// diy mabel pines costume //

admire my mother’s handiwork.

for halloween, my brother and i are going to be dipper and mabel pines from gravity falls. yesterday was my church’s fall festival, and we wore them there, too. only one person knew who we were, which is kind of weird, because gravity falls isn’t a super obscure show. one lady thought i was a my little pony character. sigh.

anyway, i thought it’d be fun to show you our costumes and how i made mine. :)

the most time-consuming piece was mabel’s shooting star sweater. i found a hot pink sweatshirt at goodwill that was pretty much perfect in every way. then i had to add the shooting star design.

my mom sketched out the shooting star on a piece of cardstock. i cut out each section of the design (star and the three parts of the tail) and pinned them to sheets of felt. then i traced the paper shapes with a sharpie and cut them out.

here are all the pieces of the design.


next, i pinned the star to my sweatshirt and sewed it on. i used cream thread, because that goes well with most colors, but you can match the thread to the felt if you want. i did it all by hand, but using a sewing machine would make it go much faster.

here’s the finished sweater! it’s soft and has floppy sleeves and i love it very much.

i got the headband from hobby lobby for $2. it was part of a two-pack.

i got the purple skirt at goodwill. it’s actually a sundress that i cut the bottom off of. the socks are part of another hobby lobby two-pack, and the shoes are from my mom’s closet. idk how you could make fake braces, but i actually have braces, so it wasn’t much of a problem for me.

i love my costume, i love the tv show, i love how cute my brother and i looked, and i love halloween. i really hope we get another chance to dress up as the pines twins.

i hope you enjoyed getting a look at my outfit. i can do another post about c’s dipper costume, if anyone would be interested. just tell me in the comments if you’d like to see that. :)

“remember, reality is an illusion, the universe is a hologram, buy gold, bye!”

xo

loren

// band merch collection //

hey! i thought i’d show you guys all the band merch that i’ve collected over the years. i think i found most of it at hot topic, so if you see something you like, check out their online store.

by the way, i’m not trying to brag or anything like that. i’m just sharing my collection.

behold, my one panic! shirt. it’s a muscle tee (apparently some people call that style “bro tanks.” i’m still laughing about it) and very comfortable.

of course i have tøp merch.

they did a concert nearby at the beginning of the year, and half the people i know went, but i couldn’t. i am still bitter about it. :’)

yep, i still love beanies. they’re so cozy. but this one looks better on my friend n than it does on me, and i’m not ok with that.

ft. my ukulele, which i love very much.

idk if you can tell from the picture, but this is a bag. it’s pretty roomy and it’s got pockets on the inside (!!). a girl complimented me on it when i was at the movie theater with my friends.

i like this one because this shade of blue looks fricken amazing on me.

this one is kind of simple, but it looks great with a flannel, so it’s all good.

i was hunting for pins a few days ago and found this fall out boy one. it’s on my denim jacket now with a few other cute pins.

i’m pretty sure i’ve posted about this jacket before, but whatever. it’s too big on me, and that’s fine because i usually wear oversized clothes anyway.

and here’s the back. :)

i love the colors on this one! the lyrics are from the song runaways. (jealous, rutvi? ;) )

this one is a tank top that i accidentally  stretched out during a 5k this summer (thanks to lots of mud and ice water and cinder blocks ). it looks like the mtv logo and that’s pretty cool.

i ordered this one off amazon, i think. i really want to color it in with sharpies, but i know that i’d mess it up.

i only have one mcr shirt and it’s really a huge problem. my principal, of all people, complimented me on it. i know him from church and he usually says hello to me while i’m walking to class, or he’ll ask how my day was when i’m waiting to be picked up. it’s a little weird, but i’m getting used to it.

i’m thinking about getting oh wonder merch next, or maybe dodie or the front bottoms. i don’t really know. but i just blew most of my money on books (i got seven new ones in one day, help me), so it probably won’t be anytime soon.

i hope you all have a good day!

xo

loren

DIY Piper McLean Cosplay

With Halloween coming up, I wanted to do a DIY for an easy costume. I love all things Percy Jackson, so I settled on doing a how-to for a Piper McLean outfit. (I titled this post “Cosplay” instead of “Costume,” because while my family doesn’t celebrate Halloween, I love doing cosplays.)

I figured I don’t draw Piper enough, so tadaaaa

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I’m basing the cosplay off this drawing by the lovely Viria. It’s pretty much exactly how I pictured Piper while reading the books.

I’ll start with the basic outfit, then move on to some accessories.

-The Outfit-

T-Shirt

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A staple in any demigod’s wardrobe is, of course, an iconic Camp Half-Blood shirt. Either buy one from Amazon (I recommend this one) or make your own. One way to make one is by using a bleach pen. In the drawing, Piper’s shirt has “CHB” on it in white letters, which would be super easy to make using this bleach pen tutorial.

Pants

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Denim shorts would be perfect, but if it’s cold in your area around Halloween, ripped jeans are also a great option.

Shoes

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Converse or combat boots would look great.

-The Accessories-

Jacket

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Piper seems like the kind of girl who would wear plaid, and she wears it in a lot of fanart. Layer an open plaid shirt over the CHB T-shirt.

Jewelry

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A simple bracelet and/or earrings would go nicely with the outfit.

Feather Headband

This is the hardest part of the whole cosplay.

You will need:

  • Feathers
  • Acrylic paint (optional)
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

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First, we’re going to decorate the feathers. You can get them at a craft store, or find them outside (mine are from a mourning dove). I painted designs on two of my feathers with turquoise acrylic. You don’t have to decorate your feathers if you don’t want to.

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Now we’ll make the actual headband. I didn’t measure my string, but it was long enough to wrap around my head, with about seven extra inches. I cut nine pieces of string because it was really thin. If yours is thicker (like yarn), you don’t have to cut that many.

Braid it until you can wrap it around your head.

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Then tie both ends together. Do not cut off the rest of the string.

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Separate the remaining string into three equal parts. You will be using the string to attach the feathers to the headband.

Weave three single braids out of the string, making them various lengths so the feathers don’t end up in a straight line.

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Take a feather and wrap the end of a braid tightly around the shaft. Tie a knot, and then cover it with hot glue to ensure that it stays on. Repeat with the other two feathers.

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It’s done!

Hair

Based on Viria’s drawing, I came up with this hairstyle:

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Pull back two sections from either side of your head and secure in the back with a hairband. Make two thin braids, one behind each ear.

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Put on your feather headband for the final touch.

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You’re done!

I’ve got to say, I look very good as Piper. ;)

Sorry for the low quality picture. It’s dark now, so I can’t take a better photo outside.

What’s your Halloween costume? Have you ever cosplayed?

Loren

Hot Topic Haul

I went to the Hot Topic at the mall for the first time today! The staff was really nice and helpful, and they had a cool sale going on: buy one thing on clearance, and pay $1 for something else on clearance. I’ve shopped at Hot Topic before, but only online.

Hot Topic Black Legend of Zelda Hat

MOST GLORIOUS HAT OF AGES.

Hot Topic Legend of Zelda LED Watch

The scouting camp I’m going to requires that every camper packs a watch, I don’t know why. So I got a Legend of Zelda one. ☺

Hot Topic Legend of Zelda LED Watch

If you press the Hylian Crest, the time will show up. It also shows the date and seconds.

Hot Topic Doctor Who T-shirt

Doctor Who T-shirt, yaaaaay. *happy TARDIS noises*

I also bought two things for the cosplay I’m working on! (Not at Hot Topic, though.) I’m not going to say who I’m cosplaying as, but here’s a hint:

I want to be the very best

Like no one ever was

To catch them is my real quest

To train them is my cause

CATCHIEST THEME SONG EVER.

Love you, goodbye. <3

Loren

Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipe

Harry Potter Butterbeer RecipeHarry Potter logo via. Beer mug image via.

Hello! Awhile back, I made butterbeer with my Harry Potter-obsessed best friend. I thought it was really good, and I wanted to make it again, but I didn’t have the recipe. I dug around on the internet for a bit and found what I think is the recipe that we used (from Design Dazzle).

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For the drink:

  • 2 liter cream soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter extract
  • 2 teaspoons rum extract

For the cream topping:

  • 1 7oz. container of marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract

Note: when I made it with my best friend, the butterbeer was really, really rummy. It’s possible that we might have used 2 tablespoons of rum extract instead of 2 teaspoons. Please do not make this mistake.

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Pour the extract into the soda bottle, screw on the lid tightly, and gently roll it around on a flat surface to mix up the flavor. Put the bottle into the refrigerator while making the topping.

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Put the marshmallow creme, whipping cream, and rum extract into a bowl and mix it with a whisk. Mix until the topping forms soft peaks.

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Pour the butterbeer into a mug, scoop the topping on, and enjoy! ♥

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I was at a Renaissance Faire on Sunday (sadly, I have no pictures), and there was a stall selling soda in these great big mugs. The soda was stored in barrels! I saw the mugs and decided to get one, because it would be cool to drink butterbeer from it. ☺

Loren

Tiny Tennant’s Adventures

Tiny Tennant is a gentleman, but he likes going on adventures! This is what he did today . . .

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Playing with your lipstick.

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Doing parkour on your stacks of books.

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Modeling a fabulous tan trench coat (he says it’s a staple in anyone’s wardrobe).

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Making a protest sign. Tiny Tennant cares deeply about Earth’s future.

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Laughing at your “art.”

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Tiny Tennant feels bad for laughing at you, so he decided to make some macarons to cheer you up. (It’s his first time making macarons, so he apologizes if they make you sick. He thinks it’s the thought that counts.)

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Feasting on Altoids.

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Definitely not planning on murdering you in your sleep.

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Sniffing your soccer cleats and wishing he hadn’t (they smell).

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Showing off his fluffy new coat.

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Solving a Rubix’s cube and being smart.

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Playing with photo booth props.

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He wrote a song for you and wants to play it on his tiny guitar.

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Beating you severely in Go Fish.

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Doing science — he promises that he won’t make anything explode.

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He’s ready to kick your butt in a game of checkers . . . as soon as someone finds a stool for him.

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Much better. He says thanks.

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He’s ready to watch Netflix with you! (He said he’d make some popcorn,  but I think he’s too short to work the microwave.)

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Tiny Tennant is exhausted after a long day of saving the universe! He’s ready to go to sleep with his little teddy bear and the blanket that you knitted for him. But he says he’ll let you take more pictures of him tomorrow, because he’s a gentleman.

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THIS IS WHAT I’M DOING WITH MY LIFE. I TAKE PICTURES OF MY 10TH DOCTOR POP! Oh yeah, and I decided not to post my bucket list thing after all. :/ Maybe tomorrow.