hsifeng: (Ladies Sewing Circle)
So what did we accomplish as a group?

Mucha Maidens - Gala Project - CoCo 2013
The Whole Canvas

Claudia, Vivienne, & Kris - Mucha Maidens Gala Project - CoCo 2013
[livejournal.com profile] claughter713, her adorbs daughter V, and our dearest K

Cathy, Scotty, & Tonda - Mucha Maidens Gala Project - CoCo 2013
[livejournal.com profile] harmanhay, our gentleman S (as Alphonse Mucha), and beloved T

Marion, Michelle, & Carol - Mucha Maidens Gala Project - CoCo 2013
[livejournal.com profile] mmcnealy, the fabulous M, and amazing C

Laura & I  - Mucha Maidens Gala Project - CoCo 2013
[livejournal.com profile] ladykalessia and myself

Cybil, Kim and I  - Mucha Maidens Gala Project - CoCo 2013
My niece C, my sister K, and myself - the fact that my family got to do this with me is PRICELESS to my soul

What can I say? This group of women is amazing. And I mean that in every sense of the word.


[uh-mey-zing] Show IPA
causing great surprise or sudden wonder.

Every time I turned around, both in the production of these costumes and during the course of CoCo 2013, this group worked together to produce both brilliant costumes and a loving and supportive experience at the event. I am truly in awe of the fact that we've all found each other.

Don't plan on going anywhere ladies. You're mine.


Tonda Sums It Up
T Sums It Up

PS: Bonus, Sunday Undies - wherein not all members of the group had recovered enough to be present at at time conducive to a 'brunch' event...  ;)

Kris, Laura, myself and Cathy - Sunday Undies, CoCo 2013
In All Our Fluffy, Under-slept Glory
hsifeng: (Xi-Feng)
For those of you in the know, [livejournal.com profile] harmanhay, [livejournal.com profile] claughter713 and myself are descending into madness for the THIRD TIME this week.

Care to join us?

#53 - Miss Misha Pumpkin
#59 - Cat Training
#65 - SDS and YOU v1

To play along at home, peruse the list below and let us know if there is anything that tickles your fancy on it...

ALL of the Items below should either be captured as "images" (which are photographs) or "videos". When you click "Submit", there will be instructions on how to submit the links to these images or videos. You should only use IMGUR and YOUTUBE.IMPORTANT - Unless otherwise specified, ALL VIDEOS must be 30 seconds or less:

  1. IMAGE: "GISHWHES Hugs the World!" We are going to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online photo album of people hugging. The current record is 69,004. DO NOT SUBMIT THIS ITEM ON THIS PAGE! Go to www.gishwhes.com/hugtheworld.php to submit an image of you hugging someone or someone you know hugging someone. Every hug image is worth 3 points and your team can earn up to 300 points. If everyone on your team submits 5 hugging images, that's an easy 225 points! 300 POINTS

  2. VIDEO: Go order food at your favorite fast-food restaurant. Greet the attendant, explain how hungry you are, what you want to eat, and how good it will make you feel. One thing, you must speak as the Bard wrote. Place your order in Shakespearian verse. 42 POINTS

  3. VIDEO: Modify a stationary exercise bicycle so that when you pedal, the spinning wheel powers a mixer that whips heavy cream into whipped cream. Make the whipped cream and eat it. You should be dressed in late 80's style aerobics wear. The finished video should look like a short infomercial. 113 POINTS

  4. IMAGE: You know the expression, “Beefcake?” As in, “He’s such a beefcake!” Have you ever really stopped to think about it? What exactly is a beefcake? It sounds good, right? I think we should have beefcake for dinner. Serve frosted beefcake at a family dinner where at least 3 generations are represented. 39 POINTS

  5. IMAGE: A stormtrooper at a laundry mat folding clothes. 56 POINTS

  6. ITEM EVENT: Join Misha Collins to break another Guinness World Record! Show up in the northwest corner of Central Park, Burnaby, BC (part of metro Vancouver) on Thursday at 2pm for 2-3 hours. Exact location in the park and more details to be announced on the 'Updates' page early this week. You will need to bring at least 100 safety pins (each safety pin must be 1-2 inches long), a dozen+ pieces of paper (any type) and a pen or marker. Also (this part is optional but will guarantee you euphoria in the afterlife) bring a gently used coat or blanket that's in reasonably good condition that you are willing to say goodbye to. 20 POINTS

  7. VIDEO: Make a “DIY” (do it yourself) instructional video on how you can repair a damaged marriage using only bubble gum, a stapler, canned peas, dental floss and a hair dryer. Your video must include demonstrations and caution statements. 31 POINTS

  8. IMAGE: Dress your grandfather (or a man over 75) like a teenage girl from Jersey Shore. 16 POINTS

  9. IMAGE: Let’s see you and a friend, seated side-by-side, donating blood or platelets. Wear something festive on your head to commemorate the occasion. 33 POINTS

  10. IMAGE: Jennifer Kristiansen. While showing some sign of the dragon-attack on your clothing or body, panhandle on a sidewalk (NOT ON A MEDIAN IN TRAFFIC!) with a sign that reads: "A DRAGON BURNED MY CASTLE DOWN." Donate any money given to you to your local food bank. Bad karma if you don't. 47 POINTS

  11. VIDEO: Try to eat a large sandwich in one of those simulated skydiving machines. Bonus points if it's a "sloppy joe" (up to 15 second video). 64 POINTS

  12. IMAGE: In my town, the sanitation worker who hangs on to the back of the truck always dresses as the Velveteen Rabbit. What does he wear in your town? 0 points for overalls or standard sanitation uniforms. 39 POINTS

  13. IMAGE: A fully dressed nun in her habit going down a waterslide or swinging on a rope into a river. 100 POINTS

  14. IMAGE: You, dressed as The Flash in the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) tunnel. If this is too difficult, you will get full credit for dressing as The Flash in any actual, operational particle accelerator. 216 POINTS

  15. IMAGE: Vonda Wright. What would a teddy bear hostage situation look like? 28 POINTS

  16. IMAGE: Russian courts have recently imposed a 100-year ban on Gay Pride parades. Let’s support our Russian LGBT Community! Take a photo of two people of the same sex kissing, while holding up a sign that says: “GISHWHES supports the LGBT Community in Russia!”

  17. IMAGE: A rooster wearing a Gishwhes tank top. 62 POINTS

  18. IMAGE: A dog that looks like a wolf wearing a Gishwhes t-shirt. Bonus points if it’s an actual wolf. 62 POINTS

  19. IMAGE: Krista Keith. Attend a ballet class or "spinning" cycling class wearing full scuba gear -flippers, mask, tanks and all. 70 POINTS

  20. IMAGE: Retrofit a wheelchair and its owner to look like a powerful superhero in a “Gishmobile.” 69 POINTS

  21. VIDEO: Find an example of someone who engages in sustained generosity in your community and then do something nice for them. For example there is an 82-year-old Connecticut barber who always offers free haircuts to the homeless in exchange for hugs. You could find this barber and polish his shoes. Find someone similar in your own community and do something nice for them. In the video, you must describe what the person does for their community, and then show what your kind gesture toward them is. 32 POINTS

  22. IMAGE: Alicia Graham. Model this summer’s hottest fashion trend. Let’s see a swimsuit made entirely from tea bags. 68 POINTS

  23. IMAGE: Prom Night! Get dolled up or decked out in your most fabulous prom-wear and pose for an awkward prom photo next to your date holding their… side-view mirror. A car must be formally dressed as your prom date. 91 POINTS

  24. VIDEO: From cardboard and other materials create a miniature movie set of buildings, skyscrapers and homes. The tallest “buildings” must be at least 3 feet tall. Now dress as the Wooster and demolish/attack the city. Submit a slow-motion of the attack including sound effects. 69 POINTS

  25. VIDEO: Do a stealth act of kindness for someone in public or at work like leaving a flower on their windshield, or a “kindness note” at their desk, etc. Film them discovering it. 32 POINTS

  26. IMAGE: Emma Brofjorden Chevin. Take a picture of you with someone who has won an Oscar. The Oscar statue must be in the picture with the two of you. One of you must be wearing a bald cap. Photoshop the name of the Oscar-winner into the image. 93 POINTS

  27. IMAGE: Annie Houston. Get your ducks in a row. 4 of them. But they must be live ducks in movie theater seats. 73 POINTS

  28. VIDEO: Go to work dressed as a robot. We must see clips of you getting ready in the morning, commuting, and arriving at work and doing your job. We must also see the reactions of people you pass on your commute and/or at work. 102 POINTS

  29. IMAGE: You're a pirate, so dress like one. In addition to the eye-patch and other accoutrements you must have a live bird perched on your shoulder. You should be standing on your ship's deck, which in this case is neither a ship, nor a deck... it's a queue at the Department of Motor Vehicles. 75 POINTS

  30. VIDEO: Roost on a busy sidewalk until your egg hatches. Announce the birth with a squawk (no more than a 15 second video). 29 POINTS

  31. IMAGE: Miriam Weiss. Have at least six men in military, police or fire uniforms holding you over their heads as you sunbathe on your beach chair. 48 POINTS

  32. VIDEO: The Scottish have their highland games that include an event where a man in a kilt throws a long wooden pole or trunk (caber) as far as he can. Let’s see this, but have the man in a full Scottish kilt throw a caber that is at least 10 feet long and is painted or adorned to look like a giant piece of asparagus or other vegetable. 59 POINTS

  33. IMAGE: Laura Camanini. Dialysis treatments are long and boring. Entertain a dialysis patient during their treatment. 26 POINTS

  34. IMAGE: A roach retirement home. Must have live cockroaches in it and must be sized to their scale, for their comfort and enjoyment. 56 POINTS

  35. IMAGE: You’re naked and late for your day job of saving cities. You’re in your garage with no time to hit your secret lair. Get dressed using only auto/home improvement tools and landscaping items. 48 POINTS

  36. IMAGE: (CALENDAR ITEM) Make yourself into a truly irresistible pastry or desert. Place yourself where we might find such a treat: on a countertop, in a display case, at a buffet, in a picnic basket, etc. 82 POINTS

  37. IMAGE: An elderly couple holding hands as they crush grapes for wine the old fashioned way. They must be at a real winery in a real wine-grape-crushing barrel and they must be at least ankle-deep in grapes. 72 POINTS

  38. IMAGE: Rage against the dying of the light. 22 POINTS

  39. IMAGE: You car has taken a sudden affinity to trash. Oblige its indulgences. Decorate its entire exterior with trash. 43 POINTS

  40. VIDEO: Kristy DeMoe. Dress up as a character from Supernatural and perform heroic crosswalk duties at a busy intersection. 19 POINTS

  41. IMAGE: Have a pool party with at least three guests swimming. In this case, your "pool" shall be made from a large garbage can or dumpster. The party must also include towels, a BBQ, cocktails and floatation devices. All three people must be in the "pool". Bonus points if it's a dumpster. 80 POINTS

  42. VIDEO: Film your team’s GISHWHES experience - you all communicating with each other via the Internet, doing courageous items in public, items at home, laughing, crying, screaming, running - we want to see it all. Include a couple of personal voice-overs or video clips of one or more of you commenting about how it affected you (bad or good). We want to see the journey. Edit it into a 2-minute video. 103 POINTS

  43. IMAGE: Go to Jigokudani Monkey Park and, dressed like a “Snow Monkey,” pose with your fellow creatures. 124 POINTS

  44. VIDEO: Valerie Grotto. Gel your child’s (under 6 years of age) hair kind of crazy and tussled like Einstein’s, then have them explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity in his or her own words. 24 POINTS

  45. IMAGE: Strike up a conversation with a homeless person, talk to them until you know their first name, where they are from, and what their favorite food is. Bring them that food and, if they give you permission, take your picture with them and their meal. 38 POINTS

  46. IMAGE: A sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate wearing a sock monkey hat. The congressperson must be photographed talking seriously with someone wearing a suit and tie in an office or hallway. Photoshop the name of the congressperson onto the bottom of the image in the following format: Representative John Doe, D-New York. 48 POINTS

  47. IMAGE: Sell an eBook to Jeff Bezos. 104 POINTS

  48. VIDEO: Create a simple two-player video game. Player one’s avatar is, of course, the GISHWHES 2013 mascot, the Wooster. Player two is the GISHWHES 2012 mascot, the Fograt (Google it). 77 POINTS

  49. IMAGE: Take the road less traveled. 9 POINTS

  50. IMAGE. Little Jack Horner, Little Bo Peep, Peter Pumpkin, Little Boy Blue and the Queen of Hearts at a late-night vice-ridden poker game. 87 POINTS

  51. IMAGE: Alana Roberts: Host a diaper drive and donate the diapers to a diaper bank or homeless shelter. Take a picture of you delivering the diapers. 48 POINTS

  52. VIDEO: Have elementary school kids perform the Ukranian Arkan dance or the Greek Kechagiadikos dance – we’re not prejudiced so either is acceptable. 63 POINTS

  53. VIDEO: Using clips of West Collins that his parents have exploitatively posted online, lay down a rockin’ beat (electronic or human beat box) and create an original rap song. The lead “singer” will be West. You provide the dancers. 46 POINTS

  54. IMAGE: Decorate your cubicle or office as GOTTWHES “Greatest Office Trap the World Has Ever Seen,” including an enticement to lure strangers in. Sit in it and wait. 27 POINTS

  55. VIDEO: Erin Leigh: A preacher in church condemning GISHWHES and GISHWHESHEANS. 44 POINTS

  56. IMAGE: Create an online dating profile for your pet on a real dating site. 25 POINTS

  57. IMAGE: Start a twitter feed for your alarm clock. Get at least two hundred followers. At least once a day the account must post: “BEEP! BEEP! 7:00 AM.” We will be checking the twitter accounts to verify count. 46 POINTS

  58. IMAGE: Give a concise summary of the proof of the “abc conjecture." 18 POINTS

  59. VIDEO: Tisha Fay: Hold a pillow fight that involves 10 or more people all in pajamas. 22 POINTS

  60. IMAGE: Safari time! Construct an animal you would see in the African savanna entirely from feminine hygiene products. 47 POINTS

  61. IMAGE: Sidney Scott. CS Lewis once said, "Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!'" Take a picture capturing this exact moment. The two must have something very visually unique about them. The photo must be taken in a crowd of other people who do not share this unique quality. For example, both could be dressed as cavemen at a crowded train station. 57 POINTS

  62. IMAGE: Let’s see your interpretation of “helium pants.” 32 POINTS

  63. IMAGE: Edit screencaps of 10 different instances of your team using the word, "abnosome" (or one of its conjugates) in online posts into one image. In other words, 10 images edited in a grid into one image. This will introduce the world to this new, and important word, which of course means: "abnormal in an awesome way." 38 POINTS

  64. VIDEO: A university professor giving a technical explanation of why the telegraph will inevitably be making a comeback. 58 POINTS

  65. IMAGE: Have a group of children (the more the better) collect litter from a beach or park. Then have them make a sculpture or sculptures from the trash they collect. This must be two images edited into one with the images side by side: one showing the kids collecting the trash, and the other showing their final creation (with the kids posed behind it). 28 POINTS

  66. IMAGE: (Four photos joined into a single digital image). Shoot a real life comic book page. In other words, shoot 4 photographs of something that looks like it would be in a comic book or graphic novel and arrange the photos like panels onto one page. This must be an original story with original characters and it must be staged, not photoshopped. You have to figure out how to make the thought or dialogue bubbles and lettering during the shoot. 162 POINTS

  67. IMAGE: Use a smartphone or tablet computer to find water. You must be riding a camel. 92 POINTS

  68. IMAGE: Viking rats. 32 POINTS

  69. IMAGE: Toast for underwear. Butter and jam are optional. 22 POINTS

  70. IMAGE: Go to Iguazu Falls holding an umbrella made from used aluminum cans and plastic utensils (forks, spoons, and knives). 89 POINTS

  71. VIDEO: Dress up in your finest “steampunk” attire and get behind the wheel, rudder or other steering instrument of a steam-powered vehicle (train, steamboat, thresher, etc.). 66 POINTS

  72. VIDEO: Time lapse: A family of at least 4 posed for a Holiday Card in full Holiday dress. It must be in a mall or similar crowded public place. You all must stand posed completely motionless for 5 minutes, smiling, with the video condensed to 20 seconds.66 POINTS

  73. IMAGE: Create a shrine to an actor from a CW show. Pay homage to it. 56 POINTS

  74. IMAGE: Create a promotional poster designed to market ukuleles to heavy metal guitarists. Ideally your campaign would feature Dan Spitz. 29 POINTS

  75. IMAGE: “You are what you eat.” Prove it. 21 POINTS

  76. VIDEO: Dance in the middle of a boring school class while your friend beat-boxes. Detention lasts an hour, the memory, a lifetime. 27 POINTS

  77. IMAGE: FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12 ONLY! Paint or draw a picture of what you love most in the world. Then write what it is under the picture. Parents may provide the description if the child chooses not to demonstrate their genius penmanship that day. 22 POINTS

  78. VIDEO: Two people in business suits at a small conference table discussing how fed policy affects mortgage interest rates. Use terms like, “quantitative easing,” “macro economic,” and “private equity.” The conversation must be rife with sexual innuendo. 55 POINTS

  79. IMAGE: There was something you always wanted to do as a child but never did. Do it. 24 POINTS

  80. IMAGE: Create your own homemade team uniform. Each team member must wear the uniform and have a photo taken. Compile the photos into a grid of photos with your team name at the bottom of the image.61 POINTS

  81. IMAGE: A live mouse, as a passenger in Barbie’s car. 22 POINTS

  82. VIDEO: Build a prototype for a WMD (Weapon of Mass Dictation). 33 POINTS

  83. IMAGE: Mexico is famous for the perfect desert: the churro. We know churros are delicious, but what else are they good for? Improve on perfection by modifying a churro to serve an alternate non-food purpose. 27 POINTS

  84. IMAGE: Three of you tour the Dali Museum in Spain. You all must be wearing large fake mustaches. 39 POINTS

  85. IMAGE: There are Seven Wonders of the World. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonders_of_the_World) Claim one of them for your team by staking your team flag in front of it. 98 POINTS

  86. VIDEO: Start a chant at a sporting event. Rather than chanting a player's name or an inspirational cheer, the chant should be "GISHWHES". At least 200 people need to be chanting. 123 POINTS

  87. IMAGE: Host a seated traditional Japanese tea ceremony in an elevator to make the passengers feel more at ease. 48 POINTS

  88. VIDEO: Let’s see a marching band playing “Carry on My Wayward Son." They must be in marching-band attire and marching in a populated school location or in a populated public area. A cosplay character from Supernatural must be leading them. 89 POINTS

  89. VIDEO: Create a dynamic, documentary short film exposing little-known facts about your hometown (two minute video). 49 POINTS

  90. VIDEO: Someone you know has always wanted something incredible. Get it for them. Surprise them. Catch the surprise on video. 81 POINTS

  91. VIDEO: Pitch a quoit in your finest medieval ware at a popular dog-walk park. 28 POINTS

  92. IMAGE: Jennifer Gutierrez. Cosplay “Gishbot” (www.twitter.com/gishbot) as realistically as possible in public. 66 POINTS

  93. IMAGE: Sara Anderson. Release the Kraken. 19 POINTS

  94. IMAGE: While scuba diving underwater, show us your spear fishing trophy kill. Today’s catch is not fish, however, it’s a large piece of man-made trash with the words “GISHWHES Sanitation” written or attached to it. 74 POINTS

  95. IMAGE: We all know that colonels in the Russian army wear boxers, but we want proof. 39 POINTS

  96. VIDEO: FLASH MOB! Musicians and singers playing and singing “Carry On My Wayward Son.” The performance must take place in a crowded place of people sitting and waiting: a large train station, a mall, a passport office, an airport, etc. The video must begin with all of the performers undercover, blending in with the rest of the public. Then, one musician stands and begins to play their instrument. Then the others slowly join in. Record the full song and 20 seconds before the song begins. There must be AT LEAST 6 musicians and 6 singers playing to a public crowd of at least 35.200 POINTS

  97. VIDEO: Go through a fast food drive-through with an adult dressed as a baby in a car seat in the back. The adult must have a pacifier in his or her mouth and must be pre-verbal. The video clip must scan from the driver ordering food to the adult-child in the backseat to the fast-food employee at the window. FYI the adult-child will require extra napkins. 66 POINTS

  98. IMAGE: Smoke a fake cigar and make a champagne toast as the proud father of a new litter of baby non-human mammals that are displayed next to you. 39 POINTS

  99. IMAGE: Taxidermy animals dressed for and playing or doing one of the following: roller derby, doubles tennis in whites, a 4-some of golfers (must be traditionally dressed with knickers), cricket players in whites, disco dancing (in 70s disco clothes), synchronized swimming (with nose clips), or a karate class (black belts). 111 POINTS

  100. VIDEO: Record the Nerdist.com theme song using anything but conventional musical instruments or the human voice. (The song is "Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues" by Anamanaguchi.) 78 POINTS

  101. VIDEO: The CEO of a major corporation wearing a business suit dancing to the song “Single Ladies," using the same dance moves Beyonce did in the music video. 77 POINTS

  102. VIDEO: Install a plaque commemorating a fictional historic landmark. 48 POINTS

  103. VIDEO: Create the packaging for a “Pet Cotton Ball.” Get it put on a store shelf and sell it. Video must show the packaging, its location in the store and the customer buying it. Remember, we have expert criminal psychologists on staff who can easily tell if you’ve staged the purchase. 64 POINTS

  104. IMAGE: Have a prisoner make a license plate with the Impala from Supernatural’s plate number. 57 POINTS

  105. VIDEO: A military aircraft with Gishwhes decals. The video must depict take-off. You may not illegally or secretly graffiti the plane. 185 POINTS

  106. IMAGE: Outfit a public statue of a celebrated historical figure with a knitted or crocheted Gishwhes cardigan. 53 POINTS

  107. VIDEO: Jayne McKenna. Film yourself bungee jumping. You must start the jump by saying into the camera: "I’m doing this for _______!" (you fill in the blank), and then jump. Bonus points if you edit together the camera angle of you talking and another of your entire jump. Super bonus points if there’s also a helmet cam viewpoint edited in as well. 72 POINTS

  108. IMAGE: Let’s see a flattering portrait painting of Star Trek’s George Takei or Felicia Day. Your materials will be sand. Your paintbrush will be your finger. 74 POINTS

  109. IMAGE: Shawne Keevan. Make a suit or evening gown from watermelon rind. 39 POINTS

  110. IMAGE: If Gishwhes were a fraternity or sorority, what would the initiation ceremony look like? 43 POINTS

  111. VIDEO: Time lapse item. Make a wig from your own hair. Wear it. 71 POINTS

  112. IMAGE: Tweet genuine compliments to 10 people on twitter. The compliments must all be personal, true and thoughtful. Tweet them consecutively with the hashtag #poweredbyGISHWHES. Submit a screencap showing the 10 tweets. 18 POINTS

  113. IMAGE: Run an ad in a local paper for the cult you are starting. Sell us on it. Make us want to join. Make grandiose promises. 41 POINTS

  114. IMAGE: Let’s see a portrait of Chris Hardwick from the Nerdist.com made from dried fruit. 44 POINTS

  115. VIDEO: Program a Commodore 64 (or similar vintage) personal computer to turn on a coffee maker and brew you a cup when you type in the command, “Rise and shine!” 84 POINTS

  116. IMAGE: Serve salad in a soup kitchen. 52 POINTS

  117. IMAGE: Narrow the prime gap to 47.23 POINTS

  118. IMAGE: Make a cozy quilt from old dirty socks. Snuggle up in it alone or with your best friend. 85 POINTS

  119. IMAGE: Type out your team’s one-page manifesto on an old, mechanical typewriter. The page must be legible and the bottom of it must be partially fed into the typewriter. 16 POINTS

  120. IMAGE: Jessica Mejia. Let’s see your most dramatic interpretation of “Death by Chocolate!” 34 POINTS

  121. IMAGE: Enjoy a burrito standing in front of a laboratory. The international laser-warning sign must be visible behind you. 81 POINTS

  122. IMAGE: A Peugeot car in France with a French License Plate and a “Bush/Cheney 2004” bumper sticker. 51 POINTS

  123. VIDEO: Create your own Sonic Screwdriver and use it to get you out of a sticky situation. 65 POINTS

  124. VIDEO: Collect signatures in front of a health food store on a petition to: “Pave all of California’s beaches so we don’t have to get all sandy to go swimming.” Must have a printed form, vest, and clipboard. You must be extremely smiley and optimistic about the whole petition. 42 POINTS

  125. VIDEO: Fold a paper crane whilst sitting outside, uncovered in a rainstorm. 45 POINTS

  126. VIDEO: Is there an “unsung hero” in your life? Well, make them a “sung hero.” Write a short song about the person and why you appreciate them. Sing it to them. Record the very first time they hear the song. 34 POINTS

  127. IMAGE: Make your country’s flag from food or food packaging. 49 POINTS

  128. IMAGE: Write a haiku about waiting. Post it (no graffiti!) at a bus stop. 28 POINTS

  129. IMAGE: Create an innovative piece of "sock monkey" apparel. It can be anything but a hat. Wear it proudly in public. 67 POINTS

  130. VIDEO: Find a dog named, “Castiel.” Call it. Have it come when called. 46 POINTS

  131. VIDEO: Time Lapse: Play the violin using a bow strung with your own hair. (If you are a horse, you may only participate in this item if we see you operating a pair of scissors to trim your mane). If you’re a human we must see video clips edited together of you cutting your own hair, stringing the bow, and then playing the violin with it. 74 POINTS

  132. IMAGE: Create a stained glass window depicting a character or characters from a CW TV show.91 POINTS

  133. IMAGE: (Screencap) Get Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) to compliment Misha Collins (@mishacollins) on twitter. The post must include a Username from your team. 201 POINTS

  134. IMAGE: As you know, pink ninja sightings are common at Ayers Rock in Australia. Take a photo of tourists spotting one at the rock. 56 POINTS

  135. IMAGE: Have your public service workers over for pie. Seated at the table, and eating their pie, are a fully dressed professional (not costumed) fireman, police officer, teacher and paramedic. 39 POINTS

  136. VIDEO: Train a parrot to say “Jensen,” or “Ackles,” or both. Double points if the parrot chuckles after saying it. 48 POINTS

  137. IMAGE: If Gishwhes were a moving or shipping company, what would its slogan be? Let’s see the slogan on the side of an 18-wheeler. Letters must be at least 3 feet in height. No illegal graffiti allowed! You must have permission from the owner of the truck and we must see the entire truck in the image. Feel free to decorate the rest of the truck as you deem appropriate. 82 POINTS

  138. IMAGE: Design the graphic cover of a romance novel: Misha and the Queen of England in a torrid embrace or otherwise adventurous situation. Give it a creative title. 99 POINTS

  139. IMAGE: In front of the most famous building or monument in your city or town, hold a sign over your head with what your town's tourism motto should be based on how you see it. For example: "Burkfields, MA! Where people used to have jobs!" or "Los Angeles, CA! Where everyone sleeps in!" 16 POINTS

  140. IMAGE: Liv Heller. Recreate a recognizable piece of architecture or a landmark using only books. Bonus points for size. 31 POINTS

  141. IMAGE: Make a picture book for preschoolers explaining the Pythagorean theorem. 22 POINTS

  142. IMAGE: (Two photos in one image.) "Hell and back." In other words, we want to see a before and after photo of a GISHWHES 2013 participant. The first photo should depict the participant eagerly getting ready for the great, adventurous week ahead, and the second photo, what the participant looks like at the close of the hunt. 61 POINTS

  143. IMAGE: Create a grammatically correct anagram sentence using the first names of each of the members of your team. The image must show both the first names of your team members and the sentence. 27 POINTS

  144. IMAGE: Children behind the counter of a post office, dressed in postal wear, dealing with adult customers. They must look really bored. 52 POINTS

  145. VIDEO: “GISHWHES” or a GISHWHES theme in skywriting. The plane must be in the process of completing the letters. In other words, we must see the plane, we must see the smoke leaving the plane and we must see the letters. Take photographs as well. You don’t need to submit the photos, just the video. 216 POINTS

  146. VIDEO: Get your team’s new ice cream flavor on sale in an ice cream parlor. The new flavor must have a catchy new name and must be a combination of ingredients that we (the judges) have never before heard of in an ice cream. The ice cream shop employee must tell a customer what is in your ice cream and the customer must sample your new flavor. 58 POINTS

  147. IMAGE: Go to Neuschwanstein castle in Germany and hold a seated séance in the front courtyard with 5 of your friends. Extra points if you have an Ouija board and are dressed as “traveling minstrels." 64 POINTS

  148. VIDEO: A local TV news piece covering a local radio story. 49 POINTS

  149. IMAGE: Let’s see you in a cage staring down an animal in a cage. The catch: your cage is in his cage. 61 POINTS

  150. IMAGE: Let’s see a watercolor painting of one of your teammates leading the cavalry of a battle charge. The warriors, however, are not riding traditional horses, they are riding rocking horses. Give us a fitting landscape and weaponry as well. 30 POINTS

  151. IMAGE: Surf's up! Let's see you surfing while "tin can" talking to another surfer on a different surfboard. Your tin cans must be connected. 70 POINTS

  152. IMAGE: Get Alexander Misurkin, Pavel Vinogradov, Chris Cassidy, Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg or Luca Parmitano to take a photo of themselves holding up a sign that says, "Hey (INSERT ANY USERNAME FROM YOUR TEAM)! GISHWHES does space too!" or a similar slogan. As a side note, the preceding individuals are all currently on the International Space Station orbiting planet Earth. 334 POINTS

  153. VIDEO: Project the youtube short film "Stranger Danger" or the Oscar-Worthy feature film, "Stonehenge Apocalypse" at an abandoned drive-in movie theater. 49 POINTS

  154. IMAGE. Change a life! Random Acts (www.therandomact.org) and GISHWHESHEANS are going to change the life of someone and their family! Details will be announced on Tuesday (U.S.) on the "Updates" page. You will submit for it at that time. 250 POINTS

  155. MYSTERY ITEM. To Be Announced. 51 POINTS

hsifeng: (Hi-5)

So, every year I purchase a golden ticket to join in on an amazing event called GISHWHES (the Greatest Internet Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen). I’ve talked about *what* GISHWHES is before; but I don’t know if I have ever told you *why* GISHWHES.

Basically, adults are too damn serious. I mean, really: work, bills, cholesterol levels, chores, and finding jeans that actually fit. WTF? Who thought this was the great life we’d have once we all Got Our Own Places And Showed Our Parents How It Was Done.

Not me, that is for sure.*

So, once a year I check out and take a mini-vacation for my brain and creativity that is almost entirely booked by someone else (Misha Collins and Ms. Jean Louis, to be exact); first they introduced me to a group of 14 of the coolest people I will ever know, then they sent an impossible list of items to attain (check a bench in Wuhan, China for a note – are you &#$*ing KIDDING ME?!?)**,  set a ridiculous deadline (six days, SIX?!?)***, and set us loose….

And that is when the amazing stuff happens.

What amazing stuff?

First, I connect with a whole slew of friends and family members online and encourage them to PLAY. Not like adults play, all serious and wondering if people are watching, but like kids play where doing The Thing is more important than simply Getting A Result.

And those friends and family? They amazed me with their willingness to participate, to create and to have fun in this completely ridiculous, manic, and joyful process. They jump in with both feet and don’t just swim in the stream of creativity and imagination – they drink it down and share it with everyone else they know too.

It’s like the best game of ‘Telephone’ ever invented, where everyone wins All The Prizes!

Secondly, all my artistic brain wiring comes to life. Like REALLY comes to life. Nothing like a deadline and a pair of squash shoes that will not make themselves to bring out the sculpting genius in someone. *grin*

What happens is Art, my friends. Art on a deadline, in the middle of a hurricane, with no electricity, and creators that are clearly BUG NUTS – but Art none the less.

Don’t believe me? Take a look… )

So basically, I want to thank everyone who helped us with this year’s GISHWHES hunt, and I want to encourage you to go out and play. Be silly. Be jubilant. Be open to the endless stream of potential inspiration that the universe is hurling at you every day (and duck occasionally, because it is important to keep the universe on its toes).

Don’t let the kids have all the fun… ;)


*In all seriousness, my life is pretty damn good. But sometimes all the damn lists of things to do get loooong and booooring. 

**Per the terms of the contract that GISHWHES requires of all participants, This Is Not Whining. This is creative observation that includes the use of pornographic language for shock value. Really. Honest.

***Again, not whining. Just checking the number of days is all... 

hsifeng: (Communist Paaaarty!)
Get ready. It is coming... 

Still wondering what I am talking about? Go visit 2011 and when you get back we'll talk.


And for your viewing pleasure. Hobbits. Sorta. Starring Utta; Princess of the Mist (retired). 

#172 – A one-minute unedited speed play of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy played by 4 characters with costume changes. We must hear the line “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” And we must see the audience. (26 points)

You know you wanna...
hsifeng: (*Arrrrrrrr!* Sewing Pyrate!)
OK, two years of Costume College attendance down and I have this to say:

I. Fucking. Love. You. Guys.

*happy sigh*

Seriously, how is it possible for this many kick ass women (and men!) to fit into one space for a weekend? It feels like being dipped in a pool of light and honey and coming out the other side neither blind nor sticky... *chuckle*

First off; my roomies (both those actually *in* the same room with me and the extended membership of the Breakfast Club!). Ladies, you are never allowed to move to another room. Never. Unless that means that you are moving to a room that is CLOSER TO ME or IN THE SAME SPACE.  Two years going and never a moment where I am not thrilled to get every second I can with you lot (despite the sadness at our lack of [livejournal.com profile] claughter713 in person - although she was there for Gala Prep via Skype!).

Next year, more rooms closer together and some with adjoining doors!

Also, Extra-Special Gold Stars for [livejournal.com profile] harmanhay for making it down to the gym with me every day (and Super-Honorable Mentions to [livejournal.com profile] ladykalessia for making it most of the time - despite the ridiculous hour - and fellow tux action complete with drink-tax!). 

Second: The ladies of the Bitchy Roman Lounge-wear and Pretty Pink Princess parties - y'all were a blast to spend time with and I am totally bummed that I didn't get a chance to join you in draped silk goodness (and [livejournal.com profile] love3angle - you're my hero for having made me something to wear even though I couldn't attend in the end). It was an honor to join [livejournal.com profile] zoccolaro in the cabana league and I'll happily do it again if there is space at the bar for me next year! 

Third: To my co-learning circle provider (OK, [livejournal.com profile] mmcnealy really just taught the class while I took notes and drooled at her work), teachers and classmates - thank you, thank you, thank you! I learned a TON of stuff and took home both ideas and techniques that are going to serve me for a long time to come. You guys are all an inspiration! 

Fourth: The organizers - You are all full of awesome and wonderful. This event has become a mainstay for me and one of the only chances I get to see some of my dearest friends. I cannot repay this kindness, I can only tell you that I appreciate everything you do for us. 

And in conclusion - The No Sew Gala Plan? It worked. (Also, K: Thank you for taking care of the 'girly' hair and make-up bits, this would have never worked without you!)

In the Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki-Tiki Room
Dietrich Drag

The Ladies (and Gentlemen)
The Glam Girls - CoCo 2012

Now I just need to figure out what to do with all the left-over swag that came in the pockets of this tux... *chuckle*

EDIT: An example of the extra swank that this tux came with on display via the Red Carpet

[livejournal.com profile] harmanhay reminded me of something that happened right around the time this photo was taken.

Apparently one of the gentlemen watching this display of bad-assery hollered something like,"You know that hat is very early period for the rest of your garments."

To which I replied, "Really, when you have two women that look like this on your arms who CARES what period the hat is..."

She claims there was a roar of laughter and general applause at this point; but honestly I don't remember and Ms. Dietrich isn't telling me. *chuckle*
hsifeng: (Beat Down)

I leave for one weekend and suddenly my LJ feed is OVERRUN with Comic Con 2012 and CoCo 2012 event information...

*jaw drops at the number of messages to go through*

Um. Guys. If I missed anything important in the past 48 hours you'd tell me....right?


Now to go and dig out from under a mountain of fandom related posts to find *actual* costume information and details about - you know - real people I actually know.

This whole post brought to you by the letter "W": As in, "WTF have I done to my LJ! Where did all these fandom feeds come from!?!"

PS: On the other hand, lots of eyecandy shots from Comic Con... so... *shrug*

hsifeng: (*Arrrrrrrr!* Sewing Pyrate!)
OK, this is a Public Service Announcement (PSA for those in the know): Life has been *busy* of late and my online time has suffered greatly as a result....

I miss you all, my darlings, and I can't wait to see so many of you at CoCo 2012 in a few weeks!

Since Kendra pointed out last year that I never post *actual* photos of myself on here (thereby making myself impossible to identify at real life events, like pre-CoCo blog meet-ups) I am launching a two part "Know Your Hsifeng" plan:

Part 1: See the icon - look for the girl wearing the shirt that matches it at any blog meet-up event. Chances are it will be me. If it is not me, that person is still a damn sharp dresser and worth knowing! *grin*

Part 2: This is me. The use of this information should be self explanatory... *wink*

Obligatory Steampunk Shot

As folks who know me will tell you; I am friendly as hell and chatty to a fault. Wanna get to know me? Come say "HI"! 

See you at CoCo!


Part 3: It's pronounced "Si-Feng" (silly silent letters).
hsifeng: (Sudlerin)

Invasion Stories:

1)   First of all, the weekend of Invasion was the weekend of driving hell. We started our traveling on Friday, heading from mid-CA up to Sacramento for a wedding rehearsal and dinner. Friday night saw us backtracking South about an hour to our overnight location, and then up until late, Late, *LATE* with the bride while hubby worked out final details for the ceremony (silly vows, why do you take so long?). Oh yeah, hubby was the minster at this shin-dig.

It’s amazing what $5 on the internet can get you (“Licenses to marry friends and relatives, oh my!”).

Then Saturday, the wedding. Wonderful event. Great friends (whom we love and adore seeing) in droves. Medium-weight organizational lifting on the part of hubby and me as we managed to take ‘Plan, What Plan?’ and force it to move forward on a timeline.

Mostly. ;)

Left the reception at 8:00ish and headed 2.5 hours South to home. Got in and attempted to sleep. Attempted being the operative word. Three hours or so later, we were on the road to LA for Southern faire.

OMG. There is a reason I haven’t done this sort of Mulit-Eventing Crap since I was in my early 20’s.

Screw it. It was SO worth it…

2)  Hubby and I showed up and after the normal amount of “No, You Have To Go Stand In This Line; THEN In That Line; THEN Go Through The Magic Gate” we stepped foot in the ‘hallowed grounds’ of Southern Renaissance Faire for the first time in nearly 10 year.

Despite a 10 years absence, quickly discovered that our friends were still ale-stand managers.

Free beer = THE BEST BEER! (Especially when it’s Bass and Guinness in ice cold pewter mugs).

3)  Upon arriving in camp we were swamped with familiar faces, hugs, kisses, offers of ‘Oh No Officer, That Is Certainly Not Off-Site Beer!’ for our mugs, food, stories, screams of laughter, feathers, leather, wool, slash-n-puff, old friends, new friends, HOLY FUCK THIS IS OUR FAMILY!, etc.

I have determined, as a result, that Heaven (if it exists) is one long, warm afternoon spent lazing in the shade with a cold brew, a pile of Landsknects/Frau, and Jessica telling one story after another with THIS look on her face…

Oh  Oh yeah…and a little of THIS thrown in on occasion…

And just to screw with the local English populations. Let’s take over the parade…

6)   4) Group photos almost killed me. The first one just sort of spontaneously exploded on the ‘front porch’ of the camp after the guys assembled for muster. The second happened after the Queen had been deposited on her stage after progress.


Fuck. Yes. We. Are. Pretty. )

In conclusion, someday I want to grow up to be as BAD ASS as Shannon…

As Pretty As Jess...

And as Loved as Reba (I am so sorry you didn't make it out for this one honey, it would have been a hell of a send-off. RIP. *cries*)

hsifeng: (Landsknecht)

What do you call it when 135+ of your closest reenacting friends decide to get together and mob Southern Renaissance Faire for a day?

German Invasion of course!

Pictures! (*Because not only did it happen...but it was AWESOME!)

Seriously though. This event may become an annual thing. And since this year is the 50th Anniversary of Renaissance Faire (thank YOU Pattersons!) we may be having another one of these the last weekend of September at the Casa de Fruta Renaissance Festival (the event that 'took over' up in Northern California when the *original* Northern Faire passed into the great beyond). 
hsifeng: (Communist Paaaarty!)
...and his Gospel is here...

Come on. Join me in the Church of AMOK. You know you want to...

hsifeng: (Tough Mudder 2012)
So, one of my Tough Mudder teammates? She's a co-worker of mine that has been working out with me for about a year now. She's awesome, driven, a former LAPD officer* and constantly challenges me with her endurance and her ability to gut-it-out to get things done. 

Oh, and she was recently on a little show called Survivor

I have never watched this show, but I have a feeling seeing Nina in action is going to be fun!

*Nina was almost the first woman ever accepted into the SWAT unit in the LAPD. While she didn't get in herself, her fight paved the way for future female officers. 
hsifeng: (The Hills Are Alive)

his is my roughly cobbled together 'panorama' shot from the hike behind the dam (to the water pipes) up at The Lake this last summer. 

Can't wait to go back there in 2012!

PS: Finally downloaded a TON of images off my camera... so there should be more posting shortly! ;)
hsifeng: (Just You WAIT!)
...and that I can appreciate other people's children while not wanting any of my own...


Yes, I have been bad about posting for the past few months ; mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!
It wasn’t you LJ, it was me.
Sure, I’ve been sewing and gardening and reading and generally Being Alive and all those things that I used to write you about.
But I just haven’t been writing.
I don’t know why. But I promise to try and change my ways. *crosses heart*
So – in an attempt to play some catch up, here are some items I plan on posting about when I can manage to get the associated photos corralled:
1)      Making a German Tellerbarret (Pizza Hat): The Non-Period Way!
2)      Roadkill Showgirl or, ‘How I Learned To Relax And Let My Headwear Drive’
4)      The Holidays – Reasons To Buy And Wear Zombie Accessories
Here’s a preview of #2 – just so you know I am serious…

hsifeng: (Sudlerin)
What do you do when you don't have your Moose Hat yet?

You improvise...

Temporary Moose Hunting Badge ("Totally Legal!")

"Honey...Steve is not a Moose!"

We did some of this...

And a lot of this...

And enjoyed time with old friends,

And new!

Let's do it again - SOON!

Oh CoCo...

Sep. 7th, 2011 09:28 am
hsifeng: (G&T)
Why do you only happen once a year?

[livejournal.com profile] sstormwatchcame over for a fitting last night and we got to talking about CoCo 2011. And then she sent me photos from the red carpet (which totally prove that [livejournal.com profile] claughter713and I were in the same place at the same time!).

Then again...I could NEVER keep up with the sewing I'd have to do if there was more than one of these in a year!

My husband had his usual response to this...



hsifeng: (Default)
 ...but I am pretty sure that this is what [livejournal.com profile] harmanhay and [livejournal.com profile] myladyswardrobe hear when I speak. 


First - how the British sound to us (not really...):

And now... the Americans:

hsifeng: (Xi-Feng)
 [livejournal.com profile] harmanhay , Demi, [livejournal.com profile] myladyswardrobe : You are hereby ordered to check in on LJ at least once a day until this silly crap in your country settles down. Don’t give your friends in the States any heart attacks by ‘taking some time off’ right now.


*hugs you all*
hsifeng: (*Arrrrrrrr!* Sewing Pyrate!)
 First of all. Damn you all. All of you with your hot, HOT, super cool costumes. Here I was, all happily ensconced in 16th century Germany –  [livejournal.com profile] claughter713 , stop your smirking about your 19th century corruptive influence! – and then WHAM, BAM! Literally hundreds of costumes that made me make my patented Grabby Hands Of Want And Misery in every direction I looked.

You bitches have it out for me. You hate that I have any free time, don’t you?

Why do you do this to me?

*whimper* )
hsifeng: (The Hills Are Alive)

This past weekend [livejournal.com profile] claughter713 and I packed up our respective hubbies, the dogs, entertainment bits from DVD’s to books, and more food and drink than we could consume in a month and high-tailed it to my parents cabin in the woods.
We hiked, we fished, we cooked, we ate (and ate, and ate), we drank, we watched movies, we lounged, we goofed off and we laughed – a lot.

And we did it all in less than 48 hours.

God help us, we will be finding a nice four day stretch to repeat this little activity. Hopefully with more friends and more sleeping in.


They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, if that is the case then blame claughter713 for being so wordy... *chuckle* )
Good Times, Good Friends!
hsifeng: (Fan Fic - Out of Control!)

As some of you may know, I watch Supernatural ([livejournal.com profile] claughter713 , [livejournal.com profile] harmanhay & [livejournal.com profile] wishnaway – wipe those fake shocked looks off your faces!); what you may not know is that about a year ago I discovered an amazing connection between this television show and Livejournal.

Did you know that people on Livejournal post something called ‘fanfic’?

(Stop laughing; I had no idea. Seriously.)

I have been on El Jay for about six years now; I followed some costuming friends in back in '05 and sat around chatting about dress diaries and historical clothing and…you know…the stuff I thought that pretty much everyone did on Livejournal.

Apparently, that is not what pretty much everyone else did on Livejournal.

Imagine my shock when my fanfic savvy sister ([livejournal.com profile] qafhappy) mentioned that I might be able to find a community on here that wrote stories about my favorite TV show?

(Dude, she was totally setting me up. I see that now. I mean seriously, Look At Her User Name. She has been a QAF fan for years and knew all about Livejournal as a fanfic source.)

Needless to say, finding out about fandom’s involvement on El Jay is sort of like finding out that you have been living in a closet off the living room of a crowded mansion…for years…without ever knowing that the other parts of the house exist or that there are people in them. Then one day you open the closet door and BAM! You are in the middle of this totally crazy party full of some of the coolest, nuttiest, funniest people you will ever meet.

However, you will soon discover that once the closet door is open it is almost impossible to shut it again.

(And this is where we leave the ‘coming out’ analogy.)

So anyway. Back to the meat of this particular post (besides the coming out as a fangirl part); a friend of mine sent me a link to this little jewel.

The 5 Most Baffling Sex Scenes in the History of Fanfiction



If you have never read fanfic and are curious about it, you can think of the link above as a trial by fire. Just be aware, this is not your standard fanfic fare; at least it isn’t in the corners of fandom I frequent.


Try not to have anything in your mouth while you read the summaries. You are likely to aspirate on it.


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