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a hand in the sand [m]

COUNT → 16.076

GENRE → smut

PAIRING → jungkook | reader

WARNINGS → hand kink | pirates | chuck e. cheese | horses

i worked really hard on this all weekend you guys!!!!!! i hope it’s not too bad :-( let me know what you think!!!!!!! love you!!!!!!!!!! this was a special request from my bff @tinkerbeom so if anyone to blame its her fault!!!!!! :-)

Your nails dug into the wall, but lost your balance every few seconds from all the sweat in your palms. Jungkook was behind you, thrusting into you so fast that you couldn’t even ask yourself where you were. All you could think of was the word “dick” as it went through one ear, out the other, then did a little turn around your head and back inside your ear to repeat the process.

“That feel good, baby girl? Come on. Let me hear you.”

“It feels so goo—”

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mcdonalds gothic

-What’s that beeping? It’s everything. The machines are crying for your help. You hear beeping in your sleep.

-Another new hire has come. Fresh blood. Their eyes look bright. They don’t last long. A few months later you wonder where they went. No one seems to know.

-You’re walking down the street and there’s a fry box on the ground. When you drive home there’s a mcdonalds billboard. You turn on the tv and a mcdonalds commercial is playing. You get mcdonalds coupons in the mail. It’s everywhere; you cannot escape it.

-You see the same faces in the drive-thru every day. You do not know who they are, but they know you.

-You look at your time punches. Didn’t you work more hours than this? You don’t know. You will add it up someday when you are not tired. You are always tired.

-You look at the other fast food restaurant across the street and feel a vague distain. At least you are not working There. Someone has assured you this is better, but why?

-The children are screaming. The parents scream back at them. You want to scream too, but that is not allowed.

-Everything you do is being timed. They say the Secret Shopper might arrive today. You must perform, or else.

-Your friends talk about “closing” at their jobs. You wonder what it is like. Your store is always open. People never believe you.

tainted-petals  asked:

Please please PLEASE give us the mistaken Grim Reaper UT / UF Paps as well

( *With that many pleases, how can I say no? ;]  )

This is another bonus to the Skelebros Mistaken for the Grim Reaper 


Papyrus was leaving his house when he noticed his human neighbor outside, getting their mail.  Instantly, he felt a kindred connection; he also enjoyed checking his mailbox as soon as the mail was delivered!  Not only did it keep his mailbox neat (unlike the monstrosity that was his brother’s mailbox…) but he always had to keep an eye out for fan mail.  So far, he’d only gotten one letter with horrible, childlike handwriting, but it had proclaimed him as “THE COOLEST!” and Papyrus had promptly framed it in his room.

So, he went to greet his human neighbor, a warm smile plastered on his face as he bound across their yard.  "HELLO THERE, HUMAN!  I NOTICED YOU GETTING YOUR MAIL, AND I–“

“Oh no.  Oh no, no, no, no!”  The human’s eyes went wide the moment they saw Papyrus coming toward them, and they began backing up, clutching their bills to their chest and shaking their head.  Papyrus paused, his smile fading and bony brows furrowing in confusion.  "Please don’t.  Don’t do this.  I’m not ready!“

”..YOU’RE NOT READY TO MEET ME?“ Papyrus queried with a tilt of his skull.

The human nodded, stumbling back over their own feet.  "Yes, exactly!  I can’t!  I don’t want to meet Death just yet.”  They drop some of their junk mail–coupons–because they’re shaking so bad at this point.  

“DEATH?  WELL, YOU’RE IN LUCK BECAUSE I’M JUST PAPYRUS.”  The lanky skeleton reaches down to pick up the coupons and attempts to hand it to the human, but they jerk away, flinching as if his touch was deadly.  

“Please!  I need more time!”


“ will?”

“OF COURSE!” Papyrus is staring, but hey, if the human needs time to prepare, he understands.  "I KNOW IT CAN BE TIRESOME TO MEET SOMEONE AS GREAT AS I, BUT YOU MUSTN’T GET TOO WORKED UP.  AFTER ALL, I’M JUST LIKE YOU!“  Again, he tries to hand them the coupons, but they don’t take them.  However, they do look immensely relieved.

"Thank you!  Thank you!  You can, uh, keep those if you want,” they blurt before darting into the house.  Papyrus stares at the junk mail in his hand, before his eyesockets turn shiny and he clutches them to his chest.


And then he bounds back to his house, and he never does realize that his new black coat makes him look like the Grim Reaper when he has it buttoned up.  


While Edge is used to wearing black, on the Surface, he decides to wear a long black coat after his brother buys it for him during some human holiday.

.. And he’s wearing that same long coat when he starts banging on his neighbor’s door.  

The human answers it and immediately pales at his visage, their smile completely fading.  As their gaze shifts to the dog held in Papyrus’s arms, they throw their hand over their mouth to stifle a gasp and appear absolutely horrified.  


“Please, don’t kill him!  Please!  It’s not his time!”  The human interrupts, appearing on the verge of tears.  Papyrus actually looks stricken.  Just because he’s a monster that’s dusted several of his own kind over the years and maybe-sorta-definitely killed some humans as well doesn’t mean that he’s going to slaughter someone’s pet in front of them.  


“Are you going to kill me instead?  I don’t want to die, though!  Please, don’t reap my soul!  Don’t reap either of our souls!”  The human is verging on hysteria, and Papyrus doesn’t understand what they’re babbling about.  


“Then dog souls?!  Is that why you have him?!”

“NO!  WHY WON’T YOU LISTEN?”  Edge is exasperated and stomps his foot.  "YOUR MUTT ENDED UP IN MY HOUSE AGAIN, GNAWING ON MY SPECIAL ATTACK!  YOU NEED TO LEARN TO CONTROL IT!“  He thrusts the dog out toward the human, and they immediately gather their pet to their chest, sighing heavily in relief.  

"Thank you for not killing him.. but do I still have to go with you?”

Where the hell did this human get that idea?  Edge can’t wrap his mind around it, and his scowl is as deep as it can get without a full-blown temper tantrum.  "I DON’T WANT YOU TO GO ANYWHERE WITH ME!  EVER!“

Instead of appearing insulted like Edge was hoping for, the human looks relieved and actually grins at him.  "Thank you!  You’re such a sweet guy!  Not at all what I was expecting from Death!”

Papyrus only catches the compliments, and while he wouldn’t call himself sweet, he’ll take what he can get.  It leaves him grasping for a retort, however, his cheekbones dusted a light pink.  "YES, WELL.. I..I’M NOT SWEET.  DON’T.. DON’T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN!“  

His warning sounds flat even to him.  

He leaves the house feeling completely confused and doesn’t even grasp the concept of looking like the Grim Reaper.  

But later on, when his neighbor (who he ultimately dates at some point) explains to Papyrus their initial impression of him, well.. He blames Red for his misfortune and takes it out on him.  

He still wears the black jacket, however.  It doesn’t get much edgier than looking like Death itself.

The Walls Sweat

I think I need to move again.

The doctor called it agoraphobia. I call it a rational reaction after being stalked for two years by an ex boyfriend. The moment he was finally jailed, I picked up everything and got out of there. Mom said I could move in with her, but I didn’t want her to see what I’d become.

The new apartment was across the state, cheap, and had plenty of delivery services. Once I entered that building, I resolved the closest I’d get to leaving it was to get the mail every other day. I worked from home, freelance writing. Unpredictable, at best, but I’d managed to get it to work for me.

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TalesFromRetail: You have to give the cashier your coupon.

This just happened… Very hard face palm after this phone conversation. I work at a retail pharmacy that just underwent major renovations and our grand re-opening was today. Many people in the area were mailed coupons for bonus points for our rewards program.

Me: Hello! Thank you for calling (store name). How can I help you today?

W: I was in this morning and I didn’t get my bonus points. Spent $29 and I have a coupons for 4,000 points.

Me: Okay! What was your before tax total?

I asked because it often confuses people that their before tax total needs to be over the required amount (the coupon she has was if she spent $25).

W: $27. I live far away. Can you just add the points over the phone.

Me: I’m sorry Ma'am, but our system isn’t set up for that.

It is actually is possible, it’s is strongly against company policy.

Me: Do you remember which cash you went thorough? I can ask the cashier if they scanned your coupon and next time your in, we can give you the points.

W: I have the coupon with me.

Me: Did you give it to the cashier to scan?

W: No.

Me: Ma'am it’s just like any coupon, you need to give it to the cashier.

W: WELL, can you just enter the coupon code into your computer and give me the points?

Me: I can speak with my manager if you would like.

W: * silence *

I put her on hold. I know very well what she is going to say and my manager confirms what I told the woman. However, if the customer can make it in after the coupon expires, we we still add the points on. I return to the phone call and tell her what my manager said.


Me: None of the staff are trained in vitamins and they legally can’t give you advice. The pharmacist is, that’s why she told you to go to the pharmacy.


The company I work for supports it’s employees in 90% of customer complaints. If a customer’s threatens or swears at you, you are supposed to hang up immediately, which I did.

This happened early today, I hope she doesn’t ever come back in.

By: veh88


Depending on your budget and living situation, groceries can take up 30% or more of your budget. What if you could cut that number in half, or reduce it even more? With just a little bit of time and effort each week, you can be well on your way to big savings! It’s all a matter of knowing some basic tips and tricks, and coming up with a system that will work for you. It can be a hobby that grows on you, with some amazing rewards. So with that in mind, this will be the first of many installations where I will share what I’ve learned on my extreme coupon journey.

How to Start*

  • Sunday Paper: This is my favorite source for coupons because of the variety and quality of deals, despite the cost of a subscription. Check in to discounts for subscriptions or asking someone who gets the paper if they’d be willing to give you their coupons. There are three types of inserts: Smart Source (SS), Proctor and Gamble (P&G), and Red Plum (RP).
  • Mail and Magazines: Sometimes coupons will come in the mail. Val-Pak sends out monthly coupon packages if you join their mailing list (you can sign up on their website). Some magazines also include coupons for name brands. 
  • In Store Savings: There are a few ways to snag coupons after you’ve arrived at the store. Many grocery stores have blinkies and tearaways, two types of coupon dispensers. The blinkies are the red plastic mechanical coupon dispensers that are often attached to shelves. Tearaways are ads of coupons. You can take as many as you want of these; just make sure you check the expiration date and don’t take too many that you’ll just throw away later! Another way to save in store is with catalinas, which is a needlessly fancy term for the coupons that print out at the bottom of your receipt to be used on your next shopping trip. These are generally only good at the store you made the original purchase, but if you want to use them at another store, ask if they accept competitor’s coupons (many larger chains will).
*My next article will talk about online coupons, as well as rebate and savings apps. Stay Organized

Now that you’ve started collecting coupons, you need to keep them organized! Everybody has a system that works for them, so I’ll just provide the most common methods and some tips. It’s all about what works for you!

  • The Binder Method: The hardcore couponers swear by the binder method, and if you are thinking of going this route, I definitely recommend googling some of their techniques because I don’t practice this one myself. Basically, you organize your coupons however you like in plastic sleeves in a binder so that you can see them all and easily flip through to find the ones you’re looking for. The downside of this method is that if you collect a lot of coupons, you’ll need a LOT of plastic sheets and they can get expensive. However, it is an excellent organizational strategy.
  • The File Method: This is my method, and I love it because I can easily carry hundreds of coupons with me but still find what I’m looking for quickly. I bought my coupon organizer at Walmart for $3 and it’s lasted over a year (actually I’ve expanded into 2 organizers, but I digress…). These are also known as accordion organizers, and they have anywhere from 6 to 15 tabs to stick different types of coupons in. I have mine organized in the tabs by type (frozen, canned goods, cleaning products, drinks, etc.). Within the tabs, I then organize everything by brand name to easily pick them out. It takes a little bit of effort to keep it organized, so normally after I cut coupons out of the Sunday paper I organize the new ones in their place and throw out any expired coupons. By doing it weekly, it really cuts down on the work.
  • The Quick Method: Don’t have time to file and organize? Simply keep any physical coupons you have in a filing cabinet or otherwise organized by dates. If you get the ones from the Sunday paper, just keep the dates straight. Then follow coupon blogs that tell you where to find the coupons they reference, and you can go straight to the coupon insert from that date and cut out only what you need. If you use this method, you can also make your store list and then use online printable databases to only find coupons for what you need. This method is for people who are shorter on time, but it won’t lead to such good savings. The key to extreme couponing is to plan your shopping trips around coupons combined with store specials. Once you’ve been doing it for awhile, the goal is to shop to stock up on different things each week so you’re getting the best deal on everything you need.

General Coupon Policies

Every store will have different coupon policies, so if you have a favorite grocery store or drug store, it’s a good idea to get familiar with their particular policies, almost always found on their websites. Sign up for the free rewards card, if it’s offered, because this will get you access to the best sale prices. Many grocery stores also offer gas rewards, which means that every dollar you spend there goes toward discounted gas at an affiliated gas station. (For example, I shop at Giant, who has partnered with Shell Gas. For every dollar I spend, I get a gas reward point. Every 100 gas points equals 10 cents off a gallon of gas. In addition, each week buying certain items will give you extra gas points. I save an average of 50 cents off a gallon per month, and since I rarely drive, this really adds up.) I have outlined some of the most common coupon policies to get you started:

  • Coupon doubling:  Most stores will double coupons up to a certain amount. Basically, this means that the store will match the value of lower value coupons. For example, say I have a coupon for 25 cents off a roll of paper towels. A store that doubles coupons would match that 25 cents, giving me a total of 50 cents off that roll of paper towel. Most stores in my area double coupons up to 99 cents, but be sure to check your store’s policy. In such a case, 75 cent coupons are my favorite because they double to $1.50 off your item with the store’s doubling policy. Some coupons will say DO NOT DOUBLE, but there’s a way to check if it will double regardless (if you find an awesome coupon you really want to use). There’s an iphone app called Double Check where you scan a coupon and it will tell you if the ability to double is encoded in the bar code. I’ve found quite a few coupons (especially Harris Teeter store coupons) that say do not double but actually do.
  • Stacking: How many coupons can you use on one item? For most stores, you can use one manufacturer’s coupon (i.e., the ones you print or find in the Sunday paper, usually marked “manufacturer’s coupon” or sometimes “mfg”) and one store coupon (i.e., the catalinas printed out on a previous receipt or specially marked store coupons-Target has lots of these) per item. So if you have one manufacturer’s coupon for $1 off orange juice and one store coupon for $1 off orange juice, you’ll save a total of $2. If you start factoring in lower value coupons and a doubling policy, it could add up to even more! The general rule is one manufacturer’s coupon per item, BUT you can still get multiple items. If you had three orange juice coupons, you could buy three bottles of orange juice and use each coupon. Most stores have a policy of three coupons on like items, and some only allow you to use two printed coupons per like item. 
  • BOGO and half price loopholes: Make sure to check with your store before trying this one, but some stores who sell things BOGO (buy one get one free) will ring the 2 items up at half price. This means that you can use two manufacturer’s coupons (and/or store coupons) on these items. For example, if you were buying granola bars that were originally $5 and on sale BOGO, each of the two boxes you buy would ring up as $2.50.  If you have a coupon for, say, 75 cents of one box and you have 2 of them, you’ll save 75 cents of each box, or $1.50 off your total. That brings it down to $3.50 for both boxes of granola bars. If those 75 cent coupons also double, you’ll save $1.50 EACH on the granola bars, bringing your final total down to $2 for 2 boxes of granola bars. If you had paid full price for those 2 boxes, you would have spent $10. When you find a great deal like that, and if you can afford it, stock up! I have an empty shelf in my linen closet dedicated entirely to granola bars and cereal because when there is a good deal, I stock up. Anything you don’t end up using can also be donated.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the actual process of taking your coupons to the store, general couponing tips, and explain some common acronyms for couponing.

Stevie, 23, is a technical writer for Navy engineers and will soon be attending George Mason for her Master’s in Biodefense. In addition to writing for No More Ramen, Stevie also runs her own personal budgeting blog (check it out!) and cooks way too much food at once.

Tele Culinária e Doçaria, Christmas Special, December 1978.


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ohsomeonelikeme  asked:

Do you have any recommendations for how to pick out fabric for a costume? I'm new to sewing and am worried about getting in over my head with expensive patterned fabrics

That’s a very big question with a potentially long and complicated answer. :) First, I would suggest learning about some of the different types of fabric and what they are used for. @mangosirene​ has a really great video about this, including some helpful tips on choosing materials for specific costumes. Watch that and then come back; I’ll wait. :D

OK! Now that you have a basic idea of what general class of material you might need, you can start looking at specific fabrics. Here are some general things to consider when comparing fabrics:

  • Action. How does the fabric move? Does it stretch? Is it sturdy or flimsy? Will it hold a crease? Think about the purpose of the garment and how it should hang on your body. A crisp uniform might require a stiffer fabric, while a flowing cape might call for a fabric with a softer hand and more drape.
  • Durability. Is the fabric going to hold up to repeated wearing or washing? Will there be a lot of strain on it? (If you get a test swatch, you can stress-test the fabric by pulling, twisting, or attempting to snag threads to see how it holds up.) This is especially important for laminated fabrics like printed Spandex or pleather, which can break down or peel apart with repeated stretching.
  • Appearance. Color is only one element; also consider surface texture and how the fabric photographs, especially with flash. For example, super shiny fabrics (such as Baroque or costume satins) often create hot spots or wash out in photographs, so they are rarely a good choice. Instead, you could substitute a matte or bridal satin, which still looks rich but has less surface gloss.
  • Care. Is the fabric machine washable or dry-clean-only? Can you iron it? Some materials are highly sensitive to moisture and can break down or shrink when they get wet. Others are not dye-fast when wet, so they might bleed if you wash them. When in doubt, ask for a swatch and do some testing before you buy. (And whenever possible, make your costumes washable!)

Fabrics To Shortlist (Commonly Used In Costuming):

  • Cotton sateen. This is a good general-use fabric. It’s not too expensive, is easy to sew, holds a crease well, and comes in a variety of colors. Cotton is easy to dye and breathes well. Like almost all cotton weaves, it does wrinkle easily, so plan to iron your costume before wearing. (Also, I recommend washing on delicate, as the smooth surface can develop a bit of fuzz over time.)
  • Crepe. This textured weave comes in many different fibers and weights, and may be labeled for formalwear or suiting. It drapes nicely and is ideal for garments that must have an elegant flow, such as long dresses or capes.
  • Bridal satin. Heavier than its shiny costume counterpart, bridal satin typically has a smooth matte finish, and is a rich-looking fabric suitable for ballgowns or other elegant costumes.
  • Taffeta. A slightly textured, glossy weave that tends to be a bit stiffer than satin. Used for formalwear and costume elements that need to hold a bit more shape (i.e., ruffles or flounces). Note: Taffeta makes a distinctive rustling noise when rubbed together. If this will annoy you, you may want to avoid constructing your costume from this material.
  • Twill. This dense weave has a visible diagonal pattern, and comes in a variety of weights (most often found in the bottomweight section). Twills are often used for suits, jackets, and uniforms. Denim and gabardine are common types of twill.

Fabrics To Avoid (For Garment Construction):

  • Muslin, broadcloth, calico, quilting fabrics. These cheap, often colorful fabrics are inexpensive, but they aren’t meant to be used for constructing outer garments. They are thin, prone to wrinkle, and tear easily under pressure. They can be used for some inner layers, such as shirts or period undergarments, or for flatlining other fabrics. They are also a good choice for making a mock-up to check your pattern size (which is always a good idea!).
  • High-gloss fabrics. As mentioned above, shiny fabrics tend to highlight wrinkles and bulges, don’t photograph well, and can be unflattering. Unless your costume source specifically calls for a mirror shine, use a matte-finish fabric.
  • Lining fabric. This fabric is intended to be used only for lining, not making an entire garment. It’s flimsy, staticky, shiny, and shreds easily. Do not make clothing out of it. It will fall apart.
  • “Costume” anything. Most fabrics labeled for costume use are cheap, low-quality products designed for a one-time use on Halloween or for inexpensive children’s dress-up projects. They are not designed to be washed and worn repeatedly, and may break down over time.

Fabrics To Approach With Caution:

These fabrics can be challenging for beginners, so if using them, it might be best to practice on small pieces before beginning your costume project, or ask someone with sewing experience for help:

  • Stretch knit. The stretchier the fabric, the more difficult it is to cut and pin accurately. Stretch fabrics are also challenging to sew, as they can stretch under the needle and create puckers. While sewing, it is important to maintain consistent pressure on the fabric so it is evenly stretched throughout the entire seam.
  • Brocade. This fabric features elaborate patterns, often with metallic threads woven throughout. Because of the decorative patterns, not all threads are consistently contained by the weave, so raw edges must be finished carefully to avoid fraying.
  • “Slippery” fabrics (silkies, charmeuse, etc.). The less friction a fabric generates against itself, the greater the likelihood that it will slide out of place while cutting, pinning, or stitching. Match edges carefully and pin fabric down to a flat surface before laying out patterns or cutting.
  • “Baby silk”/polyester peachskin. "Baby silk” is sold at JoAnn Fabrics, and is one of the most obnoxious materials I have ever worked with. It generates massive amounts of static electricity, snags and runs on everything, and must be serged or the edges dissolve (even when hems are rolled).
  • Faux fur. This material can be extremely thick and bulky. It is difficult to pin accurately, and on many machines, can be challenging to maintain a consistent seam allowance once layers of material are bunched up beneath the presser foot. (Also, faux fur sheds EVERYWHERE. Have a lint roller and a vacuum cleaner on hand.)

Save Money!

Obviously your costume budget is important, but don’t let the price stickers intimidate you when fabric shopping! Save money with these tips:

  • Every major fabric store chain puts out weekly coupons, so you can almost always get 40% to 60% off the listed price of a fabric. Sign up for coupons via mail, email, text, or smartphone app so you always have enough coupons to discount all your items.
  • Find out when stores run their big sales (always around major holidays, and often on a two-week cycle; ask a store employee for details). Transaction coupons often stack with sale prices, so plan ahead and find the most advantageous time to purchase your most expensive fabrics.
  • When shopping at a fabric importer or high-end specialty store, ask about quantity discounts (if you can, shop with friends so you can leverage your collective buying power and get a better deal). Many fabric warehouses will also have a discounted clearance section; ask what’s on sale!

Hopefully these tips will help you narrow your search. Good luck in your quest for the ideal costume fabric!

Tips for Cosplaying on a Budget

We all do it. We all spend way too much on cosplay at a con or right before a con and lament our lack of funds. We vow to do better next time, but we don’t actually know how and we just keep spending money on these costumes. How do people with limited budgets actually do it without going broke? Well, I’m no expert, but here are some of the things that help me save.

Note: Some of this may look familiar. I’ve talked about it before, but not on here. ;)

  1. Sales, sales, sales. If you’re on a budget, the only time to shop is when there’s a sale. If your cosplay has smaller pieces, go for the remnants section at the fabric store. Those are usually at least 50% off, which is a wonderful discount. Sales can drop the price of something significantly. If the sale isn’t good enough, wait; there’s always a better sale.
  2. Coupons are your best friends. Y’know what I get excited about? Coupons to JoAnn’s fabrics. I get really excited. If I get a 50% off or 60% off coupon in the mail, I want to go buy fabric just to take advantage of the coupon. Not even joking.
  3. Connect with your local fabric store. In line with the previous two, this is how you keep updated on sales and access ALL THE COUPONS. I get the newsletter from JoAnn’s, I get coupons via text and mail, and they know me when I walk in so if there’s another coupon that can apply, they provide me with it.
  4. Check Goodwill. You won’t believe some of the stuff they have in there. I’ve seen bolts of fabric, even. And don’t be afraid to buy and cannibalize clothing! It costs $3, why shouldn’t you rip the seams and use it to make something new? Remember too that different Goodwills have different stock, so you should check out multiple ones. And they don’t just have clothing! All sorts of stuff gets donated. Seriously, great resource.
  5. Plan ahead. This is seriously the BIGGEST tip I have in this whole thing. If you plan your cosplay in advance, at least 3 months, you have the chance to shop sales and wait patiently. Ideally, plan at least 6 months in advance. Then you’re not rushing to finish, you’re not hurrying to try to find the fabric and spending more than you should, etc. I know it’s tempting to pick up last-minute cosplays - heaven knows I’ve done it, especially when it’s to hang out with friends in a group - but it’s not cost-efficient. If you’re willing to be patient, you can buy things only on sales and with coupons. This can halve your cosplay cost and cut the stress, too.
  6. Budget, budget, budget. Set money aside so it’s not an instant drain on your finances. Maybe set $10/paycheck to the side for your cosplay. If you have money left over when you buy stuff, great! Just don’t spend it out of the blue, or you may have sticker shock and receipt regret later. Budgeting is a very good friend of yours. It helps to have your cosplay funds in an envelope you set aside with cash, because then when the cash is all gone, whoops, no more money to spend right now. It keeps money separate and makes a clear designation. (Unless you’re like someone I know who spends all the cash they get.)
  7. Think outside the box. It’s easier a lot of times to just buy the expensive, really nice materials. It’s also tempting because, duh, nice materials. But nice materials are expensive, and sometimes you can’t afford that extra cost. Look for mundane alternatives. Test them out before hand. If you’ve planned ahead, you’ll have time to do your trial runs. Sometimes, the really nice stuff is necessary, or you want to splurge. And that’s fine too! But know your options, and don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’ve given yourself plenty of time, you have plenty of time to do test runs and make sure it’ll work.
  8. Always bring references when you’re shopping for fabric. Do you know how frustrating it is to buy the wrong shade of fabric because your brain remembered it differently than the real deal?! Probably, you do. The way to avoid this is to bring in reference images. This also saves you money because you’re buying the fabric once, not twice. If you do accidentally buy the wrong shade, don’t throw it out! Use it for something else. And on that note….
  9. Always check your stash to see if you have something that will work. Need a lining fabric? Don’t go out and buy one just yet if the color’s not specific. Check your stock. Even things that aren’t technically lining fabrics can serve the purpose, and it’ll save you the cost of the lining fabric itself.
  10. Last, but definitely not least, measure twice, cut once. It’s an age-old adage, but it saves time, materials, and ultimately money. If you make 1000% sure you’re measuring right, you won’t run into issues later or be forced to buy more fabric. Yeah, we’ll all still make mistakes, but it’s a good habit to get into. I can’t count the times I’ve seen people (coughJ-Jocough) forget that seam allowances are a thing and cut on the line of the fabric. And then have to fumble and make tiny seams and somehow make it work but we can’t all have things miraculously work out (coughlikeJ-Jocough) when we screw up.

Those are my tips. 10 of them, to be exact. I hope they help you guys. I try to abide by these in my cosplaying, but I screw up too and get distracted by shinies. Good luck, dears!

I know I am on Tumblr too much and listen to too many podcasts when I am having a dream about setting up various stars people on my dash are into on dates with @thatsthat24 and my suggestions for date activities are all rejected until I give them a $30 coupon I got in the mail for Blue Apron and tell them to cook together so the only decisions they have to make are what to eat and who gets to not leave their house.

i got my $15 bobbie hell birthday coupon in the mail and associates aren’t allowed to use it 👀🙄 what kind of cruel world

Sticky Sweet (One Shot/Scenario/Request)

Summary: Summer is mundane and boring, lacking the promises she dreamt up in anticipation. And then he comes and shatters her window.

Original Scan: ©

The first time she sees Taehyung is past armfuls of brown paper bags.

Her mother is telling her to be careful with her organic peaches and yelling as she runs into the house, “Y/N, if you bruise those little things, so help me, I will bruise you!”

Her mother’s a little intense about their produce to say the least. Which is why she’s treating the bags of fruits and vegetables like newborn babies when she pulls them from the back of her mother’s car.

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theilluminatidimension  asked:

Hello! I'm new to this blog, but your works are amazing! I've anyways wanted to cosplay, but I'm also super dirt poor. How can I get the best effects for cosplay while also staying super cheap? I'd love a response, thank you!

First of all, thank you! I always get really warm and fuzzy inside when someone says they appreciate my work! <3

Now, onto the main question.

Let me be really clear here: The way I cosplay is not cheap. It requires a large initial investment (sewing machine, heat gun, dremel, etc.) as well as continually buying materials for new cosplays.

But you don’t have to cosplay like I cosplay!

You can make cosplay a cheap(er) hobby by sticking to closet cosplays, or thrifted cosplays, or borrowing cosplays from helpful friends, or buying secondhand cosplays through Facebook groups and whatnot. I personally just bought some really wonderful pieces from @dangerous-ladies at a good price because they’re trying to clean out their multitude of wonderful costumes! Always keep an eye out for good deals from other costumers.

Also, Don’t forget that in addition to cosplay construction/purchasing costs, you’ll probably want to wear your cosplay to a convention. You have to learn to balance the cost of your style of cosplay with your convention costs.

For a small local convention, you might only be looking at a $40 ticket, but don’t forget to factor in travel costs ($5-$10), food costs (another $20 for lunch and dinner, conservatively), and any additional merchandise you might buy, which can easily round out to $100 for a weekend. Larger cons that include more travel, hotel stays, and higher-priced tickets, can easily run you $300+.

That being said, there are ways to keep costs down and quality up. Here are a couple of my favorites:

  • Budget your money. Figure out how much money it will take for you to create a costume. How much are you willing to spend for the cosplay between now and the convention? $100 might be a bit much to drop all at once for cosplay materials, but $20 over the course of 5 months isn’t so bad. Make it part of your monthly budget. I, for example, try to keep my cosplay materials spending below $100/month based on my income and (lack of) hobbies. Sometimes I fail, but I recognize when I’ve gone over budget and immediately stop spending money after that.

  • Budget your time. “Fast, Cheap, Good. Pick two.” This is one hundred percent true. If you want your cosplay to look good but still be as cheap as possible, you need to start planning far in advance.  Find the materials you want, then stalk them until they go on sale. Coupon like crazy (see below). Visit thrift shops multiple times in search of that perfect item. Haggle at thrift shops! This also applies to working with cheaper materials. Yes, you can make cardboard and paper mache armor look good, but it requires a LOT of time and patience. Make lists of the parts of the costume, your method for making them, the cost of making them, and how long you think each task will take. The Cosplanner app is REALLY good for this (although I personally prefer pen and paper).

  • Keep an open material mind. Always keep an eye out for things that could become cosplay materials. I’ve used food containers in my wigs, traveled to a butcher shop for free vinyl, taken home stiff paper from my workplace, butchered old clothes for patterns and fabric, covered old oatmeal containers in craft foam, 

  • Coupon, coupon, coupon. Whatever your favorite chain fabric & craft store is, sign the heck up for all those coupons. I only go to JoAnn (Hancock is closing and I don’t go to Hobby Lobby for personal reasons), but I’m signed up for their mail coupons, text message coupons, in-app coupons, and have promos sent to two of my email addresses. As long as the coupons all have different codes, they will work. Just last weekend, I used two 40% and two 50% off coupons from different sources and saved over $60 on fabric!

    One thing to note, though, is that coupons do not stack. So if you have a 50% off a single item coupon and a 20% off your total order coupon, the 20% off does not apply to the 50% item. It takes 20% off only the things that are not on sale (and have not been couponed).

  • Thrifting. Thrift shops are amazing. You never know what you’ll find! Be sure to keep an open mind when browsing – that old ugly embroidered muumuu? Cut out the embroidery and make it appliqué! That dress that is the perfect cut but wrong color for the character? Dye it, or use it as a pattern! Many thrift shops also have places for notions and fabric which you can get at incredible prices. Look at the bedding area as well – sometimes you can pick up bedsheets for cheap to make mockups out of!

  • Wholesale Fabrics (and everything). Finding wholesale fabric stores in your area and online is a lifesaver. It’s like thrift shopping but with fabric! I swear by Jomar, which basically a fabric + garage sale store, but these are only located near Philadelphia. I also am very fond of Fabric Wholesale Direct, which has a large selection of formal polyester fabrics for very cheap ($2/yd organza and charmeuse?! You betcha!)

    I also buy many things from eBay and AliExpress, especially when I need bulk amounts. Buying 50,000 rhinestones through Amazon or Michael’s will run you $100 or so, but buying through other online stores will be $20. Always do your research, buy bulk when you know you’ll use it, and have enough time to wait for 15+ days of shipping.

  • Wigs? Wigs are often the most expensive part of the costume. If you can’t afford Arda quality thickness, you can always get wigs from eBay, Amazon or AliExpress and learn to splice them together and style and cut them yourself. It takes longer, and the fiber quality isn’t usually as good, but you can make even cheap wigs look fantastic with enough skill and patience!
  • Cosplay without the con. Go to local one-day events! Volunteer with cosplay charities! Join a princess party business (that way you can make money *and* cosplay, albeit subject to the terms of your company). Gather your local friends for a cosplay picnic! Ask your parent/sibling/friend/etc if they wouldn’t mind taking pictures of you in cosplay while you’re running around town! Film silly videos in costume! While the convention scene is fun, it’s also overwhelming and expensive if you do it too often. Nowadays, I find myself cosplaying outside of conventions more and more, even though I began my cosplay journey by attending them. 

A lot of cosplaying cheaply and well comes down to how much time and effort you’re willing to put in, and remembering to keep an open mind when it comes to materials. I would also recommend checking out @cosplaying-on-a-budget for some money-saving tips, as well as browsing Pinterest for out-of-the-box ideas.

Hopefully this helps, and I wish you the best of luck on your cosplay journey!!