10 Things I ♥ in June

Shellworks | The Painted Hive | Mycologist by Peppermint Fox | DS: Hamlet | Moral Fibres
  1. I’m always smitten when I find new (at least new to me) eco-friendly things but wow, The Shellworks are so awesome. They make bioplastic from chitin from seafood waste, and I think the prospect of biodegradable pill blister packs is one of my favourite things ever – it’s one of the plastic pieces I’ll never really be able to get rid of, and that annoys me.
  2. But speaking of it, this post on the Moral Fibres blog about why being plastic-free isn’t always necessarily the most environmentally friendly option is SO important. Yes, reducing plastic waste is important and good but a lot of eco-influencers and websites let us believe that it’s the be-all-and-end-all, and that’s just not the case.
  3. I love this Tutorial about Ageing Small Furniture from The Painted Hive.
  4. I’ve been watching Baccano! lately and even though it provides more violence than I usually like in my entertainment it’s a really great anime – the style reminds me of Samurai Champloo and some characters are strangely endearing considering that they work for the Camorra or are otherwise criminally inclined.
  5. How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast). Finally, a German production that doesn’t feel like it’s ten years late. Thanks, Netflix!
  6. I’m smitten with Peppermint Fox’s Mycologist Print dress as well as skirt – both colourways (Autumn | Moss) are so pretty and the design is lovely as always. I’m almost glad I don’t wear polyester or my bank account would be in serious troubles.
  7. My new Laptop is a second-hand affair (reduce, reuse, recycle!), a reject swapped for a better model, if you want, but still good enough for me. I’m super happy that I don’t have to work on my LARP newspaper on the old one that kept freezing while burning up! Now I only need to transfer my sticker collection…
  8. A Shakespearean pig killed me (repeatedly) and I loved it, or in other terms: I’m playing Don’t Starve: Hamlet. It’s been out for over half a year now and I didn’t have it yet which is scandalous considering how much time I’ve already sunk into the other versions of this game.
  9. Jenseits der Siegel – Beyond the Seals LARP was really lovely this year. During the last few I was incredibly stressed but with a fantastic team by my side, we managed to make a great in-game newspaper and generate play for a lot of people. This is the first year that I can truly say I’m looking forward to the next!
  10. I’m looking a lot at Mice lately – not because I’m considering getting pets (I’d love to, but there’s just no room at the moment), but for work, and I’m absolutely in love. My main reference site is this right now, and ooooh, look at them!

(Life) Style Tips in June

JuneTips“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”
L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island

Star freckles made from glitter or confetti lend a cute, magical touch to your everyday look. You can get all kinds of star confetti at the craft store or party supply shop, pastel, gold, silver or colourful. I glue mine on with the same spirit gum as my elf ears but fake lash glue should work just as well.

Start making your own ice cream and try out all the flavours you won’t get at the gelateria. I suggest peach and honey, lavender, rosemary-apple or something completely off like mint combined with seaweed. If you (just like me) don’t have an ice machine of your own there are ways to make it without one, as well (here are some tutorials to get you started: 1 | 2 | 3).

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.
― Charles M. Schulz

Speaking of ice cream I think June is the perfect month for Ice Cream Solids in your wardrobe. Think cool mints, peachy pinks or lemon sherbert yellow, or a strangely creamy version of blueish black. These colours are most reminiscent of gelato when they’re not super shiny, and broad candy stripes help to evoke to picture of an old-fashioned soda-and-ice-cream shop. Top off with fruit or sprinkle-like accessories or sweets-themed (preferably melting chocolate) items.

Find a jean jacket – thrifted, from your closet or from the store, they’re trendy right now anyway – and decorate it! Dye it, paint it, embroider it – or just go and hunt down the cutest, weirdest or coolest patches and pins you can find for the look that you want. I found a fantastic jacket in the thrift store just last month but I might eventually need a second one to realise all of my plans…

The Magical Girl is a special type of superhero, one that will take all things traditionally feminine and stab evil through the face with it.
— Alex Henderson, Using Femininity & Friendship to Battle Evil

In the spirit of Mahou ShouJune, assign yourself a Magical Girl (in this case a gender-neutral term) persona. Pick your own theme, colour scheme and look for a transformation trinket. Watch classics like Sailor Moon or Card Captor Sakura for inspiration – or my current silly favourite, Happy Kiss.

Happy MahouShouJune!

It’s the First of June and that means – nevermind that I haven’t finished MerMay yet but still fully intend to do so at some point this year – it’s MahouShouJune!

I tried to find the origin of this drawing challenge but alas, I didn’t (if you know anything, please leave a comment!), I only know that it’s like MerMay- but with Magical Girls.

I’ve loved Magical Girls ever since primary school so of course I’m doing this. I even made another prompt list:

MahouShouJuneI’m currently working on my anime title card, complete with butchered katakana and everything.

Are you taking part in MahouShouJune? Either way, happy June!

Anti-Banality Emergency Kit

106_7338A few posts ago I mentioned how I enjoy making little themed care packages for my friends far away. The latest of these packages went to my lovely Verdinium. I started putting it together after she mentioned a horrid surge of Banality – the very opposite of what I’d call my personal life essence and a term from my favourite game background – in her life. I simply couldn’t let that happen, so I made an emergency kit.

It contains a magic cup and spoon, instant Glamour (just add water) and refill sachets and a patch full of celestial bodies to remind her of the dreams we’re made of.

106_7333Mere mortals might see a bit of junk and some packets of sherbet powder, but this right there is magic. Remember how these things worked when you were a kid? They still do, you just have to let them. And I hope the emergency kit helps.

106_7335Short PSA at the end: Photos might become a rarer thing for a while here as my camera just broke – there’s a big crack in the display and it’s kinda hard to know what you’re doing photography-wise without seeing it. I’m going to try to make it work or use the phone until I take the plunge and upgrade to a better camera again, but just in case that doesn’t work out so well, I wanted to let you know.

10 Things I ♥ in May

A Stitch in Time (via) | L’Art du Crime | Paper Sculptures | Ann Street Studio
  1. A Stitch in Time explores techniques and cultural backgrounds of clothing worn in famous works of art and is therefore the perfect thing to watch while doing handsewing.
  2. Speaking of art history, I happened to stumble over L’Art du Crime on TV when I last visited family. Set in Paris it’s a series exploring murder cases connected to pieces of art, with a great deal of background info, a very lovely art historian character and the obligatory hardened detective really annoyed by his new job. I can’t wait for the next season to air in Germany!
  3. Even though I got distracted early, MerMay is so much fun! I will definitely continue working off my prompt list even when May is over (and I’m already looking forward to MahouShouJune…)!
  4. Our new Dehydrator. Or rather, Scoundrel’s Mum’s old one. After years of faithful service ours literally crumbled down to small bits of plastic but the outlaws happened to have one that they didn’t use. With all the veggies and fruit that I bring home from work every week we will definitely make good use of it, though, so now it lives at our place.
  5. Throwing things out of my closet is so freeing. It’s also lovely to have my friends go through the pile and pick what they like, thus skipping the thrift store step and in my case inching towards a more ideal wardrobe.
  6. Speaking of which, I’m really positively surprised by the designs that H&M puts out lately, there’s a lot of neo-Edwardian 80s inspiration going on, lots of lace and ruffles and broderie anglaise (I might have fallen for this onePinterest link for backup). I really hope it’ll become a trend, because as much as I love thrifting, sewing and being sustainable I admit that I do appreciate stuff that I like being available in high street stores.
  7. I might have spent a weekend or two playing Beat Saber at Rusty’s place lately… If you haven’t heard about it yet: it’s a VR rhythm game, a great workout and kiiiind of addictive. I’m stuck in level 11 at the moment, but I’ll beat it eventually!
  8. Exploring new Places. I’ve been to Hildesheim – mere 30 km or so from Hanover – for the first time last weekend and I’ve finally made it to one of the fascinating historical graveyards in our city. I’ve been thinking about exploration videos lately, just getting off the tram somewhere that looks interesting enough and see where it’ll take me. Let me know if you’d like that!
  9. I love the Wildlife Paper Sculptures by Tiffany Miller Russel, especially the birds with their layers of feathers, they are such delicate work!
  10. I started following Ann Street Studio (or rather Jamie Beck) on Instagram a while ago now and I absolutely love their work. The mother-daughter self portrait series is perfectly picturesque, and I’m a lover of all things romantic and provençal so I was smitten the first time I saw any of their photographs.

As always I’m not sponsored by any of the parties linked or mentioned. If I were I’d let you know!