I Work Hard for the Money

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Today marks the end of my first month at my new job with a new company! I am beyond happy. I feel like I have so much creative energy that I might explode. Good thing I have plenty to do on-the-clock and I’m working on a fantastic group cosplay for Long Beach Comiccon in September. If you want to see all the cosplay crafting madness unfold give me a follow on Instagram @jojossocreative. When I’m crafting I like to post progress pics to Instagram pretty much in real time! Because TECHNOLOGY. ❤ XOXO

It’s Been a Batty Week!

Since 2014 is Batman’s 75th anniversary, it seems like everyone has had bat on the brain. This week, I myself, have had a case of Bat-fever as I waited in anticipation for the Nerds Like Us midnight screening of Batman Returns.

I may be a Marvel girl, (Carol Corps For-evah!) but Batman was my first love. In fact, BR was one of the only movies I ever saw in the theater as a child.  AND Batman was the first superhero that introduced me to comics.

Initially, I started out wanting to make a Batman hat (that has obviously been on my list forever) to wear to the BR showing, then I decided to give Jack of All Nerds a hat to give away…and then it was just a downwards spiral of Batman- themed crafting from there.

Here’s some of the things I’ve been up to:

 

 

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Welcome, to my little corner of Le Internet. I’m doing my best to fill it with all the awesome stuff that I ❤  and I hope you enjoy it too!

I just  recently upgraded to a premium WP account and I’m having fun playing with all the shiny new options.

Please be patient while things shift around. Change is good! XOXO

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Lunchtime Life Hack- Prepping for the Week

Being creative is not always about creating something awesome. Ok, mostly it is, but sometimes it’s about saving time and money to put it towards all the awesomeness you plan to create.

Because I commute to my office job and work 40 hours a week, lunch is always a stupid big problem for me. Either I spend extra $$$ for the convenience of eating out every day or I scramble to pull something together in the morning that A. is not satisfying and B. usually makes me too late to hit the traffic sweet spot.

SO here’s my little life hack: Do your weekly shopping on Sunday, then pack & prep your lunches for the week so you can grab & go in the morning. I usually spend about $40 for 2 weeks of lunches + an afternoon snack.

Check out my dope work preparing next week’s lunches this morning:

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These are my three favorite easy, portable lunches that are perfect for the office:

1. Canned Soup + pretzels + piece of fruit + a treat

By far the easiest. Just grab a can of soup with a pull top and something to heat it up in. I bought a 4 pack of plastic bowls with snap-on lids for $2.50 at a Dollar Tree. I like the lid so that I can heat up the soup in the lunch room and then easily travel to an outside picnic table- or back to my desk when I’m super busy. Suck it, lunchtime. You just got owned!

Ps. For a treat I really LOVE sugar-free chocolate pudding. In this case I’m settling for a small brownie cuz they were on sale.

 

2. Salad + piece of fruit

I found this salad bowl with fork and dressing thingies that snap into the  lid and it is the best goddamned invention humankind has ever fucking created! I fill the bowl with lettuce and then pack a zip lock bag of toppings.  My favorite combo: Pink lady apple, spicy monterey jack cheese, and 1 hardboiled egg. Combined with my fave dressing ( Light Cheese Fantastico) it’s light, refreshing and super satisfying from the protein in the egg.

 

3.  Tuna Salad -minus the disgusting, foul, demon jizz also known as mayo + strawberries + crackers + a treat

For the office, I  pack a little container of tuna salad, 2 leaves of lettuce to make wraps and crackers or pretzels for dipping. For this one, I’m going to give you an actual recipe , because I know you also deeply despise the  disgusting, foul, demon jizz also known as mayo. And if you don’t you should. You’re welcome.

  • 2 cans chunk light tuna in water
  • 1/8 cup of diced red onion
  • 2 diced baby dill pickles
  • about 6-7 diced green martini olives- (the picture shows black  because that’s what I had so just suck it up and be adaptable, k?)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of light Cheese Fantastico dressing

Mix that shit up, add some salt & pepper to taste, and you’re done!

JoJo’s Love Note: This post was updated and reformatted on 6/3/14 . XOXO

 

I’m Not Dead!

Well, Halloween 2013 was pretty dope, you guys. Then “THE HOLIDAYS” came and pretty much sucked my will to live- and craft. What with the presents to wrap and things to decorate, you would think that my crafting little heart would love Xmas- etc. but alas, no.

Maybe it’s because my alter ego, daytime-job-self works in marketing…maybe it’s just because I own a TV and have eyes…but during “THE HOLIDAYS” I just get so overwhelmed with the pushy media-ness of it all. I don’t like listening to 27 versions of “Jingle Bells” on repeat from October 30th to January 3rd. I’d rather not have to commit to a knife fight to win a parking space at Target. And I would rather die than attend any sort of Black Friday, Gray Thursday, Cyan Tuesday, Periwinkle Monday, or whatever.

So now it’s March 2014 and I finally feel somewhat recovered. To be fair,l things have also picked up on the Clark Kent side of it all. Major changes at work have landed me extra responsibilities- hard !- and new opportunities -exciting !- but more than anything I’ve really been blowing my whole creative load in the office. Which means when I’m home it’s all I can do to tackle my part of the housekeeping, put away my laundry, drink a glass of wine and crash. If it wasn’t for Boyfriend I would have perished of starvation long ago. (Let’s all say a silent prayer of thanks for Boyfriend.)

What is the point of all this? Just to holla at you, boo. Let you know I’m still alive. That I’m gonna post all my Halloween adventures on Instagram for you (remember I made my 60+ dad an Ariel costume?). Oh and I totally did a craft last weekend, so come back in a few days and thou shalt have a DIY article to check out.

Happy Springtime, Bitches! XOXO

My Dad; The Prettiest Princess of Them All

DadAriel_1Ok, so this one is going to take a little explaining. Firstly, let me just say I have two dads…but not how you think! I have a very long complicated home-life story (which maybe someday I’ll tell in it’s entirety) but basically through a combination of foster care, marriage, and divorce I belong to one of those amazing Frankenstein families that’s more about people choosing to love each other than actual blood relations. I happen to think its a pretty special thing. 🙂

Anyways, so my dad, Craig (pictured here) happens to be a heterosexual male, well into his 60’s, is a decorated veteran of the Marine Corps, served in Vietnam, drives giant Harley Davidson motorcycles, cusses like…well, like a Marine, and also is the most mischievous person on the planet. Thanks to him I was actually kicked out of a Las Vegas hotel like a boss when I was still in middle school. How? He was teaching me to throw paper airplanes in the Luxor Hotel’s atrium!

Back in the day, when I still lived with my parents, I made this super awesome detailed Snow White costume. About a year after the last time I wore it to a party, my dad comes sauntering down the hallway wearing one of his Harley t-shirts, sweat pants…and my princess skirt. Somehow he had opened the back and wedged it around his waist. I’ve never laughed harder in my life than when he was batting his eyes and fanning his face “because someday his prince would come.”DadArial_3

Obviously he had to be Snow White for Halloween! I made fancy light blue princess sleeves for a regular dark blue t-shirt, he commandeered my skirt, we added my wig and my cape and it was a done deal! Of course he wouldn’t shave his handlebar mustache, so yeah, that happened… He ended up not just wearing the costume on Halloween night, but also to get kicked out of both Disneyland AND Disney World for sporting it in the parks.

That’s right. In the name of mischief he got himself kicked out of The Happiest Place on Earth. Twice. That take’s commitment.

At first we were ambitious and swore to do a different Disney Princess costume for him every year…but you know, things happen and we got sidetracked. We did make him a full Cinderella costume, which he wore very well, but once me and my wig collection moved out on my own, I’m not sure if he’s worn it since.

This year, we bought his very own bright red “Ariel” wig and it is game on! You’re welcome.

A love note from JoJo: This post was updated on June 12, 2014

Let’s Be Online Besties!

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One of the drawbacks perks of being included in my inner circle of best friends and family is that I will obsess to the ends of the earth over every costume that ever touches your body. If we’re really close, chances are I’ve forced you to let me  offered to make you a Halloween costume at least once. I just can’t stand to see a good idea go to waste!  I pout for weeks when someone declines and then comes up with a crappy slapped together costume they made the day before a party.

The WORST is when someone asks me how to do something for a costume (the usual request being how to do something on the cheap) and then says “fuck it” and does the exact opposite; ending up with something more expensive and less effective then my original suggestion! ::cough:: Double Dragons 2012 ::cough, cough:: You know who you are…

But the worst is only occasionally. I’d say about 90% of the time (don’t worry no mathematicians were harmed in the writing of this post- its just a statistic I guessed at) it works out great. Fantastic ideas are given, people surprise me with their level of craftsmanship or I somehow end up on a costume bender going broke making 15 different costumes for various people. It’s that last one there that really takes the mickey outta me, so over the years I have learned to exercise some self control. Nowadays I still make costumes for people, but I now I always ask them to buy the supplies and sometimes actually pay me a small fee for the umpteen billion hours I’ve spent turning those supplies into something awesome.

In an effort to learn and grow (i.e. smack my inner perfectionist bitch into submission) this year I’ve decided to try something new. Simply designing costumes for other people. They give me their dream, I give them an idea with a hearty dose of how-to advice and then they are responsible for executing said idea. It’s been super fun so far, as my first request was for something very unique that I had to really put some extra thought into: Steampunk Rainbow Dash. Oh yes, you read that correctly. The science fiction sub-genre that combines steam powered machinery and the 19th century fashions of Victorian England and/or the American “Wild West” mashed up with… a flying, rainbow hued My Little Pony character.

Challenge accepted.

Thank you to Cat Fernandez for this amazing challenge! Making the Steampunk Rainbow Dash Cutie Mark was super fun, I can’t wait to finish designing the rest of this costume!

Do you have a challenge for me? Message me on Facebook or leave a comment on this post!