MegaCon 2014

March 24th, 2014 | Posted in Art, Geekery, Local by Meli

After a whirlwind weekend at Megacon, I have returned, blogosphere.
We had this trip planned for some time, and it just happened to land at the most opportune time. We needed an escape, and we definitely got one in the form of mass geekery. The hubs and I attend conventions because we love the lifestyle and the culture of geek fandom, but also because we really enjoy meeting new people, discovering new artists and supporting them. There is also a special vibe at these conventions. There is an air of comradery, love and acceptance, and it was exactly what I needed.

While there, I did stumble upon some pretty amazing artists, vendors, human beings and here they are in no particular order:

1. Sarah Wilkinson; I had a physical reaction to this woman’s art. As I was walking down Artist Alley, I had to suck in my breath when I saw this particular piece because I felt like it had been knocked out of me. It moved me beyond belief, and I was so happy to hear that she had similar experiences with other con-goers. She even told me a man began to cry as he described what the piece meant to him, which of course, caused her to cry and that it was a beautiful experience. I can only imagine that moments like those are why you make art. Although I did not get personal with her on my feelings towards the piece, I’m sure my tear-filled eyes said enough as I stared at it and made my purchase.

2. Evie Tees; this is an Etsy shop that I had been following for some time now. I adore their taste level when it comes to fandom tees – something that I truly appreciate. It’s fun, but doesn’t forgo quality. I actually was immediately drawn to their booth without knowing it was actually theirs! I loved what I saw and immediately started soaking it all up, until I recognized their adorable lapel pins. What made the experience even better was that Elena, the owner of the shop, and her friend Jessica, were truly amazing people. They were easy to talk to and incredibly sweet. So much so that we swung by to say hello not once, not twice, but every day of the convention.

3. Clark Orr; there are art prints you find at conventions, and then there are Clark‘s designs. Wow. Each piece had some sort of additional element, like 3D printing, black light capability, etc. The hubs was immediately drawn to the Back To The Future 3D Hoverboard print, and I could not argue. It was gorgeously done (& even came with a pair of old school 3D glasses). Again, what made him even more spectacular was that he was such a nice dude. I love it when you can strike up a conversation with an artist and its not just a purchase.

4. Jessica Grundy; Absolutely beautiful, fanciful, and sometimes somber, sketches of little girls. Her booth immediately caught my attention and the more I looked through her prints, the more I fell in love. Ultimately, batgirl stole my heart, but without even realizing, I stopped at her booth again the following day before realizing I had already been there and purchased something! When it’s good, it’s good. I can’t wait to continue stocking up via Etsy.

Special shout outs go to WeLoveFine (great tee site) and Art of Danny (whom I featured in my Supercon post last year).

Florida Supercon

July 10th, 2013 | Posted in Art, Geekery, Local by Meli

Is it terrible to admit that I didn’t expect much from our local comic book convention, Supercon? Blame it on my multiple Comic Con experiences, but I was fully prepared to walk around pulling a major McKayla. Man, was I proved wrong. Like, really wrong. I was especially blown away with the talent in the Artist Alley upstairs. I did not know Miami/Florida housed so many amazing artists that fed into the geeky culture. I mean, I didn’t even know Miami had a geeky culture, but again, I was proved wrong based on the line that snaked around the entire Radisson hotel. Color me surprised, Miami. I’m kind of proud of you.

I figured rather than just posting a bunch of pictures chronicling our experience, I would share with you all the talent I experienced by providing you with links to my favorite artists/vendors. Check ‘em out, support local artists and businesses and, most importantly, enjoy!

Clockwise (l to r): Andrew Heath (we actually bought this exact Tobias print), Brian Reedy (amazing woodcut art – snagged two pieces from him), Sugar Fueled (so adorable/creepy, I can’t get enough) & Art of Danny (gorgeous split persona’s you have probably seen on Pinterest 1223426 times).

Lovable Friday!

March 15th, 2013 | Posted in Art, DIY, Fashion, Home, Party Planning by Meli

1. State Stamp

I love sending snail mail, especially when it is adorned with special stickers and stamps. Receiving a package in the mail jumps up 10,000 more points when it is pretty to look at, so I am loving all over these state address stamps. And before you scoff at the asking price, know that they are each hand-lettered. Delicious.

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Pink Ghost Artist Necklaces + a Giveaway!!!!

December 10th, 2012 | Posted in Art, Geekery, Giveaway by Meli

As usual, the purveyor of everything super kawaii, Pink Ghost, is at it again! They have a new series of artist necklaces that will absolutely steal your heart. Each pendant is made of 100% maple and features a character from each artist’s universe: Afro Kelvin from Piktorama, Rainbow Bear from Crowded Teeth, and my personal favorite: Chubby Unicorn from Pow Pao (his diet mainly consists of macarons).

As if they weren’t cute enough, they are also limited edition (only 50 of each!) so make sure you get your hands on one as quickly as possible – I think they’d make great holiday gifts!

However, if you are more of a gambler, you’re in luck! I will be giving away TWO artist series Chubby Books from both Piktorama and Crowded Teeth to one lucky reader! All you have to do is follow Melificent on Facebook & Pink Ghost on Twitter! Easy, right? Make sure you sign up below as the contest will close on Sunday, December 16th at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be announced that Monday in a blog post! So what are you waiting for? ENTER!

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Glam Squad

July 17th, 2012 | Posted in Art, Fashion by Aurora

Like every girl, I have a hobby. It just turns out that mine consists of changing into unique frocks and playing dress-up for a day. Thanks to the ladies at Terribly Girly Photography, I can look different for a day and have snapshots to remember the look by.

The last time I played dress-up, I decided to go with an 80′s theme. Inspired by JEM and everything truly outrageous, I posed in candy-colors and bright shoes. The pictures were a hit.

Want to play dress-up yourself? Check out Terribly Girly Photography and sign up for their newsletter to get informed on their great photo package deals. Hey, every girl deserves to treat themselves to a girly day of fun. And make sure to like their Facebook page so you can stay informed and take a peek at some of their shoots. Amazing, right?

xo, Aurora