28 Days of Blogging, Take 2

#28DaysOfBlogging 2019 | Hedgefairy TalesIt’s February. February in Germany means costumes in large department stores because of Carnival and maybe (hopefully) snow, but on this blog it means 28 Days of Blogging.

28 Days of Blogging is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin – a blog post for each day of February. I did this last year already, and you can read my reasons why I did it here – TL; DR: to find my voice, to build a buffer, to rebrand.

This year the reasons stay sort of the same. After my more or less involuntary break I want to get back on the blogging horse, I want to re-learn how to write and have ideas and inspire in words rather than just moving pictures (although I will hopefully keep up with YouTube as well but I honestly don’t worry about this as much), get back into the flow.
There’s also still the issue of a re-design… I did not lie when I wrote last year that it was almost done, and it still is. It’s the tiny little things that bug me, a line here, a font decision there, that have prevented this blog from looking different for over a year now. Ugh, this needs to change! I might have to redraw a few things.

Each time I look up blogging advice the internet tells me that I need to niche in, keep it simple, write what I know, stay with one or two topics. I can’t, though. I’ve never been good at sticking to a topic (ask my teachers, professors, friends and family. I digress. A lot). I have a ton of ideas and other strange things floating through the back of my head and so even with the re-design to come, even with #28DaysOfBlogging, even with looking up more blogging advice on the vast wide web Hedgefairy Tales will not branch in. It’s a wild, magical hedge, a threshold to a realm of myth and feral magic, not a neatly trimmed topiary. Sorry if you like your digital garden neat.

Anyway, I hope at the end of this month you’ll look at this blog and find it, much like nature herself at this time, rejuvenated, refreshed, full of sprouting green things. That sounded weird. Welcome to #28DaysOfBlogging 2019.

This post is (no kidding) part of #28DaysOfBlogging, a challenge to post every day in February.
Today’s posts on other (predominantly German) participating blogs:

Applethree | Mondkunst | Increase Creativity | Digitallotsen | Haus und Beet | Gut Essen in München | Out of Munich | Vorunruhestand | Mami Rocks | Ciclista | Flying Thoughts | Ich lebe! Jetzt!

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UFO Friday

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.

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I haven’t done one of these in ages! And I might be down with a cold at the moment but a bed is (almost) as good a place to hand-sew as any other. I can’t really work on bigger UFOs here – I need to take stock of those sometime soon, anyway – but at least I can do tiny things, like mending or crafting small accessories. I’ve been making scrunchies these last few days, for example. Nothing to write home about, maybe, but still better than nothing, and they are a great (and useful) scrap buster. Bonus points because I’m wearing one of them as I type this because it puts less strain on my already headache-y scalp than a normal hair elastic.

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Isn’t this patchwork print cute? It’s only a one-row-of-motif strip but when I found it at the thrift shop for half a Euro I couldn’t resist. I think I won’t turn this one into scrunchies, it would be a pity to ruin this print, but rather make patches out of it.

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Speaking of this print, I always adore these hue reference bits (there’s probably a professional name for those. This isn’t it.) on multicoloured fabrics. It might be just a tiny scrap but I kind of want to make something with them, something extra, so they won’t be just tossed out…

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I’d say my vlogs kind of count as UFO-ish at the moment, too… I’m not well enough to spend enough time sitting at my desk editing right now so the footage just piles up. I’ll experiment with some cutting time tomorrow, though, and there are a few commissions that won’t draw themselves as well…

Anyway, I hope you’re in better health than me right now, have a wonderful weekend!

This post is part of #28DaysOfBlogging, a challenge to post every day in February.
Today’s posts on other (mostly German) participating blogs:

Haus und Beet | Brigantis Kosmos | But First, Create | Out Of Munich | Increase Creativity | Mondkunst | Gut Essen in München | Applethree | Astrid Gövert | Janavar | Ciclista | Flying Thoughts | Digitallotsen

10 Things I ♥ this January

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the art of Amy Gross | Portal Knights | Chaos on Deponia
  1. The New Year! There was no way to not mention this.
  2. The mesmerising art of Amy Grosslook at these beautifully organic pieces! I love how she combines beadwork (which alone is almost always impressive) with nature, especially fungi.
  3. Extra History, one of my current YouTube obsessions, is a series of entertaining as well as really informative history videos. They are perfect to watch on the side while doing a bunch of other stuff to still do something somewhat productive with half of your eyes and ears.
  4. Portal Knights is a super-adorable crossover of Minecraft and Yonder that I’m playing with Rusty at his place on weekends when the boyfriend is out of town.
  5. Small Folk. If you watched my Holiday Special you already know that this RPG was my Yule gift from Rusty. And if you watched my LARP tag video from quite a while ago you know that I love the Borrowers. Small Folk is pretty much a more adult version of this, with a bit of magic thrown in, and I can’t wait to play the first adventure within this background.
  6. Being down with a cold showed me that my bed and my room in general are pretty much perfect for me the way there are – there isn’t anything I would really change, and that is a thoroughly lovely feeling.
  7. Deponia. I think I mentioned this masterwork by Daedalic years ago when I first played it, but now that I’m (finally) playing all three parts with developer’s commentary I love it even more.
  8. I’m using a field guide app to find out more about the birds in my witchtree and I completely forgot how much I love learning about nature!
  9. The traditional new year’s series at Yoga with Adriene, Dedicate. As always I’m trying to regularly practise (but you know how it is…) and I love how calm Adriene leads her videos. Also, Benji.
  10. I spent the last week of January in bed and used the time to watch 美男高校地球防衛部HAPPY KISS! / Cute High Earth Defense Club HAPPY KISS!, an affectionate parody of the Magical Girl Warrior genre in which the members of the not so aptly named Earth Defense Club fight as the (sort of involuntary) knights of an overly-motivated yellow otter to bring his reign of happiness over the world. The anime is especially hilarious if you’ve seen more PreCure installments than you’d like to admit sometimes as they absolutely nailed the tropes and hey, who doesn’t like a good break of the fourth wall?

First Full Moon, Year of the Sun

2019-4Happy first full Moon of 2019!

I do admit that I was a bit confused when it came to 2019. It just didn’t feel like a new year. Not like the fresh start I’d wanted. It took me until yesterday and a talk with the boyfriend to understand that this was because my new year started in the old. To be a bit more precise, my new year started when I was getting better again. December was my new start, my new chance. And I’m oh so grateful for it.

Now that I’ve realised this I’m able to write about 2019 without a strange feeling in my gut and digressing into melancholy thoughts. Because so far the year has been good to me. I’ve been productive and surrounded by wonderful people, I’m so lucky in that regard. As for 2018, good riddance!

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Today is the first full Moon of the Year of the Sun, and I took the time to take out my cards, meditate a bit and find some direction. I think celebrating the full moon is a good thing for me and I’ll try to make it a thing here this year. Who’s with me? I still have no idea how to exactly do it, but finding out is half the adventure. I think next time I want to make moon cakes of some variety, maybe traditional ones, maybe just a sponge that looks like, you know, the moon. Or maybe I’ll just take the day off. We’ll see.

And of course I have resolutions, but that’s for another post.

Thank you for being here with me in 2019. Have a lovely year.