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! 😉

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


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


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!


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