September Vintage Wonderland

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairySomething that I didn’t know before this month about Hanover: There is a Vintage fair thing going on not too far from where I live every second Saturday of the month. Coinciding with Scoundrel’s only weekend at home for quite a while and me having taken the day of for the occasion we decided to take a look at it.
I’d say that for vintage the prices were reasonable most of the time but what befuddled me was that the different “teams” (Vintage Wonderland is a collab between several antique and vintage dealers) had such wildly varying prices between them.
Then again I’m rather spoiled by my local thrift store prices anyway, so no complaints, really.

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyI was a bit sad that there were so little dresses and clothing in general but maybe I’ll have better luck next time! There were a bunch of antique linen nightgowns for both men and women, too, but Scoundrel, sensible person that he is, talked me out of getting one. *sigh*

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I wish Mattel would make a retro design line with the old Barbie artwork from the 70s. It’s just so pretty and romantic and I think I still have a Barbie doll dress or two from that time that I inherited from my Mum and her cousins.
There were books, too, in the children’s section (and scattered throughout the place anyway), and when I opened one of them the marked sentence just jumped at me:

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyI must admit that I didn’t read the story (The Rebel Cow) for context, to my shame.

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyScoundrel pointed this very special arrangement out to me – I have no idea if the pistol (a toy, of course, and I pushed the clothing aside a little to make it show at all) hidden under all the frilly doll dresses was a mere coincidence or a beautifully arranged work of art. One way or the other I really appreciated this. Very tumblr aesthetic-worthy.

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyAs mentioned above mid-century part of the Wonderland was strangely high-prized in comparison to the rest which wasn’t really all within my personal budget but still seemed reasonable for most things. Well, it’s (more or less) curated vintage, after all, not a charity thrift shop. I was strangely fascinated by these colourful shot tins nevertheless.

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyThese two were one of the strangest pieces there, intertwined in an eternal combat for life and death.

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyThis old poster says “Pre- and early historic artifacts from the Province of Hanover” at the top and even though Bronze Age isn’t my personal specialty it’s not too far away to not gush over this.

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyI’ve been thinking about building my own family history with pictures like these, thrifted old photographs to make up stories to about adventures and star-crossed lovers and strange pastimes of long-disappeared relatives.

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyI was rather tempted by the pots and saucieres below, but what for? Our kitchen is stocked and we rarely entertain without just having dinner on the sofa. Maybe next time I’ll find a purpose for one of them and take it home…

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyI’m such a big fan of enamel kitchen things, always have been. I desperately need to get more enamel camping mugs for storing things, too…

Vintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyVintage Wonderland Hannover | HedgefairyComing here was a truly inspiring adventure, even though it was incredibly crowded. But now that I’ve been there I think I won’t be as intimidated when I return at some point, hopefully still in 2017. Until next time, Wonderland!

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FinThSat: Lightweight Grocery Bags

Finished Things Saturday is the (usually) bi-weekly counterpart to my UFO Fridays. While there I show you what I’m working on FinThSat is about small finished projects that I didn’t think worthy of a separate post for some time but now just put in this feature. They deserve it! For more FinThSats, look here.

Grocery Bags | HedgefairyIt was my Mum’s birthday last week and because she doesn’t have the time to care about these things I made her a few lightweight grocery bags for loose produce at the super- oder farmer’s market.

Grocery Bags | HedgefairyThe six sachets are made of a second-hand viscose scarf and the ribbons are probably viscose, too, according to my fire test… so they are biodegradable or burnable once they have outlived their usefulness. The only thing my Mum has to do is cut off the seams.

Grocery Bags | HedgefairyThe fabric was horrible to work with, I have to admit. Far too flimsy and slippery. But I think those will not be the last of these bags I’ll make. I already have another scarf thrifted for my own.

Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 6

What sort of things, outside of fashion, do you consider to be a part of a Mori lifestyle?

First a disclaimer: Only because I think there is something like a Mori lifestyle I don’t think everyone wearing the fashion should be obliged to follow it. If you don’t want to, don’t. If you adore it like I do, do. Maybe you just like certain aspects of it. It doesn’t really matter in the end. The important thing is that you enjoy it.

Mori Challenge: Lifestyle | HedgefairyI think there are a great many things matching what I define als “Mori lifestyle”. First and foremost it means respect for nature, recycling, conciousness when it comes to consumerist decisions. As long as I draw inspiration from all things that live and grow around me I personally feel obliged to protect this planet. I think picking up litter in the woods or at the beach or riverbank during strolls is something that fits, maybe, not into aesthetic photoshoots but surely into the very idea of being a Mori person. Generally enjoying nature, be it on camping trips and hikes, working in your own garden or taking a stroll in the park is something I’d consider part of a Mori lifestyle.

Mori Challenge: Lifestyle | HedgefairyI reckon crafts are another big thing. Be it cooking, woodworking, painting or sewing, making things yourself with your hands is something that resonates strongly with the same part of me that adores Mori Kei so much. There’s a simplicity, a down-to-earthness to it that matches the vibes of natural fabrics and a gentle disposition to life. In the same vein forageing, gardening and even dumpster diving (gasp!) are parts of this, too. Saving the food Mother Earth provides us with, cherishing her gifts, is an idea that I think fits in just fine with the Mori subculture.

Mori Challenge: Lifestyle | HedgefairyThen there are the things from Choco’s Mixi List: vintage and thrifted items (which are better for our planet than newly-made things, too!), a love of fairy tales and probably fantasy, too, frequenting cafés or tea houses, photography as a hobby (especially analogue photography), slow window shopping while exploring places in their own time, starting a collection of things you find lovely, reading. I think leading a gentle life with awareness for the world around you and doing what you love pretty much is what a Mori lifestyle is all about. The rest are aesthetics.

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 5

Mori Challenge: Name 5 Things you dislike about Mori | Hedgefairy***

Name 5 things you dislike about Mori.

  1. The way the community is a sleeping beauty. It’s not that there are no communities for Mori folks out there, they just tend to go quiet after a while, only one board active at best. The only really lively community I’ve seen lately would be on facebook. I’m even part of the problem, always forgetting to post in boards or too shy to partake. I hope I can change that in the future, waking up the community one post at a time.
  2. How almost all blogs are gone by now. There used to be a fair amount of Mori blogs – traditional blogs like mine and some tumblrs, too – around but I feel like most of them either stopped updating or “left” the fashion for good or just vanished from the face of the web. At the moment I enjoy reading Kathryn Elaine’s blog, Senchadays (hej Rhiannon!) and Life at Blueberry Barn (not decidedly Mori but it certainly fits the vibe). If you happen to know more still-active Mori blogs, please let me know!
  3. The focus on fashion. As I mentioned in my last challenge post I’m a lifestyle Mori person. Just as with Lolita most people in the style say that there isn’t such a thing as a decided “Mori Lifestyle”, but I refuse to accept that. I love reading and seeing other’s Mori-style adventures, food photographs and book or film choices just as much as their outfits!
  4. “Stop wanting practical Mori!”, based on this Mori confession. Yes, skirts and dresses can work equally well for adventures in the woods as pants but at the same time I know from growing up in the hedges and hiking that frills and dainty lace aren’t a thing for it. I think in this case “practical Mori” should be treated a bit like “casual Lolita” (whatever happened to that, by the way?), like a subset term meant for sturdier everyday wear.
  5. The lack of pants. Because I think that pants are to be part of this fashion, too. Because it makes it easier for pants-only wearing people to join if they find inspiration first. Because I actually like wearing pants. I should just make a few outfits myself rather soon. I will.

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

Landesmuseum Hannover: Manmade

I must admit that I was terribly hard to narrow it down to just about 20 pictures for this. I’m an archaeologist so of course I’m smitten with old artifacts whenever I see them but I tried to just pick out the highlights for you.

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The setup of the archaeological exhibition alone was lovely, with back-lit watercolour illustration.

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

I just love looking at various materials marked by time. Finding wooden artifacts like those above is one of the most exciting thing for an archaeologist, by the way, because it makes dating the thing so much easier (and also it’s beautiful).

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Oh Bronze Age. Your designs never cease to amaze me. Isn’t this bowl beautiful?

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Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

I’m always pretty smitten with these kind of ornaments and the flow in the overall shape of the pieces themselves.

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Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | HedgefairyI’d absolutely have these in my tea mug collection. I’m always sad when museum shops only carry the usual stuff like postcards, catalogues and the stuff every museum shop has but no interesting replicas or other non-paper things connected to the actual exhibitions.

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This was the only decent picture I was able to take of pieces of the Roman exhibition, sadly. My main field of interest being Roman invaders’ contact with other cultures I think that’s a pity.

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This gamelan set is being played regularly for concerts. The museum also has a Japanese tea-house that is used for tea ceremony demonstrations. I still have to go to one of these!

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

I was really in love with the overall exhibition of Pacific arts and crafts. And the ships remind me of Moana, of course.

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One was supposed to go through the local pre- and early historic exhibition first, I think, but I completely trailed off and took a detour through the ethnological collection… Anyway, the Medieval collection that I finally came back to was really lovely as well.

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Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

Landesmuseum Hannover: Menschenwelten | Hedgefairy

I’m a bit sorry this one got so very archaeology-heavy but I want to go back anyway and hopefully I can bring back some more pictures of the ethnological collection then, too!

Click here for Part 1: Nature.