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Anime North is over for another year and I’m kind of glad it's done. I spent a lot of April and May stressing about costume plans and organizing my goods for the Nominoichi. I would say I'm enjoying a lot of free time now, but I caught a nasty case of the flu during Anime North that got worse in the days following the con and I’m still getting over it now. I haven’t been this sick in years! I've been battling dizziness, sneezing, fever, coughing, nausea and even laryngitis. I’ve never had laryngitis before, but my voice was almost totally gone last Friday and Saturday. It’s getting a bit better today. Needless to say, it's a good thing Colossal was cancelled for me! I doubt I’ll be back to 100% by Thursday when I was supposed to have left for the con. Not that I’m still not a little sad that I couldn’t go. I hope everyone that’s going has an awesome weekend!

Getting back to Anime North, it was still a good con this year, but getting sick did put a huge damper on the weekend. Things went really well on the Friday. I wore my Bulma DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume and had a lot of fun with it! Not too many people recognized the costume, but it was super comfy! It's just too bad it was quite cold that day! I had to wear a jacket when I was outside and a sweater.   

The Nominoichi went wonderfully for me this year. Pretty much every reservation was picked up and I loved talking with people that were passing by. I sold about 90% of what I brought and I was quite impressed that I sold a lot of the little things like small plush items, jewellery and DVDs that I brought. I sold all the Nendoroid items and almost every Figma and I only have 2 plush toys left. I was so impressed that I only had about 1 box worth of items left. I made just over $1,200 and I can’t help, but start to pick out what items I might want to sell next year. XD For every one figure that I buy now, I feel like I should sell one or two just to even out the space concerns. Anyway, it was wonderful to see so many of my treasured items go to nice people!

Saturday of the con didn’t go so well. Ammie gave me my Dilandau costume on Friday night, but I just felt really off trying to wear the costume on Saturday. I battled with dry eyes and I had trouble feeling comfortable wearing contacts. I also had a sore throat and I was sneezing. The uncomfortable contacts was the primary reason I changed out of Dilandau after just a few hours. I didn’t realize I was starting to get the flu. The costume looked really cool! I appreciate Ammie's hard work on the outfit pieces and the amazing work Adrien did on the sword! Wish I had photos to share, but I just wasn’t feeling comfortable enough to get photos of the costume. There isn’t much photo evidence of Dilandau. Ammie is such a sweetheart and offered to help me tailor parts of it and I definitely want to wear the costume again when I’m at 100% and I can put my heart into it. Maybe for Anime North 2016 I can organize some sort of Escaflowne group. I know Pan want to Cosplay as Merle. (^_^)

The rest of the con from mid-afternoon Saturday until I left mid-afternoon Sunday was pretty chill. I was able to buy some nice Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon fanart. I also found some Halloween related art pieces including a cute pumpkin brooch that I got from the crafter’s area. My favourite purchases of the weekend were gashapon Sailor Moon miniature wands that I got from another seller at the Nominoichi, another Kuma Crafts Sailor Moon necklace and I was finally able to complete my DC Ladies trio by buying the Kotobukiya Bishoujo Supergirl statue from a vendor in the dealer's room. Got a pretty good deal on it given that it goes for over $100 sealed online. She now stands proudly with my Wonder Woman and Batgirl.  

It was nice to see some friends and relax for much of Anime North. The only things keeping me going on Sunday, though, were an antacid, a Tylenol Cold and Flu pill, throat lozenges and a gravol. I'm glad I didn’t get seriously sick until Monday, but it’s too bad I had that cloud hanging over me during AN. I’m already looking forward to next year and hoping it’ll be better. Pan battled the bonanza that is reserving a hotel room at the International Plaza Hotel for 2016 and won so we have hotel space for next year.

Next up for this year is Atomic Lollipop! Gonna put working on new stuff on hold for a bit as June is really busy for me with wedding stuff I'm helping out with for my friend. I'll dig up some fun costumes to wear for APOP and we’ll see where else I go from there. Madoka’s school uniform will happen, but I'll probably hold off on debuting that until AN 2016. 

Bulma Briefs - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods by straywind
Bulma Briefs - Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods
Finally, a new photo from me! I made this costume way back in January and finished it in March. I wanted a simple project to get me focused again with sewing. It was slow going, but I love how it turned out! 

My friend Pan gave me the shirt pattern from her Robin costume and I extended it slightly for this dress. I pretty much followed the pattern exactly. I also made the scarf and painted the light pink details on the boots. Pan took this photo as part of a quick shoot we did at like midnight on Friday night of Anime North. I hadn't had time to do photos of Bulma because the Nominoichi ate up most of my Friday. I appreciate her giving me photo evidence of the costume. Have to apologize because I have my scarf tied over the wrong shoulder. XD Also, I wiped off my red lipstick before the Nomi. I was pretty tired by the time I poked Pan to get some photos.

Our hotel room was upgraded for free to an executive suite. Only the best for Bulma Briefs! Actually it was because our room wasn't ready and Pan has some wicked charm. We had a massive bathroom with closet space and plenty of room to pose for photos! (^_^)

I'll re-wear my Bulma costume at Atomic Lollipop and hopefully do a shoot there. I'm looking forward to wearing this costume again. It was super comfy and Bulma is such a fun character to Cosplay. I'm so glad Friday of AN turned out well! On Saturday I started to show symptoms of the flu, which got worse as the weekend progressed. My experience wearing Dilandau was kind of ruined by getting sick, but I'm happy I can look back fondly on Friday of the con!

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The con season is pretty much here at this point and sadly my plans for the year have changed drastically. I'm still excited for Anime North and that is happening next week. Unless something happens, my plans for the con are set. I'm planning to wear my new Bulma (Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods) costume on Friday of the con. I have my table for the Nominoichi. It's N172. Anyone looking for gently used Anime plush toys, DVDs, figures and wigs, please stop by. :3 I have things from series like Rozen Maiden, Sailor Moon, Madoka Magica, Vocaloid, The Legend of Zelda and more. Hoping to drastically clear out things so maybe I'll just split a table next year. I went overboard trying to manage holds on the Anime North forum and it hasn't really felt like it's been worth the time and effort I've been putting in. Next year I'm just going to pack a couple of boxes and show up the day of to sell my goods instead of accepting reservations in advance. Should make the event less stressful because it's driving me up the wall this year. XD

My other costume plan for AN is Dilandau (Escaflowne). It's being put together by my wonderful friend Ammie and the sword for the costume is being commissioned from my friend Adrien. Really excited for the costume! I hope everything comes together nicely and fits. I won't be getting the costume until AN and it sounds like AN will be a test run for the costume. Not sure when I'll wear it again after AN, but I plan to get lots of wear out of it. Kind of breaking the bank a bit with this costume so I have to get a lot of mileage out of it. (^^)

Speaking of other cons, sadly I no longer will be attending ColossalCon. I had booked a hotel room and I bought a badge for it, but circumstances have just worked out in such a way that it's not feasible for me to go. Between having some dental work done, my upcoming Dilandau costume, the cost of events pertaining to a friend's wedding next month (a wedding I'm a bridesmaid for) and Anime North, budgeting for Colossal really wasn't in the cards. Didn't really think so many things would hit me at once when I made a reservation for a room at the Kalahari last summer. It seems unlikely I'll ever be able to go to Colossal. It's a more expensive con and you have to reserve a hotel room almost a year in advance. It's really impossible to plan out so much in advance and it runs so close to AN. Things definitely would be more feasible for 2016, but I don't want to take on the responsibility of booking a room again. Anyway, that's life. Thankfully I have found takers for my hotel room and my badge. Just waiting to be paid and to figure out the logistics of transferring the room. It's really too bad that I couldn't go. The venue looked amazing and I was excited to see some of my American friends I hardly ever see. With the exchange rate I won't be taking on some other US con this year so I'll just have to see if things look more promising in 2016. Something tells me I won't be travelling to as many cons in the coming years though.

Last time I updated here I mentioned planning to work on my Madoka school uniform. Work has kind of stalled on that. Pan is doing me a big favour by helping me pattern out the blouse, but the days are going by really fast and neither of us really have time to work on it much in the foreseeable future. A few weeks ago we decided to delay the costume until after AN. I had been looking forward to wearing Madoka at Colossal so Madoka getting delayed was another blow to Colossal for me. The current plan is to work on our Homura and Madoka costumes for Atomic Lollipop, but with the way June is filling up for me, I'm 90% sure that costume is going to get delayed until Anime North 2016. I would probably work on it during the summer and fall. Would love to get it done in time for Atomic Lollipop, though, as the Science Centre exhibits and the outdoor courtyard would be lovely for photos of the uniforms.

So yeah, after Anime North I'll be attending Atomic Lollipop. What I'll wear to APOP is up in the air, but probably nothing new. I'll post about that con closer to the event. I might make a quick post about AN next week, but my plans are tentatively set. I only plan to bring Dilandau and Bulma unless I want to bring a Lolita outfit or something. If something happens and Dilandau gets delayed, I'll have to dig through my costume bins. Maybe I could bring out my Halloween Witch Rei costume or something. Otherwise my only other potential con might be Fan Expo for a day. Would love to have more things to do this year, but I'll hopefully do some private photoshoots to get photos of some older costumes that are lacking in the photo department like Shinku (Rozen Maiden), Saki (Onechanbara) and Celia (Harvest Moon). We'll just have to see how the year goes, but I am crossing my fingers that I won't run into more complications and issues!
It's been a few months since I last wrote a journal entry here. It's still a couple of months until con season really heats up and I'm getting a bit anxious. In my last entry I mentioned that I was going to start working on my Madoka school uniform. I did make a mockup of a blouse over the Christmas holidays using the pattern I had, but after getting help with fit issues from my friend Pan, we really couldn't get the pattern to work out. I put that costume on hold until I can work with Pan on the costume in April. Not 100% sure if it's doable for AN, but we're going to give it a shot. We had a pretty brutal winter here in Toronto, Canada so I had a lot of trouble getting motivated to think about and work on costumes.

I did pick up a costume idea in early January. After the holidays I set my sights on Cosplaying Bulma's DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume after seeing gifs of her from the movie on Tumblr. Gonna have to track down and watch the movie later. I picked the costume because it's like her red dress from the DBZ series, but she's wearing not so complicated boots. Pan helped me get fabric for the costume in late January and she also lent a pattern to make the dress. I just finished all the sewing parts of the costume a few days ago. I only had to make a simple dress and a scarf. I also ordered, received and painted boots. The costume is pretty much done now, but I don't have my wig yet. Still, it's nice to have finished most of a costume and I'm looking forward to wearing it to Anime North or Colossalcon. I also bought a scouter for the costume so I'm looking forward to wearing that. Bulma is one of my favourite characters so it'll be fun to Cosplay her again.

Ammie is currently working on my Dilandau costume with the aim of getting it to me at Anime North. I have a wig and a tiara for the costume already. I'm commissioning my friend Adrien to make Dilandau's sword for me and I just ordered boots for the costume so I hope everything comes together for the con. Dilandau is my ultimate dream costume. It's been on my dream costume list since 2002 so it's going to be awesome to finally Cosplay him!

It's actually going to be a super busy spring and early summer for me. Besides preparing for Anime North by making Madoka as well as organizing for the Nominoichi at AN, I was asked recently to be a bridesmaid for a friend's wedding in late June. I can foresee a lot of fun events as well as sewing days coming up in my future.

The only other costume I currently have planned for this year is a summer version of Usagi's school uniform. It's just the blouse so that should be a lot easier to make. I'll probably work on that in July or August once my schedule clears up. I'm not even sure what other costumes I may make this or next year for that matter. I've worked through all my major costume dream ideas. Not sure if this might spark the slow road to my eventual pull back and semi-retirement from Cosplay. I definitely want to refocus my life with ambitions of more general travel and home ownership in the next few years. I might ease back on Cosplay to point of making maybe one or two costumes in a year if I work on things at all. At the moment I have quite a few costumes to look forward to and plenty of costume favourites I'm looking forward to wearing again. I'm pretty proud of what I've accomplished in the last few years and how far I've come.

Not so sure about travelling for cons after Colossal this year. The dollar has become so weak lately that I'm actually regretting deciding to go to Colossal. Probably won't return to a US con for the next year or so after my trip in June. I just hope the Canadian dollar evens out in the .90 cent range in the next year or two.

Anyway, hopefully it'll be a fun year! I hope working on Madoka doesn't drive me up the wall. I love the uniform design so I hope I can do it justice! Looking forward to Cosplaying with Pan! :3
Long time no post! I actually don't have a heck of a lot to say because I haven't actually been to a costume event or con since the summer. XD I've totally been neglecting my hobby. In ways I'm kind of sad about it, but in other ways I'm kind of happy because it's nice to take a break from how intense the hobby can be.

I honestly haven't done much sewing and costume work in these last few months. I focused most of my energy and attention in the fall into my Halloween display at my house in October. I did get a pattern to alter for my Madoka school uniform and I began to make a mock-up with alterations for the blouse. I haven't been able to find the motivation to get out my sewing machine, though, so I've made very little progress. I did get some fabric last weekend with Pan for making my own front bow and hair bows and my wig came in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Very underwhelmed by the wig as I expected it to be more pre-styled for Madoka. It's basically a long bob with hair clips. The hair clips are fine, but the bob is super long so it needs a lot of trimming. I also still need to find nice triangular trim for the bottom of the blouse and the cuffs. So I've made a minor bit of progress, but I'm in a bit of a rut. 

This was a very light year for me in terms of Cosplay. Possibly the lightest year since I first started Cosplaying in 2001. I only made 1 costume this year (Tennis Princess Peach) although I did wear a couple of other new ones (Snow White Lolita and Usagi's school uniform) and I finally got photos of the China Sherry costume that I made last year. I think I meant to do more, but it's just been tough to find motivation. Maybe it's the fact that I've been Cosplaying for so many years nonstop that's catching up with me. Slowing down a bit isn't necessarily a bad thing either. I think I just find it hard to connect with people and feel connected to cons and the Cosplay scene now. It's a whole new generation of con-goers and there is a very different approach to both costuming and conventions these days. I just need to figure out my place with it or just step back a bit. At the moment I'm sort of stepping back. Not sure if that will continue in 2015. I am still looking forward to Colossalcon and I'm already brainstorming for organizing more things to sell at the Nominoichi at Anime North. Hopefully I'll be able to Cosplay Dilandau from Escaflowne at AN. That certainly would get me excited about costuming again!

I did have some fun con experiences this year. Doing the Nominoichi at Anime North was very time consuming and stressful, but I really loved interacting with people and it was fun to find new homes for some of the Anime goods I really enjoyed and took care of. I had fun wearing my Princess Peach ballgown again too! It's still one of my biggest Cosplay achievements. Atomic Lollipop in the summer turned out to be a really reinvigorating experience. I loved the venue! The Science Centre is so much fun and the crafting events were really relaxing and social. I even enjoyed going to Fan Expo for the Sunday. Fan Expo has become a real beast of a con, which sucks in a lot of ways, but it sure is a nexus for con attendees, artists and Cosplayers in Toronto.

I'll post again when I get more work done on Madoka or if I make plans to go to a con or work on something else. I have 2 weeks of vacation from work for Christmas this year that just started, and I'm hoping to actually get some work done on Madoka. I'll cross my fingers that I'll be able to clear some clutter and I can get the mock-up done for the blouse.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season! Wishing everyone all the best in 2015! It should be an interesting year!

Anime North is over for another year and I’m kind of glad it's done. I spent a lot of April and May stressing about costume plans and organizing my goods for the Nominoichi. I would say I'm enjoying a lot of free time now, but I caught a nasty case of the flu during Anime North that got worse in the days following the con and I’m still getting over it now. I haven’t been this sick in years! I've been battling dizziness, sneezing, fever, coughing, nausea and even laryngitis. I’ve never had laryngitis before, but my voice was almost totally gone last Friday and Saturday. It’s getting a bit better today. Needless to say, it's a good thing Colossal was cancelled for me! I doubt I’ll be back to 100% by Thursday when I was supposed to have left for the con. Not that I’m still not a little sad that I couldn’t go. I hope everyone that’s going has an awesome weekend!

Getting back to Anime North, it was still a good con this year, but getting sick did put a huge damper on the weekend. Things went really well on the Friday. I wore my Bulma DBZ: Battle of the Gods costume and had a lot of fun with it! Not too many people recognized the costume, but it was super comfy! It's just too bad it was quite cold that day! I had to wear a jacket when I was outside and a sweater.   

The Nominoichi went wonderfully for me this year. Pretty much every reservation was picked up and I loved talking with people that were passing by. I sold about 90% of what I brought and I was quite impressed that I sold a lot of the little things like small plush items, jewellery and DVDs that I brought. I sold all the Nendoroid items and almost every Figma and I only have 2 plush toys left. I was so impressed that I only had about 1 box worth of items left. I made just over $1,200 and I can’t help, but start to pick out what items I might want to sell next year. XD For every one figure that I buy now, I feel like I should sell one or two just to even out the space concerns. Anyway, it was wonderful to see so many of my treasured items go to nice people!

Saturday of the con didn’t go so well. Ammie gave me my Dilandau costume on Friday night, but I just felt really off trying to wear the costume on Saturday. I battled with dry eyes and I had trouble feeling comfortable wearing contacts. I also had a sore throat and I was sneezing. The uncomfortable contacts was the primary reason I changed out of Dilandau after just a few hours. I didn’t realize I was starting to get the flu. The costume looked really cool! I appreciate Ammie's hard work on the outfit pieces and the amazing work Adrien did on the sword! Wish I had photos to share, but I just wasn’t feeling comfortable enough to get photos of the costume. There isn’t much photo evidence of Dilandau. Ammie is such a sweetheart and offered to help me tailor parts of it and I definitely want to wear the costume again when I’m at 100% and I can put my heart into it. Maybe for Anime North 2016 I can organize some sort of Escaflowne group. I know Pan want to Cosplay as Merle. (^_^)

The rest of the con from mid-afternoon Saturday until I left mid-afternoon Sunday was pretty chill. I was able to buy some nice Madoka Magica and Sailor Moon fanart. I also found some Halloween related art pieces including a cute pumpkin brooch that I got from the crafter’s area. My favourite purchases of the weekend were gashapon Sailor Moon miniature wands that I got from another seller at the Nominoichi, another Kuma Crafts Sailor Moon necklace and I was finally able to complete my DC Ladies trio by buying the Kotobukiya Bishoujo Supergirl statue from a vendor in the dealer's room. Got a pretty good deal on it given that it goes for over $100 sealed online. She now stands proudly with my Wonder Woman and Batgirl.  

It was nice to see some friends and relax for much of Anime North. The only things keeping me going on Sunday, though, were an antacid, a Tylenol Cold and Flu pill, throat lozenges and a gravol. I'm glad I didn’t get seriously sick until Monday, but it’s too bad I had that cloud hanging over me during AN. I’m already looking forward to next year and hoping it’ll be better. Pan battled the bonanza that is reserving a hotel room at the International Plaza Hotel for 2016 and won so we have hotel space for next year.

Next up for this year is Atomic Lollipop! Gonna put working on new stuff on hold for a bit as June is really busy for me with wedding stuff I'm helping out with for my friend. I'll dig up some fun costumes to wear for APOP and we’ll see where else I go from there. Madoka’s school uniform will happen, but I'll probably hold off on debuting that until AN 2016. 

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I'm Rebecca, a Canadian Cosplayer without much artistic talent aside from some minor skill with hand and machine sewing. I love attending pop culture conventions and have been going to conventions in the Toronto area since 2001. I love to travel although I don't do it very much. I also love the themes and atmosphere of Halloween. October is one of my favourite times of the year because of the holiday. My love for Halloween has spilled over into the everyday as I enjoy watching horror movies and playing survival horror games. I work full-time as a general game designer/office assistant at an indie video game company that makes iPhone/iPad apps.

Current Residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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