Monday, February 20, 2012

The Things we do for our Children

My 15-year-old is very creative, even if it's in a way that I'm not very interested in.  She is an avid Fan Fiction writer and Japanese anime fan.  Thus said, she loves going to the anime conventions.  We have several in our area, so this travel isn't inconvenient.  The entry fee and shopping are a pocket drainer and don't even get me started on the costumes.  Yes, costumes.  I try to keep my girl reined in, but you would not believe at how much time and money are invested to these creations. The majority are handmade because only non-purchased costumes can be entered in the costume contest.

My Little Pony Cosplayers
We have been attending MegaCon in Orlando for the past 3 years.  This convention is a combination of Anime, Comics, and Science Fiction.  It's huge.  Really.  Almost everyone dresses up as their favorite character.  In fact, you feel quite out of place if you go sans costume.  

One of this year's special guests was Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. She was so excited for the opportunity to meet him and get an autograph/photo.  So was everyone else.  Photo sessions sold out and the event staff would not allow personal photos - this was a first for us.  So, we snuck in a picture before we got caught.  You can just barely see him sitting at the table behind her.  She was disappointed, but the attention she received for her costume made up for it. Who knows?  Maybe his publicist will see this and make up for it.

Tom Felton in background
Happy Girl
Of course, my daughter needed a new costume for this year.  I keep trying to convince her to just improve her other costumes and I'm hoping one day she will agree.  However, I'm glad she didn't listen this time because she was a big hit.  She loved having people stop her for a photo.  
Cupcake's Pinkie Pie
 Yes, I sewed each one of those blocks.  I'm not sure what happened to her making the costume herself....hmmmm.  I do know, however, that I am not meant to be a quilter.  That's a lot of work!  I'm still a newbie at making my own patterns, so overall, I think it turned out pretty good.

Oh, and remember that I said you feel out of place if you don't dress up?  I bit the bullet and joined the craziness.  The things we do for our children.

Daughter and Mom dress-up
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