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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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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!

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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 itís 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.

July 18th, 2022
I'm back from Anime North and it was bit of a surreal con. I had hoped to get my badge on Thursday night, but plans for that fell through. Pan and I were going to go on Friday in the evening, assuming the line to pick up badges would have cleared up by dinnertime, and we turned out to be totally wrong on that. Just before we were going to leave, I stumbled across videos of the line, which literally spanned the entire parking lot beside the Congress Centre. I still ended up going with Pan and Stillvisions, but we basically just walked around outside and said hi to friends. Since it was so late, I didn't bother Cosplaying, although Pan was dressed as Kiki from Kiki's Delivery Service. Just a few minutes before the dealer's room closed, the lined cleared enough that I was able to get my badge, but I didn't get to actually see the con at all on Friday despite having a weekend badge and getting there before 8PM.

I came back on Sunday with Stillvisions. Given that the con was being crucified for long waits outside, virus cases are on the rise and the temperature for Sunday was really high, I decided not to Cosplay. Felt kind of weird because I've always Cosplayed at least one day of all the AN's that I've gone too and I've been attending the con since 2002. Being casual made it faster to get around (and gave my feet a break with non-costuming footwear). I did a whirlwind tour of the Congress Centre over the course of an hour just before noon. I was able to get some cute Lolita macaron necklaces from BB & B as well as a fall cat themed lanyard, which will be nice for work and a couple of interesting blind box figures from Mr Surprise Toys. I also grabbed an Anime North souvenir mug, although the AN merch table had been totally plundered and I got the second last one. I didn't get to see the Comic Market really, because it was too crowded. I did go to one panel. My friends Stillvisions was running the Caramelldansen panel so I went to support him. I never partook in that dance craze that swept Anime cons over a decade ago, but the panel gave a nice snapshot of con life back then and the craze itself. When the attendees got to dance to the song at the end of the panel, they really got into it and the room was quite packed. I was able to get some food from the Japanese food vendor at the Delta hotel (which is pretty much a con tradition) and delicious lemonade from the lemonade stand. I definitely missed the con vibe and seeing friends so it was nice to be back and to be able to run into a few friendly faces around the con.

I did skip going on Saturday due to the crowding. Apparently the con had the highest reg it's ever had, which is amazing given the con was sidelined for two years. I also skipped the Nominoichi so hopefully next year when the con returns to being in May, I can Cosplay at the convention again and go back to selling at the garage sale event. I definitely am feeling a bit freer with skipping Cosplaying. I may start to slowly back away from Cosplaying over the next few years. I'm not super young anymore and it takes a lot of effort to get into costumes with how demanding Cosplay is regarding perfection. I kind of like being chill and I can see why a lot of my friends have moved away from the hobby in the last few years. I definitely don't see myself quitting completely anytime soon, though!

Next up is maybe Pretty Heroes? Seems like a chill con to go to for a day. I have a ton of magical girl or kick-ass female costumes I can wear. I am also hoping to book a couple of non-con shoots with friends before October. I'll post here if I can make arrangements. I should be able to get some YetiCon photos from Stillvisions soon so I can share a couple of pics of my Sakura costume as well as some new pics of my Inkling Kid costume. I'll update here when I get my hands on them.

July 13th, 2022
I've been totally blindsided by Anime North this year. I know the con moved to July, but in my brain, I always thought it was the end of the month and I had tons of time to relax before it would come around and yet here we are and it's only a couple of days away. I'm feeling kind of meh about it. I'm not staying at a con hotel. I passed on doing the Nomi this year and I haven't made any new costume plans. I kind of wanted to play it by ear, but that was sort of when I thought Covid might be receding a bit and maybe the event would be somewhat safe. I mean, AN is taking tons of precautions, which is nice, but it has a huge number of attendees and we're now supposedly in another wave. Not to mention, it's going to be a pretty hot weekend, so it's not fun Cosplay conditions if you plan to be outside. AN is mostly wide open parking lots, so it's a recipe for boiling.

I have been contemplating my own plans for the con and I think I might go for a few hours on Friday. My badge rolled over from previous years so itís a bit of a non-choice. I had thought about attending the con for multiple days and settling on various costume plans. Right now, I'm feeling pretty uncertain about Cosplaying at all. I floated the idea of my new Sakura Battle costume that I still haven't posted photos of or re-wearing my Alice costume. I spent a few days over the last week fixing up my Madoka school uniform. I mentioned on Instagram the costume had developed some stains during storage and my attempts to spot clean it didn't clear the staining. I also got some red dye from the bias tape hem on some of the white lace from the hem. I spent a few days taking the red bias tape off the bottom of the blouse. I washed the blouse and also repaired the zipper seams that had come loose and re-sewed the black bias tape at the collar of the beige blouse, which had also come loose. I then sewed back on the red bias tape and cut out a new piece of lace to replace the part of the lace that was damaged by dye. I also opened up the sleeve seams because the sleeves were feeling pretty tight on my arms. My thought was to wear my school uniform again to AN and Cosplay as Homura, but then I realized with it being around the mid to high 20s all weekend, that's a little overkill. It was nice to be able to revitalize the costume. I was pretty sad to see the big age staining on it.

In the end, IDK. Pan suggested we just go to the con for a few hours on Friday. That way we can be outside for most of it and maybe run into Artists/Crafters for a few minutes to actually see part of the con. I'm not super stoked to be inside with thousands of people so trying to make a trip to AN just a short while on Friday doesn't feel too outlandish. She suggested we maybe bring our Wacky Wavy Arm Flailing Tube Man costumes, which could be fun. They require no makeup work and pack easily so I'm warming up to the idea. It feels sort of surreal to be getting ready for con, but not really having much to prepare. Normally I'm scrambling to pack for the hotel and sort out boxes and item lists for the Nomi. I kind of miss the excitement of it, but next AN is only 10 months away and it'll be here before we know it (hopefully under better circumstances). I still hope that whatever my AN plans turn into, it's a fun event and I see a few friends and some nice costumes. I really can't ask for more from an event this year and I look forward to the return to a more normal reality in 2023.

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