Arizona Renaissance Festival- March 3, 2018

Hi everyone! I’m back from a two week blogging break! I had to take some time off because of the Easter holiday and to focus on my day job. But I’m back now with a new post about my trip to the Arizona Renaissance Festival! I’m also doing some cross posting of the photos in this post on my second blog, The Estella Imitative, so if you see photos with this blog’s watermark in a post on that blog, I’m just too lazy to reedit photos with the right watermark. 🙂

On March 3, 2018 I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Unlike previous years, I didn’t buy a season pass so I only went to the festival once this year. Since the festival has themed weekends, I wanted to go to Time Travelers weekend. I’ve gone every year during this weekend for a few years now and I enjoy it so much I keep going back.

Since 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the festival, Lego Discovery Center in Arizona Mills Mall created a sculpture out of Legos to celebrate.

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2017 Arizona Renaissance Festival Black and White Photos

Hi everyone! In my post about converting the color photos I took at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum into black and white photos, I talked about wanting to converting more color photos I took this year and convert them into black and white photos. While looking through the photographs I took in 2017, I found the photos I took at Arizona Renaissance Festival photographs. Even though I didn’t take a lot of photographs at the Renaissance Festival that I believe I could sell as prints on Society6, I still wanted to try converting the color photographs into black and white just to see how they would turn out.

All the photographs I converted to black and white are my “good” photographs from my two trips I took to the Renaissance Festival in February 2017 and March 2017. Even though they are my “good” photographs, I critiqued the way I took some of the photographs I took because I could recognize things I can improve on when I take photos in the future. Continue reading “2017 Arizona Renaissance Festival Black and White Photos”

Elizabethan Whovian- The Sleeves

It’s been a while since I talked about my Elizabethan Whovian so I thought I’d talk about part of the costume I finished, the sleeves!

I was waiting until I posted the photos I took on Time Traveler’s Weekend at the Renaissance festival to talk about the costume. My original plan was to make the costume and wear it to the festival. I was also planning on participating in the Time Traveler Costume Contest that Sunday. In order to keep myself on track, I created a schedule to help me work on the costume. (Finish the sleeves three weeks before the festival, work on the hat and draft the gown’s bodice pattern for three days, ect.) Unfortunately, the stomach flu I had in February threw my schedule off so badly I couldn’t get back on track. So, the costume was unfinished on Time Traveler’s Weekend.

Even though I was upset about not finishing the costume, I went to the festival anyway and was soon thankful I wasn’t wearing a whole entire Elizabethan costume. It was unseasonably hot that weekend and I’m sure I would not have made it more than a few hours fully dressed in my Elizabethan costume. (I was having a very bad time with my seasonal allergies so I was not feeling very great.)

Even though I didn’t finish the costume when I wanted to wear it, I still decided to finish it. The progress on it has slowed because I was also making clothes for normal wear. And when it comes to making normal clothes or a costume, normal clothes take top priority. Still, I wanted to work on the costume and the easier parts of the costume I wanted to work on was the sleeves.

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Arizona Renaissance Festival- March 11, 2017

The 2017 Arizona Renaissance Festival is over for the year and I have some more photos I took while there to post and talk about.

The weekend of March 11th and 12th was Time Traveler’s Weekend. It is my favorite of the themed weekends at the festival because there is a Tardis from Doctor Who in front of the front gate and there are Star Wars characters from the 501st Legion in the festival. It’s always amusing to see the storm troopers serve as body guards of the royal court or Darth Vader watch the joust.

Like the last time I went to the festival, I mostly took photos of the joust. I was intending on taking photos of other acts, but I ran into problems with my camera’s batteries so I couldn’t take photos of anything or anyone else. In addition to this, I didn’t stay the whole day. It was unseasonably hot (Over 90 degrees Fahrenheit) and I didn’t want to over exhaust myself. As usual, I had a great time and I’m glad I went on this weekend!

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

Arizona Renaissance Festival- February 12, 2017

Last week I got sick with a nasty stomach flu so I was unable to sew, draw, or basically do anything besides rest. Because of this, my blogging plans for the next few weeks are going to be off by at least a week. While I work on my sewing, I decided to write a few posts about photos I recently took. Well, photos took before I got sick. XD

On February 12th, I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Last year, when my family member died, I decided to go on multiple days to the festival because I have the freedom on the weekends to do “fun” things this year without elaborate planning that will end up not working out in the end. So, although I didn’t have a costume ready to be worn, I didn’t mind because I already planned to go on other weekends. 🙂

On this weekend I ended up not staying as long as I normally like to because I was starting to not feel well. I think the flu was starting to creep up on me back then, but it didn’t make me so ill I couldn’t do things until last week. In spite of this, I was able to take photos of the festival. Continue reading “Arizona Renaissance Festival- February 12, 2017”

The Chiffon Undershirt

When I decided to make my Elizabethan Whovian costume, I decided to make an undershirt instead of attach the sleeves to the gown. The reason is because I wanted the sides of the gown so it will still fit me as I loose weight.

You can see the lace up sides in my sketch of the drawing…


I don’t think it’s historically correct (For the 1570’s at least) to put lacing in the sides of the gown. Despite this, I’ve seen lacing in the sides of dresses in patterns for 10th through 14th century dresses and there is lacing in the sides of one of the dresses from season two of the Outlander. Since this costume is supposed to be worn during weight loss, I though being able to take in the sides by tightening laces as I loose weight is a very practical idea.

Although lacing in the sides solves my sizing problem, another problem popped up. The pattern I’m using for the costume, Simplicity 3782, calls for the sleeves to be attached to the gown. If I make the gown with the sleeves attached to it, tightening the laces on the sides will cause the sleeves to get distorted. There are ways around this, but all the solutions I though of are complex and I wanted to make the costume’s construction more simple. So, I decided to solve the problem by making an undershirt with the sleeves attached. That way the laces can be tightened on the gown without distorting the way the sleeves look.

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2016 Arizona Renaissance Festival

In March, I went to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. I try to go every year, but due to a family health emergency, I really didn’t feel like going this year. I thought I’d skip this year, but I ended up going anyway. I also went with a friend, which was the first time I went with a friend in years!

Since my mind was focused on the family illness and I wanted to enjoy spending time with my friend, I didn’t feel like dressing up and I didn’t take as many photos as I normally do when I’m at the festival. I do have a few, most are located in my 2016 Arizona Renaissance Festival on Flickr, but here a few of my favorites…


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2015 Arizona Renaissance Festival Photos

Warning: This post is image heavy.

At long last, I finished editing and uploading the photos I took at the Arizona Renaissance Festival this year. It only took me almost a month and a half to do. *sigh*

I uploaded the photos to my Flickr recently in this album. All the photos in this post are linked to the photos on Flickr. If you want to see a bigger version of the photos, click on the photos and it will take you to the photo on Flickr.

I originally intended on doing what I did last year and buy a season pass to the Renaissance Festival (Or RenFest as I like to call it) but the car accident I got into in January depleted my RenFest funds and, worst of all, my desire to go. It got so bad at one point I was planning on not going at all this year (I didn’t have any friends to go with either), but I was able to gather some money to get a ticket and some money for a turkey leg in time for Time Traveler’s weekend.

When I was planning on getting a season pass, I wanted to wear the Clara Oswald Robots of Sherwood dress I was making earlier this year during Time Traveler’s weekend because AzTardis would be there with their Tardis. I thought I could get photos of me standing next to the Tardis because I was feeling healthy and confident enough to let people take photos of me. Unfortunately, I was so depressed about what happened in January and beyond that I took so much time working on the dress I didn’t finish the dress in time to wear it to Time Traveler’s weekend. It was very sad because I was nearly done making the dress, but my mind was elsewhere. Instead, I dressed like I normally do and wore the real Firetrap Harrie I got a few months prior to the Festival. (And, ironically, I was wearing it when the car accident happened. I love that jacket so much I’d wear it during a car accident. :P)

Even though I didn’t get a photo taken of me standing next to the Tardis, I did get photos of the Tardis motorcycle (I call it the Tardiscyle)…

AZ RenFest 2015

AZ RenFest 2015

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Cinderella Art Nouveau Poster

I haven’t been able to make as many original blog posts I’d like to online because of personal problems. I’ve talked about it a little on Tumblr, but besides that I haven’t mentioned it anywhere else. I don’t want to talk about what happened until everything related to it clears up and since that hasn’t happened yet, I’m not talking about it. Anyway, the personal problems caused me to miss Taiyou Con a week or so ago and jeopardized attending the Arizona Renaissance Festival this year. I’m not happy about it and I’ve been successfully distracting myself by sewing. A lot. Since I’ve been sewing so much, I haven’t been painting a lot. I hope to get around to painting and drawing in February, but I can’t guarantee anything.

Before my personal problems arose, I finished a fan art painting I started back in December. I indented on entering into a contest held by the art nouveau club on DA, but I got sick with the flu so I couldn’t finish it in time. (Why is it that every time I want to do something good something bad happens and I can’t do it?! UGH!) The theme of the contest was to create a movie poster in an art nouveau style.

I ended up choosing the live action movie Cinderella. It has yet to come out in theaters, but after watching the trailer I want to see it. I had so many plans for the painting, but of course, they didn’t turn out the way I wanted them, I changed my mind, and so on. I’m still pleased with how the painting turned out!

Here she is…

cinderella art nouveau poster

Forgive the small size of the file. I can’t find the larger size right now.

I painted it in Photoshop with a transparent background. I’m beginning to enjoy using transparent backgrounds. They’re so useful when you want to layer paintings and add backgrounds! The background picture is a photo of a sunset I took. I didn’t like the way the background I was painting looked so I found a sunset photo I took and used that instead. You can see a desert plant in the background on the right side of the painting. XD The lettering was based off art nouveau style lettering I found while searching online, but I changed it so I could free hand write what I wanted the poster to say.

That’s all I have to say about the poster, besides I’m still happy with how it turned out! And you can find it on Tumblr here and on DeviantART here. As for future post, I don’t have much to talk about at this time. I’m still working on making things for my Etsy store (I’ll list them after my vacation is over in March) and plenty of things for the Renaissance Festival. I’m still not sure if I’ll be going this year, but until I can officially say I’m not going, I’m going to act like I am. And that means my costumes for the festival need to be finished! I have many what I think are frivolous ideas to blog about, but then again someone might find it interesting so who knows. Just depends on if I feel like posting about it in the future. 😛

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2014 Arizona Renaissance Festival

I realized I didn’t talk about attending this year’s Renaissance Festival! I can’t believe it! Especially since it’s usually the highlight of the first six months of my year and I make costumes for it months in advance! 😛

Every year since 2009 (I believe) I’ve gone to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. I really do enjoy it and have fun taking photos of everything I see. Especially the jousts!

This year’s festival was different because for the first time ever, I bought myself a season pass allowing me to go almost every single day the festival was open. I ended up skipping many days due to illness and general life stuff, but I enjoyed going more than one day! I saw things I never knew happened and I got to generally enjoy the festival instead of constantly snapping photos of everything I saw.

Since I sometimes talk about fun things I’ve done here on my blog, I thought the festival was something of note and a place to post a handful of the photographs I took at the festival. I’ve also been posting the photos I take on my DevantART (You can see the gallery here) but recently I signed myself up for a Flickr account so I could post my photos without being so harsh on myself when it comes to quality level, favorites, will people like it, ect. I usually take so many of them I feel guilty about not sharing more than a handful a year.

The photos I’m including in this post are a small amount of the photos I took at the festival. I’ll include links to the Flickr albums from each day at the end of this post. I also made a page under the photography category of my website with links to the albums as well. That page can be viewed here.

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