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Strike Off Projects are Here! 

GameStation Raglan TShirt toddler

You guyyyyyyyyyys!!! It’s time to be excited with me because I finally sewed up some of the strike offs for Round 1! (Is “strike offs” one word or two? Strikeoffs? Maybe it’s hyphenated… strike-offs? Whatever…)

As you can see, the listings are live on the website now. The pre-order is open until January 24th, so get your orders in!!

I’ve been on Pinterest hunting for simple and quick patterns to use on the strike offs. I’ve been needing a set of pattern weights, and I could also use some new covers for my decorative couch pillows. I will probably make an apron with one of the adult panels. I want to do a pair of capri leggings, but it’s winter so I won’t get much wear out of them for a few more months. Maybe I’ll do it anyway…

I will always be a busybody adding to my to-do list, but I got at least my first strike off projects done.  Check out this adorable Raglan t-shirt I made for My Mini-Me:GameStation Raglan TShirt toddlerI used a child size GameStation panel and some of the GameStation pattern fabric.

I also made a dolman-style top for myself and a basic t-shirt for Little Man. You can check those out in the gallery below. I’m still working on a raglan shirt for my husband, and then we’ll see what scraps I have left to work with. (That means there will probably be a part 2 to this post… stay tuned.)

I’m extra excited to see what you guys come up with using the round one Fabrics. Post all your fabulous creations in the Facebook group. Decisions, decisions…

~BlerdyMomma

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Blerdy Momma Boutique is Almost Ready!

Launch Coming Soon

I am so excited, you guys! Blerdy Momma Boutique is almost ready to launch! I’m in the last stages of setting up the business through all the legal requirements for Maryland, and then we can get on to the fun! I can’t wait to publish the sneak preview of Round 1 fabrics. I may just have to do a celebratory giveaway.

I am proud to share that I was able to find a supplier within the US to make my designs a reality to share with you all. This means paying a little bit more, but for me, it’s worth it. I really wanted to be able to offer you an American-made product. (Bonus: This also means I should be able to offer pretty quick turn-around times.)

Blerdy Momma Boutique is going to start out offering a great quality 12oz cotton spandex knit fabric base for all designs. If I see people are interested in other fabric options, I will start to offer those as well, so don’t be afraid to tell me what you want!

BMB will also be offering panels in adult and child sizes along with my patterns. I can’t wait to see what projects you all come up with for them. Don”t forget to join the Facebook group and post your pictures.

Ok, ok. I promise I’m done with all the shameless plugs. At this point, I’m really just trying to get in the habit of posting regularly.  You can expect progress pics for my ongoing projects, exciting recaps of my convention adventures, and the occasional tutorial. I cannot promise that I won’t sometimes veer wildly off-topic. I get easily distracted by shiny things…

Anyways, everybody cross your fingers that my business license application gets approved quickly. The faster I get that, the faster I can launch. In the meantime, I need to figure out my resolutions for the new year. It looks like 2018 could be the start of a whole new adventure!

blerdy momma boutique fabrics coming soon

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Big Changes ahead at BlerdyMomma.com!!

blerdy momma boutique fabrics coming soon

Hey guys! I know it’s been a while. I picked up some new clients with my VA business and they definitely keep me busy, but I haven’t stopped being Blerdy Momma. Never gonna happen!

Soooo…. maybe you’ve noticed some changes happening around the website. Like a lot of changes. Surprise!! I’m turning Blerdy Momma into a custom fabric shop. Isn’t that cool?

I love sewing. I wish I had more time for it because I just love putting together a new cosplay or piece of clothing and being able to see progress as it happens. Sewing is one skill I can say I learned entirely on my own, just me and the manual for my first sewing machine.

It is now several years later and I’ve been introduced to the world of custom digital print fabrics. YOU GUYS!!!!!! This is what I’ve been looking for every time I walk into a big chain fabric store and don’t see options for my favorite fandoms. I’m so glad a friend put me on to these awesome sites.

But you know what? Something was still missing. There are a million options if you want fabric inspired by some of the more “mainstream” fandoms. You can find Harry Potter, Dr. Who, or Game of Thrones fabric anywhere. Outside of Mario, I really didn’t see much video game-themed fabric.

So here I am. Because I want Mortal Kombat and Final Fantasy inspired fabric just that bad haha. My goal here is to offer high-quality fabric with unique designs. I want those of us with less popular fandoms to have some options too. If you’re into that, bookmark the site and join my Facebook group.

What’s your favorite fandom? I’m keeping a list of games and shows to inspire my future fanart designs. Come back soon to see what’s available in Round 1!

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Make Your Own Leg Dress Form Tutorial

Leg dress form DIY

If you cosplay frequently, you’ve probably made a million pairs of boot covers to go with every outfit. It’s no surprise that our favorite fantasy characters tend to wear shoes you simply won’t find at the local shoe store. But this leaves you sitting at the sewing machine barefoot, repeatedly trying your boot cover on with your shoe to see if it fits, if you can get it on and off easily, and if all the seams lay just right. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a dress form for your feet? Well, I’ve got good news. You can make your own CUSTOM dress form of your leg and it’s dirt cheap to do! If you’ve got a friend to help, you can get it done in less than an hour. Check it out.

You will need:

Saran WrapLeg Dress form DIY supplies
Packing Tape
Plastic grocery bags

You will use:

Scissors
Masking tape
Permanent Marker

Making the Leg Dress Form

  1. Wrap your bare foot in 2 layers of saran wrap. Wrap all the way up to at least your knee. If you regularly make higher boot covers, feel free to keep your leg straight and wrap higher. (I highly recommend enlisting a friend’s help for that unless you’re a total yoga master.)Dress form saran wrap
  2. Go over the saran wrap with the packing tape. Wrap it snug, but not so tight that you’re cutting off circulation. (If you wrap it too tight, step 4 WILL become dangerous.) Make sure you don’t miss any spots. Lay the tape in different directions for full coverage.Dress form packing tape
  3. Take a permanent marker and draw a straight line down the center back of your leg wrap. Add a few hash marks across this seam. They will be useful later. Draw another straight line around the top edge of the wrap.dress form permanent marker back seam    dress form hash marks
  4. CAREFULLY<<!!! Cut along that center back line you drew. It is probably safer to let someone else do this. And definitely use a pair of scissors and NOT any sort of single blade tool. If you have a pair with a rounded, blunt tip, that’s your best bet. SAFETY FIRST!!leg dress form scissors
  5. At this point, you should be able to slide the wrap off of your foot while maintaining its shape.
  6. It’s time to start stuffing! Ball up your plastic grocery bags as tight as you can and stuff them into the toe of your taped leg form.
  7. Once you have filled the foot area, line up your lowest hashmark and tape the seam back together using a piece of masking tape. Take time now to stuff the ankle of your leg form. It’s important to make sure the foot area is stuffed firmly but not so tight that you distort the shape.
  8. Line up the rest of your hashmarks and tape across them with the masking tape.dress form stuffed
  9. grocery bags recycle
    (Sidenote: This is my favorite way to get rid of my unnecessary stockpile of empty grocery bags.)

    Now you can finish stuffing your leg form. It should be firm enough to hold up to light pressure without collapsing.

  10. Go over the back seam with packing tape to make sure it’s secure. I usually do several strips going across and one or two going up the full length of the leg form. Tape across the top as well.
  11. Your DIY Leg Form is now Complete!leg form finished complete

You should be able to fit this leg form into whatever shoe you plan to wear under your boot covers and then use it to rough draft a pattern, design a mock-up, or test the fit of your boot covers repeatedly. This is also a great tool when you need to paint a unique design on leggings or tights for a cosplay.

Bonus Tips:

  • Wear shorts so that you capture your true leg shape and don’t have any obstructions.
  • For some fun, go pick out a roll of duct tape with a fun pattern on it and cover your finished leg form with it. I made one covered in s’mores print once!
  • You may want to make two leg forms: one for a flat shoe and one for wearing heels. When making the form for heels, point your toe while wrapping your leg.

decorated leg dress form with duct tape

I’m happy to answer any questions you have in the comments below, or you can share pictures of your DIY leg dress form with me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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3 Indie Game Projects I’m Looking Forward To

We love going to conventions and finding out about games coming from indie developers who aren’t ever going to get Fallout 4 level media coverage. Honestly, nowadays I feel like these guys are more likely to have an original game idea, and I’m a sucker for new things. Mainstream gaming (and Hollywood, for that matter) seem to be more focused on generating cash cow sequels to established franchises than innovating brand new concepts. And while I DO await Final Fantasy XV with bated breath, it would just be refreshing to play something I haven’t encountered before while I wait. So, here are 3 indie developer gaming projects I can’t wait to see released.:

Random Encounters indie game
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  • Random Encounters– I visited the vendor table for this card game at Classic Game Fest. The character art caught my attention. This game is played co-op style and the goal is to survive 3 levels with the aid of loot and the luck of your dice roll. Visit their website for a detailed tutorial video and PDF copy of the rule book. According to their Kickstarter, the game is expected to arrive stateside within the next month!
  • Color Thief– I saw gameplay footage of this fun little gem at Pax South 2016 and was absolutely fascinated! Navigating the world by moving color? I’m an adorable chameleon? Puzzles? Sign me up! My only worry is that it’s a PC game, and my laptop is not powered up for gaming. DJ008 can always use an excuse to build a new machine, though. Now, do I preorder one copy or two??
  • Divinia Chronicles: Relics of Gan-Ti– Some random web surfing found me on the website for this game, and the music they have playing in the background reminded me of exploring a Final Fantasy game (specifically, IX, but anyway…). Now I’m a band geek at heart and my love for a well-done soundtrack is what got me into gaming, so I had to check this out. The artwork and graphics hit me with a dose of nostalgia and the story premise did too. It’s supposed to be out on Steam this December, but check out their trailer in the meantime.

Which little-known games are you following? Or are you working on a game that you want people to hear about? Shoot me an email (blerdymomma (at) gmail (dot) com) and let’s talk!

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Little Man Predicts Summerslam

Becky Nattie Eva Carmella Naomi Alexa Summerslam
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This month I thought it would be fun to let my soon-to-be-4 year old make the WWE pay per view predictions. He’s a boy of few words, and strong convictions. I asked him about each match interview-style, and here’s what he had to say:

  • Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton- Randy Orton
  • Finn Bálor vs. Seth Rollins to crown the first WWE Universal Champion- Finn Balor

    finn balor seth rollins summerslam
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  • WWE World Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler- Dean Ambrose
  • John Cena vs. AJ Styles- AJ Styles
  • U.S. Champion Rusev vs. Roman Reigns- Roman Reigns
  • WWE Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte- Charlotte
  • WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. Gallows & Anderson- Gallows & Anderson
  • Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens- Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens
  • Intercontinental Champion The Miz vs. Apollo Crews- Apollo crews
  • Cesaro vs. Sheamus- Sheamus
  • Carmella, Becky Lynch & Naomi vs. Natalya, Eva Marie & Alexa Bliss- Natalya, he very specifically said just Natalya.

Little Man was very sure about all of these predictions. In some cases he told me that he liked one participant in the match, but still expected the other to win. Time to hop on the Network and see if he’s right! How YOU doin’??

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Shared Post: When Does Choice Become a Gimmick in Video Games?

This blog post about choice in video games caught my attention because it mentioned Final Fantasy XIII in the first sentence. And the author is 100% correct. I hated how linear FF XIII was! So much so that I truly do not understand why it was such a sensation or how it warranted a sequel.

I feel like choice is important to my enjoyment of a game. But, I don’t need my choices to determine the entire ending to feel relevant. Who else found entertainment in Final Fantasy VII when your conversation choices decided who you went on the date with at the Golden Saucer? Or when your performances decided your look to “infiltrate” Don Corneo’s mansion? The main storyline didn’t change, but that little nugget still makes it fun. Either way, I feel like choice may or may not add to a game; but the absence of it is definitely a detriment to my experience.

Anyone who has played Final Fantasy XIII knows how much it sucks to have choice taken from you in a video game. Sure, we all love linear games like Super Mario and Zelda, and story-based games like the Final Fantasy series *cough*mostly*cough*, but having the ability to impact the future of your game? Oooh, that’s […]

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6 Nerdcore Artists I Hope You’ve Already Heard Of

nerdcore music haul

I could’ve just named this post “Classic Game Fest: Music Haul”,  but this title sounded more fun. One of My favorite things about Classic Game Fest is the fact that there are musical acts on the sound stage all day long. With the convention being hosted all in one large room, this means I get to blerd out to a soundtrack. As a musician, I love the moments when everyone hears a familiar game tune and there’s just a collective, nostalgic happiness.

Nerdcore is a genre of hip hop music characterized by themes and subject matter considered to be of general interest to nerds.”~ Wikipedia

For the record, I don’t consider the term “nerdcore” to be limited to hip-hop style, but that’s just my interpretation. At Classic Game Fest, we got to meet and listen to a great line up of artists. We made it a point to support our favorites by visiting their booths and buying their music. All of them were super cool and down to earth. We’re all nerds, after all! If you are looking for something new to listen to when you get tired of *insert craptastic pop song here*, check these guys out.

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Bitforce– This rock trio always puts on a high energy show. This was my second or third time seeing them live and they have a great sound.

Aramis– Game Fest was my first encounter with this rapper, but he was absolutely hilarious and chill. Check out his song “RageQuit” on the Sleight of Hand album.

1-UP Creative Mindframe–  This guy (real name: Emmanuel) was pretty cool and we talked to him at length about music. He had a little listening station set up at his booth which DJ008 enjoyed and it turns out he plays saxophone too. We picked up a cd after his set.

Tekforce– Funny story: Tekforce had his laptop hooked up to the sound system playing his background tracks and it died halfway through a song. Two of the other nerdcore artists present hopped up on stage and beatboxed so he could finish the song. It was hilarious and also impressive! Easily the second coolest moment on the sound stage. (Yes, Tekforce, I’m telling everybody.)

Doug Funnie– We missed part of his set, but his song about Psycho Mantis was what stuck with me most. I’ve spent many hours watching DJ008 play through most of the Metal Gear Solid series.

Megaran– So the coolest thing we saw happen on the sound stage was when Megaran did a freestyle using random fan-presented objects for his lyrical inspiration. If you only have 10 minutes, listen to “Infinite Lives” and “Cry of the Planet”. They’re definitely my favorites.

Honorable mention: Victim Cache– Ok. I don’t think we actually saw this band’s performance. But their booth was along with all the other artists and what caught my attention was the tapes stacked on their table. As in those things that music came on after 8-tracks but before CDs. Yes. They had them. And they had adorable cover art on them. They also had EPs (the little LPs)! Fret not, they include digital downloads so you can still listen to the music like a modern human being. But Victim Cache gets an honorable mention just for being creative, and I will at least give these a listen. DJ008 does actually have a set of turntables.

So there you have it. We spent a lot of time hanging out in front of the sound stage at Classic Game Fest. And if you saw my post about my Games Haul, you know that we are still within the $200 budget that we set for the weekend. Impressed? I sure was! Now go check out all these amazing artists and tell me your favorite songs!

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Classic Game Fest, part 1: Games Haul

Classic Game Fest games haul

Classic Game Fest is an awesome two-day convention held in Austin annually to celebrate retro gaming culture in all it’s forms. There are no Xbox Ones or Alienware. Instead, there are Power Gloves and cartridges as far as the eye can see. And it’s a marvelous thing!

If you’re following me on Instagram, you got to see a bit of our family experience. It’s going to take me a series of posts to share all that Classic Game Fest had to offer. 🙂 So where do we start? With the games! DUH!

We made out like bandits considering we set a spending budget of $200 for Classic Game Fest. Now that doesn’t include leaving the con to eat and things like that. That was just money intended for shopping at the convention. And within that, we managed to score some awesome new peripherals and games (and much, much more; keep an eye out for future posts). Y’all know there is nothing I love more than a good deal. Take a look!CGF console peripherals haul

Peripherals

  1. NES Advantage- Can you say adjustable turbo? At $5, this thing was a steal!
  2. NES controller- We needed a second USB one after the kids got DJ008 one for Father’s day.
  3. SNES controller- Also USB connection. DJ008 is putting together a Hyperspin machine for our living room.
  4. XBox 360 remote- Our Xbox 360 lives in the guest room and spends more time as a Hulu viewer than a game console now, so it made sense to finally get a remote for it.CGF game haul

Video Games

  1. Star Ocean: The Second Story- You guys… I never finished this game. The copy I borrowed from a friend had a scratch on the first disk, so once I beat the boss at the end it was never able to finish the cut scene and load the second disc. That has bugged me to this day, but I never found this game at a low enough price to get it. FINALLY… THE BLERD WILL FINISH THE SECOND STORY!!!!
  2. Star Ocean Till the End of Time- This game was $8. I was not leaving it on the table.
  3. NBA Give ‘n Go- DJ008 picked this one. I don’t generally play sports games because I suck horribly at them and I’m ok with that.
  4. NARC- This cartridge is a port of the old 80’s arcade game. DJ008 picked this one too.
  5. Rad Racer- So now I’ll just admit that I didn’t actively get into gaming until Sega and Playstation. DJ008 picked all the NES stuff. I’ve just been slowly attempting to go back and pick up on things I missed.
  6. Driver- Grand Theft Auto without hookers!
  7. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell- DJ008 likes stealth games (MGS all day), but never got into Splinter Cell. Now is as good a time as any, I guess.
  8. Dance Dance Revolution DDRMax2- Candy is my jam… ’nuff said.

I think we got a good haul at Classic Game Fest, don’t you? Come back in a few days to see the nerdcore music, clothes, jewelry, and everything else we got in Austin!

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Shared post: WWE Battleground Recap

I forgot to have a second post ready this past week, so please hop on over to Pop Culture Uncovered and check out this smart recap of the last WWE pay per view, Battleground. I largely agree with Brett’s analysis, and look forward to Summerslam after the success of this show.

It’s been a crazy week since last Monday in the WWE Universe. It was capped off by a PPV (special event?) that was better than it had any right to be. With a handful of matches I would’ve expected at Summerslam, this event was the perfect mix of great wrestling action and promise for the […]

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