For real, you are the loveliest bearded lady (also lovely without the beard) that I have ever not-met. I adore your Dís costumes and especially the hair/beards you sport. 10/10 one of my favorite blogs
(2) Here’s an actual question (rather than just gushing praise): Why is your Dís dress blue and gold instead of blue and silver? I don’t have the appendices memorized so maybe I am just picking this up from the fandom, but I thought blue and silver were the Durin family colors?
I actually thought about blue and silver originally! But blue and gold had a better colour contrast with the outfit I designed, and part of cosplay is about slight exaggeration to make certain features or details stand out. Silver washed out my colours a bit too much, and when I was planning colour options digitally the overall effect seemed a bit morose. I wanted my Dís to look proud and confident instead, and for her to be her own character with her own style instead of having to match the men all the time. Gold added a splash of colour and had an easier regal effect.
Good question, thanks for asking! And also THANK YOU SO MUCH! *big dwarf hug*