10 Things I ♥ in February

10 Things I ♥ in February

  1. Celestine and the Hare, who, together with King Norty’s weasels and badgers and mice and may other critters and stories hail from a shack in Wales. Look around on their website and take your time to explore.
  2. My new red socks. They were a hand-me-down from the Demon Dog’s owner who moved recently and sorted them out, and they make a great match with my favourite leggings.
  3. Pit People, a turn-based co-op hex adventure by The Behemoth. It’s still in early-access alpha but essentially it feels like Adventure Time but as a sillied-up game. Lots of weird scenery, moronic (often food-based) names, frosting-shooting cupcakes, hairy trolls and magnificently stupid hats. Oh, and a great soundtrack. The best thing about it though is the battle princess with the great mace.
  4. Gallica, the French national library, has Le Livre des Tournois, the book of tourneys, by René d’Anjou (aka. Good King René, who held among other things the throne of Naples, oh, you know what, have a Wikipedia page) from ca. 1460 as a complete scan. This is so amazing! I stumbled over it during a bit of research for our LARP background and the illustrations are so great! My French is bad, though (although not as abysmal as my Latin) so it might take a while or some translation until I’m actually curious enough about the tournament rules described in the book (but I’m positive this will happen sooner or later).
  5. Regency Slang. This just made me smile (and want to incorporate these things into my daily use) so I’m sharing it.
  6. Jackie Morris, one of my favourite contemporary artists. I fell in love with her triple hare painting quite a while ago and this way discovered her beautiful style. The way I draw hares by now has been greatly influenced by her, and the banner of my LARP group showing one gives me ample opportunity. Sadly she doesn’t seem to do postcards or any other small prints, but maybe, someday…
  7. This Arthurian Kickstarter.
  8. And this short essay on Vulture Culture, strangely drawing the reader in, making them want to go and look for bones in the wild themselves.
  9. Ninth but not least, my blog is EIGHT YEARS old this month! In blog years that’s pretty ancient, so thanks to everyone who stuck with me and thanks to all of you who came over time (and will hopefully come in the future). Here’s to a magical, glamour-filled year 9!
  10. The calory tracking app of my choice, Fat Secret. It’s far easier than doing all the counting and calculating on my laptop all the time and I can use it on the go. I’m also really pleased that they ask you if you want to lose, gain or keep weight at the beginning instead of just assuming that you want to lose it. And it lets you add exercise. I’m off to do some yoga now. See you!

Thrifting in January ’17

Welcome to a fairly late monthly thrift haul for January 2017! As I promised last year I started making monthly thrifting videos, and you can find this one’s at the bottom of the post.

Thrifting in January '17: Vials and Scarf

If there’s one thing a LARPer or a witch has always use for it’s little glass bottles or vials. I found these for 50 cents each, and the lantern is a great addition to our LARP camp equipment. The scarf is going to become a skirt, I really like the pattern.

One of our local thrift shops had one of these “several of those for €1” events for retro handkerchiefs. Set 1 reminds me of the early 1960s children’s books that my family handed down to me when I was a kid, set 2 seems to be part of one series – or at least from the same designer -, and I think I want to make a patch from the rabbit’s head, set 3 I mainly bought for patchwork purposes.

Thrifting in January '17: 60s illustrations

Thrifting in January '17: Rabbits and Swine

Thrifting in January '17: Umbrellas and Florals

And then there is this beauty:

Thrifting in January '17: Ari had a little lamb

It reminds me of some Lolita prints and I would most likely describe it as “retro fairy kei”. I have no idea where to put this on but this basically needs to become a backpatch of sorts.

Thrifting in January '17: Lace and Aprons

Thrifting in January '17: Lace Detail

I bought two old (approx 90s) café uniform aprons, just because. One of them is so tiny that at first I thought it was meant for a doll, not for a grown person. I also got over 3m of lace and the prettiest doily with gold threads woven into it.

Thrifting in January '17: Tassles and Cups

I’m always a fan of tassels, especially with Dolly Kei fashion. I buy them at the thrift store whenever I get the chance (and they aren’t too atrocious). The fabric underneath is actually a small pillow cover and an addition to my current patchwork quilt project. I usually don’t buy fabric for these projects for the sake of scrapbusting but once in a while I find a nice piece second-hand and try to incorporate it. It has stars, ffs.
The cup thingies have moons on them – at least I interpret the faces as those of the moon. I have no idea what this specific combination of cup-with-a-straight-handle and shot-glass-sized-cup are meant to be used for originally, if you can enlighten me, please leave a comment!

Thrifting in January '17: Ropes and TwineThrifting in January '17: Selfcare tea bowl

I’ve wanted a tea bowl specifically for green tea for a while now – drinking green tea (as opposed to infusions) always needs time and awareness and care, because if I don’t take the time, am not aware and do not care I leave the leaves in far too long and the whole thing gets cold and bitter. Green tea means selfcare to me, so this is my new selfcare tea bowl, a purchase inspired by my father who uses similar ones, but without the edges and blue instead of brown patterns and entirely different except for the size and handlelessness.

Thrifting in January 2017: LARP props

Last but definitely not least there’s two more encampment props: The prettiest oil lamp and a slate. Only our quartermaster can read in-game but my character will surely try to learn it so taking the slate home with me was a must.
The handle of the lamp has fallen off but I wanted to learn soldering anyway and that’s going to be my first project!

Just in case you want to hear me talk about all these things here’s the video version:

Have you had any interesting or cute or useful or otherwise great thrift finds last month?

UFO Friday

Hello, I’m just a little update about what’s been going on craft-wise lately.
So there was this slightly phallic drought stopper, do you remember? It’s still growing with every bit of fabric that I’m throwing away thanks to my other projects!

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And I did indeed work on other projects, too. This is a dress for my LARP character Noio, she needed something to change into – only one set of clothing for more than three days isn’t enough. I used to improvise with simple long tiered skirts and my go-to LARP shirts but that’s just not cutting it for me to be honest. And when I found this fabric at the thrift store – I think it used to be a throw blanket – in the perfect shade of pink I decided to make her a new dress.

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It still needs a properly sewn neckline and/or straps but it’s coming along nicely.

And for another LARP-related project I bought this fabric which I think I might have mentioned in a vlog before:

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The dark colour is supposed to be green, it just doesn’t show properly on the picture, thanks to lazy lighting.

What are you working on at the moment?