DIY :: Bored Sherlock Clutch

Last night, I was feeling bored and crafty and still obsessing over my Sherlock inspired dress from Gold Bubble Clothing. When my sister asked if I wanted to join her in a late night trip to Wal-Mart for some things, I started browsing the craft aisles. I spotted felt squares in an elegant black and white pattern similar to Mr. Holmes’ wallpaper and I knew what I wanted to create: a Sherlock Clutch Purse. I picked up all the necessary supplies right there and then for less than $20. Here’s what I needed:

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  • $10.00 – Thick, boxy wallet
  • $0.97 – Felt Square (I bought 4, just in case, but only used 1)
  • $2.47 – Loctite Super Glue
  • $4.94 – Krylon Spray Paint in ‘Sun Yellow’

Before starting the project, I made my own smiley face stencil out of some water color paper (any sturdy paper or card stock will work.)

After cutting the felt square win half, I roughly measured each piece with each side of the wallet to get an idea of how much to trim. Once I felt comfortable with how much fabric I was working with, I began glueing the fabric to the wallet starting at the the bottom and stretching it to the top. Then, much like wrapping a present, I glued the sides while folding the corders in.

photo 2Once the fabric was attached on all sides and the glue had dried, I was ready to spray the smiley face on. I attached my stencil and made sure the rest of the wallet wasn’t exposed either. I sprayed on one coat, let dry, then, sprayed on another coat. Of course, the felt absorbed the paint quickly and I spray quite a bit of paint each coat.

I like the outcome! I’m not too bothered by the imperfections (mainly, the less than perfect edges and sloppy looking smile.) Next time, and I do believe I will be making another one of these in the future, I’ll know how to improve upon its construction. Most important amendment: making the smiley face stencil thinner to take into account the spreading of the paint on the fabric.

photo 1Glueing the fabric to the wallet took the most time but I managed to start and finish this totally Sherlockian Clutch Purse in less than the time it took me to watch The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story on Lifetime. (Did anyone fact-check Screetch’s “memories”?)

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Thanks for reading! If you make your own Bored Purse (headband, shorts, sneakers, whatever) I’d love to see! Great things can sometimes manifest out of boredom. Love, GK

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Sherlock Bored Dress

Many weeks ago, before SDCC, I ordered the Bored A-Line dress from Gold Bubble Clothing’s Sherlock Holmes collection. Through all the Doctor Who activities, I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet. I want to begin by saying that the customer service team at Gold Bubble is impeccable! I wrote to then requesting to receive my order before SDCC (under the guise that I was actually planning on attending SDCC) and the team went out of their way to email and text me while they were attending SDCC to get me my fabulous dress. Of course, not being at the convention, or even in the same time zone, I didn’t get my order early. But they tried, hard!

So a couple of weeks ago I received a second order from them. They sent me a second Bored A-Line dress!! I wrote to customer service about exchanging my second dress for another dress from The Sherlock Holmes Collection and it was no problem. I sent back the second dress and received the Deductions A-Line Dress today! So exciting!!! Now that I have two fantastic frocks to show my Sherlock love, I had to wear one tonight while out for drinks. Here’s how I wore my Bored A-Line:

photo 1I paired my dress with a thin yellow belt to accentuate the yellow smiley face on the chest and my yellow converse all stars. To add extra Sherlock to my look, I wore my “The Game Is Afoot” necklace that I found at Hot Topic.

photo 2This is one of my favorite dresses that I’ve ever owned! It fits so perfectly and I love how feminine it is. Only a true Sherlock fan would even be able to spot this fangirl fashion must-have! Check out the entire Sherlock Holmes Collection from Gold Bubble Clothing!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

 

 

August 2014 :: Ipsy Gam Bag :: Beauty Schooled

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This month will be my last Ipsy Glam Bag. I’ve decided to cancel after over a year of monthly bags. Truth is, I haven’t been “wowed” by my bags over the last several months and I think it’s simply because my makeup knowledge has vastly expanded and I’m no longer in need of being introduced to products monthly. I know what I like and I know what to look for. I enjoyed my experience with Ipsy but it’s just time to move on. It’s not you, Ipsy, it’s me. Anyway, here’s what my bag contained this month:

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  • Absolute – Lip Balm in Green Apple
  • Glam Glow – Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
  • Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara
  • Lord and Berry – Silk Kajal Kohl eye pencil
  • Manna Kadar Cosmetics – Sheer Glow

I’ve had a lot of fun sharing my monthly glam bags with you guys!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

Doctor Who Deep Breath Wrap-up

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I’m finally getting around to posting about all the fun I had surrounding the premier of Doctor Who Series 8’s episode, Deep Breath last week. Most of the reason it took me so long to post this one is because I have been kicking ass at Quiz Up’s new Doctor Who (revived) quizzes. I’ve already achieved much success with Quiz Up’s Doctor Who quizzes and this one, that focus entirely on the reboot seasons is no different!

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Bam, Suckahs! I accept all challenges!!

So let’s get to what I thought of the episode. First of all, I am absolutely already in love with the 12th doctor! I am so looking forward to this new who chapter with Peter Capaldi. Next, Clara stole the flipping’ show this time. This team seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun (and probably pretty painful) to watch.

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Some other thoughts included:

  • “Ummm, life’s tough, get a helmet, new-to-who fans. We don’t all get post-regen phone calls from “our” Doctor…” This bitterness didn’t keep me from crying like a pre-menstral teen who has just been stood-up on prom night, however. When I shared this thought with my sister (who considers 11 “her” Doctor, she replied: “You’ve got a human version of “your” Doctor out there in a parallel universe… so let me have this!” I couldn’t argue.
  • “Why do these clockwork android things have such an obsession with revolutionary France’s female figures?”
  • “Why is Vastra such an uppidy bitch sometimes?”
  • “I want Jenny’s blue vest… I’m gunna make one!”
  • “How would The Doctor have returned the dinosaur to her proper time?” and “That dino-death sure was sad…”
  • “Who the f*ck is this deranged Mary Poppins, Missy? And is this “heaven” the same garden Amy was hanging in while she waited and got ubes old?”

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…yeah. Think about that. But of course, I’m asking “Is Missy The Master? Master… Mistress… Missy…” but she’s calling The Doctor her boyfriend: “Is Missy River?” I don’t think she’s River but she might be The Master. There were rumors The Master would return this season, after all.

The Deep Breath fun continued on Monday night when my sister and I went to a theater viewing of the episode. It’s always fun watching some Who on the big screen and there were surprisingly very few people in the theater (only 12 people… which is fitting.) I was disappointed because the group of Whovians in attendance weren’t the usual plucky, friendly sort of people. They were kind of boring and gave the theater staff a hard time when the trivia portion of the film, at the beginning, looped one too many times. (I made a joke about being stuck in a time loop but nobody seemed to think it was very funny.) Things happen… roll with the punches… The Doctor wouldn’t have been mean to the movie theater staff. Rudeness. But we had a good time and dressed accordingly.

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I’m excited about Series 8! Tonight, we get to see episode 2 complete with Daleks and a hunky love interest (?) for Clara.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

Sherlock Wins Lots of Emmys!

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Last night were the Emmy Awards and one of my favorite shows, Sherlock, won several awards! Congratulations to everyone who makes Sherlock possible!! The awards won are:

  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or Special.
  • Outstanding Single-Camera Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie.
  • Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie.
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Benedrict Cumberbatch in His Last Vow (Beating Martin Freeman for his work in Fargo, another favorite show of mine).
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Martin Freeman in His Last Vow.
  • Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Steven Moffat for His Last Vow.

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To celebrate a bit, I wore my Sherlock Holmes necklace today that I picked up recently at Hot Topic. “The game is afoot!” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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