few pictures taken, but I do want to note that these were not the most durable after the con.  The felt began pilling after the first washing, and a few of the letters began to peel a little at the edges, so if you’re thinking about making anything like this for regular wear, you may want to consider using a different type of fabric for the sewn on bits and maybe a fabric pen or fabric paint and stencils for lettering.  Whatever.  Since I made them specifially for a one-time event, it wasn’t a problem that they didn’t hold up as well after.  They served their purpose–letting me “dress up” for Dragon*Con even though, at two months post-partem, I didn’t want to spend much on dressing up myself (got by with a couple oversized Star Wars t-shirts).  It was worth it!


Etsy shop: Open for business!

My Etsy shop is officially open!  No more procrastinating. 😛

I just have a couple items from my first two batches up for now.  Wanna see?

Doctor Who TARDIS ribbon tag blankets.

Doctor Who TARDIS ribbon tag blankets.

For your littlest Whovian.

Pirate ribbon tag blankets with coordinating pirate burp cloths.

Pirate ribbon tag blankets with coordinating pirate burp cloths.

And for pirates-to-be.

Head over to my shop, Little Dragonslayers, to see the full listings!

And if you want to see new products, then BUY SOME.  😉  Because I need to sell a few of these first.  Next up, I’m planning similar products in “Firefly” and “Star Trek” themes!


Geeky children’s books? Yes, please!

Wil’s eight months now, so I know it’s a little early to be buying him birthday presents……but when I found some adorable geeky kids’ books on Etsy, I couldn’t resist!  Charles Thurston, the author/artist, explains:

“As a parent I wanted a way to introduce the great pop culture shows and books that my wife and I love to our toddlers without it being too scary. You cant explain Doctor Who or Star Wars or Lord of the Rings to a toddler and you cant show it to them with out scaring them because of some awesome monster or angel statue. SO I created a series of small kid friendly pop culture parody books that introduces them to these things in a fun way so that when they are older and they can handle the shows Mommy and Daddy love, they will already be familiar with the characters and love the show just as much as us.”

I love other geeky parents.  Thanks to Mr. Thurston, I’ll soon get to read Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, and Firefly stories with my kids. Shiny!

(If you are interested in purchasing any of his books yourself, I recommend that you do so quickly. He seems to sell out fast, and doesn’t list items often.)


Meet Hobie……and Evi.

I’ve been itching to dig out my sewing machine (we moved a few months ago, and are still unpacking) for a while now.  I had an excuse the other day–to make a baby gift–and once it was out, well, I didn’t want to give it up.  It’s still in the corner of our living room, and it’s gotten continued use the past few nights once the kids were in bed.

So, meet Hobie.

Meet Hobie.

Meet Hobie.

Made of knit on one side, flannel on the other, with ribbons for his tail spike and dermal plates.

Hobie's less-photogenic side, which is soft flannel.

Hobie’s less-photogenic side, which is soft flannel.

My favorite element is the patterned knit……

"Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

“Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!”

The background is a quote from “Firefly,” from Hoban “Wash” Washburne’s introductory scene (for whom “Hobie” is named).

(Hobie was made from this fabric, using a pattern from this tutorial.)

I was very excited to give little Hobie to my seven-month-old, Wil.

Um....okay, Mom.

Um….okay, Mom.

He was fairly indifferent.  After all, our living room floor was covered in Duplo pieces at the time, which were apparently much more interesting.

My two-and-a-half-year-old, however, was intrigued.  Every time I handed Hobie to Wil, Kaylie would sit down less than a foot from him and wait restlessly for him to put the dinosaur down, at which point she would snatch the toy up and proclaim, “Baby Wil’s all done with Hobie!  Kaylie can play with him now!”

Not just a baby toy, apparently.

Not just a baby toy, apparently.

I really meant for it to be a baby toy.  I mean, look at it.  It has no face, it’s made from two different fabrics, it has ribbon tags…..the seven-month-old should like it more than the two-and-a-half-year-old.  But Kaylie seemed so excited about it and so eager to play with it that I asked her if she would like her own dinosaur, too.  Oh, the look on her face….I love that look of unadulterated excitement that kids can get.  So Evi became naptime’s (and some of the rest of the afternoon’s) project.

Meet Evi.

Meet Evi.

Evi (“inEVItable betrayal”) is satin on one side and minky on the other, made from scraps left over from the aforementioned baby-gift project.  Her ribbons are a bit more crooked, because I really wanted to finish before Kaylie got up from her nap (I didn’t quite make it, but Kaylie enjoyed watching the last few steps of the process before she got to play with her).

Kaylie with both dinosaurs.

Kaylie with both dinosaurs.

Well, at least they were a hit with one kid.  And I think they’re pretty cute, too. 🙂

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