Star Wars

Kate Crate – Unboxing

This is a really special post for me. I want to share with you guys an unboxing video of the FIRST EVER in the history of ever KATE CRATE!! One of my good friends, Fourth Doctor Cosplayer and my MegaCon buddy, Chris was thoughtful enough to create a personalized Kate Crate and send it my way. His one condition was that I film an unboxing video so, of course, I complied.

I’ve been experiencing kind of a rough time recently and a very special select few of my friends have been in my corner and helping me through. Receiving this Kate Crate is a really important moment of light during a pretty dark period for me. I cannot say “Thank you!” enough, Chris for doing this for me!

Now that I have received my Kate Crate, I am on a mission to put together a pretty fantastic Chris Crate to send in return! And, who knows? Maybe this Kate Crate/Chris Crate will become a “thing” and I’ll get to share with you guys future videos about them!!

Thanks for reading! If you don’t already, please subscribe. You can also see what kind of nerdy fun I’m getting into on my cosplay page on Facebook: GingerKate Cosplay. You can also (and I would so very much appreciate it if you would) follow me on Instagram @gkcosplay (I’m also @gingerkate). I have links to all that great stuff on the side bar so please show me some love and support and I will always return the favor in kind. I hope you guys enjoy my Kate Crate Unboxing video… It turned into kind of a long one but I was having too much fun blabbering on about all the items and some other random thoughts that popped into my brain and immediately out of my mouth while filming.

*And, yeah… before any of you call me out… I refer to a White Walker (from Game of Thrones) as an Ice Warrior (from Doctor Who)… deal with it.*

Thanks again for reading and watching!

Love, GK

MegaCon Orlando 2016 – Saturday

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Yesterday, I shared with you my photos from Friday at MegaCon Orlando 2016. Today, I’m sharing my Saturday pics and highlights!

So, I’d been working really hard on my “Glam Vader” (or Lady Vader if you prefer) for a while. Saturday, I was absolutely exhausted from sleepless nights working on the costume, driving to and from Orlando on Friday while running on barely any sleep (I worked both Friday and Saturday night and I don’t leave work until well after 4am most nights…) So as much as I had planned on waking at the crack of dawn again, I totally slept in. When I woke up I was upset but cranky and still very tired and for a while was just like “I’m not going. Its crazy to drive two hours up, walk around for a few hours and then drive back down to change and go to work… Its crazy,.. I overslept, I’m not going.” I alerted the friends I was planning on hanging with for the day and they understood… But then I talked to Sarah (Daenerys) and she was like “Fuck it! Go.” And just like that, I changed my attitude, grabbed my gear and hopped on the road.

I’m so happy I did. I didn’t attend any of the events or Q&As I was planning on attending and Saturday was so packed with people I didn’t even see most of my friends in attendance. I met up with Chris again and we stormed the floor in our Star Wars gear. He introduced me to his friends and they let me tag along and take pics with them while I was there. I may have only been at the con for a few hours but in that time I met some really amazing people and fellow cosplayers AND…. I met Michelle Gomez, Missy from Doctor Who on the main floor! She couldn’t take a photo with me bc its against the rules and she was avoiding attention but I got to speak with her very briefly and she was an absolute doll. She even gave me a pretty solid wink. As if that wasn’t enough, I completely lost my fangirl mind when I spotted one of my favorite cosplayers and my geek-chic inspiration, Victoria aka ScruffyRebel. She walked by and I said “Scruffy?” She immediately turned and as I introduced myself she knew exactly who I am from our past interactions on Instagram and whatnot. I was floored! She took a few pics with me and gushed about how she likes my hair and my cosplays and my nerdy fashion choices. It made my day!!

Saturday, although a short one for me, I managed to stop by the booths of all my con-friends to show the love I didn’t get to show on Friday. I’m so glad I made the drive! (And the large blister on my foot that I later worked on my feet dealing with was worth it too!) Here’s the photo evidence of awesomeness!

Thanks for reading!
Love, GK

D.I.Y. – Star Wars Jewelry

While shopping, I came across Star Wars epoxy stickers. Too cute to pass up, I chucked them in my cart. Once home, I decided that instead of using these all willy-nilly I would make some adorable jewelry with them! I had the supplies on hand but they can be purchased cheaply at any craft store.

First: I cut out each sticker, leaving the plastic attached to the back. These particular stickers didn’t peel easily from their plastic sheet to begin with so I didn’t have any trouble with them peeling apart on their own. (Should I encounter a future problem with the sticky side of the sticker being exposed, I’ll put a coat of clear nail polish on it.)

Second: To create a hole in each sticker for a metal loop to go through, I heated up a sewing needle and carefully pierced the top of each sticker. (The same method I use in my guitar pick jewelry post)

Finally: I decided which pieces would become earrings and which would become necklace pendants and attached the necessary metal rings and pieces.

The necklace pendants can be worn on any chain or rope but I decided to use some heavy duty, glittery ribbon that I recently found on clearance at JoAnn’s to make chokers a la 1994. I used the sewing needle again to create holes for the metal rings to loop through (attaching the clasps and pendants).

Here’s some pics of what I’ve made so far and my gigantic zit:

Stormtrooper earrings & Vader choker.

R2-D2/C-3PO earrings & Yoda choker 

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

MegaCon 2015!

Today, Sarah, Brooke and I made our way up to Orlando where we ran amok with more of our kind at MegaCon 2015. My only regret was that we were only able to attend on Sunday; I would’ve loved to spend the entire weekend (there’s always next year!)

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The day was packed with a lot of running around the convention center, waiting in lines for events and bonding with fellow nerds, particularly Whovians. And there was a lot of Doctor Who love around. For a while, Sarah and I hung out and posed for photos with a large group of Doctors. It was the precise type of experience I was looking forward to having with my nerdy comrades. So many thanks to our “handler” Brooke for holding all our stuff and snapping pics!

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I even ran into my 10 counterpart, the best damn River Song I’ve ever seen and a pretty dapper Captain Jack Harkness.

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Four shared his Jelly Babies with me, this Dalek may have been one of my favorite parts of the day and please check out that War Doctor… right?

 

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Our Sunday was mostly Doctor Who oriented. First stop of the day was our photo meet & greet with Karen Gillan. We played with other Whovians throughout the day and before ending our MegaCon Sunday on the floor, we attended the Doctor Who panel with Karen Gillan and Alex Kingston.

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…it is so not typical that I am the shortest girl in a picture (nobody wearing heels…)

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The three of us made sure we got plenty of Star Wars dorking-out in also when we visited the 501st Legion.

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2016, I’d like to spend the entire weekend at MegaCon, especially since they’re adding a fourth day! The only damper on the day was that our Mom was there with us. She got so jazzed about Norman Reeds attending and purchased multiple passes to meet him and about a week before the con, it was announced that his Sunday appearances would be cancelled. Mom was so disappointed she opted not to attend at all.

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear about your MegaCon 2015 experiences!

Love, GK

My #nerdvember Master Post

This year, I participated in Set To Stunning‘s #nerdvember contest. Each day, during the month of November, participants can earn an entry into the contest by posting a nerdy inspired outfit of the day. Those who entered 1-10 days qualify for Tier 1 : The Sidekick. 11-20 Days, Tier 2 : The Vigilante. 21-29 Days, Tier 3 : The Hero and All 30 Days is Tier  4 : The Superhero. I jumped in on the 9th day of the contest so posting everyday for the rest of the month, I’ll qualify for the “Hero”. (For full contest info and rules, check out the official post.)

I had so much fun with this photo challenge and even made some pretty rad instagram friends along the way. (For more information on each of these looks, check out my instagram @gingerkate )

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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