The season for antiquing & thrifting is upon us!

Or it is for me apparently! Some treasures trickled in via eBay (Marwal busts & the Nishi Snow Woman doll), some we drove 120 mile round trip TWICE to pick up (the two china cabinets), but mostly we bummed about the Alameda Point Antiques Faire, the Crockett City Wide Garage Sale, downtown Vallejo & Martinez Peddler’s Faire.

One of the greatest things about buying a house, you get to furnish it! We’ve bought some new furniture, all carefully thrifted via Craigslist and local shops. I’m a super cheapskate, which makes it challenging, but SO satisfying when I find the perfect piece. We’re almost done though. Anything else (aside from a sofa) that comes into the house, something else has to go.

The tchotchkes though, they keep coming! We’ll definitely have to have a garage sale soon. Or a virtual one. Most recent fascination: vintage “made in japan” china & decor & toys.

In any case, welcome to the new WordPress blog! I’m unpacking and decorating the Doll Nursery (see china cabinets below), and we’re still decorating and renovating the Sugar Shack in Crockett!

Blastmilk Independence Day

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I was in the garden this morning pruning flowers and snipped off a few flowers and realized they happened to be blue and red in a white pitcher. Cute! I put them on the mantel above the fireplace and realized that half my dolls/ornaments were red and blue.
So here it is, a collection of my red, white and blue toys from around the house. Mew!!!
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When SuperKaijus Visit …

Best houseguests EVAR. Junk shopping, Kaiju popping, Okonomiyaki flipping happy goodness. Paul & Melissa.

Sunday was super hot so we had an impromptu Film Fest, with banana shakes and sundry other boozes. Once the sun went down Paul got to work in the kitchen and made a series of Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake-like griddled dish) of ever increasing complexity and awesomeness. The Grande Finale was Octopus & Hamhock— or, HAMHOCKTOPUS—that bloo my mind. For real, it was superb! Whoddathunkit???
Pose Doll by Melissa! She is so dreamy, I will name her and play dress-up for DAYS. More, better pictures to come!
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And last but not least, Mr. Kallisti has spent the last few months dissecting vintage Kappa, analyzing how they were made, and recreating the art of Kappa Kraft!
Mr. Kallisti's Silver Screen Kappa!Devil Kappa for the Devil Man: Paul Kaiju!


Film Fest for the Aging Hipsters:

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So ya’ll know I ain’t slackin’…

What does one do when one is not well? One drafts a pattern and sews an 18th century bodice by hand while watching 6 hours of The Duchess of Duke Street. And then one makes a pair of hoops (not sewn by hand, but much engineering ensued).

I like progress pictures, so here’s mine. I’ve been meaning to make a set of hoops for… oh, since before I brought Fifi home :p and here they are, finally. With much help from the images on this site, and the rest of the internet. The ultimate in underpinnings. Mr. Kallisti says: “Oh, what, those go under the clothes?!?!?!”
The bodice is made out of the vintage bo peep fabric I got recently. Adapted from a 1770 polonaise. Mmmm. The stomacher is next!