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A little about me...
Hi there, my name is Cassandra (Cassie for short) and this is my personal website. I'm a costumer and convention goer with more hobbies than I can keep track of. I live in Tennessee with my husband and several furry family members.
In 2007 I earned my Bachelor's Degree in University Studies. I started out in Elementary Education, changed over to Veterinary Medicine and realized in my last semester that I should have gone for costume design. I hope to make it back to school one day to do just that.
I made my first official cosplay in October of 2002. Earlier that year, Cartoon Network had aired a few episodes of Sailor Moon and I was immediately smitten. The airing was abruptly cancelled so I turned to the internet for answers. What I found would occupy my free time for years to come. I learned about cosplay and conventions and soon started planning my Sailor Moon and Serena costumes for that Halloween (they were horrible, lol). The following year I went to my first anime convention and was blown away by what I saw there. I wandered around starry-eyed the entire weekend. I didn't win anything in the costume contest but it just made me that much more determined to improve my skills. I won my first cosplay award (Best Craftsmanship Novice) in 2004 at MTAC and went on to win Best in Show in the Master division at both MTAC and AWA in 2006. I helped judge the cosplay competition at AWA in 2007 but have not gone back to compete as of yet.
Other stuff that keeps me entertained...
Collections: My Little Pony figures, poseable Care Bears figures, Disney snowglobes and Asian ball-jointed dolls.
Anime/Manga: Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Record of Lodoss War, Inu-Yasha, Ranma 1/2, Cowboy Bebop, Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, Paradise Kiss.
TV Shows: Xena: Warrior Princess, I Love Lucy, Dick Van Dyke, Bewitched, Pepper Ann, DuckTales, TaleSpin, Thundercats (classic and new), My Little Ponies, Eerie Indiana, Get Smart, Batman (all of 'em), Powerpuff Girls, Samurai Jack, Legend of the Seeker, Battlestar Galactica, Forensic Files, Big Bang Theory, MST3K, Doctor Who, Eureka, The Wonder Years, The Guild, Quantum Leap, The Mighty Boosh.
Movies: The Princess Bride, The Labyrinth, DragonHeart, Legend, Hook, A Knight's Tale, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Neverending Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Shakespeare in Love, Bridge to Terabithia, The Princess Diaries, Beetlejuice, Ever After, The Last Unicorn, Edward Scissorhands, P.J. Hogan's live action version of Peter Pan, Secondhand Lions, What Dreams May Come, Shrek 2 (largely due to Puss in Boots), You've Got Mail, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Last Starfighter, Practical Magic, The Karate Kid (all except that atrocious remake), Home Alone, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet, Good Will Hunting, Road to Perdition, The Sasquatch Gang, The Godfather parts 1 & 2, The Shop Around The Corner, Batman movies provided the Batsuit is nipple-free, Army of Darkness, Back to The Future, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Iron Man, Enchanted, Mary Poppins and most animated Disney movies. Oh, and practically anything by Tim Burton. I could go on but I'm just going to stop there lest I create the dreaded "wall of text". So yeah, I like my movies.
Music: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, David Bowie, Prince, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Frank Sinatra, John Denver, Adam Lambert, The Eels, Owl City. I like a little bit of everything, really. If I had to pick a favorite I'd say oldies (50s-70s).
Books: Charlotte's Web, The House of 30 Cats, The Last Unicorn, The Crickle Crack Tree, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Neverending Story, the Redwall series, Warriors, Watership Down, Howl's Moving Castle, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Tailchaser's Song, The Sword of Truth, A Song of Ice and Fire, The Lost Years of Merlin and let's not forget old school Goosebumps and anything by Dr. Suess. I'm starting to purchase many of my books in digital format these days. It saves trees and clears up a lot of space in my house. I make exceptions for certain special books and reference books on sewing and crafting.
Video Games: Animal Crossing, Harvest Moon, Dance Dance Revolution, Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon (esp. 1st & 2nd generation), most Mario Bros. games but especially the Paper Mario series and Luigi's Mansion, Katamari, The Sims, Beatles Rock Band, Professor Layton.
Activities: yard sales and flea markets, home improvement