Somewhat Weekly Vlog: Year 2017, Week 42 | Pokémon Go, Bad Gaming Luck & Eccentricity


Mori Challenge Revisited: Question 10

What are your favorite books? Do you think they are Mori or not?

Mori Challenge: Books | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI find it super hard to name favourites when it comes to books, so I just went with literature I find myself coming back to, my comfort books, if you will.

  1. Winnie Pooh. I think the original adventures – set in a timeless forest full of gentleness and warmth – go very well with my idea of Mori lifestyle.
  2. The Moomins. My boyfriend calls them “depressed albino potatoes” which isn’t too far off, to be honest, but they have a whimsy about them that fits the style very well. I’d also consider Snufkin a Mori person as well.
  3. Life on Seacrow Island. More Hama than Mori but still one of my favourites.
  4. Discworld. While some of the books aren’t mori-esque at all I think the witches and especially the books about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men could well be considered mori. And then there’s [Sagen und Legenden der Scheibenwelt] which centers around all the myths and folklore Pratchett used for inspiration in his novels, folklore being a wonderfully mori-esque field of study and all.
  5. Anne of Green Gables. With all her make-believe and her outlook on life and the beauty surrounding her Anne definitely makes for a good Mori girl example.

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

FinThSat: DIY Tablet Holder

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.

I love my tablet, be it for music while I shower, watching stuff or just for recipes without moving the laptop to the kitchen. Yet having to find something to lean it against and to get it to stay like that was so annoying that I needed a solution. And that’s why I built myself a holder.

Finished Things Saturday: DIY Tablet Holder | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI needed it to be collapsible and I wanted to make it from scratch and only use things I already had – I’m really trying the whole “reduce the craft stash” thing at the moment.

Finished Things Saturday: DIY Tablet Holder | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comIt’s made completely out of cardboard, mainly from water colour paper pads which have really heavy card stock. The ridges for adjusting the angle are from a normal scribbling pad. I covered everything with pages from an older reference book for natural sciences I had picked up for crafting at some point.
The fabric tape I used for the joints I still had around, originally to use on my old laptop, I think? Anyway, this way it finally got used after years of storage!

Finished Things Saturday: DIY Tablet Holder | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comFinished Things Saturday: DIY Tablet Holder | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI wasn’t quite sure how well the adjusting would word but it turned out just fine!

Finished Things Saturday: DIY Tablet Holder | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI wanted the speaker to be free for better sound so I cut a hole in the back with a bit of decoration just for the shinies. I’m also particularly proud of the holding bit – which is made out of several layers of cardstock, too.

Finished Things Saturday: DIY Tablet Holder | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThe unicorn sticker is from this set, by the way (and matches the “trample” and “puncture” stickers on my laptop and tablet respectively). Even though I had my doubts in the beginning and there are a few things I could have done better I really love how the project turned out, especially as it was my first try in this direction!

What have you been making this past fortnight?
Have a wonderful weekend!

Inktober 2017: Day 1-10

2017 is my second year of Inktober and I was really eager to start at the beginning of the month. I think I just missed drawing every single day just for the sake of it, not for a commission. I barely draw just for myself these days which I hope to find a way back to with this challenge, too!

I’m keeping to the official prompt list so far (find it by scrolling down at the page above), and I like how freely I can interpret them. But enough chatter, on with the pictures!

Inktober 2017, Day 1: Old School Swift | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 1: Swift

Funny enough, apus apus was the first thing to come to mind for this prompt. As swallows are regularly used in old-school tattoos I decided to try and experiment with that style for once (I still want to explore that further).

Inktober 2017, Day 2: Black & White Divided | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 2: Divided

Those two guys used to be the same timeless entity. Now they are separate and quarrel a lot, usually about who’s the bigger glutton and that it’s “fluffy, not fat!!!” and are companions to a magical girl who transforms using this fancy candle snuffer I found thrifting not too long ago.

Inktober 2017, Day 3: Poison | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 3: Poison

I always had a thing for Art Nouveau advertisement posters. My first idea was a mermaid alchemist’s laboratory, though, with puffer fish tied to the work bench. I’m glad I went with this idea, though! Angel’s trumpets are such beautiful and interesting flowers.

Inktober 2017, Day 3: Poison - Detail | Hedgefairy

Inktober 2017, Day 4: Mermaid Yoga | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 4: Underwater

It was glaringly obvious that I was going to draw a mermaid for this prompt. While I usually am a huge fan of sapphic depictions of mermaids together I went for another poster option again (mainly because I’m lazy and also was annoyed enough that I had to censor the poison lady for Facebook the day before…). The paper was horrific to work with, by the way, lots of bleeding. I went and dabbed over every bit of colouring ink as soon as I had applied it this time which made it so much more neat.

Inktober 2017, Day 4: Mermaid Yoga - Detail | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comHer tattoo says Sailor Girl’s Girlfriend, by the way, to come back to my thing for sapphic mermaids.

Inktober 2017, Day 5: Allouét | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 5: Long

My interpretation for this one might be a bit of a stretch but her hair is pretty long, so that counts, right? Right. This is my current Pathfinder character, Allouét Draskant, chaotic good bard from Galt with a crush on a dead poet and a tame thrush. She’s got a flair for the dramatic, too. I still want to colour her, although that might have to wait until Inktober is over…

Inktober 2017, Day 5: Allouét - Detail | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comInktober 2017, Day 6: Favoured Weapon | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 6: Sword

I must admit that I’m not exactly happy with this one. My weapon design skills are definitely lacking, which the boyfriend never ceases to tell me, too.
He’s right, though, I should practise that more! The things pictured are the favoured means of fighting of my Pathfinder characters so far: Allouét (see above): rapier; Ruut (TN barbarian): hurling stones (one of them the thumb of a cyclopean statue…); Obscura (CN fetchling rogue): daggers/short swords; Viorea (LG Desna paladin): bastard sword; Fenella (CG synthesist summoner): magic (in form of her eidolon, the Starbeast, tbh).

Inktober 2017, Day 7: Shy Spoonie Pangolin | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 7: Shy

Pangolins are highly susceptible to stress and curl up when they feel in danger. I relate to that a lot. Also, I was feeling low on spoons that day, so here you go, have a lovely little pangolin with some extra spoons!

Inktober 2017, Day 8: Crooked & Crowed | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 8: Crooked

This one is more than just probably the most boring one of the set. I had something entirely different in mind but it wouldn’t just come out as I had imagined it so I settled for something less interesting but also far less frustrating this time.

Inktober 2017, Day 9: Screeeeech | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 9: Screech

For me this is how the sound of a dentist’s drill looks: Greenish, with tendril-like ends that ripple weirdly.

Inktober 2017, Day 10: Giant Ink Caps | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comDay 10: Gigantic

I love how the gradients on the smaller mushrooms turned out in this one! Size is probably always just a matter of the point of view, and I take any excuse I can get to draw fungi, anyway. These are relatives of ink caps, one of the most awesome and strange yet still not completely alien specimen in mycology. They just dissolve in this kind of black goo, it’s fantastic.

And that concludes my first ten days of Inktober! Which of these do you like best? Are you taking part, too? I can’t wait to show you the next set!

UFO Friday

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.

Weirdly I feel like there hasn’t been much going on in the crafting department but that isn’t actually true. I just didn’t take any pictures, I guess.

UFO Friday | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI spent two Pathfinder sessions sorting through my fabric leftovers, ripping them into strips and then making them into fabric yarn – some of the balls aren’t finished yet and wait for more scraps in the right colours, some are already quite large. I like this scrapbuster a lot although I’m not sure what to do with the results once I’m all set with gift wrapping cords for the next ten years…

UFO Friday | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI’ve also sewn a trivet out of leftovers, for my teapot in the kitchen, our table is weirdly sensitive to getting wet over a longer amount of time (it gets sticky, and I need to re-seal it). I’ll show you the result sometime soon!

UFO Friday | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comLast but not least I’ve been planning for a new project but you’ll only get a teaser picture for now, taken from my game of Yonder – The Cloud Catcher Chronicles… and I won’t even tell you about it. Yet.