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Episode 4: Winning and Failing Like a Boss


After wrapping up the LAST EPISODE of the blog, the monsters chased me for three hours and GLaDOS told me I need to be a more humble person. So, I went to the store and picked up a self help book on training plush monsters and humility. There really is a self help book for everyone.

Chapter One: Learning From Your Mistakes

Today, I wanted to talk about an ancient sewing project that turned out amazing and one of my paintings that didn’t – okay its opposite’s day.

While I love working in the studio and have created some really fun things; I have always tried to remain humble. I know the minute the awesome goes to my head, I lose focus of the real reason I do what I do; helping the world suck a little less one plush monster at a time. As you may have guessed already, this episode is going to be about community involvement, positive encouragement and awesome 🙂

Plants VS Dexter

I haven’t always made the prettiest things. Some of my projects have been absolute failures. Like peanut butter and jelly quesadillas; let’s not talk about those. I was pretty ashamed of myself on that day.  Other times, I win hard. I like to think Plants VS Dexter was one of those times.

Believe it or not, PVD was my first oil on canvas painting. I had practice with oil paints, but never on a bona fide canvas. Painted on a massive 48 in X 48 in (122 cm X 122 cm) canvas, it took over a month to paint. Albeit, I wasn’t painting 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. The inspiration came from a very dramatic scene of one of my favorite programs ever – Dexter. I wanted to take the scene and make it happier in an ironic sort of way, so, what better way to do that than with a heaping serving of Plants VS Zombies. At the time, it was my biggest creative project and remained so until I started sewing the Greybeard Cloaks from Skyrim. I promise I am working furiously at putting those pictures into coherent blog episodes; we all know it’s why you are really here anyway. And now it’s time for some real beautiful goodness.

The Most Beautiful Hat EVER

I know what you’re thinking. You just have to have one, right? The good news is: this was made several years ago; when I was still sewing for no reason. I promise my technique has improved exponentially. When I finally get around to posting my Skyrim inspired work; I’m sure you will agree.

I would talk about how I made this monstrosity in great detail, but I’ll save you the pain and give you the highlights:

  1. Buy the ugliest fabric you find at a thrift store.
  2. Attack said fabric with weed whacker or spork.
  3. Apply duct tape
  4. Cry

I actually wrote this episode for a close friend. She is attending art classes and her instructor assaulted her work and efforts. As a result, she has been upset and contemplating quitting classes. I can’t help but feel outraged at the instructor. If someone had seen my hat and told me I had no future in sewing, I might have never sat in front of my machine again. I know I wouldn’t have sewn for months. I am lucky to have very positive influences in my life to encourage continual improvements and remind me of my potential. So, if you are out there reading this, keep your head up my dear friend.

The moral of the story is: never let haters bring you down! When someone says “you can’t/don’t/won’t…” realize they are trying to fill a void inside themselves and it has nothing to do with you. I have overcome some difficult obstacles to get where I am today and if anyone out there reading this feels discouraged; hold your head up and know that everything will work itself out. You have to work really hard; half efforts will get you nowhere. But, if you really want it and push your limits; you WILL make it happen.

This concludes the first portion of the self help book on tape.  Please flip the cassette over and press play.

Chapter 2: Maintaining Peace and Tranquility with Plush Monsters

Plush monsters have giant teeth and should be respected as such. While they are not the biggest fan of robot potatoes, plush monsters actually enjoy bringing happiness to children. Many critics would argue that there is no better pet for a young person who needs a loyal pet. The CDC has recently reported a record monster shortage at most children’s hospitals and treatment centers.

And with that note, I think I will host my first annual Plush Monster Charity Masquerade Ball. Ah, the ol PMCMB.  I was thinking The Ball could be on Halloween and I could spend the year making plush monsters in my free time to send to a children’s hospital – or multiple hospitals.  I know it is a while away, but I will work hard to make it as interesting as possible. Again, your input is welcome here, Facebook or you can email me directly through Gmail; same username. If I am going to host the Ball in October, I am sure I will have better ideas by then. Hopefully.

This is my first attempt at doing an internet-involved community service project. Truth be told, I could have several dozens of pictures on my blog from various events; but, I really run from cameras 🙂 It’s the only exercise I get. I like being the silent heroine. I’m not in this for fame; I’m here to encourage everyone out there to think about the less fortunate people in their communities and make a difference. So, with that in mind, get out there and help the world suck less.

If you are a fellow artist and would like to participate, feel free to send me a message or jump in feet first.
I would like to thank you all for taking the time to stop by and read this. If you would like to see the full album from this episode, Click Here If this is your first visit to my blog, I invite you to check out This Entry to learn a little more about me.  The wait is over! My journey of bringing Skyrim to life with Greybeard Cloaks will be the center of my next entry. I want this blog to be something you enjoy reading and feel like is yours as well. If you enjoy the content I provide, I welcome you to share this entry with other awesome people. It means a lot to know my work is being shared with amazing people all over the world. I wish you all a beautiful day and I will see you again soon.

Up, Up & Away!

Bunneah Munk

 

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Welcome

 

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Episode 3: Hearts, Roses and Portal for Valentine’s Day


Welcome to my Valentine’s Day edition of… whatever this is. It has been a busy week for me. In case you missed the last episode, I narrowly escaped an almost-certain death at the hands of some really nasty zombies. Thanks for your concern. Today is a beautiful day. I’ve made a robot friend and I’m partying with two awesome monsters. What could go wrong?

As 2012 fades into a distant memory, it’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is already here. I really don’t want this to be sappy. As a matter of a fact, I believe the act of giving someone something awesome to say I love you should come out of the blue. Not every February 14th because ‘it’s what you do’. But, I’m still a gamer girl that loves all things cute. So, with this in mind, let’s start the show.

Love Potions and Portal Inspired Companion Cube Mask
   

In the tradition of the last post, I included more vials and another mask today. How can any gamer not be in love with Portal? I’m this close to getting my Portal gun functioning. Maybe I can finally get out of this room; I’m hungry and this crazy woman keeps inviting me over for cake. I’ve eaten all of my apples, chugged the last of my stamina potions and all I have left is this love potion. Great! It’s not even real! Some Valentine’s Day this is turning out to be.

Well, I suppose you may want to know how how the potions and masks were crafted. I described how I made them both in Episode 2 which is packed with zombie goodness. The only difference is the mask and the potion have glitter added, because everything is better when it sparkles. The potions have acrylic paint mixed into the resin, as opposed to the clay from the zombie, virus and cure vials.

Tough Girl Arm Warmers and Kawaii Buttons Galore

Upon closer examination of the lace arm warmers, I noticed a heart shaped object. That must be the secret admirer button GLaDOS warned me about. Cake! It’s all I can think about. Confound that evil robot woman. Now that I look at them a little closer, the rainbow speckled hearts arm warmers resemble a cake with sprinkles. If I could only get this stupid gun to work. Is it missing ammunition? Is this where the buttons go?

The arm warmers are made from a basic pattern. I serge them together and will post more in-depth construction pictures if enough interest is out there. The buttons are made by combining three metric tons of clay with a bored Bunneah 🙂 The rose shank buttons are made by inserting a toothpick in though the side and baking with the toothpick in. After cooling, the toothpick is removed and a cast made from the best one of the batch. The rest of the buttons were made with their respective casts.

Kitty and Pinkie Monsters
  

 

 

At the beginning of the day, it was me, a kitty and a cute albino monster in this room. Like a genius, I tried putting the rose buttons into the Portal gun and now I have a Kitty and… Pinkie, that’s what I’ll call her. You know, waiting for this cake is really getting on my nerves. I wonder how edible these monsters are? Oh no! Bad idea… RUN!

Well, here I am sitting in a corner hiding from some understandably angry monsters. I think I will have my gun up and running soon so I can finally have a slice of that chocolaty strawberry goodness. I’m sure that, within the next year, I will post an actual step-by-step construction guide for the pillow monsters. I promise as I create new things, I will make a point to take more depth pictures to share. Stick with me and I’ll get the hang of this internet friends thing. If you are enjoying the content,  you can show your support by picking up one of my all time favorites: Portal 2 for PC on Amazon.

I can’t blog about the color pink, hearts, and Valentine’s Day without encouraging all of you ladies reading to remember the importance of regular breast cancer screenings. Early detection is critical. You can find a hospital or clinic offering free screenings near you HERE
I would like to thank you all for taking the time to stop by and read this. If you would like to see the full album from this episode, CLICK HERE If this is your first visit to my blog, I invite you to check out THIS ENTRY to learn a little more about me. I’m thinking the next episode will be a surprise. I have been editing photos for hours and I need a break. I want this blog to be something you enjoy reading and feel like is yours as well. If you enjoy the content I provide, I welcome you to share this entry with other awesome people. It means a lot to know my work is being shared with amazing people all over the world. I wish you all a beautiful day and I will see you again soon.

Wishing you and all of your loved ones a Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

Bunneah Munk

 
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Posted by on February 14, 2013 in Welcome

 

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Episode 2: The Walking Dead Returns, Awesomeness Ensues


It’s five o’clock in the morning, your chest pounds; the sound of an air raid siren is deafening. Wait! That’s not a siren; it’s your alarm clock. Now, I’m no medical professional, but it seems like you have been suffering from zombie withdrawals. Or, perhaps you’re infected; I told you I’m no medical professional. Either way, I have just what the doctor ordered in this little glass vial.

To celebrate the return of The Walking Dead (stupid mid-season breaks), I wanted to stuff this post to the brim with a hoard of zombie awesomeness. I will start with the smallest and work my way up to the bigger pieces.

Zombie, Virus and Cure Vials

Besides skants, nothing in this world makes less sense than having a population exterminating virus without carrying the antidote. So, I figured I would make both, just in case I get clumsy and knock over a shelf of zombie germs. We all love The Walking Dead; but I would rather not have to hunker down in an abandoned prison with strangers that haven’t showered in months, thank you very much.

I made the vials by rolling Sculpey into thin ‘logs’ and wrapping them around a wooden chopstick from my favorite orange chicken vendor 🙂  After baking and painting, I carefully placed the clay into small glass vials. Then I mixed a two part resin in a disposable cup. Using a toothpick to keep the clay in place, I carefully filled the vials with resin. After I was confident the clay wasn’t going anywhere, I let the vials cure for two days and sealed them with E-6000. The vials were finished by burning the edges of paper and using the paper as labels. But what good is a cure if you are outnumbered and unarmed? You need a disguise pronto!

Phantom of the Zombies Mask

In the spirit of the old proverb – if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em; it is time to blend in with the enemy. I can’t think of a better way to blend in amongst the zombie hordes than with a rotting flesh mask. As you can clearly see, this zombie is having a terrible week.

This mask was made with a Bauta mask blank. After removing the elastic headband, I built up the blank with Sculpey and baked it. Once cooled; liberal amounts of paint were applied in an attempt to produce something that resembles a resurrected corpse. Finish off the day with gluing a velvet liner and satin ribbons to the back and allow it to cure. Voila! Phantom of the Zombies! So, the stench of dead people is not really your thing. Perhaps you would rather spend some time slaying these freaks! Now we’re talking. You’re going to need a formidable weapon to take on this wave. Your wish is my command 🙂

Tough Girl Zombie Defense Weapons

Let’s be honest with each other. We are living in crazy times. First, an incoherent homeless man in Miami starts chewing off another homeless man’s face; then, Hostess decides to stop making Twinkies. Soon enough, Spam will be a thing of the past and the zombies will make their move. What better way to defend the cardboard castle than a DIY hefty chunk of metal fashioned into a mace? The inspiration and credit for this project came from This YouTube video.

The mace is essentially a steel pipe with a bumper hitch attached by a coupler. The pipe also has an end cap at the bottom to finish the look. I gorilla glued everything in place and sent the maces to a local powder coat shop. After the powder coat, I added some blood splatter paint for effect. I think I might double wrap the bottom half in tennis racquet grip tape next. With the exception of the grip tape and powder coating, all of the parts can be found at any major hardware store. The diameter and length of the pipe along with the size of the hitch are customizable to your liking. It should be noted that these are NOT toys. If you make one please exercise caution at all times. Oh, you think a weapon is enough? What are you going to do when they learn how to use weapons? No worries, Bunneah to the rescue again.

Tough Girl Zombie Raid Bunny Mask

Who would have known a cute bunny face could be so ruthless? This girl has taken a beating and is still standing strong. Capable of stopping hollow point clay bullets, this is the ultimate in surviving a pistol-wielding zombie. Similar to the Phantom of the Zombies mask, I started out with a bunny mask blank and built up with clay.

With your mace in hand and the cure safely tucked into your pocket, you will need something to do! Consider supporting this blog by picking up The Walking Dead Season 1 DVD  OR  Season 1 Blu Ray  OR   Season 2 DVD OR  Season 2 Blu Ray on Amazon.

I know we covered zombie defense extensively today, so I wanted to say a few words. Bashing a zombie to bits is a much different thing than the real violence many people face every day. Consider calling your local domestic violence shelter and asking what supplies they need most. Some shelters have deals with local stores where you can make a supply donation and they will give the shelter better prices than you just going shopping and making a donation.
I would like to thank you all for taking the time to stop by and read this. If you would like to see the full album from this episode, CLICK HERE If this is your first visit to my blog, I invite you to check out THIS ENTRY to learn a little more about me. I’m thinking Valentine’s Day will be the center of my next entry unless you fine people would like to see something else first. I want this blog to be something you enjoy reading and feel like is yours as well. If you enjoy the content I provide, I welcome you to share this entry with other awesome people. It means a lot to know my work is being shared with amazing people all over the world. I wish you all a beautiful day and I will see you again soon.

To Infinity and Beyond!

Bunneah Munk

 

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Welcome

 

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Episode 1: Stepping Into the Blogosphere










Hello and welcome to my blog. I want to keep this short and to the point so you don’t fall asleep. I will start by saying that I am honored to have you as a guest; and, I want to thank you for allowing me to occupy some of your time today. My name is Bunneah and I am an aspiring, independent Mixed Media Artist & Cosplay Fashion Designer on the West Coast.








My roots are very humble; growing up the daughter of an Army Veteran. I was taught from a very young age to give selflessly back to my local community and to be as colorful and original as possible. In high school, I volunteered with disabled children and spent my summers working/volunteering at a local hospital.


After high school, I joined AmeriCorps and spent two years as a Volunteer Literacy Tutor. During my term, I put in over 4,000 hours of community service with: libraries, hospitals, the US Department of Energy and I even sat on a local Truancy Board.























I started sewing while I was extremely young. After AmeriCorps, I decided to hone my seamstress skills and I took a class in Oil Painting. The result was a decision to open my own shoppe on Etsy and pursue designing on a full time basis. 


My work is not bargain basement priced. I refuse to use low quality materials and fabrics. Even the shirts and hoodies I put my designs onto are 100% premium, American cotton and aren’t sewn in some slave factory. I refuse to line the pockets of people so greedy, they are willing to take advantage of fellow brothers and sisters in the name of making a few extra dollars. What a terrible way to live your life. Here are some of my other designs:

















This is my first attempt to focus on myself in a career sense. I’m so accustomed to volunteering, I honestly don’t know where to start with this whole ‘making money’ thing. I have never been great at asking for money for the pieces I design and sew. I currently work out of a 12 X 12 bedroom with boxes of supplies stacked to the ceiling; but, I really would like to change that soon. My ultimate dream is to somehow have a studio and just give away my work. I am extremely shy and I have no interest in fame or riches. Neither of them will make me happy, so I focus on bringing light into the lives of the less fortunate.



I know things around here look a bit untidy and barren right now; but, I promise I’ll continue to make improvements to my layout and add original content as often as my schedule allows. Suggestions are always welcome to improve the accessibility or eye-friendliness. Please feel free to leave a comment if something needs work. I believe in setting realistic expectations for my readers. You should know that:


  • There will be random giveaways. I love knowing my work is bringing a smile to someone somewhere; so, if you keep an eye out, you might win random awesomeness.

  • I am not a professional blogger. This is my first real effort to share my work with the interwebs. So, if you’re expecting perfection and HD content, be prepared to be very disappointed.

  • This blog is mainly going to focus on my work in the studio. I primarily design Cosplay Costumes and everyday clothing inspired by video games like Skyrim, Oblivion and Assassin’s Creed.

  • I also love to paint. After two years of Volunteer service with AmeriCorps, I took college oil painting classes and fell in love. So, unlike this post, my blog is going to be packed corny jokes and pictures of garments and paintings. Apologies in advance.

  • I have not always taken pictures with the forethought of sharing them with you fine people in such a public manner. I never imagined anyone would consider my work worthy of money. I just don’t think like that, I really hate money. Then again, I’m not here to compete with anyone. Once this becomes a competition, it’s not fun for me anymore. I am hoping to showcase how I have evolved as an artist and designer. So, my early work is less than well documented.

  • This blog is for you and people like you! If you enjoy the costumes, paintings or random words of love herein; I invite you to share my blog with likeminded friends, family and neighbors. You are also welcome to connect with me on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google+ and just about everywhere else on the web. Links will be provided at the end of this post. I do not post very often, so you don’t have to worry about me flooding your news feed or Twitter stream.

  • I am not a professional photographer and my posts from older projects will certainly reflect this. As a matter of a fact, I don’t even own a camera. It’s actually just an old, dehydrated potato with a lens glued on. I have been upgrading my studio and equipment slowly. However, I do want to show some of my earlier, unpolished work and talk a little about my community involvement from time to time. Don’t be surprised if you see all kinds of crafty goodness hiding in my blog.

  • Above all else – I would like to take a moment to encourage everyone reading this to get involved in your communities. You don’t even have to break out your wallet to make a difference. Spending just one day a month helping someone that has less than you is a great way to help build your neighborhood. Donate blood, help build a home for a less fortunate family, give free lap dances to firefighters if that’s your style! Just do something positive for your community and earn some good Karma. Links to get involved with the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity are included at the top of this page.

I want to thank you again for reading this. The pictures are coming with the next post. I have been furiously at work trying to get pictures edited and sorted. I don’t want to give too much away; so, just know that I will fill your need for zombies very soon 🙂 As I leave you today, I would like you do something for me, for you… for no reason whatsoever. Take a moment to have a good look into the mirror and remind yourself that you are an awesome person. It just makes the day go so much better.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2013 in Welcome

 

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Plants Vs. Dexter


Plants Vs. Dexter

Hello,

This is just a quick update to let everyone know that I am in the process of organizing tons of pictures from my old projects to get a proper blog going. Here is just a small preview of what is coming soon…

~BunneahMunkeah

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2013 in Welcome

 

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