I did it!!! I learned the whole single jig tonight, which means I accomplished my goal of learning all 4 soft-shoe dances one week early!! Plus I stayed for an hour after to learn one of the team dances and the lady I was dancing with said I should ask to be on one of the teams that enters the regional competition in November! Yay! Also I got my ghillies (shoes) plus my cape and brooches for my performance outfit tonight! Exclamation points!
In 2012, here's what I said I'd make in 2013:
2. Sekrit SDCC Masquerade costumes (there will be many costumes, mostly alike, let's put it that way) YES! Our "Tatooine" Masquerade went swimmingly.
5. Whatever else comes up! As always, so many things came up!
So here's the stuff I made/put together/bought/otherwise acquired in 2013!
1. Captain America running costume
I made this for the 2013 WDW Marathon, since Ron had originally planned to be Tony Stark for that race. It's become one of my favorite running outfits!
( Lots more under the cut! )
Okay, all that said though, if you aren't watching The 100 YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING THE 100 because on the whole it's a pretty killer post-apocalyptic funtime teen drama. If you like: 1) post-apocalyptic stuff, 2) kids-on-their-own, 3) team-as-family 4) characters being Team Mom and Dad, you might like this show. S1 is all on Netflix and it's only 13 eps. My recommendation is to watch through the first 4 eps, and by then you'll either know if it's for you or not. Don't stop after the first 2 because 3 and 4 are much better.
My fifth Princess Half Marathon weekend was a lot of fun! While I'm glad I did the inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge, I don't think I'll be doing it again. Racing two days in a row sucked, plus it took up a *lot* of time. We spent way less time in the parks than usual, which was a bummer. But we had a good time, met some great people, and laughed a lot, and that's always a great thing.
But I would like it if the weather gave us a break next year.
( And I took lots of pictures! Clicky to see, plus race report. )
So, big lesson from this race: DO NOT neglect pre-race nutrition and hydration. I was overconfident and too casual about my prep, and as a result, my body was completely wrecked for Sunday and Monday both. Despite that, I did mostly have fun, although I'm bummed that my foot really started hurting around mile 12 and is still pretty painful. :(
Chip time: 2:09:30
Overall: 2669 out of 6031 (top 44%)
Age group: 217 out of 632 (top 34%)
( Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2014-- a Star Trek tea and a superhero race! )
Chip time: 2:14:03
Overall: 1269/11490 (top 11%)
Age Group: 238/1997 (top 12%)
Here's what I said I'd make in 2012:
1. Rebel Pilots for Rogue
4. Whatever we do for SDCC Masquerade Yep! Project Runway: All Star Wars!
So then, what *did* I make? Well...
1. "Indy Anna" Jones
My brother has always been the junior Jones in our family (except for when our dad is Indy and Sean is Shia LeBoeuf)-- but this year he couldn't come to Comic-Con. So I filled in! This costume was a snap, because Dad and Sean both own multiple copies of all the Indy accessories, so they just lent me the smallest hat, belt, bag, etc. I had originally planned on making some Katharine Hepburn-esque pants, but ultimately decided on a skirt. So I made a half-circle skirt out of some tan wool, and bought a shirt and boots. I didn't get to do my hair in a fun 30s style because I had to change into this one in the parking garage after wearing Maleficent that morning. :P At Dragon*Con we finally got our whole Indy group together for the very first time, huzzah!
( Click me for the rest of the list! )
And now, planned costumes for 2013:
1. Rebel Pilot for me!
2. Sekrit SDCC Masquerade costumes (there will be many costumes, mostly alike, let's put it that way)
3. Scarlett's "shantytown" dress for a GWTW group at D*C. Yes, the trim is insane. Yes, I'm going to start early. Really.
4. Mayyyyybe Rapunzel? I keep almost doing it.
5. Whatever else comes up!
Last year, J9 asked me if I would make a shirt for Ron. She'd already made a skirt for herself out of some TARDIS and Dalek fabric that she had bought from Spoonflower, and she figured there was probably a shirt's worth of material left. There was-- just barely! I gave Ron the shirt when I saw him at Christmas, and all was well, by which I mean my mom was kind of horrified by it, but Ron loved it. They wore their matching outfits to StellarCon in North Carolina (ADORABLE!):
I looked at the pile of scraps I had left, and I thought, "I bet if I pieced these, I could make a skirt for their daughter. Then they would ALL match!" And then, because my mind seizes up when I try to design something original, I scoured the internet for pictures of colorblocked and patchwork skirts, and I drew sketch after sketch until I was finally satisfied it wouldn't look terrible. I really didn't have that much of the Who fabric left, so I picked up some coordinating solid cottons at Jo-Ann. And so-- skirt!
( all the rest of the pics under the cut! )
A few weeks back, my friends and I had a fabulous, silly, incredibly relaxing girls' weekend in the mountains of North Carolina. The main event was a tea party on Saturday, and of course we had to dress up in our very best historical finery. And by "our," I mean "Janine's," because we were all wearing her dresses! (The Regency dresses were made by elvishtard and the chemise dress was by Hollie, whose LJ name I don't know.) I'm working on my first Regency dress, but it's not finished yet. Hopefully by Costume College!
We hosted the tea party at the bed-and-breakfast where we were staying, the Andon-Reid Inn. This place is amazing, you guys. If you're ever looking to vacation in western North Carolina, this is absolutely the place to go. The rooms are gorgeous, the three-course breakfast is unbearably delicious, and the owners, Rachel and Ron, are warm and generous beyond compare. Rachel took care of all the food and preparation for our tea party, even going so far as to research the proper kinds of sandwiches to serve!
We spent the morning dolling ourselves up. Conley was wearing Janine's new 1780s chemise a la reine, while Janine had loaned me her white-on-white striped Regency gown. I don't have proper Regency underpinnings yet, but my Laughing Moon Silverado corset worked well enough to allow the dress to sit nicely. My hairpiece was originally bought for Padme's family gown-- it worked perfectly for my Regency hairstyle! J9 just curled my front hair and tied a ribbon around my head, and I was good to go!
( More pictures of rampant silliness and tea parties under the cut! )
The first three weekends of April were Star Wars Weekends at Legoland California, and the 501st and Rebel Legions were again invited to troop the events! Legoland is always great fun, so I was happy to get Leia-ed up and join my fellow Legion members. I ended up trooping both the opening and the closing days and had an awesome, if slightly exhausting, time at both. :) While I didn't take any pictures, Rachel and Lesley got some awesome shots!
It was really cold on opening day. Really cold.
We always start off the days at the park entrance, to take pictures with guests:
Tiny pilot is tiny!!!
( Many more wacky pics under the cut! )
I'll still answer to Jaina if you call me that, of course, and I will still throw down with any girl who claims that she's Jaina and I'm not (I've got a book acknowledgement that disagrees with you), but it was time for a change.
So here's where you can find me!
My website: brightcopperpenny.com (also bright-copper-penny.blogspot.com)
My Etsy shop: Bright Copper Penny
On LJ: brightcupenny
On Twitter: @BrightCuPenny
On Tumblr: brightcopperpenny
On Pinterest, though I haven't used it much: BrightCuPenny
On Instagram (iPhone): brightcopperpenny
And in the near future, on Facebook! Stay tuned for that.
THIS IS BASICALLY MY REACTION:
(And not because I just chloroformed someone.)
I CAN'T EVEN PROCESS THIS YOU GUYS. I just...it's hard to explain if you've never fallen in love with a soap couple. I've been shipping these characters since 1997. That's literally half my life. It's close to half of *their* lives. Soaps have a lot of issues (shit, I haven't even watched Days regularly since 2004 because I couldn't stand it), but they are unrivaled in the amount of history that can be brought to a single scene, just because their characters have been on for *so long*-- it's amazing.
I honestly thought I had this out of my system. Like I said, I haven't even watched since 2004. But then I watched today's show (and Monday's, since they air a day ahead in Canada and the Canadians are a kind and generous people) and I wanted to hop up and down with how excited and happy and thrilled I was. Seriously, in just these two days, we've gotten more than we used to get in *years.*
So basically, HEARTS. HEARTS IN MY EYES.
( Scenes from today's and Monday's shows under the cut, plus screencaps. So technically spoilers for Monday, I guess )
Here's what I made in 2011!
( List with pictures under the cut! )
So what's the plan for this year?
1. Rebel Pilots for Rogue & me
2. At least one and hopefully more historical dresses & underpinnings! I have fabric for 18c, Regency, and mid-1800s. I feel like I should make a 19-teens dress, too, even though I don't love the style, because a) everyone is doing it, and b) HELLO DOWNTOWN ABBEY OBSESSION.
3. Superhero/princess mashup (maybe?)
4. Whatever we do for SDCC Masquerade
5. Ravenclaw robe
6. Amber's USO Girl
7. Possibly Pink Power Ranger for a D*C group?
I made a Tiny Wonder Woman for eliz's little girl. She wanted to be Wonder Woman, but not, you know, with a bustier and a swimsuit bottom. So, inspired by luminousbeing78's Tiny USO Girl, I designed a little ruffly dress. I'm really happy with how it came out!
All together (the bracers go on her forearms; I just safety pinned them to the sleeves for the picture):
( A few more pictures, plus details about making it )
- Arrived at work (on ~3 hrs sleep) at 7:40 for an outreach only to discover there was no outreach and I didn't actually need to be there until 11:30. (Partly my fault; I should've double-checked the email I got.)
- Found out my laptop's hard drive is dead and they don't know how much data they can save. (And yes, we have an external hard drive backup, but it's developed this charming behavior where it will show you that it has files and folders in it, but when you try to access them, it says, "What files? I have no files.")
- Discovered a nail in my right rear tire, which they can't patch because the tires are too worn. So I need new tires.
Today, you are FIRED.
The final tally was nine costumes, with three con debuts (Annie, USO Girl, Ravenclaw student). In order of wearing:
1. Wedding Dress
2. Annie, from Community (episodes "A Fistfull of Paintballs" and "For a Few Paintballs More")
3. Hawkgirl, as part of the Renaissance Justice League
4. Captain America USO Girl
5. Elizabeth Swann, POTC plum dress
6. "Gaga" Quinn, from Glee (episode "Theatricality")
7. Ravenclaw student, Harry Potter
8. Penny, The Big Bang Theory
9. Suki (Fire Nation disguise), Avatar: the Last Airbender
( Many many pictures all under the cut! )
- If you had indicated interest earlier, are you still interested?
- Anyone want to take our open slots?
- When do we want to meet? Friday afternoon is looking open for me right now.
Here's the cast list so far:
Pierce: qui_gon_d (my dad)
The Black Rider: hattermercury?
Giant Ice Cream Cone: princess_lesa?????
Dean Pelton, Leonard, Vicki the dancing saloon girl, Chang, Starburns, Fat Neil, Garrett, Quendra with a QU, Magnitude, anonymous paintball mooks: all open!
(I HAVE ANNIE'S BOOTS (yes that is a T not a B) AND THEY ARE AWESOME.)