Cécile Corbel’s Vagabonde album. I know I put her on one of my lists before but at the moment I’m having a phase of her albums rotating as my personal background soundtrack.
Our new hammock in the backyard.
This Mori Kei beginner’s guide by Baaikha on tumblr.
My tablet. I got an unused Fire (so it’s technically not a tablet, it’s a kindle, but DILLIGAF?) from a friend and it is so much more handy for bingeing on blog posts on the sofa than my laptop! I still need a good cover for it but I can’t wait to have more packing space on my next travels because I don’t need to take the notebook anymore just to update a blog post or read my Changeling rule books (putting them on there was pretty much the first thing I did when I got it).
ThisDormouse Pin from Monica L. Knighton’s Etsy shop. All of her pieces are wonderful (and some were already featured in this list), but this is definitely a new favourite, together with the Fluttering Bat and the Hanging Bats.
The music of Josh Woodward. I’m always on the hunt for good royalty-free music to use in videos and it was on such a hunt that I stumbled over Josh’s work on the Free Music Archive. Someone who puts songs for people who like things as their tag line on their website can’t be a bad person, right? He makes a feel-good, soft, pop-folky kind of music that just makes me smile (and serves as a great soundtrack for some of my videos, too. He puts up an instrumental version for each song, this is so wonderful!).
psych. I know I’m late with this one but my friend Rus is a big fan and finally introduced me to the series. I’m always a friend of Sherlock scans and I love how it’s more of a sitcom than your usual crime show.
Mangetouts. We have them at work and on Thursdays and Saturdays I seem to live only on them and fresh strawberries at the moment. Sooo yummy!
Adriene is hosting a Find What Feels Good retreat, and there’s a home version on YouTube, too. It starts tomorrow (as far as I can see), is laid out for a week and the schedule looks really good, including journal prompts and of course yoga flows. I’ve been a bit lazy with my yoga practise lately so this is a great opportunity for me to start over and get used to daily sessions again.
Lost in Austen. My historical dancing club is having a costume-if-you-want-to dance to commemorate Jane Austen’s 200th death’s anniversary and I needed some inspiration which is why I finally got around watching this Pride and Prejudice, eh, adaption. It’s an adorable four-part miniseries, with unexpected depth for all characters and my much-beloved “fish out of temporal water” trope. Now I want a George Wickham spin-off (because he’s the best character in the whole thing). And I also decided that Regency garb just isn’t my cup of tea.
Azalea Doll’s Pretty Pixiedress-up. I mean, look at those adorable outfit options!
Yuri on Ice. I’m not exactly on the hype train, but I just don’t get hypes, anyway. I however found it cute enough to watch and include in this list here! The anime makes me regret not going skating this winter! Although I was always more of an ice hockey person I loved watching figure skating with my grandparents when I was little and this reminded me of those days, too.
Leyla Acaroglu’s Paper beats Plastic?TED talk. She’s witty, she’s funny and she’s so right with her design rant. I still prefer paper to plastic, though, just for the feeling and look (and also the renewable resources, although cutting down forests isn’t really necessary…).
Grüne Soße, a traditional dish made of a defined set of herbs and greens mixed with dairy products, mustard and boiled eggs. A must-eat around eastertide in Germany (and so yummy).
Playing at the Wunderkammer Chronicles. It feels so good to GM again even if it’s “only” via forum. Watching a self-spun world come alive is such a magical feeling. ♥
We finally have potted herbs for sale at work. They’re so pretty and smell so nice and I always hope they thrive and grow in their new homes when I sell them.
Our new Pathfinder campaign. So far it’s a lovely slice of live adventure with some supernatural occurrences thrown in but I’m sure it’ll go wild soon enough. I love the character dynamics, too. Grohm is a no-nonsense medic from humble origins who hates it when people sing or hum and is suddenly confronted with the reality of having hidden magical powers while Allouèt is an extremely genki bard and history nerd with a crush on a long-dead revolutionary and basically a Disney princess (complete with a tame thrush and random singing, much to Grohm’s chagrin), always going out of her way to brighten someone’s life. Throw in Scoundrel’s diverse and partially adorable cast of NPCs and plot-writing obsession. Done.
Magpieb0neson DeviantArt. They make the most beautiful animal masks, and they do it especially for LARP purposes, too. I’m especially enamoured with the hare (left), of course but this taur is really impressive, too (there are so few well-done partly animal characters at LARP) and I love the treeface masks!
On my journey to find a second tarot deck that feels right for me I stumbled over The Attic Shoppe Trading Company which might not have the exact deck I need but is still a peddler of beautifully haunting and weirdly Victorian art. It absolutely appeals to my inner Goth leftovers and the tiny part of me that still believes that Steampunk is awesome.
Julie Houts, the illustrator and underwear designer whose fairly perfect model characters aren’t so perfect after all – and also really funny (and there’s a mouse). To me she seems like yet another reason to finally get an Instagram account…
Don’t Starve looks like a game I’d really like to play (and am thinking about getting). It’s a survival game set in a burtonesque world full of monsters, making things work and the ever-present quest for food. Awesome.
Hanging our laundry out to dry. It’s finally warm enough again and we have clothes lines outside, anyway. We added two more and now we can have breeze-dried things! Clipping things to the line with wooden pegs just feels so right to me (and it’s also picturesque).
Diggy Diggy Hole.Yes, it’s silly, but at the same time it’s so epic and I always think of my old training partner Drake when I hear it (and then I have it stuck in my head for hours).
Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir is a western magical girl (and boy) animation series, and it’s beyond cute. I especially enjoy the villain designs because they are so diverse and well-done. Also Cat Noir’s super power thing – Cataclysm – is the coolest thing everrrr. I plan to watch it in the French original, too, to brush up on the language again. I can’t wait for season 2!
Pickled Beet Roots are my favourite snack at the moment, a revival of a childhood habit.
The Rumjacks, a folk punk band from Sydney, Australia. They are my go-to band at the moment for after I’ve already been through the Real McKenzies discography once again..
SPRING! It’s getting warm, really, actually warm again and things are growing and blooming. We have the first fresh local things at work again which feels great after a winter full of storable produce and lamb’s lettuce (don’t get me wrong, I love lamb’s lettuce but it’s basically the only kind of salad that’s available locally in Germany during the winter months and at some point you’ve just had it with the stuff). There are birds outside and warm strolls thought the park and the promise of the coming LARP season. It’s lovely.
The Embroiderer’s Guild of America has published a Little Book of Embroidery Basics and the best thing about it is that it’s free to download! Scroll down for more freebies on the same page and get stitching.
Full Grown, a Derbyshire-based company/orchard growing furniture. It looks like something modern elves or woodland fae would have in their homes. I’m always so happy when I find things like these, sustainable, slow and close to nature. It makes me hope for this planet we live on after all.
Victoria Clare Grayon Etsy. She makes beautiful black-and-white artwork and patches (and who’s a sucker for patches? This girl. *points thumbs at herself*). I’m particularly fond of the Chrysanthemum patch she has in her current range of products.
Silkhenge Spiders. The word alone – Silkhenge – is beautiful but when you see what it actually is it’s simply amazing. Isn’t this absolutely stunning? Speaking of spiders, this one is great, too. It’s named after the Sorting Hat. That’s just awesome.
Siarly as a flatmate. We’re seriously sorry to get our living room back, I do so hope that she’ll get a job here in Hanover!
Watching anime with Polly of The Forest Mermaid. At the moment we’re watching my all-time favourite Kuragehime via Tweet conversations, so if you want to join us, join us!
Hibike! Euphonium is an anime about girls in a school brass band. That’s about it, but if you love slice of life anime (like me) and/or have been to a school with a musical focus where the people in the school orchestra were the stars rather than any jocks (like me) this might be for you.
ThisHermès window display in Dubai. It looks like something I’d love to have as scenery in an aventure game.
My new magnets toy. Bertie gave it to me and I’ve been busy with it every day since, it’s great for my fidgeting needs.
Westworld, THE new show on HBO. It’s basically Firefly meets Dollhouse in a not-too-far-in-the-future setting. The score is great, the costumes are amazing and the best thing is that the characters that get most in terms of storyline and personal development are women. If you like the wild West and haven’t watched it yet, go do!
Christmas Markets. Sure, there’s a lot of banal commerce and your usual boring food and booze stalls but there are also artisans, lights and the ever-present scent of Glühwein. I’m always excited about them, no matter how often I go visit (but always early enough to avoid all the drunk people).
Silo, a restaurant in Brighton. I can’t speak for the quality of their food but it being a zero-waste restaurant I surely love the idea! Should I ever visit Brighton I’ll definitely stop by.
Lost in the Vale, a beautiful webcomic by Crystal and Alan Curtis. The story follows the Outrunners, a patrol of peacekeepers of a low-fantasy kingdom (so basically like my LARP group, which makes me like it even more!) and one of the members’ private quest to find the lost prince she once had a Summer romance with…
Jas. Townsend and Son, Inc.on YouTube. It’s basically an 18th century cooking show so of course I’m on board. Hat tip to Verdinium for finding it!
YouTube again, I’m doing 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene at the moment and I’m loving every minute. Adriene is kind and sometimes slightly dorky and exactly the kind of person I’d love to go and have a big cup of cocoa with.
I’m always smitten by the beautiful outcomes of National Geographic’s annual nature photography contest, and the 2016 winners have just been announced. Of course I made use of their “download as desktop background” function while I was clicking my way through the galleries, and I strongly advise you to do the same.
AnonyMouse MMX from Malmö, Sweden. They have started a project of tiny little mouse shops in the streets, with all kind of scavenged items and scrupulous detail. Other people have also started adding to the project by plastering the shop walls with posters and baking tiny bread. I’ve always been a fan of mouse worlds (or anthropomorphic tiny animals in general) so of course I’m loving this.
The Dice Shop. Not only have they a gemstone dice collection (I want Amethyst and Rainbow Fluorite, badly…) but also quite the range of dice towers (a tool used in Roman times already to make sure nobody used special throwing techniques or cheat otherwise). I think my favourites are the Elven Tower and the Ruined Castle. Here’s the webshop, click on your own (bank account’s) risk…
What We Do In The Shadows. Yes, Halloween is over but that doesn’t keep me from recommending the best vampire movie ever made to you. It’s hilarious and doesn’t take its low-budget self seriously for the slightest bit, but still manages to tell a good story. I can’t wait for the werewolf sequel, We’re Wolves.
Dellamorte & Coon Etsy. Based in New Jersey they make the most beautiful resin pieces of the morbid and dark romantic sort. I’m especially taken with this wall lantern (deep-sea creature plus Victorian-esque lantern? I’m sold), the Krampus nutcracker (for the upcoming season) and this Abigail Larson wraith.
Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Season 2. I gushed about this anime last year already and season two of café hijinks and rabbits is just as adorable as season one.
Studio Farò’s Pattern Puzzles.Studio Farò is a sewing and fashion studio situated in New South Wales, Australia. On their blog they post free patterns now and then, from simple to more complicated ones, and I’m really smitten with they asymmetrical double-tucked top and tunic at the moment. I just found that there is not only a great thrift shop next to my Saturday market but also a fabric/sewing supply shop so I hope I’ll be making these two items rather sooner than later!
Having a guest room! Well, it’s our living room/crafting room with a big sofa bed but it’s so nice to have an actual place where people can stay for a while (without having to sleep on the floor)! We hang out in the kitchen most of the time anyway so handing over the reign over the living room for a few days doesn’t hurt at all. My Mum was the first to stay there and then Verdinium visited for a week (because she basically lives at the other end of the country) and there are more visits planned already for the end of the month. I love having guests and I love it even more when everyone involved is able to close a door for a little time on their own when needed.
Hogsmeade Concept Art for the Harry Potter theme parks via Theme Park University. I’m a sucker for concept art – it’s a good thing concept art books tend to be rather expensive, I only have so much book shelf space. Of course Harry Potter concept art ranks high among my favourites! I think my favourite here would be the Spintwitches Quidditch display, closely followed by Honeydukes.
My new hiking boots. They remind me of Yama No Susume and Kokona’s new shoes because they have a bit of purple in their colour scheme!
Méas Vintage, a blog about a realm of mirrors and wings and Provençe-inspired interior design by a woman I as a Changeling addict would instantly put in the Sidhe box. The blog is in German only but there is a translator in the side bar and the pictures are beautiful even if you wouldn’t understand the words.