Thursday, September 29, 2011

Handcar Regatta II

That day was pretty much spontaneous for me--Elephants, bizarre masks, and eccentric explorers. I appreciate the Brass band too, I enjoyed listening to Balkan-influenced sounds.

I had so much fun that day, that I end up doodling little guys just last night.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Handcar Regatta--Like A Steampunk Fair

Just few days ago, on a Sunday, we( with my boyfriend and my sibling) fully attended to a particular festival in our local town for the first time (though, second time for me to only spot). I guess it's plausible to to call this festival with the touch of Steampunkish style. The Handcar Regatta, by context, refers mainly to man-powered vehicles at race...not necessarily on water, but on our city-town's unused railroad tracks. The spice of this event just tends to be filled with people dressed in Gas Light era type of fantasy. Fun and eccentric!

My skirt and my hat are DIY objects. I know I didn't sew fairly too well as I liked, but it was convincing to my initial plan. The rest of the items are actually everyday clothes from my closet. I will post a bit more in unrelated order soon.

Last year's entry on this festival.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Muted scenery and living scarletts

I admire how very more spiritual and barely materialistic this wedding is. The bride was beautiful. In fact, this is the only wedding I attended which I actually happened to feel inspired enough to capture conceptual pieces.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Preparation to Transition

I'm looking forward to digging out more of my dark, warm and down-to-earth colored clothing from my closet.

Thursday, September 8, 2011


"Life's funny. To a kid, time always drags. Suddenly you're fifty. All that's left of your childhood... fits in a rusty little box."- Brotedeau from Amelie.

I did a little a bit of childhood reminisce as I was browsing through tumblr blogs looking at images consisting of gardens, tea parties, crayolas, cookies and such; and I thought about all the objects I actually enjoyed playing with when I was young-- there's one toy I don't remember much about.

My favorite toys as a child:

1. Pippi Longstocking Doll
According to my mother, she said I was really attached to my Pippi doll. I don't even have memories about owning that particular doll, but I think as I got a little older into grade school, I believe I felt familiarity when I spotted a librarian wearing red pig tails and stockings during Halloween. Found her beautiful. I am not surprised to find out that I actually owned a Pippi doll, because I've always been attracted to bright and fun looking characters. I even thought Anne Shirley, a fictional red head, from Anne of the Green Gables was fun too as a child. Since it was a plushie type of doll, I'm sure at that age, I must have found comfort with it.

2. Barbie dolls in fluffy dresses
Yes, I played with Barbies as a young girl. Not just any generic barbies, but ones with fluffy and flouncy dresses. Then some of them later got slightly chewed up by a four years old (me) and ended up with tangled hair. They were still fun to play with and I liked receiving party dresses for them. They later got lost as we moved up to Northern Cal. As the mid 90s hit, I found most Barbies to be dull to play with since there were less quirky dresses and less voluminous hair.

3. Block type toys- like Legos, Betterblocks, and classic blocks
In first grade we have this day for a free play time day, the station I would often pick is the station filled with blocks. I can play freely in my own world without being dictated or bothered by another kid. A bucket of Betterblocks pretty much consumed my after homework time whilst watching Rugrats. When my brother lets me play with them , I would sometimes find a chance to build my world with his Legos.

4. Coloring books
Coloring books took up mostly during my older childhood years-- beyond fourth grade! The biggest coloring book I received happened to be a poster-sized book about Christmas. I believed my aunt, my brother and I filled most of the pages up. My dad wrote phone numbers and notes on it. Later on, my giant Christmas coloring book got thrown out. Ahhhh! It's okay, because I have tons of other coloring books.

As an adult, I still find toys these days to be just as interesting as the ones I owned (aside that we all know they're still timeless pieces). Whoever invented Lalaloopsy dolls has cute taste and imagination. I'm also thankful for the kawaii cartoon culture for being responsible with simplified plushies in this era. Overall, for one, nothing can beat a child's imagination with a cardboard box.

So what were your favorite toys as child?