Bebe Taian: August 2011

August 28, 2011

For Sale: NigatsuBebe Jewellery + Accessories, Pt. 2!

Just to recap from the last post:

I'm having a blog sale! I have SO MUCH STUFF to close out from my former ArtFire and Etsy accounts that don't belong on BebeTaians' sites. If you're interested in any of these items, message me and let me know which items you want, and I can invoice you through Paypal. Max. shipping on most items is $6, Priority Mail. This means I will fit all I can comfortably wrap in a Priority Mail box that reaches anywhere in the US within three business days. I can ship regular mail too; it's cheaper, but it takes 5-10 business days on average. Of course, I'm happy to ship overseas, too! Just ask about shipping rates, and I'll check prohibitions in your country. Some places have some strange rules regarding jewellery materials, so I like to be sure!

BTW- normally, these are priced higher online and in person at shows. I'm wanting to get them off my hands to pursue new avenues; namely, kimono stuff for resale locally. And groceries. Those are very important lately. :P

Agate + Hematite Earrings, $15 + SH
Gold/orange/white agate just glows! Each stone has a slightly different swirl of colour, but I've matched them as well as possible for these gorgeous earrings. Fall is coming, and these are the perfect thing for that gorgeous black dress at Halloween!

There are two of these sets: one more yellow, and one more white-tinged. Please indicate which you'd like, or I'll ship the yellow ones shown here by defailt.

Finishing beads are non-magnetic hematite.

August 18, 2011

For Sale: NigatsuBebe Jewellery + Accessories!

Folks, I'm having a blog sale! I have SO MUCH STUFF to close out from my former ArtFire and Etsy accounts that don't belong on BebeTaians' sites. And, come to find out, ArtFire has messed up payment processes due to their website changes yesterday. The day I make my second sale. Lovely. x.x  Paying directly through Paypal is an assured way of sending and receiving payment that clears quickly, meaning that I can ship just as quickly!

So, I'll make this relatively easy and foolproof! If you're interested in any of these items, message me and let me know which items you want, and I can invoice you through Paypal. Maximum shipping on most items is $6, Priority Mail. This means I will fit all I can comfortably wrap in a Priority Mail box that reaches anywhere in the US within three business days. I can ship regular mail too; it's cheaper, but it takes 5-10 business days on average. Of course, I'm happy to ship overseas, too! Just ask about shipping rates, and I'll check prohibitions in your country. Some places have some strange rules regarding jewellery materials, so I like to be sure!

BTW- normally, these are priced higher online and in person at shows. I'm wanting to get them off my hands to pursue new avenues; namely, kimono stuff for resale locally. And groceries. Those are very important lately. :P

Sodalite Pendant, $15 + SH
Handmade wire-wrapped sodalite pendant on 18" silvertone chain OR adjustable black cord- you choose. Each one is made to order. No two stones alike! Also available in several other stones, so ask away!

Aside from being merely pretty, various stones are thought to have special power from the earth. Sodalite is said to bring emotional balance, self-acceptance, and thus increases spiritual perception. It is said to tie the head and heart together, harmonising logic and intuition.

August 14, 2011

About Shinei

On Ebay and elsewhere, there's a seller by the name of Shinei. He/they overtook Ryu-Japans' shop, and they also have two or three of their own shops under various names on various websites.

For a long time, I bought many private collection items as well as others from them. They started the ads at a ridiculously cheap price and reasonable shipping from Japan. However, it seems that their practices have been increasingly erratic and outright deceitful towards their buyers. There is also some evidence that someone has created a shilling account to deliberately raise prices on their own items by placing false bids.

If Shinei feels that they are not getting enough money for their items, they should simply raise the starting bid price on their kimono. Many sellers like japanese.antiques and kyoto-antiques do this and sell successfully, at much higher prices. It is not fair to artificially inflate prices on buyers after the fact.

August 10, 2011

Creativity in the Face of Adversity

Let's face it, the past two months have been rough for me. It's a story I'm sure many share some variation of. Both of us unemployed, with our savings having run out long ago, hospitalized twice in a week for near heart failure, the car breaking down, so, so much stuff happening like that, all in a short space of time. It's a little much. But I have hope still. I have to. Thinking of how bad things have gotten for friends, and how bad things have been in Japan in the past six months, and seeing how other people carry on despite their setbacks, I remember that I can't give up yet. As for everything I wish I'd done, or wish I could have done? Shoganai. It cannot be helped.

So, in between looking for work and calling about jobs, I've been trying to keep busy. Cleaning the apartment makes me feel better somewhat, but what I really like doing is going through everything we own and finding out what we can sell. I go through periods of acquiring stuff and destashing stuff; this is a good time to destash. It gives me a sense of purpose, and I don't feel so bad letting go of things if it might keep food in the pantry. Thus, why I sold off two of the kanzashi from my private collection. My hair really isn't long enough to wear either one, and won't be for years, so there's not a whole lot of reason to hang on to them. ^_^ The other things I've been doing? Making stuff!

August 7, 2011

::le sigh:: Selling Kanzashi.

I finally caved and put some of my beloved kanzashi up for sale. At a loss, even. But it was necessary- I have bills to pay, and there isn't enough money coming in for both rent and food. So, in the hopes of better days, I put my bira kanzashi and the Taisho kogai up for sale. Both end in only a few hours now. I'll be a little sad to see them go, but I hope that one day, I'll be able to afford to support us both for the basics and also one day afford some Taisho bira kanzashi, the brass and silver/aluminium kind!

I started the bira kanzashi at $15, since I paid $30 for it. I'm hoping it'll get a bit higher than that, but who knows what people can pay these days. I feared going much higher on it for a starting bid simply because I've put up so many kimono things that go nowhere. I was hoping that the yukata sets would be more popular, since Halloween is coming up! But maybe not yet- not until September... then things will pick up, I'm sure of it!

The Taisho kogai is also for sale, starting at only $10. It's fairly damaged, but still functional. It might have been nice to do a Hone Onna thing for Halloween, but in reality, I never do anything that night... :P Probably, it's a bit  more valuable. Ah well. Shoganai, ne?

I might think about listing others in the future. Much of my jewellery is likely going with it, as are some of my kimono accessories. If you have a few moments, you may want to check out my Ebay page!

August 6, 2011

Hiroshima Anniversary

On this day, August 6th, 1945, American President Harry S. Truman ordered the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.

On August 6, 1945, President Harry S Truman announced:
"Sixteen hours ago an American airplane dropped one bomb on Hiroshima, an important Japanese Army base. That bomb had more power than 20,000 tons of T.N.T.  It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British ‘Grand Slam’ which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare."

He told Americans that this location was a military base and a threat to our country- and then used the public support to use a largely untested atomic bomb what was actually a civilian city. He followed up with a second bomb on August 9th, knowing full-well what it would do as evidenced by what happened to Hiroshima, on Nagasaki. The bombs killed around 200,000 people. Most of them were civilians. Most of them died from flash or flame burns resulting from the bombs. Other died from debris, or fallout. Uncounted many afterwards died from radiation poisoning or leukemia.

August 4, 2011

It's August Already? Oy...

I posted on August 1st and somehow missed the fact that it was August 1st. Shows you exactly how preoccupied I've been lately. Oy. Why is time going so fast? Why do I feel like I don't do nearly enough with it? The name for August traditionally is Hazuki (Month of Leaves), or Haochizuki (Month of Falling Leaves).

Maiko Fumino, by Onihide
This months' kanzashi include morning glories (asagao), which are extremely popular on yukata, and susuki- silver grass. It is a very stylized kanzashi that is sometimes painted pink on the underside of the 'spines', to make the top silver part reflect those pale hints of colour. This is usually said to be pampass grass, but actually, they are two different plants.

Kimono motifs this month include summer grasses, bush clover, uchiwa (round fans), various animals such as deer and rabbits, children playing, thistles, fireflies, kingyo (goldfish), and fireworks.

Fortunately, it is still ro weather. Gauzy, open-weave silks are in fashion for a little while longer. Really, the way it is in the States right now, it should be ro weather all year long! o.O I can't wait for it to get cold again. I want to see deep purples, white, dark blues, golds, silvers, and brilliant reds. I want to walk outside, turn around, walk back inside, and walk out again with a jacket of some kind. I don't particularly care for snow (or rather, I like snow; I just dislike driving in it), but cold? Bring it on! As such, we have to wait... at least right now, the fashion is to dress in cool clothing. Even yukata are hot to wear right now!

Kagiri aran
Naka wa hakanaku
Narinuran
Tsuyukeki hagi no   
Ude wo danitohe


          There comes an end
          To us- how brief
          It seems;
          Dew-drenched, this bush clover:
          If only you would ask it!

Izumi Shikibu

August 1, 2011

For Sale: Vintage Japanese Peacock + Lotus Bowl

It's a gorgeous bowl, isn't it?

The unique lotus shape gives it a flair unseen in other china, and the brilliant hues of the pattern really make it stand out! The gold detailing gives it an even more expensive feel- but this piece isn't expensive at all, compared to what was paid for it years ago. It has been in storage for a very, very long time. And now, it's time to find it a new home.

I am unsure of the exact age of this work; I only know that is has been in the family since the 1980s and is likely no older than that.

This was one of many pieces in a collection by the Fuji China company. There are other pieces of the same pattern, but I do not have any of the others. It was easily paired with any plain white or white/blue dish sets, and having so many, why pursue more? Instead, I chose a few favourites to keep.

Fuji Quality China bowl is approximately 6.5" across, and about 4" high. The porcelain is in excellent condition. It was made in Satsuma, Japan.

 Won't you take it home with you?