Category Archives: Tuesday Threads

Christine talkin’ ’bout bling, ya’ll. Nerd bling.

DIY for the Nerd

Some days, it’s appropriate to geek out head to toe. Don the T-shirt. Wear the hat, the necklace, the gloves, the belt, the button. Whatever you’ve got as long as you don’t end up looking like book-Dumbledore with twinkling stars and garish colors.

Other days, it’s one piece at a time. Subtlety at its best, so that people in the wild on the streets do a double-take. “Oh, that’s from Game of Thrones,” or “Nice T-shirt. I want that,” they’d muse. Fellow nerds may smile and show you their own shirt/accessory in reply. I had one guy in a parking lot say to me once, “I thought they caught her already,” in response to my Most Wanted: Bellatrix Lestrange tee. Unfortunately, I had had no witty rejoinder ready at the time, and just murmured, “Oh, thanks!” (P.S. I would have said, “Shh! Don’t tell the muggles, Parking Lot Guy.” I totally would have.)

Ah, but T-shirts aren’t actually my focus today. Sorry for the tangent.

I want to highlight shoes actually. There are tons of DIY shoes out there, especially ones on which you can paint your favorite fandom. It would be impossible–well, improbable and way too much hassle–to cover them all in one go so most likely I’ll be returning to shoes in the future. In the meantime, let’s start with Star Wars shoes today!

R2D2-inspired platform stilettos.

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Merchandise Materials

Hail Hydra! Glows in the dark, yo.

Click on the photo and whoosh, you can hear $19.99 fly from your wallet if you buy this tank from ThinkGeek.

I feel like I also need something like this for Autobots vs. Decepticons. Or Rebel Alliance vs. Imperial Forces. And hey, how about Order of the Phoenix vs. Death Eaters. (Wait, who am I kidding? D.E. all the way, I mean, that tattoo on my left arm ain’t disappearing anytime soon).

BeCos Cosplay: Kelan Ord

Cosplay, props, artwork.

Kelan Ord (real name Guillaume Fortin) is a male cosplayer and props extraordinaire from Quebec, Canada who also happens to do fantastic graphic design. Oh, and he collects lightsabers (yea, real ones, yep–in all honesty, they might as well be real; they look so cool).

Mando by Kelan Ord; Photo by Richard Dufault

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Tuesday Threads: DIY for the Nerd

Sadly, I can boast no pretty manicures, nor do I have the money or ability to maintain them in every day life. I’m okay with this. Usually. But on days I happen to see Doctor Who inspired nail art, ooo, there burns a teeny ball of envy/awe in the pit of my stomach.

This one, for example:

The Doctor, The Widow, and The Wardrobe

Awe. Appropriate awe.

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Merchandise Materials

I saw this Deluxe Starlord costume at the Disney Store for the first time last October. After staring contemplatively between it and my 3-yr-old for a good five minutes, I sighed heavily and just took a picture. For those parents/aunts/uncles/godparents/older siblings/Jedi Masters who have a young child/nephew/niece/brother/sister/Padawan who will consent to wearing a long jacket and mask, consider yourself lucky. And then buy them this costume. Looks so cool! And adorable. Squeee! 

Twenty dollars for ultimate Guardian coolness.

Now I just need a 3-D printer for the gun. Who’s got one?? (A 3-D printer, not a gun. Not for a toddler, that is.)

BeCos Cosplay

I’m actually writing this post with a house full of the infirm, myself included. Don’t ask for details; they are not pretty. However, I’m hoping that by day’s end, life will be much more kind.

This week’s Tuesday Threads features a cosplayer by the name of Stella Chuu from California. She makes all her costumes, props, weapons, etc. (Can we say wow?) and has appeared at a couple cosplay conventions. Check her out on her Facebook page or her dedicated Chubear Cosplay page. I believe her Lich Queen Elsa also won a cosplay award. Impressive, no? However, that was back in November.

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Tuesday Threads

Good afternoon, Villains! Christine here, up to no good again, but this time, in the honor of procrastination. Instead of typing out my much, much, horribly belated Interstellar review (it IS finished, just not typed), I’m brainstorming ideas for new weekly posts on alwayssometimesvillains.

Our fearless leader Philip and I have discussed a cosplay highlight in the past, but just never got around to it. Wells, here’s a spot for it. Every Tuesday, you can expect a post regarding any manner of apparel, be it cosplay or merchandise or DIY, as long as it pertains to what we Villains love in TV, Movies, Music, Games, and Books.

Because why not wear a bit of free advertising for our favorite shows? And dressing up as badass characters just takes the cake. Me love cosplay 365 days of the year! BAM.

So, to start off, you lucky bastards get a triple feature. One of each in the areas I mentioned above. (After this week, it’ll just be one because avarice should be reserved for worthwhile things, ya loonies.) Continue reading Tuesday Threads