Cosplay Prep

A 7-post collection


I've got to finish stressing the "photo" today. It's the last day that I have another adult around.

I've already written down some thoughts in case one of the many planes I'm catching ends up on TV for all the wrong reasons. And I made myself cry. Yay.

I have all most of the stuff I need for the con in one place. I will start packing my backpack and organising my suitcase today.

The Dress of my Dreams is still in Brisbane, but it's been forwarded for delivery. Which means it's in a loading bay or sleeping delivery truck, just waiting for people to come to work and start shifting things around.

Still no hint of anyone in the SPG fanmily willing to carpool with a nutty Australian. I'm thinking about preparing a cardboard standee with some leftover stuff from the "photo" making. "Lone Aussie seeks Careful Driver (seatbelts a bonus)"

I can economise by hoofing it from the airport to the hotel (and vice versa) in my clown pants and crocs, towing my suitcase behind me. If I'm just wearing my backpack, then some incompetent specimen has lost my luggage and I am understandably pissed off(and in a minor pickle). I can economise further by breakfasting on Vegemite Soup in my hotel room and seeing if I can make one meal at the park last all day (US believes in large serving sizes, right?) if it comes to that.

I have plans and backup plans. I shouldn't need half of them.

And if I wait until Tuesday, then I can plausibly buy the Minties, Jaffas, and perhaps Polly Waffles I'm planning to use as bribes for rides. As long as they're packaged, customs is fine with that.

I still have to pack up a day's worth of my supplements for my carry-on. If I declare them, I should be fine. I'm going to have "fun" this trip, as my daily amount of supplements is an impressive count of pills. One day's dose looks like Intent to Distribute.

All I have to do is remember to not be sarcastic with the TSA and I'll be fine.

It's the getting a lift part that has me fretting. Considering how I am on long trips, or long trips while tired, I'm really better off not behind the wheel in the States. So far, all my pleas have been answered by silence. Not very encouraging. At all.

The best news EVAR!

I was all ready to go and collect the Plan B skirt from MeMum's, after I collected the kids. And just as the alert goes off for me to take off and fetch my little darlings... I get an email from Hello Cosplay that contained this beautiful information:

["We have sent out your cosplay via DHL Express"]

Of course, I still have to be prepared for it all getting lost in the mail. There is many a slip between Shanghai and Burpengary

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PLNs and high finance

I got my travel insurance settled, yesterday. As well as all the mad dash to get a substitute skirt done with minutes to spare. So to speak.

The price for the finished emergency outfit is literally one tenth the price of the dream dress. Which, I might add, Hello Cosplay is now not sending out until... either today or tomorrow.

I've enquired about them sending it to me by overnight express [since regular post delivers inside 3 weeks] but I haven't heard

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Getting there S-L-O-W-L-Y

There is fun times to be happening today. But first, the costume checklist:

  • [ ] Dress
  • [X] Striped Hose
  • [X] Corset
  • [X] Shoes
  • [ ] Petticoats
  • [ ] Gloves
  • [X] Hat
  • [X] Wig
  • [ ] Makeups
  • [X] Makeup accessories
  • [X] Bloomers
  • [X] Functioning Heart
  • [X] Rose-enhanced Mask

Yes, dear readers, I finally figured out how to do Bitzer's Rosy Cheek(tm) and Beloved and I conquered the Arduino programming for the sparking lights in the heart.

Check out this test video:

We've finessed the code since this test run, but

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Ow! I must be anxious.

True story: I internalise my anxieties for the most part, and when I do, it comes out as me hurting myself.

I went down the aisle towards my Beloved with a giant fucking elastoplast on the bottom of my foot because I stood on a double-adapter [prong side up of course] mere days before the big event.

I have a knack for being distracted enough to walk right into random cars' tow balls.

And today?

I just burned myself for the second

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This photo set actually covers months of dithering. I got the crackle coat on very quickly. I needed two coats of base paint because the...

This photo set actually covers months of dithering.

I got the crackle coat on very quickly. I needed two coats of base paint because the first coat dried too grey for my liking.

Then the mask sat in my craft room for months while I pondered my next step.

It was only after I found a couple more spare masks at the dollar shop that I felt confident enough to actually cut.

You need GOOD scissors if you’re going to

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Flashy things! This is a nifty little disco lamp [not so little, actually, it’s about the size of a cat] available at the dollar shops...

Flashy things!

This is a nifty little disco lamp [not so little, actually, it’s about the size of a cat] available at the dollar shops for less than $30.

It took me a while to find a screwdriver long enough to take it apart, and then even longer to find the tiny little screws at the handle.

After weeks of procrastination, I was able to get the dimmer switch off. Tweezers got under the switch cover and the pliers got

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