Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Sparkle Stitches~ wrist stops

I've previously done a tutorial on wrist stops but here is a different one. I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things and don't have internet so this is a mobile post 

First is materials. You need lace and elastic. I got an elastic with lace edging to add frills to the finished project. Cut the elastic to your wrist measure!

Place the lace and elastic right sides together, lining up the raw edge or the lace with the plain edge of the elastic.   Stretch the elastic as you stitch.  Stitch along the dotted line.

Next, flip up the elastic so you are looking at the right sides. Stitch along the dotted line, remember to stretch the elastic as you stitch!

Now to make your gathered lace band into a circle, place WRONG SIDES TOGETHER and stitch the opening shut as shown.

Trim the seam allowance as needed if it's too wide. Two millimeters should be fine.

Then turn the cuff inside out and stitch the short side again.   This will encase the raw edges inside, creating a French seam.

Turn right side out and you will see you perfect closure.

 Add any decoration you'd like to the front.

Repeat and you're done!!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Afternoon Tea with Friends

Not specifically a Lolita meet up, but we all ended up wearing Lolita anyway!

Gomaji is a great way to find cheaper group options, much like Groupon. Doro purchased several coupons for a fancy afternoon tea place and we all met up to be fancy and eat fancy!

There was no theme this time so my point of fashion was bunny tea time!
The food was surprisingly filling

After a relaxing afternoon of chatting and eating and gossip (erm, and group order for socks because every meet up ends up having one or more impulse group order...) We took group photos

It was a great way for me to recharge!  I feel more motivation to sew some new clothes as well. I've been cleaning the house bit by bit and ANO will help me make a work room. I also want to borrow his camera for starting to make tutorials again!

Any requests for tutorials you would like to see?  Check my Sparklewolfie Stitches page for past tutorials if you haven't already!
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Everyday Kawaii~ TsumTsum Time!

Previously I've blogged about how convenience stores in Taiwan all offer point systems (we have the highest density of convenience stores!) and each round they collaborate with different companies for gifts to exchange.  Normally I shop at 7-11, but this round FamilyMart has collaborated with LINE TsumTsum!

Taiwan really has an awesome cute-collection culture ^_~

This crazy popular mobile game by LINE Naver Japan makes every character so adorable!  They regularly put out little videos on facebook as well.  I'm super excited and want to collect so many!  Even characters I normally find ugly, such as Disney Cheshire Cat, become kawaii in TsumTsum.

Every NT$69 earns one point and you can exchange 3 points + NT$89 or 60 points for one "egg."  The shell is a coin bank and inside is either a clip, a magnet character, or paper tape.  They are coordinated so the shell matches the contents!  You can see all the combinations on the webpage here!  Even if you are not going to be in Taiwan during the event, the webpage is adorable and has interactive tsums you can toss around using your cursor.

The event has only just begun, and I found out through some other Lolitas, since we all share super cute things with each other.  Lolita life \m/(-_-)
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Gaming Lolita?

Show of hands: how many of you love to play video games or played pixelated games as a child? *raise and wave both hands*

Recently my boyfriend Ano is creating a game story and we are designing characters together.  For a large department store (新光三越/Shinkong Mitsukoshi in 信義/Xinyi district) project, he got two of the characters made in voxel (3D pixels) in fiberglass and today we went to take photos!

Though one of the characters is based on me in a Lolita dress, he actually changed my hair and eyes color so it doesn't look like me at all...
Anyway, today I wore a dress similar to the one in the pixel drawing, which will be revealed at a later date ;)

First up is Roast Pig, a fat guinea pig that I helped to design:
 Turns out my boyfriend doesn't know much about guinea pigs, but finds them adorable!  I miss my own guinea pig terribly much.  He passed years ago.

Next is GM, the protagonist of the story.  Can you guess who he is based on?

 Here's a hint:
Haha GM is Ano himself, in exaggerated form!  Today he cosplayed himself!  I shortened his jean jacket for him this morning and dyed his hair last week.

I have a fondness for pixel art, though I'm not good at it.  On my mobile I downloaded the dotpict application, which is a pixel art program.  It's quite simple, but the palettes are limited!

What is your favorite non-Lolita past time?
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Monday, June 8, 2015

Belated Tomb Sweeping

Sunday I went with my mom to see my grandmother and great aunt. I've actually never met my grandmother in life, and only seen my great aunt a few times. We went up a mountain to the tower where many ancestors are staying now. 
 since my mom had spinal surgery during Tomb Sweeping Festival we didn't go then, and made up for it this past weekend.
You can purchase a vase and flowers to hang on the door. We found them overpriced but are going to see if we can bring our own. 

this is a different type of case which is clear and you can put souvenirs from life inside. We saw many miniature bottles of alcohol and old cell phones. Also some model cars and even an electronic cigarette!

There were Christian options too, with a cross instead of Buddha. 

Afterwards we went for fresh seafood.

 I tried my first sea urchin!  Didn't taste like much to be honest.

What traditions or burial/grave rituals do you observe and practice?  With the convenience of cremation and these towers, we don't need to maintain gravesites any more, just visiting. However I feel I'd rather have a greener future and be buried without a box with dirt and seeds to return to nature. Save on cremation energy and costs as well!
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tainan Trip

Recently I took a trip to Tainan with ANO for his work. Of course we still had time for a bit if fun!  Tainan literally means "Taiwan South" just like Taipei means "Taiwan North". Very creative names?  It took only a couple hours to travel by high speed rail.

We got to start at a nice hotel, ranked 8.6/10 by booking.com apparently (that's what the sign said!). We rented bikes each day to ride to the worksite at a department store, Shinkong Mitsukoshi.
 During a break we decided to investigate some old streets. Started out with handmade almond tofu cut like mango and served on ice:
 Then we saw a sugar puff thing I'd never seen before!  Ano said he'd tried it before, but basically the master melted brown sugar in this pan, added a powder, remove from heat, and stir. Suddenly the liquid comes ttogether and then puffs up and splits!!
 A fake puff to photo:
 The best fun was at the handmade wooden clog shoes shop. There were many bases and ropes or tops to choose from and the family custom make your shoes. We each bought a pair of geta style sandals. ANO chose a 10cm because he is short!
 Modern shoes options
 model shoes the mama boss said was too dangerous for me to try on without proper training. She let me try on a shoe that made me walk properly like a Chinese princess (格格)
 All the strap options
 five minutes for the daughter owner to make mine.
 At a street of shopping we passed this poop cake condors. Maybe competition for the penis cake vendors in Taipei?
 Very small poo poo cakes
 the next day ANO and his assistant Zach went to work so I explored and manage to find the only maid cafe in the city!
 They were closed, but I browsed the side shop. And took a sneaky selfie with a cat paw! Apparently the shop owner is an alumni from my university!
 That night we went to a night market and had octopus mouths:
 Saw unique flavor tarts:
 Got Thai banana dessert

look so yummy ba?

Of course got fat but now is diet time to get back under control!

What is you favorite guilty pleasure food? I like all types of cak type desserts, it's awful!

I hope this post is not considered boring because it is not related to Japan. Taiwan is quite lovely aas well*!

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Art Revolution Taipei 2015!

Wow, it has been 1 year since I've been with ANO!  We met at Art Revolution Taipei 2014, which was in April~
I attended for two days this year and wore Lolita on both days.  Some of the photos cannot upload for some reason...
There was a huge archway and ceiling of real flowers that smelled so good!  I took a photo in front of a flower wall:
 I tried a "bottom focus" eye makeup on this day.  I think it turned out OK.  I was in such a rush I forgot to do any other makeup though... ^^;
This photo is at a more normal camera angle so I don't look like I'm so shocked ^3^

Outfit Rundown:
Headbow: handmade by me
Shoes: AN*TAI*NA
Everything Else: offbrand

 On the second day I went I also brought my work to do while waiting at the artist booth area:
Face photos!!

Outfit Rundown:
Headbows, Hair accessories, JSK, Blouse, Wrist Cuffs, Rings: Handmade by me
Socks: Secret Shop
Shoes: AN*TAI*NA

It was nice to get super dressed up and do my makeup.  I very rarely do a full face of makeup so I'm incredibly slow at it... not to mention I haven't got a vanity or a full bathroom so it's hard!  When I move to our new place with ANO I will hopefully get a better system set up so it doesn't take me hours and hours to do my magical girl transformation -_-|||

How long does it take you to do your magical girl/boy transformation?  I'm just curious because it honestly takes me about two to three hours but I know some people who just get ready in under half an hour including getting dressed!!!
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Micro Post Until Update!

Soon coming is an actual update of recent coords and events!  For now, I'm sharing another adorable parody video about "Lolita Manners"

Which of these rules do you follow?

Sadly I squat an awful lot ^^; though I'm careful to not get my hems dirty...?

And a sneak peek of upcoming post~

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Living Lolita~Lolita Fashion DRASTIC Rules

Sorry for a long delay!
I've been in the hospital recently with my mom for spinal surgery.
And before that I was simply busy with work ^_^;;
Today I am sharing a "spoof" video by Misako Aoki about DRASTIC rules for Lolitas!

Of course, most of them are for fun, but I found a couple to actually be useful
How many of these rules do you actually follow?

For me, I follow "Don't hog seats" "Don't bump into things" (as often as I can) and "Don't kick off shoes"

As for the rest.... well, let's just say i'm worse than the "most embarrassing case" Misako shows!!
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Welcoming the New Year in Qi Lolita!

Yesterday I went to the opening for the sheep/ram exhibit that Ano was a part of.  We both decided to get super fancy and wore extremely flashy fashion haha!  I wore the Qi Lolita dress I made... five years ago?  I've only ever worn it once... but this was a perfect occasion to pull it out of the darkness again!
Showcasing Ano's glitzy sheep

A bit blurry, but you can see the bodice better here

Also blurry, but this is one of my favorites! The artist painted sweets!
Please excuse my no-makeup face :P But the blurriness kinda fixes that, right?
Honestly I will probably never get a chance to wear this dress again.  It's just so hard to find an appropriate time to wear these super-sub-style dresses!  All the same, I really do love Qi Lolita, but after learning the proper way to make qipao in Chinese Clothing Construction class, I can say I will probably not be making any proper qipao any time soon ^^;

Speaking of substyles though, I do want to expand my Lolita wardrobe more!  I feel like I think/say that a lot but gosh that costs money!  <b>If you could choose any substyle of Lolita to wear without other people thinking it weird, which would you choose?</b>  I'm torn between Ero and SUPER Punk Lolita!  I haven't the body/confidence to wear Ero Lolita, and it's really not appropriate most of the time, and very difficult to pull off stylishly.  Punk Lolita is hard to get the proper balance without simple falling into pure Punk style.  It'd be a fun challenge for oneself though!

Have a lovely Year of the Sheep/Ram and may all your goals and wishes be fruitful!
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