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Time for Change

Tue Feb 4, 2014, 3:24 PM
Hi everyone :wave:!!!

Seems like forever since I uploaded or updated anything on my dA, thank you to everyone who has faved, commented, and watched me, I will get to everything eventually, and thank you so much!!!!!! :blowkiss: :blowkiss: :tighthug:

2013 was a good year, I settled in to a stable long-term job, I really took a good grasp on being Cosplay Director for Anime Matsuri, and over all a positive year where I got to meet a lot of amazing people, I really couldn't be happier.

But now it is 2014, and it is time for change,  now that I am comfortable and settled I feel the need to challenge myself and grow even more as a person and grow every hat I wear. So to embrace my change and the fact that for the first time I have a solo Facebook Page and from now own will by doing my cosplay endeavors on my own I adopted a new handle. 

Here is the link to my new Facebook page  Varia I will work my hardest to keep it updated regularly.

I have a lot of things in the works, Anime Matsuri is coming up and I have a few things planned :shh:  Of course I am still organizing the main Cosplay Contest Saturday evening, also the Marvel vs DC Cosplay Contest Friday afternoon, and this year I am an assistant director to the J-Fashion Show Friday evening. I am really looking forward to all of the events. I am also looking forward to all the guests and everyone that will be there. At the same time I am really nervous, as the 10th largest convention in the US there is a lot of pressure and expectations but I have a great team and the staff in general is very supportive and dedicated. Who is planning on being there?? Be sure to let me know!!!

Well enough about AM, I have lots of things going on, many projects and plans that I will be sharing through out the year. 

Be sure to follow me on my page to keep up with my daily adventures Varia. This weekend I will be heading to Dallas for Dallas Scifi Expo where I will be doing some celebrity stalking.


Will be back soon, looking forward to new adventures in 2014. 










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LA Here I COME!!!!

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 26, 2013, 9:55 PM


I have so much to do between now and next Wednesday but it will all be worth it. I will be arriving in LA on July 3rd and hitting up Anime Expo that weekend. So something very exciting for me happened, I am going to be the official Kirito from Sword Art Online at the Aniplex Screening on Friday July 5th at 12, then heading over to the Bushiroad booth from 1-3, I will be in the SAO Kirito costume. On Saturday I will be wearing the ALO Kirito and don't have really much planned except to hang out, help out then watch the masq, I believe its Saturday (I am horribly confused by the schedule this year). I am still debating on taking other cosplays. 


Then San Japan in August followed by Dragon*con.


After d*c I will be taking it slow, I need to pass CPA exam so I can go back to get my PhD, I love cosplaying but sometimes the real world has to take the driver's seat. I'm not stopping just seriously slowing down in the making department. Right now I am working on getting all my cosplays in working order, and making what I have already bought materials for, still its a lot. Then Anime Matsuri will be here again before I know it, already getting excited about it.

Wish me luck in LA :heart: :heart: :heart: 


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  • Drinking: coffee

Giveaways

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 16, 2013, 12:30 PM
Hi everyone

I forgot to post on here that we are cleaning out the shop and giving away some of my our old props and casts that need some extra TLC, you have to go to our Facebook page for that GS Props.

You have to have a FB account and share the picture, we would appreciate likes too but that is not a must, we want people to like our page that want to follow our progress, shenanigans, and experiments through this fascinating world of making props, armors, and costumes.

We are actually giving away my very first claymore sword. It no longer has Clare's symbol, it has Alicia's and it is being given away as is.  I am sad to see it go but I would like it to go to someone who can use it or will appreciate having it. We already gave away a raw cast of Caliburn and we have more we will be giving away next!!!!






Don't forget to come see us at Anime Matsuri, we will be running the cosplay contests, giving panels, and just hanging out when we get a chance.

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Quick Update...Katsucon..Matsuri..etc

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 27, 2013, 9:37 AM


Hello My Lovelies,


Work load right now is a bit overwhelming so as usual dA gets pushed to the bottom of my to do list. I am getting ready for Katsucon, only taking a few cosplays just one armor as traveling by airplane with armors and big props always gives me ulcers. Go to our facebook, GS Props, we will be posting up what I remember to on there.

Anime Matsuri March 29-31, 2013

Super excited about it, want it to be here already but at the same time so much work to do. Preparations for all three cosplay contests are coming around pretty well, I really can't decide which one I will be looking forward to the most. For those not familiar we will be hosting Marvel Entertainment's The World's Mightiest Cosplayers contest on Friday, our own Anime Matsuri Cosplay contest on Saturday, and World Cosplay Summit southern regional Qualifying Round followed by the Final round on Sunday. People attending the con includes Kelly Hu, Matt Mercer, Marisha Ray, Johnny Yong Bosch,  Judith Stephens, Bill Winans of Angry Dog Studios, Rynnnn, yayacosplay, gstqfashions, Staff of WCS along with many past US teams, so many more I cannot think of all just now, and of course I signed up :icongs-props: for some panels as well hehe :devilish:.  With so much going on at Matsuri we will probably not be wearing the Hunters and leaving them for Akon.


Ok time to get back to work, I already have photoshoots scheduled for Katsucon but have not finished the cosplay...its a LoL character, be sure to check out our FB page to see who it is.

Bye for now :heart:



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  • Watching: Merlin
  • Eating: chicken
  • Drinking: coffee

December!!!!?? Where did the year go?

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 6, 2012, 7:54 AM


I can't believe how fast this year went by, it is already December!!!

Recap of the year

1. Katsucon 2012 participated in WCS (came home with best experience of my life to that point and con plague)
2. Anime Matsuri (Turi's first official anime con)
3. A-kon (got the worst con plague of my life)
4. Anime Expo (had such an amazing time with Michael, John, Aija, Ashley, Ali, and I made so many awesome new friends Tony, Vensy etc.)
5. San Japan (nothing but non stop fun with Judy, Matt, Oliver, Michael, Aija, Turi)
6. DRAGON*CON..................what happens at d*c stays at d*c...........................
7. Onicon - our first appearance as guests...sweet time
8. Texas Renaissance Festival: Turi got the chicken pox D:

To finish off the year I will be going on a vacation with my little man to DisneyWorld then attending Ikkicon.

I also recently became the new Cosplay Director for Anime Matsuri which will take place last weekend of March, we will be hosting WCS qualifying round and THE FINALS!!!!!!

Now for preparations for Katucon and  Anime Matsuri next year. I am so excited it will be the best year yet  and the summer promises to be another memorable one, we have so many plans and upcoming project!!!  (Why can't they just finish themselves  hahaha jk) I can't wait to share it with everyone.

Thank you to all my new watchers and all the wonderful comments and love I receive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much.


As always go like our page on Facebook GS Props  that is where all the exciting stuff gets posted and where we are cosntantly active. I will be finishing up and posting the how to on Kirito's coat.

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20,000 Page Views and Onicon

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 13, 2012, 4:59 PM


Who ever catches or comes the closest will be  featured in a journal. You must send it to me in a note.




Next weekend :icongs-props: and I will be at Galveston Convention Center attending Onicon as guests. We will be participating in a few panels so if you will be at the con be sure to attend to have all your cosplay questions answered. We will be wearing our Shepard cosplays on Saturday and during the course of the weekend I will be wielding the greatest sword of all time, Excalibur , so get ready for another blonde with a sword cosplay from me.

The King's Sword by GS-PROPS

Sad I am not at Yaoi-con.......:tears: everyone else attending I hope you are having an amazing time!!! Next year be ready for me!!!!

Now back to cosplay making.....


In case I do not post up another journal till after all the upcoming building madness be sure to follow us at GS Props.


P.S. We will be fully opening up commissions soon and Turi has a few slots open, be sure to order whatever it is you wanted before they filled up, those SAO swords are in high demand. (Dark Repulsor -not in the picture- will be ready after Onicon)

Elucidator and Lambent ready for photoshoot. by GS-PROPS

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  • Watching: Merlin
  • Eating: chicken
  • Drinking: water

Post the Chaos that was Dragon*con

Journal Entry: Wed Sep 5, 2012, 7:20 PM
Dragon*con was quite an experience, definitely the best part was getting to make so many amazing new friends. It really is wonderful to see all the people who spend as much time and effort with the same passion and love for a hobby come together. I really enjoyed the N7 Elite photoshoot and the new friends we made, can't wait till next year to do it all over again.

While I wait for more pictures here is a preview of my armors, I know some were waiting to see. :heart: the pink camo!!!!!

Alicia the Black from Claymore



Commander Shepards in camo!!!!
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Up next for me is a lot of cleaning up and going to start our big builds for next year.

My upcoming cons will be Onicon and Ikkicon.

Soon I will post more pics of D*C cosplays, links to the very cool new friends and people we met, etc but for now rest. And so ends this summer con season. My heart hurts a little from the though, time to move forward and start work for the next one.

Dragon*Con!!!!!!!!!!!D:

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 22, 2012, 4:24 PM
OHMYGOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just a week and we will be making the 11 or so hour drive from Houston to Atlanta for Dragon*Con!!!!!!!! Keeping the armor's interest in mind, we decided to go for the drive. AHHHHHH We will be getting there early Thursday :D


LINE UP for yours truly!!!!


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Tada.....a claymore our way, completely remade the armor and the sword, the first sets were testing the waters and getting our bearings in armor making :idea:, for the second generation we applied what we learned and made it our way. (this isn't Clare's modified, its a  whole new armor and sword)

No changes to the rifles but we will have  an M-3 Predator and N-7 hurricane to add to our arsenal and that gives us two extra weapons to lend out to friends during the con :D. Remade quite a bit of the armor and they will be getting VERY SPECIAL PAINT...just wait for it :). We will have one of our best buds :iconmaniac-red: as a third Shepard...eee so much ME epicness!!!!!!

Harry Potter?? Heck yeah!!! Just for fun

Rin...because he is so much fun to wear, well at least for me.

and finally MAYBE Ririchiyo :flirty:, it I have  few extra hours to knock out the jumper but gotta finish the others first.

HMMM Does anyone else see a disturbing pattern here!!??? A lot of black :bucktooth:

OUR FIRST DRAGON*CON!!!! :excited:!!!!!!!!

Previews for you guys

2012-06-27 09.48.33_Houston_Texas_US



Oh if you are going to D*C and I don't already have ur number n u wanna be sure to cross paths send me your number in a note :D

New ME Weapon done!!!

Journal Entry: Tue Jul 31, 2012, 7:40 AM
N7 hurricane from Mass Effect by GS-PROPS  <---------------N-7 Hurricane (quite appropriate as I get referred to as Cat-five quite a bit.... maybe I'll change my handles :XD:)


:icongs-props: just finished this!!! It's amazing and a lot lighter than the M-8 and Argus.



I shamefully admit I have not taken the time to make the molds which is my job and I won't till after d*c so peeps y'all gonna have to wait on those. Furthermore, after d*c we will stop taking commission requests until after A-kon next year, we will be working on our own projects, we will only have available raw casts.  

I haven't had a lot of free time to post up updated and progress but as usual I am more likely to post up on my FB. www.facebook.com/UchihaKunoich…


Just  10 more days before San Japan and a little over 4 weeks for d*c!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D I see everyone else with their d*c projects and it makes me feel bad, we have nothing big planned except to have an amazing time. I think its gonna end up being a hang out con, I am not feeling the FemShep I might not wear it at all and leave the Shepard cosplays for the boys, we will see how I am feeling.


I'll post up pics after San Japan


Who is going to SJ and D*C? How is the prep coming along?


~VariaK


GS Props :icongs-props: and :iconvariak:

What's to come!!!

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 12, 2012, 7:52 AM
I know I have been rather quiet but I really haven't gotten any high quality pics that I want to upload and I don't like spamming my old ones, nor posting up bs stuff.


SAN JAPAN

I am getting ready for this, I have 6 cosplays planned for this convention. Really looking forward to it, I will have the great honor of cosplaying with :iconnekomatalee:  and :iconfallingfeathers: . I can't even put into words how excited I am about this. I will be remaking a lot of my N7 and finishing up final touches for the new claymore I wrapped up for AX but since it was rushed, there are a few things I want to work on. Making three new ones and fixing up three old ones, but the armor ones are really simultaneous prep for d*con.

DRAGON*CON

I am looking forward to it but at the same time a bit intimidated, I know its gonna be huge but I hope it will be as much fun as AX. :icongs-props: will definitely be going to this one, we plan on wearing our Shepard cosplays with a few upgrades. Also :iconfallingfeathers: and Matt (<--need to find his dA) will for sure be going!!!!! And hopefully :iconsayuri13: makes it as well. Still trying to convince and waiting on Michael Zhang to see if he will able to make it out with us. This will be all our first d*con so it is very exciting for us...yes we really are big kids lol!!!!!!! And of course so many people I am hoping to run into as well!!!!!! :heart: :heart:

My new cosplay I wanted to have finished, I am NOT going to rush to make, like I do everything else plus I have been very busy with work which means less time for cosplays and I really want to get that one right the first time so most likely that is being postponed. Really neither one of us is working on our parts, we decided to fixed up and get to a point where we are 100% happy with the cosplays we already have. Plus we will start working on another project for next year that has taken priority. It really depends on how much we get done in the next couple of weeks, I am working on our cosplays and nii-chan is working on a few commissions. ( I still don't work on commissions)


Hopefully this approach tones down my stress levels and hopefully I don't break out in hives from stress like it did the night before I left for AX, that really is my priority, staying sane and healthy.

As always you can see updates on our FB GS Props we are still doing the M-3 Predator Draw when we reach 500 likes but we aren't there yet.

My other cosplay progress on My Facebook ( i don't wanna bore the prop and armor fans with my sewing girly things :blush:

Mass Effect Pistol Giveaway and Update

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 9, 2012, 10:07 AM
Anime Expo in LA was amazing!!!! I had such a fun time with :iconxi-za:, John, Michael, Ejen, love ladies from :iconfoxglovescosplay: and everyone else I spent time with. It was chaos and I was not able to bring any armors bc I was traveling alone but so worth the trip, definitely a memorable con. Hoping to make it back out to LA for Yaoi-con in October :shh:  


Nii-chan really loves his watchers so we are having a little contest. We will be picking a name on ustream from likes on our facebook page, GS Props, when we reach 500 likes


Link to WIP of pistol  ---------------------> www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…

Ustream link---------------------> www.ustream.tv/channel/gs-prop…


So spread the word guys, we will be doing this at 1000 likes too!!!!!!!!! (and so on) who knows what we will be working on then!!!!! :excited:

So go like GS Props and don't miss your chance to win an awesome prop made in our shop!!!!

Getting Ready for Anime Expo

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 13, 2012, 7:09 PM
So right after A-kon I decided I would arrange trip to LA for Anime Expo, getting ready for that now...you know me always gotta make at least one new exciting thing.


Cosplays for AX
Female Shepard (maybe hard to travel alone w a ton of luggage)
C.C. black kimono
Alone
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I know I am crazy working on 4....I will say one is from Claymore and it's not Clare ;) THis one was for d*con but I decided to finish it up sooner...hehe D*Con!!!!!


Count down begins........................................

Who is going to AX? I need someone to hold my hand the first day I scared...never been to such a huge convention....and alone.....ok ok I won't be alone...thankfully I will have :iconxi-za: who I will latch on to like a leach..and my roommate

Akon Preview!!!!!!!!! Top secret stuff!!!!

Journal Entry: Wed May 23, 2012, 2:11 PM
To all my new watchers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thank you so much!!!!!!!!

I am really bad about sharing before I debut at a con but I can't hold it in and as a special thank you as well....here it is....my baby......












Don't forget to go over to our fb, we post all the fun stuff there -->GS Props



You probably won't hear from me until after the con, the armors aren't finished and the Argus is still getting painted...we still have a lot a work to do but hopefully we finish...Be sure to say hi if you see us. How is everyone else's prep going? Good luck can't wait to see everyone at A-kon

Daily Deviation!!!!

Journal Entry: Mon May 21, 2012, 4:39 AM
I woke up this morning after having nightmares all night about not finishing the Mass Effect cosplays to find that I was honored with a Daily Deviation!!!!!

C.C.: Code Geass Mutuality Art by VariaK



I am still in shock but so happy, I can't believe it!!!!.




Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Time to buckle in for the last two weeks and finish, but now I am even more motivated. Little preview of the M-55 Argus.....almost done with both rifles, the M-55 is the first one to be in the paint process.





by:icongs-props:

Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 22, 2012, 11:05 AM
I just wanted to get rig of that old journal entry.


I probably won't be updating my journal much anymore so if anyone wants to see what I am working on you can either check out my Facebook or you can check out   GS Props Facebook where GS-PROPS and I will be posting our armor, props, WIP and shop shenanigans from now on, I will be focusing a lot of my time in the next half year to armor and prop cosplays.  There are a lot of wonderful events and cosplays coming up and I am really excited so bare with me, I won't be abandoning dA but updates will now mostly go on FB

Up coming cons

A-Kon
San Japan
Dragon*Con


I'm sure there will be more but those are the ones we are specifically making cosplays for. Thank you everyone I really appreciate all the love and I would really love to be on here more interacting with people but unfortunately work and cosplays are really picking up and there is a limit to hours in the day so what has to be sacrificed is my internet time. I really appreciate all the love, comments, favs, watchers and I will try to reply as much as I can.


I leave you with a little preview of what we are working on




Matsuri 2012 Progress

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 19, 2012, 10:42 AM
Just a couple of progress shots of C.C. I am basically done, made a 14 steel bone corset, cut out 78 appliques which might be more, gonna finish applying them tonight. Little man trouble was under the weather so I haven't been able to work till 3 am like I like...its always at night that symptoms are at their worst. I probably won't wear the under kimono since its as huge as the kimono depends on the weather we will see. I haven't started sewing Alone at all I know I am so bad but sword's almost done.





Sword Progress: by:icongs-props:
luv the wingsssss! by GS-PROPS

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Quick update (Edit)

Journal Entry: Tue Mar 6, 2012, 5:46 PM
  • Listening to: anime ost
  • Reading: Sekaiichi Hatsukoi
  • Watching: CCS
  • Eating: fish
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Few hours and counting

Journal Entry: Wed Feb 15, 2012, 9:43 AM
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Contest Info

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 24, 2012, 4:42 PM
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