The greatest joy is to see the ones you love happy.
I have some news to share before I continue onto the wonderful ideas that I came up with for the cosplay community.
(n.) finding something good without looking for it.
This weekend has been serendipitous indeed, firstly, I was astonished and impressed at the dedication my sister, Waterlily has shown in helping with preparations for my best friend's wedding. Most of the aid provided by her was almost always without asking and it brings me an honor that escapes words.
My best friend's wedding yesterday was unlike any wedding I have ever attended and I've seen quite a few as one of my jobs is at a wedding venue. As her father began to walk down the isle I felt a tug at my heartstrings and I began to fight back tears. The feeling continued once the bride given from the father and mother to the groom and it was then I heard the first words from the pastor...
"Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday..."
Had I not remembered I was in the wedding party standing in front of a large crowd of people I would have fallen backwards into a laughing fit. I was completely caught off guard at the moment, though not wholly surprised at the couple's laid back, lighthearted wedding ceremony.
I applaud the pastor for being such a good sport, as he continued to quote the Princess Bride while holding a bejeweled, duct tape Hello Kitty binder.
There are other things that have brought me joy. My own little castle, which continues to evolve into a small paradise I never ever thought possible. I had made a promise along with a sage smudging that I would build up this home on the foundation of love, laughter and happiness. For many women, with old-fashioned values, a home can be the reflection upon the woman and when mine becomes in disarray from busy work week schedules, I simply take time to pick it up and put all the pieces back together again with a love and gratitude in my heart.
It really is wonderful to have windows to allow natural light in, not only to bring peace but, to kill germs. I have become a most ardent fan of airing out the home, a trend my mother had always done in my time spent at my parent's home. The soft breeze dancing through the home like an invisible river of serenity.
Let's continue onto the fun parts now...
COSPLAY TIPS #1
(I wanted to come up with some fancy title other than numbering but, I couldn't think of anything...)
This weekend as Waterlily and I were out and about, she had asked to come with me to pick up a few things and I agreed. I took my jar full of pennies with me to Walmart to the Coinstar. Waterlily mentioned that she kept a jar as well but, uses her at the end of the year, her total usually coming around $30 USD. I believe small savings on the side like this for her usually go towards cosplay. As we were at the money center I spied the wall of options available...
Reloadable Prepaid Cards to keep track of budgets for your cosplay costumes.
If you're like me (and many others...) you plan out a budget in your head for a costume and somewhere along the line you get distracted by other shiny things or you attach buying...say, groceries while you are also buying a tube of E6000, so when you look at your receipt you might miss that you had purchased that item that day.
Having a seperate card with a pre-planned budget on it and keeping the receipts from those purchase and help to focus your expenses. Cosplay can be an expensive hobby, it helps to keep things orderly and stress-free by using this system.
I came across this idea while attending to my little castle today, this is actually a two in one tip -storage ideas for easy to access cosplay goodies and cheaper alternatives to cosplay supplies.
I was about to pitch this plastic bag that had held these floor length curtains when I realized how sturdy the bag was. It seemed like a real shame to just throw it out and it came to me that I could put either my wigs or an entire costume into it for storage purposes, the way Halloween stores have plastic bags for the costumes they vendor out. The fun thing with curtain bags is that a lot of them have a pocket for the curtain's information to be held. You can easily pull it out and reverse it to write what costume is in the bag and everything included or if you'd like to be creative you could print out a picture of yourself in the costume and place it in the pocket for a label.
The second half of this tip is that curtains are obviously made of fabric and should you choose to be more frugal in your cosplay needs, curtains can be a cheaper alternative than going to get fabric cut at a fabric store provider. If you run out of time or become a little "lazy" like me, you'll appreciate already hemmed and finished edges that curtains provide, especially for sheer fabrics. If I owned and had more experience with a serger I would be more inclined to seal my own edges for sheer fabrics but, I find this a quick and easy alternative.
Thank you everyone for taking time to share in these tips, If you like the ideas please give me a like on here through Facebook. Have a wonderful weekend!
Love x Peace,
A twenty-something, fabric hoarding, geek loving, freelance artist who is young at heart and has a sense of adventure.