Ah, well, it’s not a very big collection! Only three! But they are all ones that I got while on trips to really neat places.

The kitsune mask is from Kyoto, Japan. The Monkey King opera-style mask is from Beijing, China and the protective tiki-esque one is from Maui, Hawaii.

I wish I had one that was from London or the UK, but… I can’t really think of a very London-y mask, can you? (Also I feel a bit weird about getting it after the fact…) I also have two more carnival-style masks, but I’m debating whether to put them up with the others or not since they don’t really go with my “masks of exotic places I’ve gone to” theme.

Been really busy lately but got to take a few hours off to hang out with some of my friends at the Ren Faire! I hadn’t been for probably like 10 years or something, but I couldn’t resist going when my friend Greg said we should all dress up in Star Trek uniforms and beam onto the alien planet. Our away team ended up representing several different eras of Star Trek and all the crew colors. 🙂 It was pretty funny and we had a good time.

Most of us had pretty cheap costume-store Star Trek uniforms that we modified a little since we were just doing this for fun and laughs. (I took mine in to fit me better, since my shirt is a men’s shirt… and TrueMee took a XL men’s shirt, ripped the sleeves off and turned it into a dress.)

Away Team photo thanks to TrueMee


With my fairy friends from Firefly Path, TrueMee and Nicole (Photo thanks to Nicole)

With my friends Crystal and Derek. Derek works at Phineas and Ferb and Crystal is one of the directors on Futurama and Napoleon Dynamite animated series. 🙂


I’m excited to show you my new art piece for Michelle’s Bunnies & Bows art and fashion event (May 7 – May 19, 2011… coming up NEXT weekend! )

The girl is inspired by Michelle (hair, look and fashion) and of course… there are bunnies. I called the piece Blossom Bunny Spiral as a nod to Sailor Moon’s attack names. It was done originally in graphite and COPIC markers and then I colored some of the lineart in Photoshop and then the finished image was inkjet printed onto 16×20 stretched canvas. It will be for sale at the show!

It’s sure to be a really fun event with lots of awesome stuff to look at, so come out, and I’ll see you there!

Blossom Bunny Spiral

One of my dreams for a while was to cosplay at a really cool location… and another thing on my wishlist was to make a hanfu-inspired outfit with a big flower on my head.


About a week ago, AJ, Judy, Marcus and I went to Beijing and we figured while we were there, we should try to cosplay. We asked some Chinese cosplayers online and it seemed like a lot of the tourist locations (like the gardens and palaces) didn’t really mind if you showed up in costumes and took photos.  People sometimes rent costumes and do it, or they even take bridal photos there! This attitude is very different from the typical attitude in the USA about taking photos in similar locations. Most places in the USA either won’t let you do it or will charge you hundreds of dollars. They often assume you’re doing it for some professional thing,… but we’re really just dorks, perhaps we are elaborate dorks, but still dorks.

We chose the Summer Palace, which was easily one of the most lovely and interesting places we visited on our trip. Every corner we turned was a more beautiful thing to see! (I’ll post more photos from our trip later.)

None of the staff gave us any trouble about dressing up! In fact, they really liked us and some wanted to get photos with us. We seemed to be pretty popular with the Chinese tourists, too. Marcus said that the order of comments changed from “She’s so tall!” to positive comments about our costumes first and wondering if our hair was real (it wasn’t) and THEN “She’s so tall!” Ha!

Some people even knew who AJ and I were supposed to be! You’d hear them call our “names” as we passed. AJ is Green Snake from The Legend of White Snake, Green Snake. She’s been wanting to make Green Snake’s outfit for years!

My outfit was inspired by tvdrama version (Yang Gui Fei Mi Shi) of  Yang Guifei. Really it’s mostly just my collar (and perhaps the flower on my head) that looks a lot like Yang Guifei, but “You can call me Flower if you want to.”

Judy’s was a completely original design.

A lot of people wanted to take pictures with us, but these schoolgirls were so cute, we wanted to get a picture with THEM.

Needless to say, we had an awesome time.

You can see more photos on AJ’s HCC LJ post here.

We did NOT do Easter baskets this year, I didn’t want the candy temptation. I did however buy a ridiculous lamb purse from Angelic Pretty. (Photos from ap-sendai)

Spring has me thinking of berry-print sundresses, long white full skirts, blowzy maxi dresses and strawhats. Maybe when I get a moment I’ll make myself a berry-print sundress. (By the time I have time though, it will probably be June or September! ) Perhaps listen to Supercar SHIBUYA morning or Vampire Weekend while you look at pretty things.

Left and right, Cutie May 2011, middle Idun no. 13, 1959.

Angelic Pretty Sheep Garden Coordinates

Silk rose scarf from China

La Reine from my Garden Blog