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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 worn over 80 costumes and I've attended over 75 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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October 18th, 2018
It's been a busy week for me. My friend Amanda finished editing the shoot photos of my Snow Miku costume from Fan Expo and sent them to me. I resized them and added them to the Twinkle Snow Miku costume page, which you can find here. Overall, I'm really happy with how they turned out. She really transformed some pretty simple con backdrops into pretty settings. The spinning photo that shows the costumeís flow is my favourite. :3

Last night I had the exciting opportunity to participate in a live webcast discussion about Silent Hill for the MixerBlueShow on the Mixer platform. I was asked to be part of the show to discuss my costume work and I even got into the spirit of it by re-wearing my Lisa Garland costume for the interview. I was originally approached because of my Lisa costume and it was a really neat experience. I was super nervous about it, but I got over my nerves just before show time and I think it went pretty well. I rambled quite a bit so I'm not sure if I gave the best answers, but it was a super neat experience. I know photos of my Lisa (Silent Hill), Sam (Trick 'r Treat), Maria (Silent Hill 2) and Heather (Silent Hill 3) costumes were included and it was cool to remember some of my older costumes. It's been quite a while since I made a survival horror game costume and I really do miss it! I'm excited for Resident Evil 2's remake. Maybe that'll give me inspiration to make something new! Thanks to the team at MixerBlueShow for including me in the episode! Everyone was super friendly.

In costume news, Pan and I have organized a small Costume Quest photoshoot for this Sunday with my friends Jen and Rin and Amanda will be the photographer. The costumes are basically silly Halloween costumes made by kids. Iíll be the Candy Corn and my costume was made by my friend Pan. Weíre aiming for an evening shoot so Iím kind of excited to see how thatíll go. Too bad itís going to be fairly cold that day! Hopefully we wonít freeze!

I wish I could say that I'm heading into a period of calm, but Halloween will be here before we know it and right after Halloween (November 1st) I'll be heading out on a business trip. It's going to be pretty exciting and I'm really nervous about it, but I'm really looking forward to seeing how it goes (and talking about it once I'm there). In the meantime, I need to get things sorted out for Halloween and hopefully not get too overwhelmed with decorating. XD

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October 11th, 2018
Just a quick update. The Nerd Market event at U of T nearly two weeks ago turned out to be a pretty fun time. Things ran pretty smoothly and setting things up and even getting to and from U of T wasn't horrible thanks to a lift there from my father and a lift back from my friend Stillvisions. It was a bit slow crowd wise. I had heard that the first Nerd Market back in March was super busy throughout pretty much the whole thing and was wall-to-wall people at times. Honestly, it was fairly empty throughout the whole thing this time. There was a fairly constant trickle of people and it was nice to be able to breathe a bit and chat with attendees, but it definitely was not as popular as the original event from earlier this year. I still sold alright. I made over $300 and did move a few trading items and gashapons. It was nice that several of my Pokemon Re-Ment Terrariums and some Sailor Moon capsule items were able to find new homes. My basement is happy. XD I've heard that the event will probably be running twice a year so another one will happen in the spring. I would probably skip the next one since it runs pretty close to when you can register for the Nominoichi at AN and I don't think the crowds will return with gusto again. I would consider returning for a fall event if I have enough things leftover from AN and accumulating to sell. It's a decent in-between event, but not really a good replacement for the crowds and experience of Anime North's Nominoichi (although, it was nice that it wasn't extremely hot like the inferno of the Nomi). My friend Adrien has an idea about how I can better display some of my small bagged items using a carrousel display that Iím commissioning him to build for me. Iím excited to see how that turns out and how it frees up some space on my future Nomi table and makes it better organized.

Cosplay wise, I'm still in a holding pattern. I have a lot on my plate right now and I have not had time to go fabric shopping. Iím kind of disappointed to go this long without picking up material, but once we hit November things will loosen up for me. I should be doing a Costume Quest shoot featuring the super cute Candy Corn costume that my friend Pan made for me for Christmas a couple of years ago later on this month. At least I have that to look forward to and of course, something else coming up in a few weeks as well as a potential exciting opportunity for next week. :3

September 27th, 2018
I actually had an update paragraph almost totally written up back in mid-September, but I never got a chance to finish it and update this site. September has turned out to be a pretty hectic month for me. I thought things would calm down considerably right after Fan Expo, but it's been like a cascade of new opportunities and an unexpected turn of events.

The first big news event came just a few days after Fan Expo. I learned from my older brother that he and his wife are expecting and I only just learned that they're expecting a boy. I'm going to have a little nephew in a little over 6 months! Such big life changing news! I'm going to be an aunt and it's pretty exciting. (^^)

Also, a very interesting opportunity has come up that'll be happening in November. I can't say much about it right now, but participating in prep-work for the event has been really fun and also very surreal. I can't wait to talk about my experience after the fact when I can share details.

This unexpected turn of events has actually impacted my drive to Cosplay. I had hoped to get working on some costume stuff, but I've been a bit overwhelmed with everything going on. I also have yet to get the chance to go to the fabric district to look for fabric for my Hitomi (Escaflowne) costume. I'm a bit disappointed about that since the summer weather is now behind us. I'll have to brave colder temperatures when I get a chance to go to the fabric district. I do hope that I can make a trip downtown before Halloween. One of the hopefully better stocked Spirit Halloween stores is down in the Queen and Spadina area and I really want to check it out.

Over the last few weeks I've been exploring as many Halloween specific stores and stores that carry Halloween items as I can. So far I've been to Spirit Halloween, Michaels, Dollarama, Halloween City, Walmart and the Disney Store. It's so fun to see what stores carry. I'll be travelling immediately after Halloween, unfortunately, so I won't be able to create as elaborate of a display as I usually like to for Halloween this year. Hopefully I can still put together something fun for the trick-or-treaters. I say I won't be able to be that elaborate, but my love for Halloween decorating cannot be restrained so Iím sure itíll still be pretty intense. XD

I had hoped to do a Dilandau (Escaflowne) shoot this month or in early October, but I wanted to shoot with my friend Pan and sadly she doesn't have time to touch up her Merle costume. Itís getting kind of cold for her so I guess we'll hold off on that until the spring. Hopefully we might be able to do a Costume Quest shoot at least with the Candy Corn costume that Pan made for me last year. She has the Statue of Liberty costume from the game and my friend Jen made the Spaceman costume. We know a few people that wanted to do a shoot of that game so maybe this October we can actually make that work. I did hear that the annual Halloween event hosted by Anime North at the JCCC will not be happening this year so sadly thatís one less Cosplay event for the fall season.

Another thing that has been keeping me quite busy over the last couple of weeks has been preparing for the Nerd Market down at U of T. It's almost time for the event as it's happening this Saturday. It hasn't been quite as crazy as preparing for the Nominoichi as I at least don't have to worry about creating reservation lists and posting photos and item descriptions in advance online, but getting everything packed up and figuring out the logistics has still been quite time consuming. I didn't make it out to the first Nerd Market so I'm excited to see how the event goes and hopefully the things that I'm bringing will sell well. Would be nice to make a dent in the small items that I have so for next Nominoichi I can focus a little more on selling scale figures.

I have still been trying to squeeze in some me time some evenings. I bought the new PS4 Spider-Man game (I actually pre-ordered it from Amazon last year in the summer) and I've been really enjoying slowly playing it. I'm about halfway done now and it's a great game. Spider-Man has always been one of my fave Marvel heroes and I love that the game plays a lot like the Batman Arkham games. I so miss that franchise so this really scratches that itch.

Finally, I'm still waiting on my Snow Miku shoot photos from Elemental from Fan Expo. She posted a couple of preview pics that look super pretty so I'm excited to see the rest of the shoot pics. When I get the full shoot pics back I'll be sure to share them here. (^_^)

September 2nd, 2018
Fan Expo is still currently underway, but my time at the convention was over by Friday night. As I previously wrote here, I decided to only go for two days since this year my volunteer position as part of the stage crew of the masq was cut when the masquerade was scrapped. I do like a few aspects of Fan Expo so I thought it would still be worthwhile to buy day passes for the event. My friend Pan and I went on Thursday and Friday. Thursday was actually a pretty good day to go. It wasn't too difficult for Pan to drive down to the con in the mid-afternoon and it was nice to be able to get ready slowly since the con didn't get underway until 4PM. Getting our pre-reg tickets and going through bag check was pretty painless. Less than 5 minutes of waiting for both. I only ever went through bag check once a day, but it was all a very smooth process.

The con for the year was fun. Nothing too spectacular stood out for me besides some of the booths. The Dragon Ball North American Tour Booth was fantastic. It had plenty of spots to get neat character photos including a power up station, a food table set up to look like a meal fit for Saiyans and a Nimbus cloud. It was such a cool area to explore. The giant Shenron was pretty epic and the booth had some neat figure displays. I wore my Dragon Ball Super Bulma costume again and my friend Pan was kind enough to take some photos of me with my phone at all the photo spots. I even got some photos with the Vegeta statue (probably the closest I'll ever get to having a Vegeta to Cosplay with). XD My only regrets are not getting a photo angled up with Shenron and forgetting to heavily touch-up my lip gloss so it was pretty faint when we checked out the booth. I still got some really fun pics and it was definitely a con highlight for me. I posted a photo on Instagram so I was able to snag the giveaway lanyard which looked quite detailed.

Exploring the Artist Alley on Thursday was great! I honestly see the value of coming on Thursday just for that. I could almost see all the tables with ease and it made getting through it a much more enjoyable process. I got a Delores print that I had my eye on from seeing the artist post a pic of it on Instagram. I also found a great artist who made several original prints inspired by nature motifs and concepts of time. I bought her prints of fire and water and I definitely want to look for her work at future conventions. Other fun purchases included a pin that says "Dead in Con Years" with a cute skeleton which felt like my motto for the con. I purchased a really neat Halloween ghost statue bubble light from Tinsel Magic Imports, which should be a cool addition to my Halloween decor and I got the softest blue whale plush from The Littlest Gift Boutique when I was at the con on Friday. Another favourite purchase for me was a cute little bubble tea water globe toy. It looks like a mini bubble tea complete with boba and even little ice cubes! Everything floats within coloured water. I love getting bubble tea with a friend who wasn't at the con so I bought one for myself and one to give her as a gift. It makes me want bubble tea every time I look at it. XD

Most of my con was really just exploring the booths and shopping. It takes a while to get through everything. I actually wanted to get one of the con exclusive Funko Pops! (the Snowy Bigfoot) but I wasn't about to battle the long lines for the off chance I could get a general admittance slot to line up for the figure. I saw a couple of friends that battled the general admittance line and they were in it for over an hour. I'm glad I'm not a hardcore Pop fan because it was pretty disappointing to not be able to get the one figure that I was interested in.

I did run into a number of my friends briefly which was nice. I even found my friend Amber on Friday, which was a great surprise. I wore my purchased Twinkle Snow Miku costume on Friday. I purchased it from a Taobao reseller. It's pretty amazing quality to be honest. I paid $100 for the costume (minus the wig and shoes) and it has tons of details to it. It was a lot of costume for the price and I do quite like the patterning on the ribbons and the over dress. I had to make quite a few alterations to the outfit in spots to make it suit my frame and I do wish it was a little more fitted, but I can't complain too much for the price that I paid. It was definitely a costume that would have taken a ton of time to make and I still don't know how I could have managed to paint the star and music note designs so that alone was worth the cost. I did a photoshoot with my friend Amanda on Friday afternoon so I'm pretty excited to see how those turned out.

I had a fun celebrity encounter in my Miku costume. I had taken half of the costume off after my shoot because it was nearly time for the con to close. I was waiting for Pan to finish meeting a guest and I was walking by the autograph area with my friend Kira. A nice gentleman came up and asked me for a pic. He seemed to be trailed by a security guard but I wasn't sure what was up with that. I thanked him and turned to get my bag back. Afterward an enthusiastic fan asked me if I knew who that was and I had no idea. It turned out that it had been Austin Amelio (the actor who played Dwight in The Walking Dead). I actually stopped watching The Walking Dead after season 2 so I didn't know who he was, but it certainly was a neat experience and will now be a fun con memory. (^^)

I attempted to help Pan out throughout Friday with her efforts to meet guests from and go to a Voltron related panel. First she was late getting to a Voltron voice actor's panel so it was sadly at capacity. Then she wanted to meet the voice actor for Pidge, but they were going on break. She did meet the voice actress for Allura and just before the con ended Pan was able to meet the actor for Pidge after all. I'm glad that it worked out for her. (^_^)b

I do have to say that I wish the food was better at Fan Expo. Over at Anime North the food scene has become quite varied and accessible. With bag check you kind of wanted to stay within the con area for Fan Expo, but the food options in the buildings were so limited and overpriced. I had the most disappointing pretzel ever on Thursday night. It was literally cold despite being sold from a warmer. At least the lemonade was pretty good. Even the poutine my friend Pan picked up for me on Friday turned out to be disappointing. It had no cheese. ~_~ With such limited options I only ate those things and waited until I got home for a quick bite before bed. I do hope the food options are better next year.

It felt a bit weird not going back to the con after Friday night, but I will say doing both Thursday and Friday back-to-back especially with how late things ran on Thursday, meant that I was quite tired on Friday. Only going two days caused me to rush around quite a bit so I was exhausted by Friday night and the traffic leaving the con on Friday was quite intense. I'm glad that I could recover on Saturday. I didn't look out for celebrities or go to any panels. I did want to see the Back to the Future guests, but I didn't feel like paying an additional $20 for a 1-hour panel. I do wish I could have seen Tom Wilson and Christopher Lloyd's panel today, but c'est la vie. Overall, it was a pretty low key year for me. My costumes went over alright. A lot of people did recognize Bulma and talked about me or gave me a compliment, which was neat. Miku was quite an eye-catching costume and I can't really top the compliment of a guest wanting a pic of me. I did miss wearing a costume that I made myself, though, so I think buying that Miku costume scratched whatever itch I had to see what Chinese made, mass-produced costumes are like. I prefer making my own things so I can make sure the fit is a little more precise. It was still really neat to wear such a flowy costume.

I'm already thinking ahead to next year. I actually have something to look forward to as I was lucky enough to score two free deluxe passes to next year's convention thanks to the promo code contest in the app. I was able to grab the last pair before they sold out on Tuesday. After the cancellation of the volunteer position I had, not to mention, September being a tough time for my family, I'm pretty excited to be able to go to the con for potentially the whole weekend next time. I could definitely see myself going for 3 days next year so I can space things out a little better and maybe have one casual day. The possibility is really getting me excited for it. The con is also apparently switching weekends next year and will be the second last weekend of August instead of Labour Day. Itís kind of a bummer to lose that holiday Monday, though. It was a good way to relax before getting back to reality, but the switch might help improve guest content so we'll see. I did have a nice enough time this year so we'll see what next year has in store!

I did add a costume page for my new Snow Miku costume. You can find it here. The photos were all taken by my friend Pan. I'll update the page again in a few weeks when I get pics back from Amanda. I've also added a ton of pics to my Dragon Ball Super Bulma costume page which you can find here. It's all my photos fooling around the Dragon Ball tour booth. I hope next year some other series I like has a cool booth like that. (^^)

I'm still gearing up for the Nerd Market which is now less than a month away. I have to see what I have to sell and how I'm going to transport things to the venue and set things up. I hope I sell a lot of the clothing items and gashapons. XD I also hope that I can take a trip to the fabric district this month so I can get back to work on Hitomi and maybe more projects for 2019. I'm also crossing my fingers that I can work in a shoot with Amanda of my Dilandau costume now that it's been ready to go for about a year and the weather might cool down. It would be awesome to finally get some photos of that. I have a feeling September is going to fly by so we'll see how much I accomplish this month.

August 26th, 2018
It's taken me a while to finalize my plans for Fan Expo Canada next weekend. I'm going to be attending the convention with my friend Pan and we kept going back and forth about the days we wanted to go. We decided pretty quickly that we wanted to go more than one day, but we didn't feel like paying for and going for the full weekend. It's only really worth it to get a deluxe pass if you plan to go on Saturday and I definitely want to avoid the con on that day. In the end the choice was between going Thursday and Friday or Friday and Sunday and we've decided to go on Thursday and Friday. Going on Thursday means we'll get a chance to shop and browse some of the booths when they're hopefully not too crowded. Then on Friday we can Cosplay and work in photoshoots. The only guests I would maybe want to see are the Back to the Future guests for their Friday panel, but I don't really feel like spending $20 to have a seat at the back of a panel room. I'll just YouTube the discussion later. Someone with a decent seat is bound to film the panel.

My Cosplay plans are pretty much set. I've decided to re-wear my Battle of the Gods DBZ Bulma costume and seek out the touring Dragon Ball North American Tour booth on Thursday and get some fun DBZ backdrop photos of my costume. My friend Pan might fix up and re-wear her Videl costume to match with me so I might not have to Cosplay on my own. My plan for Friday is to wear my new Twinkle Snow Miku costume. This was a costume that I purchased from a seller on Aliexpress so it wasn't made by me. It was mass produced from China. The 2017 Snow Miku design is one of my favourite Miku outfits and my favourite Snow Miku design. I purchased the Figma last year and I've been entranced by the design ever since. It has a constellation print with a gradient on the dress and ribbons that were a big challenge to replicate so earlier this year I thought it would be fun to purchase the costume. I bought it during a period when I was facing a number of setbacks in my life so I did it to cheer myself up. Hopefully actually wearing the costume will be a boost. It has quite a number of details to it and is certain to take me a while to put on, but it should be fun. I'm going to book a shoot with my friend Amanda so after a few weeks I should have some nice pics of the costume. I had to do a bit of work to alter some parts of it and my friend Pan helped me trim the bob part of the wig so I'm pretty excited to see the costume when everything comes together.

That'll be it for Fan Expo for me this year. Two days is enough time to pretty much take in the whole con if you're not picky about particular panels or meeting certain guests. I'm just happy to take in the con atmosphere and I'm excited to see the Artist Alley. Hopefully it'll be a fun time. It will feel a bit weird to be done on Friday night when the con isn't really in full swing until Saturday, but Fan Expo gets pretty intensely busy on the weekend so going Thursday and Friday should maximize my con experience. I'll post here after the convention with my con memories. I should be able to get a page posted for the Twinkle Miku costume within a few days of the con happening.

Looking ahead to September, I have a table at the upcoming Nerd Market over at U of T on September 29th. I know a couple of people that participated in the first Nerd Market back in March that was hosted by the U of T board gaming club and they had a good experience. I'm looking forward to checking it out and seeing if I can sell some of the clothing and small capsule toys that I have leftover from Anime North's Nominoichi. My prices are going to be pretty cheap since I would like to clear out some stuff from my basement and closet. I'm hoping it's a successful day. After that we're into the Halloween season so the fall is going to be quite busy for me. I also would like to take a trip to the fabric district so I can get fabric for my Hitomi costume finally. I got stuck on the blouse because I don't have material for the skirt, cuffs and sailor collar. I also have ideas for another costume to work on over the holidays for cons in 2019. It's something I've debated about making for a few years so if I actually find fabric and can figure out the patterning, it should be a big, but very satisfying project to undertake. I definitely don't think I'm going to be too idle over the next several months once this convention season comes to an end next week. (^^)

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