I’m Going Home

Hey Sweeties,

Oh my gooseness, it feels like I’ve been in law school for an eternity, I’m so ready for it to be over.  Luckily, I have my last exam of the semester tomorrow and Tuesday I will be back home in Arizona with the family.  Ahh, sweet relief.

My younger sister is graduating from UofA next weekend so I am even more pumped to be going home but before I got out of town I had a few things to handle in my own apartment.

For example, this was my craft room two weeks ago.

Forgive the low quality pictures.  They were taken pretty late at night.

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Yeah, I know, I’m a terrible person.  I don’t know how it got that bad.  Ok, actually I do but what can I say, I love stuff.  I have fabric that I have been collecting (hoarding!) since the beginning of time (2003 when I started sewing),  not to mention the new stuff I add bi-weekly (every time I get paid).  Needless to say it was a problem.

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I really couldn’t leave it like this because that would mean it would be the exact same when I get back in June, so I put on my house dress, pulled out the broom and got to work.

I’m proud of what I was able to do.

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At least it’s clean now.

I made a list of all of the projects I have started but not finished, I’ve bought the materials for but haven’t started, I haven’t bought materials for but plan to make, and the things that I want to do to improve the craft room.

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The next step is investing in organization.  I need shelves and containers.

I also want to do some functional decorating, a white board and cork board definitely and maybe a peg board as well.

And the table, I want to rebuild it, and buy a better (taller) chair.

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For now though, I’m just gonna take the progress where I can.  I’m sure my Yin is grateful she can walk in the craft room now (since it is supposed to be shared space).

I might see if this cleaning bug can be moved upstairs to my bedroom and bathroom, I doubt it, but it doesn’t hurt to try.

DeeDee

That’s What I Like

Hey Sweeties,

Don’t you just love that Bruno Mars .gif?  It’s from his song That’s What I Like which I am LOVING right now!

Anyway, let’s not get distracted by the dance track, we’re here for a reason.

I want to create a new feature around here, a weekly round up of the stuff I like, well not just what I like, just the things that I can’t help but share.  Honestly, this list could include TV, movies, fashion, nerd culture, gaming, crafts, beauty, DIY, anything my little heart desires.  So, here it is:

Weekly Round Up April 23, 2017

 


 

Riverdale

-via spoilertv.com

  • I don’t know how many of y’all are watching the new CW series Riverdale but everyone who isn’t should be!  I remember briefly hearing about the then-upcoming Archie Comics re-imagining and being intrigued, but not enough to actually watch.  Well, I missed out.  I’ve caught up now, thanks to the episodes on the CW website and some creative searching so I can definitely recommend the dark, teen drama.  It’s got teen angst, love stories, a motorcycle gang, family feuds, a murder mystery and at the heart of it all, maple syrup!  Tune in to the CW Thursdays at 9/8c and make sure to catch all the old past episodes online.

 

  • Speaking of Riverdale, because I’ve been obsessing over it so much lately I’ve been reading all kinds of episode reviews online.  It struck me, in my obsessive scramble to absorb as much information about the show as humanly possible, that online commentators have radically differing opinions on the how. Over at the AV Club we’re loving Archie’s merry band of misfits but the BlackGirlNerds are not here for our love-fest.  It amazes me how diametrically opposed people can be be.  Though the recent episode reviews have been trending positive on both site. (Reader beware, there be spoilers ahead!)
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-via blackgirlnerds.com

  • BlackGirlNerds also posted a pretty poignant article about black representation in the film, specifically the recently released X-Men film Logan.  I’m not gonna spoil the article but if you read it, come back here and tell me what you think, or tweet me your thoughts @deedeecreative.

 

  • My inner (is she really inner) planner addict was writhing with jealousy over the weekend watching Go Wild unfold on Instagram.  All the swag, all the speakers, all the stickers.  They got new 2018 Erin Condren planners, FoxyFixes, bullet journals, and SO MANY STICKERS!  My little heart cannot handle it.  As much as I want to be there next year it’s right in the middle of finals and I cannot justify it.  But in two years, it’s on!  Check out #gowild2017 on Facebook and Instagram to see what I mean.

 

  • And, for those you who love to binge-read a blog, something I am notorious for.  I just got through Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing.  I’ve been a fan of Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch for years, and probably started following her blog back in 2011 or 2012 because of a tutorial I found there.  Recently though, I just wanted to watch her whole evolution and it’s so cool to watch her go from newbie home sewer, figuring it out as she goes along, to the accomplished sewing book author and sewing expert she is now.  Very inspiring seeing as she did it in like 3 years.  That’s amazing!  I have all three of her sewing books in my Amazon cart right now, just waiting fr me to get enough money to pull the trigger.  You should check her out if you’re into sewing, or just love women with cats who craft.

My Day at LouisiAnime

Hey Sweeties,

Like I said in my last post, I have been getting into all kinds of fun this year that I really have to share with you.  So, I will be recapping the events that I’ve gone to so far this year.

In March, I hosted a panel at LouisiAnime, a small local anime convention in my city.

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This is my first time hosting a panel at a convention even though I have been going to conventions for ages.  My panel was “Kawaii in Color” a meetup and conversation about women of color in the kawaii lifestyle.  I hope I can get to host, or just sit on, another panel at another convention soon.

There were a few people at my panel, and the asked questions and were very nice, which I appreciate.

 

Anyway, about the convention.  This is my second year going to LouisiAnime.  Last year I was nice, though I only went to meet up with my photographer friend Wil Norwod to take pictures of my Lolita coord.

The convention, like I mentioned, is pretty small.  It has moved this year, to a new hotel, but it wasn’t overly large.  The “artists’ alley” is still in the hallway outside of the conference rooms where the panels were held.  There was a separate room for the dealers though.

I only went to the convention on Saturday, because my car was in the shop and I had to take the bus to get there.  That didn’t detract from my enjoyment.

I will say that while I enjoyed this convention it is not in the best location.  There’s no food or amenities within walking distance, the hotel is right off the highway so there is no where to walk.  Little things like that make a difference for me at a convention.  My favorite convention, Phoenix Comicon is in downtown Phoenix, close to almost everything downtown with lots of transit and sidewalks.

Hopefully LouisiAnime can find a good, central location in the future.

Now, let’s get to the makeup and the coordinate.

I wanted to go for larme-kei inspired makeup.  At least, I think it’s larme-kei, with the big puffy pink under eye bags and the dewy skin and neutral eyes.  This isn’t my preferred makeup style, and not even one I’m very familiar with, but I wanted to try something extra kawaii for hosting my panel.

For accessories I went with an over-sized pin bow, because I’m me, made out of a scarf, the carousel choker I bought from Puvithel at Anime Weekend Atlanta last year, a sugar cookie ring from yet another Anime Weekend Atlanta artist, my Icing’s arrow eye cuff and a giant pink stud that I cannot place.  Oh and my bag is a super cute find from Anime Weekend Atlanta as well, but from a dealer so you can probably find it anywhere.

I was most impressed , and surprised, by the dress.  I found this cute little pink (!) dress with a skater skirt and cut out in the back at Walmart for $10 the day before the convention and couldn’t stop myself from buying it.

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i’m tempted to get another one to do some alterations on but more likely I’ll use the one I have as a pattern to make some very cute warm weather dresses.

And, that’s all folks.  My LouisiAnime experience.

I’m off now to be productive in the craft room (cleaning not crafting, unfortunately) but I’ll be back soon with more of fun stuff I’ve been up to.

DeeDee

I’m back, for real this time!

Hey sweeties, it’s DeeDee, long time no see. How have you been?

As for me, we’re just not gonna talk about the months-long absences I’ve been taking from blogging ok? It’s in the past, let’s leave it there.

The worst part is, it’s not like I have been a hermit, in my apartment, hiding under my blankets, not doing anything. I have had a super fun and active 2017 so far, which never happens, and I just haven’t been sharing it. So I apologize and I promise to do better.

 

Anyway, this moment of clarity comes while I’m sitting in bed the day after the hardest law school final I had this semester, so basically my brain is fried, and as much as I would adore eating Sour Patch watermelons from my blanket nest and sleeping the day away, I have a to do list.  The bedroom needs cleaning, as to the kitchen, bathroom, craft room and living room, my hair is in desperate need of washing and conditioning and I’m going home for my sister’s graduation next week so my clothes must be sorted before then.

See, so much to do for a tired, little lady such as myself.  However, I will persevere.  Mr. Boyfriend and I recently went half on a Netflix account so I think I’ll turn on some old Forensic Files episodes, slap in some deep conditioner, make tea and get stuff done (what? no judging!).

Since I have been doing this year that I haven’t shared on the blog yet, like balls and conventions and LARPs, I’ll just start posting about those until i can get into some summer mischief.

That’s all for now sweeties,

DeeDee