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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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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!

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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.

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. (^_^)

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.

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