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2009-08-09 06:35 pm
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Today I applied eye-liner to a two-tailed demon cat...

And other cosplay stories.

Aya is on Friday. Before today, I was panicking. I even had a dream about everything going wrong. I had to work yesterday (because I was down to work the Aya weekend and this was the only one I could swap to) and had a to-do list as long as a very long thing. But today, despite having not enought sleep, I feel more confident. Cosplauy rundown and progress pics under the cut.

Aya in T minus 5... )
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2009-07-27 08:25 pm
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Steam-Powered Violin - Progress

Here is my current progress on the violin:

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Other than attaching the strings and finger board, I need to stencil "Sara" somewhere on the neck; add a pressure gauge, a volume gauge (going all the way up to 11) and a couple more pipes. Any more suggestions? I was thinking some faux brass panels.

In other news we found a slow worm in the garden. He's called Mr Slow and he's adorable, but not very photogenic.

Mr Slow... )
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2009-07-21 07:11 pm
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Awesome of Two Very Different Kinds

Firstly - Steam in a bottle.

Tab has been kind enough to build me a little steam generator for the violin. It's even better than I could have imagined, and the video doesn't do it justice. My camera's not the best for filming, and unfortunately I jumped quite violently when it went off! If you want steam for any costumes, or just for an exciting household decoration, talk to Tab. It's a Good Idea.



Someone at work found this. Just watch and be amazed by the power of Extreme Sheep-Herding. You will not be disappointed.




Longleat was good, if wet. I got to hold a tarantula, finally, and a Royal Python. The tarantula was lighter than I expected, and quite soft. The snakes were adorable, very active and interested in exploring. There are also porcupines, which are much cuter than you'd expect.

Also, we've pretty much gone through most tracks on World Tour, at least in the main game. We've even unlocked Tool ($8000?!!??), though the second track almost killed me. I was in terrible pain from about half way though, something about the strumming pattern just cramped up my arm, but I couldn't stop. You don't stop the rock unless your arm falls off. Oddly enough, the third track was fine.

I've been working my way through GHIII, largely because I wanted to play Knights of Cydonia by Muse. Having found it and played it once, I think I'll stick to just listening to it. There's something particularly horrible about murdering a song you love. Also - guitar battles? What's with that. I'm quite happy to accept that Slash is a better guitarist than me, I really don't need to go though frantic guitar mastibation to prove a point.
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2009-06-19 04:14 pm
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Yay!

My cogs arrived! They're adorable. I need to find a container to put them in.

Going to try making another hat today, as my first attempt looks a bit, sucky really. I think I can see what went wrong (it's too big for a start), so I think I can sort it out.

D&D party managed to acquire new horses without too much hassle. (You see, pooling your money and going and buying them works nicely, though doesn't lead to any memorable tales to retell round the camp fire.) Things got a little bit more exciting when Esselt announced he wanted to either keep or sell Amari's horse, but the party talked him down. Esselt is still trying to think of a suitable revenge, but can't come up with anything that won't get him killed. So he's currently wandering around with a little pony that he doesn't quite no what to do with.

Other plans for tonight involve spicy tuna lasagna and Supernatural. Awesome.
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2009-06-08 06:59 pm
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Firstly

Big hugs to everyone out there who is having a hard time for one reason or another. Seems this year isn't being any kinder and it seems to be the same people suffering. I wish I could change it; give some peace to those who need it, and teach those who cruise through life on the backs of others to understand real problems. But I don't know how to do that, so I'll just say I'm here when anyone needs me.

My weekend was spent finished the third Phoenix Wright game, which was awesome, and making Amari's skirt, which is looking pretty good if I say so myself. I might have to take some progress pictures. Unfortunately it's not quite finished, as I went down to the guild hall market to pick up more lace, and they've sold out of the black one. I can have it in white or pink, but not black. Bollox.

Finally, a question about hats! I've decided to go with a tri-corn, which I will make out of the same velvet as the frock coat. It's not the stuff I picked up in london, it's a stretchy velour and about as stiff as a very unstiff thing. What do I need to back it with, to make it rigid enough to make the hat, but still flexible that I can bend the brim in place? I'm guessing interfacing alone isn't going to be enough.
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2009-06-04 07:44 am
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I have just ordered...

An assortment of cogs from ebay. Just what every girl needs! I should be on track to have all my sewing finished by the end of the month, so I can spend a month making props. I will have a steam powered violin, I swear, even if I have to make it myself (though if anyone has a spare old instrument that they want to donate?)

I can't decide whether to give Zephyr a tri-corn hat or a top hat. He has a blue velvet frock coat and a pirate shirt, so a tri-corn would probably look appropriate, but I want to put a pair of goggles on the hat, and a top hat would probably look better for that. Wig is styled, so I just need to finish sewing bloody Greensleeves into the waistcoat, sort out trousers and boots and he's pretty much done.

I still need to find fabric for Amari's skirt. Everthing I see I like is raw silk, which is going to get expensive. I need to head over to Bristol and check out fabric land. Jacket is done apart from cuffs, and top is almost finished, just needs more trim. Wig is on it's way; leggings and boots need sorting as well.

Amy just needs holdups and boots modded, shouldn't be more a days work.

Kirara needs a back end, paws and a head.

Oh dear, it almost sounds like I'm organised. This can't be right!
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2009-05-26 06:13 pm
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Sometimes I wonder why I bother...

When I fuck things up so badly.

Then, I give myself a good kicking, tell myself to get over it, and go out and buy more fabric.

Yeah, not happy yesterday, feeling better today.
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2009-05-25 01:24 pm
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London Expo

So very tired, but it was actually a very good weekend. There was still lots of work, lots of stress and I couldn't stand by Sunday evening, but it was rewarding work and there was plenty of fun involved too. Be warned, rambly post is rambly. Coherent thought patterns have not emerged yet.

Thursday/Friday )

Saturday )


Sunday )

Memories of the weekend include

- Discussing the Chin of Italy
- Doing a double-take as someone with impressive facial hair comes up behind me, only to realise it's Annette.
- Theiving Darrin's chips
- Trying to get into Excel on Sunday and being told "You're not our cosplay staff." (They were quickly corrected)
- Discovering Minxie has the best chest for hugging
- James demonstrating to Jake that being tall is no excuse for not being able to dance.
- Timber's impression of a dying moth in the masquerade queue
- Tab's incressingly paniced face as various members of the group kept disappearing
- Being thanked by a Lulu cosplayer because she really enjoyed the masquerade.

I'm sure there was more, but I'm still really sleepy. I need to buy milk, tidy up the cosplay room, and sew things to other things. I wonder what I'll do first!
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2009-05-20 07:42 am
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2009-05-17 08:42 pm
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I can has cosplay?

Nice lot of social events have just about got me over post holiday downer. Thursday was pre-birthday celebrations with Alex and Marcus, while Friday was actual celebrations with more people that there was room for in the Wetherspoons. (Not helped by the fact that all three big booths were being occupied by couples. Wankers.) Still, we got one in the end and just about managed to sqeeze round - Marcus has too many friends! Saturday was an evening of watching Soul Eater with Wessex. I'd spent the afternoon doing Amy's wig, so by the time people came round I was pretty high on the fumes.

Amy is largely ready to do. I have to buy and attach the roses to the wig, and make the chocker, plus sort out suitable holdups. I think I'll leave the boots until Aya, not because I don't have time, but because wearing anything but the most comfy shoes will kill me. The wig isn't purfect, but it't not bad, considering I've never really attempted anything like that before. The spirals sit a bit closer to the head than they should but I couldn't see how to make them stay in shape otherwise, not without making complex structures and I didn't really have time to get into that. I was lucky enough to find Tresemme hairspray on offer in town, so I shouldn't run out for a while.

Good luck to all those finishing exams, doing coursework or desperately sewing. I'll hopefully catch many of you at expo. The docklands is out, so I imagine we won't be far from the expo center all weekend.
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2009-04-27 07:52 am
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Things I should learn

I am allergic to fibre shedding. Thus things made with fur or velvet get right up my nose. Guess what all the current cosplays are made of...

Pretty fabric is pretty, but should be left alone until earlier costumes are complete.

I've been distracted by Tales of the World recently, but getting my ass handed to me by Lloyd and then Reid made me retreat to the cosplay room. Instead of working on Amy, who is for May Expo, I instead decided to cut up my velvet from Shepards Bush and make a start on Steampunk Zephyr and Amari. Amari is going well, I've just got to hem the jacket, and I've made a start on the underbodice. I still need to find some two-tone taffeta that I like. I managed to fail to buy enough blue velvet for the frock coat, so I'll have to look to making cuffs and cape out of a different colour.

Mike's party on Saturday was awesome, though it did feel very much like being 18 again: the music, the location, the atmosphere was just as I remembered. Didn't really like most of the music, but I was in the mood for dancing, so I did. The Bon Jovi set was good, though. Also good to see Lex, Jake, Kaka and Nia again.

On that note, can anyone put me and Joe up in London, on Friday the 8th and Saturday the 9th of May? We'd love to go to Nia's party, but we fly in from Iceland on the Friday. I don't think we'd cope well with going back to Bath, then back to London, but if someone had a floor to lend us, we'd definitely be up for it.
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2009-03-31 06:04 pm
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Fighting PCD...

It hasn't hit me yet, largely I think because I haven't come down from the high of the weekend yet. I still can't move my arms properly from the Taiko drumming workshop, but the pain was utterly worth it. Two things are also helping keep it at bay:

1) More cosplay plans.
Firstly I'm going to go through my cosplay room and old cosplays and put a load up in the loft to clear out room (currently I have two full wardrobes). Then I can get started on my next ones. I have SC4 Amy to finish (need to find more eylets. More I say!) and get started on Kirara (big form). Yep, fursuit for August, clever me. I also want to do some steampunk costumes, probably orginial charecters. I was sketching designs at work, and I think I know what I want to do clothes wise, but will need some help with punking them up.

2) London meetup.
Really looking forward to getting to see people again so soon, especially without the stress of a masqurade in the middle of it. If you can get to London, please do. My train gets in around 10.15, and I'd like to go to Shepards Bush at some point. The Koei lot are in Tokyo Toys, so will have to head down there in the afternoon. If anyone knows a good place in London to crash with copious amounts of food and maybe a bar, that would be good. Sunday, GunstarVixen and I are getting made over at 11.00, then I'm around until 6 when the train takes me home again.

(I've adjusted some of the photos on the earlier entry btw, because they didn't match the captions.)
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2009-03-30 04:27 pm
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Minamicon 15

Minami continues to be one of the best weekends of the year. It's maybe a shame it's so early in the year for that reason, but what can you do? Try to live the rest of the year in the Minami spirit, that's what. So, in the name of friendship, bad puns and fantastic costumes, I give you my Minami con report!

Thursday )

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )
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2009-03-22 08:32 am
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Nearly there!

Lots of cosplay done yesterday, so I'm nearly done. Sorted out Jayce's boots, which involved repeated finger burning from the glue gun, and did his wig. I can't find my hairspray, so it's unstyled, but there shouldn't be too much to do, just give it a bit more shape. Current to do list is:

Put elastic in Jayce's waistband (quite important that!) - not sure I have any elastic.
Put elastic under boot covers - see above.
Stick on 3 red bits
Put elastic on two pairs of boot covers
Make belt for Jayce
Style wig.

I can get that all done easily today (and tomorrow for the bits I need to pick up), meaning I may get to finish the other two I was planning, as most of the sewing is done. I was going to put up progress pictures, but as it's so close, you can just wait until Minami.

One dilemma I have is I don't know when to wear Sora. It will either be Friday afternoon, or Saturday morning / lunchtime. Now, I'd really like to get as many people as possible to see it. Vain, I know, but I am really proud of the costume. Pros and cons below.

Friday: Timing awkward as it needs to be late enought that people have arrived, but before the party starts. Would involve either changing from one cosplay to Sora, or not putting on She-ra until after I'm done with Sora.

Saturday morning: Not many people are up and if they are they are in the dealers queue. Does mean I can wear Sora and then get changed into the day's cosplay.

Saturday afternoon: Will mean getting changed from one cosplay to another (though possibly convient as I'd have to get changed for the masuerade anyway). Might interfer with something that I want to go to. More people likely to be around.

Opinions greatly appriciated.
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2009-03-03 07:30 am
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London Trip

On the 19th of April GunstarVixen and I will be in London getting a makeover (yeah, didn't think that sort of thing happened to me either. Blame my sister.) Anyway, we'd like to make a weekend of it, catch up with lots of people, maybe do some fabric shopping, karaoke etc. Let me know who's around and what you fancy doing. Would anyone fancy putting us up Saturday night?

Minami bounce and Minami terror have crept up on me this week. I'm really, really looking forward to the event, it's going to be awesome. I just wish I was a bit more motivated with my sewing, as I'm not sure I'm going to get everything done at this rate.
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2008-12-03 07:46 pm
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2008-11-22 07:35 pm
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Cosplay Ball

Accomodation and transport booked for the ball. Now I just have to finish my costumes and sort my head out in time for the weekend. Stupid brain.

Last night was lovely. Went out to the Bathampton Mill for dinner and then, because the sky was clear, Cat, Alex Joe and I went up to the A420 and watched the stars. It's been a while since I've seen the Milky Way. Then the four of us came home and chatted until 1am. Then I had to get up for work. That was more sucky.

D&D on Thursday was made of all kinds of special. Well, Marcus kinds of special. On return to the resistance camp after dealing with some of the zombie apocolypse, Bandez was in need of a drink and Esselt was sulking. Thus Bandez got very drunk and Esselt...pissed in his beer.

Afterwards, Bandez fell asleep and Esselt went off to cause more trouble / get more revenge depending on who you spoke to. He ended up sneaking into Zephyr and Amari's room, and taking a dump in Zephyr's bag. Unfortunately for him, Amari woke up and grappled him. He ended up being hog-tied and hung out of a tree. This lead to some confusion below, especially for Charles.
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2008-11-17 06:46 am
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Happy Early Birthday Ilpala

Lovely Leena organised a surprise birthday meal for James on saturday, as he's all booked up before his birthday. So we grabbed a car full of people, headed down to Chippenham and met up with Mike and Amber. We were slightly concerned that James would spot either our car (which he's travelled in a lot) or Mike's classic beetle. Fortunately he didn't as the fact that he was able to scan the room and still miss us all shows he really wasn't expecting it :)

It was really good that so many of us had got there on time and were waiting in the pub for him, I really wish I'd managed to catch his expression on camera.

The food wasn't great quality, but it was cheap hot and tasted good, which was what we needed. Then we came back to drink Dr Pepper and have Warren run around the flat looking at swords and cosplay with a face like a toddler in a toystore. It was good to catch up with Mike and Amber again - hope you managed to get home okay!

Cosplay ball progess happens, probably not as fast as I need it too, but I'm not too worried. I'm not doing turn up cuffs again, especially with a pattern that doesn't tell you how to finish them off properly.

Went to Cornwall last weekend, managed to avoide most of the bad weather. Eden project was pretty cool, but lacked as much botanical information as I thought it should have. I only found one lizard too. Also we found otters... )
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2008-10-27 12:38 pm
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Another Expo down...

And I have to say I really enjoyed myself.

I didn't get to catch up with people as much as I wanted, but I knew that was never going to happen. I did get to see lots of people, and spent the saturday evening in the bar with one lot, and dinner with another lot, so there was a bit of chilling. Also got to help a few people out with things, which was nice to be able to do.

Pre-Expo stuffs )

Expo stuffs )

Cosplay at Expo )

All in all, a long weekend of much craziness and comardery, and if I didn't have more exciting things cming first, I'd be looking forward to may. If you were at expo in the masquerade, let me know how I did and whether you' like me to do any more or anything differently next time. Thanks again to everyone who helped on the desk and made it all go so well. I love you guys :)