pssssssst just a sneaky lil Snapey post to let u know that there’s gonna be new Etsy cards in stock soon but also I’m gonna start a Society6 shop with mugs and tshirts and special things so yeah watch out for that in a few weeks. ok bye now <slithers off>
Geektastic Valentine’s Day Cards - Created by PJ McQuade
If you’re looking for just the right card to tell that special someone how you feel this Valentine’s Day, look no further! Brooklyn artist PJ McQuade has you covered with a fantastic batch of cards created specifically for that geek flame in your life.
These cards are all for sale at PJ’s Etsy Shop. All cards are 4.25 x 5.5", clay coated 12 pt. premium card stock, available individually or in packs. You can also buy these designs as prints or magnets!
do you think there’s a pun manager at Mod Cloth and they are just. so. tired. “Please,” they beg. “Let’s just call this a purple dress. It’s our purple grey dress, I am out of ideas.” But no one will unlock their cubicle until the pun manager wearily slides out a fine card stock with elegant calligraphy that reads, “Don’t Get Yourself into a Lavender” and then underneath in bic pen they’d scrawled, “lavender sort of sounds like lather, can I go home”
This is my biggest build to date, and I took a decent amount of photos while in progress as most of us do with cosplay, though I hadn’t planned on any tutorial. But since my recent Scout Harding bow post has gone over well, I figured WHY NOT SHARE.
Personally for armor, I prefer either foam only, or foam with worbla. I’ve tried both regular and black worbla so far, and I think overall I prefer the original Finest Arts, which is what I’ve used here.
But anyway! I don’t have photos of this point in the process, but I start from card-stock/construction paper and masking tape to make the shapes of my armor. Because paper is even CHEAPER than foam, and I don’t actually like wasting my foam even though that’s cheap too. It’s all in the name of saving money and materials!!
After the paper versions have been fussed with, I turn to foam. I use hot glue or rubber cement as adhesive at this point.
The chest piece is actually three pieces– a chest piece, tucked underneath everything, a middle piece, and then the top which has the collar. I was already messing with some of the detailing and edging here.
I also knew ahead of time that I would need to be able to PACK this armor, so being able to break it down and nest the pieces within each other was really important.
I like to do my edging in foam, rather than afterward in worbla, though I’ve seen it done both ways!
It’s hard to tell here, but these are the hip-skirt… bits? I actually kept these as foam, as I was afraid they’d be too stiff in motion if they were also covered in worbla.
These are probably my favorite parts of the costume– the gauntlets! This picture is already pretty far along in the process, but it’s still foam, and the top layer isn’t quite attached yet. I’d already made all the hand-guard layers and the top shapes, but I hadn’t yet hammered out those yellow details.
A note, I was not making all of these simultaneously, I usually work on one piece and then the next, though I get a little scatterbrained so sometimes I work on a few simultaneously. These swords were actually the last things I worked on, which is also why they ended being foam only, and not covered in worbla as I had sort of hoped. (I think I also had run out at that point.)
Here though, you can see the paper pattern, some pieces of the foam, and the foam-board innards for ONE of the swords. Eventually PVC pipe would be fed through the middle to create the hilt as you see next!
It’s finally time for worbla!
Being on a budget ALWAYS, though I’d love to use the sandwich method popularized by Kamui Cosplay, it just uses SO MUCH material, so 90% of the time, I fold it over.
Just use your handy heat gun and start melting and forming, and burning your fingers, and sculpting your details! Not shown here, but I like to use scissor edges or clay sculpting tools to push the worbla as close as possible to the foam edging!
Someday I will probably invest in something to protect my fingers….
A little more work done, and a cameo by my (then) very tiny kitten. The hip bits are done here, and I believe it was then I decided NOT to cover them in worbla.
A little unfortunate, but I don’t have many photos while making the greaves– though their design is SIGNIFICANTLY simpler than the gauntlets.
I already knew I would wear these boots, and so I built the pattern around that.
I chose to split it into 3 pieces– the main body, a kneecap, and a separate piece that would hook onto the bottom of my boots with elastic. D-rings with red cord (shown) would keep them on my leg.
Alllllmost done with all the worbla! You can see two things here- some extra foam inside the gauntlets (which remained foam for a little more ease in movement), and my soldering iron!
I don’t even OWN any solder and so far I only have the iron for battle damaging my armor– which I started on the main body here.
So obviously there was more work from the last photo until now, but I’ve shown most of the pieces in progress!
I know I know! I have no in-between photos!!
But my general process is to use a buttload of layers of mod podge as primer, and then either spray paint or acrylic only depending on the effect I want.
For Ganon, it’s spray paint for the gold as the base, and acrylic for the blue because I wasn’t happy with the spray paint available in that color.
In the chest/greaves I started with the blue base on everything, then the gold edging, then the black low lights, and finally white/light blue highlights or designs (like the main chestpiece).
That chestpiece design I free-handed- I used a reallllly light pencil to make sure I was at least somewhat symmetrical and round (which I tend to be pretty good at) and then painted over with that light blue.
A little further along on the gauntlets here, considerably darker than the original gold.
This was the big stretch where I had the armor sitting in my living room basically 24/7.
Of note here, I’ve added detailing to the chest and greaves with Apoxie Sculpt, a 2-part epoxy that smooths and adheres VERY well to worbla. It’s already been painted gold, and I believe it did not require any priming.
The headdress was sculpted (by the plant), and both swords are mostly assembled at this point too.
Of course I have to try it on. Almost everything is complete at this point.
A few things I haven’t mentioned are the clothing and hip-skirt/ hip-cape / butt-cape? Who knows.
The pants I’m wearing are about the only comfortable thing about the costume– they’re essentially parachute pants dyed a darker brown because I wanted to add more bulk to my bottom half as I am not terribly large (5′5″).
The butt-cape is from a red suiting fabric that I liked the drape of, and the gold pattern is some gold fabric ribbon I liked and sewed on.
The top is just a brown sweater I already owned, though it makes it very warm on top.
Swords are done! They’re probably the least interesting, as they are not many pieces, and mostly just foam with black and gold details. The red “jewel” is more apoxy sculpt that I mentioned earlier painted with a red glass paint to give it more shine.
There are a few fur accents on my arms and legs, which are doubled up pieces of faux fur, with a bit of elastic to slide them onto my arms and legs.is
The hip-cape and the hip foam bits are all attached together and made into a belt that I can strap to my waist.
The wig (a Suzi in Cherry Red from Arda that I snipped up some of the widow’s peak off):
The wig has sadly not kept this beautiful shape, but it was my first time ever styling a wig so I don’t think I used enough product.
There are a few (very unnecessary) belts that are most just foam.
I sewed a pair of brown gloves really quickly out of a stretch jersey.
The makeup is all Mehron Paradise in olive, black, and white, and then assorted (nothing special) eye-shadow I own.
And finally, there is a dickie (faux collar) I made to sit underneath the armor, so my neck doesn’t show. It’s made of some scrap black fabric I had, with gold trim, and a bit of foam is inside to keep that shape in the collar.
Here’s this wonderful selfie I took back during ACen while I’m getting ready. XD
And that about covers it? Someday I might make the beard, but it’s low on my priorities right now.
Also yes, this cosplay is really really hot and uncomfortable since I’m literally covered head to toe. I’m usually incredibly sore the day afterward. I’ve only worn it to PAX Prime 2015, NYCC 2015, and ACen 2016.
If you have ANY QUESTIONS feel free to message me!
I post a bit more on instagram if you want to see more of my cosplay there (katamarija)
This Friday (18th) at 8:00pm (GMT) I’m listing the two mountain hare embroideries on Etsy. These are (by my standards) larger pieces and will be £815 each.
I’ll also be listing my new greetings cards and giclee prints at the same time -
The prints are signed, 6x6″ (not including the white border, which brings them to just under 8″) on 310gsm Hahnemuhle German Etching paper, and the greetings cards are 12cm x 12cm on textured 280gsm card stock.
At the moment the number of these are limited while I gauge demand, but everything can and will be restocked :)
Captain Swan is getting married! ♥ To celebrate, I’m giving away a free 6x4.5″ invitation print with every order of prints, bookmarks, or pendants from my Etsy. A different version on satin-finish card stock will be available for sale soon, too.
All you have to do to get one of these is write RSVP in the “notes to seller” section during checkout - just to make sure I only send them to people who actually want one! There’s no minimum spend and it’s first come, first served, while stocks last!
Today I had this customer email something to get printed off. She emailed a document that was 10-up (10 images/items to a page) with only instructions saying “20 CUT heavy card stock”
I email back asking what she wanted done, 20 of the images or 20 sheets
She comes into the store, saying “Oh. Well I got an email saying it was done”
No lady. You didn’t. I emailed you and asked what you wanted done specifically.
Then when I go to charge her for the business cards that she ended up wanting, she threw a temper tantrum, asked me patronizingly if I was new and having a bad day, then asked my coworker if I was doing my job right. Then gets mad at me even more when my coworker says that I did charge her correctly.
TL;DR- Customer came in, threw a fit when she didn’t get what she wanted, patronized me, and basically called me stupid to a coworker
Description: y/n comes from a poor family and is kept from attending the Yule Ball because of money problems. That is, until one handsome Slytherin Prince finds out.
Feeling a pang of sadness, the shy Slytherin girl tears the wax seal off of a cream envelope to reveal her mother’s response to her question. Y/n wanted to go to the Yule Ball at Hogwarts more then almost anything else in the world, but the problem was that her family had next to no money, especially none to be spent on something as frivolous as a dress and such to attend a school ball. Still, she had sent her owl back home with a letter asking if there was even a possibility that she could go.
Still, the most minuscule glimmer of hope held stock in y/n’s heart as she pulled out the card stock from the envelope. And there, in midnight black ink and her mother’s fanciful cursive penmanship, was her answer. Her family simply couldn’t afford it. She couldn’t say that she was surprised or even disappointed, really. She was sad she wouldn’t get the experience, but putting her family in financial hardship, especially when they worked so hard to provide, was something she couldn’t imagine doing.
Y/n thought to herself about how she would just help her friends get ready, instead of attending herself as a tear escaped her eye and bled onto the paper.
Absentmindedly, she placed the card back in its envelope, stuffing it inside her reading book on the common room table before scurrying off to class.
“So, y/n, did your mother say you could go?”, y/f/n asked y/n later that night while in their shared bedroom. Y/n sighed and fluttered her eyes shut before shaking her head slightly. She felt reluctant to come right out and say the reason she couldn’t go was because she was poor, even though it was most likely evident, especially in contrast to all of her rich Slytherin housemates.
“That’s so ridiculous, I really don’t understand your parents sometimes, y/n,” she replied. “I mean, what could it hurt? I know they want you to keep your grades up, but, come on, it’s one night.” Y/n couldn’t help but feel a rush of relief that she was actually believing y/n’s white lie about her parents not letting her go because of grades. “I know, but it’s probably for the best. I mean, I wouldn’t have anyone to go with anyways,” y/n replied, the latter part of her statement likely being true. “That’s such a lie y/n. You would definitely get a date. I mean, if you were going. I bet Malfoy would’ve taken you. Word is, Parkinson dumped him for some dark and brooding seventh year Ravenclaw,” y/f/n gossiped. Y/n’s heart jolted. She and Draco were good friends, but y/n had practically been in love with him ever since he was partnered up with her in their first potions class. True, he might have asked her because of the lack of single Slytherin girls, but y/n figured he would find someone else from another house much more rich and attractive. “Well, I honestly hope he finds a date, and soon. Otherwise the poor guy is never gonna hear the end of it from his father,” y/n replied, her mind still lost dreams of the Yule Ball.
As the rest of her friends visited Hogsmeade to shop for last-minute Yule Ball items despite the bone-chilling weather, y/n made the executive decision to stay at the castle and cozy up in front of the fire with her book. With her slipper-sock clad feet, she padded her way across the floor to the big leather couches in front of the mantle to where her steaming mug of cider sat on the table.
Draco sat sunken into an oversized armchair next to the couch, covered with a soft fleece blanket and with a notebook and pen in hand. Y/n smiled at him as he looked up and then retreated back into his writing. Reaching the couch, she quickly became confused as to where her book had disappeared off to. After all, she had left it on the table the night before. “Looking for your book, love?” Draco questioned, looking up. Y/n’s heart swelled at how he addressed her, despite the fact that he had called her that since they became friends.
“Yeah, you’ve seen it?” You asked him. He nodded. “It’s up in my room. I didn’t want someone grabbing it by mistake, or for you to lose it. I’ll go grab it,” he stated, making a move to get up from his cozy nook. “No, no, no, don’t get up, I’ll get it. You’re comfortable,” you told him, not making him want to leave his spot. He sat back down slowly. “Thanks, Draco. Second door on the left?” Y/n asked him, basing it solely off of memory from one time when she worked on a school project with him during their second year. He nodded, smiling softly and cozying back up into the chair.
Y/n found her way up and into Draco’s room, not worrying about being seen by another boy since everyone else was out getting ready and buying lunch before the Ball. Opening the heavy wooden door to his room, she found her book immediately on his bedside table. Taking a look around she got a small insight into Draco’s life. Various books in new looking condition stacked perfectly and organized on a dark wooden shelf. A green marble paperweight shaped like an apple holding down a thick stack of parchment filled with Draco’s barely legible cursive scribbles. A small hourglass on his desk ticking away the seconds with blindingly white sand. His broom, newest edition, propped up in the corner. A bottle of amber-hued firewhiskey and a couple of crystal tumblers etched with an intricate pattern, despite him being under age. Y/n smirked to herself. Only he would do that, and get away with it being in plain sight.
Suddenly realizing that she was spending probably way too much time in his room, she dashed out and lugged the ancient wooden door closed behind her. She dashed down the stairs, only to find Draco with his eyes closed, cozied up in a peaceful slumber. Y/n smiled to herself, making her way noiselessly to the end of the couch, dozing off herself.
“Y/n, time to wake up my dearest!” Y/f/n yelled joyfully, shouting above the flurry of activity as, suddenly, everyone that had been at Hogsmeade noisily bustled inside the common room. Y/n stretched out of her slumber, but barely opened her eyes before y/f/n whisked her off to their room. With only a couple hours before dinner in the great hall began, they all wanted to start getting ready.
Y/n sleepily padded her way up to her room and entered it, greeted with the sight of her four-poster bed’s green silk curtains drawn closed on all sides. Confused, she stopped dead in her tracks. In all her years of attending Hogwarts, she had never closed her bed curtains.
“Y/n? What’s wrong? And why are your bed curtains closed? You never do that,” y/f/n stated. “Oh nothing, sorry. And I was…” y/n tried to think up an excuse, “um, napping,” she finished.
Y/n made her way to her bed, peeking the curtains open on the side of her bed that faced the wall instead of y/f/n’s bed. Light from the window filtering into the dark fort, y/n found a large black box, as well as a stark white envelope contrasting the dark color.
She carefully lifted the envelope flap from its seal and lifted out a piece of parchment. In familiar looking hand writing, she read:
Don’t ask how I know, although, you’re quite intelligent, so I gather you’ll figure it out. I know you’re not able to go to the Yule Ball. Not because of grades, but…the real reason. You don’t have to be shy about it towards me, because, really, it doesn’t change a thing about you.
Put this on, I hope you like it. I’ll meet you downstairs when the rest are leaving. If you don’t want to go, I understand completely. Just write back and you don’t have to mention a thing to y/f/n. (That’s why I pulled the curtains closed).
I hope you know that you deserve this.
Y/n gasped to herself and slammed her palm to her forehead. Of course, she was such an idiot. She had left her mothers note in her book…the one Draco had found. It must have fallen out for him to read when he picked it up.
She couldn’t accept this. It was too much.
No…wait. She had to. When would she ever get an opportunity like this again? And with her friend and crush since first year? She couldn’t refuse.
“Y/f/n?” Y/n called out.
“Yeah?” She replied.
“Change of plans. My parents said I can go,” y/n called out from the dark of the curtains.
“Oh perfect! You have a dress and everything?” She asked.
Y/n came out from behind her bed curtains and nodded enthusiastically.
As y/f/n rushed to another room to have another girl do her hair, y/n had some alone time to open the package and get ready. She eagerly opened the box that Draco had delivered, took out the dress that was neatly pressed and folded inside, and held it up. It was stunningly gorgeous. A strapless ball gown, with grey silk that shimmered and danced in the light. It had silk ribbons that varied in shades of stark white to a velvety black - all intricately wrapped and intertwined across the bodice, then falling loosely to the floor in the back of the dress, weaving in and out of each other and dancing as the gown moved. Y/n’s eyes brimmed with tears as she thought about the sheer amount of genuine thought that Draco had put into this.
She slipped the gown on quickly, and styled her hair and makeup as well. For the first time in her life, she felt truly beautiful.
“Bloody hell, y/n,” she suddenly heard from the door, “you look incredible,” y/f/n finished, looking at you with a smile.
Once everyone was ready and leaving, y/n took a breath as she prepared to see Draco.
She descended down the stairs, looking at her feet until she reached the bottom, where a pair of soulful blue-grey eyes met hers. Draco stood at the base of the staircase, utterly and hopelessly lost for words.
“Y/n I–” he started, before he was interrupted by her.
“Draco, before you say anything, thank you. I literally have nothing more to say to you. Tonight you’ve done for me what no one has been able to do before. I don’t think I could ever repay you, even if it’s not…financially,” she told him nervously.
“Y/n,” he began, taking y/n’s hands in his. “No. Thank you. I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” he finished. He raised the back of her hand to his lips, kissing it gently. Y/n blushed and softly smiled at him.
“I do have one more thing though,” he added. He reached his hand inside his coat and fished for something, pulling out a small, shining necklace.
Y/n’s eyes widened, “Draco- you’ve already given me so much. You really, really don’t have to,” she said. “No, y/n I do. I really do have to. Because in my family, I was taught to give people what they deserve. And you, love, deserve this. More than anyone I know,” he replied.
Draco moved behind her, looping the necklace with a round crystal pendant around her neck, his hands softly brushing the back of her neck as he clasped it, sending chills down y/n’s back.
His hands moved to the sides of her arms, holding her reassuringly. “And love, trust me. You already have paid me back. I mean…look at you,” he whispered in her ear from behind her. Before moving away, y/n felt his lips kiss her shoulder. She was lost for words. At the night, how it’s events unfolded, at him.
“Shall we?” He questioned, offering his arm to her. Y/n looped her arm gracefully through his, moving closer to his safe and protective feeling side.
As the last ones to leave, they began walking to the door when y/n stopped in her tracks. “Draco?” She called. He turned around questioningly, his full attention on her.
And with a second of insane courage, before even she knew what she was doing, she moved forward, and placed her lips gently on his. Once he was able to react, he moved a hand up to cup her face, the other snaking around her waist and pulling her as close to him as possible. His lips moved against hers, kissing her more and more passionately by the second. After a few moments, y/n pulled away, resting her forehead against Draco’s and looking up at him. His steel blue-grey eyes showed his emotion - happiness, passion, desire, disbelief. Softly, he moved his thumb over her bottom lip. As it moved over the middle of her lips, y/n softly kissed it, causing him to crack a soft smile. Y/n then placed a kiss on his dimple that appeared, and whispered in his ear, “Ready?”
“Absolutely, love,” he replied, intertwining his hand in hers, bringing it up to his lips to kiss it.
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I am going to start doing commission based sigil drawings.
I can do a photo of the drawing /OR/ a digital copy for $5. I can also draw a small approximately 4" x 4" drawing on regular paper in black ink, and mail it to you for $10 - $20 -/+ depending on shipping.
I’m also willing to take custom orders such as larger prints, different colors, all painted on different surfaces (currently I have canvas readily available along with PVC board and card stock) I can also charge the item on my personal alter for a while if requested. Cost for those situations would be determined after the project is discussed.
If you have any questions please see below- if you are interested or still have questions please feel free to send me a message!
Q: Why for a commission?
A: Because I work 43+ hours a week as well as have a chronic pain condition so putting energy towards extra things can be a little difficult. However- I love drawing sigils for people. The ones you see above are examples I’ve drawn for friends and have decided to share. Since I’ve sent them to my friends they’ve all come to me and told me that what ever it was they were trying to achieve happened with help of the sigil, therefore I feel as though it’s a gift I should share.
Q: What is a sigil?
A: Sigils are a symbol, usually associated with spells or magic/Magick or metaphysics. You take a phrase or something you are trying to embody and you turn it into a symbol. For instance, if you were having issues with a plant looking a little extra gloomy or not growing the way it should be, you can create a symbol for “grow” and place it on the pot of the plant.
Something to keep in mind though; sigils ONLY work as hard as you do. So in this example it would almost with as a subconscious or maybe conscious reminder to take extra good care of your plant such as remembering to water it or move it into sunlight. Like most forms of metaphysics, you create your world around you. Sigils just help you to give what you need more leverage. So basically if you don’t put any sort of energy towards it the sigil won’t do what you need it to. If you try and you do put energy towards it the sigil can help to amplify it.
Q: What if I don’t like the way it looks?
A: If that is a concern then this may not be the best bet for you. Since there will be genuine energy going into these, I may not be able to draw multiple versions. I can certainly try however it may increase the cost.
Q: so what do I need to do from here if I want to commission you?
A: send me over a message stating what you are trying to accomplish through the sigil and if you’d prefer photo/digital copy or physical copy shipped.
Q: how do I pay you?
A: either with PayPal for Facebook messanger.
Q: Can I request a sigil for anything?
A: not anything. I will not make a Sigil that is intended to cause harm to anyone or anything. I will not create a sigil with malicious intent behind it and it will be left up to my judgment on rather or not I feel that is the case. I’m mostly a white witch, I won’t wander down the left hand path that much, Keep that in mind.
Q: will you share my sigil publicly?
A: likely yes unless you ask me not to or it seems as though it’s more personal and should be kept quiet.
Q: Can’t I just use one of the ones you’ve already created?
A: I mean I guess you could if you wanted to be an art thief. You should also be aware that the energy put into it is not for YOU it’s for someone else therefore it may not work the same way.