Sunday, January 9, 2011

Lolita Goodies for Sale!

It's that time again!


Mention this post and I will give you 15% off before shipping. :)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Very Mori Project: Roof-deck garden!

So someone I know in the city has a 2,000something square foot roofdeck. After re-reading my all-time most favoritest book in the whole wide world, I decided it's time for me to start gardening myself!

BTW the book in question is called "Mandy" by Julie Edwards.

It's about a lonely, poor girl at an orphanage who discovers a hidden cottage over the fence of the orchard in the backyard of the orphanage...she realizes no one has lived in the cottage for many years so she decides to fix it up and make it "a place of her own."

That's what I would love the most about having a GARDEN! A place of my own! Fresh, wonderful-smelling flowers everywhere! Veggies to eat! (Although I don't think Mandy grew veggies!) Fruits to make into preserves! Herbs for cooking! Ahhh I can see it now. :)

I plan to get some wooden planks and nails and build a little structure for vines and other plans to attach to. Maybe little rows of lettuce, potatoes...who knows what else!

When I was little, and didn't live on a gigantic slag heap (no joke), my parents harnessed the rich power of the local soil in our back yard to grow tons and tons of veggies and other deliciousness. They even made my baby food out of their home picked vegetables! My dad said it was the most delicious experience ever and I think he seems to regret not being able to have such a garden in our new house. :S

I am not sure how conducive St. Louis is to gardening but I guess I am about to find out! I think I am in "zone 6a."

My post is getting longer by the second here, so I'll just write more and put more pics after the read more jump.

This is something that I am aiming to get:

Sort of a little box type thing for plants. Cool.

Jam would be nice.....mmmm jam.
I want to grow fruits like raspberries and strawberries and make them into preserves!

I bet I could even make pickles with cucumbers from my garden! :o) Corn is kinda tricky...but maybe I will give it a shot anyway. I plan on starting my seeds indoors in peat pots to start out with.

Here is some wonderful advice I got from someone on yahoo answers.

"I love a roof garden. Get fresh potting soil, (growing medium) and compost (organic, and most gardeners consider this better) or fertilizer (chemical). Remember, the veggies will take in the minerals and whatever else is in the soil and end up in you! Start your seeds indoors about 8 weeks before the last frost date in your area (check… if you need this data). I like to use peat pots because they act as pots and then go right into the soil. The roof will warm up at least a week before the ground level soil. If you really want to take full advantage of this- and I would because you could extend your growing season significantly on the roof - buy a soil thermometer. Most garden centers carry them and some test soil pH or moisture as well so they are very useful . (I got one a year ago for under $20. at a home improvement store) Use the thermometer to check the soil temp on the roof and on the ground so you can see the advantage you are gaining. For most plants the temp should be at least 50 degrees. Some plants need more warmth, some less.

On the roof, you could probably start lettuce in a "covered row" in Feb Covered row: arcs of coat hanger wire with plastic sheeting draped over to make a mini greenhouse.
Peas in Feb too started in a covered row with the row ends open on any day the outside temp is 45 deg or more. This is OK for carrots, radish, cabbage family, parsley, chives. When the soil is at warm, start green beans- on a trellis
When the soil is fully warmed up and no more cold nights, it is time for tomatoes, peppers, melons, zucchini and the tender herbs: basil, oregano, Plant some marigolds- they are so easy and pretty with a variety of heights and bloom sizes - very easy for a beginner. Zinnias are nice to and have lovely colors - great for cutting

I hope you have a lovely time- don't forget some nice lawn chairs and a big hat to shade your eyes as you sit and survey your "back 40"

I am wiping the drool off my keyboard and let you get started on this neat adventure."


I would like to keep track of the garden progress in my blog so stay tuned, haha. I will probably post a photo of the empty roof space so you guys have an idea of how much space I have to work with!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Some more collars

I bought these for a girl on dolly kei. I can definitely buy more for as long as I am in town here and can drive to Eons! Just e-mail me: hotaru at gmail dot com and tell me what color(s) and styles you are looking for and I will do my best. No fees! But you will have to Paypal the money and pay shipping. If you are worried, I have 100% positive feedback on eBay under the name "NozomiWhiteWolf" as well as "chia88" (my old eBay, now my dad's.)


These were purchased for her, so they're already sold!

Close ups!



These two were bought extra by me, and I think I might sell them on Etsy. Let me know if you are interested!!

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Local Dolly Kei Finds!

I found some really great dolly kei goodies from a local vintage shop called Eons. It's located on Ellsworth Ave in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here's the page for it if you need the exact address or more reviews.
It's definitely the best vintage store I have EVER been in. The owner, Richard, is verry knowledgeable regarding the clothing.

Did I mention it's a dolly kei shopper's paradise as well? Seriously. Way cool.

I found this excellent red dress circa 1970s I think:

Red dress with purple collar:

Closeup of fabric:

I found a beautiful Renaissance costume in which I used the skirt only for dolly kei:

Hastily thrown together:

Collars!! OMG it was like a goldmine! xD

Close ups!

Click below to see more on my tumblr.

Finally, some dolly kei esque shoes from the Buckle ON SALE. They remind me of pirate shoes too haha.

(Bought at the Volusia Mall in Daytona Beach, FL.)

Oh and I ordered some TIGHTS today from Celeste Stein Designs. I can't wait to post them once they arrive in the mail, probably 1-2 weeks from now! :D

Thanks for looking!!!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Brief Beauty Review: Japanese Face Mask by Kracie

So the other day when I went to Eons, I was browsing for sushi-making ingredients (yumm) at my local Japanese Food store (Tokyo Food Store) on Ellsworth Ave when I saw these face mask things.

I decided to go ahead and try them out despite the price. @___@;

It was about $18 but you get 5 masks. I guess that's not TOO bad for an imported product.

Anyway it's not much of a review, and there's one hilarious pic of me wearing the mask but the Read More button, as always to read more. :P You know the drill!

BTW I apologize for lack of beauty or gyaru or even lolita posts lately. Everything has been mori girl or dolly kei as of late. I realize this but hey it's my blog and right now I am more into those styles. xD But don't worry I didn't quit lolita. But I am selling a lot of my old lolita clothing so stay tuned for a post about that. xD

Onto the pics!

The front of the box. Hmmm intriguing.

This is what one of the packets looks like. One front, one back.

So I was not aware of the fact that inside of each individually sealed packet, is literally A MASK. It's not a cream like I thought it was.

Since I forgot to take a pick of the folded up mask, here's a GOOFY as hell pic of me wearing one.

Err yeah. AHEM. Anyway. LOL. (Wow do I look way less graceful than the package or what?) O__o;

So I wore it for about an hour. BUT it wasn't until I peeled it off that I realized I had forgotten to take off my foundation. ICCCK. I may have to try it again some other time with freshly cleaned skin! >_<;

What I noticed about it: each felt like a "wet wipe" and was kinda slimy/sticky. I hated that. When I put it on it was cooling and soothing and a little relaxing. Nice!! I did notice it moisturized my face without causing me to break out. I have majorly oil skin, so yeah, that's a plus.

All in all? I am still kind of on the fence about these since I have no idea what's really in it or what it's supposed to do. I can't read the package. But next time I am in the food store, I am going to ask the woman who works there about it. I completely forgot to this time. If you know what these are and what's they're supposed to do, specifically, let me know. It might even be an anti-aging thing for all I know, which I definitely DO NOT need, haha.

So there we have it, Bizzarro beauty review of weird Japanese product Numba One! xD