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Christmas break is behind now, it’s time to start posting again, reconnect with Tumblr. But as it is still christmas a bit, here come some more snow, anyway, there is so many in Finland that i can share/ship some to you guys!

Hope you had great christmas time!

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Cosplays of 2014!

So here’s a summary of all of the cosplays I have made for myself and/or worn throughout 2014! I was hoping to crank out one more before the year was out, but with the festive season I just haven’t had the time to, unfortunately. I also made a couple of other costumes for other people that I haven’t included here, due to lack of photographs. Hopefully 2015 will bring just as much fun - I have lots of plans…but, without further ado, here’s what I’ve done this year!

1. Ruby Rose from Rooster Teeth’s RWBY

I fell in love with RWBY from the very first time I saw the teaser trailer, and became hooked on it once the series was released (thanks in part to madamelapin). One day I want to get round to cosplaying Weiss as well, but Ruby was always gonna be my favourite. I worked extra hard on this cosplay and I’m so happy with the way that it turned out!

2. Traveller from Journey

Technically, I didn’t wear the one that I made this year myself. I already made mine in 2013, and made another for one of my pals, bradthebrains, this year! I made it while separated from him by the Atlantic Ocean to boot. My own Traveller got a slight re-vamp too, because I didn’t make my mask this time - I mailed the hoods to Bradley and he made the masks for us, complete with LED eyes. Some people at Florida Supercon 2014 weren’t sure if we were human or anamatronics, hilariously.

3. Chell from Portal 2

I had such fun in this cosplay it was unreal. Bradley was my Wheatley, and together we won a judges award in the masquerade contest at FSC2014! It wasn’t my most challenging costume ever (save for the boots, which were a collaboration with Bradley), but it is one that holds wonderful memories for me.

4. Lara Croft from Tomb Raider

I seriously love Lara Croft; she has been a very special character to me ever since I was a kid and I was so happy to finally have the opportunity to cosplay as her this year. I think if I’d had a little bit more time I might have done a couple of things differently, but in the end I still had great fun being Lara for the day. I wore her at FSC2014, and received a compliment from one of the staff members on how well I had the accent down - and they were pleasantly surprised to find that I am actually British!

5. Miko Nakadai from Transformers Prime

Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any photos of myself wearing this cosplay! Instead, I’ve included a photo of the wig that Bradley and I worked on (also shown is the Jack Darby wig that we made for him as well). I only wore Miko for half a day at FSC2014, but she was very comfortable.

6. Fionna from Adventure Time
I actually made Fionna last year for a convention, but she came to Florida with me so I could wear her with Bradley as Finn for both a private photoshoot and for half a day at FSC2014. He also made me my very own sword! Fortunately it survived its way home across the Atlantic, too.

7. Luigi (genderbend) from Super Mario Bros.
This is something that thestarlightfairy and I promised to cosplay with each other back in 2013! We finally got round to it this year and I’m really happy with the way they both turned out. We had a lot of discussion about the look we wanted to achieve and the fabrics we wanted to use, and I think they turned out great. She made my gloves and in return I made her hat.

8. Princess Garnet Til Alexandros XVII (Mage cloak) from Final Fantasy IX
Garnet is hot on the heels of Aerith Gainsborough for the title of my favourite Final Fantasy character. When my friends and I talked about doing an FF Girls group, the lovely madamelapin expressed interest in cosplaying Aerith; as I’ve already made several versions of the flower girl I was all too happy to step in as Garnet. Originally I planned to make her ballgown for Play Expo 2014, but eventually decided to go with something easier to travel and maneuver in.

9. April O’Neil from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
There are no words to describe how overjoyed I am to have finally cosplayed April from TMNT. My first attempt was several years ago (I think maybe 2008/2009?) and it was so awful that I was really unhappy with it and binned the whole lot before I’d even finished making it. Now with a lot more sewing experience and know-how under my belt, I finally decided to give April another try. There are a couple of things I would like to change, but nothing major. I’m just so, so ecstatic to finally show my lifelong love for TMNT through my cosplay at last!

(Photo Credits: Ruby by madamelapin, Traveller and Chell by FDSedano Arts, Lara by bradthebrains, Fionna by Briana O’Dowd, Luigi by vehollehraptor, Garnet by crazedteensie, April by loonilum)

Finding out I was pregnant and going to be a parent with my boyfriend was the most exciting, yet terrifying news I had ever received. Natuarlly, my friends and family were excited but all everyone could talk about was how hard it is to lose the baby weight. I told everyone that I was going to go out right after giving birth and start dieting and exercising to lose it. They all laughed in my face and told me good luck. Well I was determined. However, gaining 30 pounds and bringing home a 9.1 pound newborn and trying to juggle life proved everyone right. Our beautiful daughter is 14 months old and I’ve lost a whoppin 10 pounds.I stayed home for 6 weeks and went back to work. With working so far from home and day care, it’s hard to find the time to exercise. I wake at 4 A.M. and go to bed at 9:30 M-F. Yes, I have a bed time :). It’s exhausting. Getting a gym membership is out of the question and my lanta the couch looks GREAT after a long day. However, the couch potato has got to go. I need to better my health for our daughter and myself. SO. With all that said, I will be sharing my diet/exercise adventure with you, the world, for motivation and maybe inspire someone else in the process :)

Tips, tricks and positive advice are always welcome.

I honestly didn’t think that today would take so much out of me. I feel like I’ve run a marathon. Drained. And I’ve felt like crying for a while. Probably the need to release the gamut of emotions that have been rushing through me today. 

It wasn’t bad. Nope. It was a mostly good day. Laughter, surprises, cuddly babies, and lots of love. But it did come with no small amount of stress. And worry. I’m worried for my grandma, she’s not doing well. It’s complicated, too complicated for telling right now. And this weekend has been hard on her. And, of course, I feed off those emotions a bit. I’m hoping to get to the point where keeping my shield up isn’t quite so tiring or difficult. 

But I know it will get better. Every day is a day closer to better. One step closer. 

I’m off to bed now. Therapy appointment in the morning followed by work. I hope you had a good day, lovelies.