Friday, November 26, 2010

Tea for...fifteen?

I meant to post about this sooner, but completely forgot in all the job-search thesis hubbub.

A little while ago, I was on a big tea kick and was perusing craigslist and kijiji for a teapot to match the art-decoish creamer and sugar we received as one of our wedding presents, when I came upon a sale for about 15 teacups for $30. My hubby said I could buy them, so I went ahead and arranged to pick them up. It's a varied collection, leftovers from someone else's, but I don't mind. I don't think I'll need to keep all of them, and I definitely have my own personal favorites.

It was kind of a learning experience for me, as I never knew there were so many different cup shapes. I don't know how else to describe them, and an admittedly-quick google-search didn't bring me anything that would describe the shapes, so all I can say is that there are some that are 'classic' teacup shape, some broader, some smoother, an octagonal one, one with rounded bits at the bottom...and the saucers are all different, too. The cups are from different manufacturers, and some have little gold numbers on the back which I assume were applied by the collector to mark them. I believe almost all of them are bone china.

Some of the manufacturers represented in this collection include:
Ridgway Potteries
Royal Albert
Royal Winston

A few samples (thumbnails, so click to see larger):

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Which one is your favorite? You can find the entire gallery here. It was my first time taking pics like that, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I tried to give decent descriptions in each info bit on photobucket, such as manufacturer and a description of the motif. If you know more, have more info, or know of any resources, please let me know! I found a few when looking for information, but those with more experience can probably point me in the right direction. I'm not interested in appraising them, really, just finding out more about them in general. I have much to learn about this new 'hobby'/collection of mine.

~A page with info on the makers marks and backstamps~

I still haven't found an inexpensive enough teapot to go with our creamer & sugar set, but I'll know it when I see it!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hallowe'en Weekend Kimono Coordinate

I am procrastinating on job apps (my mind just can't take doing them for several hours a day any more), and so I thought I'd share my latest kimono outfit with you all. I didn't get pics of me in it, as it was dark and late.

I wore it to a showing of Repo: The Genetic Opera at the Bloor Cinema. It had a shadow cast, which I'd never seen before, and was fairly interactive if one wanted it to be. It was my first Repo experience, and while unusual, not bad. I did get a Coffee Crisp and a Kit Kat (minis) out of the deal, as it was Hallowe'en weekend. :D

As was all dressed up Nagoya-girl style in pink and floofy bows and lace, so I figured I'd wear kimono, too. Not as a costume, but as fashion, but people out that weekend wouldn't know the difference. I honestly did feel more comfortable in it that weekend as I didn't feel as "odd", as people could pass it off as Hallowe'en wear and not "what a weird girl".


I laid out several outfits, and then asked which one to wear, and he chose this one. I totally agreed; I liked it. It was more of a real outfit than something a little crazier for Hallowe'en.

I wore a hitoe wool komon that has a black base with a kikkou (tortoise-shell) pattern, and in the pattern is flowers and little ochre dots. I paired that with a homemade easy collar that used a white-on-white embroidery, a tsuke obi in red with velvety details, a yellow sash (from Nebuta, haha) that I used as an obiage and a red obijime that matched the red of the obi. For warmth, wore it with a basic black haori that has a few white shibori spots on it (to pick up on the white in the kimono). Paired this with my adorable Victorian-ish boots and a black hat and my Hallowe'en purse (silver-grey with a sparkly bat).

At the show, a member of the shadow cast approached us and complimented us on our outfits. XD She was in a white kimono, wrapped right over left as she was dead (and informed us of such, so she obviously has kitsuke knowledge; her whole outfit was fairly well worn). She expressed interest in finding out more about the fledgling Toronto Kimono Club, so it was a bit of a motivator for us to get moving on that and figure out a first event.

We got a few compliments from others on the street ('nice dresses', 'cute costumes', etc); one lady (50+) stopped and complimented me - not on my outfit, like I thought she would - but on my purse. XD

So without further ado, here are images of the outfit. Any questions, please ask!

kimono,obi detail
kantan eri boots