Archive | September 2015

The Hobbit Cosplay: Tauriel

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Hi! So, you all probably know by now that I am sewing a Tauriel costume and creating a cosplay masterpiece. What you probably didn’t know, is that I’m completely finished. Something else you probably want to know, is the “how?” Well, I don’t know if there’s anyone following me who sews, loves the Hobbit, and admires Tauriel’s no fear of orcs mentality. But, if there is, this is for you.

Okay, so here goes.

Step One: Dress

Tauriel can’t be Tauriel without her dress. There are four different dresses and I named each one myself with the help of a Hobbit/Seamstress savvy friend. 🙂

Dress One: Tauriel’s Spider Dress:

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Same as the Laketown Dress only with a leather bodice and she threw on a scarf.

Dress Two: Tauriel’s Laketown Dress:

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Dress Three: Tauriel’s Archer Dress (Variation #1)

First Look at Tauriel

This is the dress she wears when she gives Legolas a scolding. You should know that I don’t like Tauriel for the disrespect she gives Legolas. He’s awesome. I wrote a whole post about it (click here for that).

Dress Four: Tauriel’s Archer Dress (Variation #2)

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This is the dress I made…she wore it on the Forest River! My most favorite scene in the Desolation of Smaug! 🙂

#1 – Fabric: Satin looks really nice and that’s what I used for my dress. I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners because it is EXTREMELY fray-ish. It will be frustrating. I actually heard that the real Spider dress is made of Crinkle Taffeta and the Archer Dress is made of Suede. I don’t know where you can buy Crinkle Taffeta, though. How much fabric to get: about 4 yards. I used the Simplicity Pattern 1347 and I think I got about 3 1/2 – 4 yds. For the leather bodice, I didn’t use leather. I know it looks like it, but it’s not. It’s called Polyester Leather Look (I bought it at Hancock fabrics for like $19.99 a yard – the reason it’s so pricey is because it looks like real leather but it’s not).

 #2 – Dress Design:

I did use Simplicity pattern 1347 for the dress, but I changed the leather bodice to match the Archer Dress bodice. So, I used the Simplicity pattern 4940 View B’s bodice with a few changes. Here’s 1347 pic:

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And this is 4940…view B is the Eowyn shield maiden…i think that will be my next project! Eek!!8e7bc7c1adf5f74a2bd8979a94bf681a

My bodice uses grommets and twine instead of a wonky zipper. I don’t think Elves use zippers, so I thought grommets would look more elvish.

Front of my Bodice:

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Back of my bodice:

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Please excuse the plaid shirt…I went to a square dance and (had the best time, thanks Kaitlin!) had to look cowgirly. More on that later…expect that post on Wednesday (10-28-15 :P)

P.S. Super cute pic of Evangeline Lilly backstage loving her archer dress…made me smile:

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Step Two: Accessorize:

Necklace:

Most people probably don’t know this about Tauriel, but she wears a necklace! Yes, you didn’t know that. I didn’t either. You can actually see it pretty clearly in the part in Desolation of Smaug where she’s reporting to Thranduil:

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I used an arrow to kind of point it out, but click on the picture and then it’ll show it more clearly! I actually bought my necklace on Amazon for a pretty good price (click here for that), and I really like it. You can buy the official one on WETA for $179.99…click on the picture to go to the link:

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Hair:

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All the girls I know say,”I love Tauriel’s hair.” It’s so long and wavy and braid-y. I love it. I would not buy a wig – you have to pay a lot of money to get a good one and if I had to buy one, it would be cheap and would fall apart. I’m going to actually dye my hair a red like hers and just braid it. Here’s some tutorials on Youtube (doesn’t everyone learn how to do stuff on youtube now?)

Braids Inspired by “The Hobbit’s” Tauriel by LaDollyVita33

The Hobbit Hair – Tauriel by Silvousplaits

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Elf Ears:
Elves can’t be elves without pointy ears. They just can’t. I recently bought a pair on Amazon and apparently the seller thought that Legolas had ears like Legolamb from Lord of the Beans! In other words, they were awful. I didn’t like them. I was recommended by a fellow cosplay blogger of Aradani Prosthetic Ears and those are the ones I plan to get after I return the Legolamb ears. Click here for that…here’s a pic:
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I honestly can’t tell the difference.
Weapons:
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These are just one word: epic.
I wouldn’t worry about Tauriel’s weapons, but I would suggest asking for the daggers for Christmas. Which is what I’m doing…debating between Tauriel’s daggers or Legolas’ daggers – either one is epicly epic (is that even a word?). I’m using my own bow for my photo shoot (when I took archery lessons, I got one for practice last year). It’s not accurate, but I think it’s better than paying $300.00 for the official one on WETA. The daggers are $179.99, so I think I MIGHT a better chance with those for Christmas.
So, that’s about it! I hope this helps and wish me luck with my cosplay photo shoot and finale!
All for now,
Emily 🙂

 

An Itty Bitty Post about Southwest Airlines and My Chai Latte

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Today I am sitting in the crowded but no less clean Denver International Airport. This morning at 3:17 AM, I woke up. I quickly rubbed my red eyes after only sleeping 5-ish hours and headed to the shower. Afterward, I dressed, rand resumed the rest of my hygienic practices. Our flight opened for boarding at 5:30, and we could NOT be late. Or could we?
 
  I hopped in the car and we zoomed to the airport, went through security, got on the tram, waited for gates A and B to pass so we could get into C, hurried up the escalator, and ran for our plane. It was now 5:51 AM and the doors to the cool tunnel thingy that gets you on the plane was closed. We were too late. Luckily, there was another flight…at 10:05. So that’s what I’m doing now. Sitting quietly and drinking the best Einstein Bros Oregon Chai Tea Latte I’ve ever had. Observe:

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Ahhhhh….
Waiting for a plane never felt this ok. Until we meet again, dear readers! BTW, I would write more, but I’m using the WordPress app on my teeny weeny smart phone. 😛
So long,
Emily 🙂

Life is not as We Know It

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The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates. See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—to give to them and their descendants after them.

-Deuteronomy 1:6-8


Life is a journey. Let’s face it. We’re never really home until we get to Heaven. Life is an adventure. We can never stop somewhere and call it quits. We have to keep going. That’s why I am blogging today.

The past 5 years have been wondrous ones for me and my family. But it was just a second step in our great big adventure. This past year Christ told us to just take a break. So we did. But now, He has called us to take up our packs and leave to a journey unknown. Like He told us this morning,”You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey…”

So, we are heading out east. Yes, you heard right. We’re moving.

5 years ago, we were in the same position. We had been called by God in California to move to Colorado. All our hearts were deeply afraid not knowing how we could move approximately 1,000 miles to a new state! But, He did it. When we were hit with one of Colorado’s biggest cold fronts the year we moved here, we were afraid we would never see the sun. But we did. When we had to move to a new house with more land and it was far out of what we ever thought we could afford, we lost hope. But the house is ours. When our dogs were lost, we almost cried our hearts out and feared we would never see them again. But we did and they still act up and got lost twice more after! But again, we found them.

All that we could ever have asked for by Christ is here. He has made paths for us through uncharted land and we have gone places no believer has ever gone before (Star Trek pun intended :D…I don’t mean we’ve gone into remote places where no one has been before BTW, it’s just a figure of my speech i guess :P). Truth is, I am not scared. I am excited! Of course, I will miss all my friends and my Pikes Peak and my gazillion feet of snow for Christmas; but it’s just a new chapter! I am so ready to see what our Lord has in store.

But, don’t freak out…this isn’t a “farewell to my blog and all my readers” kind of post. I’ll still blog and share all about my adventures! I’ll still cosplay (BTW, I have a Tauriel update at the end of the post), play piano, and ride my beautiful horses.

My point is, this is what life should be! Ready to go out and seize whatever the Creator made for us! Not being afraid to venture out and see the world. Even if we’re called “unsociable” by our nephews for having adventures (Bilbo pun intended :P). I am just so overwhelmed with the blessings of God. If you think about it, He is doing this to give us an even better life than we have here! And I am SO not worthy. Paul and I are the chiefs of sinners. We don’t deserve anything from Christ and yet he pours blessing upon blessing on us and showers us with his love!

Before I go, I want to just say this: God wants us to be active in life. If we have to get up and move, then we do it! Life is a journey and we don’t reach the destination until we go to be with the Lord. Be encouraged, dear readers! I love you guys a lot and you really encourage me :). Until we meet again!

Blessings,

Adventurer Em

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P.S. I promised a Tauriel update :D:

Just received her necklace in the mail and my elf ears are on the way! Here’s a pic of it from the Desolation…you can kind of see it…i think 🙂 i added an arrow on pic monkey, so hopefully that helps.

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This entry was posted on September 9, 2015.

Things Rome, Beethoven, and Reed Kessler Have in Common

   “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.”

    – John Heywood; English playwright


Nothing ever comes without hard work. That’s a lesson I have learned without question this past year. I have never gotten anywhere without hard work and diligence. Even when God created this world he was diligent, patient, and orderly; it didn’t take him an hour or two, not a day or two, but an entire week. When we drifted into sin, He was patient and constantly worked on our hearts for 4,000 years until Christ finally came. When Christ arose, he is still patient and is still waiting upon us everyday for our hearts to submit to him.

When I was a little child, I always remember wanting to build something and if it didn’t work out in five minutes, I smashed it and screamed because patience is not natural and I was definitely not born with it. Just like we don’t have to learn the word “no”, we don’t have to learn impatience. It comes naturally because we are all born with sin in our nature. My little brother John is learning how to set the table and sometimes things don’t always work out when a place-mat doesn’t align itself perfectly.

All things come with patience, diligence, order and prayer. Physical, mental, and spiritual problems are solved with those four things. I must be honest with you, me and my sister haven’t been grooving too well together lately. Without Christ, we try to be “nice” to each other and it just doesn’t work because we do it on our own and we don’t work with the elements Christ gives us – not to mention the most powerful weapon: prayer (if you haven’t yet, GO SEE WAR ROOM! It was life-changing).

When we want problems just to solve instantly without any act, we are so wrong! If that’s true, why do we need prayer? We have been given prayer to fight for our problems and mend them in Christ’s name! Everything takes time and when we expect our personal issues to mend in the blink of an eye, I’ll say it again: we are so wrong! The quote that I posted up at the top was, I thought, pretty profound. The Roman Empire was immoral, filthy, and gross, but they were also hard working and diligent. The only reason they became as large as they were (1.062 million square miles) was because they fought and never gave up (if you haven’t yet, watch Gladiator…it’s epic 😀 ). We are in a spiritual war as believers, and sometimes battles take a day, a week, a month, or even a year. Nothing that is accomplished never is easy. Beethoven worked so hard for so long to compose the Missa Solemnis and Symphony #9 (not to mention he was deaf when he composed them!), Christ experienced hell for three days when he kicked Satan’s butte and gave the world the ultimate gift, 18 year old Reed Kessler and her horse Cylana didn’t get to the Olympics after one show jumping lesson, and Einstein definitely didn’t discover e=mc squared (i can’t make the tiny two for squared on the top, sorry dude. 😀 ) after one try. Also, last one, but it’s big: my mother was pregnant for 36 months total with all of us four little whippersnappers – now that’s a record! Love you, Mom!

Although the world around us strives to make things faster – faster internet, food, etc. – we as Christians have to realize that our battle takes time and that is why we are given the weapon of prayer, patience, order, and diligence. I didn’t get an 87% on my Royal Conservatory Music Development Program Exam last year because I only played my pieces and ear training, sight reading and clap-backs once…it took about 5 months of long, deep practice, diligence, prayer, order, and patience


“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him,he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.10 Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.”

-1 Chronicles 28:9-10 NIV


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

-Philippians 4:6


Until we meet again dear readers! Be encouraged.

So long,
Emily 🙂

P.S. Here’s the status on my Tauriel cosplay…I finished the dress…now I’m going to use some of my savings for accessories (elf ears, Tauriel’s necklace, etc.).

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This entry was posted on September 2, 2015.