Sunday, November 25, 2012

Belated Halloween Meet~Up Post

Halloween has come and gone...unfortunately...

I had co~hosted a lovely Halloween meet~up with my bestie ,SweetOkashi, and had a lovely eve out with our local community in a victorian style park. The day was filled with fabulous treats and sweets with spooky themed games and dishes.


One of my favorite treats were the graveyard cups made with homemade death~by~chocolate and a milano cookie(I know what your thinking) that said RIP on them. They were so delicious and cute! We made enough for a few of us to take some home, although we ate most of them.

I had made pumpkin and mummy cake pops and pumpkin faced tea sandwiches...but the sandwiches were woefully forgotten on my kitchen table as we hustled out the door with all of the party favors and decorations that needed to be set up. Luckily, we had enough food to go around and our guests were quite happy with our spread and thought we put into our planning.


Halloween picnic blankets, a painted pumpkin (dubbed pumpkin~chan), and a witch's hat cake pop stand were only some of the details we had gone through for our decorations and they were so much fun to make and prep.

We told scary stories while we sat and had our picnic, which we had prepped a few spooky local legends for the occasion. I think everyone really enjoyed them. And when we were finished with that we had everyone try to guess the weight of Pumpkin~chan, which everyone came up with some pretty hilarious numbers. ^_^

 
We also had a theme~lolita contest, where the best themed outfit would be chosen out of everyone. We had a Little Red sporting a red cape and the Btssb Red Riding Hood jsk, some cute candy corn appliqued skirts and jsks, and more. Everyone was really cute!

The winners of our guessing contest and theme contests both received a little prize in a coffin shapped box, which SweetOkashi painted and decorated.


After a few games, we decided to clean up since it was starting to get dark. The day, which had been lovely and had stayed at a nice warm temperature, had begun to let a slight chill set in the air signaling the end of our picnic. As we cleaned and packed up, I told one more story as the last rays of sun were blinking out and gave way to dusk.

I didn't get to write about this sooner, I wish I had and, to be honest, I was going to write about some Thanksgiving recipes I had done and this poured out instead, but it feels good to have done so.

On this lovely night, pick up a cup of hot tea and enjoy what the night brings.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New Sailor Outfit

I know I posted a while back how I wanted to do a sailor Lolita dress, I've been working on more and more of my projects in a more chaotic pattern, so getting sewing done between work is not as organized as I would like. One idea bubbles, and I draw it out, while another boils and I draft, cut, and sew different bits together as I figure.

My sailor one piece has been a project, indeed. Each piece structured to what I want, and discovering new cuts, and making new designs has been rewarding. I wanted to plan it for the Tall Ships Festival and Tea Party that my local comm had planned a while back, but never got to go out to...so I decided to take my time since.

 Here is the design I decided I wanted to go with:



The lighter shading is only to define sections of the pleating, and the bottom tear of ruffles became a shorter and smaller pleat ruffle. Many aspects of this one piece has changed since the initial sketch up. The good thing about being indecisive is that now I have more time to decide what to do our change, I'm almost finished now.

Little red and white anchors.

The buttons! I have been trying to find the perfect buttons for this particular piece for a while now. I happened to come across these little cuties in Joanne's Fabric on a recent trip and just knew they would be perfect. (okay, this trip happened before fall really...)

The difference.

I did change out the ribbons from 1/4" polyester red ribbon, which was just too small, to the 3/8" of the same type that were just much more defining I think. Once I'm done with that I may change out the ribbons on the sailor collar too, but I think that project may be the whole collar and not just the ribbon.

The work so far.

All in all, I'm quite happy with how it's turning out so far. I'm happy it's almost done now and I'm really trying not to rush the finish just to simply finish. I know that when I finally am happy with my design, through actually doing and redoing, I will be able to duplicate what the finished dress will be without issue.

What I do take away from this latest work is a few new tricks for putting in zippers. Installing zippers are probably my least favorite past times in sewing, but this really makes a difference!

Well that's all for now all you frilly people, now it's time to kick back and enjoy a beautiful autumn day with a nice hot cup of tea.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wigs In My Loli

This post could just add fuel to the fire but it's only my opinion and if you don't agree with it, that's fine. I saw a post on a Lolita confession board a few weeks ago that basically said crazy colored wigs suck and they made the fashion look like more of a costume. I disagree with this.

If you think it's really just a color thing because the colors pink, blue, green, etc are more costumey, think of all the people who don't wear Lolita who have colored hair that are of the vibrant variety. No one looks on them like they are wearing a costume, because they aren't, it's just their hair.

Sure, a wig can be costumish in general, but I think that's really depending on the quality of the wig. I have seen pretty horrendous wigs being used for Loli and it has made me cringe at the sight of a wig of any color that looks like someone bought it from a Halloween store. However, in spite of these missteps, I have seen some fabulous coords with gorgeous multicolored hair that suit the person and coord just fine.

Just be mindful of your coordinate and use your discretion on how it fits your head and if it suits your outfit, don't do it just because you think that's the only way you are a Lolita. From what I've observed within the Lolita community some girls and guys think that wigs are now a must to be a Lolita, particularly newer Lolita. I am a wig person, I don't wear them with all of my Lolita coords but I don't think it is a must, it's just helpful with my difficult hair.

I find it favorable if you have very little hair to work with or you don't want to dye your hair a "normal" color to match your Classic Lolita that you only wear when you are out for a meet~up.
It can be in the reverse too, with a two color split and clip on pig~tails in neon pink and blue, or if you wear a pretty chocolate brown bob, it's your head wear what you want.

Whatever you need to do to make things work for you, you shouldn't be afraid of doing so. Who cares if it's a wig, big deal, just make certain it's a nice wig.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Where I've Dissappeared To

AAAAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCKKKKK! I haven't posted in what feels like a zillion years!

It's been a while since my last post hasn't it?

Here's what's happened...

This past week was one birthday after another, my niece's was the 6th, mine was the 9th, my brother's was the 12, and my father's was today, the 16th...That's an almost unbelievable party central and yet in a few more weeks one of my sisters and and another brother will be having a birthday. (I guess my parents thought having birthdays all around the same time was a good idea. Saves on time I guess lol) Despite all the partying today was the only day I had any cake at all...O.o Not even a cupcake...


So for my birthday, my boyfriend and I took a huge trip to New York City for the weekend. It was an awesome surprise, although I guessed, I didn't know it would be for 4 days though.

The trip was also for our anniversary, I've been with my boyfriend for 4 years now, so YAY! Awesome trip to NYC.

We went everywhere, saw Peter and The Starcatchers, based on the prequel book of the same title by David Barry and Ridley Pearson. (good book by the way)

I love Peter Pan and I was nervous about the prequel story(read it and liked it so knew the book was good at least), then I was nervous about the show because I really picked in on a whim hoping that my boyfriend who didn't really like theatre would actually enjoy the technical aspects of the show.


hoooboy...The moment the character Black Stache took the stage...I don't want to give anything away but I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, and thought 'Oh god, I picked the wrong show!'


Such a funny scene.
I laughed. I thought the show was better than I expected. Really well written, funny and fun, and it had some of those moments when you believed that something was happening that defied all reason. It was magical.


There was no drop in the characters or the scripting, no pregnant pauses where you just wanted a scene to get over with, and the actors were fairly articulate, which was really good. Having done so much in theatre, sometimes, it can be a real killer for watching shows because all I would want to do is get up and be on stage and act and sing and dance with them or I'd spot huge drops in the show and cringe...I may be a theatre snob I guess but I have to say I was impressed and had a great time with a show that I was unfamiliar with.


The better part was seeing my boyfriend laugh harder than I've ever seen him laugh before. He is my best critic, completely un~biased, which is what you think would be the opposite but he doesn't know how to pull a punch with his opinions. If he doesn't like it he'll be sure to let you know, so you can see why I panicked about the show, and thought he would think the characters would be obnoxious or stupid, but it turned out to be some of his favorite characters and a really good experience with the show.


Aside from the show, we stumbled around New York, literally, happening on the New York Public Library (Ghostbusters' theme song playing in head) and took a thousand pictures. I've always wanted to go so I'm very happy to have actually gotten to see it in person. I am not just a Ghostbusters' fan I am a book worm. ^_^

It's the New Year's Ball!

We took a stroll through central park, took tuns, got lost in the subway system several times, and went all the way to the top of the Empire State building. It seems we always get lost successfully and turn out to find something awesome.
Oh No! It's Garu Kong!!!
Between the food, the sights and the show you would think I'd experience everything I could possibly hope for on this trip, I am definitely lucky, I got way more than I had hoped for.

My next post will be a small snippet on our trip to Tokyo Rebel...stay tuned and enjoy...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Tea Parties To Die For...

Very recently, I have been thinking of Halloween...

I know it's waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy to soon to really think of that, but hey, I can't help it. It's my favorite holiday where you can dress crazy and the all time hated "Isn't it a little early to be dressed up for Halloween?" catch~phrase for the Loli~illiterate is cast aside for a whole month! (Even though most of us don't dress Loli for Halloween at all.)


Maybe I'm feeling in the spirit of things because the weather is so dark and dreary as of late.

I'm fine with dressing in Loli on Halloween, but I think I like dressing more themed or out there than usual. I'm not saying Lolita is anything like a costume, it's more like having the ability to experiment more and test my boundaries in certain areas without anyone so much as bating an eye. I can handle the name calling on a daily basis but it's nice not to have to.

This train of thought could also mean more girls afraid of trying out the frills can find the courage to do so.

I love Halloween, and I love Halloween prints that come out...




I've been thinking of some ideas for Halloween~themed/time meet~up and have been excitedly writing and drawing up plans.


Last year, we did a picnic in the cemetery late at night. We got all the permission to do so and planned and picked out a location in the cemetery and planned all sorts of fun games for the outing. We planned it for in the evening when it would start to get dark out, just enough to get a spooky chill.


Unfortunately for us, that chill turned into a near snowstorm of trouble. It was so ridiculously cold! >w< We nearly froze our little bloomers off due to a nor'easter, that blew through our neck of the woods the previous week, leaving the chill of winter.

This year we will be more prepared!!!

In other news on the RI Loli front: I've got a plan. I have this most fantastic Lolita meet~up idea that will be so much fun!


I won't divulge anything yet, not until I get all my little duckies in a row and have everything set, but it will be a pretty nifty tea party, if I do say so myself. This particular meet can be around Halloween but not necessarily.

The location I want to host a tea party is to die for, but the dead aren't there.

This location is pretty famous for an heinous act.

You can spend the night there, if you dare...

Okay, I wont say any more! I really can't wait and am very excited for this. I'll post more about it once I am set!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Blouses (Part II: Peter Pan Collars)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote up a post on High Collar Blouses, so in order to get back to the land of the blogging living after nearly 2 weeks hiatus, I figured I start with the sequal to part I.

I thought my love of blouses in Lolita were only functional, before these posts, not paying much attention to the detailing that can be seen in the blouse. I usually only wear jsks, so the only time I get to see the detail in my own coord is when I'm changing.

Due to these recent posts, I have grown to appreciate this staple of the fashion more than I had. I always thought it was easy to buy a jumperskirt or an one~piece because of all the different styles and prints and solids. So many options to choose from and blouses were always a want but making due on a tight budget always made it more of an afterthought. That is until these last to posts...

What is your favorite part of a Lolita blouse?
The details on this blouse is very delicate looking and

This one is very lovely in white. The slanting rows of lace on the upper section is eye catching. I'm not a fan of the shirring on the upper part of the sleeve.

The large ruffly lace at the collar and wrists are delicate and look soft in combination of the blouse. It would be the perfect icing for some sweet Loli.

I think this one is toned down just by the difference in lace choice, other than that the cut is the same. Perfect for both classic and gothic Lolita. 


These two Peter Pan collars show both lovely and perfect for the gothic and classic styles in Loli. If there was a pink or blue version of these the would work perfectly for sweet.
Sharp and close collars really pop on these.

Again, Innocent World is trying to steal my soul.

A little more into the aristocratic theme but works for classic and gothic as well. There is a great deal of detail to the collar that I think is worth paying attention to.


I love the Peter Pan Collars in all the different shades they can come in. A good Lolita blouse, in general, are definitely worth the purchase.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Blouses (Part I: High Collars)

Hey there!!!

It's been a while since I've done one of these so I figured, it's about time for one.

Blouses are difficult for me to make. I'm still working on my first and I'm still shaking my head at my own nerdy impulse to improvise or throw away a partern mid~use, but I still can't wait to figure it out.

Every detail is important for each individual blouse, in my opinion. The collar can't be too frilly, the lace has to be just right, the length of the blouse torso needs to be just right, and everyone has there own preference for something.

I like short sleeves. I think they are cute and still can be elegant and you can wear wristcuffs or bracelets or whatever on your wrists without taking anything away from the blouse itself. Long sleeves just get in the way sometimes, I mean I still like them but they have to be just right.

None of that three quarter sleeves stuff. That kind of throws me. It's like you have to decide whether you should or shouldn't wear anything on your wrists for fear of overpowering things, and possibly making your arms look too short.

I'm sure there is a three quarter sleeve somewhere that wont make me feel that but I haven't found it.

Cute, delicate, and just sweet enough. There is a meet we will be doing here soon that I think this
blouse would be perfect for...planning coordinate...

IW just wants to own my soul I think. This is lovely in every color. 

I love the fact that you can have long or short sleeves with this one. I love the cravat design as well.

Delicate in fabric and just enough lace. IW definitely does lovely high collar blouses.

I need one like this! I would use a different bow at the neck though...but this is probably my favorite. I'd need one in every color.
I really like the detail of this one on the collar. You can see it better on Lolibrary.org. It makes me wonder though...how do you put it on if the front and back don't seem to have any fasteners to undo?

Yup. My soul is on the table now. Another Innocent World pretty. The lace at the collar looks softer up close.

The pleats on this one are lovely and dainty. This would go well with high~waisted skirts and underbust jsks just so you could see enough of the detail.

Well, that's all I'm going to drool over for today. I need to pick myself up and actually get cracking on one of my sewing projects.

Oh and before I go, I made a FB account to focus on my Lolita stuff.

I post mostly in pics whatever I may see and want or blog updates (if you read my blog you will know I wont spam you) and get to know a little more about little Rhodey Lolis.

Just look up Madeline Hatter on Facebook.



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Madeleines ala Julia Child...you can't go wrong...

You! Yes, you, with the face looking at my blog!

Remember that madeleine post I made, just yesterday? You've got it right? Well forget it! THIS...is The madeleine you need to try.

No joke. Just try it.

 Seriously, if you were thinking of making the other one, it's a mistake! Don't do it! I really never thought I'd do this, but you need to realize this cookie is the real deal.

I never understood when reading other people's blogs about maddies why everyone was being so picky and calling other ones lame...now I do, and I'm sorry I doubted the real reason.

Now, I've tried a few different recipes before the last one and never really thought they were much better, or had a reason to not be good. It is with a very heavy heart I realize those weren't the madeleines I was looking for.

The elusive spongy, not eggy, little half shell of heaven.

In order to right my wrong, I am posting this as close I can without over explaining.

I'd also like to thank Julia Child for making me realize my wrong~doing... Thank you.

These were because of you.

Les Madeleines de Commercy/The Madeleines with The Hump on Top Original recipe found in 
From Julia Child’s Kitchen by Julia Child.

2 large eggs, beaten
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
4 ounces unsalted butter and 1 1/2 tablespoons for buttering the molds (total of 5 1/4 ounces)
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Grated lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
3 drops of lemon juice (or 2 of lemon and 2 of bergamot)
2 large Madeleine pans

All ingredients should be brought to room temperature before mixing so that the melted butter doesn't congeal either in the batter or before you have blended the ingredients together.

Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl and add 3/4 of the beaten eggs, slowly.  Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon to blend into a heavy cream. It will take a very long time if you aren't strong with a wooden spoon.

Take your time. – If very stiff, and it will be for a while, add a little bit of the remaining egg, one droplet or egg at a time.  Set aside for 10 minutes.

During the 10 bring all of the butter to a boil until it begins to brown lightly.

Stir the rest of the butter over cold water until cool but still liquid.  Beat the remaining bit of egg into the batter and stir in the cool butter. 





Stir in the salt, vanilla, grated lemon zest, lemon juice (and bergamot if using). 

Cover the batter, and set aside in the refrigerator for at least one hour. 

In the meantime, paint the Madeleine cups with a light coating of butter and flour mixture, wiping up any pools that form in the bottom.  Set the madeleine pan aside or refrigerate if the  kitchen is warm(THIS IS A VERY GOOD TIP< PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE!).



Preheat the oven to 375° while mixture and pans are in the fridge

Using a spoon and rubber spatula, drop a rounded tablespoonful of batter into each Madeleine cup.  Do not spread the batter to fill the mold.  Repeat with remaining batter and mold. 


Set pans on the middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes.  The batter will spread on its own to fill the cups and a hump will gradually form in the middle.  Unmold onto a rack, humped side up. True story.

Serve as is, or sprinkle tops with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.* Makes 2 dozen Madeleines.

These are so good, they don't even need the powdered sugar dusting. No kidding what~so~ever. I'm serious! You want a good madeleine go to Julia Child...









Monday, July 9, 2012

Picnic In The Park!

Last week, I really got to baking up a storm!

We had a picnic in the park, for which I made several desserts that I believe were a hit, at least everyone eating all the strawberry doughnuts I made was a hit...I think...I like strawberries...

Moving on!

For this little outing I made three desserts. Strawberry doughnuts, strawberry cupcakes, and madelienes.

Here is the Madelienes:

★Ingredients★

☂2 eggs
☂3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
☂1/8 teaspoon salt
☂1/3 cup white sugar
☂1/2 cup all-purpose flour
☂1 tablespoon lemon zest (this is what the recipe calls for, I didn't do this)
☂1/4 cup butter
☂1/3 cup granulated sugar for decoration

☀Directions☀

♪ Preheat your oven to 375.
♪ Butter and Flour your Madeleine molds then set aside.
♪ This step should be unnecessary, but I forget to prep sometimes...melt your butter then let it cool to room temp.
♪ In a small mixing bowl, beat your eggs, salt, and vanilla until lighting color.
♪ Continue to beat and gradually add your sugar, beating until you have what looks like ribbons in your mix. It's that part where it looks like cake batter and you can drizzle the mix! It will take a bit so 5 to 10 minutes if you have an electric mixer, more if you don't have one.
♪ Next, sift your flour into the mix, a third at a time, and fold over a new section, all to prevent clumping.
♪ Add your lemon zest.
♪ Gently, add your butter around the edges, folding it into the mix.
♪ Use a tablespoon and pour the mix into your prepped pan to the point where they plump over the pan.
♪ Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until they plump back when you gently press the tops.
♪ Use a knife to gently wedge edges free and flip pan onto cooling wrack.
♪ While still cooling, sprinkle some powdered sugar over them. I made mine for a little tea party with a few friends

I also hear you can switch out 2 tablespoons of flour for 1/4 cup cocoa powder and add a 1/2 cup more  sugar for chocolate Madeleines...sounds good, I think I may have to test this.

I can't seem to find the pictures I took for the steps...but I'm pretty sure you get the idea. So instead I'll just post pics of the day!!!!

Also before you flare in frilly anger, I leave a note of disclaimer, our little group is open to everyone, whether people are only just testing the waters to see what Lolita is about, or more into visual kei and or even cosplay. If you can't hang out on a lovely day in the park with friends and need to stick to


Alright, time to figure out what part of the park has a buried treasure!

Here is a lovely SweetOkashi. She doesn't know I'm taking pics of her, taking pics of pretty birdies.

There were so many ducks here is was so lovely to see! We even had a crane make a cameo, he flew right by us onto that other bank.

Picnic!!!!

Sociables. The snack for socializing Lolis. lol

Taken during the photo shoot with the random photographer.

It's really lovely here.

I'm a geek. I love this pic!

So that's it for today...No Madeleine pics but some fun in the sun.