Archive | December 2015

With the Heart of a Nut

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         Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:  Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.

-Habakkuk 3:17-19


 

Ok, so I know it’s been a while since my last post, so I am sorry! I had the best December ever! I went to see Star Wars (in cosplay outfits – more on that later), went to 3 birthday parties (one of which was my Dad’s :P), and had a pretty darn amazin’ Christmas (*happy sigh*)!

But, today the Lord finally told me the break was over and it was time to start my posting again! So, here I am.

Have you ever seen an almond tree? They are personally one of my favorite trees because of their gorgeous white blossoms and I love almonds (only if they’re honey roasted :P). When the almond tree produces fruit, it looks absolutely beautiful to stare at!

But, like we all learned in kiddy biology, trees don’t produce fruit all the time.

The reason why I chose Almond Trees for this post is because they look absolutely freaky in the winter. They could be in a horror movie if they wanted to. The branches are bare and the wood is dry and cracked – they aren’t exactly pleasing to look at. And no, I didn’t publish this post to push almond trees under the bus.

It’s like this: when I was little, I once heard a pastor say that we were fruit inspectors – we had to look at people’s fruit (people’s actions and outreaches for Christ) and by that we would determine whether they really loved God or not.

But as I’ve grown into a young lady, God has shown me differently.

We all have different seasons and we all produce fruit at different times. Even if we don’t look pleasurable to other people when we are dormant for a while, God just hasn’t put an abundance of fruit in our season. But when our season does come, we bloom and burst with color!

Just like the almond tree – in the winter it’s bare and has no fruit. But what we don’t know is that God is doing a great work in that tree to make it produce an abundance of fruit in the spring! Just like us. When we feel like we aren’t doing a million things for God, He is working on our lives to make us a beautiful tree full of gorgeous fruit in the spring!

God works on us all the hard winter – and in the spring we produce beautiful flowers and little nuts!

I knew I loved almonds for a reason…

So, as 2015 comes to a close, I would like to encourage all of you:

In this new season, Christ is working on your life – even if you don’t see it or seem to be producing fruit, a marvelous work is going on in our lives that will unveil itself in it’s right time! Today is a new season – and so is tomorrow! It doesn’t matter what fruit you produced in 2015 – it only matters about tomorrow! The Father is changing and shaping us into mature young women/men. Even if we aren’t blossoming, we will in due time. It’s hard and challenging for me (and you, too, I imagine) to go through the transition of girl to woman – but all of our efforts will prove wonderful in the time when God will unleash our innards and make us bloom!


 

       And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

-Galatians 6:9

Happy New Year,

Emily 😛

P.S. Going to Star Wars on opening day was stinkin’ amazing! I made Ally and my costume in 3 days! God gave me instant creativity to work fast (I started only last year and I wasn’t very good – but I kept at it and God’s reaped my seeds and I’ve had a blast with sewing)! I went as Rey and Ally as Leia. The movie? AMAZING! I can’t wait for the next one! Here are the costumes – I hope to come out with tutorials soon:

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Also, my drawing has improved (Again, I didn’t think I was getting anywhere and I kept at it and it’s finally reaped a harvest) and I was inspired by Star Wars – here’s my sketch of Kylo Ren and on a lighter note Sadness from Inside Out:20151231_144854

 

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Lord of the Rings Cosplay: Arwen

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Hello Beloved Readers!

Here is the one of the cosplay tutorials I promised you – Eowyn’s will come out Lord willing sometime this week! Be PREPARED…it will be epic.

Also, a few words on Arwen.

Liv Tyler is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Her hair is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. Her horse is regale. The scene that isn’t in the book but in the movie with her on the horse riding from wraiths (I know that was a run-on sentence :P) is epic. One more thing, I would recommend looking at this post on a tablet or large computer. The images don’t come out as well on a smart phone. 😛

Anyway, let’s start this tutorial!


 

Step 1: Figure out which dress you want to cosplay

 Arwen has many dresses and in order to begin creating a cosplay, you have to pick which one is for you. Arwen has 7 dresses and we will discuss all 7 in this tutorial.

Dress #1: Ford Riding Cloak

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Ok, so this is the dress at a London Exhibit – couldn’t find a decent one with Arwen actually wearing it (horses aren’t always great for modeling costumes, if you know what I mean). The dress is worn on the flight to the ford scene where she takes Frodo across the River to Rivendell (in the book she’s not even there – Glorfindel gives Frodo the horse and doesn’t ride with him).

Dress #2: Arwen’s Dream Dress

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This dress is a gorgeous lavender color and is sleeveless unless you count the shoulder drapes sleeves (I don’t). It is worn in a lovey, evenstar, Aragorn dream that is pretty romantic. Aragorn fell into a river and he washed on the shore and fell into a vision like dream with Arwen. Pretty weird – especially since it wasn’t in the book. I love the dress though.

Dress #3: Arwen’s Blue Dress

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The Dress has too low of a neckline for me, but overall, it is beautiful (you can change that, too). It is worn in a very short scene with Elrond about her and Aragorn (then again, what’s new?). I have a good pattern base for a lot of these dresses because I have noted that they are pretty much the same form and design.

Dress #4: Arwen’s Blood Red Dress

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This is the dress I made for my sister Allison and a friend which you can view here. The dress is worn in the Return of the King when Arwen is dying because of – you guessed it: Aragorn. It is also called Arwen’s Dying Dress. The first name sounds happier, so I chose that one.

Dress #5: Arwen’s Bridge Dress

2fb6123ab9cf0c3725caa4eaa6f456acI found this picture on pinterest and I must say it is a lovely reproduction of the dress (kudos to whomever made it!). This gown is worn in another (seriously) scene with Aragorn in the Fellowship. I love this dress and I think it would be lovely for a dress choice.

Dress #6: Arwen’s Mourning Gown

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This dress is gorgeous and has a beautiful train – just leave out the creepy veil. Which scene is it worn in? Three words: Mortality, Aragorn, Evenstar.

Dress #7: Arwen’s Coronation

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I love love love love this dress! So gorgeous! It’s worn in the scene where she gets married to Aragorn (I was waiting for that) and finally is reunited with him after the Ring is destroyed. She also wears a beautiful crown to go with it.


Step 2. Putting it together

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Once you have your dress figured out, you have to decide how to go about making it. Will you use a pattern or make a mock up? I used a pattern and mock up for my cosplays, but it is totally up to you. The pattern I used was Simplicity 4940 (featured above – View C) – which I believe can be used for the Blue Gown, the Coronation, and the Blood Red (or Dying). Simplicity 1551 (I believe so) can be used for the Dream Dress and Bridge Dress. For the Ford Riding Cloak, you are ON YOUR OWN (that’s like a “duh duh duh” moment :P). My condolences.


 

Step 3. Fabric

Depending on your size, you will have to know how much fabric to buy. I bought 6 stinkin’ yards of fabric for the dress! It was insane. I used Crushed Panne Velvet and it was absolutely gorgeous!!! It costs about $6.99 a yard at Hancock Fabrics. I had to get 2.5 yards for the sleeves (used crushed panne velvet for that as well) and if I recall correctly, 0.5 yards of Organza (which costs like $1.00 a yard) for the overlays on the sleeves and neckline. If I could buy my fabric again, I would get embroidered lace instead of organza. It would look more authentic to the costume. However, Organza is a cheaper alternative, so that’s what I used.


Step 4: Accessorize!

There’s only a few accessories that come with Arwen – but I will go through all of them. My eyes hurt. Computer screen. Ouch. The plights of a cosplay blogger.

Evenstar Necklace

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The Evenstar Necklace is absolutely gorgeous and shiny :P. You can get the official one on WETA for $199.99. It is a gorgeous replica from the movie:

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Or you can buy a cheap one on Amazon. I haven’t bought my Evenstar yet, but I plan to. It is so beautiful!


Elf Ears

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This is the kind of the cosmetic elf ears on Aradani Costumes. They have different types of ears, but these are the kind I like. Do not buy any on Amazon – I bought a pair for really cheap and they looked horrible. I think the seller wanted to make Legolas look like Legolamb from Lord of the Beans. Totally embarrassing.


Hair

Arwen’s hair is almost always down and not styled. If you don’t have wavy hair, you can either curl it with a curling iron (very lightly) or you can crimp it. On the Flight to the Ford however, her hair is styled and I found two tutorials on how to do it on youtube (if you’re cosplaying the Ford Riding Outfit).

Also, I don’t know what this is, but there’s a tutorial for Arwen’s Helms Deep Braid. Don’t know when she wears her hair like that (she wasn’t in Helm’s Deep), but I hope it helps you with your cosplay:


Weapon

Arwen’s sword – Hadhafang – is used on the Flight to the Ford when she must defend Frodo from the nine. It’s truly an epic weapon! I wouldn’t get the sword for your cosplay (unless you’re doing the Ford Cloak), because Arwen isn’t the warrior type (which is why Eowyn in my eyes reigns supreme :P). You can buy it on Amazon (by United Cutlery) for $206.00:

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Crown (Coronation)

Arwen’s coronation crown is super gorgeous, and I saw one for $700! It’s totally gorgeous. She wears it in the end at her coronation. If you are making the coronation dress, I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing this. It would give extra glam to your outfit and make you look amazing.


I wish you all good luck on your cosplays! I hope this helps you in your adventurous endeavors…also, feel free to ask any questions in the comment log and I’d be obliged to answer any you have!

Auf Wiedersehen!

Emily 🙂