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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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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!

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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!

May 28th, 2015
Anime North is over yet again for another year. Overall I had a good time, but my weekend was overshadowed by the fact I caught a cold that progressed over the course of the weekend. I started feeling sick Saturday morning with sneezing, a sore throat and aching eyes and I got a little worse on Sunday. By Monday night I had a fever and dizziness. I didn't think much of it on Saturday, but it really impacted on my focus and ability to Cosplay. Ammie delivered my Dilandau costume to me on Friday night and I tried it on for the first time Saturday morning. It was a bit of a bad sign to try on a costume for the first time at a con. I experienced some fit issues with the jacket among other parts. My wig took a tumble and lost some of its styling. Things just worked against me. I was only able to wear Dilandau for a few hours on Saturday and I didn't do any shoots. I doubt there is much photo evidence of the costume online. I consider AN to be a test run. The costume, overall, turned out really nicely though. Besides it being a bit big, Ammie nailed the jacket details and the armour looked awesome. She has offered to help me tailor the coat at a later date so hopefully I'll be able to visit her in London to get help with that.

I had to change out of Dilandau because I was feeling very out of focus and my eyes were hurting. I thought it was the contacts, but it was just symptoms of my ramping up cold. It's very sad that after all the energy I put into the con my experience was dampened by a cold. I did have a great time on Friday before getting sick. The Nominioichi went really well and I think year 2 of selling for me was even better than year 1. My sales totals weren't quite as high, but I sold about 90% of what I brought. I made over $1,200 selling this year and it was nice to see some of my plush toy items and figures that I really cared for go to some really nice people that stopped by the table. Being behind a table at the garage sale event is a really social thing for me. It really makes me comfortable to chat with people who were passing by. I'll probably spring for a table again next year although it may only be a half one. I've depleted a lot of items I'm comfortable with selling at the moment, which is a good thing. The Nomi is a great event to help clear out clutter!

My Friday costume, Bulma from the DBZ: Battle of the Gods movie was really fun to wear. I had to wear a coat for a lot of the time I was in the costume as it was cold on Friday, but it was a really comfy outfit for the Nominoichi. Not a lot of people recognized the costume, but I loved how the dress turned out and how my wig worked for the character. It was a costume I felt great in because it was quite flattering. I'm definitely looking forward to wearing it again and I'll be wearing it at Atomic Lollipop for sure. My friend Pan was kind enough to get some photos of my costume in our hotel room. We had reserved a king bed hotel room, but our room wasn't ready at check-in time so we were offered an executive suite upgrade for free. Our hotel room was two rooms long and had a massive bathroom with space for everyone to do makeup comfortably. It was a Cosplayers dream suite! Only downside is that the pull-out couch bed was in a room with no real curtains. That was a bit of a struggle to deal with as there was nothing to block out daylight. (>.<) Still really cool to be on the 12th floor and have such a big room!

After changing out of my Dilandau costume on Saturday, I spent the rest of the weekend casually. I visited the dealer's room, the art show and the comics market. I bought a few pieces of fanart, a Halloween brooch, another Kuma Crafts necklace, and an Arda wig to potentially Cosplay as Moira from Resident Evil: Revelations 2 down the line. I bought a few neat things at the Nominoichi: a couple of the Sailor Moon gashapon wands, a light up Madoka soul gem and a Disneyland Haunted Mansion CD. My favourite find of the weekend was the Supergirl Bishoujo statue. I had been hoping to get Supergirl for over a year now especially after buying the new Wonder Woman statue at Fan Expo last summer as I also have Batgirl and I wanted to complete the trio. Supergirl is pretty hard to come by. She originally retailed for about $65, but online she usually sells for between $100-$250 depending on the condition. I wasn't willing to pay over $100 for her. I saw a few booths selling old Bishoujo statues for inflated prices in the dealer's room, but like a dream come true, I found Supergirl for $75 brand new at a dealer's room booth. Definitely a lucky find!

It was nice to see some friends I don't often see at AN. Every few minutes I ran into somebody I recognized or knew. Local cons are great for that. I thought the organization for the con was really good this year and most things went smoothly. I just wish I hadn't been sick for a lot of the con. I'm not really better now, but at least I don't feel as dizzy. Hopefully I won't get sick like this again next year.

Next up is Atomic Lollipop unless I do some sort of shoot before then. I'm hoping to at least get photos of Sailor Mercury and Shinku before the year is up. I think my other costume plans for the year will be pushed back due to a busy schedule and some potential reno work around the house. I will work on Madoka later this year, but the costume probably won't be worn until Anime North next year. Same thing with making the summer uniform blouse for Usagi. I'm pretty excited about getting Dilandau fully completed so that will be my focus until it's done.

Pan sent me the photos she took of my Bulma Battle of the Gods costume so if you're interested, the costume page can be found here. I'll do a shoot of the costume at Atomic Lollipop so more photos will come then. I had rubbed off my lipstick before I did these photos and it was midnight at this point so I was quite tired. I also had my scarf tied over the wrong shoulder. XD Next shoot I'll be sure to check over the details, but it feels great to add a new costume to my site!

May 21st, 2015
AN starts tomorrow (although pre-reg badge pick-up is tonight) and I'm currently hard at work packing up my stuff and sorting out the goods I'm selling at the Nominoichi tomorrow. My Bulma costume is now totally ready to go as my friend Pan helped me trim the wig last wek. I'll be wearing Bulma tomorrow although I'm sad the weather is on the cool side for Friday. Bulma is a really fun character to Cosplay so I'm sure it'll be a nice experience to portray her again.

Ammie finished work on my Dilandau costume so I'll be getting that from her tomorrow. Adrien also finished up the sword prop. I'm so excited to wear Dilandau! The costume has turned out to be very expensive (the most expensive costume in my history of costuming) but the end result looks amazing and I can't wait to see how it fits! I've been working on styling the wig. It's not perfect, but hopefully it'll look nice with the costume. Dilandau is my ultimate dream costume so I'm pretty pumped for Saturday!

I feel a bit weird going to the con with only two costumes (one of which I don't have and I don't know how well it'll fit) but I'm going to try to take it easy once the craziness of the Nominoichi passes on Friday night. I feel a bit worn down with ColossalCon falling through and with a large number of events coming up in June so I hope I can just have some real fun this weekend. At the very least all the fuss over Colossal is over now. I was able to transfer my badge and my hotel room so I didn't lose any money (I actually made a few dollars getting a refund on my hotel room). Anyway, I hope everyone that's going to AN has an amazing weekend!

May 5th, 2015
Like every year since 2002 when I first started Cosplaying at cons and attending Anime North, May is shaping up to be a bit of a stressful month. Actually, Cosplay overall isn't the biggest stressor, but it is contributing. I'm still trying to work out the kinks in my upcoming Dilandau costume. Discussing costume progress with Ammie (who I'm commissioning the costume from) is keeping me on my toes. My boots finally arrived for the costume, but the wig for Dilandau (along with the wig for my Bulma costume) both still need to be trimmed. The biggest issue with Dilandau right now is figuring out the sword belt. My friend Adrien is making my sword, but Ammie lives in a different city so the costume won't come together until I get it at AN. Problem is that the sword is wooden and the weight of it needs to be considered. I'm not sure how the belt will come together and if I'll be able to use it at AN. I'm crossing my fingers that we can figure something out.

The bigger stress is sorting out holds and organizing my goods that I'm selling at the Nominoichi. I think if I sell again in future years I'm not going to bother posting my goods for holds in advance. It's a lot of work to upkeep lists and keep track of holds that come up or are cancelled. I'm powering through a lot of Anime goods this year anyway, to sell at the event so in future years I think it would be a lot more low key. At this point I'm looking forward to the moment when the event is over and I've cleared my table post-Nominoichi so I can relax. XD

My biggest current issue is the fact that plans for Colossalcon have fallen through. Sadly (unless something drastic happens) I won't be attending the con. It's a letdown because I was looking forward to the resort. The con itself seemed underwhelming, but I was looking forward to seeing some friends and relaxing at the pools, but some unexpected expenses on my end came up as well as some hotel roommates dropping out suddenly. That's made me change my mind on the con. Too bad I already bought a badge and the hotel is in my name. I'm looking to sell my badge and hopefully transfer my hotel room so I don't lose much money on the venture. It's really too bad it's gotten to the point where you have to book a hotel almost a year in advance to attend a con these days. You never know what your situation will be like in a year and real life happens.

I will say that since costume plans for Madoka have been put on hold until a mid-summer con, I wasn't really that pumped for Colossal in terms of Cosplay. Hopefully I'll have a great time at Anime North to make up for missing Colossal. I am definitely not skipping out on Atomic Lollipop so at least I have one other definite con to look forward to. Still, wish I could take a vacation this year. Maybe I'll try to actually go on a real vacation instead of just going to cons and calling that a vacation. Cons are so busy and complicated with Cosplay that they really aren't a holiday. XD They do have their charm, though, so I really do feel bad when I cancel plans to attend an event.

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