UFO Friday

Pretty lacy tablemats as fabric. | Hedgefairy

I’ve been really lucky in terms of thrifting pretty print fabrics lately, especially small tablemats and pillow covers. Some of them still have lace on them so I finally took out the seam ripper and made them into actual “just” pieces of fabric.Cloth ban cicle for LARP. | HedgefairyWednesday morning Scoundrel came to me and asked if I could make a last-minute ban cloth for a LARP character with a dangerous artifact. Of course I could with a little help from my scrap heap and some white acrylic paint, and for once there is an action shot, too!Printable LARP countdown. | HedgefairySpeaking of LARP I’m colouring my countdown as I go and cross off the days left to conquest. I know that some others have printed it as well and are already done colouring, that makes me so happy!

The Goblin Princess Throne Stage 1| HedgefairýHave a wonderful weekend!

UFO Friday

UFO Friday is my (usually) bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO stands for UnFinished Objects). For more of these, look here and for every other week’s feature, Finished Things Saturday, look here.

106_2072I’m mainly maintaining stuff at the moment, like darning and mending. I’m quite taken with the idea of decorative mending (Rhiannon wrote about it here, too) and one of the back pockets of one pair of my cargo pants needed fixing. I love the contrast of yellow and black, and it reminds me not only of my Hogwarts house but also of (bumble)bees and honey.

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I’m also working towards ConQuest, I can hardly wait! There is still so much stuff to do – projects and character writing for our two new “recruits” and trying out new recipes. I was really excited so I drew another cross-out countdown calendar this year, and the people really liked it so far. I’ll be using the original one, of course, it just needs colouring now.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Beyond the Seals 2017

106_2047I’m back from LARP! This was probably the most exhausting event I’ve ever been to and the one that definitely had the potential to make me stop going to Beyond the Seals altogether as well as stop writing the in-character newspaper. Thanks to the wonderful people around me though I want to keep doing this – making silly news for everyone, giving people the chance to get information, supporting the gameplay. My team was wonderful. By the time the event was over we had transitioned from rainbow press-like BILD der Stadt to the still somewhat silly and satirical but far more informative and independent Stargazer under the patronage of my beloved Western Seal. We also have an English section now for the international players which got us so much lovely feedback that it made all the trouble worthwhile.
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I didn’t really get into character – staring at a screen 15 hours a day, being annoyed by the printer and coordinating stuff does that to you – and next year I’ll give out the PSA that plot and especially emotional play is to be kept away from me, thankyouverymuch. I can either run a working newspaper for the game or I can play, I can’t possibly do both.
Noio doesn’t have as much of a profile as I imagined when I first wrote her, but that’s okay. She’s the mask I don to not interrupt others’ game when I come out of the office.
106_1951I didn’t take anywhere near enough breaks. I was stressed out of my mind. I forgot to eat. I didn’t sleep enough. And of course I didn’t take all the pictures I wanted to take and didn’t film at all. But surprisingly, after all this, I’m okay. I didn’t expect that, really.
106_2069There was little time in-between issues and character play and avoiding breakdowns (my own as well as those of others) but I actually managed to buy a new non-disruptive byro for my character (sometimes quill and ink are too messy, especially when you take interviews or have to scribble something down for someone else) and one of these pretty pendants that open up so you can put something interesting inside. I’ve wanted on of those for ages!
The die was left in our office when we were done packing and nobody claimed it, and the matchbox was left as a calling card by the O’Gradys whose in-game bank/mafia advertised in our paper.
The coins are but a small part of what we made during the game – those are only the pretty ones I wanted to keep for my collection as well as actual foreign money (for some reason there is always something like that. It’s two British pounds and ten cents from the bank of Uganda this time).

106_1936To say I’d be absolutely looking forward to Beyond the Seals 2018 would be a lie. But I’m not dreading it, either. I’m curious what will happen next year, I learned a lot, and I’m ABSOLUTELY looking forward to ConQuest.

Thrift Hauls February & March ’17

It’s almost the end of the month again and I still haven’t gotten around taking pictures of my hauls from the last two months. I’m sorry about it but we’ll have to make do with the videos I shot for them.

I hope you enjoy them anyway! Have you had any thrifting luck lately?

Finished Things Saturday: Canteen, Revamped

Revamped Canteen, made with an army surplus canteen and an old leather sofa

One of the most important things to carry around when LARPing is a bottle of water, especially when you’re at a game where you run around a lot, probably get into fights and get overall exhausted, most probably under the burning sun. I have a canteen for that, and while it was sensible and okay it wasn’t really pretty.

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Bambi has the same (and I couldn’t find pictures of mine before), we both bought it for less than 8,-€ and it doesn’t disturb the big picture too much. However there was room for improvement. I found improvement in the form of leather scavenged from a sofa destined for the dump.

Revamped Canteen, made with an army surplus canteen and an old leather sofa

I took the old wool cover apart, used it as a pattern for the leather pieces and then just sewed the new cover directly on my canteen. The top is still visible but it’s handier this way and it’s not really disruptive, either, so I decided to keep it that way for now. Now, pretty might not be the right word for how it looks now, but it is far more satisfying.

What projects did you work on this week?

Have a wonderful weekend!

UFO Friday

UFO Friday is my bi-weekly series where I show you what projects I’ve been working on (UFO stands 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’m finally putting a new lining in this bag I thrifted for one of my LARP characters. I ripped out the old lining (which was horrible in both quality and style), took it apart and used it as a pattern for the new one.

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The pieces of old lining ended up here:

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That’s the box we use for scraps that aren’t really usable for anything else anymore (or when we have enough rags for the kitchen already) to later stuff draught stoppers and things like that with.

By now I’m done with the small pocket inside the lining for OOC things – I felt like hand stitches might look better here – and the sewing of the lining. All that’s left is to put it in and make a new flap for the bag after I took the zipper out for obvious reasons.

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And I’m also experimenting with fruit leather. There might be a recipe coming up sometime soon!

What did you work on this week? What are your current projects?

Have a lovely weekend!