Fandom Friday: 5 Pumpkin Items Cannot Wait To Purchase

5fandomfridayHappy Friday! Now that fall is in full swing, I’m jumping the bandwagon for all the pumpkin things! Here are a few items I can’t wait to get my hands on:

  1. A legit pumpkin: Now that I have a house with a real front porch, I’m looking forward to hitting my local fall festival and carving a pumpkin. I think I’m going to go with something simple, but nerdy. Probably Mario related!
  2. Pumpkin spice Oreos. Callula Cosplay is to blame for this one. She raved and raved about them recently, so now I’m dying to try them!
  3. Brach’s Pumpkin Candy: Not to be confused with Brach’s pumpkin spice candy. These bad boys take me back to childhood. Such a delicious sugary concoction! I can easily eat a bag of these by myself (and won’t admit how many times I have :P)
  4. Bath and Bodyworks Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin: I adore Bath and Bodyworks scents, and cinnamon pumpkin sounds divine. I really want to pick up some of their lotion in this scent along with some candles!
  5. Pumpkin fabric: I’m really feeling the itch to decorate my place right now. Probably unrealistic given all the projects I need to complete, oh, yesterday, but that won’t stop me from eyeballing all the cute fall themed cottons at JoAnn’s and Hancock right now.

You’ll notice that pumpkin spice latte is not on this list. As much as I want to like it, I’m really more of a salted caramel mocha kind of gal. I love that sea salt!

imageWhat’s on your pumpkin wishlist? Check out more responses over at The Nerdy Girlie!

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5 Fandom Friday: Five Fictional Pets I’d Like To Adopt

5fandomfridayIt’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but I couldn’t pass up today’s topic!

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Clockwise from top left: Luna, Ghost, Fat Chocobo, Dragon from Dragon Riders of Pern, and Black Hayate.

1. Luna from Sailor Moon: C’mon, admit it. How many of  you Moonies have stumbled across a black cat and checked to see if it had a crescent moon symbol? My inner magical girl as a child (and adult, if we’re being perfectly honest) wanted an adorable black cat to come give me a transformation brooch and tell me I have super powers. Sadly, my black cat did not come with a transformation pen and the ability to talk. Didn’t stop me from talking to her!

2. Black Hayate from Fullmetal Alchemist:  The beau and I are currently watching Brotherhood, and watching it reminds me how much I love Hayate. Shibu Inus are so adorable, and he’s incredibly loyal, coming to Hawkeye’s aid no matter how dangerous the situation.

3. Ghost from Game of Thrones: I went back and forth on whether I’d want a dragon from GoT or a direwolf, and ultimately went with direwolves since Dany’s dragons go from cute to “Oh crap, I think they might eat her.” Direwolves seem much more loyal by comparison, and I love Ghost’s gorgeous fur. That said, I’d also totally adopt a…

4. Dragon from the Dragon Riders of Pern series: I devoured this series growing up, specifically the Harper Hall of Pern books. It’d be so cool to telepathically communicate with a dragon that can also teleport! I also like the fire-lizards from this series too

5. Chocobo from Final Fantasy: Specifically, the fat chocobo from FFXIV. Because LOOK AT IT.

Which video game pets are your favorites? You can see more responses over at The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick!

Fandom Friday: Games I Love to Play

IMG_0731It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! I’m playing a lot more games these days, so I thought I’d hop back on the bandwagon for this week’s post.

1. Final Fantasy X: This is the first video game I fell in love with. As a teenager, I logged close to 300 hours on it thanks to multiple plays. So when the remaster/HD version came out last year, I hit pre-order the second it was available. I’m really enjoying all the extra international content that wasn’t initially released, though I’m a lot slower at leveling these days. I’d love to beat all the Dark Aeons and extra bosses eventually, though it’ll probably take me another year at this pace 😛

Half the entertainment value in FFXIV is running around and making my lala emote.
Half the entertainment value in FFXIV is running around and making my lala emote.

2. Final Fantasy XIV: My boyfriend introduced me to this game a little over a year ago as something we could do together. I resisted getting into MMORPGs for a long time, since I tend to have an obsessive personality and feared I’d turn into Felicia Day’s character from The Guild. It took me a while to come around on it, but I now enjoy playing a daily roulette and a few miscellaneous missions. Of course, it helps that my lalafell is incredibly adorable. Unlike FFX, it’s pretty easy to only play for 30 minutes to an hour at a time if you’re so inclined (and I totally am). Do any of you play? I’m on Goblin!

3. Persona 4: This is another one my boyfriend introduced me to. I love the combination of dating sim/dungeoun crawler. I play this game primarily on the Vita, which makes it pretty simple to play for small chunks at a time. I recently finished my initial playthrough, and I’d like to go through again to max out some of the social links I missed the first time, including Margaret’s!

4. Catherine: Another game from Atlus! I normally don’t play through a game more than once, but I’ve played through this one twice and want to knock out another run soon. I don’t know exactly why this one is so addictive. It helps that the game is pretty quick. I think my last run was about 10 hours. I also like the various endings and answering the questions as ridiculously as possible.

5. Drawful: Something a little different for this last one. It’s part of the Jackbox Games party pack and it’s a fantastic party game. The idea is that you pull up the game on your console and everyone uses their smartphones to play an electronic version of Pictionary. It’s hilarious the later you get into the night (and/or the more you drink).  The other games in the pack are also fun, but Drawful is my favorite!

What are some of your favorite games? You can see more responses on The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick!

Fandom Friday: Favorite Funko Pop Figures (+ Con Announcement)

IMG_0731Happy Friday! I had to jump in with another Fandom Friday post since this week’s topic is all about the Funko Pop! figurines! I’m not much of a collector, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t consider buying one (dozen or so) of these every time I went to a con. The hardest part about this week is only choosing 5! So I kind of cheated a little and chose the top five individual figures I want along with the top 5 collections I’d like.

First up, figures!

08_WonderWomanPopGlam_1024x10241. Wonder Woman: Are y’all surprised by this? Didn’t think so.

C3PO-POP_GLAM_1024x10242. C-3P0: I debated on whether or not to just put the entire Star Wars collection into this list, but some of them are not that cute. C-3P0 is definitely my favorite of the collection!

5104_Dancing_Groot_GLAM_1024x10243. Dancing Groot: Who doesn’t want a dancing Groot? I just love that he’s a bobble head.

Belle_grande4. Belle: Belle is my favorite Disney princess, and now that I’m planning to cosplay her (again), I want all her merch! I definitely want the yellow ballgown version, though that is pretty hard to find. I also want the peasant dress figure and the hipster version!

GIZMO_POP_GLAM_1024x10245. Gizmo: I recently watched Gremlins for the first time and loved it. Gizmo is so cute! I definitely want this figure and a Gizmo plushie.

Collections:

The_Gentlemen_POP_1024x10241. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I want so many of these that I’d just rather take the collection. Willow, Oz, Spike and the Gentlemen are definitely my favorite figures.

Teen_Titans_Ravin_1024x10242. Teen Titans Go!: This was one of my favorite cartoons as a teen, and all of the characters are so well suited for Funko figurines! Starfire and Raven are definitely my favorites.

4181_Firefly_-_Kaylee_Frye_GLAM_1024x10243. Firefly: I oggle these every time I see them. There’s actually a hard to find “dirty” Kaylee that’s super adorable. There was one on sale at the North Texas Comic Book show and I’m kicking myself for not buying her!

Ghost_POP_GLAM_1024x10244. Game of Thrones: I just love that such a dark show has such cute figurines. Ghost is my favorite, though I also love Drogon and Dany’s figures.

4343_Breaking_Bad_-_Heisenberg_GLAM_1024x10245. Breaking Bad: Again, I love the fact that a show this dark has such cute figurines. Heisenburg and cook Jessie are my favs!

There were a few other collections that almost made the cut, including the X-Men (no official Rogue. Le sigh) and Kill Bill. Like I said, the hardest part about this week was picking which ones I liked the most! Ultimately, I thought that Breaking Bad in Funko form was cuter than Kill Bill. But I’d totally take both if I could.

What are your favorite Funko figures? You can see more responses at The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick!

Disclaimer: All images are property of of Funko. I make no money from this nonsense (though if they’d like to send me some for review, I will happily accept).

FotorCreatedP.S. I’m heading out to Fan Days this weekend and “officially” debuting Captain Marvel! Unfortunately, I won’t have my new contact cards with me, but feel free to say hi and ask for derpy mohwak selfies if you see me!

Fandom Friday: My Convention Wishlist

IMG_0731Happy Friday! Con season officially kicks off for me next month with Fan Days, so I thought I’d join today’s Fandom Friday topic and share some of the conventions I’d love to attend. (Also, I promise more sewing posts starting next week!)

1. San Diego Comic Con: I feel like SDCC is nerd mecca. You’ve got to make the pilgrimage at least once. SDCC has been on my con wishlist since I was a teen, and well before I had even heard of cosplay. I visited San Diego many years ago when my brother graduated from boot camp, and loved the location and the weather. While I do prefer slightly smaller cons, I’d love to attend just once to get the experience and hear all the big news in person. And play I spy the celebrity.

2. New York Comic Con: Another con that I feel like most nerds need to visit just once. I’ve heard that it’s a smaller scale version of SDCC, though it seems like that’s not really the case anymore. Again, I’d love to see some of the big name guests and hear all the big news in an amazing locale.

3. Colassalcon: Comic con at a water park. SOLD! I saw so many incredible water themed costume photo shoots from Colassalcon. It looked like so much fun! Plus, there’s a zoo with baby tigers. Yes, please.

4. Anime Expo: Anime Expo is the biggest anime and manga convention in North America and the second longest running anime convention in the country. Anime is a big part of why I got into cosplay, so I’d love to make the trip out there for this amazing convention! There’s always so many amazing costumes. Plus, I’d love to visit Los Angeles!

5. PAX: I’ve never attended a primarily gaming convention before, and this seems like the con to attend! I was hoping to make it to PAX South next weekend, but getting a new puppy put a damper on that plan. The puppy is adorable, though, so it’s totally worth waiting for another one to roll around. Maybe in Seattle 🙂

Bonus!

Dragon Con: I went back in 2012, and it was AMAZING. So many incredible costumes and lots of fun programming. Plus, all the nerdy parties and gatherings! I’d love to go back, especially if I ever get out of the education field. Labor Day weekend is a difficult weekend for me to take a vacation since the fall semester starts that week. Still, I will make it back one day!

What conventions are on your wishlist?

Fandom Friday: New Years Blogging Goals

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Happy Friday! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/etc. Today is a join Top 5/Fandom Friday post. We’re barreling towards the end of the year (and my birthdaaaaaay huhuhu), so today I’m talking about my 2015 goals for the Geeky Seamstress. The older I get, the more I dislike the term “resolution.” It feels so finite. I always start off with with the best intentions (“I’m going to get to the gym six days a week!”, “I’m going to read 50 books this year!”), but then I inevitably stumble and it feels like the year is a waste. How silly is that? Instead, I’m focusing more on establishing habits that will lead to my larger goals.

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So, here are a few goals for this blog and The Geeky Seamstress as a whole:

  • Establish myself as a business entity and open an online store: I’ve spent the last few months researching the ins and outs of owning and operating a one-woman business, and I feel like I’m finally ready to take the plunge. I’ve been working on building inventory for the last few weeks and I hope to share the final results with you soon.
  • Create more on-going tutorial content: You guys really liked my Spandex 101 series, so I’m looking into creating similar content. I’ve been working on another series which will be ongoing. The first post will be up on January 5th!
  • Improve my photography skills: I feel like photography has been a bit of an Achilles heel for me. I’d like to learn more about photography for product photos and so that I can bring a bit more interest to my cosplay and me-made photos.
  • Explore advertisement opportunities: I’ve been putting this one off for a while. For a long time, I thought my blog wasn’t “big enough” to warrant blog ads. And yeah, my overall reach isn’t Earth-shattering, but the more I look into it, the more an ad service like Passionfruit makes sense. It’s a great opportunity to increase exposure and have more flexibility to create content. Obviously, I care about what you guys see on this site, so I’m focusing on ads that I think you would care about.
  • Focus on quality over quantity: This is applicable to both my posts and my sewing projects. It’s easy in our information saturated culture to feel the need to post CONSTANTLY. Next year, my big goal is to step back and focus more on quality.
  • Bonus: Keep an open mind to new opportunities. I’ve been approached by a couple of outlets recently to write content. I was hesitant at first, but I’m going to try out these opportunities and see how they work out. I’ll keep you posted!

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you would take just a few minutes to fill out this quick reader survey. I’d love your input on this blog and things you’d like to see more (or less) of. If you can’t see the survey below, you can fill it out here.

What are your goals for 2015?

Fandom Friday: Presents I Want Santa to Bring Me

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Happy Friday! Can you believe we’re less than 2 weeks away from Christmas? I haven’t even put up a tree yet!

Since most of the kids in my family are now technically adults, my family has taken to white elephant gift exchanges or doing a big activity together. It’s fun (and more than a little violent, given that five of us have black belts in Taekwon-do), and we don’t all have to scramble spend a bunch of extra money over the holidays. Still, I wouldn’t mind being surprised by any of these items:

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  • Brother SE400 Combination Embroidery and Sewing Machine: I’ve wanted to dip my toes into embroidery for a while. I’d love to have this machine to create the applique for Lulu and also to make patches for myself and to sell. I’ve been eyeing this machine for about 8 months, so if Santa doesn’t bring it to me, I’ll probably buy it for myself!
  • Shiva FFX Figure: Speaking of FFX, I’d love to have this figure! I have a few of the other FFX characters from this line, but not Shiva. She’s so pretty and would be a great addition to my (very small) figure collection. I’d also love a Lulu figure.
  • Totoro kigu: I specifically want one from Rarity’s Boutique. Lisa Lou Who is one of my favorite “big name” cosplayers, and her hoodies are absolutely stunning. As soon as she opened up Totoro kigus, I knew I wanted one. They’re just so cute!
  • Tickets to Distant Worlds: This is the orchestra concert of Final Fantasy music. It tours the U.S. every year or so, but it hasn’t been through Texas in quite a while. There is another concert by the same company in Houston today, but I can’t make it (sad trombone). One day! I’d also be happy with the albums to tide me over 🙂
  • Tickets to SDCC: Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like I’ll make it out to SDCC this year (lots of non-cosplay out-of-state travel this year), but if Santa surprised me with tickets, you can bet I’d do everything I could to attend!

What are you hoping for this year? You can see more responses on The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick!

Fandom Friday: Geeky Fashion Must-haves + Gateway Fandoms!

fandom-5-fridayThe Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick put together another fantastic link-up: Fandom Friday! I’ve been looking for an opportunity to share some of my non-sewing interests with you guys, and I love this idea. It’s a great way to share some of the influences on my crafts!

Today, let’s talk about the geeky fashion I need to have in my life.

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Photos courtesy of their respective websites (linked below).

1. Sailor Moon corset from Castle Corsetry. Honestly, I could live in Lauren’s corsets. I’ve talked about my Rogue corset before, and it’s phenomenal. I still really want her geeky print corsets as well as her House Targaryen corset, but this one is definitely going on my birthday wishlist. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

2. Geeky print leggingsI wear a lot of tunics and dresses with leggings, so I’d love to incorporate more geeky print leggings in my wardrobe, like these Disney villains leggings from Black Milk.

3. Rogue t-shirtSome days, spandex isn’t appealing, but I still want to sport my favorite X-lady. I’d love to have one of these for casual con days or just running to the comic book shop!

4. Moogle hoodie. Moogles are adorable. End of story. I’d love a moogle hoodie to run around in on those con days that I just don’t feel like getting in full costume. I’ve only seen moogle hoodies for sale on this site (I so wish CholyKnight still sold these! I want one of hers!), but I think I’d like to make one myself for more customized options. I think that might be my sewing challenge for next month!

5. Comic book shoes. Hnnnn… Love these shoes. There are lots of options to DIY them if you’re on a budget, but I think I might purchase some off of etsy since I can’t stand the idea of destroying my comics 😛 I want some Captain Marvel ones!

Rogue and Sailor Jupiter photos by Aperture Ashley.
Rogue and Sailor Jupiter photos by Aperture Ashley. Wonder Woman logo from vmitchell85 on DeviantArt.

And just a bonus since I missed last week, my top five gateway fandoms!

1. X-Men: The Animated Series: I watched this show religiously as a kid. Every Saturday morning! This show is what initially drew me into comics and my favorite X-Lady, Rogue!

2. The Harper Hall of Pern: Definitely my favorite fantasy series growing up. I picked up a collected copy of the Harper Hall of Pern from a garage sale that I still have to this day. The spine has completely fallen off, but I love the stories so much that I can’t stand the thought of parting with it!

3. Sailor Moon: Another childhood Saturday morning staple! I watched the original dub on TV when it came to the U.S. I stopped watching anime for a brief period following college (trying to do this whole “grown up” thing), but immediately fell back in when I heard about Sailor Moon Crystal.

4. Star Wars: My nerdiness is in part due to my father, who introduced me to Star Wars at a very young age. It’s tradition around my home to watch all of the original movies each Christmas, and when the new movies came out, my dad even pulled us out of school to go watch them. In hindsight, not the best decision. Still, Star Wars!

5. Final Fantasy X: One of my first video game loves. I played this game for the first time at 16(?) and was obsessed. I logged around 300 hours of game time through multiple plays. I’m currently playing through the remastered version and trying to get all the International content!

Bonus: Wonder Woman. To be perfectly honest, I’m not the biggest fan of the Wonder Woman comics (exception for George Perez’s runs). I haven’t touched her New 52 run, though I need to get over that at some point. For me, Wonder Woman embodies what I aspire to be: strong, courageous, smart, etc. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t love Wonder Woman.

Are you participating in Fandom Friday? Please share if you are!