Friday, 27 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - It's Finally Here!!!

Guys, it's comic con tomorrow!! I'm so excited. There's been another guest announcement that is crazy exciting for me. Zachary Levi, the voice of Flynn in Tangled and of course the title character in the great show Chuck. I can't afford to meet him sadly, but he has a free talk scheduled that I will most definitely be going to.

Important announcement now ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please, my cosplay is officially finished! I'm not going to add a complete photo on here because I want you to see it to full effect with my friend as Ralph when we're at comic con.

I painted the white stripes on to the leggings which took a while, although it was ironing it to heat set the paint that was particularly tedious, however I think they turned out rather well in the end, and of course you've already seen the finished hoodie.
I've now glued the painted hair bits to some hair grips and tried them in my hair. I have also done a run through of my make up which went much better than expected, although on the day I will be adding false lashes as well. I actually had the side fringe cut in and dyed my hair black just for comic con.
The schedule for the day has been announced, as has the floor plan. I would recommend that anyone who is going check which photo area their photo shoots are in, and then check the floorplan in advance so that they know where they need to be.

This year they have also added rough ideas of which batch numbers are likely to get done in each shoot, which makes it much easier to plan your day.

I am pleased to announce the lucky winner of the Kaylee Frye teddy bear is Claire Davies. Congratulations, I very much hope you enjoy your prize!
Now, I have one last tip for anyone that is going to comic con, and that is to try to relax and have fun. It can get a bit stressful if you have a lot to do, but try to keep calm and take some time to take it all in.

So, you all know what I'll be wearing, if any of you see me on the day feel free to say hi. And if you don't see me on the day then keep an eye on my blog ready for my post about the day including plenty of photographs.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Wicked!

Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!! Guys, I went to see Wicked last week, and it was absolutely amazing. Honestly, I don't think I can find the right words to describe it, but of course I plan to try.

I went to see it at Leeds Grand Theatre, which is a beautiful venue, and the staff were incredibly lovely and helpful. Me and my friend missed our train and were very nearly late, but the lovely staff member got us to our seats pretty quickly and assured us that we had missed mere seconds of the show.
For anyone who doesn't know what it is, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. I won't go into details of the plot of anything because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might want to go and see it, but I have to say that the whole story was completely amazing and not at all what I expected going in to it.
The songs were absolutely amazing, and Amy Ross who was playing Elphaba was phenomenal. It was really warm in the theatre, but I still had chills and goosebumps as she was singing. The most notable song was Defying Gravity, which even if you haven't seen the show you might have heard elsewhere. It might be a controversial opinion, but I honestly think I preferred Amy Ross' version to that of Idina Menzel.
At the interval once again the staff were lovely, even if me and my friend were a bit of a pain at the bar because we couldn't decide what we wanted. The bar was a bit expensive, but not as bad as I expected compared to other places that I've been.

The second half of the show was just as amazing as the first, and I left feeling absolutely amazing. The ending was absolutely wonderful, and I must say I absolutely loved Fiyero.
I definitely plan to see more musical theatre in future, in fact I very much want to see Jersey Boys which is also playing at the theatre in the near future, but the one I'm most excited to see is Full Monty which I believe is playing there in March 2019.
Obviously tickets to the theatre aren't the cheapest thing in the world so sadly I doubt I'll be able to see all of the shows I want to see, but it's definitely something I want to treat myself to (or get as a birthday gift) more often in the future, and I highly recommend it to anyone else.

(Thank you to Leeds Grand Theatre for allowing me to use their photographs in this post)

Friday, 20 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - 1 Week to Go!

Holy crap, I can't believe it's only a week now until London Film and Comic Con. There have been more announcements, but once again sadly the only one I'm interested in is a Sunday only, so to any of you that get to meet Matt Smith, know that I am incredibly jealous.

So, I'm sure you must be wondering whether I'm once again going to tell you how little I've done on my cosplay, which based on the past couple of posts would be a pretty fair assumption. But you would wrong, I've finally made some progress with it.

My skirt is finally finished, although I ended up not using my friends sewing machine. I did it by hand, which is all well and good, but I stabbed myself under my fingernail by accident and it really bloody hurt. Seriously, I was worried about bloodstains on the skirt the amount of times I stabbed myself. Or course sewing with a can of cider may not have been my best move.
I didn't use the fabric pens in the end, they would have taken forever and I probably wouldn't managed to get even coverage. I found some washing machine dye in aqua green, which has turned out to be the perfect colour.
Rather than trying to colour match fabric paint to colour in white tights, I also got some white leggings and dyed them alongside the hoodie. So rather than painting white leggings with coloured stripes, I painted coloured leggings with white stripes, which was much easier colour-wise. But you'll have to wait to see those since the paint is still wet.

I used some pink string for the stitches on the hoodie, and tied 2 pink shoelaces together to make the cord for the neck of the hoodie. The string was slightly lighter than the shoelaces though so I used a pink sharpie to colour it in so that they look better.

So my hoodie is done and the leggings are almost finished, my skirt is finished, I've done my hair bits just got to get them sorted for putting in my hair. Which means that now the main things to sort out are the hair and make up. Vanellope has side fringe bits down at the front, so I need to either get myself a fringe, or find a way to pin my hair in such a way that it looks kind of like one.

Hopefully in the next few days the schedule for the comic con will be released, at which point we can start to plan the day, looking when our group has photoshoots. Plus we can see when the free talks are, which are always a good source of entertainment, not to mention great if you need a sit down.

With one week to go you don't have much more time to enter the contest to win the Kaylee bear, so take the chance to enter now. You've got to be in it to win it.


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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Blog Tour: To Snare a Witch - Review

To Snare a Witch by Jay Raven

No one dares spurn the lecherous advances of Sir Henry Cruttendon, 17th Century England's most reviled nobleman. To do so risks a retribution that would terrify the devil himself.

But Elizabeth Fiennes is no ordinary woman, blessed with stunning beauty, intelligence and guile. Coming from and influential family, she believes she is safe.

What she doesn't understand is that the Earl is determined to satisfy his lust and plans to use the wave of witch trials, fear and superstition sweeping the countryside to force her into his clutches.

And as he springs his malicious trap it triggers a chain of unholy events plunging hunter and prey into a maelstrom of deceit, terror and depravity - leaving them both staring into the face of true evil...
After reading To Snare a Witch I wasn't 100% sure whether or not I was happy or disappointed. That sounds rather negative, but that's not how I mean it. The premise of the book was actually interesting, and I did enjoy reading it, but because it is only 77 pages long, I felt like I didn't have enough time with the characters.

When I read a book the thing that generally catches me isn't the wonderful writing or complicated plots, it is the characters that I fall in love with. So even though this book was well written and had a great plot, I would have preferred it to be longer so that I could fall in love with Elizabeth and her beau more before the dark turns begin.

That being said I did enjoy reading it, I love history and horror so I suppose I count as the target audience for this book, and I do think there is potential for a follow up to it based on where the story ends, which I would read since it would allow me to spend more time with the people in the book, and also enjoy an extension to the story.

My favourite thing about the book though is actually the chapter titles, which might sound a little bit silly, but they are all lines from various rhymes that you learn as a child. I don't know why, but I found these little childlike titles juxtaposed with the dark content to be quite enchanting.

Overall a good little read, I would just have preferred a little more build up to the events of the story.

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past is a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men.

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - 2 Weeks to Go! (sorry it's late)

Firstly I need to apologise for this post being a day late, I was rather busy and forgot that I hadn't scheduled it to post. I will make sure it doesn't happen again next week. Sorry everyone.

Well guys, it's 2 weeks to go, just 15 days until comic con and I am not even close to being ready. But before I get to that, something devastating happened this week. Not devastating for everyone, but it was for me. Aidan Turner was announced for comic con this week, and I was so excited, until I saw that he's Sunday only, and I'm going on the Saturday. I went from be still my beating heart, to heart broken in a matter of minutes. I'm gutted guys, although considering how much it is to have a photo with him it might be for the best.

So, as far as my cosplay goes, my sewing machine has busted so I haven't stitched the skirt yet, I'm hoping to borrow my friends machine this week or next week. So It's stilled just pinned, although I'm considering just doing it by hand so that I get it finished. I did however re-pin parts of it to get the pleating more in line, so hopefully it will look better than it did.
I've made some more hair bits now, and they're coloured now so it's closer to being done. I was toying with the idea of getting a wig rather than dying my hair, but I'm not sure I'd be able to style a wig properly, which is a shame because if I used a wig I'd be able to glue the hair bits straight on to it. So I've went out and bought the hair dye and I'm going to dye it and do a hair run through this week.
I'm also going to do a make up practice run this week I think, so you might end up with a photo of me looking like a clown next week. Although I suppose it's better to look like a clown now than just do it and look awful on the day.

So, I've been having trouble finding the right coloured dye for the hoodie which is a pain, I got some fabric pens that might work, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to just sit and colour it in, so I'll have to keep working on what to do about that one.
Honestly, with 2 weeks to go, I am so much further behind than I ought to have been, but over the next 2 weeks I will be getting everything ready as quickly as I can whilst still making it look good. I'm hoping by next week I'll have a rough costume to show you with just the finishing touches. Fingers crossed.

I can't believe comic con is only 2 weeks away now, I'm getting crazy excited. This year I don't think any of us have any diamond passes that we need, however for anyone that is going, the order I would suggest for the morning is to go to get any virtual queue tickets you might need first, the if you have any diamond passes go get those, and then once you've done those 2 things you can sort out a plan of action for the rest of the day.

Also, make sure you look at a map to have a rough idea of layout, and if you have talks and photoshoots then I would recommend either printing a schedule of saving it to you phone so that you can keep an eye on times for what you're doing, and so that you don't accidentally go to the wrong photo area.

Don't forget that the contest is still running to win the Kaylee bear guys, good luck, and to anyone else going to comic con I hope your cosplay is going better than mine.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Go Ape!

So, a couple of weeks ago I went to Go Ape, and let me start off by saying that there is a good reason that they have you sign a disclaimer before you start. Of course every precaution is taken to keep you safe, but that didn't stop me from managing to give myself a massive horrible bruise.
That being said it was a fantastic day. It was tiring and tough as hell, but so much fun. If you're afraid of heights it's probably not for you, but if you fancy an adventure climbing in the treetops and ziplining around, then this is exactly the day out you need.

We went to the Go Ape in Temple Newsam, and we were booked in advance, however when we got there the booth said that they were fully booked for the day, so if you want to go then I would definitely recommend that you pre-book in order to avoid disappointment.

There are 3 different levels, we did level 3 which meant we did courses 5-9. They were all different but required similar skills to pass. When we first got our harnesses on we went through a short tutorial about attaching and detaching ourselves. And then we just went to the starting point of the courses and went through each one.

The first one we did I think was number 6, and it was pretty good, although there was one section where you could take the easy way or the hard way. As you can probably guess, I took the hard way. I don't regret it because it was tough in the best way, however it is the reason I ended up with my huge bruise. I had to go from ring to ring with my feet in them, and while I was trying to grab the next ring my arm slipped and got a bruise/rope burn, I'd do the same again though given the chance.

Most of the courses involved a zipline at the end, and some were from tree to tree as well which was amazing. One of the courses ended in a vertical drop, which it is impossible to land gracefully, or at least it is for me since I completely lack coordination.

My personal favourite however was definitely the Tarzan swing. It was pretty scary, and I wasn't 100% sure I could jump off without help, but I did it. It took 2 attempts to get up there since we had to come down at one point to let someone off that couldn't make the jump. Once we got up there though it was really high and you basically had to jump off the edge and then basically drop and then swing into a net, it was scary but amazing. Climbing up the net afterwards was a challenge though.
I'm the exhausted one second from the left

Overall, I was aching, sore, and exhausted at the end of the day, but I was also exhilarated, happy, and quite proud that I managed it all. It was a great day that I would recommend to anyone, just make sure you really want to do it, because once you're up there you can only come back down by getting to the end.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Countdown to Comic Con - 3 Weeks to Go!

Guys I can't believe it's only 3 weeks until comic con eve, which I get as excited for as I do Christmas eve. There have of course been more guest announcements, and oh my god, David Duchovny! I was never a big X-Files person, but he was absolutely amazing in Californication (which if you haven't seen I would highly recommend, unless you don't like vulgarity, in which case it's definitely not for you).

So, I've made a little bit more progress on my cosplay this week. As you know, last week I had only managed to make some of the hair bits, this week I have slightly more to report, although I still have a long way to go.

I have spent so many hours online trying to find a hoodie that's the right colour and had no luck at all, so I finally realised, after a comment from a friend, that the best way to do it might be to get some dye and do it myself, so I have a plain white hoodie and ordered some dye, so hopefully next week I'll have a hoodie to show you all.

This week has been a really busy week, so I haven't managed to finish my skirt, but it is all pinned and ready to sew over the weekend. I used the existing hem so that I don't have to hem the second level of skirt meaning that I just need to hem the top layer, and sew the second layer inside. Hopefully the pleating will remain intact and it will end up looking like the upside down Reeses cup that she wears. It's not as wonky as the photo makes it look, it was just really hard to arrange the pleats for a photo.
I'm still not sure about how I'll make the Redvine that she wears as a hair tie though. I need to be able to wrap it round my ponytail, which means it needs to be flexible. So I can't just make it out of clay like the other hair bits. I've honestly considered using an actual redvine (or cheaper equivalent), coating it in some sort of clear varnish, and putting some wire down the middle, but I don't really know how effective that would be.

So overall my hair bits need painting, the hoodie needs dying, I need to do the tights, and then the cosmetic stuff like my hair. Hopefully by next Friday I'll have the hoodie and skirt to show you, then after that it's the tights. Luckily I already have plenty of suitable footwear to use.

Since it's only 3 weeks to go it's time for me to have a serious think about exactly who I want to meet so that any virtual queue tickets that I might need can be prioritised as soon as I get there, plus it's about time to get parking booked and things like that. It would be cool to hear from anyone else that is going to London Film and Comic Con, and what you guys are cosplaying as. Here's another of my previous cosplays from when I went as vampire Willow from Buffy.
I tried to look like a bored vampire, but he was just too lovely
Also, don't forget to check out my previous comic con post for a chance to win a Kaylee Frye teddy bear.