UFO Friday: The Moving Edition

aka. The Moving Edition

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO standing for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comWe’re there. All of our stuff is upstairs, and Scoundrel’s room is almost completely done. I’m already getting used to climbing all those stairs instead of just turning left right after I enter the house. The kitchen is a bit more Hedge-sized because we put all our shelves a little lower than at the previous flat.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comAs for my room, well, at least all my furniture is in place. I keep holding back with decorations until I have found a place for everything else so I can take a deep breath before I make the space finally mine, really mine.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI’ve been painting old crates from work for a low shelf on my balcony with wax glaze I still had in my stash to protect them from the weather, and I also worked with chalk paint for the first time painting the doors of the linen closet I keep my fabrics in. The living room is still a horrible mess, though, and I hope I can get a hold of the chaos sooner rather than later.

UFO Friday: The Moving Edition | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI definitely want to show more of the decorating progress this time, I never even got around making a room tour at the old flat! There are so many more projects that I plan for around here and I can’t wait to tell you about them.

Have the most wonderful weekend!

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Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 13

13: What films, if any, inspire your Mori look and life?

Once again I had a hard time choosing, but here are three of my favourites:

Miss Potter

Miss Potter, 2006

The charming biographic picture about illustrator, mycologist and proto-Mori Girl Beatrix Potter is one of the best things for me to watch in a calm and gentle mood. The scenery is beautiful and the merging of the real world and Beatrix’ imagination is most wonderfully done.

Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables, 1985 By which I as always mean the miniseries from the 80s because I still haven’t had the time and mood to watch the new Netflix or PBS rendition.
Anne’s vivid imagination and positive outlook is something that works very well with my own take on Mori. I also adore the look of rural turn-of-the-century outfits and interior.

Brave

Brave, 2012

Merida is living my dream life (that is, if I had to live in roughly defined medieval times without internet). She spends her days in the forest, or climbing, or at the shore, and she gets to eat pretty baked goods.
For me Mori lifestyle isn’t only about quiet and calm, though, but also about choosing your own destiny, your own way. Brave is a film that applies to all aspects of my life, anyway, so I had to include it here.
There’s also the aspect of magic with the wisps which makes me dream of the woodlands again…

What films and series inspire you to dress like you belong in a forest or woodland village?

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

(Pictures in this post belong to the respective production companies.)

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 12

 

12. Name 5 Mori style hobbies!

Mori Challenge Revisited: Mori-esque Hobbies | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.com

  1. Keeping an herbarium and collecting plants for it. This way you learn about nature, about local plants and maybe even animals and what you can use which way. Make notes next to the plants of their medicinal use and the thoughts you had when you first found them!
  2. Illustration. Spinning stories has always been a favourite of mine and I guess most Mori folk do this in one way or the other. Experiment with different paints and colours, and maybe try making your own. Developing one’s own style is one of the most magical things that happens after a while!
  3. Gardening & Foraging. When I say gardening I usually mean growing edible things. Or an herbal garden where you grow your own teas and ingredients for salves and tinctures. The smell of freshly dug-up dirt is wonderful and also improves your mood, and in the end you’ll have locally grown food. Same goes for foraging, just make sure not to pick plants that are protected and only take as much as you need. If you don’t have a kitchen garden a balcony or even a windowsill will do, too!
  4. Hiking. Being one with nature seems to me the very core of the Mori lifestyle. Gram some friends, snacks and a water bottle and start exploring, whether on actual trails or in your local parks if you happen to live in a city and can’t get out of there anytime soon.
  5. Beachcombing. Or, you know, riverbankcombing might work as well for those who don’t live too close to the sea or a great lake. Take home pieces of driftwood, shells, feathers and nuts that have been gnawed open by mice or squirrels. While you’re at it this is a great opportunity to take a bag along and pick up some of the litter that less conscious people left there.

I’m aware that these hobbies all take time but that’s the thing with pastimes, they are time-consuming. Finding time in your everyday life can be healing, just don’t be too stressed about it. Find your pace, and happiness will follow.

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 11

Name 5 of your favorite Mori style songs or musicians, even if they’re not explicitly “Mori”.

Mori Challenge Revisited: Music | hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI must admit that I had a bit of a hard time with this one (again) which is why I held it back for so long. A lot of my Mori-esqe music pics go along with what I’d choose for Changeling or fae purposes, too, so I felt like I was a bit repetitive (I don’t think I’ve ever written a post on that but I tend to get nervous). Anyway, here’s my list:

  1. Loreena McKennitt will always be my very first pick for this question. I love the darkness in a lot of her songs, they are a bit like the forest: light and airy and nice when you go in but progressively becoming more shadowy and deep as you explore them further.
  2. Regency dances. They are often a bit springy, but not on the very first sight.
  3. Jethro Tull, especially Songs From The Woods and Heavy Horses. Jethro Tull was one of the first bands I ever had a CD of – my parents got me a “best of” compilation when I started playing the flute in 5th grade. I still think Ian Anderson’s wardrobe of their most active years is amazing.
  4. Sedna by Heather Dale reminds me of selkies and subsequently of Hama Kei. A lot of Heather’s more traditional-sounding songs actually qualify but I always feel like Hama Kei is a bit underrepresented in comparison to how much I adore it so Sedna it was.
  5. Cécile Corbel needs to be in this list, too. I love her renditions of traditional songs and the softness of her original pieces.

Overall I think a lot of historical and folksy music fits in with my personal brand of Mori Kei and its substyles. What are you favourite audible picks for woodsy, mountain-ish and sea-longing moods?

This post is part of the 30 Question Mori Kei Challenge. For other posts from this challenge, please look here for all the questions!

10 Things I ♥ in November

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  1. The very simplistic yet awesome animal costumes/onesies by Blamo Toys. Very Where The Wild Things Are.
  2. NaNoWriMo, as every year, even though I didn’t get so very far. I’m proud for trying, anyway!
  3. Amadeus, the 1984 biopic-with-an-artistic-license on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It’s fantastic, how haven’t I seen this before? And oh, that laugh. That marvellous, deranged laugh. It’s so perfect.
  4. During my research for NaNo I stumbled over 1789: Les Amants De La Bastille, written by Dove Attia, the very same genius that gave us Mozart: L’Opera Rock. Set during the French Revolution (always a favourite) it tells a tale of hope and star-crossed lovers, all with amazing choreography and catchy songs. I fell hopelessly in love with Hey Ha, Sur ma Peau and the wonderfully touching finale, Pour La Peine.
  5. While here in Germany the whole recycling thing is going pretty well I love the Precious Plastic initiative. It teaches you how to build your own space to upcycle plastic into new things and serves as a network all over the world, too.
  6. Yoshi Yoshitani’s Fairytale Tarot. Her artwork is so very bold, and I love the idea of Briar Rose as the Hanged Man. I’m considering getting a postcard set but really can’t decide which cards to choose. Janet as Strength is definitely in there, though!
  7. We’re moving! “But you just moved a year ago”, you’ll think now, but that’s before you know that we’re moving within the same house we live in now, just a few floors up. We’re going to have so much more natural light and far less cold from the cellar below. The move is scheduled for the beginning of December, and I can’t wait to decorate my new room!
  8. Pinterest’s new Section feature. What can I say, I’m easily happied and have an immense dislike for large boards as they are horribly overwhelming for me. I like to use them especially for my Changeling-based boards to divide them into “mythical” and “casual”, basically, for example my Mermaids & Selkies board.
  9. Azalea’s Viking Woman dress up game. I like it for wilder fantasy purposes in general, and I absolutely adore Azalea’s style.
  10. This limited edition Pink Bat Pin by Mab Graves on Etsy. Her overall style is amazing – very cute goth with a creepy edge. I also recommend her Instagram for pictures of her wonderful sense of aesthetics and peculiar artistic endeavours.

OOTD: Prairie School Teacher Revival

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Rundown:

  • blouse: thrifted gift (altered Salt & Pepper dress)
  • skirt: hand-me-down (Fusion)
  • shoes: hand-me-down (Post xChange)
  • belt: thrifted
  • pansy brooch: thrifted
  • clock button: Coppelius merch
  • books-and-roses brooch: selfmade

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