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!


Swapping Valentines with Fellow Fangirls

Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays! The decorations, candy, hearts and love everywhere, the candy... it all makes me feel ridiculous, but I love it. So when I saw that the absolutely fantastic Natalie from Natalie Patalie set up a Valentine exchange for geek girl bloggers I immediately had to sign up! It's been a while since I participated in a swap with more than one partner, but I knew this would be fun.

Valentine's Day is all about spreading the love! Knowing that the others took a little time to see what I might like made me feel special too

Like all of the Doctor Who themed cards:

The store-bought Valentines were also super cute!

The ladies in this group are so supportive and kind, and I'm so happy to be a part of it!

I'd also like to throw a special shout-out to Dina from Mom's Gonna Snap because I rarely get portraits of myself and I love it ever so much!!

Thank you to everyone who sent out Valentines in the swap! I had a lot of fun and I would love to do this again! 😁

A bunch of my letters before they were sent off


Eleven's Eggo Hat

Galentine's day is pretty much over and Valentine's day has just begun, BUT I still want to take time to celebrate one of the most badass gals out there: Eleven from Stranger Things! (And her love for Eggos!)

Stranger Things Eleven's Eggo Hat and casual cosplay

Those of us who have watched Stranger Things know that if Eleven could be a fangirl of anything she'd be one for Eggos. The minute I saw the trailer for season 2 I got the idea for a waffle hat and started designing! It's too bad that we have to wait until Halloween for more episodes, but knitting a few waffles will keep a person busy in the meantime, right?

Stranger Things Eleven's Eggo Hat and casual cosplay
I'm here to kick ass and eat Eggos. And I'm all out of Eggos.
I hope to have the (free!) pattern up in the next few weeks if nothing gets in the way. I'm currently working out the kinks in how I've been writing the pattern. If anyone is interested in pre-testing it leave me a comment and we'll chat!

Stranger Things Eleven's Eggo Hat and casual cosplay

Should I stay or should Eggo?

Stranger Things Eleven's Eggo Hat and casual cosplay

This hat is ridiculously comfortable and warm! A perfect thermal hat for colder weather. Best part is that if you're not a huge fan or Eggos and waffles (for SHAME) this pattern is subtle enough to get away with not looking like one. Oh, and did I mention it's REVERSIBLE?

Stranger Things Eleven's Eggo Hat and casual cosplay

So knitters, stay tuned for the pattern! If anyone is interested in having their very own hat and don't knit or don't feel like it, let me know and I'd be happy to make one for you!

Stranger Things Eleven's Eggo Hat and casual cosplay

This was really fun to shoot! My personal photographer (mom) and I ventured deep into our neighboring woods and basically had a great time getting dirty and goofing off! (No matter how serious I look, I can't help being a huge dork underneath.) I was quite proud of my make up and styling for this shoot too. All of the pieces for the outfit came from thrift stores. The collar was from a button-up that I altered to make into a Peter Pan shape, and I can't wait to wear it with more outfits!

Friends don't lie, Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! 

Stranger Things Eleven's Eggo Hat and casual cosplay

Are you excited for Stranger Things to return?? Let me know in the comments! 


By the way, this post is in no way sponsored by Eggo or Netflix. Believe me, guys, I'd tell you if that happened. In fact, I'd never shut up about it.

Happy Wholidays!

And a very Merry Christmas to those celebrating! (Or should I say "Happy Christmas"?)

I'm particularly excited for the new episode of Doctor Who airing tonight! (And in another week we'll have a new Sherlock too!) How about you?

Photo by Jessica Clemons

Last year I went to Doctor Wholidays at the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly know as the EMP) with one of my best friends (Aysel of the Widdershins Witch) & her family. It was such a blast!

We both managed to pull together two last minute gender-bent Doctor cosplays too!

photo by Jim Bennett for EMP

Mine was based on a drawing of Amy and some other companions dressed as their Doctors I found from Deviant art via Pinterest. The artist's page is no longer active, but you can still see the picture here:

I was quite happy with what I was able to pull together in a day! And taking pictures with a (mostly) real TARDIS was so much fun!

Aysel had her littles with her, so she couldn't go to 21+ trivia with me. Still I hung out for a while and had a "Sonic Screwdriver" for the heck of it.

Time to get wibbly wobbly!

I do wish they had added some blue curacao or midori for aesthetic (and taste! I don't like screwdrivers apparently, lol. Or maybe it just wasn't sonic-y enough for me...)

Besides the photo-ops and trivia, there were crafts for kids, featured videos, a fantastic costume contest, and full access to a few of the exhibits! Then near the end of the night they had a dance party!

The kids really loved meeting their favorite Doctor Who characters like the Daleks and K-9 in real life.

Like many conventions, people were dressed up, festive, and so very friendly! I love the comraderey that fandoms bring to us.

I highly recommend this event if you are near Seattle in December and love Doctor Who! It doesn't hurt to bring a group of friends along either. The more the merrier!

Good tidings from the TARDIS! 

Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom

This month's theme for Casual Cosplay Connections was 90's cartoons! 

I had so many favorites that it was hard choosing which one I wanted to do. Then I remembered that I was limited to what I had in my closet and came up with an outfit that had all the ingredients I was looking for (sugar, spice, and everything nice... maybe a little bit of chemical X...)

Blossom from the Powerpuff Girls!!!

Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls

That was one of my favorite shows from when I was younger. Though I have to say I related more to Bubbles, and nowadays I feel more like Buttercup!

Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls

Funny thing is, I have two more dresses in similar flower lace in blue and green! I thought dressing as all of them might be a bit much though, lol

Casual Cosplay Connections: Blossom from The Powerpuff Girls

"Fighting crime trying to save the world. Here they come just in time! The Powerpuff Girls!"

Always a fun link up with you all! (Even if I was a wee bit late...Going to catch up with posts soon) Looking forward to next month's theme: Strong Female Character!

Be sure to link up with our hostesses Charlie from Happy Little Geek and Danielle at From Girlie To Nerdy if you decide to join in on the fun! This challenge makes me want to try and casual cosplay every day!