Thursday, 31 July 2014

my first loot crate - july, villains

Undoubtedly you lovely people have noticed that recently my blog has been heavy on the 'geek' aspect - I hope you don't mind, I'm basking in the nerdalicious wave of fandom and geekness of the past couple of weeks - but where I can I am still getting all my crafting done (geek themed of course currently) but all my projects are either a) currently secret, or b) in progress. So here to share with you again is my first ever LootCrate!

I first heard about this brilliant phenomenon on two of my favourite blogs - Dainty and Ivory and The Sparkly Panda - and if you don't know what LootCrate don't worry, neither did I when I first read about it! Basically it is a monthly subscription box filled with geeky-goodies worth more than the cost to subscribe. Based in the United States, LootCrate deliver to many countries across the world (including the UK of course) and each month follows a 'theme'.

July's theme sold me finally as I had been mm-ing and ah-ing about this for months now - but the promise of VILLAINS, with an exclusive t-shirt and a LootCrate only comic book up for grabs, how could I say no.

LootCrate are huge on social media, and the box encourages you to document your 'opening of your loot' - but being my first I was too darned excited to do that! Next time, promise (as of course I will carry on with this splendid box!). 

This month's loot included - a 'Joki' t-shirt (mash-up of Batman and Thor villains - perfect); a pair of Deadpool socks; a Bowzer magnet; a Darth Vader key ring (SCORE); a DVD documentary on the neccesity of evil in stories (a documentary for goodness sake, that's a brilliant idea!!); a poster of Harley Quinn and the Joke; exclusive Marvel Rocket Raccoon comic.

And let's not forget the custom box which made me chuckle a lot and caused not a few funny looks from B - though of course I saw the jealousy in his eyes too as the t-shirt won't fit him, mua ha ha.

I am THOROUGHLY impressed with LootCrate and simply cannot wait for next month's theme, the only theme that could beat villains - HEROES. If you are interested in LootCrate and haven't already subscribed why not head on over to their website and use the code 'HEROES' for a 10% discount on your first box! There are rumours of an exclusive POP! figure in August's box...

Do you get LootCrate? Were you happy too with the loot this month? :)

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

in pictures at mcm comic con - manchester 19-20 july

PICTURE TIME :) here are a few of my favourite pictures from last weekend at MCM Comic Con (you can read about the con here). If you want to see all of the pictures I took why not mosey on over to my blog's Facebook page!

WARNING this is a pic heavy post so I'm sorry if it loads slowly.

on our way on saturday morning
i'm the star of this game!
lulu & auron FFX
riku FFX-2
serah FFXIII-2
storm troopers - star wars
connor - assassins creed 3
sora - kingdom hearts 2
goku - dragon ball z
metal gear solid
squall - FFVIII
sephiroth - FFVII
freya - FFIX
metal gear solid
fran - FFXII
weekend pass & day stamp
queueing on sunday morning
cloud - FFVII
cloud & belle & cersei :)
john snow, margary tyrell - game of thrones
dr who x2
red gyarados
metal gear solid (i think)
mal - firefly
getting tired now
elsa, anna - frozen
rapunzel - tangled
jack frost - rise of the guardians
elsa - frozen
jango fett - star wars
teenage mutant ninja turtles

Sunday, 27 July 2014

idea-list #3

Ever since MCM Comic Con (well, since forever really but at a heightened level since last weekend!) I've been keeping my eye out for excellent geeky crafts I can get my hands on! You can see my ever growing list on my geeky crafts Pinterest board - full of craft projects and general inspiration.
pinned from xstitchmyheart
pinned from xstitchmyheart

 These patterns are just a sample of the many on offer from XStitchMyHeart which I found on Pinterest. Unfortunately you can't buy the patterns from her Etsy shop anymore as it has closed down - however you can email her ( and she will sell them to you via PayPal - because of my interest in 3 patterns I am getting a '3 for £6' deal which isn't too bad! I want to buy more but I treated myself to a number of patterns this weekend already ...

image source ragingstitches
RagingStitches' Etsy shop is full of fun/cheeky patterns such as the naughty Disney princesses one above! I spotted this on her Intsagram page and new immediately I needed it! I finally treated myself this weekend as I am finding some great ideas for the Disney DICraftSwap

pinned from happycupcakecreation
Another Etsy shop that I will be shopping at very soon filled with excellent cross stitch patterns - HappyCupcakeCreation has LOADS that I have my eye one - too many to buy them all (until pay day at least) and to share, I would really recommend having a nosey for any geeky cross stitch fans.

pinned from here
I've had my eyes on these Totoro mittens ever since I learned to knit 2 years ago but they require double knitting which I still haven't really had a go at. However I have made huge strides in my knitting over the past few months and so this Autumn I think it will finally be time! You can find the pattern from free over on Ravelry.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

my experience at mcm comic con - manchester 19-20 july

This post is about my experiences at MCM Comic Con - in a nutshell, AMAZING - so don't worry about the lack of pictures, I took so many I will just have to do another post devoted entirely to pictures!

If you read my blog and follow me on twitter and really just know me in any way then you will know I have been preparing for the Manchester MCM Comic Con weekend ever since I bought the tickets way back in February!
excited at the station - 8am saturday!
I decided a few months ago that I would go for one day as Belle (Beauty & the Beast - I already made a costume almost a year ago for D&E's American leaving party) and for the other I would go as Lightning Farron from Final Fantasy XIII - I REALLY love that game and it is one of the few games out there with a strong female lead who dresses (almost) sensibly for combat and who's world isn't all about getting the man. B chose Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII for both days, and friend B came as Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones for the Sunday.

saturday - lightning & cloud; riku wasn't with us!

sunday - cloud, belle & cersei
I can't begin to describe to you how amazing an experience this was!! Fundamentally, from a first-timer's point of view, Comic Con is a huge gathering of like-minded geek fellows, about 75% -90% of who dressed up/cosplayed (but 25% could have tried harder!) to peruse the awesome gathering of traders and independent comic book artists and to spend all the money on things you just LOVE! Helping hint - if you are planning on attending a Con do make sure you save up so you can buy everything that you want to without worrying - and the selection of stuff that you get is immense! Just see the haul I got for me and B!
The cosplay was hands-down the most amazing part of the weekend. Me and B were so so happy on Saturday - the sheer number of people who stopped us to tell us how amazing we looked and to ask for a picture was overwhelming; we had cheesy grins on our faces all day long (even though Lightning & Cloud have to be the moodiest FF protagonists ever!) and were snapping pictures of all the other amazing costumes as well. And we felt strangely liberated walking around Manchester on the way home being dressed so differently to all the shoppers and tourists. It also serves as a great way to immediately bond and chat with complete strangers at Comic Con, and pretend you are celebrities (it really felt like people reacted to us as if we were the actual video game characters, it was insane!

lulu & auron
these storm troopers used the proper radios
metal gear solid - THIS is genius
People watching doesn't get better than at Comic Con!

red gyarados!
There are also actors/nerd icons available for autographs (at £15 a go though we left it this time) and Q&A panels. At the Manchester Comic Con James Cosmo was in attendance (Lord Commander Mormont from Game of Thrones!) and we went to watch him and Ross Mullan (The White Walker) take part in a panel. It was so so fascinating! I made notes that I may have to share with you in another post (if you would like me to?) it was just so great - the best part of which was that the panel was free! We also caught 15 minutes of the one before with 2 video game voice actors and what they had to say was more interesting than I thought it would be. So me and B have decided when we next go to Comic Con we will devote one day to just the panels so we can learn. There were also many actors from Red Dwarf over the weekend, and Warrick Davies! Unfortunately he was poorly on Sunday so we missed out seeing him speak.
james cosmo & ross mullan
You can also sample new games (such as the new Borderlands and Transformers games had demo's up over the weekend) and play card game tournaments (I definitely saw some Yu-Gi-Oh action). We didn't want to get involved with these - the queues far outweighed our interest in them - but the people getting involved looked like they were having a whale of a time!

All in all, if you are thinking about attending a Comic Con, I can thoroughly recommend going! The price was right (£20 for a weekend priority ticket, got you in 2 hours before general entry on Saturday and whizzed in in no time on Sunday morning), the atmosphere was literally insane and amazing all day long, and I'm just so sad that the weekend has come to an end! Also DEFINITELY cosplay - don't just dress up in fancy dress, but cosplay! You talk to more people, you feel accomplished for putting effort into a passion and you get to share the experience with everyone on a greater level of enjoyment!

luckily you can shower with the wristband - was a hot one!
a little out of character on the way home!
I am definitely looking forward to next year's! And we are even thinking of going to a larger one in Birmingham or even London! 

If you would like to see more pictures of the weekend head over to my Facebook page and have a look! I will also post again with just some of my favourite pictures and you can help me choose the best ones for an album!