Monday, May 14, 2012

Guess who's back?

Ladies and gentlemen!

..I'm back.

Yeah, I know. You're probably looking at me with a brow arched and that "what the hell happened to you?" face...and I could go on about nameless adventures and chaotic sidestories and a rather interesting affair with a giraffe...but instead...I'll just smile and wink and shoot ya my quote/unquote "mutated peace sign rock-on sign baby" and get a song stuck in your head.

Anyways. I'm back, and I should be here to stay. With any luck my lit-major buddy will send me on enough casual guilt-trips to make me keep up with this thing, and even if he doesn't I'll end up back here somehow or another.

For those of you who've actually stuck around--..oh hey. I've actually still got a couple followers. Excuse me as I poke you profusely to make sure you aren't a corpse.


... -withdraws hand slowly-

Back to you poor souls that are still around...I guess I'm sorry for my absence..but to be honest, it was for a pretty good reason. xD; Last y'all heard from me I was moving to Missouri...well..since then I've moved back. Yeah, yeah, little weird. But it is what it is. I'm now living in my hometown--for me to know and you not to, sorry loves--in lovely rental home with my army of fish and my dutch shepherd/lab mix Lal.
Lots of drama has happened both in real life and in the cosplay world since this whole shebang, but I'm leaving it where it belongs--in the past. All that matters is I'm back, and I'm happy.

I have a sewing room all my own now, and the only thing hindering my work is the shedding monstrosity that likes to steal my pins. Yeah, weird dog is weird.
I'm not currently in school and I am not too sure I'll go back, for now I'm spending my days working out at my barn and getting my jumper back in shape. Will also be training my three year old soon, so look forward to "oh my god I'm dying he's too tall I need a bigger ladder" complaints in the near future.

Lazy Halloween
Some of you may remember my promise to show y'all photos from our Ouran shoot way back when? Unfortunately, I can't show you those due to a contract we signed as models for it. They're copyrighted under his name and while we've all posted them on our facebooks, any more than that is stealing his work and, believe me, I don't wanna do that. I will eventually post a link to his work, but for now how about some older pictures I never posted here? ;]

This was a great day to be in a graveyard too. Dim sun, crazy clouds...very nice. And the temperature was AWESOME. Plus WIND.

The "Bustle" shot, as Kaasan so cheerfully calls it.

Anyone who's seen my photos has seen this one; its a favorite.
All of the above--with the exception of the Halloween shot--are casual Undertaker. They were taken because I needed to get used to wearing that wig, as well as get used to the coat and its butt-long sleeves. I was also testing a pair of pants to see if I could get away with using them temporarily...and decided I could despite them being navy rather than the deep gray or black I was planning on getting.

The following are con-photos. ;P Some are walkin-clothes--appropriately named when my heels for the weekend were ruined and replaced with riding boots--and the rest are Undertaker. I must apologize for my eyecolor, as I was unable to afford the contacts I needed. On the plus side I need them for another costume, so if I suddenly get rich I'll be purchasing them soon..ish. xD;

Kaasan and I; she was in her Christine Dae dress...which was a butt to get through doorways...but so worth it.
Me'n Kaasan again! She was about to laugh the entire time. I couldn't hardly keep a straight face either...I blame those nails. They are too easy to have too much fun with.
DEM NAILS. I got them caught on things. A lot. Interestingly enough, though, they were never caught on the sleeves. Just...walls. And food. And soda bottles. My god it was hard to get into a soda bottle..
This wig is being replaced at some point, by the way. When I can afford it I want a much longer one because I have a thing for getting my head wrenched backwards when it gets caught in elevators and car doors.
I spent the majority of Ikkicon 12 in this get-up with various different pairs of pants and shirts beneath the corset. The jacket is my pride and joy, and all those stars? Yeah. They glow in the dark. Yeah. The top hat has since been semi-destroyed by mishandling and a dog...but I may fix it yet...we shall see..
Well, there ya have it. Enough pictures to hopefully keep you folk satiated enough to not want to see me for a while.
This year I will not be going to A-kon, nor will any of my group unfortunately, so this is probably the newest pictures you'll get to see for quite a while. The next con we have semi-plans for is AnimeFest, but we'll see if that happens or not. Ikkicon will be the only certainty this guess that one's next year. Ah well. You get my meaning.

You can, however, look forward to more construction pictures and what-I'm-up-to work. I'm beginning to make saddlepads and the like for my barn, as well as saddlecovers, and I've taken up knitting as well. I currently have two finished scarves that will be up for sale on when I get my butt in gear, and am working on two more right now. One of which is on hiatus until the company actually dyes their yarn correctly. -sigh-
Most of that is to fund the infamous Tom Baker scarf, from the old series Doctor Who.

For those of you who have no idea what I"m talking about, that's this guy:

Because antics in front of Daleks are Safe!
Who is my mom's favorite Doctor as well as the one famous for his crazy-long scarf. The shortest one was 9ft, and the longest a whopping 26. The one I'm doing is the 2nd-3rd longest and will take over a dozen skeins of yarn--multiple colors--and almost $120 to make.

Aside from scarves and saddle pads and covers, oh my...I'll be posting my progress on a few other things as well. I'm currently in the very beginning stages of making Penelope Spectra from Danny Phantom--i.e. making a mock-up of her jacket to figure out dem bloomin' eye-takin'-outer shoulder pads--as well as continuing on my old Wrath. Wrath is a project I really can only work on when the mood takes me--one of the many reasons I am more hesitant to do groups these days is because whenever I put the effort in the group disbands before it gets anywhere--and even then its hard to stay actively interested in it, while Penelope is entirely fund-based. I have the materials needed for her clothing, but I have to save up to get all the materials for the wig and other accessories before I can hope to premier her. I luckily have a pretty simple plan for the damn hairpiece of doom, which I'm actually looking forward to. When I have the 50-ish bucks necessary to buy everything I'll get right to it. (For those who wonder, I have a wonderful family member who allows me to buy fabric and patterning.)

I also have a continuing plan for Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo from My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic. I'm pretty sure RD will be taking precedence as Kaasan is currently working on Twilight (I made her a hipster scarf!) and our crazy midget-fearing monkey is making headway on Pinkie Pie. For those who think there's no such thing as a human quite like Pinkie, I present to you our monkey:  she is tiny, hyperactive, bubbly, makes up songs and drags people she makes amazing cupcakes...and sings about them. And this was before she decided MLP was the bees knees.

 For your patience here's a preliminary sketch of my RD. ;P I'm going away from the whole 'athlete' thing and going more towards the toughie she is with a mixture of pilot, biker, and rider. I say rider because, for those of you who've never seen a jumper or eventer's gear, we're pretty tricked out. I plan on making a pair of chaps as well as a blue jacket that'll either lean towards Biker or towards Fighter Pilot, depending on patterns available.
RD will not go into production for a few months, as she won't be even possibly premiered before Ikki. And even then, it depends on whether or not I have a job capable of funding it. So..we shall see.

Thanks for sticking around, guys, and thanks for reading my MEGA post! I'd love to hear from you guys and love suggestions, so feel free to comment away.
Oh, and as a reward for those of you who stuck with me...

..I'll tell ya a "secret".

On the 26th of May I'll be going to Dallas.
I'll be getting a hair cut and our amazingly professional make-up artist the Lady M will be messing with my face.
The next day she, Kaasan and I--schedules permitting--will be going out on the town as three characters from Doctor Who.
I won't tell you who as, but I'll start dropping hints as we go along.

And your first hint?!:

The magnificent Kaasan will be wearing could she be..?