Author: Samantha

Poke Pillow Tutorial

Lego club ends with a rousing game of “guess the animal I am.” How or why this is such a hit is best left for another day, trust me. Kids jump around the room one a hawk another a worm. “Who am I?” Squirt yells. “Mew.” I say as she crashes to the ground and flops on her side and asks “how did you know? Who am I now?” Parents cock their heads and guess “um, fish?” “No!” She happily squeals. Their is silence as they look to me for the answer. “Magicarp?” I say. “Yes!” She jumps up turns into another Pokemon. That’s our days now: “Guess which Pokemon I am, Mama.” The answer is almost always Mew, but she takes a level of joy in acting out Magicarp. Mostly, I assume, is because she Magicarp gets some serious air. She honestly thinks I am bordering on psychic when I guess Mew and turn out right. I tell her that is all part of the all knowing powers you get as a mom. So far that …

In Over My Head And I’m Ignoring It

A goal without a plan is just a dream. That my friend is the weak of heart. I say leave the plans to mice and men and jump into it blindfolded, feet first. Unless it is the zombie apocalypse. ALWAYS have a plan for the zombie apocalypse. In about three weeks from now I planned on having a Samus cosplay for my daughter done as well as Historically Accurate Maleficent for myself to wear at Geek Girl Con. I started planning in January. I knocked out the Samus body suit then, well, summer break. As Squirt was heading out the door for her first day of I realized it was crunch time. Maleficent is chugging along considering I have no clue what I am doing. The main part of the outfit is a houppelande which was popular in the late Middle Ages. Here is the thing: the only clue we have to their construction is from paintings that have survived over the centuries because none of the dresses survived. So how the hell does it all work? Well, …

Historically Accurate Maleficent

Oh Simplicty, destroying the best laid plans. I was going to make Bombshell Batwoman, but with the new Bombshell patterns they released this past week I am just going to cool my jets a bit and see if a Batwoman pattern appears anytime soon. Hey, why reinvent the wheel? If Simplicity wants to make the pattern for me I will let them. Next up: Historically Accurate Maleficent by Claire Hummel Those sleeve, the buttons, that hat. My god that hat. The sewer in me is having a small panic attack. I need to make this now. Lately I have been blindly stumbling through making Samus armor for Squirt. It’s kind of killing me. Learning a new skill is great, but part of me is yearning to get back into my comfort zone with the sewing machine and jump into the Maleficent challenge. Breaking this down has been interesting but there are a few parts that are leaving me in a quandary. Let me break it down. Cape: This should be easy peasy pumpkin squeezey. It’s …

Poison Ivy Shirt Tutorial 

Where did this Batman obsession start? One day my husband decides to read a Batman comic the next day we are trying to figure out Robin timelines, he is trying to convince me that I must read about the Court of Owls, and Batman stickers are covering his laptop. Then the shirts show up. The Husband gets one. Then Squirt, who needs to be exactly like her daddy, has to have one. Well, if she has one Bubba needs one because Squirt is his idol. That leaves me the odd woman out. It was decided that I needed a shirt, but it isn;t so much Batman that draws me into Gotham. It is the support characters who populate the city that interest me. Besides it is the Poision Ivy’s, Harley Quinn’s, and Jason Todd’s that add the spice to Batman’s life. It was an image that I came across that pushed me to make my own shirt and because I can’t do the simple thing and print the logo on transfer paper and iron it …

Flash Fiction: The Hoard

One moment my chopper was  navigating its way to the township when it all went wrong. There was an explosion, we were hit. We thought we were the only humans left until we were shot down, but there was no time to process this. Base camp was already transmitting info over the radio as we went into a tail spin. We were going down and there was a hoard nearby. The parachute extended. As I slowly floated to the ground I could the tower.Two, maybe three miles in the distance. If there was any chance of surviving that is where I would have to go. But the hoard was between me and it. Luckily the noise of the crash was drawing most of them away, but there were still stragglers. Hitting the ground I threw off my parachute. I saw the pilot land nearby but there was no time to search. He would know where to rendezvous. That’s when I heard the bone chilling scream. My heart stopped. Survival mode took over. I ran. Every …

Flash Fiction: The Flash

The flash in the sky was blinding. I was outside when the world just blinked. That’s what is was or at least the best way to explain what happened; it all just blinked. One moment I was watching my daughter, Miko, do flips off her swing, ringlets of hair wildly flying around and then was a blinding light followed by darkness.  It was as if the world flickered off and then right back on. I waited with my eyes turned towards the sky waiting for something to happen, but nothing came. Nothing happened. Shutting my eyes I listened to the world that had fallen silent in a second. The birds had gone quiet. There was no sound of children coming from the school down the street. No wind gently rustling her hair. Even the smell of the world was wrong. A strong chemical smell came from the trees the yard reminding her of the tree shaped air freshener dangling from her cars rear view mirror. “Mama, I’m hungry.” Miko whimpered as she dragged her feet …

May WIPS.

Ah, May. The month I realize there are less than five weeks of school left and freak out by trying to sew with both hands and my right foot at once in order to get my projects done before I become the full time personal assistant for my kids over the summer. This month I have two big cosplay projects on my list as well as a writing goal. Mays W.I.P.s Alice In Wonderland: Coming up in June is the Fremont Solstice Parade. It really isn’t one of those things that can be explained so much. It needs to be experienced. Think living street theater meets naked people on bikes in a parade. Each year I do photography for the parade. It involves a lot of dodging people on stilts in either pouring rain or 80 degree weather. So why not add a costume! Last year was Steampunk Mad Hatter and this year Alice! I will do a post in the future about the inspiration but as of right now I have most of the …