Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gold Autumn Bridge Obi

I fully did not expect to win this obi because I only put in a minimum bid. But luckily, I am the owner of this lovely gold fukuro obi with kiku, momiji, sensu, and bridge design.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sailor Mars Cosplay

Very soon, my Sailor Mars cosplay will finally be complete! I've wanted to cosplay a Sailor Senshi since I was a kid watching the anime on Toonami after school. I've had a Sailor Mars costume for about a year now, but like many premade ones, it's far too short. I'm going to redo the bodice to make it a full three inches longer so that it fits me properly. I also ordered a few things to finish it off:

a Super Sailor Mars brooch (since the costume is missing it)...

a Super Sailor Mars transformation wand...

...and metal Sailor Mars tiara (Sailor Pluto is shown in the picture, but it's the same color stone).

I will add pictures of the completed look when it's done!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Red & Yellow Date-Eri and White & Gold Obijime

I finally got myself a date-eri today. It's reversible between yellow with sayagata pattern and red with faux shibori. I'm already planning outfits with it!

I also bought a white and gold obijime to finish off my kurotomesode ensemble, as a gift to myself for passing the NCLEX!!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Grey Sha Obi

Not on the "to buy" list, but I couldn't resist putting in a minimum bid, and I got it luckily. It's simple, so it will go with many things. ^_^

Monday, June 13, 2011

Kimono Wishlist

I need to give my buying more direction so that I can stop making bids on things I don't need... So here's the list, as it stands right now (* = want most or need soon, • = want, but not needed soon):

* White and gold flat obijime
• Royal or navy blue obiage and obijime
• Light yellow obiage
* Orange obijime and obiage
• Light purple obi
* Light blue obiage
Another fukuro obi to go with my kurotomesode
• Light blue obi
• Green iromuji
• Gold brocade zori
• L or LL zori (purple, pink, blue)
* Stretch white tabi

Five Obijime

One of my favorite sellers on eBay frequently sells obijime in sets, but the problem is often that one or more of the colors are too similar to things I own already, but this one was perfect. And it had a yellow obijime that I needed for an autumn ensemble I've been planning.

In addition to the yellow obijime, I got obijime in gold and silver; dark pink; red, pink, and white; and mint green. I had a mint obijime at one point, but I redyed it due to staining, so I'm glad to have another one again.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Another Mystery Plant Motif

I had been absolutely pining over this obi for some time now, and it finally went on sale so I snatched it up!

I just love that understated simplicity! But I have next to no idea what kind of plant that is. Perhaps lotus?

Edit: Another person confirmed that it is lotus. =) Funny thing though: lotus is a late summer motif, but the obi is not an open weave, such as sha or ro. Hmmm...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summer Kimono and Obi

Well, after an unsuccessful try at another ro obi, I bid on and won this one. It's not perfect for the omodaka kimono, but it will do:

Also put in a small bid on this sha kimono and won unopposed:

Monday, June 6, 2011

Kimono Photoshoot

I was asked to do a photoshoot for our Anime Blues Con photographer so he could work out his new equipment with the green screen and 3D effects. Here are a few of the photos:

For fun, we did some shots at the end with my hair down and with a katana for maximum badass-ness. Of course, it ruined my kitsuke, but that's why it was at the end!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

More Obiage and Obijime

I bought a new ro obiage and obijime set today. After re-dyeing the old blue one to yellow and buying a matching yellow summer obijime, I decided I either needed a blue or green set for a softer look, so I got BLUE-GREEN, lol.

I also ordered a white and pink obiage that was quite cheap due to staining, but I figure I will dye it (maybe blue?), so no one will see the stains anyway.

This yellow summer obijime came in the mail yesterday, so now I have a yellow summer set! (It actually has little iridescent threads running through it which catch the light so beautifully!)

This is the matching obiage, which I dyed yellow (used to be pale blue):

I also dyed my pink shibori obiage to this lovely lavender color. I think it will see much more use now.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Café au Lait Houmongi

I am so excited that I won this houmongi on eBay yesterday! It's a gorgeous café au lait color with what I believe to be autumn grasses. Of course, I needed another kimono like a hole in the head, but since I sold my peony furisode, I figured the money could go toward a replacement. ^_^

Now what I do actually need are some more obi and obiage. Since I still have $11 left, I will put that toward the next purchase. =)