Yet Another Update: “Great Big White Birds”

I wonder if to some it seems like this piece is taking a long time. To me, it feels like I'm clearing tasks pretty quickly. But I do take large breaks between the bits because my wrist occasionally threatens to leave. And since I don't need my own body parts sending me any ransom notes, … Continue reading Yet Another Update: “Great Big White Birds”

Antique Haori–Spring Sunset

Fluffy Violet Peonies In Full Bloom Over Layers Of Foliage On Deep Yellow Silk. It's the end of March now, and the US Midwest has been drinking again what with the weather alternating between definitely still winter, mud season, and actually kind of hot. Go home, Chicagoland, you're drunk. But since it's been a minute … Continue reading Antique Haori–Spring Sunset

Abused Antique Tansu Round Two: Electric Boogaloo

So. We left off last time with a delightful trip into respiratory distress lacquer thinner hell blue-grey shabby chic fuckery removing the shell from the upper portion of the tansu. For a quick recap, here: Cleared off the shit paint without managing to damage my teeth from all of the fucking clenching, restored the locks, … Continue reading Abused Antique Tansu Round Two: Electric Boogaloo

Restoration Ongoing: Antique Abused Tansu

Some time ago, I was hanging around on my usual haunts and then I came across this absolute fucking insanity: Pictured: You don't judge my waking hours, and I won't judge yours. Yeah. You see that? Some basic bitch out there decided to sHaBbY cHiC oMg UpCyClE with shitty blue-grey craft paint a legit antique … Continue reading Restoration Ongoing: Antique Abused Tansu

Restoration: Antique Hikifurisode

I want you to know, as I started writing this, that I have the pictures of the damage in a folder literally called "MessyAssHikiWhatever." And when I made the decision to buy this, I actually knew I was in for some of this mess. But this particular seller posts a set number of pictures with … Continue reading Restoration: Antique Hikifurisode

Meiji Takarabune Uchikake–Restoration Complete

Decadently Woven Black Silk Adorned With Gilded Cranes In Flight Over Treasure Ships. In three days, I will have had this kimono for an entire year. And as a delightful songwriter once crooned, when it comes to this piece, the waiting was the hardest part. Nevermind that I had to sit here and scream at … Continue reading Meiji Takarabune Uchikake–Restoration Complete

Antique Kimono–Summer Breeze

Late Summer Flowers In Full Bloom On Deep Plum Silk Gauze. As I type this, it is a balmy 1°F/-17°C here in my neck of the American Midwest, and boy does it make me feel the need to break out my summer attire! Haha! I'm freezing, everything is terrible. Hell is cold feet. I love … Continue reading Antique Kimono–Summer Breeze

Antique Repair–Haribako

The only reason you're hearing about this at all is because I have exceptionally poor impulse control. You know what I thought? I thought: I'lL bUy ThIs To FiX iT uP aNd ThEn SeLl It!!1 Because I got it for dirt cheap, and if I had stuck to that idea, it would never have made … Continue reading Antique Repair–Haribako

Restoration In Progress — Sho Chiku Bai & A Year In Review

So I started this blog on the 1st of January, 2021. And unless something bonkers happens that I just have to show you guys, this will be my last entry of the year. I started this just to do something that was completely self indulgent, and because I wanted for once in my life to … Continue reading Restoration In Progress — Sho Chiku Bai & A Year In Review

Antique Kimono–Spring Green Roses

Vibrant Peach Roses In Full Bloom On Muted Green Textured Silk. It's only a day into winter, and I'm over here thinking about spring. I actually don't necessarily prefer one season over another in terms of themes. But hell is cold feet, and although I am basically nocturnal to begin with, I have the audacity … Continue reading Antique Kimono–Spring Green Roses