Family Fun Time! (Days 424 - 426)

So, I was half-right, having somebody living in the bedroom where I usually sew does make me want to sew more. Though it also could be that having more people around makes me less depressed. I've been having a great time hanging out with my cousin =D

I haven't actually sewed anything, but I have some sort of progress. The other day at the mall, my boyfriend and I visited one of our favorite stores, a little niche in the wall, Hot Toys. They buy and sell used toys, mostly old action figures, comic books, video game systems (NES, N64...) and the like. I discovered it a while back and introduced my boyfriend to it. Recently, they've started selling plushies and turned part of their video game area into a plushie room.

In said room, I discovered a Cthulu plushie! I didn't think much abut it at the time, since I didn't have any money with me at the time, and I didn't want to ask my boyfriend to buy it for me, but when I got home that night, I realized that I needed that plushie for my Coon cosplay! So I ran back a couple of days ago and bought it before it got sold.

Me and my best friend Cthulu~


Also, I finally finished my Yaoi-Con 2010 and Holiday Anime Faire 2010 reviews over on my Convention Blog.

So... (Days 422 - 423)

I realized recently (I think I mentioned it) that some of my posts were numbered incorrectly. I finally went through all of it, and I think I fixed them. At one point, I had gone from day 295 to 226. That along with a couple of other mistakes made it so that I was was exactly 50 days off, which is why my post numbers reflected that I had not been blogging for a year, even though it's been way over that.

No cosplay progress, but I have been practicing my 12-hole ocarina so that I can play it at AOD. =]

Hopefully today I can finish my Yaoi-Con review and do my Holiday Anime Faire review so that my Convention blog is up-to-date before AOD.

Tomorrow, my cousin, grandma, and maybe aunt are coning to visit for a while, and my grandma is going to be staying in what is currently my sewing room, so either I'll take it as an invasion of space and start sewing more in order to maintain my claim over my territory, or I'll get all passive stop sewing altogether until they leave. o.o I really hope it's the first one.

Merry Christmas! (Days 417 - 421)

So I went to my boyfriend's family Christmas party last night (Christmas Eve), and there was a White Elephant gift exchange. I made a Pikachu hat for it, and a lot of people were very amused by it. It ended up going to a kid, which I intended. Kid's don't participate in the White Elephant, but parents do, and the kids seem bored during it.

Anyway, for Christmas, I got my 12-hole Destiny ocarina ^-^ I got it Christmas Eve, and I'm learning to play it and read the music really quickly. Hopefully I'll learn enough to bring it to AOD.

I've been re-inspired to finish my femme!Link cosplay, I figured out the missing piece. I'm going to use silver/metallic lace in place of chainmail. It's going to be difficult to find the right kind though. I'll need a piece off of a bolt (like how fabric comes) that looks similar to chainmail, but not enough like it to be mistaken for it, to put underneath the top amd bottom of the dress so that it'll show through the slit. Then I'm going to put lace edges around the bottom of the dress and the sleeves, to imitate chainmail sticking out from underneath. Hopefully this works, I'll really have to search for the right stuff, especially since I don't think lace usually goes with the type of fabric that I used for the dress (a blend of 95% rayon and 5% spandex). We'll see what I can find.

As for all of those hats that I was supposed to make for $100, it still hasn't happened. I thought that my friend wanted them for Christmas, but he didn't contact me about them, in fact, there was barely any communication on his end, and we never set a permanent date that they should be done on. So I'm going to try contacting him again, but somethign tells me that this isn't going to happen. Which sucks because I really need the money for Fanime.

Days 414 - 416

So, yup, done nothing. Pinned some of the parts of an Eevee hat together, but that was it. I haven't been doing much of anything lately. Haven't felt like it. Meh.

New Hats! (Days 409 - 413)

I think I have some of my days numbered wrong, because I've been blogging for over a year, yet my day numbers don't say that. Huh. I'll fix it when I get the time to go through all of my past posts to find the errors.

Anyway, I made a new hat. Not one of the ones that I'm supposed to make to get paid, but a new one nonetheless. I think it's quite adorable. =] (pictured left) It's got an overlocked edge instead of a band, and it fits more like a hood than a hat. I'd wear it myself if I didn't want to sell it so badly. I'll probably make one for myself later.

Other than that, I'm thinking of switching costumes and going as Pikachu instead of femme!Link. It's still up for debate though. I'm not even sure why I'm considering switching, I'm just not all that into my Link cosplay anymore. We'll see how t hings play out when I get my new 12-hole Destiny ocarina for Christmas. >_>

The Dress Form! (Days 407 & 408)

Yesterday, I set up my dress form yesterday and set it to my measurements. It could use some more tweaking, but for the most part, it's the same size as me. I put my femme!Link dress on it.

Today, I should make a hat or something, but we'll see, haha.

Day 406

Yup, nothing, haha. I meant to work on things today, but instead I went to a Christmas tree lighting ceremony with my boyfriend and his family. I feel like I've blogged about this before, but I haven't had this blog for a whole year yet. Hmm. Ah well.

HUZZAH! (Days 404 & 405)

I got my dress form today! It arrived at JoAnn's a couple of days ago, but we finally picked it up today. I don't know if I'm allowed to use it yet though, since it's technically my Christmas present. Of course, my dress form needs a name, and she is female. I'm tempted to name her Rikku, for no real reason whatsoever, other than maybe the fact that Sheik-chan is working on a Rikku cosplay, so I keep seeing the name pop up every now and then. I haven't played Final Fantasy, but I do like the name. =]

In other news, I've been talking to my friend Kris about lolita, and about me possibly getting into lolita. I love the style, even if I haven't fully grasped it yet, it's just intimidating because of the elitists (and the price). She's really helped me out a lot and answered all of my little newbie questions. She really put me at ease about the whole thing and sort of simplified it somehow. She directed me to this site: LolitaFashion.org, which I've found before but didn't know how much to rely on. It lists a bunch of different types of lolita and explains the style. I'm still looking into which style(s) suit me, and which I'm more interested in, but currently I most like sweet, country, sailor, and wa lolita. I'll admit, I like the ones that look more costume-y, which probably comes from my love of cosplay, but I know that lolita is completely separate from cosplay, and I intend to do it right. If I do get really into lolita, I'll start a separate blog for it so that the two don't get confused.

Also, I came up with a two-month plan to gain weight. Yup, gain. I'm about 20lbs underweight, and quite frankly, I'm tired of being made fun of for it. I'm not going to lie, I like being skinny. So gaining weight is going to be hard, not just physically, but emotionally. I've been small for as long as I can remember, so this is a big change. An extra 20lbs will still have me on the thin side, but I'll be a healthy BMI. I'm working toward a BMI of 18.9, which is on the low side still. I'm tracking my weight in pounds as well, but this is more about the BMI.

What I don't understand is that even though a ton of people have made fun of my for being skinny, when I announced on facebook that I was going to gain weight, a lot of the same people asked "why?" and made me feel like they were putting me down for doing it. I know that the media praises being skinny, but when people make fun of me for being skinny, and then discourage me from losing weight, it makes me feel like they want me to stay this way so that they can continue to make fun of me.Anyway, anyone who makes fun of me after I gain weight, is nothing but a jealous fatty. =P

So my weight gain plan is based on what my diet is lacking, hydration, and exercise. I wont' get into it, because this isn't that kind of blog, but I'm fairly confident that this will work, despite having next to no experience in nutrition, and not having a doctor look over it. Doctor's always told me "eat more" which doesn't do anything except give me a stomach ache. Anyway, this weight-gain process is going to span over two months, the last day is January 30th, and it's just maintaining it from there. You can be sure that I'll blog about this again, especially since I'll probably be 20lbs heavier by AOD! Here's hoping!

As for real cosplay progress: there was none. I bought more fleece for an 8-hat order I've got. I'm supposed to have them all done by Saturday. AHAHA! Yeah, not going to happen at this rate. But we'll see. =]

Holiday Anime Faire (Days 401 - 403)

Note: Holiday Anime Faire was not 3 days, I just haven't updated in that long, and it wasn't good enough to get its own post.

So Holiday Anime Faire was on Saturday, December 4th. My boyfriend and I went as Pacman and Clyde. Response to our costumes was amazing, as always. We even had little girls, whom I didn't think even knew what Pacman was, telling us that they loved our costumes.

We entered the cosplay contest, in hopes of winning free Fanime tickets. We didn't, Fanime tickets weren't even offered as a prize. *sob* There were no "places" in the cosplay contest (1st place, 2nd place, etc.). Instead, there were just six winners, my boyfriend and I being one of them. Among us were Pedobear, The Gorillaz, and Sailor Moon.

Usually, after a con, I feel really inspired to work on my cosplay, but Holiday Anime Faire didn't make me feel that way. I have the mild urge to sew, nothing more. It's really disappointing.

Days 398 - 400

Woo! So nothin'! Got a couple more orders for hats, and made the patterns for a few. But I'm too freaking lazy to actually make any. *sigh*

So Holiday Anime Faire is this Saturday! I shall be there in my Clyde cosplay with my boyfriend as Pacman. I'm looking forward to seeing some of my cosplay buddies again and entering the cosplay contest with some real competition. =D
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