fabric-sale

Here’s what furs I have left, available for straight sale! PRICED REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE

I’ll accept Paypal or Square for these- email lobitaworks[at]gmail.com to claim. No “holds”- if you email to claim an item, payment is expected within 24 hours.

1. White Monkey Shag
~22 x 74" with extra hanging off the edges
$20
US shipping: $9-20

2. Tip Dyed Fox Gold
30" x 51" with extra on the edges
$20
US shipping: $10-20

3. Lime sparkle fur piece 1
36" x 40"
$10
US shipping: $9-19

4. Monterey Mills Coffee Brown Seal
some wrinkles from storage
~33" x 36"
$8
US shipping: $9-18

5. Ivory Luxury Shag
38" x 50"
$10
US shipping: $9-18

6. Lime Luxury Shag
irregular ~42" x 65" piece
$15
US shipping: $11-24

7. Lime sparkle piece 2
Almost 1 full yard, just missing one small corner
$15
US shipping: $10-20

8. Grey Fun Monkey Fur
~43 x 35" with extra hanging off the edge
$10
US shipping: $9-18

9. Gold Feather Fur
about 35" x 45"
$15
US shipping: $10-20

10. SOLD!              

I am happy to combine shipping if you order multiple pieces of fur!   

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At metaphysical shops, you’ll often see small fabric bags for sale. These are often used to store herbs and spell bags. I personally recommend using tiny plastic bags over fabric bags.

I know the New Age movement has a thing against plastic, but for spellwork it’s just more practical. Plastic bags keep herbs longer, and prevent spills or leaks. You can also slip little notes or labels that you can see through the bag. Plus, they’re cheaper. If you want to maintain aesthetic, you can put a fabric bag over the plastic one, and then you won’t have to wash that fabric bag later.

That’s my frugal witchcraft tip of the month. (^ω^)

i forgot what the prompt was but when i did the SATs i decided to fill up space and Sound Smart™ by just whole sale fabricating facts about the Siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War because like what you think some fucking grader is gonna fact check any of that shit

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Made these designs for a college class, then printed them on shirts for a Graphics gallery show. Thought I would make them available online for a bit!

Original tee shirt designs, hand pressed with heat and vinyl by me on super nice brand new shirts. $20 each (or 2 for $30, all 3 for $50)

Message or email me (kten.stackhouse@gmail.com)! Email transfers or paypal works best? $6 for shipping to anywhere in Canada, bit more for other countries.

  • Available sizes unisex S - XXL
  • 100% cotton crewneck shirt with short sleeves
  • Sizes run normal/slightly baggy
  • Machine wash cold & tumble dry low INSIDE OUT
  • Don’t use fabric softener
Manolo Costa New York

Manolo Costa wants to bridge the gap between traditional clothing and sex appeal. After cutting his teeth at Paul Stuart and Ralph Lauren, the perennially tanned native Peruvian set out on his own to make bespoke clothing that made men look their best and show off their physiques, as opposed to hiding them underneath flowing excess fabric. While he has a great eye for color, pattern, and detail, Manolo isn’t one for pomp and circumstance. He believes that his clothing should speak for itself without the aid of any over-the-top designs or garish linings.  When choosing between bold and monochromatic looks, Costa will always take the monochromatic route. His clothes are understated, but still sexy. Modern, but not too trendy. Classic, but not stodgy. However, he understands that all of his clientele may not want the exact same thing, and ensures that their individual needs are met. “I have finance guys as clients, but I’m not trying to make them look like they came out of a GQ ad.”

Throughout his years of training, Costa has mastered the art of bringing masculinity and sex appeal to handmade bespoke clothing. What makes Manolo stand out amongst the sea of custom tailors in New York is his attention to detail, and his knowledge of tailoring and pattern making. He’s also no stranger to social media, using his good looks (not unlike those of Porfirio Rubirosa) and impeccable style to promote his tailoring house on Instagram. His house style is clean and close to the body without being too short or tight. The natural shouldered garments that Costa purveys evoke the styles of the 1920s and 30s while keeping one foot firmly in the 21st century. He describes it as a “cut of distinctive proportions.” His jackets and trousers are simultaneously formfitting while retaining a traditional length and silhouette. They boast a slightly wider, softly rolled lapel, a narrow sleeve head that still remains flexible enough to move about in, and single forward pleated trousers with a sharp taper and narrow leg opening. Belts are not needed, as his trousers are equipped with side adjusters for a more streamlined appearance that effortlessly segues from the jacket to the trousers. The clean lines are comparable to those of Ralph Lauren’s Bugatti Type 57SC. The continental look is a perfect amalgam of both British and Italian sensibilities without veering too far into either camp. Not only will his suits serve their purpose in a business setting, but they will also catch the attention of that woman eyeing you from across the bar. 

Not only are his garments beautiful, but also is the space that houses them. Appropriately nestled in a cozy space on the Upper East Side, Manolo Costa’s bespoke tailoring atelier is intimate, sleek, and impeccably curated, the perfect compliment to the elegant design of his clothing. Even better is that everything from the art on the walls to the chairs you sit in to look through fabric books is for sale. Costa not only sells clothing, but also a lifestyle to match.

@manolocostanewyork

Cosplaying Crash Course for Beginners

Hello friends! Here are some quick tips/steps on how you (yes you) can make your own costumes and start cosplaying!


1. How to Pick the Cosplay: Whenever I pick a new costume, I always think of all the shows, games, etc that I’m into, and then pick my favorite character. I always pick a character I know I will have a fun time being or if their outfit just speaks to me. Since it is your first time cosplaying, you do not want to try something that is over your skill level. Be sure to look at the hairstyle, details on the outfit, sewing difficulty, and props. Know that whatever you pick is probably going to be harder than it looks. Before you finalize your selection, think about how you’re going to make every detail and at least get some sort of idea of how you are going to make that outfit come to life.


2. Budgeting:  Let’s face it, cosplay can be expensive. If you don’t have money growing out of your butt, it can be SUPER important to make a budget before you even start the costume. First, if you need a wig, find the wig. Those tend to be one of the more expensive pieces of the costume. Secondly, go check the local thrift stores, you will be so surprised what you can find. ESPECIALLY if you have something really simple, like a white collared shirt? BAM. THRIFT SHOPPING *cue macklemore*. I’m serious. Also, look for things that you can alter. Need a dark blue vest? Hey wow I bet that 3 dollar shirt could look like a vest if I cut off those sleeves. Learn to be creative with altering clothing that you already have. You can ask friends to borrow things, like shoes. Shoes are usually very hard to do and very hard to find, so if your friend has the perfect white boots, then do ask if you can borrow them. Fabric stores have sales like literally once a week. Wait until they go on sale to buy the fabric/supplies you need.


3. Wigs: Are wigs a necessity? For me, yes. However, I have seen some really amazing costumes that do not use wigs. If you do not want to wear a wig, or cannot afford one, that is ok. And also honestly if you have the perfect canon hair why would you waste money on a wig? Your costume can still look awesome. I will say that wigs can really give your costume the extra sparkle though. Real hair can sometimes not cooperate, it can get frizzy or your roots will grow out, or it will refuse to defy gravity. If you need a specific color, wigs are definitely the best way to go. Dyeing your hair can turn out bad, and not give you the right color (again, this is generally speaking).Now, if you chose to wear a wig, how do you get ahold of one? There are several wig sites that you can get quality cosplay wigs from. Arda Wigs, Amphegory, Match Wigs, and my personal favorite, eBay. BE CAREFUL IF YOU BUY FROM eBAY THOUGH. Make sure you check the reviews of the seller. If you use eBay, 9 times out of 10 you will be able to find an awesome wig for way cheaper than anywhere else. Long wigs and pre-styled wigs will tend to be more expensive. Most wigs need to be trimmed when they come in, but please watch a tutorial before you take scissors to your wig. CUTTING WIGS IS DIFFERENT THAN ACTUAL HAIR. I recommend this tutorial for basic wig styling. Also please note, if you want to straighten or curl or apply any kind of heat to your wig, make sure you buy a heat-safe one. It should say in the sellers comments. Also, before you go ahead and apply heat to  the whole wig, test the heat out on a small section that is invisible or can be cut off (bottom, underneath hair etc). There are seriously like 200000 wig tutorials on YouTube, so if your wig is a little challenging, go check for online tutorials.


4. Sewing: Ok I really like sewing so I’m probably going to get off on a tangent here but I will try to keep it very simple. If you know how to sew? Great awesome. If you don’t? Never fear! It is so much easier than you would think. A lot of places offer sewing classes, libraries, colleges, even high school. Go check out the above places for local classes. If there are none? Don’t worry! Check the internet. There are lots of tutorials ranging from basics (how to work your sewing machine) to things a little more difficult (how to sew that one really difficult thing). I would love to elaborate on how to sew but that would take up a lot of time and space. However, when you are selecting fabric there are a few basic things you should know. Make sure the fabric isn’t see through, and if it is make sure you buy enough to double the fabric. Make sure the fabric stretches if it’s supposed to. Make sure it will fall in the correct way (for example if you are making a dress and the fabric is too heavy or stiff it will look really weird). Make sure it is not itchy. Also, bring a reference photo to help match colors. If you have already bought some fabric in a previous shopping trip, bring a sample of it back the next time you go to make sure the other fabric you buy matches nicely with it (colors and textures etc). Don’t be afraid to ask for help! The people at the fabric store are more than happy to help (some of them might even be cosplayers themselves).


5. Makeup & Contacts: I am a very strong believer that cosplay makeup is SUPER IMPORTANT. Why? Ok so you go you to the con and you are dressed up and your costume looks super badass and you are ready to get pictures taken of you. You get there and you get so many pictures and it’s awesome and cool… But then you get home and you start looking through the pictures and you look washed out, have a lot of blemishes, look shiny, etc. And you didn’t look like that in person. But unfortunately, cameras are kind of mean and they like to make your face look a lot worse than it actually is. If you just slap on a little bit of makeup, then you will be good to go and problem solved. If you don’t want to wear makeup? That’s totally fine too. Makeup is not a requirement. If you want a more in detail cosplay makeup tutorial you should check this one that I made out. It pretty much gives you a basic idea on how to do cosplay makeup~ Ok and contacts. Contacts can be SUPER cool and make your costume look really cool, but a lot of cosplayers don’t wear them. They aren’t super important, but if you want your outfit to be the most kawaii of them all, contacts are definitely something you should check out. The sites that are good to get them at are pinkyparadise.com - they are reasonabley priced and also come with perscriptions, so if you need corrective stuff never fear! Pretty colors and pretty vision! If you don’t need perscription though, kpoptown.com is the way to go. They are cheaper, and really awesome quality (I think some of their contacts come with prescriptions but I’m not sure). Both websites are great places to order contacts. My rule of thumb to buying contacts is if my eye color is going to look weird with the wig/outfit color i will buy them. For example, with my Teto outfit the green eyes and red hair look a bit wrong so I bought contacts.


6. Attention to Details and the Importance of Detail: Details are the things that can make a good cosplay, a great one. I’m talking that tiny little bit of trim or those really cool earrings. Things like that are really what help tie a whole costume together and make the character come to life. Assuming you have the time and funds, make sure to pay attention to those little painstaking details. Make them look good, make yourself proud, because hot damn when you wear that costume you will look so cool and you will become the character you want. So yes, details may be small but they are also very important. You’d be surprised how naked and bare you could look without them.


7. Time Management: Just so you know, your deadline is closer than you think it is. Start working on your costume NOW. Buy fabric, order your wig, something. Order the online stuff as soon as possible because sometimes shipping takes longer than what it says. Just sew a little bit, or do a little bit of a prop every time you get a chance because you DO NOT want to be cramming right before a con. It’s no fun for anybody. PRETTY MUCH THE MORAL IS START YOUR COSPLAY NOW TIME GOES AWAY VERY FAST.


8. General Tips/Tricks: If you ever get stuck, check online for tutorials. There is bound to be one person who has gone through the same thing. If that doesn’t work, ask a cosplay help blog. They know a few things. Rock the costume you made. You look awesome, show some confidence. Do not let the cosplay stress you out. It’s for fun. It’s a hobby. Repeat it to yourself. This is fun. This is a hobby. Anybody can cosplay anything they want. You might get hate, but don’t let it bring you down because I love you and you’re awesome.



I hoped this helped! Cosplay is truly fun and some of the best memories I have come from cosplay, so the more people who join the better. If you have any questions or want me to elaborate you should send me an ask, I’m more than happy to help. Have fun, good luck, and happy cosplaying.

 

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GIVEAWAY: The Raven King quilt!

I ordered a ton of fabric for my quilt, so I made 2 smaller Raven Cycle quilts with the extra! They’re both 100% cotton (including the batting), measure 58″x92″ and come from a pet/smoke-free home (since people asked). 

The patterns include Glendower, ravens, tarot cards, skulls, a car pattern, a vintage map, “300 Fox Way,” blue flowers, crowns, old books, cassettes labeled “shitbox singalong,” Coca Cola t-shirts, and some mint-looking leaves.

I’m doing the giveaway for the first quilt (and then the second one is just straight up for sale. The fabric for it was around $90, so whoever messages me with an offer for at least that plus shipping can get the second quilt). Sorry for the crap pictures – it’s raining all week. BUT I promise the quilts are pretty!

Giveaway rules:

  • Must be following me
  • Reblog to enter as many times as you want
  • Open internationally
  • I’ll notify a random winner on May 9 – good luck!

More from my Dragoncon 2016 costumes…Sunday night,The Parasol Protectorate!  A book series by Gail Carriger, introduced to me by the lady playing Alexia in the photos.  I was Ivy Hisselpenny, a lady described as “only-just-pretty, only-just-wealthy, and possessed of a terrible propensity for wearing extremely silly hats.”  I had a Victorian ballgown from previous years, but I really wanted a walking suit.  I had picked up some very loud stripey fabric from a costume sale years ago and never used it.  It proved to be just the thing for the very silly Ivy.  And of course, there was a very silly hat.

Ivy, Alexia, and Madame Lefoux.  I used the Truly Victorian Tail Bodice, waterfall overskirt, and four-gore underskirt with almost no devations.  That’s unusual for me, and should tell you how good these patterns are.


Bustle Shot!

And of course, Ivy’s very silly hat.  Yes, that is a wolf puppy wearing a top hat.  Photos by @artandrhinos

“Despite the blazing fire and dozens of lit candles, the room was still dreadfully dim, but at least he knew the source of the purple sparks. Perhaps he would be able to see more had the fire been orange and yellow, but instead it was a deep purple, richer than the finest fabrics for sale in the village. Takashi had always liked purple, it was such a calming color for him, but this hue was sinister, evil almost. Even the tiniest of flickering flames seemed to sneer at him as they licked away at the candle wick and wax.” -Hocus Pocus Prologue

im really proud of this ok

Sewing Tips and Tricks for Beginning Cosplayers

Hello friends! For all those beginning cosplayers out there - never fear. I have compiled a list of tips and tricks I wish I would’ve known before I started sewing.

1. When in doubt - leave a big seam allowance 

I can’t tell you the number of times i have cut things too small because I forgot about the stupid seam allowance, then was sad when I suffocated. Usually 1.5 cm is enough, but when in doubt cut it big. It is so much easier and less time consuming to re-sew something because it’s too big than to cut out new fabric and start over.  Trust me on this one - never skimp out on seam allowances

2. The right fabric is the best thing you can buy 

This can mean the right color to the right type of fabric. As far as color goes, it’s important to make sure all the colors in the costume match nicely together. I strongly advise to not only have reference pictures when fabric shopping but also at least a sample of the other fabrics you will be using. That way, you can make sure everything matches and will look great put together. Also, when buying fabric you need to make sure that is the right kind. For example, you don’t want to make a dress that is supposed to be flowy out of a heavy dense fabric. When in doubt, ask a store employee to help you decide what kind to use. Usually cotton blends satisfy most needs. Also while on the topic of fabric - wait until the fabric stores go on sale. Hancock actually has a new sale every week basically so you shouldn’t have to wait long. 

3. Buying enough fabric

Maybe I’m just seriously dumb, but when I first started cosplaying I didn’t realize that on the back of the pattern it suggests how many yards of fabric you should buy. Yeah. It kind of blew my mind. Also, with time you can start to gauge how much you need. If you’re not using a pattern here are some GENERAL guidelines I use for buying fabric. - Long Sleeved Collared Shirt: 2 yards. - Pleated Short(ish) Skirt: 1 ½ yards - Blazer: 2 ½ yards - Shortish Short sleeved dress: 7 yards THIS IS JUST WHAT I USE AND I AM VERY SMALL SO I DON’T NECESSARILY RECOMMEND YOU USE THOSE MEASUREMENTS. If you don’t buy the right amount of fabric, you can always take a sample back to the fabric store and purchase more of the same kind. It’s important to bring back a sample though so you’re sure you get the same kind! A receipt will also help with that. If your fabric is see through, make sure you buy enough to double it up, thus eliminating the see throughness!

4. Be prepared for mistakes 

One time there was a dress that I sewed and seriously messed up every single thing. I had to redo everything I did. My point is, make sure you leave enough time  make mistakes because they will come no matter how careful you are. 

5. Always check what you’re sewing

It is tragic to take your shirt off the machine, only to realize you’ve sewn the sleeve to the back of the shirt. Always make sure you’re sewing what you mean to be sewing. It will save you a lot of time and heartache.

6. Misc Tips 

- For the love of all things good in this world don’t hotglue things to fabric while it is on your body

- Don’t use sheet fabric. It doesn’t work. Trust me.

- Don’t drink anything other than water near your project. A Dr. Pepper stain is not a good thing. 

- Sometimes sewing slower is better. You don’t have to floor the pedal, just gently tap it.

- The bottom of your sewing machine should detach, leaving only the arm, which means you can easily sew things onto your sleeve (or other things similar, i.e a hole that needs to stay open) without fricking it up 

- Some sewing machines will thread the needle for you. Learn if yours can, and how to do it. Your quality of life will improve drastically .

- Don’t sew wefts into wigs using your sewing machine

Well, that’s all I can think of at the moment! If you have anything to add, feel free. If you have any questions or want anything explained in more detail my ask box is always open~ 

Good luck! 

How is not spending money SO HARD 

I’m the WORST at this. THE WORST. There’s a million projects I want to do and I have no money and no supplies and I need to save for my tattoo ANYWAY but HOLY FUCKBALLS DO I WANT TO 

sew purses

sew a riding poncho, there’s this lovely wool tweed I could use…

there was ‘pumpkin spice everything’ fabric for sale ok don’t judge me I want it so bad

I could make little embroideries and put them on necklaces wouldn’t that be cute

hey I need something sexy to wear to be debutante appearance at the local kink clubs right? right? 


NO ALLIE YOU DON’T

THINK OF THE TATTOO, WOMAN

This is legit the worst part of my ADHD. No impulse control. And it like. PHYSICALLY HURTS if I want something and can’t buy it. UGH make it *stop*

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!!