Sunday, 24 June 2012

Catching Up

Yet again I have been remiss in posting. On the other hand it now means I have lots to talk about!

In April, the LARP had its third event, a tavern night on the 21st. The following weekend, I worked at the Calgary Comic Expo in the Myth Games booth. Working meant I got to skip the fiasco at the main entrance, but also meant that I was stuck in a booth all weekend so I really only got to see what came to us. I did take a break to get a photo with and signature from the lovely Amanda Tapping.

We also had a second booth for the Alliance Calgary LARP chapter. It was manned by members in full costume and sold latex LARP weapons as well as a few costume pieces I had prepared! I sold my very first pre-prepared piece!

Unfortunately, in the middle of this hectic weekend, we also said goodbye to another of our fur babies. Loki, our little terror of only 5, had become ill some weeks before hand, and we had thought he was getting over it with the medication. However it was much more serious than we had first thought and Cory had to let him go very early on Saturday morning, April 28th. How he managed to get through the rest of the weekend, I don’t know. Having to work the crazy hours of the Expo was a definite distraction.

Goodbye Mr. Loki, we miss you.

After the Expo it was time to focus on the next LARP event, in only 2 weeks! I still had most of my items from the Expo to sell. Cory was kind enough to let me put them in Myth Games in the LARP section. The other women’s shirt has sold since then, so I have to make more! Currently on sale is a Blue/Brown/Bronze Pirate-style coat, size XL for $300; two linen men’s shirts, both size XL for $60 each and a tan fuzzy vest with a brown fur collar for $130.

I currently have material for 6 more women’s shirts in various colours and two more men’s shirts. They will be in a range of sizes. Hopefully this will help my sales (I hope).

For May’s event, our first weekend event, we needed a ton more monster tabards and new “battle” costumes for Cory & myself. As well as a beautiful gold cloak for my character for the night part of the event. While I concentrated on getting the costume pieces done, the tabards were done by the wife of a LARP member who used to be an industrial seamstress. I still don’t know how she got them all done so fast!!

The weekend after the May event, we adopted a new kitty! He still needed to be snipped so he came to live with us on the Tuesday. Salem was not impressed. Hermes is about a year old so he is still very playful and likes to chew on whatever he can get his mouth around. Salem is 11 and while he still plays sometimes, Hermes is a little rough for him. In the weeks since, Hermes has settled in and he and Salem have been getting to know each other but are still working on becoming friends.

Then it was time to focus on the June event! For this one, plot transported the players to the land of the Fey, where they met the Smurfs! Which for me meant a ton of Smurf hats to be made, and then adjusted. Next time I have to make hats, I’m not doing anything until I get proper head measurements from everyone. Cory was Gargamel and I was Azreal. No photos of that though. We weren’t in those costumes very long.

I also needed a bunch of new pouches that would go onto belts and be easily accessible. I used a leather pattern I already had and made a few adjustments to make it work with fabric. They worked so well that I now need to make a ton more in all different colors! I'm wearing my first one in the photo above.

Now we are getting ready for the July event, which at the time of posting is only three weeks away. It seems like a lot, but it flies by so fast.

On the to do list:
More belt pouches
Commissioned pants
Commissioned Bride’s maid’s dress for August
Various animal hats
Six women’s shirts
Two men’s shirts
Four cloaks

Plus I have a roll of really nice brown material that looks a little like leather that I’m not sure what to do with…

Bonus photo: me learning to use my new staff! Thanks Cory!

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