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Saturday's Feathery Madness

On Firan, stephdray is in the process of writing the LARP for FiranCon. She mentioned to everyone that we will be having a masked ball during the LARP and that if we can we should bring masks and that they'll be bringing some themselves to the hotel. Now, originally, I wasn't going to bring any costumes or props for FiranCon. I'd just planned to go as myself. But this mask stuff had me intrigued and so I decided to be at least a teeny bit adventurous, when normally I'm not at all.

During my shopping trip on Saturday I stopped by Michaels, the craft shop, to pick up supplies for making a feather mask. I got a book on how to make feather masks, a hot glue gun, several different types of feathers, some ribbon and other accesories I thought I'd need, then went home. I puttered around a bit before deciding to work on my mask.

I have come to have a great appreciation for people who spend hours on end making feather masks or otherwise. Mask making is a hard business! When I got home and started going through the feathers I'd purchased, I noticed that most of them were all frayed and puffy and damaged, not the perfectly shaped features that one would need for a mask. So, I had my work cut out for me. I went through a bag of feathres that I bought and decided to cut the ones down that I could use and then started gluing them to my mask. I'd purchased 4 pads of already glued feathers so that helped the process along just a bit. In the end, after 4 hours of sorting through my bagged feathers and cutting them down and gluing them on, I had half my mask covered. I decided to use the 4 pads that I had and completed my mask. It turns out to be a nice brown feather full mask, with gold ribbon tribbing the eyes and a white ribbon that can be tied to the back of the head. Quite an expensive and time consuming endeavor!

But Now...!

Now that FiranCon is just a little over two weeks away, I've pretty much decided that I want to make a costume now. I have this beautiful mauvy pink brocade that I'd purchased years ago to make Renaissance garb out of, but never have. My sewing machine is tucked away at my father's other property, and I don't forsee that I'll be going to get it anytime soon. However, I have had one nice person step up and say that they might have time to help me with costuming needs. So rather than collecting dust with my lovely cloth, I'll be putting it to good use, hopefully, and making a nice stola out of it. Maybe a palla too, we'll see. All I need now are the trimmings and other accessories one would need to put something like this together, which will likely be a shopping trip for this weekend. Now, I just have to find a nice clothing store in the area!

Except... I'm starting to get all

Weak in the Knees

and indecisive about things. I want to go to Con one moment, and the next moment I'm debating whether or not I want to go. I know, deep down, that I really want to go. It's a scary thing, going out to a hotel and meeting approximately 50 or so strangers. I already know a good handful of the 64+ people that will be coming, so that's at least some help. But there are times when I get to thinking about everything and wonder if it's a good idea for me to be there. Bah. That feeling will go away I'm sure, as my excitement starts to grow and the date of the event starts getting closer and closer and closer. There's so many people I know I want to see, and I know they want to see me too, that I could hardly disappoint them! Now, if I could only shake that other feeling!

All in all, it is a thing I look forward to. July 4th weekend will be very fun, I'm certain of it. Especially with all the craziness that will evolve from having a floor specifically decicated to our event!


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Jun. 17th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I'll be going, without a doubt. I've gone for the last two years. It's just... different this time. I think part of that problem is in the last two years I've had Darrick there, and he won't be there this year, and so the rules change a bit and it makes things somewhat scarier, if that makes any sense. I used to have him to rely on and I don't have that now. I'll be fine though. I'm a survivor and I know how to survive, and really I /am/ very much looking forward to going.

And ya know what! There's gonna be Cuendillar players there too! And, that will be exciting - meeting a few more people from my own game. I've already met Tiganza, and Shadowspawn. Tig I met while in Seattle visiting with Melissa from Tales of Ta'veren. And Shadowspawn I met when he was working in Wilmington, DE at the theatre. He came to see me in Picnic. Though, looking back at the tape of Picnic, er.... that play was sooo boring when I watched it. Poor Shadowspawn! I'm apalled he had to sit through that! But I enjoyed talking to him afterwards.

DO tell me when you want to do the NY thing. I'd love to come up and meet with you and Durhas's player. I emailed Steve not just the other day, to see if he's still alive or not.
Jun. 16th, 2004 08:36 pm (UTC)
*cheers for Klingon masks!!!*

       If you don't go I will beat you.

Jun. 17th, 2004 07:06 am (UTC)
There will be NO Klingon ANYTHING or Catholic School Girl ANYTHING at the con. Hrmph!

You'd have to find me first to beat me :)
Jun. 17th, 2004 12:13 am (UTC)


I wasn't going to do anything for the Con either, but I decided I would try this mask thinger. So on thursday, it will be mask making day at my house, where Zafir (And maybe Marsalos) is gonna come over and we are gonna try this artsy thing together. I am very artsy as it is...and I plan on paper macheing the house down...but I have a feeling we are just gonna end up with..well...soggy paper.

As for costumes, I have navy linens around, and I -really- wanna make a stola or what have you...but I can't sew a button...so..that might be a problem :)

Anyway, I only know 3 people who are going to the con...so at least you have a handful, and with all the reassurance I have gotten from Zaffy, I think we will be fine.

*sneaks off now*

-Stephanie: Galadra's Player
Jun. 17th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC)
Re: Masks
I am very grateful for the people that I know that will be going. I live in the Maryland area, like some other players of the game, and have had the opportunity to hang out with them this year and bond on a more personable level. So, it will be good to go in knowing I do have people I can rely on for support, I just don't want to impose myself too greatly :)

You'll be fine. Con is scary at first, but then the walls start coming down (some through alcohol and some through the sheer antics of others) and then everyone has a great time. You'll see. The paper mache masks sound interesting. I still have a great appreciation for mask makers, particularly feather mask makers! I wanna know who their suppliers are, because they can't seriously be getting this stuff from craft stores!
Jun. 17th, 2004 10:36 am (UTC)
Re: Masks
I think our masks are gonna turn out like crap :P I suppose you will see on the 3rd though :) Wish us luck! (Especially if Mars shows up...somehow I think this is gonna turn out to be very messy, and someone is gonna have their fingers glued together)
Jun. 17th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC)
We're not all strangers!
Jun. 17th, 2004 07:05 am (UTC)
No, not everyone is a stranger. There's a select group of people, including you at times, that I did hang out with, and I continue to hang out with them since I do live in Maryland. However, a large majority of the people will be strangers. So, that still applies!

I'm looking forward to seeing you again, BTW! It should be fun, with Ishani and Kachina and Selene and everyone else. Oh, and you can help me torment Paul! *evil maniacal laughter* Muaha.
Jun. 18th, 2004 08:54 am (UTC)
Torment Paul indeed!

I'm looking forward to seeing you too!
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