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.
The beautiful Moss Embroidery by Emma Mattson. If you take a look at her portfolio
Journey. I wanted to play this game ever since I first heard the calm and meditative soundtrack and now I finally did (thanks to Rus and his PS). It’s so beautiful and etheral. You can’t really lose, you can’t really win and co-operating with the other person you might meet during each level by chance and without verbal communication is encouraged but not necessary. I love the world thatgamecompany created there, full of floating strips of fabric and symbols and wonderous flights through ancient, sand-covered ruins. And dune surfing, because I love dune surfing.
Erin Greenough’s Stickers on Etsy. While some of her her beautifully crafted drawings are slightly disturbing I really love this scissors print and these “Bag of Bones” stickers. You’ll aways get me with stickers (especially ones I can slap onto my various technical devices).
Don’t ask me why but I can’t get Kate Bush’s Wuthering Heights out of my head anymore. She’s so otherworldly, so completely out of the ordinary.
ThisApartment Tour of a small flat right under the roof. I couldn’t live so minimalistically but I sure admire it when people do. Look here for even more pictures!
The Resin Masks created by Aisha Voya. Aren’t they amazing? I think I’m particularly in love with the owl skull mask because of those goggle-like bone structures around the eyes and the short beak.
Lost Lust Supply‘s Enamel Pins.Yet another Etsy shop with wonderful little things, Lost Lust Supply mainly deals in enamel pins – a mainstream trend that I could actually get into. It’s really hard to play favourites here but while this slingshot is ingenious (I would never have thought of the chain part, that’s so clever!) it has to be between the Nightfall Fawn and the Whale Boat. Aren’t they delightful? I also had to think of Polly when I saw this mushroom lover’s pin.
GLOW on Netflix. Glorious Ladies Of Wrestling is a show set in the 80s at their worst – big hair, aerobics classes, sleazy old guys with pornstaches. It starrs Allison Brie (of Mad Men and, much more important, Community fame) as an aspiring actress, and wow, I could never have imagined finding anyone played by this woman so very unpleasant and annoying. Why do I love the series anyway, you ask? Because the cast of secondary characters is amazing and fun, because the topic is feminist and weird enough to draw me in and because I feel inexplicably drawn to the 80s aesthetics lately (and I kind of crave Sheila’s strange wolf Goth outfits). If you happen to have a netflix account near you, go and give it a try!
Writing and drawing with Gold on Dark. Gel pens had lost their lustre for me for the last ten years or so but the magic of shimmering colours on dark paper has come back lately. It might be a small thing, but it makes me happy.
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.