Bad news, project update, and an early birthday present

For those who know me, or follow my Facebook page, you probably saw that I lost my brother this month. Death itself can be a hard thing to work through, and the circumstances behind my brother’s death were very hard to take.

I decided that the stress of trying to finish my current gown project in time for an event in mid-November just was not worth it. Not only is my mind wandering and not thinking straight, the gown itself is a little different than what I’ve done before, and I was not sure if I would have trouble finding the rest of the items I needed. I just wanted to take my time and enjoy the process. I can always wear something old if I need to.

My birthday is on Halloween, and my husband wanted to know my plans about the gown so he could make a decision on my present (it also helped me to make that decision so I could stop stressing about it and kicking myself when I just couldn’t do any work on it). I guess the minute I made the decision not to finish it by that deadline, he made the purchase…

And he surprised me with something I’ve been wanting for most of this year. Thorin Oakenshield’s sword, Orcrist! I even got to open it about a week early, and he loves it as much as I do.

We had so much fun taking photos of us opening the Key to Erebor, that we decided to do that for this one. Unfortunately, I took *so* many photos, I decided to make up a separate page for it.

I’ve seen a lot of replica prop collectors doing this, and it’s so much fun (especially on those expensive items you know you’ll probably never get to own) I kind of want to at least try to do the same for each item we purchase like this.

>>>> Click here <<<<  to see the photos and read about the United Cutlery Orcrist Replica.

I don’t really do reviews, but it’s nice to have an idea of the sort of things you purchase, especially if you’re like me and get nervous ordering things you can’t buy in person.

I have not really had much of a chance to start working on the dwarf costumes. It’s going to be a while, still — I’m hoping to start getting some books and learning a few things soon. Since I have been purchasing a few items and making a few things like accessories, I figured it would be handy to start a section for those costumes and items on my costume page.

Thank you SO much to my sweet husband, Christopher. He is my best friend, and I am so happy he is there for me through it all — good times, and bad.

About Cynthia Griffith

I have way too many interests and hobbies, and continually cycle through them -- paying attention to some, while others wait for when I can get around to them again. My main interests are sewing and costuming (I enjoy historical clothing, such as 18th and 19th century, as well as fantasy costumes like elves and hopefully someday even dwarves), as well as getting back to art by drawing fan art of Thorin Oakenshield and Company. My husband Christopher and I spend a lot of time together, enjoying the outdoors and shared hobbies such as juggling. This blog and website is my way to share what I'm up to with friends and family.
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6 Responses to Bad news, project update, and an early birthday present

  1. Well, I figured since you had to wait until AFTER your birthday last year for your gift that it evened things out to get your gift early this year. Especially after a really rough week and a half that still goes on, here and there. I’m glad we’ve always been there for each other through all kinds o’ times 🙂

  2. CMStewart says:

    My condolences on the loss of your brother. May you and Christopher have a happier rest of the year.

    I also hope you have a happy Halloween and birthday. The pic with the sword is great, it looks like the perfect understated Halloween costume (if a sword like that can at all be “understated”).

  3. CA Williams says:

    I always love reading your posts-
    I’m sorry though, to hear about the loss of your brother…

    I too, hope you have a wonderful Halloween and birthday. The sword looks super cool. What a neat gift!
    Hang in there…

  4. Natalie says:

    Dear C.W. Griffith,

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of your brother. Formal the words may be, but warmly meant. Your husband is a dear to be thinking of you and of ways to help you.

    Very best,


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  6. Thank you very much, everyone, for the well-wishes and birthday wishes. Sorry it took me a little while to reply. I admit, I’ve been very bad with catching up — I don’t even want to know how far behind I am on blog reading still in fact. *facepalm* LOL!

    Best Wishes to you all! 🙂

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