Happy Wholidays from Grinchmas

I usually spend my days at Universal Studios, walking around Hogsmeade or sipping butterbeer, sometimes I’ll add a little Jameson if I’m feeling extra. Of course, there is a special time of year that takes me away from my magical Hogwarts and into a whimsical world of Grinchmas.

Grinchmas take place at Universal Studios from December until early January. It transforms into a magical area with photo ops and a giant tree and stage area.

While there you can take photos with Max, the Grinch, and countless other citizens of Whoville.

Grinch trying to steal my ornament bag

Of course the citizens of Whoville are always ready for a selfie too

It was so much fun chatting with the Citizens, but the best part was taking some time to do some good.

Stop by the post office and send a post card. Your post card helps raise money for School on Wheels. Doing good for others is something to make your heart grow three times it’s size. I just love helping a good cause, especially when it’s a cause helping kids get supplies for school.

Now doing good for others makes a person hungry for a treat. Plenty of sweets to be had at Grinchmas, but I opted for a gingerbread hot chocolate. OMG it was like eating a gingerbread cookie. It’s was so good. Sorry Starbucks, but Universal Studios has you beat on this.

Drink your hot chocolate and watch a show on stage. There are performance throughout the day. I caught a performance of Martha May and The Who-Dolls. The performance was delightful, but I especially loved their amazing dress. Ummm can I get one in my size.

Though the ladies actually were more a fan of my ornament bag from Unique Vintage. It was a fun interaction.

I had a great time at Grinchmas and can’t wait till next year. Hope you check it out. I hope you all have very Happy 2019, even you Mr. Grinch.

Disneyland comes to Sherman Oaks with “That’s from Disneyland”

 

 

IMG_8669That’s from Disneyland is an amazing FREE pop exhibit by the Van Eaton Galleries open to the public featuring treasures and artifacts for all around the lands and hotel of Disneyland. The amazing memorabilia collection from Richard Kraft will be up for auction August 25 and 26, 2018. Yes, you can own a piece of Disneyland history for the right price, hope you’ve saved up your Disney Dollars. Of course even if you aren’t planning on purchasing anything you can still check out this amazing exhibit. Disclaimer you will have tons of photo opportunities so be prepared. I Disneybounded as a 50s Wendy Darling with a skirt I made and accessorized with a ballon pop corn bucket for a purse.

The Gallery is divided into lands just like Disneyland. Main Street U.S.A, Frontierland, Adventureland, Tomorrowland, New Orleans Square, and Fantasyland.

Mains Street, USA still has small town charm with old maps, window displays, and even a vehicle that once rode down the boulevard of the magic place.

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Cruise on over to AdventureLands where you will find tropical shirts, Jungle Cruise Posters, and a singing Tiki Bird

 

Tame the west including some critters in Frontierland. canoes, posters, and some signs from Country Bear Playhouse can be seen.

 

 

Glide on over to New Orleans Square for some haunting and pirating. You’ll die over the photo ops there. Take some photos with the stretching portraits in the grave yards.

 

Blast off into Tomorowland with Rockets, People Mover, and fun memorabilia from the world of Tomorrow.

 

And if the future doesn’t look too bright, escape to Fanstasyland where elephants and ships Fly, the children of the world sing one song that means friendship, and everyone lives happily ever after.

 

And last but not least take some silly pictures with a sea creature before you head to check out the gift shop.

 

For more information about the exhibit you can check out thatsfromdisneyland.com or for more information regarding the auction check out vegalleries.com  

Let me know in the comments if you checked it out and your thoughts.

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A Bayside Cheerleader hangs at the Max (review of Saved by the Max) 

There has been a flourish of pop ups themed museums and restaurants from Ice Cream, Star Wars, to now Saved by the Bell’s famous hang out the Max. 

Saved by the Max is a pop restaurant in Hollywood. You can live your Bayside dream while  eating a cheeseburger (don’t worry there are vegan options too). To attend one has to make reservations ahead of time and pay up front. Tickets are a little over $51 per person and that include an appetizer and an entree, desserts and drinks are extra. 

Making reservations was rather stressful and many spots were taken initially, but more spots have been added so that should help for future reservations. 

I knew I wanted to recreate the original Bayside cheerleader outfit. I found the skirt on Etsy at iTreasureMine, Angie was very responsive to my messages regarding sizing and the delievery was very quick. It was the perfect skirt. I bought a maroon polo shirt on Amazon, and cut out grey and white felt in the shape of the B and sewed it on, and for the added touch added some pom poms. This Bayside Cheerleader was ready for the Max. 

  
When you arrive give your name to the booth outside, once your table is ready your name is called and you are escorted in.  When you walk in you will pass the Bayside Lockers, each locker is filled with momentums of the Saved by the Bell characters crutches for Lisa, pills for Jessie when she was soooo excited, and even Tori had a locker. Why Tori had a locker I don’t know, but I never was a fan of her character, so it beats me. But that is another blog post in itself.  Characters that annoyed you and you wish never existed  

   
              After the little hall way of lockers you are seated at the booth. It really is the best creation of the Max. You are given your menu and told to order first and then you can explore the place. The menu is pretty simple. Appetizers include items such as sliders, salads, Mac and cheese. Entrees consists of burgers, sandwiches, tacos. The chef did attempt to make it all little fancy with interesting sauces. My friend ordered the pancakes and the syrup was a peanut butter maple syrup and my cesar salad consisted of an avocado dressing, a slight twist to a basic item. Besides food Saved by the Max has an extentise cocktail list.   I ordered the Friends Forever an ale and a Jameson mix. Which has now become my new favorite thing to do. 

   
 

  Now time to take a moment to explore. There is the Juke box,  Mr Beldings office, and yes the booth of radio station Kkty 98.6 FM. All make for fun photo ops and highly recommend you take advantage of them. Also there are giant foam heads of the characters which also makes for some silly pictures. Plus there are free arcade games you can play on. 

   
                       

All and all Saved by the Max was fun. The atmosphere is amazing and  the food is ok. Overall it’s a 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Let me know in the comments how your experience is and if you dressed up. Take care preppies!! 

WonderCon 2018 Cosplay recap. 

WonderCon was held March 23-25, 2018 and it was another wonderful con. Thousands of cosplayer could be seen walking the halls and court yard of the Ananheim Convention Center. 

 WonderCon is an anual event usually held in the city of Anaheim. It is run by the same people that run San Diego Comic Con, but unlike San Diego it is far less stressful and one of my favorite cons. Also on the plus side you have Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Resort a short distance away. 

This year was filed with thousands of amazing cosplays. It always amazes me the level of creativity. 

I love cosplaying and I make all my own cosplays. I’ve been sewing for almost three years and I’m completely self taught. 

Day 1-  80s and 90s animated classics. 

For the first day I cosplayed as one of my favorite childhood characters Gadget Hackwrench from Disney’s Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers.  

 
  
I ran into some other critters  during the day. 

Loved Alivin and the Chipettes 

Janet-The blonde Jedi

   
    

Secret of Nimh 

Love how classic 80s and 90s cartoons were being represented. 

   

   
It truly was a classic day that ended with a classic burger.  A mouse gets hungry after a busy day of Conning, so of course I went for an In n Out cheeseburger. 

  

Day 2 – Herioc Adventures

For the second day I cosplayed as a USO girl. Honestly it is one of my favorites cosplays cause lets be honest I do love Captain America. He is one of my favorite superheroes 

Bucky –  Steven Van Doom

Captain America – Captain Cosplay

 
Here are a few of my friends before the Con 

Lando-  Atomic Redhead Pinup Wonder Woman, Griffindlr Quiddich players 

Photo by Sunshine lark

 
Took some pictures with some Caps   
        Even joined some fellow USO girls for this group picture. All and all it was a fun day, but very exhausting. 

Day 3 – Regency princesses  

Day 3 my friend Jojoand I decided to do a regency Frozen mashup. Our love of Jane Austen inspired this idea and it was very well received.  

Coronation Elsa and  Anna Austen 

            

Tea Time with Hamilton. When the Colonies meet British Regency. Apparently they aren’t fans of tea 😂  

  

    

Snowflake tea sandwiches  

  
We ran into some other great cosplays during the day. 

My favorite of princess suffragettes 

Anna – Arielle cosplay

Ariel- Lena

Moana – Alia

Sleeping Beauty- Victoria

Loved this Brave family. Complete with peg leg. Such a clever cosplay   

Sailor Moon –   Eri

  

Rita Skeeter Nikki interviews Queenie Jamie

       

We each bought our own charcters.  

  Corgi Link. Love it when dogs cosplay too

  

It was a great WonderCon and we ended it by heading to Disney

Best part of the end, no more wigs!!!

Took a spin on Luigi’s  
   

I stopped to talk to Captain America who was honestly so wonderful. Even asked to see pics of WonderCon. Highly suggest stopping by and talking to him. 

  

 

Finally ended the night with fireworks. It was perfection. 

I highly recommend WonderCon and even more cosplaying. Hope this inspired you to check out a local Con. Have a magical day!! 

The making of Art Nouveau Belle cosplay 

I am a huge fan of Hannah Alexander art work, eapecially her art nouveau art work. I’ve always wanted to bring one of her works to life. It’s a big challenge to undertake making a pattern, dying fabric and hand beading ,but I was up to the challenge. 

 I decided on tackling the Art Nouveau Belle! 
I bought 7 yards of poly blend satin and 7 yards of poly blend chiffon. I had two yards of yellow broadcloth already.  

 

Now to figure how to make the dress. I found a pattern that worked well and would just need a little modifying. 

I just had to modify the goudets, the insets between the seams that create a flowey almost mermaid like feel. Making them longer and wider to create a sillouet similar to the drawing.  Also I would need to make sleeves and add ruffles. 

  
I constructed the skirt and cut out the pieces of the top. The top consists  of 5 layers of fabric. Two layers of cotton broad cloth, with interfacing In between,  satin and chiffon. The bodice will be boned. The boning channels will be between the cotton fabrics. I constructed the cotton section fist and left the piece of chiffon and satin as pieces to be dyed. 

To dye the skirt, it is best to have the satin lining constructed and the chiffon top layer constructed. 

Now to dye the fabric. When using poly blend you have to use dye formulated to work for that. Rit dye more  Daffodil yellow  is the dye I used for the project, regular Rit will not work. Also when dying polyester blends you have to use the stove top method. With ombré you have to dye the fabric in section. The fabric you want darkest has to stay in the dye longer. The fabric you want lightest remove from the pot first.  I dumped everything in the pot after 10 minutes I pulled a section out. After another 15 minutes I pulled another chunck of a section. I left the remainder in to soak for another 15 Minutes. Repeat the same process for the chiffon.  Also don’t use the pot for cooking after. This pot should only be used for dying and not for food. 

   
  

 Be sure to follow the bottle instruction. 

Now that everything is dyed it’s time to sew everything together.  

I made the belt pattern that was going to be embellished with embroidered beaded lace. 

   

The sleeves I drafted a pattern myself and drafted the pattern for the ruffles on the bodice and the sleeves.    

    

    

I hand sewed the belt to the dress. Machine sewing it could possibly damage the beading and the chiffon. 

Now to work on the grommets. With cosplays I like to have stuff that laces up. I unfortunately  fluctuate in weight about 5 to 10 lbs so lacing is a must especially with cosplays that take such a long time and effort to create. 
    

It’s a painful process and I have a hand held grommet press so elbow grease is a must. 
Now to finish the beading. I bought these gold beads at Joann’s fabric. You have to hand sew them. Work in tiny sections so they don’t break apart easily. 

    

The jeweled Rose was hand sewn to the center. I was so lucky to have found this piece. 

  

For the top I divided the strands with two white pearl beads it added a nice touch.        

Now to do the beading on the hip. This was the biggest pain and the beads would break. Work in small sections and knot often. My cat was in charge of quality control and inspection lol 

    

The rhinestones on the godets were glued with E6000.       

For the head piece I used fake roses, leaves, a wide head band, and a few fake pearls. I cut the heads, laid the leaves on the head band, glued, and hot glued the Rose heads to the leaves. I added a few pearls to the leaves.   

   
 
Here is the dress completed. You can tell in the video how beautifully the ombre turned out.  

     

  

   

  
I hope this inspires you to create your own Art nouveau princess. Thanks for reading! 

D23 expo is approaching. So excited!!!

This Sunday I will be at the D23expo in Anaheim, CA. If you don’t know what D23 expo is, it’s basically a convention for Disney fanatics by Disney. Lots of great panels and legendary artists will be there. 

I’ll be Cosplaying as Vanessa (Ursuala’s human form). So if you see me, say hi. I’m pretty proud of my costume. I made it myself. First time making a bodice with boning and thankful I had a friend that gave me some step by step instruction. In the end it turned out great. I’ll be posting a tutorial on what patterns I used to create it later on.  

  
Who else is going to D23 expo? What are you dressing up as? 

Thanks for reading! Have a magical day!

I am a Bombshell – Bombshell Mera Cosplay

Well it’s that time a year where it’s one Comic Con after another. I had a great time at WonderCon last weekend as Mary Jane Watson, but one of my favorite cosplays I ever did was Bombshell Mera. If you aren’t familiar with it last year DC comics came out with several variant covers featuring their famous female heroines and villains as Bombshell beauties. The covers were done by Ant Lucia. He is absolutely amazing. I love his pin up art work. I bought a bunch of the variant comics as you can see.

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Bombshell Mera by Ant Lucia is my favorite!

IMG_2803 Like I said I love these variants and there are a bunch more so be sure to check out Ant Lucia’s work. Now onto how to put together the cosplay. Making Bomshell Mera for the most part is pretty simple if your sewing skills aren’t that great. The only thing that is time consuming is the trident. I bought insulation foam and two wooden rods a very thin one that will be inserted into the trident and the thicker wooden rod. They are about less than an inch. To make the trident first make a pattern. I folded a piece of parchment in half and drew half the trident on one side and cut it out. This will give you a symmetrical trident, for the most part. Now trace the pattern onto a piece of foam and cut it out. I used this small jig saw like cutter. I wish I had a band saw, because that would have made cutting it out a lot easier. Now I made a huge mistake of directly spray painting the insulation foam with metallic paint. DO NOT DO THIS!!! It basically causes a chemical reaction and the insulation foam melts. I was horrified that all the work I had done had been for nothing and I had to start all over again. Once I had cut out a second trident I decided to paper mache it. I added several layers and let it dry. Then to give it a smoother finish I used plaster of paris. Once the plaster dries be sure to sand it to create a smoother finish. I started with a low grade 60 sand paper and finished off with a 150. To attach the trident to the wooden handle use a drill bit to create a hole wide enough so that the smaller wooden rod can slip in. This took some elbow work to a make it big and deep enough. Once it’s in add some gorilla glue or super glue. Now time to spray paint. I used a metallic gold spray paint. Make nice short strokes and thin coats. Let dry. If I ever do the trident over I will probably use worbla instead. It’s expensive, but the final product is a lot smoother. IMG_2953 IMG_2954 IMG_2977 IMG_2978 IMG_2979  IMG_3039 IMG_3049 IMG_3055 IMG_3056 Now for the pieces of the costume. I found my hat and jewelry at Wal-Mart. The bracelets and anchor necklace were actually silver, but I spray painted them gold. Never be scarred to paint something, paint is a cosplayers best friend. As for the shoes I couldn’t find green wedges, so I bought white ones and painted them with Martha Stewart paint in ironically the color seaweed. I then tied a matching ribbon around the slingback part to create the ankle strap. IMG_2980 IMG_2984 For Mera’s seashell pin I used polymer clay and a seashell soap mold. It was perfect. Follow the directions on the package on baking time. Note: Be sure to use a pan that you do not use to cook food on as polymer clay releases chemicals that are toxic. I then hot glued a pin backing. IMG_2997 IMG_2998 The belt was created with a think vinyl ribbon. I cut an M using a stencil and hot glued it to the center. I added Velcro to the back of the ribbon and voila Mera’s belt. The bathing suit I bought at Modcloth It is so beautiful. The sarong was created by folding a piece of fabric into a triangle shape and sewing around the edges. I did want a bit more coverage. There you have it my Bombshell Mera cosplay. It’s great especially if your sewing skills are very basic. IMG_3736IMG_3729IMG_3737 Here are some pictures at the last Cons I wore this.

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Bombshell Mera and Bombshell Harley
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Mera and Aquaman having a battle.

Hope this gives you some ideas on creating a cosplay or you found a new artist’s work to admire. Which are some of your favorite comic book artists? Which Comic Cons are your favorite?