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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

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With the new season just around the corner, I can't help but to think change is in the air again. The school year has begun. Summer has surely ended. It feels as though time is speeding up, racing towards the end of the year. There is nothing I can do about this never fleeting feeling except to sit back and enjoy the ride.   As I think about all the different stages of life, I realize that with without change, we can never experience anything new. And though some changes can hit you like a tidal wave, there is always...

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Malabad Images

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"We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us."  For the last few months we have highlighted several small businesses. These family owned businesses show us what it takes to start from scratch and work your way up. The perseverance and dedication it takes is inspiring to say the least.  Hattast-ique is in it's third year of operation. Over time we have gained experience, friendships, and life lessons that we will carry with us through the next decade. Before we started down this path of a family business, there was Simplicity Photography. Now known as Malabad Images. ...

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Steampunk Cosplay

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"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." - Albert Einstein  The World of Cosplay  Imagine a world where every day you dress up as your favorite pop-culture characters. Every day you are something different. One day you are Wonder Women from the DC Universe. The next day you are Alice in Wonderland. Follow me down this rabbit hole as we explore the world of Steampunk Cosplay.  Cosplay literally means "Costume Play", and it is exactly what it sounds like!  It was inspired by the practice then-known as fan costuming at science fiction conventions, beginning with the...

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Reno Street Vibrations

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It's hard to believe we are already in the first week of June. This year has been flying by! With show after show, we have been on the road longer than we have been home. We are having a blast working new and old events, traveling the country, listening to great audio books like A Knight of The Seven Kingdoms by George R.R.  Martin. The most recent event we've completed was Reno Street Vibrations. "Reno, the biggest little city"  Every year the City of Reno, Nevada throws an event for motorcyclist. This event was originally once a year, held in...

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The Maddest Mad Hatter Top Hats

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"You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret, all the best people are." - Alice in Wonderland   Mad as a Hatter During our travels we often hear people referrer to us the the Mad Hatters. They walk into our booth, take a look around at all the different unique styles of hats and say "These must be the mad hatter top hats!" We take this as a compliment! The phrase "mad as a hatter" comes from the Victorian era, when fashion and hat making was the foreground of our steampunk culture. In 18th and 19th century mercury was...

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