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21  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 22 (SU CLOSED SO 11/9 and 3/7) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 09, 2015 01:56:25 PM
Today is MISERABLE and totally raining but I had to run out to the local mall and showed Wallace our indoor ice skating rink. It's right in the center of the mall which always amuses me.

He also checked out a dolphin statue that's in front of the ice skating rink. (Doubly ironic!)

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22  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 22 (SU CLOSED SO 11/9 and 3/7) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 09, 2015 11:24:51 AM
Giles arrived just minutes ago!  Here he is with the other giraffes in our house, and they are making him feel right at home!  The larger giraffe stuffie is mine, and her name is Lucky.  The smaller, wooden giraffe is DH's and I don't think he has a name.

I had to take off Giles' hat and scarf, as it's close to 70 degrees here!  He's kinda wondering if he ever left Florida, if it were not for the autumn leaves he's seeing out the window here.
Yay!! I'm glad he made it. He was so eager for a trip "up north" that he wanted to wear his hat and scarf for the journey.  Cheesy 70 is still WAY better than the 90F it is here in Florida, but I agree, it's probably a bit too warm for his winter wear still. Grin

Since I have 6 shows coming up starting next Saturday and continuing for 5 weekends in a row, we took a quick trip over to Walt Disney World this past Saturday to get an early look at the Christmas decorations and Osborne Lights. This is the 20th and final year of the lights so I wanted to get a chance to see them since it will be late December before I have another weekend off. Grin

Wallace came along of course and checked out the sites. Like the backlot Streets of America:

The lights!

He sat on my husband's head for a better view as they "dance" to music:

Literally millions of lights cover every inch of every building on the streets of america backlot:

Click any pic for larger or check out his entire gallery here: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipOH_n_16md1Bw3n4d06G9ETmLa6hIZPbkeWgvHB
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23  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 22 (SU 10/28 - 11/6 SO 11/9 and 3/7) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 05, 2015 10:04:45 PM
Look who's chillin' on my couch! Grin

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24  Candy? Where we're going we don't need...candy! (A female Marty McFly Halloween) in CHALLENGE 110 ENTRIES by phoenixfiredesigns on: November 04, 2015 04:14:12 PM
So earlier this summer I made a female Marty McFly cosplay to attend my first ever convention; Tampa Bay Comic Con on August 1st.

For Halloween, I modified my costume to add some Part II touches in honor of October 21, 2015 being Back to the Future Day.

It's one of those things that looks simple but involves a lot of parts. Especially since those parts are all 30 year old men's clothing, coming up with women's version was a challenge.

I sourced out a similar shirt, suspenders, vintage shoes and accessories such a cassette player, Casio watch, etc.

I modified a vintage jacket to look more like his one-off costume with a two-tone paint scheme, updated pockets and even fusing in custom printed fabric lining.

I painted it step-by-step to give it the details of his original:

For Halloween, in honor of October 21, 2015, I added in a few touches from Part II, namely his Nike Mags and Hoverboard.

The Nike Mags can be purchased as a costume replica, but...they lack any branding since they are Universal licensed, they are not Nike licensed. So I added screen-accurate decals including the "Nike MAG" lettering and swoosh. I also added screen-accurate Mattel logos to the hoverboard.

The outfit was a total hit. I had SO many kids oohing and aahing over my shoes and hoverboard and one even asked to take my pic. Grin

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25  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 22 (SU 10/28 - 11/6 SO 11/9 and 3/7) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by phoenixfiredesigns on: October 29, 2015 11:34:12 AM
Yay! LadybugsAndBumblebees and I have agreed to swap since her LV would like to visit Florida, and mine would like to visit NY! Grin

Speaking of LV....this round I think Giles is ready to go back out! Grin Poor Giles the Giraffe hasn't been on an adventure since rd 16 when he went to the Netherlands. Grin He was originally going to go out rd 17 but was a little late coming home.

Here he's wearing the hat and scarf that was knitted for him:

Since he's leaving the Sunshine State, maybe he'll need to pack it up with him for his northern adventure. Grin
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26  Re: Stuff a Small Flat Rate Box for Halloween Rnd 3! in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: October 18, 2015 06:59:52 PM
I'm so glad you like everything, La Chapa! Grin Yes the moon is opalite. The "stone" in the ring is just a textured metal bead but I thought it looked cool. Cheesy

I also received the other day but I had a show this weekend so forgive me for being tardy getting these posted.

Here's everything all together.

I love the stickers she put on the box. There's a choker necklace, candy, adorable crochet pumpkin and bat, a little ghost ornament, a Halloween notepad with pen set, two strands of gemstone beads, a bunch of 3D stickers and a spider with web!

Candy & Notepad

The adorable little pumpkin, bat and spider!! Super cute!!

Choker and labradorite and garnet bead strands!

Super cute stickers! (They're all dimensional and raised up rather than just flat)

Thank you La Chapa! Such a fun swap and I was amazed at how much you stuffed in there!! Grin
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27  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: October 13, 2015 08:07:32 PM
So Clyde is home from his stay with from Inselaeffchen in Scotland!

Here's all the goodies he came home with!

Inselaeffchen made me the most AMAZING Back to the Future coasters!! (Logo, the Clock from Part II, Marty in the future and the Hoverboard!) OMG I love them!

The book has some fun pics, plus a lot of postcards, maps and a whole cd of pics!

And Ginger was being a HUGE "help" as I was trying to take pics. She was fascinated with this little Wurze magnet and miniature spice keychain from Germany!

Thank you for a fun round!  Grin
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28  Re: OTT October Holidays 7 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by phoenixfiredesigns on: October 11, 2015 11:00:52 AM
I received this awesome necklace from phoenixfiredesigns! She always makes the most cool stuff. This time this necklace was in my pininterests. So she made it! it is so cool. I am going to wear to work all next week.
Yay! I'm so glad you like it. I hope you don't mind that I made a tree but when I saw it on your list and you said you'd like a necklace, it seemed perfect. Grin

And, I received yesterday! gerbilgal made me a fat and fluffy little snowy owl! Look at the cute little hat with a Jack-o-Lantern on it!

It's super soft too. Just a total little cutey! Thank you gerbilgal! Grin
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29  Re: Stuff a Small Flat Rate Box for Halloween Rnd 3(Signups-CLOSED,Send out 10/13) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by phoenixfiredesigns on: September 15, 2015 08:43:13 PM
I also want to say that you, as a group, have the least amount of allergies I've ever had in a swap. Smiley That makes it so much easier and more fun matching you up since I can pay more attention to matching the fun things instead of trying to find the one person without cats to match up with the person with wicked cat allergies.

Which is very good because I can guarantee THIS fluffy "helper" will very likely donate strand of her fur or two to my package! (Whether I want her to or not!)

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30  Great Scot!! Female Marty McFly cosplay (Woah this is heavy) in Costumes: Completed Projects by phoenixfiredesigns on: September 14, 2015 12:46:19 PM
A few months ago, I decided I was going to attend my first ever con, Tampa Bay Comic Con, and that I was further going to do my first ever cosplay: a female Marty McFly from my all time favorite movie, Back to the Future!!

(and yes, that is me with Lea Thompson who played Marty's mom, Lorraine!)

On the surface, this looks like a simple costume. But there's a TON of details and converting 30 year old men's clothing items (that are rare and expensive to start with) into equivalent female versions...well, it was a bit of work!

For reference, this is what I was trying to replicate:

There are so many layers and details and components that are easy to get wrong and hard to get right. Even the basics are daunting...

a burgundy tee shirt
a white button up with a black windowpane pattern
black suspenders
custom Guess jacket with those distinctive dark blue accents
burnt orange puffer jacket
Nike Bruins red and white sneakers

...it was a lot of thrifting and repurposing and getting creative. For example, here's my windowpane shirt:

And here's a pair of vintage women's Nikes I was able to get. They're not the exact style but they're darn close!!

They still make the Casio digital watch amazingly enough. LOL

I even modified an old Jansport backpack to look more like his (VERY EXPENSIVE) Eastpak original:

The jacket was it's own adventure. I started with a vintage one like this:

I painted it step-by-step to give it the details of his original:

I also had to add pocket flaps and fuse in paisley lining for the cuffs.

Overall though it was a HUGE hit! I had a ton of people ask me where I "bought" my jacket.  Grin I was like, bought? I MADE this!!

I get into a lot of information and reference photos and the original screen used products in my blog if you're interested in getting MUCH more detailed info:
Part I: http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2015/08/female-marty-mcfly-cosplay-part-1/
Part II: http://giveneyestosee.com/blog/2015/08/diy-female-marty-mcfly-cosplay-costume-part-ii/

Also see pics of me in action at Comic Con with Doc Brown and other Marty McFly cosplayers here:

Overall it was a HUGE hit and I was so excited. I love this movie so much and this is the 30th anniversary and next month (October 21st 2015) is "the future" (the day they travel to in part II) so it was just a perfect time to try my hand at a cosplay. Grin

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