Dandy Puppeteer’s 3rd Anniversary

Hello! Today is 10/10/23, which means it’s Dandy Puppeteer’s 3rd anniversary! We wanted to share a post to give an update regarding our upcoming Carnival Puppet collection and reflect on the last year.

We first previewed this collection on Instagram back in October 2021. As you may or may not know, Dandy Puppeteer is run by one person. We started off by the owner making handmade laser cut jewelry and have expanded into manufactured bulk goods as well, with clothing being our biggest goal. It’s a time consuming process that takes many stages of sampling and iteration and after this time, this collection is around 75% complete!

Here, you can see the dress, vest, pants, bonnet, blouse with detachable sleeves, mini hat, head bow, wristcuffs, and head bow. There were considerable changes to the designs from the first time I previewed them but they’re almost there! I had spent some time looking for a good alternative to the first samples’ polyester and found a lovely 100% Tencel fabric that was a similar color. I’m also developing matching over knee socks, a jewelry set, and an embroidered brooch, thus bringing the entire collection number to 13 individual pieces. I’ll be working on the Black x White colorways next and then testing the size chart over the next few months.

I’m tentatively anticipating that around March/April 2024 will be when I’ll be able to launch the Kickstarter but, of course this can change. I’m currently funding this collection (and sampling all my projects) through the shop’s sales and to be honest, 2023 has been a difficult year. The continuous increase in cost of living has been rough on everyone, but I want to keep working as best as I can at my own pace. I know this new estimate makes around 2 years since I first previewed the collection but I hope you will please wait just a tiny bit longer and please support the pre-order when it happens.

For everyone who has ever bought something from my shop, thank you so much! I always read the notes you leave and love seeing the photos you tag me in. It really means the world to me to know that there are people out there who really enjoy my designs. Please continue to look forward to our new projects as we approach year 4. Thank you so much!

Strawberry Meow & Fatal Cupcake Collections

Today, we have released our newest collections: Strawberry Meow & Fatal Cupcake!

Strawberry Meow is inspired by silly shaped fruit and imagination. It introduces Dandy Puppetrois’s first mascot, Meow, the jester cat! It features 2 ring designs and 1 necklace design in 3 colorways.

Fatal Cupcake is a special birthday collaboration with Rochester, NY based pop boutique Sweet Poison Cupcake Boutique. SPC is known for their unique scented deco cupcake jewelry and boxes! This collection features 2 jewelry designs in 2 colorways (Sweet & Poison).

All pieces are currently availible for Made-to-Order while supplies are availiable. For more information about our Made-to-Order process, please refer to our FAQ.

Otherworldly Desserts Collection

We’re happy to share our newest collection: Otherworldly Desserts!
The Otherworldly Desserts collection is inspired by silly puns and a dessert theme that doesn’t show up quite often enough in Lolita jewelry. This collection features two ring designs: Angel & Devil variants.

Both rings will be available via our Made-to-Order process which you can find out more about in our FAQ.

The rings features a new wide steel ring base, which will be the standard for our rings going forward. This collection is smaller than our previous collection and will represent a pattern of having smaller collections in-between more major releases.

Our newest collection is also part of the Winter in the Woodlands event co-hosted by Bay Area Kei & Rosé Forêt. Please check out their websites for the event schedule and to check out other participating brands. Thank you to both organizations for letting us participate in our second brand event!

Please note that Made-to-Order items are not anticipated to arrive before 12/24 due to COVID-19 global shipping delays, as well as holiday season shipping delays. Estimated MTO shipping times are January 2021.

Vampire Stand – Blood Treats Recipes

Curious about how to make your own bloody good treats this Halloween? For our Vampire Stand photo-shoot, we were tasked with making the playful sweets our jewelry collection are based off of! It was a lot of fun so we thought, why not share? So without further ado, the Vampire Stand recipes!

Blood Lemonade

  • Bag of lemons
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Red food coloring (of your preferred brand)
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Pitcher
  • Large Spoon

First you’ll want to properly wash your lemons to prepare them for cutting. You’ll want to cut at least 7 lemons into 4 equal pieces each.

Pour in the 6 cups of water into your pitcher. Then, squeeze 4 lemons worth of your newly cut pieces into the pitcher for the sourness (Should be 16 pieces). If you’d like your drink to be more sour, please feel free to add more! Mix well and then add 1/4 cup of sugar into the pitcher. (You can add more sugar if this amount isn’t your desired sweetness) Mix thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved.

Once that’s done you can begin adding the food coloring. Depending on the strength of your food coloring, you might want to add more or less. We added 12 drops of our brand to get it to our desired hue. Mix well.

Once the food coloring is added, take the remaining lemon slices and add them to the pitcher. The drink will continue to get more sour over time!

Once it’s mixed and the lemons are added, set the pitcher into the fridge to chill and you have a bloody good drink! It’s a nice match to the ring right?

Blood Candy Apples

  • 1 cup water
  • 6 apples washed, stickers removed, and de-stemmed (we used Honeycrisp apples)
  • Wooden sticks
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 cups sugar
  • Red food coloring
  • Candy thermometer
  • Wax paper
  • Metal sheet pan
  • Saucepan
  • Oven mitt or heat protecting glove
  • Metal spoon

For this recipe, we were inspired a lot by this candy apple recipe from Just A Taste. The recipes are pretty much identical with some applicational differences to make the treats more bloody. Start by washing and removing the stickers from your apples, as well as removing their stems. Then insert the wooden sticks into the tops. You can paint your sticks in advance like we did with any color or pattern you decide! Place wax paper onto the sheet pan, spread out the apples, and set the pan aside.

In your saucepan, add the water, the sugar, and the light corn syrup. Mix together while bringing to a boil. Use the candy thermometer to constantly measure the temperature. You’ll need this mixture to reach 300-310 degrees at least once. Make sure to wear an oven mix or other heat protecting glove while mixing and checking the temperature.

Once you’ve reached 300 degrees, turn off the heat and remove the pan. Carefully add red food coloring to avoid making splashes as the candy apple mix will be scolding hot. (Please continue to wear your oven mitt or heat protecting glove) Depending on your brand of food coloring, you may want to add more or less for your desired color. We used 2 tablespoons in ours.

When the coloring is mixed in, you can begin dipping! Take an apple and carefully dunk it into the candy apple mixture, twisting the stick to cover the entire body. Then with your metal spoon, dip into the mixture and pour over the top of the dunked apple. This is how we make the drippy “blood” lines to give the apples an extra spooky look! Set each apple back onto the wax paper so they can begin to set.

Once all apples are coated, set the apples into the fridge to chill and harden. And once they’re complete, simple take and enjoy! A nice spooky match to our ring!

We hoped you enjoyed these recipes! If you make any of them, please don’t hesitate to tag us on social media! We’d love to see what you create!

Brand Launch/ Vampire Stand Collection

Hello and welcome to the launch of Dandy Puppetrois! Dandy is the culmination of lots of work and planning, a massive labor of love that stems from a strong of love of Japanese Lolita Fashion. We aim to create inclusive pieces that suit all substyles of Lolita Fashion as well as other styles of Japanese Fashion.

Our first series Vampire Stand was inspired by the idea of carnival treats but with a playfully gruesome twist. This collection hopes to define a lot of what to expect from Dandy Puppetrois as a brand. The collection includes 5 pieces total with one artwork in print or postcard format.

There are only a limited amount of pieces available from launch. These will be shipped out and arrive in time for Halloween coordinates. Backorders afterward will be part of our Made-to-Order process which you can find out more about in our FAQ.

The photoshoot was a lot of fun trying to capture the silliness of the concept but the allure of a vampire. A major thank you to my partner for being my muse. Please check out our Photos page for more of the photoshoot!

2020 overall has been a year with much uncertainty and fear so starting something like this, a concept that has been dear to our heart for so long but only until recently was able to obtain the resources to pursue, has been a major beacon of hope. We hope you’ll stick around and see what more we want to create! A special thank you to Bay Area Kei for hosting Gramarye 2020 and letting us experience our first event as a brand.