Geek Girl Con 2017

Hey there Fanpeeps! (Is this a good term? IDK)

Last weekend (September 30-October 1) I went to Geek Girl Con (GGC) in Seattle!


(I also made my Star Wars skirt from a sheet, but we'll talk about that later!)

This is my third year attending, and my first with a press pass, and it has been the best one yet! It's also been the biggest with over 12,000 people in attendance. I was so excited to be able to hang out with my fantastic friend Hilary from The Cutie Life and her husband Fletch and see so many friends and make a few new ones! You can read her post about the con here and watch her video on her youtube channel here


With all the negative and disastrous things happening in our world recently, it was nice to escape into a nicer reality for a while. If you've ever wanted to know what it's like to go to a place where everyone is respected and included regardless of the factors that usually divide us: this is it. And it is a beautiful thing. 


If you haven't heard of GGC, or have brushed off the idea of a con aimed at a female audience being any good, then you're really missing out! Geek Girl Con is first and foremost inclusive. That means no one is left out of any geeky discussions or events regardless of their physical and mental states or abilities. I say geeky, but you don't even have to identify as a geek to be a part of this convention! (I'm mostly just saying it out of convenience.) The convention name also says "girl", but while this convention is mostly aimed at females (because we are so often overlooked in geek society), no one is excluded because of their gender identity. All are welcome! There are gender neutral bathrooms! And one of the best things is that it's completely run by volunteers!!! I think that's pretty impressive.


The convention hosts activities, booths, and panels with a wide range of subjects in anything from science and mathematics to fashion and feminism. A lot of times the subjects aren't mutually exclusive and they overlap to form something new and creative. It is really family friendly and even has a science center for kids to experiment and learn new things. No matter what interests you have, there is probably something for you at GGC. If anything you will walk away from the convention having learned something new! 

The Panels:

There are always so many really cool and introspective panels to attend at Geek Girl Con. Not to mention that the rooms are named after extraordinary female characters! Last year we attended a panel called "Women in Pixar" and this year we attended one called "Looking for Leia". The panel and it's documentary namesake showcased an incredible group of female Star Wars fangirls from all walks of life. You can watch the same inspiring and tear-jerking preview here:

We also got a really rad poster for attending! As I am a huge Star Wars fangirl myself, I approached the director of the film, Annalise Ophelian, after the panel to talk about being interviewed and she told me to talk to anyone if I saw them on the con floor. I kept missing them, but as we were making our way to (I think it was) the Cosplay competition I was stopped by the team for an interview! Of course I told them about my Lightsaber Scarves!!!


Mega huge thanks to Hilary for capturing this behind the scenes look at my interview and for waiting for me! I was nervous and fidgeting but she helped keep me grounded and hyped! Thank you so much Hilary & Fletch!!!


The Artists:

There are SO MANY remarkable artists and I wish I could support all of them!! If you've been looking for new fandom art, look no further than the Exhibitor floor at Geek Girl Con. A few of the artists I've known since my first GGC 3 years ago and have grown close to in the passing years!

Chrissy from Winged Warrior is one of those and she is the absolute sweetest!!!


Not only that but she makes amazing art. At this point I will have a wall of her prints in no time! (I just need some more frames.) Her Disney Princess series is one of my favorites. I must collect them all!

At the booth next door was Art of Nikki Ward /Geek Fire Labs, who also does fantastic prints and had a spectacularly geeky assortment of products. Last year I got lip balm and this year I got a Leia print and a wax melt in "Wonderland". It smells amazing!

Some others artists I would like to mention are:
Erika Rae Heins- gorgeous Tolkien and fantasy inspired art. She also makes some pretty cool upcycled steampunk clothing items
Bunny from S2Heart Designs- Hilary introduced us and she makes super cute chibis and other designs including cute penis pins (I promise that's cute! I should have gotten one!)
Jayme Twins art- really fun and simple character profiles from multiple fandoms and more!
Katie Clark Art- Bright, colorful prints and original paintings inspired by video games and much more
The Gorgonist

The Vendors:

Not only will you find great art at the con, but you will probably walk away with some really cool fangirl swag as well! This year was especially exciting for me because I would finally get to meet two spectacular small business owners that I have looked up to for years: Jordan from JordandenΓ© and Elena from the Colorful Geek!


These ladies kill it with their shirt designs and other products!

Fanmail was across the exhibitor hall and had a really fun wheel of prizes. I got a bath bomb!


I love seeing what new surprises they have in each box! You should check them out if subscription boxes are your thing!! I snagged a beautiful bag that says "All men must die, but we are not men" from them and I love it so much! It fit perfectly with the shirt I bought from The Colorful Geek that says "Mother of Dragons".

At Geeky Caticorn I got this REALLY CUTE Fangirl necklace! I absolutely adore it!!!


Planned Parenthood had a really fun booth where you can take a picture with Phillomena (sp?) the Birth Control mascot!


And so much more!!!

The Fashion Show:


Saturday evening at 7:30 was the Fashion Show which featured designs from Little Petal, Haute Geek, JordandenΓ©, Booty and the Geek, and Elhoffer Design with Makeup by Espionage Cosmetics and styling by VAIN Hairstyling. It was a really fun experience! I loved seeing the diverse group of models. They were all beautiful! (But very hard to photograph because I only had my phone! lol)


The Environment:

I have never felt so comfortable at a convention as I do at Geek Girl Con. Granted, I haven't attended many conventions in the past, but Geek Girl Con is the most welcoming I have ever experienced. As someone with anxiety (specifically social anxiety) I often find it hard to fit in with strangers in large groups. That has never been the case with Geek Girl Con. I feel like you could talk to just about anyone and have things in common with them. Almost everyone is friendly and wonderful and it is so very comfortable. (I say almost here because there's always some people who would rather keep to themselves, and that's completely OK!!!) This is why I keep coming back. I feel like you can make meaningful connections with people you hardly know, and there's not a whole lot of other places where you can find an experience like that. 

Crochet BB-8 unit by @elliemcphee7437 on Instagram
Being a geek girl is weird sometimes. It feels like we have to constantly remind people that we exist, that our credibility is up to date, and that we're adhering to whatever guidelines there are for us. Geek Girl Con reminds us that not only do we exist, but we have always been here, will continue to be, and we define ourselves and our geekyness.

It doesn't hurt to surround yourself with lots of like-minded people either! Hilary introduced me to a few new awesome people, and I finally got to meet Mia Moore from XO Mia who came all the way from Texas for this show! She makes super cool cosplay and is all around awesome! I bought pins from both her and Hilary. (Support your friends!!) It was wonderful to have met all these amazing women and be surrounded by positivity for the weekend. 

Going back to reality is hard even a week later.

Let me know in the comments if you've gone to Geek Girl Con in the past and what your experience was like OR if you would like to have a similar convention in your area! 

Spread the geeky love around! 
πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—KelseyπŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Closet Cosplay: Happy Hobbit Day!


My dear Fangirls and Fanboys! Geeks and nerds!

Today we celebrate the birthday of two very important hobbits: Bilbo and Frodo Baggins!!!


It's also the 80th anniversary of the Hobbit being published!


Because of that I decided to put together a little closet cosplay of the unexpected adventurer himself: Mr. Bilbo Baggins!

I do eventually want to make this costume even better (hairy feet and all!) by dying the pants, sewing a real hobbit shirt + vest, and adding other details.


I am currently re-reading the Hobbit, which I haven't done since the movies were released. It's a lot more interesting this time around! Before I found it terribly boring for some reason. Now I love picturing Peter Jackson's versions inside the book situations. (Thorin especially.)


In order to take these photos I did, in fact, walk around our woods in my bare feet! (Occasionally with flip-flops.) I also sat on a family of pill bugs in that tree and kept shouting "SMILE" at my phone. (Plus many, many obscenities!) I'm sure the neighbors think I'm crazy, but the citizens of Hobbiton also thought Bilbo was crazy, and look at his story! It was an adventure in itself trying to take these pictures.



I leave you with me channeling my inner Martin Freeman:



Don't take it personally though! My DSLR was acting up, so I had to use my phone instead before I lost the light! Also flipping sneaky birds is what Mr. Freeman would want! πŸ˜‰

Hope you had a happy Hobbit Day! 
Don't forget to eat your second breakfast!
Elevensies!
Luncheon!
Afternoon Tea!
Dinner!
Supper!
(And maybe a midnight snack while you're at it!)

πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–KelseyπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Custom Dresses and Friday Feature with Make it Sew Design

A while ago I won a giveaway from my friend Lisa at Make It Sew Design on Instagram. I was given the option of a custom hoop or custom designed clothing, and I chose DRESSES! We brainstormed patterns for a while because I had a lot of ideas. At the top of my list was something inspired by my favorite carnivorous plants, Venus Fly-Traps, and Lisa came through magnificently!

Venus Fly-Trap dress by Make it Sew Design modeled by Fangirl Crafter

I'm obsessed!! was in love with it from the very first preview she sent me!

Venus Fly-Trap dress by Make it Sew Design modeled by Fangirl Crafter

She brought my dreams of being a real-life Poison Ivy into existence and I am so grateful! Super handy for closet cosplay as well!

Venus Fly-Trap dress by Make it Sew Design modeled by Fangirl Crafter

And did I mention the back? Because it's gorgeous too

Venus Fly-Trap dress by Make it Sew Design modeled by Fangirl Crafter


The second design is something I've been dreaming about for a while: an eyeball dress!

Eyeball dress by Make it Sew Design modeled by Fangirl Crafter

Yes, eyeballs! I'm one of those weirdos, mister! (And don't you forget it!)

Eyeball dress by Make it Sew Design modeled by Fangirl Crafter

I have a crush on all things Pastel Goth, but I don't own much of it at all. So this dress makes me super happy knowing I can wear it whenever I'm in the mood!

Eyeball dress by Make it Sew Design modeled by Fangirl Crafter

Also it goes perfectly with these eyeball earrings I made!

Eyeball earrings by Fangirl Crafter and dress by Make it Sew Design

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Now that you've had a glimpse of what she can do, it's time for you to meet the maker!

Lisa from Make it Sew Design

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I’m Lisa and who’s behind Make It Sew Design, which is my creative outlet that I explore in my spare time. The whole thing started when I had the idea for an embroidery hoop that would be perfect for a friend’s birthday/recent move (see Domicile hoop?) and was surprised to find it didn’t already exist. I decided to make one myself and friends later convinced me to try selling it. Now it’s three years later and my shop features embroidery, clothing, and even a bit of jewelry. I make things and when I think “hm someone else might like this?,” I put it up and see what happens.

Lisa from Make it Sew Design

What/who inspires you?
It is a bit of a mix of everything/one that I’m already naturally drawn to. The name of my shop gives it away but I am a huge Star Trek fan (and Star Wars and plenty of other pop/nerd culture) so a lot of the time I’ll be randomly inspired while watching or reading something. For example, I love horror movies and saw The Witch as soon as I possibly could when it opened in theaters. The minute the credits rolled, I felt absurdly compelled to make a Black Phillip hoop. I finished the first one in two days of near non-stop stitching. I have so many ideas in my head (and random lists all over the place) of things I want to create but for whatever reason, there’s usually only a few that compel me enough to take thread to needle (or stylus to screen).

What I’m more recently completely loving is seeing how creative and driven the Nerdvember community is. These are amazing women who I only knew of through a nerdy clothing Instagram challenge (like you!) and holy hell- they are all so inspiring!!! For example, @stephaniebyday is making pins @bemagicalstudio and @theyseekherthere is making all sorts of accessories @loganarchicago. It’s hard not to be inspired when I open my IG feed!

Black Phillip embroidery hoop by Make it Sew Design

What was the process like of finding your niche? Do you have any advice for those still searching for theirs?
I tend to dive straight into trying new things so for me it’s about finding which actually sticks. Though this all started out as only embroidery, I wouldn’t claim any of what I do is my niche… It’s a simplistic way of thinking about it, but as long as whatever you’re doing brings you some sort of satisfaction or energy, why not keep trying. From there, it depends on what your goal is. Additionally, I wouldn’t worry if you’re intimidated by something at first. I always assumed jewelry making was something way beyond my skills until one of my friends was awesome enough to show me how.

Make it Sew Design items on etsy
A few items available in the Make it Sew Design Etsy store
What are some of your favorite finished projects?
 My favorite hoop I ever made was a custom Krampus hoop for a coworker near the holidays. It was unlike anything I had made at the time and really tested my mindset of what I thought I was capable of. In general, I’m just proud that people (especially complete strangers) seem to want things I made. My general strategy is to make things that I would personally want so it’s thrilling and makes me so happy that anyone else feels the same.

Krampus embroidery by Make it Sew Design

Who are some of your favorite female creators?
SO MANY!!! This is tough as there are so, so many amazing female creators so I’ll just stick to ones that inspire me the most to be better at embroidery: @jessdewahls @seaofdoom @tinycup_ @ladyjanelongstitches @alainavarrone

And also, a shout-out to @uttinibikini for making AMAZIING Star Wars clothing and creating a curiosity in me to make my own!


You can find Lisa's shop on Instagram @makeitsewdesign and her personal account is @ridiculisa
You can also browse her shop here: Make it Sew Design on Etsy
And if you've ever considered having a custom piece of clothing designed, I highly recommend her shop and skills!


A gigantic thanks to Lisa not only for taking the time to design two amazing custom dresses but also for allowing me to interview her! I cannot say enough good things about her! I think she's fantastic, and you should all go follow her on Instagram and Etsy!!!

And a special thank you to my mom/photographer for putting up with me being completely awkward and uncomfortable being photographed in public and still getting great shots of me anyway! I love you!

❤ Kelsey ❤

Visiting the Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, WA

Happy Star Wars day, fellow fans! 

What would you do if you were driving around an unfamiliar town and you spot this mural on the side of a storefront?


If you're like me and love Star Wars you would probably FREAK OUT a little and barely wait for the vehicle to come to a complete stop before power walking to the front to see what was inside. I was not expecting to find a store full of Star Wars memorabilia on my way to the coast!

You can find it in Aberdeen, Washington which is mostly known for being the childhood home of Kurt Cobain. Welcome to Sucher and Sons Star Wars shop


Located at 413 East Wishkah, it's hard to miss this shop when driving by. It has a lot of character that isn't limited to what's inside. Even the nearby utility poles are lightsabers!


The sign on the door reads "you will never shop a more wretched hive of scum and villainy" but I have to disagree. This place is a floor-to-ceiling treasure trove for fans of Star Wars! Plus there were plenty of other fandoms like Ghostbusters and Star Trek mixed in too.


Before you even enter the store you're greeted by some really cool pieces! Like this life-size Yoda and a trash can shaped like R2-D2! (Not pictured)


I walked around the entirety of this place more than 5 times and still was unable to see it all. There were surprises around every corner. Amazing finds in every nook and cranny!



I was especially enamored with this XL Millenium Falcon display



The prices are decent considering the nostalgia value and the owner usually has a sale going on. Plus he is super friendly! Check out that tattoo with Carrie Fisher's signature!


I found many items of interest, but walked away with only two posters and a few odds and ends. (Mostly micro machine pieces because I love them.)

Look how many other people enjoyed visiting the Star Wars Store since it opened!


So if you're ever in the area and you love Star Wars or a good treasure hunt you should really consider stopping by!


May The Fourth Be With You!!!

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY

Beauty and the Beast has been one of my all-time-favorite movies since I was a child. So when I heard that it was being remade into a live action movie starring one of my favorite actresses I was beyond THRILLED. And it's coming out THIS WEEK! I am so excited for this movie that I had to make something. What better than having your very own enchanted rose? I know I've always wanted one!

So, I invite you to relax, pull up a chair, as the Fangirl Crafter proudly presents:

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Please be my guest and follow along to learn how to make your very own Enchanted Rose (no magic required!)


Things you will need:

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY

Additional tools and items needed for this project:

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY
  • E6000 or other reliable permanent/strong adhesive
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Fishing line

Not pictured:
  • Clear button
  • Optional marble print contact paper or marble print paper and Mod Podge
As with most of my projects, I encourage you to stop by your local thrift store where you may find many of the project components for a lot cheaper than you would new!  


The Base:

Sand the wooden plaque first if you want (I didn't and I regret it!) and then paint a few layers with an acrylic paint of your choice and allow to dry.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Optional: If you decide to add decorative paper like I did, cut a piece of contact paper to size with extra, press down to the top of the plaque and trim off the excess. If using paper and Mod Podge, layer Mod Podge on both the plaque top and the back of the paper, then press the paper down. Allow to dry and add another layer of Mod Podge on top


The Rose:

Remove all leaves and extra pieces. Set them aside.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY

Remove the flower from the stem and begin taking apart the petals until the size of the rose is to your liking. I only removed two layers of petals. The petals were glued down so be careful when taking apart your own.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Cut the stem down to size and twist or manipulate it as you see fit.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


*Oddly enough, the rose I picked had two colors of plastic on the stem that easily separated. Once I removed the darker colored plastic the rose was the perfect height for my bell dome!


Push back the petals to reveal the center of the rose. Wrap the lights around the center a few times and then around the next layer until you reach the outside. Try to evenly distribute the lights without bending them too much. Glue down the green petals (aka the sepal) to the base of the rose. Reattach whichever set of leaves you like best and glue down if necessary.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Take one end of a piece of fishing line and wrap it around the base of the rose. Tie a few knots to secure it and hot glue the base back on to the rose. Hide the fishing line under a petal, hot gluing it down if necessary.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Guesstimeasure about how much fishing line you will need and wrap the other end through the buttonholes. Cinch until it's the right size and tie a few knots to secure it. Add a little bit of hot glue over the knots to reinforce them.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


The next part is tricky. We need to attach the button holding the fishing line to the inside of the bell dome to make the rose "float". I tried using hot glue at first but it didn't work well for me. Instead, put a nickel sized amount of E6000 glue on the inside top of the dome and do the same to the button. Following directions on the container, wait a minute or so for both sides to get tacky and then smoosh them together. Using any long stick or chopstick, keep the button in place until the glue has a secure enough grip by itself. Make sure your rose isn't touching any of the glue! Let it harden for a day or so in a well-ventilated area.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY



Finishing steps:

Cut the extra rose petals down and scatter them on the base

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Wrap the remaining string of lights around the rose in a magical swirl down to the base of the stem.
Hot glue the battery box to the side of the plaque leaving the side that gives access to the batteries facing up.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Position the dome and hot glue down if you want to. (Be sure to clean the inside of the dome of fingerprints and loose glue strings before you do this!)

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY

Et Voila! Your very own Enchanted Rose!

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY

I love having this as a decoration in my room along with my other Beauty and the Beast items!
It looks so magical when the lights are on. The pictures don't do it full justice.

Beauty and the Beast Enchanted Rose DIY


Are you excited for the new Beauty and the Beast film? I'm having a hard time hating Gaston this time because Luke Evans was in the Hobbit movies. (And he's really sexy)

As always, if you end up making something using one of my tutorials please tag me @Fangirlcrafter on Twitter and Instagram and use #fangirlcrafter! Happy crafting!

πŸ’–KelseyπŸ’–