(Life) Style Tips in October

Market Cabbages

  • To help with dark mornings why not treat yourself to a candlelight breakfast? You can simply put a tea light on the table (my mum used to do this every dark half of the year) or you can go all-out and have your orange juice from wine glasses and use fancy napkins!
  • Who am I kidding, it’s Halloween season (have you been on tumblr lately?). To make the most of the month leading up to the holiday incorporate Halloween themes into your daily wardrobe, like spiders, bats, ghosts or skeletons.
  • For those of you who participate in Inktober, why not make your own ink? Here’s a recipe to get you started, and here are a few more for different colours, too. If you want to make your own quill, too, try this link.
  • If you happen to live in a temperate climate now is the perfect time to go foraging for beechnuts! During and shortly after the second World War people used them to make Ersatz coffee, but they are far tastier if you gently roast them and then use them for baking or in salads or just snack on them on their own.
  • It’s late harvest time, and Winter vegetables are in season! Shop locally and seasonally by looking for lamb’s lettuce (isn’t the name alone the cutest?), fresh apples and pears, all sorts of cabbages and roots – parsnip, parsley root, turnips, beets – and of course pumpkins!
  • Speaking of pumpkins, why not go the traditional route and make this year’s Jack-O-Lantern from a root (sugar beets work well because of the size) instead of a gourd? I’ll be using a tiny inedible pumpkin, though, I admit, because we got one free at the Turkish grocery shop around the corner (I love our part of town).

Inktober Days 1-10

What, it’s already the 17th? I’ve been quiet lately, I know, but I was on the road, visiting my Mum and Marburg and other family and there was not always an internet connection readily available.
Anyway, I kept up with Inktober and I wanted to show you the first 10 drawings – good and not-so-good.

expecto hedgehog

Day 1: A picture of me with my hedgehog patronus, including my Hufflepuff scarf.


Day 2: Verdinium gave me the prompt “Ivy”.


Day 3: Witchsona, in this case a witch from rugged shores who knots storms into tows, flies a harpoon instead of a broom and hunts whale hunters and people who leave their garbage on beaches.


Day 4: A wooly pig, probably the witch’s familiar, probably named Woolypig.


Day 5: Beardrops. I started buying my jellies at the packaging-free supermarket and wanted a nice label for the glass I use there.

Frankenstein's Dachshund

Day 6: Frankensteiny dachshund plushie. One of the drawings I still want to colour once Inktober’s over (or just when I have the time and inspiration).

Wunderkammer Chronicles

Day 7: A header design sketch for my new RPG project, The Wunderkammer Chronicles. (hat tip to Verdinium for “Wunderkammer” as part of the name!)

ink in the sketchbook

Days 8 & 9: Things that were done quickly while I was on trains and busses. It’s the thought that counts.


Day 10: A cigar-smoking goblin Baroness. I’ll colour her eventually, too, and she was drawn outside in a beer garden during the fresher’s week pub crawl in Marburg.

I love how Inktober makes me draw daily as well as pushes me to use ink and quill (well, nib) more. Are you taking part and how is it going for you? I’d love to read your thought in the comments.

10 Things I ♥ In October


  • Inktober is the perfect challenge for me to practise my drawing more. I’ve fallen out of the habit to draw every day so I’m trying to get back into it. I’ll post the results of every week here on the blog, but if you don’t want to wait you can check on my facebook page where I’ll post every day’s drawing.
  • The new Pottermore Patronus sorting. Mine is a hedgehog, and according to this tumblr,
    The first impression of an individual with a hedgehog patronus can be very deceiving. On the outside, they can first appear happy-go-lucky and kind, as well as slightly naive. They are optimistic individuals in the way they want to be happy and have the feeling rub off on others, but this is not who they are completely. Rather, they actually have a tough personality to them, and have the ability to fight and defend themselves. Do not take the for weaklings, because they certaintly are not, and are much more persceptive than they appear. The most common house for a hedgehog patronus is Hufflepuff. […]
    Well, they got it quite right, isn’t that lovely? Have you already discovered your Pottermore patronus and if so, what is it? I’d love to know!
  • Tinycup Needlework does amazingly small and pretty embroidery. I adore their motif range as well, beehives and skeletons and things that remind me of ghost towns in the Wild West.
  • Stranger Things. This one was inevitable, wasn’t it? Or as Scoundrel put it, “You can’t really get past it on the internet these days”. He’s right. I love how they captured the atmosphere of 80s (and early 90s, to be honest) kid adventures, how they managed to get the overall look so very right (this is how the 80s are supposed to look, Carrie Diaries!) and how well they left the viewers hanging in the end to whet our appetites for a second season. What else? Dustin is my favourite kid, yay for Dungeons & Dragons visibility!, and I want justice for Barb.
  • Woonyoung Jung, or more precisely their illustrations, featuring lovely modern witches and athletic dinosaurs.
  • Textile art by Mysouldesign on Etsy. I’m, of course, particularly fond of the fungi.
  • Cécile Corbel. She’s basically the new Loreena McKennitt, with the only major difference that the hails from Brittany in France rather than Canada. She’s been around for a while already and has accumulated quite the following in the Mori community, too. Not only does she make the most beautiful music, she also has a fascinating backstory and a degree in archaeology. Should she happen to play a concert near me some day you’ll most probably find me there! Here’s her home on the Web.
  • Drakensang: The River of Time, second of the The Dark Eye computer game adaptions. For all the non-Germans out there: The Dark Eye (or Das Schwarze Auge in German) is the essential German P&P RPG. Rather low fantasy and with a compact, detailed core setting it was the “gateway drug” for most RPGamers I know. Drakensang II might be six years old by now but a story is a story and I love the scenery! And the hats. Why does my character only have one head?!
  • Lost and Taken provide beautiful high-resolution stock textures for free, on a if-you-happen-to-have-the-money-a-donation-would-be-nice basis. I’m using one of their wallpapers for my latest online project!
  • Visiting my old hunting grounds. Well, I’m not out partying, so I mean general “existence grounds”, and by that I mean Marburg. It’s so nice to see everyone again! In fact I’m there right now, typing this from Bambi’s sofa.

OOTD: Mabon Faerie

OOTD: Mabon Faerie

Including a time stamp because I forgot to turn it off. This will hopefully the last outfit I documented with my action cam rather than a decent camera.

The Autumn Equinox is traditionally the day when the reign over the Otherworld is passed over from the Seelie to the Unseelie Court. I tried to reflect this balancing act with my attire, combining more traditional dark wear with the vibrant colours of Autumn. I think this might also be one of my favourite silhouettes for me – short skirt plus legwarmers plus long scarf plus maybe a flower crown (or in this case a rose hip crown).

OOTD: Mabon Faerie
Outfit Rundown:

  • fishnet longsleeve: eBay
  • top/leggings: H&M
  • shoes: family heirloom
  • everything else is selfmade

5 Things to invest in for a new Place (even if Money is tight)

5 Things to invest in for a new place (even if money is tight)

So we’ve been in the new place for a month now and it’s slowly but steadily into a real home. In the progress I took notes of what made this home an actual home, and here is what I found, even without the budget of your usual homemaker blog:

  1. LIGHT. In capitals. As in “decent bulbs”. Good lighting can make even the darkest of huts a cozy home. We bought 60W LEDs with warm light for our place – more expensive than the ones we bought before but they last ages, don’t have any mercury in them and the light is amazing so the money was incredibly well spent.
  2. A cozy rug. IKEA has rag rugs from 2€ up, and you’ll get larger ones at simply home decor shops like Xenos or even the hardware store for about 10€. Rugs soften any room and provide a place to just flump down on the floor if you tend to do that (hello fellow flumper!).
  3. Drapes or blinds. Even if you have shutters a bare window is just a big, often hard hole in the wall. It’s not only about the possibility of neighbors or passers-by staring in but also about the general feeling of safety. I can sleep perfectly well with the curtains open but I need something around the window! Maybe it’s the decor aspect, maybe it’s about having the choice to shut out the world, anyway, put something around that window.
  4. A plant. Plants are good for the room climate, green is good for your mood and if they’re edible they are a great addition to your kitchen, too! Make sure to pick something suited to your lighting situation and your patience. A rarely chosen option are water plants! Spider plants are near impossible to kill off as are Devil’s Backbones (which survive in far to small pots and without water for and impressive amount of time) and succulents might need light, but rather little space and are cute in fancy cups or dollhouse furniture and/or crockery instead of mere planters.
  5. A decent kettle, be it an electric one or one of the stovetop variety,  is one of the most important things in a household. An electric kettle was the very first appliance I bought for my studio! Not only can you make tea with it (that’s one of the most important uses, anyway) but also coffee and instant noodles.

Thrifting in September ’16

After a two-months hiatus for this feature (you know, with moving house and everything) I’m back to showing you what I thrifted this month! I’m not quite familiar with all the thrift shops around town yet but so far Hanover has proven to be a good hunting ground.

Thrifting Sept. '16: Candles and Fabric

My new bedroom is still in dire need of a curtain of some kind so I ventured out to find fabric (not that I don’t have enough already…). I happened to find this cotton blanket with a homespun flair right after work, and now that the sewing machine is set up again I can’t wait to decorate my window.
The candles were a lucky find, too, as I happen to own two small candle holders that were basically made for tree lights like these. As for the trim… I can never resist craft supply.

Thrifting Sept. '16: Waistcoat

Thrifting Sept. '16: Waistcoat details

I also can’t resist fancy vests. This one fit perfectly even though it was marked two sized under what I usually wear. Look at those pretty buttons and the shiny lining! The back is the finest, softest leather I’ve ever touched.

Thrifting Sept. '16: Skirt

Thrifting Sept. '16: Skirt details

I found this skirt on the rack next to the vest, plaid and corduroy and patches convincing me to take it home. It has some sort of Sarah Kay/Holly Hobbie vibe to it and is perfect for windy Autumn days (I’ve tested it).

Thrifting Sept. '16: Cutlery details

I’ve always wanted to try and make jewelery out of cutlery and decided that these would do fine for my first experiments. The large fork is even aluminium so it’s easy to bend. The tiny spoon without a crest in contrast is silver. The fabric underneath is a thrift find, too!

Thrifting Sept. '16: Fabric & Yarn

Thrifting Sept. '16: Basket

I began the June post of this feature with baskets and I end this one with the fruit’s basket I brought home. I think rustic baskets make kitchens so much more comfortable and cozy!

So much for my thrifting adventures this month (the first full one in Hanover!). Have you had any good finds lately?