Astrid Photo Shoot

Since we were heading to the park for a small shoot (see last post) I figured it was the perfect time to finally properly document my Astrid costume. This was made two years ago for Halloween and was more a triumph of time than of skill. It also isn’t a 100% accurate reproduction, at the time I had a day to make it so had to make certain changes. However I’m still very pleased with this outfit and I’ve worn it several times now. I paired it with Molly’s Toothless costume for a fun shoot.


Sadly, Molly’s costume blends in too much to really make it out. And she was far more interested in the squirrels that were taunting her off camera than in posing-hence leash!



12654303_1113180442067889_7916766046843505363_n  We were having quite a cold snap for South Florida and the park was freezing! But since I was dressed as a fur-clad viking I feel this only enhanced the shoot.

It’s always fun to see people’s reaction when you and your friend are wandering around dressed as a viking and an evil queen. One guy came up to us and told us ‘we looked weird’. However, he was definitely smoking something out there in the woods, so he was hardly one to judge. Gotta love the locals.

Fort Pierce Pirate Fest next weekend!


Not So Scary and Disney!

To finish up on all that happened in October here’s my post about the Birthday Disney trip!

My best friend and I just happen to have a birthday a day apart, I’m the 25th and she’s the 26th, this year she put together an amazing birthday trip to Disney where we also attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

The cool thing about NSS? You’re allowed to dress up! Obviously we weren’t passing up that chance!

I kid you not, we agonized for months about what to wear but in the end we had a stroke of genius and decided on Once Upon A Time characters. My friend as Regina, the Evil Queen, and I as Zelena, the Wicked Witch and evil (psychotic) half sister to Regina. A third friend accompanied us on this trip and at the last moment decided to accompany us in our theme and go as Rumplestiltskin. She wore the Rumplestiltskin coat I made a year ago but I had to make the Regina and Zelena costumes from scratch.

This was the dress my friend chose:


And this is Zelena’s main dress:

I toned down those weird hip pads but other wise followed the costume design.

And here is where I confess, I have almost no pictures of the finished products. I finished my dress at 11:30 the night before (and we left at 4:00 in the morning!!) and promptly fell into bed. I do have this one picture of Regina’s riding dress during its construction, half of it’s pinned and it’s missing buttons but you can see the general idea:

Minus the lace dickie she wears at the neck.

Minus the lace dickie she wears at the neck.

 The night of the event turned 0ut to be sadly rainy. We had fun no matter the weather but it didn’t make for great photo taking weather! We had a picture professionally taken in front of the castle but I havn’t gotten my hands on it yet!

Here’s one picture my friend snapped of me in my costume while we ate in Gaston’s Tavern. The rain had beaten down my hair so I gave up and put it in a bun to keep it out of the way.



The castle lit up while we awaiting the Villains show, hosted by the Sanderson sisters!!!!


And a picture of my dream home, taken earlier in the day. (AKA the Haunted Mansion)


But then there was something the really excited me. I found dresses!

We stopped in the Hall of Presidents and to my delight found two reproductions on display:

Reproduction of one of Martha Washington’s dresses. I wonder if the original dress was once black?


Reproduction of one of Ida Mckinley’s dresses


They also had a dress from a more modern first lady but eh, who cares about modern dresses.

The next day while we made our way through the line to the great movie ride I came across this gem:


Rose’s sinking coat from Titanic, this is the actual garment worn in the movie.


There were several other pieces on display but the line was moving too fast and I had to run to catch up with my friends so I didn’t see what they were :(.

We stopped in Epcot which is a place I’ve always enjoyed. however, I was IMMENSELY angry to find that the Norway section has been turned into Frozen-ville. A place that’s supposed to be dedicated to culture has been taken over by the most irritating movie to come out in this decade. If they had put the frozen related ride and shops in the Magic Kingdom I would not have cared, that’s what that park is for. But Epcot?!? I wanted to scream to Odin and rampage the place.

I did get this picture of a cool viking statue. Because Viking.

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Notice the little birds perched on the scabbard?

I promise to do a proper photo shoot of the Once costumes soon!

Viking Invasion

Who doesn’t love a good pirate fest? We’re lucky enough to have the Boynton Beach Haunted Pirate Fest right by us and this year we had a little something special planned.

 A viking invasion!



 For this year it was just the three of us, maybe next year we’ll be bigger! 


We found some monks, we tried to make them our slaves but they got away at the mead tent. Hey, we’re vikings, mead’s an occupational hazard.

Our costumes got great reviews, and I think everyone really enjoyed our idea. One lady asked me if my costume was inspired by How To Train Your Dragon and we had a small fan girl moment in the middle of the street. I really had a blast dressing as a viking, it was a great way to spend my 22nd birthday.

Photo credits to Travis Photography.

Photo credits to Travis Photography.

The fur was surprisingly comfortable, we were lucky to have a mild day.

The festival was fantastic, every year it grows bigger and better, I can’t wait for next year! More photos below.


P.S. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 COMES OUT ON DVD THIS WEEK! I’m so excited it’s like I’m seeing it for the first time!

Viking Cloak and Drinking Horn

So, this viking thing is getting out of hand. First it was just a costume for me, then my friend and I wanted to be vikings, and now my whole family wants to be vikings!

     I mean, ok, who can blame us, Vikings are cool, it’s an occupational hazard.

     So come October, we will be attending an event dressed as a pillaging band of fun-loving vikings, watch out South Florida! You never know where we might show up.

 In the mean time I have a lot of viking sewing coming my way. I’ve been working on mine on and off for months (I may or may not have resewn it three or four times, I just couldn’t make up my mind!) I’m not ready to share the whole costume yet and I’ve yet to start on garb for the family, but to whet your appetite for viking shenanigans here’s the cloak I will be wearing as part of my garb.

Viking short cloak with fur.

Viking short cloak with fur.

What did you say? Yes, I am wearing a fur covered cloak to an event in South Florida. Yes, I may be insane, thank you for asking!  

Closer look at fur.

Closer look at fur.

You may notice there is no hood and no ties to close it, one day I may add these things but for the moment I’m much happier without them. Too often the ties on cloaks end up trying to strangle me, I really hate them around my neck. I went for a much more ‘viking-like’ route and will use brooches to attack the cloak directly to my costume. Hopefully I can find matching ones before the event. The fur attaches to the cloak by snaps so if I get too hot I can ditch the cloak and attach just the fur to my outfit.


Back of cloak, love how this fabric drapes.

Back of cloak, love how this fabric drapes.

 The fur is Rabbit, I picked it up at an Seminole reservation a few years ago. A buck each with no tax, beat that.                                                                                                                                                                    But what’s a viking without their drinking horn?

All the horns, each one is unique.

All the horns, each one is unique.

 We ordered these from Sword Demon, they are natural cow horn and very pretty! They were about fifteen dollars and hold about a cup of liquid. They came with a very sturdy leather holder. Whether we will actually drink from them is up for debate, they do smell very strongly. 

My horn.

My horn.

 My horn is the darkest, isn’t it beautiful?

How to Train Your Fan Girl.

I have a little confession.


I mean serious, obsessive, lip-sync-every-line, want-all-the-merchandise love. I even love the spin-off series, I was afraid to watch it at first because how good could it be, right? I will never lose faith again, the series is AMAZING. I’ve seen every episode of Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk repeatedly and now I am anxiously waiting the premiere of HTTYD 2 and the third season Dragon Masters.  And the soundtrack? My god the soundtrack.

This long-winded, fan-girling post is in honor of the release of the final trailer for HTTYD2 which arrives in theaters June 13. Approximately 63 days and 6 hours from now.  In celebration, I’m posting a sneak peek of my Berkian warrior costume.

Embroidery detail for Berkian Warrior costume.

Embroidery detail for Berkian Warrior costume.

Inspired by traditional Viking embroidery, this dragon was my first venture into hand embroidering. I really don’t have the patience to do anything fancy but I confess to being very pleased with the results.

If you still doubt how much I adore HTTYD then allow me to introduce Hiccup, my darling monster of a guinea pig.


"My name's Hiccup, great name I know . . ."

“My name’s Hiccup, great name I know . . .”

He’s got his helmet and is ready to fight dragons.

If you haven’t seen the newest trailer yet: