Friday, April 25, 2008

Lord Sesshomaru's Shoes


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Lord Sesshomaru's Shoes
The horrors of being a slave to fashion.
One of the world's worst, most terrible, all time horrors to ever rear it's ugly head into fashion history finds it's way into this costume. Bound feet! OMG! I am so not making Sesshy's shoes historically accurate and would never recommend any one else do so either.

Much of Sesshy's costume is influenced by the continent and not the island . . . keeping in mind that in the 1500's China and Japan were still basically one country, with the continent dwellers in constant war with the island dwellers, and according to his creator Rumiko Takahashi, unlike the other characters in the series, Seeshy grew up on the continent. In other words, he grew up in China, not Japan, which explains the slight differences in his hakama, battle armor, and shoes, from the other characters in the series. None of those differences is more obvious than his shoes.

On first appearances, we assume Lord Sesshomaru is wearing boots, but than if we look at the shoes from that time period we do not see real Samurai wearing boots. If fact, what we do see is what all the other characters in the series are wearing: rope sandals, leather sandals, tapi socks and rope sandals, or just going barefoot.

To find Sesshomaru's shoes in the history books we must leave the island (Japan) and head to the continent (China) where we find the most astounding and horrifically painful atrocity in fashion history: binding shoes.

In the feudal era, binding shoes were all the rage. It was the "in thing" to do. To hell with the pain, everyone wanted smaller feet. Worn by women, children, and nobles, binding shoes were as their title says, very small, very tight, and very painful shoes meant for the sole purpose of binding the feet to stop their growth and literally force them to become progressively smaller. It is known today, that the long term wearing of binding shoes can cripple your feet, but in the 1500's if you were of high rank, you wore them, and so it seems did our Lord Sesshomaru.

Binding ones feet involved, wrapping silk cloth around your ankles and feet, in a manner reminiscent of wrapping an Egyptian mummy. These wrappings were pulled as tightly as possible to constrict your feet, thus allowing you to be able to force your feet into the tiny shoes, which did in fact resemble low ankle boots. The binding shoe itself was made of embroidered silk and/or soft deer skin; often the soles were of carved wood.

Sesshomaru's appear to be made of a deer skin dyed black, with soft leather soles and a closer that is trimmed with a band of silver tooling around the edges.

Now, since I'm not even going to begin to consider (or recommend) the use of binding shoes, I shall now look at the alternatives.

What I would recommend is to find a pair of black soft suede ankle boots, which you could leave as is, or decorate with silver ribbon or silver embroidery to mimic the wrapped edges. It's simple, it's quick, it's easy to find at most shoe stores, and more importantly, it's painless!

Bound feet, it's no wonder Lord Sesshomaru has a short temper!

Winkle Pickers!
Strange Shoes that Resemble Bound Feet!

Winkle Pickers are thin, pointy toed shoes, that get their name from the fact that they resemble Winkle Sea Shells. Like Binding Shoes, they are a fetish thing, worn on a daily basis by only a select few, however, in resent years, the Goth culture has brought them back into style and they are not too hard to find if you know where to look.

The type of Winkle Picker you are going to want to look for, is the type that resemble Binding Shoes: they are a low ankle boot style of soft suede, silk, or leather, and have "mock-binding straps" which are closed with silver clasps just as Binding Shoes are.


Oooh! Such lovely shoes! I'd buy these even if I wasn't making this costume. These are the ones I'm going to be wearing with this costume. I'm ordering them just as soon as I figure out how to translate UK sizes into USA sizes, so I know which size to order. See the link below to find out more info about these shoes or to see more pictures of them.




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Thursday, April 17, 2008

What is it about Squidoo that has caused you to stick around?


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uhm . . . I don't know. I just plain have more fun here than on any other website I have ever visited, so I spend most of my online time here now.

I love to talk/write about things I know, and I love sharing ideas and info with other people. Squidoo allows me to do that with a limitless abandon. I can write about anything I want to, when ever I want to, in whatever way I want to, and I can do it any time night or day.

I just love Squidoo, and so I keep coming back day after day, month after month.

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Are There Other Ways To Make Money With Squidoo?


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Making Money Via Squidoo Other Than From Squidoo

The figures listed in the last post are only the PayOut figures from my payments, made to me by Squidoo themselves; this is NOT however the only money my Squidoo lenses bring in.

Most of the money I make from my Squidoo lenses does not actually get paid to me by Squidoo!

Zazzle.com is where most of my "Squidoo income" comes from. I have been a Zazzler since December 2004. I am and always was an artist. I paint animals, dogs, cats, roosters, birds, flamingos, peacocks, goldfish, eels, and more using watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pen & ink, and digital media. I also illustrate books. To add to the mix I am a costumer and fashion designer, and do a lot of figure art as well for that. All in all, art is a very major part of my life.

What does me being an artist have to do with making money via Squidoo? I sell prints of my art via Zazzle. I sell T-shirts, greeting cards, mugs, mouse pads, magnets, buttons, Christmas ornaments, tote bags, and more all featuring my art on them. I have more than 20 Squidoo lenses that do nothing but promote my art for sale on Zazzle! About 65% of my lenses have at least one link on them to at least one of my products for sale on Zazzle. I make $40 - $120 a month from Zazzle via sales of my products off my Squidoo Lenses.

After Zazzle, my second biggest non-Squidoo Squidoo income comes from CafePress. Like Zazzle, I have been a member of CafePress since December of 2004. I joined them both the same day. Like Zazzle, I sell my art on various products.

Cafepress is different from Zazzle in that, Squidoo has a CafePress module which allows me to promote my CafePress items using that feature. Via CafePress I bring in about $70 per payout, which is about 3 times a year.

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What Do You Like Best About Squidoo?


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Obviously I love Squidoo. I mean, I've got 240 lenses, and you can't have 240 of something and not like it right? But what do I like best of all? Well, let's see . . .

* I love the fact that I can pick a topic, any topic, and I can write everything I know about that topic and just pour my heart and soul into it.

* I love the whole creative high I get from spending hours in creating my content, and than finally getting to see it published for anyone in the entire world to read!

* I can't deny that I love the monthly pay days I get from Squidoo!

* I love that I have meet a ton of great folks through Squidoo and SquidU and that the lensmasters here can just sit back and chat with each other about absolutely anything.

* I love that the people who run Squidoo are real people who you can contact and talk too when ever there is a problem, and that they are super quick to respond, usually answering your questions within a few hours.

* There is only one word to describe Squidoo: FUN!





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Why Did You Join Squidoo?


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Once upon a time, long ago and far away, in August of 1997 I joined the new found craze of geeks everywhere, and joined the internet. My first visit was to Yahoo, where I set up my email account . . . the very same email account I still use today 11 years later. My next move was to eBay, quickly followed by Amazon. I became known to the world as EelKat, the cartoon watching, comic book crazed, Disney fanatic, Uncle Scrooge obsessed, forum posting maniac who joined new forums weekly and posted 5,000 word rants at a rate of 20 to 30 a day on EACH of the forums. In less than 2 months I had my own fan following. In less than 6 months I had my own stalker and had to contact the FBI as a result to get rid of him.

In 2004 I discovered five new sites to join: Fanlisting.org, Freewebs.com, Proboards.com, Blogspot.com, and Wordpress.com. With the help of these five websites, my manic chatroom-message board posting hobby became over night my #1 source of income, as I set out to no longer joining message boards, but now building them instead. Soon I owned 32 blogs, 13 forums, 24 fanlistings, and nearly 300 individual FreeWebs hosted websites.

It was on April 17, 2007, while using Freewebs.com to create yet another fanlisting, that I ran across Squidoo, quite by accident. I was seeking info for the fanlisting site I was building, and Google's #1 search result had lead me to a Squidoo lens.

It was love at first sight.

Squidoo was like taking a Freewebs site and crossing it with a Blogger Blog, than throwing in a discussion board on it to boot. I knew in an instant that this was the place for me, and less than 10 minutes later I was building my first lens. By the end of the day I had 15 lenses, and the rest was history, I have never looked back.



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EelKat's Secrets To Squidoo Success


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On April 17, 2007 I joined Squidoo and had no idea what I was doing. Now on April 17, 2008 I have gained Giant Squid status, had lenses reach the coveted Top 100 List, and am making enough of a steady income to run the Pidgie Fund on my Squidoo income alone! Over the past four or five months, I have gotten several emails from new comers seeking my advice on how I got where I am today, and how they can do it too.

Well, I do not consider myself an expert at Squidoo. The way I see it, I'm still learning the ropes myself. There are others who have been here longer and have done way more than I have. But, that is no reason why I can't tell folks what it is I do. Maybe in trying to teach others, I will become even better at this as well? Who knows. Anyways, I now bring to you this lens, ( EelKat's Secrets To Squidoo Success ) where I well discuss and debate on the things I do with Squidoo, and you can read it and see if anything here, helps you out. I have chosen to write this in a question and answer interview format, as I find it easier to write up my answers this way. Hopefully you will find it useful in your own quest for higher Squidome.



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