Friday, October 31, 2014

How to Make a Quiver for Your Katniss Costume: Cosplay Tutorial



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to show you how I made my quiver. I was planning to use this technique for when I do my Katniss cosplay, but I haven't found the perfect fabric yet. Hopefully this tutorial will help you make your own quiver. I will say that I use this quiver in my everyday use, and it's really easy to do.

I will also say that this is not an idea that I came up on my own. I did a little research and found this site. I pretty much followed everything step by step up until she added the extra fabric to the top part of her quiver. I opted out of that part of the tutorial. I'll go step by step and show what I did to achieve my own quiver.

Here's a list of things that I used and what they cost:
     2 yards of faux leather fabric - $7
     One spool of all purpose thread - $5
     One cardboard box - Free
     Packing tape - $5
     Box cutter - $4

As you can see, it was pretty inexpensive. I owned most of the materials, and I plan to use scissors and packing tape again. I also have leftover materials so that I could make at least two more quivers if I wanted to.

I started out with the cardboard box. After I measured a side against one of my arrows, I cut it. The piece of cardboard was a little bit shorter than my arrow so that the arrow would stick out of the quiver. You can see what I'm talking about in the picture down below.



After cutting the cardboard, I rolled it with a rolling pin so that it wasn't straight piece of cardboard. After getting it in a semi-round shape, I tape it together so that it resembled a tube. Again, you can see this in the picture that I took down below.




The next thing that I did was take some faux leather fabric, wrapped it around the cardboard, added a couple of inches to the end, and cut it from that measurement. That is a horrible way to describe what I did, and I can't figure out a better way to say it. Look at the blog that I mentioned, and that will help. I sewed the fabric together with the leather side facing inward. You can see what I mean in the picture down below.



Next, I measured the circumference of the cardboard tube, and I cut a circle of fabric based on those measurements, adding a little so that I could sew the bottom while it was inside out. This is used as the bottom of the quiver. I took a picture. You can see it down below.



Then, I flipped the fabric so that it was right side out, pushed the cardboard tube inside the fabric tube, and flipped the extra fabric at the top to the inside of the tube. You can see this in the pictures below.



Lastly, I took two strips of fabric, sewed them together to create the strap, and sewed the strap to the bottom and the top of the tube. At first I tried to staple the strap on, but the strap did not stay on for very long. If you don't wont to sew this piece, I would suggest a strong fabric glue. For the best results, sew it on, but it is a little difficult to accomplish.



And there you have it! You have a quiver for your cosplay and archery needs. I hope that this tutorial helps! That's all for this post. Comment down below on some cosplay tutorials that your would like to see on the blog. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Re-Read Book Review #1 / Twilight Revisited in Facebook Mini Series?!





Hello, everyone! I’m back with a Re-Read Book Review! Not only is this the first of this series for the blog, but it is an extra special post. I’ve just got through rereading Twilight by Stephenie Meyer in honor of the new reboot series that is going to be popping up on Facebook. Because of this, I’m going to be talking about the book as well as what I think about this reboot idea.  But enough about that, let’s get onto the review!

Rereading this book has been very interesting. It’s the first time that I’ve done it while I’ve been in college, and I’ll admit that it felt like going back in time for me. I was brought back to high school and obsessing over these characters. It also felt a little weird too. For a while now, Twilight has been the butt of many a joke, and part of me felt like I had to sneak around to read my book. To be fair, I got over that quite quickly.

I did like reading Bella and Edward’s relationship again.  I know that people are quick to say how creepy the relationship is, and I totally get that. The sleep stalking thing went a little far, but I did like other aspects of their relationship.  They want to protect each other and be together. It’s like a very intense version of your first true love.

One aspect that was interesting as I read was the fact that I already knew what Edward was, a vampire. I knew all the lore behind and could guess what his motives were because I have read all of the books in the series. While it made it difficult for me to engage in some of Bella’s thoughts of what Edwards could possibly be, I kept asking myself, “What’s Edward thinking here?” While a few of us have read a book from Edward’s point of view titled Book Which Shall Not Be Named, rereading Twilight made me think again about Edward’s perspective.

One thing I that I found a little disappointing was the fight scene at the end. Of course, after watching the movie where we get the whole picture of what happened, the book ending seemed to be lacking a little luster. Instead, we get James throwing Bella around a bit and a fade to black book version.  While it made sense for the book and what was happening, it leaves the reader feeling a little disappointed.

It was a little hard for me imagining the characters as something other than their movie counterparts. While that may not be a bad thing, I found myself expecting one thing to happen and something else occurs, which is weird. I didn't think I would have that much of a problem with it. That also may be because of the wait in between reads.

I still found myself enjoying Twilight. I might even go on with the rest of the series, but it may be a while before I do one for the blog. I may bring them back up for when Facebook does their mini series. With all of this in mind, I give this book three and a half apples out of five.


Now let's talk about this mini series. According to several sources, Lions Gate and Facebook are coming together to create this series titled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga.

From the articles that I read, it sounds liked there is going to be a competition of sorts with a panel of judges from the author Stephenie Meyer to director of the first Twilight film Catherine Hardwicke to the actress who brought Bella to life the first go around Kristen Stewart. 

There's a lot of good things going on here. There are people that the Twilight fandom trusts to handle the series. There is a focus on women in the film industry, and they may be able to bring a new light to the franchise. I think that from the information we have so far, we all have a chance to hope that this could end out well.

But to be honest, it's too soon to tell anything yet. For all we know, we could end up with a terrible rendition of the Twilight Series that we'll be laughing about until we're rolling in motorized chairs. Then again, it could be a really inventive take on a book series that many of us really love. Only time will tell Twihards. 

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Narration: How I'm (Sort of) Becoming a Writer #3



Hello, everyone! I'm back and I'm ready to tell you have I'm sort of becoming a writer. Today I'm going to focus on some of the things I've learned about narrative and how some recent peer review went. But enough about that. Let's get to the good stuff!

Narration is pretty much how you tell your story. There are many different ways to get your point across. You can have many different points of view. Depending on what you decide on can change how readers view the story.

We did an interesting exercise in class. We got to envision a particular scene in a story we wanted to tell that at least had three different characters. Each character had the chance to be the focal point when we tested each point of view. We started with first person, then third person, second person, and ended with one of the characters explaining the scene to someone who wasn't there.

I was quite surprised with my findings. I tend to write my stories in first person because I find it to be the most connecting with the reader. However, I found that for this particular story, it was better written from the third person point of view. I also found that writing in second person was interesting. I had never really done it before, and while it was difficult to get the wording just right, it made for a fascinating way to convey a story.

Up next we focused on our short shorts that we had written for the workshop. For me, I wasn't entirely happy with the work that I produced. I didn't get to say everything that I wanted to, and I felt that I was a little rushed, whether it be from the page length or coming up with an idea on short notice. Still, I manage to get sort of what I wanted down.

I decided to write a story about a man who doesn't have relationships. He has obsessions. I had him break into someone's house and takes some things and gets caught. He's very suave, but crazy at the same time. I wanted to get him to do some really creepy things, but I ran out of pages. Perhaps this wasn't the best idea for the short short category.

It seemed to go over well with the two classmates was in my particular workshop. I think that they really got what I was trying to go for as well as having some really good comments. It's nice to get a small pat on the back when you're not entirely sure about something.

Another good thing was that they also had some good criticism. I am horrible about reading comments on my papers. I hyperventilate, freak out, and feel judged, but I'm starting to see the light (a little bit). The comments can only make me better. They bring up some things that I didn't even think of, and I can incorporate some of those things back into my work.

That's it for this post! Comment down below with some constructive criticism, and I may or may not read it. I'll try, I promise. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email to the Subscribe Box down below and off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ button off to the right. Follow me on twitter for up to date information about the blog and ridiculousness about my life @KK_Donna_Blog. Lastly, follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog, which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Merchandise Review: Hermione Wand Pen and Bookmark



Hello, everyone! I'm back with another merchandise review! I know, I know. I have been doing a lot of product reviews lately and not a lot of reading, and I have a good reason for it. One, I'm in college and they tend to tell me what to read for the majority of my time. "Well, why haven't you done a Book Review: School Edition?" you may ask. So far we've just been reading short stories, and I usually just do novels for those reviews. Two, fanfiction. That's all I'm going to say about it. Seriously.

Anyway, today I'm reviewing something that I got while I was overseas. It's the the Hermione Wand Pen (and also bookmark, technically) that I got at Hamleys. It is part of the Noble Collection, which is also amazing and displayed at Hamleys. They seriously could have taken all of my money. But I'm not here to talk about that. Let's get to the review!

I'm really enjoying this pen, which is an odd thing to say, but I had originally thought it would be a souvenir that I would keep on my shelf with some of the other things I bought. However, I'm using it everyday. I have it where my stylus usually in on my tablet case. It's a good little pen.

It's also pretty recognizable. Many of my friends who are Harry Potter fans, recognize it immediately. They like to hold it and write with it and wave it around like a wand. It's a pretty good size for my hand. My hand covers the base when I hold the end, so it really feels and looks like a wand.

One thing I have to say is that after a few weeks, my pen broke. I felt like a part of me died when it happened. The tip of the pen was pushed further into the pen, and it made it impossible to use. However, it also was an easy fix. I popped the end of pen off and pushed the ink tube and tip back through the end. Then I just popped the top back into place, and that was that.

The bookmark was a bookmark. For a second I thought that the wand was going to also be a bookmark, and then I realized it was a two for one combo. The picture was pretty cool and featured Hermione and her wand. You can tell the similarities between her wand and the wand in the picture, which I found really cool.

I paid ten pounds for the set, which is about $12.50 in American money. I checked, and on Amazon.com, you can get this for nine dollars. I still felt like it was worth it with the experience that I got with it, and it something that I can use everyday. So, go check them out on Amazon.com.






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