sub-burbs

Starting a FemDom marriage in the Vanilla Kingdom

IML & Insanity

Friday, I took the day off and accompanied my friend Jim to the International Mister Leather market.  IML is a gigantic gay leatherfest that is held every year in Chicago and people from all over the world come to town for the event.  In addition to the seminars, contests, and parties, IML also hosts a huge vendor market of BDSM gear.

I spent a few hours touring the place with Jim scouting the place for MJ.  She had given me a list of items to find so I could guide her to the booths that contain stuff she was looking for.  When I discovered that market stretched over four ballrooms at the Palmer House, I realized that a few hours wouldn’t cut it.

Once we had gotten an overview, Jim and I went over to Bennigan’s for drinks and a snack.  He then went to join his friends and get ready for the parties that night while I waited for MJ to get off of work.

MJ joined me at the hotel at just after 6 p.m., one hour before the market closed.  She quickly realized that we both needed more time to enjoy the atmosphere (the hundreds of barely dressed hot guys got MJ’s attention pretty quickly) and to shop, so we decided to come back on Saturday.

We ended spending way too much at the market, but got a ton of great stuff including a leather harness for me, some amazing floggers, and a new set of wrist and ankle cuffs.

Here are some pics of our "haul":

Harness Good Vibrations  Cuffs
Floggers Bondage Tape  Candles
Nipple Clips Bling Pinwheel

On Sunday, we realized we needed a place to keep all of our stuff.

Before I continue, I should mention that I have a knack for insane projects.  For instance, rather than just put an action figure on my desk at work, I actually build detailed "playsets" for my toys.  One of the things I love about MJ is her equal love of these crazed, over-the-top undertakings.  (She wanted to make a few modifications to our new house, starting with removing the entire staircase.)

So, what do two people who love crazy projects do when they need a toy chest?  They go to IKEA and build an 8-foot tall cabinet into their closet!

Yeah - I told you we’re nuts.

We brought all the pieces home Sunday afternoon and I spent the better part of 11 hours installing the cabinet.  The result is a very goth looking cabinet with drawers for all our goodies, shelves for books and toy bags, and a pull out rack to hang floggers and other implements.

In order to make it fit in the closet, I had to remove all of my clothes and take down the shelf that was mine.  I am the boy after all and when it comes down to storage for MJ’s toys or closet space for my stuff, I lose by default.  (Actually, I gladly gave up the space, partly because it was the only way this would work correctly and I really wanted this awesome cabinet to shine, but also because it was something so subservient and I loved the feeling of MJ taking another little piece of control over me.)

Here is the finished product in all its insane glory:

Outside Inside Pull-Out Rack Drawer Labels
Chains Artistic View Straps and Clips  

If I didn’t think that MJ was taking our new roles seriously, this would certainly have changed my mind!

That night, we actually got a chance to play, but that’s a story for another post.

2 Comments so far

  1. MWK June 6th, 2007 8:07 pm

    Action Alert
    National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

    Support the Palmer House Hilton, Host Hotel for IML

    Please write a short note of support for the Palmer House Hilton,
    host hotel for International Mr. Leather, thanking them for not
    discriminating against any guests or groups based on their sexual
    orientation. The anti-gay group, Americans For Truth, posted an
    action alert calling for people to protest the "homosexual
    orgies" that take place at the "sadistic sexual perversion-fest
    known as International Mr. Leather." AFT website:
    http://tinyurl.com/3atcsg

    The Palmer House Hilton has been a staunch supporter of the Fair
    Accommodations Act in working with alternative lifestyle groups,
    particularly IML. Please email your note of appreciation to:

    Stephen Bollenback, CEO
    Hilton Hotels Corporation
    stephen_bollenbach@hilton.com

    Trina Owens
    Hilton Hotels Corporation
    trina_owens@hilton.com

    Peter Lynn, General Manager
    Palmer House Hilton
    peter_lynn@hilton.com

  2. ladyerosxxx September 24th, 2007 6:19 pm

    Hello -

    Just wanted to say how much I love your toy cabinet. I’ve been searching online for something like this and was so surprised that there was nothing - until yours.
    Very very nice. Thank you for the wonderful ideas which I will carefully present to Master for discussion.

    ladyeros

Leave a reply

Mexico