keskiviikko 27. maaliskuuta 2013

HelLoCon Report

Due my own lack of photos of Helsinki Lolita Convention 2013, I needed to wait for the launch of the official pictures before writing this entry, so let's see what I can recall!

As is known, I used good amount of time before the con to do a pile of sewing in order to appear behind a sales table with [Talu]. Also, because the sales table should be ready before people start pouring in, we needed to be at Helsinki very early. Oh, and because I volunteered in taking part in a fashion show too. Anyway. Early.
[LonLon] came to our rescue, having some lodgings at Helsinki, she took me, Talu and [Giko] with her, and so we went at the evening of the Friday on a train and travelled to the capital of Finland. We must have been quite a sight, for I was dragging this huge suit case after me, and Giko the Assistant carried a clothes hanger thing to the train and through the central of Helsinki.

Because me and Talu had still things to finish with our items, that is what we did, while the all of us watched Memoirs of a Geisha over midnight. I also put Giko and Lon to work to get my price tags and business cards finished. I'm a fair person. That's why everyone likes me so.

I think my price tags turned out rather nice. Thanks for the help with the coloring, Lon!

So that was the evening and the night.

At the morning we faced an early wake-up, and since me and Talu were faster than the other two, we dragged ourselves to the con area beforehand. Not that we got anything done except the achievement of finding our table before they got there too. We were super nervous of how we would blend in as new timers selling selfmade things, but I believe we did alright in the end. Here is a short video of us making our table ready for show (back then we didn't know Giko was video taping it):

I mentioned taking part in a fashion show, right? I had never been in one before, so I was quite nervous, stages do that to me. Luckily I met some really nice people at the backstage, it helped a lot when one got to speak it off with others in the same situation!
The theme we were asked to create our coords around of, and the name of the show, could be translated somewhat to "Absolute Elegance" (Ehdotonta Eleganssia). So there was many cool outfits in this show. Have a video, and see me not tripping on anything when I float on stage as the 3rd walker.

The video is shot pretty far away, but if you make it full screen and put the quality to HD, you can see all the outfits rather nicely.

Here is a link to my sisters version of it. It's a bit jumpy but it's from closer distance and different direction. 
She was also awesome enough to tape two other fashion shows that were aired at the convention, and they are of a really nice quality too:

 Photo by Sanni Siira

The Top Hat - secondhand antique // Black Shirt & Long Jacket & Black Box Bag & Platform Shoes - Secondhand // Huge Cross Necklace - gift // Corset Pants & Bird Skull Earring - Selfmade // Skull Ring - Random

The pants I sewed have huge hems, which you can see pretty nicely on the video. The only somewhat informative picture of them would be [this], taken when I was sending my outfit idea for the fashion show arranger person. They were fun to make, attaching the boned corset part of them was... interesting. That corset was the third one I have ever made.

When I was walking around the con area some people told me that my clothes looked very nice on the stage and that they had cheered for me. They have no idea how happy hearing that made me feel. After all, in lolita business, selfmade/fleamarket coords are still quite few and hugely undervalued. Most of my coords are not composed of known brand pieces (even though I love many moitie things and would adopt something from few other brands gladly), so it's even more encouraging to get good feedback from people.

As obvious, I was most of the time poking Talu's cheeks behind our table, but still managed to meet familiar hobbyists and all new people from around Finland.

 Photo by Miikka Pihlajamäki

This sweetie here you might have spotted walking on the stage right before me in the fashion show we were in. She was such a wonderful person, and we managed to get lost at the convention area during the practice show xD. Hope to meet you again soon!

 Photo by Miikka Pihlajamäki

This beautiful lady here is someone whose style and skills I hugely fangirl. She is awesome, and so friendly irl, even though it was the first time we met. Sorry if I was a bit confused whenever I talked, meeting people I know from Internet has that effect on me I'm afraid.

While I sat next to Talu throughout the whole Hellocon, there is only few pics of us sitting behind the table and none of us looking awesome. Such a shame, I had so much fun with coming up with her outfit too! Angst! Talu is so pretty, and the gilet I made floated so awesomely when she walked around! Maybe we should take a video footage of you walking around with it?

 Have some sister luv instead:

She is so pretty! I can't take it! Photo from Lon's camera.

Here is Lon and Giko looking way too pretty in front of our table. All that hair! Gotta love it!
(I had totally forgotten that ribbon Giko is wearing, I made it from the same fabric as her skirt, and she finished it at Helsinki herself. Why be in time, when you can be almost too late, eh?)

I myself had used all my money on fabrics, train tickets and such, so I didn't get to buy things from the convention. Except for this superbly beautiful ring by Talu. I kept my fingers crossed the whole day that no one would buy it from her. Luck was on my side with this, and I totally stole it from Talu afterwards~

After the con we didn't make it back for the gig, because after tidying the places up we were quite drained. After some coma/sleep we played some cards and headed to the bus.

So that was Hellocon I, and overall, it was rather a positive experience. I really liked the amount of fashion shows, and as a seller too, it was very nice all in all. If we are brave enough, you might find us from there the next time too! If not selling things, we will come as visitors.

perjantai 22. maaliskuuta 2013


Ohm, while clearly on my way to sleep, for am I not tomorrow on morning shift, I wandered in here. Here are few little things that were sewn for Hellocon and need a mention in here for a reason or another:

First there is this skirt. I loved the fabric. Absolutely. I had a perfect lace reserved for it too, but sadly there was too little of it, and no way to get more, so I needed to go with what could be found at local shops. In the end this one never made it to sale, since my sister wanted to wear it. And I didn't argue much, for I myself liked it too. Haha, I'm a terrible businessman!

In the end this shirt was my favorite of all the things I sewed. Because it has the most epic sleeves, which you can't see in the pic. 

..but they were huge. I promised to sew [Talu] one too, haha.

Some battles you win, some you lose. This one had the most expensive material of all, and I was looking forwards to making it to something epic, but this battle I didn't quite win. I decided that I will think twice before working with silk again.


I myself am looking relatively boring, due needing to look neutral at work atm. Also still poking bjds this week. And starting the Rome season two. Or I would. If I wasn't on my way to Dreaming again. Now, I must fall asleep, good nights once again.

keskiviikko 20. maaliskuuta 2013

Gustave Doré

With me.. the book love is hardly ever far away?


Gustave Doré

Gustave Doré (1833-1883) was the most famous illustrator of his time. He was well known for being an artist, engraver and sculptor. He worked primarily with wood and steel engravings. He started his career as an illustrator in rather young age, publishing his first illustrated story at the age of 15. 
Afterwards his most famous illustration works have been Bible, Dante's Divine Comedy, Cervantes' Don Quijote etc. He also illustrated The Raven written by Edgar Allan Poe, and this one, I believe, most of you have surely read as well.

Gustave Dore worked magnificently with different medias, and one thing that becomes obvious when looking at his works is, that he had eye for details. Were it a painting or a sculpture or something else, they are all very richly detailed. Also in many works the themes are strongly from religion or myths.

I also used a small info part in my piece of Divine Comedy for some of the text here.

As for how I wandered to the subject, the reason is one of my latest trips to the local antiquarian book shop, where I found this epic looking version of Dante's Divine Comedy from 1980, with illustrations by Doré of course. The quality of the book is very high with fancy fonts and paper and all. But that's the only right way when you are having a book that some describe as "one of the greatest works of world literature".

My version is obviously in Finnish. For the curious: the translator, Eino Leino, is regarded as one of Finland's most remarkable writers. He is especially well remembered for his numerous poems and lyrics. Not my favorite, but every one in Finland has to know him.

The previous owner had scribbled some notes on the book, but they were done very neatly. I'm leaving them where they are.

And there, the underlined part, would be the most quoted line from this book.


As for other things, I have been spending time with bjds last week, and am going to continue so to this week's end. More pics from the minishoot above, see [here].

Also. I attended an iaido camp in Helsinki last weekend, and slept on tatami, and my back didn't appreciate. I'm such a granny.

And. There are so many new updates on all the blogs that I follow, that I must come back tomorrow to check them, for if I started now, I wouldn't get to sleep tonight at all. Therefore, good nights for now!

keskiviikko 13. maaliskuuta 2013

No, I didn't... things. 

Ohm, seems like some time passed when I wasn't paying attention. I'm going to look Rome's first season to it's end (my marathon was cut short when Hellocon stole my time) tonight, so I'll make this a brief little entry, filled with some weakness of mind, ie proofs of lost selfcontrol, ie bought stuff.

These shoes were spotted when I was strolling at a local flea market with my sis. Nice, casual wedges in a great condition. Not for winter though. I think they were 5e.

This belt was an accidentally bought item. But it was looking at me and I thought, yup, it's cute, nope, it doesn't cost much, yes, it's already in my bag. GinaTricot, if I'm not wrong?

My black jeans needed a practical belt for practical reasons, and no, I just didn't buy a belt from GinaTricot. This one was bought secondhand, 2e.

This wonderfully classic looking bag was waiting for me when I innocently passed by the secondhand shop Kaunotar & Kulkuri. There was a good amount of beautiful, black bags and interesting shirts, but due my current money situation I left with only this one (thank goodness, what would I do with more bags and shirts). And boots. Ehm. They were awesome too, but seems like I don't have a pic of them, and they themselves are well hid atm, waiting for warmer weather.

This black, velveteen jacket was in a mint condition and cost around 7e. It's probably for a male and that gives a nice extra edge for looks with it. And I love jackets. It might be that I have more jackets than shoes?
From a secondhand shop Fida.

This here is a small porcelain case for the little treasures. The quality seemed very good, and the details were nice and epic. I spotted it from a local flea market with price tag of 5e or close. Now it's holding some of my rings inside of it.

These two were in fact spotted and saved for me by [Talu]. She knows my weaknesses well.
I find huge kitchen knives terribly cute, and when I saw this tiny meat axe, you could have heard me cuddling to it like some other person might when seeing a cute puppy.
The huge book is a history book, concentrating on the discovery voyages. A perfect timing! I'm stocking history into my brains at the moment (when I'm not attached to a certain Tolkien book that is).
Both from secondhand shop Fida.


As for other things.

Last two weeks... I have been very much attached to Final Fantasy IX. Still reading The Unfinished Tales. Still watching Rome. I also sewed things for bjds, but that's still under progress. Some human-sized sewing projects are waiting their turn, but my sewing machine is still on a cool-down after Hellocon business. Also saw Wolverine singing at the movies (Les Miserables).

Oh! And it's Winter. So went to practice old winter traditions that involve going up a hill and getting down with a scary speed with happy company.

Now. Is Brutus going to stab Caesar or what. I'm off to figure out what has HBO done.

maanantai 4. maaliskuuta 2013

A Journey To The Hereafter

Welcome to [Zel], I hope you'll enjoy reading my blog!


While waiting for HelLoCon's bending official pictures, let's have a journey to the hereafter. That's almost the same thing. No? Well, bear with me!

A local museum centre Vapriikki offers for the end of this month a possibility to stare at items from ancient Egypt, and who could ever dare to try and pass this possibility? (Unless, of course, you want to do your best in avoiding the curse.) The ancient Egypt was my favorite history subject when I was in elementary school, haha, you should have seen the essay project I made of it! It was huge, and I think I still have it stashed somewhere...

Mummies - A Journey To The Hereafter

Ends: 31.3.2013
Place: Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland
Adults 9e
Students 3e

"The Mummies exhibition at Vapriikki was put together in co-operation with the Egyptian Museum of Florence. It focuses on the cult of death in ancient Egypt, especially the secrets of embalming and mummification. Displayed are truly unique objects: authentic Egyptian mummies, sarcophagi, ritual objects, jewellery and everyday objects."

For those, who can't make it there, here is some pictures. Unlike in the Namdakov exhibition, the cameras were allowed here. Naturally I had forgotten to take mine with me, but mom lend me her phone with relatively good camera:

Also a good thing to remember is, that the tickets you buy at Vapriikki give you the possibility to check also the other ongoing exhibitions they have, like the shoes and the natural museum things:


As for other things:

Yes, please, I want to watch.