10 Things I ♥ in February

February Favourites

  1. Israeli Artist Ronit Baranga makes such beautiful and unsettling sculptures. They look like Guillermo del Toro suddenly found a love for all things pastel and went on to make a soft aesthetic Hellboy spinoff about dark fae (which I of course would totally watch). I’m especially fond of the crawling tea sets.
  2. All About Better Wonderland, a mash-up of Meghan Trainor, Daft Punk and the 90s. Nils, the German guy who mad this also made a great Rick Astley-Avicii mash-up (plus surprise elements). Hat tip to my tattoo artist for showing me these works of art (and making me notice that singing along to stuff is a great way to deal with pain). And the videos are on point, too.
  3. Fat Kingdom animal paintings by Mike Mitchell. I’m always a fan of fat animal pictures (sorry, not sorry) but his technique is perfect as well so I’m completely smitten. He also did Fat Birds (this one is for Verdinium!).
  4. Last Week Lolita News. While I’m not really part of the Lolita fashion and subculture anymore this sarcastic, over-the-top news show is hilarious. From what I’ve gathered from the comments Tyler is an incredibly sweet person but her snarky news anchor videos are a form of mean and dedicated (all the time and research!) and well-done vindictiveness that I willingly subject to.
  5. I absolutely love this make-up tutorial on natural freckles by Cheyenne of LarpHouse. So far I always used eyebrow pencils for my freckle make-ups but this one is a game changer for more natural looking spots.
  6. The stunningly beautiful underwater photography of Cheryl Walsh. Her work is so amazing, definitely check out the Mermaids and Heroines galleries on her website (my favourites, but the others are great as well) and her Instagram for more pictures. Lots of art this week. I’m not even sorry.
  7. #28DaysOfBlogging. Honestly my biggest problem with this challenge is that I don’t seem to have the time to read all other participants’ great content. Apart from that I love pushing myself and my creativity this way!
  8. I’m getting back into old-school Lolita fashion. When I think about the things that I love the most about this style it’s always the really old stuff I come back to (and prints with food, to be honest). For inspiration I’ve been reading F Yeah Lolita’s old-school tag and scrolling through this themed Tumblr.
  9. Aunt Dimity. I found six of the cozy mystery books at the open book shelf while I was hunting for Pokémon and decided to grab them on a whim (everything with a pink stuffed bunny and the word “mystery” gets my attention). Getting them home while still trying to throw virtual balls at virtual beasts and with freezing hands wasn’t really that comfortable but definitely worth it. I’ll have to see if my library has the 18 volumes that I don’t have!
  10. Winter Sunshine. While we’re still comfortably in the minusses (°C, of course, and the forecast claims it’s going to stay like this for a while) it’s been clear for almost a week now and the bright light gives the city a look no instagram filter could ever achieve. Now if I’d remember to put on gloves when I go outside before it gets warmer again, that’d be great…


10 Things I ♥ in January

January Favourites | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.com

  1. The Finder was the first thing I bingewatched in 2018. Not only does it remind me of Psych, I also love how the starring female officer isn’t a hard, tough warrior but a capable marshall with a lot of feelings and girly giggles – but that doesn’t make her any less badass (and Willa is super adorable, too).
  2. Adriene’s traditional first month of the year yoga series, TRUE.
  3. Fuzzimo, a site full of textures, fonts and other fun things, and all for free AND under a CC license. I found Antoniu’s work via his incredibly handy embossed label generator (prepare to see that again in the future). If you’re doing creative things on the internet and off make sure to pay him a visit.
  4. Days getting longer again. It’s still dark when we pack up at work at the afternoon markets but I can really see the change from week to week.
  5. My new Tattoo! There was no way this wouldn’t end up here.
  6. Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked. I’ve had so much fun with this. Not only brought it Walani, the incredibly chill surfer girl, into the game (more strong girl characters! Yay!) but also a great take on the whole “exotic island” trope, treasure maps in bottles, agressive dolphins and all. And now please excuse me while I sink more of my time into this game.
  7. Whendi’s Bears are such beautiful little treasures. They have this sad, haunted look about them and I LOVE the artificial aging and distressing, it’s so incredibly well done! I was instantly smitten and had a hard time on picking my favourites to link to, but here are a small bulldog named Hope, a dog from the circus, a reel tiny ellyfont and a white rabbit to get you started. Oh, bonus points for the ice-skating hare. ♥
    And the kelpie-ness of this horse. See how hard it is to play favourites here?!
  8. This gallery of convicted minors called Fagin’s Children. I love looking at photographs of rugged Victorians (or Edwardians, I really don’t care that much) as they are a class often neglected by the more romantisising movements like Steampunk or Neo-Victorians. Rosanne Watson looks so wonderfully defiant and Robert Charlton would have certainly made quite a handsomely rougueish devil later on, and I wonder what became of all of them.
  9. Character Bleed 101 by LarpHouse on Youtube. Bleed occurs when your feelings influence your character’s and vice versa, and while it’s often seen as something negative or even “unprofessional” this video explains the whole thing wonderfully – and why it isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
  10. 2018. The year has treated me well so far – I got my new tattoo already, got going with my projects and the new place is coming along well enough. I’ve watched stuff that made me feel incredibly warm and fuzzy inside, had great dinners with some friends and wonderful chats with others and am overall so thankful for thos new year, because it actually feels like a really fresh start this time.

10 Things I ♥ in December

Things I love in December 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comWelcome to my monthly favourites!  This is the feature where I collect things – tiny and not so tiny – that made me happy throughout the month.

  1. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I saw the trailer when it first came out and wanted to watch it but forgot about it until I saw it on Netflix and jumped right in. I love the over-the-top tropes and satirical character and it has musical numbers, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. The way they handle feminism and mental illness is just amazing and I’m absolutely smitten.
  2. Wild Garlic Cheese. What can I say, I like the stuff.
  3. Look at the adorable stuff Lady Arcoiris makes!
  4. The amount of natural light in my new room. My old one was so very dark, I’m absolutely smitten by having actual sunshine in here once in a while!
  5. My Staple Gun was one of the best things I bought during the move. Yeah, this list is full of seemingly mundane stuff but I can’t help being happy about the thing. ^^
  6. The absurdly pretty automatons of Ghostlight Gallery.
  7. The view into all the backyards of our block from our new flat. It’s like a whole new world because from our old kitchen window you could just see our own fence and a bit of the neighbors’ yard and that was it. Now I can see the rooftops of the smaller buildings within the yards and watch smoke rise from the chimneys and smaller and larger birds hopping from branch to branch on the rowan right in front of my balcony and I love it.
  8. This adorable Unicorn Taxidermy pattern by My Backyard Monsters.
  9. Our new bathtub. It’s not quite full-sized so short me can wallow in there without either pointing my toes all the time which is rather unrelaxing or go under. I love having a tub again so, SO much! It’s the best thing I can imagine after coming home from a cold, exhausting day outside.
  10. I’ve been falling back in love with Psychobilly lately and one of my favourites at the moment is Tiger Army. They are so versatile (which might be connected to all members constantly changing except for the front man), and I love their romantic streak. I’m currently especially in love with Dark and Lonely Night, the theremin part is so lovely!

10 Things I ♥ in November


  1. The very simplistic yet awesome animal costumes/onesies by Blamo Toys. Very Where The Wild Things Are.
  2. NaNoWriMo, as every year, even though I didn’t get so very far. I’m proud for trying, anyway!
  3. Amadeus, the 1984 biopic-with-an-artistic-license on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It’s fantastic, how haven’t I seen this before? And oh, that laugh. That marvellous, deranged laugh. It’s so perfect.
  4. During my research for NaNo I stumbled over 1789: Les Amants De La Bastille, written by Dove Attia, the very same genius that gave us Mozart: L’Opera Rock. Set during the French Revolution (always a favourite) it tells a tale of hope and star-crossed lovers, all with amazing choreography and catchy songs. I fell hopelessly in love with Hey Ha, Sur ma Peau and the wonderfully touching finale, Pour La Peine.
  5. While here in Germany the whole recycling thing is going pretty well I love the Precious Plastic initiative. It teaches you how to build your own space to upcycle plastic into new things and serves as a network all over the world, too.
  6. Yoshi Yoshitani’s Fairytale Tarot. Her artwork is so very bold, and I love the idea of Briar Rose as the Hanged Man. I’m considering getting a postcard set but really can’t decide which cards to choose. Janet as Strength is definitely in there, though!
  7. We’re moving! “But you just moved a year ago”, you’ll think now, but that’s before you know that we’re moving within the same house we live in now, just a few floors up. We’re going to have so much more natural light and far less cold from the cellar below. The move is scheduled for the beginning of December, and I can’t wait to decorate my new room!
  8. Pinterest’s new Section feature. What can I say, I’m easily happied and have an immense dislike for large boards as they are horribly overwhelming for me. I like to use them especially for my Changeling-based boards to divide them into “mythical” and “casual”, basically, for example my Mermaids & Selkies board.
  9. Azalea’s Viking Woman dress up game. I like it for wilder fantasy purposes in general, and I absolutely adore Azalea’s style.
  10. This limited edition Pink Bat Pin by Mab Graves on Etsy. Her overall style is amazing – very cute goth with a creepy edge. I also recommend her Instagram for pictures of her wonderful sense of aesthetics and peculiar artistic endeavours.

10 Things I ♥ in October

Monthly favourites: October 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.com

  1. Fresh vintage linens. I haven’t bought new bedsheets for ages – I just thrift ones made from linen and add all the small print floral hand-me-downs and striped second-hand IKEA covers. They make my bed look so much more storybook-ish!
  2. Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun ice cream. Oh nom. Good thing I could never eat a whole pint of the stuff in one sitting…
  3. Inktober is just as much of a revelation as it was last year, I’m learning so much about my style, working with nib pen and ink and drawing in general again!
  4. Derrick Castle’s amazing Block Prints and art in general – take a look at his portfolio to see the ship print I fell in love with or at his Etsy for more awesome vintage-y designs (those cocktails! The Moonshiner shirt!). I love wild hogs so naturally I’m smitten by this print here, too. I might have to get it even though I have no idea where to hang it.
  5. Storybook Cosmetics’ Secret Garden Brushes. I barely use make-up and even less brushes for it but if I did I’d consider investing in these beauties. I love the idea of the flowers in the handles never being the same in different runs.
  6. Pokémon Go. Yes, yes, I know, I’m late to the party but now that I finally have a phone on which it works I’m all about those pokéstops. I was just in time for the Halloween event, too (but Furret is currently my favourite! The super cute artwork of one above is by Rock-Bomber on deviantArt).
  7. Bells and Thistles, a wonderful shop full of leather and crystals and antler tips. I’m a bit in love with this necklace, I love the effect of the long straps that can be worn choker-like with the collier-style crystals.
  8. The Tick on Amazon Prime. The eponymous superhero is so delightfully unaware of social norms, it’s really refreshing (I need to see the old adaptions, too, and read the original comic). Sure, he can accomplish almost everything (“near-invulnerable”, he says) but at the same time he’s not super-savvy, not socially accomplished, not cynical, not dark and surely not cool, and that makes him adorable, heartwarming and – in my eyes – so superior to all the superheroes that have been thrown at us during the last ten years by the media who aren’t a silly deconstruction of the genre. Because the universe owes us all a hug.
  9. I still don’t knit but will probably keep recommending beautiful knitting patterns nevertheless. Illuminated Knits is a whole book of those. Lucy Hague’s designs are inspired by illuminations in insular manuscripts with marvellous Celtic knots in deep jewel tones.
  10. Szorakatenusz, a font by one of my favourite script-forges, Bumbayo Font Fabrik. It’s apparently named after a Hungarian children’s TV show from the 70s and 80s. By no means is it perfectly balanced but I don’t really think it’s supposed to be and I love it’s eccentricity.

Thrifted Treasures Lately

Thrifting Treasure Crate, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comI haven’t done a thrift haul here in ages – or on YouTube, for that matter. However I finally got around filming my latest thrift finds and – with Verdinium’s suggestion – took some pictures, too. I especially like the idea of giving you an impression of my thrifting crate in the beginning, I hope I’ll remember that next time, too.
You can find the link to my haul video (which has the wearables, too, because I’m rubbish at taking pictures of those) at the end of the post!

Thrifting Treasures: Dainty, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThrifted Treasures: Dainty

Thrifting Treasures: Dainty, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comstone chess pieces
lightweight polyester fabric
lace & doilies
rose quartz, clear crystal & sweetwater pearl necklace

Thrifting Treasures: Prairie Style Edition, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThrifted Treasures: 70s Prairie Revival
(not all from the 70s)

Thrifting Treasures: Prairie Style Edition, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comSarah Kay mirror & stickers
pocket knifes
tea time rubber stamp set
tea cup earring
more doilies

Thrifting Treasures: Bling, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThrifted Treasures: *bling*
amber necklace from Vintage Wonderland
dragonfly & bronze necklace for Scoundrel’s LARP characters
vintage-y hair clip(s)
woven stripes fabric (3.4m)

Thrifting Treasures: Dark, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comThrifted Treasures: Raven-Hued

Thrifting Treasures: Dark, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.commoon earring
wooden chess piece
miniature frames
half a game of Old Maid
bone-handled cake server
painted sea-shells
Art Nouveau-style picture frame

Thrifting Treasures: Dark, Sept. 2017 | Hedgefairy https://hedgefairy.wordpress.comWhat’s your favourite from my haul from the last two-or-three months? I especially like the Old Maid cards and the Art Nouveau frame but the pocket knives, all the lace and the rubber stamps were really lucky finds, too.

Did you find any treasures lately, thrifted or not? Please tell me in the comments!