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.
I do admit that I like holes in my jeans. I still think they are cool. But only, of course, when I’ve put them in myself (and I don’t like them on the thighs). When I bought new overalls last week they already had holes for fashion, of course, so I mended them.
One day before we left for Berlin I decided on a whim to work on another UFO. It’s almost done – I took it with me on the bus. Not all of the patches pictured made it but you’ll see in time.
And I also did some cross stitching, something I rarely do – I actually have done it once so far. I really like how the back of cross stitches look, almost like some sci-fi glyphs.
I’m always happy when I have projects to work on on the go. Do you take crafting projects when you travel?
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 finished projects – sometimes I used to think that small things weren’t worthy of a separate post but now just put in this feature. They deserve it! For more FinThSats, look here.
I tend to forget my meds. Especially when I’ve been okay for a day or two, which of course is incredibly stupid when the stuff you’re taking is supposed to keep a level.
Before we moved the boyfriend had the ingenious idea to have my meds in a small satchel to hang on my toothbrush where I would see them whether I wanted or not. The simple satchel he made me got lost in the move so I made a new one after another episode of What Happens When She Doesn’t Take Her Pills.
I absolutely adore this fabric. Sadly there isn’t much left of it – it used to be a pillow case from my Mum’s childhood and I used parts of it for one of my first bigger sewing projects, a pair of pajamas. Those aren’t around anymore but I saved this fabric again, of course.
So this is it. The #28DaysOfBlogging are over. It’s strange, I think I will miss daily blogging for the first few days of March. But let’s take a look back onto February.
I think the most important thing that I learned is: I’m able to do it. I can do consistency, in a way. No matter if I had commissions and work or if I was too snotty to do anything else I actually did it! I didn’t really think about this at first. I merely wanted to try but in the end I made it through without any day left out.
I’m really proud of myself!
Of course it wasn’t all rainbows and roses, though.
Things get lost with too many updates. While I absolutely enjoy getting regular content from the blogs I read a post about every two days is enough for me. I felt like getting new posts out every single day made things a bit chaotic and confusing reading-wise. The best example would be my thrift haul where I hadn’t uploaded the video yet. It dawned on me that very few people would keep close watch on that post if there were new ones every day so in the end I made an additional post for the video alone which felt all sorts of redundant-but-necessary (which in itself is a weird thing).
I’m also just not cut out for the whole SEO-make-your-posts-perfectly-tailored-for-an-algorithm thing. I only do headings in-between if I think it fits (like here). I like to write longer texts that pull the reader in, tug at their heart-and-soulstrings. I don’t have a niche, and that’s okay. My niche is me, and people like me. How much more niche-y can I get, anyway?
Something I would have loved to do, though, was to network more, put myself more “out there”. In the end I think I got a few ideas how to grow this lovely community in the comments (that’s you!) and I hope I can put them to work sometime soon.
Did I get what I want?
(TL;DR: Weirdly, Yes)
Have I done what I wanted and re-done my blog design? No, but it’s almost done. I’m just a bit too worried about headers and fonts. ^^”
Have I done what I wanted and found my voice again? I think so. There were a few aspects in terms of content that I didn’t have the chance to touch during this month (Sustainability. Food. More adventures. Food. I might be hungry.) but I guess I’ll get there. Other than that I feel so much closer to my blog again… if that makes any sense.
Just for fun I made a donut chart of the general topics I touched during February.
As you can see most topics balance out well. I think I might need to go on more adventures, though!
So what does this mean for the future?
I now know that I can write this much – but I won’t. At least I won’t publish as much, but I think learning to write every day means learning how to build a buffer, too. Buffers mean less stress and more thought.
My plans go towards a post every other day and maybe two videos per week but I won’t push myself. Those are just long-term goals.
But I burn for the idea of a community with the heat of a thousand suns. I’ll elaborate on that at some point but for now please know that I thank you so much for sticking with me this month. You are the tribe I tried to find when I started this blog over eight years ago, even if I didn’t know it back then.
And now the most important question:
Would I do this again?
Yes, definitely. I’m already looking forward to next year.
It’s been quite a long, cold winter so far and food is harder and harder to find for the bird friends that I can watch from my window. While over-feeding is definitely a thing I don’t think any of our neighbors have a bird feeder so I guess one per eleven-flats house is acceptable.
I got the idea from a Pettson & Findus book I’ve had for years – they made theirs out of a flower pot and hung it upside down.
I made my feeder from a tin cup I got from the thrift store for 25 cents for this exact purpose – I think there might have been a glass inside it at some point, too. I filled it with a mix of chopped brazilian nuts and peanuts, oats and linseed and filled it up with molten vegetable fat. I put it on some of my fabric twine I pushed a twig in for the birds to sit on and hung it out on the balcony. They haven’t found it yet but they probably will over the next few days.
That beautiful blue sky is a lie, by the way, or at least a gross exaggeration. Most of today it pretty much looked like the one above, I only caught a tiny bit of blue sky and sunlight for my pictures. (I absolutely adore the snow flurry we get at the moment, though!)
I like this bird feeder solution because it’s easy to make, uses up some of the nuts and seeds I’ve been hoarding and doesn’t produce waste like the feeders you can buy in nets. Let’s just hope my avian neighbors like it!
A while ago I remembered that I never showed you even the cover of my 2017 NaNoWriMo project! The Changeling’s Guide to Non-Existent Subcultures, subtitled Maybe Fiction, Maybe Not was an idea to flesh out several ideas I’ve had over the last few years, especially the Neo-Incroyables who featured in a NaNo in… 2014? 2015?
I love worldbuilding and culturebuilding so making my whole project about mostly made-up subcultures was an idea close to my heart.
Among others the book contains chapters on
Neo-Incroyables: Fans of the decadence and glamour of pre-revolution France in a society built around an elaborate system of sins and reckless abandon
Elstervolk: Glitter-loving, trickstery wearers of black and bling, armed with wit and a strong sense of community
Changelingpunk: Of course my favourite (just look at my social media handles…), this banality-defying subset tries to cultivate an air of fantasy and otherness while trying to make the world a more interesting place
Mermaids: Creatures of the deep and shallow waters, of salt and sweet, are united under this scaly fin to be more than just pretty people with a fascinating hobby
Urban Rurals: Also jokingly called Anarcho Amish these individuals don’t think that everything about living in cities is bad, it’s all just a question of the right spot for the compost heap
Monkey Folk: A peaceful community of gentle-yet-mischievous pranksters tailored to folks who like basking in the sun, climbing and exploring the urban jungle with their proclaimed family
I’m still fleshing out the details, it’s probably one of these never-ending projects but I at least plan to let you in on some scene secrets over time. Who knows, maybe some things will even stick to reality and make the book non-fiction one day…
In which of the subcultures above are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments! ♥