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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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August 29th, 2015
Just a quick update. Amanda sent me her edited photos from the shoots that I did with her at Atomic Lollipop so I now have over a dozen new photos of both my DBZ: Battle of the Gods Bulma and my casual Hotaru from Sailor Moon Super costumes. It was really nice to work with her again and we got lots of lovely photos in different areas of the Science Centre including outside, by some funky walls and around some exhibits. Amanda really made attending APOP worth it. (^_^)

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August 27th, 2015
I've made a bit of headway with my upcoming Inkling Kid Splatoon costume. Not actually progress with sewing, but I did buy a second t-shirt from Walmart of all places for $3 that looks like it should be ok with some modification to use as a base for my default Splatoon shirt. I'm petite and although the shirt is an xs, I think I need to maybe take in the sides and at least reduce the sleeve length. I also bought a second pair of bike shorts so I can add the pink stripes guilt free and keep the shorts just for this costume. I'm in contact with my friend who is taking tentacle commissions and she's going to be making me my tentacles. Hopefully I can get those in the next month or so.

I'm hoping to perhaps pick up a wig at Fan Expo. Still not 100% sure if I'm going to Fan Expo, but if I do go on the Sunday, I would like to look at Arda Canada or Cactus Mafia to get a wig for the costume. The actual sewing parts still allude me. I can't really set up my sewing machine until the renovation work is done here and we probably have 2 or 3 more weeks left with that. Can't wait for it to be done so we can get the house back in order again! Once that happens I just need to make a mask, add text details to the shirt (probably with felt like what I did for young Bulma) and sew the pink stripes to the shorts. I visited my friend Adrien last weekend and he helped me put together a pair of headphones as an accessory for my costume. I'm still not sure if I'll end up with a gun or a tank, but at least I'll have a neat prop accessory to add to the costume. It's just made out of foam with various duct and electrical tapes, but it actually looks really neat!

Speaking of costumes, Elemental has started posting some of her preview shots from some summer cons and I have a few photos of my Bulma and casual Hotaru costumes. Really happy about the Bulma ones! The shot of me sitting down outside is probably one of the nicest Cosplay photos of me and I love it. I really appreciate the nice photo previews and a taste of the lovely photos to come. (^^)

I briefly mentioned Fan Expo earlier in this update and regarding costuming for it, I haven't worked on anything new so if I do go I'll have to pull something out of my closet. I'm thinking of re-wearing my Battle of the Gods Bulma costume given that it's super topical now that Dragon Ball Super is airing the Battle of the Gods arc. I'm just looking for a simple comfy costume because Fan Expo is pretty crowded. Heck maybe I won't even Cosplay. I'll have to see how I feel and what tickles my fancy. If I drastically change my plans I'll post here. Right now I'm mostly interested in going to see some friends and check out the Artist Alley and exhibitors area with Pan. That's become a fun con tradition for the one day I tend to go to Fan Expo. (^_^)

August 18th, 2015
It's been a month since Atomic Lollipop. Time really flies! I haven't really done that much regarding Cosplay in the last month. I did visit Ammie and she did help me fix up my Dilandau costume since it was rather big on me when I wore it at AN. I was visiting her for a weekend just after APOP last month. She took in the jacket and pants, reduced the size of the collar, painted the boots, added interfacing to the top of the boot covers and she helped me style the wig. She was so fast too! She did all the alterations in just a few hours. I just need to work with Adrien on making a belt that can work with the sword he modified for me and the costume will be good to go. Hopefully we can work on that this fall and I'll wear the costume again to AN next year.

Otherwise, it's been very intense around my house. My older brother will be moving out in a week or so and my family is currently having our kitchen remodeled and the renovation will take another 3 weeks to complete. It's very chaotic and I don't really have a place to work on costumes right now. Having said that, I've been following the progress of my friends Cosplaying as Inkling Kids as they worked on their costumes for Otakuthon. The group turned out really nicely and I was encouraged by members of the group to join up as they were missing someone to be pink. I really like the designs for the game so over the weekend I bought some thread and fabric for the tentacles. One of the members of the group made and painted all the tentacles for everyone and I love her technique so I'm going to be commissioning her to make me some Inkling tentacles. I want to blend them in with a wig I have yet to buy. I also bought a shirt as I want to make the default white shirt, but the shirt I bought isn't opaque enough so I need to get one that's better. I'm trying to keep the costume fairly cheap and casual so it'll be a fun summer costume to wear without much of a fuss. I should be able to get that done in the next couple of months if I can break out my sewing machine. As I make progress with the costume I'll post here about it.

Mostly I'm just looking forward to some calm around the house before I think about making costumes. Time for summer shoots is also ticking away. I have yet to make any plans, but I am still hoping to do one or two shoots before the end of September. As much as I love the fall, it's always sad when you realize summer is more than half over.

July 20th, 2015
Atomoc Lollipop is over for another year. This was my second time going and I had a fun time. It wasn't quite as exciting as last year as the wow factor of the con being held at the Science Centre has kind of worn off, but there was still plenty to see and do. I was able to do shoots of both my casual Hotaru and my Bulma costumes with Elemental and I'm really excited to see how those turned out. We tried to incorporate a couple of science exhibits for Bulma photos so I think they'll look really cool.

I did get a chance to try making some crafts. I starting making a plush Luna-P on Friday evening. Didn't get a chance to finish it, though. Should be quite cute when it's done. I missed out on most of the other crafts, but my friend Pan was able to help me make up a kit so I could make my own plush poptart at home so I'm going to continue working on that for fun. Seemed to be a lot of really neat projects on the go this year. I checked out a lot of the Science Centre exhibits in detail and I even took a couple of walks in the outdoor areas. The Science Centre is quite gorgeous and a very unique con setting. It was quite surreal to watch the big nerf fight in the Weston Family Innovation Centre!

I was able to catch a glimpse of the Elijah Wood DJ set on Saturday evening. It was super crowded so it literally was just a glimpse, but it was cool to see him nonetheless. Still such an unexpected guest. I missed the Prozzak concert, but I heard the con hit capacity during the event and it was super popular. I remember that band being quite popular when I was in my early teens. The years really fly by! Finally, I happily paid to watch the Humpback Whales IMAX film. Whales in general (but humpback whales especially) are my favourite animals so it was a very exciting and moving experience to see a movie about them. The IMAX dome at the Science Centre is a really amazing theatre. It's so immersive so I definitely recommend seeing movies there!

I was able to get another 2 commissioned chibi art pieces of myself in my costumes for the weekend from a lovely artist including one with me and Pan (as Hotaru and female Magneto). The artist who offers to draw people as chibis is super talented and I really enjoy her work! Overall Atomic Lollipop was lots of fun. I again enjoyed the science exhibits and just the way the con blends in and is strengthened by everything the Science Centre has to offer. I do think I'll attend the con again, but I may not go all 3 days next year. It's quite exhausting. I do have to say, for costume shoots this is a really cool venue and for con atmosphere it's tough to beat!

Next is a break until I perhaps go to Fan Expo for one day. Again, I probably won't be working on any costumes over the next month or so, but I have talked to some friends who are working on Splatoon costumes for Otakuthon so I may Cosplay an Inkling Girl for Halloween this year. One of the members of the group has mastered making adorable Inkling hats so I might commission a hat from her. If I do that, I'll definitely re-wear the costume at AN or Atomic Lollipop next year. I am hoping before the fall that I can get some photos of my Saki costume from Onechanbara and also photos of Sailor Mercury and my Shinku costume from Rozen Maiden. It would be great if I could update some of my old costume galleries!

July 14th, 2015
Long time no update! I kind of hoped that I would be really productive this summer and get moving on something new for Atomic Lollipop, but despite coming up with lots of ideas, I just never had the time to execute anything. I considered making an Inkling Girl costume from Splatoon for a Splatoon group. A bunch of my friends are doing Inkling kid costumes for Otakuthon and my friends were encouraging me to join the group. Sadly, I'm not going to Otakuthon and I just didn't have the time to pattern out the hat for Atomic Lollipop. I might make a Splatoon costume for fun at a later day. It's kind of too bad because the outfits really fit the party atmosphere of Atomic Lollipop and I love the aesthetic of the game. Another costume idea was to re-wear my Sasuke costume with Pan who would re-wear her Naruto costume. Both of us need new wigs, though, and we ran out of time to order and style wigs that we liked. A third option was to make the blouse for a summer middle school uniform for Usagi from Sailor Moon. I have the skirt and shoes already from a previous costume. Shouldn't be too difficult, but I only thought about it with two weeks to go until APOP. Still maybe could have made it work, but I decided to soak and try to revitalize the pigtails of my Usagi wig as they're quite tangled and frizzy. I tried using a fabric softener tutorial online. Unfortunately, it didn't seem to do much to fix the frizziness although the wig does feel softer. Not sure how to fix the wig now. It needs some serious TLC.

So instead I've been looking through my costume history for ideas of what to wear at APOP next weekend. My hope is to wear some costumes that I need better photos of. I'm definitely going to wearing my Bulma (DBZ: Battle of the Gods) costume. I think the Science Centre is a really fitting location to wear a Bulma costume to. (^_^) It's topical now too as the first arc in the new Dragon Ball Super series is a retelling of the Battle of the Gods movie. The outfit that I made will feature heavily in several episodes coming up. Really enjoying Super so far! I love the comedic filler elements!

The other costume that I'm going to wear to APOP is a bit up in the air. I'll most likely re-wear my casual Hotaru costume from Sailor Moon. The costume was a gift from Amber a few years ago. I've worn it a couple of times already, but I would like more photos of it. I have other ideas for APOP. I could wear my Halloween Lolita Rei costume, my Dragon Ball Bulma costume or one of my many Scout fukus. I still have a Super Sailor Chibi Moon costume that I've never even worn. XD

I'll probably wear Hotaru on Friday and Bulma on Saturday. Sunday will be casual and I won't be Cosplaying so I can just take in the Science Centre. I'll post again after the con with a report of some of my con experiences. There a couple of crafting activities and other con events that I want to check out. I think in future years I may only attend the con for a day, but I'm looking forward to taking in everything that the con has to offer this year and hopefully have an awesome time!

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