Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Welcome to Lissie & Lilly!

Hi Everyone! I'm Lissie and this lovely lady in pink is my partner in awesomeness Sawako Lilly! Welcome to our blog and all the wonderful secrets it contains! Please look at the tabs on the top to navigate. You can go and read all the episodes of Lissie & Lilly and see our adventures in full color glory, as well as see where our little sister Josie is now in her travels and read her travel log. It's no easy thing for a mini doll to travel so far and wide you know, as we're all jealous of the cool places she gets to go.

Perhaps you covert with a shameless heart our wonderful closet of magic and mystery. Learn more about the outfits in the reviews, and see how the outfits look on all the girls at L&L in our closet! In the links section is a plethora of wonderful resources and other blogs that we love and stalk discreetly. Come meet all of us heroic, dashing, fearless girls at L&L and learn more about who each of us are!

There are also paper dolls and color pages for those who are looking for something to do. Or mayhap you want to peruse the history of sales that AG has had in the past? The the Sales History is the place for you. Eyes are the windows to the soul so come stare into all our eyes and compare the different colors AG offers in eyes. We're constantly growing and adding more pages and content so check back often for the latest fun and gory excitement!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mini Josie gets a gift in Wasilla, AK

Look!! I got some Sombrita spruce soap! And it's made right here in Alaska. You can tell with this symbol:
It has been so windy but we did get a great shot of the mountains one morning. 
They are so close and enclose us in the Mat-Su Valley. 
Isabelle and I went to work with my host mom and hung out with these fun little dolls. They were kinda strange. My host mom works on the computer all day and we were a little bored.  Actually, a lot bored. 

I did see the Alaskan flag though! It's the Big Dipper and was designed by a little boy. Alaska became a state in 1959.  I am learning so much and having fun with Isabelle. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sawako Lilly's November Kimono

The weather is finally turning colder here and it's feeling like autumn/winter! To celebrate Sawako Lilly has changed into her November furisode kimono. ^_^  It is decorated with falling momiji (Japanese maple leaves) and lots of kiku (chrysanthemums) and paired with a green and gold obi belt with a deep red shibori obi age scarf. It's difficult to tell in the photos but the bottom of the kimono is heavily lined and padded. It is common for winter kimonos in Japan to have a double lining to keep in warmth. I won't keep repeating the same facts about some of the basic knowledge of kimonos since I mentioned them in previous posts. You can see and read about them in the Photo Album. :)

I love the simplicity and child-like design of these simple geometric lines with momiji leaves in them decorating the sleeves.

Some kimonos have very subtle designs can it's difficult to identify which season they are meant for. This is not one of those kimonos. ^_^ A fallen, orange maple leave floating down a stream is a Japanese slap in your face saying it's Fall! It's Autumn! It's time for hot chocolate! (Maybe not the last one...)

The front panel has a traditional Japanese carriage with lots of kiku flowers surrounding it. I like the bright colors of the cart very much. The striking blue is not a normal/traditional color to use and I have never seen a cart painted so brightly so I feel the fabric weaver took artistic licence with it. ^_^

A close up of the the obi belt and the deep red shibori obi age scarf on top. It's difficult to tell but the wavey, uneven petals on the obi are from a botan (peony) flower, not a kiku. It's a pretty common, generic flower that common appears on kimonos from all seasons.

A close up of the sleep and the kiku blossoms. I do not know what the yellow dots flower sprays are in the background.

A close up of the back of the obi belt tie. I love that the tie has the two green wings and a golden body covering the knot. Usually the pattern is more distributed so I think it's quite artistic that this musubi (knot) worked out so symmetrically.

And although no one but the wearer would ever see this, I adore the fact that inside the kimono, the red silk lining the inside has a subtle pattern on it of bamboo and bridges. The bottom is heavily lined and padded for warmth in the colder months.

To see more of Sawako Lilly's kimonos, look in the Photo Album!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mini Josie's day in Wasilla & Palmer, AK

We had a great day today!  It happens to be Veteran's Day today. Addy shared her breakfast with me and explained the Civil War. Her brother Sam is a Vet.  

I could not believe it but Kirsten's house burning raccoon stole one of my strawberries!!
I got it back eventually. After breakfast I had another history lesson from Marie Grace and Cecile. 

Cecile was so smart and Marie Grace was very kind to me.  After that we went shopping for some early Christmas gifts. I told my host mom it was a little early but she insisted. To my surprise we found another girl just my size!  But she was trapped in a box. My host mom rescued her and thought it was so cool that she had pink hair just like her. Her name is Isabelle, my host mom was having so much fun with me she thought it'd be fun to have another while I was visiting. 

After that we went to get a snack and knit.
It's almost a sock!! We then drove over to the city of Palmer which was only 15 minutes away. 

Check out this HUGE cabbage!  We are in the Matanuksa Susitna Valley and it’s known for farming. Since the sun is out almost 24hours in the summer the produce gets ginormous!

We got to pose with a statue of Balto too!! He led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage, Alaska, to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease. 

Pretty far from Texas! We didn't see Houston on the sign though. 

Woooooo!! It is windy here!  We went over a half frozen river, the "Little Su" Isabelle stayed in the car this time. 

We drove up to Hatcher Pass and went on a tiny hike. I had to revive my host mom a few times. She blamed it on the 'thin air' and being out of shape. But she still made it!

Our ride is waaaay down there. Good thing I had this poncho with me! I lent Isabelle my scarf since she wasn't very prepared. 

We went home around 3:30 because the sun was starting to set. It gets dark here early. Isabelle and I found some candy in a squirrel!! I wonder if there's anymore in here...

I wonder what we'll do tomorrow!
Love, Josie. 

Mini Josie reaches Wasilla, AK

I had a long and bumpy ride in my box. I was so glad to reach my destination all the way North in Wasilla, Alaska! My big host girls had a welcome party waiting for me with macaroons, hot tea and a bundt cake.

To see more of Josie’s adventures, click here to view her Travel Log!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Mini Josie runs through Boston, MA

Mini Josie's host took her to see the city of Boston as she runs around on errands!

Boston skyline during daylight.

Liberty Hotel

Josie's host needed to get her blood drawn at Massachusetts General Hospital and Josie tagged along for moral support!

MIT is filled with beautiful microscopic images. This one is of a neuron. Explanation below:

And this one that looks like a cosmic star burst is actually of chemotherapeutic drug effects on neurons. Explanation below:

In front of the MIT boat dock:

Boston skyline at dusk:

To see more of Josie’s adventures, click here to view her Travel Log!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sawako Lilly's October Kimono

For the month of October, Sawako Lilly models her autumn furisode (long sleeved) kimono, direct from Japan, made by the talented local artisan Suzuya Endo. Each kimono is one of a kind and unique, made from antique silk kimonos! ^_^ It's a sea of falling leaves and fall flowers on a backdrop of blue sky. I adore the details on this kimono, both the large patterns of the old, traditional cart, as well as the smaller patterns.

The star like colored leaves are momiji leaves, which is the Japanese maple tree and a very classic pattern for colder month kimonos.

The small clusters of flowers are kiku or chrysanthemums, which is the symbol of the Japanese Emperor. It is considered an autumn/winter flower and is also a very common motif on kimonos.

The obi matches the kiku or chrysanthamum pattern, but contrasts with a light green, grass colored backgroup, making it stand out boldly and compliments the sky backdrop of furisode. The obijime (tie) is a light lavender and the obiage (scarf which hides some of the knots from tying the obi) is a lovely deep orange and shibori dyed (the round squares dying pattern which is traditionally the pattern for the scarf worn with the furisode formal level kimono).

Details of front panel:

The back of the kimono is not any less detailed. The patterns and designs of the front carry over to the back as well and we see more kiku, traditional carts, momiji, and even botan or peonies.

Close up of the wheel of a traditional cart sitting in a bed of botan. I love the details of the tiny kiku on the edges of the wheels:

The obi musubi (knot) is in the fukura sukume design (plump sparrow). It is a formal musubi and usually only worn with furisode kimonos.

Close up of the back top of the right sleeve

Close up of kiku and botan on the bottom panels of the back of the furisode.

Small momiji patterns hidden near the nape of the neck:

The furisode without the obi belt. You can see that the patterns and designs don't stop but continue over the body with more kiku.

Close up of kiku across the front of the body of the furisode, normally hidden by the obi belt.

Kimonos are always worn with the left flap over the right. If you wear it right side over left, it means you are dead and in your burial kimono, the only time where the kimono is worn right on top of left. Even so, I like that this furisode still has a beautiful traditional cart hidden on the right panel. Many kimonos have small, secret patterns that are hidden when fully dressed, and only known to the wearer. It's one of the exciting, and fun things about kimonos that I love! ^_^