NY ComicCon Part 2 – Heroes and Such

13 Apr

ComicCon GroupOur journey to NY ComicCon 2013 was almost complete.  We just needed a good costume for Tristan.  He was going to go as the 10th Doctor but after reading about how hot it gets walking around.  I decided rather than spending the day hearing him complain about how hot he was and carrying the suit all over the place that we needed a more comfortable costume for hot areas.

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We were able to put together a Rory costume from Day of the Moon (6.2). We already had the polo shirt, shorts, and sneakers so it was only a matter of tally marks and the sharpie around Rory’s neck.

The tally marks: I used waterproof black eyeliner to draw on the tally marks all over the place. I figured they would be easy to remove when we got home but hold up to any sweating that may occur.

The sharpie on a string: I took a dried out sharpie and glued it to a piece of twine to be worn around the neck.

Rory costume is complete.

Now Off to NY ComicCon.

Kidditch1 Kidditch2The kids started off their day at the “Kidditch” (aka Kids Quidditch) which was presented by the International Quidditch Association in the Family Room. At once point, my son turned to me and told me he had found “his” sport. They both had a blast as they each took turns in the groups for lessons in tossing the quaffle, throwing the bludgers, and chasing the snitch.

Afterwards we headed tot he autograph room to get in line for John Barrowman. As we go in line, I discovered that sometime at Quidditch, Tristan put down the bag he was holding for me while I took pictures of Skyler having her turn. This bag contained my cellphone, $120 cash, 2 credit cards, my driver’s license, Tristan’s Epi-Pen, Skyler’s Lactaid, both childrens’ insurance cards, and the ticket to the parking garage where we parked the van. Basically, without this bag, our adventure was coming to a screeching halt.

A female crew member stayed with my children in the John Barrowman autograph line while I ran back to the Family Room in the hopeless search for the missing bag. The Quidditch people were gone so I began to randomly ask the next group that was setting up. One girl asked me my name. She then pointed me to one of the authors sitting in the Family Room. She said he had found a bag.

Children’s author and comic book writer, Alex Simmons became a REAL ComicCon hero. He found the missing bag and kept is safe for me. He turned our first experience at ComicCon from disastrous to miraculous. Our special trip together was falling apart by Mr. Simmons was there save the day.

Barrowman1Now came the LONG wait in the autograph line for John Barrowman. From 11:22 AM until 2:03 PM, my two ADHD kids, one with Asperger’s, managed to stay in line to meet one of their heroes. Of course, breaking out the DS stash at 12:30 PM helped. I had told them at the beginning that they would have to share a picture of “Jack” because of the amoBArrowman2unt of money we allotted for the day. The kids were so cute and got all tongue-tied when the got to meet him. As he began to sign his autograph, he noticed that the two of them had only 1 picture. He turned to Skyler and asked her to pick what picture she thought was the best. She pointed to a different picture than the one we paid for. He grab that one off the table, autographed that one, and gave it to her. They each has an autographed picture and giant grins but John Barrowman was finished making everyone’s day. He then told them “Do you know why you have a great mom? *pause* Because she took you to ComicCon. Thank you, John Barrowman, because you made this mom very happy. (I didn’t know my camera was dying at the time so the pictures we took were fuzzy.)

I felt really bad for Gareth David-Lloyd. He was very sweet but this day was for the kids and, well, Torchwood, does not have a kid audience so they did not know Ianto Jones.

We took a quick bit of lunch which I had packed in the backpack and we were off to the vendor floor. Once up there, we did not come up for air until ComicCon closed. The kids had a great time and enjoyed every second. Skyler felt like a movie star when people started asking her if they could take her picture.

Here are a few of the people we took pictures of on our visit:

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Check out NY ComicCon Part 1 – Sailor Moon Costume Revisited.

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.

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.

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

Brains…..Brains….Brain Day

24 Mar
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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

Pinewood Derby – The Tardis Car

3 Mar

This past weekend was my son’s final Pinewood Derby before crossing over to Boy Scouts.  For his final car, he wanted something spectacular.  He had me make him “stickers” at work to go on his car to make it look professional.  When I say “stickers”, I mean pieces of plastic with 3M backing engraved into the design pieces he wanted.

Revell makes official BSA wheels in more than just black that comes with the kit you receive from the Cub Scout.  He opted for the Blue but you could also buy red and yellow.  Seeing how his mom can craft but not really whittle wood, we also bought the Funny Car body.  The paints were on sale for 88¢ at A.C. Moore.  We used Folk Art Metallic Blue Sapphire and Folk Art Metallic Silver Anniversary.  He won a medal from Most Futuristic Car and earned the 3rd place trophy for his Den.

Tardis Car

The Tardis Car

Most Futuristic Car

Of course, his sister made her own car as well because she felt it wasn’t fair that the Girl Scouts didn’t have a derby too.  She layered her paints.  the bottom 2 coats were Folk Art Pearl Aqua Moire and then it was topped with Folk Art Extreme Glitter  Aqua.  She glued seed beads that we had to make snowflakes.  The window was done using her brother’s paint.

Frozen Car

The Frozen Car

2nd Grader Finds Gallifrey

23 Feb

The schools are drilling the kids hard with the Common Core(aka Common Crud). One of the many things that are drilled into the 2nd graders this year is restating the question in their answer. They do drills on this often. My daughter saved this one to show me. I was so proud when I read her answers. I love my little Whovian.

Restating Gallifrey

For those who need a little help with 2nd grade handwriting:

3.  If you could travel to space, who would you take with you and what would you find there?
If I could travel though space and take a friend I would take Karen and what I would find there is Gallafrey. (Not a bad attempt for an 8 year old on spelling Gallifrey)

4.  What did you dress up as for Halloween?  Describe your costume.
I dressed up for Halloween as Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon has long, long hair and a blue, small skirt.

Frozen Pipes – School Talent Show

19 Jan

Skyler was in her school talent show on Friday night. She sang “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen, not the Demi Lovato version but the Idina Menzel version. We were able to find a suitable costume on Etsy, the shoes came from Sears, the crown was from Five Below, the glove was from the Dollar Tree, and the necklace was from A.C. Moore.

Here is her full costume:

Skyler as Elsa

Here is her performance:

Acorn Cookies

6 Dec

Acorn Cookies PlatterI made these little acorn cookies for my traditional, unique dessert that kids love.

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of Hershey’s Kisses
  • 1 bag of peanut butter chips
  • 1 bag of Nutter Butter Bites
  • 1 tub of chocolate frosting

 Directions:

  1. Open each Nutter Butter Bite and scrap off the peanut butter filling.  (The kids likes tasting this.)
  2. Count each cookie you have and unwrap the same number of Hershey’s Kisses.  This step may take longer than you think.
  3. Dab a small amount of chocolate frosting to the base of the Hershey’s Kiss.  Press the frosting side down centered onto the flat side of the cookie.  Do this for each cookie and Hershey’s Kiss.
  4. Scoop some frosting onto a spoon.  Take a peanut butter chip and dip the bottom onto the spoon.  Press the chip, frosting side down centered onto the textured side of the cookie.  Do this for each cookie.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator to set the frosting for at least 2 hours.
  6. Arrange and enjoy.Acorn Cookie

Note:  For peanut-free alternative, use Nabisco Mini Nilla Wafers and butterscotch chips.

Happy 50th Birthday, Doctor Who!

23 Nov

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In honor of the big day, I am reposting how to make Dalek cake toppers.  Who doesn’t want an edible Dalek?

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Dalek Cake Topper

Ingredients:

  • 6 flat bottomed ice-cream cones
  • 1 Wilton White Rolled Fondant 1.5lb
  • 1 Black Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Brown Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Golden Yellow Wilton Icing Color 1oz
  • 1 Black Pearlized Sugar Pearl Sprinkles 5oz
  • 10 pieces of black taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 4 pieces of white taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 1 pieces of blue taffy (sold by the piece – 15 for $1 at Party City)
  • 1 small package of thin pretzel sticks
  • 1 small package of powdered sugar (This is used to keep the fondant from sticking to table, rolling pin and pretty much anything.)

Directions:

It is a good idea to wear gloves on your hands for steps 2 – 9 to prevent turning your hands blackish brown.

  1. Stack 2 flat bottomed ice-cream cones into each other and turn upside down on a plate.
  2. Separate the fondant into 1 lb and 1/2 lb balls.
  3. Add black icing color to 1/2 lb ball of fondant and knead to desired grey color. (Note: You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  4. Add brown icing color and just a touch of golden yellow icing color to the 1 lb ball of fondant and knead to desired golden color. (Note: You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  5. Make 3 balls of golden fondant the diameter of a quarter and place to the side.
  6. Separate golden fondant into 3 even balls and then roll out the golden fondant with a rolling pin. (Note: You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  7. Place the golden fondant ball in top of the bottom of each ice cream cone and then carefully cover the whole thing with the golden fondant. you can tuck extra fondant under and into the cone to secure it. (Note: Have a small cup of water handy to use to seal the ends by rubbing it with water.)
  8. Roll out the grey fondant ball with a rolling pin. (Note: You need powdered sugar to keep fondant from sticking.)
  9. Cut 3 – 1/2 inch strips of grey fondant. Wet the golden fondant on fattest part of the cone and wrap the grey fondant strip around it to form the Dalek base.
  10. Pour the black pearl sprinkles into a bowl. (Good time to remove gloves.)
  11. Do these next steps one cone at a time: Using your fingers, moisten the bottom of your Dalek just above the grey base to the dent where the cone tapers in.
  12. Carefully place the pearls onto the cone in 4 rows creating columns of “Dalek bumps” on your Dalek.
  13. Unwrap 2 pieces of white taffy and knead them until they are soft.
  14. Roll the taffy and cut into 6 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and then form the lights on the top of the Dalek’s head. Moisten the area you wish to place the lights and the bottom of the lights. Press into place.
  15. Do the stripes one at a time. For each, unwrap 2 piece of black taffy and knead until soft.
  16. Roll the taffy into a thin string and cut it into 3rds. Wrap each piece around the base of your Dalek’s head.
  17. Unwrap a black piece and a white piece of taffy. You will need to pull them together over and over to create a grey piece of taffy.
  18. Break 3 pretzel sticks in half. Wrap one end of each with the grey taffy and shape into a eggbeater. Stick the other end, downward into the left side of the Dalek above the “Dalek bumps”. (The Dalek’s left but your right.)
  19. Unwrap the remaining black taffy and knead until soft. Mold the taffy to make 6 suction cups, 3 slight larger than the other 3.
  20. Stick a pretzel stick into the back of each suction cup and mold the taffy onto the pretzel.
  21. The larger suction cups are inserted on the opposite side from the grey beater shaped pretzels. These make up the Dalek arms.
  22. Unwrap and knead the blue piece of taffy. Form 3 small balls and place them instead the 3 remaining suction cups to be lights.
  23. Unwrap the knead the last piece of white taffy. Roll very thin, almost string like, and wrap around the middle of each suction cup pretzel remaining.
  24. Insert the last suction cup pretzels into the Dalek’s head, dead center.

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Here is to 50 more years!!!!

Chalk Sky

The Weeping Angel Halloween Decoration

24 Oct

WeepingAngel1Who has the scariest door in the entire town?   We do and it only cost $1 to make.

You will need:WeepingAngel2

  • 1 Black Foam Sign ($1 at the Dollar Tree)
  • 1 Silver SharpieWeepingAngel3
  1. Write the words “Don’t Blink!” on the back of your Foam Sign with the Silver Sharpie.  Write the letters in a scary looking font.
  2. You can download and save this one or you can do a Google search for Weeping Angel Face.WeepingAngelMask
  3. Select your the scariest.  Print out either mine or the one you selected.
  4. Color the eyes in with the Silver Sharpie for a creepier effect.  Cut out your Weeping Angel Face.
  5. Hang both on your door to scare the neighbors.

Bonus:  You can also print mine or the one you selected out.  Glue it to cardboard.  Cut the shape and the eyes out.  Now you have a Weeping Angel Mask.  Eek!

“Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. Don’t turn your back. Don’t look away. And don’t blink.”
-The 10th Doctor, Blink(3:10)

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Related Weeping Angel scariness:
1. Weeping Angel Cookies (Discovered at:  Topless Robot)
2.  Weeping Angel Mask (Discovered at:  The Mary Sue via Fasionably Geek)
3.  Weeping Angel Family Car Stickers
4. Don’t Blink Flip Up Tradtional T-Shirt or Don’t Blink Flip UpWomen’s Tee