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Firstly, I never got a chance to write about it before, but I had an amazing time at Atomic Lollipop. I went into the con with moderate expectations, but I came out of it feeling reinvigorated regarding conventions.  I had the most fun at APOP that I've had at any con in years. I loved checking out the exhibits at the Science Centre. A few new galleries had opened since I had last been there several years ago so I enjoyed seeing the new things and I really liked the con events that I attended. I participated in a few crafting sessions. I made a plush Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle, a Sailor Moon locket shrinky dink keychain and a cheesy felt crown. I checked out the bouncy arena and some of the exotic animals that had been brought for the event. Pan and I had an artist draw us together as chibis and I loved the resulting picture. Everything came together to make it a lovely weekend! I did wear my Halloween summer dress and my Tennis Princess Peach costume. I didn't bother Cosplaying on Sunday and that was a great decision as it made the last day stress free. I did a shoot with Elemental of the Halloween dress so hopefully those photos will be coming in the next few weeks. I can't wait for the convention next year! If it's back at the Ontario Science Centre then I will definitely go back again!

Having such a good time at APOP got me excited for conventions next year so I finally figured out car and hotel roommates for Colossalcon and I booked a hut room. I'll be travelling with Stillvisions and Ammie. After attending Atomic Lollipop, I have high expectations that with the resort amenities, it'll be a wonderful weekend! (^^) I've been meaning to go to Colossal for several years so I'm glad it's finally happening. Too bad so many of my Canadian friends won't be going anymore, but I think it'll be a great weekend regardless.

In other news, last night I launched a new look for my Cosplay site over on my domain, My awesome friend Pan made the layout and it took me a little while to edit all the pages so I could post it. There are still a few bugs to work out that I'll be working on tonight. Some rollover image effect code in the costume gallery breaks while viewing the site on mobile devices so I need to whip up an alternate page for the gallery. Other than that, I love how it turned out. (^^) I have full galleries of my costumes and costume descriptions. You can really see how far I've come as a Cosplayer.

As for the rest of the summer, August is looking to be pretty relaxing as I'm not going to Otakuthon this year. I'm hoping to do a Tennis Princess Peach shoot with Elemental at some point this month or next month at a tennis court. I'm also really hoping I can get some photos of my China Sherry costume. I would love nice outdoor photos of Princess Peach, but given how big and bulky the dress is, I don't think that's going to happen. Not sure if I'll try to get pictures of anything else, but those are the costumes that I want to focus on. I can't believe summer is already half over! 

Finally, I went fabric shopping with Pan a couple of weeks ago and I was able to find a really nice wool fabric to use to make Madoka's school uniform skirt from Madoka Magica. I've loved the look of the uniforms from Madoka since I watched the Anime a year or two ago so I'm planning to make the costume this year and I'll wear it to conventions in 2015. I don't have a wig or any other fabric for the costume yet so it might take a while to get this costume off the ground, but I'm really excited to Cosplay Madoka. I also now have fabric to make a new blouse for my Usagi school uniform. This time it'll be the summer version thanks to a pattern Pan has drafted. I may not be attending many Cosplay events now, but it's going to be a busy fall with sewing!
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad to hear you had a great time! I'd love to see how you and Pan look as chibis! :iconrainbowdashchuuplz:

I also took a look at the website, really loving the makeover it got! :iconrarityishappyplz:
straywind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Pan wants a copy of the chibi art so at some point I'll have to scan it. Maybe I'll post it online when I scan it. The artist did such a lovely job on it.

Thanks for the compliment on the new layout! I'm so pleased with it. I had been meaning to make a new layout for my site for a few years. I know the original design was super clunky and outdated. XD My website feels really fresh now so I appreciate Pan helping me out with that.
SeiuchiKing Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
yay! she's back!
mekouhime Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad that Apop turned out great for you! :D

And yay Madoka. I love the uniforms too, they're really cute. Not to mention flattering on everyone I've ever seen them on! I'm hoping I can cosplay from Pmmm in 2015 too. :)
straywind Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Thanks! I actually had some trepidation about the con going into it, but I had such a great time. I hear that it'll be back there next year and I hope that's the case!

The Madoka uniforms are just so nicely constructed. I can't believe how much I love the design. XD I hope you also Cosplay from Madoka! I wish I could fast forward to when I get this costume done so I can wear it already. XD
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