(Life) Style Tips in May

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The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.
– Edwin Way Teale

Listen to music in the shower for a more complete soundtrack to your life’s movie. My favourite at the moment is Cecile Corbel to imagine myself standing under a waterfall surrounded by blooming brambly hedges. Indulge the cinematographer within!

Make your own hair mist with rose water, a bit of vodka or household alcohol for preserving and a spoonful of sugar, fill it up with distilled water and put it in a well-cleaned spray bottle (I re-used one from an empty deodorant). The rose water can be switched for vanilla essence, your favourite cheap perfume that smells like bubblegum or eau de cologne, of course.

Speaking of hair, I’m a bit obsessed with finding and making pretty or cute bandanas for Rosie the Riveter-style hair at the moment.

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
Susan B. Anthony

It’s Bike Month, so give your wheels some care! Take them to the shop or to an open workshop where you can learn to fix most of your bicycle yourself, take care of flat tires and rusty handles. If you haven’t already, think about getting a box or basket for transport – bonus points for decorating it with faux greenery or other shiny things – and then go on a nice, slow ride down the river or explore the streets early on a Saturday morning when it’s still quiet.

Check the farmers market or a well-sorted hardware store for young plants that stray from the usual choice of rosemary and thyme. Get old varieties of your favourite veggies or aromatic herbs like Immortelles. There are absurd amounts of mint varieties, too, so take your time to find your favourite.

Strawberries small
And wild and sweet,
For the Queen and all
Of her Court to eat!
The Strawberry Fairy, Cicely Mary Barker

Strawberry season is just starting in the northern hemisphere – why not incorporate it into your outfits? There’s more to the motif than variations of kawaii – tiny wild strawberries match more untamed styles while large, dark fruits, embroidered with golden roccaille beads for seeds are perfect for opulence and sinister memento mori-inspired folks. Kitschy country revival stickers would look adorable on a phone case.

Doneday: For a Fistful of Scrunchies

Doneday (formerly known as Finished Things Saturday but now moved to Mondays) is the (usually) bi-weekly counterpart to my UFO Fridays. While there I show you what I’m working on, Doneday is about finished projects – I used to think that small things weren’t worthy of a separate post but now I just put them in this feature and feel less silly about it. They deserve it! For more Doneday, look here.

106_7302When I was a kid, back in the 90s, I always wanted scrunchies. I saw them on my older cousin, on my friends, on girls on the street, and I wanted scrunchies.

Thing is, as a kid, back in the 90s, I had short hair. Not just shoulder length or a bob but gets-mistaken-for-a-boy-regularly short. So, no chance for scrunchies.

106_7327Although the current state of affairs isn’t the longest my hair has ever been I’m currently very able to use scrunchies in a multitude of ways so when I was sick in bed a while ago I used this time off to sew a couple of them. I made them all by hand and out of scraps.106_7330I feel like they are more gentle towards my sometimes hurting scalp so waiting for about 25 years was totally worth it. There are probably more to come, too, they are a fantastic scrapbuster!

What’s your favourite kind of scrapbuster project? Let me know in the comments!

MerMay 2019 Prompt List

Hedgefairy Tales | MerMay 2019 Prompt List

I think 2019 is finally the year I don’t forget about MerMay – it’s basically Inktober but in May and with a theme – until it’s well underway. I’ve been wanting to do MerMay for ages now because I always love a challenge and if it’s about mythical creatures, even better, but always forgot about it until I saw all the beautiful mermaids on social media. Oh well. Bother.

To motivate myself this year I made my own prompt list, too, feel free to use it! I’d love to see your creations if you take part in MerMay, so if you do I’d love if you left a link to your Instagram or Tumblr or wherever you post your art in the comments.

10 Things I ♥ in April

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super scrumptious cakes | Legends of the Guards 2 | the amazing mini press
  1. Spring is probably my favourite time of year at the market – after months of cabbages, lamb’s lettuce (which I love, don’t get me wrong), stored apples and roots it’s lovely to see new things grow and I’m already looking forward to the madness that is strawberry season!
  2. The Order on Netflix was far less cringey than expected. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s very much alike The Magicians, but without the rape-for-drama bullshit (wow, way to ruin a decent series) and the weird pacing. Sure, there’s unnecessary love story stuff that is glaringly forseeable as soon as the love interest enters the screen for the first time but the rest is pretty adorable. Bonus points for a different yet still folklorist approach to werewolves!
  3. We’re having stormy yet sunny days lately and that’s such a rare combination here, I’m really intrigued. Luckily my balcony has solid sides so my plants don’t get shaken about a lot.
  4. I know it’s still a bit early to think about strawberries, but how delicious does this Sponge Cake with Balsamic Strawberries from Call Me Cupcake look?
  5. Speaking of (sometimes literal, not always SFW) food porn, I’m absolutely in love with 食戟のソーマFood Wars!: Shokugeki no Sōma. It’s on Crunchyroll and it’s hilarious – if you can trust someone to make cooking absurdly epic it’s the Japanese. Just imagine your run-of-the-mill shōnen anime – Naruto or Fairy Tail – but with cooking instead of fighting and you’ve got the overall idea.
  6. I recently started using a Week Planner (this one from HEMA, currently) – as chaotic as I am I’m a bit of a organiser nut and I just love calendars. I regularly switch between two for my wall and I wanted something for my desk, as well, with ample space for all the things I at least hope to accomplish in a week.
  7. I bribed a friend into getting Moss for his PS4 just so I could play it and I’m in love. More to come once I finished it because a point on a list just isn’t enough space to express my feelings about this game. ♥
  8. In the same vein I finally got myself Legends of the Guard 2 & 3 (the vendor at KeksCon didn’t have the first volume) of my beloved Mouse Guard comics. My goal is, of course, to collect all Mouse Guard publications but until then I’m absolutely happy with what I’ve got.
  9. Themed (care) packages for friends – I really enjoy making them. It’s so much fun to find little things that might spark joy in them and it’s even more fun to try and make it fit a theme. I’m about to send one out, I’ll show you once it’s arrived!
  10. As someone who has just started to venture into the world of block printing I’m absolutely smitten with the Open Press Project. It’s a tiny 3D printable press, how cool would it be to make mouse-sized zines with this? Or small patches? Or pieces for a patchwork garment? (Let me know what first springs to mind in regard to this in the comments!) Now, do I know someone with a 3D printer…?

(Life) Style Tips in April

April Life Style Tips | Hedgefairy TalesTime to revive this series because I really enjoyed it!

“Might I,” quavered Mary, “might I have a bit of earth?”
[…]
“Earth!” he repeated. “What do you mean?”
“To plant seeds in—to make things grow—to see them come alive,” Mary faltered.
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

It’s high time to start planning your garden year (if you’re in the Northern hemisphere and you haven’t already)! Think about what you want from your soil this year and what you might need to change about your planting space to enjoy it even more. I know I’ll have to change something about the floor of my balcony to make it more inviting, and I need a few more pots. Off to the hardware store!

In the same vein, start growing your greens for this year on your window sill. By the time it’s consistently warm they’ll be big enough to make it out there. It’s a great way to re-use those egg cartons, and spotting the first green peeking through the soil is always a highlight for me. If you’re in the Southern hemisphere growing sprouts and shoots will complement your winter salads!

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Take long walks to take in the changes that Nature is going through at the moment on either side of the planet. Find places you’ve overlooked so far close to home so you can head for shelter if April showers strike!

April showers (and hail storms… and snow…)are a perfect excuse to invest in a pretty umbrella, as well. Museum shops and your usual trendy-ish chains carry art- and colourful ones to make you stand out from the crowd. If you’re not opposed to carrying around a full-size umbrella (I admit that I prefer the small collapsible ones) look for an unusual shape like pagoda, flatter or rounder. If all else fails there is always the option to sew lace onto your old umbrella, or put charms on the spike tips.

First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash.
Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Spring cleaning can be an adventure of its own (or the start of one – I recommend reading the first chapter of The Wind in the Willows before starting). Throw out some things, put a fresh coat of paint around those light switches and smoke out the sludge and dark of Winter. If you’re heading towards Autumn clearing the air for the months inside is just as great.

Spring (or Autumn) clean your mind, too. Find a beach, river or pond and collect pebbles. Take your time to tie bad memories, unwanted habits and negative thoughts to a pebble each. Let them skip and eventually sink into the water to take all the bad vibes with them and wash at least parts of them away.

I hope you’re enjoying the change of the seasons as much as I do! What’s your favourite thing about April? Let me know in the comments!