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End of Hiatus, KatsuCon, and YouTube!

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 17, 2013, 10:52 AM
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Hey friends! Sorry it's been like a millenia since I last updated. ^ ^; I've come to say that I have finally ended my cosplay hiatus, and working on costumes for KatsuCon 2014. :D My costume line up will be Ocarina of Time Princess Zelda, Petra Ral from Attack on Titan, Yukiho from idolMASTER, and if I have time, Tharja from Fire Emblem Awakening. I'm really excited to be doing costumes and cons again! :D

I also wanted to mention that I'm now posting videos on youtube! I'll be doing weekly costume progress reports, and biweekly music vlogs and cosplay tutorials (though they may be a little sporadic thanks to my KatsuCon costume crunch lol). But drop by my channel and check out what I have up so far if you haven't already. :D www.youtube.com/user/akuritama…

I'll see you guys at KatsuCon! X3

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Attack on Titan OST
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • Eating: Nothing, Ready to eat lunch
  • Drinking: Water

Mini Forced Convention Hiatus

Journal Entry: Fri May 17, 2013, 8:50 PM
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Hello everyone. Sorry for the long months of inactivity. ^ ^;

If you haven't seen my facebook post, I had to cancel all of my convention plans for this season (sorry everyone who thought I would be at ACEN ;;; ), and perhaps the rest of the year due to financial constraints and some possible lifestyle changes. It is extremely unfortunate since I was so looking forward to seeing everyone and making some new costumes, but it can't really be helped. I'm probably going to still be pretty inactive on here for a while longer (though I'm going to try to still pop by and post some pics), so please bear with me. ^ ^; To everyone who was going to be at the cons I was planning to attend, I hope you all have a blast, and I'm so sad I won't be seeing you!

  • Mood: Shame
  • Listening to: Fire Emblem - Path of Radiance OST
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Rekka no Ken
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

Emporium Mienai, KatsuCon and Acen

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 7, 2013, 9:51 AM
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Hi everyone!

Just wanted to drop by and let you all know that I opened up a storenvy shop! It's called Emporium Mienai, and you can find the link here! emporiummienai.storenvy.com/ I currently only have one product for sale, but that number will grow as I finish more designs! ^w^ (and yes, Fairy Ocarinas will be available for purchase through there as soon as possible!)

As you all may have guessed, KatsuCon was a ton of fun and surprisingly successful for me haha. I finished 3 out of the 6 costumes I wanted to complete (making this con the convention I debuted the most costumes at EVER lol!) Much to my surprise, the reason I didn't finish all of my costumes was due to financial constraints rather than time. Shocking conclusion: cosplay is expensive lolol. I will upload more photos of my costumes as I receive them (I'm really excited to upload some iDOLMster pics!). :3

For Acen, I'm going to try this plan-too-many-costumes-and-somehow-manage-to-get-a-bunch-of-them-done thing again lol. So my plans are:

Iron Man Sailor Senshi - for my Senshi Avengers group, inspired by nna's art found here: nna.deviantart.com/art/Sailor-…
Princess Zelda - Ocarina of Time
Princess Garnet (yellow jumpsuit) - Final Fantasy IX

I'm also planning to attend Fanime and ColossalCon, though I will probably put priority on Fanime because I haven't been there in a few years, and I miss my West Coast bb's! <333 When it's closer to Acen, I'll have a better idea of what costumes I'll be bringing to Fanime and ColossalCon. :3

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Fire Emblem - Path of Radiance OST
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Fire Emblem Awakening
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

Birthday, Update and Merry Christmas!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:12 AM
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Hi everyone! Just wanted to stop by and say thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes! I had a super awesome birthday! I went to Medieval Times, ate tasty food, caught one of my knight's flowers, and my knight also won the tournament! :D I don't think I could've asked for a better evening! ^ ^

I also wanted to remind everyone that I now have a facebook page! You can find the link to it on the link bar above! X3 Like my page if you wish to follow more updates from me! :3

For those wondering, I won't be attending OhayoCon 2013. I've decided to attend KatsuCon instead this year, because I've never been there and I think it's worth a visit. :3 I'm planning a lot of costumes for this con, and I'm REALLY hoping I'll be able to get them all done in time haha. My tentative plans are:

Harle - Chrono Cross (Complete)
Yukiho - The IdolMster (with a big group :D)
Freya - Chobits (with IchigoKitty as Chii) :3
TP Zelda and Toon Zelda revamp (remaking a lot of damaged accessories)
Princess Zelda - Ocarina of Time

I was also hoping I'd be able to also complete a Princess Yue costume and Goddess Zelda costume in time, but my current financial situation says that isn't going to be very likely.

Anyway, I hope everyone stays warm and has a very Merry Christmas! Those of you attending KatsuCon, I hope to see you all there! :D

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: OoT3DS
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

Quick YoumaCon Update!

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 1, 2012, 12:07 PM
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Hey everyone! I'm on my way to YoumaCon, and thought I'd drop by to post up my costume line up. :3

Friday Morning: Skyloft Zelda
Friday Evening: Harle (if I can finish her today lol x_x;)
Saturday Morning: Toon Zelda
Saturday Evening: Harle again.
I probably won't be cosplaying on Sunday.

Hope to see some of you there! :D

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: OoT3DS
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

Sorry it's been forever!

Journal Entry: Thu Sep 27, 2012, 4:00 PM
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Hi everyone! Sorry for the inactivity. ^ ^; I've been neglecting dA so much these past couple months, that my inbox sort of overflowed. I decided to just completely clean everything out. If you left a comment that I haven't responded to, know that I did read it and I do appreciate each and every one. =) <3 If you had a question that I didn't answer, feel free to ask me again. ^ ^; If you had a question about my Twilight Princess Zelda costume, I just now wrote up a FAQ for it, which you can now find on my front page. ^ ^ So please look through that before sending me your question again. =)

I have a couple commissions to finish, as well as my YoumaCon costumes before November, so I will be doing my very best to be as active as possible. =)

Speaking of YoumaCon, Costumes I'll be bringing are Harle from Chrono Cross, Skyloft Zelda, and Toon Zelda. I haven't decided which days I'll be wearing what costumes, but I will update this post when I decide. =)

Also, thanks a lot to rlshotts for yet another premium membership! Seriously, oh my god you're too kind to me. <3

Direct link to my TP Zelda FAQ: fav.me/d5g6mg9

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: OoT3DS
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

More Ocarinas, Acen, and Fanime

Journal Entry: Thu May 10, 2012, 8:21 PM
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Hello all~ I come to let you all know that I have four more Fairy Ocarinas available to ship on Monday. Send me a note if interested! Details about my ocarinas are here: akuriko.deviantart.com/journal…

Acen was so amazing and I feel so lucky that I was able to attend! It was so wonderful to see the people I never get to see, as well as meet new really awesome people. :3 Sadly I missed the Zelda Gathering again (haha story of my life), but I'm glad I could still meet up with a few Zelda cosplayers. :D I also got to debut my SS Zelda costume on Saturday! That costume is so super comfy and fun to wear I can't wait until I am able to wear it again! X3

Next convention was originally going to be Fanime, but then something came up and I won't be available to fly out until Saturday of Fanime, and at that point it's hardly worth the expenses. =( I'm SO SAD that I'll be missing it again this year. I MISS MY WEST COAST FRIENDS! T^T

Instead, I will be trying to make it to ColossalCon next month. If I'm able to make it, I will probably wear my SS Zelda costume and my Politoed gijinka (maybe this time I'll actually get pics to share with you all. XD).  Let's hope things work out! :3

I recently got a Tumblr account! So if you have a tumblr, feel free to follow me! akuriko.tumblr.com
I also have a twitter account! akurikoCosplay.twitter.com =)

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: OoT3DS
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

Fairy Ocarinas For Sale!

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 18, 2012, 3:43 PM
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EDIT: All ocarinas have been sold! Thanks to all who bought them! :3 I should have more ready for next month pretty soon! :3

Hello, everyone! :3 I'm happy to say that I currently have 3 Fairy Ocarinas available for sale. :3 They are $89 each plus shipping. They are available on a first come, first serve basis, so send me a note if you're interested! :3 Here's a bit more info on these ocarinas:

Kiriban Prize - Fairy Ocarina by akuriko

-They have seven holes
-They have a one octave range, starting at G one octave above middle C
-They are tuned in the key of G Major
-They are "in tune with themselves" meaning they aren't "concert tuned." Any instrument played in accompaniment with these ocarinas will need to be tuned to the ocarina. At least, until I can achieve concert intonation. ^ ^;
-They are made from Sculpey III polymer clay. =)

Since it's going to be time to get ready for Acen pretty soon, I won't have any more ocarinas available until around early to mid-May, but at that point I'll be able to consistently take orders for Fairy Ocarinas. =)

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water

100,000 Kiriban and World Cosplay

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 8, 2012, 12:25 PM
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EDIT: Wow, that was fast! Kiriban was reached in a little over 8 hours. XD Congrats to :iconsasukesmilesscareme: for catching it exactly! I will send you a note shortly regarding your prize. :3

Hello, everyone! =)

My 100,000 hits kiriban is coming up fast, and in addition to my usual photo upload to commemorate, I've decided to create a contest to go along with it, since 100,000 feels like a huge milestone to me, hehe. XD Whoever can screencap my page with the view counter reading 100,000 (or closest number after 100,000) will receive my very first tuned playable fairy ocarina for free! =)

In other news, I just got an account at worldcosplay.net. So if you're on there, feel free to follow me! :D worldcosplay.net/member/38547/

As for conventions, I'll be at ACEN at the end of next month. :3 Despite it only being a little less than two months away, costume lineup is still being decided. I do know that I will definitely be debuting my Skyward Sword Zelda there though. :3 Whoever else plans to go, hope to see you there!

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Playing: Final Fantasy IX
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Just wanted to drop by and wish everyone a very merry Christmas! I hope you're all enjoying your holidays!

I also wanted to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday! It was a lot of fun! I got to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie, which was very good! I'm in love with Noomi Rapace! I think she's my new favorite actress. XD I also wanted to thank FireLilyCosplay and the anonymous person who both bought me a 12 month subscription! Holy crap you guys! So kind! XD I hardly know what to do with myself lol! Perhaps I will make my page a lot more fancy for 2012! XD

Have a great holiday everyone! We will see if I update in time for new years lol~
  • Mood: Delighted
  • Listening to: DeMarlo playing FF Tactics
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Doctor Who Christmas Special
  • Playing: Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Hello all~ it's been a while! I'm currently posting from my car, on my way out of Milwaukee for the last time! I'm FINALLY moving out of Milwaukee! HOORAY! :D This weekend I will be settling into my new place in Madison, then hopefully I'll be working on things again by Sunday. :3

YoumaCon's coming up fast, and I would really like to complete at least one new costume in time, though fate is working to prevent me from going yet again (why does this always happen?!?!). I do fully intend on being there, it's just that one tiny little thing might get in the way, and I still have to decide if it's important enough to let it prevent me from going. =/

In other news, I'm currently honing my ocarina making skills so I may start making them to sell in the near future. :3 I'm also considering making and selling other small props, though I haven't worked out exactly what I feel most comfortable doing and what I can handle, etc. More about that sometime after I've settled into my new apartment. :3  I hope everyone has a great weekend!
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Five Seasons of Kirite
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: iPhone Screen :D
  • Playing: Nothing, too busy moving!
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
As I was about to head out the door to start the long trek to Otakon with InkyLink, WhiteDesertSun, and BlackOceanSky, I remembered I wanted to update this before I left. XD;

First of all, I wanted to thank Ilora24 for the premium subscription. <333 You are too kind to me, darling~ X3

Second, I wanted to thank simonsaz3 and pullingcandy for the Daily Deviation! :'3 Thanks a lot! You really inspire me to keep doing my best with my costumes. X3 <3 Also wanted to thank all my new and old watchers for the faves and kind comments. Your continued support is greatly appreciated! :D

As for Otakon, according to the forecast, it's going to be unbearably hot, so I decided I'm not going to take too many costumes. Friday, I'll be wearing my Politoed Gijinka costume that I finished earlier this month, and my Marin costume on Saturday. If you see me there, feel free to stop me and say hi! :D

Can't wait to see you all there! :333
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Megaman 9 soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: Pokemon Diamond
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Acen this year was SOOOO FUUUUN!!! xD I really enjoyed myself, and was really happy to see all my friends I never get to see. =) Thanks to everyone who made it awesome!! Also got some new pics from the weekend that I will upload shortly. :D

As for the hiatus, Acen has made me excited about cosplay again. :3 So I'm gonna try working on a few simple costumes this summer and see how it goes. I will also be attending Otakon next month! Got my hotel booked and everything! :D I don't know for sure if I'm quite ready to say my hiatus is over, but I can say it is coming to an end much earlier than expected. =)
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Megaman 9 soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: Pokemon Diamond
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Water
Well, it appears that I've been successfully talked into attending Anime Central this weekend. I will be arriving Friday afternoon, and will be there until Sunday. I'm still debating what costumes I will bring, as I keep going in and out of the right mood I need to be in for pre-con cosplay maintenance lol. It's most likely going to be Marin on Friday, Saria on Saturday, and maybe Marin again on Sunday. Though there's a slight possibility Toon Zelda will be thrown in there somewhere, and if I'm feeling REALLY ambitious, TP Zelda (not likely). We shall see. As for anyone else attending, if you see me, feel free to say hi! My experience at this con will determine if I EVER RETURN TO COSPLAY AGAIN after all. So make it a good one (no pressure)!

Haha, no, I'm just kidding.

...Mostly.

See you there! 8D

An update on the hiatus when I return!
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Final Fantasy VII Soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: Dragon Age Origins
  • Eating: Creamy Tuna Pasta
  • Drinking: Water

Hiatus

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 6, 2011, 3:14 PM
I've decided to go on a 6 month cosplay hiatus starting today. I've been feeling burned out these past couple weeks, and I don't want to grow to resent this hobby, as I still have a passion for it. In addition, I'm moving to a new city in May, and I won't be able to focus on costumes, cons, moving, and job hunting. Sadly, this means I'll be missing Acen, Fanime, and possibly YoumaCon, but I still think it's for the best. In the meantime, I'll be focusing on things I've been neglecting, so I may still upload a drawing or two, and I'll likely still be checking my messages here. There is still a small possibility I might make it to Acen, since it's a relatively cheap con, but it depends on how I feel when the time comes. I may even cut the hiatus short by a few months. To everyone I was going to see at these conventions, I'm sorry I won't be able to make it, and I hope to see you all soon. =)

~akuriko

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: Twilight Princess Soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: Dragon Age II
  • Eating: Nothing, kinda hanguri~
  • Drinking: Water

Rainbow Brite Costume Relisted! And Twitter

Journal Entry: Fri Mar 18, 2011, 5:48 PM
I've gone ahead and listed my Rainbow Brite costume on the Cosplay.com Marketplace. Please follow this link to view the ad www.cosplay.com/marketplace/sh…

If you know someone who may be interested, please send them this way! :3

P.S., I just created a Twitter account just for my cosplay stuff. Follow me to see my day-to-day cosplay ramblings and progress~ www.twitter.com/akurikocosplay

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Oracle of Ages Soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: A Link to the Past
  • Eating: Dinner
  • Drinking: Juice~

Update Time~

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 24, 2011, 10:09 PM
First and foremost, I want to thank all my new watchers and all the kind people who comment and fave~ I really appreciate all the support and feedback! :3 I've received literally hundreds of comments in a very short amount of time, and while I've been able to read all of them, I don't know if I will ever get around to replying to them all. ^ ^; So, just know that even if I don't reply, I still read and appreciate your comments. =) <3

My Rainbow Brite cosplay didn't end up selling in the auction. I'm still deciding whether I will relist it or just list it in the Cosplay.com Marketplace. I'll probably end up doing the latter, and hopefully someone will come along and be able to give her a new home. =)

I've just started work on my OoT Princess Zelda costume. I recently finished all of my drafts and patterns, and I've started on the tabard. I've also sculpted out nearly all her jewelry and accessories, including the model for the jewel on her circlet. Really hoping to have the tabard complete by the end of this month~ *crosses fingers* Once I'm able to buy more materials, I have a feeling this costume is going to be completed in no time. :3 I've also started remaking the jewelry and accessories for my revamp of TP Zelda. So far I'm almost done remaking the chest piece and crown, as well as new models for new jewels. I'm going to be trying some new methods this time. I really hope they work out~ X3

Time is flying by so fast! Only 3 more months until ACEN! X3

P.S., Happy 25th Anniversary, Legend of Zelda!! Still as timeless as ever!

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Oracle of Ages Soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: A Link to the Past
  • Eating: Dinner
  • Drinking: Juice~

Rainbow Brite Costume for Sale~

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 13, 2011, 3:43 PM
EDIT: Well, the auction ended with no bids. I'm not sure whether I'll relist it or start taking best offers. Suppose I'll post it here when I decide.

Like I mentioned in my previous entry, I want to completely remake my Rainbow Brite costume from scratch, but I don't want this one to go to waste, so I've decided to go ahead and auction it off. I hope I can find it a happy new owner. =)

Anyone who's interested, please visit this link! cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?…

Please read the description for size and condition. If you have any other questions on the costume, you can contact me here or on ebay. =)

Pictures of my Rainbow Brite Costume:
Rainbow Brite at Youmacon by akuriko Rainbow Brite Cosplay by akuriko Classic Rainbow Brite Pose by akuriko

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  • Listening to: Twilight Princess Soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: SSBB Melee
  • Eating: Ginger Snaps
  • Drinking: Water

February Update and Possibly Selling a Costume~

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 3, 2011, 7:29 PM
Well, hello again~

OhayoCon was super fun! Got to hang out with tons of people that I don't normally get to hang out with, and met lots of new people. :3 The only down side was that quite a few people I was hoping would be there weren't able to make it ( :iconxrikku-chanx: , :iconhiyoko-chan: , :iconkoisnake: , :iconnaomiromero: , and :iconthornrose: - It's a shame you guys couldn't be there. =( )

Saria did get finished in time, thankfully. :D I issued that costume an ultimatum, that if it didn't get done, I wasn't going to the con, and it shaped right up lololol. I had a lot of fun cosplaying Saria~ :3 Got a super cool shoot from :iconayanehewley: . She's got a few up already. Excited to see the rest of the shots. :333 May upload a photo of that costume tonight~

I'm thinking about selling my Rainbow Brite costume. What I mean by 'thinking about' is I probably am. She's kinda old, and I kinda want to completely remake her from scratch, but I don't want all my hard work on her to go to waste, plus I've had a few offers already, and I think she deserves a nice new home. :3 Probably will post an ebay link up here in the next couple days or so.

Next cosplay on the list will be... OoT Princess Zelda! Also I'll be redoing a lot of my TP Zelda this spring, and possibly a cloak! No promises, though. XD; Next convention will be ACEN, and my current plan is to have OoT Zelda, give Marin a proper debut, and will probably wear Saria as well.

Anyway, that's all for now!

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Friend playing MGS in the background
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: Star Ocean: The Second Story
  • Eating: Nothing, kinda hanguri~
  • Drinking: Water
Lol I'm always late! XD;

I hope everyone's first week of 2011 went well~ Mine's been mostly uneventful. Well... I came down with the flu, but that's been the height of my year so far lol.

Thinking about New Year's resolutions, I went and looked back at mine from last year, AND I DIDN'T ACCOMPLISH A SINGLE ONE. LOL. So this year, I'm going to try something a little different. Here's my resolutions for 2011:

1. Follow through with at least one resolution.
2. Completely forget about and fail at least one resolution.
3. Move the F$^# out of Milwaukee.
4. Compose at least one decent completely original piece of music.

There, now I'm guaranteed to succeed at most, if not all, of my resolutions this year, haha!

Also, wanted to thank everyone who wished me a happy birthday!! <333 I appreciate every one of you! Also, I had a most excellent birthday. I got to go back to Utah, see all of my siblings and my dad, got to hang out with all my friends, and I got sparklers on my cake. SPARKLERS. It was fantastic. I also got a cool new hair style. :3 LAYERS! They make everything better!

So OhayoCon... costumes are going to be:
Friday: Saria
Saturday: Toon Zelda

Subject to change, of course. =) See you all there!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Listening to: Earthbound Soundtrack
  • Reading: My post
  • Watching: Computer Screen
  • Playing: Rocket Knight Adventures
  • Eating: Pizza~
  • Drinking: Water