Hey Everyone!Just wanted to plug the Crystal Ball! I hope a lot of you out in HP Fandom Land decide to come into town for it. It'll be a lot of fun and we're going to have some great food, music, dancing, and I'm sure moshing to "Party Like You're Evil"! We're featuring DJ Evil D, Draco and the Malfoys and The Whomping Willows! This is your chance to get all dressed up and enjoy a fantasy ball with some great people! http://www.hp-ohio.com/crystalball.html
I am cross-posting this from the hp_costuming community. It really pains me to post this, but I don't feel there's any choice at this point. In recent months there have been several people that have had, or are continuing to have, trouble with orders they've placed at Fairy Tales & Dragon Scales, http://www.fairytalesdragonscales.com. The proprieter, Jasmine, is not responding to repeated emails, phone calls or snail mail letters. Costume orders are not being filled despite the fact that payment has already been made in full months before. I am posting this warning for several reasons: Fairy Tales & Dragon Scales (FTDS) is still listed as a vendor at Phoenix Rising and I know that the company is frequently recommended to people looking for custom robes. More than one person has confirmed not receiving their items after payment and the impossibility of getting a response from Jasmine after repeated contact attempts. I ordered my robes for the Lumos convention from FTDS. They arrived only days before the convention which had me really nervous but they did arrive and they were gorgeous. Based on that, I recommended FTDS to a friend when he wanted robes for PR. He placed his order and paid in full, $177, for the robes back in August 2006. They still have not arrived. Email communication has been spotty to nonexistent from Jasmine.I won't go into all the details because that would take a novel, but let's just say my friend has made super-human efforts to contact Jasmine. He has called her home, emailed her from multiple email addresses, emailed both of her business email addresses and even contacted a fellow vendor she has shared booth space with in the past. Jasmine has shown a consistent pattern of lieing and non-response. She has lied throughout this entire process, saying the robes were ready when they weren't, saying she'd send them this day or that or claiming that my friend had made changes to the order when he didn't.I would strongly urge anyone that is having these issues with FTDS to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and if you have already paid for your robes, have not received them and can not contact Jasmine - file a police report. This is theft. There is no pretty way to phrase that.UPDATE: the oh-so-wonderful Aurora Celeste was kind enough to share a link to a LJ entry she made about different options for those that have been scammed. Anyone that has been scammed by FTDS please go take a look, there's a lot of good info here: http://auroraceleste.livejournal.com/117387.html. PayPal requires notice within 45 days for any claim/complaint about a transaction. Credit Cards require notice within 60 days as do most banks. I'm fairly certain anyone that has been ripped off by FTDS is way past those dates but just in case there's the info. Please share this info with anyone else that might need it. Let's make sure others in the fandom aren't ripped off as well.
http://community.webshots.com/user/up2something1013Guess what! My lazy butt was finally able to convince my computer to finally upload (at a normal rate) all the pics I have from Lumos. Enjoy.
Don't know if anyone is still reading these, but I was dressed up as Neville at the con, and I was wondering if anyone happened to have any or know where I can find pics of me fighting the Boggart Snape coming out of the closet. Thanks so much!-QuinNeville
Another opportunity for you all to sport your Lumos costumes!~~September 1st, 2006 – Loudonville, Ohio -- hp-ohio, the Harry Potter fan organization for adults 18 and over in Ohio, is pleased to announce the Crystal Ball at Landoll’s Mohican Castle, located in Loudonville, Ohio. This year’s ball will take place on December 1st, 2006.A magical evening awaits attendees to Landoll’s Academy of Sorcery. From a full-course meal, to horse-drawn carriage rides and dancing to chart-topping wizarding rock tunes, visitors to this once-in-a-lifetime celebration will delight in the joys of the season as we come together to celebrate magical cooperation.Please note: Attendees must be 18 and over with valid identification and attire will be formal, whether magical or not. hp-ohio is not associated with the JK Rowling, Bloomsbury Publishing, Scholastic Publishing, or Warner Brothers. This is a non-profit event.For more information on ticket sales and lodging, please visit our website:http://www.hp-ohio.com/crystalball.html
All right, finally posting now.( Lumos picsCollapse )
Water Quidditch showdown between Threshers and Leaky Muggers! Wizard Rockumentary style!
FINALLY! I got all my photos together, named them all and have them linked to a site so all can see. It took me longer than I anticpated because my dorky self named all th epictures, then hit the "sort photos by name" button Oh shit, I need to go through ALL the pictures and RENAME them! So, that took me a couple of days! But at last, all 937 (or so) pictures from Las Vegas during the Lumos Symposium.Day one (travel, Welcoming Feast, Draco and Harry concerts): http://www.saobart.com/fam_pages/Lumos%20day%201/index.htmlDay two (Water Quidditch, Night Classes): http://www.saobart.com/fam_pages/Lumos%20day%202/index.htmlDay three (Steve Vander Ark's talk, Remus Lupins concert, Movie Night): http://www.saobart.com/fam_pages/Lumos%20day%203/index.htmlDay four (Leaving Feast, Las Vegas Strip): http://www.saobart.com/fam_pages/Lumos%20day%204/index.htmlEnjoy!
Yay! Finally got my Thursday batch fully uploaded!!!Note, there are 50 pics spread out on 3 pages. Thursday
Well, figured this was a little over due, so here goes the Lumos update. I have pics on my Shutterfly account and once I get them organized, I'll be posting links. Needless to say, I had a BLAST at Lumos!! I can't wait until PR.heheI stayed in Orlando with lord__voldemort and got to hang out with Erin and Pattie, which rocked. Missed them all from TWH, which rocked too :D We did some crazy cosplaying with HP and Pirates, which was a lot of fun.Anyways, here we go :D( LUMOS!Collapse )Highlights from Lumos:** Meeting Makani (you are one of the best artists I know!) and being able to show her the dress I made based off her work, and just talking with her in general.** Seeing everyone, old friends and new** SOXFAX!** Pretending to be an Australian school group on the strip** Getting a HUGE ASS drink from Kahunaville and enjoying it to thy fullest** Pure RANDOM cosplaying** Hanging out with my roomies** Being the Irish Quidditch team!** Seeing Melody do the Irish jig and try to click her heels as an Leprachaun** Wearing ALL my costumes, somehow, in the course of only a few days.** Re-enactments** Being fan-girled when I was Draco. So amusing, loved it** Playing Spin the Wand with Melissa of TLC hehe** NUMA NUMA (stole that one from you, Crystina :P, but it's SOO true)** Butter and Pedro** Hanging out with an AWESOME group of people** Music videos (if you were there, you'll know what I'm talking about :P )** The Bludger named Patrick! LOLZ