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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. In 2018, I was lucky enough to work with Henchmen Studios on behalf of Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm and I was the official Cosplay model for Orphea when she was announced at BlizzCon 2018. 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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November 2nd, 2022
Halloween is now behind us and it's been a somewhat eventful last few days. I hope everyone had a nice holiday! I just decorated my house, handed out candy and watched some horror and Halloween-themed movies. I took the day off work so I could have a relaxing afternoon and evening (as relaxing as running around putting up decorations can be). Not the best weather for Halloween this year here in Toronto and it was a Monday, but we still had a great turnout of trick-or-treat and that's always fun to see. I would say over 100 and maybe over 150 kids and teens stopped by. I wish I had bought more candy.

Last Friday was the free Anime North Halloween event at the JCCC. The Halloween event was a bit of a surprise announcement early in the month and an even bigger surprise was announcing they would have a Nominoichi (garage sale) section this year. They literally announced the Nomi event and started taking table requests on Wednesday the 19th. Thank goodness my friend Pan told me about it. It was first come, first served and it took me a couple of hours to apply, so I'm surprised I got a table, but super happy I did. The only annoying thing was that table acceptance emails only went out on the 22nd, so I had to rush preparing goods for my table over just a few days. Thankfully, I was able to make an inventory list and price things with a day to spare, but it was quite a busy week for me on top of doing my job.

My friend Stillvisions was kind enough to run the table with me and he also sold a few things. I wasn't sure what to expect. I usually sell pretty well at the Anime North Nominoichi, but this was a much smaller event. It was hectic to get setup and it was slow at first, but I did pretty well. I sold a few scale figures, some Pokemon trading figures, a couple Amiibos and some Pokemon cards among other items. The only letdown was that I didn't sell more Tokidoki figures. I have so many duplicates and I was hoping to sell quite a few figures from what I brought, but there didn't seem to be that many Tokidoki fans at the event. I hope I have more luck at a future Nomi.

The only downside of the night was a mother and daughter who stole a Sailor Chibi Moon Gashapon item from my table. I know exactly who did it and it was so sad and frustrating that it was a child. Otherwise, everything went smoothly and I had a great time. If AN runs the Halloween event again next year, I probably wouldn't mind getting a table again. I suppose it depends on if I sell elsewhere and I have a lot of stuff left. It didn't really feel like a venue for big ticket items, but prize and trading figures did sell pretty well. I didn't see much of the rest of the event, but I like that you can do some crafting or play some board games. It might be a small event, but there was quite a bit to do and it was really kind of Anime North to make it free.

I wore a Sam (Trick r Treat) themed dress that I got from Spirit Halloween. Since it's a small event, it didn't really feel like a place to make a big costume debut and with managing a table, I had to wear something simple. The outfit is adorable and was a fun way to celebrate the holiday. One year I need to get photos of that dress around some Halloween decorations.

That might be the last event of the year for me. I know Nerd Market is supposedly still to come, but I hear that pinning down a venue has been a challenge, so it sounds like it might be pushed back again or cancelled. The latest I've heard is maybe it'll be postponed until January. Such a shame, but that makes me happy I managed to get a table at the Halloween event after all. I did miss just casually hanging out at the Halloween event, but it was sure nice to finally clear out a few things that I had stored in my basement! It was my first chance to sell in person since the 2019 AN Nomi and the opportunity was much appreciated.

I guess I can start looking forward to events in 2023 and, of course, this holiday season. It'll be interesting to see what cons are like next year. I'm still figuring out my comfort level with big events, but it sure was nice to socialize with people at the Halloween event on Friday and see Cosplayers. Definitely great to see community events returning, so I'm excited to see what next year has in store.

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October 12th, 2022
Wow, we're already well into spooky season. I haven't updated here since August and that feels like it was just a couple of weeks ago. It was a fairly quiet end to summer. In terms of Cosplay, I've been taking a bit of a break. I was planning to arrange some photoshoots, but I just kind of lost my motivation to rush things. Hopefully next year I'll still be able to fit into Sakura Haruno, Dilandau and Super Sailor Chibi Moon, so I can get some costume photos of those three costumes and maybe actually wear the Dorothy (The Big O) costume I made this year.

My friend Stillvisions sent me the cellphone photos he took of my Homura costume during Pretty Heroes. I was able to export and edit them and I've added them to the costume gallery. Nothing too incredible because it's just phone photos, but I think we got some really nice shots with cool Japanese themed backdrops. You can see the photos here.

I do still have a couple of planned events to attend this year. Not entirely surprising, but fun to see that Anime North has brought back their Halloween event. I went to the last couple that they did, but of course, they haven't run one since the pandemic started. The tickets were free and I managed to get one before the event sold out. I haven't decided what I want to wear yet. I did just mention wanting to wear and get photos of a bunch of costumes. I would probably wear Sakura Haruno, but the wig needs to be trimmed and I have to ask a friend for help with that. I doubt I can get that done before the event. Dorothy is a strong contender, but I did buy a dress costume version of Sam from Trick 'r Treat at Spirit Halloween last year and I haven't worn it yet. It's pretty casual and might be fun to wear instead of putting on a big costume. I'm still debating it, but that'll be happening on the 28th. I think that is it for major Halloween plans for me. I feel a bit lame, but it feels like the big night will be here before I know it. I'll probably decorate my house and give out candy. It won't be as exciting as last year, but I always look forward to Halloween nonetheless.

Nerd Market 3 was supposed to happen at the beginning of October, but was pushed back until late October and then was moved to late November. If it actually happens, I do intend to go and sell some Anime goods, but at this point I'm not sure what's going on. Hopefully there won't be any more delays and the weather will be ok in November for the event.

I actually bought some fabric last month for my next costume. I bought materials to make a new Wendy costume from Peter Pan. My friend Ammie made me a Wendy costume several years ago and I only wore it once to the Holiday Fan Expo event that was held in 2019. I loved how it looked and I only did a quick shoot in the costume. Unfortunately, I outgrew the costume during the pandemic. :( That made me so sad that I decided to remake the costume. I bought fabric and notions already. I don't like the fabric I bought as much as the material Ammie used, but I'm hoping it'll work. I have some leftover blue fabric from my Alice costume that I think I might be able to use for the bows as well. I would make it for next year, but I have so many old costumes I want to prioritize re-wearing and I'm afraid if I make it soon, but don't wear it until 2024, it might not fit. I'll probably start this costume late next year or early in 2024, so I'll most likely take a sewing hiatus for the next year. Kind of feels nice to take a break after stressing about fixing up costumes over the last few months. Hopefully my old costumes will still fit and I won't need to let out seams. That's pretty much my greatest fear right now. Anyway, I'll try to enjoy the fall atmosphere and Halloween vibes over the next few weeks before winter takes hold. Hopefully the Halloween event at the JCCC will be a lot of fun.

August 18th, 2022
It's now post-Pretty Heroes. I went to the convention last weekend just for the Sunday. I only stayed for a few hours. I mostly just wanted to see some friends and check out the vendors. I did wear my Madoka Magica school uniform that I made back in 2017, but this time I Cosplayed as Homura. I was originally going to shoot with Elemental Photography, but she ended up only going to con on Saturday so our paths didn't cross. Instead, my friend Stillvisions took a few photos of me on his camera and with his cellphone. Pan also took a few photos of me on my phone. I was able to put together the costume page for Homura thanks to Pan's photos and you can find the new costume page here. The costume took a lot of work to actually make it wearable again. I had re-sew various parts of the blouse to tighten up loose threads and remove the red bias tape and then sew it back on after I had washed the shirt. The blouse is actually quite tight at the shoulders and in the elbows, so I think my days of being able to wear this costume might be numbered, but I am hopeful that I can wear it again at least one more time in the next couple of years.

I also owe my friend Mackenzie a huge thank you for helping out when I was shooting with Kevin. She held a light reflector and was kind enough to blind me when I was being photographed. XD Hopefully some of the photos turn out nicely in case I can't ever wear Homura again.

The con overall was pretty fun. It's a small event with a cool focus. I do love series like Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura so I enjoyed the ambience. I did pick up some fun things in the vendor hall. I got a Universal Studios Japan Sailor Moon Silver Crystal light up charm that looks stunning. I also purchased an Escaflowne animation cel at the same table. It's of Dilandau, which was crazy to see given how old the series is. Dilandau is still one of my all-time fave characters so that certainly was a cool find. Pan bought me some Halloween themed fanart stickers and I got a nice paper art Alice in Wonderland piece, so I got some really neat things. Not a huge haul, but quality over quantity.

That pretty much covers the con. Mackenzie, Stillvisions and I stopped afterwards at a bubble tea shop for a celebratory drink. It felt well-earned after a day of Cosplay. It's a real chore to get into costume. It took me about 2 and a half hours to get ready. I do miss when getting into costume was just a matter of throwing on a wig and your outfit. Elaborate makeup and contacts have really slowed things down. Hopefully some of the con photos turned out.

My next plans are kind of up in the air. I'm probably getting a table at Nerd Market, which should be about a month and a half away if the current date of October 1st stays in place. I know Fan Expo is next week, but I don't know anyone who wants to go with me, so I'll probably skip it. That probably covers the local cons for the year. Elemental Photography did suggest she could do a shoot with me locally to make up for cancelling my Pretty Heroes shoot and I might take her up on that. I still have Super Sailor Chibi Moon, Sakura Haruno and Dilandau that I would like to shoot this year. Maybe I can do a shoot day with her and at least take care of small shoots for Sakura and Chibiusa. Dilandau will have to wait for cooler weather. Hopefully things don't cool down too quickly! I've been enjoying the sunshine and I will miss it when the weather patterns change and it gets cold next month. I definitely will try not to waste the next few weeks!

August 12th, 2022
Quick update! I should be going to Pretty Heroes on Sunday. I think I've settled on re-wearing my school uniform from the Madoka Magica series except this time I'll be portraying Homura. I had to fix up quite a bit of the costume in order to wash it. Hopefully I can get another couple of wears out of it, but it's getting quite tight around the shoulders and in the arms. I will potentially be shooting with Elemental Photography so I'm looking forward to that. Pretty Heroes has some really fun artist vendors so I'm really excited to check out the sights of the con. Hopefully it'll be a fun day!

August 5th, 2022
Here we are now in August. This summer has been rushing by. As much as I love Halloween, I'm not looking forward to the colder weather that's sure to start hitting us in a few more weeks. These bright and sunny days have been really rejuvenating (even if we could use some more rainy days now and again). August is a pretty busy month for local events and cons. Things sure have surged back now that people are just shrugging and moving on regarding the ongoing pandemic. I'm still conflicted about that. Fan Expo is at the end of the month and Pretty Heroes is next week. I sort of wish I could go to Fan Expo for just the Thursday or Friday. I know it's bound to be super crowded, so it's better not to go, but I really do miss the vibe of that con and all the fun artists and crafters in the Artist Alley section. I'm 99% sure I'm not going to go because I would have to be lame and go solo, but I do miss it! Pretty Heroes, on the other hand, I am hoping to attend for a day. I haven't solidified plans or exactly what I might Cosplay, but I will try to go. If I do go, I'm considering wearing my Madoka school uniform as Homura or maybe my Sakura Kinomoto battle costume that I last wore to YetiCon. Once I figure it out, I'll probably post about it here.

My friend Stillvisions did send me the cellphone photos he took of me at YetiCon in June. He took some shots of all 3 of my costumes. I really appreciate that since I didn't book shoots with anyone and otherwise I would have nothing to show for the con. We got some fun photos of my Splatoon costume by the various resort pools and some super cute photos of my Sakura costume, so I was finally able to post my costume page for that costume and you can find it here. He also got a couple of nice pics of my Alice costume.

It's nice to be able to post one new costume page. I still need to get photos as Homura in the school uniform from Madoka and photos of my Dilandau, Super Sailor Chibi Moon and Dorothy costumes. I'm also still crossing my fingers that I can squeeze in a shoot of my Sakura Haruno costume this year. Dilandau, Sakura Haruno and Super Sailor Chibi Moon are top priorities, so I'll try to get photos of those costumes this year. Even cellphone photos would be great just so I have some photo evidence of them. I'll see what I can arrange before we hit late fall.

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