Round 1: Console Wars is coming to a close, and thank you for giving Blerdy Momma Boutique a truly Grand Opening! It is now time for you to get a sneak peek at Round 2. I’m super excited to finally unveil this preview!
Round 2 is called *drumroll please*… Arcade Fighters. I loooooooooove fighting games. Like fighting games as a genre is number 2 on my list right behind all the Final Fantasy games collectively. So after starting off with the original argument, Console Wars, it only made sense to make my next round all about fighting games. I picked a couple classics… take a look:
So how many quarters did you lose on these growing up? Enough to buy a console? Me too, lol. Strike-offs will be in soon and Round 2 starts February 1st!
Surprise!! Round 2: Arcade Fighters will also include a very special Loot Drop. To commemorate the Black Panther movie coming out later this month (Feb 16th, buy your ticket while there’s still time!), I am offering this Pantera Onca fabric. Enjoy!
*** Keep in mind, this fabric will be on pre-order status. Meaning, it will not be delivered prior to the movie premiere. I apologize for the inconvenience.***
So what are you going to make with these fabrics? Share your favorite patterns with Blerdy Momma. I’m always looking for more to add to my collection!
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 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…
GameStation adult panel and some patterned fabric
Basic T-Shirt, GameBox child panel
GameBox pattern to back the shirt
Strikeoffs of GameBox and GameStation… my babies!!
I know this is a fabric shop, but I’m human, so I have other interests… sometimes. Weight loss is one such interest, or maybe the proper term is “mission” or “goal.” That’s because I’m a mother of 2 who did not bounce back from pregnancy all that well. If I’m being honest, I was already 30 pounds overweight when I got pregnant the first time.
I now have 50 pounds to lose. I have struggled for several years now to lose weight, but I have a hard time being consistent with any strategy I choose. If I workout, I don’t eat properly. If I eat right, I only do so for a few days at a time.
I have found that taking baby steps helps me. I stopped making kool-aid and sweet tea, and now I drink water 90% of the day. I have also found that tuning in to my inner blerd is crucial to my success. If I want to be healthy, I have to be nerdy.
This article wraps up fitness in a fabulous gamer package. I need that. I need that, and I need a hot soundtrack.
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!
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!
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:
Plastic grocery bags
You will use:
Making the Leg Dress Form
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.)
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.
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.
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!!
At this point, you should be able to slide the wrap off of your foot while maintaining its shape.
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.
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.
Line up the rest of your hashmarks and tape across them with the masking tape.
Now you can finish stuffing your leg form. It should be firm enough to hold up to light pressure without collapsing.
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.
Your DIY Leg Form is now 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.
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.
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!
Ya know, I named this blog BlerdyMomma because I am a nerdy, black mom and those are 3 characteristics about me that will never change. But I don’t actually talk about my children all that often. That’s mainly because I don’t think my children should have a huge web presence before they can even read. And how do I know some weirdo won’t take their pictures off of here and turn them into some ridiculous meme?
I guess I don’t. But leaving my kids off the blog means that a huge chunk of my daily life goes unmentioned. How can I really share our blerd family lifestyle if I’m not talking about half of the family? I can’t.
So meet my kids: Little Man and Baby Hulk…
They come with us to conventions. They love to watch WWE every week. And they both have Sickle Cell Anemia.
Sickle Cell is a genetic blood disorder affecting millions of people worldwide. Just in America, 1,000 babies are born with it every year. But most people know nothing about it. That’s probably because it disproportionately affects minority groups here.
Sickled blood cells cannot work as hard or live as long as healthy red blood cells. Because of this, they lead to all sorts of health problems over time. My children are at high risk for things like stroke and pneumonia, and they suffer from episodes called “pain crises”. A pain crisis happens when their sickle – shaped blood cells traffic jam in their arteries, blocking blood flow and causing very painful swelling at the site of the blockage.
Parents like me have the challenging job of advocating for children with what is essentially an “invisible illness” 80% of the time. Little Man is just now getting to a point where he can describe his symptoms and learn about what is happening in his body. And next year he’s going to start school where the staff probably won’t know, understand, and in some cases, believe him.
I am talking about this because sickle cell disease is twice as common as cystic fibrosis, and yet I rarely meet people (doctors included) who have a working knowledge of the disease. I just want to share a few tidbits that will let you know how to support someone with sickle cell.
Sickle Cell Health Tips:
Stay hydrated – Dehydration will almost invariably lead to a pain crisis in someone with SCD.
Avoid extreme weather – You know how your hands go numb when it’s too cold outside? That can become a pain crisis too.
NEVER ignore a fever – Fevers can be a sign of blood infection. A fever is always grounds for a visit to the doctor.
Avoid sick people – The common cold is not bad by itself. But having SCD means that the blood cannot work as hard to heal my kids. Fighting off that cold could cause their blood cells to break down faster than they can replace them. When that happens, they need a blood transfusion.
Resources about Sickle Cell:
Sickle Cell 101 – The SCDAA website is full of great, easy-to-understand information about SCD. They also offer networking opportunities and local support groups for patients and their families.
As my children and I grow, I am learning more about Sickle Cell every day. I often forget how unique my children are, because this is a genetic disorder diagnosed at birth, and we simply don’t know what it is to be normal. They were born this way, and symptoms started showing before they were each a year old. I love my boys and I wouldn’t change them for the world, so I guess I better change the world for my boys.
I. am. SO. EXCITED!!!!! Y’all, we got orders. We got orders on pretty short notice and we PCS’d to the East coast. That means a whole new crop of conventions to attend!! I loved San Antonio, and already miss it terribly, but I cannot overstate my excitement at being a blerd family living right in the DMV (D.C./Maryland/Virginia, fyi). This is going to be so great!!!
(Sidenote: I cannot neglect to mention my absolute heartbreak at learning that the 2017 Royal Rumble would be in San Antonio a month after we were leaving. Undertaker was there… I’m still not over it, but I’m trying not to dwell…)
So beyond doing all the responsible adult parent research (schools, neighborhoods, etc.), I immediately started researching our options for keeping up this blerd family lifestyle. Are there any local conventions? Where are the comic book/ nerd shops? How often does WWE come to town? #Priorities, people. Check out my dreamsheet for the year below!
MAGfest- Jan 5-8; We missed out on this festival for 2 reasons: 1. We were hip deep in boxes and paperwork. 2. By the time we found out about it, badges were insanely expensive! It would’ve been nearly $250 for our family just to get in the door, and it just didn’t make since financially at that moment. Day passes were no longer available, so we’ll just have to shoot for early pre-reg next year.
Animore- Jan 13-15; Unfortunately, we missed this convention this time around. We simply were too busy settling into our new house and unpacking. But I don’t want to forget about it. It looks good for next year.
Katsucon- Feb 17-19; This has been like a mythical event I only ever heard about in POC nerd groups on Facebook. I am too hyped to be attending myself this year! I already love that there’s an entire section of kid-friendly panels listed on the website.
Anime Fan Fest Baltimore- Jun 3-4; Apparently this will be the first year of AFF Baltimore, and June means I have plenty of time to get cosplays ready for my whole family on my new sewing machine!
BlerDCon- Jun 30- Jul 2; I am thoroughly excited to go to a con that expressly caters to nerd of color. This will be the inaugural year, so I have high hopes that the first impression is a great one!
Otakon- Aug 11-13; This is another convention that seems popular in POC nerd groups, but I’ve never been to it in person. The website says they’re expanding for 2017, and registration isn’t even open yet, so I know I can get some great cosplays ready!
Baltimore Comic-Con- Sept 22-24; I love any event where my kids get in for free!
Congress of Gamers, Fall Session- Oct 7-8; The gimmick of this is just adorable. The whole website is written in the style of our founding documents. That dedication was enough for my to check out the Fall session. If I enjoy myself, I may check out the Winter and Summer sessions as well.
Southern Maryland Comic-Con- This con did their 2016 event in November and hasn’t posted a 2017 date yet. Right now it’s on my radar, but it’s only a one day event, so I’m not yet sure the drive will be worth it. For now, it’s worth keeping my eye on.
Ugh… this list looks expensive… I better kick my virtual assistant hustle into overdrive! What conventions are you going to this year? Will we be at the same ones? You better say hi if you see me at a convention!!
Update: Umm… why did nobody tell me about Awesome Con (Jun 16-18)?? It’s right in Washington D.C and it’s only the weekend directly before my birthday! I must be in the building! I guess that rounds things out for 10 conventions for the year IF I can make it to them all…
Public Service Announcement: If you are not done having children, please try to make a conscious effort to spread out their birthdays. Our boys’ birthdays are barely 3 weeks apart on the calendar. Between them and the abnormally high number of other family birthdays in August, I’ve been insanely busy. It’s my own fault for insisting on doing their parties mostly DIY. The things I do for love, huh? Once they’re both past the age of 5, combined parties every year from then on!
At the same time that motherhood duties kicked into overdrive, I finally got some callbacks on Upwork, where I peddle my Virtual Assistant services. I couldn’t very well turn down potential income with the holiday season right around the corner now, could I? Of course not. Did I also mention the revolving door of family visitors that we simply can’t avoid around “birthday season”? My house has been a zoo, a love-filled zoo.
Unfortunately, this has all left me with zero time to update Blerdy Momma. :'( I haven’t been able to draft new posts or edit pictures to share, and my camera is collecting dust with pictures from San Japan still in it. Please rest assured that once all the buzz settles down, I will be back at it. The best way to keep up with me right now is via Instagram where I still manage to post periodically.
A thousand apologies for my impromptu absence. It should all be over soon. I can’t wait to be back. And if you happen to have any suggestions on how I can improve my time management, email me at blerdymomma(at)gmail(dot)com!
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– 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!