I wanted to get starting with the modding right away, but my local craft store, Omer de Serres, does not carry Rub n' Buff. As the closest Micheal's Craft store is about 3 hours away in Ottawa, I'll either have to wait until I go in November for the Oirechtas, and hope they have some, or I'll just order it from eBay. In any case, I can't work on them for the moment, but I have a feeling I'll enjoy doing so.
Another find on my trip to the dollar store was this Top Hat:
Dollar Store Top Hat
I have been looking at top hats sporadically on eBay for years, but they are rarely cheap. For a 2$ costume hat, this one makes a pretty decent base. I would change the ribbon and add to it, but I have to say, I really like it (my daughter loves it too, but she has a fascination with hats, so I guess she's not really impartial).Gwenyver's new Top Hat
Oh, and if you don't like the Faux Fur finish, you could always cover it up.
Right now, my goal is to slowly make a Smashing Steampunk outfit for Montréal Comic-Con 2011; since the 2010 edition is going on this week-end (and Data is there and I'm missing it - *snif*), it gives me a whole year. Can I do it? Or will I be rushing to finish on Labour Day Week-end of next year? Stay tuned to find out!