Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter Launches!

Time for a literary post that is sort of related to Star Wars. Do you like the Expanded Universe authors? Because this anthology might be for you!

Silence in the Library Publishing (of which I am a part), Kickstarter, and a host of renowned authors including names like Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, and Timothy Zahn, are hoping to make the Time Traveled Tales Anthology available to a wider audience.

Originally released as a convention exclusive at the 2012 Origins Game Fair and limited to 500 copies sold only at the convention, Time Traveled Tales is a who's who of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors writing about time travel, the future, and contact with strange and wonderful beings.

In this Kickstarter limited edition, each story is beautifully illustrated by renowned artist Matt Slay. Best known for his work for IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Image Comics and several Upper Deck Marvel projects (most recently Iron Man 3), Matt brings a realism and emotional context to his illustrations that captures the spirit of each of the 19 stories in the anthology.

In addition to illustrating every story in the anthology, we've developed an amazing new cover that will look incredible on your bookshelf. 

The cover and illustrations are only a small portion of the exciting surprises that are waiting for you when you visit the Time Traveled Tales Kickstarter project page. Please join us and become a part of the Time Traveled Tales journey by visiting http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/103879051/time-traveled-tales-a-speculative-fiction-antholog and contributing today!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Curtain-along, painting style!

For my birthday today, my Mom did a little costume painting of my curtain-along gown!  I love it!  She's done such a great job on these, especially since detail is hard to render on non-watercolor paper!  And look at the fabric pattern she painted on this one!

Thanks, Mom!

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Dress U - Sunday

Here are my other pics from Sunday at Dress U!

We started out with breakfast at the Classic Diner again.  I wish I'd taken a picture of the enormous bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich I'd had the previous day...

Isabella's Strawberry Shortcake dress:

Gloria's steampunk Catwoman:

My Curtain-along outfit at Dress U

I wore my "curtain-along" gown Sunday at Dress U for the Mad Hatters tea, along with the hat I bought from Linda last year at Dress U.

I loved seeing everyone's curtain fabric outfits - they were all really different.  Mine is a jacket with a ruffled peplum, with a ruffled petticoat.

Here are a bunch of pics!

I liked these four that Isabella got:

Friday, June 7, 2013

Dress U - Saturday Night

After dinner at Wegman's Doug, Isabella, and Gloria and I stopped at a cupcake store, because cupakes.  They had mini ones that were yummy!

Them we got dressed and took some pictures together

Another costume painting

After I sent my mom a pic of me in the fluffy white dress holding our fluffy white cat, she painted this little painting for me!

My Princess Caroline sacque at Dress U

I got a bunch of new pics of my Princess Caroline sacque at Dress U - I think I should have pinned it tighter since it's wrinkling in the front, but that's ok. ;-) (I swear, someday I will stop noticing everything wrong with my costumes!) Sacques are always fun to wear, especially when they're really fluffy!

I wore this to the court dinner at Dress U on Saturday night. Everyone looked SO amazing. I'll have pics of Saturday Night at Dress U up next.

Isabella's photo:

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dress U - Friday & Saturday afternoon

I had SUCH a good time at Dress U last weekend. Thank you so much to Victoria Arrington for organizing it. She did amazing job again, and I hope she knows much she appreciates the effort it takes. Dress U was way smaller this year, which was good and bad.  It was much more low key - and given how tired I was from a music festival I'd been to the weekend before, that wasn't bad. Also, it was a lot easier to get to know some of the new people, and I felt like we all got a lot of quality time with each other.  Also, everyone looked fantastic all weekend.

Here are a few pics from Friday. (The ones of my are all in my previous post about my new MA strawberry gown.)

I loved this Nini costume from Moulin Rouge!

It was so nice to finally meet Vanessa! I loved her giant hat (which she wore onto the plane!).  And her dress was really pretty!

Marie Antoinette Strawberry gown

Here is my "secret" project that I've been plotting for a while. Every since Melly posted her version of the Strawberry fabric from MA, I've wanted to make this gown! (http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1354899)  I splurged on cotton silk.  The blue trim and the blue velvet ribbon for the neck aren't the exact right shades of blue, but they were best I could come up with. The sleeve flounce net is vintage.

I tried a new sleeve pattern which was ok, but they kept riding up so my sleeves look weird in a bunch of the photos. But overall, I'm happy with how it turned out!  I also had to guess on the back since there are no pics of it - it's impossible to tell if it's quarter back or en fourreau.  In the end I went with quarter back because I thought it would take less fabric.

I went with MA's lunch look, with flowers in the hair, but I'd love to make the hat.  And those gloves she wears to church are amazing too.  My research page for this gown is here: http://costumersguide.com/ma12.shtml

Here are a million pics of me in the gown, and some of it on the dress form. :-)