Today I finished the rest of my bags for the Astoria Market. I also took inventory of my stock from the store and I think I'm pretty ready. So with some time left over on my Sunday I finished my coat for my lovely new dolly Anaya Rowan, the minifee. I was lucky to find some little Japanese iron-on patches to complete the coat and I received the split zipper two weeks ago so it's a real zip-up hoodie. Now she needs some leggings and a skirt, have to make a pattern though. I would write more about this weekend except that I am having a bit of a blue Sunday and I can't get myself to write much. Take a look at the finished projects.
Holy Moly!!!! Happy Thanksgiving day to me! I got my Fairyland Minifee, Miyu, in the post today! I'm ecstatic! She is the most beautiful doll I have ever seen in person. She's ethereal and she's without a shred of clothing. I don't have anything for this little lady to wear I had been waiting for her zipper for her coat to come then I had to start working on stuff for the Market. Gotta get crackin as amazing as her body is she probably wants some clothing. She also needs a name I'm toying with Anaya, which is a Swedish name, haven't decided. Welcome home Miyu Minifee!
Yesterday after giving my apartment a thorough scrub down I set myself to sewing some wool tote bags for the Astoria Market. I was inspired by these beautiful geometric bags from my Japanese craft Unami books. I employed sashiko embroidery again to embellish the front of the bag plus I added a pocket to the inside for the essentials in life like a phone, lipgloss, or crochet hook.
So excited! I just won an ebay auction for a Yashica mat 124g! Yay!!!!! I've been researching the twin lens reflex cameras since over a year when my friend Joe inherited a very awesome Hasselblad and I had been coveting it secretly. Alas, a Hasselblad is not in my price range so I was looking at a Rolleiflex with a Zeiss lens but they are hard to come by and also still a bit out of my price range. Next I find out that the Yashica is similar to the Rolleflex at a very nice price! And I got it even at a nicer price, hehe!
I signed up to be at the Astoria Market at the Bohemian beer hall on Sunday, December 5th so I have to get in gear and make some new stuff. I'll have the usual suspects of accessories and Some new things. This weekend I worked on felt bag with sashiko embroidery I like it but I wish I had the thicker felt so I wouldn't have to line it although the japanese fabric gives the bag its sweetness. Take a peek.
The last month and a half has been really rough on me, physically can mentally, but I have had some very nice highlights. Last weekend right after work I jumped on the train to Union Square to go to my favorite Japanese Ramen place Ramen Takumi on University place. I like to get the Miso Ramen, soy bean paste flavored broth with two slices of pork, scallion, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, corn and noodles, salty goodness!
Sitting at the counter is key so you can watch the fluid movements of the Ramen cooks as they make your delicious bowl of noodles. I love them more than Ippudo for their atmosphere, it's homey feeling and not all discotheque insanity, but Ippuddo is slightly tastier than Takumi but not by much the price is about the same though. AND most important little to no wait. Depends when you come, usually before 8pm you'll get a seat right away as oppose to Ippudo's legendary 2hr waits. After my delicious ramen I took a train to upper Chelsea to my friends architecture design office where they were having a party just because they wanted to. The office is awesome and I got to see lots of architecture models and time elapsed photos of their projects particularly the Art House in Austin. Pretty impressive and crafty!
Saturday morning we painted our apartment, the living room and entrance way, a very nice light gray and a dusty blue gray. That night we grabbed a bite and lots of beer at Der Schwarze Kölner then an early night to watch the NYC marathon that runs by our apartment and back to painting, blech!
I haven't written in so long so I going to a little backtrack if you would humor me. The reason of neglected my blog is that I was sick 3 weeks out of the last month plus I have been working ten to twelve hour days (fashion may actually kill me). Starting with halloween, even though I was super sick, I managed to scrap a costume together at the last minuted, I went with 70's-80's punk. It just kinda happened as I was make-uping to be a 70's afro diva I faux-hawked my hair and voila, punk was born. The rest was simple black mini and tank, ripped opaque tights, bondage plaid blazer, and some converse hi-tops with the words "fuck you" scribbled on the toe caps. Perfect!
My partner went as a toothless drunken whore, priceless! My friend Michelle got crafty and made herself some zombie guts out of two t-shirts, sheer nylon tights and some paint.
She went retro zombie with the addition of an Afro wig and 70's sunglasses. The party we went to at Repop had a lot of cool and creepy vintage props, like these.