Sugar Sugar Rune Collage Displays

Hi, everyone!  Over the last few years I have collected various merchandise of an anime/manga series called Sugar Sugar Rune.  It is a cute show about two witches who are sent from the magical world to Earth to capture the (replaceable) hearts of humans.  In simplified form, it is a competition in which whoever captures the most hearts will become Queen of the magical world. 

With that in mind, there are plenty of references to hearts, love, and magic, so I put together a collage of stickers and prints I purchased from several Etsy stores and have displayed them in a floating frame.

I love the Valentine one~!  It’s so cute. -^^-

There is another collage I put together using a shadowbox to display a variety of things, including my Chocolat and Vanilla dolls, Pierre bookmark, stickers, crystal heart props, promotional prints, Vanilla cellphone strap, and sweet little vinyl notebook/diary.

Besides these recent Sugar Sugar Rune collages, I have also been slowly assembling an ita bag display.  The bag itself is pastel pink with magical-girl-esque detailing.  It’s very cute; however, the window for the bag has, um, interesting cuts, so it makes it difficult to decide what items to put where…  anyway, when I finish it, I will be sure to show you how it turned out.  ^^

So, what do you think? 

Bye~

Keep Calm…

…and wear lolita (while drinking tea).

Hello!  It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed it by sitting in the sun with a hot cup of tea.  It felt great soaking in some sunlight after so many cloudy days.  Though plants are still dull-colored, recovering from the Winter, wearing adorable lolita clothes and drinking tea from my favorite Hello Kitty mug made the atmosphere quite pleasant. 

During this time of mandatory stay-at-home quarantine, I now have freedom to wear the clothes I love and to spend my time on back-burner hobbies, like home decorating, sewing, gardening, and cooking.

All of the time is great.  However, I need to make sure I am not just squandering it, vegetating at the computer watching videos while eating sweets… (;¬_¬)  I need to be productive–use my time to straighten up the house to keep my home a personal paradise.   ʚ♡⃛ɞ(ू•ᴗ•ू❁)

Perhaps this self reflection is the encouragement and motivation I need to be and live in the cutest way I can.  Yay~!  ₍՞◌′ᵕ‵ू◌₎♡ 

Love, love~!

The Girly 80s: Pastels, Horses, and Rainbows

Hello~!  How is everyone doing?  I hope you’re all well.  With all the shut-downs because of the virus, I have been cooped up in my house without much going on.  But I would like to share with all of you what has been piquing my interest lately.

I’ve been interested in the 1980s; whether it be icons, TV shows, synthwave music, merchandise…  It wasn’t my era, but it is so fun to see everything that was available and popular at the time. 

Part of my past diving involves watching TV shows from that decade, such as Rainbow Brite 1984, She-Ra: Princess of Power 1985, Jem and the Holograms 1985, and Lady Lovely Locks 1987.  Each of the series have a relatively short run of episodes, but the stories are pretty entertaining and cute. (ღ•͈ᴗ•͈ღ)

Another sliver of interest is the merchandise, specifically toys, from the ’80s.  I have read articles or watched videos of people who collect items from that decade, seeing so many toys I didn’t know existed. 

​One toy brand from that time includes the Generation 1 My Little Pony toys, which I discovered that, besides mares, they also made stallion ponies (you know, males).  I have a lovely vintage pony set made in 1988 called Loving Family Ponies, which includes three ponies: Daddy Bright Bouquet, Mommy Bright Bouquet, and Baby Bright Bouquet.

Besides shows and toys, I have also been collecting vintage Valentine’s Day cards.  I have quite a variety, but the ’80s ones consist of The Magic of Unicorns, She-Ra, Lady Lovely Locks, Rose Petal Place, Care Bears, and Barbie (although I believe the outfit resembles ’90s…).

There are some other items to highlight, but I will leave that for another day.  This is just a small glimpse into the very cute characters of the time and the creative use of colors.

❥ ~!

Doki Doki Crate March 2020: Sakura Season

Hello, cuties~!  Here is the Doki Doki box for March 2020.  This month’s theme is Sakura Season, the season of cherry blossoms in Japan (which is coming up soon).​  Inside this box was five items: a Cardcaptor Sakura lamp, Cardcaptor Sakura spoon and fork set, Hello Kitty sakura towel, Rilakkuma sakura cup,  and a shiba dog plush.

This box is perfect because I have a weeping cherry blossom tree in my yard.  So, like the Japanese, I am planning on enjoying the short time that it will be in bloom by sitting underneath it, relaxing with a cup of a tea imported from Japan: Lipton sakura tea~!  I am eager to try the tea with some picnic foods, so the items from my Doki Doki box will add to the cute floral aesthetic. ^^

Thanks for reading!

Kawaii Box March 2020: Kawaii Fantasyland

Hello, sweeties~!  It’s a new month and the March 2020 Kawaii Box is here!  This month’s theme is Kawaii Fantasyland–magical cuteness.  Inside were eight items: a candy cup keychain, a package of Mickey Mouse fruit gummies, a jellyfish plush, magical girl stickers, shiba inu theme pouch, magicial girl star wand pen, uni-kitty notebook, and a Pompompurin headband.

Everything is so cute!  I have two favorites from this box: the Pompompurin headband and the jellyfish plush. 

XOXO

Hina-matsuri: Girls’ Day or Doll’s Day

Hello!  Today is March 3rd, the day the Japanese observe Hina-matsuri, a type of doll festival or girls’ festival.  It is an event where families display ornamental dolls on a red carpet covered platform, sometime before the holiday, and girls would celebrate with a party, enjoying the company of friends, sweets and traditionally drink shirozake, a mildly sweet non-alcoholic rice wine.

Some years back, I visited an art institution when they had a Japanese cultural exhibit.  There were a variety of topics, including demonstrations of furoshiki,ikebana, obi tying and, of course, Hina-matsuri.  While I was there I took a few pictures of the display.  The dolls on top represent the Emperor and Empress, the next being attendants, musicians, etc.

This tradition apparently continues until a girl reaches the age of 10 years.  But while they are in the qualifying years, they get to enjoy this display for a single day, or perhaps for the whole month of March. 

A little detail I find amusing about Girls’ Day, though, is that there is a superstition that the longer the dolls are kept out, past March 3rd, the longer it will take for the girls (daughters) to marry.  So if a family decides to leave the display out, who knows how the girl’s future will be. ^^

XOXO~