Cosplay is a dream come true!

My Jem cosplay 2015 - homemade costume :)

My Jem cosplay 2015 – a homemade costume :)

If you’ve ever dreamt about being one of your favourite cartoon characters or superheroes, well let me tell you that cosplay is where it’s at! I’m not kidding, it’s so much fun – or should I say SEW much fun lol! I basically knew that I wanted to do a cosplay of Jem a long time before the comic convention in Winnipeg, and so whenever I went out I was always keeping an eye out for cosplay pieces. I found the pink shoes first so I picked them up on the spot – where else but at a thrift store! They are super comfy flats so I can’t go wrong with that. Something to keep in mind with any cosplay outfit is comfort as many times when you put something on you want to be able to wear it around for quite a while without getting sore or sweaty. Anywho, that started the ball rolling.

Then, I was on Amazon one day and I found out that someone was selling light up Jem earrings so I decided to get those in order to add to my look. You can’t be Jem without her special Synergy earrings after all. So I put in a pre-order for them, and had to wait a long time to get them as they were a popular item shipping from overseas. And basically they worked, my only complaint was that they were red and not pink. I may paint them one of these days.

Next thing I thought was, “I need a wig!” So I waited until Halloween season rolled around and finally they came out with some rock star wigs. I found the perfect one at Value Village so I snatched that one right up! Of course, no wig is perfect right out of the bag, so I had to spend an evening giving it a trim until it was just right. Now I’m no hair dresser, so I did the best I could within the time frame that I had. If I really wanted to make it perfect I would take it to a real hair dresser, but of course being on a tight budget, I decided this was good enough for now. Some people spend quite a bit on their cosplay and that’s fine if you can afford it, but DIY works for me so to each their own. :)

Last, but not least, I had to figure out the costume… um, yeah. The tough part. I knew that I didn’t want to go with the classic pink outfit that every store/cosplayer uses, so I searched through some Jem screenshots of different outfits and this purple top was one that I particularly liked. I think it’s unique and knew that I could probably sew it up pretty fast, which I did! I took one morning sewing it up without a pattern – basically just used one of my tops as a pattern for the top, minus one shoulder, then I made the skirt by wrapping some white fabric around my body, pinning it and sewing as I went. I had to sew it up in parts and trim but since it was jersey material I didn’t worry about hemming and I think it turned out fine. (I really like jersey for certain projects!) I kind of went with what flattered my figure for the skirt too since I gained a bit of weight the past couple years. And I think that’s what great about cosplay is that no matter your body type, you can make it what you want and need! I love being able to sew my own clothes, (still need lots of practice, but enjoying the journey), and that once I’m done, I have something that I can wear any time that fits perfectly!

So I wore my outfit to the C4 Winnipeg Convention and got quite a few people who enjoyed my costume and actually knew who I was which is always a bonus. :p Some really appreciated the fact that I chose an outfit other than the standard one to cosplay. And while I was at the con, I managed to find someone selling buttons of the new Jem comic and someone was able to burn into wood a pic of Jem, so I was thrilled. It’s pretty hard to find homemade stuff for her nowadays.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with how her costume turned out and would love to do more in the future. Here’s to more sewing projects in the new year!

Happy New Year & Bless you & yours in 2016!

*~Roxy~*

DIY Fall Wreath

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Back when the leaves were just starting to fall off the trees, I finally got around to sitting down and working on a Fall wreath for our door. I had wanted to make one for a while so it felt good to finally do it! I had taken my boys to a playground that evening so my youngest offered to help me find the prettiest leaves (and he did)! After the kids went to bed I got to work using the basic straw wreath I had gotten for free on giveaway weekend, (the best idea ever here in Winnipeg), and started wrapping it half in burlap, and half in ribbon. I had done a general search online to get inspired, then took elements of different wreaths I saw online and combined them to make something more personal. Of course I had to make it a monogram wreath, even more special! :) So I got out my hot glue gun and started gluing all the leaves to the bottom in beautiful array, adding on a craft ladybug on top afterwards since I find them cute! I figure that even though the leaves will dry out and crumble, I can always add new ones on next year so why not? Its nice to have that natural element in there anyways. :)

I also took a wooden craft ring I had and made the monogram with a piece of paper trimmed to the same size circle and glued to the back of it. I enjoy drawing so I added some extra touches to the letter ‘F’ and coloured it in. Using a ribbon I had tied around the ring prior to gluing the paper to the back, I tied the ring to the wreath itself, being careful to center it in the wreath. And I wrote a ‘Welcome’ sign on the other side of the circle in case it ever flips over when closing the door. :) Then I got out my wreath hanger, and hung it on the door, all set to be viewed by whoever comes by! Yay! I finally got this done, feels good to do crafts – it’s been too long! I am thankful that I get to do stuff like this still, and that my boys are young enough to appreciate it. :) What have you been up to??

~Roxy~

Homemade Ice Cream

Hello Foodies – this post is for you!

Caramel Apple Ice Cream

I recently made my own ice cream for the first time. It was a choice between chocolate and caramel apple so I asked the kids, and guess what? They chose apple! (I know, I thought the chocolate would win too!) Well, since I have an ice cream maker that I got for Christmas that I didn’t use yet, I decided to give it a try. It’s a Big Boss Ice Cream Maker and as a bonus it’s fairly straight forward to use. I just washed the mixing bowl, and froze it in my deep freeze a few days earlier so it would be ready to use. Next I went to work looking up recipes!

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Poured liquid into bowl for cooling in fridge

I had looked up recipes online and found the caramel apple one, (see here for recipe), so I went to work making it! Basically, I just processed a bag of frozen, cut up apples in my food processor. Then I went to the stove, and heated up some white sugar, constantly stirring it until it turned into liquid (caramelized). At first it wasn’t seeming to do anything and wasn’t browning so I asked my hubby who is more experienced at cooking than me, and he said it would liquify fast – which it did, so I was happy that it only took about 5 minutes! Then I had to remove it from the heat fast and stirred in my milk and whip cream, but the sugar had started to solidify so my hubby helped to stir it up again on the heat until it liquified again. Note: Sugar will solidify fast so keep stirring it if you take it off the heat! Eventually we got it all smooth so we let it cool afterwards and put it in the fridge for a few hours.

Chopped up apples

The next step was to cook the apples so I took the chopped up apples and put them in a sauce pan with melted butter, and cooked them up nice then cooled them, adding cinnamon afterwards. I could have ate the apples right then! :)

After the liquid was all cool from the fridge, it was time to take the ice cream bowl out of the freezer and put it into the Big Boss Ice Cream Maker. So I put the mixing arm into the bowl and the lid on top and poured in the liquid. Read to mix! I just plugged in the machine and turned it on. It said to mix it for about 30 minutes depending on the amount – I think next time I’ll leave it longer until it is more frosty as it was still a little runny when I took it out.

Mixing Ice Cream

Next I added in the apples and mixed it some more, and afterwards, poured it into a plastic tub with a lid and put it in the freezer for a few hours until after supper. Verdict: The flavour was amazing, one kid liked it, the other didn’t, but hubby loved it so that’s a bonus! :p I would make it again but next time just let it churn a bit longer for ice cream perfection! Et voila! You have some yummy, homemade dessert! Love the organic lifestyle. :)

Till Next Time,

Roxy