So I forgot to mention photos of Ridonculus went up on my site eons ago. (Except my host keeps on migrating my site and my site keeps on going down
so mentioning it would have been pointless anyway!) I look so thrilled to be a foppish prince in a twirly little cape. Don't my eyes shine with happiness? Look at the enthusiasm! (I love the piece of hair sticking up, though, it adds a certain stylish je-ne-sais-quoi...)
I also took a New year's cosplay resolution
I decided that, this year, before I start anything new (unless it's for a masquerade those are exempt), I need to finish all of my in-progress costumes that are more than halfway made because it's such a waste of time and materials... I'll just attempt to repurpose the fabric for the ones that are barely started. These costumes all fell by the wayside after groups fizzled out and I was the only one who got anything done...
If anyone has something that would match, do tell me!
(Especially if anyone knows a Sialeeds, or someone interested in making a Sialeeds costume, it would make my 2009. I might just post on cosplay.com to see if I can wrangle someone.)
- Phantasy Star IV, Rune Walsh (90% done)
- Suikoden V, Gizel Godwin (50% done)
- Tales of the Abyss, Jade Curtiss (80% done)
I also have a big masquerade costume, but it's barely 10% done so I'm not listing it, although I'd still like to finish it because the design is so lovely and I've been wanting to make it forever. The source is obscure, so I doubt I could talk anyone else into it, though.
In other news, I'm only have one class this term, and I am writing my thesis. All this extra time isn't working out for me, because I realised that I am the kind of person who works better under pressure, and hence does more when I have less time, the result being I've been wasting time with no end in sight. I did get to finish most of my basement, though, so I will soon have a guest bedroom and people won't have to sleep on the couch anymore (the bathroom and laundry room is still as of now unfinished). I need to finally make roman shades for the downstairs bathroom (that's the bathroom that got completely ripped out and remodelled) and then I'll be able to post photos of that room, at least.
I'm also halfway done on the restauration of a lovely vintage chair, but I've outsmarted myself and can only work on it in bright daylight, because I used white primer and a beige topcoat... the beige is so light I can barely tell where the paint ends and the primer begins!
The next step is replacing the roof, and those who are on my personal journal got to read a rant about contractors! I'm so tired of contractors! I wish they'd just shut up and hand over an estimate and leave. Why are we both sitting at a table for an hour pretending that the only thing I'll make my decision on isn't
the price tag? It's a big waste of time for everyone.
I'll end this with my awesome New Year's Eve.
I rang in the New Year with Catherine at the Washington DC James Bond Gala, which was as we later learned, ranked as one of the top 5 parties in the US by Playboy magazine. To think we were accidentally extremely hip!
To make a long story short, it was set up as "themed" rooms around a casino, each room representing a movie and a country, with its own food specialties, music, and big screens showing the New Year (for example, there was footage of New Year in the Red Square in the Russia room, with a caviar buffet, vodka-based mixed drinks, and eurodance). England had a great live band who played big band music (it was one of our favorite rooms because it had cosmos and tarte bourdalou for me, and Frank Sinatra covers for her, notice how she is about music and I am about food -I ate so much I'm amazed I stayed on my feet all morning).
All in all it was a magical way to say hello to 2009. We both dressed as Bond girls, she was California blonde in a slinky red dress and called herself Kitty Ferrari, I decided to go full blown 60s with bouffant hair and renamed myself Gigi Coquette. We danced the night away, met some handsome and funny James Bond wannabes (mine was a black-haired blue-eyed Argentinian who danced like a god, and she scored his Brittish friend) and lamented the fact that our dresses made it impossible for us to do the Thriller dance correctly when we visited the 80s room (my favorite, hands-down, we all know I love the 80s).
There were also Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery lookalikes (the Sean Connery really liked us), and a lot of girls painted in gold. All in all, A+. Would do it again. Note
: It turns out my email has been down for the past week and I didn't notice... if you didn't get an answer from me on anything, that's why.