Other than sharing about how much I wish I could barf, I just wanted to post a general life update.
The bathroom remodel is finished and looks fabulous. I'm kind of spoiled with the ease of picture sharing on... well.. everything else, so I've decided it's too much work to upload stuff to LJ. I mean texts, twitter, email, etc.. it all seems easier than LJ's archaic upload system. Even my diet blog has a better photo upload interface, and they have the worst UI ever!
Anyway, trust me. The bathroom looks awesome. The shower is palatial and I am happy with it.
Now that the contractors are gone, I'm making more progress on costumes. Sadly, my Hikaru armor didn't turn out. I made the positives and the fiberglass molds, then had a bad batch of resin and everything got ruined. Dad says that I shouldn't buy fiberglass resin at hardware stores because the stock doesn't cycle as fast. He said my problem was with old/bad hardener, and that buying the stuff as I need it at auto parts stores will keep that from happening in the future. That may be true, but it doesn't help me right now :P I was able to destroy a mold and rip a shoulder armor out with minimal damage. Some of the shoulder armor ripped apart because the resin was inferior, but it was in tact enough to work with. The chest armor was totally borked, but the original positive was only minimally damaged.
Sooooo.. I mailed it all off to Colorado with the hopes that maybe the pros up there with the vaccuform table can make something out of it.
The good thing about Rayearth costumes? Armor is optional! All I need to do is buy some red knee high socks and some mary janes instead, and we can be pre-armor versions. Hooray! Even if we don't have armor, though, I'll still bring this dumb sword I've been working on with my brother's roommate. Maybe. I don't know. I'm starting to think trying to mail something so huge is going to be a gigantic pain in the ass, but if I don't have it for our huge photo group, then what is it for?? :X
Which reminds me.. I needed to stop by Sally's today and pick up some foam rollers and totally forgot. Whoops. I need them to make the Hikaru wig nice and poofy. I also need to re-watch that tutorial, yo.
Other than that.. I've had some repair work to do on Kefka. When I washed the pants& shirt, a lot of the applique came off. I wasn't expecting it to, because the applique on the pants was all like.. professional iron ons made to be ironed on, and the applique polka dots were ironed on with industrial heat 'n bond, then sealed on there with fabric paint. What I didn't take into account, however, was how slick the purple satin was. The heat from the dryer made the paint come right up, too! So, I had to re-do all the sleeve dots, then hand sew them all down, then re-seal them all with paint.
I'm also re-painting the yellow arm tights because the original ones became discolored in the wash. I know I can do a better job painting the design on there, so I bought some footless leggings from Target, and I'm going with that instead. I think it will be even better this time than the first time.
I need to glue two new finger nails onto the gloves, since I lost two the first time I wore it. After that, I think most repairs will be done? I didn't ever get a chance to make the feather tassel thing for the right sleeve or the brooch for the capelet. I thought that maybe I'd have time before AnimeFEST, but I don't think I will. We'll see. I still want to make that Madoka Magica costume, and that thing is the first one to get scrapped if I run out of time!
My main priorities right now are finishing the Kefka repairs, and finishing my Arche costume from Tales of Phantasia. Ray's old roommate was supposed to come up this weekend with my sword so I could finish it, but he said he had to work this weekend. I'm kind of bummed out/pissed about that, because I told him how important it was for me to get it early. I have a TON of work to do on it in order to have it ready to go, and I can't just work on it up until the Denver convention because I need to have it ready to be mailed a week in advance! For that to happen, I have to get it early enough to have lots of time to actually do all the work it needs. It needs fine sanding, putty, more fine sanding, primer, more fine sanding, then more primer and then paint. I don't think he realizes how much time that is going to take and how much I have left to do on other projects.
I am seriously stressed, and this dude's time management is awful.
Anyway, it's not worth getting upset about since he did me a big favor by offering to make the body of it. I probably wouldn't have a sword at all if he hadn't wanted to tackle this, so I'm very grateful for that. I just with he had more of a sense of urgency. He isn't going to these conventions, so he doesn't feel that pressing need to get it done, I guess.
Anyway, I'm not sure if I'm going to get everything finished. I was feeling a small glimmer of hope yesterday when I realized that I only had to finish Arche's top and make her scarf. Then I remembered that she needs jewelry and I was like OMGWTFBBQ. I wonder if I can find my Bloodberry earrings? Arche has big ones like that. I took two yoyo balls, hollowed them out, and then attached them to fishing line that went around my ears for hers. That way, you have the gigantic ball earrings without actually having to hang them off your ears. I can't remember the last time I saw them, though, so I don't know if I'll be able to find them for Arche. All my costume stuff is pretty well organized now, and I don't really think I have any of the Bloodberry stuff anymore. Except the bodysuit. I know for a fact that I still have that. I figured I'd still have everything but the rope thingies, though. The rope thingies broke, but the fiberglass knuckle spikes should still be kicking around here somewhere.
Anyway, that's neither here nor there. I have a sneaking suspicion that she only actually has one earring.. and I may not bother with it XD
Apparently the voice actor for Dhaos will be at NDK. And he's also the VA for Zaraki Kenpachi (Bleach). And I'm like.. I have Arche, and I'm probably bringing Yumichika... How many other costumes do I have that will match this VA???? LOL
It would be pretty funny to get some photos with him in costume, though. Apparently he's also the VA for Arthas!
Anyway, I've about run out of steam. I think I'm going to chug a ton of water and wallow in chocolate regret in another room. NEVAR AGAIN! (At least, not for another year or so)