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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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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!

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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.

April 18th, 2015
I now have my wig for my upcoming Bulma Battle of the Gods costume. I just need to get it cut and the costume will be good to go for Anime North. I've decided to wear the costume on Friday of the con, which will coincide with the Nominoichi. Should be a fairly comfortable costume to wear during the busy event. I did get assigned a table (N172) and I'm currently preparing goods to sell. I'll have lots of figures, plush toys, wigs and Manga. Last year the Nominoichi was pretty stressful, but still lots of fun. Hopefully this year will be much of the same (but maybe a little less stressful!)

As for other AN plans, I believe Dilandau is still happening. Haven't really heard much about the costume progress, but I'm crossing my fingers for AN. My other costume plan for AN was Madoka's school uniform, which I was planning to make. I'm currently working on it with help from Pan. We started creating a pattern for the blouse, but it's taking some time. We've given up on getting our school uniform costumes done for AN and that means Colossal is pretty much out too. Our new goal is to try to get them done for Atomic Lollipop. The series has quite a bright and funky aesthetic especially when dealing with the witch worlds so the varying decor of the Science Centre would probably look really great for the series. I'll be pushing back working on my Sailor Moon Usagi summer school uniform until after Madoka so I might work on that in the mid summer or into the fall. I'll try to get sewing by mid-May or I might not finish my Madoka costume in time for Atomic Lollipop anyway. XD At least the costume should be done with plenty of time to spare before Anime North next year!

I'm still not sure what I might bring to Colossalcon. I'm thinking Sailor Mercury for the Sailor Moon group Ammie asked me to be in but my other plans are up in the air. I am considering bringing my Bulma Battle of the Gods costume and maybe some other old costume like my Dragon Ball Bulma costume. I'll make a decision probably by June. It's too bad Madoka has to be postponed, but I am still very excited to wear the costume when I finish it. March 24th, 2015
As of last night I finished up all the sewing parts of my Bulma DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume. I finished the dress and I lucked out by finding some material in an old fabric bin to make the scarf out of. I also got my boots in the mail and painted the light pink boot details. I'm just waiting on some shoelaces and my wig. A friend of a friend picked up the wig from Arda Canada at Toronto Comic Con, but I'm not quite sure when I'll be getting the wig. I also still need my friend Pan to help me style it. Having said that, the costume is almost good to go.

Now that Bulma is mostly done, I'll be able to take a quick break from sewing, but I'm figuring that I'll try to jump back into sewing in early April after Pan finishes her class and we'll try to get things going on Homura and Madoka together. I'm hoping that our approach of working together will see us getting the costumes done without too much trouble with time to spare before AN. I'm getting a bit worried as it took me quite a bit of time to work up the motivation to get the scarf and dress done for Bulma and that was a pretty simple costume. The school uniforms from Madoka definitely have a very tailored and detailed look to them. Crossing my fingers that we won't get overwhelmed. I still need to focus on the Nominoichi as well. Wish me luck! Worse comes to worse, I put off the costume. My friend Ammie is still working on my Dilandau costume so if everything works out, I'll have a lot of costume options for AN.

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