GenCon, Here We Come

It’s been three years since I’ve taught chainmail classes at GenCon.  I’m nervous!  Even though I’ve taught all of these classes multiple times, it’s been a long time since I’ve gotten in front of a classroom of students to teach them how to bend wire to make cool things.

Anyway, here’s a sampling of my classes:

Washer Barrel Chainmail Bracelet


Firebird Scalemail Bracelet

Dragon Sculpture


Ocean Waves Chainmail Bracelet



Cosplay Therapy

The past few months have been exhausting.  My grandmother passed away after a long illness and my boyfriend was diagnosed with cancer and had major surgery.  The year has been riddled with grief and stress.  I knew I needed to do something to get back on track creatively, but I wasn’t sure what.  On a whim, I decided to make a Dark Phoenix costume and go meet Stan Lee at C2E2.


I had the idea a couple years ago, but it wasn’t until last year’s Chestbridge cosplay fun that the idea of dressing up in costume seemed like a good idea.  (In high school, I thought cosplay and Pokemon were dumb, and now here I am making costumes and addicted to Pokemon Go.  Oh well.)

In the course of 14 hours over 2 days, I made a Dark Phoenix costume and little fire unicorn in honor of my favorite scene in the 90s X-Men cartoon.  Thankfully Vogue Fabrics had the perfect metallic spandex fabric in both red and gold, as well as some felt for the little flame unicorn.



I also won Dark Phoenix cosplay bingo by taking photos with Jean Grey, Phoenix, and Wolverine on Sunday.  As a bonus, my friend CJ was dressed up as Stan Lee, so I managed to snag a photo with him, too.

The real Stan Lee looked me in the eyes and said, “Well done,” in the brief few seconds I got to meet him.  It was a nice reprieve from the stress of the past few months.  The only problem is that now I just want to make costumes all the time… although there are much worse problems.

Kali Butterfly

Aluminum Jewelry

Knit & Purl April, Day 1 – Cropped Wool Sweater

The benefit of knitting and crocheting all the time is that people give me yarn.  Sometimes lots of yarn.  I also have a mom who taught me to buy something I love when I see it, in case it gets discontinued and nearly impossible to find again.  Needless to say, I have a lot of yarn.

I love having all the supplies around for whenever creativity strikes, but I don’t seem to be doing much with all this yarn.  Something I didn’t realize when I started my business is that I would spend more time on the business side of things than actually creating.  So I’m giving myself the same push to use yarn this month as I did back in November, when I turned the month into Sewvember, and sewed a new project every day.  Knitting is a little more time-consuming process, so I won’t have the time to knit up a new sweater every day, but I do plan on showing my progress on pieces I’ve wanted to make for a while so I can get them done.

Today’s offering is a cropped wool sweater made from really beautiful yarn my aunt gave me for my birthday last year.  It’s a altered version of this tunic by Red Heart yarns.  I love the pattern on the chest/sleeves.


Aluminum Jewelry

Chainmaille Fashion

Staying on Track

To celebrate the New Year, I finished up a project that had been sitting on my to-do list for years.  I had made all the pieces for this crochet turtle, put them in my yarn projects bag, and then promptly forgot about it.  For years.  I decided to clear that energy by finishing the darn thing.  It’s now my procrastination turtle.  It sits on my desk staring at me as a reminder to finish what I start.

For extra accountability, I’m also putting a couple resolutions in Habitica.  One: to blog regularly again (at least once a week), and two: to finish the revamp of my jewelry website.  It’s time to make things happen.

If you want to gamify your to-do list and earn cool pets and armor sets, create your own account at Habitica.