What I’m up to, #3

July 21st, 2014 by Cat

What I’m sewing

I haven’t started working on a new cosplay of my own yet, but a coworker has commissioned me to make an Elsa (Frozen) costume for his 9 year old daughter :) I’m currently in the research phase, where I’ve ordered several fabric swatches and am starting to think of how I’d draft the pattern.

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This is a first for me because I’ve never made a children’s costume before. I’ve made my own, for a friend who is a bit taller than me, and for two guy friends. In other words, I’ve never made a costume as small as this. I’m not used to it! Hopefully I’ll still be able to pull it off :)

Cosplays I've made for myself and friends. Photo credit: Ed Martinez

Cosplays I’ve made for myself and friends. Photo credit: Ed Martinez

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July so far

July 12th, 2014 by Cat

Aah July, we are now past the halfway point of the year. Crazy, right? July is also…

My work anniversary: I started working at my current company on July 2, 2007. That means I hit my 7 year mark! I joined one year after the company started, back when it was a new, small start-up with around 30 people. It was a risk I decided to take since I was fresh out of college. If it didn’t work out, I’d hop to another start-up. Well, here we are 7 years later at over 300 employees. It’s been exciting to see it grow :)

PAX South badges: PAX is a huge gaming expo run by the Penny Arcade guys. Gaming companies large and small go to exhibit their games, some of which haven’t been released yet. I’ve been to PAX East in Boston twice and was super excited when they announced that PAX South will be starting in Texas in January 2015. It’s in San Antonio, only 1.5 hours away by car, so I don’t have to fly to go to PAX anymore! I immediately bought 3-day badges when their sale started a few days ago. Good thing I did because they sold out in less than 2 hours!

Expo floor of PAX East 2013

Expo floor of PAX East 2013

San Japan: Is an Anime convention, also in San Antonio, that I normally do photoshoots for other cosplayers at. I’m going next week! I’ll show photos from it later this month :)

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London recap

July 3rd, 2014 by Cat

Alright, here’s the entry about my London trip that I mentioned last time! If you’ve been following me for a while, you might remember my business trip to Las Vegas a couple years ago where I was an exhibiter for Interop. There’s one in London this time, so I was sent again. Like last time, my husband and I decided to make a trip out of it and stay a couple extra days.

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This is going to be a long post with a ton of photos since I didn’t feel like splitting it up. Instead of writing about each day, I’m grouping them into categories. They’re not necessarily the order that I visited/viewed them in, and I only visited a couple things per day.

My brief thoughts on London

London is probably the most multicultural city I’ve visited. I haven’t heard so many different accents and languages in one place before. It felt kind of odd because it didn’t feel like I left the country. Everything is still in English of course, but it was mostly because many parts reminded me of New York City. The tube system was also very similar to the NYC subway system.

Compared to where I live (Austin), London was a very expensive city. I’m pretty sure everything I saw was more expensive than what I would pay in Austin. The exchange rate and foreign transaction fees didn’t help either.

Overall though, I thought London was a pleasant city with great public transportation and a lot of interesting architecture.

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