Clone, Bounty Hunter, and Jedi–The Many Faces of Dakster

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For the past three years I’ve been an avid Star Wars cosplayer. I’m a Clone of the Republic, Jedi Knight, and I recently became a Bounty Hunter (who hunts clones…go figure right?). Each of these costumes has their own story and uniqueness about them that I love.

April Block of the Month: Airship

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It’s time for April’s block of the month in our steampunk quilt. This month we’re sailing on an airship. No worries about physics or how much weight must be at the bottom of that massive thing. I’m sure there’s a gear-driven anti-grav device powering the ship behind the scenes. And flapping those wing-fins for no apparent reason. The finished block will be 12×12 inches. That

February Block of the Month Quilt: Steampunk Goggles

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It’s time for February’s block of the month in our GeekMom steampunk-themed quilt. t’s never too late to get started, and it’s never too late to get caught up. This month, the pattern is a steampunk staple – the hat with goggles. Whether you’re using them to go racing in experimental vehicles or weld together mad science inventions, you really can never have enough goggles.

501st Legion 101

So, you want to join the 501st Legion? Well here is the ultimate step-by-step guide to how you too can become one of the members of the fighting 501st. The path of the Empire is a challenging one; it takes time and commitment to completion of a canon costume. You will have moments where you will ask yourself, “What the heck was I thinking?” But

How to Make Steampunk Goggles (Part 2)

Ready to finish your steampunk goggles? Let’s go! In part one of the steampunk goggles tutorial, we started with a pair of cheap welding goggles and applied Rub ‘n Buff to make the plastic look like aged metal. The plastic parts were then buffed and allowed to cure for about a week. The end result looked like this: I went ahead and added a few

Take Back Halloween: Your Costume Name Doesn’t Have To Feature The Word “Sexy”

Last week I was browsing one of those pop-up Halloween stores in what was probably an abandoned Borders with a friend who apparently hasn’t tried to purchase a Halloween costume in some time. Our conversation mirrored the scene in a Duane Reade in the Sex and the City movie: Miranda: The only two choices for women: witch and sexy kitten. Carrie : You just said

The Zombie Family Lives

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Want to know what a crowd of almost 900 people dressed as zombies looks like? It looks something like this. Yes, I do think a zombie march is a fun family activity. There’s makeup and costumes. There’s marching. There’s acting. There’s making crowds of people laugh at the absurdity of it all. I’ll clarify that my kids have never actually seen a true zombie movie,

Should You Bring A Kid To Dragon*Con?

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Dragon*Con starts in just nine short days. I recommend going to just about every geek I meet, especially at this time of year when my life is consumed by furious last-minute costuming. Since the people I interact with these days are often also parents, the followup question is usually, “Should I bring my kids?” It’s a tough question, and one you have to answer for

Gearing Up for San Diego Comic-Con

I read something scary on Twitter the other day: words so alarming they actually made me gasp. Only six weeks until SDCC! Six weeks until San Diego Comic-Con?! It hardly seems possible! And yet it’s true. Actually, since that tweet was several days ago, there are less than six weeks until the biggest event of my family’s summer: Comic-Con begins on Thursday, July 21. Time