The End of an Era

After 11 years, I’ve decided to close the Three Muses website. I will continue to make costumes when I can, but under my own name or @CandyKcosplay (Facebook, Etsy, eBay, Twitter, Instagram)

There’s still a few days to get costumes and corsets at crazy cheap deals before I close the website: Three Muses Inspired Clothing ($10 costumes, 40% off corsets, $5 lingerie)

I am so very ready to close the retail biz! It was a great run but I am ready to move on and am really excited to get a break from the 24/7 world of running a busy e-commerce site (and boutique as well).

I am leaving this blog up but probably won’t be adding new posts. I am mostly concentrating on my Geek Mamas project and posting there. You can also find me on Facebook at:

Boutique Closing March 19, Website Continues

It has been a great 7+ years running my little shop. I am grateful for everyone who has supported Three Muses over the years and so happy to have met so many wonderful people. The last day to visit the boutique will be Saturday, March 19. The only day open before then will be Wednesday, March 16 from 11-4.

The boutique will go out with a bang, open for the last time during Mandarin Minicon 3, a free event celebrating comics and cosplay.

The website will continue as-is, I will also continue making costumes. Just the boutique is closing, I am NOT going out of business.

There have been a few questions, so here are some answers:

  1. Aren’t you moving to Mythical Mountain?

Yes! But not as a store- I will have my office there to take care of website orders and a workshop space to make costumes. I will not have a boutique inside Mythical Mountain. However, you will be able to pick-up website orders and purchase Worbla. Also, many of the Three Muses brand corsets are available locally at Grease Rags Clothing in San Marco.

2. Are you selling everything in the store?

No- what doesn’t sell will still be on the website. But there will be a big sale March 19!

3. Why are you closing?

I had a baby in April and want to spend more time enjoying being a mom. I started the business as a website over 10 years ago and plan to go back to running the business online again. I don’t want to deal with the daily demands of running a boutique.

Feel free to post any other questions!




Captain America Heater Shield Build from Worbla and Craft Foam

I wanted to make a easy to carry, lightweight shield for my WWII Captain America costume. I have seen several of these done using a metal medieval shield as a base, and that was going to be too big and heavy to carry around all night. So I made one from craft foam and Worbla.

WWII Captain America Costume with Shield

Materials needed:

  1. Large sheet of Worbla, which I sell in my shop:
  2. One large sheet of craft foam, which you can find at any craft store. I used black and about 3/4 inch thick. I wanted something substantial enough to hold the straps.
  3. Elastic, needle and thread for straps
  4. Glue
  5. Heat Gun for Worbla
  6. Large sheet of paper
  7. Some kind of primer, either spray or Gesso
  8. Sandpaper
  9. Red, White and Blue spray paint
  10. Painters tape
  11. Scissors
  12. Utility Knife


  1. Draw your design out on paper and cut it out, same with the craft foam but use a utility knife

2) Next up create holes and add the elastic straps, then cover with paper.

3) Now time to trace, cut and apply the Worbla

4) Next comes the long boring process of preparing the Worbla surface. I used several layers of Gesso and a sander. I applied the coats with a big paint brush until I couldn’t see the Worbla texture anymore, then went at it with the sander until smooth. I then repeated the process until I had a nice smooth even surface.

Apply Gesso to Worbla

5) Once your surface is ready then it’s time to paint! I started with a white base and then added the blue and then the red.

6) Peel off all the tape and you should have something that looks like this!

Captain America Heater Shield

Mandarin MiniCon 2 Costume Contest Rules

Mandarin MiniCon 2

Mandarin Minicon 2 will be held October 3, 11AM – 5PM, at Mandarin Square Plaza

Compete in the costume contest to win the Ultimate Cosplayer Prize Pack! First place comes loaded with free event tickets, geeky goodies, gift certificates and even a cosplay photoshoot.

See below for rules and details:

1) Contest starts at 3PM

2) Registration starts at noon and will be limited to the first 50 applicants. The judges table will be upstairs next to Three Muses. You will need to register and participate in pre-judging. This will be your chance to show off your costume details up close, explain what parts you made and who your character is. Registration cannot be called in.

3) Categories are 1st, 2nd, 3rd and kids. Kids category is basically for under 12, but we won’t be demanding birth certificates. Kids can compete in the main category if they prefer, but must choose one or the other.

4) Anyone can compete, including vendors

5) Costume can be any type or genre. Does not have to be a certain theme.

7) Judging criteria: we will have 3 judges. They will be looking at your presentation (are you in character?), skill (outfits personally made or assembled will rate higher than fully purchased outfits), and overall appearance.

The biggest inspiration in the smallest package

This has been weighing on my mind for some time now and I feel like if don’t say something I’ll explode.

Three Muses the boutique is closing after Halloween.

You know how everyone tells you your life will change when you have kids? Well it’s not just your life, it’s how you feel about life and what you want to do with it. I’ve been growing this business for 10 years now and it is scary to take a step back. But I have plans and it’s not the end, it’s a new beginning.

My lease is up in April and after that I will be moving to a smaller workshop space so I can keep doing my crafty thing when I want and not worry about running a store. It will pretty much be business as usual up until Halloween. After that I’ll be having big sales to sell off leftover inventory. I will NOT be restocking so if you’ve been eyeing something for a while, better get it now!

So what’s my next step? I’ve already reserved, opening some time 2016. More details on that as they develop, but I’m in no hurry to launch a new business right now. I just needed to set myself a new goal and vision that is more in line with where I am in life right now and where I want to go.

I’m very much looking forward to embracing life as a mom and enjoying every moment with my son. Introducing him to this wonderful world of geeky goodness is what inspires me now and I’ve always built my business around my greatest inspirations.

Easy Tutorial for 3-D Tattoos, Scars, Tears and Skin Art

Cry for Dawn cosplay

Cry for Dawn

Super easy tutorial for 3-D designs you can apply to skin.
I wanted to tears for my Dawn costume to really stand out, so I made them with dimensional paint! You can also make 3-D tattoos, scars and any kind of skin art this way.
1) All you need is saran wrap, Tulip dimensional paint and your design printed out if you aren’t doing it freehand
2) If you are doing an intricate design, tape your printed or drawn design on something like a small box or piece of cardboard then cover it with the plastic wrap
3) Trace your design with the dimensional paint. Go slow and make sure your lines are nice and thick. You can use any color as long as the bottle says “dimensional.” I always use Tulip brand, which can be found almost anywhere- JoAnn’s, Michaels, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, etc.
4) Let dry overnight and peel off when ready to use
5) Apply to skin with spirit gum and just peel off when you are done! Design can be reused if you stick it back on any kind of plastic surface