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Frozen Pipes – Part 2

30 Mar

I am still writing the next part of the ComicCon posts but today we took a break to go the county Youthfest. While there Skyler had a chance to perform “Let It Go” as part of their event karaoke presentation rather than a talent show like last time. While she was singing, people started popping up from all over the event to see who was singing. After she finished, a man approached us and identified himself as one of the main organizers. He asked her if she would like to sing the National Anthem at next year’s event. She has been floating on a cloud ever since.

On related a note, I read an interesting article at The Mary Sue about how Frozen has become one of the top 10 grossing movies of all time by earning $1.072 Billion dollars. Becky Chambers asked in her article “Will we ever stop hearing covers of “Let It Go”?” Well, Becky, as long as 8 year old love to sing it everywhere they go. Not anytime soon. Hehe, it really was a good thing for us.

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NY ComicCon Part 1 – Sailor Moon Costume Revisited

29 Mar

Sailor SkylerAs I have said before, life has me a bit behind with the blogs but I am trying hard to catch up and get back on track.  There are going to be some blogs that are older information but still relevant.

ComicCon……a place I have always wanted to go but could never afford.  It soon became a place my kids wanted to go to as well.  They first expressed interest in going during the Summer of 2012 but it was too late for us to get tickets for Kid Day that year.  So we put a plan in motion to head to NY ComicCon 2013.

The kids were so excited when we bought our tickets but didn’t understand that you then needed to wait a few months before the real tickets came in the mail.  Costume planning began because they had been watching Heroes of Cosplay on the SyFy channel.   They also had me watching the see who was going to be be there on Kid Day.  They were hoping for someone they knew and loved.

Skyler was the most picky about her costume.  After watching  Heroes of Cosplay she became convinced that she was only allowed to wear a costume that was homemade because “mom, store bought stuff is really not allowed and looks tacky”.  *I can’t image where she got that idea from.*  Watch out Cosplayers, my, then, 7- year old will be coming up the ranks with stick cosplay ideals.  She finally settled on revisiting her Sailor Moon costume from Halloween but with major adjustments by mom.  She wanted it to look even more real now that she had seen through the end of Sailor Moon R.

Costume adjustments began for Sailor Moon Costume for Kids.  Her original boots were long socks over a pair of faux-crocs.  This was not going to work for a day of walking around the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  So I ordered a pair Kid’s Red Shazam Boots from Target.  Skyler pointed out that they close to Sailor Moon’s boots but they weren’t quite right.  Here is how we altered the boots:

BootsThe Boots Redux

Supplies:

  • 1 pair of Kid’s Red Shazam boots
  • 1 role of white electrical tape
  • 2 small g0ld moon cutouts – I made these at work.
  1. Carefully edge the top of the boots with the white electrical tape.
  2. In the front center, place the moons, crescent points up, to the front center just touching the white.

BroochThe Brooch Redux

The next piece of the costume revamp was the brooch.  Using the foam was fine for Halloween but my little cosplayer was having no part of it for ComicCon because it wasn’t shiny enough.

Supplies:

  • 1 set of cellphone gems
  • 1 brooch cutout – Again, I made this at work.
  1. Carefully match the color gems to the brooch style you are using.  (We used this style.)
  2. Place the brooch in the center of the front ribbon.

TiaraThe Tiara Redux

This was a basic tweak but well worth it for the look.

Supplies:

  • 1 piece of sticky-back felt
  • 1 tiara cutout on 3M backed gold flex – Again, I made this at work.
  • 1 oval gem
  • 1 strip of elastic
  1. Measure the elastic and the tiara around the wearer’s head. Be sure to leave space for the elastic to be attached to the tiara. (About 1.5 inches should do it.)
  2. Peel the backing the the tiara and stick the elastic in place.
  3. Stick the tiara cutout onto the sticky-back felt to make a soft surface at the back. This will also sandwich the elastic between both adhesives.

ChokerThe Choker Redux

I kept this mostly the same but just 1 minor change.

Supplies:

  • 1 small moon cutout on 3M backed gold flex – Again, I made this at work.
  1. Replace the old felt moon with the much nicer golden moon. You may wish to add more felt to make sure the moon points do not touch the skin and scratch it.

Hair AccentsThe Hair Accents Redux

I kept the backs of the old ones as a base but the rest was redone.

Supplies:

  • 1 set of red cellphone gems
  • 2 circle 2″ diameter cutout on 3M backed gold flex – Again, I made this at work.
  1. Place the new golden disks over the old ones.
  2. Arrange the red cell phone gems in a circle pattern in the center of the disk.

Wand FullThe Scepter Redux

The scepter was completely redone from last year.

Supplies:

  • 2 blocks of pink sculpy
  • 2 large moon cutout on 3M backed gold flex – Again, I made this at work.
  • 2 scepter accent cutout on 3M backed gold flex – I designed these based on an image online and made these at work.
  • 2 set of cellphone gems
  • 2 silver golf ball coins
  • 1 small wooden candlestick
  1. Paint the candlestick gold.
  2. Sculpt the shape of the scepter handle making sure that the base fits into the candlestick. The top should taper almost flat. Follow the directions to harden the clay.
  3. Over the top of the wand, place the 2 moons back to back with a small piece of cardboard in the center of the crescent to attach the golf coins later. If you need to, you can glue between them.
  4. Over the piece of cardboard, glue the golf coins back to back.
  5. Place the scepter accents over the wand, back to back like you did with the moons. Again, glue if you need to.
  6. Add the cellphone gems in the appropriate places on the scepter accent.
  7. Place glue into the candlestick and slide the wand into place.
  8. Place a large clear cellphone gem at the base of the candlestick.

Wand TopWand Bottom

Our adventure continues with NY ComicCon Part 2 – Heroes And Such.

Brains…..Brains….Brain Day

24 Mar
03092014 Brain Day

I apologize for the blurry picture but my camera is slowly dying.

Sunday March 9th was Brain Day at the Nathan Kline Institute.  It was a nice kick off to Brain Awareness Week which is from March 10 – March 16 this year.  I knew that my scientist would have a blast but even my diva had a great time as well.  With both ADHD and Asperger’s related to the brain, it is very important for us to know more about how brains works and how we can help those with differences in how their brains work.

I knew my scientist would love it but there was fun to be had by my diva as well.  They had many sctitivies for the kids but the highlight was being able to touch a real human brain.  They explained to the kids that someone special donated their brain to science so that we could study it.  There were 3 brains to study:  a whole brain, a brain sliced down the middle, and the cerebellum.

For more information on the Brain or Brain events:

BioEd Online – Science Teach Resources from Baylor College of Medicine

Child Mind Institute

The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Neuroscience for Kids