keskiviikko 27. heinäkuuta 2011

Beautiful Garments and Darth Vader

From the depths, the oh so dark feeling rises. The feeling so unresistable and overwhelming, the feeling that makes you....

...to want to spend all your money on beautiful things!

Right, so, my Firefox is swarmed with windows and subwindows filled with links that I wanted to share with you. So I will put some of them here.

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[Lovechild Boudoir]

If someone thinks that the name sounds familiar, you might not be wrong, since I mentioned their Etsy sites in one of the older entries, but since then they have opened their own sites (and for now, it seems, their Etsy sites aren't working).
Lovechild Boudoir serves beautiful bustle skirts, dresses, shrugs etc in gothic, steampunky and vintage sort of ways. And beautiful ones they are, indeed. (And, according to the News sites, they have been featured in Vogue, great job!)
They also mention to be very eco-friendly business, using pre-loved things as well as new fabrics and trimmings of which most are produced locally (Yorkshire, UK). All of the pieces sold are hand-made by the designer herself or one of her machinists.

At their sites I'd recommend absolutely to pay a visit to the Gallery. Fabulous pictures radiating inspiration.

Such an awesome hairdo! *donotthinkofkatamaridonot*


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[Kirsi Nisonen]

This one I came by while reading the finnish ELLE. I just needed to find out more..

Caps, turbans, headeater-ribbons and other head garments by a finnish designer Kirsi Nisonen.
The quality of these items is great and like any finnish design, if you want them you have to pay a bit more than for just another hat from H&M.
The amount of designs that the online shop (which isn't the most customer friendliest that I have come by) lists seems -at the moment at least- to be a bit limited, but still offering my favorite from her, the sailor cap. The online shop is in english. The payment can be made by Paypal and Wire Transfer and in Finland, also by postal order. Nisonen's items are sold in variety of finnish shops too, as is listed on the sites.


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And this surely isn't a shop, but a reason to envy those living in Washington:

Did you know that they have Darth Vader in one of their cathedrals? And not just any cathedral, but the Washington National Cathedral, which is the sixth biggest cathedral in the world.

And how did Darth Vader end up in one of the cathedral's towers then?
Well, back in the 1980's there was a competition held, for the children, in which a drawing of Darth Vader just happened to win (of course he did). And there he went, up to the tower as one of the cathedral's grotesques and since then the Washington's National Cathedral has been able to boast about having the world's only Darth Vader statue in a religious building. Now that's something you have to see when visiting the city.

Just to make sure that you are able to spot Vader, the official sites of the cathedral offer some [advice].

Now ain't he cute lil Vader~

Oh yeah, and this statue type is called "grotesque", which is not to be confused with gargoyles. The significant difference being, that if Vader was a gargoyle, he would be spouting water.

sunnuntai 24. heinäkuuta 2011

Sewetisew Comes Again


Well... yeah, I'd have a pile of links to advertise here again, but I'm just too anxious to get back to the Playstation ---to sleep, I ment to write!--- so make do with this fast little update.

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A scary adventure into the pile of fabrics provided me with 2m of black fabric that seemed nice, yet I had no idea what it was bought for originally. But since we are in the middle of summer, I figured out that I might have some use for a pair of shorts (since I'm unshamedly overusing my knee-lenght pants in boystyles), it is a warm summer after all.

Since I'm just about getting over my pants-sewing-trauma that I got back in the school plenty of years ago, I didn't even dream about drawing the critical patterns myself. I took ready made ones of some old magazine and made long pants into shorts. And added in details and modifications and drew the patterns for this high, cut-vest waist part.

And it wasn't so awful in the end!

Next time that I'm up to making pants, I'll make knee pants, since I'm not really a shorts person in the end...

Not a very complimenting photo, but I couldn't put them on the mannequin I have...

From the side. These have big pockets too! Since the pockets are simply practical and nice to have around.

And a pic with me wearing them. They are really black, but the Sun was loving my camera settings..

One unprofessional thing that I did with these was, that I used two different reds for the lining.
Since I was using the leftover fabrics to start with, there simply wasn't enough of just one of them. But since the redder one is mostly just in the pockets and the matter red one is on the vest's lining, it's not something anyone will notice, mheh.


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As for other things!
I finished playing Digital Devil Saga 2 (and wrote a pile of text about it in [here], and am going to continue Final Fantasy VIII next.
I also watched a short anime series called [Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin] with satusankari. And that anime was... ..weird mostly. I liked some of the characters, but the anime was a bit...weird. Or it started off alright, but the final three chapters were like from a different anime altogether. So it was.. ..just weird. Let's leave that there.

Also I accidently came by this game, Xenosaga, while peacefully strolling through a local game store [Game House]. Since I had been eyeing it around the Internet for a while and now found it IRL, I needed to save it right away. And it was just ~20e! Not a bad price for a game, not at all! (Expecially for a rare one with a cool special box system that I didn't remember to photograph for you.)

I also updated my jewelry box a bit, while visiting Glitter. They costed 5-7e each.
Rings, rings, rings. I just couldn't leave any of them behind. As for the black pearls necklace, I infact have one similiar already, it'll be great to combine the two of them!

maanantai 18. heinäkuuta 2011

Finncon-Animecon 2011

Two new readers! Welcome and enjoy the mad spamming! I mean.. I don't spam. At all. Ever.

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This year's [Finncon-Animecon] combo took place in Turku, Finland 15.-17.7.2011. The main themes this time were myths and virtual reality.
And I naturally went there. And so did thousands of others.

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We, ie. me, [satusankari], Lonlon- I mean [Namuless] and Joppon.. I mean, let's see... J, jumped into a buss and travelled all the way through the bushes and lil' towns and who knows what and finally arrived to Turku. We had already skipped the friday for practical reasons, but were definitely in for the rest of the cons.

And also, since it had been a while since I had worn ouji/kodona/younameit, I decided to wear the boystyles for the whole weekend.
Which started really well for I forgot my minitophat home...


None of us had really visited the city before, except for perhaps the harbor. Which is a bit weird since Turku is one of the Finland's biggest cities. We came prepared though, with a map, and managed to navigate to our hotel (which's name I won't mention, you'll later understand why, I don't want them to sue me!).
Since it was too early, they couldn't give us our room yet. Though insted of a room for three with an extra bed, they had changed it to two rooms for two, since they had managed to overbook themselves. Alrighty.
We left our stuff there and headed to the con area.

I ran to a pile of aquintances, tables selling who knows what stuff, listened panelists talking about apocalyptic and postapocalyptic fiction, very interesting talks about finnish scifi aboard and tried to hear a panel conversation about virtual world's of gamers, but the talker guy was apparently ill. Also, naturally, spend good time staring at cosplayers and the con people in general.

My con team at the evening of the first con day.

I was pretty lazy with the camera, just like always. This photo was taken with [Aristosa's] camera, and I stole it, thank you~

Outfit:
Shirt & Shoes - secondhand // Pants - F+F // Cameo Brooch - Bijou Brigitte // Everything Else - random

When we got back to the hotel again, we got our rooms. And the other of them was a one person room... Alright, bring in the extra bed then! If it fits... And they gave me a very suspicious and yucky looking mattress. Bravely J gave them few selected words about this all, and they gave us some money back to make up the mess. On the good side, the hotel person was very friendly and quite understanding.
The room became quite packed after we placed the mattress and our stuff in it:

Even though the pillow was flat as a slice of cheese, my mighty leopard printed blanket was muffy and made of awesome.

After the long day, one might be feeling a bit hungry... So we visited a local japanese restaurant, [Hanko Sushi] and ate some delicious food~

Everyone has eaten? Good. Back to the hotel.
We spend most of the evening laughing to satusankari's and Lonlon's hotel room. That place had surely been a bathroom in it's previous life. A life it must have had not so very long ago. It was a downright horrible room, with broken lamp, unblugged fridge, foil covered pipes, and oh gah that's not a sock on that pipe, right?! And they didn't have a TV which every room was supposed to have. And many other things, but these should already give you the pic.
No? Then try this:

Yeah, right.
We also amused ourselves with card games, and shared an uncool, but delicious mudcake and packed ourselves to my and J's tiny room to watch some TV.
Even after all that the clock was hardly 23:00, but we were off to sleep. Early morning got it's toll on us.



The night didn't go too well, for the air in the room grew really bad. I felt like it was slightly hard to breath and therefore needed to open the window for a while at 3:00, and with such a creaking that J woke up, but fell luckily back to sleep right away. Outside some guys yelled like they were in middle of a football match and then some groupie of people speaking a really wide turku accent camped exactly under our window.


Alright! Feeling fresh and rested? Good, let's go for the new day!
After a very simple breakfast at the hotel's corridor area, we made our way back to the con area. And infact managed to get lost on the way there.

More cosplayers and coners to stare, making rerounds around the counters, listened about crazy old scifi comics and watched kendo show and so on.

An awesome FF VII groupie. They got stuck posing for a madly long time since everyone wanted a photo of them.

They had Rude too! A real bald Rude! That's awesome.

Riku and Sora from Kingdom Hearts. Ain't they just cute~

This one even had that funny voice system. Cool thing.

These two did some great job as well. The girl -yes, girl- on the left had very respectable looking beard too. Oh yup.

After we finally left the con area, we visited a local subway to eat some tasty breads and then headed to [Turku Cathedral], which was just around a corner. And there we went all turisty with our cameras.

The old architecture is always a cool thing.

I don't think [this fella] really appreciated the attention we gave him. Or maybe he was just a bit shy...

Outfit today:
Shirt & Shoes - secondhand // Pants - F+F // Everything Else - Random


Wha? Do I look like I'm bothering that poor girl?

I bother absolutely no one. No, no. (J's eyes: "Help mee..")

A giant leap to the unknown...

Well, since it seemed like a building big enough to fit my ego, I decided to move in...

...but for some reason they didn't like the idea there. Maybe it was because the stony fella didn't want me as his neighbour? Or maybe it's because I'm from Tampere (Turku's nemesis city)...?

Adventures at Aura River. Oddly none of us dropped to the water.

All in all it was a rather nice con thing. And Turku seemed like a nice city, with more to explore, and very likely lots of things to photograph. But if and when I come back... I'll try some other hotel! xD

These things followed me home:
The program, all kinds of papers and cards, the final volume of Kaori Yuki's Angel Sanctuary and [Cloudberry Lady's] pretty print bag.

keskiviikko 13. heinäkuuta 2011

Lumous XI


A whole weekend on road, visiting home only to pick up things and to sleep. I'm officially drained.
But did I have lots of fun!

Also! A new reader, be most welcome~

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[Lumous XI] and kung fu camp were at the same weekend, which ment no sleeping for me. The thursday was all for Lumous, whereas the friday was for kung fu, at the saturday and sunday mornings I woke up early, drove car for 30min to Nokia, practiced kung fu and drove back to attend Lumous at the evening. And you may just imagine how it felt to wake up at 7:30 when you had got to bed around 3-4:00. The Lumous kept me hyped enough not to realize the lack of sleep until monday though..

(Parts of my thursday and saturday outfits.)

The bands this year weren't exactly the ones that I'd listen that much, but I had good company and I naturally loved to be surrounded by all those cool people who took part in Lumous. I stared without shame at all the interesting hair and outfit coords~


And even though I have taken part on earlier rounds of Lumous, this was my first time to attend almost everything. And to check out The End, and I can just say that it was mad and prolly the best part of the festival this year :'D. I'm already looking forwards to the next year's Lumous.

And not only is this third day afer Lumous and I'm still out of energy, but also my notorious festival shoes killed my feet and toes, and the fan kata at kung fu managed to produce a swollen bruise size of my knee to my leg. Lovely.

The saturday I strolled to the empty apartment of my grandparents who are staying at the summer house for the summer. They live closer to the fest than I do, so it took less time to take all the stuff there instead of running all the way home to get to change clothes and to shower. (I obviously had too much time, so I played around with the make up desky there, as can be seen.. *cough*)

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As for some other things...

Some time ago I saved this cute jacket and the two books in the pic secondhand.
The Alice thingy I just had to buy, The Princess Bride just sounded like cute.
Also, I borrowed Goethe's Faust and Die Leiden des jungen Wethers from my friend, which I'll read after I'm finished with Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol. Before it I read a short book of the life of [Aino Kassinen] (Aino Kassinen Kertoo) and a DragonLance trilogy of Fifth Age by Jean Rabe.

Also some time ago I transferred my lazily updating drawing blog under this same blogger name. It was just too much of a bother to log into that separately. [here]

I also finally changed my backgrounds here, like it? I do.
It's by Itkupilli, to whose blog you may access from the the text "Free backgrounds by Itkupilli" at the left corner of my blog.