Hey :D I'm Arei! I've been cosplaying since my very first con in 2006 (though I never got a picture of it, meh DX), A-Kon 17.
More recently have I dove into the craft of sewing/assembling my stuff, as I originally did more "closet cosplay" stuff since, I failed at life XD
I'm also a member of the Texas Metroplex Cosplay Coalition, which is a group of awesome... awesomeness. Thanks guys, you've really helped me along to becoming a better cosplayer, and you guys are such great friends :D Now I just have to get off my lazy butt and sew more stuff DX