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A New Year

Mon Feb 12, 2018, 5:41 PM


A belated happy new year to you all! The calendar has turned another page, but I am not keeping up.

Doge Set Front by taeliac



2017 was a rough year for me. We moved away from all of my friends in Nakatsu to somewhere new, Saiki. Still in the same prefecture (Oita), but feeling like it was so far away was rough. We went from flat farmland to the ocean side. Saiki is so much smaller than Nakatsu, or at least it feels like it, without all of the friends we made in the 5 years in Nakatsu. But, I met new friends, who are tentatively making up for it. Plus, I get to see the Nakatsu folks on occasion, when I'm able to make the trip up there.

My mental health tanked mid 2017. My compulsions have gotten worse; I'm actually amazed I haven't done something drastic, like cut off a finger or jam out an eye. In the US, I was in the process of being diagnosed, but as I didn't have regular insurance, it was a slow process with whatever different psych could see me for 5 minutes, ask me some questions, throw new pills at me, and then repeat 2 months later. The diagnosis I left the country with was Major Depressive Disorder, and I was being seen to determine if I was schizophrenic, but again, when you get 5 minutes with a different doctor each time every couple of months, it's hard to make a determination.

Here in Saiki, I now have access to a psych less than a kilometer from my house. I go at least once a month, and it's been helping a bit. The only problem is, in Japan, diagnoses of things like schizophrenia aren't done, because they still ascribe to the idea that if someone is schizophrenic, they're going to go on a shooting spree or something. So he refuses to even consider it. But, I'm at least able to get my medication that keeps it under control for the most part, so I'm thankful for that. Prior to this, I had to have my meds shipped in from my mother in the US, and the out of pocket, $400 a visit doctor was insisting to see me (he initially said Skype was an okay way to do an appointment, and walked that one back). He didn't like the answer of "hey, I can't afford to fly back to the US right now just to see you."

Anyways, I'm glad I can see a doctor here. The meds are expensive, but at least I have insurance that helps cover it.

And 2017 led me to even more doctors.

2017 is the year I really became an outspoken person about having some version of universal healthcare.

This fall, I was diagnosed with a severe case of hyperthyroidism, that I had apparently been suffering with for 3 years! Growing up, we didn't got to the doctor unless it was a really obvious need, and the symptoms for the thyroidism were nefarious. Plus, every doctor wrote it off, because I didn't meet the "traditional" guidelines for hyperthyroidism --- basically, because I'm fat. They never did the additional blood work, they just assumed it was something else, and that be that.

It took having full body tremors, to the point that I couldn't hold a fork or walk in a straight line without falling, to finally start to get some answers.

Literally, for months, I was having shaking fits so bad that I would drop chopsticks, I wouldn't be able to write, or hold things like scissors. I couldn't do anything, and it was tearing me apart. Add into the mix my mental health, which I just recently learned will be affected by the thyroid as well, and holy hell, I wasn't doing good.

Thanks to a very good doctor, who actually took my issues seriously for once, I was referred to a world-class endocrinologist. It's changed my life. The cool thing is, the doctor isn't in Tokyo or Osaka, but near by in Beppu of all places. Seriously, this guy is an international specialist, who has limited hours because he's often traveling to conferences to speak. And he's kind of in my back yard, of bum-fuck Kyushu! Also, he speaks perfect English, so that was quite a surprise in itself.

So a couple of times a month, I hop on a train for 2.5 hours to get to a hospital to have 6 vials of blood drawn, the occasional ultrasound, and meet with this doctor.

It's another expense we can't really bear, but we have to. We've spent 6 months trying to balance my thyroid hormone and my brain meds, and while it isn't perfect, it's better than it was a year ago. Anything is better than that.

Let's see. Oh! 2017 welcomed a new furry friend to our family.

531801407-943177 by taeliac

Bean literally ran into me instead of the road, and I guess that meant I was adopted. She was as confused as I was about the whole thing, but, while she's still a little feral, she's been a hilarious addition to our household. Except now the cats outnumber the humans.

2017 did see the launch of my new brand of jewelry and kimono goods, "lui~lu" since our new apartment is large enough for me to set up a sewing machine. I've had a great success with it so far, and I'm hoping to grow it enough to cover all of my medical bills each month, so we don't have to stress so much about every yen. We depleted our meager savings during the move and with my diagnosis and doctor visits, so now we're running month to month for everything. I don't want to put that stress on my husband so much, so I'm hoping that this will be a success, just like Taeliac Studio was.

All in all, 2017 wasn't the best, but 2018 has the potential to be better, if I can get my health under control so I don't kill myself half way through it.

I'm going to try to be on here more, because I miss talking to you people. I don't even know if people still follow me, or are angry that I don't do cosplay any more (man, I wish I did though!). But I want to be a part of this community again, however my health will allow it!

So, happy new year, and here's to a good 2018!



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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 (purses and jewelry, more than anything) due to only having one (I know, right?!) 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.


I graduated with a BFA in Costume Production in the Spring of 2008. I had created my own costume and cosplay studio, Taeliac Studio,
way back in 2002, which I ran with my husband until we moved to Japan in fall of 2012. We specialized in custom cosplay pieces, and won numerous awards for our work throughout the US. Since moving to Japan, it is incredibly difficult to get your hands on good fabric, and until very recently, we didn't have the room for me to even consider sewing. Now that there is a bit of space (seriously, Japanese apartments are small), I have slowly dipped my toes back into making things, while juggling life, 2 cats 3 cats, mastering Japanese, and dealing with a few major health problems.
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Sakura Petal Stud Earrings
Spring.
Spring.
SPRING!

That's all my brain is doing lately. Plus, I can find all this really cute spring themed paper, glitter, stamps, molds, stickers, charms, washi tape, origami paper... ah! Not to mention all the home decor stuff I've been picking up lately. I now have more tiny plates than I know what to do with, simply because they're adorable!

So, some earrings to match. Made to order, since I decided to keep them all for myself! (except the top ones, the pearl colored ones, are for my mother :3)



Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Cherry blossoms, or sakua in Japanese, are an iconic symbol of spring in Japan. During a brief few weeks in April, they fall like snow across the country. It is so beautiful that people take time out of their busy schedules to watch the petals fall with their families and friends.

These little studs help to capture the wonder and beauty that is sakura season in Japan.

🌸 Pearl features an opaque, cloudy background of pure pearl white that shows off the sakura pink glitter falling from the tips of the petals.
🌸 Gold shows off shimmering gold behind multi colored holographic glitter pieces in a rainbow of colors.
🌸 Crystal is a trasnslucent glitter in an aurora of colors, all backed by a faint shimmer of blue when the light catches it.

Each petal has a sakura at the base of the petal, adding to the wonder of the piece.

These earrings will need to be made when you order, so please be aware of this. They may take as long as 2 weeks to make, although I will do my best to have them out to you as fast as possible! Please select the colors you love, or if you would like something else custom made for you, please just ask and I shall see what I can do to make your dreams real!

🌸 I can also make these for you even if you don't have pierced ears - just be sure to tell me in the checkout! (I will use soft plastic clutches for non-pierced pieces)


~earring length..............2cm/~¾ in 
~earring width................ 1cm/~⅓ in
~materials.........................crystal resin, stickers, glitter, brass findings

Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Available here on my Etsy storefront - LuiLuJapan




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Cut Paper
The second weekend in February, every other year, there is a special festival in Ume, which is in Saiki, Oita Prefecture, Japan.

The history of this festival is old - over 400 years, people in this mining village in the mountains have been using ashes to paint each others faces, with a daikon radish for the brush. It is a festival for health and prosperity in the rural countryside. 

You know I like all sorts of Japanese crafts, right? I mean, obviously.

Well, I just love seeing these pieces of thin tissue paper cut up to hang in amazing ways. During the festival, the light cut through the trees just perfectly and lit up this part of a huge ... I have no idea what it's called in Japanese, honestly. It's like a banner for the shrine that this festival was associated with. And I don't even know what the paper things are called... I'm a terrible person. But, suffice to say, I love getting pictures of it, and I adore the way the light hit this one!


すみつけ祭
大分県佐伯市うめ町
2018年2月11日
© サマンサ リミュー
Sumitsuke Matsuri
Ume, Saiki City, Oita Prefecture
February 11, 2018
© Samantha Lemieux

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Sumitsuke Matsuri in Ume, Oita, Japan
The second weekend in February, every other year, there is a special festival in Ume, which is in Saiki, Oita Prefecture, Japan.

The history of this festival is old - over 400 years, people in this mining village in the mountains have been using ashes to paint each others faces, with a daikon radish for the brush. It is a festival for health and prosperity in the rural countryside.

The reasoning for this is contested. One belief is that, since the village was built up around a very prosperous mine, the miners, coming up with sooty faces, made lots of money from their toils. The other shows that around 350 years ago, there was a bad fire in the village, and those who survived were covered in ash, so they were the lucky ones to have lived.

Either way, people take a daikon radish and dip it in ash, and spread it on each others faces while wishing for their health and wealth. I will get the exact phrase said, I can't remember it ^^; 

For anyone who's done art, you'll maybe notice the word "sumi" which is Japanese for ink, like sumi paintings, or sumi-e style. It's a play on words, because sumi also means ash. 

This photo is the best I took during the festival, which was swarmed with photographers from all over Kyushu (we had apparently been on the news a lot - my husband, the guy with the beard, has been stopped in the stores to be told they saw him on TV).

The joke was to paint hair back on his head, and this guy, who apparently lives close by to the village, has done the same thing for years! They were buddies :3 I think this was also during a TV interview my husband was doing - I have to say, every single day I am amazed and proud of how far his language skills have come. He's nearly fluent in speaking Japanese, it boggles my mind. I'm so proud of him!


すみつけ祭
大分県佐伯市うめ町
2018年2月11日
© サマンサ リミュー
Sumitsuke Matsuri
Ume, Saiki City, Oita Prefecture
February 11, 2018
© Samantha Lemieux

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Spring Green and Sakura Pendant
More spring time thoughts! And, of course, sakura and plum blossoms, because I mean, they're really iconic.

Here in Kyushu, the winters are short. In mid-February the plum blossoms 梅花 begin to open up - I'm going this weekend to a park to see some! Then, in March, sakura (cherry blossoms, 桜) begin to bloom. We're some of the first, even moreso in my new home of Saiki, since we're kind of on a peninsula out on the ocean, so it's even warmer faster here. I can't wait to experience my first real cherry blossom season here.

In preparation, that's all it seems like I've been making lately lol

This pendant is my baby, I made one really similar for myself, too. Made from Japanese washi 和紙 paper and sparkles, it's really something!


Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

The green of spring with the bright colors of plum and cherry blossoms adorn this glittering pendant.

Sakura (cherry blossoms, 桜) and ume (plum blossoms, 梅花) are signs of spring in Japan. First, the plum blossoms bloom in early spring, usually early to mid February in my home of Kyushu. Then, in April, the sakura bloom, with petals falling like snow.

The main details of this pendant are made from Japanese washi paper, little brass accents, and crystals.

This pendant captures the beauty of spring, with glittering pink and crystal clear resin. The deep green cord is made from suede, and closes with an antique brass toned lobster claw in the back, secured with double rings for durability.



~pendant length..............3.5cm/1⅓in 
~pendant width................3.5cm/1⅓in
~necklace length.............45cm/17in
~materials.........................crystal resin, Japanese paper, glass crystals, suede cording, brass findings


Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Available here on my Etsy storefront - LuiLuJapan




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Spring Bunny Necklace 01
So, I've been in a spring mood lately. The weather here isn't too nice yet, but it's better than it could be (today is topping out at 10C, which is AWESOME! I have windows open.)

I got these cute little bunny stickers from a friend, made from Japanese washi paper. Plus, I've been collecting chirimen, a kind of Japanese crepe fabric, used for all sorts of crafts, so I thought, why not? Let's make a necklace using some of the fabric I have!

While this necklace sold (literally, in minutes of posting it), I'm going to make a few more variants - if you want one, message me here or on my Etsy at LuiLuJapan.Etsy.com



Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Springtime in Japan is a magical time, where the petals of the cherry blossoms fall like snow, blanketing the ground in piles of pink.

This pendant features a tiny bun admiring the flowers, dressed up with a flower on it's head to celebrate the season, surrounded by pearls and a sparkling Swarovski crystal. 

The glittering pink ring is made from resin set with flakes that sparkle like opals in the light. The rabbit and sakura are made from traditional Japanese paper. The cord is a special kind of Japanese fabric, called "chirimen," which is patterened with flowers. It closes with a gold toned chain and lobster claw in the back. 

It also looks wonderful worn as a bracelet, wrapped multiple times around your wrist!



~pendant length..............4cm/1.6in 
~pendant width................2.5cm/1in
~necklace length.............40cm/15.5in
~materials.........................crystal resin, Japanese paper, Swarovski crystal, chirimen fabric, brass findings


Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Available here on my Etsy storefront - LuiLuJapan




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