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I'm a sucker for baby animals, chibi, general cute anime-ish things, and everything in between. And bad jokes. I like those, too. I can't help it. It's a problem, I know, but... but...!

And kitties. Oh gawd, the kitties!

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PokeCafe by taeliac
PokeCafe
Working on more resin stuff, and this time more Pokemon.

Every time we visit the Pokemon Center in Fukuoka (which I am ashamed to say is both "regularly" and "not often enough") I wind up with something new. One of the latest trips has brought me stuff from the "Pokemikke" or Pokemon Cafe series, which, you guessed it, is Pokemon + desserts. So we've got an Eevee with an Eevee-shaped cupcake, a Goomy with an ice cream that looks eerily like a Goomy itself, a Bulbasaur with an ice cream sunday, a Piplup with donuts, another Bulbasaur with ice cream, a Pikachu ice cream parfait, and a Mudkip/Psyduck combo with cake and biscuts and stuff!

Oh, and a Sylveon for good measure, because why not.

I have a Pokemon problem, a Poke-prob, if you will.    
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Eevees by taeliac
Eevees
Working on more resin stuff, and this time more Pokemon.

Every time we visit the Pokemon Center in Fukuoka (which I am ashamed to say is both "regularly" and "not often enough") I wind up with something new. This was from the "Pokemon Time" collection, featuring Eeveeloutions in super cute styled artwork. And I freaked out. And bought a lot of stuff I didn't need. I also think I should have bought more rolls of this limited ed washi tape. Because Eevees. 

So the first thing I made (once I had a mold I liked the shape of) was a Glaceon, my fav!

I have to ask - what's your fav?
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Snowcat by taeliac
Snowcat
My boy, Spice, has never experienced snow before, so we decided to take him outside and see what he thought of it.

Needless to say, he was not amused one bit. Did manage to get a few pictures before his crying got the best of us and we took him back in ;P
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Red Gods Gates by taeliac
Red Gods Gates
This past week (1/23/16) we had a record snowfall here in southern Japan. Kyushu got pummeled with snow - in my town, we got about 6" (15cm), and we're not even in the mountains! It was the nice, fluffy, good for snowballs packing snow, too. During a lull in the storm, my husband and I took a walk to our local shrine. It was too cold to go anywhere further, and the roads were too treacherous to drive on, but I'm glad we got out to get some pictures.

Off to the side of the main shrine (which is a Hachimen Shinto Shrine, if anyone is curious) there is another shrine, this one to the Kami Inari. You can always tell an Inari shrine because they have the rows and rows of red torii (gates), and usually, the shrine itself is flanked or features a pair of kitsune (foxes), as they are her messengers. Well, the snow was falling beautifully on the gates, and I'm glad at least one picture I got turned out - photographing solid vermilion red is a pain in the ass. Anyone have any tips?!
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Snowed Pines by taeliac
Snowed Pines
This past week (1/23/16) we had a record snowfall here in southern Japan. Kyushu got pummeled with snow - in my town, we got about 6" (15cm), and we're not even in the mountains! It was the nice, fluffy, good for snowballs packing snow, too. During a lull in the storm, my husband and I took a walk to our local shrine. On our way, we pass a ton of traditional houses, where people upkeep these beautiful (if rather small) gardens. I swear, the stereotypical image of Japanese pines that you see, horizontal with little bushels of needles sticking up from architectural trunks is literally what they look like. I digress, but this one yard has beautiful trees, and it was awesome to see them covered in bright white snow, packed in between the needles.

This is now my desktop wallpaper, feel free to use it that way yourself if you want!
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  • Watching: House of Cards
  • Playing: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR
  • Drinking: Shochu 焼酎
Basically, I still love it. We're staying for at least another year, possibly more. Who knows? 

I have really fallen in love with the countryside of this country. We've visited big cities (no Tokyo yet though) and I just can't get beyond how it feels like a whole different world in them. Where we are, it is not what I would consider "rural," having gown up in Wisconsin, but to the Japanese people, it is about as "inaka" as it gets. Like, people ask where we're from, and when we say a city in Kyushu, they go "huh. What's there in Kyushu?" 

Really, it's so wonderful, though. In cities, you feel like isolated among all of the people around you. You are just in the way. Don't talk to me if you don't have something important to say. You don't speak great Japanese? You're wasting my time. Just use the English menu. We don't care, just get out of my way.

Down here it is the complete opposite. You get stopped by random people all the time who want to talk with whatever English they have learned. For example, a few days ago we were at the local pub (izakaya) eating dinner, and there is a group off to our left. We usually sit at the bar and chat with the owners, so we were surprised when this old guy from the group comes up. He must have been 80 at least. He says "hello, nice meet you. My name --- where from?" And we just started chatting with him in half English, half Japanese. We met his son, and his grandson, who one of our coworkers teaches in Kindergarten. And he says, as he's about to go back to his family, "thank you. I learn English from Television. You nice people. See you again." and shook our hands.

Stuff like that happens a lot. Like, a lot lot. And every time it's awesome. Every time we're reminded that we're outsiders in this country, but not in a "you're in my way" sort of way, in a "it was neat to meet someone different" sort of way.

It's really hard to describe, but I hope you get the point.

We joined the local gym, and need to start going more often. We know a ton of older ladies who go, and do water walking or stuff like that in the pool, or yoga classes. Even though I speak next to no Japanese beyond niceties, most people are still very gracious and do their best to communicate. It's kind of amazing.

On that note, lets see... updates on life. When a teacher decided to just up and leave in the middle of the night about eight months ago, I got a job with the company my husband works for. I work part time, teaching at an Elementary school three days a week. In a month or so, that changes, and I'll be teaching all five days at two different schools, but that's it thankfully. No other classes in the evening. 

Because of this, we're looking for a house to rent. I want to live near the castle, in the old part of town. I want to have a yard, or at least more than a tiny apartment - around November we adopted two kittens from the litter my friend's cat had, a brother and sister terror. I think they're getting to big for our tiny apartment.

My husband kellin is looking to get his Japanese driver's license soon so we can get a car. I miss being able to go drive up into the mountains - where we live it is notoriously flat. I love mountains, with no one to be seen for miles, or so it seems. A random temple scattered here, a small restaurant there. That sort of thing. 

Anyways, I just really felt like rambling at you. I know I'm kinda AWOL here, and since I don't do much in the way of sewing as often as I'd like, I understand if you are annoyed by me and the lack of costuming. 

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taeliac
Sam
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
Japan
I'm a sewing maniac, who is willing to sew just about anything (cosplay or otherwise) you could throw at me!


:star: I'm currently residing in Japan with my wonderful husband :star:
I'm not working on cosplay commissions at the moment, nor much sewing apart from small personal projects (quilts and jewelry, more than anything) due to only having one *le gasp* sewing machine with me, and no dress forms or even room to work!

So, for the time being, I am simply existing, getting over some crippling mental health issues, and snapping pictures every chance I get. If you'd like, however, give me a +watch and you'll know when I'm back home in the US, studio set up and ready to go again! Because you can't keep me away from it for too long...



I graduated with a BFA in Costume Production in the Spring of 2008, and have been working diligently for Taeliac Studio, the business I've been running since 2002/2003 (I can't honestly remember which~) specializing in cosplay commissions, with some forays into professional theatre locally when the opportunity arises.

I love sewing, and I am willing to try to help anyone out with their questions (although I'm insanely slow to respond to emails and notes, sorry!)

I'm moving slowly more and more into other areas as well, such as prosthetic work for special effects makeup, leather working, millinery (hat making), and custom alternative bridal but you never know where else I'm going to go!~
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miamiamyrose Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :) :cake:
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SaberThetis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Happy Birthday!!!:PizzaParty: Birthday cake  icon Blower fella (Party) 
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Pirkleations Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Bountiful Birthday Blessings!! :) (Smile)

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Eeren Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :)
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LorienInksong Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Also while I'm thinking about it thanks for faving 'Papaver somniferum' :)
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