2016 Year in Review

Hi all,

I’m back with another one of these, despite only having made one other post in 2016. See the thing is…well, I’ve realized that craft blogging is difficult for me. I just get caught up in my crafting whims and want to make stuff – documenting tends to get in the way! We’ll see what we can do about that in 2017 (odds are, not much).

January and February were very busy for me crafts-wise. During this time, I was preparing my most ambitious cosplay yet – The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – for MAGFest 2016. This was such an amazing and empowering project for me. I sewed a full stretch bodysuit with numerous complicated embellishments and tested my skills to their fullest. I was certainly nervous and unsure of myself at first, but the desire to accomplish something I could be proud of kept me going and pushed me to complete this epic project. Maybe I’ll be able to do more complex costumes in the future!

Photo by Houkakyou Cosplay and Photography
Photo by Houkakyou Cosplay and Photography

March and April were pretty busy for me as well! I got accepted into GeekCraftExpo RDU as an exhibitor and spent much of this time crafting to build up my inventory for the show. I sold some handspun yarn and hand-dyed roving, as well as introducing a new type of patch! These ones are digitally printed on heavy twill and blanket-stitched around the edges with a iron-on backing. They’re much faster for me to make, and it was super fun illustrating all of them! GeekCraftExpo was a much more enjoyable experience for me than Animazement’s Artist Alley, since it wasn’t attached to a convention I didn’t feel like I was missing out by being stuck at my table. I still felt like I put a lot more work into it than I got out of it, but maybe one day I’ll find that perfect craft that I love to make and people love to buy. ;)

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So many cute printed patches!
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So many hair colors in 2016!

After MAGFest and GeekCraftExpo, I vowed for a much simpler Animazement this year. I certainly put a lot less work into it than I did last year, but it ended up being the most fun I’ve had at AZ in a long time – probably since my very first one in 2011. Originally I was just going to whip up a silly, casual cosplay of Bulma from Dragon Ball (I have the hair color, so why not?), but at the last minute I frantically finished sewing my custom kigurumi of Cream from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders. I started sewing it back in October 2015 but didn’t finish it in time for Halloween or MAGFest, but I knew I wanted to show it off for the JoJo’s events at Animazement and would be disappointed with myself if I didn’t. It ended up being totally worth it! The JoJo’s panel was lots as fun and the photoshoot was a BLAST!

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The next few months were fairly quiet. I had a big move at the end of July and spent a lot of time either cleaning and packing or just not crafting because I didn’t want to make more of a mess. I did get a little bit of sewing done, but for the most part I was probably playing video games in my spare time!

In September I finally got back into the full swing of crafting again. I started sewing more dice bags, which I had been making casually for friends over the past few years, but I thought I could try selling them. They’re a lot less stressful and more enjoyable to make in bulk than the patches, that’s for sure!

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In October I participated in Inktober. I had wanted to do it last year, but gave up after just the first day. Drawing is something I used to really enjoy but I have fallen out of practice over the years, which I am extremely self conscious about. I have been wanting to get back into it for years but it has been very difficult for me, so I wanted to give Inktober a try. I was able to have the willpower and drive to lose 25lbs this year, so why not use that same willpower to complete this 30-day drawing challenge? And I did it! Not every drawing is very good, and a lot of them I’m not very proud of, but I completed the challenge and I’m very happy that I did.

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One of my favorites from the month – a redraw of White Day Kotori from Love Live School Idol Festival.

Which brings us to November and December! During this time I’ve continued to sew dice bags as well as some clothing items for myself. MAGFest is in less than a month, so I’ve been working on getting my cosplays ready for that! I’ll actually have three this year, which is probably a record for me, but they are all fairly simple to put together. One is already done! For that one, I sewed a hoodie from the Halifax pattern by Hey June Handmade and had the fabric custom printed at Spoonflower. It’s all solid colors, but I wanted it to be neat and clean and to use all the same fabric, so I didn’t want to have to source imperfect matches or do any appliques. It ended up working out really well! I made two hoodies before that from the same pattern in order to test out the fit. I also finally made some leggings from my Rainbow Road fabric that I’ve had sitting around for almost a year!

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And that’s about it! I’ll try to be more diligent about documenting my remaining cosplays for MAGFest, and those should be posted with a write-up in about a month or so! 2016 wasn’t the best year, but it was definitely fun and productive for me crafting-wise.

As for 2017, I can’t wait to see what it brings. I’ll most likely be participating in Geek Craft Expo again, and I have a few more cosplays in mind which hopefully I will finish for Animazement, but other than that, I’m not sure what I’ll be up to. I look forward to seeing what’s in store!

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