Tuesday, July 31, 2018

365 LLC Days 210 - 212: Of Favorite Flower Drawings, Drink Inspired Coords, & Beautiful Creations

July 29, 2018



I have 2 issues with this post...I have too many favorite flowers and I can’t draw very well so thank you for bearing with my squiggles. Working in a greenhouse, helping my mother really, I was exposed to all sorts of beautiful flowers that I always wanted to pick and press. I was lucky that my mom worked so closely with them so I could bother her for the names, these are a few of mine.

July 30, 2018



I could only think of one drink off the top of my head while I was on the go that day and that was a Shirley Temple. I have never been able to get enough of that sweet pink drink with the cherries that float on top (if you are lucky).

<3 Coord Rundown <3
<3 JSK: Btssb
<3 Blouse: Angelic Pretty
<3 Headdress: Sweet Mildred 
<3 Socks/Jewelry: Offbrand

July 31, 2018



With Otakon 2018 only a few weeks away I have been non-stop creating things to catch the viewers eye. I hope everyone finds at least something beautiful and enjoys it as much as I enjoyed creating each piece. I don’t want to share too much before the show so I will share only this little tidbit, this one is still mid-creation.

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And well, I must call it a night and get some form of sleep, I have been drinking a mix of green tea for a little caffeinated kick that will energize me but switching my pot out for a chamomile tea for when I need to do my own simmering because it is crazy here. With that I shall take my leave and toss myself into bed. Cheers! XOXO!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

365LLC Days 207 - 209: Of Bleeding Prints, Something I’ve Made, First Wardrobe Posts On EGL

July 26, 2018


This print will bleed to death.

This is actually a good time to do this as I've been doing a bit of hand washing just over the last few days, there is quite a bit of it. Since I wear my frills near daily and it is also summer things tend to need a bit more wash and care sooner and it is rather daunting, I did make some new purchases a few months ago that I've just worn so this is a good time to mark up which pieces can be tossed into that little tub of mild detergent and water and which is destined for the dry cleaners. The best way to test is usually on a part of the dress that wont be seen as much - about 1/3 part of the waistties from the waist or button is a place I find best, you wont easily see it when it's tied into the bow as apposed to the ends like some people like to do - and it's either a bit of waistties or sometimes the under arm if the waistties are more of a cord then a tie. 

Of the newest acquisitions I find none of them bleed though I do think there are a few that should really be handled by a dry cleaning service, for my own hearts sake.

July 27, 2018



This prompt comes at the perfect timing as I have been churning out new pieces left and right for the 2018 Otakon Fashion Show. This blouse and necklace are two new pieces I have made for the show, I don't want to share dresses as I'm almost done and I want to share those after the show has been done. I rather am enjoying this style blouse, though it's not often used in this fashion, the waist is cinched with a few rows of elastic thread and it can be worn on the shoulder as well. I think I may make one with witchy sleeves after all is said and done. The necklace is a purple death head necklace that I needed to match one of the dresses and I found it really matched well with Rosy's Night Masquerade as well. 

July 28, 2018


Photo clearly not mine.

What a trip, looking at these reminded me of some really wonderful memories of peoples' posts and favorite dresses. It also reminded me I have still never finished one and should really get on that sometime in this lifetime. I digress, there are many really good ones to go over in the first few days of wardrobe posts, it was tough to get to them but I got there eventually. As a side note: it reminds me there was a lot of sweet Lolita back in the day.

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The last few days have been fairly easy to get to, honestly though I didn't have time to browse for too long but then once I found the wardrobe posts I got absorbed anyway and took far too long but such is life. It was a good little bunch though because it reminded me of a few things and, again, aloud me to take a moment to reflect amidst all of the prep for the fashion show and what have you. 

But now I really need to call it a night, my chamomile tea is making me drowsy and I fear any longer and I wont be able to wash my tea cup and tea pot. Cheers! XOXO!


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

365LLC Days 204 - 206: Of Doodles Of Favorite Dresses, Writing About Your Own Brand, & Practicing Signatures

July 23, 2018



Welcome back to my terrible art! This is...something close?....okay so not even and I have very little time today unfortunately, it seems like these past few days I will be spread thin and wont have the ability or time to focus on getting out art details, sadly. This is my favorite dress, I love it more and more every time I look at it. It's also far more comfortable then I had first imagined it to be. 


I mean...it’s not that off, though my drawing is terrible...

July 24, 2018



This prompt was interesting as I do have a brand and was uncertain as to wear I would like to go with this prompt. It's a bit of an interesting topic for both the technical aspects of the designs and of the particular style that goes with it. When it first came to be more official it happened, in my opinion, with a bang as I walked the halls of Rufflecon in my pink and wine colored Witch's Bonnet and people began to inquire where to get one. I had made cards to share and had officially decided to go with The Bloody Tea Party as a brand at first due to the easy correlation of my blog name and my own (I'm Madeline Hatter of The Bloody Tea Party after all), it simply fit. 


Not only that but even the stylings of my pieces tend to be a bit out there or creepy for my designs, thoroughly whimsical, and I enjoy them being that way. I enjoy pieces that are a little out there yet are still clearly Lolita. I wanted to make pieces that were just a little over the top that took ideas from things that we've all started to wear, like butterfly wings and witch hats, and made them more in tune with the idea of the fashion. As for print styles I've been trying to make out (drawing people is so hard) it always tends to lean to the dark and dreary. I feel like the designs of my prints truly match the macabre in my head.

Photo credit @lavenderbats

What I'd like to do is get my name more out there and have more people enjoy my designs and go enjoy more time and get tables at conventions. I usually do the fashion shows at cons (recent did Katsucon 2018 and will be showing at Otakon around my birthday, next month) but haven't really had an opportunity to vend, I plan to start doing a bit of that next year. I would really like to go to Paradiso next year for the fashion show and vend, I have a few other plans but that's one of the top goals besides making the next print happen.



One of the things I forget about using the ink and quill is that it can be very messy, I've tried to practice each new signature a bit away from each other because I'm trying to concentrate but also not run into the other writing and smudge it. I'm just terrible at hand writing but I will always continue to try.

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Another post, another 3 prompts done with, these last 3 days had me concerned because I was uncertain each day if I'd make them out, it's been crazy!...I've been crazy...maybe just the world is crazy?...

Anyway, that's all she wrote, folks, and I'm glad of it and ready to run out the door for the night! Cheers! XOXO!





Sunday, July 22, 2018

365 LLC Days 201 - 203: Of Tea Flavor Inspired Coords, Candle Lighting, & A Little Extra Care For Feet

July 20, 2018




Design a tea flavor inspired coord, you say? This reminds me to go back and finish my post on the similarities between the Sakura Tea Time print and Tea Time Nostalgia post. I can never get enough of tea prints and tea time related designs and coords. This one I know may be a little difficult to see or understand but I easily came up with rose and hibiscus green tea. I have it in my cup as I make this coord out. Unfortunately, my dress from is quite pinned at the moment and I have a lot going on here right now so, please, excuse the floordinate.

July 21, 2018



It is still a little difficult to do prompts such as this one, there is a policy against using candles here, but I figured out a way to get a bit creative with this. I have a small collection of small electric candles and have lit them up around the apartment and will listen to soothing music before bed. 

July 22, 2018


I recently learned that you can debride skin with as little as aspirin and lemon juice. It doesn't take long and is safe (I consulted a pharmacist prior to posting this as I don't want to do or suggest things that could be hazardous) and it gives you baby soft skin.

First you need to prep by taking a few uncoated aspirin tablets and crushing them as fine as you can, one lemon (or enough lemon juice to equal one lemon), and mix them into a paste. You will also need plastic wrap to tightly wrap your feet, some place or thing to soak said feet in water for 20 minutes, and a very nice thick moisturizer to use once you have finished this whole process and have dried and peeled your feet. 

The only other caveat is you must wear the aspirin/lemon mixture under wraps for 2 hours once you have dried and applied the mixture to your feet. If you still have dead skin to debride after this first treatment and would like to have another go at it only apply the mixture to the patches of skin that haven't peeled off yet and not the newly exposed skin.

It's honestly very straight-forward and I'm about to give it a go as I will be cooped up for a little bit of time, I'll let you know how it turned out!

*This shouldn't really be done by anyone who is on anticoagulant, on blood thinners, and must have healthy intact skin (please consult a doctor if you are uncertain prior to doing this) and I will not be sharing pictures.

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Well, that's all the doc wrote and all I have time for now, I need to get back to bead work for my line that will hit the stage in a few weeks. It's time to grab my teapot to pour the last few cups to keep me fueled for the evening. Cheers! XOXO






Thursday, July 19, 2018

365 LLC Days 198 - 200: Of Letters To Brand, Favorite Book Scene Doodles, & Daydream Indulgences

July 17, 2018




I almost wrote out a very short letter to Metamorphose that read only "Dear Meta, please rerelease Secret Laboratory so I can buy the red colorway. Love Maddy" but two things, Meta isn't my favorite brand and I thought that may be a bit too silly for what I meant to share. 

It's short and succinct and I mean it to this particular brand and I hope everyone feels that way about their favorite brand.

July 18, 2018



While I was cueing up the prompt photo for this the night before I honestly could not figure out what my favorite book was. I started to draw out a few things this morning and scrapped it because I wasn't sure if it was my favorite. Then when it got down to the wire on time (because I have none until Friday) I panicked and drew out this from The Woman in Black. It's not even my favorite book but it's one of my favorite parts of it, when the main character is strolling through the property before he even thinks there are ghosts and sees some woman in the cemetery and when he goes to follow her she's disappeared and there is only a small cliff that she couldn't have gone down. It's way to difficult to pick one book for me....I should have tried to prep myself for this prompt a week ago. So please excuse my indecisive scribbles....

July 19, 2018


I honestly day dream quite a bit and sometimes get too distracted when I should be making good on plans for the day, it's difficult not to indulge a bit. Usually my daydreams are ones about how I think a storyline should go (I am not writing enough of that story but writing out a lot of ideas of how it should go), how I want to design my newest piece, or about plans for events I want to do or go to. 

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These past few days I have been starting the prompts either waaaaaaaaayyy to early in the morning or extremely late at night, I have family visiting but I didn't want to forget about doing them. I'm excited that I've reached DAY 200 and have been able to consistently do so and keep up. 




Monday, July 16, 2018

365 LLC Days 195 - 197: Of Reminders Of Love, Lolita Valentines, & Handwritten Names

July 14, 2018



I think when it comes down to why I fell in love with this fashion in the first place it comes down to how it looked like a cross between older styles of clothing throughout history - one could look really elegant and delicate in these clothes - and can have things that feel like dreams printed on them. It was very difficult to pick one dress today, truly I just wanted to roll around in all of them, take a pic, and call it a day because choosing one was that tough but I settled on something simple and that felt like it stuck out in the moment (if this were a different day I'm sure it would be something else).

Regardless, it's easy for me to love a piece for any little reason that makes up that pretty little piece and it reminds me of why I love this fashion. 

July 15, 2018


I have secrets valentines for cute friends...hopefully they will go up soon....

July 16, 2018



And here we have my terrible handwriting, enjoy! (and those flowers are from a few posts ago where I picked flowers and pressed them)

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There are so many things I have enjoyed since starting this challenge, it motivates me to enjoy every little moment a little more and makes me think things through a bit. I hope you've also been enjoying these little bits as well. I think it's time to get back to refill my teapot and get back to work for this project. Cheers! XOXO





Friday, July 13, 2018

365 LLC Days 192 - 194: Of Old Castles, Coords Based On Flowers, & Treats

July 11, 2018




I know I've touched on Dracula's castle in one other post but today I had the urge to see it again, through video. It's actually quite a beautiful structure and I think more people should appreciate it. Maybe one day I'll get to go visit.

July 12, 2018



It was a tricky decision to make with all of those flower prints that I have but I finally came to a decision, I stayed in the rose family. The print on the fabric is already rife with roses woven all throughout so I played that into the Triple Fortune tights that are equally as rose laden. To emulate the many layers or petals I decided to pull out this new underskirt I procured from a friend, it's Chess Story, and topped it off with a cute flowery hat that I thought would work well and played into the creams. I did add one of my rosettes to the mix in the end, what kind of flowery coord would it be without one, and yoyo-ed between a chocker necklace and this one with the aurora borealis beads. I think it came out okay, the color appears off but the pinks do match it's not a case of the odd 'all my pinks don't match" issue, I swear.

July 13, 2018



Happy Friday the 13th everyone!!!


I feel as though it is treat enough already, having bought a sterling silver ring just the day before for a total steal of $4(the scarab ring pictured above).  I'm going to treat myself to this wickedly wonderful fortune telling paragon signs and omens tea cup from my local antique store, I saw it just yesterday but was a bit short on funds to procure it. I called ahead to ensure I wouldn't run out of luck and go and learn it was sold already, they fly fast especially when they are priced so low, and instead I flew my frilly butt down the way to pick it up. I think it was a nice little treat today and I dressed to match the vibe in my Aatp's The Destiny Arcana and the Stars will Lead You, Fortune Teller jsk I.


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So I went a little haywire and really treated myself this week, I actually may have sort of procured a Wishlist items....and found some good finds from the antiques department. And though I have been treating I have been working, one of my last bits I need to do for my newest blouse is to rouch the waist by a few lines, I just cut it out last night. Anywho, I think I don't have time to read my tea leaves but I do have to drain my cup and get to bed, early morning tomorrow. Cheers! XOXO!

LBC: How Does Your Family React To Your Frills & What Is Their Favorite Piece

Frills and family are an interesting combination, some absolutely abhor and don't understand the combination of ruffle and lace that we don and enjoy so much, others get a kick out of it or even love it just as much. For some it is difficult to get a chance to wear if you live with family who don't like and don't want anything to do with it, though sometimes family members have a style preference and even a favorite piece. This week on the Lolita Blog Carnival we delve into what our families reactions are and, if positively, which piece may be their favorite.

I feel particularly lucky in this situation as it seems, save for one of my brothers and a sister who thinks there is a time and place for it, everyone seem to like it or simply accept that I am the weird one of the family, and my niece just wants to raid my closet. Today, I just want to focus on the parental units as I find their reactions to be intriguing and a little funny as well.

My parents are a quirky pair indeed, they like fairly normal or more so conservative clothing but with the things I tell my friends and their reactions of them they are quite the opposite.


My father is kind of conservative in a lot of ways and hasn't altered his fashion choices in all the years I have been alive. He hates ties and yet will wear them to his favorite places, owns more button-downs then I own blouses, and has a fleet of turtlenecks; he also has this one type of hat that I swear he's going to find a way to be buried with along with one of his favorite canes (he actually needs it to walk but he likes them fancy and cool). When he first saw me wearing the fashion it was the funniest thing, he was both elated and confused wondering whether or not I was going to throw on my combat boots. At first I didn't think he had one particular favorite, he really likes them all I think, but he seems to think the neatest one is the homunculi print I did. At first I thought it was him being biased because I made it but when I was discussing it with my mom she told me that he actually talks about how neat he thinks that particular print is (I keep forgetting this is where I get my spookiness from). Other then that he says he likes the more "darker gothic looking ones, they're really something..." or the ones that are solid. This was a learning experience for me.

How can I not find a more recent pic of this?!

When asking my mom broke down all sorts of reasons why she liked my style, what particulars of my style she prefers and why, what brands she likes in the fashion and why...she broke it down and I didn't realize how much of the info she has assimilated from this fashion. My mom also likes the solid colors, isn't quite a fan of most sweet pieces, and "...LOVES! LOVES! LOVES! any of the pieces that either have a faux vest sewn into the jsk, or a coord worn with an actual vest." I found that part surprising since I only started making and wearing those, apparently she actually looks at meet posts. She said her favorite was my Alice jsk I made a few years ago, out of the things I've made, and for brand she thinks that this piece from Alice and the Pirates, her favorite brand as well, is her favorite dress. (Dear mom, NEITHER OF THESE ARE SOLID!!!) 


It was neat to hear what they actually like and discuss all the little details of the what and why with my parents, I hadn't realized how much my mom actually knew or how much they actually talked about it on their own. They both see it as some sort of elegant modern variation of old clothes that people do all sorts of neat things with. I truly feel lucky that my parents enjoy the weirdness that is me and actually love my frills, I truly hope others in my family and other peoples' family could all feel similarly.

If you wish to hear more from others who expounded upon the topic you can check them out in the links below. If you wish to join in on the fun with the Lolita Blog Carnival be sure to look up the description and join, here.




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

365 LLC Days 189 - 191: Of Victorian Flower Language, Cute Cafes, & Ideal Lolita Hangouts

July 8, 2018




Victorian flower language is one of my favorite things, it can speak volumes to those who are aware of the meaning behind each bloom. There are ones for love, hate, friendship, and despair and even ways to call someone out with either sweet or harsh ways. It's all a matter of what you want to say and to whom when it comes to Victorian flower language. One of my favorite pieces that I really hope to get some day is Triple Fortunes Victorian Violets jsk, it's just so lovely.



July 9, 2018




This is tough as I've been here for 3 years and the cutest café is definitely Paul in DC but if I have to go searching for one the closest to cute that comes up appears to be JennyCakes. I've been past it a few times during my antiquing trips but my vague memory of going into the venue appears to be off. I remember a little hole in the wall but when I google pictures it appears to be this cute little spot, and far bigger then I remember. I'm going to have to go check it out again when I go down into Kensington next, plans have been made to go there this week with a few friends anyway so I'll be sure to let you all know.

July 10, 2018



Today has been a bit of a crazy day and I’m only realizing I didn’t draw the closet filled with clothes but this would be it. I think it’s cute and would love to hang out in this room.

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Alright, I have MAJOR things to share tomorrow and can’t wait! But for now I need to clean my tea pot and cup and call it a night, I am tuckered out and it probably didn’t help I was drinking chamomile to calm my nerves. Cheer! XOXO