- The very simplistic yet awesome animal costumes/onesies by Blamo Toys. Very Where The Wild Things Are.
- NaNoWriMo, as every year, even though I didn’t get so very far. I’m proud for trying, anyway!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- Azalea’s Viking Woman dress up game. I like it for wilder fantasy purposes in general, and I absolutely adore Azalea’s style.
- 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.
- 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!
- Ben & Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun ice cream. Oh nom. Good thing I could never eat a whole pint of the stuff in one sitting…
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
I 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!
Thrifted 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)
What’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! ♥
- Dungeons and Doggos. It’s a comic about DnD and enthusiastic dogs, I mean, what’s not to love?
- The Pinup Companion on YouTube. She is just so gosh darn adorable and makes me want to wear vintage clothes although I know I would feel terrible in them and probably look incredibly stuck-up and unlike myself but she’s just too pretty in them (then again I think she would look gorgeous in practically everything)! Her instagram‘s awfully pretty, too.
- Moana. I finally got around watching it and oh, it’s so beautiful. I love how it’s definitely not a girl’s film, it’s completely gender neutral, the protagonist just happens to be a girl (which, in our society, probably puts it into chick flick ghetto, but I digress), and how it’s set in one of the most fascinating cultures that practically didn’t get any screen time at all so far. The tunes weren’t quite as catchy as some of Disney’s others but after a few days of You’re Welcome and Shiny (I loved that scene) stuck with me How Far I’ll Go finally arrived in my head and won’t go away, either.
- This awesome Sea Dragon Shawl pattern on Ravelry. I still can’t really knit well but every time I see something like this I’d really like to practise (just to forget about it a few hours later…).
- Julia Sarda’s Illustrations. I found her when I was searching for pictures for this post and I just love her style. Explore her old blog or current website to see her wonderful work!
- The fact that a Little Girl pulled out a Sword from the Excalibur Lake. It might be “just a prop” but that doesn’t make it any less magical!
- Animal Studies by oxboxer on deviantArt. Of course the otter stole my heart first, but the iguana and jackrabbit are so, so lovely, too.
- The food instagram prodigy that is J o s e aka. naturally.Jo. Not only do his creations sound good, his knack for presentation and aesthetics in general is so very impressive and makes me want to spend more time in the kitchen to have more pastel-coloured food.
- Riverdale on Netflix. I’ll sing its praise again once season two comes around but let me just say that the overall aesthetic of the series was exactly what I needed at the moment. I know there is a lot of debate going on about Jughead and his not being asexual like his current comic incarnation but between the fact I never actually read Archie comics and the idea that the show runners could have used his original-by-first-appearance stance on women – being a fist-rate misogynist – I think I’m fairly okay with how it is so far. And who knows what happens next, anyway.
- Yet another instagram love of mine, Rivuletpaper aka. Lili Seika Jones. Her illustrations are amazing, and besides her beautiful originals she also works with two of my favourite fandoms, Harry Potter and Brian Froud (via Labyrinth).
- The Best Time I Rejected Minimalism, an essay by Isabel Slone on why it’s okay not to have a capsule wardrobe and a kondo-d life.
- Avocado Stone Faces. What a marvelous idea! I really admire Jan Campbell’s skill, all of her creations look so wonderfully tranquil. Take a look at her Instagram for a gallery of her work or head over to the official website and shop here.
- Rowans. I have one right outside my window and now is the time where the berries are at their peak.
- I’m kindasorta getting back into binge-watching Teen Wolf. I’m not even sure why I stopped the first time I tried. Still a big fan of Lydia, still completely devoted to Stiles! I also find myself liking Peter Hale more and more these days, he’s just so snarky (notice a trend in my favourite characters here?).
- CONQUEST!!! It’s the highlight of my year, every year, so of course it deserves a spot in the list. And multiple exclamation marks. Look out for my yearly ConQuest posts sometime soon!
- Dragon Caps is such a cute font! It’s by no means perfect but I love the hand-made look and the dragons are epicdorable. Adepic. I can’t make up a good portmanteau word for epic and adorable.
- Vindsvept. Providing the listener with royalty-free music this composer from the frozen northern wilderness writes beautiful fantasy-inspired, adventure-inspiring pieces. My favourites so far are this bluegrass piece (it reminds me a bit of Gravity Falls) and this energetic, folksy one. Scoundrel also uses some of their pieces for our Pathfinder campaign (which is how I found them in the first place).
- Yonder – The Cloud Catcher Chronicles. Another discovery made through Rusty’s PS4 this game had me at first glance. It’s so incredibly adorable that I couldn’t stop squealing once I got my own save. That being said I don’t think Yonder is for people who want to actually finish quests and proceed with a story somewhat quickly. It’s about exploration, crafting and standing in awe for the open world created by Australia-based Prideful Sloth. It’s also perfectly fit for gamers who enjoy serene scenes, cutesy design and pastel colours. Now please excuse me while I make my own groffle plushy.
- The Inn at the Crossroads, named after a place in the Song of Fire and Ice books, provides the reader with innumerable recipes inspired by Game of Thrones and World of Warcraft (plus a few other works of fiction). I’m currently searching for new things to cook at camp for my LARP group and I can’t wait to try my hand at some of these.
- It might be completely out of my budget and I usually bike without a helmet anyway because I’m a bad role model like that (don’t do that!) but the helmets from Bike Pretty are so adorable! I never thought of a straw hat cover-up for a helmet! Or this cute oil skin hat, which would probably go more with my everyday style. I’m also pretty smitten by their blog covering all things pretty & bike-related.
- The beautiful sculptures of Patrick Haines. His work is kind of morbid, a bit of a “memento mori”. Take this beetle, for example, or this bird. I was also quite taken with the “Citadel” and this raven. Thanks to Polly for leading me there!’
- 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).
- This Dormouse 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.