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Welcome to my Cosplay home on the net. My name is Rebecca (aka Stray Wind online). I've been Cosplaying since late 2001. I love the fellowship, challenges and creativity involved in making costumes. My forte is Cosplaying from survival horror video games as well as characters from Anime and games that I grew up enjoying. Since I began Cosplaying, I have made over 50 costumes and I've attended over 60 conventions and major events. Cosplaying is an exciting journey and I look forward to future projects and events as my journey in the world of Cosplay continues.

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December 29th, 2015
Popping in again with another quick update. Nothing really new to add to this site in terms of new costume galleries or new costume news. I have started outlining what I'm going to do to finish my Splatoon costume. Shouldn't take that long once I get started on it. Just breaking out of my sewing funk has been a bit tough though. I've kind of lost my motivation to sew. Not that I'm in a bad mood or anything is weighing me down. I did my second attempt to pass my final road test to become a fully licensed driver back at the end of November and I passed it with very few errors. The only really frustrating thing is that I probably would have passed no problem back in October if I had been able to take the test then and I could have avoided another 6 weeks of stress. It's over and done now, but getting back into the swing of my hobbies after all that pressure and stress has been tough. I am really glad that it's over though!

The current plan is still to get my Splatoon and Madoka school uniform costumes done for AN and finish the adjustments to Dilandau for the con as well. Getting Dilandau and the Inkling Kid costumes done shouldn't be a problem. I am concerned that I'll have to postpone Madoka again and honestly it's mostly because of a lack of interest in sewing. It's a bit of a long and complicated sewing project to get it done. Still definitely hoping to make it for 2016 but maybe just not the spring. A bunch of my friends have been talking about getting Costume Quest costumes done for Halloween every year for the last 2 or 3 years. I'm kind of hoping for Halloween next year we can all get our costumes done and so I'm hopefully going to have something new for that. Probably going to make either the pumpkin or the candy corn costume. We'll see if that gets done as well! It does look like 2016 will shape up to be a moderately busy year for me costume wise.

Reflecting back on 2015, it was a fairly light year for me regarding Cosplay. I didn't travel for any cons so I just stuck to the local events: Anime North, Atomic Lollipop and one day of Fan Expo. I didn't really do shoots or anything outside of cons either. I did debut one new costume that I made; my new Bulma Briefs costume. That was a fun project for the spring. I did also wear my Diladau costume during AN that I commissioned from my friend Ammie. That's been a dream costume of mine for my entire Cosplay career (over a decade) but unfortunately it had some fit issues and I wasn't feeling well so I didn't really wear it for very long at Anime North. My friend Pan wants to make a Merle costume so eventually we'll Cosplay from Escaflowne together and it will be awesome! I'll definitely do a shoot of the costume in 2016!

My aim for 2016 is to have a fun year. Hopefully finally travel (be it for a con or just for a trip). I don't really take vacations so I'm thinking I should start doing that while I'm still relatively young. A trip to see the coast of British Columbia would be awesome. Don't really want to venture back to the States or US conventions until the dollar improves, but maybe the stars will align and I'll give Otakuthon another try next year. 2015 was a bit of a challenging year for me and some of my friends so I just hope 2016 turns out to be exciting and adventurous. So best wishes to everyone in these last few days of the holiday season and for the upcoming new year!

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November 2nd, 2015
Just a quick update as a follow-up to events of October. I had mentioned that I wanted to do a basic version of my upcoming Splatoon Inkling Girl costume for Halloween, but I ended up facing some difficulties that really put me off from working on any costumes. I ended up being disqualified from my driving test on October 19th. The horn on my brother's car wasn't working so the car didn't pass the safety check just before I started the test. I had worried so much about doing the test so it was a tremendous disappointment. I didn't really have the heart to put work into a Halloween costume so I just re-wore the scrubs from my Lisa Garland (Silent Hill: Shattered Memories) costume. I do plan to work on my Splatoon costume, but I'm probably not going to start it until I feel a bit more energetic. I feel a lot better these days, but I wasn't able to book another test until the end of the month so driving practice and fretting about the test is going to keep me plenty busy until then.

I did have a fun Halloween, though, and I hope everyone else enjoyed the holiday! I decorated my family's house again and hung out with my friends Pan and Adrien giving out candy. I received quite a few compliments on the decorations. I have plenty of light up decorations, hanging ghouls and a lot of fun candle holders so I pretty much lit up my front porch and created a spooky atmosphere. It's nice to bring a little bit of spirit to the neighbourhood. At least it cheered me up.

When I feel motivated I will start working on my Splatoon costume. Shouldn't take very long to finish it once I get it started. Then Madoka is next on the drawing board although I might not start that until after the holidays. Hopefully my plans will work out better than the last time I tried working on Madoka. I definitely want to have it done for AN next year. Hopefully November will be fairly stress free. I'm still getting the house in order from the renovation so once the clutter is a little more clear I will bring out my sewing machine and get cracking on costume work.

October 10th, 2015
We're fast approaching the mid-point of October and it's been a bit of an uneventful month so far. Today was supposed to be a Harry Potter photoshoot for me along with my friends Sakura and Pan, but something came up for Sakura so we're going to postpone the shoot. Until when I'm not sure. Probably not this year, though. Haven't had much luck with photoshoots this year. Besides shooting at cons I haven't done any shoots at all. I'l definitely have to pick up the slack next year!

I did finally order and get a wig for my Splatoon costume. I ordered a magnum in hot pink from Arda when they were having their sale recently and it arrived very quickly. The colour match isn't 100%, but it was nice that I could save a few dollars buying a wig. I was able to get the tentacles back from Sierra (the costumer who I commissioned them from) and they look super neat! I'm thinking of putting together a very basic version of the costume for Halloween. Probably just the wig and maybe the mask. I'm not sure if I'll get a chance to make an accurate mask before Halloween so I might just use my Batgirl mask. The rest of the outfit would just be a hoodie and pants and probably a coat. Have to be prepared for the harsh reality of evenings in late October. Should be fun anyway. I'll actually work on the costume for real in November.

I've been stressing a lot about my upcoming G driving test. That's still looming on October 19th. Haven't been able to get in much practice on the highway this month, but I'm still crossing my fingers that I pass on my first try. My biggest fear is that I psyche myself out because otherwise I'm ready. I definitely won't get 100%, but I would be happy with any kind of pass. Speaking of stressors, the renovation here is finally done. Still lots of work to do to get the house back in order so I can start sewing and get that Splatoon costume done. I also just bought a PS4 so that might be a bit of a distraction. XD I've been meaning to buy one since launch and I finally caved so I could play Until Dawn. Looking forward to gaming with the new system and some of the games coming up in 2016.

September 27th, 2015
Just thought I should create an update because a bunch of my plans for working on costumes and doing shoots have changed. Originally I had a shoot planned with Elemental along with Pan of our Sailor Scout costumes. I was hoping to get nicer shots of Sailor Mercury and hopefully some shots of my Super Sailor Chibi Moon costume. That was meant to happen on September 19th, but the weather was a bit dicey that day and there was a partial subway shut down for my area so we decided at the last minute that it wasn't worth it to proceed. Instead, we tried to re-schedule for this upcoming weekend (for Saturday October 3rd) but it seems like a bad idea with Pan's current schedule so that shoot will be put off indefinitely. If there happens to be a nice day in October I might take a day off for a shoot, but I'm not planning on it. I'm a little disappointed because I've been hoping to get more shots of Mercury for a couple of years. I really need to find a con where I can wear Super Sailor Chibi Moon. Definitely have to fit it in next year.

I do now have plans to be part of a Harry Potter group with my friends Pan and Sakura for a shoot that should be happening Thanksgiving weekend. For this group I'll be Cosplaying as Ron. Back when Pan first made our robes she made 3 for us with the hope of Cosplaying the trio, but Sakura was never able to wear the costume so her robe sat in Pan's closet for the last several years. In the meantime I Cosplayed as Harry. Can't say I'm that thrilled to Cosplay as Ron as he's not one of my favourite characters, but it should be fun for the group. I bought a wig for it years ago so it'll be nice to finally put that wig to use. Once that shoot happens and I get photos back, I'll make a new costume page. It's been a long time since Pan and I Cosplayed with Sakura so I'm looking forward to the group!

As for costuming work right now, I'm still waiting to work on my Splatoon costume as the renovation work in my house still isn't done. The kitchen is 90% done, but our dining room floor is going to be sanded and coated so we had to shift more furniture so I lost my sewing work space. I did buy another white shirt for the costume to make the default female Amiibo design as my costume shirt for my Inkling Kid costume. This is my 3rd shirt. The first was not opaque at all, the second one from Walmart was supposedly extra small, but was actually still way too big for me in every way. Finally, I decided to buy a plain shirt from Threadless as I like the quality and fit of their shirts. Still not 100% perfect, but it should work nicely as a base for the lettering design. I'll probably cut the design out from felt and Heat 'n Bond it on. Shouldn't take that long once I figure out the proportions.

Also, my friend that I'm commissioning my tentacles from has finished the commission so I'll hopefully be getting those soon. I'm still waiting to buy a wig, though, so this costume isn't going to be done anytime soon. I'm aiming to wear it at Anime North or Atomic Lollipop next year so it's not a huge rush anyway. I would love to complete a costume, though. I need to get working on my Madoka school uniform with Pan. That costume is really looming.

Speaking of looming, I have my final G driving test scheduled for October 19th and worrying about that has been weighing heavily on my mind. Once I've done the test (and hopefully passed) I'll be able to move on and start focusing on Cosplay matters. Granted, we're about to hit October (my favourite month because of Halloween) so you bet all I really want to think about is decorating and getting into the spirit for the holiday. XD I hope October turns out to be a productive and fun month!

September 7th, 2015
Just wanted to make a note that I did attend Fan Expo yesterday. A friend lent me a badge so I could see what the con was like on the last day. I wasn't really feeling up to wearing a costume, but I did sport my Halloween dress and I wore that to the con. I wasn't wearing a wig with it or anything because it was super humid yesterday. It's hard to believe that we're into September now! It sure feels like the middle of summer. I suppose I'll really miss it when the heat dies down soon, but right now it's pretty overbearing.

I was sort of late going downtown with my friend Pan so I was only at the con from about 1:30PM until it closed at 5PM. I mostly went to check out the Artist Alley, to see friends and to pick up a wig for my Splatoon costume. I did see a few friends including my lovely friend Ammie and it took a couple of hours, but Pan and I did see all of Artist Alley, but none of the wig booths had a wig that would work for my Inkling Kid costume. Was a bit disappointed in that. I'm not really sure what wig to order online, but I'll gamble and order something when I have some USD funds to spare.

I got some Halloween related art from some sellers. One booth had nothing but craft and vintage Halloween items. Definitely one of my favourite booths of the show! I also picked up a lovely piece of Princess Peach art and a gorgeous eerie piece by artist My Pet Skeleton. I expanded my rather small Pop Vinyl collection by buying the Vegeta figure. Now I have 4 Pop Vinyls. XD Not going to really get into collecting them. Not a lot of the designs really stand out to me, but I loved the little scouter on the Vegeta one. :3

All and all, Fan Expo was pretty good. I kind of wish I had gotten there around noon so I could have taken a more leisurely pace with checking out the vendors, but I still saw most of the show. Skipped the guest areas and panels and the exhibits, but it was nice to soak in the con atmosphere. I feel like Sunday this year was slightly less busy than last year. I could move around fairly freely. I heard that it was quite packed on Saturday. I think if I attend again next year, going on Sunday would be a smart move or paying to go on the Thursday evening to see everything before all the good stuff has been picked over and when things are just getting going instead of when the con is winding down. I don't see myself Cosplaying at Fan Expo again because of the cramped conditions, but I've had some great experiences with the con over the years.

Speaking of Cosplay, my Splatoon costume is on hold until I can get a wig, but my friend is working on my tentacles, which should be done soon. The costume overall is at a standstill until the home renovation is done and it still looks like that will take another couple of weeks at least.

I do have a shoot scheduled with my friend Elemental for September 19th. I should be shooting with my friend Pan and I believe we've settled on getting photos of our Sailor Scout costumes. I most likely will be getting photos of Sailor Mercury and I'm considering also bringing my Super Sailor Chibi Moon costume and see if I can do a costume change to get photos of both. Pan should be wearing Sailor Mars. I'm pretty excited about shooting my Scout costumes. I've been hoping to get outdoor shots of Mercury for a while and I would like a chance to finally wear Super Sailor Chibi Moon. Looking forward to seeing if the summer weather holds out until mid-September.

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