Sunday, January 3, 2016

Emerald City Comic Con + Meeting Skye + Agent Carter + River Song

   Hey guys!
   We went to Comic Con! More specifically, Emerald City Comic Con {ECCC}. If you don't know what a comic con is, it's basically a gathering place for nerds. Plus actors and actresses from tv shows!
   Unfortunately, Jenna Coleman canceled about a week before, which was really sad, because she's my {Willow's} favorite actress. But they managed to replace her with Alex Kingston (River Song from Doctor Who) which was a happy consolation :)

   I {Willow} cosplayed Clara Oswin Oswald, played by Jenna Coleman in her Governess Dress from The Snowmen from Doctor Who. Darrion {D} cosplayed Agent Melinda May, played by Ming-Na Wen from Agents of Shield. Ammelia {Ammie} cosplayed Agent Jemma Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge from Agents of Shield.  

   So it took us about two hours to find a parking spot (Dad dropped us off in front of the con about 15 minutes before he found a parking space ~ 6 blocks away!). So we missed the early signings, but knew that there were more to come.

 This was my first souvenir {below}! It cost me quite a bit, but we all waited in line {minus Dad} for about forty minutes to get Chloe's autograph.
   I didn't have time to get a cool picture from eBay or Amazon, but they have photos there that are free if you buy the autograph. I had to wait in a shorter line to buy the autograph at the celebrity's booth, which you pay for and then they give you a little card that looks like a business card, but has a sticker that you give to the person next to the celebrity. They then give the celebrity the thing to sign. They also have a sticky note pad where you wrote what you wanted them to write on your object. I chose the picture below from the free pictures they had there and then took my place in line.
   While there, I saw that someone in front of me had a picture like mine that was signed by multiple actors/actresses from AoS. I decided I wanted that too, so I quickly hurried to the desk to the sticky note pad and scribbled what you see on the pink sticky note on the picture below. The lady selling the autographs smiled in a oh-how-cute way, but I was too excited to really care.

When we FINALLY got to meet Chloe, she was so nice! She asked how I was, and I was pretty excited and nervous to actually meet her {we'd been freaking out because we could see her from our line} and I asked how she was. She copied how I'd written what I'd like her to say on my picture.
    Then she saw Darrion's and Ammelia's costumes and was like "Oh my gosh! Guys, my co-workers are here!" She also said she liked our costumes. Then she said "Let me take your picture to send to them," meaning Elizabeth Henstridge {Simmons} and Ming-Na Wen {May}. D and Ammie couldn't really talk, but they posed together and Chloe took their picture with her phone. She then said goodbye and we floated away, me making little squeals under my breath and D and Ammie having huge smiles on their faces.

After that, we knew we had Chloe's photo, but we had to get our receipt that Mom had printed at home after we'd bought the photo ops online and given to Dad to hold. I texted Mom and told her about Chloe, and we sat with Dad for awhile to cosplayer-watch.
   Then we went to go see if the lines had started for Chloe's op yet, and as we were walking, Dad pulled me back and said to watch out. I turned to the left and there was Chloe, heading to her next gig! She said hi again, and we managed to utter a greeting.
Then we waited in line for what seemed line hours, especially because a guy {who I think was cosplaying casual Wolverine from X-Men, but I don't know X-Men, so you never know} was flirting with a shy girl, both of them in front of us {and there was a girl further up in the line who took about ten thousand selfies!}.
   But we finally made it! Chloe said "Hey, my co-workers are back! We've got to pose! You {to Ammelia} stand like this, like Elizabeth does. You {to D} stand like this, like Ming-Na. And you {Willow} just do something". She was so friendly. She posed, and we all posed! She said that she hoped we could come to her panel, and then said goodbye again and we left the booth to get our picture from the printer people.

We jumped to the next line for photo ops, Hayley Atwell! Her op was about fifteen minutes after Chloe's. Thankfully, photo ops take forever to wait in line and get done, and the fact that Haley was only there for that day meant that tons of people were waiting for a photo with her. The poor lady was tired (D's note: you'd be too, if you had to stand and smile with high-heels on all day!), but she said hello and we posed with her, then we left to get our picture from the photo printing booth. She DOES have a real British accent, just like in the movies and show!

Then we waited in line with D for Hayley Atwell's signature, on the piece of art that D had spent hours feverishly drawing. Here's a post that she wrote about the experience on her blog:

What made us worried was that our Alex Kingston photo op was coming up, and we were still in line. We actually almost missed getting in line because of all the people getting stuff signed by her. That was freaky. Ammie and I scouted out the line for Alex Kingston's op, and were anxiously being anxious until D could get her art signed. D said to go on without her, but we refused, and waited more. Finally, we were at the front of the line. Hayley was pretty quiet, but she did say that D was talented to draw the fanart (D's note: and that it was fantastic *faints*). We didn't take much time to marvel over that, but dashed over to our Alex Kingston op!

Thankfully, the line hadn't really moved for at least twenty minutes, so we were fine, all that anxiousness for nothin'. D had a backpack that she was carting around that held some cookies, and a protective place to put her fanart. Thankfully, it was also a protective place to put the pictures and my signed picture (D's note: good this I'd brought that hard paper stuff, or we'd have bent up everything! If you ever go to a con, remember to do that, or you'll be a very sorry camper when you get home). I had also brought along my Time Journal, which I made with my art teacher's help out of a book. It's a replica of River's Journal in Doctor Who. We decided to ask her to hold it. Then Ammelia wanted to change into her 11th Doctor outfit that she'd carted along in her backpack, so she and I left to do that. We got back with still plenty of time.
While we were standing in line chatting with the people behind us, we saw Chloe Bennett leaving her panel {presumably} and waved again. She saw  us and said "Hi again!" and we all grinned at each other (D's note: and I shouted Hi! back).
Finally, we reached the front of the line. They have a table were you can put your bags and such so they're not in the picture, and while D and Ammie were doing so, I took my Time Journal and asked Alex Kingston "could you hold this, please?". "Oh," she said in her lovely voice {it sounds just like it does on Doctor Who!} and held it and posed. When the op was done, we thanked her and left to get our printed picture. Ammie touched her cheek and said that Alex's hair had touched her cheek. We were still giggling as we went to show Dad our pictures.

Then we went to get Alex's signature on my Time Journal, but the lady who was directing the line said that it was full and to come back in a half hour! I was crestfallen, but we went to go cosplay-watch for a while with Dad again. It was getting almost to the end of the con, and I was anxious to get my book signed. After about ten minutes we decided to try again. It worked, and I paid for it and we stood in line again!

Thankfully, we stood behind some very friendly people, former homeschoolers, and we chatted about lots of fandom and homeschool stuff while we waited. There were hardly any people left in line by the time I handed the assistant my Time Journal. There was a little ribbon that was used as a bookmark in the original book, so I knotted its end and put a clothing tag that said "happening in the present" on it and a little gift tag that I'd written "Willow's Time Journal (Spoilers!)" on it, it was supposed to be like were we were in time at that point, but it's rather hard to explain. {If you read our someday-coming A Study In Time it will be explained.}
I hadn't been able to think of something to have her write on it, especially because I didn't know she would be there until a week before the con! {I thankfully had already made my Time Journal, so there was no rush about that!} So I asked the assistant to have her sign it Alex Kingston as River Song.
Alex Kingston took the journal and looked it over, and noticed my little bookmark. She actually read out loud "Willow's Time Journal, (Spoilers!)". So she signed it "This book is full of spoilers, River Song" then lower down, "AKA Alex Kingston".

I was so pleased because that was so much better than just plain "Alex Kingston and River Song" especially for the inside cover! {Just a note, the little sticker letters around the edge of the page say "Spoilers" and "Hello Sweetie"}. I wasn't really able to say anything, but Ammie told her that she liked her dress {which was gorgeous!}. (D's note: as I gawked at her big hair.)
We ran into the former homschoolers that were in front of us in line again and I showed them my book.
Then it was almost the end of the con, so we left, along with basically everyone else.
We basically spent the whole con on the celebrity floor, because we had a packed schedule. We didn't know that standing in line would take so long. And we almost didn't get a picture with Chloe Bennett! We had already purchased the ops for Alex and Hayley, but were unsure if we'd have enough time for Chloe. Thankfully, they moved her op fifteen minutes before Hayley's, so we decided to take a chance! Happily, Chloe had originally been only going Saturday and Sunday, but had to change her schedule to only Friday. Lucky us!
   But Clark Gregg {Phil Coulson, Marvel movies, Agents of Shield} had moved his days as well, to Saturday and Sunday instead of all three, as had John Barrowman {Captain Jack Harkness, Doctor Who}. Anthony Mackie {Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron} also went only on Saturday and Sunday. Stan Lee was there all three days, and we actually saw him while we were waiting for Alex Kingston's autograph.
Overall it was pretty overwhelming, but we're so glad we went! We spent quite a bit on the autographs and photos, but my parents paid for our tickets {thanks Mom and Dad!}.
D was disappointed about not getting to look at the artwork and not get to buy any cool stuff, but it was jam packed, and it was hard to just get into the art area (D's note: seriously, how can you look at stuff with tall people crowding you and the art?).
So we are hoping to go to the Rose City Comic Con in Portland this September, and meet and get pictures with Brett Dalton {Grant Ward, Agents of Shield} and Elizabeth Henstridge {Jemma Simmons, Agents of Shield}.
   We've come up with two group cosplays for those days, if we get to go. Agents of Shield for when we meet/get pictures with them, me as "meet" Skye, D as May again and Ammelia and Simmons again. The other day {there are two days of that con} we hope to do a Big Hero Six group with me as Gogo Tomago and D as fem!Tadashi and Ammie as Honey Lemon and my mom as Aunt Cass.

   D's note: Over all, it went quite well, and was a very interesting experience. We didn't lose anyone, and didn't miss anyone, so that's a plus :) The "minions" aka the comic con helper people, we very nice! Even when we ended up in the wrong building {the kid's building} a helper guy walked us across the street and helped us get programs.
   Anyway, we'd do things a little bit differently if we do it again... get our cosplays ready earlier, go to a smaller con (maybe), and save up lots of money. And I mean lots. And our advice for you if you're going to a con... wear comfortable shoes, don't wear lots of layers, and be prepared for everything to take a long time (and a lot of standing in lines).

~Willow (and D's notes)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Rings of Akhaten || Teen Clara Cosplay

Armed with my new red duffle coat from Forever21,
D and I {Willow} shot some photos in the fading light near some docks.
These weren't even intentional cosplay photos, but I loved them so much I needed to post them!

This is me doing my best Clara expression, which I hope looks right :)

"that wasn't a leaf, that was page one."

Hope you all had a lovely and loving Thanksgiving!


Postscript || I'm actually wearing my "Souffle Girl" red top under my duffle coat. You can see the whisk on the top photo.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Second Spoonflower Order || Received!

This one is the "Clara JttCotT Dress" in performance piqué.

I compared this in stretch and feel with the performance knit. I personally like the performance piqué better for the dress. Though the knit stretches pretty well both ways, I don't really like the texture, or the way it falls, for the Journey dress.
I plan on purchasing this fabric in the performance piqué, because of the way it stretches and falls, to me at least :)

This is "Clara TOTD Skirt" in basic cotton ultra.

I like the fabric, but my mom pointed out that the color is less bright than the Karen Millen skirt that Clara wears in the episode. The color on this swatch is more brownish. I still like it a lot, but that might be something to consider :)

This is "Clara's Anniversary Dress- Scaled" in silky faille.

Interestingly, I thought that this might work better than the cotton voile, but it doesn't really. It's way too bright and kinda, well, just not good for it. If you want to try it, and if you like it, that's okay, I just don't. But that's my fault :)

This is the contrast photo. The one on the bottom is the not properly scaled one, but in a better fabric {cotton voile}.

This is "Clara's Leafs" in silky faille.

I like this one, though it's rather bright. It is {of course} a different design than the original Topshop Pipe Tile Shirtdress in Green {because of copyrights and such}. I like it a lot though, and plan on purchasing it for my use for the dress in the Caretaker :)

Here's a closeup, I was trying to get a better shot of how bright it is.

Well, if you have any questions, just let me know :)


Postscript || I got some fun brogue type shoes from Payless that are good alts for the shoes Clara wears in The Caretaker, though they have fake lace looking stuff on them.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Thorin Sketch

Hey guys!

It's Darrion, coming to your news feeds with a little news... there's (finally) a new drawing on the website! It's of Thorin, Thrain's son. Click here to view :) Or just look at it here, I guess...

In other news, Willow's governess dress has arrived! That post should be right below this one, so scroll down a bit and you'll find it :)

Also, I don't think I've told you guys about my drawing/personal/photography/other blog, Sincerely Darrion. Well, now you know! It's got a variety of things on it, including fanart and other drawings I've done that aren't necessarily for fans. Click here to view!

Thanks for reading that quick little post!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Clara's Governess Dress || Received!!

Yay!! It actually came back on last Thursday,
but it has been raining since then and we have not been able to get very many decent photos.

But here it is! I apologize for the wrinkles, I didn't really notice them till I saw this picture.
I am wearing some earrings I cobbled together with drops from Hobby Lobby and the boots are the ones I wore in the play.
I think that this would be a lovely outfit to wear to the Emerald City Comic Con!
We hope to get more photos of this, and as I will be wearing it to this years AWANA Fairmont Fair, there will be photos. I still need to make the hat {with a pattern from Truly Victorian} and her cape {and old pattern from Simplicity} and get some cheap green gloves for the cosplay to be complete.


Postscript || my Spoonflower order is only about 4 days away from shipment, yay!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Second Spoonflower Order || Ordered :)

I've still got to do the jewelry post, and the Governess Dress post
{the lighting hasn't been very good here, too much rain, and there are a lot of buttons!}

So I have purchased a couple of new swatches, actually four.
I can't wait to check them out, so stay tuned!
I'll do another post when I get them, and I'll hopefully order some yards!
I really want to have Clara's Journey and Name dress by November,
but I don't know if that will happen :(

Fabric Sample Pack
A booklet containing a square sample of each Spoonflower fabric
Performance Piqué
Clara JTTCOTT Dress
Test Swatch (8" x 8"), half-drop repeat 150 dpi
Quantity: 1

Silky Faille
Clara's Leafs
Test Swatch (8" x 8"), basic repeat 7020 dpi
Quantity: 1

Basic Cotton Ultra
Clara TOTD Skirt
Test Swatch (8" x 8"), basic repeat 150 dpi
Quantity: 1

Silky Faille
Clara's Anniversary Dress- Scaled
Test Swatch (8" x 8"), basic repeat 2250 dpi
Quantity: 1

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Through a long time of waiting patiently {and not so patiently} I have finally purchased something basically SA from Series 7 Clara.

Her governess dress!

Even though I very much had wanted to hand-make her Victorian garb, I am at least probably a year {at least!} away from being able to sew a dress like so. I also tallied up the approximate price of patterns/materials/time involved. As you can see over at Lissie Rose, she spent around $175. Though it was the barmaid dress she was making, it was a rough estimate of what this dress would cost, plus the tons of time it would take to make. And she does wear 5 Victorian dresses, so I can make the other four. {Or three, I'm hoping those China-cospay-makers will make the barmaid dress and the Robot of Sherwood {my favorite dress ever!} soon!}

So I decided {over a weekend trip} that I would get the tailor-made dress. It comes in the usual sizes, but my measurements were slightly bigger at the waist than my preferred size, with which my bust/hips were perfect. But my height was also an issue, as I am approximately 5'2", and the sizes made the length too long for me {I had an issue with one dress I got at a thrift store that was too long for me at a Father/Daughter Ball}. So yeah, I ordered a tailor-made one for $10 more dollars.

So I'm planning to wear it to the AWANA that we're helping at this year, and I will promise to take detailed photos and write a detailed review.


Postscript || I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and purchased some jewelry alts for Clara! I'll be doing photos and such soon! Oh, and I almost had a Bells of Saint John dress in my size, but even though I'd emailed the seller and she'd said she would accept my offer {it was an auction, not a buy now or best offer} she sold it to someone else. This is the second time this has happened. Humph.