It’s a Festivus Miracle!

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So after stepping back, taking a break, getting some incredibly useful (but ultimately unnecessary) help, and then realising I was a twit, everything is back to normal here! I’ve fixed the config file that was pointing to the wrong database, and everything should be where it’s supposed to be. However, if you happen to notice anything missing or broken, please don’t hesitate to comment here or on facebook, or shoot me an email.

I wish you all a happy and healthy new year, and plan to subject Tsukiko to all manner of fun outfits as soon as I have some time off work. ❤

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… Something

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We were tidying and decorating the living room in anticipation of Christmas entertaining, and I thought I’d get Tsukiko in on the action. I pulled out my trusty green iromuji, and a red-and-gold obi. I had a heck of a revelation while I was dressing her. She’s a standard store display torso, which means she’s roughly a US clothing size 2. The iromuji was small on her. How the heck did I ever successfully wear this thing?

I think she looks suitably festive and at-home with all the decorations. And don’t worry, she’ll be moved before we light a fire.

I wish you a wonderful holiday season, whatever you may celebrate, filled with love and light and food and family and happiness!

Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland

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The days are shorter, the air is cooler… whether we like it or not, winter approaches in the Northern hemisphere. And I’m pretty far north! In honour of the weather, I’ve decided to change the theme here up a bit. Kimono vary with the seasons, it seemed fitting to me that a kimono blog should too.

I’ll be back with real content in a few weeks!

Art Gallery – Chibi Kokeshi

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This adorable little kokeshi doll is by Linda Kentie of Oranda Kitsuke. Several years ago, she was creating these precious little gifts for facebook friends whenever their birthdays rolled around. I’ve been meaning to share mine for years, and I finally remembered to do so! She did a wonderful job of re-recreating my first-ever kimono outfit. She also knows how much I love all things cephalopod and included the sweet little pink octopus on my head! I love this art so much. <3

Outfit of the Week: Pretty Poppies

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I really should rename this feature to Outfit of the Whenever I Have Time, but I digress. You may or may not know this, but my mother’s name is Poppy. Because of this, we have a lot of poppy-themed stuff in our house, and for the longest time I had made it a goal of mine to find a kimono with poppies on it. When I found this one, I knew I had to have it. I love the slightly abstract, retro style of the dye-work. I actually did dress my mother in this once, but nobody managed to take photos, so I decided to put it on Tsukiko. I went with a simple red tsuke-obi to highlight the lovely red of the poppies, and a brown and green obijime to echo the khaki green in the hem. I also used a green haneri to reinforce that green accent. The obiage is actually a much darker, richer purple, closer to the eggplant colour of the kimono, but no matter what I tried, it photographed as this bright electric indigo. Oh well!

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