First Full Moon, Year of the Sun

2019-4Happy first full Moon of 2019!

I do admit that I was a bit confused when it came to 2019. It just didn’t feel like a new year. Not like the fresh start I’d wanted. It took me until yesterday and a talk with the boyfriend to understand that this was because my new year started in the old. To be a bit more precise, my new year started when I was getting better again. December was my new start, my new chance. And I’m oh so grateful for it.

Now that I’ve realised this I’m able to write about 2019 without a strange feeling in my gut and digressing into melancholy thoughts. Because so far the year has been good to me. I’ve been productive and surrounded by wonderful people, I’m so lucky in that regard. As for 2018, good riddance!

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Today is the first full Moon of the Year of the Sun, and I took the time to take out my cards, meditate a bit and find some direction. I think celebrating the full moon is a good thing for me and I’ll try to make it a thing here this year. Who’s with me? I still have no idea how to exactly do it, but finding out is half the adventure. I think next time I want to make moon cakes of some variety, maybe traditional ones, maybe just a sponge that looks like, you know, the moon. Or maybe I’ll just take the day off. We’ll see.

And of course I have resolutions, but that’s for another post.

Thank you for being here with me in 2019. Have a lovely year.

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Hedgevlog: Holiday Special

Fair warning: If you can’t see people crying (not out of misery in this case, mind you) this might not be the video for you. There’s a skip remark at the right spot, though if you still want to give it a go.

I decided to keep the teary part in there. Yes, I thought about cutting it out but in the end I think the internet needs more raw emotions and less curated reactions. And I think the love needs to get out there.

Have a lovely week!

10 Things I ♥ in December

Hirayama Fireworks company, early 1900s

  1. Bits of Snow. It’s really not much, and nothing of it stayed for more than a night, but there’s still hope.
  2. I love shopping for Calendars. It has something to do with the giddiness for the new year, I guess, and with the attempt to feel out who I want to be in the year to come. I’ve already got my new planner (with an extra column for blogging and YT stuff!) and my wall calendar, and the latter has crosswords on the back of each sheet – it’s my first week calendar (I’m usually more of a month person but couldn’t find the right one) – and I might already have solves a month’s worth of them at least…
  3. Evelyn Wood does fabulous re-fashions on YouTube – I love her vintage style and I’m always so fascinated with what you can get out of seemingly ordinary pieces! Evelyn also shows her thrift hauls (yay!) and gives sewing advice, so if you sew and like retro things this is definitely for you.#
  4. Oh Land. I’m always on the lookout for music that I like, and after someone in my Instagram feed mentioned her I gave her a try and she stuck.
  5. How didn’t I watch Kubo and the Two Strings sooner? It’s a beautiful tale filled with magical origami, great characterisations and shamisen music and of course it’s by Laika, who’ve been kind of my personal heroes ever since Coraline.
  6. Working at the Medieval Christmas Market. Sure, it’s cold, loud and underpaid but in the end it was a great experience. I met such lovely people (if they read this: You know who you are), learned so much and made quite a few people happy by selling them beautiful things, and I will definitely do it again.
  7. Fairy Lights everywhere! It’s one of my favourite things about the holiday season, everything is draped in tiny lights, making the city look much more magical. I think my favourites are the trees with lights in them, they look like they have the most fantastic blossoms.
  8. Learning more about video editing is such a great progress for me! I’m constantly trying out new things – mostly tiny stuff, but it adds up. And I can chose my own pace, too, so I have all the time I need to understand things fully.
  9. The Prospect of a New Year. I’m always excited about fresh starts and I’m ready for 2018 to end. There are so many things I’m looking forward to in 2019!
  10. And matchingly there’s these beautiful Fireworks catalogues  (look at the one on the top of this post!) from the early 20th century. I love fireworks and am really into the Japanese woodcut aesthetic here.