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Oct. 3rd, 2013

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I really need to get some better pictures of the full costume, but I did get around to updating my costume website with my Effie Trinket costume: http://diannethegeek.com/effiecostume.html

I think it turned out really well! The only thing I would change is probably the wig. I'm hopeless with styling wigs and this one just didn't have enough hair to do what I wanted.

Now I just need to get costumes up from last year! Gah, my poor neglected website...

Sep. 4th, 2013

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Dragon*Con pics

I have pics up from Dragon*Con 2013. As always, it's probably less than 1/10th of the amazing things I saw.


Nov. 22nd, 2012

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Nov. 2nd, 2012

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A couple of years ago I heard that the University of Texas at Austin was looking for money to help restore their Gone with the Wind costumes (including the Curtain Dress). I was actually just wondering last night how that had worked out, but my questions were answered with a mass email today! They have some behind the scenes featurettes about the restoration work and it seems they're confident enough to loan them out for exhibition.



Sep. 4th, 2012

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Dragon*Con Pics

I have 82 pictures up from Dragon*Con, including shots of me in all my costumes. I'm always so disappointed when I upload the pics from my camera because I probably take pictures of less than 1/10th of what I see that weekend. So many great costumes that I passed or saw on the wrong floor or in a bad crowd or in line or that I just didn't take the picture for some reason.

I can say with confidence, though, that there are a lot of people out there who remember Pretty in Pink! I think that's my most successful costume so far.


In other news, I just bought this sweater on eBay, so a Penny from Doctor Horrible costume is now a go!

Aug. 30th, 2012

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The Delta website says my luggage should be delivered to me tomorrow morning. I was really starting to miss my stuff!
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Arrived at Dragon*Con

and so did my luggage. We just didn't meet up at the airport. Claim has been filed, addresses given, I just hope that someone quickly realizes the suitcase full of 80s costumes isn't theirs.

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Aug. 29th, 2012

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One Last Costume

I still have to hem it tonight, and it didn't turn out as well as I hoped, but it's done.

There's a story behind this costume. In the movie Pretty in Pink Andie wears tons of layers and textures, loose fittings clothes, etc. throughout the movie, until the prom scene. Then she comes out in this simple pink dress, stripped of her layers and exposed. She says she wants to prove that they didn't break her.

Now, I'm not facing anyone in particular at Dragon*Con, but I've lost a lot of weight. Weight that I wore for a long time as my own protection, my own layered/loose fitting clotheing if you will. And now I'm coming out in this simple dress, exposed in my own way, to prove that I can. To prove that the world didn't break me.

It's a personal costume. I don't even know if anyone will recognize it but I'm going to Dragon*Con in all of my 80s glory!

And a reference pic:

Aug. 28th, 2012

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I have weird priorities. I didn't get my hair cut or styled for either of my sisters' weddings. But I got a hair cut and color for Dragon*Con. Go figure.

Without further ado, I give you my Molly Ringwald period:

I'm still finishing up one last costume. The prom dress from the end of Pretty in Pink. I leave for Dragon*Con Thursday, so I'd better get sewing!

Aug. 24th, 2012

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Costume #2 Done

The dress fits me better than the mannequin, as always. It's not perfect, but I've put together worse things. Wimple and crown aren't pictured, but I'm taking the easy way out and skipping the wig.

Reference shot:

Aug. 1st, 2012

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Hey look, I made something!

I haven't done any serious sewing for a couple of years now and I had to look up how to put in a zipper. The fabric is a superheroine print from Hancock. It comes in pink, too!

Apr. 24th, 2012

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So, I'm trying to learn the solo harmonica part to Billy Joel's Piano Man in an attempt to show off when I play Rock Band with friends. This seemed like an awesome idea when I bought the harmonica, but is proving more difficult than Youtube led me to believe. Still, anything to keep me from being able to snack at night, I suppose!

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Jun. 18th, 2011

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To the vet, to the vet, to the vet

My 16+-year-old cat has been back and forth to the vet all month. We have to go back to the specialist in KC for a CT scan on Monday, but all signs point to a cancerous mass behind her eye and ear. Hopefully Monday's visit will give us some answers. A treatment option would be nice but answers are good if they're all I'm going to get.

May. 25th, 2011

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Do you know where your towel is?

Today is:

International Geek Pride Day: Beginning in Spain in 2006, Geek Pride Day is for everyone who do not feel ashamed of showing their unconventional interests in public.

Star Wars Day: The anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope's opening in 1977.

Towel Day: Don't Panic! A celebration of Douglas Adams and his Hitchhiker's Guide series.

Wear the Lilac: Wear the Lilac Day originated in the book 'Night Watch' and has been adopted by Discworld fans the world over as a day to commemorate Terry Pratchett's writing - and with his diagnosis in 2007, to support research into Alzheimer's Disease.

How are you celebrating?

Apr. 14th, 2011

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A First Look at The Hobbit

If anyone's interested, Peter Jackson has a first video from The Hobbit set online:


Apr. 11th, 2011

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Like Ice Cream?

Have a Ben & Jerry's nearby?

Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day is tomorrow, April 12.  There's always a line here at the Lawrence shop, but it usually goes quickly.  And they usually set up a donation box for a local charity.


ETA: It would seem I no longer do have a Ben & Jerry's nearby.  This makes me a little sad.  I could use some ice cream to cheer me up.

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My freshman year of high school, way back in 1998, we were required to read one historical fiction novel for our World Culture class.  My very favorite teacher ever, Mrs. Sally Donahue, handed me The Clan of the Cave Bear and said she thought I'd like it.  I did, and tore through the 4 existing books in the series.  The fifth book came out in 2002 but I'd honestly assumed that the series would never be complete.

Until I passed a cart loaded with the new sixth and final book at Hastings.  I'll just be over here in the corner with my 750+ page prehistoric epic for a while.

Apr. 1st, 2011

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April Fool's Round-up

I love April Fool's Day.  Here are some of the pranks to be found around the interwebs.

http://www.thinkgeek.com/index.shtml -- I would totally buy the lightsaber popsicles.

http://www.jpeterman.com/April-First-2011 -- 1947 style leather dress, anyone?

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2011/04/01/43183-key-roles-filled-by-stuart-townsend-saiorse-ronan-for-the-hobbit/ -- TheOneRing.net's traditional April 1st Press Release

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html -- Google Motion

http://xkcd.com/ -- XKCD is now in 3D!

Mar. 21st, 2011


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In case anyone was wondering, costumes for The Hobbit parts 1 & 2 are being designed by Ann Maskrey

Oh, and filming started yesterday.

Mar. 7th, 2011

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Steampunk-y Brain Slug

I'm just sayin' that I think it's awesome.  The jetpack is two Nerf "shotgun" shells, a little piece of wood, some wings from the jewelry section, and a lot of hot glue and spray paint.  Goggles are two split rings and leather, a watch buckle, and some plastic casing for the lenses, plus more hot glue.  I opted for goggles rather than a mono-goggle because, well, no one really uses their goggles in steampunk!


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